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4 Sunday January 22, 2006 ■ CatholicNews

WHAT’S ON
SESSIONS TO KNOW THE
CATHOLIC FAITH
Guided by Frs. Henry Siew and Kenny
Tan. Commencing: Feb 15, 7.45pm
Venue: St. Anne’s Church Contact: Iris
PERANAKAN MASS (9755 4565), Augustine (9853 9199)
The Holy Family Peranakan Group is email stanne@singnet.com.sg to register.
By Sister Wendy Ooi, fsp Father Albert Renckens, SSCC, gathered in my name, I am there celebrating her 25th anniversary with a
one of the organisers, hopes that among them.” (Mt 18:20) Peranakan Mass to usher in the Chinese
SINGAPORE – This year there two venues this year will New Year. Date: Chinese New Year Eve,
Jan 28 Time: 11pm Venue: Church of
will be two opportunities for encourage more Catholics to the Holy Family. Main Celebrant: Fr.
Catholics and Christians of participate. Alfred Chan. All are welcome!
JOURNEY WITHIN SESSION
different denominations to come “We should organise other An afternoon of prayer, faith sharing and
together to pray for Christian opportunities for people to pray COMMISSIONING OF PRINCIPALS moments to deepen your relationship
unity. for Christian Unity,” he AND COMMITMENT CEREMONY with the Lord to discern your vocation
2006 for principals and vice- in life. Date: Sat. Jan 21 Time: 3pm
The first prayer service will commented. “Ideally we should principals of Catholic Schools. Venue: Venue: Daughters of St. Paul, 47 Jurong
take place on Thursday Jan 19, do it five times, over five nights Church of Our Lady of Perpetual West, St. 42 Inquiries: 6560 8003
2006 at the Church of St. in the different districts in Succour. Celebrant: Archbishop (Open to women aged18-28; Free)
Nicholas Chia. Date: Sat, Jan 21 Time:
Ignatius, while the second prayer Singapore. This year we 6.30pm. All are welcome. From the CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY
service will be on Monday Jan succeeded with two places. Next CENTRE, 1261 Upper Serangoon Rd,
23, 2006 at the Toa Payoh year, maybe more.” 3RD SATURDAY MASS WITH T: 6288 7901, W: www.catholic.org.sg/
Methodist Church (480 Lorong 2 A worldwide observance, the HEALING SERVICE at the Church of csctr
Toa Payoh). Both services begin Week of Prayer for Christian St Michael’s. Date: Jan 21 Celebrant: • “Suffering – Why Me, Lord?” by Fr.
Fr. Tom Curran Session: 6.45pm – Rosary, William Goh
at 8pm and are open to all. Unity is celebrated annually from Father Albert Renckens encourages 7.30pm – Praise & Worship, 8pm – Mass Session: P&W, Mass, Talk Time: 7.30-
Catholics are encouraged to Jan 18 to 25. The theme this year Catholics to bring Christian with healing service. 10pm Date: Jan 20, Jan 27 and Feb 3.
bring their Christian friends. is: “Where two or three are friends to pray for unity. There will be a follow-up “A Change
Within” Conversion Experience Retreat
for those interested in spiritual
maintenance. All are welcome.
From The Bible Apostolate Ministry at
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY
CHURCH HISTORY COURSE SPIRIT, 248 Upper Thomson Road.
common are certainly an Conducted by Fr. Tom Curran, OCD. T: 6453 6340
Venue: Church of Sts. Peter & Paul,
effective means of obtaining the Chapel Time: 7.30pm Date: 12 • Journey Through the Bible with Sr.
grace of unity, and they are a true Mondays, starting on Feb 6. Course fees: Denise Hannebury from the Sisters of
$50. Register with the church office. Charity from Australia.
expression of the ties which still Sessions: 1) Abraham’s Call and God’s
bind Catholics to their separated Call to Me 2) Moses/Ten Commandments
brethren.” – Jesus/Beatitudes 3) Leadership: Saul,
Since 1968, the theme and David: Judas, Peter 4) Paul: Conversion
and Ministry – My Ministry? Dates: Feb
IN JOHN 17, Jesus prays to the text for each year’s observance of 1, 8, 15, 22 Time: 10-11.30am at Room
Father for the unity of believers. the Week of Prayer for Christian THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE A2-01 or 8-9.30pm at The Attic.
The phrase “that they may be Unity are chosen and prepared by PERSONAL VOCATION addresses • The Gospel According to Mark, 10
one” is repeated or rephrased representatives of the Pontifical the consistency between the ideal sessions with Fr. Ambrose Vaz
and actual value systems and Encounter Jesus! Experience Jesus!
four times (John 17:11, 21, 22, (Vatican) Council for Promoting challenges us to live our Christian Respond to Jesus! Learn how to apply
23), indicating the importance of Christian Unity and the World vocation with integrity and freedom. the main themes of Mark’s Gospel in your
this petition to Jesus. Perhaps Council of Churches. The theme Ideal for leaders, teachers, catechists daily life. Date: Mar 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr
when he prayed this prayer, for this year, prepared by the and parents. Resource person: 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 Time: 7.45-
Fr. Michael McGuire, SSC. PhD 9.45pm. Venue: The Attic.
Jesus had in mind what was to churches in Ireland, is Mt 18:20, (Clinical Psychology) Venue: SPI. Date: Please bring your Bible along for all the
become of his body of believers. “Where two or three are gathered Feb 24-27, (Fri & Mon, 2.30-6pm) above sessions.
This “Where Two or Three in my name, I am there among Contact: Shirley Louis (6858 7011)
Since the Great Schism of Registration: Forms can be obtained
are Gathered in My Name” them”. or accs@catholic.org.sg Registration from the Parish Office or Contact: Jerry
1054 which divided the once fee: $180 (Meals included) Closing
poster was designed by Sister (9128 1418), Genevieve (9815 4098),
united Christian Church into the The Week of Prayer for date: Feb 13. Felicitas (9645 1951), Beatrice
Gerardine Mueller, O.P. Christian Unity is an important
East (Orthodox) and the West (chewyeoh@yahoo.com)
(Catholic), the Catholic Church ecumenical event that Catholics LUNCH TIME MASSES
has seen further divisions in its are encouraged to observe at Suntec The Rock Auditorium: Foyer Tue and Days of Obligation:
history: the Protestant significant worldwide ecumenical various levels. Apart from City 12.15pm, 1.15pm
Reformation of 1517 initiated by event is the Week of Prayer for participating in the organised Raffles Victoria Theatre Foyer: Wed and Days of Obligation:
Martin Luther, and the split of Christian Unity. prayer services with other Place Level 2 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm
the Church of England from When Catholics and Christian churches, prayers for Outram Medical Alumni Association Wed and Days of Obligation:
Rome in 1534 during the reign of Christians around the world Christian unity could also be Road of Singapore: Level 2 12.15pm, 1.15pm
King Henry VIII. observe the Week of Prayer for initiated in parishes, church Orchard Hyatt Hotel (see hotel notice Fri: 12.40pm, 1.20pm
The separated Christian Christian Unity, they continue groups, neighbourhood groups, for room allocation)
Churches experienced further and, in a sense, realise the prayer and religious communities. This Shenton Singapore Conference Hall: Fri and Days of Obligation; 12.40pm,
sub-divisions. of Jesus in John 17. would go toward fulfilling Jesus’ Level 2 (see notice for 1.20pm for 1st/3rd/5th Fri. The 12.40pm
CPS mass) session will be talks held by priests/
From the Lutheran branch The observance of the Week own desire “that (we) may all be religious followed by Mass at 1.20pm
grew the Anabaptists (1525), of Prayer for Christian Unity one.” (Jn 17:21) on every 2nd and 4th Fri.
Presbyterians or Calvinists dates back to 1908. It was
(1536), Congregationalists initiated as Church Unity Week
(1607) and Baptists (1607), with by Rev. Paul Wattson, an FOR PRAYER FOR Christian
the latter branching further to the Episcopalian priest in Graymoor, Unity resources, including an
Adventists and Churches of New York. Jan 18, the original introduction and explanation of
Christ. feast of the Chair of St. Peter, this year’s theme, visit:
Within the Church of England was chosen to begin the Week – www.geii.org/
or the Anglican (meaning “of which would conclude on Jan 25, – www.vatican.va/
England”) Church, branched out the feast of the Conversion of St. roman_curia/pontifical_councils/
the Methodists (1738) and from Paul. chrstuni/weeks-prayer-doc/
the Methodists branched out the Over the years, while the rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20050603_week-
Pentecostals (1901) which dates remain unchanged, the prayer-2006_en.html
includes the Assemblies of God. observance of the Christian Unity – www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/
After the American Revolution in Week has evolved. More what/faith/wop-index.html
1789, the Anglican Church in the Catholics have been participating
USA became known as the in it after Vatican Council II
Episcopal Church. (1962-65). The latter’s Decree on FOR A BIRD’S eye view of
With so many divisions and Ecumenism (1964) calls prayer the similarities and differences
sub-divisions, Christianity may “the soul of the ecumenical betwen the different
appear to be in a sad, disunited, movement,” and encourages Christian denominations and
scandalous state. However, there Catholics to observe what has the Catholic Church, visit:
is hope as more and more developed to be the Week of www.religionfacts.com/
churches are involved in Prayer for Christian Unity. The christianity/charts/
ecumenical activities. One Decree says, “Such prayers in denominations_beliefs.htm ■