April 2019

Absenting God - A discourse on the antithesis of atheism in the modern age
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

Brother Jess Matias
The contemporary conversation on not being religious yet professing to be spiritual signifies for many conservative Church observers the mark of a growing secularisation, if not a growing empathy for the atheist sentiment.
It has raised a most fundamental question on the paradox of atheism: Can someone be spiritual without professing the use of the word “God”?...

Daily Readings - Octave of Easter
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

Mass of Easter, Gloria, sequence, Creed, Easter preface and prayers (white). 
Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9.
Mass of the day, Gloria, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; Matthew 28:8-15.

Easter Sunday - The unnamed disciple and Peter
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

Mary Magdalene, after seeing the empty tomb runs to the two disciples: Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved. 
It is generally said that the beloved disciple is Evangelist John. But this identification took place much later, about 100 years after the apostle had died. However, in the Gospel of St. John, this figure certainly has a symbolic character and that should be understood.
This unnamed disciple is always connected in...

Easter Sunday - Si Hesus ay nabuhay na muli
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

Alleluia, Alleluia. Si Hesus ay nabuhay. Sumikat ang Bagong Araw. Hindi sa biyernes Santo nagtapos ang lahat kundi sa Linggo at Pasko ng Pagkabuhay ng ating Panginoong Hesus. Kaya tayong lahat ay nagagalak, umaawit, nagpupuri at sumisigaw, Alleluia, si Hesus ay buhay. Nakita siya ng kanyang mga alagad. Sila Magdalena, Pedro at iba pa. Nakakatuwa na nakakaiyak. Totoo nga ang sabi ni Hesus na siya ay mabubuhay muli at tayo’y kanyang kukupkupin. 

An Easter message 2019
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

This is the day which Yahweh has made, 
a day for us to rejoice (Psalm 118.24)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord: 

May the Resurrected Lord bestow his peace 
and joy upon you!
Thank God for giving us over two or three thousand adult candidates to be baptized as Catholics each year. And...

Remembering a joyful missionary
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): A Memorial Mass was offered at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, Central on March 19 for the soul of Sister Graciela San Diego of Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Angels (MNDA), who passed away on March 5.
People also prayed for the soul of Sister Florence Yongi, another MNDA sister who recently died when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on March 10.
Mass was concelebrated by Father Jay Flandez, chaplain to Filipinos,...

Barrier-free religious premises urged for the physically-disadvantaged
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth urged religious organisations to show concern for the needs of the physically-disadvantaged people by providing proper facilities for them.
In a press conference at its head office at Wang Tau Hom Estate on February 26, it released a Barrier-Free Religion Guide in cooperation with the Labour and Welfare Bureau, giving detailed information on what facilities are to be provided in different religious...

Fire at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

PARIS (Agencies): A major blaze engulfed the iconic Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, sending pillars of flame and billowing smoke over the centre of the French capital on April 15.
The daily newspaper, Le Monde, reported that the fire erupted in the attic of the cathedral and televised images showed the church’s iconic steeple ablaze.
BBC News reported that the blaze erupted at around 6.30pm, Paris time, but that the cause was uncertain, but...

Christ is Alive, Alleluia!!
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

Holy Week and Easter are the heart of the liturgical year. The progression from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper, where he washes the feet of his disciples, institutes the Eucharist and gives his disciples the bidding commandment of love, his anguished prayer in Gethsemane, the shocking events of his betrayal, trial and execution, the desolation of his death and, finally, to the dawn of a new world on Easter Sunday. The unfolding services of...

Pope begs for peace in South Sudan
(Saturday, 20 April 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): At the end of a highly unusual spiritual retreat for the political leaders of warring factions of South Sudan on April 11 held at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis knelt at their feet, begging them to give peace a chance and to be worthy “fathers of the nation.”
Unscripted, he said to them, “As a brother, I ask you to remain in peace. I ask you from my heart, let’s go forward. There will be many problems, but do not be afraid....