Communities of Faith

Overview


Communion represents both the source and fruit of mission; communion gives rise to mission, and mission is accomplished in communion. Thus, communities are fostered in every aspect of life in the Catholic Church.

The most visible ones include the parishes, language communities, foreign Catholic communities, and various religious congregations in the archdiocese.

In addition, the Catholic Church also seeks to foster friendship and communion with other Christian denominations and other religions for the common good.

  • Parishes
  • Language Communities
  • Foreign Catholic Communities
  • Religious Congregations
  • Inter-faith and ecumenical dialogue

Parishes

Parishes are the stable communities of the faithful in Singapore, whose pastoral care are entrusted to parish priests under the authority of the archbishop.

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There are 32 parishes in Singapore. They are organised into five districts.

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Language Communities

Language communities refers to Catholics who prefer to communicate and participate in the Church in languages other than English. Archdiocesan commissions have been established for the Mandarin, Tamil, and Malayalam speaking Catholics.

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Archdiocesan Commission for the Tamil Speaking (ACTS)

The Archdiocesan Commission for the Tamil Speaking (ACTS) was established in 1983 to evangelise to the local and migrant Tamil speaking Catholics. The commission exists as a consultative body on pastoral matters, helping to ensure the various programmes and initiatives of the Church are effective and meaningful for the local and migrant Tamils.

Archdiocesan Commission for the Apostolate of the Mandarin Speaking (ACAMS)

The Archdiocesan Commission for the Apostolate of the Mandarin Speaking (ACAMS) was established in 1984 to take care of the pastoral needs and to promote the apostolate works of the Mandarin speaking community in Singapore. It serves as the highest co-ordinating and strategising body amongst the Mandarin speaking groups in the archdiocese.

Other archdiocesan organisations caring for the language communities include the Archdiocesan Commission for Malayalam Apostolate.

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Foreign Catholic Communities

Foreign Catholic Communities in Singapore form a significant part of the archdiocese. These are mostly Catholics from other countries and currently residing in Singapore. They are an integral part of their parish community, but also come together in fellowship. At present, there are 12 foreign Catholic communities in Singapore.

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    1. Filipino Catholic Community
    1. Francophone Catholic Community of Singapore – French speaking
    1. German-speaking Catholic Community Singapore
    1. Hong Kong Catholics
    1. Indonesian Catholic Community (KKIS)
    1. Italian-Speaking Catholic Community
    1. Korean Catholics
    1. Malayalee Catholic Community
    1. Myanmar Catholic Community
    1. Singapore Catholic Japanese Group
    1. Spanish-Speaking Catholic Community
  1. Tamil-Speaking Catholic Community

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Religious Congregations

Religious Congregations such as the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, Order of Friars Minor, and the Society of Jesus, form an integral aspect of the Catholic Church in Singapore. While they answer directly to their own superior generals, each religious community is a crucial partner in the mission and vision of the archdiocese. 

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There are 22 religious congregations established in the archdiocese over the years, each focusing on a specific ministry and purpose according to their special charisms.

    1. Brothers of Mercy (FMMA)
    1. Brothers of St Gabriel (SG)
    1. Brothers of the Christian Schools (FSC) – De La Salle Brothers
    1. Canossian Daughters of Charity (FDCC)
    1. Carmelite Fathers Order of Carmelites, Discalced (OCD)
    1. Carmelite Nuns (O.C.D.)
    1. Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord (CDD)
    1. Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (CSsR)
    1. Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (SS.CC)
    1. Daughters of St Paul (FSP) & Apostolate of The Media
    1. Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM)
    1. Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM)
    1. Good Shepherd Sisters Communities (RGS)
    1. Marist Brothers (FMS)
    1. Missionaries of Charity (MC) (Sisters)
    1. Order of Friars Minor (OFM)
    1. Order of Preachers – Dominican Friars (OP)
    1. Religious of the Cenacle (RC)
    1. Scheut Missions (CICM)
    1. Sisters of the Infant Jesus (IJ)
    1. Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
  1. Verbum Dei Missionaries (FMVD)

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Inter-faith and ecumenical dialogue

Other religions are respected by the Catholic Church. The archbishop, together with other leaders in the Church, meets regularly with representatives of other major religions in Singapore to foster friendship and dialogue.

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Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD)

The vision of the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD) is to promote a greater awareness and understanding of other faiths, through dialogue, prayer and action. Arising from a clear Catholic heritage, ACCIRD’s mission is to foster bonds of friendship, mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between Catholics and the followers of other religious traditions through dialogue and other forms of collaboration and contribute to the formation of our Catholic community to interreligious dialogue.

Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Ecumenical Dialogue (ACCED)

The vision of the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Ecumenical Dialogue (ACCED) is to foster bonds of friendship and fellowship among Christians, leading to greater unity and acceptance of diversities in our Christian witness. ACCED’s mission is to promote an authentic ecumenical spirit within the Catholic Church and to develop dialogue and collaboration with the other Christian Churches.

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Key Facts


32

Parishes

3

Language Communities

12

Foreign Catholic Communities

22

Religious Congregations

 

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