BACOLOD City, July 14, 2014 – The Chinese-Filipino community in Bacolod celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Chinese Missionary Apostolate in the Philippines at the Queen of Peace Parish and St. John’s Institute, or “Huaming”, on July 9 to 12, 2014.
With the theme “Giving God the glory from roots to fruits”, a triduum of holy masses was held from July 9 to 11, 2014.
Conferences were also held during the three day celebration. The topics covered were “Tsinoy beliefs and Traditions and its impact on Philippine Society”, “The Contributions and Challenges of the Tsinoys in the Church of Bacolod” and “Catholics and Chinese: Fusion or Confusion?”.
On July 9, which was also the feast of the Martyrs of China, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales celebrated the holy mass, stressing the importance of “doing good things.”
“Do something good. Even the blind can see it. Say something good to someone who needs to be consoled, because even the deaf can hear, can understand,” Rosales said, emphasizing how goodness demands to be felt.
Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, National Coordinator of the Chinese-Filipino Catholic Apostolate in the Philippines and Director of the Episcopal Commission on Youth, celebrated the mass on July 10. On July 11 Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra celebrated the concluding mass of the Triduum.
On July 12, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle joined the Chinese-Filipino Community in a thanksgiving mass at 11 a.m. at the Queen of Peace Parish Church.
At 3 in the afternoon of the same day, to cap the 60th anniversary celebration, Tagle delivered a conference on “The role and the challenge of the New Evangelization among the Tsinoys.”
Rosales also administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to more than one hundred students of the St. John Institute on July 9.
Talking about the essence of the sacrament of Confirmation, the Cardinal told the young students to prepare a space for the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
“Confirmation is a renewal. You will be receiving the Holy Spirit, the strength to be good. Allow the Holy Spirit to find a warm place in your heart,” the Cardinal told the students who were about to be confirmed. (Adsum Bacolod)