SEPTEMBER 4, 2016, Vol 66, No 18

Jared Ng looks at the unique characteristics of the parish, among them an art ministry

St Anne’s Church is located in Sengkang, next to St Joseph’s

St Anne’s Church is home to an art ministry that decorates the church for certain festive occasions.

Located in Sengkang, the church also houses St Anne’s Kindergarten and is located next to St Joseph’s Convent.

Mother Teresa visited the parish when she came to Singapore in 1987 to set up the Missionaries of Charities’ Gift of Love Home.
NFP: Just another form of contraception?

Contrary to popular belief, Natural Family Planning (NFP) is not “Catholic Contraception” like it is commonly misconstrued. It isn’t the outdated “calendar rhythm method” either, where a woman estimates when her fertile period is, based on information gleaned from her previous six cycles. This method is quite unreliable indeed. So what exactly is NFP and what’s all the fuss about?

Natural Family Planning or NFP is an umbrella term for scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies by observing the fertility signals of a woman’s body to determine the most likely days of conception in the month. Some methods of NFP include the Sympto-Thermal Method, the Creighton Model System of FertilityCare (CrMS), and the Billings Ovulation Method (BOM).
Reflections from the Office for Young People, which led a group to WYD accompanied by Archbishop Goh and local priests

Praying the Divine Office in the field with Archbishop William Goh (right).

The Office for Young People (OYP) contingent for World Youth Day (WYD) was the official contingent of the Singapore archdiocese led by OYP chaplains Fr Jude David and Brian D’Souza. Accompanying the contingent were Archbishop William Goh and Fr Jovita Ho. 

The pilgrimage in Poland lasted from July 19-Aug 2. There were three main stages: the OYP-led Day of Recollection, the Youth Arise International (YAI) festival (which was a mini WYD if you like) and WYD itself.

There were many beautiful moments as well as challenges that the 170-strong group experienced during their pilgrimage:

July 20

  • Day of Recollection at Czestochowa. Visit to Jasna Gora Monastery
After arriving in Warsaw on July 19, we spent the next day travelling to and in Czestochowa, famous for the Shrine of the Black Madonna. 
Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Taoist representatives offer perspectives from their own traditions

Ms Vasandy S. N., Master Chung Kwang Tong, Phra Goh Chun Kiang, Ustaz Goh Muhammad Redhuan and Msgr
Philip Heng.

Five representatives from the Hindu, Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist and Catholic communities came together recently to share about the topic of “birth”.

The event was organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD) on Aug 5 at CANA.

The 52 people who attended included ACCIRD members, Catholics from various parishes and archdiocesan organisations, guests from other Christian communities as well Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Taoist friends.

It was intended to be a simple but rich evening of learning and exchange to promote greater interreligious understanding, respect and harmony.

Franciscan Friar John-Paul Tan leading the prayer and blessing of the clinic on Aug 20.

Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH), has officially opened its second outreach medical clinic – Mount Alvernia Outreach Medical Clinic (MAOMC) at Agape Village.

Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Health and Communications and Information, was the guest-of-honour at the official opening on Aug 20.

He was joined by Sr Jane Bertelsen, congregation leader of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) and Mr Phillip Tan, chairman of Mount Alvernia Hospital.