Advent: Renewing our relationship with Jesus

Father Jovita Ho“Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.”I am going back home to Singapore for Christmas, and though my departure date is approaching, my ticket was purchased in end-February and my luggage all packed [...]

Lucy Kang Liang Hoi, 1956-2011

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  (Matthew 5:5)Many people will remember the face and voice that represented the Singapore Pastoral Institute (SPI) for more than thirty years. Lucy Kang worked at SPI since its inception in 1978. Initially assisting Fr Nicholas Chia in running the religious articles shop and doing secretarial [...]

Mental health charity turns five

It wasn’t your usual fundraising dinner.For one thing, it began with a short talk on meditation and the 250 guests were even invited to enter into silence for 10 minutes.However, the session – at the fifth anniversary fundraising dinner of mental health charity Clarity Singapore – was welcomed by many.“I thought that to keep quiet [...]

St Joseph’s Church parishioners receive papal honours

Two pioneer parishioners of St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) have been awarded the papal Benemerenti medal for their devoted service to the parish community. Mr Augustine Pereira, 85, and Prof James Newton Boss, 67, were presented with the award by apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli at a Mass on Oct 31.The papal honour was instituted [...]

Divine compassion key to loving the needy

Divine compassion is vital in the work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP). Without it, the work the society does is reduced to the purely humanitarian, and members would not be able to offer the fullness of the Gospel, i.e. Jesus, to others.Archbishop William Goh made this point at a Mass to [...]

1st batch of graduates from Mandarin Theology course

It was a joyful ceremony for 35 people who were the first to graduate with a Certificate in Theology in Mandarin from the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS).In the presence of family, friends and more than a hundred guests, they received their certificates from Archbishop William Goh at the Catholic Centre on July 28.Speaking [...]

ME flash mob returns

Over 250 people took to Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza in Orchard Road on Feb 14 to show passersby that long-lasting marriages and strong families are possible today. Holding signs stating the number of years they have been together, married couples and their children held their poses for five minutes in a freeze flash mob. [...]