Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Why is Catholic Foundation conducting this course?
The Catholic Foundation seeks to promote stewardship, particularly financial stewardship.
Money, as a subject, is not much discoursed in the Church. Yet, having to manage and at times struggle and worry about money is a lived reality for most of us. And how we should do so in the light of our Catholic faith is not always clear.
The course, God, Money & Me, was created to fill what we believe is a gap in the understanding of how Catholics in Singapore should deal with our finances in a way that is aligned to scripture and the Catholic Church.
2. Is this course about the spiritual or practical aspects of money management?
Both. The course will cover what scripture and the Catholic Church say about wealth, poverty, financial stewardship, etc. At the same time, it will cover the practical aspects of financial planning, insurance, investments, debt management, etc. in a way that is aligned to the Church’s teachings. These practical aspects will be applied to your personal circumstances through Excel Workbooks that are an integral part of the course.
3. How is the course conducted?
There is a pre-course component where participants are expected to do some preparation, on their own, in the month before the first formal session (Session 1). The necessary materials will be sent to the participants.
This is followed by five formal sessions over approximately 6 weeks:
- Sessions 1 and 5 are big group sessions with presentations, and small group breakouts.
- Sessions 2, 3 and 4 are small group discussions.
A small group comprises 4-8 participants, with a facilitator.
Course materials, comprising Participant Guide, Resource Guide and Excel Workbooks, will be provided for you to complete in between the formal sessions.
4. What is the time commitment needed?
From the previous question, you can see that you need to:
- Attend five physical formal sessions. Each session would take about 2-3 hours.
- Spend time before the course and in between the five sessions to complete your Excel Workbooks and (optionally) read the supplementary materials in the Resource Guide. There are altogether 9 Excel Workbooks, and each Workbook can take between half an hour to four hours to complete.
5. I am not able to attend every session. Can I just come for some of them?
Unfortunately, no. It is to your benefit to attend and actively participate in every session as it would enable you to get the most out of this course.
We have limited places for the course. If you are unable to commit to attend every session or do not have the time to complete the Workbooks on a timely basis, we advise you to register for a future run of the course where the dates may be better suited for you.
6. How often will the Foundation run this course?
We aim to hold this once or twice a year, depending on speakers’ and facilitators’ availability.
7. Who are the course instructors and facilitators?
The course presenters are priests and lay Catholics with expertise and experience in the various aspects of Church teachings and financial management. The facilitators are volunteers with the Foundation who have a good knowledge of finance and money management, and desire to help Catholics steward their financial resources wisely.
8. Who is this course suitable for?
This course is most suitable for working Catholics, whether you are an employee or are self-employed/freelancing. Couples who are married or are preparing for marriage may find it useful to attend the course together as a couple, so that they can order their finances jointly.
9. I am in a financially difficult situation. Does it make sense for me to attend this course?
There are avenues and organisations that a financially distressed person could reach out to for services and support. This course provides education on sound financial management for Catholics. Depending upon your situation, this course could help put you on a better footing for you to embark on your journey towards ordering your finances. For example, we cover topics such as financial crisis and debt management. Do peruse the topics to determine if this course should be a priority for you.
10. I am not a Singaporean. Is this course suitable for me?
This course has a large practical component and uses the Singapore context in its materials. For example, CPF is covered extensively in the topics on insurance and retirement planning. You may still find the concepts and, of course, the Catholic Church’s teachings, relevant. Do peruse the topics to determine if you should register for the course.
11. Do I have to pay for the course?
No, there is no course fee to attend. There are, of course, costs incurred in the development and running of this course. If you wish, you can make a contribution to the Giving in Faith and Thankfulness (GIFT) programme, which supports the needs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore. You can learn more about GIFT here.