January 2014

Baptism of the Lord
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

Mass of the feast, Gloria, Creed, preface of the feast (white).
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; 
Acts 10:34-38; 
Matthew 3:13-17.

Mass of the day (green).

A year leaving many issues hanging
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): Undoubtedly the biggest event of 2013 in the Church was Pope Benedict XVI becoming the first pope in recent times to resign from the job. This was followed by the election of the first pope from the Americas, Argentinean, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio.

Cardinal Bergoglio chose the name which today is in the top echelon of mega Internet stars: Francis.

While commentators...

Syrians far from home pray for an end to war
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

ISTANBUL (CNS): In late December, even as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences announced a January 13 meeting of world leaders to discuss the tragedy unfolding in Syria, Father Lorenzo Piretto led a prayer service for the troubled country at the church of St. Mary Draperis in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Courts issue last-minute protection from contraceptive mandate
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

WEST PALM BEACH (CNS): The Supreme Court of the United States of America (US) issued an injunction temporarily protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor and their co-plaintiffs, the Christian Brothers Services and Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust, from the contraceptive mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act. The two groups have brought a lawsuit against the federal government.


Empower witnessing by deepening faith
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

The Feast of the Lord’s Baptism brings the season of Christmas to close.  Some may think that the return to Ordinary Time implies the end of a joyful period of our faith life and a return to the parts liturgical year that are unimportant because of the term, ordinary. However, the word comes from the Latin term, orninalis—numbers in sequence (as in Week 1, Week 2, and so on)—rooted in the word ordo, from where we get the English word, order...

Humanitarian crisis grows as violence continues in Central African Republic
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

OXFORD (CNS): “The situation is very chaotic and worsening all the time,” said Monsignor Cyriaque Gbate Doumalo, secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Central African Republic. 

Church leaders in the country report an increasing...

Myanmar releases more detainees
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

Mandalay (UCAN): The government of the Union of Myanmar pardoned more political detainees on December 31, as part of the pledge by president, Thein Sein, to free all political prisoners by the end of 2013.

Although the official announcement did not state how many people were released, reports estimate between three and seven. 

Most estimates agree that there are still around...

Reduce student stress while training attention skills
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

Hong Kong (SE): Eline Snel, the founder and director of the Academy of Mindful Teaching, was a visitor at Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School, Pokfulam, on December 11. 

Snel and her daughter, who are from the Netherlands, conducted an introductory attention training workshop for a group of senior Form 6 students to teach them how to reduce stress, and develop their concentration and focus in preparation...

Christmas gathering for pastoral services commission to Filipinos
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

Hong KOng (SE) The Diocesan Commission for Pastoral Services to Filipinos gathered for a Christmas meal and fellowship, hosted by commssion head and vicar general,...

Meeting of permanent deacons in Chinese Church
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): Social service may well be where the future of the permanent diaconate lies in the Chinese Church, rather than pastoral commitments in parishes, the Sunday Examiner was told by Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming at the conclusion of a conference on the development of the ministry held at the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres Retreat House in Sheung Shui between November 17 and 21.

The three-day conference attracted...