The PPC supports the parish priests by carrying out pastoral planning work and activities, and advises how best to serve the church community. CDM’s PPC comprises a chairperson and secretariat, who serve for two years.
(1 Jan 2022 – 31 Dec 2023)
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On behalf of Rev Fr Damian and Rev Fr Peter, we thank Mr Andrew Khng and Mrs Sharon Khng, for their generosity serving as our PPC Chair, and Secretariat, these last 2 years.
Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”
As Catholic-Christians, we know of another certainty: that Jesus loves us unconditionally, and has taken our sins on the Cross.
A corollary to Jesus’s love and sacrifice, is that we, the living body of the Church, certainly continue our mission to evangelise – “go out to the world and baptise them”.
As I accept the PPC Chair for the next 2 years, I see the challenge facing us here at CDM, very similar to what Mother Church has faced all down the ages: how do we continue to make the Good News relevant to the times we live in, and draw others to Christ?
As the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, we need to embody the zeal and can-do attitude of the missionaries, as C200SG showed us, even when faced with secular resistance. The Church in Singapore has been blessed with a government that has and continues to promote multi-religiosity, but we need to get out of our comfort zone to share who Jesus is, and draw others to him, lifted on the cross. How do we do it, particularly with those who are more comfortable with technology than meeting face to face?
The Synod 2021-2023, initiated by Pope Francis, has offered us the opportunity to engage those who feel the church is distant and cold and impersonal. Shall we shorten the distance by going to them, share the warmth of our greetings, and spend our personal time listening to them?
Let’s pray to the Holy Spirit for the strength to embark on this journey, and the grace to see Jesus in the least of our brethren, with mercy and compassion.
God Bless You.