God must be what makes us whole, our beginning and our end. Without him, we would not be and it is only in him that we gain everything.
Eleven extraordinary ministers of Communion – eight who serve the Catholic community in the parish of Our Lady of Carmel and three others in the Cathedral parish – recently received their respective certificates issued by the Catholic Diocese of Macau. The certificates were handed over in a brief ceremony that was presided over by Father Eduardo Aguero and Father Daniel Ribeiro. O Clarim spoke with three of the ministers about the meaning of the mission that was assigned to them by the Church.
The team in charge of the pastoral care of the Portuguese-speaking Catholic community at the Cathedral parish intends to celebrate the Feast of the First Holy Communion as soon as the local churches reopen. The ceremony, nevertheless, might be delayed until September, father Daniel Ribeiro told “O Clarim”. The First Communion Feast, that should have taken place on June 19th, was postponed for pandemic-related reasons.
The aggravation of the epidemic scenario in Macau forced the Cathedral parish to postpone the feast of the First Holy Communion. Covid-19 hindered the Corpus Christi celebrations, but did not prevent them from happening. The ceremony was broadcasted live on the Internet. The procession that should have connected Saint Joseph’s School and the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady was, nevertheless, cancelled.
From honouring St Joseph the Worker on his feast day at the church named for him and celebrating the sacramental progression of young Catholics; the recognition that sainthood can be achieved through any myriad of vocations on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations; remembering the admonishing yet hope-filled message of Fatima on Our Lady’s feast; to the Confirmation students of St Francis Xavier parish receiving appropriate guidance to grow in faith, the month of May was an eventful one, yielding spiritual blooms and representing a Catholic time of spring. O Clarim recalls…
The fall of the West may well be nigh with the wholescale acceptance of ideologies opposing the values that God has instilled in us which is the foundation of the Catholic Church. As we move away from these values, the more like beasts we become, to our own eternal detriment.
Are we ready to travel the same path as Jesus? Do we have the mental and spiritual strength to counter animosity and rejection with love and forgiveness? As true disciples, we must embrace ignominy, if that be our lot, with absolute joy. Today’s Gospel forces us to question our status as “followers of Christ.”
The Bishop Domingos Lam Centre for Research in Education was created three years ago with the purpose of fostering research focused on education and educational development in Macau, but the Covid-19 pandemic led to the cancellation or suspension of several of the projects in which the organization was involved. Restructured one year after it was founded, the Centre elected inclusive education as one of its main focus of research. O Clarim spoke with Ana Correia, an expert in special and inclusive education and current director of the Bishop Domingos Lam Centre for Research in Education.
Three children received the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the first time at the Church of Our Lady of Carmel in Taipa on Sunday, June 12th. The ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, however, put a damper on the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady for 15 other children as restrictions were imposed. Masses and other public religious celebrations were suspended in all local churches.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a devotion that offers us a clear appreciation of God’s love for us. In Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, we find redemptive love that offers us a second chance through reconciliation and the courage to follow in his footsteps even unto death.