NOVEMBER 12, 2017, Vol 67, No 23

Celebrating life with generosity

Givers is a series that features how Catholics, in ways big or small, help to build up the Church. ln this first issue, writer John Tan learns why an 80-year-old desired to celebrate his birthday by welcoming generosity toward the Church.


80-year-old James in a candid moment at his birthday party, where he insisted guests do not bring gifts but instead donate to the Catholic Foundation.  Photos: James and Catherine

When James Tan Swan Jeng decided to celebrate his 80th birthday by throwing a party for his family and friends, he made it clear that he did not want them to bring him any gifts. Instead, he told his guests that he would appreciate donations to the Catholic Foundation.

With permission from Msgr Philip Heng (Vicar General, Finance and Administration), James included an appeal letter from the Foundation with invitation cards to the birthday party.

“Well, I am a Catholic myself, and I see that the archdiocese needs a lot of money, over $200 million over the next seven years. Our archbishop will surely have a hard time. If we can contribute, even just a little, we should.”
Agape Village experience introduces confirmands to Catholic social teachings


Confirmands participate in a skit about the dignity of work.

By Jeanette Tan

Some Saturday mornings at Agape Village are a hive of activity and noise.

Buses pull into the Agape Village compound where a line of eager facilitators welcome up to 75 secondary catechism teenagers as they pour out.

They’re initially awkward and shy, because they come from different parishes, but they all have a common objective:
receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
S’porean couple Daniel and Shelley Ee, who are among the Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s global leaders, share their experiences giving presentations in Mexico and Europe.

DANIEL MASS LONDON
Daniel and Shelley Ee (front row in white tops), together with Fr Nathaniel Gomez (in white beside them), singing at the end of a Mass during the 45th anniversary celebration of WWME England and Wales.

As Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s global leaders, Fr Nathaniel Gomez and ourselves, Daniel and Shelley Ee, initiate formation and leadership development for our movement. Catholic Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) is currently present in 94 countries worldwide.

In our role, besides chairing the world council meetings (attended by the six continent teams) annually, we also visit countries to participate and present at meetings and events at continent and country level.
first Tagalog Mass
Filipinos from the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace and members of other Filipino communities at the Tagalog Mass on Oct 15.

Oct 15 marked the establishment of the first Filipino community at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.

About 400 Filipinos from the parish and members of other Filipino communities came to support the budding community at its first Tagalog Mass celebrated by Scheut Missions Fr Charlie Oasan.

In his homily, Fr Charlie expressed his conviction that those who moved to Singapore to work were not just called to earn money and leave the country without making an impact on the lives of those around them. They were called to also serve God in His mission.
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Participants viewing a statue of Buddha at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery on Oct 28.

By Jared Ng

Eye-opening, humbling and informative. This was how participants described their visit to the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery on Oct 28.

Twelve participants visited the monastery, also the largest Buddhist temple in Singapore, located at Bright Hill Rd.

It was organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD) and aimed to help Catholics better appreciate interreligious dialogue as well as promote mutual respect and friendship with people of other faiths.