CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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A walk to support vocations

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Commission for Vocations organised a walk to promote vocations on December 26, in which around 500 participants taking different routes, walked to Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen.
Different parishes, schools and religious institutes joined the event. Led by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, around 200 people started their journey from Aberdeen Technical School reciting rosary. Other groups were required to take a route no less than an hour from the seminary. 
Parishioners of the Holy Redeemer Parish, Tuen Mun, walked to the destination from the Peak on Hong Kong Island.
Celebrations at the seminary began with a Eucharistic adoration with songs and prayers led by members of the youth group TOUCH. 
Participants also had the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, as a number of priests sat at the confessionals.
A Mass for the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr was concelebrated by Bishop Ha, John Cardinal Tong Hon and other priests. 
In his homily, Bishop Ha urged people to believe in the love of God despite hardships and bear witness to Jesus Christ.
Bishop Ha also emphasised that there is no age limit for responding to vocations. He urged people to pray for everone’s vocation.
Members of a prayer campaign for vocations were also commissioned by Bishop Ha. The members of the campaign pledged to support young people responding to their religious vocations with words and actions. 
Sister Sania Ho Ka-yi, executive secretary of the Diocesan Commission for Vocations, said the formation for vocation and that for young people are interrelated. 
She hopes that through the activities of the Year of the Youth, more young people could discern their vocation and make appropriate decisions. 

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