On Nov 26 and 27 this year, the first weekend of Advent, the Catholic Church in Singapore will be embarking on a large-scale fundraising exercise to fuel its pastoral vision to be a more vibrant, missionary and evangelistic Church.
The Giving in Faith & Thankfulness (GIFT) campaign challenges every Catholic in Singapore to pray, volunteer, and pledge a monthly monetary contribution to the archdiocese.
Headed by the Catholic Foundation, the fundraising arm of the archdiocese, the campaign will be instrumental in the Church’s plans to expand and increase its programmes, as well as improve its physical infrastructure.
Malaysian and Singaporean priests, who are in their first five years of ordination, visited Archbishop William Goh during their young priests’ gathering.
Faith, friendship and fun.
That was what happened when 41 young priests (in their first five years of ordination) from the dioceses of Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Melaka-Johor, Miri, Penang, Sibu and Singapore came together for the annual Regional Young Priests’ Gathering.
The gathering, hosted this year by Singapore from Oct 24-28, began with participants visiting Archbishop William Goh for a “post-ordination lesson” on the priesthood – not a delayed dogma lesson, but a lesson at the most practical level.
Newly-wed couples attend the Knowing Me Knowing You workshop at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
Nineteen relatively newly-wed couples learnt how to deepen intimacy in their marriage and their understanding of one another during a recent parish workshop.
The couples, who have been married for between three months to about two years, attended the workshop titled Knowing Me Knowing You – Growing in Intimacy, at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS) on Nov 5.
The idea for such a workshop arose when a couple “asked what workshops the church could hold for newly married couples,” said Ms Shelley Ee from the OLPS Family Life Ministry.
CHARIS volunteer Joseph Chong training the local community chief on how to assemble the pipe components for the bio-sand tank.
Ten volunteers from Singapore spent about a week in central Philippines helping people there get access to quality drinking water.
The Oct 23-30 mission trip to Romblon was organised by CHARIS, the overseas humanitarian arm of the Singapore Church; and acts29, a Singapore Church youth organisation involved in evangelisation through mission and dialogue.
The Singapore team helped to train Filipino youths under acts29’s scholarship programme, staff of Romblon diocese’s social action organisation, local Caritas scholars and the local community in building a bio-sand water filtration system.