OCTOBER 02, 2016, Vol 66, No 20

Jason Evert to speak here

Jason and Crystalina Evert.

Renown US Catholic champion of chastity Jason Evert is coming to Singapore next January to give a series of talks to various target audiences.

The much-sought after speaker, who together with his wife, Crystalina, has spoken about the virtue of chastity in many countries to more than one million people, including during World Youth Days in Sydney, Madrid, and two months ago, in Kraków.

Singapore couple Lawrence and Celeste Lai holding up the offertory gift during a special Mass at St Peter’s Basilica. The couple were selected to represent Asia at the celebration organised by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Italy.

A special Mass was held on Sept 10 in Rome as part of a pilgrimage during the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) community.

Singapore couple Lawrence and Celeste Lai, selected to represent Asia, brought up the offertory during the Mass at the main altar of St Peter’s Basilica.

The offertory gift they brought was a self-made poster depicting the wedding costumes of the different races in Singapore.
Fr David Garcia said that an alternative to abortion is adoption.

A seminar to discuss and clarify the medical and ethical aspects of Zika infection was held on Sept 17.

The event was organised by the Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore.

Fr David Garcia, its spiritual director, and Dr John Hui, chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), were the speakers at the seminar titled “Heart Issues, Hard Decisions: Ethical dilemmas in Zika Virus Infection”.

Ms Michele Tang (second from left) with Catholic High School principal, Ms Magdalen Soh Lai Leng (far left), a school student and staff members at the Istana on Sept 1. Ms Tang was among six recipients of the President’s Award for Teachers.

A Catholic High School teacher was awarded the President’s Award for Teachers (PAT) for her role in inspiring her students and peers.

Ms Michele Tang, was among six recipients to receive the prestigious teaching award conferred by President Tony Tan at the Istana on Sept 1.

The award honours excellent teachers for their role in moulding the future of Singapore.

A panel discussion session during the CANA Film Festival during which participants shared their thoughts on the film, Cart.

A total of 23 films, various panel discussions, workshops and a fringe festival for the whole family. These were just some of the highlights of the second edition of the CANA Film Festival (CFF) held from
Sept 7-13.

The biennial festival aimed to bring noteworthy independent films that espouse the universality of Catholic social teachings through depictions of good versus evil, friendship, hope and disappointment, life, love and loss.

Bishop Bernard Paul

Greetings in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
His Holiness Pope Francis invites us to reflect on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees’s theme “Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy”.

How do we view the foreign workers and refugees amongst us? Just like the Roman Empire, the Malaysian economy is heavily dependent on migrant labour.

The Teachers’ Day Mass was held at CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent on Sept 10.

“Teachers are called to believe in the mercy of God for unless we are believers of the mercy and receive it, we cannot give it to others,” said Msgr Ambrose Vaz during the Teachers’ Day Mass.

Catholics educators from across the island gathered at CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent for the annual celebration on Sept 10. The event was organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS).

Together with the main celebrant, Msgr Vaz and concelebrants Frs Adrian Danker and Edward Seah, the Mass was attended by teachers from all walks of life. The choir was from the music ministry of St Theresa’s Convent and the altar servers were from Catholic High School and St Patrick’s School.

A group of kids performing their skit during the Children’s Drama Workshop held from Sept 5-7.

A youth group of the Church of Christ the King organised a Children’s Drama Workshop for kids aged 6-12.

The workshop, run by Theatre of Gifts with the help of fellow youths from the community, aimed to show the kids God’s love for them and subsequently to love themselves and their neighbours.

The halls of the church echoed with laughter and shouts of joy as the 60 kids spent three days from Sept 5-7 learning about God’s love for them through drama activities and games.

Missionaries of Charity Sisters praying during the Mass held at the Church of St Francis of Assisi.

The Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Singapore organised a thanksgiving Mass in honour of the canonisation of their foundress, St Teresa of Kolkata.

She was canonised by Pope Francis on Sept 4.

The Mass in Singapore was held at the Church of St Francis of Assisi on Sept 10.
Fr Francis Vijayan, ordained on Sept 8, shares with CatholicNews his journey to the priesthood

Fr Francis Vijayan seen here having just given communion to his mother, Rosilin Vilasini, at his ordination Mass. Also in the picture are his father, Anthony Mohan (right), and his sister, Bernadette

“I learned to love what they are about, their love for preaching and ministering as a community,” said Fr Francis Vijayan when asked why he decided to be a Redemptorist priest.

“The community allows me to better reach out to the peripheries, to bring the Church to people,” the 33-year-old told CatholicNews.

Fr Francis was ordained at the Church of St Teresa on Sept 8.
Parish leaders learned about these and more at a recent conference

Parish representatives praying at the New Wine Conference on Sept

How can parishes build greater communion among their members? This was a major question tackled during the New Wine Conference held at SJI International on Sept 17.

About 400 representatives from parishes across the archdiocese attended the day-long event organised by the Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE).

According to ONE, the event’s aim was to facilitate a culture of communion in the archdiocese by encouraging parish leaders to focus on practices that can build communion in their own parishes.