Music to our ears

August 1st, 2019|

Of course, we strongly support our local musicians and choirs as well! Some have generously come forward with their music to be played on CatholicSG Radio. Our local musicians and songwriters like Corrinne May, Chris de Silva, Boni De Souza, Julie Sim, Trevor Nerva, Kenneth Ngo, Winnie Jane, Joseph Chng [...]

New grotto of Our Lady at Holy Family

July 31st, 2019|

Dismay has, however, turned to delight, with many parishioners approving of the more prominent location for Our Blessed Mother’s grotto. “She’s meant to be here,” said long-time parishioner Gwen Andres, of the spot between the two church entrances facing East Coast Road. “It’s our chance of evangelising, for people to [...]

A Franciscan burger to help bring in the crowd

July 29th, 2019|

During peak periods, she sometimes has trouble multitasking and keeping up with the fast-paced requirements. “The other staff always support me and encourage me and it helps a lot,” she said. Starting out as member of the service crew, Hui Ling has gone to working as a barista and [...]

Do you have your children’s interest at heart?

July 26th, 2019|

This is made even tougher when one considers the pressure placed on children in striving for academic excellence and juggling social media and peer pressure.What then, can parents do?“Your mindset and attitude are key,” said Father Henry Siew. “Are you God-centred or worldly-centred? Relationship or achievement oriented?”Parents are often pressured [...]

Chancery Notice – 22 July 2019

July 23rd, 2019|

APPOINTMENTS 1. Ms Melissa Lim is reappointed as Board Member of ABLE SEAS Limited for a term of two [2) years with effect from 27 June 2019. 2. Ms Grace Chow Sok Theng is appointed to the Board of Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations Ltd (ABLE) for a term [...]

The gift of the rosary

July 15th, 2019|

How much do we really know about this universal prayer? FATHER GERARD LOUIS SHARES MORE

The rosary helps us to meditate on the life of Jesus and the stories of the Gospels. Photo: VITA Images

Apart from the Mass, the rosary is perhaps the most well-known Catholic prayer. We pray the rosary while waiting for Mass to begin, when we are travelling, when we pray together as a family or neighbourhood group and when we gather at a funeral wake.

I think every Catholic owns a rosary, maybe several. I have been using the same one since I was 12.

The rosary is so much a part of Catholic culture that we almost take it for granted. So how much do we know about the origins and history of the rosary?

Being Gay and Catholic

July 10th, 2019|

The following is an account of a Catholic with SSA who wishes to remain anonymous.

People have asked me, what it is like to be gay and Catholic, two groups of people that are so diametrically opposed to each other, and yet I embody both identities. Identity. Do I struggle with it? Yes.

Primarily, I struggle with identity and loneliness. But I’m very sure this isn’t an issue faced by the LGBTQ community only.

It is true I can find that listening ear amongst my gay friends and also within the Church community/ministry I have been in for many years. The difficulty is being able to just say it as it is without filters. I filter what I say among gay friends who aren’t exactly able to see the Church’s side, and I filter when I’m among Christian friends who try to understand and be there for me, but don’t know about the fear I have just talking about my sexuality.

Engaging Catholics to further deepen the faith

July 8th, 2019|

About one third of Catholics attend Mass every weekend. Photo: VITA Images

Audrey Lee

In the United States, for every person joining the Catholic Church, six persons are actually leaving.

This is the startling reality of the state of the Catholic faith in the US and it was revealed at a recent annual spring meeting in June involving the Bishops there.

This and other sobering statistics were shared by Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Vatican: The Seal of Confession is inviolable

July 4th, 2019|

Priests should defend the Seal of Confession even to the point of shedding blood.

The Apostolic Penitentiary has released a Note which upholds the absolute inviolability of the Seal of Confession, meaning that priests can never be forced to reveal what they learn in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Approved for publication by Pope Francis on 21 June, the “Note on the importance of the internal forum and the inviolability of the Sacramental Seal” was released on July 1.

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, who signed the Note with Msgr Krzysztof Nykiel, the Regent of the Penitentiary, released a statement to explain the Note’s content.

All Papal General Audiences in July cancelled

July 2nd, 2019|

Pope Francis at St Peter's Square. Photo: CN sourcePope Francis' General Audience, held every Wednesday, has been cancelled for the month of July.According to the Vatican's Prefecture of the Papal Household, the Holy Father's General Audience in August will also be cancelled.For more updates, visit http://www.vatican.va/various/prefettura/en/udienze_en.html

Calling all young people: unite in prayer, worship

July 1st, 2019|

Catholic Youth Day celebrates the gift and centrality of Jesus Christ in the faith. Photo: OYP

Jared Ng

This year, Catholic Youth Day (CYD) 2019 will be held on July 20-21, and for Gabriel Teh it holds a special meaning.

He is looking forward to being part of this celebration as one united body of Christ again.

He had in 2016 witnessed over 2,000 young people praying together during praise and worship at CYD which led him to desire a “deep passion for the Lord”.

Archbishop: Be more discerning when reading what ex-nun says

July 1st, 2019|

Archbishop William Goh has asked the faithful to be very discerning when forming opinions after reading the views expressed by Ms Karen Armstrong, who is an ex-nun, who was here as a speaker at a recently held first International Conference on Cohesive Societies.

Asked to comment on her views on a range of issues from celibacy and sexual abuse in the priesthood to her life with the Religious Order, he said: “Objectively, one must check that the facts quoted in the article are accurate, and whether the writer is qualified to write about the subject matter. Subjectively, one must seek to understand the writer’s personal experiences of life, because this will have a large impact on the lenses through which he or she sees the world.”

Ms Armstrong joined the religious at 17 and was sent to Oxford University, where she studied literature. In an interview with the Straits Times, she said the nuns were not allowed to have friendships and most times had to be in silence. She reportedly said she was also bothered about what she felt was a preoccupation with “getting to heaven.”