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Youth, parents get to better appreciate the migrant workers

From September to October 2019, more than 60 Catechism youth and their parents from the Church of the Risen Christ came together for the ACMI Bread Basket Programme.    Who Is My Neighbour? The youths, have adopted the bread basket programme as part of their confirmation community outreach. The ACMI Bread Basket programme started in 2010. It was a one day event to distribute grocery packs to migrant workers living in dormitories to thank them for building our nation. It has since evolved following the Archbishop’s vision of building a vibrant, evangelistic and missionary church in Singapore to be more…

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Possible or Impossible?

Jan Recounts her Experience with Migrant Construction Workers in Singapore. After reading this part of the Pope’s message. The thought immediately came to mind. What does “logic of the world” mean?  After reading up on it, I came across an explanation: “There are things in this world which are absolute truths. And there are things in this world that are absolutely impossible. Logic only allows you to deal with true or false values. And therefore, allows you to deal with things that are absolute truths and absolute impossibilities.”  Possible of Impossible? So I asked myself: “Possible or impossible?”  Is it possible to love the migrants? …

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I Found My Place Of Belonging

Theresa Shares About Her Journey In Singapore And How She Came To Find Her Place Of Belonging.  I first came to Singapore in 1982 for my studies. I came alone, not knowing anyone from here. Coming from a big family, I was the eldest of ten. My family was close-knit and my parents always taught us to look out for one another. Thus, from a close-knit family, it was natural that I sought out a place of belonging in Singapore. Seeking Out Friends and A Place Of Belonging. To make more friends, I joined several singing and choral groups. These…

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Moved To Pray For Others
Ignatius, second from right; spending time with migrant workers at the Bread Basket Programme with parishioners from St Mary of the Angels.

Moved To Pray For Others

Ignatius Shares About The Power of Prayer. I’m always moved by the suffering of others.  I always try to put myself in the other persons shoes and try to understand their pain and sorrow.  I too have gone through some periods of pain in my life. During such periods, others have stopped, listened and loved.  Moved with Compassion. So why was I moved to feel for them?  While the reason for suffering is different, I think the feeling that the other feels is often the same.  That longing for peace, understanding and compassion.  The desire to be understood by the other person and to be loved. …

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Looking at the needs of others

Daniel Yeo recounts how his eyes were open to look beyond himself and his needs. I grew up during a period of Singapore where things were quite comfortable, and I was ignorant of the poverty that existed.  Living in my own vacuum I was more concerned about my own life, career and ambitions.   All this began to change after the sudden passing of my mum. I began to ask questions on the purpose of my life and God.  Come and See... With the support of a friend, I joined the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process to know more about God.   I learnt concepts about unconditional love, being the Good Samaritan and loving my neighbour as myself…

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Recognising My Fears and Being Free

Esther Chia shares about her experience of fear and prejudice towards migrants and her realisation after that.  I used to think that the news was not very helpful. It focused a lot on the bad news and only on the bad things that migrants do. But what about me? I found myself generally prejudiced towards migrant workers and to those who are different from me. I used to avoid them. The migrants were invisible to me and I did not acknowledge their existence. It had been a long while since I have taken the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and I…

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Open My Heart

ESTHER CHIA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ACMI SHARES HER JOURNEY IN ACMI I was the ideal Catholic who ticked all the boxes. I attended mass every Sunday, served in a ministry in my parish and contributed weekly to the offertory at masses. I was comfortable and believed that what I was doing in my faith was enough. However, I started feeling this tugging in my heart that I could give more of myself and my time to others. The opportunity arose when I was invited to interview for the role as Executive Director at ACMI. I was offered the role but was…

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“I’m on a learning journey too”

Kwek, 68 began his journey at ACMI in 2017. He volunteered as a befriender trainer, assisted the English classes and soon took on a English trainer role for Comprehension English. Prior to ACMI, Kwek worked a corporate job in a multi-national company for 40 over years. Kwek worked a corporate job in a multi-national company for 40 over years After retiring, he was looking out for things to do to make full use of his time. “My kids have all grown up and with all this time in my hands, I was looking out for a place where I could…

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More than a domestic worker

In 2006, Emelia, 47 had to undergo a cornea transplant after scarring her cornea while cooking. The scarring caused her to lose her sight in one eye temporarily. Supported by her employer, she was able to undergo a cornea transplant and regain her sight. Although being temporarily blind in one eye, Emelia found a renewed sense of purpose and meaning to her life. “After my transplant, a priest told me not to be sad about my situation. Instead, he said that God had given my sight back and I should strive to be a light to others.” Emelia remarked. Before…

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Be a Befriender today!

Have we stopped for a moment to remember the people and events in our lives that we are thankful for? Have we counted the blessings that we have received from God and others today? Take a moment, ponder, remember. Even through the difficulties and troubles in life, there is so much we can be grateful for. For the roof over our heads, love and warmth of family and friends or even the skills we have. As we remember the blessings we have, can we share that with others? We don't have to do great things, we can bless others through…

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