FEBRUARY 18, 2018, Vol 68, No 04

Structure and governance of the Catholic Church in Singapore

The Giving in Faith & Thankfulness (GIFT) programme, which calls for greater financial support for the archdiocese, has raised renewed curiosity on how the archdiocese is governed in the collection and use of its funds. In this first of a series on governance, Msgr Philip Heng, Spiritual Director of Catholic Foundation and Vicar General for Finance and Administration, provides an overview of the structure and governance of the Catholic Church in Singapore.



The Catholic Church depends on its faithful for the resources necessary to sustain and extend its mission. This is evident in the Church’s collection of money from the faithful and the active participation of the laity in the mission of the Church. But what structures and practices does the Church have in place to protect these resources given to do God’s Will?

Young Matthew Tan presents oranges and hongbao to a migrant worker as part of an ACMI outreach.

Chinese New Year came early for some 300 foreign workers as staff members of Caritas Singapore, together with volunteers and their children, presented them with festive goodies.

The Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI) led the group of 29 to two foreign workers’ dormitories in Jurong and Tuas on Feb 4. There the visitors presented each worker with a pair of oranges and hongbao containing grocery vouchers.

Confirmands from Holy Cross Church worked with Clarity staff on Project G.O.D.

A parish project in aid of people with mental health issues, and which saw the involvement of the parish’s teens, raised more than $40,000.

The Church of the Holy Cross’ Project G.O.D (Gift of One Dollar), raised a total of $41,357 for Clarity Singapore, a Church organisation assisting persons with mental health issues to live meaningful lives through support, therapy, acceptance and recovery.

A cheque for the amount was presented to Clarity on Jan 13.

Beneficiaries taking part in the lo hei lunch held at Agape Village.

By Jared Ng

Shouts of “huat ah! huat ah!” filled the hall in Agape Village as an estimated 120 beneficiaries from various community service organisations took part in a lo hei lunch.

They were from Catholic Welfare Services, Society of St Vincent de Paul, Care Corner (Toa Payoh) and Potong Pasir Community Club.

The early Chinese New Year celebration, held on Feb 3, was a collaboration between Caritas Singapore and its partners in the social services sector and government agencies.

Devotees in procession together with the Señor Santo Niño image at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

By Margaret Uy

It was an afternoon of colour, dance and devotion at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour as 2,800 mainly Filipino devotees along with a few local parishioners celebrated the Festivity of Señor Santo Niño.

Señor Santo Niño is the Spanish name given to the Child Jesus based on a famous religious icon in Cebu, Philippines. A cultural and religious festival is held in His honour on the third Sunday of January.

In Singapore, the festivity took place a week later with a Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño flown in from Cebu.