OCTOBER 30, 2016, Vol 66, No 22


Chastity begins at home




Many parents dread having to give their once-babies-now-teenagers-with-raging-hormones the talk. I asked a friend if she could share tips on how she used to talk to her grown kids about sex when they were teenagers: “Huh?! I’ve blocked out those awkward memories!” she exclaimed. Another friend quickly switched topics in a panic to distract her nine-year-old who wanted to know how babies are made. And so we end up dodging these sensitive and awkward questions putting them off indefinitely… leaving it to the school teachers or catechists to answer those questions. Or worse, letting the kids go find out on their own!


Dear Hindu Friends,

On this delightful occasion of Deepavali which celebrates the preeminence of Light over Darkness, may God, the Transcendent Light, bless and illumine your communities and your relations with others with his unconditional love and mercy.

Hinduism, or Sanatana Dharma as it is known, acknowledges mercy or compassion as a core principle. Its followers are behooved to grow in this noble virtue. The text of Gautama Dharmasutra (600-400 BC) defines mercy as: “complete love belongs to one who always delights in behaving towards all beings as equal to the self, for their good and for their welfare”.

Fr Ken Barker, founder of Missionaries of God’s Love, a congregation of consecrated men and women
in Australia,
will be in Singapore to speak at the three events.

The Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE) is organising three events aimed at empowering people to fulfil the call of Jesus to go out and proclaim the good news.

Fr Ken Barker, founder and moderator of Missionaries of God’s Love, a congregation of consecrated men and women in Australia, will speak at all three events.

On Nov 15, a Youth Forum titled Building Evangelising Youth Communities will be held at St Paul’s Auditorium in the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre at Highland Road. It will be held from 7.30pm-10pm.

A young woman walks amid the rubble of a destroyed home after Hurricane Matthew swept through Port-a-Piment, Haiti. CNS photo

Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS), the overseas humanitarian arm of the Church in Singapore, has pledged an initial US$10,000 (S$13,900) in grant aid to Caritas Haiti in response to the disaster caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The funds will be used to aid ground relief efforts – providing food, clean drinking water, hygiene kits, blankets and other necessary support to the people affected by the catastrophe.

Caritas Haiti has warned that the lack of clean drinking water increases the risk of infections.

Cardinal-elect Anthony Soter Fernandez is one of the four new cardinals over
the age of 80, who are being honoured for their long service to the Church.

KUALA LUMPUR – History was made in the Malaysian Church when Pope Francis named Most Reverend Anthony Soter Fernandez, Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, as cardinal.

The announcement was made by the Holy Father on Oct 9 during his weekly Sunday address.

Cardinal-elect Fernandez is among the 17 Roman Catholic prelates from around the world who has been promoted to the high rank of cardinal in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.