Italian Catholic community celebrates Christmas

Archbishop Marek Zalewski and Fr Timothy Yeo together with members of the Italian Catholic community at their special celebration. This time of the year brings excitement and joy to many. Lights, ribbons and decorations are seen everywhere and cheerful songs fill the air. But is this really what Christmas is all about? This was raised by [...]

Advent: Renewing our relationship with Jesus

Father Jovita Ho“Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.”I am going back home to Singapore for Christmas, and though my departure date is approaching, my ticket was purchased in end-February and my luggage all packed [...]

Reflection: From homelessness to light, life and love

What is it like to be “homeless”? Countless of people are “homeless” this Christmas. The Advent season of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love now explodes into the Light that offers the gift of “Salvation” to all peoples at Christmas. Yet, people continue to live in the darkness of their pain and suffering. The “homeless” are [...]

How to prepare for the coming of Christ

Advent is a time of penance, anticipation and joyFather Ignatius YeoCatholics may find some similarities between the season of Advent and the season of Lent. For a start, both seasons employ the use of purple vestments, a “rose” Sunday (Gaudete in Advent and Laetare in Lent), and the elimination of the Gloria in Mass – [...]

The heart of the CHRISTIAN FAITH

Benedictine Fr Laurence Freeman offers a reflection for the Easter season My favourite reading in the Easter Season – and perhaps of all time – is by an anonymous “ancient author” in the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday. It is the Risen Jesus speaking to us on this strange day of waiting between the [...]

“Tis the Season To Be…”

SFX Bulletin, 30 November 2014 “Jolly” would be the expected word for this well-known carol.  However, when we listen to Jesus’ words in today’s gospel telling us four times to “Stay awake” and “be on your guard” (Mk. 13:33,34,35,37),  we cannot help but consider if this seasonal “jolliness” is what Jesus is alerting us to [...]

St Anthony youth revive age-old tradition

Young Catholics from the Church of Saint Anthony celebrated the Easter season by taking a trip back in time to medieval Europe where the game of “handball” was traditionally played during this season. Pallamano, which means “handball” in Italian, was a favourite Easter sport most commonly played in France and Germany. “The ball represents the [...]