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.
In his homily, Archbishop Goh acknowledged the challenges that organisations may face. “The real danger is when organisations within the same social mission are competitive,” he said. “There is only one work. Anyone who is poor, deserves our help.”
He added that organisations are able to help the various vulnerable groups because of the different charisms they have been blessed with.
He reminded the Caritas family not to work for ambition and recognition but to promote the Church’s social mission.
The Mass also saw the handing over of the Caritas chairmanship from Ms Janet Ang to Prof Tan Cheng Han.
In her thanksgiving speech, Ms Ang, shared some of Caritas’ 2018 highlights such as the organising of the Social Mission Conference on Integral Human Development.
She also congratulated Caritas Singapore, Assisi Hospice and Clarity Singapore for receiving the Charity Transparency Award from the Charity Council last year and thanked the Caritas family for their commitment to “partner the poor” and for striving to be the “authentic voice of the poor”.
In his speech, Prof Tan said, “My hope is that we may more truly exemplify the person of Jesus, and that our collective work together be a visible sign of the community that our Lord calls us to become.”
Since its beginnings in 2006, Caritas Singapore has grown from being an umbrella body for 15 organisations to 27 Catholic charities and organisations. In 2015, Agape Village, a one-stop social service hub in Toa Payoh, was created. It houses 14 of these organisations.
The Caritas website is caritas-singapore.org
The handing over of the Caritas chairmanship from Ms Janet Ang to Prof Tan Cheng Han was witnessed by Archbishop William Goh.