CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Holy Doors opened at four more Hong Kong churches

Hong Kong (SE): Around 1,600 people packed into St. Teresa’s Church, Kowloon, as Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung opened the Holy Door at 3.00pm on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, followed by a bi-lingual Mass concelebrated with the priests of the parish. 

In his homily, Bishop Yeung asked people to open their hearts as they passed through the door and to be open to God in the sacrament of reconciliation. Pointing out that it was also the World Day of Peace, he invited everyone to offer prayers for peace.

The bishop expressed hope for a world built on love, reminding listeners that what is needed is not money, but ears to listen and a heart to accept. 

He said that respect and patience are important in showing love and concern for others, and are attitudes which can help society embrace the marginalised.

Four other Holy Doors were also opened on January 1 at the chapel of the Holy Spirit Seminary, Aberdeen; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Taipo; St. Joseph’s Chapel, Yim Tin Tsai; and Our Lady of Joy Abbey, Lantau.

In his homily at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, John Cardinal Tong Hon said, “the Holy Door, the door of mercy—which we cross quite easily in the church—reminds us that we have so many other doors to open, which we do not dare to enter… I am thinking of the many invisible gates that we keep well locked within our hearts that need to be opened too.  The crossing of the Door of Mercy may help us to overcome fear and resentment that keep us locked up, unable to open up to real friendships with people and ultimately with God.” 

Acknowledging the overseas foreign workers in the congregation, the bishop of Hong Kong said, “Your contribution to the wellbeing of Hong Kong society deserves recognition and respect. However, the human price paid for being far away from your husbands, your wives and children is known only to you. No money can compensate for such a loss.” 

He then prayed for the intercession of Mother Mary for all families, especially young people and children, for guidance, hope, trust and real friendship as they are growing up “in a world that is even more confused and unredeemed.”


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