SEPTEMBER 16, 2018, Vol 68, No 19

Let us be inspired by the unfailing commitment of our priests and Religious for faithfully living up to their vows


La Salle Brother Gregory Lim 75 years



La Salle Brother Gregory Lim, 94, celebrated his 75th anniversary of his first Religious profession.

He made his first vows on Oct 7, 1943, and final vows in 1949.

Br Gregory has been an educator all his life. He came from a devout Catholic family consisting of four brothers and four sisters. Three of his sisters joined the Religious congregations, two of whom are Canossian Sisters and one, a Little Sister of the Poor.
In following the footsteps of St Francis, who is the patron saint for animals and the ecology, the Church of St Mary of the Angels is unique in its own way. JARED NG looks at the church in this series on parish communities.


The Church of St Mary of the Angels sits on a hill in Bukit Batok.  Photos: LUMINAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY MINISTRY

On a hill in Bukit Batok is a church that the Franciscan friars in Singapore have called home for the past 60 years.

What started as a simple chapel in 1958 has today grown into a vibrant, nature-caring and evangelistic church known as the Church of St Mary of the Angels.

Following in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscans, the friars live and preach the Good News, serving the parishioners and the community. The church collaborates with other faith groups and secular organisations to reach out to the poor and needy living in the neighbouring Bukit Batok area.

A sharing by Alvin on his painting on the calm after Jesus had quietened the storm.

The venue was not a church but it was a meeting room. At the front, instead of a rostrum there was an easel and a white canvas mounted.

Everyone sat in anticipation as Mr Sylvester Singh from the Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE) read out the Gospel of Mark 4:35-41, where Jesus urged His disciples to have faith after they feared drowning in the storm.

It was a prayer session. To be more accurate, it was a prayer with an element of meditation. The 30-odd people in the audience were asked to visualise the image of the Gospel passage that was read to them. They were each given paper, pen and pencil. And as they listened to the reading accompanied by the sound of the sea, the waves and the storm, they were asked to write words and draw images that came to their mind.

Msgr Heng and MCCY’s Ms Goh (front) were among the speakers at the seminar.

The important roles that Catholic religious and community leaders play in building relationships with their counterparts from other communities was highlighted at a seminar recently

The Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD) Social Cohesion Seminar was held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Aug 25. It was organised together with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) for Catholic members of Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCCs). Forty-seven IRCC representatives from 29 parishes attended.

During the seminar, Monsignor Philip Heng, the Vicar-General for Interreligious Relations, noted that ever since Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s 1965 Declaration On The Relation Of The Church To Non-Christian Religions, popes had worked to strengthen interreligious relations throughout the world.

Archbishop William Goh addressing catechumens as part of their preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation.  Photo: VITA Images

Alfred Yap

Read the Word of the God and pray with adoration, contrition, thanksgiving and supplication.

These were words of advice that Archbishop William Goh gave to about 500 RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) catechumens across the archdiocese as part of their preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church.

They, together with their coordinators and some sponsors, had gathered at the Church of St Bernadette on Aug 25 to listen to the Archbishop as he helped them better understand what it means to be a disciple of Christ.