JULY 8, 2018, Vol 68, No 14

A message for Bible Sunday which falls on July 8 this year



In spite of the great and numerous advancements we have seen in all spheres of life today, the restlessness in the human heart has also increased proportionately. This growing sense of hopelessness and void is also felt among churchgoers and particularly among young people. The development of faith in young people needs careful discernment and guidance in the area of life’s vocation. Over the centuries, the Church has been entrusted with a sacred deposit of faith whereby it has never lost its vision of hope and joy even in the most difficult of times. This deposit of faith passed down through
Scripture and Tradition is surprisingly even more relevant today, as it issues a clarion call to young people in this very challenging and urgent period of history.

Handing on the torch of faith, St Paul’s writing to Timothy recalls: I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and now I am sure dwells in you. (2 Timothy 1: 5)
A team from Jesuit Refugee Service, Singapore, visited these refugees in Bangladesh recently. Gordon Pinto shares what they experienced


Children at the Rohingya refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar.

When I read about the Rohingya crisis in September last year, I felt I had to do something.

Within weeks, 700,000 Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state saw their homes and farms go up in flames.

According to news reports, parents were shot in front of their children, daughters were raped and brutalised in front of their parents.

Hai Sing Catholic students visited the Atelier, located next to the FMM Convent, where the FMM Sisters produce Church vestments.

By David Wong

Thirty-three students from Hai Sing Catholic School, located at Pasir Ris, spent two days learning more about their Catholic faith and what love truly means.

On May 31, youth leaders from the Church of Christ the King conducted station games and reflections for the students as well as a praise and worship session at the school.

Through these activities, students learned about God’s love for them and how they can share this love with others. The session also saw students writing a letter to God, committing their love for Him.

Managers from Catholic schools baking with staff and members from Mamre Oaks Limited at Agape Village.

A team of about 20 managers from Catholic schools in Singapore spent a day at Caritas Singapore’s Agape Village to reflect, refresh and recharge themselves, and to connect with people working in other Catholic schools.

The Day of Recollection and Learning Journey, held on June 12, included a tour of Agape Village. It helped them understand how Caritas Singapore brings together the expertise of the different member organisations to offer holistic and integrated care to the community.

The managers met with the team from Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE) which serves the physically-challenged community, and participated in a cook-and-bake session with the team from Mamre Oaks – a Catholic organisation that operates a day activity centre at Agape Village for intellectually and developmentally-challenged adults.

The Glory to God retreat saw the participation of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, choir members, lectors, wardens and members of Small Christian Communities.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, choir members, lectors, wardens and members of Small Christian Communities took part in a retreat recently to build a greater sense of communion among the various groups serving in parishes.

The Office for the New Evangelisation (ONE), in collaboration with Gloria Patri Ministries, a worship and healing ministry based at the Church of St Anthony, organised the retreat.

More than 300 members of various church ministries participated in the June 15-16 programme, the first such combined retreat organised by ONE.