Archbishop gives advice for improving catechesis

Archbishop Goh speaking at the celebration marking the start of a new catechetical year.The state of catechesis in Singapore is sobering. There are people who leave the Church after Confirmation and the RCIA process, said Archbishop William Goh.Speaking at the annual celebration marking the start of a new catechetical year on Jan 6, Archbishop Goh [...]

Young Catholics raise awareness of mental health issues

Confirmands from Holy Cross Church worked with Clarity staff on Project G.O.D.A parish project in aid of people with mental health issues, and which saw the involvement of the parish’s teens, raised more than $40,000.The Church of the Holy Cross’ Project G.O.D (Gift of One Dollar), raised a total of $41,357 for Clarity Singapore, a [...]

Living the faith, encountering Christ important for catechists

Archbishop Goh, Fr Erbin Fernandez offer food for thought at the launch of catechetical yearArchbishop William Goh speaking to catechists at the launch of the catechetical year on Jan 6.  Photo: VITA ImagesCatechumens should be able to see Christ in their catechists, and quality should take precedence over quantity in catechesis.This was a message shared [...]

Thai Catholics learn about catechesis in Singapore

Forty-eight of them learn about RICA, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd during a four-day visit.The Bishop of Chiang Mai, along with priests, Religious and laypeople from 10 Thai dioceses were in Singapore recently to experience some of the catechetical practices here.According to Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana, the aim of the Nov 30-Dec 3 visit [...]

Building the Church of Tomorrow

Catechesis for a catechistThe Gift of My Church (#TGOMC) is a series featuring how Catholics from all walks of life have been touched by God through their service or participation in the life of the Archdiocese of Singapore. In this issue, newly minted catechist, Alexander Ee, shares with writer Magdalene Lee how God has led [...]

Archbishop comments on state of catechesis in S’pore

Archbishop Goh said he was unhappy with the state of catechesis (children, youth and RCIA) as it had failed to bring people to an encounter with Jesus Christ.Catechists from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association pose for a photo with Archbishop William Goh and catechetical director Fr Erbin Fernandez at the launch of the [...]

Catechists’ priority is witnessing to Gospel, says archbishop

Catechetical director Fr Erbin Fernandez speaking at the launch of the new catechetical year as Archbishop William Goh looks on.The most important role for a catechist is that of being a witness of the Gospel. Young people are inspired if they see Jesus in their catechists, and so catechists’ lifestyles must be consistent with what [...]

Building the Church of Tomorrow

GIVING TO THE LABOURERS OF GODThe GIFT campaign supports many needs of the archdiocese. Lydia Lim, a lay Catholic who helps others discover their personal vocations, shares why the need to give to the people who are giving to the Church stands out for her.Young adults listen to a speaker at the Treasure retreat, typically [...]

Community life stressed at launch of Catechetical Year

The Catechetical Office, which used to be part of the Office for the New Evangelisation, is now an independent office called Office for Catechesis (OFC).Catechetical director Fr Erbin Fernandez announced this at the launch of the new Catechetical Year on Jan 3. He explained that the move was to allow the office to focus more [...]

Youths visit mosque to understand Muslim beliefs

Catholic teenagers, along with their catechists from the Church of the Holy Family, visited a mosque on March 15 to gain a deeper understanding of another religion’s beliefs and customs.Upon arrival at the Masjid Darul Aman at 1 Jalan Eunos, the 60 15-year-olds who are undergoing Level 9 catechism were greeted by their hosts and [...]