Sunday, September 01, 2013

It's Celebration Time!

For the Claretians of Macau - Hong Kong, 2013 turns out to be an year of celebrations! In February, Fr. Alberto completed his 50 years of Religious life as a Claretian Missionary, which we celebrated later in April.
This year, both Frs. Jojo and Jose are in their 10th year of Ordination as well. Celebrations are organized in their respective parishes in Macau and Hong Kong. Fr. Jose’s anniversary was celebrated in July together with the Feast day of the Parish Patron, St. Benedict. Fr. Jojo’s anniversary was celebrated together with the feast of St. Lawrence on Sunday, 11 August, in St. Lawrence parish in Macau.
Month of July has been celebration time for the parishioners of St. Benedict Church in Hong Kong.  The Month of July is always special for the parish as the feast days of St. Benedict, the Patron Saint of the parish as well of the Martyr Saints and Blesseds  of China, the Patrons of the Mass Centre are celebrated in this month.  The Mass Centre celebrated its Patrons’ day on 7 July.  The Patron’s day and the “80th Ordination anniversary” of the priests of the parish was celebrated on 14th July, Sunday with John Cardinal Tong Hon, the Bishop of Hong Kong officiating the liturgical celebrations.
[L-R] Mr. Francis Wong (Chairman, Parish Council), 
Fr. Edward Yu, John Cardinal Tong Hon, Fr. Simon Li  
& Fr. Jose during the felicitation Ceremony.
The Parish community joined together with the three priests of the parish to thank God for the gift of Vocation to priesthood. Rev. Fr. Simon Li, the Parish Priest celebrated his Silver Jubilee of Ordination while Fr. Edward Yu completed his 45 years of priesthood, both in the month of July. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Ordination of Fr. Jose Cherukara.  Hence the celebration was named the “80th Anniversary Celebrations”!
Priests with the Cardinal and the 
Members of the Parish Council
The solemn Eucharistic celebration was followed by a tea party and felicitation ceremony. During the evening prayer, held in the parish church the three priests have shared their vocational journey and priestly life. The Claretian Community of Macau – Hong Kong joined the parish community in the celebrations.

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