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The art of friendship

Friendship is an art of sharing

it begins with a good and sweet smile

remembering each other's names for a while

making each other feel free and at ease

A spirit of new friendship is soon released

 

Friendship is an art of caring








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Anniversaries are not luxuries

The Apostleship of Prayer Centre III celebrated its 24th anniversary on October 23. It was a great day for us because our Mass was celebrated by Father Frederic Fornos, a delegate from Rome, and concelebrated by Father Anthonius Balubun Reynolds, the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Father Rodolfo Jacobe, our director.








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Every migrant’s wish at Christmas

To be home during the Christmas season is the wish of every migrant worker. I say so because this was once my dilemma while I was working as domestic worker in a foreign land for many years. The longer I worked there, the more years I did not spend Christmas at home.








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Setting sail for Holy Spirit seminary

On Sunday, October 23, at around 1.00pm, a lone ship pulled away from the quarry side in front of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Tai Po. Its cargo contained a motley crew of Sunday School and Youth Group students, teachers and parents, along with other notable personages of esteemed repute, including Sister Maria So Yin-ha and Father Paulo Ceruti, as well as numerous helpers of the generous sort.








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Journeying in life

Reaching my 39th birthday on October 15 was such a great blessing from above. People say that life begins at 40, therefore my life is yet to begin. 

It is quite alarming to think about an approaching of a birthday, not because of the number, but the thought that another chapter of life is being opened and the dare of an unknown tomorrow has to be faced.








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Parish living rosary

We had our Living Rosary in the parish car park of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Tai Po, at 5.00pm on October 31. It was joined by the Chinese- and English-speaking communities, as well as members of ministries and parishioners. We are glad that the parish has this event to celebrate our devotion.

The Living Rosary was participated in by 61 people and three altar servers, who carried the cross and candle. The rest joined the choir and prayers from their place.








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Let’s make time for the Lord

The Jubilee Year of Mercy was meaningful for me and I was especially touched during a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. For me, pilgrimage is a sacrifice—it is a sacrifice to make time for the Lord in order to learn more about the sacred text, ethics and holy places, to deepen our faith.








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Inspirational chill out by the lake

Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians16:14) was the theme of the 10th annual parish picnic of the St. Jude’s English-speaking Community as everyone spent a day chilling out with fun and friendship at Inspiration Lake, Lantau, on October 10.








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Holy Family in Choi Hung

HONG KONG (SE): The Christ the King community in Holy Family parish, Choi Hung, celebrated its ninth anniversary with a musical drama competition on November 20. This year’s celebration carried the theme The life of the Holy Family in our everyday life.

Entering the parish hall where the celebration took place felt like travelling back to the time of the Holy Family, as most of those in the hall were wearing costumes from the time of Jesus.








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Is keeping a promise important for you?

I  promised myself that I will not do unnecessary things, say bad words, always respect and understand the decisions of others. 

Promises are important, because they give people hope in something that for sure will happen at the right time. It is important to keep your promises, because once you have delivered the words, they can never be revoked; words that already linger in people’s mind and keeps them hoping until you fulfill your promise.