FAQs

FAQs2020-01-06T15:28:43+08:00

General FAQs

Does the Archdiocese of Singapore publish an official Directory?2019-09-19T10:33:05+08:00

Yes, the directory is published every two years by the Chancery. The online directory can be found here. For more info, please contact Chancery +65 6336 9408 or a good local Catholic bookshop to purchase a copy.

I would like to make a financial gift to the Archdiocese. How can I go about doing that?2019-09-19T10:31:50+08:00

God bless you. Click on Give tab to find out more.

Thank you for praying for me. I have a testimony to my prayer request.2019-09-19T10:30:59+08:00

Praise God! Share your testimony here to encourage the community and give glory to God.

I would like someone to pray for me.2019-09-19T10:13:51+08:00

We would love to pray for you. Submit a prayer request here.

I am not financially well off and would appreciate some help with financial aid and food rations.2019-09-19T10:13:04+08:00

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) serves the underprivileged through financial aid and rations distribution including home visitations. Please contact the SSVP council closest to your district to inform them of your need.

Are there any programmes that would help in my Faith Formation and Growth?2019-09-19T10:08:58+08:00

Individual Parishes have formation programmes that are available. You might like to also check out Archdiocesan Biblical ApostolateCatholic Theological Institute of Singapore, or Kingsmead Centre, for their list of activities. St Francis Xavier Major Seminary offers Philosophical, liturgical, biblical or theological courses available for laypersons and religious as well. The Eventstab has updates on latest courses as well.

I would like to know more about the Church’s on-going events and activities.2019-09-19T10:08:08+08:00

Do visit the Event Page for latest updates.

I would like to enrol my child in a Catholic school in Singapore.2019-09-19T10:07:05+08:00

Please visit the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools’ Website for the complete list of Catholic Schools.

I would like to attend lunchtime masses but my office is not near any Catholic Church.2019-09-19T10:06:21+08:00

The Catholic Prayer Society has organised masses for working professionals in Orchard, Suntec, Outram, Central Business District, Jurong and Changi Areas. Click here for a list of schedules.

My fiancé and I are recently married in the Catholic Church. We are planning to visit Rome for our honeymoon and want to receive a Papal blessing (Sposi Novelli) from the Pope.2019-12-19T17:39:58+08:00

For enquiry on Sposi Novelli, please contact the Chancery at +65 6336 9408 or email [email protected]

What should I do before my wedding in Church?2019-09-19T10:04:48+08:00

Couples are advised to attend the Marriage Preparation Course or Engaged Encounter before your Church wedding. You might like to speak to your Parish Priest or a Priest you are close to journey with you both a year before the date of your wedding. Booking of facilities for your wedding should be done with the Parish Secretariat itself.

Where can I seek advice and Spiritual Direction regarding Vocation Discernment?2019-09-19T10:03:46+08:00

Please have a read at our Vocations page. If you are interested in priesthood, speak to Vocation Directors by clicking on Priestly Vocations at the end of the page. For religious life, please explore the list of communities available under Consecrated Life (end of the page).

I am a Catholic and I am thinking of returning to the faith. Where do I begin?2019-09-19T10:02:54+08:00

You can speak to a friend or a priest, or answer the invitation by speaking to someone from Landings.
Click here.

I am a Christian and have been baptised before. I would like to be received in communion with the Catholic Church. How can I proceed?2019-09-19T10:02:13+08:00

The Catholic Church recognises valid Christian baptism as baptism with water using the Trinitarian formula (in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Where your baptism is recognised as valid, you will not need to be baptised but will join the RCIA journey as a Christian candidate seeking reception into full communion with the Catholic Church. Where after investigation there is still doubt regarding the validity of the baptism you have received, you will be baptised conditionally.

I am a Baptised Catholic but have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Where can I go to continue my journey?2019-09-19T10:00:59+08:00

Take a look at our RCIA FAQs to find out how you can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

I am interested in being confirmed or being baptised in the Catholic Church.2019-09-19T10:00:04+08:00

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) or Youths (RCIY) is conducted on a Parish level.
Find a Parish near you or click on list of available RCIA/RCIY journeys.

I am interested in becoming a Catholic. What do I do?2019-09-19T09:59:07+08:00

You can learn more about the Catholic faith here.
Take a look at our RCIA FAQs to find out how you can get started.

Where can I find my Baptismal or Marriage records?2019-09-19T09:57:51+08:00

Sacramental records are maintained at individual parishes where the sacraments were administered.
Please click here for a complete list of parishes.

Our Basic Faith

How does God reveal Himself?2020-01-06T10:55:51+08:00

God reveals himself in Creation. Jesus told his disciples: “Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the grass in the field… will he not much more look after you, you men of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30)

God reveals himself in Old Testament. Other men depended on creation alone for their knowledge of God. This led to false ideas so that men often ended up in worshipping creation itself. But God led the Hebrew people to a unique intimacy. This revelation began with the call of Moses, when God revealed his name: “I Am who I Am.” (Exodus 3:1-15)

God reveals himself fully in Jesus Christ. The apostle, Philip, said to Jesus: “Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.” And Jesus replied: “To have seen me is to have seen the Father.” (John 14:9)

What is Sin?2020-01-06T10:56:34+08:00

All sin is an offence or rebellion against God. Every sin spoils the relationship between ourselves and God. And so we must ask two questions:

  1. What does God ask of me? That is, what is God’s law for me?
  2. How do I respond to what God asks of me? That is, how do I fulfill God’s law?

The Old Testament word for sin is hata: which means to miss the mark. Sin, in other words is our failure to reach the goal set us by God. Our failure is like the arrow which fails to reach its target: or like the stone thrown from the sling which has been badly aimed.

In the New Testament Jesus explains the kind of relationship between God and ourselves: it is the most intimate possible. We sin when we separate ourselves from God like the “Prodigal Son” separating himself from the intimacy of his father’s home. Sin is like leaving our loving Father.

Its true malice is to be judged, not primarily from the action itself, but from the evil in the heart. “It is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean. For it is from within, from men’s hearts, that evil intentions emerge: fornication, theft, murder…” (Mark 7:20-21)

How did sin enter God’s creation?2020-01-06T10:57:48+08:00

God did not create evil. Man in his origin was created in a state of knowing God. But man freely chose evil. As a result, the state of “knowing God” was lost: man’s nature as created by God was disturbed. This fallen nature was transmitted by way of generation to all men. Man’s first sin – original sin – is described in a symbolic way in Genesis.

The guilt and effects of man’s unique “original” sin remain as the initial reason for sin in the world. In personal sin, for which each individual is actually responsible (actual sin), man freely follows his inclinations toward evil. This sin is symbolically described in the story of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11).

Scriptures and Tradition tell us far more of restoration and redemption than of original integrity and original sin. “However great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater.” (Rom. 5: 20) In the story of Noah, for example, the rainbow becomes a sign of God’s promise of restoration. (Genesis 9)

How did God restore his friendship with man?2020-01-06T10:58:43+08:00

God’s work of restoring creation was a very gradual process. It was achieved through the Jewish People and was recorded in the writings of the Old Testament. The Exodus, in which the Jews escaped from the Egyptians through the Red Sea to be given the Ten Commandments by God on Mount Sinai, always remained the formative event in their life and memory. Each year every Jewish family re-lived the event in the Passover meal.

The various stages of Jewish history are reflected in the preachings of the prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos. Sometimes they condemn. Sometimes they coax. But always they speak in God’s name, leading his People to love the one living and true God.

This love reaches its highest point in the Old Testament in the poetic literature, especially the Psalms. These hymns of worship reflected the Jewish longing for God and prepared them for the coming of Christ.

Is Jesus Christ the Son of God?2020-01-06T10:59:35+08:00

Jesus Christ fulfils the promise of the Old Testament. The history, the prophecies and the worship of the Jewish People are explained in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. “He cured all who were sick. This was to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘He took our sicknesses away and earned our diseases for us’. “(Matthew 8: 17)

The words and miracles of Jesus confirms that Jesus is truly the Son of God. The crowning sign was his exultation when the Father resurrected Jesus from the tomb. Man’s friendship with God was restored. All men, when united with Christ, could now worship the Fa