APRIL 16, 2017, Vol 67, No 08

How the Pregnancy Crisis Service aided a teenager when she decided to keep her baby

It is not easy to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. This is especially so when you are young, single, and financially unstable. Gail (not her real name) is living with no regrets as she raises her child. Life, as she knows now, would be vastly different if not for the support given by the Pregnancy Crisis Service volunteers.

Here is her story:
It was Gail’s 18th birthday when she discovered she was pregnant again. This was her second pregnancy following an abortion merely a year ago. She was lost, afraid, and could not break the news to her family for fear that her mother would force her to go through yet another abortion.

Gail was brought up in an abusive environment. To escape her predicament, she ran away from home at 16.

Archbishop Simon Poh was installed on March 20.

KUCHING, MALAYSIA – Kuching archdiocese has a new leader – Archbishop Simon Poh.

The former Auxiliary Bishop of Kuching was installed at St Joseph’s Cathedral on March 20 in a ceremony witnessed by thousands, including politicians and representatives of various faiths.

Archbishop Poh takes over from Archbishop John Ha, who was appointed Archbishop of Kuching in 2003.
For decades, Andrew Goh has been using dialects to teach the faith to the elderly. Annabelle Liang catches up with him.

Mr Goh using props to teach catechism in the home of an elderly person.

COME rain or shine, Mr Andrew Goh mounts his maroon scooter to perform his daily mission.

For the past 24 years, the 80-year-old has been teaching the Catholic faith to elderly and sick people in the comfort of their own homes or in groups at churches.

“All the young people go to RCIA [Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults] classes,” said the seasoned catechist. “Nobody works with the elderly. They are neglected.”

Mr Goh, who introduces the faith to these people upon request, is multilingual. He converses and prays with his students in English, Mandarin, and the Peranakan, Hokkien, Hainanese, Teochew and Cantonese dialects.

My dear brothers and sisters,

The peace of the Risen Lord be with you!

Peace is the first gift of Easter which the Lord imparted to His disciples. Peace comes from the victory of Christ over sin and death. With His resurrection, we know for certain that everything has been overcome and conquered. Evil is not the last word because the goodness of God has triumphed. Injustice is defeated by the justice of God in raising His Son, who was unjustly crucified as a criminal, from the dead. Sin, too, is overcome by the forgiveness of God in the death of His Son.

Finally, death, too, is conquered by the resurrection of Christ. In Christ we know that there is a certain future, a sure hope of justice, peace, joy and new life. Nothing can destroy the plan of God for humanity. What will happen at the end of time is the reign of justice, peace, righteousness, joy and love in the Holy Spirit.
Coordinators of Biblical Apostolate teams in a group discussion.

The Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate organised a retreat cum workshop for coordinators of parish Biblical Apostolate teams (BATs) on April 1.

The event, led by Verbum Dei Srs Sandra Seow and Leticia Candelario Lopez, saw 30 participants from various parishes come together at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre.

Sr Sandra and Sr Leticia are respectively the director and associate director of the Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate.

Titled Role of BAT: Disciples of the Word, the event was part of the apostolate’s outreach to gather BAT coordinators from the different parishes to be renewed in their role as well as create a space for them to share experiences and challenges.