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
Remembering the dead on Father's Day
Faithful honor all those who take the role of fathers
- ucanews.com reporter, Mandalay
- July 4, 2011
They gathered in the Catholic cemetery in Kyannigan village, north of the city, to hold a Mass of remembrance for relatives and friends, and to encourage each other and the missionaries who serve the Church in Myanmar.
The unusual event, generally reserved for All Souls Day celebrations among Mandalay parishioners, drew hundreds of people. Some adorned grave sites with candles and flowers, while others said silent prayers with their rosaries prior to the Mass.
Father Augustine Tin Maung Tun, parish priest of St. Michaelâs Church in Mandalay, officiated with six other priests in St. Thomas Hall at the cemetery on June 25. They were joined by about 350 nuns, seminarians and parishioners from five parishes in Mandalay.
St. Lazarus Funeral Service and Cemetery Maintenance Association in the Mandalay archdiocese organized the event.
âThis is the first time the Catholic Church in Myanmar has celebrated Fatherâs Day in this way, and more precisely, we come to the cemetery to pray for the missionary priests, bishops and all those who take the role of fathers in their households,â said Father John Soe Tint, a priest in St. Joseph parish in Mandalay during his homily.
âThe most important part of this celebration is to express our deep gratitude,â he added.
After mass, priests blessed the graves with holy water, while nuns and parishioners planted trees in the cemetery.
John Maung Maung, president of the funeral association, said the event was the first of other planned âretreatsâ in the future.
Daw Bella Nyo, 65, a parishioner from St. Francis Xavier parish, said she was thankful for arrangements the association had made to help those in distant villages participate.
âItâs a privilege for me to come and pray in front of my sonâs grave because of transportation arranged by the association.â
Monsignor John Mg Nee, chairman of the St. Lazarus association, thanked parishioners for their attendance in the inaugural event, which collected about 600,000 kyat (US$800) to help fund the care of the cemetery.
Masses And Eucharistic Adoration In Cemeteries Help Catholics Pray For The Dead
Catholics pray at clean cemeteries for All Souls' Day