'I’ve known Msgr Goh over the years since my time in the seminary; he was my formator. He is a very spiritual person and his prayer life is important to him. I remember he used to wake up at four in the morning to pray, he would also spend an hour in prayer before celebrating Mass.
He said that we should not be a maintenance Church which is the right direction. He also said that he is a sinner before men which showed his humility and simplicity.’
– Fr John Joseph Fenelon, parish priest of Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea
Let there be “a new spring, the wind beneath a tidal wave of change sweeping the Catholic Church in Singapore”, said Coadjutor Archbishop William Goh in his thanksgiving speech following his episcopal ordination.
“What I hope for above all in my episcopacy is to be both an encouraging and supportive brother to my priests. I want to empower them in their ministry, and to the laity – a compassionate and caring father,” he said to the 13,000-strong crowd gathered at the Singapore Expo on Feb 22.
Some Singaporean Catholics are heading to Kuching, Sarawak, to learn more about a natural family planning method endorsed by the Church.
The 15 delegates, comprising members of the Catholic Medical Guild and Natural Family Planning Service Singapore, will attend the WOOMB (World Organisation of Ovulation Method Billings) International Conference held from April 26-28.
It is organised in conjunction with the Natural Fertility Awareness Services of Malaysia. The bi-annual conference is open to those interested to know more the Billings Ovulation Method which WOOMB International promotes.
A remembrance Mass will be held for the late principal of Marymount Convent, Dr Mary McCarthy, on April 6.
She died on April 7 last year, at the age of 77, upon arrival in Singapore.
The Irish educator collapsed from DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) at Changi Airport and passed away at Changi General Hospital that afternoon.
Dr McCarthy, who retired in Canada, was supposed to have celebrated Easter with friends and meet up with former pupils and staff of Marymount Convent.
The remembrance Mass is part of an afternoon of nostalgia organised by the Alumnae of Marymount Convent for friends, former pupils and staff. It includes a Mass which would fulfil the Sunday obligation.
Archbishop Chia urges deeper understanding of Scripture and Tradition at Rite of Election
More than 1,000 people are set to join the Catholic Church this Easter.
A total of 962 catechumens (non-Christians seeking baptism) have been enrolled in the Book of the Elect and presented to Archbishop Nicholas Chia at the Rite of Election over two weekends.
Seventy-seven candidates (baptised Christians seeking full communion with the Catholic Church) also took part in a rite called the Call to Continuing Conversion.
23 January 2013
Dear Rev Msgr Goh
Please accept my warmest congratulations on your upcoming ordination as Coadjutor Archbishop of Singapore. I have accepted Archbishop Nicholas Chia’s invitation to the Ordination Reception on 23 February 2013, and look forward to meeting you then.
The Catholic Church has played a significant role in Singapore’s history, and forms a key part of its diverse religious landscape. It has worked hard to build links and trust with other religious groups, and to foster the religious harmony that we enjoy and treasure in Singapore. The Catholic Church also has a long and illustrious history of providing excellent educational and social services to Singaporeans, regardless of race or religion.
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