Engaging Catholics to further deepen the faith


About one third of Catholics attend Mass every weekend. Photo: VITA Images

Audrey Lee

In the United States, for every person joining the Catholic Church, six persons are actually leaving.

This is the startling reality of the state of the Catholic faith in the US and it was revealed at a recent annual spring meeting in June involving the Bishops there.

This and other sobering statistics were shared by Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Building the Church of Tomorrow

Archbishop William Goh discusses five spiritual reasons why the act of giving is an important aspect of the faith, in this adapted extract of his speech given at a Catholic Foundation Dinner held on 18 October 2017.Many of us do not understand why we give. Very often when we give, we think we are doing [...]

Priests are human beings, not ‘mini-gods’

Archbishop talks about the impact of unfair criticism and lack of appreciation in the lives of priestsDuring the annual Chrism Mass, Archbishop William Goh highlighted why priests sometimes lose their passion for their ministry, and what they can do to address this. “When we were newly ordained,” said Archbishop Goh, “we were full of joy [...]

Relating to religious believers and non-believers

Archbishop gives Church’s views in interfaith symposium How does the Catholic Church relate to people from other religions and to people with no religion?This and other questions were tackled by Archbishop William Goh during a Jan 20 symposium on how religions can contribute to social harmony and coexistence.The head of the Singapore Catholic Church was [...]

LETTER: Truth cannot contradict truth

In responding to my article, Did Humans Evolve From Monkeys? (CN, Feb 9), Mr Gerard Goh and Ms Estella Young (CN, Feb 23) were keen to affirm that “religion does not clash with science” or that “faith and reason can go hand in hand”.I readily agree with this position. I agree that academic disciplines of [...]

Catholic educators celebrate Teachers’ Day Mass

More than 200 educators and parents attended a Teachers’ Day Mass organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS).Msgr Ambrose Vaz and Fr Edward Seah celebrated the Mass held on Sept 13 at St Joseph’s Institution Junior.A true educator is someone who not only imparts knowledge, but also “the reason, purpose, and goal in [...]

Faith, Doubt or Superstition?

SFX Bulletin, 10 August 2014: Peter’s “little faith” (v.31) contrasts with the firm faith of Elijah and Paul in this week’s readings.  This “little faith” seems even more astounding when we consider that Elijah and Paul had never seen the incarnate God in Jesus while Peter had the “privilege” of being with Jesus through the [...]

The Assumption

The Feast of the Assumption is generally accepted as the principal feast day celebrated in honour of the ;Mother of God. By the Assumption is understood the passing of the Blessed Virgin, both body and soul, into Heaven. Although this belief has not been declared by the Church as an article of faith, nevertheless, Catholics [...]

Snubbing Christ

Possibly no one can name the exact reason why the Holy Hour in some churches is so poorly attended. Is it due to an alarming state of lukewarmness or coldness on the part of thousands of individual Catholics? The fact is that the Holy Hour is a public act of homage to the Eucharist Christ, [...]

Volunteer Work: a Reason for Confidence in a Time of Crisis

VATICAN CITY, 11 NOV 2011 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican, the Pope received bishops with pastoral responsibility for charitable work and representatives of European charity organisations. They are currently participating in a meeting promoted by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” in the context of the European Year of Volunteering. “At the present time, [...]