Learning about serving the less fortunate in Asia

Redemptorist Br Karl M. Gaspar giving the keynote address at the Humanitarian Forum & Fair organised by CHARIS.By Christopher Khoo More than 800 people listened raptly as people who have served the needy in the region shared their experiences at the recent Humanitarian Forum & Fair.The two-yearly event, organised by CHARIS (Caritas Humanitarian Aid & [...]

Learning about ‘marriage’ in various faith traditions

     Speakers at an interreligious dialogue session on marriage: (from left) Ms Vasandy S. N., Venerable Chuan Guan, Master Chung Kwang Tong, Ustaz Zulhilmi Mohamed and Msgr Philip Heng.Catholics and people of other faiths learnt a little about the meaning and rituals behind various religions’ celebration of marriage on May 2.About 40 people attended the [...]


Jason Evert to speak hereJason and Crystalina Evert. Photo: chastityproject.comRenown US Catholic champion of chastity Jason Evert is coming to Singapore next January to give a series of talks to various target audiences. The much-sought after speaker, who together with his wife, Crystalina, has spoken about the virtue of chastity in many countries to more [...]

Conference on being witnesses for God

KUALA LUMPUR – More than 125 participants from 10 different parishes attended a Bible Conference with the theme “You shall be My Witnesses” on Oct 3. It was organised by the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocesan Bible Apostolate (KLABA) and held at Assumption Family House in Petaling Jaya.Sr Sandra Seow and Sr Leticia Lopez from the Verbum [...]

Coming up: CHARIS’ Humanitarian Forum and Fair

For Catholics who wish to know more about the Church’s overseas humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, there will be a Humanitarian Forum and Fair (HFF2015) on May 30.The forum will take place from 1 pm-8.30 pm at Catholic Junior College, and is themed: One Mission. Many Borders. Love Multiplied.The two-yearly event will have a forum [...]

University students encounter Jesus in special retreat

Over 130 young Catholics gathered for the inaugural Combined Universities Retreat organised by the Office for Young People (OYP) recently.According to OYP, which turned one last November, the Dec 19-22 event, aimed to bring the Catholic students together regardless of the universities they are in, to deeply encounter the Lord and to recognise the true [...]

Evangelising on social media

SINGAPORE – To spur the Church to evangelise through social media, the East District Youth Committee organised a workshop on July 28, at the Church of the Holy Family. About 40 participants attended the workshop. The project, called SHAREfest (SHARE as an acronym for Stirring Hearts:  A Real Encounter), draws its inspiration from Pope Francis’ [...]

Lenten boost for Mandarin speakers

Mandarin-speaking Catholics say an annual Lenten programme for them have helped them prepare spiritually for Easter.The programme, organised by the Commission for Apostolate of Mandarin-speaking in Singapore (CAMS), begins with the Stations of the Cross followed by a Mass.It is held on five Wednesday evenings during Lent and draws a crowd of about 300-400 people. [...]

Legion of Mary connects with young Mandarin speakers

Some participants of the recent Legion of Mary camp, conducted in English and Mandarin, pose for a photo. The Legion of Mary’s Mandarin-speaking youth section recently organised a camp to introduce teenagers to the movement and to attract members to its governing body, or Curia.Thirty participants aged nine to 17 from across the diocese participated [...]

Chance to learn more about one of the church’s best kept secrets

SINGAPORE – Archbishop Nicholas Chia has said that the social mission and teachings of the Catholic Church has been "a well-kept secret across the world for a long time". He made this point at the Catholic Social and Community Council’s (CSCC’s) first anniversary celebration in November 2007. Since CSCC’s formation more than a year ago, [...]