March 2019

Mass Readings for Fourth Sunday of Lent and Fourth Week of Lent
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for the Sunday of Lent (rose). 
Readings: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple). 
Readings: Isaiah 65:17-21; John 4:43-54.

Fourth Sunday of Lent - The return of the children
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

The prodigal son, perhaps this is the most beautiful of all the parables told in the gospels. The story is traditionally retold and explained focusing on the figure of the prodigal son or the prodigal father whereas the focus on elder brother in the original story is often lost in retelling the parable. 
The parable goes like this. One day the younger son of a wealthy landowner comes to his father and asks for his inheritance. He silently divides his...

Fourth Sunday of Lent - Ang pagbabalik
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

Ang pagbabalik ng aligbug-hang anak ay kasaysayan ng isang tao na naghangad mamuhay ng sarili sa pag-aakalang may sapat na siyang kakayahan, kayamanan, at kaisipan.  
Naisip niyang lisanin ang piling ng ama sapagkat ayon sa kanyang paghuhusga ay magiging mas masaya at marangya ang kanyang buhay. Maaring sa mga unang araw ng kanyang pag-alis ay totoo ang kanyang iniisip.  
Mas masaya ang buhay na malayo sa piling ng magulang, at...

Diocese issues new guidelines on handling sexual harassment
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): A new booklet, containing guidelines on handling complaints about sexual harassment in the diocese has been sent out to parishes so people can inform themselves about Church policy and the avenues available for dealing with complaints. Published in Chinese, an English version is due out soon, 
Dated February 20, the guidelines were approved by apostolic administrator, John Cardinal Tong Hon, and are applicable for lay people as well.

Pope to beatify martyrs during visit to Romania
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): During his May 31 to June 2 visit to Romania, Pope Francis will beatify seven bishops of the Eastern-rite Romanian Catholic Church, who were martyred during a fierce anti-religious campaign waged under the communist regime, and stop at six destinations, including a popular Marian shrine in the Transylvanian region.
His visit to the predominately Orthodox country will be his 30th foreign trip after visiting Morocco in late March and Bulgaria and Macedonia in...

Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School visited by justice secretary
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School in Pokfulam, was visited on March 12 by Hong Kong’s secretary for justice, Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, along with Southern District councillors, Chu Ching-hong, chairperson; and Chan Fu-ming, vice-chairperson. They came to see how the school caters to the needs of students from different nationalities and how it has promoted a multi-cultural learning environment.  
To enable students to unleash their...

Be missionaries Hong Kong’s Catholics urged
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Hong Kong’s Catholics have been encouraged to study historical events so that they can carry on the work of missionaries to evangelise the territory.
Speaking at a March 23 event to launch a lecture series called Missionary History of Hong Kong Church in 20th Century Father Louis Ha Ke-loon, director of the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, remarked that conducting historical studies does not merely involve...

Maryknoll centenarian goes home to the Father
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Paulita Hoffmann, died on March 14 at Maryknoll, New York, the United States, she was 104-years-old and had been in the consecreated life for 85 years.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 13 August 2014,  she was a swimming instructor, a Red Cross volunteer and an office worker before entering the Maryknoll Congregation at the Maryknoll Motherhouse in Ossining, NY on 4 June 1933.
Her first foreign mission assignment was to...

Pope accepts resignation of embattled Chilean cardinal
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 77-year-old Ricardo Cardinal Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, the Vatican announced on March 23. While the Vatican did not give a reason for the cardinal stepping down, however, the cardinal has faced widespread criticism for his handling of cases of clerical sexual abuse in the country. All bishops are required to offer their resignations when they turn 75. The pope chose Bishop Celestino Aos Braco of Copiapo, who will turn 74-years-old...

Welcoming new faithful
(Saturday, 30 March 2019 )

The Second Scrutiny and the Rite of Anointing for catechumens, takes place this Sunday. Over the past decade, about 3,000 adults were baptised in Hong Kong every year. If they grow steadily in faith formation, they will bring fresh air for evangelisation. 
In recent years, some parishes have initiated many ideas to train catechumens. This not only sustains teaching or sharing within catechumen groups, but also encourages them to participate in liturgy...