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 [...]

Special trishaw ride a highlight of hospice’s charity event

Business leader Sherman Kwek ferrying Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood Sr Florence Wong and Gracelyn Ng, granddaughter of an Assisi Hospice patient, during the hospice’s Kampong Assisi event.A charity trishaw ride and a guess-the-number-of-Lego-bricks contest were some of the new activities held during Assisi Hospice’s recent fundraising event.The ride saw business leader Sherman Kwek [...]

Participants at talk learn how to deal with dementia

Early detection and prevention also highlightedAbout 200 participants attended a talk on Understanding Dementia at Agape Village in Toa Payoh on Jan 23. It was organised by Church mental health charity, Clarity Singapore, in partnership with Total Health Rich In Vitality and Energy (THRIVE), a community mental health programme managed by Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. [...]

The Church’s part in nation building

The Catholic Church in Singapore has contributed significantly towards nurturing and supporting the community long before national independence in 1965. The more visible areas are in education, healthcare and social service. Less conspicuous but no less significant is the Church’s moral influence in society and Catholics’ contribution in the public sector. The archdiocesan SG50 team [...]

‘The people we helped taught us lessons’

LTC (Dr) Adrian Tan, an orthopaedic surgeon, shares his experience treating Nepal quake victimsLast year, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (Dr) Adrian Tan spent a month in Kathmandu, Nepal, discovering its natural wonders,  marvelling at its historic heritage and experiencing the warmth of its people.The parishioner from Church of the Holy Cross returned this year to find [...]

CHIJ students, staff donate hair to breast cancer patients

“I feel that cutting eight inches of my hair and turning them into wigs to help cancer patients is something very meaningful,” said 15-year-old Celine Lee, a student from the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Secondary (Toa Payoh).She was one of more than 50 students and current staff from the school, who pledged to [...]

Mt Alvernia has new medical centre

Archbishop William Goh blessed a new medical centre at Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH) on Oct 20.Medical Centre D, opened that day, is an eight-storey building which will provide “personalised” services for patients, said  hospital board chairman, Mr Philip Tan,  during an interview with CatholicNews after the blessing.Previously, it used to be a carpark, said Mr [...]

Pope Francis: Care For Your Patients Without Forgetting They Are People

Vatican City, 12 April 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father met with the participants in the Congress of the Italian Society for Oncological Surgery, organised by the “La Sapienza” University of Rome and by the Sant’Andrea Hospital. “Scientific research has multiplied the possibilities for prevention and treatment, and has discovered therapies to treat [...]

Archbishop gives words of hope to HIV/AIDS patients

Dec 1 is World AIDS Day, and this year, the Catholic Church in Singapore marked the day with a special Mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit.The annual event was planned by Catholic AIDS Response Effort (CARE), an organisation that runs a shelter for people living with HIV and AIDS who are destitute and [...]

Catholic doctors urged to see Christ in the faces of their patients

“God has no hands but yours,” Archbishop Nicholas Chia told Catholic medical doctors, medical students and their families, who came together to celebrate the Catholic Medical Guild’s (CMG) 60th anniversary on Oct 21.In his homily during the Mass, held at the Hotel Grand Pacific, Archbishop Chia told those present that medicine was not a career, [...]