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Blessing of Candles
2 February 2023

The blessing of candles will be on the 2nd of February when the Church celebrates the festival of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This day has been chosen by the Church for a very important ceremony, the solemn blessing of candles, whence the day is often called Candlemas — the Mass of the candles.

Holy Hour
Friday, 3 Feb 2023
7pm – 8pm
Venue: Bethel

UPDATED!
Chinese New Year
EC Timings

CNY EVE – 21 Jan
no sunset mass

CNY DAY 1 – 22 Jan
usual Sunday EC timings

CNY DAY 2 & 3 – 23  & 24 Jan
Public Holiday EC @ 7.30am

Formation

Burning Bush 2023

Burning Bush

Have you thought about what it means to be a baptised Catholic?

What is God our father calling you to?

Come and join us on our next run of Burning Bush to encounter what adventures the Lord has in store for you!

Register at: csm.secretariat@catholic.org.sg

Disciples Pathway

CSM Disciples Pathway
For CSM Parishioners Only

Register:
http://tinyurl.com/CSMDisciplesPathway2022

We may have on our own gone for several courses and retreats offered in the parish and in the Archdiocese. Do you know where all this is leading to? Would you like to take a pathway of faith and life?

If you are interested, please register to find out more.

Community

CSM Chillax

Come and join us for an evening to relax, makan, and engage in activities for the family.

After Sat 5.30pm E.C. starting 11 Feb 2023.

 Fr Terence Meeting with Parents
(Catechism classes 2023)
Date/ Time: 12 February at 2pm
Location: TBC
Register:
https://bit.ly/ParentsMeetwithFrT
Infant Baptism 2023

When should we begin
to prepare for baptism?

It is never too early. During the pregnancy, families should contact the Parish Admin Office to sign up for the Infant Baptism Preparation Programme.

There are 5 formation and preparatory sessions before the Rites of Baptism in the following months:

July 2023

Aug 2023

October 2023

For more information:

Go to Infant Baptism Page

Email: csm.secretariat@catholic.org.sg

Seniors Club Gathering

Seniors Club

Dear seniors!
Please note.  We are taking a break in January 2023.
See you soon on 22 February 2023.
Line Dance 2023

Line Dance
(for Seniors and Beginners Only)

We are taking a break.
No line dancing from 23 Dec 2023

Classes will resume on Friday 3 February 2023
NEW TIMINGS Fridays 9.30 – 11am
Venue: St John Vianney
Teacher: Daisy Teo

Recruit Catechists

We are Recruiting Catechists

Calling all Parents who have young children and those who are endowed in the teaching charism to come forward and serve the Lord.

Please email to csm.admin@catholic.org.sg

Gospel of Matthew (1)

Faith Sharing with Fr Sam for seniors

Ongoing seniors’ faith sharing with Fr Sam will be taking a break.

It will resume on Wednesday, 1 February 2023.

A new parking space

New Parking Space
for Bicycles

Cyclists can now park your bicycle
at the slope leading to the small gate.

Elisha's Spring Opening Hours (1)

Eisha’s Spring
Mondays to Sundays
7am to 7pm

Our columbarium is now open daily from 7am to 7pm.

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Our electricity bills incurred for the columbarium is more than $5,000 every month. In the long run this is not sustainable.

We seek your understanding and cooperation to switch on the lights when you arrive and switch them off when you leave so that we can save on these expenses.

Thank you for your assistance.

Adoration Room

Adoration Room
Mondays to Sundays
7am to 9.30pm

Our Adoration Room is now open daily from 7am to 9.30pm.

Wardens Recruitment

Join us as Wardens

When we extend hospitality to others, we’re not trying to impress people, we’re trying to reflect God to them. As we serve our Lord, we may meet someone who really needs a friend…and we can fill that need. Maybe we can make an eternal difference in the person’s life, just because we choose to be friendly and helpful.

Email: csm.secretariat@catholic.org.sg

Lectors recruitment with email

Lectors Recruitment

Ministry of Lectors is recruiting new members to proclaim the Word of God. If you have a willing heart and a desire to serve the Lord, come join us to be instruments of God and proclaim your faith through HIS Word.

Email: csm.secretariat@catholic.org.sg

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We are in need of
Trained Special Needs Catechists


Pope Francis has called the Catholic Church to be a welcoming Church. As we welcome our students into our religious education classes, it’s important that we see each one as a child of God with special talents and special gifts; remember that you are seeing the face of Jesus. Teaching religious education is a splendid opportunity to share your love of God and the Catholic Church with your students.

Call Jaq Ho 9154 7955

Email: csm.secretariat@catholic.org.sg

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Legion of Mary
Recruitment
The Legion of Mary invites youths below 18 years old who are interested in praying together and serving the church in its various spiritual activities.  Join the Legion of Mary to have an enriched spiritual and prayer life and discover what God has in store for you!
Email Parish Admin Office
csm.secretariat@catholic.org.sg

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Coro di Velli Angeli Choir
welcomes you!

Contact Kaivan @9169 9385

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Recruitment of Musicians
Ephrem Music Ministry

Calling all musicians with a willing heart to serve to come forward to join Ephrem Music Ministry.

Contact: Maryanne (9771 5995) or the Parish Admin Office.

Outreach

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Building Community at Tenteram

A teatime gathering was organised on Sunday 4 September, 4pm at the pavilion next to Blk 117 Jalan Tenteram, for many Catholics and parishioners of the Church of St. Michael living in the vicinity to meet one another. Seven families from the area, plus another 12 from the Jalan Bahagia area turned up!

Read more at https://stmichael.catholic.sg/featured-story/building-community-at-tentaram

Our CNC members went around the neighbourhood to distribute the feast day invitation cards so that our fellow neighbours could join us in our celebrations.

Around Our Archdiocese

Prayer Experience Retreat #32
3 – 5 Mar 2023
9am – 6.30pm (Non Stay-In)
FEE: $150 (Inclusive of GST)
Financial Assistance is available!

The Theme, “The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life” traces the whole spiritual journey through the Purgative,

Illuminative and Unitive stages in relation to prayer. This will help participants understand their own journey in order to advance and grow in holiness.

Conducted by Juliana Koh & CSC Retreat Team

For any further queries, please contact us at 6288 7901 / 6858 2716 or email retreats.csc@catholic.org.sg

More information at link below:
https://bit.ly/cscper32

Jesus Encounter Retreat
8 – 12 Feb 2023
5-day Stay-in Retreat
FEE: $400 (Inclusive of GST)
Financial Assistance is available!

DO YOU NEED TO BE REFRESHED, RESTORED AND RECHARGED?

Come and see (John 1:39) and experience the awesome love of the Father through a personal encounter with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit as He leads, guides, heals and restores.

For any further queries, please contact us at 6288 7901 / 6858 2716 or email retreats.csc@catholic.org.sg
More information at link below:

https://bit.ly/cscjer2

Check out the
ONE Calendar of Events 2023!

Click Poster to see the upcoming Events!

ACMI Migrant Fund Charity Golf 
10 Feb 2023
Tanah Merah Country Club

Putt for a good cause at the ACMI Migrant Fund Charity Golf on 10 Feb 2023
at Tanah Merah Country Club, Tampines Course! There are more than 1.2
million low-wage migrant workers and migrant domestic workers in Singapore.
Many are single mothers or who have courageously left their families to come
to Singapore to work. Others are struggling to make ends meet in a rising
cost environment whilst facing hardship and prejudice. Your support can feed
500 migrant workers, give 76 migrant domestic workers upskilling
opportunities through training courses and much more. $5000 per flight with
lunch and dinner included.

Scan the QR code to find out more:

QR code - Golf2023_Parish announcement

The Catholic Hub

Watch the video to learn more about the Catholic Hub

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-3ygFCIpiIdTlY4IMd4H2aM5GvO3N9c7/view?usp=share_link

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Our Archdiocese has been working to build a more vibrant, evangelising and missionary Church. In sharing the Good News, we are bringing the hope and love of Christ to vast numbers of people.

Within our Church today, however, there are currently no premises large enough for our organisations and communities to hold their activities on a large scale. After much study, we concluded that the Church’s largest freehold site at 49 Upper Thomson Road could optimally be used to house major Archdiocesan organisations, a convention centre with overnight retreat facilities, a home for senior clergy – and more – for the long-term needs of the Church.

Beyond physical infrastructure, such a Catholic Hub can bring about a greater depth of communion. The facilities and organisations located there will enable collaboration for a more effective witnessing of the Gospel to the people of Singapore and reap economies of scale.

Read more…https://www.catholicfoundation.sg/the-catholic-hub/

“Who am I really, to God?”
Labourers in the Vineyard Retreat
Dates: 9 to 13 March 2023

Venue: Majodi Centre, Taman Perindustrian Sri Plentong,
81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia 81750

Retreat Fees: S$400 (inclusive of accommodation, transport and daily meals)

 

The Labourers in the Vineyard Retreat is an invitation to discover who we are in the eyes of God our Father, and to experience a renewal in the way we respond to that identity. This 5 day stay-in retreat is for anyone who desires to deepen their relationship with God or is interested in discovering more about their faith.

Led by the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelisation, Rev. Fr. Terence Pereira, together with Gloria Patri Charismatic ministry, the retreat will include talks, praise and worship, as well as ministering and spiritual counselling.

You don’t have to be ‘prayerful enough’, ‘knowledgeable enough’, ‘holy enough’ or ‘involved enough’ to participate. The Lord’s invitation is to come as you are, away from the busyness of life and enter into a space of encounter with Him.

Find out more about the retreat from our chat with Catholic Radio here!

Sign up today!
https://one.org.sg/event/2023-labourers-in-the-vineyard-retreat/

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023
This annual event is organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Ecumenical Dialogue (ACCED) with various Christian host churches to promote
Christian unity. No registration required and Catholics are encouraged to bring their Christian friends to attend the prayer services together. Please refer to the poster for more details.

AT HOME RETREAT :  (2 choices)

A ten-week programme based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which enables one to know Jesus Christ more intimately in the midst of life’s daily routine. It includes a weekly meeting of faith sharing, daily prayer using Scripture, and spiritual direction.  It falls within the Lent season, the retreat theme of “Journeying from Ashes to Easter” would be a timely opportunity for us to deepen our Lenten pilgrimage. By Cenacle Sister Francisca and team.

MORNINGS: 10 Thursdays
Date:  16 Feb – 20  April
Time:  9.30am to 11.30am
Venue:  LaSalle Centre- St. Patrick School – 490 East Coast Road

OR

EVENINGS: 10 Thursdays
Date: 16 Feb – 20 April
Time: 7.30-9.30 pm
Venue: Cana – the Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo St

Contribution:  $250.00

For registration:  website:  cenaclemission.com or call 92985808

A Call to Action – An Encouragement Note

Catholic Family Life has prepared a Family Card for parishioners to write an encouragement note to encourage and affirm another family if they have been an
inspiration to you in the way they live out their vocation of family life. Raising a family can be challenging and lonely at times, yet families are the very places
we often witness the beauty of love, joy, and sacrifice. Let’s be one community in supporting each other to build love-filled and faith-filled families, affirm a family this weekend! Please do take a card and share your message of love and hope to a family.

Module 1 of My Personal Moral Compass 2023
By Rev Fr David Garcia, O.P.

How do we know what is right and what is wrong? Why does this matter?

Join us in person at CANA from 26 January onwards as we explore what are moral truths and why they matter for our happiness.

Module 1 of the 2023 run of My Personal Moral Compass will start on 26 January 2023. It will be held weekly on Thursdays in person from 7:30 to 9:30 pm for seven weeks.

To register: http://bit.ly/MPMC-1

For enquiries, please email Caritas Singapore at mpmc@caritas-singapore.org

“Restore, Rekindle and Renew your marriage at the ME Weekend!”

Marriage is a project to be worked on together and a process of growth. Pope Francis (Amoris Laetitia, no. 218, 221). 

Good marriages can always be made better! To deepen your couple relationship, do sign up for a Marriage Encounter Weekend scheduled for 3rd – 5th Feb 2023 or 14th – 16th April 2023 by contacting Joe & Reenie at 9670-5390 or email at mewkend@gmail.com

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Vocation Seminar for young single women 17 to 28 years of age

 

“What does God want from me?” 
Vocation Seminar for young single women 17-28 years of age
Join us for an afternoon to learn more about consecrated life and vocation discernment with time for personal prayer. Tea will be provided. This seminar will be led by Sr. Sandra Seow, FMVD.
Date: 4th February 2023, Saturday
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Place: Verbum Dei House, 4 Sommerville Road, Singapore 358228
Register by 28th January 2023
Email verbumdeispore@yahoo.com.sg to register.
Youthline

Youthline
 

Youthline is an integrated youth service that provides a listening ear and free counselling support for anyone up to 35 years old, regardless of race or religion.

Youthline handled over 175 cases in the first 7 days of its launch on 10th November. Since then, the average daily volume has doubled. There is an urgent need for much more resources, space and professional staff to meet the rapidly growing demand for their services. They are looking to raise $5 million to fund a larger space and more staff to serve the thousands of young people they expect in the coming year.

Your generous support will make a big difference in providing the resources necessary to meet the demand for such a service among many young people in Singapore.

For more information or enquiries, please email or reach out to contact@youthline.sg

Thank you very much for your generosity.

CPS Lunchtime mass

CPS Lunchtime Mass
COME HAVE LUNCH WITH JESUS! 

The Catholic Prayer Society invites all to lunchtime mass at these locations:

Every Wednesday, 12.15pm: 

TPI building level 6, 62 Cecil Street

Every Friday, 12.15pm:

  1. Medical Alumni Association, 2 College Road, Level 1 Theatrette
  2. One Raffles Quay, level 49 North Tower (starting 14 Oct 22)

More details at: www.cps.org.sg

Catholic Family Life Volunteer Recruitment

Catholic Family Life: Volunteer Recruitment
(Administrative and Reception Support at Counselling Centre)

A Heart to Serve – Catholic Family Life (CFL) is calling out for volunteers!
If you have a desire/calling to make a difference and contribute your God-given gifts and talents. Join CFL in volunteering your time by empowering, enriching the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters. “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
Get in touch with Catholic Family Life to find out more, contact us at 64880278 or email michelle@catholicfamilylife.sg. If you are interested to volunteer with us, do fill up the volunteer form: https://bit.ly/CFL-volunteer-form and we will get in touch with you.

Youthline – Call for Volunteers

Youthline is launching a dedicated helpline and counselling service for young people up to 35 years of age. Help us make a difference by volunteering today!

You can look forward to:
● Free training and skills development
● Joining our awesome community
● Making a real impact

Roles:
● Helpline Volunteer
● Pro-bono Counsellor or Para-Counsellor
● Youth Hero

Please visit https://youthline.sg to sign up now.

Migrant Helpline

UGAT-ACMI Free Counseling Services

UGAT’s SGot Kita, Kabayan Helpline are available for (Filipino) migrants in Singapore.

SGot Kita, Kabayan is a designated free online helpline developed specifically for migrants in Singapore.

UGAT has counsellors who speak various languages and dialects in the Philippines, such as Tagalog, Cebuano, Bicolano, Bisaya, and Hiligaynon, for those clients who are more comfortable sharing in their own language.

The helpline service is open on Monday – Sunday, 9pm – 12am.

Be Kind to your Mental Health

Counselling and Psychological Services
By Clarity Singapore

Clarity Singapore, a member organisation of Caritas Singapore, focuses on responding to mental health needs through community-based mental healthcare services and social integration programmes. We offer professional counselling and psychological services to help individuals in learning to cope with their situations in more adaptive ways.

Learn more: https://www.clarity-singapore.org

PARA-COUNSELLING

Para-Counselling Service
By Catholic Family Life

Need someone to journey with you through the stages and challenges of life? Trained Para-Counsellors are available via Zoom.

Please call 66318963 (Mon – Fri 12pm to 4pm)

Email paracounselling-info@familylife.sg or

Visit https://cpc.familylife.sg/ to book your session.