1st batch of students graduate from UK catechetical courses

Graduates of the Maryvale Institute courses at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.It was a celebration of the courage and dedication of some 30 men and women who completed special catechetical courses despite the challenges of caring for new babies, children studying for the PSLE, work stress and health issues.On Nov 9, Monsignor Ambrose Vaz [...]

New nuncio arrives

Archbishop Marek Zalewski, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Singapore, arrived on July 12. He was welcomed by Archbishop William Goh and a reception was held for him at the Catholic Centre. Vicar General Msgr Philip Heng and Chancellor Fr John-Paul Tan were among the 30 or so guests present at the reception. [...]

Building the Church of Tomorrow

Structure and governance of the Catholic Church in SingaporeThe Giving in Faith & Thankfulness (GIFT) programme, which calls for greater financial support for the archdiocese, has raised renewed curiosity on how the archdiocese is governed in the collection and use of its funds. In this first of a series on governance, Msgr Philip Heng, Spiritual [...]

Commemorating pope’s visit to Myanmar, Bangladesh

Slides on the plight of the Rohingya refugees were shown at the end of the 10.30 am Mass at the cathedral on Dec 3.By Christopher KhooPope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh and his outreach to the marginalised was specially commemorated during a Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.Rector Msgr Philip Heng, [...]

St Joseph’s Church Victoria St to close for restoration works

Project includes fixing wall cracks and uneven floor surfacesMsgr Philip Heng, St Joseph’s Church rector, points to the 105-year-old church building now stripped of its layers of paint.By Jared NgSt Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) will be closed for a year and possibly longer, starting from Aug 1, as it undergoes repainting, repairs and restoration works. [...]

Talking about ‘birth’ in various religions

Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Taoist representatives offer perspectives from their own traditions          Ms Vasandy S. N., Master Chung Kwang Tong, Phra Goh Chun Kiang, Ustaz Goh Muhammad Redhuan and MsgrPhilip Heng.Five representatives from the Hindu, Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist and Catholic communities came together recently to share about the topic of “birth”. The event was organised [...]


A look at some of the historic religious items available for viewing when the cathedral is restored {loadposition artefact}The ring and crosier used by the first Archbishop of Singapore, Archbishop Michael Olcomendy; the Mass booklet Pope St John Paul II used when he was in Singapore in 1986; and a brass crucifix with candlesticks given [...]

Time capsule discovered during cathedral restoration

Centuries-old coins and newspapers were part of an exciting find earlier this year. Jared Ng reports.“A discovery like this makes us feel connected to the past. It also inspires us to hang on to the faith and preserve the history of the Church,” said Vicar General Msgr Philip Heng, rector of the Cathedral of the [...]