Fil-Chinese Catholics celebrate 60-year missionary apostolate

With the theme ‘Giving God the glory from roots to fruits’, a triduum of holy masses was held from July 9 to 11.

Philippines
Jul 16 2014, 2:55 PM
Fil-Chinese Catholics celebrate 60-year missionary apostolate

The Chinese-Filipino community in Bacolod celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Chinese Missionary Apostolate in the Philippines at the Queen of Peace Parish and St. John’s Institute from July 9 to 12.

With the theme ‘Giving God the glory from roots to fruits’, a triduum of holy masses was held from July 9 to 11.

Conferences were also held during the three day celebration. The topics covered were ‘Tsinoy beliefs and Traditions and its impact on Philippine Society’, ‘The Contributions and Challenges of the Tsinoys in the Church of Bacolod’ and ‘Catholics and Chinese: Fusion or Confusion?’.

On July 9, which was also the feast of the Martyrs of China, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales celebrated the holy mass. “Do something good. Even the blind can see it. Say something good to someone who needs to be consoled, because even the deaf can hear, can understand,” Cardinal Rosales said, emphasizing how goodness demands to be felt.

Cardinal Rosales also administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to more than one hundred students of the St. John Institute. Talking about the essence of the sacrament of Confirmation, the Cardinal told the young students to prepare a space for the Holy Spirit in their hearts.

Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian of Bangued, National Coordinator of the Chinese-Filipino Catholic Apostolate in the Philippines and Director of the Episcopal Commission on Youth, celebrated the mass on July 10. Bishop Vicente M. Navarra of Bacolod celebrated the concluding mass of the Triduum on July 11.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, joined the Chinese-Filipino Community on July 12 in a thanksgiving mass at the Queen of Peace Parish Church.

To cap the 60th anniversary celebration, Cardinal Tagle delivered a conference on ‘The role and the challenge of the New Evangelization among the Tsinoys’.

Source: CBCP News