Fr John Baptist Tou called to the Lord

Fr John Baptist Tou (1929-2017) Fr John Baptist Tou, a diocesan priest in Singapore, passed away on 7 December 2017. He was 88. This was also the year of his diamond jubilee as a priest. John Baptist Tou was born in Siping, China, on 17 March 1929. His father taught Chinese to foreign missionaries in [...]

Choice Asia expands to Sri Lanka and China

Members of Choice Singapore presenting their country report at the 15th Choice Asian Conference in Hong Kong.Love sets one free. This was the theme of the 15th Choice Asian Conference (CAC) where 123 delegates gathered at the Breakthrough Village, Hong Kong, from Oct 12-16. The conference was an opportunity for its members, namely from Singapore, [...]

Praying for the Church in China

Pray for China’s clergy to be witnesses for God, and support the Church there through donating religious books and sharing of experience.These were some suggestions that Fr Henry Siew gave during a Mass to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China on May 24.Fr Henry, who is spiritual director of the [...]

Catholics in S’pore pray for China Church

Catholics, both local and Chinese migrants, have the responsibility to spread the Good News to the people of China.“We are all members of the Church,” said Fr Henry Siew. “We can share the experiences of our community life with our brethren from China, here or in China.”Fr Henry was speaking in Mandarin at a Mass [...]

OBITUARY: Late Canossian nun known for love of poor

Canossian Sr Virginia Crimella, who turned 98 on Sept 2, was called home peacefully to the Lord on Oct 8 at 10.55 pm in St Joseph’s Home at Mandai Estate.Sr Virginia, who felt the call to follow Jesus as a missionary,   entered the Canossian Convent as a postulant in Vimercate, Italy, at the age of [...]

Asian Marriage Encounter teams share challenges, joys, directions

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) teams from around Asia discussed the direction their movement would take and shared their joys and challenges at a conference in Singapore recently.Thirty-nine members of National Ecclesial Teams (NET), each of which comprise a co-ordinating couple and priest, met from Sept 6-12 at the Marriage Encounter House in Punggol for the [...]

Communism And Christians (1950)

You May Think You Know This, Others Don't; Please Read It And Tell Them. "said The Spider To The Fly" In countries where they are not yet in power. Communist tactics are ALWAYS the same. They first keep declaring how much they want to collaborate with Catholics. They promise so convincingly to respect Christian liberty, [...]

Mass for World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

To commemorate the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, the Commission for Apostolate of Mandarin-Speaking (CAMS) celebrated a bilingual Mass at the Church of St Bernadette on May 23. The Mass was in response to Pope Benedict XVI, who announced in 2007 that May 24 was to be a a day of [...]

May 24: World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

In May 2007 Pope Benedict composed a special prayer for the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians (May 24), venerated at the shrine of Sheshan, near Shanghai. He also designated May 24 as the yearly World Day of Prayer for China and asked that we recite this prayer. Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the [...]