NOVEMBER 13, 2016, Vol 66, No 23

Expected completion date in June 2018, located within St Joseph’s Church
(Bukit Timah)

Archbishop William Goh being assisted in using an excavator to dig up a piece of earth during the groundbreaking ceremony on Oct 26.

A new stage in the history of the Catholic Church in Singapore was marked at a groundbreaking service to kickstart construction works of the new Seminary and Formation Building.

The event was held within the compound of St Joseph’s Church (Bukit Timah), where the new building will stand.
Archbishop William Goh was joined by fellow priests including Fr James Yeo, rector of the Catholic Theological Institute Of Singapore (CTIS) and Msgr Ambrose Vaz, rector of the seminary, during the celebration held on Oct 26.

Others present included seminarians, staff and students from CTIS and members of the project building committee.

Keith Neubronner, 27, speaking during his comedy act at Crossings Cafe. He said that Church-related humour could be a form of evangelisation.

“If God clapped his hands together, would it cause a big bang? Guess it’s just a theory.”

“You know, if I ever opened a Christian restaurant, I’d call it: The Lord Giveth ... and also does ‘take away’.”

These were some jokes by Keith Neubronner in his stand-up comedy show at Crossings Cafe at the Catholic Centre.

Believed to be the first of its kind, Neubronner, 27, shared with the audience at the start of the show that he felt “comedy and humour have a place in the Church. It can be a really powerful form of evangelisation.”

An All Saints’ Day celebration with kids dressed up as (from left) Our Lady of Fatima, St Gianna Beretta Molla, St Lucy, St Germaine Cousin, St Michael, St Francis, St Agnes and St Michael.

All Saints’ Day came early this year for some 50 children as they celebrated a “Party with the Saints” dressed as their favourite saints and martyrs.

The celebration took place on Oct 29 at the Catholic Centre.

Thanks to local Catholic couple Thomas and Stefanie Tan, the giggling children – aged between two and 12 – had a whale of a time with games, story-telling, and magic.

A columbariam in Singapore. According to the instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ashes of the departed may not be placed in a domestic residence and the ashes may not be divided among family members.

On Oct 25, the Holy See Press Office presented the Instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled Ad resurgendum cum Christo (ARC), regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation.

The Press Office highlighted that with regard to the practice of conserving ashes, no specific canon law exists. For this reason, some episcopal conferences have addressed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, raising troubling questions regarding the practices of conserving a funerary urn in the home or in places other than the cemetery (columbarium in the Singapore context), and especially that of dispersing ashes in nature.

Members of Choice Singapore presenting their country report at the 15th Choice Asian Conference in Hong Kong.

Love sets one free.

This was the theme of the 15th Choice Asian Conference (CAC) where 123 delegates gathered at the Breakthrough Village, Hong Kong, from Oct 12-16.

The conference was an opportunity for its members, namely from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, to have fellowship, brainstorm ideas, and set their growth plan for the next three years until the next conference.

In addition, there were also participants from Sri Lanka, China, Macau, and Trinidad & Tobago. In Sri Lanka, Choice has only been running for three years, and China just had its very first Choice weekend in July this year.