JUNE 24, 2018, Vol 68, No 13

Conference to address issues such as what an authentic and integral development of S’pore would look like


Panel speakers at Caritas’ July 21 conference (from left):  Fr David Garcia, Mr Han Fook Kwang (The Straits Times), Mr John Lim (Ministry of Social and Family Development), Ms Teo Jin Lee (Agape Village Management Committee) and panel moderator Prof Tan Cheng Han.

Singapore might have developed rapidly economically, but has it matured as a cohesive society, especially when certain groups of persons are left out of the development equation?

What would a true, authentic and integral development of Singapore look like?

Caritas Singapore’s Social Mission Conference 2018, to be held at Catholic Junior College on July 21, aims to address this.

CJC students conducting a stakeholder analysis at the workshop conducted by Caritas.

About 40 Catholic Junior College (CJC) students learnt more about the Church’s role in helping the poor and needy during a workshop conducted by Caritas Singapore on May 30.

The students were among a larger group of 88 CJC students attending the college’s three-day-one-night Ignite Residential Programme which aimed to expose them to an authentic service learning experience.

The programme, held in University Town (UTown) at the National University of Singapore, also saw the students making rojak with the elderly from Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens, and visiting Assumption Pathway School and the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.
Dr Gabriel Seow shares about the wisdom behind the papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, as a physician



Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) is an encyclical issued by Blessed Pope Paul VI 50 years ago on July 25, 1968. Subtitled “On the Regulation of Birth”, it reaffirms the constant teaching of the Church regarding abortion, contraception and other issues pertaining to human life and love.

In this document, Blessed Pope Paul VI predicted a number of consequences should contraception be accepted and promoted, one of which was “how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards ... [A] man…may forget the reverence due to a woman, and…reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires”.



Caritas Singapore’s annual archdiocesan Lenten campaign, Charities Week 2018, raised $6.5 million, exceeding last year’s amount by more than $480,000.

Caritas Singapore, the archdiocese’s social mission arm, is the umbrella body of 25 Catholic charities serving more than 50,000 beneficiaries from among the poor and vulnerable. It runs more than 70 programmes ranging from psychotherapy to residential care, legal advice and family health.

Canossian alumni, vounteers and friends pose for a photo with a statue of St Magdalene of Canossa at the Verona Mother House Convent.

The Canossian Alumni Association (CAA) organised its first ever Canossian learning journey to Italy from May 20 to June 2.

Led by Canossian Sr Cecily Pavri, the trip, named “In the Footsteps of our Canossian Saints”, was designed to trace the life journeys of St Magdalene of Canossa, foundress of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, and St Josephine Bakhita, a
Sudanese slave who became the first ever African Canossian nun.

Made up of alumni members and Canossian volunteers and friends, the group of 33 visited the cities of Verona, Venice, Florence, Padua, Assisi and Rome, with a day at St Peter’s Basilica for a papal audience.

Dr John Lee (wearing glasses), World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations president, together with members of the federation and A Call To Share (ACTS), a Singapore Catholic humanitarian mission, meet Pope Francis.

About 20 representatives from the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC) and A Call To Share (ACTS), a Singapore Catholic humanitarian mission, met Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 28.

The FIAMC members were seeing the pope ahead of their congress in Zagreb, Croatia, held from May 30-June 2.

In his address to the Holy Father, Dr John Lee, a Singaporean doctor who is president of FIAMC, pledged to promote the authentic teachings of the magisterium of the Church as expressed in the papal encyclicals.

The procession around the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd led by Archbishop William Goh.

By Jared Ng

A prayerful candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament was the highlight of the Feast of Corpus Christi celebration at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Led by Archbishop William Goh, about 1,000 faithful recited prayers and sang hymns as they made their way around the cathedral compound on June 3.

Msgr Philip Heng, cathedral rector, guided those present with reflective questions and prayers as the procession stopped at four points – at the statues of St John Paul II, Mary, the Homeless Jesus and a wire sculpture of the crucified Christ.
Banns of Ordination

The following Seminarian Bro. Gabriel Wong Feixiang will be called to the Order of Deacons on 25 July 2018 at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS) by His Grace, Archbishop William Goh DD.

The publication of this banns fulfils the canonical requirement, can. 1051 2. Catholics are obliged to reveal any impediments or circumstances that would prevent Bro. Gabriel from receiving Sacred Orders and should contact the Parish Priest or the Archbishop with such information as soon as possible.

Fr. John-Paul Tan OFM, JCL
Chancellor
Chancery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore
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