AUGUST 07, 2016, Vol 66, No 17

A person attending Mass. CNS file photoA person attending Mass. CNS file photoI read Anthony Dass’ letter to CatholicNews (More People Coming Late For Mass Now, CN, July 24). I would like to share a different perspective. I used to be annoyed, like Mr Dass, by those churchgoers who are late for Mass. Without knowing them, I judged them in my heart. 

An experience that changed me happened when I was attending weekday morning Mass at a parish and there was this couple who were perpetually late. They would appear when the celebrant was sharing his homily.

After Mass, some of us would gather together for breakfast and we would gossip about this couple and how disrespectful they were to Jesus to receive communion even though they were late for Mass.

One morning, I met a friend who was attending the weekday morning Mass and I was sharing my disappointment with her.
A vibrant Filipino community and a youth cafe are among the features of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, in this ongoing parish series

The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is located at 31 Siglap Hill. The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is located at 31 Siglap Hill.

Welcoming elderly parishioners to the church grounds to participate in spiritual, physical and mental activities.

This initiative, known as the Golden Circle, is one of the unique characteristics of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS).

Others include a cafe operated by the youth community, a dynamic Filipino community and a monthly devotion to St Padre Pio.

Members of the Golden Circle playing mahjong in the canteen of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.Members of the Golden Circle playing mahjong in the canteen of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
Preserving the Catholic Family

The Catholic Family Dialogue featured a panel discussion, consisting of Catholics from all walks of life.The Catholic Family Dialogue featured a panel discussion, consisting of Catholics from all walks of life.

Over 150 people turned up for this year’s Catholic Family Dialogue on 23 July at Catholic Junior College. Organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), the event sought to explore the relevance of the Catholic Family in today’s challenging world.

It was due to the apparent decline of the practice of the faith at home that prompted the organisers to go for the theme ‘Will the Catholic Family Still be Relevant Tomorrow’.

Mr Kevin Simon, 27, was among the participants who signed up for the event. A volunteer at a youth centre, he went with the hope of learning how to reach out to troubled teenagers. He was accompanied by his mother, Mdm Debbie Ng, 58, who hopes to help her grandchildren grow in the Catholic faith despite life’s distractions.
Participants of the Pontifical Mission Societies’ meeting, held at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Seated (from left): Fr Terence Pereira (Singapore), Auxiliary Bishop Simon Poh (Kuching), Archbishop John Wong (Kota Kinabalu), Fr V. A. Michael Kuala Lumpur) and Ms Justina Sharon (PMS secretary and accountant).  Standing (from left): Fr John Pereira (Melaka-Johor), Fr Kevin Chundi (Miri), Fr Isidore Gilbert (Kota Kinabalu), Fr Paul Mikin (Keningau), Fr Jasery Gabuk (Sandakan) and Fr Victor Louis (Penang). Participants of the Pontifical Mission Societies’ meeting, held at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Seated (from left): Fr Terence Pereira (Singapore), Auxiliary Bishop Simon Poh (Kuching), Archbishop John Wong (Kota Kinabalu), Fr V. A. Michael Kuala Lumpur) and Ms Justina Sharon (PMS secretary and accountant). Standing (from left): Fr John Pereira (Melaka-Johor), Fr Kevin Chundi (Miri), Fr Isidore Gilbert (Kota Kinabalu), Fr Paul Mikin (Keningau), Fr Jasery Gabuk (Sandakan) and Fr Victor Louis (Penang).

Directors of the region’s Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) reflected on Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday during their recent annual meeting.

The PMS is the official missionary arm of the Catholic Church charged with the work of evangelisation and charitable works throughout the world.

In his message for World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated on Oct 23, the pope invited everyone to “go out” as missionary disciples, offering their talents, wisdom and experience to share the message of God’s tenderness and compassion.

During the PMS’ June 27-29 meeting, which had the theme, Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy, participants discussed what the pope said about the growing presence of women in the missionary world, working alongside their male counterparts, as a significant sign of God’s maternal love.
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