Serving needy kids in Pattaya

Morning walk for children from day care centre. It was a mission trip to bring love, hope and joy to underprivileged children in Pattaya, Thailand. But for the 46 mostly young Singapore missionaries who went, they received from their beneficiaries as much as they gave.The missionaries, mostly aged 13-18 from the Church of Christ the [...]

S’poreans reach out to needy young people in Pattaya

Catholics from Singapore interacting with teenagers with disabilities in Pattaya during their mission trip.Some 50 Catholics, mostly from the Church of Christ the King, travelled to Pattaya, Thailand, and visited various Catholic charity institutions there in early December.Redemptorist Fr Simon Pereira and parish priest Fr John Sim led the group, which included parents and their [...]

Thai Catholics learn about catechesis in Singapore

Forty-eight of them learn about RICA, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd during a four-day visit.The Bishop of Chiang Mai, along with priests, Religious and laypeople from 10 Thai dioceses were in Singapore recently to experience some of the catechetical practices here.According to Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana, the aim of the Nov 30-Dec 3 visit [...]

1st Catholic Bible in Thai

Bangkok – The Catholic version of the holy book in Thai, will be presented in a single volume, 16,000 copies of the first edition will be printed in South Korea.The go-ahead arrived on June 30, when at the headquarters of the Thai Episcopal Conference in Bangkok, Msgr Arpondratana Francis Xavier Vira, head of the Biblical [...]

Thai Church builds bridge between govt, community in south

PATTANI, THAILAND – Communities in southern Thailand have been caught in the crossfire of a bitter war between Thai government forces and Muslim separatist insurgents for more than a decade.The reign of violence, which has quietly stacked up thousands of bodies since it escalated in 2001, has hampered daily life for ordinary people living on [...]

Thai Church assists victims of floods

File photo of Thai villagers wading through flood waters. Church institutions are working to help those affected by flooding in the south.BANGKOK – Catholic Church institutions in southern Thailand are helping people affected by flash floods that have hit the region.“Many churches and schools were affected. We have supported the affected people with food and [...]

Church rues ‘needless deaths’ on Thai-Cambodian border

The Preah Vihear Temple, scene of conflict between the two countries. PHNOM PENH – The Catholic Church in Cambodia says it deeply regrets the “needless loss of human life” during border clashes with Thailand and appealed for a peaceful resolution to the dispute.The fighting has also caused “serious injuries, the destruction of sacred places and [...]

Thai team learns about Choice programme

Father Bunsong Hongthong (centre) and Phichit and Achara Sukeewat (extreme right) from Thailand pose for a photo with the Choice Asia team from Singapore, (from left) David and Gillian Cheong, Felicia and Fr Adrian Yeo. A team from the Catholic Church in Thailand, who were in Singapore recently to learn about the Choice programme, said [...]

Thai Catholics plan post-flood rehabilitation

BANGKOK – Catholic students in Thailand are looking for ways to rehabilitate farmers whose lands were destroyed by flooding in various parts of the country.“We visited 300 Buddhist communities in Phimai district…No organization has reached these areas,” said Kanrawee Plienprayoon.Kanrawee is the treasurer for the Catholic Undergraduate Centre of Thailand (CUCT) planning long-term rehabilitation for [...]

Musicians bring the sound of music to Thai children

(Above) The D’Evergreens; (Below) Teaching the harmonica at the Fr. Ray Children’s Home. Photos provided by Fr. Ray FoundationSINGAPORE – It was not relief aid or construction efforts, not even the gift of toys, but the gift of music which propelled the 22 members of the D’Evergreens – an outfit of musicians who play music [...]