AUGUST 21, 2016, Vol 66, No 18

The contingent, called W4, visited various churches and learned about the universality of faith

W4 pilgrims pose for a group photo with pilgrims from Egypt, the US and South Africa alongside their hosts and pilgrimage coordinators from the Polish diocese of Rumia on July 24. W4 pilgrims pose for a group photo with pilgrims from Egypt, the US and South Africa alongside their hosts and pilgrimage coordinators from the Polish diocese of Rumia on July 24.

July 19
  • Arrived in Warsaw, Poland
  • Visited the St Maximilian Kolbe Shrine and Monastery in Niepokalanów
  • Visited Church of St Anne in Old Town, Warsaw
After checking in the hostel, we travelled to the St Maximilian Kolbe shrine.

It was beautiful and inspiring for me, personally, to revisit St Maximilian’s life. He is, after all, the patron saint of journalists, and I am one by profession.
Fr Cornelius Ching, ordained on Aug 9, shares with CatholicNews his journey to the priesthood

Fr Cornelius Ching poses for a photo with Archbishop William Goh and family members. He was ordained at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Fr Cornelius Ching poses for a photo with Archbishop William Goh and family members. He was ordained at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“To help people experience the love and mercy of God, to bring the community together,” said Fr Cornelius Ching when asked about his aspirations as a priest.

The 39-year-old was ordained on Aug 9 at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In his speech after the ordination Mass, he thanked all who helped him through his seminarian journey and gave special thanks to his family for their “unending support and love”.

The newly ordained priest then approached his parents, his younger brother who is a teacher, and his grandmother seated in the first pew, and blessed them.
Mr Nick Chui’s article, Gender Theory: A Questionable View Of The Human Person” (CN, July 10), clearly and concisely explains the problems with the modern idea that one’s identity can be entirely self-constructed, even if completely at odds with biological reality.
CN, July 10CN, July 10

The idea that “I can do, or be, anything if I put my mind to it” encourages people to strive for excellence and break down barriers.

But applying this individualistic mindset blindly to all areas of life – in particular, vocation and human relationships – is a recipe for disaster when it reduces those around us to objects that exist to fulfil our desires.

A woman cannot become a wife or mother “by herself” – she needs a man to marry her, and to father her children.
Participants of the July 30 interfaith learning journey pose for a photo with parish priest Fr Michael Sitaram in front of the Church of St Vincent de Paul.Participants of the July 30 interfaith learning journey pose for a photo with parish priest Fr Michael Sitaram in front of the Church of St Vincent de Paul.

The Church of St Vincent de Paul hosted 150 participants from Cheng San for an interfaith visit on July 30.

The event was organised by the Cheng San-Seletar Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) and aimed to increase participants’ awareness of the various religions in Singapore as well as how places of worship are extending a hand to the community around them.

Arriving in four buses, the participants were ushered by church wardens into the nave of the church where they were welcomed by parish priest, Fr Michael Sitaram, and members of the parish pastoral council (PPC).

The Daughters of St Paul share their recipes in a cookbook. From left: Sr Aeran Kim, Sr Karen Eng, Sr Wendy Ooi, Sr Lorenzina Nota, Sr Clare Choo,  Sr Theresa Lim and Sr Jocelyn Veritas Kwek.The Daughters of St Paul share their recipes in a cookbook. From left: Sr Aeran Kim, Sr Karen Eng, Sr Wendy Ooi, Sr Lorenzina Nota, Sr Clare Choo, Sr Theresa Lim and Sr Jocelyn Veritas Kwek.

The Daughters of St Paul are releasing a cookbook containing various recipes from the Sisters.

Titled Taste of Heaven, the cookbook was scheduled to be launched on Aug 13 at a fundraising dinner, to aid the building fund for a new convent for the Sisters.

The book offers recipes of local delights, ranging from Peranakan to Teochew and Hokkien dishes, among others.

Sr Wendy Ooi, superior of the Daughters of St Paul in Singapore, and Sr Jocelyn Kwek share a hearty selection of home-style recipes.
A teacher from Kontum, Vietnam, writes on the board during a lesson conducted by members of Barré, a Singapore missionary group.A teacher from Kontum, Vietnam, writes on the board during a lesson conducted by members of Barré, a Singapore missionary group.Four missioners from Barré, an affiliate of Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS), travelled to Kontum, a province in Vietnam, to teach English to an ethnic minority community.

Barré is a group of Singaporean Catholic volunteers who have been working with underprivileged children in Southeast Asia since 2010.

From July 17-23, the missioners headed to Kontum, 600 km north of Ho Chin Minh City, to reach out to the Bahnah community through education to give them hope of better opportunities in life.

The missioners conducted English lessons and teachers’ training sesssions daily for local teachers during their stay.
Retreatants looking at their artistic creations.Retreatants looking at their artistic creations.

A day of recollection for young lawyers and lawyers-to-be has left them refreshed and energised.

“I started the retreat feeling tired and desolate from work. The retreat helped me gain a sense of community,” said Ms Geraldine Yeong. “I feel really rejuvenated and hopeful about life and practice now.”

Ms Hilda Foo echoed Ms Yeong’s sentiments. “It was comforting to hear others share about their struggles,” she said. “I appreciate how my fellow Catholic lawyers try to find God in their daily lives.”

The Catholic Lawyers Guild organised the July 23 event at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Centre.
Daughters of St Paul Sisters and laypeople preparing food at the carnival held on July 31. Photos: LAWRENCE YAPDaughters of St Paul Sisters and laypeople preparing food at the carnival held on July 31. Photos: LAWRENCE YAP

“It is very inspiring and encouraging to experience the solidarity of the various Religious congregations, coming together to share their blessings with their fellow Religious,” said Daughter of St Paul Sr Jocelyn Kwek.

She was referring to the Church of St Ignatius Carnival on July 31. Various Religious gathered to man food and game stalls to raise funds for the Cenacle Sisters and Daughters of St Paul in need of a new home. 
‘I know that there are women out there in our churches who are suffering silently,  as I did, and are  in terrible pain.  You are not alone.’ – ‘Katherine White’‘I know that there are women out there in our churches who are suffering silently, as I did, and are in terrible pain. You are not alone.’ – ‘Katherine White’A woman shares how she overcame decades of emotional pain after an abortion, and found healing and mercy in the Church

BACK in 1974, a year after abortion was fully legalised in the United States, Katherine White (not her real name) was enjoying her senior year of college. Her parents were proudly anticipating her graduation; she would be the first college graduate in the family.

Then she started throwing up, and eventually missed a period. So she walked into a clinic for a blood pregnancy test. It was positive.

“When I found myself pregnant, I was in denial,” she said. “I was frightened. I was too ashamed to tell my parents.” Yet White assumed her boyfriend would support her. They would get married and have the baby.

“He didn’t want anything to do with it,” she told The Catholic Accent, newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg.