SEPTEMBER 17, 2017, Vol 67, No 19

Catechesis for a catechist

The Gift of My Church (#TGOMC) is a series featuring how Catholics from all walks of life have been touched by God through their service or participation in the life of the Archdiocese of Singapore. In this issue, newly minted catechist, Alexander Ee, shares with writer Magdalene Lee how God has led him to this ministry and continued to transform him through it.


Fr Erbin Fernandez welcomes new catechists from across the archdiocese to the Basic Catechist Certification course offered by OFC. Photo: OFC.

Alexander Ee started teaching catechism to secondary school students at the Church of St Ignatius in January this year.

Whilst relatively new in his tenure in the catechetical ministry, the decision to serve as a catechist was in fact the culmination of a two-year long journey since he experienced a personal encounter with God.

Despite being a “cradle Catholic” and attending Catholic schools such as St Stephen’s School and St Patrick’s School, the newly minted catechist was in fact someone who was uninterested in the faith during his formative years.

Cutting the cake to mark the 20th anniversary of the Cenacle Sisters in Singapore. From left: Ms Janet Ang, Sr Francisca Tan, Archbishop William Goh, Sr Linda Lizada, Sr Mel Benedictos, Sr Susay Valdez and
Fr Valerian Cheong.

By Clare Isabel Ee

More than 800 people celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Cenacle Sisters in Singapore at a gala dinner on Aug 26.

Archbishop William Goh and many who had benefitted from the Sisters’ work over the years attended the dinner which commemorated the Cenacle mission in Singapore.

“The work that we do – spiritual direction, spiritual accompaniment, retreats – are ones that are very quiet in our world today, where there’re so many goings-on,” said Sr Francisca Tan, the first Singaporean Cenacle Sister.

The ‘My Soul Proclaims’ event saw priests perform a variety of songs. From left: Fr Eugene Lee, Fr Edward Lim and Friar Derrick Yap. Photos: CASSANDRA GOH

Four priests, a seminarian and one Religious filled the Church of the Holy Family with laughter and cheer as they entertained with songs, heartwarming stories and dance.

Titled My Soul Proclaims, the Sept 4 event saw Carmelite Fr Edward Lim, Franciscan friar Derrick Yap, Redemptorist Fr Eugene Lee and Fr Valerian Cheong perform a wide range of songs.

Proceeds from the event went to the fundraising efforts of the Cenacle Sisters.

Mr Gerard Lee at a Catholic Business Network talk.

Avoid exaggerations and lies, which are common practices in the working world. Accept and take responsibility for one’s mistakes and give credit where credit is due.

This was some advice given by Mr Gerard Lee, a parishioner of the Church of the Holy Cross and CEO of Lion Global Investocrs, at a talk organised by the Catholic Business Network (CBN).

Mr Lee, who had previously worked for both the GIC and Temasek Holdings, was speaking at one of CBN’s My Journey Series of talks in which business leaders share their experiences of being “shepherds in the marketplace”.

Participants in a praise-and-worship session during the Aug 16-20 course.

The Institute for World Evangelisation (ICPE Mission Singapore) ran a pastoral care course titled Empowering the Wounded Healer.

Fifty-nine participants from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia attended the Aug 16-20 course held at the former St Francis Xavier Major Seminary in Punggol.

Most of the participants were ministry leaders in their parish communities while others were ICPE members.