2012 - Activities

Advent Reflections

JOIN CATHOLIC PRAYER SOCIETY FOR ADVENT REFLECTIONS 2012

Topic : Advent Reflections
Speaker : Sessions will be using the Advent Reflections Booklet issued by Archdiocese of Singapore.  
Period : 3 to 24 Dec 2012.
Time :Every Monday at lunchtime. 
From 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Place :206/208A Telok Ayer Street
Registration: at alphacac@catholic.org or visit  http://www.cps.org.sg/ 
Remarks:You are welcome to bring your own Advent Booklet and lunch to the sessions



Alpha In The Workplace (Alpha)

CPS has organised it's 6th run of Alpha in the Workplace  

When :Mondays at lunchtime from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Period : starting Aug 13 to 19 Nov 2012
Where :206/208A Telok Ayer Street

We invite you to pray for the course and to join us either as a helper or a participant as well as to bring a friend along to find Jesus!

Those interested please register with alphacac@catholic.org

Briefing sessions for helpers are on the following date at same timeslot and venue 
- 30 Jul 2012 
- 6 Aug 2012
 

Course contents

The talks each week cover the following topics, which people are then free to discuss in the small groups afterwards:

Weekly topics

  • Week 1    Who is Jesus?
  • Week 2    Why did Jesus Die?
  • Week 3    How can we have Faith?
  • Week 4    Why and how do I Pray?
  • Week 5    Why and how should I Read the Bible?
  • Week 6    How does God Guide us?
  • Week 7    How can I Resist Evil?
  • Week 8    Why and how should I tell Others?
  • Week 9    Does God Heal Today?
  • Week 10   What about the Church?

Weekend away

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What does the Holy Spirit do?
  • How can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • How can I Make the Most of the Rest of my Life?

Come & Join Us! Bring a Friend. Lunch will be provided!

Contact us 

If you are interested to attend future Alpha course, please send your contact details to Michael Chiam @  alphacac@catholic.org we will update you when the course is scheduled.


Lunchtime Talk @ Shenton Way

Topic :(*See table below) 
Speaker : Msgr Eugene Vaz 
Period :April to August 2012 (*See table below)
Time :12:30pm to 1:10pm (followed by 1:20pm Mass)  
Place :Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way, 2nd Level 

Catholic Prayer Society invites you to a series of 4 talks on the 4th Friday of every month (April to August 2012) on the theme "Preparing for the Year of Faith". 

Date (Friday) Topic
 27 Apr 2012 (4th)  The Foundation of Christian Faith 
 22 Jun 2012 (4th)  The Door of Faith
 27 Jul 2012 (4th) The Year of Faith
 31 Aug 2012 (5th)   
The Instrumentum Laboris (i.e. The working paper for the Senate on the new evangelization) 

In April 2012, Vicar General Msgr Eugene Vaz started preparing the congregation at CPS Shenton with a series of talks on the coming “Year of Faith” which would be launched on 11th October 2012.  

To quote Msgr Vaz:
"… the 'door of faith' is God’s work."
"… God is always keeping the door open for people to enter,"
"… giving people opportunities … to announce the message and proclaim the mystery of Christ.”
"… It is possible to cross this 'spiritual threshold' when the 'Word of God' is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace.”
“... to be 'the face of Christ' in their workplace and help others to know God."

Msgr Vaz concluded the talks on 31st August 2012 by delivering the working paper for the Senate on the new Evangelization (The Instrumentum Laboris).

Many who attended Msgr Vaz’s talks found them beneficial.  Here are some comments from those who have attended the talks: 

"Gives better understand of our Church’s direction.  Most importantly is the understanding of the document.”  [Unknown]
"I find the talks a real refresher as most of us tend to take our faith for granted ... these talks are a re-awakening of what we as Catholics need to re-examine our relationship with God and bring it to a deeper level.”  [Anthony Lim]
“Good.  Very clear presentation.  With right amount of information.”  [Eunice]
“The talks are very informative, enlightening and spiritually rich.”  [Mandy & Maria]
"The talks are very inspiring and calls one to examine how we are living our faith and to bear witness.”  [Patricia]
“It is very inspiring, encouraging and good for reflection.”  [J. Justin]

Useful references:

1. APOSTOLIC LETTER 
“MOTU PROPRIO DATA”


2.  NEWS
"Vatican plans for Year of Faith include hymn, Mass, packed calendar"
[Extracts from the National Catholic Reporter, 21 June 2012]

VATICAN CITY -- With a hymn and a prayer, Italian Archbishop Rino Fisichella presented the Vatican's initial calendar of events for the Year of Faith, which begins with an Oct. 11 Mass in St. Peter's Square.
...
Pope Benedict called the Year of Faith to strengthen Catholics who go to church, reach out to those who have left but still yearn for God in their lives, offer a response to those who are searching for meaning and help those who think they do not need God, he said.
"We are not hiding the fact that there is a crisis of faith, but it is only when one becomes completely aware of a crisis that one can find ways to remedy it,” the
archbishop said.
...
The Year of Faith is scheduled to conclude Nov. 24, 2013. 

3.  NEWS
"Vatican unveils Year of Faith plans"



Talks at Suntec City

Topic  (*See table below)
Speaker     Fr David Garcia
Period  July & August 2012 (* See table below)
Time  12:45pm (20mins talks after the 12:15pm Mass) 
Place  Rock, Level 3, Suntec City


Come......hear ...... and feed on 3 lunch time talks by Fr David Garcia, OP, on the following topics 

Date

  Topic

31 Jul 2012   Who is Church?
7 Aug 2012   Being Church
14 Aug 2012   Kingdom Builders

These 20 minute talks was held after the 1215pm Eucharistic Celebration at the Rock, Level 3, Suntec City. 

Fr David Garcia delivered 3 talks on "Who is Church?”,  "Being Church" and "Kingdom Builders” in July/August 2012.  His talks were entertaining & well illustrated using powerpoint presentation.  He provided an explanation of who made up the church, the roles of the priests / clergy / religious / laity; he also gave a description of the various models of the church and an explanation of how our faith & life should be integrated to help us do God'work and to build His kingdom.  A good number of people stayed behind after Mass to attend his talks.  Copies of his presentation were also made available to those who requested them.

There have been several requests for his presentaion and he has so obligingly given it to us to forward to those who want it.

Here are some comments from those attended the talks:

"Refreshing. Good reminder of our role in Church.  Understand better the need to be the Church people to reach God.  Look forward to more of similar talks”.  [Henry]

"Good, precise & clear presentation”.  [Rosemary]

“Good.  Had a very clear understanding of the presentation.  Hope to have Father presents more talks".  [Jane]

 "Lunch hour talk is convenient.  Topic is very relevant for those who attended".  [Susan]

 "Enjoyed the talk.  Should have more talks.  Could be a little longer".  [Sandra]

 "His talks were very well delivered.  I found them thought provoking, inspirational and challenging.  Father emphasized that we are His Church and it is for us to do His work to build His Kingdom".  [Cynthia]  

 "I enjoyed Fr Garcia's talks very much.  The content was thought provoking and gave us a sense of urgency to go out of our comfort zone to evangelize.  I never knew that what we do in church is only housekeeping and that our mission is really to spread the Gospel to others.  Thanks to Fr Garcia for a wonderful presentation, and especially for his very illustrative and beautiful PowerPoint slides.".  [Jennifer Yuen



Parenting Children Course @ Raffles

 

Topic:            Alpha Parenting Course 
 Speaker:       
DVD Talks comprising personal sharings 
Period:          
14 May 2012 to 23 Jul 2012 
Time:            12:30pm to 1:30pm 
Place:            206/208B Telok Ayer Street 
Registration: Email alphacac@catholic.org or contact your CPS Centre Rep.  
                     $10 Registration fee.       

The First Parenting Children Course by CPS for those parenting 0 to 10-year-olds was held on Mondays from 14 May 2012 to 23 Jul 2012 at 206/208B Telok Ayer Street from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.  20 participants responded and came forward to attend the course.

The course is crafted by Alpha International to support parents in the most important responsibility of their lives, and is strongly supported by the Archbishop of Singapore.

The sessions are:

1.          Building strong foundations.

2.          Meeting our children’s needs.

3.          Setting boundaries.

4.          Teaching healthy relationships.

5.          Our long term aim.

[For more information, please visit: http://relationshipcentral.org/parenting-children-course]

Over 10 weeks, the participants watched DVD talks by Nicky and Sila Lee drawing on their own experience to give valuable advice and practical tips, interviews with parents, children etc.  After the talk there is small group discussion for about 20-30 minutes depending on the length of the DVD talk.

The course was well received.  Each week’s session was attended by about 12 participants.  Not all the participants could attend every session but this means that each week, we had a different mix of people, adding to the variety of views.

  
A survey was conducted after the course with many participants rating the course as ‘Excellent’.  Here are some of their feedbacks:

Insightful, enjoyed small group sessions”. [Elena]

Learnt to be a better parent, understanding my toddler”. [Michelle]

Hearing about others’ experiences on the videos and in real life.  It’s been great learning from the facilitators who’ve been open & willing to share about their lives; closer to home – in our Asian context as well”. [Natalie]

The video presentation, the ideas that other parents have on how they handled various situations – that I am not alone; others go through similar situations”. [Lynette]

Learning from more experienced parents” [Karen]

Most times the sharing sessions can be very interesting and it is a pity that we do not have more time to talk about all the issues.  This is of course restricted by the lunch time hour that we’ve to work with, but it’d be good to hold longer sessions” [Natalie]

The tips and suggestions are good.  Now, I just need to work on remembering them and putting them to use”. [Lynette]

The parenting course offered my wife and me a valuable opportunity to share experiences with other parents with the same faith.  Over time we learned from each other.  It was particularly comforting to know that we were not alone in the parenting issues we face. The material presented in Nicky and Sila Lee’s DVD was very informative.  I enjoyed particularly the lively interviews and hearing the brilliant ideas that the Lees used in their own household.  I hope more parents will benefit from the subsequent runs of this course”. [Kingston]

 Looking forward to Alpha Parenting Teens Course”. [Karen