Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Welcome to China Bulletin - January 2018

May words of strength, courage and hope accompany our journey through the year opening up before us. “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Wish you a joyous and prosperous 
New Year 2018 



The 2nd Edition of the international Choral Festival was celebrated on  6 - 10 December in Macau. “Macau has a rich and ancient Catholic tradition. In the last quarter of a century, however, it has come to be designated as the haven of gamblers, unholy wealth and even as ‘the sin city’,” Fr Jijo Kandamkulathy, the Director of the Claretian Publications and one of the coordinators of the event.

“Unfortunately, this designation does not suit most people living here, Catholics or otherwise who are in general God fearing. So, the intention of holding this event is to begin reinstating our territory for its Catholic traditions and regain its appreciation for what is holy and sublime,” he added. 
The opening ceremony was held on December 6, Wednesday, with a concert in St Dominic’s Church at 7:30 PM. Eight teams from five nationalities participated in the four-day Catholic Music Festival. Cathedral Schola, Fundação Rui Cunha Chorale (Macau), Bishop Hall Jubilee School Choir (Hong Kong), Chorus Vocales Philippines, Parañaque National High School Glee Club (Philippines), Medan Community Male Choir (Indonesia) and Noche Lirica (Mexico) were the performing groups.

On December 7, a solemn Mass was celebrated at the Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral, Macau at 7:15 PM, followed by the sacred concert in the same venue at 8:30 PM. The grand concert on December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, was held in the Cineteatro Macau.
On December 9, the friendship concert was be held at St Joseph’s Seminary and Church at 5:00 PM. On the last day the closing concert was conducted at the Cathedral of Macau. The Music Festival was also made available for the public through live streaming of the events through social media networks.

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