Message from our Rector
Greetings to the faculty, staff and students of the CTIS.
In 2020, we had a unique and unexpected situation brought upon us by the Covid pandemic. Physical lectures had to be cancelled and all lectures were instead conducted via Zoom. As many people have said before, every crisis is also an opportunity. But as people of faith, we can mirror that by saying that in every crisis, God is still there to guide us and show us the way to move forward. Despite the pandemic, the success and good feedbacks of the lectures on Zoom have shown us that a crisis can open our eyes to see and do things differently without compromising contents and quality of lectures.
I am heartened that our laity are still enrolling for the various formation sessions. In fact, this should be the best time for those who wish to attend faith formation sessions from the comforts of their own home. Zoom lectures have enabled students to attend classes from their homes and thus save a lot of precious time taken up for travelling. This is both an opportunity and a blessing. I encourage our laity to take this opportunity to avail themselves of this blessing to deepen the knowledge of their faith by simply enrolling for these Zoom formation sessions.
As for now with all the safety measures in place, I suppose lectures on Zoom will still be the way even as we hope that at some point of the year, students can return to physical classes. Although Zoom lectures have proven their usefulness, nothing can replace the experience of physical lectures where human interactions can take place, bonds can be forged and communities of people built. Perhaps, moving ahead a kind of hybrid lectures can be implemented. Similarly, in 2021, CTIS has to regretfully cancel our Inauguration Mass for the Academic Year in January as well as the Graduation Ceremony, customarily held in March. Let us pray for God’s guidance and blessings as we start a new academic year.
God bless you and keep you safe.
Rev. Fr. James Yeo,
Rector – CTIS
Access to St Joseph Church Campus
With effect from January 2021, the main gate of the church campus will remain open from 8:30am to 6:30pm from Monday to Friday. All students and visitors to CTIS Office and Library are kindly requested to go to the basement for SafeEntry.
Please ensure that you always:
make a SafeEntry for CTIS using your TraceTogether App/Token at the basement.
take your temperature upon entry,
show your NRIC/EP/SP/WP for verification, if necessary,
wear a mask at all times,
maintain a safe distance of at least 1m between each person, and
email/message the relevant staff about your visit.