The 91st Plenary Session of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei saw Msgr Goh speaking on the topic of vocations in Singapore.
During the Jan 14-17 meeting, Msgr Marek Zalewski, Charge d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Kuala Lumpur, announced that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed American Archbishop Joseph Marino as Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia and Timor Leste and as Apostolic Delegate to Brunei. (see other story)
Msgr Marek noted that Malaysia and the Holy See officially established diplomatic relations on July 27, 2011. However, friendly relations had existed before that.
During the meeting, the bishops discussed matters relating to liturgy, catechetics, social communications, justice and peace, seminaries and vocations.
The Catholic Prayer Society (CPS) Suntec’s lunchtime Mass venue at The Rock Auditorium will be moved to other locations in the coming months.
Starting February, its Tuesday lunchtime Masses will be held at Le Danz on the third floor of Suntec City Mall, adjacent to The Rock Auditorium in Suntec Tower Three.
From March, Masses will be held at Shine Auditorium in Shaw Tower as an interim measure while CPS works towards securing another venue in Suntec.
“I am a needy Catholic,” said Ms Janet Ang, managing director (MD) of IBM Singapore during a talk she gave at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul on Jan 10.
Ms Ang was the first speaker in a series of sharings by Catholic business leaders, organised by the Catholic Business Network (CBN) .
In her talk, punctuated with humorous anecdotes, Ms Ang shared that she prays and depends on God for all her needs, and that this practice began when she was a convent girl at CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel.
SINGAPORE – The ninth annual Catholic schools principals’ commissioning was held at St Anne’s Church on Jan 26.
Five newly appointed principals were commissioned following a pledge of commitment undertaken by all the principals of Catholic schools present.
The event was organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS).
A sharing by a HIV-positive woman and a call to Christians of different denominations to love one another were highlights of services held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Christians need to “have a lot more love” for one another just as Christ loves all, Fr Anthony Hutjes, parish priest of Blessed Sacrament Church, told participants at the International Ecumenical Service held on Jan 18.
He urged real kindness between denominations as this “generates kindness and will always be the best way to make at least a beginning in the restoration of our broken unity”.
There have been mixed reactions among Filipino domestic workers to an announcement by the Philippine Embassy about changes to its work schedule.
In an announcement to parishes, the embassy said it will cease its Sunday operations and revert to a Monday-to-Friday work schedule from March 17. Parishes were asked to disseminate this information to Filipinos.
Domestic workers Ellen Elecanal and Emelia Eglarinda said the change would not affect them as their employers would allow them to take a week day off to process their passports and seek other consular services.
“Eighty years is an achievement for which we can proudly give praise and thanks to the Lord,” said Archbishop Nicholas Chia during a special Mass to mark the 80th anniversary of St Patrick’s School.
“From the land on which the school stands now, bought in 1898, and later when St Patrick’s School first took in the students on 16 January 1933, thousands of students and teachers have walked the corridors.”
Archbishop Chia made these comments in his homily at the Mass, held in the secondary school’s chapel, on Jan 23.
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