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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

The rooster crows hope

On the front page of this issue of the Sunday Examiner, Christian artist, Susan Chan Siu-chu, has painted a rooster crowing in the Lunar New Year. A new beginning has come.

In traditional agricultural society, the crow of the rooster at the crack of dawn awakens the farmer, signalling the beginning of a new day of work and a new day of hope.

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Thoughts at 55

When we age honestly,

we understand more about love.

When our physical eyesight dimmer,

our spiritual eyesight gets clearer.

As our body weakens,

our mind stays more willing.

 

After all the denials, the masks, the fears,








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Perpetual vows on Lamma Island

HONG KONG (SE): Friends and relatives gathered at The Portiuncula Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament Monastery on Lamma Island on December 18 last year to witness Sister Mary Grace Abastillas of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from the Order of St. Clare take her perpetual vows.

With a crown of roses on her head and a bouquet in her hands, Sister Abastillas approached the altar slowly during a Mass celebrated by Father Frank Elsinger, together with Father Adjutus Tian and Father Paul Fru.

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Perpetual vows on Lamma Island

HONG KONG (SE): Friends and relatives gathered at The Portiuncula Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament Monastery on Lamma Island on December 18 last year to witness Sister Mary Grace Abastillas of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from the Order of St. Clare take her perpetual vows.

With a crown of roses on her head and a bouquet in her hands, Sister Abastillas approached the altar slowly during a Mass celebrated by Father Frank Elsinger, together with Father Adjutus Tian and Father Paul Fru.

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Faith thrives in the family

HONG KONG (SE): A former Protestant pastor from The Philippines, Noe Dora, shared about the beauty of the Catholic Church and how to build up a happy family during two Advent recollection days for overseas workers organised by the Filipino chaplaincy.

He was invited to speak at the Canossian Sacred Heart College on Caine Road on December 10 and at Holy Family parish in Choi Hung on December 11.

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Beginning life at 102

HONG KONG (SE): The Christmas Vigil Mass at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Sheung Shui last month was not only a celebration of the birth of Jesus, but also the birth of new life for 102-year-old Yu Yuet-Mei, who received the sacrament of baptism from Bishop Joseph Ha Shi-ching.

Yu chose the name of Mary as her baptismal name.

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Blessing of the legal profession

HONG KONG (SE): Around 100 people from the legal profession gathered for a celebration of the opening of the Legal Year on January 9 at St. John’s Cathedral at which they prayed for justice and the rule of law.

Presided over by Archbishop Paul Kwong and John Cardinal Tong Hon, the ceremony was arranged for the same day on which local judicial officers mark the beginning of the legal year at City Hall.

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Prayer and march for peace

HONG KONG (SE): Come together to make peace was the rallying cry at a prayer rally organised by the Justice and Peace Commission together with groups from Christian Churches at the music kiosk in the Victoria Park prior to the January 1 march for World Day of Peace.

Over 70 people prayed for issues they see as disrupting the peace of Hong Kong, including the rule of law, political reform and the retirement protection plan, as well as social harmony.

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An embryo has the right to be loved

HONG KONG (SE): The welfare and the rights of babies born to surrogate mothers were the major issues looked into at a conference organised by the Bioethics Resources Centre of the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy, together with the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family on December 10.

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Proclaiming Christ as king in Discovery Bay

In Philippians 2:10 St. Paul states, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those that are in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue should profess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The parishioners of the Trinity Chapel in Discovery Bay once again publicly expressed the important truth that Jesus is the King of the Universe with a solemn Eucharistic procession immediately following a Mass on November 20.