June 2018

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Kasaganaan para sa kaharian ng Diyos
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

Ang paghahari ng Diyos ay maitutulad sa isang naghasik ng binhi sa kanyang bukid. Pagkatapos niyon, magpapatuloy siya sa kanyang pang-araw-araw na gawain; tutubo at lalago ang binhi nang hindi niya nalalaman kung paano. Ang lupa’y siyang nagpapasibol at nagpapabunga sa mga pananim: usbong muna, saka uhay na pagkatapos ay mahihitik sa mga butil. Pagkahinog ng mga butil, agad itong ipagagapas sapagkat dapat nang anihin” (Marcos 4:26-29).

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Upon awakening we look at the ripe ears
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

Can the growth of God’s Kingdom be accelerated? Jesus responds to this question with a short parable. He draws our attention to the time of growth. The time for man to stop working comes after the planting season. Days and nights follow and the farmer sleeps and keeps watch without being able to intervene in the growth. It is useless to be restless or worried, the process in place is no longer dependent on him. If he agitates, enters in the field, he will trample and...

Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 1 Kings 21:1-16; Matthew 5:38-42.

Every life is sacred
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, presided over the Pro-Life Day Eucharistic celebration on May 31, at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. 
Organised for the second time by the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family, this year over 500 people came together to pray for and pledge to promote life. 
In his homily, Bishop Ha remarked that every life is sacred and he...

US-North Korea summit the start of a long journey
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Talks between Donald Trump, the president of United States of America, and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, are truly historic and bring hope for the start of a new era of peace, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, apostolic nuncio to South Korea and Mongolia, said in a Vatican News report on June 12.
He said that a “very important” new page has been turned and that, “It marks the beginning of a still long and arduous journey, but we...

Calls for unity and hope at Philippine Independence Day celebrations
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Filipinos in Hong Kong were reminded to be united as well as to have hope as the 120th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence was celebrated two days early in Chater Road, Central, on June 10.
An interfaith prayer service kicked off the day’s events, with leaders of the Filipino Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities offering prayers for good governance, peace and unity.
Divine Word Father Jay Flandez,...

Graduation at Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Guests, parents, graduates and teachers filled the campus Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School, Pokfulam, on the occasion of the school’s thirteenth graduation ceremony on May 26.
The event began with the national anthem, followed by a thanksgiving prayer and a warm welcoming speech by school supervisor, Dominic Cheng Chun-fat.
Guest of honour, Elizabeth Loh Ka-yee PhD, assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong (Faculty...

Religious week at Rosaryhill
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Students and teachers enjoyed the events and activities of the recent annual Religious Week held by the Rosaryhill School from May 21 to 24 under the theme, Be Humble, encouraging them to grow and flourish in the spirit of humility.
At the school chapel on May 21, students and teachers were inspired by the story of Father Jordan Zhang Dong Bo’s vocation and journey to the priesthood, as he spoke of the challenges he faced, especially in telling his...

Chinese authorities demolish Way of the Cross in Henan
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Way of the Cross at the well-known Our Lady of Mount Carmel sanctuary, the popular pilgrimage site in China’s Henan province was demolished by authorities at 8.00pm on June 5 in the latest clampdown on religious freedom.
Local government officials removed images of Jesus at the site in the village of Tianjiajing in the diocese of Anyang.
A source said that authorities sent personnel a month ago to tell Bishop Joseph Zhang...

Catholic church attacked in Kachin
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): Witnesses reported that the Holy Family Catholic Church and a nearby house in Kamaing Kawng Ra village in Hpakant township, Kachin State, were attacked by Myanmese military amid sporadic fighting with Kachin rebels.
Parish priest, Father Peter Nlam Tu, said he heard an explosion near the village on the evening of May 30 and some minutes later heard shots.
He said it appeared that soldiers had fired at random, leaving bullet holes in the...