“If it doesn’t spark joy, remove it from your life”

Is it good to apply this to all aspects of our lives, asks FR LUKE FONG. There is a current wave of interest and popularity, thanks in part to both Netflix and social media, in the philosophy of Marie Kondo, an “organising consultant and author”. This demure 34-year-old Japanese lady has her own Netflix TV [...]

Give your child a head start in the Catholic faith

Harvey WeeThere are many scholarly studies that attest to the fact that a child’s personality and development is very much influenced by the home environment. The child’s beliefs, attitudes, emotions, behaviour are formed through his experience and interaction in the home as much as, if not more, than the school environment. Some parents clamour to [...]

Serving needy kids in Pattaya

Morning walk for children from day care centre. It was a mission trip to bring love, hope and joy to underprivileged children in Pattaya, Thailand. But for the 46 mostly young Singapore missionaries who went, they received from their beneficiaries as much as they gave.The missionaries, mostly aged 13-18 from the Church of Christ the [...]

A carnival to raise awareness of social service programmes

Activity station showcasing services of Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE).It was a carnival with a difference at Agape Village in Toa Payoh. While visitors could still enjoy the fun and games, there was an underlying objective at each activity booth.Staff from various social groups were present to share with visitors about the variety of [...]

A sign of love and care to the poor, elderly

Participants of the Catholic Welfare Services walkathon in the 2-km walk from the Singapore Flyer to the Merlion and back.Jared NgIt was a Sunday walk with a special significance. It was an event to bring the message to our needy, aged and underprivileged that the community do love and care for them.The two-kilometre walk organised [...]

Caring for the terminally ill and their loved ones

Catholic News features Assisi Hospice in this series on Catholic social service organisations.Assisi Hospice provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, caring for them and their families regardless of faith, age, race and financial position.Jared NgMr Kwan Fook Chuen became an orphan when he was seven years old. Growing up without parental love, he [...]

Lending a helping hand to the poor and needy

In this series on Catholic social service organisations, Catholic News features the Society of St Vincent de Paul, which has been helping the poor and needy in Singapore since 1951. Jared Ng Joyce (not her real name) was a single mother of three young children. She was struggling to find [...]

S’poreans reach out to needy young people in Pattaya

Catholics from Singapore interacting with teenagers with disabilities in Pattaya during their mission trip.Some 50 Catholics, mostly from the Church of Christ the King, travelled to Pattaya, Thailand, and visited various Catholic charity institutions there in early December.Redemptorist Fr Simon Pereira and parish priest Fr John Sim led the group, which included parents and their [...]

SIM students, alumni visit elderly home

Members of the Singapore Institute of Management Catholic Society having a laugh with the elderly of the Villa Francis Home for the Aged.Members and alumni of the Singapore Institute of Management Catholic Society (SIM-CS) visited the residents of the Villa Francis Home for the Aged to engage them in games and other activities.The March 25 [...]

On the Vatican’s instruction on burial and cremation

A columbariam in Singapore. According to the instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ashes of the departed may not be placed in a domestic residence and the ashes may not be divided among family members.On Oct 25, the Holy See Press Office presented the Instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine [...]