Letter: About young people who stop attending Mass

The reasons given by young people who have not been going to Mass regularly, as reported by Clara Lai (Young People Who Don’t Attend Church, CN, June 15), make for interesting reading. They are not that insurmountable. If the Catholic Church wants to lead those who have left back to the fold, she has to [...]

Uniting the community through rosary

It was an example of the rosary’s power to unite people from different ethnic groups.Close to 300 parishioners of the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea prayed the rosary during an outdoor rosary and candlelight procession on June 13, with each decade being said in Tagalog, Tamil, Chinese, Malayalam and English.A statue of [...]

Learning experience at film fest

Inspiring films that leave one thinking and reflecting long after the viewing experience is over.This just about sums up the reaction of some of the 60 people who attended the first CANA Film Festival held on June 7 and 8.The event, held at the Catholic Centre on Waterloo St, aimed to introduce viewers to Catholic [...]

Girls shave their locks to support cancer sufferers

Seven girls and more than 100 boys and male teachers of St Joseph’s Institution International shaved their heads in a show of solidarity with children suffering from cancer.The June 11 event was organised as part of Hair for Hope, a fundraiser of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. In addition, 60 girls, along with one mother and [...]

St Anthony youth revive age-old tradition

Young Catholics from the Church of Saint Anthony celebrated the Easter season by taking a trip back in time to medieval Europe where the game of “handball” was traditionally played during this season. Pallamano, which means “handball” in Italian, was a favourite Easter sport most commonly played in France and Germany. “The ball represents the [...]

Serving typhoon-hit villagers

A group of volunteers from an Opus Dei centre in Singapore spent more than a week installing solar and wind power systems for Philippine villagers affected by Typhoon Haiyan.From May 25-June 2, the group from the Ravenahl centre– comprising eight students and young professionals, two university lecturers, and a priest, Fr Jose Pedro Libano – [...]

Challenges and goals for the German-speaking community

According to Fr Hans-Joachim Fogl, Singapore has the biggest active German-speaking Catholic community in Asia.Fr Hans, 53, who came to Singapore in September 2004, is currently the chaplain of the German Catholic community here.Together with one of the main coordinators Ms Susanne Greiner, 47, Fr Hans told CatholicNews about their community in a recent interview.The [...]

‘The Holy Spirit will surely guide us’

St Ignatius parishioner JY Pillay says he feels “some trepidation” at being appointed to the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency. “But as George Yeo says, the Holy Spirit will surely guide us,” said Mr Pillay, who is chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers and of Tiger Airways.The Vatican announced on June 5 that Mr Pillay, [...]

Charismatics gather for annual Pentecost Rally

Charismatic Catholics packed the Church of the Risen Christ on June 7 for a rousing Pentecost Rally and Mass. In his message for the rally, Redemptorist Fr Simon Pereira told the Charismatic communities from the various parishes and institutions that Christians need the Holy Spirit to breathe life into their work and ministries. Otherwise, they [...]

Bible stories come alive for religious educators

Teachers, catechists and parent volunteers who took part in a religious education programme recently gave it the thumbs up.“I learnt methods of making Bible stories come alive, giving students the opportunity to actively participate,” said Mr Anthony Xavier, a parent volunteer at St Stephen’s and St Patrick’s schools.Ms Yvone Yagappan from St Francis Xavier Kindergarten [...]