ADVENT CONCERT | 21 Dec 2014

A special evening of sacred music at our church this Advent! It will be in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul at our parish. Cappella Martialis, formed in 2011, is an ensemble of singers from different faith backgrounds enthused about the lesser-known gems of the choral tradition – from the Baroque period and before. The group performs sacred music as well as secular music.


Sopranos

Francesca Wong, a human resource manager, started singing with her school choirs and that opened her passion for music. She now sings in the choir of The Church of the Holy Cross, at the 11.15am Sunday Mass.

Sophia Loke works as a visual arts manager by day, negotiating the use and abuse of art. She is passionate about sacred music and would like to share with others the divine joy that it inspires. Her knowledge of liturgical music was shaped by a decade with the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Altos

Inspired by the words of Psalm 98:4, Seah Su-Lyn’s life ambition is to find as many ways as possible to “shout for joy to the Lord”. When initial attempts to find a proper spiritual vocation failed, she started learning bell ringing, only to find she had no real pulling power. And just when she was hanging by the ropes, she discovered sacred music.

It is quite by accident that Emma Goh was roped in to be part of this Advent concert. When she’s not getting lost in pages of fiction or hitting the yoga mat, Emma will (occasionally) tinker on the piano. She works in the arts education sector and is learning to play the zhongruan, a Chinese plucked instrument.

With no singing background, Janice Zhang, an arts administrator, is not one whom her friends would normally associate with choral singing. This Christmas concert is the debut performance for this alto singer.

Tenors

Victor Gan has had his liturgical music shaped by the Anglican cathedral tradition during his time in college, along with doses of Anglo-Catholic polyphony and Benedictine chant. Singing regularly in London in several choirs for a decade led him to want to continue singing early sacred music, and he founded Cappella Martialis on his return to Singapore.

Vernon Chan started out singing with the Singapore Life Church under a choir mistress, a former missionary in Africa, who believed the Lord could be equally glorified through metrical psalms, Taize community music, Sacred Harp singing, and Gregorian chant.

With a passion for singing, Charlie Chew, a civil servant, serves as a backup vocalist in a choir at a Pentecost church in Singapore.

Bass

When he was a cheeky child, Edward Yong was told to imitate the angels, and he went on to take up singing and playing the lute. He spent about a decade in London, while a student and then lecturer, joining various random ensembles from Orthodox cathedral choirs to Renaissance dance bands. He teaches Latin and biblical Greek, and remains very cheeky.

Tay Jia Qi is an amateur hobbyist who enjoys a wide range of a cappella music. This Advent, he is excited to sing a repertoire that includes familiar carols as well as early period music. When the mood strikes, he also enjoys playing the piano.

Roger Etienne Lee, baritone, sings and cantors at the sunset Mass at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, and the evening Mass at Church of St Bernadette. By day, he is an educator, teaching English and music to students aged 10 to 17.

Organist

Passionate about liturgical music and the pipe organ in liturgy, Andre Joseph Theng has been an organist in several Catholic parishes for the past eight years. He is pursuing a degree in linguistics at the National University of Singapore.

YOUTH CAMP 2014 | 5 – 7 Dec 2014

The annual Youth Camp is back this holiday season and we invite those aged 13 to 22 to join us for a stay-in weekend of fellowship and prayers.

Dates: 5 to 7 December 2014 (Friday to Sunday)
Venue: Church of St Teresa
Camp fee: $25

If you would like to take part, please register at the canteen after Masses or contact Steven John at 91098412.

VISIT TO ST THERESA’S HOME | 5 Dec 2014

The Golden Years Club is organising a visit to St Theresa’s Home at Upper Thomson Road to bring cheer to its residents during Advent.

Date of visit: Friday 5 Dec 2014
Time: 12pm-5pm 

Meet at canteen for lunch. Transport to the home will be provided.

At the home, goodie bags will be given out, there will be songs and games, and snacks will be served to residents.

Singing practice for those who have signed up will be on Saturday 29 November, 3pm-4pm, #02-06 at St Teresa Pastoral Centre.

You may also help in any of the following ways:

+ Make a donation to St Theresa’s Home

+ Make a purchase at the club’s fundraising sale at canteen

+ Help to pack the goodie bags on Saturday 15 November, 2pm-5pm, at St Teresa Pastoral Centre #02-06 (above canteen)

Please register after weekend morning Masses at the canteen if you would like to go as there are limited spaces. Or contact Raymond Ho at 97466770 or email rho.kang@yahoo.com.sg.

SINGAPORE LOURDES EXPERIENCE | 6 Dec 2014

The third Singapore Lourdes Experience (previously held in 2008 and 2004) will take place this December, organised by the Order of Malta Singapore, for those who seek healing and are not able to make the arduous trip to Lourdes in France.

Hundreds of litres of water from the sacred site will be imported for this special event, to be distributed to the sick who attend, and to each parish for distribution to parishioners who are too ill to be at the event venue that day.

Limited complimentary tickets to the event are available on a first-come-first-served basis at the parish office, given only to parishioners. No reservation of tickets is allowed.

Those with medical conditions, please take and complete a form to be certified by your doctor that you are medically fit to attend this event. The form is also with the parish office.

Closing date for submission of medical form and ticket collection is Friday 28 Nov 2014.

 

SINGAPORE LOURDES EXPERIENCE
Date: Saturday 6 Dec 2014
Time: 2pm-7pm

Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Presided by: Archbishop William Goh

 

Organisers: Singapore Association of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. It is a religious order of the Catholic Church and is active in 120 countries around the world.

Lourdes in the south of France is one of the sites where the faithful believe the Virgin Mary appeared to St Bernadette in 1858. Many cases of healing have been attributed to Mary’s intercession on behalf of pilgrims, who travel faithfully there to drink and bathe in the spring waters near the grotto of her appearance.

Grotto at Lourdes, France

PARISH DIALOGUE | 23 Nov 2014


To celebrate the end of the liturgical year, we welcome you to join members of our various parish organisations for a dialogue, to discuss and find ways to build a more vibrant and caring parish community.

There will be an open dialogue on a number of shortlisted proposals received by our parish organisations on how to achieve this. This will be followed by lunch at about 12.30pm, when we will break into groups to work through the shortlisted proposals. After lunch, we will gather back at the auditorium to share the feedback and conclusions from the groups. We will aim to end the dialogue at 3pm.

After that, those who are able to are invited to stay for tea till 4pm to socialise and get to know fellow parishioners better.

 

Date: Sunday 23 Nov 2014
Time: 10am-3pm (dialogue with lunch break); 3pm-4pm (tea)
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Parish House

 

Admission: By registration only for catering purposes. Forms available at bulletin stands at back of church or in parish office. Registration deadline is Sunday 16 Nov 2014. For members of parish organisations, please register through your group heads.

HEALTH TALK BY MOUNT ALVERNIA HOSPITAL | 8 Nov 2014

Health Talk: All You Want to Know about Falls

Mount Alvernia Hospital and our church jointly present this talk for anyone keen to know about falls among the aged and for their caregivers.

 

SPEAKER
Dr Chan Kin Ming
Consultant Geriatrician at Mount Alvernia Hospital

DATE     Saturday 8 Nov 2014
TIME      4pm to 5.15pm
VENUE   Church of St Teresa, Auditorium, Level 3, Parish House

 

Please register for the talk at the canteen after Sunday morning Masses or at the parish office by Sunday 26 October 2014.

 

PROGRAMME
4pm – 4.15pm | Opening address by Mr Goh Hock Soon, Director, Corporate Development Mount Alvernia Hospital
4.15pm – 5pm | Talk
5pm – 5.15pm | Q&A session

 

About Mount Alvernia
Mount Alvernia is a general acute care Singapore hospital with tertiary medical capabilities and two multi-disciplinary medical specialist centres. Our network of over 1,000 accredited specialists spans more than 20 medical disciplines ranging from cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedic, ophthalmology to general surgery and much more.

Mount Alvernia Hospital has an established reputation for obstetric, gynaecology and paediatrics services. We have served generations of families and remain a popular choice for maternity services, parentcraft and babycare.

At Mount Alvernia, we combine best clinical practices with service excellence and compassionate care to provide value-for-money quality healthcare. We are also the only private hospital in Singapore offering dedicated Clinical Pastoral Care to all patients and their families.

 

For enquiries, contact Raymond Ho at 97466770 or email rho.kang@yahoo.com.sg 

SUNDAY SCREENING | 9 Nov 2014

Image: Facebook / History Channel

Join us for a screening of an episode from the the History Channel’s miniseries ‘The Bible: Mission’, which focuses on Jesus’ ministry as He performs the miracles of the fish and loaves, and the raising of Lazarus, in the days before His Passion. 

A great chance to share your faith with friends and family, so get them together and invite them along! 

Date: Sunday 9 Nov 2014
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Parish House

PARISH DIARY | 1 – 7 Nov 2014

Mass times for All Saints Day and All Souls Day here.

 

Blessings on first weekend of the month
Special blessings at the end of Masses for those celebrating birthdays and wedding anniversaries in November, as well as for parents-to-be.

 

Cantonese Mass, Saturday 1 Nov
Mass celebrated at 3.30pm in the chapel with the Mother of Divine Love Cantonese Group

 

Collection by Society of St Vincent de Paul
There will be a second cash collection at this weekend’s Masses for the needy under the care of the society at our parish. Please give generously as the society has been running on deficit since the number of families receiving aid have doubled. Thank you!

Read more: Collection for the needy – an appeal

 

Neighbourhood Christian Community (NCC) meeting – open category
Come build up and strengthen our community in Christ together with us! If you are recently baptised or confirmed, new to the parish, or are not in any NCC grouping right now, we invite you to attend this introductory session to find out more about this community and how you may be a part of a supportive group of people who pray, share the Gospel, and serve our parish family and beyond.

Date: Sunday 2 Nov 2014
1st session: 9.45am to 10.45am, Library, Level 4, Parish House
2nd session: 11.45pm to 12.30pm, St Teresa Pastoral Centre, #02-06

 

Potluck party
All parishioners, friends and visitors are cordially invited to a meal at the canteen for this potluck (pick-a-pick) gathering after the 12.30pm Mass.

 

An appeal for the Humanitarian Aid Fund
In recent months, typhoons, floods and earthquakes have struck Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Myanmar and India. Hundreds have died and millions of lives impacted by these disasters.

The Humanitarian Aid Fund supports the work of Charis and other Catholic organisations responding to such disasters, as well as other humanitarian situations caused by war, civil strife, poverty and other adverse circumstances.

We seek your generous donations to help those in need overseas.

To contribute to the Humanitarian Aid Fund, please pick up an appeal flyer from our bulletin stands, or issue a crossed cheque payable to “Humanitarian Aid Fund” and post it to Charis, 55 Waterloo Street #07-02 Catholic Centre, Singapore 187954. For more information, please contact Albert Lim at 63374119 or email info@charis-singapfore.org.

 

Neighbourhood Christian Community (NCC) meeting

Date: Tuesday 4 Nov 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Block 113 Depot Road, #22-1027

 

Mass for deceased loved ones | Wednesday 5 Nov | 8pm | main church

 

Pilgrimage in My Backyard (PIMBY) @ Kampong Bahru
If you have a good command of Mandarin and would like to be a guide for this walking tour on the history of our parish church and its surrounding faith communities, please email Edwin Tan at stc2me@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your support!

We look forward to welcoming the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) members for this walk to know more about our parish and the Catholic faith on Sunday 16 Nov and Tuesday 18 Nov.

COLLECTION FOR THE NEEDY – AN APPEAL

by Society of St Vincent de Paul, September 2014

Our parish has been helping 77 families in need with NTUC vouchers as well as cash aid that is generously donated by parishioners during the monthly collections at Mass to the society.

As of today, the number of families we help has grown to 132 (or 164 individuals in total).

Every month, we collect around $10,000 for the needy, but that is not enough to cover the cash aid and vouchers now, as the amount we give out has almost doubled with the increased number of families.

In the past 8 months, the society has been running on a deficit, drawing from fast-depleting reserves to cover the shortage.

So we humbly appeal to you to raise your donations to support our parish in helping our brothers and sisters in need.

The collection by the society takes place at Masses on the first weekend of every month. Please help as much as you can.

Thank you in advance for your kind generosity and loving gifts. May God bless you all!

WEEKLY BIBLE SESSIONS

FAITH FORMATION: GOSPEL OF JOHN

Monsignor Ambrose Vaz gives us 12 weekly sessions covering the Gospel of John.

Date: Every Monday, starting 4 August to 27 October 2014 (No sessions on 1 September, and 6 October)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Auditorium, level 3, Parish House

A beautiful gift offered to all, offered to you. Take it!

FEAST DAY WEEKEND | 3 to 5 Oct 2014

Mass with healing service | Friday 3 Oct, 8pm (No 6pm Mass)

Feast Day Masses | Saturday 4 Oct, 6pm; Sunday 5 Oct, 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 6pm.

Sunday sunset Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop William Goh, followed by candlelight procession.

NO PARKING at church level on Sunday 5 Oct, 4pm onwards, due to the procession.

There will be no Sunday School on 5 Oct due to the Feast Day celebrations.

FUNFAIR + FEAST DAY DINNER


FUNFAIR

Date: Sunday 28 September 2014
Time: 8.30am to 2pm

Support our parish in raising money to maintain our church buildings, by buying tickets to our funfair that can be used to get food and souvenirs. Tickets will still be available at the canteen on Sunday.

There will be many food stalls selling your favourite meals, desserts and snacks, so invite your family and friends, enjoy the food and music, and catch up with fellow parishioners!

Take note of parking restrictions.


FEAST DAY DINNER

Date: Saturday 4 October 2014
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Summer Garden Chinese restaurant, Safra Mount Faber

Tickets to our parish feast day dinner are sold out. The organising committee and the parish priests would like to thank you for your enthusiastic support!

Please take note that there will be a free bus ride (one-way) to the dinner venue for senior citizens after the 6pm Mass.

FEAST DAY SPECIAL: MASSES & HEALING SERVICE

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In preparation for the Feast Day of our parish patron saint, three visiting priests will be the homilists for Masses over three consecutive weekends, each with a different theme.

DATE: 13 & 14 Sep
THEME: Community of Disciples
HOMILIST: Fr John Paul Tan

DATE: 20 & 21 Sep
THEME: Passion of Disciples
HOMILIST: Fr Eugene Vaz

DATE: 27 & 28 Sep
THEME: Compassion of Disciples
HOMILIST: Fr Jacob Ong

There will also be a Mass with healing service on Friday 3 Oct at 8pm.

Feast Day Masses
Sat 4 Oct: 6pm
Sun 5 Oct: 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 6pm (celebrated by Archbishop William Goh, followed by candlelight procession)

PARKING NOTICE FOR WEEKEND OF 27 & 28 SEP 2014

parking

DRIVERS, TAKE NOTE:

A section of our parish grounds is closed for the setup of our funfair this weekend happening Sunday 9am to 3pm.

So there will be NO PARKING allowed on church level, on the tennis court up the slope, and carpark C (basement), for those coming for Masses and funfair.

This will be in force from Saturday 27 Sep until Sunday 28 Sep, 4pm.

Please also be considerate and do not park on the driveway leading up to the church and block other road users.

Parking is available at the Bukit Purmei housing estate, the closest being block 110, Bukit Purmei Road, (S)090110.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation!

MOVIE NIGHT | 26 Sep 2014

Following our last feature movie on Pope John Paul II in July, there will be one on Pope John XXIII, the other saint canonised this year by Pope Francis.

The two-part screening will be on Friday 19 & 26 September, 8pm, auditorium.

 

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