JANUARY 21, 2018, Vol 68, No 02



There have been several reports of seniors dying all alone – both here in Singapore and in Japan in The Straits Times (ST).

That was followed by discussions, both in media reports as well as in ST’s Forum page as to whether assisted suicide or euthanasia should be an option given to caregivers to end the suffering of their loved ones going through enormous pain from life-threatening illness.

One ST commentary (A Good Life To the End, or a Quick Death, Dec 16, 2017) mentioned that the Australian state of Victoria recently legalised assisted suicide that permitted a patient with a terminal illness with life expectancy of less than six months to obtain a lethal drug to commit suicide.

The crowd at the Caritas Singapore annual Mass on Jan 6.

The ultimate goal of Christian social service is to give people Christ, said Archbishop William Goh at the Caritas Singapore annual Mass held on Jan 6.

Speaking to 200 people from the Caritas family gathered at Agape Village in Toa Payoh, he told them that they must be convinced that Jesus is the greatest gift of God, only then can they give Jesus to others.

He urged those involved in social mission work to reach out to others by getting involved with the lives of the people they serve, just as Jesus wanted to identify with the people He met and healed.
St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) and St Joseph’s Institution International (SJI International) performed well in the 2017 International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma exams.

All 138 students from SJI’s fourth IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) cohort passed and achieved an average score of 41 out of 45 points.

Five students achieved 45 points and 17 students attained 44 points. Fifty percent of the cohort scored 42 points or more, and 79 percent attained at least 40 points. Six students were also awarded the prestigious Bilingual Diploma.
Archbishop Goh, Fr Erbin Fernandez offer food for thought at the launch of catechetical year


Archbishop William Goh speaking to catechists at the launch of the catechetical year on Jan 6.  Photo: VITA Images

Catechumens should be able to see Christ in their catechists, and quality should take precedence over quantity in catechesis.

This was a message shared with more than 300 catechists who gathered to welcome the new catechetical year on Jan 6.

The annual event was organised by the Office For Catechesis (OFC) and held at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre.

Dr Sylvia Goh, former Canossian Alumni Association president, passed away on Dec 26, 2017.

By Veronica Tan

The Canossian Alumni Association (CAA) recently mourned the loss of their former president Dr Sylvia Goh, who passed away on Dec 26, 2017, at the age of 91.

Canossian Sr Janet Wang said she remembers Dr Goh for her “unstinting loyalty, serenity, humility and simplicity in everything she did”.

The Canossian nun also recalled that Dr Goh, in gratitude for the opportunity she had to complete her education at St Anthony’s Convent in 1947, donated to the setting up of the Black Box experimental theatre at St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School in Bedok. She also generously contributed to the funds for poor children.