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Archbishop’s Lenten Pastoral Message

Simon and the other fishermen were unable to catch any fish, but when Simon placed his trust in Jesus, everything changed. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,In embarking on our Lenten journey this year, let us recall the story of Simon and the Fishermen from the Gospel of St Luke.Jesus had been preaching to a [...]

Contraceptive mandate compromise falls short: US Church leader

Mr Barack Obama making a statement on Feb 10 about the federal mandate on contraceptive coverage. Beside him is Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. ROME – President Barack Obama’s revision to a controversial contraceptive mandate has done nothing to change bishops’ opposition to what they regard as an unconstitutional infringement on religious [...]

Priests’ appointments

Msgr Francis Lau Fr Stephen Yim Fr Adrian Yeo As of Feb 1, Msgr Francis Lau has assumed all pastoral duties relating to the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.The cathedral restoration will continue to be overseen by Fr Adrian Anthony, who will take on this project fulltime while continuing to reside at the cathedral.Fr Stephen [...]

After all the feasting, let’s eat simply

Fruit and vegetables grown by parishioners are displayed at a farmer’s market at a Catholic church in Tennessee, USA. CNS photoAFTER the feasting (from Christmas to Chinese New Year), we who have been so blessed must need now to give our bodies a rest! For the sake of our health, for the sake of our [...]

Canossians celebrate jubilees, elect new provincial

Above: Canossian jubilarians celebrating with Archbishop Nicholas Chia. The nuns are (from left): Sr Marie De Roza, Sr Lily Tan, Sr Enrica Perego, Sr Janet Wang, Sr Bridget Foo and Sr Winnie Tan. Below: New Provincial Leader Sr Theresa Seow.Six Canossian nuns celebrated their jubilees with a Mass on Jan 29 at Church of St [...]

More than 1,000 SJI alumni to mark school’s anniversary

A dinner will be held on May 12 for old boys of SJI on the school premises.More than 1,000 old boys of St Joseph’s Institution are expected to attend a dinner celebrating their alma mater’s 160th anniversary on May 12.The celebration, to be held on the school field, would have 160 tables – one table [...]

Two ordinations to the diaconate

Posing for a photo after the diaconate ordinations: (from left) Fr Philip Tan (Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord Malaysian Provincial), Deacon Joseph Zhang, Archbishop Nicholas Chia, Deacon Samuel Lim and Fr William Goh, rector of St Francis Xavier Major Seminary. Photo by BENJAMIN LAIFeb 11 ordinations mark a first for the archdiocese since [...]

Marriage Encounter’s flash mob event turns heads

Couples froze for five minutes on Orchard Road to drive home the message that happy marriages are possible.At 4 pm, on Saturday, Feb 11, 50 married couples and their children took part in a “Freeze Flash Mob” event organised by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Singapore.Proudly declaring the number of years they have been happily married, [...]

Volunteering fulltime in Cambodia

Miss Tan (left) seen here with Cambodians from the Arrupe Welcome Centre for the Disabled. They were selling Cambodian-made products such as handicrafts and scarves at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace last year. Below: Female students from the Arrupe centre. All are handicapped and most are dancers.Since 2011, Zenn Tan has been [...]