November 2011

Embracing the whole of the communion of saints
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

Normally, when our relatives and friends pass away, we pray for them. However, as time passes we tend to forget, or at least remember less frequently. The month of November is dedicated in the Church calendar to the holy souls as a reminder not to forget them.

People may well question how God could be so callous as to allow the deceased to suffer in purgatory. However, as its name suggests, purgatory is a process of...

Moral questions dog drone warfare and the drones who drive them
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

MARYKNOLL (SE): What is being described as a “radically new and geographically unbounded use of state-sanctioned lethal force” has become a major bullet in the arsenal of the United States of America (US), journalist Jane Mayer claims in an article posted on the Website of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Although the technology dates back to shortly after World War II, during the Vietnam War...

Illicitly ordained bishop absents himself from ordinations
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

Nantong (UCAN): The illicitly ordained bishop of Shantou, Bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhan, was not present at the ordination of five deacons for the priesthood for his diocese on October 27.

The deacons, Chen Zifa, Wang Feijing and Zeng Qingyao were ordained for the diocese, together with two others from Haimen, at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Nantong, eastern Jiangsu province.


Clerical highjinks attracting website comments
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): As more Church scandals and challenges surface, an atmosphere of criticism and self-examination has taken shape within the Church in China.

Many Church websites and a few Catholic newspapers have dispensed with their traditional spiritual messages and begun to focus on the disunity and conflict within communities, encouraging people to face up to the ugly realities that confront them and search for...

Taiwan and Macau in an educational partnership
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

MACAU (UCAN): The diocese of Macau is offering professional training for local high school teachers with a little help from the Jesuit-run Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Established 80 years ago, the St Joseph Diocesan College of Macau has been offering training courses for kindergarten and primary school teachers for more than half a century, but is now, for the first time, offering a diploma course...

Living rosary brings families together
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

Hong Kong (SE): A unique way of honouring Our Lady of the Rosary at the parish in Tsimshatsui which carries the name of the timeless prayer, was celebrated by families and their friends from Rosary parish on October 23.

The family-centred prayer service was marked by individual families from Rosary parish taking turns to lead each decade, while 60 young people, from the Catholic Instruction Programme and the...

Caritas continues to bring people together
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The Caritas Bazaar is made possible through the efforts of many different sectors in our Church and society,” Bishop John Tong Hon said at the opening of the bazaar season in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, on November 6.

He added that the volunteer work done by so many people, as well as the tens of thousands who generously give their financial support is a manifestation of the love and...

The Caritas mission to the last the least and the lost continues
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

 HONG KONG (SE): The Caritas Bazaar season opened at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Tuen Mun Cultural Square on Heung Sze Wui Road on November 6, with hundreds of volunteers manning booths and hustling sales to the tens of thousands of visitors that trooped into the opening day of the biggest charity event of the year in Hong Kong.

Bazaars will be held in Fa Hui Park in Boundary Street, Kowloon, on November 13, then at Shatin, Tsuen Wan, and on the...

Thirty-second Sunday of the Year
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Wisdom 6:12-16; 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 

Matthew 25:1-13.

Mass of the day (green).
Wisdom 1:1-7;
Luke 17:1-6.

Mass of the day (green...

Trust can be difficult
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

Gradually the rhythm of our year is coming to an end. People are at ease with many different cycles of the year. We can think of the agricultural or lunar new year, beginning with its traditional Spring Festival.
We think of our calendar year, beginning its solar cycle on January 1; our taxation year, ending on a certain date; and even our academic year.
For us as Catholics, an important dimension is our liturgical year, which ends soon. Our new year will start with the First Sunday of...