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Back home during my vacation

What I was looking forward to when I went home for my vacation was bonding with my family. I had a great vacation recently. We didn’t go to other places besides our farm. We took our bath near the river, picked fruit, harvested vegetables and played with my nephews. And of course not to forget our food trip. I ate whatever food came to my mind as I know I won’t be able to eat them here in Hong Kong.
— Hezel Arceta








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St. Alfred’s Got Talent

The St. Alfred Guitarists held their first thanksgiving celebration at the parish hall in Shatin on July 9. The theme for the day was Showcasing Our God Given Talents. The programme featured a mixture of Christian songs, love melodies and rock.
 
It was an afternoon of praying while playing, as the strings of the guitars spelled out the prayer of the fingers that plucked them.
 








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On going back home

We just finished a three-in-one celebration month at our parish—birthdays for the month of July; as well as the anniversaries of the Mother of Divine Grace praesidium and Mary Help of Christians praesidium, and lastly, my farewell party on July 23.
 








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Waiting is the farmer’s game

Being a farmer is not an easy job. Every day farmers wake up as early as cock crow to go out to the fields and also to tend their animals like the carabao, the cow and the goat. They also love to raise chickens, ducks and geese.
 








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Our call to mission

HONG KONG (SE): A celebration of the 50th year of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal was held at the hall of the Sing Yin Secondary School in Clearwater Bay Road, Kowloon, on August 13. 
 
Around 1,000 people from the Chinese- and English-speaking charismatic communities gathered for the occasion.
 
The Chinese-speaking community ran a songs of praise session prior to a worship session led by Jing Mendoza, from the Loved Flock Charismatic Community.
 

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Thoughts about the martial law in Mindanao

I was shocked by the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Under martial law, the just and lasting peace every Filipino family aspires for will be unreachable. When there is no just and lasting peace, human rights abuses and violence will reign over our Mindanao. The imposition of martial law will only worsen the present critical condition of human rights in there. 
 








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Tribute to the heroes

On June 12 Philippine Independence Day was celebrated in different parts of the country or even by Filipinos abroad. But what more touching was the giving of honour and respect to all the marines, armed forces and police who have died in the war in Marawi city in Mindanao. It was a heartbreaking moment seeing many coffins with the lifeless bodies inside. Fighting to their last breath for our country due to the love for service, they deserved honour and respect.  
 








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Moments with my father

When I was young my father loved to sing me songs and his favourite was The Impossible Dream. And when I grew up we used to sing together. We both love to sing and that is what I inherited from him—a talent for singing. I was told that I inherited his voice. I really miss him. He has been gone for more than a decade and his memory will forever remain.








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Fountain of joyful grace

“Come to me 
all you who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest”(Matthew 11:28)
 
God is good and wonderful 
in all his creation
He made us 
through divine inspiration
walking hand in hand 
in our holy vocation
to bring all souls 
with the gift of salvation.
 
God’s endless love 








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Why am I proud of being a Filipino?

We are known for being hospitable in a sense of being open-hearted towards 
everyone we meet.
Filipinos are selfless when it comes to caring about theirfamilies. We are glad to see our families happy. And, living in a Catholic country, people have a strong faith in God.
 
 — Maybelle Baltazar