JUNE 10, 2018, Vol 68, No 12

Dear Muslim friends

Hari Raya Aidil-Fitri! We rejoice with you as you celebrate the end of your holy month of Ramadan with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Indeed, these are wonderful signs of your desire to be holy through a life of obedience and charity and reverent worship of God, and a great witness to the world of your faith in Him.

We Catholics too are called personally by God to holiness: “Be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44).

Pope Francis has just reminded us in his most recent Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) “On The Call To Holiness In Today’s World”, that holiness is to be found not just in the saints and martyrs who made great sacrifices for their faith, but also in the small everyday things of common life that are said or done by our next-door neighbours – whether they are Christian, Muslim or of other faiths.

From left: Frs John Chen, Peter Zhang and Francis Wang celebrating the Mass to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. In front of the altar is a little statue of Our Lady of Sheshan carrying the baby Jesus.  Photos: HAI SING PAO

We are one Church, one community, said Fr John Chen during the annual Mass for the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

Speaking to a crowd of 150 mostly Mandarin-speaking Catholics, he said that when Jesus started His ministry, He called upon His disciples from all walks of life to follow Him and form a new family, the family of God.

This was the Church community, said Fr Chen at the Mass held at the Church of the Risen Christ on May 24, and conducted in Mandarin and English.

Twenty-four children had their First Holy Communion at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.

The Italian Catholic community celebrated First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation for 34 of its members recently.

The events, held on May 13 and May 19 respectively, were believed to be the first time that the community celebrated these sacraments as a community and in their own language.

On May 13, 24 children, aged eight to 14, had their First Holy Communion at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, surrounded by their parents and friends. The chaplain of the community, Fr Timothy Yeo, who speaks Italian, celebrated the Mass which was filled with song and cheer.

Robert Andrew Martin (left) and Mark Hangchi will begin their undergraduate degrees in October at Christ’s College, Cambridge, UK.

The St Joseph’s Institution Foundation for the Lasallian Mission (SJI Foundation) celebrated its inaugural awards ceremony for the SJI Foundation – Christ’s College Cambridge Scholarship on May 12.

This scholarship programme was established in 2017 to mark the 165th anniversary of St Joseph’s Institution’s (SJI) founding in 1852. Through it, the SJI Foundation will award up to two scholarships to selected candidates from SJI and SJI International to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree at Christ’s College, Cambridge, UK.

The recipients of the 2018 SJI Foundation – Christ’s College Cambridge Scholarship, Mark Hangchi and Robert Andrew Martin, are both graduates from SJI International.