APRIL 30, 2017, Vol 67, No 09

Starting afresh

When couples marry, they look forward to building a loving family and growing old with their spouses. Unfortunately, in reality, it does not happen all the time. Divorce ends the partnership. So does death. The heartaches and turmoil that one goes through in a divorce cannot be described with mere words. Similarly, losing a spouse through death throws the other partner off his or her life course and creates a huge vacuum that takes a long time to fill. Whether it is a loss of a spouse through divorce or death, the experience is painful. It begins a tumultuous journey that is made easier with understanding companions who have also been on this journey of grief. Here are two stories of two single-again persons, and how they learn to build new dreams when old ones are broken.

On Beginning Again after the Death of a Marriage
When my marriage ended in a divorce 14 years ago, I was devastated. Festive seasons and gatherings with friends were especially difficult initially as my misery seemed to be magnified in the presence of my happily married friends.
New Catholics, who joined the Church at Easter, share their faith journeys with Jared Ng

Family turns to God after son’s eye condition

The Choo family’s journey to the Catholic Church was triggered by Caden’s rare eye condition.
Clockwise from top left: Tammy, Raymond, Caden and Lucas.

When their son was diagnosed with a rare eye condition, Mr Raymond Choo and his wife, Tammy, were at a loss as to what to do.

Caden was five years old when he was diagnosed. “We visited many eye specialists as well as neurosurgeons to see what we could do,” said Mr Choo, 44.

Caden is visually impaired in his right eye. He has a brother, Lucas, who is two years younger.

Cabin crew members pose for a photo with Fr Terence Kesavan (directly behind crucifix with hand clasped) during their recent retreat.

After their recent annual retreat, Catholic cabin crew members decided to meet up twice a month for prayers and sharing as many felt they needed more than a yearly retreat for spiritual growth and fellowship.

Ms Denise He, a participant at the March 27-28 retreat, said she was “thankful to have found a group of people willing to journey” together. The retreat, held at the Church of Divine Mercy, “was a good two days of reflection and spiritual input”, she added.

Twenty-three cabin crew members, ranging in age from the mid-twenties to late fifties, attended the retreat directed by Fr Terence Kesavan.

Participants walking barefoot during the Crucis Singapura Lenten event.

The Crucis Singapura barefoot Lenten walk this year was one with a difference.

For the first time, the 205 people who took part in the April 8 event were given special guided reflections by the organisers, Jesus Youth Singapore.

Apart from meditating on the Stations of the Cross along the way, praying the rosary and Divine Mercy prayers, there were also several stops with activities to help participants reflect on their lives and relationships.
... says Archbishop William Goh at annual Chrism Mass

Archbishop Goh at the Chrism Mass in which he blessed the oil of the sick and the oil of the catechumens, as well as consecrated the chrism to be used for baptism, confirmation and Holy Orders.

At the Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday, Archbishop William Goh urged Catholics to understand the challenges and vulnerabilities of priests so they can support their clergy in their vocations.

“Pray for us priests so that we can truly be worthy servants of God,” said Archbishop Goh at the Mass held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on April 13.

The annual Chrism Mass saw many diocesan and Religious priests attending. It signifies the unity of the priests with their bishop and is an expression of the fullness of the bishop’s priesthood.