PARISH DIARY | 27 Feb 2016


Photo: Patrick Wong

 

RCIA: First Scrutiny
We pray for enlightment and purification, for our 23 Elect at the 6pm Mass on Saturday, as they journey towards their baptism at Easter.

 

Parish Retreat
This Lent, take time out for our parish retreat, open to all parishioners, for us to grow in our prayer life and deepen our relationship with God. 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 be facilitated by Sister Maria Lau, IJS, and will include input, personal prayer and reflection, and community prayer.

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

Please 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.

 

Archdiocesan Update on Parishes and Mass Attendance
This survey and update will be conducted during the weekend Masses.

Regardless of which parish/church you belong, one representative per household that visits this parish/church is to do this. The simple online (internet/smartphone) survey can be found at survey.catholic.sg.

Thank you in anticipation of your participation of this very important project for the good of our parish and archdiocese as a whole, in order for resources to be better placed in the planning of our pastoral programmes at the parish and archdiocesan levels. See the bishop’s message here.

 

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

 

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.

 

Penitential Service at City District Churches, 8pm
Monday 7 March: Church of St Bernadette
Tuesday 8 March: Church of St Teresa
Wednesday 9 March: Church of the Sacred Heart
Thursday 10 March: Church of St Michael
Friday 11 March: Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Monday 14 March: Church of St Joseph

 

Mass for deceased loved ones | Wednesday 2 Mar | 8pm | church

 

Stations of the Cross

 

Lenten Reflection Booklet 2016
The season of Lent is a privileged time for us to take stock and grow in our spiritual lives. To help us all along, the Office for the New Evangelisation 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.

 

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome, Italy
There will be a pilgrimage to Rome in August-September. Check out the full details here.

 

Orange Valley Home Visit
Join the Golden Years Club to spend time with the aged sick of Orange Valley Home, Bukit Merah, which is a short walk from our church. Participants will be serving snacks to the residents, singing and helping them with art & craft.

Date: Saturday 12 March 2016
Time: Meet at 1.15pm at church canteen to walk to the home

Please register after weekend morning masses at the canteen. Or contact Raymond Ho at 97466770 or email rho.kang@yahoo.com.sg.

 

24 Hours for the Lord – Eucharistic Adoration  from 4 March 8pm to 5 March 4pm
In answer to Pope Francis’ invitation for churches worldwide to hold a 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration during Lent on 4-5 March 2016, the City District churches have designated the Church of the Sacred Heart (at Tank Road) to be available for this service from Friday 4 March, 8pm to Saturday 5 March, 4pm.

Churches in the City District have been allotted 2-hour slots each, for the faithful to pray and spend time with the Lord. Our parish has been assigned Saturday 5 March, 2am to 4am. While everyone is welcome to go at any hour, for those who wish to go with church ministry members to pray during the allotted time slot and need transport, please register with the church office before Wednesday 2 March. You may email stteresa@singnet.com.sg or call 62711184 during office hours.

 

* A talk on Christian meditation, Stations of the Cross for couples, as well as a series of talks on Christian mission by Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore. Click here to find out more.

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.)

PARISH DIARY | 20 Feb 2016

Parish Retreat
This Lent, take time out for our parish retreat, open to all parishioners, for us to grow in our prayer life and deepen our relationship with God. 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 be facilitated by Sister Maria Lau, IJS, and will include input, personal prayer and reflection, and community prayer.

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

Please 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.

 

Archdiocesan Update on Parishes and Mass Attendance
In light of our Archdiocesan Pastoral Vision and the thrust to inspire a New Evangelisation in our Archdiocese, the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning of Resources team led by Monsignor Philip Heng, SJ, will be undertaking a parish and Mass attendance update (“quantitative”) and an ethnographic (“qualitative”) research on “What it is like to be a Catholic in our Singapore Church” today.

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

Regardless of which parish/church you belong, one representative per household that visits this parish/church is to fill up this survey/update on parish Mass attendance. This simple online (internet/smartphone) survey can be found at survey.catholic.sg.

The fruits of this project will depend to a great extent on your participation in this survey. Thank you in anticipation of your participation of this very important project for the good of our parish and archdiocese as a whole.

 

RCIA: Rite of Election
Those seeking baptism and entry into the Catholic Church will be receiving the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed at the 10.30am Mass this Sunday.

We pray as a community for our 23 Elect and 2 candidates who will become part of the Body of Christ.

 

Collection by the Society of St Vincent de Paul
The second collection by the Society of St Vincent de Paul for the poor during the weekend Masses on 6-7 Feb was $15,572 in total. Thank you so much for your great generosity.

 

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.

 

Lenten Reflection Booklet 2016
The season of Lent is a privileged time for us to take stock and grow in our spiritual lives. To help us all along, the Office for the New Evangelisation 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.

 

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome, Italy
There will be a pilgrimage to Rome in August-September. Check out the full details here.

 

Prayers for Priests
There will be a prayer service for priests and vocations at our chapel, Wednesday 24 February, at 6.30pm after daily Mass. All are encouraged to pray for priestly and religious life.

 

* A talk on Christian meditation, Stations of the Cross for couples, a retreat for young adults, as well as a series of talks on Christian mission by Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore. Click here to find out more.

PARISH DIARY | 13 Feb 2016


Photo: Matthew Eng

 

Archdiocesan Update on Parishes and Mass Attendance
In light of our Archdiocesan Pastoral Vision and the thrust to inspire a New Evangelisation in our Archdiocese, the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning of Resources team led by Monsignor Philip Heng, SJ, will be undertaking a parish and Mass attendance update (“quantitative”) and an ethnographic (“qualitative”) research on “What it is like to be a Catholic in our Singapore Church” today.

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

Regardless of which parish/church you belong, one representative per household that visits this parish/church is to fill up this survey/update on parish Mass attendance. This simple online (internet/smartphone) survey can be found at survey.catholic.sg.

The fruits of this project will depend to a great extent on your participation in this survey. Thank you in anticipation of your participation of this very important project for the good of our parish and archdiocese as a whole.

 

Parish Retreat
This Lent, take time out for our parish retreat, open to all parishioners, for us to grow in our prayer life and deepen our relationship with God. It will be facilitated by Sister Maria Lau, IJS.

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

Please 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.

 

RCIA: Rite of Election
Those seeking baptism and entry into the Catholic Church will meet the bishop this weekend and enter their names into the Book of Elect as chosen people of God. This Rite of  Election take place on Sun 14 Feb, 3.30pm – 5.00pm at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

We pray as a community for our 24 catechumens and 2 candidates who will be there.

 

Blessing on Second Weekend of the Month
Special blessing at the end of Masses for those celebrating wedding anniversaries in February.

 

Children’s Catechism Classes
Parents, please note that Sunday School resumes on 14 Feb

 

Parish Council Annual Report
The yearly report by the Parish Pastoral Council is now available at the bulletin stands. The report outlines a summary of programmes being planned for the parish this year, a message from Fr John Bosco, and more. Do give your feedback on how the council can help support your needs in this community at ppc@stteresa.org.sg.

 

Neighbourhood Christian Community (NCC) meeting
Date: Tuesday 16 Feb 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Block. 9 Cantonment Close, #13-77

 

Lenten Reflection Booklet 2016
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (10 Feb 2016) and it is a time for us to take stock and grow in our spiritual lives. To help us all along, the Office for the New Evangelisation has produced a booklet with resources to help us 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.

 

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome, Italy
There will be a pilgrimage to Rome in August-September. Check out the full details here.

 

* Retreats for young adults, couples, the Chinese-speaking community and more, as well as a series of talks on Christian mission by Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore. Click here to find out more.

PARISH DIARY | 6 Feb 2016

 

Lenten Reflection Booklet 2016
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (10 Feb 2016) and it is a time for us to take stock and grow in our spiritual lives. To help us all along, the Office for the New Evangelisation has produced a booklet with resources to help us 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.

 

RCIA: Rite of Sending
Those seeking conversion and entry into the Catholic Church will be sent to meet the bishop next weekend in the lead-up to their baptism and confirmation. This Rite of Sending will take place on Sun 7 Feb at the 10.30am Mass in our parish, with the Rite of Election happening the week after at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

We pray as a community for our 24 catechumens and 2 candidates, just as others had prayed for us when we were baptised and confirmed.

 

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 to the families and individuals receiving aid, thank you.

 

Chinese New Year & Ash Wednesday
Click here for the Mass timings.
Parents, do note that there will be no Sunday School on 7 Feb. Classes will resume on 14 Feb.

 

Blessing on First Weekend of the Month
Special blessing at the end of Masses for those celebrating birthdays in February.

 

Cantonese Mass, Saturday 6 February
Mass is celebrated at 3.30pm in the chapel with the Mother of Divine Love Cantonese Group.

 

Parish Council Annual Report
The yearly report by the Parish Pastoral Council is now available at the bulletin stands. The report outlines a summary of programmes being planned for the parish this year, a message from Fr John Bosco, and more. Do give your feedback on how the council can help support your needs in this community at ppc@stteresa.org.sg.

 

Welcome New Members to Choir
The Benedictus Choir serves at the 12.30pm Sunday Mass and it is inviting parishioners to join the group. Anyone who has passion to serve, can sing (beginner or pro) or play instruments are welcome. If interested, please approach anyone of the members after Mass or contact Oliver at 96184727.

 

Briefing Day for Infant Baptism
Please take note that due to the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, Infant Baptism has been rescheduled to Sunday 14 February 2016. There will be a meeting for parents whose babies are getting baptised. Godparents need to be present as well.

Date of briefing: Thursday 11 Feb 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: St Paul Room, level 4, Parish House

 

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome, Italy
There will be a pilgrimage to Rome in August-September. Check out the full details here.

 

* A healing programme for couples in hurting marriages, a retreat for young dating couples, a formation talk on Holy Week spirituality by Fr JJ Fenelon, and more. Click here for more information.