I. COMING SEPTEMBER AS A MONTH OF PRAYER AND PENANCE IN ATONEMENT FOR CLERICAL SEX ABUSE SCANDALS
Pope Francis, a couple of days ago, decried the Pennsylvania clerical sex abuse cases. Voicing “pain and shame” over these appalling reported crimes, he called for prayer and penance on the part of all members of the clergy.
All the faithful are also invited to join in earnest prayer to ask the Heavenly Father, who is rich in mercy, to bestow His grace and mercy on all, excluding nobody from His loving gaze. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will enlighten and strengthen all who are striving, even in the midst of great difficulties and sufferings, to do God’s will.
Bishop Michael Yeung, in response to the call of the Pope and after consultation with the Curia, has declared this September to be a month of prayer and penance.
Bishop Michael Yeung has recommended that, among other charitable activities, fasting and abstinence be kept on all the Fridays in this September, and prayers of atonement to and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament be held by parishes on those days.
Parishes are recommended to make online announcements about their scheduled activities.
II. TRANSFER AND APPOINTMENT
Bishop Michael YEUNG has approved Rev. Denis KONG, SDB, Parish Priest of Mary Help of Christians Parish, Tokwawan, Kowloon, with effect from 1 September 2018, in place of Rev. Francis CHE, SDB, who will be given a new assignment by his own Superior.
III. DIOCESAN ECUMENICAL COMMISSION
Bishop Michael YEUNG has appointed/reappointed the following to be Commission members for a two-year term, effective 1 September 2018: