August 2018

Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

AUGUST 19 – TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58.
 
AUGUST 20 – ST. BERNARD. 
Mass of the memorial (white). 
Readings: Ezekiel 24:15-24; Matthew 19:16-22. 
 
AUGUST 21 – ST. PIUS X. 
Mass of the...

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: And the world became Eucharistic bread
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

Today’s Gospel continues the discourse on the “bread of heaven,” from last week. It begins with an outrageous statement: the bread to eat is “his own flesh.” The reaction of those present is understandable and justified. They discuss among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” They understand that he no longer refers only to the spiritual assimilation of God’s revelation, but also to a “concrete eating...

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Espesyal na tinapay
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

Jesus said to the crowds, I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.
 
The Jews quarrelled among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
 
Jesus said to them, Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you...

Division among Churches obstructs the joy of the gospel
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The divisions within and between the communities, the Churches and society have grown deeper, more hurting. And therefore, reconciliation is a need of the time. Why don’t we, people of different Churches, come together more often? Why don’t we pray together? This shouldn’t be limited to a one-time event, instead, it should be part of our daily Christian life. Division within and between the Churches is an obstacle for the joy of the gospel,”...

Taizé participants learn about the migrants in their midst
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Participants at the workshop, Strangers in our midst?, called on people to treat migrants as their neighbours. The event, addressing the situations of the migrants in the city, was organised as part of the Taizé International Meeting of Young Adults in Hong Kong, and held at Kowloon Union Church, Jordan Road, on August 9.
 
Shoaib Hussain, assistant programme officer of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers, shared about the difficulties...

Appreciating differences is key to ecumenism
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Participants at the Taizé International Meeting of Young Adults in Hong Kong said that understanding and respecting each others’ differences is key to promoting ecumenism and to having harmony among people of different denominational and cultural backgrounds. The ecumenical gathering titled, Pilgrimage of Trust and Reconciliation, was organised by the Taizé Community and in Hong Kong from August 8 to 12.
 
Sara Var Laar, a...

Stories behind the singing and dancing in Central
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Public holidays are the most crowded days for Central, the financial hub of Hong Kong. Foreign domestic workers, who have nowhere to go on their day off,  have little choice but to “occupy Central” week after week. 
 
The Justice and Peace Commission put together a guided tour on July 22 and invited people to come and see the plight of foreign domestic workers first hand.
 
The activity was co-organised by the Hong Kong...

Priests removed for running summer camp
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

GANSU (UCAN): Father Wang Yiqin of Hui county and Father Li Shidong Two from the unofficial Church in China’s Gansu province were removed after being accused of holding a summer camp for a Bosco Youth Group at the Maijiqu Ganquan Catholic Church in Tianshui Diocese of Leling city of Shandong province. The priests were sent back to their hometowns.
 
The church is one of only two venues used by the unofficial community in the Diocese of Tianshui.
 
On...

I am the living bread
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world — John 6:51
 
Art: Elizabeth Kwong

Synod thankful for return of displaced Christians
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

DAHUK (CNS): The Chaldean Catholic Church its August 7 to 13 synod in Baghdad, Iraq, offering thanks to God for the return of numerous displaced Christians to their hometowns in the Ninevah Plain and for pastoral achievements in their dioceses.
 
The synod, held at the invitation of Louis Cardinal Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch, brought together Church leaders and participants from Iraq, the United States of America (US), Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Canada,...