April 2016

Sixth week of Easter
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter Preface (white).
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29.

Mass of the memoral, Easter Preface (white).

Mga habilin ni Hesus
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Anak, huwag mong pababayaan ang iyong pag-aaral.” “Mahal na mahal kita, huwag mo akong kalilimutan kahit magkalayo tayo”; “Inay, bahala na po kayo kay itay at sa mga kapatid ko”; “Huwag po kayong mag-aalala, ok naman po ako sa Hong Kong”.  Ang mga ito ay ilan lamang sa mga habilin ng isang taong pupunta sa isang lugar at hindi kaagad-agad makababalik. Marami sa ating mga kapatid na OFW...

The Spirit jogging memories
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

In the latter part of today’s gospel Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will come, “The helper will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you” (v.26).

There are two functions of the Spirit. Let’s start from the first, to teach.

Jesus said it all; he did not leave out anything. Yet there is need for the Spirit...

About Lily — A poem to Sanna
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Lily passed away one Sunday morning in spring,

when the sunlight is warm

Our love is with her.


That Saturday morning

She left home early for the university.

She told us that she would come home early...

Put away your gavel
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Sitting high in the judgement seat keeps us from getting on our knees. Matthew 7:1 says, “Do not judge others so that God will not judge you.”

Many celebrities act like judges. Some even have their own television shows where they scold, cajole and sentence those who are invited on the show. Sometimes it is tempting to put on the long black robes ourselves and pass judgement on...

Jesus Christ is mercy
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Notre Dame parish in Ma Tau Wei, Kowloon, held a whole day celebration of Mercy Sunday on April 3.

The day began with a Mass in Chinese at 8.00am celebrated by Father Joseph So Chi-chu and the exposition of the blessed sacrament at noon, followed by the recitation of the Chaplet of Mercy, also in Chinese. The sacrament of reconciliation was available throughout the day.

Keeping the spirit of optimism in suffering
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

A typhoon is just a common phenomenon in The Philippines. Somehow, Filipinos are used to it. We are no longer surprised by all the devastating natural and human-made calamities, tragedies and damage they cause every time.

Typhoons happen one after another. They bring heavy rain, strong winds and landslides. They ruin homes, lives, crops, livestock, roads and infrastructure alike. Even...

Silhouette of God’s love
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness 

was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved 

on the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light:...

Release the drought relief funds now
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Three weeks on from the massacre in Kidapawan City of hungry farmers calling for government drought aid to be released by local authorities in Mindanao, Father Edwin Gariguez complained that nothing has been done, even though the national government has already made it available for distribution.

The secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action—Caritas Philippines asked, “What is...

A shameful event in Philippine history
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Is it too hard to understand the saying that the one and only rational response to hunger is food? Reason and logic—even morals and ethics—can be well be irrelevant to hungry people.

Hunger and despair go hand in hand, especially for helpless and hopeless people. And to respond to such people with unbridled anger and deadly force makes the perpetrators not simply callous and...