Category Archives: Local

THE STORY OF JAMES CHANG WOO HO, MACAU’S YOUNGEST PRIEST – The Korean Church is prepared to reach out to North Korea

– Marco Carvalho

He was ordained a priest on September 29th in a ceremony presided by Bishop Stephen Lee which was the pinnacle of more than a decade of total dedication to the discovery of the message of God. South Korean James Chang Woo Ho prayed for the first time in Vietnam at age 17 and since then, the contentment and restfulness he found within the Church never abandoned him. Faith placed him in pursuit of Saint Andrew Kim’s footsteps and brought him to Macau, where he intends to repay the effort made by the local Church to evangelize the Korean Peninsula.

PRESS INVITATION

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, three agencies with concern for children: Cradle of Hope, Against Child Abuse Association Child Protection Centre, and Good Shepherd Centre, have collaborated to do an “awareness raising activity” to commemorate the signing of the International Covenant on the RIGHTS OF THE CHILD on November 20, 1989.

MASS AND GALA DINNER TO CELEBRATE 93TH ANNIVERSARY OF YUET WAH COLLEGE

Yuet Wah College is scheduled to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the College on the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, on the 8th of December 2018. The thanksgiving Mass will be held at the Millennium Hall of the school at 8:30 am on the same day, and followed by activities organized by students and the school.

SIMPLE DINNER AT THE BISHOP’S PALACE

– José Miguel Encarnação

Bishop Lee celebrates birthday with the faithful

Bishop Stephen Lee celebrated his 62nd birthday with the faithful last November 10.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FR EDDIE HSUEH KWAN HO, HEAD OF THE FOCOLARE IN MACAU AND HONG KONG – Lay people are very much the apostles of today

– Marco Carvalho

Dialogue, evangelization and a communal experience of the spirituality that permeates the message of the Gospels are central concepts for the Focolare Movement. The organization, founded in Italy by Chiara Lubich during the Second World War, celebrates this year its 75th anniversary with a renewed commitment to continue to serve the Church. Present in over 180 countries and territories, the Movement settled in Macau at the beginning of the 1970s, where it develops a low key but steady approach to evangelization. The members of “The Works of Mary” congregation elect lay people and evangelization among peers as the best method to spread the word of God. Fr Eddie Hsueh Kwan Ho, head of the Movement both in Macau and in Hong Kong, says there are no better evangelizers.

TWO DOMINICAN BROTHERS RECEIVE DIACONATE ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY

– Jasmin Yiu

Two Dominican brothers, Ignatius Ngo Van Thu Giang and Francis Nge Nge, received the diaconate from the hands of Bishop Stephen Lee Bun Sang, Bishop of Macau, at St Joseph’s Seminary last Thursday, 1st November, the Feast of All Saints.

TRADITION OF OFFERING MASS FOR DECEASED IN THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES

The Church celebrates All Souls’ Day on November 2 each year. In Macau, following tradition, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun Sang presided over the memorial Mass for all deceased in the service of military and disciplined services. In his homily, the Bishop explained the meaning of death and eternal life to all the participants, who are mostly non-Catholic. He also said that “whenever we pay a visit to the cemetery, it reminds us about the meaning of life, and also reminds us we are also walking towards death… There is a very important aim in our lives, we have to do good and avoid evil, to prepare ourselves well for another life, a life of eternal happiness.” After Mass, Bishop Lee blessed the tombs of the deceased, including those of priests and nuns.

MASS FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY HELD ON NOVEMBER 3

A group of faithful attended the Mass for the holy souls in purgatory held on November 3 at the St Michael Cemetery. (Report and photo by Joni Cheng)

DIRECTOR OF SAINT ROSE OF LIMA SCHOOL SISTER LAW YUK CHING (II) – Some parents neglect their own children

– Marco Carvalho

Santa Rosa is a Catholic school, with Catholic values. How do these values reflect on the way the school subjects are taught? What makes the difference: the way the subjects are taught? Or the values it spreads?

Well, I think the parents choose us because of both. To be honest, the Chinese Section of Santa Rosa de Lima is not a very famed school in academic terms. I am quite aware of that. Well, we are not lagging behind either. We are a little bit above the standard. The parents know about that. Of course, they can see a number of our students getting to the University, the performance of our past students in Macau’s society. They can see all that. They can see how they are doing, but mainly – as you mentioned – we are a Catholic school. We are a Catholic School and Catholic Schools in Macau seem to leave a good impression on even the non-Catholic inhabitants in Macau. Apart from those with a political background, I would say that most of the parents try to enroll their kids in a Catholic School. It’s their first choice. On the other hand, once they are here, they can see the difference and the difference is that we put more effort on our students’ moral education. Of course the moral education we teach is based on our Catholic values. I think this is one of the main reasons why they want to get in.

TRAINING SEMINAR FOR STUDENT COUNSELLORS SUCCESSFULLY HELD BY THE DIOCESE OF MACAU

Group case discussion.

The training seminar “Principles and Values of Catholic Schools” was held successfully on 16 and 23 October by the Catholic Diocese of Macau. The seminar aimed to foster a better understanding in student counsellors serving at local Catholic Schools regarding the principles, core values, and the ethics the Schools respect and follow. Invited speakers for the three sessions of the seminar include Dr Francis Chan Nai-Kwok, Associate Professor of Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Religious, Spiritual and Moral Education (CRSME) in Hong Kong; Dr Peter Ho Man-Hong, Assistant Executive Secretary of the Diocesan Pastoral Commission For Marriage and the Family; and Dr Gerald Wu Kam-Yuen, Principal of the Colégio Diocesano de São José (no 5) Macao. Each session was attended by more than 70 participants.