JUNE 11, 2017, Vol 67, No 12

ARE WE A DOWNCAST OR EASTER PEOPLE?

Since the launch of the GIFT campaign, Catholic Foundation has received many heart-warming responses. In this issue, Msgr Philip Heng SJ shares his own encounters of generosity and faith in this abridged version of a homily he gave on 30 April at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Msgr Philip Heng preaching at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Photo: Vita Images.

It is good for us to reflect on whether we are a downcast people who are locked in the negative perceptions and pains of life, or are we an Easter people of faith in the Risen Christ?

During the Cathedral Dedication celebration two months ago, I have encountered those who truly illustrate what it means to be an Easter people.

The first encounter is with a family of four, whom I baptised last year at the parish of St Ignatius. The parents of 12-year-old Ashley Tan had asked me, “Father, our daughter has painted some eight paintings and we would like to offer all of them to you for any worthy fundraising cause.”

Canossian Sisters and Canossian Alumni Association members celebrate at Concorde Hotel.

Mrs Catherine Zuzarte joined the St Magdalene’s Club when she left St Anthony’s Convent after her O levels in the 1950s.

“There were just a handful of us and we were happy to go back to play netball just to keep in touch with our classmates and friends!” she recalled.

That marked the humble beginning of a group that would evolve to become the Canossian Alumni Association (CAA).

Students of CHIJ (Katong) Primary visit a beneficiary of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

By Elaine Ng

CHIJ (Katong) Primary celebrated its Founder’s Day by visiting needy people in the neighbourhood, delivering goodie bags to them and holding a special Mass on May 26.

Selected Pri 6 girls, teachers and parent volunteers visited the beneficiaries of the Society of St Vincent de Paul living in Marine Parade and gave them hand-packed goodie bags filled with daily essentials such as bedsheets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, biscuits, towels, Milo sachets and soap.

The activity was part of the school’s annual Gift of Love project, which saw students, parents and staff chipping in to raise $17,500.

Holy Innocents’ High School’s Chinese orchestra performing at the concert at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Holy Innocents’ High School (HIHS) held an outdoor concert at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to commemorate the school’s 125th anniversary.

The event, held on May 20, saw a large crowd entertained by performances from the school’s choir, drama club, band, dance and Chinese orchestra groups. Staff and teachers also got in on the act by putting on performances of their own.

Launching the Canossian Education Charter on May 26. From left: Sr Louisa Lim (supervisor of Canossian Schools), Sr Cecily Pavri (local leader of the Canossian Formation House), student Kimberly Tan, Sr Theresa Seow (provincial leader of the Canossian Sisters) and Mr Gerard Ee (chairman of Canossian Mainstream Schools and Canossian School Boards of Management).

By Jared Ng

The Canossians launched an education charter to ensure that their charism is not lost in today’s pace of education.

There is “an urgency to ensure that our unique charism is not watered down in this fast changing world,” said Sr Theresa Seow, provincial leader of the Canossian Sisters, in her opening address at the event.

“While the charter is written specifically with education in mind,” it also focuses on the “formation of the heart” which is the cornerstone of Canossian formation, she said.