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Using Reason to show God’s Existence, 21 July 2017

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Because God made man to be a rational animal, a creature created in His image and likeness, we can use reason to show how it is reasonable and probable that God exist.

Speaker: Dr Mark Nowacki

Profile:

Dr. Mark Nowacki was an assistant professor of philosophy at Singapore Management University and the author of various works in the philosophy of religion, including his most recent book, The Kalam Cosmological Argument for God. He is also co-author of a critical thinking skills textbook and has written numerous articles for academic journals and the popular press (including parenting magazines). In addition to SMU, Mark has taught philosophy at George Washington University and Howard University. He was also a founding member of LogicMills, an MOE-registered school focused on teaching children between the ages of 4 and 18 analytical thinking skills.

Date / Time: 21 July 2017 (Friday) / 7.45pm to 9.30 pm

Venue: St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) Conference Room

FREE, All are Welcome

Register at http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup
or: SMS: 96493893 (Andrew) for enquries.

 

 

Answering Muslim Questions about Christianity (28 July 2017)

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Pope Francis at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, in November 2014

Synopsis: Jesus is a holy man, but why do you turn him into a god? Isn’t it polytheism to say that God is three? Why do Catholics let priests mediate their relationship with God? In multi-religious Singapore, we may have Muslim friends or relatives who love their religion and are keen to share it with us. Come find out what Islam and Catholicism have in common (and what they don’t); what Islam and Catholicism say about each other, and how to answer questions or misconceptions that Muslims may have about our faith.

Speaker: Before retiring to raise a family, Estella Young was a political analyst of Islam and the Arab world. She has studied Arabic, Islam, and Arab politics at Cornell University (USA), the American University of Cairo (Egypt), and NUS. Estella has travelled extensively in the Middle East, including to Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and the Palestinian Territories. She is a Lay Dominican.

Date / Time: 28 July 2017 (Friday) / 7.45pm to 9.30 pm

Venue: St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) Conference Room

FREE, All are Welcome

Register at http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup
or: SMS: 96493893 (Andrew) for enquries.

Theology of the Body Introductory Talk (14 July 2017)

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What is the Theology of the Body? Why is this considered one of the most important legacies that Pope St John Paul II has given us? Why did he call it the basis of the most appropriate method for mankind’s “self education” and that it “concerns the whole bible, the whole Gospel. … the whole teaching, even more the whole mission of Christ”

In No 44 of the Final Report to the Pope of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, : The Theology of the Body “has given the Church a wealth of reflections on the nuptial meaning of the human body and God’s plan for marriage and the family from the beginning of creation. In particular, by treating conjugal love, he described how spouses, in their mutual love, receive the gift of the Spirit of Christ and live their call to holiness” This was reflected in Amoris Laetitia No 69″ St John Paul II devoted special attention to the family in his catharsis on human love, … ”

Speaker :Andrew Kong, BSc, LLB, JCL

Is a Founding Member of ACT, and he works as a Consultant and Trainer. A certificate student of the Theology of the Body Institute (USA), he has given TOB seminars in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, and Shanghai. He also works as the Defender of the Bond (Matrimonial) of the Archdiocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal.

Date / Time: 14 July 2017 (Friday) / 7.45pm to 9.30 pm

Venue: St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) Conference Room

FREE, All are Welcome

Register at http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup
or: SMS: 96493893 (Andrew) for enquries.

Explaining Purgatory, Statutes, etc to Non Catholics, 30 June 2017

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Come and Learn how the Doctrine of the Communion of Saints relate to many questions raised about the Catholic practices like praying for the dead, our Marian piety, indulgences, etc.

Expert Apologist Kelvin Chia will show how these practices have a strong scriptural basis and has been also a part of our Catholic Tradition from the first century of Christianity.

Speaker: Kelvin Chia, LLB

Kelvin, a husband, a father and a lawyer by profession, is a founding member of ACT.

Venue: St Joseph’s Church Conference Room, Victoria Street.

Date / Time: 30 June 2017 (Friday) / 7.45 pm to 9.30 pm

Cost: Free of Charge, Love Offering

Register at: http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup

The Bible Alone Theory, 23 June 2017

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Early Christians had no Bible, so why do some Christians today say that everything about the Christian faith has to be found only in the Bible alone and no where else? Come to understand how the Bible was formed in history, and its role in the Christian faith and our life. Learn how our Lord Jesus Christ gave us Tradition and the Magisterium, and how the Church He founded lives on to carry out His mission with His mandate.

Speaker: Kelvin Chia, LLB is an experienced lay speaker and apologist, and is a founding member of ACT. He is a father of three kids, practices law and is also a member of the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild.

Free of charge, all are welcome

Register at http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup
or: SMS: 96493893

Date / Time: 23 June 2017 (Friday) / 7.45 pm to 9.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room on the ground floor at the parish building facing Victoria St, not in the main church. Enter the door and turn left, walk to the end and go through the glass door on your right. If you’re lost, contact Andrew at 96493893.

Miraculous Image of the Holy Face, 16 June 17

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Come and hear about the Holy Face of Manopello, Italy where in a chapel of St Michael Archangel, lies the Sanctuary of the Holy Face. This chapel was raised to a Papal Basilica by Pope Benedict in 2006 just two weeks after his pilgrimage to the Sanctuary. In the Basilica is the original Veronica (True Icon) Veil that the Church has venerated for centuries.

While almost all have heard of the Shroud of Turin, Italy, little is known of this most remarkable relic, which bears the Holy Face of Jesus Christ, and was once venerated as the Veronica (The True (vera) Icon (nica), or the Veil of Veronica.

Presenter: Andrew Kong, BSc, LLB, JCL.

Venue: St Joseph’s Church Conference Room (Victoria Street)

Date / Time: 16 June 2017 / 7.45 pm – 9.15 pm

All are Welcome, free-of-charge

Register at: http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup
Enquiries: Andrew (96493893)

Theology of the Body Course: 5 , 12, 19, 26 May 2017

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Venue: St Joseph’s Church Victoria Street, Conference Room

Considered as one of the greatest legacies of St John Paul II, this catechesis explains Catholic teachings through the lenses of the nuptial mystery. Understanding sexuaity, love and the meaning of life is critical not only to marriage and sexual morality, but concerns the entire Gospel, the Bible and in fact the whole Mission of Christ. A must for all in family and youth ministry and catechesis.

The course is over 4 Fridays evenings on 5, 12,  19, 26 May 2017 from 7.00 pm till 9.30 pm. (Total 10 hours)

Trainer: Andrew Kong, BSc, LLB, JCL

Andrew has been giving presentations on St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB) in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai for the past several years.

A magna cum laude graduate of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome with a Licentiate in Canon Law, he also holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science degree. Andrew also has also a certificate in the Practice & Principles in Counseling.

He is also a certification student of the Theology of the Body Institute (USA), and is a qualified facilitator of the A New Language program (on the Theology of the Body).

He is appointed The Defender of the Bond (Matrimonial) for the Archdiocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal by the Archbishop of Singapore since February 2014.

Currently he works as a consultant and trainer. Prior to this he worked at the Archdiocesan     Family Life Society as a presenter cum trainer in the Society’s education & training programs on sexuality and pro-life issues.

Cost: Love Offering

Register : http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup

The Truth of the Crusades, The Inquisition, Galileo, etc. 21 April 2017

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Date / Time: 21 April 2017 (Friday) / 7.45 pm to 9.30 pm

Venue: St Joseph’s Church Conference Room, Victoria Street

Learn the truth about these historical events that has often been used to attack the credibility of the Catholic Church.

Speaker: Nick Chui, ACT’s Catholic Apologist, has a Masters in Theological Studies (MTS) from the St John Paul II Institute for Theological Studies on Marriage and the Family, is a teacher with MOE. He also has an honors degree in History from the National University of Singapore.

Cost: FOC, Love Offering

Register : http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup

The Miraculous Image of the Holy Face, 7 Apr 2017

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This Icon of the Holy Face was painted by Sr Blandina Paschalis, O.C.S.O.
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Come and hear about the Holy Face of Manopello, Italy where in a chapel of St Michael Archangel, lies the Sanctuary of the Holy Face. This chapel was raised to a Papal Basilica by Pope Benedict in 2006 just two weeks after his pilgrimage to the Sanctuary. In the Basilica is the original Veronica (True Icon) Veil that the Church has venerated for centuries.

While almost all have heard of the Shroud of Turin, Italy, little is known of this most remarkable relic, which bears the Holy Face of Jesus Christ, and was once venerated as the Veronica (The True (vera) Icon (nica), or the Veil of Veronica.

Date / Time: 7 April 2017, Friday; 7.45 pm – 9.30 pm

Venue: St Joseph’s Church Conference Room, Victoria Street

Presenter: Andrew Kong, BSc, LLB, JCL.

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Andrew and Sr Blandina with the Holy Face Veil

All are Welcome, free-of-charge

Register at: http://tinyurl.com/ACT-Talk-Signup
Enquiries: Andrew (96493893)

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