Striving for unity among family organisations

The Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) invited its Family Partners (FPs) to a networking lunch event on March 19.The event, held at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre (CAEC), was attended by 56 representatives of ACF’s Family Partners and board members.The event was part of ACF’s efforts in responding to a pastoral letter issued at [...]

Prison ministry marks Prison Week

SINGAPORE – Former prison inmates and their families and Roman Catholic Prison Ministry (RCPM) volunteers observed Prison Week 2008 with a Mass at Church of St. Alphonsus on Nov 16 celebrated by prison ministry chaplain Redemptorist Father Paul Pang at which 50 volunteers  were commissioned. Archbishop Nicholas Chia celebrated Mass at Changi Prison on Nov [...]

Archbishop’s message for Year of Mercy

What the world needs most today, more than at any time in history, is mercy. In the world of science and technology, there is no place for mercy. This lack of mercy is evident in the violent destruction of human life and habitat. Ironically, such acts are often justified in the name of justice. Many [...]

When prayers go ‘unanswered’

  Fr Henry Siew delves into the issue and the whole meaning of prayer THERE are many needs in life and we desire to satisfy them all. And when we are confronted with difficulties and problems, we spontaneously turn to God, asking for His assistance, hoping that the problems can be resolved.However, we do not [...]

FEATURING RETREAT HOUSES IN SINGAPORE: Peaceful contemplation at Kingsmead

A 500-year tradition of spiritual accompaniment came to Singapore in 1990 when the Society of Jesus established the Kingsmead Centre for Ignatian Spirituality and Counselling.The retreats, prayer methods and spiritual direction offered at Kingsmead Centre, are all derived from the Spiritual Exercises practised and taught by the founder of the society, St Ignatius of Loyola.Located [...]

Correction for Conversion

SFX Bulletin, 7 September 2014: The gospel today is taken from a section of Matthew often called the “Ecclesial” or “Church” Discourse.  The word “church” is used only two times in the gospels (Mt.16:18; Mt.18:17) and in both instances, refer to the authority Jesus gives to “bind and loose”.  This authority, as the Catechism tells [...]

Words from the seminary’s rector

A seminarian should be deeply in love with the Lord, excited about prayer and eager to grow towards perfection, unafraid to admit weaknesses that need to be overcome.This is according to Msgr Ambrose Vaz, rector of the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary (SFXMS).Speaking to CatholicNews in an interview, Msgr Ambrose said that basically, a seminarian [...]

Pope Francis: Do Not Seek The Living Among The Dead

Vatican City, April 2014 (VIS) – “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?”. With this question Pope Francis began his first catechesis following Holy Week, on the feast of St. George, the Holy Father’s name day. He continued, “How often we look for life among dead things, things that cannot give life, [...]

Christ’s teachings hit her ‘in the gut’

The sufferings, illnesses and deaths of people close to her led Ms Chew Shiuan Han on a spiritual search.Face with the passing of her mother-in-law, her sister from illness and a godson in an accident, Ms Chew decided that she needed a new vision on life.A friend brought her to the adoration room at the [...]

The Pope To Italian Mayors: Be Mediators, Not Intermediaries

Vatican City, 5 April 2014 (VIS) – This morning Pope Francis received in audience the members of the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI), whose president is the mayor of Turin, Piero Fassino. In his address, the Holy Father mentioned Cardinal Michel Pellegrino, archbishop of the city from 1965 and 1977 who, he revealed, helped [...]