PARISH DIARY | 21 Oct 2017

 

World Mission Sunday
The Church marks World Mission Sunday this weekend. Along with Catholics throughout the world, we are called to offer our prayers and generous financial support through the World Mission Collection, organised by the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith, to further the mission of Jesus.

Your gift on World Mission Sunday helps:
•People in remote villages, towns and cities through the witness and work of missionaries and local priests
•Children, elders, refugees, the sick and orphans through the service of Religious Sisters and Brothers
•To bring the Gospel to the poorest of our human family
•Catechists proclaim the message of hope and peace that only Christ can give

Do offer prayer for the work of the Church in the missions today in the Pacific Islands, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

All collections at Masses this weekend will go towards this cause.

Read Pope Francis’ message here.

 

Mission is Love
Mission is Love is a booklet put together by the Office for the New Evangelisation here, in preparation for World Mission Sunday.

There are four sessions in this booklet meant for personal or group reflection, and may be used in your Neighbourhood Christian Communities, Small Christian Communities, ministries or groups.

Pick up a copy at church bulletin stands or download the online version here.

 

Year-end Children’s Camp
Our Parish Council will be organising a stay-in Children’s Camp from 1 to 3 Dec 2017 for those aged 7 to 12. It will be held at St Francis Xavier Major Seminary, Punggol. For more details, approach the catechists leading your child’s class.

 

Catechists Recruitment Drive
We are looking for dedicated adults who are willing to be catechists, to share the Catholic faith with the children and youth of our parish. Registration will be carried out this Sunday 22 Oct, after the 8.30am and 10.30am Masses.

 

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

 

Announcement from the Parish’s Safety Council
Parishioners and visitors who drive, take note: Please do not to double-park your vehicle at the basement carpark. It is for emergency access only.

 

Repair Works
Do note that repair works on our church’s dome will be carried out over the next 4 weeks. Scaffoldings will be set up outside the door leading to the choir section. As a safety precaution, there will be barricades around that area and our wardens will be on hand to direct traffic. We thank you very much for your cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Month of Our Lady of the Rosary – October
There will be Rosary devotion before the 6pm Sunday Mass in church, and on weekdays before the 6pm Mass in the chapel.

 

Prayers for Priests
There will be a prayer service for priests and vocations at our chapel, Wednesday 25 October, at 6.30pm after daily Mass.

All are encouraged to pray for priestly and religious life.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2)

 

Mass times for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

 

Thanksgiving Party with Golden Years Club
To thank you for your support and to thank God for a vibrant year, the Golden Years Club (GYC) invites you to a thanksgiving party.  All are welcome regardless of age.

Date: Saturday 4 Nov 2017
Time: 2pm to 5.30pm
Venue: St Teresa’s Centre, #03-08 (above canteen)
Cost: S$4 per person

There will be praise & worship, a talk by Fr Michael Arro, time for reflection, and fellowship. Participants will attend the 6pm Mass together.

Register at the parish office or at the canteen after Sunday morning Masses together with payment. There will be no refund for no-show. For enquiries, contact Raymond Ho at 97466770 or email rho.kang@yahoo.com.sg.

 

 

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.

You may also 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 Victoria Lim at 63374119 or info@charis-singapore.org if you need more information.

* A session with Fr Rene Nicolas on the history of the Catholic Church in Singapore, Mass for people with special needs, an inter-faith visit to a Buddhist temple, and more. Click here for details.

ALL SAINTS’ DAY + ALL SOULS’ DAY

“We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always (attentive) to our prayers.”

– Pope Paul VI

 

The Solemnity of All Saints (1 November) is a Holy Day of Obligation and the faithful are to celebrate Mass and to offer worship to God with joy, as is proper on a Sunday.

Mass times for All Saints’ Day:
Tuesday 31 October at 8pm
Wednesday 1 November at 12.30pm and 8pm

 

All Souls’ Day (2 November) is a day the Church celebrates in commemoration of all the faithful departed. We pray for our departed loved ones, all souls in purgatory, and souls who have no one praying for them.

Mass times for All Souls’ Day:
Thursday 2 November, 5pm and 8pm
*There will be a blessing of the columbaria after both Masses

Please maintain a prayerful atmosphere within the church grounds and at the memorial gardens. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated, thank you.

 

NEWS & EVENTS IN OUR DIOCESE

 

 

Mass for People with Special Needs
The Office for Catechesis invites families to take part in this Mass celebrating the communion of all the children of God.

Help the organisers to seat you by registering at https://goo.gl/forms/HEJ8BFiVF13JaDQ03

Or call the Office for Catechesis at 68583011 or email sn@catechesis.org.sg

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of the Catholic Church in Singapore

This course seeks to create an awareness of the history of the Catholic Church in Singapore. It intends to help participants discover more about our Church history here, and it is also an invitation to relive our Catholic heritage through the eyes and experience of a missionary priest living here in Singapore.

The speaker is missionary priest Fr Rene Nicolas, MEP, who co-wrote the book “Going forth: The Catholic Church in Singapore 1819-2004” (Read more in this report)

A few of the topics that this course may delve into include:

  • How and when the Catholic faith reached the shores of Southeast Asia?
  • What roles did the Catholic Church play in the building of Singapore as a nation?
  • Which Apostle can we trace our Singapore Catholic heritage to?
  • Which was the first Catholic Church to be built in Singapore?
  • Do we have any local martyrs of the faith?

The course is primarily for catechists, but those who are not serving in the catechetical ministries are also welcome to attend. Register online before 18 October 2017 for the organisers in administrative needs.

 

Please feel free to contact the Office for Catechesis at formation@catechesis.org.sg should you need further clarification or have any other queries.

* NOTE: There is a possibility that sessions may be postponed due to the speaker’s health. We will send out an email notification to registered participants regarding this. Participants are urged to check their emails on the morning of the session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inter-religious Dialogue Learning Trip to Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
To appreciate more deeply Catholic perspectives on inter-religious dialogue as well as promote mutual respect, encounter and friendship with people of other religions, Catholics are invited to join a learning trip organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD).

Date: Sat 28 October 2017
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, 88 Bright Hill Road

The schedule is likely to consist of:

(a) tour and explanation of the premises
(b) presentation and dialogue on the basic tenets of Buddhism

As preparation, all participants must attend a 1.5-hour orientation and formation session on       Thursday 26 October from 7.45pm to 9.15pm at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Annex Building Level 3.

This will help moderate expectations, provide an opportunity to learn from Church teachings on inter-religious dialogue as well as create awareness of the importance of proper attitudes and dressing, among other things.

A debrief right after the visit to the Buddhist temple will be done to help reflect on one’s experience.

Only the first 15 persons who register are assured of a place to join the trip, so do register soon. 

Please email (1) name, (2) parish/church organisation, and (3) handphone number by 22 October to gerald.accird@catholic.org.sg

 

 

 

 

 

I Wish You Enough”
Crossings Cafe (55 Waterloo Street), in collaboration with the South Central Community Family Service Centre, invites you to take part in the “I Wish You Enough” drive, to get neighbours to share with neighbours, especially with those who do not have enough.

From 16 Oct to 3 Nov 2017, you can do your part by sharing of food. Here’s how: Buy an extra meal(s) at Crossings Cafe for someone who cannot afford it. Approach the staff members at the cafe for more information. If you cannot be at the cafe, there are other food outlets where you may also do the same on various dates (see poster).

For enquiries, call Crossings Cafe at 63366203 or email manager@crossingscafe.com.sg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIJ St Theresa Convent Open House
The school (at 160 Lower Delta Road) is holding its open house for parents and children to get to know more about its curriculum, programmes and activities, and to speak to academic staff members.

Click here for the open house schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maternal Mental Health Talk
This talk is especially for expectant mothers who are keen to find out more about the common mental health changes that may occur during their pregnancy and postnatal period.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/ybcc3u47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The God of Many Chances: A Prayer Weekend
This weekend programme will help participants enter into a personal relationship with God, who desires this relationship with us.  It will include times for praying with suggested points, ways of remembering these moments, and the means for habitually living in God’s presence.

Register online at this website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christ@Work Conference
As workplaces in Singapore continue to demand more of our time and efforts, many struggle even harder to strike a good balance between work, Church and family. This conference helps to seek out many who have been lost to their work to take a step back, and relook their priorities and mission for the work that they are doing.

More details at http://www.christatworkconference.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pieta Singapore
Pieta is a support group made up of Catholic parents who have suffered the loss of their children. The mission is to provide support to other bereaved parents and foster a sense of solidarity in God’s comfort and wisdom.

Pieta holds sessions with scripture, prayer and reflection.

Date: Every fourth Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.30pm to 9pm
Place: Agape Village, 7A Toa Payoh Lorong 8

Sessions are open to all parents who are coming to terms with losing their beloved children, regardless of age and no matter how recent or long ago.

On Fri 10 Nov 2017, there will be a Memorial Mass at 7pm for children who have died (including unborn and adult children), to be held at Good Shepherd Place Chapel, Toa Payoh Lorong 8.

Parents, families and friends are welcome to attend.

If you wish to include mention of your child in this Mass, please resgister via email with your name, telephone and contact details before 15 Oct to pieta.Singapore@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide
This DVD-based programme seek to help divorced or separated Catholics find hope and healing.

Dates: Every Monday night from 21 Aug to 6 Nov 2017.
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre, 2 Highland Road
Contribution: S$120.

For enquiries please call 97804456 (Joann) or 93836868 (Jileen), or email cdsg@acf.org.sg
Or register online at http://catholicfamily.org.sg/cdsg/

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Study: The Book of Revelation
Sign up at the Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abilities Beyond Limitations And Expectations (Able)
Do you know someone who is physically challenged who may need rehabilitation therapy, or the physically challenged and their caregivers who need respite?

Help us share the message: Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (Able), a member of Caritas Singapore,  provides rehabilitation therapy, training and job support to enable beneficiaries to return to suitable and sustainable employment.

Able also offers home- and centre-based respite services to caregivers and their physically challenged care-recipients. Please contact us if you have any questions or need more information.

Call 68017460 or email enquiries@able-sg.org.

Find out more about the services here: http://www.able-sg.org/faqs.html

 

 

 

 

CatholicSG Mobile App
The CatholicSG App is for Catholics in Singapore to live their faith more actively. It is the official Archdiocese app and is free for this early 1.0 release. Find the Mass time for a church nearest to you, read the day’s Mass readings and prayers from the Divine Office, and view the liturgical and event calendars.

Users may also see a list of the buses and nearest MRT stations for each church, as well as information and contact details of the priests in each parish.

Available in the iTunes app store and Google Play store. Details at https://app.catholic.sg/

 

 

 

Seek Help through Clarity Singapore

 

 

 

Share-A-Pot @ Agape Village
Know of any elders who would enjoy a bowl of nutritious soup, some meaningful activities and making new friends?

In collaboration with Alexandra Health Services, Agape Village will be conducting a weekly Share-A-Pot programme where seniors with little access to proper meals and / or facing neglect may get together to rebuild their bodies, minds and spirits over a good bowl of broth.

No fee is involved. Pre-registration is required for planning purposes. The first session is slated for 15 June 2016. To find out more or to pre-register, please call 6801 7400 or email kath@caritas-singapore.org

 

 

 

Free Legal Clinics at Agape Village
Facing a legal issue on a *personal matter and do not have legal advice or representation? Having a legal dispute that you want mediated and resolved? Unable to afford a lawyer?

If these are your difficulties, you may wish to get free basic legal advice and information at the Catholic Lawyers Guild’s Pro Bono Legal Clinics. Visit its website at www.clgsingapore.com for more information on clinic dates and registration.

*Note that these clinics do not cover legal issues on business and professional matters, and are intended for the poor, disadvantaged, and the “sandwich” class.

 

 

 

Open Studio Art Therapy @ Agape Village
Feeling down, lost and confused? Join us at the art therapy open studio and let the healing qualities of art awaken you. No art experience is required – just an open mind, open heart and creative spirit.

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9.30am to 12pm
Venue: Agape Village, 7A Lorong 8 Toa Payoh
Fee: $10 per person

Pre-registration is required. Limited spaces available.
Please register by email with your name and contact to registration@clarity-singapore.org

PARISH DIARY | 14 Oct 2017

 

Repair Works
Do note that repair works on our church’s dome will be carried out over the next 4 weeks. Scaffoldings will be set up outside the door leading to the choir section. As a safety precaution, there will be barricades around that area and our wardens will be on hand to direct traffic. We thank you very much for your cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Catechism Classes
Registration of new students for the Sunday Catechism classes will be held this Sunday 15 Oct at the canteen, after the 8.30am and 10.30am Masses. For registration, parents must have a copy of their child’s baptism certificate.

 

Catechists Recruitment Drive
We are looking for dedicated adults who are willing to be catechists, to share the Catholic faith with the children and youth of our parish. Registration will be carried out over two Sundays, 15 & 22 Oct, after the 8.30am and 10.30am Masses.

 

Sale at Canteen
Last call to do your bit to support the Sundown Carnival committee, which will be selling canned and packed food and drink items at low prices this Sunday in the canteen, from 9am to 12pm. The sale as proceeds will go to church funds.

 

Second Collection for GIFT
This weekend, being the third weekend of the month, there will be a second collection to receive your monthly pledges to Catholic Foundation’s GIFT campaign.

GIFT is Catholic Foundation’s regular giving campaign to fund the numerous organisations involved in families, youth, evangelisation, etc, as well as building projects in the archdiocese.

The contributions from our parish from the start of the campaign last November to June this year has been more than S$103,000. For an update on the collections so far, read the report.

Kindly complete your pledge envelopes with the cash/cheque enclosed and drop them into the collection bags that will be passed round. The envelopes can be found at the bulletin stands in church.

Or visit gift.catholicfoundation.sg to donate online or to find out more.

 

Thanksgiving Party with Golden Years Club
To thank you for your support and to thank God for a vibrant year, the Golden Years Club (GYC) invites you to a thanksgiving party.  All are welcome regardless of age.

Date: Saturday 4 Nov 2017
Time: 2pm to 5.30pm
Venue: St Teresa’s Centre, #03-08 (above canteen)
Cost: S$4 per person

There will be praise & worship, a talk by Fr Michael Arro, time for reflection, and fellowship. Participants will attend the 6pm Mass together.

Register at the parish office or at the canteen after Sunday morning Masses together with payment. There will be no refund for no-show. For enquiries, contact Raymond Ho at 97466770 or email rho.kang@yahoo.com.sg.

 

Month of Our Lady of the Rosary – October
There will be Rosary devotion before the 6pm Sunday Mass in church, and on weekdays before the 6pm Mass in the chapel.

 

Public Holiday on Wednesday 18 Oct (Deepavali)
Mass at 8.30am in the chapel. There will be no evening Mass.

 

Gathering with the Joyful Hearts Group
Parishioners are welcome to get together for an afternoon of Divine Mercy prayers and fellowship to bond with each other.
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Chapel and canteen

 

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.

You may also 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 Victoria Lim at 63374119 or info@charis-singapore.org if you need more information.

 

 

* Learn more about how the missionaries built the Catholic Church in Singapore, join in the Mass for people with special needs, take part in an inter-religious discussion on the topic of death, and more. Click here for details.

PARISH DIARY | 7 Oct 2017

 

Feast Day Celebrations
Our parish priest and the organising committee of our Feast Day celebration would like to thank Archbishop William Goh, the priests who took part in our triduum, healing service and celebrations, and to all parishioners and friends who made it a very joyous occasion.

Fr John Bosco: “Thanks go out to the wardens — especially for their patience and help, given the unpredictable weather and vehicles dropping off passengers  the communion ministers, the choirs, the sacristan, the florist and her friends, the carnival committee, in particular the pastoral council chairman, whose hair turned grey overnight.

And also, not forgetting some of our future priests— our altar servers. There are potential candidates there, I won’t mention their names so as not to put pressure on them. Pray for them, and also that the number of candidates would increase. Thanks, too, to the flower boys and girls, the statue bearers, and to all of you who have made this a truly wonderful celebration.

A big, big thank-you to Archbishop. Every year thus far, he has made it a point to come here, but I think, I don’t know, we pray that he will come back next year. This weekend was very, very busy for His Grace, because there were six celebrations, so he had to forego one or two to come here. There were feast day celebrations at the parishes of St Michael, St Vincent de Paul, Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Francis of Assisi and ours, as well as Migrant Sunday. Thank you for making time for us, Your Grace.”

Check out the photos and video.

 

Sale at Canteen
The Sundown Carnival committee will be selling canned and packed food and drink items at low prices this Sunday in the canteen, from 9am to 12pm. Do support the sale as proceeds will go to church funds.

 

Children’s Day Mass & Registration of New Students
There will be a Children’s Day Mass at 8.30am this Sunday. All students, parents/guardians and catechists are encouraged to attend.

Registration of new students for the Sunday Catechism classes will be held this and next Sunday, 8 & 15 Oct, at the canteen, after the 8.30am and 10.30am Masses. For registration, parents must have a copy of their child’s baptism certificate.

 

Cantonese Mass
Mass celebrated on Saturday 7 Oct at 3.30pm in the chapel, with the Mother of Divine Love Cantonese Group

 

Month of Our Lady of the Rosary – October
There will be Rosary devotion before the 6pm Sunday Mass in church, and on weekdays before the 6pm Mass in the chapel.

 

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

 

Collection for the Poor
The second collection by the Society of St Vincent de Paul for the poor during the weekend Masses on 30 Sep  & 1 Oct was S$9,311.20 in total. Thank you so much for your generosity.

 

Catechists Recruitment Drive
We are looking for dedicated adults who are willing to be catechists, to share the Catholic faith with the children and youth of our parish. Registration will be carried out on two Sundays, 15 & 22 Oct, after the 8.30am and 10.30am Masses.

 

Second Collection for GIFT
Next weekend, being the third weekend of the month, there will be a second collection to receive your monthly pledges to Catholic Foundation’s GIFT campaign.

GIFT is Catholic Foundation’s regular giving campaign to fund the numerous organisations involved in families, youth, evangelisation, etc, as well as building projects in the archdiocese.

The contributions from our parish from the start of the campaign last November to June this year has been more than S$103,000. For an update on the collections so far, read the report.

Kindly complete your pledge envelopes with the cash/cheque enclosed and drop them into the collection bags that will be passed round. The envelopes can be found at the bulletin stands in church.

Or visit gift.catholicfoundation.sg to donate online or to find out more.

 

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.

You may also 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 Victoria Lim at 63374119 or info@charis-singapore.org if you need more information.

 

 

* A workshop for fathers and fathers-to-be, the closing of the centennial celebration of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, Mass for people with special needs, and more. Click here for details.