The inaugural edition of the Admirabile Signum Nativity Scene Contest, organized in December by the Macau Catholic Culture Association, was contested by 16 Catholic schools. Magdalene of Canossa School was awarded the jury’s prize and was crowned champion overall, while the Salesian Institute’s manger won the ‘Internet Popularity Award’ polling one third of the votes.
O Holy Night: Soul stirring carols to waft across Senado Square as choirs ring in Christmas tonight
The Senado Square will once again host, on Christmas Eve, a Christmas carol concert. Organized by the Diocesan Youth Commission, the carolling session aims to announce the good news of the birth of Christ and help spread what the true message of Christmas really is.
Christmas in Macau: A melange of traditions imbued with the essence of Christ
Christmas traditions are essential, especially when they act as a conduit to God. As Christians, we must always remember to make Jesus our focus and move away from the superficiality of the world.
A quilt of intricate patchwork: In the Indonesian archipelago, varying traditions herald Christmas
Celebrating Christmas in the Indonesian archipelago is certainly a unique experience. Christianity has inevitably, over the centuries, adapted to local customs in an intricate process of acculturation.
Post Synod: Diocese of Macau commences online broadcasts for Christmas, daily Mass
The conclusions of the diocesan phase of the Synod of Bishops also explains the commitment to a broader communication strategy that is being adopted.
Cathedral parish prepares children for Christmas through conviviality and worship
The Portuguese-language catechesis group at the Cathedral Parish recently organized a Christmas meeting at Cheoc Van that brought together about 80 catechists, children and their parents. The initiative, in which the 11th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Father Daniel Ribeiro was also celebrated, should set the pattern for future events of the kind, now that Macau has come to terms with Covid-19.
Advent Hope in Patuá: Coro Dóci Papiaçám Sings Again for the Glory of God
Bishop D. Stephen Lee Bun-sang requested and Coro Dóci Papiaçám di Macau obliged. The interim choral ensemble sang Christmas carols in Macanese Patois outside the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady on Saturday afternoon. Later, the group accompanied the evening mass at Saint Dominic’s Church. The purpose? To convey a message of hope, in times of crisis and rapid change.
At Taipa parish, drawing contest seeks to teach the young that Jesus’ birth is the true reason for Christmas
The parish of Our Lady of Carmel has organized a drawing contest as a way to teach the younger generations the true meaning of Christmas. Under the motto “We Celebrate the Coming of the Lord with Peace and Love”, children of catechetical age who attend Sunday School in the only Catholic Church in Taipa, are invited to create Christmas-inspired artworks until December 18. The initiative aims to draw the kids’ attention to the fact that the real meaning of Christmas goes far beyond Santa Claus and exchanging gifts.
Catholic Culture Association announces Macau’s first Nativity scenes contest
The Macau Catholic Culture Association wants the Christmas manger to become a familiar presence in the homes of local Catholics. The organization has launched a competition to choose Macau’s most beautiful Nativity scenes. The association is also selling a 12-day Advent Calendar that allows for the creation of a complete Christmas crèche.
The fruits of conversion needed to adorn our Advent
Originally, the balls and the lights on Christmas trees symbolized the hope that nature would eventually overcome the cold and darkness of winter, and produce once again fruits and crops for our nourishment. May those fruits of conversion also bring hope and light to a world that is still in a deep moral winter.