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.

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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.

PARISH DIARY | 24 Sep 2016

 

The Story of St Therese Of Lisieux in Stained Glass
The beautiful stained glass you see behind the main altar of our church depicts the revered life of St Teresa of the Child Jesus. Originally installed in March 1931, the stained glass underwent extensive restoration in 1995. These 18 colourful panels are captured in a specially produced booklet. Get a copy and come to know what a great saint St Teresa is.

 

Parish Feast Day Celebrations
Mark the dates in your diary as we prepare to celebrate the feast of St Therese. Full schedule here.

 

Appeal for the Humanitarian Aid Fund
The Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore (CHARIS) is making its annual appeal for the Humanitarian Aid Fund to support overseas humanitarian work. Flyers and envelopes are available in the parish for your convenience.

Alternatively, you may send a crossed cheque payable to “Humanitarian Aid Fund” with your name and contact information to: CHARIS, #07-02 Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954.

Please contact Sylvester Singh at 62274119 or email info@charis-Singapore.org if you need more information.

 

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

 

Flowers for St Therese’s Feast Day
Those who would like to pay for flowers to decorate the sanctuary and statue of St Therese for our upcoming parish feast day may place your orders after Masses outside the sacristy this weekend. Thank you for your support.

 

Week of Guided Prayer
The Sojourners’ Companions invites everyone to a Week of Guided Prayer, to learn how to pray with Scripture and develop a closer relationship with the Lord. Click here for details.

 

Briefing Day for Infant Baptism
The next Infant Baptism will be held on Sunday 9 October, 4pm.
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 3 October 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Chapel

 

Gathering with the Joyful Hearts Group
Parishioners are welcome to join this newly formed group in our parish for an afternoon of prayers, sing-alongs and fellowship.
Date: Thursday  6 October 2016
Time: 2.30pm to 5pm
Venue: Chapel (for prayers/worship at 2.30pm) and canteen (for fellowship)

 

* A full-day workshop on finding God in dance, a weekend away for those who want healing in their marriage, and more. Click here for details.

PARISH DIARY | 17 Sep 2016

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Parish Feast Day Celebrations
Mark the dates in your diary as we prepare to celebrate the feast of St Therese. Full schedule here.

 

RCIA Sponsors’ Training
The Office for Catechesis is holding its next training course for those interested in being sponsors for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It will also benefit those who are already serving.

Being a sponsor is to serve in an important ministry, where you are a spiritual companion to those seeking God or baptism. It is important to prepare to meet the needs and demands of this ministry, as well as to learn the techniques to make you a better and more joyful companion for others.

Dates and time:
21 September 2016 (Wednesday), 7.30pm – 10pm
5 October 2016 (Wednesday), 7.30pm – 10pm
12 October 2016 (Wednesday), 7.30pm – 10pm
15 October 2016 (Saturday), 9.30am – 1pm

Venue: Church of St Teresa, 3rd level, St Teresa Centre (above canteen)

Speakers:
Fr Terence Kesavan, Assistant Catechetical Director
Clement Leong, Manager, RCIA

Contribution is waived for 2016, but participants are still required to register for the course to help organisers in booking of appropriate rooms, printing of materials and arrangement of snacks, etc. In the event of foreseeable no-shows, do inform the office in advance to help prevent wastage of resources.

Recommended text: Guide for Sponsors, 4th Edition by Ron Lewinski (S$10)

Register before 19 September 2016 through this link.

 

Flowers for St Therese’s Feast Day
Those who would like to pay for flowers to decorate the sanctuary and statue of St Therese for our upcoming parish feast day may place your orders after Masses outside the sacristy this weekend. Thank you for your support.

 

Neighbourhood Christian Community (NCC) meeting
Date: Tuesday 20 Sep 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Block 2, Everton Park, #05-47

 

Week of Guided Prayer
The Sojourners’ Companions invites everyone to a Week of Guided Prayer, to learn how to pray with Scripture and develop a closer relationship with the Lord. Click here for details.

 

Briefing Day for Infant Baptism
The next Infant Baptism will be held on Sunday 9 October, 4pm.
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 3 October 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Chapel

 

* A celebration on the Feast of St Pio of Pietrelcina, Creed on the Street for young adults, and more. Click here for details.

PARISH DIARY | 10 Sep 2016

 

Flowers for St Therese’s Feast Day
Those who would like to pay for flowers to decorate the sanctuary and statue of St Therese for our upcoming parish feast day may place your orders after Masses outside the sacristy this weekend. Thank you for your support.

 

Parish Feast Day Celebrations
Mark the dates in your diary as we prepare to celebrate the feast of St Therese. Full schedule here.

 

Blessing on Second Weekend of the Month
A special blessing at the end of Masses this weekend for those celebrating wedding anniversaries in September.

 

Open Category Neighbourhood Christian Community (NCC) Meeting
The meeting will be held on Sunday 11 Sept at 11.45am in the canteen. We welcome all, and especially those who are new to the parish or who do not yet belong to any neighbourhood community. Contact person: Edwin at 90613129.

 

Collection for the Poor
The second collection by the Society of St Vincent de Paul for the poor during the weekend Masses on 3 & 4 September was S$12,295.50 in total. Thank you so much for your great generosity.

 

Public Holiday on Monday 12 Sep (Hari Raya Haji)
Please note that Mass on the day will be at 8.30am in the chapel. There will be no evening Mass.

 

Visit to Orange Valley Home
Join the Golden Years Club to spend an afternoon with the residents at the home. Details here.

 

Week of Guided Prayer
The Sojourners’ Companions invites everyone to a Week of Guided Prayer, to learn how to pray with Scripture and develop a closer relationship with the Lord. Click here for details.

 

Briefing Day for Infant Baptism
The next Infant Baptism will be held on Sunday 9 October, 4pm.
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 3 October 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Chapel

 

* A talk on the ethical concerns over Zika infection by the Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore, a celebration on the Feast of St Pio of Pietrelcina, and more. Click here for details.

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.

PARISH DIARY | 3 Sep 2016

 

Collection for the Poor
There will be a second cash collection at this weekend’s Masses for the poor and the needy, under the care of the Society of St Vincent de Paul at our parish. Please give generously to the families and individuals receiving aid. Thank you!

Feel a calling to serve those in need? Contact Elizabeth Ng at 94260074 or Nancy Leong at 98268533, or leave your name and contact with the parish secretariat at 62711184.

Do note that cheque donations to the society in aid of the poor should be made payable to “SSVP St Teresa”.

 

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

 

Cantonese Mass
Mass celebrated on Sat 3 Sep at 3.30pm in the chapel, with the Mother of Divine Love Cantonese Group

 

First Sunday Fellowship
Potluck lunch after the 12.30pm Mass on 4 Sep, at the canteen. All are invited

 

Talks on Apologetics: Explaining Your Catholic Faith
The final talk in this series by members of the Apostolate for Catholic Truth (ACT) is on this coming Tuesday. The topic: Pope Saint John Paul II’s teaching on the Theology of the Body — understanding human love in the divine plan. For more details, click here.

 

Ordination to the Priesthood 
Deacon Francis Vijayan, CSsR, from the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), and a parishioner from our church, will be ordained a priest by Archbishop William Goh.

Date: Thursday, 8 September 2016
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Church of St Teresa

Please note that there will be limited parking lots on church grounds that evening, so do park your cars at Bukit Purmei housing estate nearby.

After his ordination, Fr Francis Vijayan will be celebrating his first Mass at the Carmelite Monastery on Friday 9 Sep at 6.45pm. All are welcome.

 

Visit to Orange Valley Home
Join the Golden Years Club to spend an afternoon with the residents at the home. Details here.

 

Parish Feast Day Celebrations
Mark the dates in your diary as we prepare to celebrate the feast of St Therese. Full schedule here.

 

Week of Guided Prayer
The Sojourners’ Companions invites everyone to a Week of Guided Prayer, to learn how to pray with Scripture and develop a closer relationship with the Lord. Click here for details.

 

* A Mass for all teachers, a film festival by Cana, a celebration on the Feast of St Pio of Pietrelcina, and more. Click here for details.

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.