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We are all called to serve…

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “We have a humble consul general,” Melina Lagarbe, from the Filipino Migrant Cancer Support Services (FILMCASS), said at a gathering in Chater Road during Cancer Month (November) 2012.

“In my 28 years in Hong Kong I have never seen a consul general sit in the street and talk with us,” she continued.

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Pulling out all stops for typhoon relief

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “We sang in St. John’s Cathedral this afternoon,” excited members of a makeup choir from the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos and the parish at Discovery Bay bubbled at the end of what proved to be an exciting and fulfilling afternoon on December 15.

The Filipino community had been asked to provide a choir to open a fund-raiser for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), put together by several amateur choirs in Hong Kong on extremely short notice.

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Rich and poor under the same star

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “In our Christmas celebration we cannot forget that in our world there are people to whom the joy of the season is denied,” Father Teddy Abas said at a Mass under the stars in Chater Garden on Christmas Eve, December 24.

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No parols but spirit of Christmas is here

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : With the chill of a rural pre-dawn replaced by the bite of an urban wintry evening and the twinkle of lanterns dispelling the darkness overtaken by the glare of florescent tubes that dissolve every shadow, around 80 people gathered at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos on December 15 to mark the beginning of the pre-Christmas Simbang Gabi novena.

 “We may not have all the symbols of the Simbang Gabi,” Father Dondon Rollon told the gathering, “but we have the spirit of Christmas in our hearts.”

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Unforgotten welcome

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A surprise telephone call came to Mabuhay on November 11, just three days after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept all before it as it raced across the Eastern Visayas in the early morning of November 8.

“I visited Hong Kong some years ago,” the voice said from the other side of the world.

“I was with my husband and we attended an English Mass in Hong Kong where almost everyone else was a Filipino,” the woman’s voice continued.

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Prepare you the way of the Lord

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Service Committee held its Advent Recollection on December 1 at a packed Caritas Community Hall with some of the more than 1,000 people sitting on the floor.

The afternoon event began with praise and worship led by the Loved Flock Community around the theme, Rekindle the Fire of the Holy Spirit.

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Typhoon aid from Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : On November 17, the Church in Hong Kong responded to the people of the Eastern Visayas in The Philippines suffering from the terrible losses of life and property during the devastating super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, by taking up a special collection at all Masses in the diocese.

The diocesan agency, Caritas, has taken responsibility for the distribution of the money raised, which to date has amounted to $3.4 million. 

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Simple yet together

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A group of around 20 migrant domestic workers huddle together every Sunday morning in a park in Kwai Fong, in the far outreaches of the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

After a morning session of lectio divina, during which they reflect on the scripture readings for the day, before taking their lunch picnic-style and proceeding to the
St. Stephen’s Church at Ha Kwai Chung, for a bit of relaxation and prayer.

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People rally to support typhoon aid push

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “In the spirit of human solidarity and Christian charity, let us all try and contribute something to help the victims of the super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, who are still in dire need of food, medicine and shelter,” a notice posted on the website of the Filipino chaplaincy by the English-speaking community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Wan Chai read.

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Wedding bells on Christmas Day

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Chater Garden is set to celebrate Christmas Day with tinsil wedding bells, as the Filipino chaplaincy is organising a mass wedding as part of the  open air morning Mass.

However, there are a few limitations. There is only space for 25 couples and the ceremony is aimed at a specific pastoral need, convalidating civil weddings that have not been solemnised in the Church.

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