MARCH 14, 2010, Vol 60, No 05

City District

Church of St Alphonsus (Novena Church): Fri, 19 March. 8.00 pm
Church of Sts Peter & Paul: Mon, 22 March. 8.00 pm Sat, 27 March (M) 1.30 pm
Church of St Bernadette: Tue, 23 March. 8.00 pm
Church of St Michael: Wed, 24 March. 8.00 pm
Church of St Teresa: Thu, 25 March. 8.00 pm
Church of Our Lady Of Lourdes: Fri, 26 March. 8.00 pm Sun, 28 March (T) 9.00 am & 5.30 pm – followed by Mass
Cathedral of The Good Shepherd: NA
St Joseph's Church: NA
Church of the Sacred Heart: NA

Many Catholics go for the Sacrament of Reconciliation only twice in a year – during Advent and during Lent. But is the sacrament more than just about confessing our sins? Joyce Gan finds out

WHILE IT IS not unusual to hear that the Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrated during Lent is an obligatory one for a Catholic, Father Ignatius Huan (inset) corrects, what a Catholic is really obliged to do, is “to receive communion once during Easter”.

Hence, the Sacrament of Reconciliation sets us straight and prepares us to receive communion in a state of grace, come Easter.

When Father John Chua, OCD, was asked to reattach a statue figurine’s broken finger, little did he realise it would end up taking nine months to complete. In conversation with Darren Boon, he tells of how he uses his gift in art for the glory of God

KNOWING FATHER JOHN CHUA’S interest in painting and restoring statues, the parish of the Holy Family asked him for a simple favour – reattach the broken finger to the figurine of the boy Jesus in the parish’s main entrance statue.

The Carmelite friar, who will turn 49 this year, agreed. But on examining the statue, he could see that the statue’s problems lay deeper than merely a broken finger. The statue was starting to tilt due to a damaged base. Also, its thick coats of enamel paint that concealed its exterior flaws could not hide the damaged interior caused by years of weathering the sun and rain.

Dr Sallie Yea (inset) speaking to the participants on the definition of human trafficking.
Photos by Darren Boon

SINGAPORE – About 20 people from the Jesuit Refugee Services, Roman Catholic Prison Ministry, and the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, attended a talk at Caritas Singapore on modern-day slavery on Feb 26.

The talk featured two speakers: Dr Sallie Yea, Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore, who is researching human trafficking; and Sister Mary Soh, FMM, who ministers to sex workers in Singapore.

Dr Yea told the audience that trafficked women are deprived of freedom, and are usually held captive not only by physical confinement, but by threats, punishments, removal of travel documents by their captors, non-payment of salaries and debt bondage.

(Top) Musicians of the Gurmat Sangeet Academy. (Below), Father Cyprian Consiglio.

SINGAPORE – While strumming his acoustic guitar, a Camaldolese monk, with his rich voice, led about 200 people in singing “Bismillah…Bismillah…ir-Rahman ir-Rahim…Bismillah” which means “In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate”.

On Feb 19 at Church of St. Mary of the Angels, Father Cyprian Consiglio delivered an unplugged performance of his repertoire which blends music with scripture passages and teachings of the various religions including Taoism, Islam and Buddhism.

The parish organised the concert under the “Voices for Peace” banner as a follow-up to last November’s interfaith full-day seminar which featured 17 speakers from different religions.