The Church’s part in nation building

The Catholic Church in Singapore has contributed significantly towards nurturing and supporting the community long before national independence in 1965. The more visible areas are in education, healthcare and social service. Less conspicuous but no less significant is the Church’s moral influence in society and Catholics’ contribution in the public sector. The archdiocesan SG50 team [...]

Exodus, a fundamental experience of Vocations

April 26 is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pope Francis, in his message, explains what it means to be called to the priestly or Religious life.   Dear Brothers and Sisters,The Fourth Sunday of Easter offers us the figure of the Good Shepherd who knows His sheep: He calls them, He feeds them and [...]

St Pat’s chapel rededicated

After two years of renovation work, the 82-year-old St Patrick’s School chapel was rededicated by Archbishop William Goh on March 24.Br Robert Schieler, the Superior General of the La Salle Brothers, attended the ceremony together with more than 170 other people.In his address, the American Brother said the event signified the La Salle Brothers’ continued [...]

Religious superiors conference features Muslim speakers

The Conference of Religious Major Superiors (CRMS) of Malaysia and Singapore held the first of their bi-annual meetings this year from Jan 14-16 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.Twenty-five superiors of the various Religious congregations in both countries met to plan, discuss and share various concerns pertaining to their ministries and the Church.A highlight of the three-day [...]

No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE, 1 JANUARY 2015 NO LONGER SLAVES, BUT BROTHERS AND SISTERS 1. At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to [...]

Friends, ex-students pay tribute to late SJI principal at Mass

Two hundred voices from St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) old boys, teachers and De La Salle Brothers, echoed in the Singapore Art Museum, as they gathered for a memorial Mass on Nov 15 in honour of their beloved principal.Irishman Br Kevin Byrne who was SJI’s principal from 1979 to 1991,  battled Alzheimer’s disease in his later [...]

Message for Guru Nanak Jayanti 2014

Dear Sikh Friends,I rejoice with you on your Gurpurab celebration of Guru Nanak Dev Ji on 6 November, with sincere wishes for peace, harmony and the greater strengthening of the bonds of solidarity among your families, friends and communities. May the warm friendship between our Sikh and Catholic communities continue to blossom and bear abundant [...]

Church’s message for Deepavali

Dear Hindu Friends,The triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, which you commemorate in this Festival of Deepavali, is also an ideal which all humankind cherish; particularly in these troubling times of moral decay, social injustice and racial and religious intolerance.All the more, it behoves us, as believers in truth and justice, to stand [...]

Archbishop Chia now in St Theresa’s Home

The Archbishop’s Office released the following message on Sept 1: Dear Rev Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ,On behalf of His Grace, Archbishop William Goh, this is to update you on Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia’s condition.According to his doctors, Archbishop Emeritus has completed his rehabilitation programme at TTSH-AMK Rehabilitation Centre. His condition remains largely [...]