Happiness is within reach, if only we …

Mission work can be an eye-opening experience. Here, a volunteer shares his experience helping the mentally and physically disabled in Malacca. A youth feeding a resident of Happiness Centre for the mentally and physically disabled. Ian C.As our buses pulled over at a centre for the mentally-disabled, I wondered what it would be like meeting people who [...]

Because we CARE, we give new meaning to HIV/AIDS patients

Diana Lee, a volunteer, shares her experiencesCatholic AIDS Response Effort volunteers and staff (facing camera in black and white tops), together with residents having a singalong session.Four years ago, at the blissful age of 67, a nagging desire to be a volunteer enveloped me. Whenever I hear a homily, read a spiritual book or watch [...]

A sign of love and care to the poor, elderly

Participants of the Catholic Welfare Services walkathon in the 2-km walk from the Singapore Flyer to the Merlion and back.Jared NgIt was a Sunday walk with a special significance. It was an event to bring the message to our needy, aged and underprivileged that the community do love and care for them.The two-kilometre walk organised [...]

Starting them young to have love for the elderly

Playing the “parachute game” where everyone has to keep flapping the fabric to prevent the ball from entering the hole in the centre.Guided by the principle that it is important for children to cultivate a love for and show appreciation to the elderly, the Marist-run Catholic Kindergarten organised a mission trip to the Miriam Home [...]

MC Sisters to perform pastoral care at St Theresa’s Home

Missionaries of Charity Sisters at the grotto of the Gift of Love Home in Jurong.The Gift of Love Home (GOLH) was established in 1987. It comes under the purview of the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). The GOLH has all along been run by the Missionaries of Charity Sisters (MC Sisters) under the [...]

Virtual reality a new service for St Joseph’s Home residents

The newly renovated home celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 19Archbishop William Goh and Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, got a first-hand experience of virtual reality technology at St Joseph’s Home. It is a project by Westwood Secondary School students.By Jared NgResidents of St Joseph’s Home can now enjoy reminiscing their [...]

Serving people who are living with HIV/AIDS

Bernard Sim, a volunteer with the Catholic AIDS Response Effort, shares his experiencesMr Sim doing some nutrition training for CARE residents.One Sunday after attending 11 am Mass, while on the way to lunch, a call came through asking me to transport some heavy items.I did not want to reject Peter’s request as he has been [...]

Blessing for redeveloped St Joseph’s Home, staff

A view of the six-storey home in Jurong West.A special blessing ceremony was held for the newly redeveloped St Joseph’s Home and its staff. The celebration, held on May 16, began with a Mass celebrated by Franciscan Friar John-Paul Tan.Friars Rowland Yeo, Julian Mariaratnam and Francisco Jude Basnayake concelebrated.St Joseph’s Home is “more than just [...]

Kindergarten kids reach out to people with dementia

K2 student Emily reaching out to an Apex Harmony Lodge resident at a recent celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day. Children from a church-run kindergarten and residents of a purpose-built home for persons with dementia joined hands to celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day recently.Thirty-eight residents of Apex Harmony Lodge (AHL) and 70 children from the Church of the [...]

Serving the poor with simple acts of great love

A look at the Missionaries of Charity’s work in S’pore A Missionaries of Charity Sister feeding a resident in the Gift of Love Home in Boon Lay. The Missionaries of Charity (MC) are “happy and humbled” by the recent canonisation of Mother Teresa, said Sr Mary Carmel, the local superior. “We want to imitate her [...]