Christian leaders share their pastoral challenges

Rev Ling Kin Yew, from Fairfield Methodist Church, speaking at the annual ecumenical Easter lunch.By Jared Ng What is the greatest pastoral challenge in your ministry?Pastors and pastoral staff from various Christian traditions were invited to share on this topic during the annual ecumenical Easter lunch.Rev James Nagulan Poona Sami, from the Tamil Methodist Church, [...]

ACMI marks 20 years of service with special Mass

Franciscan Friar Julian Mariaratnam blessing the executive committee members of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.“God directed me to serve in this ministry although I had no knowledge or experience of migrants,” said Ms Elizabeth Tan, an Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI) [...]

CNY joy for migrant workers

Young Matthew Tan presents oranges and hongbao to a migrant worker as part of an ACMI outreach.Chinese New Year came early for some 300 foreign workers as staff members of Caritas Singapore, together with volunteers and their children, presented them with festive goodies.The Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI) [...]

Building the Church of Tomorrow

A LIFELINE FOR TROUBLED TRANSNATIONAL FAMILIESThe Catholic Church’s outreach to migrants living and working in Singapore through its organisation, ACMI, might be familiar with many Catholics. But writer Schutz Lee learns that there is in fact a lesser known and equally dire need that ACMI addresses amongst migrants – troubled families. Participants attend a baking [...]

Showing love to migrants in special celebration

Members of the Tamil-speaking community were among the various migrant communities present at the celebration on Sept 25.Thankful and appreciated. This was how Ms Nguyen from the Vietnamese community felt after attending the Migrant Sunday celebration held on Sept 25.“The locals here and even the other communities are very warm and supportive. It makes me [...]

The soul of a migrant

Bangladeshi worker Mohd Mukul Hossine shares his poetry at CanaMigrant worker Mohd Mukul Hossine, who writes poetry as a means of dealing with the challenges he faces in Singapore, shared his literary gift and experiences at Cana the Catholic Centre recently.Mr Mukul, a 25-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker, has been featured in the local press. He [...]

Archbishop’s vision for restored cathedral

Hopes for it to come alive with activities, religious celebrations catering to a wide range of people The restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd must be a vibrant place hosting various religious celebrations, and reaching out to youth, the elderly, migrants and expatriates. Catholics from more well-off parishes have a duty to financially support the [...]

Migrants honoured in special celebration

More than 1,000 migrants attend Migrant Sunday eventThe Migrant Sunday celebration organised recently by the Church here represented “unity for all the races”, said Ms Rhodora, 51. “Everybody cheered for each other,” said the Filipino domestic worker, “we feel like we belong”. Ms Rhodora was one of more than 1,000 migrant workers who gathered at [...]

Migrants to get free meals at celebration

Migrants attending this year’s Migrant Sunday celebrations can expect free meals and transport to the venue. As part of its contribution to the Church’s SG50 Joy celebration, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is providing one-way bus transport from parishes to the Church of Divine Mercy, where the event will be held on [...]

Get-together for foreign spouses

Blessed with fine weather at MacRitchie Reservoir on Nov 12, more than 40 foreign spouses, some with children in tow, got together and had a chance to get away from their daily routines.The women who are spouses of Singaporeans, come from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. During the outing, they took part in games, won prizes, [...]