#LittlePilgrimage 31. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Chengdu, China

Last Saturday, 22nd September 2018.

It has been a while since the last time I did my Mass Mission or Little Pilgrimage. Attending local Mass (preferably in English) during my holiday, was something I enjoy. What I usually do was searched the local church location before I go and check their English Mass timing (if any). The thrill in reading the map to the church at that foreign city was unbearable, and it was such a rejoice when I finally found the church. My heart was leap for joy!

I was in my unexpected holiday expedition to China – Tibet – China from 12th to 23rd September. I did miss a Mass on 16th due to a hectic program from the travel agency. But finally we had free and easy days from 11th to 12th. I’m glad to found out they do have English Mass on Saturday, exactly on our second day of free & easy days in Chengdu.

#LittlePilgrimage 31. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Chengdu, China, 平安桥街29号 (29 Pinganqiao), Chengdu 成都, 四川 (Sichuan) 610015

This rather small church probably was not well-known for locals. Firstly because it was a small church hiding behind few big trees, secondly catholic was not a majority in China (it is only 0.2% from the total population).

Even though Google was not 100% working in China, but the church was one of that important building you can find from Google Map. If you searched “Catholic Church Chengdu”, the map would be pointing at the exact location of the church.

The nearest Subway station to the Chengdu Catholic Church was Luomashi Station 骡马市 (exit-G). From exit, cross the street to W Yuhe Side Street then walk all the way to the west you will pass by Tianfu Expo Center, continue your walk until you meet at the T-junction between Xihuamen Street and W Yuhe Side Street, turn left to Xihuamen Street. About 100m you will find the church on you right-hand-side. And you will be greeted by Our Mother Mary at the gate.

Not much information can be found about the church. But here are some information for you;

It was a Roman Catholic Cathedral, following the Roman Rite order of the Mass.

English Mass is on every Saturday, 4PM.

Phone 28-6634192

Here’s wiki for the church; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Diocese_of_Chengdu

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#ShortNews: Chinese officials adopt 5-year plan to for “Sinicization” of Catholic Church

The Patriotic Association of Chinese Catholics (PA) and the Council of Chinese Bishops (BCCC) have launched a “Five-Year Plan of Development for the Sinicization of the Catholic Church in China”. In his address to the gathering, Yu Bo, vice director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, explained that ” The 4th coalition meeting is to implement deeper the spirit of the Ninteenh National Congress of the Communist Party in October 2017 and the spirit of the National Conference on Religious Work in April 2016, and to focus on the deliberations of a five-year plan to advance sinicization of the China Catholic Church”.

It involves:
a) increasing assimilation of Chinese culture into religious expression, eliminating “foreign influences”;
b) “independence from foreign influence” (which means to do without the mandate of the Holy See for episcopal ordinations);
c) submission to the Party because it must “guide” religions and must “hold firmly the role of leadership in all religious activities”.

However, a news report of the “Minzu Bao” (the official journal on religious and ethnic topics) of July 25 2017 on the first coalition meeting offered glimpses. Read more: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ahead-of-China-Vatican-dialogue,-a-five-year-plan-to-Sinicize-the-Church-under-the-Party-44038.html

#ShortNews: Don’t postpone Baptism, Pope urges parents

Pope Francis has urged parents to baptize their children soon after birth, thus giving them the opportunity – and the free gift – of having Jesus Christ live inside them from the beginning. He was speaking during the weekly General Audience.

With a special appeal to new parents he highlighted the fact that Baptism is an unmerited gift, the door to the other sacraments, thanks to which Christians are able to grow in a life of grace until reaching their true homeland in heaven.

“The baptismal font illuminates all of our life, guiding our steps toward the Jerusalem in Heaven,” he said.

Thus, he said in off-the-cuff remarks, “don’t put off baptizing your children with the excuse that ‘he or she is unable to understand”, this attitude he said indicates that “you do not trust in the Holy Spirit”.

Read full story: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-04/pope-at-general-audience-baptism-christifies-us-.html

#ShortNews: Ukrainian Catholic bishops in US issue Easter pastoral letter

EASTER PASTORAL OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE U.S.A. TO OUR CLERGY, HIEROMONKS AND BROTHERS, RELIGIOUS SISTERS, SEMINARIANS AND BELOVED FAITHFUL;

“Christ is Risen!”, “Indeed He is Risen!” greetings will be heard everywhere around the world. This is the best and perhaps most ignored message around the world. It was so when it was announced for the first time on Easter morning, and continues to be the case today too. Christ is Risen! Do you believe, doubt or dismiss it? Jesus’ own Apostles had a difficulty to accept the message, “when they saw Him, they worshipped, but they doubted” (Mt. 28:17). They saw Him, but still questioned the fact. How many times do we wonder and accept Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist when we receive Him at the Divine Liturgy?

Read the full version: http://news.ugcc.ua/en/articles/easter_pastoral_of_the_ukrainian_catholic_hierarchy_of_the_usa_to_our_clergy_hieromonks_and_brothers_religious_sisters_seminarians_and_beloved_faithful_82248.html

#ShortNews: US adult Catholic population slipping, study shows

The U.S. adult population grew by 6.3% from 2010 to 2016. Growth in the numbers of adults self-identifying as Catholic have not kept pace and are falling into negative territory, according to an analysis of survey data in combination with Census numbers for adults. Since 2010, the adult Catholic population in the United States has declined by 0.9% (equivalent to a net loss of 511,558 adults affiliating). The number of adult Catholics declined from 59.1 million in 2010 to 58.6 million in 2016.

Globally, the Church continues to grow and the United States represents less than 6% of the world’s Catholics. It is also easy to think these changes are related to something that the Church specifically is or is not doing. Yet many other affiliations are experiencing much more significant declines. Generally speaking, these trends are also likely to be related to broader shifts in popular culture, the economy, the family, and to bring it back to the iGen—technology. There is so much more to explore.

Read More: https://nineteensixty-four.blogspot.sg/2018/03/a-dip-in-adult-catholic-population.html

#ShortNews: 700 churches closed in Rwanda

Rwanda has ordered 700 churches in Kigali Province to suspend activities from today (1 March) because of concerns over health and safety.

Professor Anastase Shyaka, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), which monitors public and private organisations, told reporters on 19 February: “Some churches conduct their worship services in shoddy and unclean structures – to the detriment of people’s health and safety. Cases of noise pollution have also been reported, while some operate without the required operation permits.”

Church representatives said the authorities were being too strict. “Those that failed to implement a few requirements should be reopened and allowed to work while fixing the problems raised,” said Bishop Innocent Nzeyimana, president of the Churches’ Forum in Nyarugenge district, as reported by AFP.

Read More: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/coe/rwanda-700-churches-closed-down-in-just-one-province/

Rules For Fast And Abstinence For Traditional Catholics

Why do we fast and abstain?

“Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish.” (Lk. 13:5)

Because we are sinners, justice requires each of us to make recompense to God for the honor we have denied Him by our sins. Because we have misused our goods, our souls and bodies—as well as those of others—the natural law requires us to strive to restore the order we have disturbed by our sins. Thus, the Natural Law and the Divine Law bind us in a general way to perform acts of penance. In order to help us fulfill this requirement, Holy Mother Church, knowing our weakness and laziness, binds us under ecclesiastical laws to perform works of penance at certain times.

Throughout the centuries, these ecclesiastical laws have changed, sometimes becoming more strict, sometimes relaxing the discipline of penance. Regardless of changes to the Church laws, which exist to make our obedience to the natural and Divine laws of penance easier, the fundamental requirement remains: “Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish.”

Considering the alternatives of unending bliss in heaven or unending misery in hell, and considering that the effects of original sin and of our own sins make us lazy and apt to forget our duty towards God, it seems much more reasonable to err on the side of too much penance, especially in times of relaxed Church discipline such as our own, rather than on the side of too little.Read More »