December 2017

Third Week of Advent
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

Creed, preface for Advent II (rose or violet). 
Readings: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28.
Mass of the day, preface for Advent II (violet). 
Readings: Jeremiah 23:5-8; Matthew 1:18-24.

Third Sunday of Advent: My Juan and only
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

Naging abala ang pamahalaan ng Pilipinas noong nakakaraang ganapin ang ASEAN sa Pilipinas. Kung anu-anong paghahanda ang ginawa.  Isang kapansin-pansin ay ang pag- kakansela ng pasok ng mga kawani ng gobyerno, mag-aaral, at mga manggagawa sa Kamaynilahan at mga karatig na lungsod. 
May mga iba’t-ibang traffic scheme ang ipinatupad. Ang lahat ng pag aabala ay upang ipakita ang kagandahan ng bansa at higit sa lahat ay ang kahandaan nitong...

Third Sunday of Advent: Joy of waiting for the dawn
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

At the end of the first century AD when John wrote his gospel, there were still many people who called themselves disciples of John the Baptist. So, the evangelist clarifies the position of the precursor vis-a-vis Christ.
The Baptist was not the light of the world. He was just the first to recognise “the true light that enlightens everyone” (John 1:9). He was not deceived by the flattery of being called the messiah. He kept himself faithful to...

Milestones in religious life
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): On the titular feast of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong, the diocese paid tribute to 41 priests and religious celebrating their 25th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries of ordination or religious profession.
At a late afternoon Mass on December 8, celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, together with his auxiliary, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, and two predecessors in the diocese, John Cardinal Tong Hon and Joseph Cardinal Zen...

Comforter or threat?
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

OSLO (SE): The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Oslo on December 12 has re-sparked a seven-decades-old debate over whether such weapons of mass destruction are a threat to humanity or a protective shield to comfort in the face of other threats.
At least 122 nations believe that they are a threat, as demonstrated by a vote in the United Nations (UN) earlier this year that proposed the UN Treaty on the...

Vietnam condemns criticism
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HANOI (SE): A court in Vietnam sentenced Nguyen Van Hoa, a blogger and advocate for human rights, to seven years in prison on December 4 on a charge of conducting propaganda against the state.
The prosecution claimed he tried to incite protests over the government handling of the devastating toxic waste spill by the Formosa Plastics Group in Ha Tinh province in April last year.
The industrial spill killed about 115 tonnes of fish and wiped out the...

Finding respite in difficult situations
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): At a retreat day organised by the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the Disabled, parents or caretakers of children with special needs were encouraged to think of ways to seek real happiness without the dampening effect of past experience or materialistic dreams.
Held at St. Andrew’s parish in Tseung Kwan O on November 30, the gathering heard Sister Laura Watt Shuk-mee say that parents or caretakers of children with special needs easily become more...

Christmas and New Year Masses in English
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

(in EnglisChristmas Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. The obligation may be fulfilled by
  attending a Mass after 5:00pm on December 24 or any time on December 25
* denotes bi-lingual service

Hong Kong Island
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Christmas Eve: 8.00pm
Christmas Day: 9.30am

Pope moves on communion for divorced and remarried
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

VATICAN (SE); A few words of Latin strung across four lines inserted into the Acta Apostolica Sedis, or the monthly Holy See gazette, dated June 5, has put a new perspective on the ongoing debate prompted by Chapter VIII of The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), around which a long discussion over the possibility of divorced and remarried receiving communion in certain circumstances has evolved.
The four brief lines penned by the secretary of state, Pietro...

Two Koreas must pull together
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

PAJU (UCAN): Peace on the Korean Peninsula calls for repentance and atonement between Pyongyang and Seoul a three-day symposium ending on December 3 in Paju City in South Korea on the role of Catholic people in fostering peace in the region has concluded.
But the symposium was closing just as the United States of America (US) and South Korea were launching military air exercises, heightening tensions between the two Koreas, as well as South Korea and China.