Bill Hao

2021-01-10 Bulletin

Rebirth in the Holy Spirit Synopsis of the Baptism of the Lord: John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As a result, a crowd of sinners – tax collectors, prostitutes, soldiers, and even a few Pharisees and Sadducees – came to be baptized by John. Then Jesus appeared and approached John for baptism. The Baptist hesitated, but Jesus insisted and was baptized. Then the Holy Spirit, in the appearance of a dove, came upon…

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2021-01-03 Bulletin

In Search of Wisdom The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the gentile nations. The Magi, who came from the East, represent the gentile nations. The Magi travelled far and wide in search of the King of the Jews, but what they found was no ordinary king – the found the King of Kings. An interesting thing to note is that while the Gospel of Matthew is the only Gospel that contains the story of…

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2020-12-27 Bulletin

Simeon’s Prophecies Ever since Israel had been delivered from slavery in Egypt around the 13th century BC, the firstborn of the Jews has been consecrated to God. (Exodus 13:1-2) Therefore, Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple in order to be presented to the LORD. At the same time, Mary also went for the ritual of Purification forty days after childbirth. According to the Law, the Purification offering required a lamb, or for those who are poor,…

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2020-12-20 Bulletin

Mary, Full of Grace It has been said that the Annunciation is Mary’s call to discipleship in Christ. When she said yes to God’s will that she be the mother of His Son, she accepted the call to become her Son’s disciple. Therefore, the Gospel of Luke presents Mary as the first disciple of Jesus Christ. Mary was the first to hear the call and to accept it. Jesus said: “Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and…

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2020-12-13 Bulletin

Know Christ, Know Yourself The Prologue of the Gospel according to John introduces us to Jesus Christ: He is the Eternal Word, who is eternally with God, for He is God. Through Him, all things came to be, and without him nothing came to be. Through Him came life, and this life was the light of the human race; that light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5) Fulton Sheen had some interesting things…

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2020-12-06 Bulletin

Prepare your heart    “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. (Isaiah 40:1)” – The time and place of this proclamation was near the end of the long captivity of the Judean exiles in Babylon. The exhortation to comfort the people was directed to the priests and prophets; they are to console the people with an assurance that better times were ahead. This proclamation of good news gave the exiles renewed hope to start over and rebuild their…

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This year, Giving Tuesday is on December 1, 2020. Donations to our church are accepted beginning on November 16, 2020. Ask your family and friends to go to the igivecatholic.org website and select HOLY NAME OF JESUS CHINESE CATHOLIC MISSION. Thank you! Click on the icon  

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2020-11-29 Bulletin

Stay Awake    The Book of Isaiah chapter 63 talks about an event which took place around 500 B.C.; this event was the return of the Israelites from exile in Babylon. It expressed hope that despite the people’s sinfulness and neglect, God will not forsake them. It says: “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down… no ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for Him…

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2020-11-22 Bulletin

The Least of My Brothers   The conclusion of chapter 25 in the Gospel of Matthew portrays the Final Judgment that will accompany the Second Coming of Christ. At that time, the criterion of judgment will be the deeds of mercy that have been done for “the least of Jesus’ brothers”. An important question to ask is: Who are these least of Jesus’ brothers? Are they all the people who suffer hunger, thirst, etc.? Or are they a different group…

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2020-11-15 Bulletin

The Parable of the Talents has commonly been interpreted as a teaching for people to make use of the talents which God had given them. Stated differently, those who have certain talents should not waste them by not using them. Therefore, those who have artistic talents should engage in the arts, those who are good in math and science should also use their talents.  Faithful use of one’s talents will lead to participation in the kingdom of heaven, while lazy…

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