Something to think about...

A story is told of two friends who were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand, “Today my best friends slapped me in the face.” They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from nearly drowning, he wrote on a stone, “Today my best friend saved my life.” His friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.” Real forgiveness keeps on leaving the sins of others and our hurts in the past.

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Confirmation: The 2014 Journey
This week, we feature our teens, Anthony, Desiree and Judith, who are attached to the Catechetical Ministry.

Level 9 Youth Catechists: Anthony, Robyn, Nathania, Desiree, Maxine, Charmaine, Keziah, Judith & Ryan.

Why did you join this Ministry?

Anthony: I wanted to learn more about God and teach children about God

Judith: I learned everything about my faith from my catechists, so I want to bring this knowledge and share it with the children

Has your view about the Ministry changed?

Anthony: It was not what I had expected. I thought I just needed to come to class and follow the lesson plan. But I was wrong! It needs commitment and I had to prepare for the lesson. Anything interesting to share?

Judith: The children will sometimes tell us about the different random things that happen in their everyday lives, and we have to slowly relate their experiences back to the lesson.

How has teaching children affected you?

Desree: They have taught me to think from a much simpler perspective

How has teaching Catechism develop your faith?
Desree: It has helped me understand the Gospel first before teaching the children.

“I wanted to learn more about God and teach children about God.”
- Anthony, Level 9 Catechist

Youth Rally 2014


This year’s Novena Church Youth Rally, held on 8 Sept, is a gathering especially for the teens to praise and worship our God and honour our Mother Mary. The theme of the rally is “Back to the Start”. It was a special birthday present to Our Lady as it was also the feast of her nativity. It also being the last rally at Novena before its renovation. Father Simon Peirera’s message to the youth was “to come back to Church, for Mass; be more committed to the Lord; and of course to be drawn to our Lady. There was a dance group and a band leading the songs for the night.

There were also sharing by those who had trials when they were teenagers. Just before the event ended, doves were released by some youths. “It was a great experience, very inspiring, empowering and uplifting because we are having our exams soon. We were very stressed but this event helped a lot.” said Nicole and Danielle, from the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This event was reported by Jade Teo, from the CDM Communications Ministry.

Marriage Encounter Weekend

It has been said that the greatest gift you can give your children is to love their mother/father. Polish up this gift and put a bow on it at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. You deserve the best and your children need to see you reaching for it.


Coming Weekends: 3-5 Oct, 7-9 Nov, 5-7 Dec 2014 and 2-4 Jan 2015. To register, call 9670 5390 or go to our website at


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Prayer of the Heart

Learning to BE…in Oneness with God
Join the FMM sisters!

When 20 Sep,2pm – 6pm
Where FMM House of Prayer & Formation 49 Holland Rd (258849)
Call 93550904
(For single woman 18-40 years of age)
Please register by 17 September 2014

5 Tips for Parishes from Pope Francis

For five weeks, we will share one tip from our Holy Father:

Tip #3: Do Get the Laity Involved: Pope Francis is pretty clear on this, the laity need to be involved in their parishes. Parishes do not belong to priests or to the parish office, they belong to everyone. This is why parishes need laity on councils, advising and helping in the running of everyday matters. In fact, Pope Francis very sternly has said that “a parish that does not have a pastoral Council and a Finance Council, is not a good parish: it lacks life.”

A Spirituality for the Second Half of Life – Part 1: The Midlife Transition


Date Oct 3 - 5
Time Fri. 8:00 pm to Sun, 1:00 pm
Venue Montfort Centre, Bukit Timah
The weekend will deal with the
experience of transition into midlife, a
stage in the growth and development of
men and women. Participants will work
with material on the Crisis of Limits.
They will also be invited to experience
negotiating the passage into midlife as
a movement From Problem to Promise.
[Those considering participation in this
program should be at least 40 years old.]

Verbum Dei Project Hope 2014


Fundraising Dinner and Auction

When 25 October, 6:30pm
Where Raffles Town Club
Dunearn Ballroom, Level 1
Tickets $2500 / table of 10 people

For more information or to book a table,
please call 6274 0251 or visit www.

SHAREfest Video Competition


Where OLPS
When 15 Nov 2014, 7.45pm

Take part in the video competition even
if you have not attended the #SHAREfest
workshop. Submit videos to edsharefest@ with the following details:

Title of your production
Names of all crew and actors
Home parish
A short write-up, in no more than 500 words about your production
Contact numbers of all your team
Closing date 26 Oct 2014

Welcoming Returning Catholics


Coming home to the faith may be difficult
for some. If you feel a stirring in your
heart, we welcome you to join us in
this journey together. A new 10-week
Landings programme commences at the
dates and parishes listed:

Tuesdays from 7 Oct (8-10pm)
Blessed Sacrament Church
Contact Steven Lum - 9750 3998

Begin the reconnection by registering with
the above contacts or email : returning@