August 2017

On going back home
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

We just finished a three-in-one celebration month at our parish—birthdays for the month of July; as well as the anniversaries of the Mother of Divine Grace praesidium and Mary Help of Christians praesidium, and lastly, my farewell party on July 23.
My time has come to an end and I wish we didn’t have to say goodbye, as it is crushing my innermost feeling, but I have to be strong enough to face the reality that my time as an overseas worker...

Waiting is the farmer’s game
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

Being a farmer is not an easy job. Every day farmers wake up as early as cock crow to go out to the fields and also to tend their animals like the carabao, the cow and the goat. They also love to raise chickens, ducks and geese.
Sadly, global warming is affecting everyone’s lives, especially those of the farmers. During the day we feel hell on earth because of the increasing temperature which is hazardous to the health of humans as well as animals....

Our call to mission
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A celebration of the 50th year of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal was held at the hall of the Sing Yin Secondary School in Clearwater Bay Road, Kowloon, on August 13. 
Around 1,000 people from the Chinese- and English-speaking charismatic communities gathered for the occasion.
The Chinese-speaking community ran a songs of praise session prior to a worship session led by Jing Mendoza, from the Loved Flock Charismatic Community....

Twenty second week in ordinary time
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

Mass of the Sunday (green), Gloria, Creed, Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time. 
Readings: Jeremiah 20: 7-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Luke 4:16-30.

Pagmamahal na may aray
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

Minsan ako ay aksidenteng nadulas at tumama ang aking braso sa isang salamin. Nagdulot ito ng isang malaking hiwa sa aking kaliwang braso. 
Kinailangan akong dalhin sa isang ospital upang tahiin ang sugat. At habang ginagamot ako ng doctor ay paulit-ulit niyang tinatanong kung kaya ko pa ang sakit dahil kung hindi ay tuturukan niya ito ng pampangimay o anesthesia.
Syempre ayaw kong makaramdam ng sakit kaya’t makailang ulit na...

Offer your life if you don’t want to lose it
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

The apostles were convinced that the kingdom of God was imminent. But they believed in an earthly kingdom. 
They had followed Jesus to see their dreams of glory fulfilled. The only question pending was to determine who would be entitled to the first places of honour (Mark 9:34).
It is in this context that the first of the three announcements of the Passion is placed. Jesus does not want his disciples to follow him while wallowing in...

A Church in need of support
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In a call to the universal Church to give its support in any way it can, Father Sergio Ticozzi says that a recent visit to the mainland has left him quite rattled at seeing the difficulties that Catholic people are facing in their everyday faith lives.
The Italian priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions and former member of the staff at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Aberdeen in Hong Kong says that irrespective of whether they belong to...

A jittery Guam prays for peace
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

AGANA (SE): People in Guam began organising prayer gatherings and vigils for peace in the light of a threat from the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un, to launch a nuclear warhead, which in all probability would be aimed at the tiny unincorporated territory of the United States of America (US), before August 15.
The deep concern of the approximately 162,000 people in Guam has lead the archbishop of Agaña, Archbishop Michael...

Twinning of young people
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 25 young people from Hong Kong’s twin diocese in Germany paid a visit to Hong Kong between August 17 and 21 to promote the friendship that has existed between Hong Kong and Essen since the early 1950s.
The group visited the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on August 18 and met for a discussion with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung.
As guests of the young people of Hong Kong, some of whom have been to Essen, they visited...

Will Catholics swing for same-sex marriage?
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

SYDNEY (SE): As Australia prepares for a postal survey on attitudes towards same-sex marriage, a poll commissioned by the Equality Campaign conducted by Jim Reed from Newgate Research claims that more than half of the country’s Catholics are likely vote in favour of it.
The poll discovered that approximately 66 per cent of the overall population is inclined to express a favourable opinion on the question, but among those who adhere to a religion only 58 per cent said...