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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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2019 World Migrant Sunday

It's Not Just About Migrants But About All Of Us. As ACMI and the church in Singapore, we celebrate Migrant Sunday in Singapore on 22 September. On this occasion, we celebrate the lives of Migrants and their presence. “You must love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) This year, Pope Francis invites us to reflect not just on the plight of the migrants and their struggles. But to open our minds, reflect and address our own wounds, hurts and pain first before responding to the needs of our migrant brothers and sisters. Because: “It is not only the cause of…

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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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