September 2016

Twenty fifth Week of the Year
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; 
Luke 16:1-13.

Mass of the day (green).
Proverbs 3:27-35; Luke 8:16-18.

Do you have to clean exterior windows? 
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

We live on the 37th floor of the building and I still need to clean the external windows. Before, my employer used to ask me to do them, but now she does not need to because I have included it in my own schedule.

I just clean them using a wiper to reach every edge and corner, and keep reminding myself to be careful. It is dangerous, even though there are window grills, because the grills may not support our weight,...

An iota of dream
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

My childhood fantasy was amazing,
My mom bought me a nurse doll.
That led me to a school of nursing,
Serving and caring for patients in hospital.

In my quiet life I loved to play as a nun
By putting a scarf on my head as a veil

The gift of marriage
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

Two friends that I treat like my own siblings tied the knot as they made their marriage vows on July 19.

Although we are not related by blood, Rina and Noel Qua, and myself treat one another as family. I am really happy, because it was an answered prayer for me. I was the one who encouraged the new couple to receive the sacrament of matrimony. Although I was unable to witness their vows, I...

Maryknoll students at World Youth Day
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

Beatrice Lau and Stephanie Young, from the Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong, reflect on their experience at World Youth Day in Europe during July and August...

Appeal from Cardinal Tong for the annual Caritas Fund Raising Campaign
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

Turn mercy into action  
– give hope to the world –

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

“Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim when it is in your power to do it for him. Say not to your neighbour, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will...

Who cares what God thinks?
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

MANILA (SE): “At the sunset of life, the blood that has spilled all over our sidewalks and streets will judge us because when we could have done something, we chose to keep quiet. There is no peace for cowards. The next life to be snuffed out could be yours,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a pastoral letter read out at all Masses in Lingayen Dagupan on September 4.

“The teacher was killed last...

Election shakes up Hong Kong politics
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Belying the entrance polls at the September 4 Legislative Council (LegCo) election, the public responded by voting not just for the traditional opposition Pan-Democrats, but a new category running under the name of Localists that advocates independence for Hong Kong.

A first-time candidate, Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, whose main platform is justice in land issues and promoting a sustainable environmental, was a big...

Salesians celebrate anniversaries
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Society of St. Francis de Sales, more commonly known as the Salesians of Don Bosco, celebrated the 201st anniversary of the birth of its founder, St. John Bosco, on August 16.

Sixteen priests and sisters from the Salesian family also marked the anniversaries of their vows and ordinations, and Anthony Pun Ming-chi, a seminarian, took his perpetual vows.


Catholic demographics in China prompt new questions
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): In the 1980s and 1990s the Church in China had arguably the fastest growing membership on any country in the world, outstripping on a percentage basis even the monumental growth being experienced on the African continent.

However, Anthony Lam Sui-ki, from the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Hong Kong, says that this growth has plateaued in recent years and that the now, the Church is struggling to replace its...