Parish Mission 2016





GENESIS Neighbourhood Christian Community

posted Sep 11, 2016, 9:27 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 9:55 AM ]

There's must be more to being Catholic than just attending Sunday mass.

Bishan East Neighbourhood Group was started 27 years ago in 1989 by a group of Catholic families who believed that being Catholic is more than just attending Sunday Mass. At that time, our group consisted of families from Blocks 156 to 161, Bishan St 13.

Our first Spiritual Director was Fr James Yeo, followed later in 1991 by Fr Louis Loiseau. Currently, we are privileged to have 2 spiritual directors, Fr. Kamil Kamus and Fr. Loiseau to shepherd us in our spiritual growth.

We used to meet once a month and varied our activities. We prayed the rosary; showed videos with religious themes; had spiritual input by our SDs; reflected on the Bible and the Lenten Booklet; and celebrated Mass in our homes. We also had Christmas parties and Visitation of Churches on Maundy Thursday. We also visited old age homes and even organised trips to Malaysia.

As more Catholic families settled in Bishan East, the Holy Spirit prompted us to reach out to them. Currently we have about 100 Catholics living in Bishan St 13 from Blocks 153 to 178. Now we meet weekly, every Friday.


Our GNCC activities are run on five categories of spiritual growth.

Prayer - We recite the Rosary and the Divine Mercy prayer. We also offer prayers for the sick and families with broken relationships, and attend wakes. During our Friday sessions, we pray as a community of Christians for the members’ intentions and give thanks for the graces and blessings we received. We celebrate Mass in our homes about once a quarter.

Sharing the Word of God - We pray the Bible using the seven steps method to enlighten and nurture our understanding of the Word of God. During the seasons of Advent and Lent, we participate in Advent and Lent sharing, using the booklets prepared by the Archdiocese.

Social Visits & Alms Giving
- GNCC organised trips for our residents to hospitals, homes for the aged or members' homes. The objective of the visits is to provide cheer, companionship and joy to the elderly.


Fellowship - After our Friday meetings, we fellowship over light snacks provided by the host family. Occasionally, we plan family outings to the park to build bonds among our families.

Social Mission - In 2005, Fr Francis Teo from the Missionary Community of St. Paul the Apostles (“MCSPA”) gave us an insightful talk on missionary work for the village and tribal people in Turkana, Kenya. Since then till 2011, our community have raised money, offered clothes, food and household items for the mission. Some of our community members even visited Turkana, Kenya, and saw for ourselves the harsh living conditions there and the difference our contribution have made in the lives of the people of Turkana.

Join us if you are living in Bishan East. Contact Victor Pinto at 91441847 or email: victorpinto2002@gmail.com

NCCs from Toa Payoh North with Fr Jacob

posted Aug 17, 2016, 7:59 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 8:02 AM ]

" Praise and thank God for the Parish Mission that was conducted in our parish this year, 2016.

Having been visited by Redemptorist Priest, Fr Jacob Ong, and with his encouragement, some of us Catholics from Blocks 202 and 203, Toa Payoh North got together in the month of May to form the Neighbourhood Christian Community (NCC) Group. It was indeed an opportune time for us to meet in May as it being the month of the Rosary. We met in different homes to pray the rosary and at the same time got to know each other.

By the grace of God, there were Catholics from within Toa Payoh Estate joining us in prayers and on all occasions some members from the Legion of Mary in our parish came to give us moral and spiritual support.

At our gathering on 23 Jul, Fr Jacob Ong came and joined us in praying the rosary as well as in our 'makan kechil'. Fr Jacob was full of affirmation for this NCC group as its members comprised mainly senior citizens from Blocks 202 and 203. He was glad to see the active participation of these members. He encouraged us to be active and to meet often. In so doing, we could together grow in faith and support each other in prayers and understanding.

We praise and thank our loving God for His blessings and graces showered on us in this NCC group. "

~ Contributed by: Rosie Liew, Coordinator - 13 Aug 16

Neighbourhood Christian Communities @ TPY North & Lor 8

posted Aug 12, 2016, 4:03 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 4:04 AM ]


Rosary at Toa Payoh North with Fr Jacob & at Lorong 8

Neighbourhood Christian Communities @ Bishan St 12

posted Aug 11, 2016, 6:28 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 4:11 AM ]

" A few weeks after Parish Mission came to a close, our 1ST NCC gathering was held at Bishan St. 12 in the home of Eva & Paul Hwee on 21st July 2016. Out of 20 plus families, thirteen came for the prayers at 8:30 pm. In fact, a few came straight from work. Some came with snacks, fruits and drinks!

It started with a short prayer, a recitation of Rosary with a reflection at each mystery and ending with Hymns and Praise and Worship. Even a teenage boy offered to say a decade of the rosary! It was a warm and spontaneous gathering, a few neighbours had a pleasant surprise not knowing that they live in the same block all these years! A supposedly one hour gathering lasted for over two hours.

Now we have our NCC group chat line. Over the next few days, we discussed how many times to meet in a month. One suggested once a month, while another suggested twice in a month. Those who were absent due to work roster, are looking forward to the next gathering. One parishioner has offered to be the photographer for future gatherings as we missed taking any pictures during the first gathering. We welcome parishioners who live near blocks 117 to 127 to join us for future gatherings. "

~ Eva, Bishan St 12 NCC

Parish Mission Preaching Nights Pictures

posted Aug 10, 2016, 4:10 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 3:54 AM ]

Parish Mission – Preaching Nights:

posted Jun 25, 2016, 9:44 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Jun 25, 2016, 9:50 AM ]

To draw the Parish Mission home visits to a close, the Redemptorist fathers will be holding Preaching Nights from Mon 27 Jun to Fri 1 Jul in the main church with the main theme “All The Believers Were One in Heart and Mind – Acts 4:32”.

All parishioners are welcome! There will be a reception for fellowship after mass on Fri 1 Jul. (Please note that for this week, the usual 6pm evening mass will be cancelled and replaced by this 7.30pm mass.)

Do I Know My Next Door Neighbour ?

posted May 8, 2016, 7:23 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated May 8, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

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When I participated in the Parish Mission in my church, I came to know some Catholic families in my neighbourhood. I may have seen them around; I might have even stared at them :-); but when I visited their homes for the first time, we developed the “neighbour feeling” rather easily.

The people we meet are from all walks of life. Some can be very different from us in so far as their socio-economic background is concerned. However, many a times we look at our neighbours from only one perspective, that is, our own personal perspective.

I used to read many self-improvement books in my younger days that did not fail to mention that we need to look at others from their point of view. The hymn, Make Me A Channel of Your Peace, mentions at one part, “O Master grant…. never seek to be understood as to understand..’ St Francis of Assisi knew how to see from the other person’s point of view. Our Lord went one step further and broke the Jewish law on Sabbath Day by healing the sick. He puts his life on the line for those who need him because he understands them very well.

Over the years, we have acquired and assimilated in ourselves certain values that are positive, good and beneficial. In addition, we may also have gained a good education, some moving on to a University. However, not all are in the same boat. Some individuals and families have gone through unfortunate circumstances, some even had what they will say, “gone through Hell”! Therefore, it is imperative that we need to first listen and understand our neighbours with an open and wide heart; perhaps as wide as the sky. There are some lessons to be learnt from the other person or family, something we have not experienced at all or something which we managed better than him or her or them. What I learnt from my working experience, when I had to serve members of the public, is that they were grateful and happy when I sat with them and listened to them.

Mother Teresa wants us to keep that smile and do small things with great love. So the starting point is the expression on our face (smile), then small charitable acts like listening, lending a chair, making less noise, etc. If we have not started on this aspect of neigbhourliness, we can start today. We will meet many people today, especially our next door neighbour. God Almighty gives us many opportunities to reflect His Glory and sometimes in most unexpected ways.

Events like the Parish Mission, the Parish Feast Day or even visits by the Legion of Mary to our homes help us to realise that we are a community of believers. We live as a community like the first Christian community by sharing with our neighbours and encouraging each other.

~ Gabriel Sebastian

Apr. A Glimpse At How The Parish Mission Moves Along

posted Apr 10, 2016, 8:09 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Apr 10, 2016, 8:13 AM ]

The Missioners completed the first week of the Parish Mission successfully. The ten priests visited the homes in Lorong 1 Toa Payoh and ToaPayoh North from Monday 4 April 2016 to Thursday 7 April 2016. The Neighbourhood Christian Community Mass and fellowship for all the homes was held on Friday 8 April 2016.

Madam Gwen who lives in Toa Payoh North said that it was nice of the priest to come and visit her home. She is now able to know other Catholic families residing in her block and her neighbourhood. Mr Noah who resides in Lorong 1 Toa Payoh felt that the Friday session is wonderful to bring all families together as one family and participating in the sharings. Mr Gil, a Filipino, who is from Toa Payoh North, felt grateful for the Church to organize the Parish Mission and especially the mass and fellowship on Friday. He suggested a longer period of time for the sharings which he felt developed a bonding of the members in his group.

Father Eugene Lee said the families were very supportive and enthusiastic. He said the camaraderie spirit was there on Friday. Brother Albert said that it is good to see families of different nationalities and languages coming together and living their faith.

All glory and praise to God Almighty!

Feb. Parish Mission Pre-Visit Briefs

posted Mar 5, 2016, 6:37 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Mar 5, 2016, 6:38 PM ]

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Volunteers for the Parish Mission 2016 were briefed on their duties and on the protocols by Michael Koh, the President of the Parish Exco to ensure the smooth completion of the Parish Mission. Three Mondays, that is, 15, 22 and 29 February 2016 were set aside by the Parish Mission Core Team for these Briefs.

The volunteers (also called ‘guides’) were apprised of their zones, and addresses that they will be visiting. A number of them clarified their queries about the pre-visits. They were then teamed up in pairs, each with an identification pass bearing his or her photograph.

Feb 11. Preparing for the Pre-Visits

posted Mar 5, 2016, 5:37 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Jul 30, 2016, 10:00 AM ]


Busy getting  the forms and personal tags ready for the pre-visit briefings on 15, 22 and 29 Feburary. (Click on picture for more)

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