December 2017

Christmas Time
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

DECEMBER 31 – HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH. 
Gloria, Creed, preface for the feast (white). 
Readings: Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3; Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Luke 2:22-40. 
 
JANUARY 1 – MARY, MOTHER OF GOD. 
Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for the BVM (white). 
Readings: Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21
 
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Feast of the Holy Family: Banal na pamilya
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

Sa Linggong ito ating ipinagdiriwang ang kapistahan ng Banal na Mag-anak, na sina Maria, Jose at Hesus.  Ang ating Simbahan ay nagpapahalaga sa bawat pamilya. Ang pamilya ay isang pangkat ng ating lipunan, upang maihubog  at turuan ang mga bata sa tamang pag-uugali at pananampalataya. 
 
Pinili ng Diyos na sa isang pamilya lumaki si Hesus. Pwede naman sana na magpakita na lang si Hesus sa mga tao at sabihin sa kanila, “ako ang Mesiyas,...

Feast of the Holy Family: Old people build young world
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

Today, the evangelist introduces the observance of all the requirements of the law of the Lord by the holy family. He wishes to emphasise that, from the earliest years of his life, Jesus has faithfully fulfilled the Father’s will.
 
The message is addressed to all Christian parents. They are called to a most important mission: to consecrate their children to the Lord, from the earliest days of their lives. 
 
Educating in the...

Testament to a dream that is no utopia
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): “All indicators available to the international community suggest that global migration will continue into the future. For my part, I ask you to view it with confidence as an opportunity to build peace,” Pope Francis says in his Message for the 51st World Day of Peace, which is marked on 1 January 2108.
 
Addressing the theme, Migrants and refugees: Men and women in search of peace, Pope Francis says, “Among those who I constantly keep...

Tread carefully around #me too
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): As the #me too campaign sweeps the globe, Hong Kong celebrities who have to date disclosed stories about sexual abuse they have been subjected to have been both criticised and praised.
 
Hurdling champion, Vera Lui Lai-yiu, revealed on her Facebook page that she was sexually abused by her coach when she was a teenager, saying said she made the revelation on her 23rd birthday in an attempt to graduate from being a victim to becoming a survivor.
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Called to be children of God
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Services Committee held an Advent reflection day attended by some 400 people from both Chinese- and English-speaking communities on December 3 at the Caritas Community Hall in Caine Road.
 
The Sowers Catholic Charismatic Committee gave the day a start with some rollicking songs before the guest speaker for the day, Peter Ho Man-hong, was introduced by Maria Raichandani, the chairperson of the Committee.
 
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Good-bye from the editor’s desk
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

An issue of the Sunday Examiner goes out and in the words of poet, John Kelly, “… the word, released, rooted and roaming now, God knows what streets, hearts, homes...” And it cannot be taken back.
 
However, today, it is not just the paper going out, but the editor as well. After 15 years at the desk fresh blood is coming in to fill the position and take up the challenge of putting out Hong Kong’s Catholic News of the Week....

Welcome to new editor
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

Hong Kong (SE): Claretian Father Josekutty Mathew will be taking on the position of deputy-editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner.
 
Father Jose—as he likes to be called—was born in Kerala, India, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. 
 
He arrived in Hong Kong in 2009 and after Cantonese study became the parish priest of Mui Wo on Lantau.

Top prize to Philippine movie
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

MANILA (SE): Ignacio de Loyola has become the first Philippine-produced movie to receive the Best Film Award at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in the Vatican.
 
The story of the life of the founder of the Society of Jesus, the organiser of the festival, Liana Marabini, said, “The most important thing to say about Ignacio de Loyola is that… it is the first time in the history of the festival that this happened. There were no...

Confessional seal again comes under scrutiny
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): With the release of the findings of one of the most significant investigations into Church practice this year, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia has some damning things to say about the structural weakness of the governance of the Church and its inability to manage its own affairs.
 
But perhaps one of its most controversial recommendations is that a new law be passed requiring priests to report cases of...