Give your child a head start in the Catholic faith

Harvey WeeThere are many scholarly studies that attest to the fact that a child’s personality and development is very much influenced by the home environment. The child’s beliefs, attitudes, emotions, behaviour are formed through his experience and interaction in the home as much as, if not more, than the school environment. Some parents clamour to [...]

Church’s response to queries on imam incident

Imam Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel Abdul Malik was convicted of committing an act prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious groups and was fined $4,000.The Roman Catholic Church in Singapore has given the following responses to media queries on the incident:Q: What does the Singapore Catholic Church think of this incident, which has [...]

Charity group teaches English to ethnic minority group in Vietnam

Four missioners from Barré, an affiliate of Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS), travelled to Kontum, a province in Vietnam, to teach English to an ethnic minority community.Barré is a group of Singaporean Catholic volunteers who have been working with underprivileged children in Southeast Asia since 2010.From July 17-23, the missioners headed to [...]

Teacher’s Day Mass celebrated to reaffirm role of Catholic educators

Close to 200 Catholic educators, school staff, family, and friends gathered to commemorate Teachers’ Day at a specially organised Mass held on Sept 12.Organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS), the Eucharistic celebration took place at Catholic High School, and was celebrated by Msgr Ambrose Vaz, Fr Edward Seah and Fr Adrian Danker.In [...]

Featuring Retreat Houses In Singapore: Montfort Centre

Group retreats welcome Since Montfort Centre became operational in 2005, many groups from Catholic parishes and other Christian traditions have flocked to the place in Upper Bukit Timah.Catholic churches usually organise day-long retreats or recollections for those in ministry, such as wardens and communion ministers.  These groups would sometimes approach Gabrielite Br Dominic Yeo-Koh to [...]

Reaching out to cancer-stricken kids

Sisters in brown veils and skirts are a common sight at Mount Alvernia Hospital and Assisi Hospice. They are often seen mingling with children and adult patients there. But in a secular children’s centre?For Sr Carmen Francis, who belongs to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, it’s a calling.She said, “After Arc started, I [...]

An Upper Room for God

SFX Bulletin, 1 June 2014:  Just three or four days ago, we were all at Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Ascension.  Like the apostles gathered in the Upper Room after witnessing Jesus’ Ascension, we, too, in this interim period, are awaiting “what the Father had promised” – to be “baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts [...]

Parents and The School Problem

There are many Catholic children who attend non-Catholic schools. Some parents have no option-there is nothing else. Others are perhaps ruled by a species of snobbery. Some plead the distance and lack of transportation, which can often be overcome if two or three of the parents put their heads together about it. Nothing is ever [...]

Africa Can Teach Authentic Values to the Whole World

VATICAN CITY, 20 NOV 2011 (VIS) – At 4 p.m. today, the Pope arrived by car at the Cardinal Bernardin Gantin airport of Cotonou for the departure ceremony at the end of his apostolic trip to Benin. The event was attended by representatives from the civil authorities, the bishops of the country and numerous faithful. [...]

M’sians, S’poreans teach English in Sabah

Informal English lesson for students of San Damiano Hostel.An ongoing effort of a group of Catholic Singaporeans and Malaysians to improve some Sabah students’ command of English saw the volunteers organising an English camp recently.Calling themselves Clare’s Missionaries, the 24 volunteers, comprising 17 from Singapore and seven from Malaysia, worked with students in San Damiano [...]