Monday, 30 June 2008

Pauline Year

On the night of 28 June the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul marked the beginning of the Year of St. Paul with a ceremony of opening the Church's main door followed by the unveiling of the statue of St. Paul and Eucharistic Celebration by Archbishop Nicholas Chia. At the end of the Mass, His Grace led the congregation to sign the Pledge Book--called "Singapore Catholics Commemorate St. Paul's Year" (of which one pledged to read at least one letter of St. Paul during this Pauline Year and is invited to submit an essay after that.) This book will be presented to the Vatican at the end of the Pauline Year.

Here's a video for the celebration:
Year of St. Paul - Celebrated in St. Peter & Paul Church

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Up Close and Personal Afternoon

This afternoon of Up Close and Personal with young women turned up well. 6 young women came, with 4 of them from the University and 2 from our parish, St. Francis of Assisi. Both Sr. Karen and myself did the presentation of introducing them about our Founder, co-foundress, Spirituality, Mission and Community life. They seemed rather contented. Since we had rather limited time, we really do not have much time to share personally, something which we need to take note of in the future. Most of them had requested for more such sessions, so hopefully we will be able to meet again. Thanks for all your prayers.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Day of Recollection

The Day of Recollection went on well yesterday. I am not sure we ever did something similar before in Singapore, but for most of us as vocation promoters, it was a new experience. If some of you remember or know, we had a kind of workshop on Vocation Sunday, where young women came to find out more about religious vocation from the women religious. Well, our team had decided this year that instead of doing this as a one-off thing yearly, we want to have follow-ups together for the young women, as a mean and channel for them to pray together, and get to know each other who are journeying together, and to know of other congregations.

So, yesterday was the first follow-up and Sr. Lucy of the Good Shepherd graciously volunteer to host it. The ambience was great, especially the prayer room. We had sharing in the morning with the theme: Call to Conversion and in the afternoon: Choosing Life. Both the relgious and the participants were opened to share their thoughts and reflections.

We hope that through these similar sessions, young women will find courage and strength together, and feel that they were not alone in the journey...for we are all Companions on the Journey.