The English-speaking community of the Cathedral, composed mainly of Filipinos, celebrated this first day in preparation for Easter, at Sao Domingos Church. It was a joyful but somber occasion for the English community to celebrate Ash Wednesday. We may recall that the communities of the Cathedral used Sao Domingos during the Cathedral renovation period.
The Diocesan Youth Commission unveiled last Saturday a new volunteer program, aimed at young people – and young adults – aged 16 to 35 years old. Called “Teen Sunny Project,” the initiative aims to attract fifty volunteers and prepare them to collaborate in the initiatives promoted by the organization.
Millions of Catholics around the world celebrated on Wednesday the beginning of Lent and Macau was no exception. In the local parishes, thousands of faithful, representing several different linguistic communities, took part in the symbolic ceremony of the imposition of ashes, a ritual that reminds Catholics of their condition as sinners and invites them to penance, reflection and conversion.
Pope Francis asked and the local Catholic communities complied. Hundreds of people packed the local churches on Wednesday to pray for peace in the world and in Ukraine, in particular. The Supreme Pontiff called on people to pray and fast for peace in Eastern Europe.
“Our association – Associação Piedosa do Escapulário do Carmo – was formed in 2021. We aim to serve the community and promote charitable work. We have about forty volunteers.”
To celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of the school, the Escola Dom João Paulino held the 110 Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on 25 January 2022.
In response to Pope Francis’ appeal concerning the situation in Ukraine, Bishop Stephen LEE has instructed that all parishes to arrange a one-hour public Eucharistic adoration on 2nd March (Ash Wednesday) to pray for the intention of peace. Parishioners are asked to take note of the details released by their parishes. It is also the Church’s established day of penance and Catholics of the required age are obligated to observe fasting and abstinence.
The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will collaborate with Saint John Paul II Catholic University, a newly established East Timorese higher education institution. As soon as the epidemic scenario allows travel to resume, USJ intends to institute exchange programs with East Timor’s Catholic University for students and teachers alike.
“My family on my mother’s side was deeply Catholic, in particular my grandmother. My grandmother went to church every day. She made us trust God. And returning to the Church was something I was looking forward to doing.”
SANTO AGOSTINHO NOVENA 24 FEB – 4 MAR ➤ 7:45 AM Novena & Mass (Chinese) ➤ 6:00 PM Mass & Novena (Portuguese) FEAST DAY 5 MAR (Sat) ➤ 8:00 AM Mass of the Feast of the Five Wounds (Chinese & Portuguese) ➤ 5:00 PM Anticipated Mass (Chinese & Portuguese) ➤ Way of the Cross (Chinese & Portuguese) ➤ Homily –…