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.
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.
Individual Parishes have formation programmes that are available. You might like to also check out Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate, Catholic 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.
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.
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).
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.
Our Basic Faith
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)
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:
- What does God ask of me? That is, what is God’s law for me?
- 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)
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)
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.
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