Ash Wednesday: A reminder that we are dust and unto dust we shall return

FATHER LUKE FONG explains the significance of the ritual

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The placing of ashes makes it clear that every person in the Church is constantly in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

There are many rituals in the Catholic Church which may seem strange or even bizarre to the uninitiated. Looking from the outside, some of these rituals can perhaps come off looking a tad peculiar and almost anomalous to anything that proclaims to be rational and sound.

One of these may be the imposition of ashes on our foreheads once a year, when the liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

Whether Seal of Confession was broken in film

We understand that emails and WhatAapp messages have been circulated questioning whether the Seal of Confession was breached in the dramatisation of the confession of Catherine Tan Mui Choo in the local film entitled Sister. Some have postulated that what was “seemingly revealed” in the confession scene (from 4:30 to about 7:30 mins) should have [...]

Giving hope, love to those on death row

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Boys take their first step in former convent school

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The church that was once only a make-shift hut

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Helping the physically challenged to return to society

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Capturing the beauty of God’s creations on canvas

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How to prepare for the coming of Christ

Advent is a time of penance, anticipation and joyFather Ignatius YeoCatholics may find some similarities between the season of Advent and the season of Lent. For a start, both seasons employ the use of purple vestments, a “rose” Sunday (Gaudete in Advent and Laetare in Lent), and the elimination of the Gloria in Mass – [...]