May 2016

Flowers and candles — A poem to Sanna
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Why do we have to suffer from fear

pain, death and loss?

We live in the dark with worries and insecurity.

We have no guns or weapons.

How can we protect ourselves and our families, 

as we will watch them die one after...

Holy Family Charismatic Community turns 15
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

The Holy Family Charismatic Community celebrated its 15th birthday at the parish hall of the Holy Family in Choi Hung, Kowloon on April 17. 

Carrying the theme Experiencing the power of God through praise and prayers, the event kicked off with a living rosary, which was followed by songs and prayers during the praise and worship time led by Lucille Arizapa together with the...

Prayer — lifeline of the soul
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

What a great joy to be with God!

To be in the presence of the Triune God

Jesus Christ is just a prayer away

Make haste, and do not delay.


Dear friends, what are you waiting for?

Come down and meet your loving saviour...

Liturgical seminar about the Word of God
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE) : A liturgical seminar was held by the Chaplaincy for Filipinos at Sing Yin Secondary School, New Clear Water Bay Road, on May 2.

Father Randy Flores, the current Dean of the Divine Word School of Theology, Tagaytay City, who teaches bible and Hebrew language,  was the invited speaker. 

Father Flores shared that all kinds of ministers in the Church ...

Where did your presidential vote go?
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

It is election time and some say nothing ever changes in The Philippines. The candidates change, but the social inequality remains. Candidates for the presidency this time range from two representing the wealthy elite, the daughter of a deceased movie star and a foul-mouthed mayor vowing to kill all suspected criminals, in addition to senator who is fronting for the family of the former dictator.

The frustration of...

Big welcome for Hong Kong’s newly-baptised
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 900 people joined John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong; Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung  and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing; and diocesan chancellor, Father Lawrence Lee Len, at a welcoming event for the newly-baptised of the diocese organised by the Hong Kong Central Council of Catholic Laity at the Southorn Stadium, Wanchai, on May 1. 

Cardinal Tong encouraged...

Vigilant collaboration with new government Philippine bishops say
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines (CBCP), issued a post-election statement saying that the Church promises “vigilant collaboration” with winning candidates.

Titled, Get up now, let us go! the statement was issued on May 9, hours before Grace Poe—then running a distant third in the polls—became the first...

Apostolic nuncio to Japan to attend Taiwan presidential inauguration
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Taipei (UCAN): Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on May 5 that Archbishop Joseph Chennoth, the Vatican’s apostolic nuncio to Japan, would lead a delegation to attend the May 20 inauguration of president-elect, Tsai Ing-wen.

The Indian archbishop was the Vatican’s charge d’affaires to Taiwan from 1995 to 1999.

Anna Kao, director general of the...

Divine Word Seminarian makes perpetual vows
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Arjay Venus, a seminarian of the Society of the Divine Word, made his profession of perpetual vows during a thanksgiving Mass at St. Edward’s parish, Lam Tin, on May 2, one month before his diaconate ordination.

Father Frank Budenholzer, the present provincial superior for the China Province of the Society of the Divine Word, concelebrated the Mass together with 15 other Divine Word missionaries....

Vocation comes from solid spiritual formation
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Vocation Committee organised a seminar on promoting vocations at St. Andrew’s parish, Tseung Kwan O, on April 2, where young people, teachers and religious were invited to share their views on how to build up a culture of vocation.

Wong Si-ho, a university student, shared that young people generally focus on their work and studies, or the pursuit of material things and rather less about...