Friday, 18 August 2017

Catholic Community Maintains Faith Without A Priest For More Than 50 Years

Catholics in a remote mountain are of South Western China continue to keep their God Given Faith Alive, even though no Catholic Priest has been stationed there for more than 50 Years.

About 5,000 Catholics mainly Drung, Lisu, Nu, and Tibetan Ethnic Minorities in Gongshan Drungzu Nuzu Autonomous County in North Western Yunnan Province pray together daily.

Gongshan County is more than 2,000 Kilometers from Beijing.

Here, Local Catholics have not only maintained their faith but they have also evangelized. When It is Winter, and it is impossible to till the land -- Catholics go in groups of 2 or 3 to visit and to preach to Non - Catholic Villagers at their Homes.

Because of the many different ethnic minority groups in the county it is hard to use the Holy Bible to evangelize because the Holy Bible is available only in Chinese, Tibetan, and Lisu.

This is why Catholics use Hymns to spread the Good News instead.

Father Paul Chen Kaihua of Kunming Diocese in the same province said that after learning about this Catholic Community from the faithful in his diocese he has started visiting them twice a year.

Father Chen said He was impressed by their Catholic Faith.

Despite, The absence of a Catholic Priest He said the number of Catholic Churches has grown to 15 from the 3 established in 1949. The number of Catholics also grew from just 1,000 to more than 5,000 thanks to the Evangelization by Lay People.

French Catholic Missionaries served this area before 1949.

The Priest recounted that the blessing of 2 New Catholic Churches has encouraged the Catholics to continue to expand their community much as they have been doing in recent years.

Father John Fang Ping from Urumqi Diocese visited Gongshan County after a Parishioner working in Yunnan Province told him about these Catholics. Father Fang says it is one of China's Poorest Counties.

The Villagers seldom see a Catholic Priest. Occasionally, Priests from other Dioceses pay short visits but usually it is the Catholics who gather by themselves to pray.

The Villagers had built by themselves two churches and carried every piece of Brick, Wood, and Rock Uphill where the Churches are currently situated.

At the Blessing Ceremony of these Catholic Churches Father Fang recalled that the Catholic Villagers dressed in their ethnic costumes and offered their Farm Produce as well as Chickens, Lambs, and Cows as Gifts to God.

Finally, in Gongshan County Father Fang learned to say the Hail Mary among the Catholic Villagers in Tibetan. This is an important cultural  heritage of the Catholic Church in Yunnan Province.

Credits : Asianews


Thursday, 17 August 2017

A Unique Catholic Parish in Croatia

A Catholic Parish in Croatia in Eastern Europe has opened a "Prayer Cafe" for Young People where Food and Drink can be bought with Hail Mary's and Our Fathers.

In the Acts of the Apostles, It says that the Disciples used to come together for a Meal after the Holy Eucharist so in the case of this Catholic Parish in Croatia they are following a Biblical Tradition.

This Cafe opened recently in a Parish Hall adjoining Holy Spirit Church in Zagreb and attracts a lot of Youth who attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis.

Salesian Father Damir Stojic says that Young Catholics had thought up the idea of "Paying With Prayers". There are Plans to keep this cafe open indefinitely.

The Priest said that Parish Leaders had encouraged Parents to donate Food and Drink for the cafe and that Church Authorities had supported this idea.

Father Stojic said that this cafe could be seen as continuing a tradition since a large number of Salesian Parishes all over the world ran cafes at their churches.

Prices at the cafe vary from three Our Fathers for a Standard Cup of Coffee to a more expensive Coca Cola which costs Five Hail Marys and a Glory Be.

A cup of Cappuccino costs 4 Our Fathers.

Other Items on the Menu include Fruit Juices, various kinds of Tea, and a Range of Cakes and Cookies.

Alcohol is strictly not allowed.

Father Stojic says that when you get something for free it is hard to appreciate it, but when you have a Price List such as this cafe has it is appreciated a lot.

Catholics make up 88 % of Croatia's 5 Million Population.

Credits and References :

Newsbits
Page 26
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
May 2008
Volume 10, N0-1

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Catholicism in Myanmar -- One Province says it all

Catholicism arrived in Myanmar also known as Burma in the 15th Century along with Portuguese Missionaries and Explorers.

But, It was not till the 20th Century that it really got an impetus in the form of conversions and growth.

In Loikaw Province in Myanmar, Catholics are 25 per cent of the population, this in a country where Catholics are not even 1 per cent.

Read all about it here : 
 
Loikaw Church, the legacy of martyrdom, of  Fr Mario Vergara and Isidore Ngei Ko Lat

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Loikaw-Church,-the-legacy-of-martyrdom,-that-Fr-Mario-Vergara-and-Isidore-Ngei-Ko-Lat-31137.html

Raised to the altars, Isidoro Ngei Ko Lat, first Burmese Blessed, and Mario Vergara, 19th PIME martyr

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Raised-to-the-altars,-Isidoro-Ngei-Ko-Lat,-first-Burmese-Blessed,-and-Mario-Vergara,-19th-PIME-martyr-30915.html





 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Sacred Heart of Jesus in my Life

The Heart of Jesus has always had a special place in my "Spiritual Life".

From the age of 10, I have been amazed at the love shown to us "Unworthy Sinners" by the Pierced Heart of Jesus.

The Pierced Heart of Jesus is the Heart of the God - Man who was subject to so many indignities simply because he loved us tremendously.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is not turned away at the sight of our sins. Rather, It loves us more and more all the time. In this regard, The Cleansing Blood of the Heart of Jesus is of "Infinite Value".

The Sacred Heart of Jesus beats for us all the time even when we are distant from God and His Church.

The Heart of Jesus is a Heart of "Divine Love" waiting to light up our tepid Heart and Soul and bring us back to God's Teachings which we need most in our day to day life.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus worked a massive miracle in my life which needs to be narrated here.

In 1998, when I was living in Philadelphia in the United States I was diagnosed with an "Inner Ear Infection" which caused me to get dizzy spells specially spells of vertigo.

I prayed to every saint to heal me of this terrible ailment but nothing seemed to help. I finally turned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and instantly I fell in love with the Crown of Thorns around his "Divine Heart".

I prayed earnestly to the Sacred Heart to heal me completely and in a matter of a few months I was as good as new.

The Prayer that helped me was a short prayer that I prayed every day 10 times a day.

"Sacred Heart of Jesus, I put all my trust in Thee". I placed my trust in the Merciful Heart of Jesus when nothing else seemed to work in my life.

Try It -- It Works.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Divine Mercy Devotion in Goa

The Divine Mercy Devotion in Goa is actively promoted by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Karnataka - Goa Province.

A Name synonmous with the Propagation of the Divine Mercy Devotion in Goa throughout his Life was Father Anastasio Gomes O.C.D. He was truly an Apostle of Divine Mercy in Goa.

He saw to it that Divine Mercy Literature both in Konkani -- The State Language of Goa as well as in English was printed and disseminated among the faithful.

My Family specially my Father Dr. Joe D'sa M.D. and my late Mother Mrs Lena D'sa as well as myself helped Father Anastasio Gomes to raise money for the building of an Altar dedicated to the Divine Mercy.

We did this by visiting Catholic Families in various parts of Mumbai and asking for Donations towards the building of this Divine Mercy Altar and Divine Mercy Chapel as it exists now.

A Certain Discalced Carmelite Friar by the name of Father Michael Morris Shenoy was a good friend of my Parents when He was stationed at Carmelite Seminary, Peddem -- Mapusa -Goa. 

Read all about the Propagation of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion in Goa here.

http://www.carmelgoa.com/DivineMercyDevotion.html

Saturday, 12 August 2017

I would like to be a Catholic Evangelist in China

I strongly believe that God sent me on earth to be an Evangelist among the Chinese People of Mainland China.

I would like to convert thousands and thousands of Chinese to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ -- the Source of all Grace and Mercy.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus means everything to me and I would like to make his Divine Love known to the Han Chinese from Beijing to Shanghai and from Shanghai to Chengdu.

The Han Chinese seem to be very receptive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I would like to promote Eucharistic Adoration in China as if there was no tomorrow.

My Biggest Objective in evangelizing the Chinese is to see that they develop a strong affection for the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity for Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

I would like to see Eucharistic Adoration Chapels in every diocese in China but specially in North - West China specially in the Diocese of Zhouzhi.

Blessed Sacrament Processions are the need of the Hour in various provinces in China specially in Sichuan, Yunnan, Hebei, and Gansu to name a few.

The Person of Jesus Christ needs to be promoted in China among those who live in Cities as well as in the countryside.

I would like to make the Chinese "Living Tabernacles" for Jesus Christ.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Father Bukowiński A Witness to the Catholic Faith

Father Bukowiński was a Unique Catholic Priest who suffered much for the Faith in the Soviet Gulag in Central Asia. 

He was an Outstanding Apostle of the Holy Eucharist to souls under his care in what is now Kazakhstan. 

Read all about it here : 

Father Bukowiński, witness of faith despite persecution in concentration camp





Catholic Community Maintains Faith Without A Priest For More Than 50 Years

Catholics in a remote mountain are of South Western China continue to keep their God Given Faith Alive, even though no Catholic Priest has ...