APRIL 2, 2017, Vol 67, No 07

Journeying with couples

Kevin and Isabel (back) shared their marriage experience in the new parish initiative, the Couple Mentor Journey, with couple mentees Aylwin and Weijing.

In response to the calls of our Holy Fathers, the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) launched the Couple Mentor Journey (CMJ) here in October last year. CMJ is a journey on which engaged and newly married couples are mentored by more seasoned Couple Mentors. Helmed by the ACF, CMJ was put in place to augment – not replace – existing marriage preparation courses Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) and Marriage Preparation Course (MPC).

At Couple Mentor Journey, couples continue building upon the foundation they had received in the course of their marriage preparation with the support and accompaniment of their assigned parish-based couple mentors. It is an ongoing journey that sees couples before their marriage or newly married couples through their first two years of marriage (where the storms usually hit) before they move on to marriage enrichment programmes such as Marriage Encounter (ME) and the Couple Empowerment Programme (CEP). “This is in line with ACF’s vision and ongoing work of having programmes in place for Catholics at every stage of life.” said David Fong, ACF’s executive director.

In response to the pope’s call for a renewal of the Church’s mission worldwide, the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) was established in the local archdiocese. Anthony Yoong discovers why, and how, this was an important step in growing the Church.

Lay Catholics attend a class on Catholic Theology at the Catholic Centre, delivered by Fr James Yeo, Rector of CTIS. Photo: CTIS

If you were given the task of renewing the fervour of Catholics in Singapore for the mission of the Church, how would you go about doing it?

This is the challenge that Archbishop William Goh faces every day since he first took office in 2013.

During his first Sunday Mass after his episcopal ordination, Archbishop William told the congregation, “My desire is to bring the love of Jesus to all of you… So that you can be empowered to proclaim the Good News.”