February 2019

Mass Readings - Eighth Week in Ordinary time, Ash Wednesday, After Ash Wednesday
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

MARCH 3 – EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Sirach 27:5-8; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45.
 
MARCH 4 – MONDAY: EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Sirach 17:20-28; Mark 10:17-27.
 
MARCH 5 –  TUESDAY: SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. ...

Eighth Sunday in ordinary time - Aug mabuting puso ay malapit sa Diyos
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

Mahalaga ang mensahe ni Hesus para sa atin. Ang lahat ay kailangang mag mula sa atin, ang pagbabago, kababang loob, kabutihan at kagandahang loob. 
 
Paanonnga naman nating maaayos ang buhay ng ibang tao kung ang ating buhay mismo ay magulo at walang maayos na direksyon. Hindi nga naman maakay ng bulag ang kapwa bulag sa paglalakbay. Hindi sapat ang salita. 
 
Madaling humusga o manira ng kapwa,  pero mahalaga na makilala ay...

Eighth Sunday in ordinary time - There is only one master
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

Today’s Gospel, consists of a series of the Lord’s sayings directed false teachers who dilute the essence of the teachings of Jesus. It starts with a well-known proverb: “Can a blind person lead another blind person?” 
 
When the disciples told Jesus that the Pharisees were offended by his words he responds: “Pay no attention to them! They are blind leading the blind” (Matthew 15:14). In today’s passage the...

Lenten message from our apostolic administrator
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

“Do not let people disregard you because you are young” 
                                                                                 (1 Timothy 4:12)
 
 
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, ...

Post-synod document on young people coming soon
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican announced on February 24 that Pope Francis will issue a document on Young people, faith and vocational discernment, five months after the world Synod of Bishops gathered to discuss the topic.
 
The pope will present his post-synodal apostolic exhortation on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, during a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, near Italy’s central Adriatic coast.
 
The synod and its final...

Technology should serve humanity not the reverse pope warns
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): Technology holds the potential to benefit all of humankind, but it also poses risky and unforeseen results, Pope Francis said in remarks during an audience with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life and those taking part in its February 25 to 27 plenary assembly, which included a two-day workshop on Robo-ethics: Humans, Machines and Health.
 
The rapid evolution of increased technological capacities, for example with artificial intelligence and...

Remembering early missionaries in Sai Kung
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Working Committee for Following Thy Way held a seminar, co-organised with the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on early Catholic missionary work in Sai Kung, at the university on February 2. 
 
The committee pointed out that early missionaries not only spread the gospel, but also helped residents of the area with their livelihood problems.
 
Cindy Chu Yik-yi, a professor of the...

Music an important part of life and liturgy
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The close relationship between music, liturgy and prayer was explored during the Sacredness with Music Symposium (Past, Present, Future) a symposium on sacred music co-organised by the Divinity School of Chung Chi College and the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on January 24 and 25. 
 
Professor Chan Wing-wah, a music educator, composer and conductor, said during a session on January 25 that every piece of...

A chat with Monsignor Ante Jozic
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

Further reflections from Monsignor Ante Jozic, the outgoing head of the Holy See Study Mission,
on the Church in China, excerpted from his interview with the
Sunday Examiner and the Kung Kao Po on February 12
 
In China we have bishops who are over 80- 90- or even 100-years-old, who still are retained as ordinaries. The Holy See prefers to...

Measures to help protect minors are imminent
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): While the four-day Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended, the work to ensure that laws and concrete actions are in place is just beginning, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi during a press briefing on February 24.
 
Father Lombardi, who served as moderator of the February 21 to 24 summit, said Pope Francis will soon publish a new set of laws and guidelines concerning child protection for Vatican City State.
 
The measures, he...