Works of Charity

“Visualise how Jesus is calling you to renew your family, workplaces, schools, parish, the poor, the lost, and the abandoned. Reflect on your different involvements in your personal and parish life. Write down concrete steps on how you can be the first to renew your environment. Commit to one or two personal actions you can take as part of this year of faith.” 

Catechism of Catholic Church 2447: The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God:

He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none and he who has food must do likewise. But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you. If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?

In our present day Singapore, we continue to recognise the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters – the lonely, the sick and house-bound, the persons struggling with mental health challenges, the disabled, the low-income families etc.  

How can we recognise the face of Christ in them, to reach out and care with dignity and show them the compassion and mercy of our Loving God? How can we ignite our faith as we draw inspiration and courage from the examples of our early missionaries where charity and compassion is a way of living and not a separate time put into our busy schedules? 

During this year of faith, let us live out our faith in our society by pledging to do an act of charity.

This Catholic200SG initiative is conducted in partnership with Caritas Singapore, CHARIS and their affiliates and member organisations.

SUGGESTED STEPS

1

Take personal action to support, care for and journey with someone in need in your family, workplace, parish, community, society.

2

Gather your family, friends, Neighbourhood Church Groups etc to reach out to someone in need in your workplace, parish and community. Be creative in your efforts.

3

Volunteer your time and skills with one of our Catholic Organisations.

Caritas Singapore

Volunteer Facilitator/ Guide/ Presenter for the Agape Experience programme for confirmands in our Archdiocese before they go through Sacrament of Confirmation. To learn about applying Catholic Social Teachings in their daily lives and the Catholic Organisations services to the needy. To volunteer please email: frances@caritas-singapore.org


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Clarity Singapore

Clarity Singapore is looking for Catholic volunteers (18 and above) who are passionate and desire to make an impact in the Catholic youth mental health space at your school, parish or church community. Some potential volunteering opportunities: Participating/co-facilitating in focus group discussions; Plan and execute follow-up projects For more information, you may reach out to Sarah at sarah.teo@clarity-singapore.org


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Canossian Daughters of Charity

Mission trips to Myanmar (when it will be possible):

  1. Formation of village educators: teaching them conversational English, maths, confidence building, housekeeping, hygiene, cooking & maintenance skills like painting, gardening, etc.
  2. Teach handicraft, songs, dances, etc. to children during school holidays.
  3. Conduct children’s camps in villages.
  4. During the Pandemic: Pack face masks, sanitizers & useful things to send to Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, by shipping.
  5. Organize information & formation sessions for prospective volunteers.

Sr. Janet Wang
wang_janet2003@yahoo.com.sg

Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE)

ABLE is looking for volunteers:

  1. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Befrienders for Care Recipients.  Befriend care recipients (persons with physical challenges) on a one-on-one basis.
    • Commitment period:  More than 6 months (every Monday morning)
    • Minimum age of volunteers: 25 and above
  2. Caregiver Support Group.  Plan curriculum and run the support group.  This support group is for family caregivers of persons with disability. The support group also serves as a place for caregivers to hear from each other and to support each other in their times of difficulty.
  3. Cooking/baking for Caregivers. Plan and execute creative recipes.
  • Commitment period:  Once a week (afternoon) for cycles of 8 weeks (= 6 months)
  • Sessions held online via Zoom. 
  • Minimum age of volunteers: 25 and above.
  • Conversational Mandarin/dialect (good to have, not required).


Joyce Tan
Corporate & Admin Executive
joyce.tan@able-sg.org

Catholic Welfare Services (CWS)

Between April and August 2021, CWS will be taking on volunteers for our Night Mission and Prinsep Café Exquisite programmes. On the Night Missions, volunteers will head into the streets to seek rough sleepers, distribute food, drink and other essential items, while also providing a listening ear where needed. Our goal is to reach out and befriend rough sleepers, then journey with them to achieve permanent housing. At Café Exquisite, volunteers will help provide rough sleepers with a unique dining experience and engage them in light conversation, demonstrating to them that they too deserve to be served a meal in dignity.

We will be accepting 8 volunteers per month for the Night Missions, and 6 per month for Café Exquisite. To learn more, please contact us at 

Deva Kumar
Communication Executive
worksofcharity@catholicwelfare.org.sg

Catholic Family Life

Care to bring hope and healing to families, couples and individuals in their life journey? If you have the relevant qualification, a listening ear and a compassionate heart, join our Community of Para-Counsellors (CPC).

Handle Pregnancy Crisis hotline duty during and after office hours, engage clients during face-to-face interaction and be part of the Before and After Care team to support women in their journey pre and post delivery.

If you have the passion to educate children, teens, couples and parents on topics pertinent to families or to facilitate in our talks we welcome you to reach out to us volunteer@familylife.sg

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Anak-TNK

  1. Prayers for the poorest-of-the-poorest – former street children and seniors staying living in the centres, the beneficiaries staying in the slums, staff and full-time volunteers of the Foundation.
  2. Donation to fund the Foundation’s programmes.
  3. To organise local individual or group events to benefit the Foundation, pls approach Charis or  Edmund Wong.

Edmund Wong
edmund1311@gmail.com

CHARIS

Join our CHARIS family as a Journalist. Get connected with the beneficiaries and dedicated personnel on the ground. Help us hear and transcribe the sharing of those that have dedicated their lives for the good of those they serve and from those who have benefitted from this system of love and giving. Let your time and efforts transport us into the depth of their sharing through your gifts.

Antaeus
vs@charis-singapore.org
+65 6337 4119

Clare’s Missionary

  1. To help manned a small Thrift shop. Duties include:
    Opening and closing of shop, sorting, storing, pricing and displaying items for sales, attend to walk-in customers.
  2. To assist Primary school children who need help in reading English on Sundays
  3. To conduct English Story Telling for Primary school children on Sundays to inculcate a love for reading.
  4. To conduct Bible Story Telling and activities for Primary school children to share the gospel with the little ones.
  5. To help organise programs or activities on ad-hoc basis to support the well-being of the community.
  6. Any other volunteering services is welcomed.

Florence Ho
Flohoclaremissionary@gmail.com
+65 8330 8445

Mary Claire Fan
Claresmissionary@gmail.com
+65 9620 7768

Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres (IJHCC)

IJHCC (https://ijhcc.org/) is looking for volunteers who able to commit to 6 months or longer for the following roles:

a. Writer (WFH)
b. Website developer/ designer (WFH)
c. Operations Support
d. Guitar / Ukulele Instructor
e. Homework Coach
f. Door-to-door Outreach (on 29 May, 10am to 12pm – nearby Church of Christ the King)

For roles c to e, volunteers will be based at Galilee Centre (AMK) on Saturdays.

Interested volunteers, please reach out to Trina Chia at trina_chia@ijhcc.org.

Trina Chia
Programmes & Services
trina_chia@ijhcc.org.com

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Prayer before a Work of Charity

Glory to you, O Lord our God,
Your love calls us to be your people.
By sharing our many and diverse gifts
we share in your mission.
We ask you, Lord,
to shape us into a community of faith.
Nourish us by your word and sacraments
that we may grow into the image of Jesus. 

Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
heal us that we, in turn,
may heal the wounded.
Form us to be instruments of love,
justice, and peace in our land,
and send us to proclaim your saving work.
RENEW us, Lord,
that we may renew the face of the earth.
Amen.

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