December 2016

What are your one-liners?
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

Everyone of us has “one-liners” or commonly called motto in life. My favourite one-liners are,  “This, too, will pass” “ God will provide” “In the end, it will all be okay.” 

My life cycle is so perfect, that what I experienced may be not all but a lot to tell. I can say “oh so colourful!” 


Joy and fun have no age limits
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

The Social Concern Committee with 40 members at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Tai Po went on a visit St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Sheung Shui October 30.

Father Paulo Ceruti, our energetic priest, joined the group and led the opening prayer in Chinese. Our emcees that afternoon were people who can speak and understand a bit of...

Birthday wishes for a mentor and friend
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

A popular friend and mentor among the Philippine community in Hong Kong, Canossian Sister Vicky Ramos  celebrated her birthday in fine style at the Sacred Heart School in Caine Road on November 15.

Although the exact number of birthdays she has celebrated in her life remains a state secret, a highlight of the day for her was the presence of her sister and niece, both of whom travelled from Manila for the...

The art of friendship
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

Friendship is an art of sharing

it begins with a good and sweet smile

remembering each other's names for a while

making each other feel free and at ease

A spirit of new friendship is soon released


Friendship is an art of...

A New Year resolution
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

I finally kicked smoking on 1 January 1972. It was a huge struggle, as nicotine is as addictive as heroin, but it was my New Year resolution and I was able to stick with it. 

In recent years, cigarette advertising has been forbidden in many countries and successful campaigns have been run to help people give them up. A hard-hitting advertisement on Irish television in 2013 heard...

A fulfilling Christmas joy
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

What is it that makes Christmas so beautiful, so cheerful and such a happy time, especially for children? It has to be the gift-giving, the time when children can look forward to receiving signs of love and care, as well as share a bit.

Children in some well-off families receive so many gifts through the year that getting more has no special impact on them. But there are the children in poor families to whom a gift at Christmas is a joy they never forget,...

Politics for peace is a way of being
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): “For Christians, nonviolence is not merely tactical behaviour, but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle the evil one with the weapons of love and truth alone,” Pope Francis says in his Message for World Day of Peace, under the theme, Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace.


Ordeal of Mass at Christmas
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): For both the official and unofficial Church communities in China, Christmas Eve Masses proved to be an ordeal.

In Beijing, it often meant competing for admission and queuing for mandatory security checks for hours at the four downtown churches, popularly known as the North, South, East and West Churches.

With the North Church closed for renovation, people flocked...

Spreading the fire
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The president of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service at Vatican, Michelle Moran, and her husband, Peter, were the guests of the Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Service Committee for its annual Advent gathering at the Caritas Community Hall on December 11.

Speaking to the theme Spreading the Fire, Michelle Moran said that what makes God real or not real for us is what we believe in...

Prelate of Opus Dei mourned
(Saturday, 31 December 2016 )

ROME (SE): Bishop Javier Echevarria, the prelate of Opus Dei, died at the age of 84 on December 12 in Rome. He was the second successor of the founding father of Opus Dei, Father Josemaria Escriva, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1992 and canonised in 2002.

The auxiliary vicar of the prelature, Monsignor Fernando Ocariz, administered the sacrament of the sick a few hours before his death.