The largest amount of $400,000 (including an earlier grant of $200,000) went to Caritas Philippines to build 230 new houses in Kalibo, Aklan Province.
Fr Edwin Gariguez, Secretary General of Caritas Philippines said, “The scale of the disaster is enormous. The construction costs of these transitional houses we plan to build will be more than two million US dollars alone. We are grateful for the substantial sums coming from the Singapore Catholic community.
How can one share Jesus with others? One creative method is through mime and drama!
This was what a group of mostly young people learnt when they gathered at the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre on Feb 23.
The participants, aged 17 to late 30s, attended a creativity workshop led by theatre practitioner and mime artist Krysztof Najdowski.
The founder of Summer School of Theatrical Arts in Poland in 1998, Najdowski has had his theatrical performances and programmes presented in 25 countries in Europe, US and Asia.
The talk was held at the Church of the Holy Cross on Feb 22. It was part of a series of five talks called Bridging Your Life with Christ, and this third instalment was focused on work and family.
Fr Zhang screened a movie “Love is a Choice” based on the life of a contemporary lay-saint, St Gianna Berella Molla, to drive home the importance of the faith element in daily work and family life, and of striking a balance between the two.
In order to find that balance, Fr Zhang suggested to look at one’s family and household responsibilities and organise one’s work in order to better shoulder one’s responsibilities, in addition to one’s contribution to the community and the Church.
Most people would go to fancy restaurants for Valentine’s Day, but for 34 couples, they spent the special evening having dinner at a non-restaurant: Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
The Feb 14 event, Dinner for Two, was organised by the parish’s Family Life Ministry. It allowed for “a cosy evening where couples, married or dating, could spend time enjoying dinner” and share intimately on questions handed to participants, the organiser told CatholicNews.
As each of the catered five courses was served by the parish youth, including children of some of the participants, the couples received some questions such as what they thought about the first time they met and what they enjoy most with one another.