CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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The Vocation Month of May


HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Vocation Commission organised the first of several Masses to mark Vocation Month at Holy Cross parish in Shau Kei Wan on May 7.
Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing invited people to pray for young people that they may have the courage and strength to respond bravely to the vocation that God is calling them to.
Bishop Ha then reminisced on the calling he received in his own life, saying that he believes the most important thing is to do things for God, so as to live a richer life and always be with God.
He encouraged young people to follow the example of Jesus, to listen to his voice and act on his will.
The auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong then pointed to some good news for the diocese, saying it has four new seminarians this year.
Although he noted that quality of person is the name of the game, not numbers, it is still something for the diocese to rejoice in, especially during May, when Hong Kong celebrates Vocation Month.
He then spoke of the need for people to act as shepherds that can inject hope, joy and love for life into people, as illustrated by the recent suicide of a number of young people.
Anthony Law Wang-tat, a seminarian for the diocese, shared that he began to discern a calling from God after his moving experience at World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011.
He called the experience among young Catholic people of the world in Spain a turning point in his decision to follow a vocation to the priesthood. "My vocation helped me leave my comfort zone and become stronger," he said.
Canossian Sister Catherine Fung Yuen-ching said she believes that God first called her parents to pave the way for her vocation.
She encouraged parents to pray that their children can be sensitive to the call of God to their vocation in life.
Asked about friends and relationships, Sister Fung said that God has been her ultimate and most reliable love.
Over 200 people took part in a walk for vocation on May 6, the day prior to the celebration of Vocation Sunday in the diocese.
The walk kicked off with a talk at St. Mary’s Home for the Aged in Aberdeen in which Bishop Ha reminded those present to repent in response to the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.
People recited the rosary on their trek to the Holy Spirit Seminary at the other end of Welfare Road.
A number of people talked about their vocation during a sharing session after the short walk to the seminary grounds, in which they stressed that the family is the first nurturing ground for any vocation.


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