June 2019

Thirteenth Sunday and Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time - Daily Readings
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  
Readings: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Luke 9:51-62.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Genesis 18:16-33; Matthew 8:18-22.

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Nothing should stop us following Christ
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

In the gospel today, Jesus resolutely journeys to Jerusalem where crucifixion and death await him. He, like the suffering servant of Yahweh, takes on the pain, for he knows, that is the way the love of the Father is to be manifested.  
Incidents on the way help Luke to respond to the questions raised by the Christians of his community: how should they react with those who are obstructing their journey, those who oppose the way? To those who ask to...

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Tawag para sa kaharian!
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

Ang buhay natin dito sa lupa ay isang paglalakbay o espiritual na paglalakbay. Ibig sabihin nito na may sukdulan ang ating paglalakbay, at para sa atin mga binyagan, ang kaharian ng Diyos ang ating pupuntahan.
Sa ating ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito, may mga taong gustong sumunod kay Hesus. Nakita at nalaman nila na si Hesus ang tunay na kalayaan, si Hesus ang kaligtasan. Sabi nila kay Hesus, “Susunod po ako sa inyo kahit saan. Sumagot si Hesus, “...

Church leaders call for independent inquiry and withdrawal of extradition bill
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the June 18 apology of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, apology for the disputes and anxiety that resulted from her handling of the controversial extradition bill, John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, and Reverend So Shing-yit, chairperson of the Hong Kong Christian Council, issued a statement on July 19 accepting Lam’s personal and public apology along with the admission of...

Cathedral under renovation
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, has been undergoing major renovation work for better conservation and maintenance since June 10. The cathedral is expected to be available for use in December.
With the renovation work ongoing, weekday Masses are being celebrated at the parish hall and Sunday Masses at Caritas House Community Hall.
The internal renovation projects are expected to be completed by the end of November,...

First communion and confirmation at Rosary Church
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Twenty-eight children from Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui made their first communion on June 8 and 17 young people received the sacrament of confirmation—four of whom also made their first communion during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, together with the priests of the parish, Father Mario Gutierrez, Father Mike Sloboda and Father Patrick Sun. 

There was a gathering in the parish hall...

Hong Kong delegates bring extradition fears to the Vatican
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

We were very honoured to be chosen as the representatives of the Diocese of Hong Kong for the International Youth Forum, the June 19 to 22 post-synod Youth  orum organised by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. The theme of the forum centred on Christus Vivit (Christ Lives), the post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people, published earlier this year. In the document, we young Catholics are encouraged awaken and take the lead in...

China called out for ‘extreme hostility’ to religion
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

WASHIINGTON (UCAN): “The Chinese Communist Party has exhibited extreme hostility to all religious faiths since its founding. The party demands that it alone be called God,” Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state of the United States of America (US) said at the release of the US Government’s 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom on June 21.
“In China, the government’s intense persecution of many faiths—Falun Gong...

Robust religious freedom and education key to countering attacks
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

UNITED NATIONS (CNS): Many terrorist attacks and other violence against houses of worship, religious sites and faith communities around the world “are finally receiving the attention, condemnation and committed response they deserve,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said June 24 at the United Nations (UN).
The archbishop, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, spoke of the attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; on Catholic churches and an...

Do not wait for fate but create your destiny
(Saturday, 29 June 2019 )

SHOULD THE CHURCH be involved in politics? For many of us, politics is a dirty word, a synonym for dishonesty, misused power, patronage, self-interest, pressure groups, propaganda, and ideology. A phrase such as “An honest politician” is commonly seen as an oxymoron! Hence a lot of people in the Church hold the view that the Church should keep away from issues of politics and let politicians deal with them. 
There are also politicians who share similar...