Bernard Chen steps down as ACCS chairman

Mr Bernard Chen (left) has passed on the chairmanship to Prof Tan Cheng Han (right).After being at the helm of Catholic education for more than 10 years, Mr Bernard Chen is stepping down as chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS).The former Minister of State for Defence chaired the Catholic Education Task Force [...]

Migrants’ training centre to move to Nativity Church

Domestic workers, who graduated from courses run by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, throw confetti in celebration on Aug 21.Present premises rundown and costly to maintainThe migrants commission’s training centre will relocate to Nativity Church for three years as the organisation looks for larger premises.The move, to take [...]

IRO members visit archbishop in hospital

Sr Theresa Seow and members of Singapore’s Inter-Religious Organisation visit Archbishop Chia. Photo: AHMED AL-ATTASMembers of the Inter-Religious Organisation visited Archbishop Nicholas Chia in Mount Alvernia Hospital after he fractured his ankle.They brought him flowers and conveyed their wishes for a speedy recovery, said Canossian Sr Theresa Seow, who accompanied the visitors. They also “asked [...]


Pope Benedict XVI waves from his popemobile as he arrives to celebrate the closing Mass of World Youth Day. CNS photosMADRID – Pope Benedict XVI saw that 1.4 million young people could be buffeted by gusty winds and drenched by a driving rain and still fall silently to their knees to adore the Eucharist.At the [...]

Letter: Wanting to continue an Indian tradition

I have noticed that nowadays many churches no longer allow people to rent their canteens for thanksgiving meals.It is a tradition among Indians to commemorate the 1st death anniversary of their loved ones with a Mass followed by a thanksgiving meal for all who shared our bereavement.Previously, one church used to charge $300 per night [...]

Letter: High time that homilies improved

I’m very happy that the article about homilies finally appeared (CN, Aug 28).Did the Singapore Catholic Church ever invite Fr Shelly or his associates to share their preaching skills with our clergy?It’s high time we take action to improve homilies or many of our young people may decide that the worship style of other Christian [...]

The best Children’s Day gift

Every October, a day is set aside to celebrate the gift the children are to society. This year, on 7 Oct, children in Singapore will have a day of rest and play to commemorate the occasion. For those who have children in our lives – parents, grandparents and teachers – it’s an ideal moment to [...]

Values: Gambling – Heads or Tails, You Lose

In this last article in the series on Values by the Catholic Medical Guild and Caritas Singapore, we look at gambling and games of chance where money is involved and examine the moral issues behind indulging in them Gambling and gambling addiction are on the rise in Singapore. In the first year of the opening [...]