(CLG) celebrated their 16th Anniversary Red Mass last Friday. The annual Mass had the best turn out in years, seeing more than 160 members from the Bench (judges), the Bar (lawyers), other members of the legal profession, law students and representatives of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI)!

In his homily, Msgr Ambrose Vaz spoke on how the administration of justice requires those in law to be in a relationship with God. Ms Peggy Yee, President of CLG, also shared about CLG’s twin aims of faith formation and faith in action.

CLG is the platform for lawyers to practice faith in action as it facilitates CLG’s three arms of Pro Bono Service, namely: Pro Bono Legal Clinic, Pro Bono Representation, and Pro Bono Mediation.

More photos of the Red Mass (Photo Credit: Archcomms)

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And from our Catholic News …

Msgr Philip Heng invoking the Holy Spirit’s blessing upon the legal fraternity during the Red Mass on Jan 11.

The Catholic Lawyers Guild (CLG) marked 15 years of service to the Church in Singapore with its annual “Red Mass” at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul on Jan 11.

In his homily, Msgr Philip Heng reminded the 150 members of the legal profession present that although they were intrinsically all good people graced with the gift of faith, they must always seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their respective vocations.

Faith demands mission and witness, he said, and the challenge for the CLG beyond its 15th anniversary is to conform its members and those it serves more and more into the image and likeness of Christ.

The highlight of the Mass was Msgr Heng’s invitation to participants to come forward and pray the Prayer to St Thomas More, patron saint of the legal profession. He then laid hands on them and invoked the Holy Spirit to fill them all with His sanctifying gifts and blessings.

During the offertory, together with the gifts of bread and wine, a lawyer’s court robe and scales of justice were also brought to the altar.

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who brought the gift of bread to the altar, said he found the Mass uplifting and encouraging. He thought it was wonderful to see so many members of the legal profession there seeking God’s blessing for their work in the administration of justice.

Solicitor-General Kwek Mean Luck, who brought the gift of wine, said the Red Mass reminded him that in the midst of all the busyness of life, especially professional life, one’s faith in God is at the centre of it all.

“The Red Mass was a very good opportunity for Catholic lawyers from all levels to meet and get to know one another,” commented Mr Leon Vincent Chan, 24, a law student at the National University of Singapore.

It is “incredibly inspirational for us students, because it gives us role models, not only of the profession, but of the faith, to look up to”, he added.

CLG president, Senior Counsel Jimmy Yim, announced at the dinner reception after Mass that CLG handled 140 cases in 2016 through its pro bono legal clinics held twice a week.

However, the number is expected to grow exponentially in the future, and he appealed for more lawyers to step forward “as an outward expression of faith” to provide legal help for the needy and marginalised, particularly in the prison service and the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI).

The “Red Mass” is celebrated specially for those involved in the administration of the law or who intend to do so. The first recorded “Red Mass” was celebrated in 1245 in Paris. In England, the tradition began about 1310 when the entire Bench and Bar attended the Red Mass at the beginning of each legal year. The Mass was celebrated in honour of the Holy Spirit, for which red vestments were worn.

For more information on the Catholic Lawyers Guild, call 6801-7494 or email

FEBRUARY 05, 2017, Vol 67, No 03


The Catholic Lawyers Guild (CLG) provides mutual support and encouragement among lawyers for the sanctification of their professional work, as well as the provision of legal assistance to the church and persons in need.


1. To function as a non-profit organization with chiefly spiritual aims, namely to assist its members, who are lawyers, or legally trained persons professing the Catholic faith, to obtain sanctity in the profession, through the practice of Christian virtues.
2. To help newly qualified or graduated Catholic lawyers realize their profession as a noble calling of their faith.
3. To render assistance and offer knowledge or opinion to lay persons in the matters of the Catholic faith and the law.
4. To render assistance to the Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Singapore.


If you are facing a legal issue on:
1. A personal matter (investment, business and professional matters are not covered) and
2. Have never sought legal advice before, and/or
3. Unable afford a lawyer,
You may call us to make an appointment for free basic legal advice our Legal Clinics.
Our legal clinic are intended for the poor, disadvantaged and sandwiched classes and is open to all regardless of religious faith or nationality. Please note that CLG reserves the right to turn down requests for appointments by applicants who fail to meet the criteria for free legal advice or for any other reason.


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• February 12, 26
• March 12, 26
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St Thomas More

Mr Jimmy Yim SC
Mr Ivan Lee

Most Rev Msgr William Goh, D.D., STL


President – Peggy Sarah Yee
Vice President – Michelle Voo
Vice President – Dominic Chan
Secretary – Cosmas Gomez
Asst Secretary – Hilda Foo
Treasurer – Louis De Souza

Committee Members
  1. Jimmy Yim SC
  2. Helen Yeo
  3. Sarjeet Singh
  4. Rosanna Mak
  5. Vanessa Lim
  6. Mark Vincent
  7. Alice Tan
  8. Andrew Kong
  9. Jeanny Ng
  10. Francis Wong

Auditors – Leo Cheng Suan
Auditors – Joseph Lopez

The following new members have kindly agreed to serve and will be co-opted into the 2017 Council:

  1. Lawrence Foo
  2. James Yap
  3. Steve Ngo
  4. Michael Chong
  5. Anamah Tan


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