Ash Wednesday: A reminder that we are dust and unto dust we shall return

FATHER LUKE FONG explains the significance of the ritual

The placing of ashes makes it clear that every person in the Church is constantly in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

There are many rituals in the Catholic Church which may seem strange or even bizarre to the uninitiated. Looking from the outside, some of these rituals can perhaps come off looking a tad peculiar and almost anomalous to anything that proclaims to be rational and sound.

One of these may be the imposition of ashes on our foreheads once a year, when the liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

Daily Prayer For Priests

By St Therese of LisieuxO Jesus,I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;for your unfaithful and tepid priests;for your priests labouring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.for your tempted priests;for your lonely and desolate priests;For your young priests;for your dying priests;for the souls of your priests in Purgatory.But above all, I recommend to [...]

Integrating new Catholics into the parish community

Each year, about 1,000 individuals become Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Mel Diamse-Lee finds out how some parishes integrate them into parish life and speaks with several new Catholics about their experiences. Church Of Divine Mercy Programme/ActivitiesOver the last three years, the parish has experimented with: Social nights – dinner with [...]

959 to join Catholic Church this coming Easter

At Rite of Election, Archbishop Goh tells Church to aim for greater growth in number of catechumens“In eight more years, I want to see a minimum of 5,000 catechumens a year.”This was the challenge Archbishop William Goh threw at the archdiocese during a Rite of Election held at the Church of the Holy Family on [...]

Baptised with God’s Love

SFX Bulletin, 11 January 2015 While Scripture is to be prayerfully read as sacred text and not always as literal history, bible scholars almost all agree that the baptism of Jesus which is recorded in all four gospels (Mt.3:13-17; Mk.1:9-11; Lk.3:21-23; Jn.1:29-33)  is an event that actually took place – it is as true as [...]

A catechist’s special ministry to the dialect-speaking elderly

“I am so happy!” exclaimed 73-year-old Maria Chan after she received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist at the Church of the Holy Family.Ms Chan was one of 11 people, mostly above 40 years old, who received the sacraments on Aug 10, thanks to veteran catechist Andrew Goh.Two young boys received the Sacrament [...]

34 years jail for his faith

A SICK Jesuit priest has been freed by the Chinese after an incarceration which lasted for more than 30 years – probably the longest-serving Prisoner of Conscience in the people’s republic. His offence: he held true to Rome and to his faithfulness to the Pope. Freedom for 74-year-old Shanghai priest Fr Gabriel Chen Tianxiang came [...]

Challenges and goals for the German-speaking community

According to Fr Hans-Joachim Fogl, Singapore has the biggest active German-speaking Catholic community in Asia.Fr Hans, 53, who came to Singapore in September 2004, is currently the chaplain of the German Catholic community here.Together with one of the main coordinators Ms Susanne Greiner, 47, Fr Hans told CatholicNews about their community in a recent interview.The [...]

Baptised, confirmed at age 18 and now a Cenacle novice

Lee Siew Hwee was baptised in 1992, at the age of 18 in Church of Christ the King where she attended RCIA. Taking Amy as her baptism name, she was confirmed four months later.She was trained as a civil engineer and had worked for about six years before she decided to join a school of [...]

New Catholics share their faith journey

Several people who were baptised at Easter tell Darren Boon  how they came to embrace the Catholic faith 'God has become my best friend' Mother and two kids baptised at Easter Question from priest set couple thinking Now able to care for people’s feelings Felt tested during Lent Christ’s teachings hit her 'in the gut'