My experience of World Youth Day MADRID

Benedict Tang, who joined an Opus Dei group to WYD, shares his pilgrimage experiencesSingapore pilgrims pose with pilgrims from other countries. DAY 1 (Aug 11): We arrived in Barcelona at about 8am. Renting three vans, we drove to Xaloc School, and made a quick stop to dump our luggage before heading straight to Basilica de [...]

JRS assisting Africans stricken by food crisis

Refugee shelters at the transit centre in Dollo Ado, where refugees are documented before entering camps. Photo: ANGELIKA MENDES/JRSChildren vastly outnumber adults in some of the refugee camps in the Horn of Africa, where a prolonged drought is causing a severe food crisis.In the camps in the Dollo Ado district in Ethiopia, there are almost [...]

S’pore, M’sian Catholics make joint pilgrimage

Parishioners of the churches of St Ignatius (Singapore) and St Francis Xavier (Petaling Jaya) preparing to attend Mass within the ruins of St Paul’s Church in Malacca.SINGAPORE – Parishioners from two Jesuit-founded churches in Malaysia and Singapore made a joint pilgrimage to Malacca recently to mark their churches’ 50th anniversaryParishioners of the churches of St [...]

East District Youth Day inspires young people

Above: Young participants at the event held at the Church of the Divine Mercy. Below: Fr Lionel Thomas addressed issues affecting youths.More than 650 youths gathered at the Church of the Divine Mercy to celebrate the East District Youth Day (EDYD), an event held every two years. This was the second EDYD held for the [...]

Teachers urged to have deep spirituality

Above: About 300 teachers attended the archdiocesan Teachers’ Day celebration on Aug 27. Below: Holy Trinity Kindergarten children entertain with Rhythm of the Earth, a song, dance and percussion performance.It is important for teachers to realise that they cannot continue to be good Catholic educators unless they have a “deep … spiritual life”.“If we don’t, [...]

Serving underprivileged children for 70 years

Above: The boys’ dormitory in the 1940s. Below: The present Canossaville Children’s Home. The home celebrated its 70th anniversary recently.Former residents and staff of Canossaville Children’s Home share their memoriesA former resident of what is now Canossaville Children’s Home remembers it as “a home of love”, where residents were one big family – sharing, playing [...]

Reconciliation session moves St Mike’s youths

Young people at the special youth gathering organised by the Church of St Michael.Memorable and inspiring.This was how young parishioners of the Church of St Michael described a youth gathering they attended, held as part of a parish mission conducted by the Redemptorists.“It was very inspiring to see the hunger that the youth have for [...]

Group plans pilgrimage to Johor

The Faith and Light Community Singapore is raising funds to help its members go on a pilgrimage next February.Local branches of the international community have been encouraged to go on pilgrimages as part of the worldwide group’s 40th anniversary celebrations.The Faith and Light communities of Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines are organising a pilgrimage to Majodi, [...]

Haven for people with special needs

A camp organised by the Faith and Light community.Faith and Light Singapore supports people with intellectual disabilities and their familiesPeople with intellectual disabilities and their families say they are grateful for the much needed support a community has been providing them.The Faith and Light Singapore community, established in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual [...]

Peranakan initiative raises funds for children’s centre

Performers at the Project Intan concert on Aug 21. Photo: BOB LEETeachers and students of Mandeville Music School recently donned Peranakan attire and put on a special concert in aid of children suffering from cancer.The performance was held at The Intan, a Peranakan museum in Joo Chiat, on Aug 21.The event was part of Project [...]