Parish establishes Filipino community

Filipinos from the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace and members of other Filipino communities at the Tagalog Mass on Oct 15.Oct 15 marked the establishment of the first Filipino community at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace. About 400 Filipinos from the parish and members of other Filipino communities came to [...]

Filipinos, locals celebrate El Shaddai anniversary

Some 2,500 people, mostly Filipinos, celebrated the 24th anniversary of the El Shaddai movement in Singapore.The event, which was also attended by locals, was held at D’Marque, Downtown East in Pasir Ris on Sept 27. It included a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh and several priests.Mr Mariano “Mike” Velarde, founder of El Shaddai, [...]

Day of recollection specially for Filipinos

Seventy-five women attended a day of recollection specially organised for Filipinos by the Jesuit-run Kingsmead Centre.Filipino Jesuit Fr Lester Maramara, who led the time of prayer and reflection on July 26, pointed out to participants that Pope Francis often refers to “God’s mercy”.However, “this is not something new” to Filipinos, he said. “We Filipinos, in [...]

How Filipino Catholics integrate into local church

Commmunity leaders also note challenges, including lack of spaceThe Filipino Catholic community in Singapore is the first and currently the largest foreign community here.In 1991, there were 70,000 members and now that number stands at around 250,000 according to Filipino community chaplain Fr Angel Luciano.But with a quarter of a million to care for spiritually, [...]

Filipinos, S’poreans unite to aid typhoon victims

St Vincent de Paul Church holds special Mass as Filipinos mobilise to help countrymen. Darren Boon reportsParishes across Singapore prayed for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and collected funds and material aid to send to the survivors of one of the worst storms in the Philippines.“Every one of us is a brother and sister in [...]

Filipinos, Indonesians, Japanese attend Mission Sunday Mass

“Maybe, I’ll be a missionary, working in neighbouring countries because I believe it’ll be more fulfilling than normal jobs,” said Darren Lim, 15, an altar server at St Anne’s Church.Lim was among the 1,400 people who attended the Mission Sunday Mass held at St Anne’s Church on Oct 21.Members of the Filipino, Indonesian, and Japanese [...]

Filipinos pack sports hall to mark El Shaddai anniversary

Some 3,000 people, mostly Filipinos, packed the Toa Payoh Sports Hall on Oct 7 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the El Shaddai movement in Singapore.The full day event included a Mass; a talk by Mr Mariano Zuniega Velarde, the Philippines-based Charismatic movement’s founder; and lively praise and worship from the Manila Gospel Choir.Mr Verlarde, [...]

Filipinos rally against reproductive health legislation

Religious leaders sit below a large crucifix during a Mass and protest against a reproductive health bill held in Luneta Park in Manila. CNS photoMANILA – Thousands of Philippine Catholics have rallied in Manila against the government’s proposed reproductive health law.The Archdiocese of Manila and various pro-life groups led the March 25 prayer rally, and [...]