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Why God Allows Evil and Suffering ? Dr Mark Nowaki, 2 June 2018

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The Mystery of Evil and Suffering is an issue that rational man has to deal with, and various responses arising from religions and philosophies attempt to answer this issue. What is the Christian / Catholic Response?

Speaker: Dr Mark Nowacki

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. He received his Doctorate degree from the Catholic University of America and his Masters degree from NUS.

Date / Time :2 June 2018 Saturday / 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Venue: Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo St, #02-01, Singapore 187954

Cost: Free of Charge, Love Offering

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

Enquires Only: SMS 96493893 (Andrew)

 

Marian Devotion … Unbiblical or Intrinsic to Christianity, Andrew Kong, 9 June 2018

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Mary is Our Queen and Mother of the Church, the New Eve and also the Mediatrix of All Graces. Come and learn about her Role in our Salvation History, and how God has a Unique and Special place for her in his plan for all eternity. Come and hear why the mother of Jesus is so highly exalted and venerated by Catholics. Learn of her famous apparitions, her messages, her devotions (Rosary, novenas, scapulars, medals, shrines, etc) and miracles because of her maternal intercession. Why do all the Saints and Popes throughout history exhorts us to turn to Mary to intercede for us.

Speaker: Andrew Kong, BSc, LLB, JCL is the President and Co Founder of ACT, and is the Asst Secretary of the Senatus of the Legion of Mary.

Andrew has been giving presentations on St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and other Apologetic topics for many 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 (UOL) degree and a Bachelor of Science (NUS) degree. Andrew also has also a certificate in the Practice & Principles in Counselling from the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary.

He has been appointed The Defender of the Bond (Matrimonial) for the Archdiocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal.

Date / Time :9 June 2018 Saturday / 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Venue: Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo St, #02-01, Singapore 187954

Cost: Free of Charge, Love Offering

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

Enquries Only: SMS 96493893 (Andrew)

The Spirituality of Ordinary Work, John Ooi, 16 June 2018

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In his recent document Gaudete et Exsultate (GE), Pope Francis reminded that “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.  Are you called to the consecrated life?  Be holy by living out your commitment with joy.  Are you married?  Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church.  Do you work for a living?  Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters.  Are you a parent or grandparent?  Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus.  Are you in a position of authority?  Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.” (GE, 14).

How do we answer the call to holiness in the multiple roles that most of us have as spouse, parent and worker?  This short workshop will explore how we can develop a spirituality of work that can help us to “accomplish ordinary actions in an extraordinary way” (GE, 17) and become part of “the middle class of holiness” (GE, 7).

Speaker:

John Ooi has lived the multiple roles that is his journey towards God.  He is spouse (married 33 years), parent (6 children aged 17 to 30) and worker (educational consultant). He graduated from National University of Singapore in 1981 and was given on National Day 2002 a Public Administration Award (Bronze) for his contributions at work.  He struggles, as Pope Francis put it in GE 17, to “find a more perfect way of doing what we are already doing.”  He sits on the Boards of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family and the Family Life Society.

Venue: Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo St, #02-01, Singapore 187954

Date / Time: 16 June 2018 Saturday / 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Cost: Free of Charge, Love Offering

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

Enquires Only: SMS 96493893 (Andrew)

 

Answering Muslim Questions about Christianity, 23 June 2018

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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: 23 June 2018 Saturday / 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Venue: Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo St, #02-01, Singapore 187954

Cost: Free of Charge, Love Offering

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

Enquries Only: SMS 96493893 (Andrew)

Humanae Vitae, the Promulgation of Divine Law, 28 July 2018

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Considered to be one of the most controversial teaching of the Catholic Church, Humanae Vitae continues to divide the Catholic Faithful (from the Unfaithful?) As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this monumental and historical document, we shall look more closely at the authority and centrality of this teaching in the Christian moral life, and its anthropological implications. Blessed Paul VI has called this the Divine Law on the Regulation of Birth and St John Paul II has termed it as The Law of Life, and as the reason for his discourse on the Theology of the Body.

Speaker: Andrew Kong, BSc, LLB, JCL

Andrew has been giving presentations on St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB) in Asia 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 (UOL) degree and a Bachelor of Science (NUS) degree. Andrew also has also a certificate in the Practice & Principles in Counselling from the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary.
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 has been 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

Venue: To be advised.

Registration: To be advised.

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