Bringing Christ to others

Visitors to the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary get an explanation of symbols on the altar.For a group of visitors who had never stepped into the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a tour of the sanctuary was more than just sight-seeing. It was for them to find out more about the [...]

New Catholics share their faith experiences

Some who joined the Church at Easter tell Jared Ng about overcoming family challenges and finding MaryLed to the faith after passing of their sonWilliam and Angie Lai said that the RCIA has given them a different perspective on life and that eveything is ‘all part of God’s plan.’For William and Angie Lai, their RCIA [...]

Cathedral’s Easter Vigil baptisms

Archbishop William Goh baptising an Elect on March 31. A total of 52 people were baptised at the cathedral after its first RCIA programme. Photo: VITA IMAGESIn a moving Easter Vigil Mass, Archbishop William Goh baptised 52 Elect from the first RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) journey at the Cathedral of the Good [...]

Archbishop gives catechumens advice for their spiritual journey

Archbishop William Goh praying for the RCIA catechumens gathered for his catechesis at the Church of the Transfiguration on Jan 13. Photo: VITA ImagesFrequent the sacraments, read the Gospels and flee from temptation.This was some advice that Archbishop William Goh gave to more than 400 RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) catechumens gathered at [...]

Thai Catholics learn about catechesis in Singapore

Forty-eight of them learn about RICA, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd during a four-day visit.The Bishop of Chiang Mai, along with priests, Religious and laypeople from 10 Thai dioceses were in Singapore recently to experience some of the catechetical practices here.According to Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana, the aim of the Nov 30-Dec 3 visit [...]

Age not an obstacle for newly ordained Jesuit priest

Fr Jerome Leon shares his faith journey with Jared NgFr Jerome Leon speaking after his ordination at the Church of St Ignatius on Aug 19. Photo: VITA ImagesHe was 40 when he joined the Jesuit novitiate in 2007.However Fr Jerome Leon did not let the age gap between himself and fellow novices deter him in [...]

Archbishop comments on state of catechesis in S’pore

Archbishop Goh said he was unhappy with the state of catechesis (children, youth and RCIA) as it had failed to bring people to an encounter with Jesus Christ.Catechists from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association pose for a photo with Archbishop William Goh and catechetical director Fr Erbin Fernandez at the launch of the [...]

My journey to the RCIA and the Catholic Church

New Catholics who joined the Church at the recent Easter vigil share their faith journeys with Jared NgFinding God in a visit to St Peter’s Basilica It was during a tour in Italy on their honeymoon in 2010 when Mr Choo Poh Choon and his wife, Bibianna, first experienced the “calmness and peace” of the [...]

Integrating new Catholics into the parish community

Each year, about 1,000 individuals become Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Mel Diamse-Lee finds out how some parishes integrate them into parish life and speaks with several new Catholics about their experiences. Church Of Divine Mercy Programme/ActivitiesOver the last three years, the parish has experimented with: Social nights – dinner with [...]