Pastoral Letters

Gradual Resumption of Religious Activities in Phase 1

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, The Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth (MCCY) has announced that religious organizations may open for private worship after the circuit breaker ends on 1 June. Because of the risks of infection, Phase 1 carries many restrictions and requirements to all religious organizations on how such private [...]

Gradual Resumption of Religious Activities in Phase 12020-05-27T19:36:45+08:00

Day of Prayer and Fasting for God’s Divine Intervention

We are facing one of the most challenging crises in our time.  No disease or virus has in recent history infected so many thousands and killed so many in the world within a short span of time.  In the face of this Covid-19, many of us feel helpless in the fight against it.  Even governments around the world realize how inadequate they are in handling this spread of the virus or to prevent death. 

Day of Prayer and Fasting for God’s Divine Intervention2020-04-04T13:50:52+08:00

Ongoing Suspension of Masses

My dear People of God It was with much sadness that I had to order the suspension of Masses on 14th February, particularly because the celebration of the Eucharist is the Summit of our faith.   More than anyone, as the Archbishop, it is my desire to make the Eucharist available to everyone.   However, as [...]

Ongoing Suspension of Masses2020-03-12T18:57:48+08:00

Pastoral Letter On COVID-19 – Suspension Of Masses And Large Gatherings

All public Masses, both on weekdays and weekends will be suspended indefinitely with effect on Saturday, 15 February, 12pm until there is greater clarity on the way forward. Likewise, all other public events with large numbers of people attending, such as formation sessions, retreats and seminars should be suspended.

Pastoral Letter On COVID-19 – Suspension Of Masses And Large Gatherings2020-02-15T22:30:14+08:00

The Peace of Our Risen Lord

A Pastoral Letter to Sri Lankan Catholics in Singapore My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, With the words of the Risen Lord to His fearful apostles hiding behind closed doors in fear, I greet you all, "Peace be with you!" It is with deep sadness that you gather today to mourn the loss of [...]

The Peace of Our Risen Lord2019-04-27T22:34:55+08:00

An Exhortation to Artists and Promoters of the Arts

A Pastoral Letter to Catholics in Singapore My dear People of God, Since the beginning of Christianity, the Church has always championed the promotion of the arts.  Artists, through the use of songs, music, words, sculpture and painting inspire humanity to appreciate the beauty of creation and thereby lead people to connect with the [...]

An Exhortation to Artists and Promoters of the Arts2019-03-09T16:01:20+08:00

Religion and Politics, Church and State

The Church is often accused of "interfering in politics" when she speaks on issues that affect society. What should the relationship between religion and politics be? This article explores the distinct but complementary relationship between Church and State. Right from the outset, we must be clear that there is a distinction [...]

Religion and Politics, Church and State2018-10-14T19:46:40+08:00

Pastoral Letter on S377A to Catholics

S377A - TO REPEAL OR NOT TO REPEAL: A CONSCIENTIOUS DECISION A Pastoral Letter to Catholics in Singapore Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, There is much debate today, even among Catholics, as to whether Singapore should repeal S377A of the Penal Code. Some feel the law should be retained to avoid normalising [...]

Pastoral Letter on S377A to Catholics2018-09-19T00:04:34+08:00

Pastoral Message on the Recent Clerical Sex Abuse Scandals Abroad

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, You must be wondering what is going on in the minds and hearts of the Archbishop and his priests with regard to the revelation in August 2018 that some 300 priests had sexually abused over a thousand minors in Pennsylvania over the last 70 years.  Like you, [...]

Pastoral Message on the Recent Clerical Sex Abuse Scandals Abroad2018-09-01T20:57:59+08:00

Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK IN GOOD TIME  1.   Purpose Of This Pastoral Letter Often, people are disappointed, upset and angry that they cannot find a priest to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick for a loved one who is dying or is in a critical condition.  Some are under [...]

Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick2018-04-10T13:08:32+08:00