OCTOBER 29, 2017, Vol 67, No 22

Encountering God’s Love As A Family

A Singapore family who spent three weeks with a Catholic mission in a poor, remote Kenyan region shares the highs and lows of the eye-opening trip with Tee Hun Ching.

(From left) Trina, Christiane and Leah mingling with the local children as they tagged along with the missionaries in Turkana.

After Adrian Tee visited a Catholic mission in Kenya with his wife Jennifer in 2010, they promised to return with their three daughters. But work and life got in the way.

Due to financial constraints, the family decided this year that the trip would be postponed yet again. The three girls – Leah, 17, Christiane, 15, and Trina, 13 – were disappointed but understanding. Then God intervened.

Jennifer recalls how Christiane announced one day that she would skip a school trip to Japan in June, as she was convinced the family would be travelling to Kenya then.

By Dr John Hui

In the light of concerns surrounding teenage sex, abortions and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), many have called for the introduction of “sex education” into the curriculum for teens. More often than not, such education suggests that the answer lies in promoting the use of contraceptives, in particular condoms.

Such an approach presupposes that:
- Contraceptives are effective in reducing pregnancy and STIs; and
- Teens will use contraceptives correctly all the time.

Both these presumptions are not supported by fact.
The St Joseph’s Institution Foundation for the Lasallian Mission (The SJI Foundation) has established the SJI Foundation – Christ’s College Cambridge Scholarship Programme in partnership with Christ’s College, Cambridge, UK.

Under the programme, which is expected to run for 20 years, the SJI Foundation will award up to two scholarships per annum to selected candidates to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree at Christ’s College.

According to a press release from the SJI Foundation, the scholarships will each provide funding of up to £20,000 (S$36,000) per annum for the duration of certain courses available at the University of Cambridge.

Msgr Philip Heng speaking at an interfaith roundtable discussion on Oct 14.

By Christopher Khoo

Recognise the principle of “unity in diversity” and engage in dialogue.

These were some points offered by Archbishop William Goh in a paper titled Christian Perspective: Promoting Culture of Peace and Harmony in Singapore.

The paper was read out by Msgr Philip Heng at an Oct 14 interfaith roundtable discussion, which saw various religious leaders speaking on the topic, Towards Better Inter-faith Relations.

The Vox Cordis Chorus choir performed songs which highlighted the different mysteries of the rosary. Photo: DAVID WIRAWAN 

As a tribute to the centennial anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, the Vox Cordis Chorus (VCC) performed a wide genre of songs to inspire faith, hope and charity.

The Oct 7 and 14 music performances highlighted Mary’s earthly walk with Jesus and aimed to help the audience reflect upon her unfailing service to God.

During the concert at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Oct 7, conductor Lucia Kusuma Wardani Tirta Pratiwi led the choir in presenting songs such as Hassler’s late-Renaissance “Dixit Maria”, Schubert’s Romantic “Magnificat”, and Karl
Jenkin’s contemporary “And The Mother Did Weep”.