Serran Prayer for Vocations

O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner,
rather that he be converted and live,
grant, we beseech You, through the intercession of
the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin,
Saint Joseph, her spouse,
Saint Junipero Serra and all the saints,
an increase of labourers for Your Church,
fellow labourers with Christ
to spend and consume themselves for souls
through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Amen.

為聖召祈禱文
天父
請增加我們教友團體的信德
尤其是那些祢已經召選
及將蒙召選為事奉祢的人們
願祢聖子基督的聖愛
感召更多青年
使遲疑不決的人作出決定
使受召的人能持守不渝
天父
當我們要作犧牲時
使我們堅強起來
效法祢的聖子
承行祢的旨意
擯棄一己的私意
亞孟

 
 

Heartiest congratulations
to our Chaplain
Rev John B. Tsang
on your 80th Birthday!

 
 
Board of Trustees (2017-2018)
  Chaplain: Fr. J. B. Tsang   1-Year Trustee: Winnie Yau  
             
  President: Peter Tam   2-Year Trustee: Peter Lee  
             
  1st VP: John Wong   3-Year Trustee: Denis Chang  
             
  2nd VP: Francisca Lo   Executive Officer: Wilfred Lee  
             
  3rd VP: Cecilia Aw   Immediate Past President: Joyce Chang  
             
  Hon. Secretary: Richard Tan   District Governor: Michael Chuang  
             
  Hon. Treasurer: Derek Ku   Hon. Assistant Sec: Fergus Chau  
             
  Upcoming Events:  
  2017    
  Aug
   
  15
Tue
Sn Peter Lee
Topic: Church teachings on the doctrine of Holy Mary
 
       
  Past Events:  
  2017    
  Aug    
  12
Sat

To celebrate the 80th birthday of Chaplain Fr. John B. Tsang, Mass of Thanksgiving was held at the Rosary Church at 3 pm on August 12th 2017 with Fr. J.B. Tsang as Principal Celebrant, and in the presence of His Eminence Cardinal John Tong Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong.
The church was packed with parishioners, choir members and members and their spouses of Serra Club of Hong Kong.
The Mass was followed by a reception at the parish hall.

 
  Jul    
  31
Mon


Some 70 members from the HK Catholic Marriage Advisory Council and the Serra Club of Hong Kong hosted a dinner to celebrate His Eminence Cardinal John Tong's 78th birthday. Among the honorable guests was Rev. Peter Kwong, Archbishop Emeritus of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, Mrs Kwong and Lady Cheung.
Before dinner, a photo session of the gathering took place during which Serran Peter Tam, President of Serra Club , gave an address. This was followed with dinner which commenced with a prayer led by Rev. Fr. John Baptist Tsang, spiritual director ofSerra Club. During dinner, Dr. Peter Au Yeung of the Birthright Society Ltd. sang two classical songs while Rev. Fr. Tsang spoke of how he and the Cardinal grew up together in the seminaries in Guangchou and in Hong Kong respectively. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Barry, also a long time associate of the Cardinal , spoke of how he came to know the Cardinal; the latter's love for basketball and episodes of their basketball practice on weekends. The evening ended in a high note with birthday songs in English and Chinese, cake cutting by Cardinal Tong; his address and blessings.

 
  29
Sat


On July 29th, 2017 (Saturaday) at 3.00p.m. the Hong Kong Diocese was blessed with the ordination of two Deacons----Francis Xavier Wong Kwan Yau and Vincent Woo Wan Shun(執仕黃君佑和胡允信) at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, Hong Kong.
In the history of the Diocese, it was the first time that the Mass of ordination was concelebrated by His Eminence Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong; retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus, Rev.Michael Yeung , Bishop and Rev. Joseph Ha Chi Sing, Auxillary Bishop. Scores of priests, consecrated persons from different religious orders and hundreds of faithful ,among whom were members of the Serran Club of Hong Kong , were present to witness this historical, joyful and heart-warming event. When mass came to an end after 5.00p.m., the congregation was invited to attend a reception held at the Caritas Hall located next door where lots of photo-shooting took place.

 

 
  18
Tue

1st Topic: Caritas Higher Education Institute Fund Raising
Speaker: Rev Father Joseph Yim Tak Lung;
Serra Club's 2nd general meeting, started with the 1st talk by Rev. Father Josph Yim Tak Lung, the Chief Executive of Caritas HK, about raising funds for the development of Caritas Institute of Higher Education (CIHE) into a Catholic University, Saint Francis University, upon passing through all 3 Programme Area Accreditations in 2020. Total cost of development was HKD800 million of which about HKD300 million had been successfully raised together with HKD100 million Government Grant (GG) from the government, making it possible for just borrowing HKD300 million from the government (to be repaid in 10 years), to complete the whole project. Today, another round of HKD500 million GG had been allotted for disbursement: with the 1st tranche of matching of GG on a dollar-for-dollar guarantee basis with the first HKD12 million of donation, while the 2nd tranche would be disbursed on a ratio of "One HKD of Government Grant-for-Two HKD of Donation", on a first-come-first-serve basis, with maximum total GG capped at HKD 100 million for each qualified self-financed institution. Among the various programs (mainly of bachelor degree level) currently offered by CIHE, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Dispensing and Social Work were quite popular - like Nursing in which only 200 students could be admitted out of 6,000 applicants - as CIHE had invested heavily in the latest teaching tools and equipment. The revised land site approved by the government enabled the connection (through several flyovers) of the newly established building with the adjacent existing campus of Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, paving way for further development of CIHE into a full scale accredited university in the near future. In conclusion, for the founding of Catholic University of our own, there was an easy way of releasing the financial burden of the Church, if all faithfuls worked altogether to make donations as early as possible (starting on or after 1st August, 2017), so as to tap the GG up to another HKD100 million, as announced by His Eminence Cardinal Tong recently.
[Download Donation Flyer for details]

2nd Topic: God's signs in my life
Speaker: Serran Fergus Chau
The second talk conducted by Serran Fergus Chau, Prosecutor of Department of Justice, also our Honourable Assistant Secretary of Serra Club, told us that he was born of an ordinary Catholic family with rich religious tradition, thanks to his parents' inheritance from his grandparents. Naturally, he was sent to a Catholic primary school, but when he grew up he did deliberately choose a Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School, among other options, for the sake of his faith and of the good relationship with a priest. In Form 3, he visited his relatives in the United States, and that incidentally began his overseas schooling in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, which were all abundantly endowed with His blessings and supports - thanks to the simplicity of the devout Catholic host families and the fraternity of the Catholic school and college all along his 4 years' staying - paving way for his participating of the Altar Boy services in the Mass, joining the Knight of Columbia (of 4th degree knight) to serve the poor and needy, and meeting with some legal professionals in the Catholic community. All these seemed to lead him to join a Catholic University, Loras College in Iowa, laying down a good foundation to further his study of law in Hong Kong. Subsequently, the designation of prosecutor as his profession was another sign of His guidance, as that was not his initial planning and academic focus (e.g. Land Law, Administrative Law or Judicial Review), but that eventually had given him the chance of bringing His Mercy and Justice, in the light of public good to the Hong Kong Community, all for His Glory.

 

 
  9
Sun
What a wonderful Our Lady of Fatima Centennial Celebration to have so many joyful faithfuls and participants fully packed in St. Anthony's Church on 9 July 2017, long before our great Chinese Sacred Music composer, Rev. Father Clement Kong (OCSO), also on his 80th Birthday, accompanied by Rev. Father Giles Chong (OCSO) of The Trappist Haven Monastery on Lantau Island, could make their way to the church through the side entrance, just a brief moment before 3:00pm, the Merciful Hour of Our Lord who voiced out His triumph - "It is Consummated" (John 19:30) - on the Cross for our unmerited eternal salvation some 2000 years ago.
Today, this resounding calling - " I Thirst " (John 19:28) - remained deeply engraved in the Immaculate Heart of The Blessed Virgin Mary who in no time not joining closely with the Sacred Heart of her dearly beloved son, Jesus, as one could see her apparitions 100 years ago in Fatima, echoing in Rev. Father Matthew Chan's (SDB) opening speech with the central theme of "Contemplation in Action" – meaning that our lives, by thoughts, by words, and by deeds should be made and transformed into a faithful Christian's prayer, a prayer in response to His calling through the unwavering helps of Our Lady's unceasing intercessions for all of us. Father Kong was an exemplary model of living out his faith through his contemplative life further expressed in his numerous musical masterpieces, like that of "The Magnificat". Thanks to the loving voice and the directives of Our Heavenly Mother to the seers, Father Chan invited all of us to stand up to recite The Holy Mary of Fatima prayer, bearing in mind to make changes to our lives - through Confession, Penance, Fasting, Holy Eucharist, and Rosary Prayer- for the peace on earth.

Salesian Family, the main organizer, invited Sarra Club of Hong Kong and Bosco Schola Cantorum as the co-sponsors for this musical prayer event, to show our appreciation of Father Kong's contribution to the Church, and of the transcendent power of his music to Our Lord. Indeed, Our Lady of Fatima souvenirs were widely distributed to so many people at the entrance of St. Anthony's Church, reminding us the love of His Calling.
Calling, Community and Sending were the three main parts of the program, which kicked off with Father Chong's performance of two songs, Mother of Sorrows and Assumption, followed by many performing groups, like Choirs, western and Chinese orchestras, with a final singing performance of Father Kong and Father Chong for a Chinese song "Fenyang Flower Drum Song 鳯陽花鼓" (see the details in the flyer). Undoubtedly, the music and the songs were not only popular but also beautiful and spiritual (e.g. "Hymn of God's Mercy主慈頌" and "The Magnificat 聖母讚主頌") – a true means of uplifting our minds and spirits to His altar.
After the ceremony of presenting the souvenirs to the Fathers (especially Rev. Father Pedro Leung Chi Choi, SDB, Parish Priest of St. Anthony's Church for making the church arrangement), the performing groups, the serving parties and the sponsoring groups, Father Chan invited all of us to stand up once again to sIng "Our Father". In the end, we received the blessings from all the Fathers.

[View Photo Album here]    [Download Prayer Booklet]

 
  4
Tue


Topic: Missionary Vocation - A Calling for All Baptized.
Speakers: Rev. Father Grégoire Vignola, Quebec Foreign Mission Society (SME); lay people: Ana María Jara Fierro, and Mary Ann Ofialda
Serra Club's 1st general meeting for 2017-2018, started off with a talk led by Rev. Father Grégoire Vignola of Quebec Foreign Mission Society (SME), an Assistant Parish Priest of Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, had clearly demonstrated the uniqueness of this missionary society - with priests, associate priests and lay people staying together while supporting one another in this community lifestyle to advance the evangelization throughout the world, currently covering 10 countries, in Asia (China/Hong Kong, Cambodia, Japan, Philippine), Africa (Kenya) and Latin America (Brazil, Peru, Honduras), with its home base in Quebec, Canada.
Established in 1921 as local missionary society, predominantly Canadian, by the bishops of the Francophone Church of Canada, SME has gradually transformed into an International Missionary Society in 1997. China was their first missionary destination when they landed in Inner Mongolia in 1925. To-day, Hong Kong is their base with the support of two lay people, Ana María Jara Fierro, and Mary Ann Ofialda who went through a 3 to 4 years' training program. The lay people would enjoy same financial supports as the priests to perform the missionary work in the local diocese, such as helping the Missionaries of Charity to serve the poor, visiting the sick, providing assistance to handicapped people and marginalized.
Ana Maria and Mary Ann explained the 3 stage comprehensive training they had gone through, with the first year at home country of the candidate for the discernment of intention and nourishment. The 2nd year overseas training gave them the chance to learn the new language, and to experience the new cultures in Kenya for deepening the discernment. In the 3rd stage, the candidate would be sent back to the home country preparing departure for one of the mission countries of SME. During such 3 to 4 years of training, they should have deepened their discernment, purified the intention, and cultivated the missionary attributes - like simplicity, humility, adaptability, ability of leading the community life with listening and openness to others, and above all the love of Christ and His Church. For those who had the discernment of pursuing priesthood, they had to go through the philosophy and theology training for a much longer period in that final stage.
Overall, the missionary lives as lay people were quite enriching, with exposure to new environment, new language, and meeting with people of various nations.


July birthday stars: Cecilia Aw, Thomas Wong, Howard Sou, Elizabeth Cheng.

 

 
  1
Sat
Feast Day of St Junipero Serra, our Club's patron saint.
A group of Serrans attended an early Mass celebrated by Fr. John Kwan at St Margaret's Church followed by a fellowship breakfast.
St Junipero Serra pray for us!
 
  Jun    
  20
Tue

Justin Tse, was the guest speaker at our 24th general meeting. His topic was Knowledge Management (KM).
Justin graduated with a master's degree in KM. He has worked with the Police in its KM division. Currently he is involved in KM at The Red Cross. He also engages in KM training at the university.
What is Knowledge management (KM)? It is the process of creating, documenting, sharing and managing the knowledge and information of an institution. It refers to a multidisciplinary approach to achieving organisational objectives by making the best use of knowledge.
KM is a technique. Its success depends on understanding the culture of that institution and formulate creative approaches to attract viewers and participants. Its mission is to facilitate and drive the flow of knowledge across the organisation – sharing answers, insights, expertise, ideas and information. Rewards are often used as a way to encourage and heighten level of engagement and participation. The website must be user friendly. Once recognition in accessing the website is deemed beneficial on a personal and professional level, daily logon will be by choice not by command.
Applying KM practices in institutions in one form or another is quite common today. Once familiarity sets in, it becomes routine.

 

 
  17
Sat

On a blessed Saturday morning (17th June 2017) with a little raining, we, Michael Lau, Ruby, Peter Tam, Wilfred and Peter Fung, after having a short walk from the parking lot, came to a decent house of Daughters of St Paul in Ha Keng Hau Village, Shatin.
Warmly received by four Sisters, Sister Grace Lee led us into a living room where all of us could have a comfortable seating, and she even made us some tasty tea from Taiwan, and cake too.
Sister Lee has been staying in Hong Kong for many years since the establishment of their presence in 1987.
Over the years, she witnessed the development of Hong Kong as their mission was to spread the good news to the community through mass media, in particular books.
They got used to go to the schools during the weekdays, and to the Churches only on Sundays, for book exhibition, where they could talk to the youths, and that was highly upheld by His Emmenience Cardinal Wu at that time, for such promotion and formation of spirituality.
Currently, four sisters were living together, with Sr. Seo newly arrived from Korea, Sr. Tessie Ngai, Sr. Helen Ng and Sr. Grace Lee in this convent house.
Sr. Lee introduced us a new book to be coming soon to the market, a completely new version of Chinese translation concerning the life of a very well-learned scholar, Dr. John Wu, who intriguingly consolidated the diversity of Chinese Cultures with Catholicism - a deep and beautiful expression of his unique spirituality - worth to be sharing among all of us, especially the faithful.
Looking forward to the 30th anniversary of their mission in Hong Kong, they sincerely invited us to participate in the celebration next year.
It was such a fruitful visit as they gave us some beautifully designed biblical based folders and related missionary books of their religious order; and to further our spiritual understanding and mission on vocation, we bought some vocation books, and placed order with them for the expected new book: "Beyond East and West (超越東西方)" of Dr. John Wu, a diplomat in Vatican and scholar. (Peter Fung)

 

 
  6
Tue

Professor Alison Yeung was the guest speaker at our 23rd general meeting. Her topic was Be still and know I am God: Why and how? Professor Yeung received her PhD in History from UCLA. She is currently teaching at The Chinese University in The Department of Education. For a long while she felt a sense of discontent despite personal success. The retreat organised by the Monastery Without Boundaries that she attended led to an important revelation and discovery: meditation was introduced as a tool for self reflection in which one enters in a state of awe and feels the close proximity to God. This experience has enriched her life. She now meditates regularly and has also formed a small group at the university for this purpose.
In sum, meditation is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. Before she ended the talk she encouraged us to engage in a short meditation.


June Birthday star: Sn Albert Li

 

 
  May    
  28
Sun

It was a lovely day to host the Singing Saint. Over 700 Catholics attended the Singing Saint which took place at The Holy Spirit Seminary from 3-7pm on the day of The Ascension of the Lord. In the football field 14 stalls were set up and minded by various religious orders as well as The Holy Spirit Seminary and Serra Club. Each offering delicious snacks and information leaflets about their order/association. Music filled the air throughout the afternoon. Fr Kam delivered an opening speech to the young people on vocations followed by denominations introducing their order and singing songs of praise. The event ended with evening prayer and blessings from Bishop Ha.
[Please click the image above for photo album]

 

 
  21
Sun


As May is the vocations month, Cardinal John Tong dedicated/concelebrated the 11am Mass at St Jerome's Church in Tin Shui Wai for vocations. After Mass two sisters shared their vocation calling with the congregation as well as Cardinal Tong during Mass. President Tam also gave a brief introduction on the mission of Serra Club.
Serrans and DVC members were successful in drawing the attention of more faithful to pray for vocations before and after Mass. More than 50 vocation forms were filled. It was truly another fruitful event.

 

 
  16
Tue

Sn. Cloris Lim was the speaker at our 22nd general meeting. Her topic was Nanyin 南音: My Inspirational Encounter. Nanyin Music is one of the oldest existing music genres in China. It derived from royal palace music and later established itself in Quanzhou, Fujian Province when the court musicians migrated there. In the same period many country folks also moved to the Minnan area where Quanzhou City is located to escape the civil wars and economic hardship. They brought along their music culture, which later blended into the local folk music and became a new music genre: Nanyin music. For the migrants, Nanyin music brought back familiarity and comfort of home while living in a distant land. It served as a soothing remedy for homesickness. It also established social bonding and community solidarity.
In 2009, China successfully championed for UNESCO recognition of Nanyin as an intangible cultural asset. Although Nanyin is an ancient art form, it has survived China's political, social and cultural change and its legacy lives on.
Sn Cloris highlighted that her success was all credited to the Holy Spirit. It had guided her from the time she started learning how to play the piano as an adult to mastering Level 8 in 5 short years to taking up her PHD research in Nanyin Music. She reckoned that the master plan has been laid out for her leading her to now becoming a member of Serra Club of Hong Kong...

 

 
  07
Sun

On this Vocations Sunday, Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Ha and 3 priests at The Holy Cross Church. After which there was sharing by a seminarian and Sr Catherine Fung on their individual calling. Serrans and DVC members/volunteers co-minded a stall outside the Church to distribute booklets and information on Vocations to the worshippers as well as obtaining their contact details for outreach purposes. It was another successful attempt as 50 more names were added to the list. 

 

 
  03
Wed


This year Mother's Day was attended by 175 nuns from 21 orders in Hong Kong. The VIP guest list included His Eminence Cardinal John Tong, Sr Joanna Marie Cheung SPC, Chairperson of Association of Major Religious Superiors of Women in Hong Kong and guest speaker Dr Joseph Kwan, a Geriatric specialist who delivered an insightful presentation on humanistic ways to care for the elderly. It won't be a celebration without the lucky draw and table prizes. Besides the sisters being entertained, they were also able to catch up with one another as Sr Joanna mentioned in her thank you speech. In closing, Cardinal Tong gave an inspirational talk after which two hymns dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima were sung followed by a group photo in the garden.

 

 
  02
Tue

The guest speaker for our 21st general meeting was Mr. Albert Au, founder of Acesome Limited. His topic was Digital Health. Given Albert's IT background and also having worked at IBM's medical solutions division, it was natural that he should pursue an app that provides relevant information to the care giver in a clinical setting.
Acesome focuses on affordability, portability and personalisation. It is all about patient relationship management, enhancing personal care plan and keeping accurate personal healthcare record for service providers (clinic, nursing home and home care) so to facilitate the care giver to deliver the best care. The app is programmed to include drug administration schedule and tracking system, medical appointment reminders, to name a few.
Acesome's two year goal is to service more service providers and individuals in neighbouring Asian markets, to aid minorities with language barrier and to provide support in community care and primary care setting.


May birthday stars: Sn Patrick Sham and Sn Peter So

 

 
  Apr    
  18
Tue

Serran Denis Chang was the speaker at our 20th general meeting. His topic was The Basic Law and post truth - one country, many interpretations
As the topic suggests One Country Two Systems can be interpreted variably. Serran Denis Chang, a member of the Drafting Committee for the Basic Law of the HKSAR of the PRC, explained forthrightly that without a country there would be no two systems; no two systems exist unless there is one country. He pointed out articles in the Basic Law can be misconstrued if not read carefully. On the subject of religion, Hong Kong still enjoys freedom of worship; a physical cross and religious statues are still permitted at schools for example. It would appear that freedom of religion is still very much a constitutionally protected right in HK compared to some other countries.
From a command hierarchy perspective, NPC is vested in establishing special administrative regions like Hong Kong to embrace the concept of One Country Two Systems. In this equation, Hong Kong can exercise its given autonomy within the scope stipulated in the Basic Law.

 

 
  11
Tue

Sr Ophelia Lui was the guest speaker at our 19th general meeting. Her topic was 天父的小王子 (Our Heavenly Father's little prince). Sr Ophelia is currently The Superior of Sisters of St Paul De Chartres (SPC) - Our Lady of Chartres Community in HK. She works closely with young adults between the age 18-35. She had also accompanied these young faithful to Poland for World Youth Day. She has witnessed vocational calling but it takes time, sometimes years.
Her talk was centered on God's unconditional love and that we have to submit ourselves totally and follow Him. She showed us a picture of Jesus washing St Peter's feet at the Last Supper and quoted Ch 13 in the Bible according to John.
She also showed us two other pictures depicting a relationship between a young prince and a flower and also friendship with a fox. The message is to remind us to trust God, focus on spirituality and servicing. God is merciful and His love is limitless.


April birthday stars: Sn Peter Lee, Sn Richard Tan and Sn Raymond Koo

 

 
  Mar    
  21
Tue


The speaker at our 18th general meeting was Rev Dominic Lui Chi Man, assistant parish priest of Our Lady of The Rosary Church. His topic was Family: a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems.
Fr Dominic's presentation was focused on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), most encouraging papal teaching on family life today. Four Cardinals had asked Pope Francis for clarity. Pope Francis recognised the complexity of this topic and the urgent need of thorough study. He highlighted that "what seems normal on one continent, is considered strange and almost scandalous on another; what is considered a violation of a right in one society is an evident, inviolable rule in another; what for some is freedom of conscience maybe simply perceived as confusion for others."
Pope Francis' groundbreaking document encourages the Church to meet people where they are, to consider the complexities of people's lives and to respect people's conscience when it comes to moral decisions. It is the Pope's intention to avoid judging people and imposing rules on them without considering their struggles. This mirrors the core message of the Gospel: God's mercy is abundant. Starting with the family which is the fabric of the Ecclesial Community and of Civil Society, let the priority be placed on pastoral care of families. "Family ministry" is ever so important especially in changing times.

 

 
  12
Sun

Running Saint- Harnessing Collective Intelligence to trace the footsteps of past missionaries and to witness their strong faith.
Date: March 12, 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00am
Venue: Valtorta College, Tai Po
5:00pm: Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Tong and Award Ceremony at Sacred Heart Church Sai Kung

There were 27 teams of 4 yielding a total of 108 young people participating in the event- Running Saint. Some
Serrans arrived very early in the morning in Tai Po to prepare the site and to welcome/instruct the participants on logistics. The teams arrived at Sacred Heart Church in Sai Kung in the afternoon after completing their mission and had reported their result for tabulation.
More Serrans joined in the afternoon and witnessed the award ceremony. Rev Sergio Ticozzi gave a personal account of evangelisation in Tai Po and other remote areas in HK/China some 50 years ago while former missionaries had paved the way for them one and a half century earlier.
It was truly a day of perfection. The energy filled the assembly hall, it was undeniably infectious. Thanks to Fr Kam/President and the planning committee for their detailed execution. The activity is current, fun and engaging. The MCs were pros. and Cardinal Tong's sermon was unforgettable. The day ended with a fellowship dinner.


 
  7
Tue

Rev Luke Park Young Sup, BMC is the Asst parish priest at The Immaculate Conception Church. He has been in HK for three years and has mastered the Cantonese language in a short period of time. He is from the Order of Clerical Congregation of the Blessed Martyrs in Korea. His topic was Towards the White Martyr (Catholic Mission in Korea)
Currently Catholics per Capita in Korea is 10.7% which is much higher than in HK.
Christianity was first introduced to Korea in the 17th century through knowledge from western learning rather than the traditional teachings from missionaries. They initiated their own Catholic diocese in 1831. Despite many religious persecutions over time, the Catholic Church has grown and now serves 17 dioceses including 3 underground ones in North Korea.
Many locals look upon priesthood as a profession, hence humility lacks and examples of faith are rare. Although white martyrs are in dire need, however living a life according to the gospel is stressed - be compassionate like Saint Teresa, be evangelical, be just and be merciful.


March lucky stars: Sns Vincent Jim, Denis Chang and Winnie Yau

 

 
  4
Sat


Our one day Lenten Retreat was held at Honeyville Retreat Centre. Fr Timothy Wan was our retreat master. The topic was "An Overview of Individual Vocation". It was all about self vocation and reflection.There are many forms of vocations. Pope Francis reiterated that being married and having children are important. Those who choose to remain single could serve God in their own way. Some dedicate their lives to serve God full time; they become permanent deacons, nuns or priests. We are all human beings, the only difference between us and the rest of the human race is that we are baptised. We therefore need to act like Catholics, be close to The Church and participate in its activities besides attending Sunday Mass.
The afternoon talk was on the existence of hell and purgatory. From a conceptual perspective, there is Heaven, then purgatory, earth and hell. Hell as we know it is a permanent state of suffering whereas purgatory is temporary but the length of stay depends on performance while on earth. It is with certainty that Mother Mary is the only one who went straight to Heaven... maybe children and martyrs too.
There was a side discussion regarding priests who left the priesthood. They are still priests but cannot perform sacraments. However, should they meet any life or death situations, they can still perform the last rites. Nuns, on the other hand, will become lay people should they leave their order as priests are the only ones who receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
In between talks we received Eucharistic Adoration and The Act of Contrition. We also prayed the Rosary. A few did the Way of The Cross given limited time left before Mass. The day ended with thanks and birthday wishes to Fr Tim.

Some Serrans attended a fellowship dinner afterwards.

 

 
  Feb    
  21
Tue

Rev. Paul Kam Po Wai was the guest speaker at our 16th general meeting. Father Kam was a parish priest. He left HK to preach in Tanzania, East Africa from 2003-2006. Currently he is chairperson of Diocesan Youth Commission Hong Kong and spiritual leader of Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students. His topic was Relationship between Life Experience and Vocational Discernment (生活體驗與聖召培育).
The crux of Fr Kam's talk was on youth self awareness and internalisation of one's experience on what is seen and heard followed by action and service - that is the way to follow Jesus. He pointed out the 3H quoted by Pope Francis, they are head (to think), heart (to feel) and hands (to do servicing).
Fr Kam stressed on the importance of experience and that it will empower young people to get close and personal with God and The Church. World Youth Day and other programs like one offered at Taiz Community are the cornerstone for vocations and catalysts to help create structures for many young people.
With this in mind, Serra Club HK and Diocesan Youth Commission Hong Kong have jointly organised three activities to create such experience for our youth in the coming months:
1/ Mar 12: Running Saint: tracing the footsteps of past seminarians in TaiPo in guided teams of 4.
2/Singing Saint: Outdoor concert at The Holy Spirit Seminary.
3/Cooking Saint: Priests and Religious to cook alongside the young participants. This will allow a friendly and non threatening exchange in a relaxed setting.


February Birthday star: Sn Denis Chang

 

 
  7
Tue


The guest speaker at our 15th general meeting was Ms.Joanne Chan, Registered Dietitian. Her topic was Nutritional Support in the Prevention and Treatment of early stage of Alzheimer's Syndrome (營養的預防和冶療早期腦退化症的重要性)
This being the first meeting after Chinese New Year, it is customary to wish everyone the best of health in The Year of The Rooster. What could be more appropriate than to have Ms Chan to discuss various nutritional supplements targeting to prevent or delay the onset or slow down the deterioration of Alzheimer's Disease.
According to World Alzheimer Report 2015, every three seconds someone develops dementia. In Hong Kong, it is reported that Alzheimer's Disease occurs in 60-80% of people with dementia. Among the signs and symptoms is the obvious deterioration or loss of cognitive functioning i.e. thinking, remembering and reasoning. Dementia is #8 cause of death among the elderly in 2014.
There are three stages in Alzheimer's disease; early, middle and late stage. It is important to recognise its development and offer appropriate care and treatment. Some of the prophylactic measures include a regular intake of Vit B6, B9 and B12, Omega 3 fatty acids and Vit A, C and E whether in the form of tablets or natural foods. Many alternative oral products are available in the market but most are not yet proven its effectiveness. It is advisable to be prudent when it comes to anything ingestible. Better consult a medical doctor when in doubt.

 

 
  Jan    
  18
Wed



Fergus Chau, the newest member, was inducted at our 14th general meeting by the visiting SI President Dante Vannini. It was a rare opportunity and a moment to be seized.


We were honoured in having Mr Dante Vannini present at our 14th general meeting. He became Serra International President last June, since then he has been visiting various Serra Clubs. His mission is to reiterate the message to every Club to work along side the bishop/priests and rector/seminarians.
Serra Club exists in many countries including Asia, Africa and South America. It stays true to its principles but its approach is changing with the times. Serra Club's objectives remain the same, to support vocational programs through fellowship, to encourage individual contribution to increasing vocations and to work closely with the Church on vocations.
Lastly he called attention to the upcoming 75th Serra International Convention this June 22-24 in Rome. A thousand members are expected to participate from all over the world. Presentations will be in 5 languages. A private audience with the Holy Father is set on the 23rd.


Happy birthday to President Tam.

 

 
  8
Sun


The annual Bishop's lunch went ahead as planned. 51 people attended including guest of honour, His Eminence Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong, Chancellor of Diocesan Chancery, Rev. Lawrence Lee, Macau Serran President, Maria Mak and three Macau Serrans, HK Serra Club's Spiritual Director Rev. Tsang, President Peter Tam, HK Serrans and families.
Rev. Tsang said grace before lunch after which President Tam gave an account of the activities occurred in the last six months. He also highlighted some of the future programs. His Eminence, Cardinal John Tong Hon later delivered an inspiring speech. The main takeaway is that we should be kind to people especially those around us. Lunch ended on a happy note after receiving blessing from the Cardinal.

 

 
  3
Tue

Chief principal, Louisa Lo and Assistant Principal, Mr Larry Yeung of Raimondi College were guest speakers at our 13th general meeting. The topic was New Initiatives of Raimondi.
Raimondi College was the first Catholic Diocesan secondary school established in Hong Kong in 1958 in memory of Bishop Raimondi, the first Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong. Rev. Fr. J. Carra PIME was appointed as Supervisor and Principal. He was also the second chaplain of Serra Club HK for 28 years.
Raimondi College has expanded over the years from an all boys secondary school to a co-ed establishment offering both primary and secondary education.
Due to challenges in Hong Kong school education today, Raimondi has to develop/maintain its competitive edge. Four years ago Ms Lo with her impressive credentials, was appointed as Principal of Raimondi College. Under her leadership, PTA was restructured and Small-class Teaching Scheme was introduced. These initiatives were directly aimed at increasing student enrollment and raising Raimondi's academic profile to a higher level. In 2015, Incorporated Management Committee was also established.
These strategies yielded positive outcomes as shown in an increase in student applications. Raimondi is now in the forefront competing with other band one schools in both the academic as well as the non academic arenas.


Birthday Star: President Peter Tam

 

 
       
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