Natural Family Planning – God’s gift to marriages

A couples’ faith journey through Natural Family Planning Bernadette and Matthew Ang are trainee instructors from the Natural Family Planning (NFP) Service.“We were engaged before we knew about the Catholic faith. During that time, we started searching for methods of contraception. However, the search was unfulfilling as we found most contraceptive methods put the burden [...]

How To Win Over Your In-Laws

The family is usually viewed from the outside, as a union of two persons.  But more often than not, it is a collaboration of two families as well. Some people are blessed by having a very good relationship with their in-laws, while others can barely tolerate them. No matter what kind of relationship that you [...]

What’s the point of a Catholic education?

SINGAPORE – It’s that time of the year again in Singapore: Catholic parents will soon be faced with the question of which school to send their children to.Some may also wonder why they should consider a Catholic school.Years ago, there would have been few detractors from the idea of a Catholic child going to a [...]

Pope: Respect for human dignity is obligatory

VATICAN CITY – Respect for human dignity and for human rights is an obligatory result of a natural moral law that everyone is capable of knowing and following, Pope Benedict XVI said.“When natural law and the responsibility it implies are denied, the path toward ethical relativism opens dramatically, both on an individual level as well [...]

Singapore bids farewell to Apostolic Nuncio

SINGAPORE – Two hundred trips and 19 bishop ordinations in the region – these are the fruits of Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the former appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia, and Apostolic Delegate in Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia and Brunei since Sep 20, 2003.Archbishop Pennacchio has been appointed Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal since [...]

Project Intan raises $50,000 for Assisi Hospice

Musicians performing Peranakan numbers to close the fundraising project. Photo by Kelvin Khoo PhotographySINGAPORE – What began as a community project among family and friends has become an annual fundraising initiative by Holy Family parishioner Baba Alvin Yapp, a Peranakan antique collector.For the third year running, Baba Alvin has been networking with pledgers to fulfil [...]

Children to adore Eucharist in parishes

Father Erbin Fernandez blesses the parents. Photo by Nick ChuaSINGAPORE – Archbishop Nicholas Chia has appointed Father Erbin Fernandez as spiritual director of an upcoming community that promotes Eucharistic adoration for children.Meeting 25 catechists and parents from various parishes Jun 18 at Church of the Holy Spirit, Father Erbin said that the activity of Eucharistic [...]

St. Teresa parish holds forum on problem gambling

(From left) Parish priest of St. Teresa, Father Michael Arro; National Addictions Management Service counsellor, Lawrence Tan; and Director of National Council on Problem Gambling, Charlotte Beck. Photo by Daniel TaySINGAPORE – Nine years ago, James (name has been changed) was a software developer in Cebu, Philippines, who, while highly paid, had barely enough to [...]

Jesus, my best friend forever

Children, catechists and Father Henry Siew (centre) after camp. Photo by Bryan Benjamin GohSINGAPORE – The parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary organised a three-day camp held May 28-30 to help its Primary Five catechism children recognise Jesus as their best friend forever.During the camp themed “Jesus, you’re my best friend”, Father Colin [...]