Monday, June 20, 2011

Personal Highlights

Farewell….

A number of farewell celebrations for me:

Last Wednesday members of the Queen of Angels children group had a farewell party for me. I started the Queen of Angels group soon after I came to St. Patrick’s. It’s wonderful to pray and play with children.

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Today, there was a farewell lunch with the staff of the Elementary School.

They especially remembered my stories of the Saints and my devotion to Holy Relics.

Here is a “Tree of Saints” they set up in the staff room.

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Baptism for a baby boy yesterday.

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Please visit www.fatheranthonyho.ca for my latest uploads of Chinese radio talk and Sunday sermon on the Holy Trinity.

Please also read my latest BC Catholic article on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. This article concludes the series of articles on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Next week, I will start a new series of 5 articles on the 10 Patron Saints or Blessed for World Youth Day 2011.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Celebrations!!!

Many beautiful celebrations in the past couple weeks!

On June 3, Pablo Santa Maria Watson was ordained a Deacon.

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June 4, I was blessed to consecrated the Host for Adoration. The Vocation Monstrance was used for the first time in our Archdiocese that evening. There were also Confessions and procession. Our Archbishop gave the Benediction.

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On June 5, there was 1st Communion in our parish. Also there was Graduation Mass for high school on June 4 and closing Mass for high school on June 9.

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On June 11, there was Priestly Ordination  at Holy Rosary Cathedral. I myself was ordained a Deacon with 4 others 6 years ago on June 11! Now, there is one more priest in our Archdiocese---Father Bryan Duggan. He was from St. Michael’s Parish in Burnaby---my future parish. I was happy to meet chat with some of my future parishioners after the Ordination Mass.

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In the evening of June 11 (Vigil of Pentecost), I had the great joy to welcome 10 people into the Catholic Church. We had Baptism, Confirmation, and 1st Communion. The Mass was celebrated in both English and Cantonese.

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Baby Baptism on Pentecost Sunday (June 12) with many “godparents”.

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Evening of June 12: Fundraising cruise to support St. Patrick’s parish in Maple Ridge. Anticipated Fathers’ Day.

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Today (June 13) is the Feast of St. Anthony (my patron saint)! I blessed the faithful with the relic of St. Anthony both after the morning Mass and at the end of the Chinese prayer group meeting.

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Please visit www.fatheranthonyho.ca for my latest uploads of article and recordings (talks at prayer meetings, Chinese radio talk, & English Sunday sermon).