CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR MASS TIMES

MASS IN CHURCH

Christmas Eve, Sat 24 Dec 2016
8pm (carolling at 7pm) and midnight (carolling at 11pm)

Christmas Day, Sun 25 Dec 2016
8.30am, 10.30am and 12.30pm
(No 6pm Mass)

Public Holiday (in-lieu of Christmas Day on a Sunday), Mon 26 Dec 2016
Mass at 8.30am in the chapel only

New Year’s Eve, Sat 31 Dec 2016
6pm

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Sun 1 Jan 2017
8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 6pm

Public Holiday (in-lieu of New Year’s Day on a Sunday), Mon 2 Jan 2017
Mass at 8.30am in the chapel only

 

MASS AT CARMELITE MONASTERY
[Address: 98 Bukit Teresa Road. Click for map.]
* 24 Dec 2016 | Midnight (carolling 11.30pm)
* 25 Dec 2016 | 8am
* 31 Dec 2016 | 11.30pm
* 1 Jan 2017   | 7.30am

MASS FOR THE SICK | 27 Nov 2016

Our parish will be having a Mass with Anointing of the Sick on the 1st Sunday of Advent, 27 Nov 2016 at 3pm.

Parishioners with loved ones who are sick, as well as their caregivers, are encouraged to be present with them at the Mass, that they may receive healing, peace, strength and courage from God.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available half an hour before Mass.

Registration is required only for those with sick family members or friends who need transport to get to the church. All others are welcomed to this special Mass without registering.

Parishioners who drive and can volunteer their time to fetch the sick to the church are also encouraged to register. As we begin a new year in the Church calendar, we are to continue our work of mercy and give of ourselves to our sick brothers and sisters who need help.

Put your names and contact numbers down for either of the above by 13 Nov through the church office, or email ppc@stteresa.org.sg.

WEEK OF GUIDED PRAYER – 23 to 29 October 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Want a closer relationship with the Lord
by praying with Scripture?

Come for a life-changing

Week of Guided Prayer

an easy, mini retreat as part of your daily routine

Church of St Teresa | 23 to 29 Oct 2016

        * Taster Afternoon on Sun 23 Oct 2016, 2pm-5pm
NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE to Room 8, Level 3, St Teresa Centre (above canteen)

* Daily (Mon to Fri 24 – 28 Oct), choose half an hour anytime
between 9am and 10pm for a one-to-one session
with 
a prayer guide.
Sessions will be held in Room 8, Level 3, St Teresa Centre (above canteen)

  * Closing Session on Sat 29 Oct (Deepavali public holiday),
2pm-5pm, Room 8, Level 3, St Teresa Centre


Fee:  $30 per participant
Payment to be made on 23 Oct during Taster Afternoon

Register online now at http://www.sojourners.sg/online_reg.html
or sign up at parish office

You may also email wogp@sojourners.sg for any enquiries.


The Sojourners’ Companions will be at our parish
on Sun 4 Sep after morning Masses
and the weekend of 15-16 Oct
for registration and to answer any questions.

Closing date for registration: 19 Oct 2016


SPECIAL EDITION BOOK: THE STORY OF ST THERESE DE LISIEUX IN STAINED GLASS

 

In preparation for the 1 October Feast Day of St Therese (celebrated on the weekend of 1 & 2 October 2016), let us in a special way learn more about our parish patron saint.

The 18 images, on the stained glass behind our church’s altar, depict the important milestones of her life.

Now, you may admire them “up close” as they are retold in the booklet entitled “The Story of St Therese of Lisieux in Stained Glass”.

Each image has a narrative and a quote from St Therese.

It is excellent reading material which will bring us closer to the great saint and Doctor of the Church who wished ‘”to remain little”.

Get a copy from our bookshop (open 9am to 12pm Sundays at the canteen), or the church office, at $4 per copy. It will also make a great gift for your friends and loved ones.

stained glass panels

PARISH FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS 2016

We invite all parishioners to come together and celebrate the feast day of our church’s patron saint, St Therese of the Child Jesus.

To help us prepare for this during this Jubilee Year, the Triduum will focus on the theme of mercy. We look forward to your prayerful participation and getting together for our fellowship events.

 

PARKING NOTICE
To make room for the celebrations and the candlelight procession on Sunday 2 Oct, parking will not be open to parishioners and visitors at the following places and times:

1.  Car Park C (former tennis court upslope) from 7.30am to 9pm

2.  Church grounds from 4pm to 9pm

Parking is available at the nearby Bukit Purmei housing estate. Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

 

SPECIAL EDITION BOOK
Get a copy of “The Story of St Therese of Lisieux in Stained Glass”. Details here.

VISIT TO ORANGE VALLEY HOME | 17 September 2016

www.orangevalley.sg

The Golden Years Club is organising a visit to Orange Valley Home, Bukit Merah, near our church, to spend time with the seniors and the sick.

Date: Saturday 17 September 2016
Time: Meet at 2pm at the church canteen to walk to the home

During the time there, participants will serve snacks to residents and engage them in art & craft. The visit will end at 4.30pm.

There will be a practice art & craft session on Saturday 27 August, 2.30pm to 5.30pm, in room 02-06 above the church canteen, for those who wish to attend.

You may also help by donating mooncakes or cash to help organisers defray costs.

Register online here: https://goo.gl/forms/f5h5OGPgOfDFrCiX2

You may also register after weekend morning Masses at the canteen. There are limited spaces so do sign up early.

TALKS ON APOLOGETICS: EXPLAINING YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH

You are invited to a series of talks by members of the Apostolate for Catholic Truth (ACT) held at our parish. ACT is an apologetics and evangelisation association led by Fr James Yeo and Fr Anthony Hutjes, SS.CC, as spiritual directors, with the approval of the archbishop.

Catholic apologetics (Greek: ἀπολογία, “verbal defence, speech in defence”) is a field of Catholic theology that presents reasoned bases for Christianity, defending it against objections.

Apologetics have based their defence of Christianity on historical evidence, philosophical arguments, scientific evidence, and arguments from other disciplines.

In today’s digital age, it is important that Catholics remain well-informed of their faith and seek lifelong learning in the many aspects of their religion. This is not just to defend our faith but to deepen and strengthen our faith knowledge so that we may be better witnesses and fulfil our role as evangelisers of the Gospel.

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Peter 3:15)

SCHEDULE:

16 Aug 2016 – Biblicism: The Bible Alone Theory (Kelvin Chia)
Dealing with the Catholic interpretation of Holy Scripture, and its understanding of the transmission of the Word of God, this talk looks at errors of the Bible-alone Theory (Sola Scriptura) of interpreting Scripture.

23 Aug 2016 – The Church of Jesus Christ (Andrew Kong)
Laying the rational basis of why we are Catholics and not some other Christian denomination (Catholicism is not a denomination), this talk looks at the four marks of the Church of Jesus Christ.

30 Aug 2016 – The Holy Mass (David Teo)
The most important worship of the Catholic religion is the Holy Mass. Understanding the biblical and historical roots of the Mass, and the institution of the Sacrament of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ would help us appreciate and live the Mass as the Source and Summit of our spiritual life.

6 Sep 2016 – The Theology of the Body (Andrew Kong)
One of the most significant legacies of Pope Saint John Paul II to the Church and the world is his teaching on the Theology of the Body, understanding human love in the divine plan. With attacks on the family and marriage, a deeper understanding of human sexuality and anthropology as they relate to our faith is needed and the Theology of the Body has been seen by many as God’s plan to reverse the sexual revolution and revolutionise the Christian paradigm and its message of salvation.

 

Please register by clicking on this link: http://goo.gl/forms/tqVagRYM1OyBlbr42.

Or get the registration forms in church and drop the completed forms in the boxes at the bulletin stands.

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO ROME 2016

 

A pilgrimage to the 4 Holy Doors in the 4 Major Basilicas in Rome will be organised in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

It will include visits to holy sites such as Rotondo (exposition of the body of St Pio), Assisi (St Francis and St Clare), Padua (relic of St Anthony) and many other cities such as Venice, Florence, Sorrento (details in the brochure below).

Dates: Sunday 28 August to Saturday 10 September 2016
Spiritual Director: Friar Joseph Nasanathan, OFM, from the Holy Land Vice-Commissariat Office

Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis, with a minimum of 25 to proceed, and a maximum of 30. A deposit of S$2,000 per pilgrim is needed for confirmation and payment may be made to the travel agency directly (details in booking form) by latest end June 2016.

Those interested may call Ivy at 63077099 or 90185794, or write to ppc@stteresa.org.sg.

Download the form and brochure here:

BROCHURE FOR PILGRIMAGE

PILGRIMAGE BOOKING FORM

‘FOUR DOORS OF MERCY’ PILGRIMAGE | 6 July 2016

HOLY YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE
To help us experience God’s mercy and show greater compassion to others in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, our parish is organising a pilgrimage to the Church of Divine Mercy, Church of St Vincent de Paul and Church of the Risen Christ.

Date: Wednesday 6 July 2016 (Public Holiday)
Time: 8.30am to 5pm
Facilitator: Sister Julia of the Infant Jesus Sisters
Cost: S$5 per person (includes lunch and transport)

Register at the canteen after Sunday morning masses on 12, 19, 26 June or with the parish office. You may download the form here: 4DoorsofMercy

For enquiries, please contact Edwin Tan at 90613129 or email stc2me@gmail.com.

 

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy was opened on 8 December 2015 by Pope Francis and will conclude on 20 November 2016. It is the Holy Father’s desire that the people of God will bring the Gospel of mercy to each person, that all will be able to find the joy of “rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time”. He said it is our journey, a penitential journey, that requires an open and repentant heart to receive the indulgence of God, the mercy of God.

MERCY WALK | 11 June 2016

HOLY YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE
To help us experience God’s mercy and show greater compassion to others in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, our parish is organising a pilgrimage to the Church of the Sacred Heart (Tank Road) that will take participants through a journey, to enable them to carry out works of corporal and spiritual mercy, and to pray and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Date: Saturday 11 June 2016
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Facilitator: Sister Francisca, Religious of the Cenacle

For the full details, kindly register for this pilgrimage online by 17 May.
Or pick up a form at the bulletin stands in church and drop them into the boxes provided.
Contact person: Edwin Tan (9061-3129; stc2me@gmail.com)

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy was opened on 8 December 2015 by Pope Francis and will conclude on 20 November 2016. It is the Holy Father’s desire that the people of God will bring the Gospel of mercy to each person, that all will be able to find the joy of “rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time”. He said it is our journey, a penitential journey, that requires an open and repentant heart to receive the indulgence of God, the mercy of God.


COMING UP IN THE YEAR

* “Four Doors of Mercy” Pilgrimage
Details to be announced at a later date

* Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome, Italy
Check out the full details here.

EASTER RECITAL | 17 April 2016

Cappella Martialis, who performed for us during Advent 2014 and Easter 2015, are back to present a recital of medieval music this Eastertide. They will be accompanied by a small ensemble of semi-baroque strings (including viola da gamba) and continuo (including lute and organ).

Date: Sunday 17 April 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Church of St Teresa, main church

The highlight is the performance of composer Dieterich Buxtehude’s cantata cycle, “Membra Jesu Nostri”, a unique piece of work based on texts from a medieval Latin hymn, “Salve mundi salutare”. The cycle contains seven cantatas each dedicated to a different part of Christ’s crucified body. The texts are based on the concept of an observer contemplating Christ’s body on the cross starting with his feet and moving up to his knees, hands, side, breast, heart and finally his head. The musical textures change along with the vocal and instrumental arrangements as the piece progresses.

Admission is free, with a collection in aid of the poor through the Society of St Vincent de Paul at our parish. Those who would like to make a cheque donation on the night may write the cheque payable to “SSVP St Teresa”.

Follow Cappella Martialis on Facebook.

PARISH DIARY | 26 March 2016

 

Easter Reflection Booklet 2016
We have carried out our Lenten observances, now in this Easter season, we focus our energies on living in the presence of the Risen Lord, with help from the Office for the New Evangelisation, which has produced a booklet with resources to enable us to spend time sharing and reflecting with our families, friends and church ministry members.

Pick up a free copy at the church bulletin stands or at the church office.
Or download a copy online here.

 

Easter Sunday
Mass at 8.30am is Children’s Mass in church, followed by an Easter party at 10am, level 3, Parish House. Cost per child: $8; adults may contribute love offering

Other Masses at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 6pm.

There will be no Sunday School classes. Canteen is closed on Easter Sunday.

 

Blessings on Fourth Weekend of the Month
Special blessings at the end of Masses this weekend for parents-to-be.

 

Parish Hour of Eucharistic Adoration
Join us for a night of taize chants and Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday 31 March at the chapel, 8pm to 9pm. All are welcomed to  spend an hour with the Living God.

 

Briefing Day for Infant Baptism
The next Infant Baptism will be held on Sunday 3 April, 4pm, in our parish.
To prepare for this, there will be a meeting for parents whose babies are getting baptised, and the godparents need to be present as well.

Date of briefing: Monday 28 March 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Chapel, ground level of Parish House

 

Baptised Adult Catholics Seeking Confirmation
Confirmation Mass will be held on Saturday 9 April 2016 at 6pm in our parish.
If you are a baptised Catholic adult seeking confirmation, there are two preparatory sessions held on Thursdays 31 March and 7 April at 8pm.

For more details, contact the church office at 62711184.

 

RCIA 2016/2017: Journey with Jesus
We invite those seeking to know more about the Catholic faith or those seeking baptism to come and journey with us in the RCIA.

Opening night: Friday 29 April 2016, thereafter every Friday evening
Time: 7.45pm to 9.45pm
Venue: Auditorium, level 3, Parish House

We also invite practising Catholics to serve as sponsors, to accompany those new on this journey.

To register, please call church office at 62711184, or email stteresa@singnet.com.sg.
You may also read more about RCIA here.

 

Charities Week 2016
Please support and donate generously towards Charities Week 2016, an archdiocesan annual fundraising project. Proceeds will enable Agape Village, a project of Caritas Singapore and many Catholic organisations under its umbrella to continue their work in reaching out to those in need. These include the poor, families, youth and children, prisoners, migrant workers, persons with HIV/AIDS, persons with physical and mental challenges, and overseas humanitarian aid.

Pick up a Charities Week appeal envelope and contribute generously. You may mail your donation directly to Caritas Singapore (for cheques only) or drop them at the parish office during office hours.

For walk-in donations, please visit Caritas Singapore, 55 Waterloo Street #08-01, Catholic Centre. Your contribution will make a difference to the lives of those in need. For more information, please call 63383448 or visit www.caritas-singapore.org.

* Talks on the history of the Catholic Church in Singapore, a pilgrimage to Thailand, a parenting workshop for mums-to-be, a bible series on navigating your finances God’s way, a retreat for catechists by Fr Erbin Fernandez. Click here to find out more.

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD 2016 | 4 & 5 March

For the first time since Pope Francis started the “24 Hours for the Lord” nonstop Eucharistic Adoration and confession in 2014 during Lent, the Singapore diocese is taking part in a combined effort and joining this worldwide prayer event of penance and adoration in this Year of Mercy. ‪#‎24hoursforthelord‬

The 5 designated Year of Mercy pilgrimage churches in Singapore – Church of the Sacred Heart, Church of the Holy Cross, Church of the Risen Christ, Church of St Vincent de Paul and Church of Divine Mercy – will be having overnight Eucharistic Adoration from Friday 4 March to Saturday 5 March.

Head on down to any of these churches and spend some quality time with our Lord and our God, to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to pray for our own lukewarm hearts and those of others, and to make reparation for evils committed.

 

CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART (Map)
Eucharistic Adoration from Friday 4 March, 6pm to Saturday 5 March, 6pm in the main church

 

 

CHURCH OF THE RISEN CHRIST (Map)
Eucharistic Adoration from Friday 4 March, 9am to Saturday 5 March, 9am in the parish hall

 

CHURCH OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL (Map)

Brochure => 24_hours_brochure_2016
Programme => 24_hours_programme_2016

 

CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS (Map)

 

CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCY (Map)

PARISH RETREAT | 5-6 March 2016

MERCY – A GLIMPSE INTO THE HEART OF GOD
In conjunction with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are privileged to have Sister Maria Lau, IJS, facilitate our parish retreat with the theme ‘Mercy – A Glimpse into the Heart of God’. All are welcome to take part.

Date: 5 & 6 March 2016 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 2.30pm to 5.30pm on both days
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Parish House

A retreat is the gift of time and space to relax and refresh one’s spirit. A retreat provides opportunities for reflection, prayer, and renewal of heart in relationship with God.

In keeping with this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we are invited to gaze upon Jesus Christ, the face of the Father’s Mercy. With the help of Scripture and Pope Francis’ writings, we will try to unveil God’s free gift of mercy to understand what it means to “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful”. (Luke 6:36)

The programme will include input, personal prayer and reflection, and community prayer.

Kindly register for this retreat by 28 Feb 2016 online, or pick up a form at the bulletin stands in church and drop them into the boxes provided.

BISHOP’S MESSAGE: ARCHDIOCESAN SURVEY UPDATE

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

The Peace and Joy of Christ be with you.

In the light of our new Pastoral Vision and the thrust to inspire a New Evangelisation in our archdiocese, the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning of Resources (ASPR) Committee, led by Monsignor Philip Heng, SJ, has been working with a survey consultancy team to undertake a two-part survey to help us understand the practices and needs of our Catholics. This will provide clearer bases for the strategic planning of our Church’s resources and pastoral care for our Catholic population.

There are two components to this project:

The first is an Update on Parishes and Mass Attendance. This will be a simple online (internet/smartphone) survey. This quantitative survey will give us the latest information on the distribution of Catholics in the archdiocese in terms of Mass attendance at the various parishes.

This update will be conducted during the weekend Masses of: 13/14 February, 20/21 February and 27/28 February 2016.

The second component is a “Catholic Conversation” with individuals and groups. This qualitative approach will give us personal feedback on “What it is like to be a Catholic in our Singapore Church” today. Such feedback would be of immense help in the planning of our pastoral programmes at both the parish and archdiocesan levels.

The fruits of this project depend very much on your participation in this survey. Hence, I would like to thank you in anticipation of your participation for the growth of your parish and the archdiocese as a whole.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

Most Reverend William Goh
Archbishop of Singapore

 

TAKE THE SURVEY
(One survey per household. Just three to four minutes to complete.)

TALK ON THE NEW EVANGELISATION | 23 Jan 2016

The Tenets of the New Evangelisation was presented by our Archbishop in 2015. The Parish Pastoral Council would like to share with all parishioners these tenets that touch on Word, Worship, Communion and Witness.  Fr Terence Pereira, the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelisation, will be with us to guide us more at this special session. It will be beneficial to all parishioners and especially to parish organisation members.

Date: Saturday 23 January 2016
Time: 2pm to 5.30pm
Venue: Auditorium, Parish House, Level 3

Kindly register with the church office or write to sylvialeesk@hotmail.com. You may also register with your church organisation. Registration is for administrative and catering purposes.