Sharing: Oct 2015 Youth Gathering of Holy Family Church

Several volunteers and I organized the Oct 2015 youth gathering on World Mission Sunday of Holy Family Church on October 25.  The theme was “Unfinished Mission” and was attended by almost 30 youth from different Churches in Shenzhen including the volunteers.    
The registration was begun at 11:00 a.m. right after our Sunday Mass. Ms. Lin prepared the PPT of the flow of the gathering.  Fr. Lu delivered his welcoming speech after teaching the song “主啊!差遣我” (=Lord, send me).  He led us to sing it as our opening prayer.   Here is the link of the song:
Ms. Ye was the MC for the day including leading the ice breaking game.  Mr. Fan led the game related with the proactive habits including the sharing. 
After lunch at the back of the Church, I gave a very short presentation about World Mission Sunday, asked two of the participants to read two paragraphs of the letter of Pope Francis for the World Mission Sunday 2015, showing the part of the DVD “Unfinished Mission” about the 150 years of PIME mission in Hong Kong and mainland ( and the short video of ministry with the ethnic Miao in Yunnan which used to be the mission of MEP (
Then, I asked them to be a missionary for an hour in a small group and drawn their sharing for the group report.    Each small group decided what to do and how to do it.  A group went to MTR station and nearby area to distribute around two hundreds bookmarks with a passage of the Bible including to the blind and the limp guys; a group went to nearby park to get to know the people and introduce the Church; a group went to Dong Hu Park to distribute bookmarks; and a group stay at the Church to do e-evangelization through the group chat and suddenly a young man entered the Church as he wants to be in peace amidst his problem.  There are several ways to do evangelization and God prepares everything!
Fr. Lu gave the summary and led the prayer for the year of Consecrated Life before singing “主啊!差遣我“and giving the blessing. 
Three participants will share their evangelization effort during three different Sunday Masses this week end.
I let Ms. Liang took initiative to be the coordinator for this gathering because I will be away several months for the second part of renewal and preparing for the final vows in USA.  Here is the link of the pictures: and the sharing of several participants:


Hong Kong, October 30, 2015

Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible

November 3, 2015:

Three participants shared their evangelization effort during three different Sunday Masses this week end.   Ms. Chen was speechless at the end of her sharing as she was in tears as well as several parishioners.

Reflection: 2015 World Mission Sunday

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Mission Sunday
18 October 2015
Mark 10:35-45
"...whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all..."

Those who follow Christ cannot fail to be missionaries, for they know that Jesus "walks w them, speaks to them, breaths with them. They sense Jesus alive with them in the midst of the missionary enterprise" (Evangelii Gaudium 266)

Mission is a passion for Jesus & at the same time a passion for his people...within this complex dynamic, we ask ourselves:"Who are the 1st to whom the Gospel message must be proclaimed?" The answer, found so often throughout the Gospel, is clear: it is the poor, the little ones & the sick, those who are often looked down upon or forgotten, those who cannot repay us. Evangelization directed preferentially to the least among us is a sign of the Kingdom that Jesus came to bring...

- Pope Francis, "Message for World Mission Sunday 2015," Vatican, 24 May 2015

Christ defines his saving mission as a service whose highest expression will be the sacrifice of his life for mankind. "For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, & to give his life as a ransom for many." These words, spoken to counter the disciples' tendency to seek the first place in the kingdom, are primarily meant to awaken in them a new mentality, w/c conforms more closely to that of the Teacher...but in saying he had come "to serve", he shows a disturbing aspect of God's behavior: although he has the right & power to make himself served, he puts himself "at the service" of his creatures. Jesus expresses this desire to serve in an eloquent & moving way at the Last Supper when he washes his disciples' feet: a symbolic act w/c will be impressed as a rule of life on their memory for ever:"You also ought to wash one another's feet."...He is the only teacher from whom we must learn; the only Lord in whom we should depend; the only Head to whom we should be united & the only model that we should imitate...

- St. John Paul II,"Jesus Gave His Life as a Ransom for Many," General Audience, February 4, 1998

May of this year as I served at Walk to Emmaus in Hong Kong I met fr. Bill, a Maryknoll missionary & dear classmate of fr. Jim Ferry, our professor in liturgy way back in the seminary. I do not anymore believe in coincidence for nothing comes by chance when it comes to God's Grace. Fr. Bill is very active with the China Mission. He is in his 80's now & China mainland is a communist country & no one can openly evangelize without getting arrested. I also met Sr. Anastasia, a young Indonesian Maryknoll missionary based in the mainland. They have brave lay partners in the mainland. I can only dream & imagine of China Mission. 

Back here at home the World Mission magazine & the works of many of our missionaries has continuously inspired me & countless others. Our country is the fruit of the sacrifices of many missionaries for the past hundreds of years & the wonderful Grace of God's love in spite of the human weakness & ambitions of the Friars. 

Our OFWs now are bringing our Faith to Europe & other parts of the world including China! They are millions & we are known as the new Irish bec of our Faith. God is truly amazing! I was told that some trans parochial communities are now sending families on mission to China & the rest of the globe. We have to remember that we are the 1st Christian nation in Asia & our laity has to step up to the challenge. 

We have to keep the fire of mission burning in our hearts. Mission is a big passion of the heart of Jesus. Every baptized has to be part of mission & the Church is always in state of mission. We are good w social media & we have to encourage young people to use their gifts in pushing the borders of evangelization through the new media! 

Do you support the mission of the Church & our missionaries?
Is your personal ambition a priority before the Plan of God?
Is your heart still burning w fire for mission or is it dead cold?
Are you willing to serve the least, the last & the lost?
Do you have the latest copy of World Mission Magazine?

Fr. Greg Somar - The Philippines