CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 18 March 2017

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Beginning life at 102

HONG KONG (SE): The Christmas Vigil Mass at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Sheung Shui last month was not only a celebration of the birth of Jesus, but also the birth of new life for 102-year-old Yu Yuet-Mei, who received the sacrament of baptism from Bishop Joseph Ha Shi-ching.

Yu chose the name of Mary as her baptismal name.

Yu was a Buddhist until she moved into St. Joseph’s Home two years ago, where she first became acquainted with the Catholic faith. 

She said that she was moved by the sisters’ care for her and the other elderly residents’ eagerness to share their faith.

After a year-long catechumenate, she decided that she was finally ready to receive baptism at Christmas.

Although Yu relies on a hearing aid in her human communication, her impairment did not hinder her communication with God or stop her from hearing his call.

When Bishop Ha asked her about her intention to be baptised, she answered so firmly that the more than 200 sisters, residents, volunteers and members of the choir from St. Francis’ in Ma On Shan were deeply touched.

After Mass, a birthday party was put on for Yu. She cut her first birthday cake as a child of the light as her friends from the home sang Happy Birthday in her honour.

The sisters said that they are deeply impressed that she was baptised after going through the complete catechumenate in exactly the same way as the other catechumens and are also thankful for the fact that God chooses the right time in our lives to call us, even if it may seem a bit tardy by human standards.

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