31 August 2021

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For Catholic Education Sunday this year on 12 September, ACCS is inviting students and staff of Catholic schools across Singapore to contribute recordings for a virtual choir, singing the recessional hymn of our live-streamed Mass.

To enable young children to participate, they only need to sing the AMEN, as demonstrated in this video.

Catholic Education Sunday has been celebrated since 2017, bringing together our Archdiocese’s educational community, forming 50,000-over students from nursery, pre-school and primary school to secondary school and junior college.

Despite Covid-19 restrictions, we can still find creative means to maintain our communal ties and worship together from our homes – the domestic church.

With this song, we want to bless all our Catholic schools, religious families, students and educators, as well as the Catholic Church in Singapore, especially in our 200th year.

Instructions on how to participate can be found here, with the four main choir parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Current students are encouraged to wear their school uniforms while singing. Please upload your recordings by Saturday 4 September 2021, 11pm. Late submissions may not be used.

17 August 2021

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At the turn of the 19th century, when only the nobility and middle class had access to education, St Magdalene of Canossa, the daughter of a marquis and a countess, spent her inheritance providing free education for the poorest of the poor.

She witnessed widespread suffering and unrest in her hometown Verona, caused by the Napoleonic Wars. Magdalene reasoned that educated Christian wives and mothers were the best way to form wholesome families, creating a virtuous society. For her, the aim of education was to lead people to experience God’s love.

In Singapore, the Canossian Sisters, or Canossian Daughters of Charity (FDCC, Figlie Della Carità Canossiane), founded Canossa Convent Primary School and Fatima Home on 15 August 1941, providing accommodation for thirty-one orphans.

Watch the Canossaville 80th Anniversary Commemorative Video here:

After surviving World War II and the Japanese Occupation, the Sisters established the Canossian School for the Deaf in 1956. That year, Sr Natalia Tasca FDCC gathered a group of six to work with her – this was the beginning of the Lay Canossians, who now number over a hundred.

Today, there are about 2,300 Canossians serving in 18 provinces on five continents. St Magdalene wrote that the Daughters of Charity are to be “detached from everything… and ready for the divine service and to go anywhere, even to the remotest Country.” Canossa Children and Community Services (Canossaville) continues the mission began by St Magdalene in Italy two centuries ago.

Learn more about what goes on behind the doors of the Canossian Village here:

28 May 2021

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Start the June holidays the best way possible—in prayer! On Tuesday, 1 June, from 8pm to 9pm, the ACCS will be leading an intercessory prayer session on Zoom, in conjunction with Catholic200SG, celebrating two hundred years of Catholicism in Singapore.

After the opening hymn, Sister Cecily Pavri will give an introduction to the session. She will speak about the missionaries who founded our Catholic schools, heeding the call of the Gospel to make Christ known and loved. Sr Pavri will touch on how the original missionaries inspired locals to follow in their footsteps and continue the legacy of Catholic education.

 

After Sr Pavri’s introduction, each religious congregation and their schools will give a short presentation, comprised of a scripture reading and quote from their founder, followed by prayers of the faithful. Together, the community will pray for our Catholic schools, school leaders, teachers, students, parents, sponsors, the Ministry of Education, the Catholic Church and our nation.

The session will also include hymns led by three teachers from St Stephen’s School.

Diocesan school representatives will close the session with a prayer to St Joseph and the Catholic200SG prayer. This will be followed by the final blessing and a closing hymn.

As we celebrate Catholic200SG, we invite parents, educators, and students to join us in prayer, giving thanks for the gift of Catholic Education, a legacy left for us by the early missionaries. Log in with the following details (please note that there is a 1,000-seat capacity for the Zoom event):

Zoom
Meeting ID: 944 2696 7285
Passcode: Faith200

19 May 2021

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Saint Max, the video production arm of the Archdiocese Communications Office, is producing a series of short videos meant for Catholic schools and parents to use freely in this season of Home-Based Learning (HBL). Particularly suitable for primary school students, these videos aim to inspire a focus on God as the children began each new day preparing for lessons at home.

Beginning with a song of praise, each episode contains a reflection on the day’s scripture readings or feast, with suggestions on how to incarnate spiritual truths through acts of love. The videos conclude with prayer intentions for the community and Spiritual Communion.

 

Each episode will be released at 7am every alternate weekday morning, beginning this morning. The five episodes will cover topics like God’s promises in times of uncertainty and fear, the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, living the Christian life, and faith that moves mountains. The schedule is as follows:

  • Episode 1 – Wednesday, 19 May: God is One with Us
  • Episode 2 – Friday, 21 May: They were All in One Room
  • Episode 3 – Monday, 24 May: All Things are Possible for God
  • Episode 4 – Wednesday, 26 May: Persons for Others
  • Episode 5 – Friday, 28 May: Moving Mountains

 

Teachers and parents may access all five episodes via the Saint Max YouTube playlist.

7 April 2021

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Photo: Facebook @LSSCPES

 

If you’re thinking of putting your little ones to pre-school, join Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse at their open house this Saturday! Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse (LSS) family of pre-schools offer authentic learning experiences, built upon the Education in Virtue® programme. With centres in Yishun, Commonwealth, Hougang, Boon Lay, Ang Mo Kio, Jurong West, Sengkang, Woodlands, Bukit Timah, and Katong, you’ll find a convenient place for the care of your little one.

LSS operates on the belief that every child is a joyful learner. Grounded in Catholic virtues, they promise a holistic learning experience for children aged 18 months to 6 years. They aim to instill in every child a sense of curiosity and love for all things, and prepare children not only for primary school education, but for the future ahead too.

 

Photo: Instagram @littleshepherdsschoolhouse

 

This Saturday, 10 April, their centres at Yishun (Blk 235 Yishun Street 21, Singapore 760235) and Commonwealth (1 Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 149603) are opening up their doors for you to find out more about them. Meet the principals, teachers and find out more about what the little ones do during lessons. Due to COVID-19, time slots need to be reserved for visits. Find out more at tinyurl.com/lss-openhouse.

 

Photo: Instagram @littleshepherdsschoolhouse

 

For a limited time, as part of #Catholic200SG celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Church’s presence in Singapore, LSS is waiving registration fees when you enroll your child with them.

14 August 2020

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The Infant Jesus Sisters would like you to join them in celebrating Sr. Deirdre’s Memorial Mass on the feast of the Assumption of our Lady on 15 August 2020 at 9am. The mass will be livestreamed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/TgMjVb9WpIc.

It is with great fondness that the IJ Sisters remember Sr. Deidre O’Loan. The well-loved educator truly embodied the CHIJ motto of being “Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty”, and worked tirelessly for others throughout her life.

In her capacity as Teacher, Principal, Sister, Animator and Supervisor through her life, Sr. Deirdre treated each person she encountered with dignity, warmth, and compassion. She gave her life to nurturing and educating children, and her positive outlook, unfailing cheerfulness, and gentle kindness was uplifting to students, staff, and anyone else who encountered her alike. Sr. Deirdre served with great humility and love, bringing out the best in others and making a difference in a great many lives.

Come and be united with Sr. Deirdre in prayer and love. Should you not be able to join the mass at 9am, please do so at your own convenience as it is uploaded on YouTube.

14 July 2020

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By Adeline Low and Fr Edward Seah

Soon after we welcomed the New Year and even before our first term break, our world entered a very unusually challenging time. We have yet to fully recover from it. COVID 19, which became a pandemic, continues to affect us all with no regards for social status, race, religion and age. This virus had swept into our world and closed our churches and schools. Initially, we were all saddened by the disruption and uncertainty. For the Catholics, we missed our Mass as well as the religious celebrations and devotions as we entered the Lenten and Easter seasons. Over time, we learnt to adjust ourselves by keeping in spiritual communion with the Church through online masses, prayer sessions and inspirational talks.

The Chaplaincy team of Montfort Junior and Montfort Secondary Schools encouraged families of their students to commemorate Holy Thursday and Easter Vigil in their homes with Washing of Feet services and by lighting candles to welcome the dawn of Easter Sunday.

The young and even the not-so-young have found the online Holy Mass With Children meaningful and insightful. Not only do they get to be in spiritual communion with the whole Church during mass but also benefit greatly from the catechesis facilitated by inspiring catholic families as part of their preparation for mass. Many schools continue to encourage their children and parents to pray together among themselves using what is offered online by the church locally and universally.

As the Church moves into the Ordinary Time of our liturgical calendar, and we as gradually adjust to the ‘new normal’ ahead of us, let us live in hope and faith as we continue to pray for one another, especially those who are uncertain about their jobs as well as their health. We pray for parents and family members serving in the front line as healthcare personnel, law enforcers and care ambassadors. We also pray for all our teachers, parents and students who are badly affected by this pandemic. May God’s help and grace be upon them. And may St Michael, the Archangel, defend us and protect all our schools. Amen.