OCTOBER 02, 2016, Vol 66, No 20

Fr Francis Vijayan, ordained on Sept 8, shares with CatholicNews his journey to the priesthood


Fr Francis Vijayan seen here having just given communion to his mother, Rosilin Vilasini, at his ordination Mass. Also in the picture are his father, Anthony Mohan (right), and his sister, Bernadette
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“I learned to love what they are about, their love for preaching and ministering as a community,” said Fr Francis Vijayan when asked why he decided to be a Redemptorist priest.

“The community allows me to better reach out to the peripheries, to bring the Church to people,” the 33-year-old told CatholicNews.

Fr Francis was ordained at the Church of St Teresa on Sept 8.

Singapore couple Lawrence and Celeste Lai holding up the offertory gift during a special Mass at St Peter’s Basilica. The couple were selected to represent Asia at the celebration organised by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Italy.

A special Mass was held on Sept 10 in Rome as part of a pilgrimage during the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) community.

Singapore couple Lawrence and Celeste Lai, selected to represent Asia, brought up the offertory during the Mass at the main altar of St Peter’s Basilica.

The offertory gift they brought was a self-made poster depicting the wedding costumes of the different races in Singapore.
              
Fr David Garcia said that an alternative to abortion is adoption.

A seminar to discuss and clarify the medical and ethical aspects of Zika infection was held on Sept 17.

The event was organised by the Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore.

Fr David Garcia, its spiritual director, and Dr John Hui, chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), were the speakers at the seminar titled “Heart Issues, Hard Decisions: Ethical dilemmas in Zika Virus Infection”.

Ms Michele Tang (second from left) with Catholic High School principal, Ms Magdalen Soh Lai Leng (far left), a school student and staff members at the Istana on Sept 1. Ms Tang was among six recipients of the President’s Award for Teachers.

A Catholic High School teacher was awarded the President’s Award for Teachers (PAT) for her role in inspiring her students and peers.

Ms Michele Tang, was among six recipients to receive the prestigious teaching award conferred by President Tony Tan at the Istana on Sept 1.

The award honours excellent teachers for their role in moulding the future of Singapore.