AUGUST 20, 2017, Vol 67, No 17

SEEING THE BIG PICTURE IN GIVING

In this adapted extract of Archbishop William Goh’s homily at the CHARIS Humanitarian Forum & Fair on 10 June 2017, Catholics and the various organisations in the archdiocese are urged to see that we are one Church with one mission.


Archbishop William Goh giving his homily during a Mass at the Humanitarian Forum & Fair 2017, held at Catholic Junior College. Photo: Vita Images

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this world is really ironical. The dignity of the human person is something that the Church has always championed even until today. Every person is unique, is an individual, irreplaceable.

This is one of the more important social teachings of the Church, alongside another important social teaching—that every person is called to freedom.

Unfortunately, the dignity of the individual has been over-accentuated, at the expense of the community. And the freedom of the individual, at the expense of the greater good of the community. This is the reason why, today we have a situation where people are very individualistic. It is about themselves, their needs, their wants, and never about others.

Good Shepherd Sisters of Vietnam seen here with organisers of the Blue Heart Campaign at an exhibition booth in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: JULIAN CHUA (CHARIS)

CHARIS, the Singapore archdiocese’s umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid, has contributed US$6,000 (S$8,100) towards the organisation of an anti-human trafficking campaign in Myanmar.

The Blue Heart Campaign, aimed at raising awareness and empowering people towards ending human trafficking in the region, was organised by the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.

The Aug 6 event was held at the People’s Square and Park in Yangon.
  
The cover of the book titled Senza Tempo.

St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School has launched a colouring book which allows students to identify, appreciate and deepen their understanding of the school’s values and ethos.

Titled Senza Tempo, which means “timeless” in Italian, the colouring book is categorised into three main portions: Tradition, Transition and Transformation.

Tradition focuses on the origins and beginnings of the school. Transition shows the changes the school has undergone throughout the years and the move from the old campus at Middle Road to the Bedok campus.
The Catholic Medical Guild offers some advice on the issue



By Dr Colin Ong and Dr Irwin Chung

Advance care planning is essential today, as technological advances in medicine have enabled people to live longer even when a cure is no longer possible.

However, the use of advance directives or “living wills” may be morally problematic if they contain language that is too simplistic or vague, and suggest that all choices at the end of life are morally the same, for example, “If my doctors decide that I have severe brain damage and I am not likely to get better and life-support only delays death, I (want/
do not want) life support treatment”.

Such questions are prone to the “slippery slope” towards euthanasia especially when patients’ conditions are poor and erroneously considered “not worth living”.
SARONG KEBAYA
The sarong kebaya-clad choir was a highlight of the July 31 celebration.

Marymount Convent School, started by the Good Shepherd Sisters, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with various activities.

One such celebration was held on July 31, the birthday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, the foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

During this event, students were taken on a picture tour to various places in France, to the places where their foundress lived and worked. Some Good Shepherd Sisters also shared with the cohorts of different levels their experiences, ministries and hopes.

The celebration saw Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean officiating at the opening of the school’s upgraded premises and new Heritage Gallery.