APRIL 01, 2018, Vol 68, No 07

Companions for your journey…

In this issue of FamFare, ACF writer Ange Dove interviews three Couple Mentors about the need for and the importance of couple accompaniment.

For Zach and Jannine, it’s all about family time.

When couples prepare for marriage or are navigating those first crucial years, going it alone is not a wise option. With over 20% of marriages ending in divorce in Singapore, if you are a newly married couple today, the odds are not stacked completely in your favour. The Catholic Church mandates that couples preparing for marriage attend a marriage preparation course to gain the skills needed to navigate obstacles and ensure that God is present in the marriage. But when the honeymoon period is over, who do you turn to when you need help. And you will.

Nobody enters into a marriage able to manage it perfectly. Firstly, it’s a new situation you will not have a past personal reference for. Your model for marriage will have come, in most cases, from your parents. And your spouse may have a different frame of reference for what a marriage should be than you do, due to a different upbringing. Additional challenges may arise if you enter into a mixed-faith marriage. Add to that the fact that men and women communicate very differently (AKA Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus) and you’ve got some work ahead of you, no matter how prepared and accepting of each other you think you are now.
Protecting the collection and use of God’s resources

In this final instalment of the series on governance and financial accountability, Msgr Philip Heng delves into how the archdiocese ensures accountability of the collection and use of its funds through its fundraising arm, the Catholic Foundation.

In the past three articles of this series, we learned about the Church’s canon law, organisational structures, funding pools, fundraising bodies, as well as the archdiocese’s approach to financial governance.

The previous issue in particular showed us how the archdiocese is funded in two ways; through a portion of the Mass collections made in every parish, as well as donations to the Catholic Foundation.

This two-pronged funding model, with the Catholic Foundation serving as the fundraising arm of the archdiocese, helps the Church ensure a greater level of governance and transparency in fundraising for its mission.

The Homeless Jesus sculpture at the cathedral. The needy are sent to us by God who wants us to embrace them with His compassionate love.

By Msgr Philip Heng, SJ

This morning, one of the “homeless poor” (Mr Chan, not his real name) came to our Cathedral of the Good Shepherd for his usual monthly financial support.

Mr Chan is 62 years old. He shared with us that he really thinks he is not going to live much longer; not more than three years, as he has many illnesses. He has been homeless for some years, sleeping on the streets.

When he came to us, he never asked for money for food. He just wanted a shelter as it was cold sleeping on void decks and street corners. His bones get very painful due to his bone degenerative disease.
The newly renovated home celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 19

Archbishop William Goh and Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, got a first-hand experience of virtual reality technology at St Joseph’s Home. It is a project by Westwood Secondary School students.

By Jared Ng

Residents of St Joseph’s Home can now enjoy reminiscing their favourite places of old with the help of virtual reality technology.

The technology creates a simulated environment to immerse the user inside a 3-D and 360-
degree experience.

It simulates senses such as sight, sound and touch, and allows users to interact with the simulated environment.
Archbishop Goh urges Catholics to take up Pope Francis’ mission of being people of mercy at Pope’s Day Mass

Archbishop William Goh and Msgr Yovko Pishtiyski, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Apostolic Nunciature in Singapore, celebrating the Pope’s Day Mass on March 11.  Photo: VITA Images

By Christopher Khoo

Follow Pope Francis in being people of mercy, people who are welcoming, people who are not afraid to go beyond their comfort zone, said Archbishop William Goh during the annual Pope’s Day Mass.

Speaking to the congregation gathered at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd for the 10.30 am Mass on March 11, he stressed that the thrust of the pope’s pontificate over the past five years have been about mercy, inclusivity, joy, compassion, forgiveness and life.

Pope Francis “speaks of a Church that is a welcoming Church”, not a cold, legalistic one, said Archbishop Goh at the Mass to mark the fifth anniversary of the pope’s election.