MARCH 18, 2018, Vol 68, No 06

Fundraising for God’s work

In this third instalment of a series on the subject of governance and financial accountability, Msgr Philip Heng explains how fundraising appeals are undertaken in the archdiocese.

When we raise funds for the creation of a community of love, we are helping to build the Kingdom of God. In our archdiocese, Kingdom building takes place in many different areas, which leads to a number of fundraising exercises in the archdiocese.

This raises a common question; how does the Church and its organisations coordinate, govern and account for funds raised? In this regard, it would be useful to first understand the different types of fundraising and fundraisers in the archdiocese.
Jared Ng speaks to Catholic NSFs and NSmen about why some remain active in the Church while others leave it

Those who left the Church

There appears to be a phenomenon of some young Catholics leaving the Church while serving National Service (NS).

Does going through NS result in young Catholic men losing touch with their faith?

Six Catholic NSmen Catholic News spoke to shared that they indeed lost touch with their faith during national service, while six others shared that they were and are still able to remain active in Church despite army commitments.
Archbishop Goh gave an interview to AsiaNews, a Church news agency, while he was in Rome for his ad limina visit. The following is a condensed version.

Unlike other countries, Singapore prefers to define itself “more as a ‘multicultural and multireligious state’”, Archbishop William Goh told AsiaNews. “The government is in fact secular in order to preserve the unity of the nation, but most ministers and officials profess a faith. The state is not against religion, but is in favour of it, seeing it as a fundamental component for the country’s development.”

Archbishop Goh noted that the government provides important support to all religions. “For example, it is customary to invite religious leaders to take part in numerous meetings and ask them for advice on issues affecting the country, especially from a moral and social point of view.”

Some government ministries, like the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Ministry of Education, collaborate closely with religious leaders, he said. “Along with youth policies, these are the areas in which the government invites us to express opinions because we all work for the good of the country.”
Ian Chan overcame the odds with support from his school and family

Ian Chan, seen here with his parents, scored three As and two Bs in the A-level examinations.

By Jared Ng

Having a supportive group of friends and teachers in school was so important for Ian Chan, 20.

In 2013, he lost sight in his left eye due to glaucoma, a disease which causes damage to the optic nerve.

The former Catholic Junior College (CJC) student had already lost sight in his right eye when he was eight years old due to a separate medical condition.
Archbishop Goh poses this question to those who will become new Catholics this Easter

Catechumens writing their names in the Book of the Elect at the Church of the Transfiguration on Feb 24, as their godparents place a hand on their shoulder.

By Christopher Khoo

“The time has come for you to make your own conclusion about Jesus. Who is Jesus? Who is He for you?”
Archbishop William Goh was speaking to 411 catechumens and candidates at the Rite of Election on Feb 24 at the Church of the Transfiguration.

It is “a question you must answer from the depth of your heart,” he told the 376 catechumens (non-Christians seeking baptism) and 35 candidates (baptised Christians seeking full communion with the Catholic Church).

“No one is ready for baptism,” said Archbishop Goh, unless he makes the same declaration that St Peter did – “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” – and from his heart.