September 2016

Twenty-seventh Week of the Year
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Habbakuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10.

Mass of the day (green). 

Small but terrible
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

Gaano nga ba kaliit ang butil ng mustasa?  Minsan ay ipinakita ng aming professor sa seminaryo kung gaano kaliit ang isang buto ng mustasa.  Sa sobrang liit ay kanyang pabirong sinabi na “ilayo nyo sa inyong ilong at baka inyong masinghot.” 

Ang ganitong kaliit na buto ang siyang ginamit ni Hesus na batayan nang minsan siya ay hilingan ng kanyang mga apostoles na palakasin ang kanilang...

Can we continue to live in a religion of merits?
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

Can faith grow? If faith is reduced to the assent given to a list of truths, it cannot grow. But, if faith is growing in an unconditional trust in the Lord, then, it is easy to realise that it can grow or diminish.

We believe in Jesus, but we do not trust him totally. We don’t have the courage to untie ourselves from certain habits, to make certain renouncements. Here we have a faith that needs to strengthen...

My first problem as a migrant worker
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

The first problem I encountered as an overseas worker was being away from my children. But for their better future, I have to be strong and be firm in my decision. Facing it in a way is too difficult for me, but I need to. I just hope and believe that all of this will be paid off seeing my children march on stage at their graduation. This is the least I can do for them as a mother.

I have learned to accept that life...

Save lives donate blood
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

The Philippine Consulate General to Hong Kong organised an annual blood donation drive, Dugong Alay ng Pilipino (Blood offering as a Filipino) with the Hong Kong Red Cross on August 14. I voluntarily went and visited the Causeway Bay Donor Centre of the group.

A number of Filipino organisations and individual donors from various nationalities, such as Indonesians, Chinese and local...

Chaplaincy holds Prayer Healing Rally
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE) : The Catholic Hong Kong Chaplaincy for Filipinos organised a Prayer Healing Rally on September 16 at the Sing Yin Secondary School in Clearwater Bay Road, Kowloon.

Sally Galon, from the Loved Flock Community, warmed the gathering up with a few songs to the backing of the praise ministry, a team took to the floor to present the praise songs in a lively dance.


Fresh breeze blows through politics
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

A narrow victory to Yau Wai-ching in the September 4 Legislative Council (LegCo) elections in the Kowloon West geographical constituency is like a fresh breeze blowing through Hong Kong politics.

The community director of Youngspiration, a party formed in the wake of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, is not the typical aspiring politician.

A young...

A refund should not hurt that much
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

As a parent of a child with special needs, I know that fighting depression is a constant battle.

I am also aware I must be constantly on guard with myself, as it is easy to harm the child amidst the ongoing struggle with anger and frustration.

My son, Jayden, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. I had sensed his problem and brought him for an...

Praying with each other not against each other
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

ASSISI (SE): “We have not prayed against one another today, as has unfortunately occurred in history,” Pope Francis said on September 20 in addressing a gathering of world religious leaders at an interfaith prayer for peace in the world at Assisi in Italy.

Looking at the vast diversity of his audience he noted, “Our religious traditions are diverse. But our differences are not the cause of conflict and...

Wenzhou bishop has another trip
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Fresh from his gardening leave in the remote north of China, the harassed bishop of Wenzhou, Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, has been taken on another trip courtesy of the government to keep him away from sensitive Church activities and functions.

As the coadjutor of the diocese, Bishop Shao automatically succeeded the late Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang when he died on September 7, but as the bishop in Wenzhou, it...