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CHANCERY NOTICE (Latest) DIOCESAN PASTORAL GUIDELINES ON THE RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASSES

 

Broadcast of Sunday Mass: Sunday Mass will be broadcast online at 9:30 am.  https://catholic.org.hk/livemass/

 

 

24-5-2020

  Ascension of Jesus  

 

1.   DIOCESAN PASTORAL GUIDELINES ON THE RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASSES with effect from 1 June 2020.

2.  Opening Hours of Church before 1st June : The Church is open to the faithful for personal prayers at the following times:

       Monday to Saturday: 7 am to 5 pm; Sunday: 7 am to 1 pm

    According to the guidelines of the Diocese to prohibit group gatherings in the church, the individuals

should keep a distance of at least 2 metres between themselves. And masks must be worn to avoid social contact.

3.     Sunday Three Minutes: The Sunday Three Minutes (in Chinese) has been uploaded to the parish webpage. The latest episode is Chapter 662 is about "Ascension of Jesus".

4.     Praying for the Church in China: Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, in his letter to the Church in China in 2007,  called on the faithful from all over the world to pray for the Church in China every year on May 24, which is the feast day of Our Lady, Help of Christians. This year May 24 happens to be Sunday and is the feast day of the Ascension of Jesus. On that day, the 9:30 am English Mass and the 11 am Chinese Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will be webcast live, and will include an intention to pray for the Church in China. Celebration of the Chinese Mass will be presided by Cardinal John Tong.

 

PRAYER OF EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT XVI
TO OUR LADY OF SHESHAN
FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA

 

Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians",
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.
Look upon the People of God and, with a mother’s care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.

When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God’s eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously cooperated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, who died that we might live.

From that moment, you became, in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in his footsteps by taking up his Cross.
Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
Grant that your children may discern at all times,
even those that are darkest, the signs of God’s loving presence.

Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.
In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!

              
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Typhoon and Black Rain Measures:

On weekdays and Sunday when typhoon signal no. 8 or above, or black rainstorm warning signal is hoisted during mass time, the mass will be cancelled and the Church will be closed temporarily, and will open again and function normally within two hours after that signal is lowered.

    Special arrangements for our Parish: If on Sunday the morning masses are cancelled due to typhoon, but typhoon signal no. 8 is lowered before 6 pm, then a special bilingual Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 8 pm. If on Saturday typhoon signal no. 8 or above is forecast to be hoisted at or after 5 pm, then a mass (Cantonese) will be added at 3 pm on Saturday.

 

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 PROPER ATTIRE FOR CHURCH ATTENDANCE

Chancery Notice 25 June 2009

 

A church or chapel is a place set apart for divine worship and prayers. The faithful should therefore be properly and decently dressed while taking part in the liturgy or praying in these sacred places. A simplified Dress Code for church attendance, to be posted at the entrances to churches and chapels open to the faithful, has been laid down by Bishop John TONG after consultation with the Council of Priests and the Deaneries. The Bishop exhorts the faithful to abide by this Dress Code, in order that they may give due reverence to the sacred character of a church or chapel. The same Code applies to other visitors to these places.

 

Rev. Lawrence LEE

Chancellor 

 

 

 *** Let us enter the church with a solemn attitude ***

**Decently and properly dressed is one way to show our respect to God**

 

Please refrain from wearing clothes which are too short or too revealing. 

Mini-skirts and short pants should also be avoided.

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