In recognition and appreciation of the support from Catholics all over Singapore, Catholic Foundation has published a series of informational videos to update the faithful on how their gifts of time, talent and treasure make a lasting impact on our Church. Featuring the different needs in our archdiocese and explaining how giving helps to grow our Church, these videos are also available on Catholic Foundation’s YouTube channel.
Passing the Baton of Faith
We are invited to reflect on how the faith has been brought to us – from Christ’s greatest sacrifice of love, to the saints through the ages, to the first Catholic missionaries who stepped foot here in Singapore.
Let us build on the sacrifices of the many who came before us, and pass the baton of faith to the generations to come.
Let us give in faith and thankfulness, to build a more vibrant, evangelising and missionary Church.
The Fifth Precept of the Catholic Church
“Everyone can and should be responsible to make sure that the Church fufills its mission.” – Rev Msgr John-Paul Tan, OFM, JCL
Let us take some time to reflect on this spiritual necessity in our lives and ask the Lord how He is calling us to give of our time, talent, and treasures to His Church in Singapore.
The Five Precepts of the Catholic Church
The universal call to holiness is our primary vocation. However, many of us may not know where to start. We may not know what is essential in order for us to begin this growth. To help us on this path of faith and virtue, the Catholic Church has certain “precepts” that entail the minimum that we need to do on our path to holiness.
We are invited to “be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect”, and to live these precepts joyfully and faithfully in our lives.
Let us be open to recognise where the Holy Spirit may be moving us to grow in.
Forging Ahead in Hope
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all of us. How can our archdiocese ensure that we as a Church are continuing to forge ahead in this time of adversity? As our Church embarks on innovations and builds up new capacity, let us look forward in faith and hope, trusting that our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to move our hearts in these uncertain times.
5 Spiritual Habits
Most of us are dealing with the challenges brought about by COVID-19. In such times, many of us may be feeling a sense of loss about not having the sacraments. Let us take this opportunity to learn how we can continue to grow in our relationship with the Lord in this uncomfortable time.
Embracing a Spirit of Fortitude
In this time of adversity, Archbishop William Goh has exhorted Catholics to find “new ways to bring us together, not physically, because the real unity is a spiritual unity.” How did our Church respond as one with creativity and zeal? How has she adapted to continue the life-giving work of Christ?
Rising Above the Current
In light of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, our Church has undergone much trial and difficulty. With churches closed, Catholics in Singapore were left spiritually hungry without the sacraments. Community gatherings, where Catholics used to gather to share their faith and receive spiritual input, ceased as everyone was relegated to just being at home.
Entrust Our Lives to the Risen Lord
“Ponder how the Holy Spirit may be stirring within your hearts to support the many needs of our archdiocese,” Msgr Philip Heng appeals for support for the archdiocese as it continues to weather the storm created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Light up the world with our faith!
To counter the world’s secularism and individualism, our archdiocese has several offices and commissions that play a vital role in proclaiming the Gospel and providing formation to the faithful. We need your support now to further strengthen and empower these organisations, enabling them to reach out to more people and light up the world with our faith.
Keeping our flame of hope ablaze
As one Church, we are called to pass the light of God’s love to all, bringing hope and joy to those who are in darkness. Let us pray for all who labour in the Lord’s vineyard, that they will remain steadfast in their calling and be faithful stewards of His gifts.
Raising a generation for Christ and His Church
The future of the Catholic Church hinges on our young people. As the archdiocese continues to build the Church’s future, it is imperative that the next generation continues to experience the joy of the Gospel in their lives.
What’s So Good About Catholic Schools?
Committed to the transformation of the whole person, Catholic schools embrace the individual’s emotional, aesthetic, spiritual, religious, intellectual, physical, vocational, moral and social dimensions. Each person who enters their gates is seen and valued as a child of God.
Bethany East Clergy Residence
Of the approximately 160 priests currently in the Archdiocese of Singapore, almost a third have been priests for more than 30 years. As the number of senior clergy is expected to rise, priority was placed on the renovation of Bethany East Clergy Residence. It was optimally designed to be elderly-friendly for those who have devoted their lives to the care of others. Renovation began in January 2017 and was completed in September 2018. Three priests have since moved in.
Communion in Mission
Just like unleavened bread, we are moulded together by the same Spirit, to form one body – Christ’s living body on earth. Each of us is co-responsible for the mission of the Church. Our lives and the work of our hands are consecrated to be given and shared with all – our families, friends, communities.
Welcome to Our New Seminary
The SFX Seminary Building has been completed thanks to the generosity of the Catholic community. who stepped up and answered the call. Now, the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary and the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore are housed under one roof with upgraded facilities for the formation of future shepherds of the archdiocese, as well as for lay Catholics.
Who are our Priests?
There are currently over 157 priests in the Archdiocese of Singapore, of which nearly a third have been priests for more than 30 years. 42% of our priests are 60 years old and above. As we continue to pray for our priests, let us remember those who have given much of their lives to God and the Church.
As we strive to build a more vibrant, missionary, and evangelistic Church, let us all pay close attention to the “domestic church”, the family.
St Francis Xavier Seminary: Moulding the Shepherds of Tomorrow
A new chapter unfolds for the Archdiocese of Singapore, as construction of a new facility for the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary and Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore nears its expected completion date by the latter half of 2018.
Give Faith Give Thanks Faith Experiment
Is there someone who has been Jesus to you in your life? Watch what happens in this social experiment when faith and gratitude are intertwined. Participants were invited to write a thank you letter to the person who has been Jesus to them in their lives, and to read it out openly.
The Spirituality of Giving
“We are called to be stewards of God’s blessings. We are all trustees, in resources, in talents. This is where we are challenged to ask ourselves, how do we use the resources that the Lord has blessed us with?”
Who Are The Givers In Our Church?
Our Church in Singapore is what it is today, because of the generations of givers who have come before us. It is our time now to take on the mantle to ensure the life giving work of the Body of Christ, the Church continues with a new vigour. With some sacrifice; let us draw on our collective talents and resources to bring Christ more personally to our brothers and sisters and to those who have yet to know our loving Saviour.
Prayer of Faith (GIFT) for Singapore
Is our Catholic Church in Singapore ready to meet the needs of our future? In the face of many challenges, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore has a vision to be a more vibrant, missionary and evangelistic. Like all great endeavours, building the Church of tomorrow begins with a prayer…