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 [...]

“A Man For Others” – Montfort’s way to relieve disaster

A Montfort Junior School student customising his fabric pouch at the arts and crafts stall.On Sept 28, much of Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Sulawesi, Indonesia, was devastated by an earthquake and a subsequent tsunami. The disaster claimed thousands of lives, injured many others, destroyed infrastructure and homes, leaving survivors without shelter and basic needs.At [...]

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 [...]

Prayer booklet a gift to Catholics for his 25 years as a priest

Inspired by his 25 years of priestly service to the Church, Fr Henry Siew says he will be releasing a prayer booklet called Encountering the Lord in Daily Life.The booklet contains three different prayers – Consciousness Examen, Lectio Divina and Imaginative Contemplation.Consciousness Examen is becoming aware of God’s presence in one’s daily activities. Lectio Divina [...]

How I came to join the Catholic Church

New Catholics who joined the Church at the recent Easter vigil share their faith journeys with Lorna O’Hara Fiancee’s Catholic family gave her a boost “God had called me through my fiancee and his family,” said 27-year-old Wan Xiaotian from China. “I watched his Catholic family embrace the Lord in their personal and family life,” [...]

Groundbreaking for new church in Punggol

It was a sunny and windy afternoon as about 50 people, including 10 priests, witnessed the groundbreaking and blessing ceremony of the new Church of the Transfiguration.Archbishop William Goh presided at the event held at the building site at Punggol Central on Aug 6. According to Fr Joachim Chang, who is in charge of the [...]

Wanted: players for youth orchestra

The Church of the Risen Christ is working towards setting up a youth orchestra to provide young people with another avenue of serving the Church.The initiative came about when Dr Aloysius Leong, who attends the church, approached parish priest Fr John Sim about performing orchestral music in the church to raise funds for cancer-stricken children.Dr [...]

Hitler may have wanted to steal Turin Shroud

ROME – The Shroud of Turin was hidden in an Italian Benedictine abbey during World War II partly because Church authorities feared Adolf Hitler might have wanted to steal it, according to an official at the monastery.For the full report, please pick up a copy of the CatholicNews this weekend.