A Franciscan burger to help bring in the crowd

During peak periods, she sometimes has trouble multitasking and keeping up with the fast-paced requirements. “The other staff always support me and encourage me and it helps a lot,” she said. Starting out as member of the service crew, Hui Ling has gone to working as a barista and making desserts. The 25-year-old said [...]

Centre that is making a difference to help the disabled

President Halimah visits ABLE to get first-hand account of their activities


President Halimah with family caregivers at a baking session.

Audrey Lee

President Halimah Yacob, who toured the ABLE centre in Toa Payoh, commended the efforts made to help people with disabilities to re-enter the workforce.

During her visit on May 28, the President saw first-hand how the centre – Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE) – has been reaching out to persons from all walks of life, to enable persons with disabilities to live with dignity.

At a door-stop interview, she urged employers to have progressive employment practices so that they can provide a supportive environment to persons with disabilities. She also urged employers to do their part and “be more receptive of persons with disabilities to work and earn a living and have self-esteem”.

School starts new year with prayer, reflection

A teacher assists a Hai Sing Catholic School student with lighting a candle on the first day of school.Hai Sing Catholic School traditionally begins each school year with three activities that seek to bring students and staff of all faiths together. These are the Staff Mission Seminar, the school opening, and the Student Mission Seminar.On [...]

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 [...]

‘I keep going because the poor keep coming’

… says founder of Willing Hearts who recently received the Magsaysay award Mr Tony Tay receiving the Ramon Magsaysay Award from Philippine vice president Leni Robredo at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines in Manila on Aug 31. Photo: RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARD FOUNDATION By Jared NgWhen he first received phone calls telling him he was one [...]

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 [...]

Much loved former CJC principal called to the Lord

Sr Deirdre O’Loan passed away on Aug 13.Sr Deirdre O’Loan was a much loved and inspiring principal who was always concerned about the welfare of the students and staff of Catholic Junior College. Her students in her home tutorial group, A5 of 1975/76, treasure her as a great teacher who loved her students and inspired [...]

Studying Catholic schools in Brisbane

Some S’pore Catholic educators went on a study trip to see how Catholic schools infuse spirituality into their institutions Some Catholic educators were in Brisbane recently to study how the Catholic school system there delivers Catholic education within the context of its relationship with Church leadership, parishes and other Church organisations.During the June 5-10 trip, [...]

St Joseph’s Home a step closer to completion

A significant milestone in the redevelopment of St Joseph’s Home was reached during a “topping out” ceremony on May 31.Board members, staff and construction workers gathered in high spirits for the event held at 921 Jurong Road.The ceremony saw Canossian Sr Geraldine Tan, St Joseph’s Home administrator; Mr Thomas Tan, Catholic Welfare Services chairperson; and [...]

Assumption English returns to Bukit Timah

Assumption English School returned to its original campus at Upper Bukit Timah Road in December. A Returning Home Mass Walk was organised by the school on Dec 28 to mark the return. Students and staff of the school had the opportunity to interact along the walk which took them through part of the “Green Corridor” [...]