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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)

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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.

The Holy Face of Jesus Christ, Andrew Kong, 26 May 2018

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

Date / Time: 26 May 2018 Saturday / 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Cost: Free of Charge, Love Offering

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

Enquries: SMS 96493893 (Andrew)

The Truth behind the Crusades, the Inquisition & Galileo, Nick Chui, 19 May 2018

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Was the persecution of Galileo an example of the church’s hostility to science? Are the crusades and inquisition examples of the church ‘s lust for power and control? Or is the reality quite different?

Join us to separate fact from fiction as we tackle these too three common historical misconceptions.

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.

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

Date / Time: 19 May 2018 Saturday / 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Cost: Free of Charge, Love Offering

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

Enquries: SMS 96493893 (Andrew)

 

Explaining Purgatory, Statues, etc to Non Catholics, 12 May 2018

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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.

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.

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

Date / Time: 12 May 2018 Saturday / 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

SORRY FULLY BOOKED

Exorcism, Deliverance & Demons, 5 May 18

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A Short Introductory Talk that will explore the subject of Evil Spirits, Demons, Spells and Ghosts (and Hauntings); and the Christian Response to their Presence through Prayer: Exorcism Ritual – to be performed only by the ordained clergy with the Archbishop’s permission and the Prayer of Deliverance. Learn about the Church’s other Sacramentals, viz Holy Oil, Holy Salt, Holy Water. Relics, etc. and their uses.

Speaker: Rev Fr James Yeo, Rector, Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore is also the Spiritual Director of the Apostolate for Catholic Truth (ACT)..

Cost: Love Offering

Date / Time: 5 May 2018 Saturday / 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

Venue changed to Agape Village, 7A Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, S 319264

WE APOLOGISE THAT AS OF NOW (30 APRIL 2018, 1.00 PM) WE HAVE REACHED OUR CAPACITY, SO THE TALK IS FULLY BOOKED AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

 

 

 

Theology of the Body Course (10 hrs): 7, 14, 21, 28 April 2018

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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.

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

Dates / Time: 7, 14, 21, 28 April 2018 (Saturdays) / 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Venue: Church of the Risen Christ Hall

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

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