To inspire a New Evangelisation in our Catholic archdiocese, the archdiocesan Strategic Planning of Resources (ASPR) team will be undertaking a two-part archdiocesan quantitative and qualitative survey.

The entire survey will provide clearer bases for the strategic planning of our archdiocesan resources and financial budget requests.

The first survey is an update on parish Mass attendance.  It will be a simple on-line (Internet/smartphone) survey at http://survey.catholic.sg.  It will be conducted and completed during the weekend Masses of Jan 16/17, 23/24, and 30/31.

The second component of the survey is a “Catholic Conversation” with individuals and groups on “What it is like to be a Catholic in our Singapore Church” today.

The fruits of this survey depend on the full participation of all Catholics.

His Grace Archbishop William Goh thanks you in anticipation for your support and fullest participation for the good of your parish and the whole archdiocese.

The Internet/smartphone survey is located at http://survey.catholic.sg

2016 PDF issues are available at this link:

Sr Teresa Lee, FMM, (far left), seen here with other FMM Sisters and laypeople who work in the Atelier.

By Jared Ng

Four Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) Sisters and their five laywomen helpers perform a unique ministry at the Atelier or Workroom, located next to the FMM Convent at 49D Holland Road.

Here, they produce Church vestments: chasubles, bishop vests, copes and mitres, surplices, stoles, choir gowns and baptismal gowns. Other items include altar linens and lectern cloths, and banners for Church organisations and schools.

The late FMM Srs Lilianne Lebel, a French-Canadian, and Sr Ciro, an Italian, launched the vestry ministry in 1954. They felt that the FMM Sisters in Singapore could provide vestments for local and regional clergy as a service.

Redemptorist Fr Francis Vijayan said that ‘counselling people about marriage, addictions and other issues’ is something he enjoys as a priest.

By Jared Ng

Reflecting on his vocation since being ordained on Sept 8, 2016, Redemptorist Fr Francis Vijayan says that the priesthood “has been a growing experience,” one which has made him more aware of his “limitations”.

Some of these, he said, are whether he has lived up to the role he has been called to and if he is inspiring vocations through his work as a priest.

Others include dealing with the workload as well as people’s expectations of him as a priest.