April 2016

Celebrating the work of human hands
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, a Mass was held at Holy Cross parish, Shau Kei Wan, on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph the husband of Mary, but also the patron saint of workers.

The Mass to celebrate the work of human hands was said by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and Father Gregoire Vignola. It was one event among a series scheduled to mark the jubilee...

Third Week of Easter
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white).
Readings: Acts 5: 27b-32, 40b-41; Revelation 5: 11-14; 
John 21: 1-19.

Mass of the memorial, Easter preface (red).
Acts 6: 8-15; John 6: 22-29...

Tunay na Paglilingkod ay bunga ng Pag-ibig!
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

Ang mga Overseas Filipino Workers ay may pagka-

kataon na makilahok sa Pambansang halalan, ito ay tinatawag nating Overseas Absentee Voting. Isang buwan po ito, at ito’y magsisimula sa Abril 9, at matatapos sa Mayo 9. Bilang mga Pilipino atin pong ipakita ang ating pagmamahal at malasakit sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng pagboto. Ang pagboto ay ating tungkulin.


A land where disciples are invited to come
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

John, the evangelist, narrates another manifestation of the Risen Lord to his disciples and this episode is full of symbolism.

There are seven occupants in the boat. This number represents perfection, completeness. Peter and the other six represent all the disciples who make up the entire Christian community. 

The symbolism could go even further...

Do you support the K-12 education system?
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

Yes, I am in favour of K-12 system (Kindergarten to Year 12), because it will further develop my child’s ability and help them prepare for a better future. This programme gives them choices on what to do and who to be after the programme or before they reach university. Just like in other countries with this programme, jobs and chances of working are better after high school due to skills and subjects that have been taught during their K-12...

A faith enriching encounter
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

The Hong Kong Filipino Catholic Biblical Pastoral Ministry organised a Bible Awareness Programme at Holy Family parish, Choi Hung, on February 28. The afternoon event ran under the theme, The Word of God in the life and mission of the Church.

Joyful songs, as well as praise and worship were followed by the bible enthronement to kick off the afternoon activity. Father James Areechira, the spiritual director of...

A letter to heaven— to the late Father Stephen Tam-kwan
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

Dear Father Stephen

This Easter is so different as we are without you now and ever. You left us on December 8 last year after serving us for over 40 years. We miss your smile, your voice, your face and your footsteps. You spoke a little, but you did so much for us.

You came to our catechism class every Saturday evening. You talked to us before the class began. You invited us to...

About a lot more than climate change
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

Since Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si) was published on 18 June 2015, many people have been claiming that it was the climate change encyclical.

But even a cursory reading of the document makes it clear that it also deals with poverty, the destruction of biodiversity,...

Are unhappy marriages here to stay?
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )


Children make up 77 per cent of rape survivors in The Philippines and the crime occurs at a rate of two every minute.

Data released last year by the National Police shows rape cases surged by 63.5 per cent to 8,288, up from 5,069 recorded in the first six months of...

Crazed violence in Pakistan and Iraq
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): In claiming responsibility for a bomb that exploded around 6.30pm in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in the city of Lahore in Pakistan on Easter Sunday, March 27, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar said it had intentionally targeted the Christian community at Easter.

It is believed that a suicide bomber was responsible for the carnage from the same group that claimed responsibility for attacks on two...