Strengthening families’ spiritual life

Commission sets up teams; plans to boost family life in wake of survey findings The faith life of Catholic families in Singapore is sadly inadequate. And this deficiency pervades all stages of family life – from the school-going and teenage periods to the young adult and parenting years. This is the stark finding of a [...]

Vatican unveils Year of Faith plans

They include logo, prayer cards, worldwide Eucharistic adorationVATICAN CITY – With a hymn and a prayer, Italian Archbishop Rino Fisichella presented the Vatican’s initial calendar of events for the Year of Faith, which begins with a Mass on Oct 11 in St Peter’s Square.Archbishop Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, said [...]

Health care charity turns one, plans to move to Yishun

Archbishop Nicholas Chia blessing Clarity board members and staff during the organisation’s first anniversary celebration on Oct 10. Photo: RICHARD KOHClarity Singapore, a Catholic charity which aims to meet mental health needs, plans to move to permanent premises in Yishun in early 2012, its chairman announced.Mr Tan Peng Chin was speaking at Clarity’s first anniversary [...]

Group plans pilgrimage to Johor

The Faith and Light Community Singapore is raising funds to help its members go on a pilgrimage next February.Local branches of the international community have been encouraged to go on pilgrimages as part of the worldwide group’s 40th anniversary celebrations.The Faith and Light communities of Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines are organising a pilgrimage to Majodi, [...]

Papal foundation plans greater access to AIDS treatment

VATICAN CITY – A papal foundation dedicated to AIDS patients may expand its services to include a global programme of distributing anti-AIDS drugs, a Vatican official said.The initiative would respond to the shortage of antiretroviral and other drugs in poorer countries, where the vast majority of AIDS patients receive inadequate treatment, Msgr Jean-Marie Mupendawatu, secretary [...]

Indian groups oppose vasectomy plans

KOZHIKODE, INDIA – Pro-life campaigners in the Indian state of Kerala have condemned federal government attempts to promote male sterilisation.“Whether it’s male or female sterilisation, the Church can’t accept it,” said Fr Abraham Pulinchuvattil, director of Thamarassery diocese’s Marian Prolife Organization, on Aug 1.While the federal government is aiming to reduce the national total fertility [...]

Caritas Singapore reports plans and initiatives

CARITAS SINGAPORE HAS identified several groups where more outreach is needed, such as migrant workers, the physically challenged, the mentally challenged, families and the elderly.To that end, the organisation will work with existing charity groups to enhance and introduce new programmes, create new groups for outreach, and to promote public education and social response.This was [...]

Parishes’ plans for 2008

  Parishes in our Archdiocese share what they have gleaned about parishioners’ needs in 2007 and reveal their focuses and plans to meet these needs in the new year.  Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace will focus on "Small Christian Communities" (SCC) and "Engaging the Sleeping Giant" in 2008. The Exco intends to zone [...]

St Joseph’s Home receives donation for van

SINGAPORE – Steel supplier NatSteel Asia has given $50,000 to St. Joseph’s Home as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.This money will be used to buy and modify a passenger van so that elderly residents of the home, who are mostly wheelchair bound, can be taken out on excursions. As $50,000 is insufficient [...]