I think I am being called to the priesthood. What should I do?

Archdiocesan vocation director Fr Valerian Cheong answers questions about discernment, seminary requirements and other matters.Seminarians enjoying community games in the compound of the Church of St Teresa where they are currently housed.Q: How do I discern if I am being called to be a priest?A: Usually it comes from an inner stirring, a little voice [...]

Catholics, Baptists jointly sing carols in HDB estates

CATHOLICS and Baptists blended their voices together to sing carols in the housing board estates on King’s Road.The joint carolling was initiated by the Evangelization Committee of the Church Of St Ignatius headed by Ms Anne-Marie Ang, 45.They met up with the leaders of the neighbouring International Baptist Church (IBC), decided to rope in 25 [...]

Come home this Christmas

Our Lord came into the world to call us back into our Father’s embrace. And He lovingly told Mary, “Did you not know I must be in my Father’s house?” This Christmas, the Church of St Bernadette has planned a carnival for you to rediscover your place in the church, where Jesus said He would [...]

Vatican offers solidarity over flight MH370, Korean ferry tragedies

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has expressed sorrow over Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which went missing with 239 passengers and flight crew on board, and the recent Korean ferry tragedy. Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, in a letter to Fr Eugene Benedict, [...]

Hong Kong Catholic community welcomes all who speak Cantonese

The Sacred Heart Cantonese Basic Christian Community opens its doors to everyone who speaks the dialect. The Hong Kong Catholics in Singapore have been a growing community since 1994. Known as the Sacred Heart Cantonese Basic Christian Community (SHCBCC), the group has grown from about 20 people to its current number of 120.In 2005, the [...]

Putting aside doubts and worries to follow God’s call

Seminarian Cornelius Ching was an insurance salesman for eight years but “felt something was missing”.Through discernment and prayer, the Singaporean and Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parishioner found that he had a calling to the priesthood. In an interview with CatholicNews, the now 37-year-old Br Cornelius related his initial feelings when [...]

100,000 join pope in prayers for Syria

VATICAN CITY – War is ultimately caused by selfishness which can be overcome only though expressions of fraternity and never with violence, Pope Francis said as he led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria.“Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly [...]

Catholics join Muslims in breaking fast at mosque

Twenty Catholics from the Church of St Ignatius, led by Msgr Philip Heng, joined Muslims in their Iftar (breaking of fast) at the Al-Huda Mosque on July 28.This is the fourth time the parish has supported the annual Iftar which began in 2010.The organisers are the Ulu Pandan Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) and [...]