How to prepare for the coming of Christ

Advent is a time of penance, anticipation and joyFather Ignatius YeoCatholics may find some similarities between the season of Advent and the season of Lent. For a start, both seasons employ the use of purple vestments, a “rose” Sunday (Gaudete in Advent and Laetare in Lent), and the elimination of the Gloria in Mass – [...]

Because we CARE, we give new meaning to HIV/AIDS patients

Diana Lee, a volunteer, shares her experiencesCatholic AIDS Response Effort volunteers and staff (facing camera in black and white tops), together with residents having a singalong session.Four years ago, at the blissful age of 67, a nagging desire to be a volunteer enveloped me. Whenever I hear a homily, read a spiritual book or watch [...]

North District camp to build a community in the larger Church

Youth from the various North District parishes with Father Cornelius Ching (back row sixth from left) after a board games day at Holy Spirit Church.Youth communities can be found in almost every church in the local archdiocese. But what about a district community?In an effort to foster bonding and fellowship among the youth from the [...]

Buddhist monks, lay people visit Divine Mercy Church

Father Damian De Wind explaining the various features of the church to Buddhist monks and lay people.Five monks and three Buddhist lay people from Sri Lanka were given a special tour of the Church of Divine Mercy in Pasir Ris on Oct 29.It was their reward for graduating with First Class Honours from the Buddhist [...]

“A Man For Others” – Montfort’s way to relieve disaster

A Montfort Junior School student customising his fabric pouch at the arts and crafts stall.On Sept 28, much of Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Sulawesi, Indonesia, was devastated by an earthquake and a subsequent tsunami. The disaster claimed thousands of lives, injured many others, destroyed infrastructure and homes, leaving survivors without shelter and basic needs.At [...]

Nuns’ workshops help Catholics use digital media responsibly

Sisters Rose Pacatte (left) and Nancy Usselmann speaking at a workshop. Photo: JOHNSON KOHMarie TayEveryone is on social media these days. Many people – from the youth to working adults and retirees – have different social media accounts for work, friends and other social circles. How do we live as Catholics in today’s digital world?Sister [...]

Parishioners learn skills to handle emergencies

Volunteers learn about fire-fighting at Church of Divine Mercy. Photo: CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCYThe Archdiocese’s emergency preparedness received an added boost when volunteers at two parishes stepped up to learn life-saving skills which could be used in emergencies in church and even in their homes.At the Church of Divine Mercy on Nov 17, 32 members [...]