CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Fifty years serving the Church in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate, popularly known as the PIME Sisters, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment their community in Hong Kong on Sunday, December 2 at Ss. Cosmas and Damian Church in Tsuen Wan. 
During his homily, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung called on the over 1,000 strong friends and well-wishers who joined the thanksgiving Mass, to learn from the Blessed Virgin Mary to be open to the plan of God and when confronted with problems in life, learn to ask God, “What should I do?” 
When the angel Gabriel announces the birth of Jesus to Mary, she did not run away from the proposal, instead she just asked, how would it be possible. The bishop further explained that we should also open our heart and communicate with God in prayer and ask what we should do. When the angel told Mary “don’t be afraid,” she knew that everything was in God’s hands. He said that, like Mary, we should also be aware that God is in control. 
Mary also had the wisdom to make the right decisions, Bishop Yeung said. When she heard about the pregnancy of elderly Elizabeth, she chose to go across the mountains to serve her, ignoring her own pregnancy. 
There could be differing opinions, but Mary didn’t hesitate to prioritise the needs of the other over her own.  
Twenty-two priests concelebrated the Mass during which the bishop congratulated Sister Theresa Pathickal, one of the two pioneering missionaries who came to Hong Kong in 1968. 
He also handed over a parchment of Papal Blessing to Sister Luigia Mindassi, the superior of the Congregation in Hong Kong. 

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