Reaching out to migrants and transnational families during COVID-19

Partnering with individual donors and organisations, we reached out to migrant workers and transnational families during COVID-19. Many kind hearts have stepped forward to partner with us to offer assistance in kind to vulnerable migrant individuals and families living in Singapore. Many of these vulnerable migrants and families that we reach out to have limited access to local social support. Furthermore, support from their own families and relatives are limited due to travel restrictions and border controls at this time of the Corona virus. ACMI Case Management Ministry distributing Care Packs to clients The case management ministry distributed Care Packs…

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Praying for those impacted by the Lucky Plaza Incident

On Sunday, 19 January 2020 more than 50 people came together with intentions for the healing of those affected by the Lucky Plaza accident. Following the devastating accident at Lucky Plaza, ACMI organised a Eucharistic celebration to pray for the healing of all those affected by the incident. Rev Fr Jerome Leon, SJ and Rev Fr Gerard Louis, CSsR celebrated the mass. His Excellency Ambassador Joseph del Mar Yap of the Embassy of The Philippines was present. He was joined by his wife, Mrs Josephine Yap and other members of the Philippine embassy. Finding Healing and Consolation At the end…

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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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Promote and Integrate

Day 10/10 - Promote and Integrate “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” - Luke 4: 18 – 19  READ This is the last day of our reflection and sharing! We hope that the last nine days has allowed you to take a journey to the heart and find healing. "It's not just about migrants,…

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Welcome and Protect

Day 9/10 - Welcome and Protect “Come you who are blessed by my father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was a stranger and you welcomed me… Lord, when did we see you a stranger and welcome you?  Amen I say to you. Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 34b, 35, 37, 40) READ It all starts from when we were little, excluding a classmate different from us at the playground or not inviting them to a party. This is probably…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: But About All Of Us

Day 8/10 - It Is About Us! “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19) READ It is so much easier to speak to people around us who share the same thoughts and ideas. It is so much easier to ride off someone as just another beggar on the street, foreigner or cleaner. But have we stopped to consider they too are just like you and I? Moving, living and breathing.   Yes, brothers and sisters it is hard, to step…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is About Building The City Of God And Man

Day 7/10 - We Built This City! “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19) READ Look all around you, the MRT, the roads, the HDB flats, hospitals and many more. Who helped us achieved such progress in our little red dot. Was it just us? No, the migrants too. They helped us build this city too.   In our time, which can also be called the era of migration, many innocent people fall victim to the “great deception” of limitless…

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