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A Breakthrough with the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled [...]

By |2021-05-21T08:15:55+00:00May 20th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on A Breakthrough with the Holy Spirit

The Annoying Flies of Sin

The summers of Australia are well-documented for their bush fires as the heat of the sun meets the dry, arid natural kindling of the bushland. Summer in Australia is also the time when all sorts of creepy-crawlies crawl out of the woodwork. The most annoying of all being the fly, otherwise known as the Musca vetustissima, or the bush fly [...]

By |2021-05-18T05:20:50+00:00May 13th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on The Annoying Flies of Sin

Would You Let God Dream For You?

When the LORD restored the captives of Zion, we thought we were dreaming. Then our mouths were filled with laughter; our tongues sang for joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD had done great things for them.” - Psalm 126: 1-2 According to Hebrew cultural traditions, the time of exile, the galut is often referred to as a time [...]

By |2021-05-18T06:01:54+00:00April 28th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Would You Let God Dream For You?

The Rich History of Church of St Michael’s (1997-2002)

Soon after completing the Church, Fr Lee asked the Archbishop to be free of the responsibilities of being a parish priest. He wanted to set up a spirituality and retreat centre and the Archbishop gives him the green light to start St Francis Xavier Minor Seminary. On September 14, 1997, Fr Michael Arro arrived at St Michael's. "I was sent [...]

By |2021-04-14T13:17:38+00:00April 14th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on The Rich History of Church of St Michael’s (1997-2002)

Easter Calls and Responses

1 John 4: 15 to 19 states: Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. In this is love brought to [...]

By |2021-05-18T06:02:34+00:00April 14th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Easter Calls and Responses

Celebrating 60 years of The Church of St. Michael: The New Church Building (1994)

On July 7, 1991, the parishioners of the Church of St. Michael attended the Eucharistic Celebration in the old church building for the last time. In the last week of July 1991, it was demolished to make way for the new building. The current building of the Church of St. Michael officially opened on 2 May 1994, after renovation works [...]

By |2021-04-01T14:15:54+00:00April 1st, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Celebrating 60 years of The Church of St. Michael: The New Church Building (1994)

Preparing for Lent

As Pope Francis has said, “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy”. Lent is a time when we scrutinize areas of our lives that are facing spiritual death. In recognizing the malnourished state of our spiritual self, we can work on reviving it during this season. Upon reflection, I realized that I have not been [...]

By |2021-02-13T05:14:41+00:00February 13th, 2021|Featured story|Comments Off on Preparing for Lent

Rebuilding the Church (1991-1993)

A Time To Break Down A Time To Build Up WHY REBUILD THE CHURCH? The old church was built on swampy ground in 1961 and rested on a pile foundation of bakau wood. Over the years, as a result of soil settlement, the poor quality foundation caused the church to sink gradually. Severe cracks started to appear on the floor [...]

By |2021-02-05T10:31:30+00:00February 6th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Rebuilding the Church (1991-1993)

Memories of the Old Church

Purchased in 1961 by the late Archbishop Olcemendy, the site of the Church of St. Michael then comprised an old two-storey bungalow with an outhouse and a number of rooms independent of the main house. The bungalow served as a place of worship on the ground floor with the priests' quarters located on the first floor. Sunday and weekday masses [...]

By |2021-01-23T16:08:28+00:00January 28th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Memories of the Old Church

The Rich History of CSM (1950s- 1997)

Mid-1950s: The need for a parish At this time, it's clear that a parish was needed: there was no place of worship for Catholics between town and Paya Lebar. And the new estates of Jalan Bahagia and Whampoa were in the pipeline. A proposal was put forth by Fr Philip Meissonier from the Cathedral and Mgsr Noel Goh, the parish [...]

By |2021-01-23T13:16:25+00:00January 23rd, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on The Rich History of CSM (1950s- 1997)