Archbishop William Goh is encouraging Catholics to pray for the upcoming US-North Korea Summit:
Heavenly Father, we ask for the outpouring of Your grace on the momentous US-North Korea Summit here in Singapore on 12th June. We all desire to live in a world where there is peace, fraternal love, concern and charity for each other. Without peace, there can be no security, no progress and future for humanity.
Lord, we pray You will enlighten the political leaders to work for peace, justice and social order in the world. May this be the start of a continuous effort to building strong relationships, freed from the burden of fear and the weight of suspicion. May nations learn to trust each other and work towards world peace for all humankind.
Blessed Mother, you are our Mirror of Justice and Seat of Wisdom, we entrust this summit to you. Holy Spirit, guide the leaders and officials so that “nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war” (Is 2:4).
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen
From left: Frs John Chen, Peter Zhang and Francis Wang celebrating the Mass to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. In front of the altar is a little statue of Our Lady of Sheshan carrying the baby Jesus. Photos: HAI SING PAO
We are one Church, one community, said Fr John Chen during the annual Mass for the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.
Speaking to a crowd of 150 mostly Mandarin-speaking Catholics, he said that when Jesus started His ministry, He called upon His disciples from all walks of life to follow Him and form a new family, the family of God.
This was the Church community, said Fr Chen at the Mass held at the Church of the Risen Christ on May 24, and conducted in Mandarin and English.
Twenty-four children had their First Holy Communion at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.
The Italian Catholic community celebrated First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation for 34 of its members recently.
The events, held on May 13 and May 19 respectively, were believed to be the first time that the community celebrated these sacraments as a community and in their own language.
On May 13, 24 children, aged eight to 14, had their First Holy Communion at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, surrounded by their parents and friends. The chaplain of the community, Fr Timothy Yeo, who speaks Italian, celebrated the Mass which was filled with song and cheer.