5th Sunday of Lent

17/18 MAR 2018 • VOL. 11

The Joy of Loving

Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.

Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.”

– Henri J.M. Nouwen

Infant Baptism


to the parents and godparents whose infants received the Sacrament of Baptism this month.

Our Story

“Upon this rock, I shall build my Church”

A journey back in time to see how far we’ve come from our humble beginning.


O God, have mercy on me. Create a clean heart in me. Fill me with your Holy Spirit, and I will share my faith with everyone around me.

17/18 Mar 2018 • 5th Sunday of Lent

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Lenten Almsgiving 2018

Almsgiving, prayer and fasting, are the three pillars of Lent. Many of our ministry members are doing just that. This Saturday, the Lector Ministry is organising a Day of Recollection. De Cleanse and many volunteers are giving up their Saturday morning for our annual Lenten ‘deep cleaning’ of the church (no pun intended!).

This year, the SSVP Almsgiving Project was carried out at Block 476A Pasir Ris Drive 6 on the morning of 24 Feb. SSVP and SSVP Youth, along with family and friends, formed a group of 38 and personally distributed daily essentials and groceries to some 140 needy families. As it was still the Chinese New Year period, families were presented with oranges and request for prayer cards. The event was spiritually enriching for our SSVP members & youth, who took the opportunity to chat and interact with the families living there. The Lenten Almsgiving Project is our Ministry’s annual initiative, which is part of our outreach programme to the needy in Pasir Ris – Loyang. This project is made possible because of our CDM Parishioners! Thank you!

Poverty Meal – Thank You!

The Poverty Meal on 11th March was organised by the Children’s Liturgy as a reminder to Pray, Fast and Give alms during Lent. This event served a simple meal of vegetarian bee hoon and peanut porridge in exchange for a love offering. This year, the event challenged all parishioners to only have half a portion of food. Children from the parish were also invited to take part in the event by helping to serve the food. Parents were encouraged to help cook the bee hoon as well making it a family affair. In total, $2,220 was collected through love offerings. All proceeds were in aid of the Canossian Mission’s Charity. The Children’s Liturgy ministry would like to thank all who volunteered to cook the food and all parishioners who donated to the charity.

RCIA – The Scrutinies (3, 10 & 17 March)

The Rite of Scrutinies invites the Elect to repent their sins and walk a new way of life in Jesus Christ. Celebrated on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent, the scrutiny series uncovers, then heals all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the Elect, delivering them from the power of sin and Satan. As our Elects enter into the last of their three scrutinies this weekend, may God’s Grace protects them against temptation, and gives them strength in Jesus Christ.

De Cleanse – Thank You!

Thank you to De Cleanse and volunteers who came to help do a major cleaning of our church before Holy Week.


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