February 2017

Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green).
Isaiah 49:14-15; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34.

Mass of the day (green).
Readings: Sirach 17:20-28;...

God always takes care
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

Today’s gospel begins with a denunciation of idolising  money (Matthew 6:24). Money, like God, provides all good things to those who pay it worship: gives food, beverages, health, pleasures, amusements, but what does it ask in return? Like any god, it demands everything.

God is the reference point of the thoughts and actions of human life, and wants to be loved “with all your heart, with all your...

Diyos ang bahala sa lahat
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

Parang employment contract ng OFW sa Hong Kong: isa lang ang pwede mong employer! Nasubukan mo na ba kung gaano kahirap sumunod sa maraming amo? Tulad ito ng sabi ni Kristo sa ebang-helyo ngayong Linggo, “Walang makapaglilingkod nang sabay sa dalawang Panginoon sapagkat kapopootan niya ang isa at iibigin ang ikalawa…” (Mt.6:24...

Bishop’s pastoral letter for Lent
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

These words from the Bible tell us Lent is coming and remind us to see life as a pilgrimage. We are seekers in mind and spirit. This journey that begins in the heart leads us to search for God’s will in our lives.

A pilgrim is not a tourist. The goal of a pilgrimage far exceeds what any place...

What about the workers?
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs issued a petition in February calling for more concern and attention from the new chief executive to be given grassroots society than has been receiving up until now.

It stressed that as the majority of Hong Kong people cannot join the small circle selection panel made up of only of 1,194 people that will finalise its choice on March 26, the voice of the...

An unassuming yet brilliant missionary
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

LECCO (SE): A long-time missionary to Hong Kong, Italian-born Father Fernando Galbiati, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (pime), lost his battle with cancer on February 18.

Born on 14 November 1932 in the Bussero district of Milan, Father Galbiati was the superior general of pime during a highly productive time of growth, which sadly also saw great tragedies between 1983 and 1989.

New deacon gives big thanks to God
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Francis Mahilum, from the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (cicm), said at his ordination to the diaconate in Star of the Sea church in Chai Wan on February 18 that he believes a vocation is a big gift from God.

Reverend Mahilum was ordained a deacon by John Cardinal Tong Hon. The Asia vice-provincial superior of cicm, Father Anthony Lim; the superior, Father Jean Sylvere Mbuela Pfuti; Reverend...

Chinese at Vatican talks accused of organ harvesting
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The presence of two Chinese health officials at a February 7 and 8 Vatican summit on organ transplants that sparked sharp criticism, are now being accused of forced organ harvesting by international medical experts.

Huang Jiefu, a former vice minister of health in China, and Wang Haibo, an official responsible for the national organ transplant database, attended the summit organised by the Pontifical...

One of first secretly ordained bishops dies
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Casimir Wang Milu, from Tianshui in the northwest of China, suffered a stroke and later contracted pneumonia in hospital where he died on February 14 at the age of 74.

The bishop from the unofficial community of the Church was not recognised by the Chinese government. He had been hospitalised since early January, but his condition continued to deteriorate. His funeral took place on February 18....

Sinners have a future saints have a past
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

Pope Francis strongly proclaims that the Church is not a club for saints, nor should it be a place of arbitrary judgement of neighbour, but rather a home where the sinner can seek shelter, repent and embark on the search for conversion and forgiveness.

Church teaching strongly proclaims the possibility of conversion, which should never be ignored. By its very name, the Hong Kong...