Recovering the spirit of the first Christmas

Christmas has always been a time of joyous celebration in most parts of the world. It can be said to be the most universally celebrated religious and cultural event in the world. Because it has the mark of a festive celebration, the emphasis has been one of merry-making, lavish dinners, [...]

The face of Christmas

The Nativity-themed masks. Photo: Jonny Tan Karen Chan Due to Covid-19 restrictions and safety measures, the Church of St Peter and Paul saw a large drop in donations to their conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Since they were still helping 81 Friends-In-Need with their monthly expenses, a kind [...]

Operation “Christmas Drop”

Spreading Christmas cheer and joy to FINs. Photo: Ron Goh Angela Ong A generous donation from a donor who wished to remain anonymous enabled members and volunteers of the Sacred Heart Church (SHC)’s conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) to render goodwill and cheer to 119 Friends-In-Need (FINs) [...]

The gift of Boxing Day

Consecration of St Stephen as Deacon by Vittore Carpaccio. Photo: Wikimedia Commons Michelle Tan On Dec 26, we celebrate the feast of St Stephen, a man of wisdom, good reputation, and filled with faith and the Holy Spirit. Indeed, he was so zealous for the Lord that he [...]

A Marist education, a stellar place to start

Gentlemen of Service with residents of St Theresa’s Home during the annual Sec 1 Catholic Camp. Photo taken pre-Covid-19. Photos: Maris Stella High School In 1817, Saint Marcellin Champagnat founded a religious community, the Marist Brothers of the Schools, also known as the Little Brothers of Mary, to [...]

Sent forth to shine with faith

David Cho receiving the Sacrament from Friar Aiden Peter. Photo: Luminaire Ministry SMOTA Many youth received the Sacrament of Confirmation under very unique circumstances over the past few months. Here, a few confirmands share their experiences preparing for the big day with the Catholic News team. Church of [...]

5 ways to make Christ incarnate this Christmas

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerrit van Honthorst. Photo: Wikimedia Commons Seminarian Shaun Lim “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” The opening line of Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (English poet, 1806-61) captures for me the truth of God’s love for us, [...]

Hope: the reason for the season

This icon of Blessed Nicolas Barré by Marc Laenen was commissioned by the IJ Sisters in 2018. It depicts Blessed Nicolas with one hand holding Love (Caritas) close to his heart. With the other hand, he invites us to contemplate the Infant Jesus in whose grotto in Bethlehem is joined to the hill of [...]

SFX Church rises up and reaches out

The welcoming outdoor crib. Photo: Church of St Francis Xavier Susanah Cheok Despite a celebration without its usual Christmas Fiesta, and carolling sessions and concerts by its award-winning youth choir, the parish was still proactive in its pastoral outreach. Thanks to the collective Youth Community 1COR12, everyone in [...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of all peoples

A replica of the image of Our Lady on Juan Diego’s tilma. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Michelle Tan On April 12, 2020, after the Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection, the Bishops’ Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) consecrated their continent to the Blessed Virgin Mary at [...]