JULY 23, 2017, Vol 67, No 15

The gift of my Church: coping with grief through faith 

The Gift of My Church (#TGOMC) is a series featuring how Catholics from different walks of life have been touched by God through their service or participation in the life of the Archdiocese of Singapore. In this issue, writer Daphne Rodrigues learns how the members of Pieta, a new peer ministry for bereaved parents, help one another through their grief by clinging onto faith.

Members of Pieta pose in front of the statue that inspired the group’s name at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Photo: Pieta.

Greg and Elizabeth Krygsman lost their 24-year-old son suddenly two years ago. They were blessed to have family and friends come together to help with the arrangements for sending Andrew off. Yet, despite the support the couple received, they realised that they needed a deeper level of accompaniment as they grappled with questions about their loss.

They also received help through counselling, individually and as a couple. But they sensed that, in the mystery of death, faith was essential to their healing. No one could answer that burning question – why?

“In a crisis like this, you blame God,” said Greg. “The path splits into two, and you can either move closer to Him or away from Him. I had to make a conscious decision to not give up.”

Ceramic mugs on sale at Blessed Sacrament Church. Proceeds from sales in parishes will go towards the Canossaville Children and Community Services.

I am Faith. I am Hope. I am Love. I am Joy.

Ceramic mugs carrying these words of affirmation were sold at Blessed Sacrament Church over the weekend of July 8 and 9 by a group of ITE College West students who adopted Canossaville Children and Community Services as their charity of choice in the annual Citi-YMCA Youth for Causes project.

The mugs feature drawings done by a 10-year-old girl at the Canossaville student care centre who has autism. Available in four colours, the mugs were sold at $15 each or $50 for a set of four.

Priests of the archdiocese at the retreat held at Changi Cove. Photos: Fr Aloysius Ong

Priests of the archdiocese gathered for their annual retreat from July 3-7.

It was held at Changi Cove and facilitated by Jesuit Fr Olivier Morin from the Seven Fountains Jesuit Retreat Center in Chiangmai, Thailand.

The centre offers a variety of retreats, conferences, days of prayer, and spiritual direction for those seeking personal growth in faith, prayer and in the ability to respond to God in one’s daily life.

Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools), greets a student during the celebration on July 7.

Assumption English School (AES) held its opening ceremony at Upper Bukit Timah Road on July 7, a year and a half after returning to the site.

The school moved to a holding site in Queensway from 2013 to 2015 while the Upper Bukit Timah campus went through the Ministry of Education’s Programme for Rebuilding and IMproving Existing Schools (PRIME) initiative to upgrade the building.

AES returned to its original site in January last year.
This was the central message of the recently held Bible Sunday Seminar

Verbum Dei Srs Sandra Seow (left) and Monika Punan leading a Bible reflection during the Bible Sunday Seminar. Photos: RUN & GUN MEDIA

By Christopher Khoo

The message of the Bible can be summed up in one word – relationship. Through engaging with God’s word in Scripture, people can enter into a dialogue with God and become prophets of His word.

Verbum Dei Sr Sandra Seow had this message for the 420 participants who attended the Bible Sunday Seminar on July 8 at Catholic Junior College. The seminar had the theme, Listeners of the Word, Prophets of Today.

“Jesus is present in the Word of God,” said Sr Sandra, director of the Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate, in her keynote speech. He wants to bring us into “a personal relationship with Him”.