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New year, new leadership for Caritas

Leaders representing Caritas Singapore and its 27-member organisations after the annual Mass.Recognising that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, the Caritas Singapore family gathers annually to celebrate Mass to give thanks for the past year as well as to begin a new year with blessings and faith.And this year on [...]

Expressing your prayers in a dance

Mr Nicholas Lye (foreground) leading participants through a dance.Jared NgWho are you to others? Who are you to yourself? Are you satisfied with the answers?More importantly, do you know who God says you are?Participants of a recent dance workshop, TranscenDANCE, were invited to ponder upon these questions on their identity. […]

Understanding ‘death’ in various faith traditions

Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Taoist representatives speak on the topic      Speakers (from left): Mr Anand Chandrasekar, Venerable You Guang, Master Chung Kwang Tong, Ustaz Zulhilmi Mohamed and Jesuit Msgr Philip Heng.By Christopher KhooHow do some of the major religions view death? This was what an interfaith sharing session aimed to find out.Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, [...]

Parents learn how to talk to their kids about sex

The ‘My Child is Made for More’ programme aims to equip parents in guiding their children on the issueFamily Life Society programme manager Hershey Regaya giving a presentation titled My Body Is Me on Sept 17.How do parents share basic truths about sex and sexuality with their children? This was what a two-day programme conducted [...]

famfare!

NFP: Just another form of contraception?Contrary to popular belief, Natural Family Planning (NFP) is not “Catholic Contraception” like it is commonly misconstrued. It isn’t the outdated “calendar rhythm method” either, where a woman estimates when her fertile period is, based on information gleaned from her previous six cycles. This method is quite unreliable indeed. So [...]

Gender theory: a questionable view of the human person

Nick Chui looks at gender theory and what Pope Francis says about it“It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them. Don’t you oppress me.” “I am not oppressing you Stan, you haven’t got a womb!” – From the movie Life of Brian“My boy, he loves all things elephant and wants to be [...]

Mandarin workshop on Theology of the Body

The Chinese Department of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) has for the first time organised a Mandarin workshop on the Theology of the Body.The May 27-29 workshop saw Dr Bosco Ning, a lecturer in moral theology from Taiwan, expounding on the key themes of St John Paul II’s seminal work. The Theology of [...]

Questions on the Faith: About cremation

Q: During Bible Study, we discussed what our resurrected bodies would look like and this led to the subject of Catholic burial. Some of us do not understand the Catholic Church’s stand that the cremated ashes of a Catholic can only be kept or deposited on holy ground which today means in a church columbarium. [...]

Children from Syro-Malabar rite receive sacraments

It was a day to remember for seven children from the Syro-Malabar rite community as they received the Sacraments of first Holy Communion and Confirmation on Jan 30. The Mass, held at the Church of Anthony, was celebrated by Franciscan Fr Salim Joseph, chaplain of the Archdiocesan Commission for Malayalam Apostolate. The Mass was celebrated [...]

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 [...]