AUGUST 19, 2018, Vol 68, No 17

Fr Luke Fong

When Pope John Paul II wrote his Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Inuente (At the Beginning of the New Millennium) in early 2001, he stressed an important Christian principle in every Christian’s view of life, which is the primacy of grace.

This principle holds that in all our human actions that are noble, good, loving and true, and that glorify God, we are led by God’s grace to even desire them in the first place.

We need to be aware of this Christian principle in order for us to remain humble and not be inflated with our ego and pride in holding any view that we are the architects of our own goodness.

Fr Terence Pereira speaking at the Lectors’ Study Day.

About 200 lectors from across the Archdiocese learnt about the importance of the Word of God in one’s life and how it is key to sustaining a deep and intimate relationship with God.

The lectors were participating in the Lectors’ Study Day held at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre on Aug 4. It had the theme, “The Word in Communion”.

Fr Terence Pereira, Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelisation, explained the first six chapters of Dei Verbum, the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.

The Vita Voxa (Voice of Life) Choir from the Mother of the Sacred Heart Church in Jakarta singing at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

A church choir from Jakarta staged a concert at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and helped raise funds for the Catholic Foundation’s GIFT campaign.

The Giving in Faith and Thankfulness (GIFT) campaign is aimed at realising the Archdiocese’s plan for a vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church in Singapore.

The Vita Voxa (Voice of Life) Choir from the Mother of the Sacred Heart Church sang to a captive audience on Aug 4

Vincentian Fr Joseph Loftus with members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul after his talk.

St Vincent de Paul started his ministry because of his desire to imitate Christ, said Vincentian Fr Joseph Loftus.

Fr Loftus, whose Religious congregation was founded by St Vincent de Paul, was in Singapore to conduct a talk on July 22 after the Social Mission Conference held the previous day.

The conference examined the Catholic social teaching of integral human development – where the whole person is developed and all persons are included in societal development.

Friar Clifford Augustine, parish priest of St Mary of the Angels Church, mingling with residents from rental blocks in Bukit Batok.

The Church of St Mary of the Angels (SMOTA) organised two social outreach programmes in an effort to create a sense of belonging and community with its neighbours.

On July 22, SMOTA’s representatives from its Parish Emergency Preparedness Taskforce went on a friendly neighbourhood walk with a few of the Franciscan friars in formation. The aim was to visit the various religious institutions in the neighbourhood.

The walk brought participants to the Masjid Ar-Raudhah mosque along Bukit Batok East Avenue 2, the Sattha Puchaniyaram Buddhist Temple at Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, the Sri Arulmigu Hindu Temple along Jurong East Street 21 and the Jurong Taoist Temple along Jurong West Street 42.