CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 November 2018

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Share the gospel by living it bishop says

HONG KONG (SE): “Sharing the gospel does not mean merely sharing the knowledge of it, instead it invites the faithful to share their lives lived according to gospel values,” said Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the bishop of Hong Kong, in his homily during the Chrism Mass on March 29. 
 
Over 1,000 people packed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road for the celebration on Holy Thursday. 
 
Mass was concelebrated by auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing; former bishops, John Cardinal Tong Hon, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun; the vicars general of the diocese and over 160 priests of the diocese.
 
The Mass of the Chrism was also the occasion for all the priests and deacons of the diocese to renew the vows of their ordination. During the Mass, priests, deacons and representatives of the entire diocesan community gather in unity around the bishop, who blesses the Holy Oils—Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and Sacred Chrism—for use in the coming year. 
 
Meditating on the gospel reading for the Mass, Bishop Yeung told the gathering that when Jesus announced his mission as the one anointed to proclaim the good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners and to recover sight for the blind and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:16-21), he was not only talking about what he would do in his plan of salvation, but was also giving a new direction to his followers so that they too would share his mission and joy.
 
The bishop reminded the clergy that while God entrusts the flock to them, service to the flock helps them to learn through different trials so that they can bear witness to the gospel in their lives.
 
It was the first time Bishop Yeung has presided at the Chrism Mass since he succeed Cardinal Tong as the bishop of Hong Kong in August last year. 
 
The bishop urged those present to pray for their priests and bishops so that they may remain faithful ministers of Jesus Christ and lead people to God.

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