‘Peer pressure led me to join gang’

Peer pressure and a need to belong led Mark (not his real name) to join street gangs and secret societies during his teenage years.He said he got to know about peers joining such gangs when he started playing street soccer with his secondary school friends.Mark, who is now in his late 20s, said joining street [...]

Cathedral structural investigations ongoing

The pillars at the back of the Cathedral supported by beams. Photos: Darren BoonStructural investigations on the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd are ongoing and should be completed in a few months’ time, says Fr Adrian Anthony.Only then will cathedral authorities have a better idea of the extent and cost of restoration work, said Fr [...]

Adjustments to migrants’ programme

Starting this year, the Filipino Ongoing Development Programme (FILODEP) will conduct classes for foreign domestic workers on either the first and third Sundays or second and fourth Sundays of each month.This is to cater to workers who have only two off days a month and so are unable to attend weekly programmes.Courses for 2011 will [...]

Pontifical council member wants religions to join hands for poor

Mr Michael Thio who has been appointed a member of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, in an audience with Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.Mr Michael Thio, recently appointed a member of the pontifical council coordinating the Church’s charitable efforts, says he wants to promote joint efforts among different faiths and within the Catholic Church itself [...]

Needy students receive bursaries from Carlo society

Fr Henry Siew, director of Carlo Catholic Society, awarding a bursary on Dec 19. Recipients of Carlo Catholic Society’s bursaries say the money is a big help in easing their families’ financial burdens.They were speaking to CatholicNews after a short presentation ceremony at the society’s premises on Queen St on Dec 19.Agabus Tan, in Primary [...]

Sharings at Christian Unity Week

This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will see different Christian leaders coming together to share their experiences at a forum.Speakers from the Anglican, Methodist and Mar Thoma Syrian Churches will speak on topics such as prayer and fellowship based on this year’s theme – “They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, fellowship, to [...]

Parish comes up with dress code

At least one parish in Singapore has come up with a dress code for those attending Masses.In its Dec 26 bulletin, the Church of St Anthony (above) said that after a survey on appropriate attire, it has decided to forbid the wearing of:* Clothing made of spandex (skin-tight) and translucent (see-through) materials. * Clothing exposing [...]

Classical singer holds charity Christmas concert

Father Stephen Yim plays the saxophone, accompanied by Jeremy Fernandez on the piano at the Church of Christ the King concert.His talent for classical singing has led him to perform several recitals and concerts at the Arts House, Esplanade and Young Musician’s Society.But for Christmas last year, musician Daniel Fong, a 22-yearold undergraduate, decided to [...]

Archbishop’s Message for Catechetical Sunday 2011

They Recognised Him at the Breaking of Bread“It is I who need baptism from you and yet you come to me!” With this humble cry of recognition of John the Baptist from this Catechetical Sunday’s Matthean Gospel, I greet you all my sisters and brothers in the catechetical ministry.  Indeed, together with the Baptist, we [...]