July 2016

Notice Board
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

Thought for the week

Master,” Simon answered, “We worked hard
all night long and caught nothing. But if you
say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5)

But if you say so...
I will let down the nets of my pride
Through the...

Notice Board - What would prompt you to quit your job?
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

I think one of the reasons why an individual would leave their job is if they are no longer happy with the work or perhaps the person does not know what he or she really wants to do in life.

Although I am blessed with a good employer, for me, if you know what you want and have the determination to work, you will not mind sacrificing. I am willing to sacrifice no matter how hard the work is for the sake of my...

On listening to the scriptures
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

God speaks to us in the meditative reading of scripture, called in the traditional monastic language lectio divina. Like prayer, this is a spiritual art which takes time to acquire. Learning how to do it forms a large part of a novice’s training in a Benedictine monastery.

First of all, when we settle down to read scripture, we are doing something very different from what we do when we read any other...

Helping the president’s anti-crime crusade
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

There is a wise saying, “Be careful of what you promise. People might believe it.”

On June 30, Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the new president of The Philippines. A politician well-known for his somewhat exaggerated style of speaking and promises to eradicate crime and corruption, this time he promised to do it within three to six months of his inauguration.


International ecclesiology conference
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “To learn and then review what one has learned, how pleasant! To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful! Not being ruffled when a man finds himself unappreciated, what a gentleman!” Vladimir Latinovic, from the University of Tübingen, quoted Confucius as saying in welcoming delegates to the Tenth Annual Gathering of the Ecclesiological Investigation International Research Network at the Ming Hua Theological College in...

Unravelling the divorce mess
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A formal blessing by Father Gregoire Vignola, from Resurrection parish, marked the opening of the Grace and Harmony Parenting Coordination Centre in Tsui Ping (North) Estate, Kwun Tong, on June 16.

Opened by Imelda Chan Joi-ying, the executive manager for charities of the Hong Kong Jockey Club; Bonnie Leung Ho-yau, from the Kwun Tong District Social Welfare Office of the Social Welfare Department; and...

Hint blood letting campaign failing
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): While the flow of blood from suspected small time drug pushers and couriers attributed mostly to officers from the Philippine National Police continues, another flow is spurting from unidentified bodies strewn around the country with signs taped to their bodies detailing their supposed crimes.

What both groups have in common is that they are poor and, if indeed they were involved drugs, it was at a minor...

Book Fair turns a lens on history of local Church
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Visitors to the Hong Kong Book Fair this year were treated to a brief review of the history of the Church in Hong Kong through a photography exhibition marking the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese which was on display above the Catholic booth.

The Book Fair, which is one of the largest in the world, was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai from July 20 to July...

Eucharistic Congress a first for Pakistan
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

ISLAMABAD (AsiaNews): Pakistan held its first Eucharistic Congress in Islamabad during July, ending in an appeal to Catholics who have fallen away from their Church to come home.

“People say that prayer counts most, whatever Church you attend,” Father Yousaf Amanat, from the host parish, said. “Protestant pastors are attracting many Catholics. We hope to counter this trend through greater awareness....

A Marathon of God’s Word
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): The parish of Beitang in Guizhou province, China, launched a Marathon of God’s Word under the theme One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God on July 17.

The marathon will last for one year and catechists distributed leaflets containing prayers and the details of a programme for daily bible reading.