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.

Show compassion, understanding and love to people

Tears and hugs as mother attends her only child’s ordinationNewly-ordained Diocesan Priest Father Gabriel Wong.Jared NgIn your words, be compassionate. In giving the sacraments, be understanding. Your primary task now is to show the face of God – these were solemn words of Archbishop William Goh to newly-ordained Diocesan Priest Father Gabriel Wong.Standing before the [...]

Help shape The Catholic News

Things you never knew about us, The Catholic News.* The paper first published in 1935 as the Malaya Catholic Leader.* Over the decades, the name was changed to The Malayan Catholic Newsletter. It later became the Malaysian Catholic News which then evolved into today’s The Catholic News in 1974. * Some of the advertisements in [...]

Mandarin conference on the Face of Mercy

An academic conference on the papal document, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), the official proclamation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy issued by Pope Francis, was held in Mandarin on Jan 17.It was organised by The Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS). The conference, held at the institute, was attended by about 90 faculty [...]

Agape Village officially opens

Social services hub will serve more than 50,000 beneficiaries regardless of race, religion or nationalityAgape Village “is to be a village of love … a love without borders, without conditions, without condescension, and without expectation of rewards”, said Archbishop Goh at the official opening of the four-storey Caritas Singapore building.“My dream is that Agape Village [...]

SSVP holds Mass and tea for Friends-in-Need

Nine chartered buses ferried more than 600 aid recipients of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) Church of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) for a special Mass on April 25.Several SSVP members, or Vincentians, used their own cars to shuttle wheelchair-bound FINs while a mini bus was also deployed to bring St Joseph’s [...]

Archbishop’s Lenten Message: Mercy in the city

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Advancement in science and modern technology has led to breakthrough discoveries and improvement in many spheres of our lives. We know more about the universe than we have ever known before. Modern medicine has made it possible for people to live longer, look ageless and even replace parts of [...]