MAY 14, 2017, Vol 67, No 10

The Cenacle Sisters share about their ministry, mission in Singapore over the past 20 years

The Cenacle Sisters are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their mission in Singapore in July this year. From left: Srs Mel Benedictos, Francisca Tan, Linda Lizada and Christine Lam.

TO work for the transformation of lives through an awakening and deepening of the faith, that is really what the Cenacle mission is about, says Cenacle Sr Francisca Tan.

“What we hope to achieve is to really help people grow in their relationship with God,” she said.

Sr Francisca, together with fellow Cenacle Srs Linda Lizada, Mel Benedictos and Christine Lam spoke to CatholicNews about the work of the Cenacle ministry in Singapore as they look forward to their 20th anniversary in July.
Archdiocesan vocation director Fr Valerian Cheong answers questions
about discernment, seminary requirements and other matters.

Seminarians enjoying community games in the compound of the Church of St Teresa where they are currently housed.

Q: How do I discern if I am being called to be a priest?

A: Usually it comes from an inner stirring, a little voice within an aspirant [a person hoping to join the seminary] that tells him maybe this is it. And this is where the seminary helps by asking, “Is this your imagination? Your ideal? Or something that you are serious about.” It really is a discerning process where we try to help the person hear what he thinks God is calling him to do.

Q: What’s the difference between an aspirant, candidate and seminarian?

A: Aspirants are still in the process of discerning whether they want to enter the seminary. Candidates are those waiting to enter the seminary during the annual January intake every year. Seminarians have already joined and started their priestly studies.

Fr Luke Fong speaking at the Easter for Everyone event.

A special event to help people learn more about the Catholic faith was organised recently by the Office for the New Evangelisation.

Almost 100 people comprising Catholics and their non-Catholic family members and friends, attended the Easter for Everyone event held at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul on April 29.

Fr Luke Fong gave a talk titled “Celebrating A New Life of Hope in the Midst of Uncertainties”.
Speakers at an interreligious dialogue session on marriage: (from left) Ms Vasandy S. N., Venerable Chuan Guan, Master Chung Kwang Tong, Ustaz Zulhilmi Mohamed and Msgr Philip Heng.

Catholics and people of other faiths learnt a little about the meaning and rituals behind various religions’ celebration of marriage on May 2.

About 40 people attended the second in a series of sharings by representatives of different religions at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

The event, organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD), saw speakers from the Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim and Catholic communities giving 10-minute presentations.

An Our Lady of Fatima procession at St Joseph’s Church, Victoria St, in 1973. The church will hold a series of celebrations starting from May 13.

St Joseph’s Church, Victoria St, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first appearance to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, on May 13.

Archbishop William Goh will celebrate a Mass at 5pm, which will be followed by a candelight procession. Highlights of the celebration include the crowning of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and 24 “angels” – students from St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School who will accompany the procession.