Visitors to the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary get an explanation of symbols on the altar.
For a group of visitors who had never stepped into the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a tour of the sanctuary was more than just sight-seeing.
It was for them to find out more about the Catholic faith as part of an evangelising effort organised by the parish.
The participants were invited to visit the church as part of a Christmas carolling effort at Heartland Mall and NEX in Serangoon Central, where parishioners distributed the invite flyers to the public. The outreach effort also saw volunteers going around the neighbouring streets and blocks to distribute flyers.
Archbishop Goh speaking at the celebration marking the start of a new catechetical year.
The state of catechesis in Singapore is sobering. There are people who leave the Church after Confirmation and the RCIA process, said Archbishop William Goh.
Speaking at the annual celebration marking the start of a new catechetical year on Jan 6, Archbishop Goh said this was a failure of catechesis, which is not a question of content but of pedagogy and initiation.
The universal Church is struggling to find the “right” way to form young people and adults and he encouraged catechists to “think out of the box” to find ways to effectively evangelise those being catechised.
Preschool educators doing a Zumba workout.
When 75 Catholic preschool educators congregated at Catholic Kindergarten, a preschool managed by the Marist Brothers, it was to learn about the educational approaches and practices of the kindergarten. It was for them to deepen their professional knowledge.
But in learning, there should also be an element of fun. And, the educators found themselves getting an exhilarating Zumba workout as part of the programme on Dec 28. They also went through a dance routine with the aim of enhancing team work.
Leaders representing Caritas Singapore and its 27-member organisations after the annual Mass.
Recognising that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, the Caritas Singapore family gathers annually to celebrate Mass to give thanks for the past year as well as to begin a new year with blessings and faith.
And this year on Jan 5 at Agape Village, about 200 people from the Caritas family, including board members, staff and volunteers, attended the Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh. Caritas Singapore is the umbrella body for 27 Catholic charities and organisations.