All the best, Mel!

CatholicNews correspondent Mel Diamse-Lee leaves after a decade of serviceMEL DIAMSE-LEE whose byline graced so many articles in Catholic News has moved on to tend other fields – her family the most important among them. Mel has three lovely children aged two to 10 whom she adores and who need more of her time and [...]

St Joseph’s Home a step closer to completion

A significant milestone in the redevelopment of St Joseph’s Home was reached during a “topping out” ceremony on May 31.Board members, staff and construction workers gathered in high spirits for the event held at 921 Jurong Road.The ceremony saw Canossian Sr Geraldine Tan, St Joseph’s Home administrator; Mr Thomas Tan, Catholic Welfare Services chairperson; and [...]

The Harvesters raise funds for missionaries, evangelise by carolling

SINGING CAROLS at commercial establishments has enabled The Harvesters to raise funds for a missionary group and evangelise the general public about Christmas.“We started carolling for fundraising purposes last year as an extension of our evangelistic ministry,” said Ms Jane Lau, who coordinated the carolling.The group, whose mission is to evangelise, raised some $2,000 last [...]

Special Mass for SSVP’s beneficiaries

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) held its annual Mass for their Friends-in-Need (FINs) at the Church of St Ignatius on April 23.The Mass drew the biggest ever turnout of 860 attendees, 500 of whom were made up of the society’s adopted FINs, many of them non-Catholics.Archbishop William Goh celebrated the Mass.In his [...]

Mental health charity turns five

It wasn’t your usual fundraising dinner.For one thing, it began with a short talk on meditation and the 250 guests were even invited to enter into silence for 10 minutes.However, the session – at the fifth anniversary fundraising dinner of mental health charity Clarity Singapore – was welcomed by many.“I thought that to keep quiet [...]

Reflecting on life after 50

How do people past their 50s see their personal and societal role?This was a question explored by 11 participants at a workshop-cum-day of recollection on Oct 24.Titled God’s Gift of Years, the first workshop of its kind at the Jesuit-run Kingsmead Centre saw participants spending quiet time to discover their unique gifts and wisdom. They [...]

Catholics learn about Hinduism

Catholics who visited a Hindu temple as part of an interreligious dialogue activity said that the visit gave them a very comprehensive understanding of Hinduism.“The experience was very educational… it has cleared many of the confusions and assumptions that I have of Hinduism,” said Ms Marlinda Grace Darmali, 42, a parishioner of the Church of [...]

Participants learn more about the Eucharist at Focolare event

Johor BAHRU – About 150 Catholics from Singapore, Malaysia and at least 10 other countries learnt more about the Eucharist through talks, testimonies, games and group activities. They attended a Mariapolis (City of Mary) gathering, organised by the Focolare Movement at Majodi Centre, Johor, from May 30-June 1.  Mariapolis began in the 1950s, when the [...]

Sharing about missionary experiences at forum and fair

The biennial CHARIS Humanitarian Forum and Fair saw several speakers sharing their experiences of mission trips.About 780 people attended the event titled, One Mission. Many Borders. Love Multiplied, which was held at the Catholic Junior College auditorium on May 30.In his opening address, Archbishop William Goh said that “a man must experience poverty to know [...]

Archbishop Goh calls for spiritual renewal at Pentecost rally

“The lack of awareness of one’s sinfulness prevents one from experiencing the mercy of God,” said Archbishop William Goh. “If we are not aware, then spiritual renewal is impossible,” he said at the Pentecost Rally.“Forgiveness of sins is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit,” he added.The rally was held at the Church of St [...]