How Zachary overcame the odds for his O levels

Despite severe nosebleeds and bouts of dizzy spells arising from a nose tumour, he persevered through his whole exam in hospital.Zachary Chew with his mother, Mrs Irene Chew (left), and form teachers Mr Edmund Tham and Mrs Tracy Lee.Christopher KhooIt was just two days to his first O level exam paper, and Zachary Chew found himself hospitalised for [...]

New priest hopes to help people experience God’s mercy

Fr Cornelius Ching, ordained on Aug 9, shares with CatholicNews his journey to the priesthood“To help people experience the love and mercy of God, to bring the community together,” said Fr Cornelius Ching when asked about his aspirations as a priest.The 39-year-old was ordained on Aug 9 at the Church of the Nativity of the [...]

Spinal condition no barrier to altar service

Jeremiah Liauw, who suffers from spina bifida, served at his first Mass recentlyJeremiah Liauw, who suffers from a spinal condition, served his first Mass in a wheelchair at the Church of Divine Mercy on May 14.“Jerry” as he is often called, suffers from spina bifida, a condition that affects the spine. The backbone that protects [...]

My journey to the RCIA and the Catholic Church

New Catholics who joined the Church at the recent Easter vigil share their faith journeys with Jared NgFinding God in a visit to St Peter’s Basilica It was during a tour in Italy on their honeymoon in 2010 when Mr Choo Poh Choon and his wife, Bibianna, first experienced the “calmness and peace” of the [...]

Priests are human beings, not ‘mini-gods’

Archbishop talks about the impact of unfair criticism and lack of appreciation in the lives of priestsDuring the annual Chrism Mass, Archbishop William Goh highlighted why priests sometimes lose their passion for their ministry, and what they can do to address this. “When we were newly ordained,” said Archbishop Goh, “we were full of joy [...]

Inspire the young, Religious told

“Certain congregations could close down if no one is taking over their charisms,” said Archbishop William Goh. “With the support of the laypeople, our Religious men and women must be role models in every possible example to inspire the young.” These were the parting words Archbishop Goh had for those gathered for the closing Mass [...]

No such thing as a ‘late vocation’

Two brothers, who were ordained together, share their faith journeys with Lorna O’Hara His parents and grandmother had taught him how to pray in Teochew from a young age, and his “house had more holy pictures than what you would see in a church”, recalled new Jesuit priest, Fr Matthew Tan.He also used to watch [...]

Symposium: The Word of God is a person – Jesus

The Word of God is “someone”, not “something”.This point was repeatedly emphasised during the July 11 Bible Symposium, the first such event organised by the newly formed Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate.“The Word of God is Jesus … with a voice, a face and a heart,” said Verbum Dei Sr Sandra Seow at the daylong event held [...]