December 2015

Octave of Christmas
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

DECEMBER 27 – HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH.
Gloria, Creed, preface for the feast (white).
Readings:
 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24; Luke 2:41-52.

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Susmaryosep!
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

Susmaryosep!” ay katagang Pilipino na nabibigkas sa pagkagulat o pagkadismaya. Mula ito sa isang maliit na panala﹣ngin ng mga Kastila upang tumawag kay Hesus, Maria, at Jose. Kapag mabilis mong binigkas ang banal na pangalan ng Sagrado Pamilya o Banal na Mag-anak, masasabi mo: “Susmaryosep!”

Nasasaad sa ebanghelyo sa kapistahang ito...

How to avoid spending sprees at Christmas?
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

 

Christmas is a customary celebration for Filipinos. It is a season of gift-giving and merry-making. We have to spend wisely, give heartedly and remember that it is not on the value of the gift, but on the thought that comes with it.

We can save the money bit by bit by not spending on...

Mary Christmas!
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

You might get intrigued by the title, or you might say, “wrong spelling.”  Let me validate my greeting. The Christmas story: God-becoming Man, revolves around these two central figures, in the person of Mary and Christ.

In God’s plan of redemption, it was foretold by prophet Isaiah that a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, who will be named Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). This...

When love rules
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

I had heard about the movie Frozen, but I did not have the chance to watch it until my ward asked me to play the DVD and join her to watch. The movie was nice and the message of the story touched me so much. 

One of the lines in the story kept ringing in my mind. It says, “Only love can thaw a frozen heart.”

At the beginning,...

Is there time for Christmas?
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

In this press button era, when we can call up the whole world on the Internet with one touch of a finger, we would like to command our happiness with similar ease; it should be instant and total.

The illusion that we can do this is common enough, as we see all around us: Eat me, Drink me, Wear me, Drive me and you’ll be happy forever.

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Truly a grass roots Catholic movement
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

On December 10, we met the French president, François Hollande, to deliver the 900,000 signatures of our Catholic Climate Petition in coalition with other faith groups.

Collectively, we delivered a total of 1,833,973 signatures. An impressive amount of faith-inspired people demanding climate justice.

The French government presided at the Conference...

The staff of the Sunday Examiner wish you a blessed Christmas celebration
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

‘All this took place to fulfill what the Lord  had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means ‘God is with us’.’

– Matthew 1:22-23 –...

A Christmas message from Cardinal Tong
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Christmas is approaching. As we contemplate the beautiful scene of the Holy Family, immersed in peace and serenity, with the Infant Jesus in a manger, we cannot but recall the many events that, in sharp contrast, have taken place in Hong Kong, our home, over the past several years.

Our hearts have grown uneasy. Peace seems to be getting more and more remote from us. We...

Hong Kong magnate among sponsors of Vatican lightshow
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Recognised as being the wealthiest Chinese person in the world, Hong Kong magnate, Li Ka-shing, was one of the sponsors of a spectacular lightshow heralding the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Rome on December 8.

The three-hour spectacular, threw colourful images of people from various parts of the world onto the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as scenes of...