Present at the Mar Thoma Syrian Church’s 80th anniversary celebrations (from left): Rev John G Mathews, Vicar of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Singapore (host); Archbishop William Goh; Bishop Terry Kee of the Lutheran Church of Singapore; and Rev Jacob Johnson, Vicar, CSI (Church of South India) Immanuel Congregation in Singapore.
At the closing celebrations of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church’s 80th anniversary in Singapore, Archbishop William Goh was invited to speak on the theme, “Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening” (1 Samuel 3:9).
He applauded the community for their active witnessing to the workings of the Lord in their life.
The Christmas reflection booklet published by the Office for the New Evangelisation.
I write regarding the Christmas reflection booklet, The Joyous Community, published in December 2016 by the Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE). It is praiseworthy that ONE is producing reflections for every liturgical season; I am sure they are a valuable resource to many in the archdiocese. However, this edition contains a glaring error which I am frankly astonished made it to print.
The recommended Christmas activity for families utilises the secular Christmas song Twelve Days of Christmas, along with a popular interpretation of the lyrics as being “secret code for persecuted Catholics to learn their faith”. There are several issues with this interpretation, chiefly:
Sr Catherine Lim passed away on Jan 9 at the age of 94.
Canossian Sr Catherine Lim was called back to the Lord at the age of 94 on Jan 9, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Sr Catherine was born in Singapore on Oct 5, 1922, to devout Catholic parents: Peter Lim Ah Pin and Florence Teo.
She was baptised on Oct 8, 1922 at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul and studied in CHIJ Victoria Street (the present CHIJMES).