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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD – You Go Into the Vineyard Too!

PHOTO – Jasmin Yiu

– Fr Leonard E Dollentas

To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances, to seek him the greatest adventure, to find him the greatest human achievement. (St Augustine)

A story is told about a priest and a bus driver who both died and went to heaven. St Peter ushered them to their permanent abodes in heaven. They hopped on to a golf cart and went out the back door. They stopped at about 50 acres of rolling hills. Thereupon, St Peter turned to the priest and said: “Father, this will be yours for eternity, a perfect little cottage, right next to lovely pond, a lush little garden, and a library full of books.”  The priest was delighted and with his modest smile thanked St Peter. The priest was dropped, and St Peter and the bus driver went back to the pearly gates.  They transferred to a flashy car, a 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-class and went out the front door. They stopped before 500 acres of land, with mountains and lakes and rivers. There was a huge 200-room castle on one of the mountains, and a wishing well that makes wishes come true. St Peter said to the bus driver: “Well then, this will be yours for eternity, you can live in that castle with servants to attend to you.” The bus driver was overjoyed, yet a little hesitant and said to St Peter: “St Peter, I should be grateful, but why am I getting so much more than the priest?” St Peter giggled and said: “You brought more souls to Heaven! When the priest preached, everyone fell asleep. When you drove your bus, people prayed!”

In supporting Kerala, India

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Dear Parish Priests,

“I am close to the Church in Kerala which is doing all it can to bring relief to the population. Let us join in prayer for those who have lost their lives and for all who are suffering because of this terrible calamity.” (Pope Francis, Angelus, 19 August 2018)

These days we have been following the tragedy in Kerala, India, caused by a calamitous rainfall which has hurt or killed many victims. In solidarity with and as a sign of Christian compassion for those affected by the flood, the Bishop of Macau announces the following:

On August 26 (Sunday) in all Masses, a second collection should be taken as a concrete sign of solidarity with the victims. The donation will be sent to the affected area by the Procuration Office of the Paço Episcopal.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

Dom Stephen Lee Bun Sang

Bishop of Macau

22 August 2018

Chancery Notice

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Chancery Notice

In response to the pastoral needs of the Diocese, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun Sang make public the following arrangements:

1. Fr. Francisco Xavier Chan Pou Chun ceases to be Assistant Parish Priest in St. Antony Parish.

2. Fr. Tadeu Tang Si Yan, ceases to be Assistant Parish Priest in Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

3. Fr. Kornelius Supranoto Bardata, SVD, ceases to be Assistant Parish Priest in Our Lady of Fatima Parish, and is to be appointed Assistant Parish Priest in St. Lawrence Parish.

The above arrangements are effective as of 1 September, 2018. Given at the Chancery Office, 20 August 2018.

Fr. Manuel Machado, MCCJ

Chancellor

FEAST OF ST LAWRENCE CELEBRATED ON THE 12TH OF AUGUST

Several young people received confirmation and made their first communion during the celebration of the Feast of St Lawrence on 12 August 2018. (Photos by Ivan Leong)

PROF CRISTIAN MENDOZA ON CHURCH MEDIA IN MACAU AND HONG KONG – Transmitting the beauty of the Christian Faith

– Jasmin Yiu

Rev. Prof. Cristian Ovando Mendoza, Professor of the School of Church Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, visited Macau and Hong Kong to promote the importance of Church Communication as well as a fundraising project which benefits priests from all over the world who study at University of the Holy Cross.

THERE’S STILL LITTLE AWARENESS ON INCLUDING DISABLED PEOPLE – Psychologist Ana Helena Amaral on Macau Society

– Pedro Daniel Oliveira

Local Government and NGOs favor the inclusion of disabled people, but there is resistance from the society, says Psychologist Ana Helena Amaral, for whom a mentality change is needed. In an interview with O CLARIM, she speaks on loss of the quality of life, coupled with the lack of leisure spaces and the difficulties created by casinos and the increase of tourists in Macau SAR.

TIME TO PRAY AND LOOK FOR DIOCESAN VOCATIONS – Feast Day Of The Assumption Of Mary

– Pedro Daniel Oliveira

On Wednesday, August 15, the Diocese of Macau celebrated the Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary, with a Solemn Mass in the Cathedral presided over by Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang.

THE TRAPPISTINE NUNS OF THE MONASTERY OF OUR LADY STAR OF HOPE – Fidelity and Witness in Macau

– Fr Leonard E. Dollentas

I have had a lifelong curiosity about the Trappistine nuns. How do they managed to wake up so early in the morning and carried on to chant the psalms, and be still in tune? How do they managed to have music practice when absolute silence is strictly observed inside the monastery, and still sing like birds in perfect unison? Why are they facing each other inside the chapel? How do they muddle through producing those laboriously delicious cookies, jams, honey-flavored organic cough syrup (a product depending on each monastery), when they seemed to have little time for manual work?

FEAST OF SAINT LAWRENCE’S CHURCH – Mass and confirmations cap celebration

– Pedro Daniel Oliveira

On Sunday, August 12, the Macau Diocese celebrates the “Parish Day of Saint Lawrence’s Church”, with a solemn Mass presided over by Msgr Stephen Lee Bun-sang, during which 7 parishioners will receive the sacraments of confirmation.

FORGING UNITY THROUGH DANCE – Teacher And Director Nicole Azevedo

– Pedro Daniel Oliveira

Nicole Azevedo Barros is director and teacher of Nicole Dance School, which works with children and adults in different ways. The group from Cape Verde took part in the International Youth Dance Festival. Speaking to O CLARIM, she said the doors to take great strides have opened in Macau, since she’s now considering to organize a similar event in her home country. Expanding the scope of education to the schools and colleges of the city of Praia, the capital, is on her wish list. Getting kids away from social exclusion is another goal.