DECEMBER 23, 2018, Vol 68, No 26

Catholic News features ABLE in this series on Catholic social service organisations.

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Isaac Kalaiselvan during a rehabilitation session at the ABLE Rehabilitation Centre.

Jared Ng

Isaac Kalaiselvan was a happy family man. He worked in a shipping company and like everyone else he was looking forward to the future.

Then came one day in November 2006, he was struck with multiple health issues. First, he suffered a heart attack then he had to go through a series of subsequents surgeries including a heart transplant and the amputation of his left leg due to an infection. Isaac also needed treatment for renal failure and memory loss.
Jared Ng

As World Youth Day (WYD) Panama approaches in January, many young people are eagerly waiting to discover for themselves the characteristic values of youth and the richness of the Catholic faith.

Furthermore, what is unique to this worldwide gathering of young people every three years is the exchange of cultures.
This is what one Singaporean will be hoping to experience when she travels to Panama.

“I want to experience the universality of the Church,” said Sharon Leong. “I have no expectations ... I will leave it to Him to surprise me,” she said.

Sharon, along with 12 other people from Novena Church, will be travelling as a contingent from Jan 19-29 led by Redemptorist Father Francis Vijayan. The official WYD events are scheduled to take place from Jan 22-27.
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Participants of the 2nd Asian Deaf Catholic Conference in the Philippines.

Singapore will host the 3rd Asian Deaf Catholic Conference (ADCC) in May 2020.

The Singapore community hopes to inspire many deaf Catholics in Asia to “grow their Catholic faith despite challenges”, said Mr Nathanael Thomas Oswald, President of the Singapore Catholic Deaf Community (SCDC). They expect some 1,000 deaf Catholics to attend from across Asia.
Father Jovita Ho

“Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.”

I am going back home to Singapore for Christmas, and though my departure date is approaching, my ticket was purchased in end-February and my luggage all packed and readied a few weeks ago. Why am I doing all these? Because I long to see the faces of my family, friends and loved ones, and I long to celebrate Jesus with them.

Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year and it speaks of three main themes; watchful waiting, preparation, and justice.