Giving hope, love to those on death row

André Ahchak and Jared NgDuring the seven years Sister Gerard Fernandez spent counselling and journeying with Catherine Tan in death row, “God was always right by our side … Listening, loving and forgiving.” “Christ was so present in that prison,” recalled the Good Shepherd Sister (RGS), who turns 81 in February.The nun met Catherine and [...]

The church that was once only a make-shift hut

Catholic News features the Church of the Holy Family in this series on parish communities.The church serves up to 5,500 parishioners every weekend.Jared NgDuring the Octave of Christmas, Catholics around the world celebrated the feast of the Holy Family. The feast, celebrated on Dec 30, teaches us about Jesus, Mary and Joseph – and about [...]

Ignatian spirituality and its focus on going green

Catholic News features the Church of St Ignatius in this series on parish communities.The Church of St Ignatius serves about 6,500 parishioners every weekend.Jared NgHelping to create a sustainable earth deserves the attention of everyone. Reasons for going green include protecting wildlife to curbing the effects of global warming. So important is this subject that [...]

Expressing their faith through art

Ms Irene Wong’s “Selah Moment” won her the top prize in the Open Category.An artist’s powerful portrait of herself in prayer and a moving depiction of the biblical characters of Naomi and Ruth as they caught sight of Bethlehem, their destination. These were the two winning entries in this year’s Angelico Art Award, which seeks [...]

Space to rest, reflect and listen to God

The Quieting the Soul retreat is for those seeking prayerful rest and quiet reflection.For the past 13 years, a large number of people have experienced the tranquillity and warmth of God’s presence at the Quieting the Soul (QTS) retreat. In response to a need for those seeking prayerful rest and quiet reflection, the Cenacle Sisters [...]

Deepening faith through the Prayer Experience Retreat

The Catholic Spirituality Centre in Upper Serangoon Road is well known for running the Conversion Experience Retreat (CER). However there are other retreats run at the centre that help build a person’s faith journey or deepen a personal encounter with the Lord. A particular programme is the Prayer Experience Retreat (PER), a three-day, two-night semi-silent [...]

Expressing your prayers in a dance

Mr Nicholas Lye (foreground) leading participants through a dance.Jared NgWho are you to others? Who are you to yourself? Are you satisfied with the answers?More importantly, do you know who God says you are?Participants of a recent dance workshop, TranscenDANCE, were invited to ponder upon these questions on their identity. […]

Nun recalls the day her prayers saved her from harm

Carmelite Sister Francede talks about her intimate love for God and how she hopes to share this love with others through prayerSr Francede, seen here at her solemn profession. Photo: VITA ImagesJared NgBefore she knew about the Religious life, Francede was in Thailand working as a caregiver for the elderly. One evening in 2004 when she [...]

Reflection: Knowing God and knowing self

Fr Derrick Yap (second from left) seen here with fellow priests in Rome (from left): Frs Samuel Lim, Jovita Ho, Joseph Zhang and Jeffrey Tan.Friar Derrick Yap, OFM Who are you, Lord, and who am I?I caught myself asking these questions more frequently these last few years. Be it accompanying someone in his or her [...]