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December 24, 2016, 9:07 PM

聖誕快樂 Merry Christmas


聖良堂華人團體幹事會恭祝大家聖誕及新年快樂!

願天主的平安及喜樂常與您同在!


神師:    陳峰神父
            黃昌雄執事

聖良堂粵語子夜彌撒 - 12/24 晚上11時正
聖誕日間彌撒 - 12/25 下午12時半
彌撒後有午餐及抽獎活動

 

St. Leo Chinese Catholic Community wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

May peace and joy always be with you!

 

Christmas Midnight mass at 11pm.

Christmas Day mass at 12:30pm, followed by lunch celebration and raffle drawing.

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October 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

感恩節及煉靈月


2016年11月1日

親愛的弟兄姊妹,大家好!

剛剛過去的十月份對我們幹事會來說既充實又忙碌。忙碌的是因為一連串大型的活動,包括在十月初舉行的北美華人使徒大會、多元文化日,十月中程明聰神父到訪所主持工作坊/避靜,以及在私事上幹事的家人或親友在十月份有婚盟之喜或添丁之喜,所以大家都有點忙得透不過氣來。

在忙碌中,我們都能感受到生活上的充實和有不同的得著。在每一個活動、每一件在我們生活中所發生的事,我們都可以從中感受到天主的愛和臨在。雖然很多時候不會很明顯,但是只要我們用心看,用心聽,用心去信,每一件事都有它的意義。例如北美華人使徒大會把我們所有不同的華人團體聚集在一起,聆聽其他團體的問題及一起去面對種種挑戰,把我們團體與團體之間的關係昇華,共融合一。又例如在程明聰神父的避靜,我們當天遇到不同的難關 (停電,沒有熱水),那一刻真的讓我很著急及憂慮! 但是這些事情的發生也讓我從中感受到天主的愛。衪通過參加避靜的弟兄姊妹,他們的包容和諒解,沒有抱怨的態度讓我們的工作人員非常感動,是真真正正愛的表現!

不知不覺間,十一月份已經來臨了!  十一月是感恩節及煉靈月的月份。感恩節和煉靈月好像風馬牛不相及,但是細心一想,大家就會明白其實都和成聖有關。成聖是什麼?  其實作為基督的追隨者 (Christ’s Follower),亦即係基督徒 (Christian),我們的目的是只想更加親近基督,更加地相似衪。

先說說感恩節。它的由來是當時那些由歐洲大陸來到美洲居住的人,感謝天主在這片陌生的土地上看顧他們,給他們溫飽,所以他們奉獻當時有的食物 (火雞、粟米等等)來感謝天主。 但是他們又怎麼會懂得吃火雞及粟米呢? 這是由於在美洲居住的原居民分享他們的食物及知識,讓這些新移民知道可以吃什麼東西,才能夠在這個寒冷地區的冬天得到溫飽。所以,感恩節不只是感謝天主的仁慈及照料,也要感謝在我們身邊的人無私的愛和分享,也同時提醒我們該無私地將我們從天主內得到的一切分享及奉獻給其他人。這是我們跟隨耶穌和實踐衪「愛人」的行為,走成聖之路。

在感恩節的時候,我們也會​特別​想起我們已亡的親友。他們可能已經在天國和天主在一起,但是他們也可能是煉靈。為煉靈祈禱,是出自我們對主的愛,對已亡親友的思念和對煉靈的憐憫。我們不單止希望自己能親近天主,相似天主,也同樣地希望煉靈或已亡親友的靈魂可以和天主在一起。那我們應該怎樣做才可以幫助​他們呢?​

 

容我借用及分享香港教區禮儀委員會有關煉靈及幫助煉靈的資訊​ 以下是從他們網頁轉載的:

聖師聖奧思定(St. Augustine)曾教導過:靈魂獲准升天堂之前,是要為所犯的過失而被煉火淨化。

他說:「雖然這火是為了洗滌和潔淨靈魂,它卻是比我們在世上所能受的痛楚更為劇烈,煉獄中的苦楚是遠遠超出我們所能想像的。」

這個為煉淨靈魂的地方,稱之「煉獄」,而那些須要被淨化的亡者靈魂,就是「煉靈」。
 

煉獄中的靈魂只能忍耐地接受淨化、忍受痛苦而提升,煉靈是不能再為自己獲取功行而自救的,他們唯一能夠「減輕刑期」的方法,是來自在世的人為他們所奉的賠補。

上主的法律是愛,他願意我們彼此相愛,互相幫助,基於「諸聖相通功」的緣故,我們應該幫助煉靈早登天鄉與主相聚,做天主喜悅的事。

 

幫助煉靈的方法:
‧為煉靈奉獻彌撒、領聖體
‧參與特別為亡者、煉靈奉獻的彌撒
‧把善行、克己、施予、祈禱、痛苦和大赦等奉獻給煉靈
‧為煉靈祈禱、念玫瑰經、拜苦路、朝拜聖體
‧為煉靈重覆誦念可獲赦罪的簡句,如:「耶穌聖心,我信賴你」

‧為煉靈誦念 為亡者祈禱經文 (可用玫瑰念珠誦念)                          

‧為煉靈奉獻耶穌的聖傷:
    誦念 耶穌聖傷串經 The Rosary of the Holy Wounds(可用玫瑰念珠誦念)


 

感謝主,讚美主!

 



- 主僕 凱欣 Helen Ma

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October 5, 2016, 8:00 PM

Find Your Purpose


文章的中文版本請看此網頁

 

“Find purpose, the means will follow.”

-  Mohandas Gandhi

 

October 4, 2016

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Time flies!  It has been around three months since I was elected the Council President of the Oakland St. Leo's Chinese Community.  I thank God for providing me with this opportunity to serve the St. Leo’s Chinese Community.  I grew up attending the Chinese mass at the St. Leo the Great Church and developed a deep root with the community, and this relationship is further deepened into love.  I am not praising the community because I belong here, but I am truly very proud of our community.  The parishioners’ passion and energy do not waver no matter how many people we have in the community.  Just like on September 25th when we had a community meeting, we had a great turnout on participation and parishioners opened up the dialog to share their thoughts for improving the community.  It is an undeniable fact that we love Christ and His community.  Though our community is small in size, but our love and faith can absolutely do big things for others.

Many religious communities face the same problems as we do – there are less and less people believing in God, and even less people are willing to invest time or effort in their spiritual development, which concludes to a decrease of participation in churches.  Whether it is an English parish or Chinese community, we are depressed to see similar situations.  When I first started my work as the Community President, I saw the “decrease of participation in churches” as my highest priority and immediately wanted to tackle the problem.  When I dug deeper into this problem, I found that everywhere I went was a dead end.  I couldn’t even determine where to begin.  After serving the community in this role for the past three months, for some reason (God’s help maybe?) two concepts naturally came to me:

1) People are the core of a community.  Many people with the same goal gathered together, to work and to contribute can make a community thrive.

2) God is the root of a Christian community!

Under the same logic:  1) People are the core of a community; 2) God is the root of the Christian community; it means that the thriving of Christian community requires the unity of people to contribute to the common goal, with God as the root!  I finally understand that I omitted the most important component in looking at the problem, and that is to look at the purpose (or the root) of our community!

If our Christian’s mission is to develop faith and spread the good news, our community is here to support our members to achieve their mission.  We must do our best, and help others to do their best in developing our “root”, to let others understand who Jesus Christ is through our own behaviors and actions.

The direction of a community is not something that can be understood overnight, nor it could be determined only by one community meeting.  As long as we have faith in our God, our community, and our council, I am very positive that we will all get to our end goal together.  A road does not exist before someone builds it; once it’s traveled the road is there.  A sea is not without storms and large waves, but with God as our companion, we do not fear.  I truly believe that if we do not give up in walking the path of God and to fulfill our mission as a Christian, our community will just grow naturally.  Quoting from Mohandas Gandhi, “Find purpose, the means will follow,” so as long as we don’t forget that God is our purpose and our root, the means of building the community will follow.

 

Thanks be to God.  Praise the Lord!

 

In Christ,

Helen Ma

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