Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Pilgrims celebrate JP2 beatification
Encouraging Catholics to help build the Church community, citing Pope John Paulâ€™s wordsThe Young Family of St. Bosco in Tianshui diocese made pilgrimage to Hill of the Cross pilgrimage site
- ucanews.com, Tianshui
- May 6, 2011
The pilgrimage was led by Father John Baptist Wang, the diocesan administrator, who is not affiliated with the â€śopenâ€ť Church structure.
The youth group stopped at several parishes and the religious sisterâ€™s convent of Fengxiang diocese in neighboring Shaanxi province. They presented bookmarks specially made to commemorate Pope John Paul IIâ€™s beatification to the Catholics they met on their trip.
They also spent one evening for sharing session with the lay leaders and priests of Fengxiang on the late pope.
Before they arrived at their last leg at the Shizishan (Hill of the Cross) pilgrimage site in Meixian county, the young people also visited Bishop Luke Li Jingfeng of Fengxiang, a former â€śundergroundâ€ť prelate who can now work publicly.
Bishop Li encouraged them to help build the Church community, citing Pope John Paulâ€™s words that young people are the future and hope of the Church.
He also answered questions they raised concerning about the Church in China.
At the pilgrimage site, the Catholic youth wearing the same uniform first prayed the Rosary together.
They made meditation along the Way of the Cross while Father Wen gave brief homilies at each station with themes related to the young people nowadays.
The Way of the Cross that leads up to the hilltop took them two and a half hours to complete. When they reached their destination, six priests who accompanied their trip concelebrated a Mass to end the pilgrimage.
The Young Family of St. Bosco was formed in 2010 after a summer camp for more than 80 university students.
It aims to connect young people of Tianshui to provide them pastoral care through activities and different Internet platforms since some of them are working or studying outside the backward northwestern Gansu province.