APRIL 2, 2017, Vol 67, No 07

A look at how the parish conducts these and other initiatives in this ongoing parish series


Blessed Sacrament Church, located at Commonwealth, was granted conservation status by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2005.

Quaint, rustic and peaceful. These are some impressions that one might get when visiting Blessed Sacrament Church.

The church’s most iconic feature is its blue slate roof, constructed in folds resembling the shape of a tent. The parish website highlights how the structure is meant to symbolise the “tent of meeting” in the Old Testament where Moses spoke to God.

The roof also appears to drape over the church, with certain portions touching the ground, resembling anchoring pegs.

Participants at the Catholic Business Network’s Lenten retreat.

Working adults and business owners learnt about “authentic conversations” during a Lenten retreat conducted by the Catholic Business Network (CBN) recently.

Sixty participants attended the retreat, titled “Authentic Conversation With God, Self & Others -- Learn to Listen With Awareness, from Authenticity, to Act”. It was led by Mr Lance Ng, a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition, and held in the lush greenery of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) House of Prayer on Holland Road.

The retreat aimed to helped participants be better Christian witnesses through authentic dialogue, empathy and listening, especially in a busy, crowded society like Singapore.
The Focolare Movement’s New Families event saw people sharing how they found God in difficult situations


A singing session during the Focolare Movement’s New Families celebration on March 18.

A young, pregnant woman overcame suicidal thoughts after her husband left her alone in a foreign land. A couple facing financial difficulty put God first in their lives and experienced numerous blessings.

These were some of the personal experiences shared during the Focolare Movement’s New Families event on March 18.

More than 130 people, including children, teenagers and adults, gathered at Agape Village to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New Families branch of the Focolare Movement. The event also commemorated the nine years since Focolare founder Chiara Lubich passed away.
Catholic journalists from Asia recently attended a special meeting for communicators held in Kuala Lumpur


Participants listen as Mr Alan John, former deputy editor of The Straits Times, speaks at the SIGNIS meeting. Photo: SIGNIS

You may have read it somewhere, but it is untrue. Reports such as that of a Singapore food stall selling plastic rice, and Pope Francis endorsing Mr Donald Trump as president of the United States.

The blitz of these reports, commonly known as “fake news”, affects readers across the world. In some cases, journalists made mistakes. Other reports were deliberately crafted by opportunists.

“Once the false news has gone out, not many people bother with the correction. They still remember the first version,” said Mr Alan John, former deputy editor of The Straits Times.