CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Migrant community mourns Bishop Yeung

HONG KONG (SE): At a Mass on January 6 at Christ the King Chapel, Causeway Bay, the migrant community of Hong Kong sadly mourned the loss of its beloved Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung who had been greatly supportive of migrants. 
The Mass in English was celebrated by Indonesian chaplain, Father Heribertus Hadiarto; Filipino chaplain, Father Jay Flandez, and Father Jun Jacobe. Around 400 people from the Indonesian, Filipino, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese communities took part.
A shrine with a black and white picture of the bishop, surrounded by candles and purple silk, was set up on the left hand side of the altar.
Father Flandez said during the homily that the death of the bishop came as a shock for his friends as the bishop had been hiding his sickness in order to shepherd his flock. He said the bishop had shown an example of how to overcome the fear of death by embracing our faith and taking care of our spiritual life. 
He then invited Silvia Setia Petra, a representative of the migrant community, and Sister Corazon Demetillo, the director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, to share their memories of the bishop.
Petra said she and her family were shocked by Bishop Yeung’s loss of weight when they picked him up and drove him to the chapel to celebrate the migrant Mass on October 21 last year. But the bishop was still cheerful and full of spirit during the ride and said nothing about his health. She believes he set a good example for priests, demonstrating the meaning of sacrifice to the end.
She also recalled making a mistake as an emcee during a Mass celebrated by the bishop three years ago. When she apologised to him afterward, she recalled that he had a big smile on his face, telling her not to think too much about it. She thanked the bishop for giving them an example of a good shepherd and expressed the migrants’ love for him.
Sister Demetillo said she was impressed by the bishop’s friendliness when she first met him as he approached her and welcomed her to the diocese. She said she met the bishop several times later to inquire about the direction of her job and he gave her simple but clear answers.
Sister Demetillo said she remembered that the bishop looked really pale when he celebrated the last Mass for migrants on October 21 and she was worried as she watched him at the altar. But he was able to continue and pose graciously for pictures at the end of the Mass.
She said that during the meeting of the Diocesan Commission for Pastoral Services to Migrant Workers on December 11 last year, Bishop Yeung, who was chairperson of the commission, was weak and finished the meeting—held every two months—with difficulty. 
Sister Demetillo thanked the bishop for being a good shepherd who carried out his mission until the end with love for the poor, the migrants and all people.
At the end of the Mass, Father Jacobe also thanked the bishop for his commitment to serve migrants. As a member of the Diocesan Commission for Pastoral Services to Migrant Workers, he explained that the commission has been headed by the bishops of Hong Kong due to the large number of migrants and the big need for resources and services. 
He hoped that the next bishop will go on with this legacy and have the same considerations for migrants. 
Father Hadiarto then sprinkled holy water onto the picture of the bishop. The congregation was then invited to line up to pay a floral tribute to the late bishop.
Sister Felicitas Nisperos, the former director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos told the Sunday Examiner that she was really sad for the loss of a good friend.

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