November 2017

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

A brave chaplain honoured
OPELOUSAS (SE): Father Joseph Lafleur, a chaplain in the United States of America (US) military forces during World War II has been posthumously honoured with the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart.
 
On October 17, in the church where he celebrated his first Mass in 1938, the medals were presented to descendants of his relatives.
 
Father Lafleur died on 7 September 1944 when a US submarine...

I confess to almighty God…
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

Imagine Juan, a barangay official in The Philippines, as he sat in the church alone. He was waiting for the priest and when Father Pepito came into the sanctuary, he noticed Juan looking distressed and he went to him and he asked in Tagalog, “Can I help you?”
 
“Yes, Father, I want to confess, but I am ashamed of what I have done, not even God can forgive me,” he answered.
 
“You don’t know the mercy of a...

Lawyers unite to fight rights abuse
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

Manila (UCAN): A group of lawyers and law students launched an alliance called Lawyers Against Extrajudicial Killings in Manila on November 2 to coordinate a series of legal challenges to the thousands of drug-related killings and other human rights abuses committed by the agents of the administration of the president, Rodrigo Duterte.
 
In a strongly worded statement, the group called the assault on the poor and the drug trade being conducted by the government “a...

One time China mission society closes doors
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

TORONTO (SE): Displaying an unusual sign on its website reading Celebrating 99 Years, the only mission society to have come out of English-speaking Canada has announced that it is celebrating the unusual anniversary because it will not be having a centennial, as it is closing its doors just short of making the coveted 100.
 
The Scarboro Foreign Mission Society was founded in 1918 by an adventurous priest from Toronto, Father John Mary Fraser.
 
He...

China expels Korean missionaries
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

SHENYANG (AsiaNews): Three provinces in northeastern China have expelled hundreds of South Korean religious personnel and closed down their Churches over the past 12 months.
The crackdown on religious activities came ahead of the new regulations on religious affairs that are slated to come into force on February 2 next year.
 
From late last year to the first half of this year, the provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang have expelled about 1,000 South Korean...

Pioneering lay missionary mourned
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A packed St. Andrew’s church in Tseung Kwan O paid a last tribute to a woman that human wisdom may tell us departed from this life too early, but prayed that the light of the wisdom of the Lord who giveth and taketh away will show the path to appreciating the value of what Jessica Ho Oi-chu contributed during her 52 years on this earth.
 
She died on the evening of October 9 and family, friends and associates gathered at St. Andrew’s on October 26...

To a beloved person in heaven
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

For my grandmother in heaven, I miss you so much and I love you so much. I always think of you and how sweet and caring you were to me even when I was little.
 
I remember that I used to sleep beside you more often than my mother. You would give me surprises, like a birthday party that you promised me when I was in grade school. I enjoyed travelling with you too. You gave me the happiest day of my life. Thank you grandma for all the good memories you shared...

Rise Marawi, Rise!
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

Finally, the siege in Marawi has ended and the city has been declared liberated from the terrorist group.
 
During the quite long months of the siege, the people of Marawi have suffered tragically and painfully. They are now displaced, hungry, wounded, frightened and stressed physically and emotionally.
 
Somehow we are happy for this good news believing there will be no more lives lost among the government troops and civilians, especially...

Notice Board
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

Cry my beloved Philippines
 
Once the week has claimed its quota of blood
and it drains into the gutters
That’s when the faithful feel
the streets are clean enough for them
to wear their Sunday shoes
• Unidentified
 
They tell us we are safer now,
tell us to keep our eyes down
As although if we did,...

Thirty first Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

NOVEMBER 5 – THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Malachi 1:14b—2:2b, 8-10; 
1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13; Matthew 23:1-12.
 
NOVEMBER 6 – MONDAY: THIRTY-FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Romans 11:29-36; Luke 14:12-14.
 
NOVEMBER 7...