Stress in the time of pandemic

March 3rd, 2021|

Victoria Lim What do Covid-19 and the monastic life have in common? According to Sister Linda Lizada of the Cenacle Sisters, who is the spiritual director of Clarity Singapore: “If you are interested in the monastic life, this time [of Covid-19] is probably the best introduction [...]

Praying the Stations of the Cross

February 25th, 2021|

The Stations of the Cross is a special prayer of the Church. When we pray, we stop at 14 different stations which remember 14 important happenings in Jesus’ journey to the Cross. In Catholic churches everywhere, pictures of the 14 stations are displayed on the [...]

Is almsgiving only about giving donations?

February 22nd, 2021|

“Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart.” (Joel 2:12) The prophet Joel’s invitation on Ash Wednesday signalled the beginning of Lent. Lasting for 40 days, excluding Sundays, Lent prepares us for Christianity’s most important event, the Resurrection, on Easter [...]

How to use blessed candles

February 22nd, 2021|

Candles remind us of the Light of Christ, His Word and His Way. Michelle Tan How should we use candles that have been blessed, whether at the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb 2, or on other occasions? Blessed candles [...]

Be tolerant, merciful as a priest: Archbishop

February 22nd, 2021|

Archbishop William Goh anoints Fr Stanley’s palms with holy chrism praying, “The Lord Jesus Christ, whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, guard and preserve you, that you may sanctify the Christian people and offer sacrifice to God.” Photo: VITA Images Victoria Lim Parishioners [...]

Remembering Sister Marcellina Fumagalli, FDCC

February 20th, 2021|

Sr Marcellina, Beloved of God and of St Magdalene of Canossa. Photo: Canossaville Children and Community Services A missionary life spent sewing and sowing for the Lord Michelle Tan Born in Italy 90 years ago, Sr Marcellina Fumagalli was inspired to become a [...]

Celebrating the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 20th, 2021|

Meeting the Lord at the Tent of Lourdes. Michelle Tan The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes’ 133rd anniversary took place amidst a riot of colour with red swathes of cloth, vases of cherry blossoms and Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling of the Tent of Lourdes, [...]

3 faithful shepherds, 50 years of priesthood

February 20th, 2021|

Fr Eugene Chong, SVDP’s parish priest, presents Fr Anthony with a Papal Blessing on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Photos: Church of St Vincent de Paul Father Adrian Anthony Jonathan Peeris Fiery sermons, the ability to [...]

Be living stones, not dead stones

February 20th, 2021|

Photo: VITA Images Evangelisation is not an option, but an obligation: Archbishop Michelle Tan Why are we celebrating the anniversary of the dedication of our Cathedral? In his homily during the Solemnity of the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of the [...]

Pope Francis: 3 ways to conversion this Lent

February 19th, 2021|

Pope Francis has called on the faithful to focus on three key elements in their Lenten journey toward this year’s Easter as preached by Jesus (cf. Matthew 6:1-18). They are fasting, prayer and almsgiving, said the Holy Father in his Message for Lent 2021. He [...]

Christian unity by a Swiss lakeside

February 8th, 2021|

Sr Leticia Lopez (2nd from left) with members of the international team at Grandchamp. Photo: Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Sister Leticia Candelario Lopez,FMVD shares her experience Every year from Jan 18-25, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU), observed in [...]

Bring Gospel values to Catholic schools: Archbishop

February 8th, 2021|

Archbishop William Goh (centre) with newly-commissioned Principals (from L to R)  Mr Timothy Goh, Mr Eric Leong,Ms Catherine Nicol, Ms Nirmala Sumathy, Ms Sandhya Veerasenan and Ms Linda Wah. Photos: VITA Images Keep their founders’ legacy alive Michelle Tan To lead with authority [...]

Abiding in Christ’s love

February 8th, 2021|

Ecumenical leaders including Fr JJ Fenelon, Msgr John Paul Tan, OFM and Sr Elizabeth Lim, RGS (6th, 8th and 9th from left) bless the congregation at Trinity Methodist Church with the words “Be one, so that the world may believe!”. Photo: Catholic News [...]

The what, when and why of recent liturgical changes

February 8th, 2021|

Painting by Joanna Tan. “The red tablecloth represents the blood of Christ poured out for me on the cross, symbolised by the chopsticks. The bowl depicts my total self-emptying in the assurance that Jesus loves me completely – both the half in the shadow [...]