The St Benedict Parish at Shatin Wai, Hong Kong celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the establishing of the parish on 8 July 2012. The parish was established on 11 July, the feast day of St Benedict, in 1987.
Church of St Benedict, Shatin Wai, Hong Kong
The Silver Jubilee celebrations together with the feasts of the Patron Saint of the parish and of the Blesseds and Martyrs of China [which falls on 9 July] had a beautiful culmination with a concelebrated Holy Eucharist by John Cardinal Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong. During his homily Cardinal Tong exhorted the faithful to focus on the example of St. Benedict in following the Lord through Prayer, Work and Silence.
The Parish Council with John Cardinal Tong Hon and priests and nuns
who formerly served in the parish, during the Jubilee Dinner
The Parish had a half-year long preparation as a run-up to the Jubilee celebrations. The renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremony, for couples married for 25 or more years and a prayer concert by the Parish Choir were two of the highlights of the celebrations. The celebrations were concluded with the Jubilee Dinner attended by over 400 parishioners.
Fr. Rossa [first from the left], together with other dignitaries on the dais during the Jubilee Celebrations
Fr. Jose Cherukara joined this Parish as its Assistant Parish Priest in the Month of November 2011. This is the first parish in the Diocese of Hong Kong in which the Claretians Missionaries begin to render our services. Fr. Rossa, Superior, Macau-Hong Kong Community was also part of the Jubilee Celebrations.