CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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A Caritas spring

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas-Hong Kong (HK) brought together benefactors and well-wishers for its annual Spring Reception to celebrate the Chinese New Year on March 13, at the Community Hall of Caritas House, Caine Road.
Welcoming the guests to the tea gathering, students from Caritas Nursery School-Shatin, performed a lion dance and sang an action song.
The bishop of Hong Kong, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-chueng, together with the former bishop, John Cardinal Tong Hon and c, chairperson of Caritas-HK, performed the eye dotting ceremony prior to the lion dance.
Addressing the gathering of over 200 people, Bishop Yeung, who is president of Caritas-HK, thanked the guests and said the Year of the Dog is meaningful for Caritas. He explained that Chinese people have been affectionate towards dogs from early history as they are faithful to their masters despite their ups and downs. 
The bishop compared this supportive spirit to that of Caritas, which has faithfully served the needy, the last, and the least as well as the helpless for 65 years.
Bishop Yeung also observed that without the support of its benefactors Caritas could do nothing. He brought up the recent successful fund raising activity for the Caritas Institute of Higher Education as an example. 
He said the spring banquet is a chance for all who care about the needy to gather and a chance for him to express his gratitude.
Bishop Yeung, Father Joseph Yim Tak-lung, the secretary of Caritas-HK and Father Tsang, then raised a toast to the activities of the Catholic service provider for the coming year.

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