DECEMBER 24, 2017, Vol 67, No 26

Thanksgiving Mass held to celebrate generosity in archdiocese

Archbishop William Goh, giving his homily during the thanksgiving Mass. Photos: Catholic Foundation.

A year since the Catholic Foundation first launched the GIFT (Giving in Faith & Thankfulness) campaign, over $16 million has been raised to support the growth of the Catholic Church in Singapore.

On 5 December 2017, a thanksgiving Mass was held for the support garnered through the campaign. Over 400 participants, ranging from donors to volunteers, and representatives of various archdiocesan organisations, gathered for the celebration held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

“We have gathered to praise and thank God for so many people who believe in our dream to build a more vibrant, missionary, and evangelistic Church,” Archbishop William Goh said during his homily.
Forty-eight of them learn about RICA, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd during a four-day visit.

Q and A with OFC 7a

The Bishop of Chiang Mai, along with priests, Religious and laypeople from 10 Thai dioceses were in Singapore recently to experience some of the catechetical practices here.

According to Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana, the aim of the Nov 30-Dec 3 visit was to expose more Thai Church workers to how catechesis is done in a nearby diocese.

A smaller delegation from Thailand had visited Singapore in 2005.

Legion of Mary banners seen at the 70th anniversary Mass held at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.

By Patricia Ang

The Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace was packed with about 900 Legionaries and their families and friends who attended the Mass celebrating the Legion of Mary’s 70th anniversary.

It was a joyous occasion for all who were present for the Dec 3 Mass, celebrated by Archbishop William Goh.
In his homily, Archbishop Goh affirmed the Legion of Mary members for their fidelity and perseverance in doing God’s work. He said that they are fondly known as soldiers of Mary for Christ.

“In the early days, the Church was dependent on the Legion of Mary whose members were the jacks of all trades. They ... sold the Catholic News, raised funds, ran the canteen, conducted census, did outreach work, attended wakes and funerals. Legionaries carried out their work faithfully,” he said.
Six-storey building includes 85 beds and new wards for dementia palliative care

The new Assisi Hospice building, located at Thomson Road, was officially opened on Dec 1.

By Jared Ng

Assisi Hospice commits to provide palliative care for life, a care marked by dignity, respect and joy, said Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) Sr Jane Bertelsen.

“This is and always and has been a hallmark of this Franciscan ministry, said Sr Jane, congregational leader of the FMDM Sisters.

She was speaking at the official opening and Christmas light-up ceremonies of Assisi Hospice on Dec 1.
rohingya slide
Slides on the plight of the Rohingya refugees were shown at the end of the 10.30 am Mass at the cathedral on Dec 3.

By Christopher Khoo

Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh and his outreach to the marginalised was specially commemorated during a Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Rector Msgr Philip Heng, in his opening remarks, shared that the Mass was held “in solidarity” with the pope’s Nov 28-Dec 2 trip to these two countries.

“Pope Francis’ ways and perceptions of the crises of the people and the refugees of the Rakhine State of Myanmar radically challenge us to see the sufferings of the world from the eyes of Jesus,” said Msgr Heng in his homily during the 10.30 am Mass on Dec 3.