CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 19 August 2017

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Returning to God does bring joy

HONG KONG (SE): Around 600 people attended a Lenten Recollection organised by the Chaplaincy for Filipino Migrants Hong Kong under the theme of Returning to the Lord at Holy Family parish in Choi Hung on April 4.

Father Lino Nicasio was jetted in from Manila to be the mainstay of the day. He reminded those present that God made humankind out of dust and to dust they shall return, which is why ashes are placed on the forehead in the sign of the cross on Ash Wednesday.

Father Nicasio described the bottom line message of the day as being “you will not live forever and there is life afterwards in hell or heaven.”

He encouraged people to prepare for death and begin a new life by repenting, believing in the gospel and being merciful in the manner God is merciful, as God is love.

He stressed that God is always with us like a friend. He misses everyone and is waiting for us to return. Father Nicasio invited those present to look forward to the day they will return to God with joy.

The Divine Word Missionary celebrated Mass for the gathering in the afternoon.

The sacrament of reconciliation was on offer during the day with Father Jay Flandez, the chaplain for Filipino migrants; Father John Baptist Le Van Ba and Father Arjay Venus all lending an ear.

Father Nicasio said he enjoys being with the Filipinos in Hong Kong. As he recently had an operation on his eye, he invited those present to pray for his healing, as well as that of others.
He is currently the director and parish priest of the National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Manila.

 

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