Bill Hao

Ash Wednesday

February 26, 2020 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. Mass in Chinese and the imposition of ashes will begin at 12 noon. The practice of imposing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful is normally done during Ash Wednesday, reminding us that it is a special time for repentance. According to the Gospels, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan; accordingly, the Lenten Season was first observed…

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2020-02-09 Bulletin

Salt and Light Jesus used this metaphor of salt as a teaching tool for His disciples. He calls His disciples “the salt of the earth.” But immediately, He warns them: “But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Mt 5:13) In these modern times, it is not easy to understand how salt can lose its taste, because salt is a very…

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2020-02-02 Bulletin

The Presentation of the Lord The Gospel of Luke 2:22-40 contains two pairs of things. The first pair is the two religious obligations fulfilled by Mary and Joseph: one for Jesus, and one for Mary. The second pair is the two oracles spoken by Simeon: one about Jesus, and one about Mary. 2 religious obligations: (1) The consecration of the firstborn is based on the Book of Exodus chapter 13 verses 11-15. In commemoration of Passover, when the angel of…

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2020-01-26 Bulletin

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Chinese New Year 2020! Since its inception 4,000 years ago, the Chinese Lunar calendar has a 60-year cycle which consists of five 12-year segments. The year 2020 repeats another 12-year segment with the year of the rat. And with the beginning of each New Year, there comes a great sense of joy and hope for what the New Year brings. At the Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Catholic Mission, our Chinese New Year celebration begins…

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2020-01-19 Bulletin

The Holy Name of Jesus The Church reveals to us the wonders of the Incarnate Word by singing the glories of His Name. The name of Jesus means Savior. Persons who played prominent roles in the history of salvation received their names from God Himself. Adam means “man of the earth”; Eve means “mother of all the living”; Abraham means “father of many nations”; Peter means “the rock”. Even the Savior’s forerunner (John the Baptist) was given the name which…

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2020-01-12 Bulletin

Sacrament of Baptism There are three places in Sacred Scripture whereby Jesus Christ instituted the sacrament of baptism. The first is when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). The second is found in the Gospel of John 3:1-6, when Jesus spoke to Nicodemus and affirmed the necessity of baptism for salvation. The third is found in the Gospel of Matthew 28:19, when Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize in the…

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Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 is Chinese New Year. We will celebrate the Holy Mass for Chinese New Year on January 26, in lieu of the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. After Mass, the Chinese New Year celebration continues with a community meal in the social hall.

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Holy Name of Jesus Feast Day

The Church reveals to us the wonders of the Incarnate Word by singing the glories of His Name. The name of Jesus means Savior. Persons who played prominent roles in the history of salvation received their names from God Himself. Adam means “man of the earth”; Eve means “mother of all the living”; Abraham means “father of many nations”; Peter means “the rock”. Even the Savior’s forerunner (John the Baptist) was given the name which God assigned to him. Therefore,…

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2020-01-05 Bulletin

Herod and the Magi The Epiphany story is about a search and a discovery. Having the intention of paying homage to the newborn king of the Jews, the Magi went off on their search, but what they discovered was something quite unexpected. From all accounts, they never expected to find a baby lying in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. On the other hand, the Epiphany story is also a story about defiance and treachery. When King Herod heard…

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2019-12-29 Bulletin

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph The Feast of the Holy Family is a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church in honor of Jesus, his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his foster father, Saint Joseph, as a family. The purpose of this feast day is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families. The Holy Family is basically a human family. They would have had to fulfill daily chores, earn a living to put…

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