Charity group teaches English to ethnic minority group in Vietnam

Four missioners from Barré, an affiliate of Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS), travelled to Kontum, a province in Vietnam, to teach English to an ethnic minority community.Barré is a group of Singaporean Catholic volunteers who have been working with underprivileged children in Southeast Asia since 2010.From July 17-23, the missioners headed to [...]

Parish promotes active lifestyle for elderly

A vibrant Filipino community and a youth cafe are among the features of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, in this ongoing parish seriesWelcoming elderly parishioners to the church grounds to participate in spiritual, physical and mental activities.This initiative, known as the Golden Circle, is one of the unique characteristics of the Church [...]


Preserving the Catholic FamilyOver 150 people turned up for this year’s Catholic Family Dialogue on 23 July at Catholic Junior College. Organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), the event sought to explore the relevance of the Catholic Family in today’s challenging world. It was due to the apparent decline of the practice [...]

Book celebrates Bukit Timah church’s 170-year history

St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah) has launched a comprehensively researched book on its own history as part of its 170th anniversary celebrations,  The author, Church historian Clement Liew, presented a copy of the book to Archbishop William Goh during the 11 am Confirmation Mass on July 3.In his preface to the book, titled Mission on [...]

Parish caters to the elderly and less privileged

Jared Ng looks at the various initiatives of the Church of St Stephen in this ongoing parish seriesInitially starting out as a modest wooden church, the Church of St Stephen now caters to about 1,500 parishioners. Most are elderly people living in the mature estates in the MacPherson area.Some of the special characteristics of the [...]

The Harvesters raise funds for missionaries, evangelise by carolling

SINGING CAROLS at commercial establishments has enabled The Harvesters to raise funds for a missionary group and evangelise the general public about Christmas.“We started carolling for fundraising purposes last year as an extension of our evangelistic ministry,” said Ms Jane Lau, who coordinated the carolling.The group, whose mission is to evangelise, raised some $2,000 last [...]

Special Mass for SSVP’s beneficiaries

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) held its annual Mass for their Friends-in-Need (FINs) at the Church of St Ignatius on April 23.The Mass drew the biggest ever turnout of 860 attendees, 500 of whom were made up of the society’s adopted FINs, many of them non-Catholics.Archbishop William Goh celebrated the Mass.In his [...]

Walking barefoot to experience Jesus’ Passion

Neither blistering heat, aching limbs nor a downpour dampened the fervour of some 150 pilgrims who took part in a barefoot Lenten walk across the island on March 19. The event, called Crucis Singapura, was organised by the Jesus Youth movement. This was the sixth year in a row that the group has held the [...]

Pilgrims take part in ‘Mercy Walk’ from Changi to Pasir Ris

More than 100 Catholics from 17 parishes took part in a “Mercy Walk” for peace to mark the International Year of Consecrated life as well as the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Dec 8.Laypeople joined Daughters of St Paul, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Good Shepherd and Canossian nuns, and Jesuit and Franciscan [...]


THE BIG WALK: Msgr Philip Heng, Vicar General of Inter-religious Dialogue, (centre), together with nine other Catholics, formed a group for the SG50 Jubilee Big Walk on Nov 29.The Catholic Church in Singapore, together with other religions, was invited to join at the starting point with other interfaith and intercultural organisations to walk together in [...]