Something to think about...

At a recent meeting, the person who opened the gathering began by praying, “Lord, thanks for today. It is the beginning of a new day we have never seen before.” Although the idea seemed obvious, that prayer got me thinking about a couple of different things.

First, because each day is a new opportunity, it will be filled with things we cannot anticipate or even prepare for. Therefore, it’s important that we recognize our limitations and lean heavily on God-intentionally choosing to live in His grace and strength rather than relying on our own resources.

The second thing that occurred to me is that the newness of each day is a gift worth celebrating. Perhaps this concept was what prompted the psalmist to declare, “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. l18:24).

Of course, we face many unknowns today and some could be difficult. But the treasure of each brand-new day is a precious gift.

May we thankfully embrace each one with confident trust and humble celebration. - Bill Crowder

Parish Buzz
Confirmation: The 2014 Journey
Our teens have recently started their attachments to the various ministries in the parish, as part of their confirmation journey. This week, we feature our teens attached to the Choir Ministry

Welcome Angel, Tricia, Letiti, Cheyanne to Choir Ministry!

Why did you join the Choir Ministry?

I really like singing and choir sounded really interesting

Tricia: It looks fun, so i’d (rather) do something fun

What’s the difference to you between singing in the choir against among the congregation?

Angel: Its very nerving to sing in the choir, “ a lot of people, very scary “

Cheyanne: In the congregation you have a choice to sing or not, but in the choir you are (compelled) to sing not in the way that you’re forced.

Watch this space next week as other Con 3 teens share their attachment experience with us!

Memorial of The Queenship of Virgin Mother Mary (22 August)

On Friday, 22 August, the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of the queenship of the Virgin Mary. Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s Queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever.

At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, Mary is closely associated with Jesus:

Her Queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. In order to help us understand the preeminence that the Mother of God enjoys over all creation, it would help to remember that from the first moment of her conception, the holy Virgin was filled with such a plenitude of grace as to surpass the graces enhancing all the saints.

Pius IX wrote in his Bull Ineflabilis Deus: “More than all the angels and all the saints, has God ineffable freely endowed Mary with the fullness of the heavenly gifts that abound in the divine treasury; and she, preserving herself ever immaculately clean from the slightest taint of sin, attained a fullness of innocence and holiness so great as to be unthinkable apart from God Himself, a fullness that no one other than God will ever possess.” Spurred on by piety and faith, may we subject to the rule of the Virgin Mother of God; with the royal scepter in her hand and a heart aflamed with a mother’s love.

August Prayer Intention of the Holy Father

That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.


That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



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Around the Archdiocese

Day of Prayer for Vocations


All are invited to pray for more vocations
for the universal Church:
Date 6 Sep 2014 (Saturday)
Venue Church of St Michael
Programme 4.15-5.15pm: Holy Hour
5.30-6.30pm: Mass
Celebrant Msgr Ambrose Vaz

Pilgrimage in My Backyard


CANA in collaboration with the Church
of St Teresa invites you to PIMBY
KAMPONG BAHRU! This is the last in the
PIMBY series of walks. Visit the church
and Carmelite Convent – listen to the
stories of the faith of our early fathers and
the dedicated lay people; together they
built a community that provided shelter
from the storm (literally) for migrants,
seafarers and all who sought refuge.
Date 31 August 2014
Time 3pm
Meet at St Teresa Church canteen.
Call 6338 4080 or email:

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.]

QUIETING THE SOUL CHIANGMAI 2014 by Cenacle Sisters and Team


A silent 8 or 5-day retreat set in the
beautiful environment of the Seven
Fountains Retreat Center in Chiang Mai,
Thailand. Two choices of dates (includes
travel time):

8 days 28 Nov - 7 Dec 2014
5 days 1 Dec - 7 Dec 2014
Closing registration date: 31 Aug 2014

Contact the Cenacle Sisters at
6565 2895; 9722 3148 or email: More info at:

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:

Mondays, from 8 Sept (8-10pm)
OLPS Church
Contact Lucy Tjhia - 9068 2961
Church of the Holy Spirit
Contact Leonard Ong - 9369 2100

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@

WARNING: Fraudulent Solicitation of Funds


The Secretariat of State, Apostolic
Nunciature Malaysia, has communicated
that a certain ‘Rev Fr Jonathan Mahajire,
OSB Cam’, presenting himself as
the Superior of the Camaldolese
Benedictines of the Diocese of Kondoa,
has been soliciting funds for various
projects. Please be advised that this
person is fraudulent and the projects are