Italian Catholic community celebrates Christmas

Archbishop Marek Zalewski and Fr Timothy Yeo together with members of the Italian Catholic community at their special celebration. This time of the year brings excitement and joy to many. Lights, ribbons and decorations are seen everywhere and cheerful songs fill the air. But is this really what Christmas is all about? This was raised by [...]

Advent: Renewing our relationship with Jesus

Father Jovita Ho“Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.”I am going back home to Singapore for Christmas, and though my departure date is approaching, my ticket was purchased in end-February and my luggage all packed [...]

How to prepare for the coming of Christ

Advent is a time of penance, anticipation and joyFather Ignatius YeoCatholics may find some similarities between the season of Advent and the season of Lent. For a start, both seasons employ the use of purple vestments, a “rose” Sunday (Gaudete in Advent and Laetare in Lent), and the elimination of the Gloria in Mass – [...]

Fulfilling Christmas wishes, bringing joy to the poor

A look at how some parishes celebrated Advent and ChristmasSt Francis Xavier parishioners make Advent wreaths, paint muralsChurch of St Francis Xavier parishioners making Advent wreaths during a workshop.An Advent wreath workshop, painting an Advent mural and singing Christmas carols in two malls.These were some of the activities organised by the Church of St Francis [...]

Building the Church of Tomorrow

The Gift of my ChurchGuided by the pastoral vision of the archdiocese, numerous Catholic organisations are increasing and expanding their programmes to allow more hearts to fall in love with Christ. In this collection of testimonies, Catholics of all walks of life share how God’s love has transformed them through the work of archdiocesan organisations.Office [...]

famfare!

Empty Womb Aching HeartBy Elizabeth Chen ShilingThe season of Advent is approaching once again. For most Christians, this marks a period of anticipation and preparation, a time of hope and joy, as we prepare for the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His coming into our lives.Ironically, Christmas is a time of deep anguish [...]

Sec 3 youths take part in Project G.O.D.

Newly confirmed youths from the Church of the Holy Cross distributing meals as part of a social mission project.Teenagers from the Church of the Holy Cross cooked meals for the needy and helped raise funds for a charity serving them as part of an Advent project.The parish’s Sec 3 confirmands visited Willing Hearts a few [...]

Building the Church of Tomorrow

WHY GIFT DURING ADVENT?The Giving in Faith & Thankfulness (GIFT) campaign was recently introduced in the Archdiocese on the first weekend of Advent. While some wonder why such a call for financial support should be made in this period, Anne Goswami, a volunteer with the Catholic Foundation, reflects on how it has instead deepened her [...]

Reaching out to migrants, needy, those who have left church

A look at how some parishes are celebrating Advent and Christmas this yearChurch of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour parishioners picking out gift requests, in the form of star-shaped notepads. The parish started an initiative to reach out to the less privileged in their community. Photo: ISAAC LEOChurch of Our Lady of Perpetual SuccourWhen it [...]