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Families, become what you are

Newlyweds Jeremy and Pearlyn speak to Theodore and Ramona Olsen (married for 35 years) and Gerard and Wendy Lim (married for 28 years) to find out the secrets to a happy and fulfilling family life.   “I was not a good Catholic father, not a good Catholic husband,” Theodore would repeat throughout the interview. “In the past, I would go out with

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One Bread, One Body

By Corrinne May   Back in May, Mary’s month, our little family of three, Kavin, Claire and myself, decided to pray the family rosary every night before going to bed. No matter how tired we were, nor how much Claire protested about being too sleepy and only wanting to say one decade of the rosary, we soldiered on through all


United families are the key to societal progress, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis met with the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) on 1 June for the 20th anniversary of their organisation. In his address, the Holy Father stressed that families play instrumental roles in society, saying “Your relationships as spouses, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, make it possible for every person to find a place in

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Learning to be the man that God created me to be

I am married and experience same-sex attraction (SSA). Yes, my wife knows about my attractions. No, I don’t have a secret boyfriend behind my wife’s back. And yes, it’s a heterosexual marriage. While marriage isn’t the cure or redemption to SSA, I could only give of myself entirely in marriage after a long process of redemption, conversion and surrendering my

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Supporting fellow Catholics with Same-Sex Attraction

What is it like to be a Catholic who experiences Same-Sex Attraction (SSA)? My interest in this hidden community within our church led me to embark on an artistic project in my final year of university. As part of the research process, I had the privilege of interviewing 15 female Catholics with SSA in Singapore. Some of them shared their

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Cardinal: Family ministries should aim to build exemplary Christian families in every parish

“Families need conversation and exchange of ideas, not friction”, said Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell. Recently, in honour of National Day for Life, celebrated by the Italian Church, the Cardinal sat down with an Italian newspaper to talk about the many aspects of family, and even discussed topics such as the

Claire after her first reconciliation at St Ignatius Church.

Divine Mercy Sunday

By Corrinne May   During Palm Sunday’s gospel readings, I was struck in particular by the strong reaction of the crowd in choosing to crucify Jesus instead of Barabbas. The reading tells us: And the whole people said in reply, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.” (Matthew 27:25) I was struck because I don’t think the crowd

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Starting afresh

When couples marry, they look forward to building a loving family and growing old with their spouses. Unfortunately, in reality, it does not happen all the time. Divorce ends the partnership. So does death. The heartaches and turmoil that one goes through in a divorce cannot be described with mere words. Similarly, losing a spouse through death throws the other

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Pope speaks to immigrant families in Milan

On 25 March earlier this year, Pope Francis made a pastoral visit to Milan, Italy’s industrial and financial capital. During the one-day visit, the Pope visited immigrant families in the Forlanini quarter of the city. In his speeches, the Pope did not mince his words as he reminded families of the responsibilities about bringing a child into the world. “The

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Being a child … of God

By Corrinne May   “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 10:14 I often recount these words of Jesus, especially now during Lent, during this season of preparation, during this season of getting away from the extraneous. For to be a little child is to

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“Only families can give the world the healing light and love it needs”

Just recently, the Focolare Movement celebrated its 50th anniversary as well as the death anniversary of their founder Chiara Lubich. Speaking to the Italian press, Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement said, “Only families renewed from within, despite being weak and imperfect, can give the world the healing light and love it needs, so that society can find genuine

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Journeying with Couples to build strong marriages

In response to the calls of our Holy Fathers, the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family (ACF) launched the Couple Mentor Journey (CMJ) here in October last year. CMJ is a journey on which engaged and newly married couples are mentored by more seasoned Couple Mentors. Helmed by the ACF, CMJ was put in place to augment – not replace –


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

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Live the Promise, Experience the Joy

It was 11pm and the end of a stressful work day for Calvin and Elizabeth (their names have been changed to protect their identity). Most couples would be at home or out enjoying themselves. But for this couple, there was still work to be done. Driving to the fertility clinic, waves of frustration and pain washed over them as they

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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