January 2019

Fourth Sunday and Fourth Week in Ordinary Time - Dail Mass readings
(Saturday, 2 February 2019 )

FEBRUARY 3 – FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.
Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sundy (green). 
Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13; Luke 4:21-30.
 
FEBRUARY 4 – MONDAY: FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Hebrews 11:32-40; Mark 5:1-20.
(Mass of Eve of Lunar New Year permitted in evening.)
 
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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - The prophet : a sign of contradiction
(Saturday, 2 February 2019 )

Today’s passage resumes from last Sunday’s reading that recounts what happened in the synagogue of Nazareth when Jesus proclaimed the beginning of the year of grace. What he read is like a manifesto of the whole mission of Jesus which included: the salvation of the poor, the weak, and the oppressed.
 
Initially, when Jesus read the passage: “All agreed with him, and were lost in wonder while he spoke of the grace of God.” How did the...

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Buksan ang puso para kay Hesus
(Saturday, 2 February 2019 )

Minsan ay nabasa ko sa isang tatak ng t-shirt na “every gising is a blessing.” Ipinahahatid  ng mensahe na ito na ang isang pangkaraniwang bagay, tulad ng pag gising sa umaga, na maaring hindi na natin napapansin, dahil ito ay pamilyar na, ay isa palang biyaya. Sa ating buhay, ay napakaraming ganitong mga pang-araw-araw na pangyayari na tila baga binabalewala na lamang natin dahil pamilyar na lang na nagaganap. 
 
Nang sinabi ni Hesus...

Be a part of God’s love story for this world pope tells young people
(Saturday, 9 February 2019 )

PANAMA CITY (CNS): “Are you willing to be an influencer like Mary, who dared to say, ‘Let it be done’?” Pope Francis asked the hundreds of thousands of young men and women who had made their way to St. John Paul II Park, for the evening prayer vigil on January 26, preceding the penultimate, closing Mass at 8.00am the next morning.
 
“Only love makes us more human and fulfilled; everything else is a pleasant but useless placebo,”...

Family and friends pay tribute to late bishop
(Saturday, 9 February 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Family members and friends of the late Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung thanked him for his contribution to family and Church as they recalled different experiences in his life.
 
Cindy Yang, his sister, remembered her eldest brother’s love for the family. For her, Bishop Yeung was a responsible brother who performed the duty of a father. 
 
In an interview with the Kung Kao Po on January 11, she recalled that the future...

Tibetans ordered to remove images of Dalai Lama
(Saturday, 9 February 2019 )

Sang Jieja
 
 
The Chinese government is again restricting Tibetans from venerating portraits of the Dalai Lama despite protests from scores of Tibetans who have died by self-immolation in protest against Beijing’s “colonial rule” and its attempts to eradicate Tibetan culture.
 
This time it is also mandating that Buddhist temples and monasteries remove his image and hang up pictures of Chinese...

A message from the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign
(Saturday, 9 February 2019 )

Lent is approaching. The Church in Hong Kong is organising its annual Lenten Campaign under the theme: Do not let people disregard you because you are young, which will run from March 6, Ash Wednesday, to April 17.
 
Reverend Andrew Au Gar-wai, the chairperson of the Lenten Campaign Organising Committee, is appealing to parishes, Catholic schools, Catholic institutions and communities to participate through prayer, reflection and sacrifice.
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Praying for rule of law at opening of new Legal Year
(Saturday, 9 February 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 100 people from the legal profession gathered for a prayer service at the opening of the Legal Year 2019 on January 14 at St. John’s Cathedral, Central, at which they prayed for justice and the rule of law.
 
The service, organised by Thomas More Society as well as other legal practitioners’ groups, was officiated by Archbishop Paul Kwong of the Anglican Church and John Cardinal Tong Hon, apostolic administrator for the Catholic Diocese of...

Beware of spirals of hatred on social media
(Saturday, 2 February 2019 )

It has always been talked about and now it is becoming a reality. Social media has turned into the big stage for the targeting and cyber bullying of opponents. The immature and ferocious judgment of the online community effectively threatens and even destroys the lives of the targeted. 
 
Recognising the threat that looms over social media, Pope Francis penned his message for this year’s World Day of Social Communications and observed that our...