Members of the GELMac organized an annual food drive, collecting food donations at four different local supermarkets last Saturday. The donations were offered to Caritas and helped relieve Macau’s most vulnerable and needy.
Last weekend, 20 people participated in a silent retreat under the guidance of Father Daniel Ribeiro at the Diocesan Retreat House in Coloane. More than just engaging in a period of spiritual reflection, the retreat provided participants with an opportunity for a personal encounter with God.
The pastoral care team in charge of the Portuguese-speaking community at the Cathedral parish invited elderly parishioners to a social event – the first of its kind aimed at the Lusophone flock – which sought to answer some of the concerns that were raised by local Catholics during the diocesan phase of the Synod of Bishops.
Advent is our time to build our spiritual ark, that safe space which gives us the courage to battle our own iniquities and the assaults of worldly affairs. It is also a symbol of a new beginning, a chance at transforming one’s life to conform to the expectations of our heavenly Father.
Many of us become embroiled in conspiracy theories regarding the end of the world, and most often it is the Bible that is misused and misquoted to propagate false ideas. As Catholics, the cautionary words of Jesus about nobody knowing the day or the hour but the Father, must remind us that the important aspect of our faith is being prepared, at all times.
Although the Catholic Church is less of a force to reckon with in modern-day Cambodia, it still strives to play an active role in righting undeniable wrongs such as human trafficking, especially that of children.
The saints are essential to our progress in becoming good Christians because they teach by example and intercession. Every Catholic needs to inculcate the habit of a personal friendship with the saints in heaven.
Our faith shows us the pathway to hope. It teaches us patience and perseverance in trials and temptations to despair. It is the one thing that pulled many people through the most recent pandemic and, perhaps, renewed their relationship with God, making it even stronger.
The Decalogue (Divine Positive Law) is an explicit statement of what the Natural Law requires of us. Hence, it covers not only Catholics or Christians, but all men. Jesus Christ confirms the commands of the Old Law but reveals more demands for His followers.
The Perosi Choir has been promoting the art of choral singing in Macau over the last quarter century and will celebrate its silver jubilee with not one, but two concerts. The first recital will take place on Sunday (November 27) at Saint Dominic’s Church, and the second on December 3 at Yuet Wah College. Both concerts will have free admission.