Family: the ‘cradle of faith and love’

Part of the two-week celebrations of the 120th anniversary and dedication of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd saw another full house on Feb 24, with Holy Mass focused on the family. Presided by Msgr Francis Lau, the Mass was themed “Family: Cradle of Faith and Love”, and was celebrated in thanksgiving for the role of the family in Christian

ACF FamFare 2017-01 Julian and Eunice

How a Brush with Death Anchored their Marriage

Julian Tan and his wife, Eunice, were on a high after attending the Marriage Encounter (ME) Weekend in March 2011. The retreat offers tools and concepts to enhance intimate communication between couples and recharge their marriage. Then came a bolt from the blue that nearly tore them apart. Ahead of World Marriage Day on Feb 12, Julian and Eunice, who

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New Year Greetings from our Family Partners

FLS Our wish is that families ground themselves firmly in Christ and remain strong, faithful and resilient despite the uncertainties ahead. We pray that spouses pull together and make God and prayer their stronghold; and become the secure foundations of love which their children need to grow and thrive. We pray that young people are discerning in all the choices


The Truth about Love

By Amanda Lim and Shawn Tan   What is the value of chastity? How does one distinguish between love and lust? These are the questions germane to us which renowned Catholic chastity speaker Jason Evert addressed in his two talks, held on Jan 14 at the Max Pavilion. Organised by Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), the one-day event sought


A Good Sex Talk for Parents

By Joanne Koh   Renowned Catholic author and chastity speaker Jason Evert spoke to more than 1,400 parents in two sessions at The Church of Divine Mercy in Pasir Ris, on Jan 14. During the sessions, he explained that many young people have misunderstandings about intimacy and sexuality as they do not think much about the purpose and the meaning


10 Ways to help your Children live out the Virtue of Chastity

Renowned author and speaker Jason Evert presented a series of talks to parents, young adults and youth on 14 January, enlightening audiences with his down-to-earth and practical perspectives on love, relationships, marriage and sex, seen through the Catholic faith. At his morning sessions for parents, Jason presented 10 tips that parents can use to help their children live the virtue of

Pope Francis meets with grieving parents at the Vatican in July 2016. (Photo: L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope consoles Parents who have lost Children

The tears of a mother’s pain become seeds of hope and life, said Pope Francis as he spoke about the inconsolable pain of a losing a child. The Pope reflected on the Old Testament figure of Rachel, wife of Jacob, who mourned for her exiled children. In his 4 January general audience held at St. Peter Square, the Pope focused


When Christmas will never be the same again

While most of us are caught up with all the baking, decorating, shopping and feasting this season, some families out there and in our midst struggle to face the yuletide season without a dear one they have lost. Pause for a moment as we bring you a story of the Thio family, who lost Jerome, their 17-year old son, recently.


Pope to Newlyweds, Families: Pray the Rosary!

Pope Francis is proposing that the rosary is a “summary” of God’s mercy, since in the mysteries, we contemplate Jesus, who “radiates the mercy of the Father Himself”. And he is inviting newlyweds to make of the rosary a “privileged moment of spiritual intimacy in your new family”. The Pope said this at the end of his general audience on 26 October,


Jubilee Year of Mercy: God’s Love and Mercy for Marriages

Pope Francis once said, “The ideal of marriage, marked by a commitment to exclusivity and stability, is swept aside whenever it proves inconvenient or tiresome. Living together is an art, a patient journey. It does not end once you have won each other’s love … rather, it is precisely there where it begins!” In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, join Retrouvaille



Greg and Joy, married for 10 years, share what they’ve learnt about praying as a couple.   It has been said that God is always speaking to us. I always hear of cases where He communicates with people through visions and thoughts derived from dreams. For us, our dialogue with God has never been as dramatic. We have always yearned

Cardinal Vallini, Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, at the Diocesan Conference: "Revitalizing pastoral ministry to the family"

Cardinal Vallini: Accompany wounded families

A “pastoral turning point,” including reception, accompaniment, discernment, and integration, in line with the indications of Pope Francis and intended especially for people marked by “wounded and straying love”. This is was the call of Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar of Rome, to priests of the diocese gathered on Monday, 19 September, in the basilica of St John Lateran (Rome), for


Preserving the Catholic Family

Over 150 people turned up for this year’s Catholic Family Dialogue on 23 July at Catholic Junior College. Organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF), the event sought to explore the relevance of the Catholic Family in today’s challenging world. It was due to the apparent decline of the practice of the faith at home that prompted the

CFD2016 Panel Discussion

Key excerpts from the panel discussion at the Catholic Family Dialogue 2016

Over 150 people turned up for the Catholic Family Dialogue this past Saturday, exploring the relevance of the Catholic Family in today’s challenging world. The day’s event included a panel discussion on the theme ‘Will the Catholic Family Still Be Relevant Tomorrow?’. Moderated by media anchorman Augustine Anthuvan, the panel comprised political and social commentator Eugene Tan, Monfort Junior School principal


Will the Catholic family still be relevant tomorrow?

For the Tan and Long families, praying together not only allows them to lift their petitions to God, but also helps them to learn more about each other. Through prayer, they learn about the issues that worry them and the things that they are thankful for. Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, prayer also allows these two families