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
Seminarians plant a century of trees
Next year's centenary celebrated with a hundred special saplings known for their fragranceParishioners plant agarwood saplings in the seminary's garden
- Stefanus Tartono, Magelang
- June 20, 2011
The celebration began last month with a monthly novena and Holy Mass. The second novena and Holy Mass were held on Sunday. Around 400 Catholics, including the seminariansâ€™ parents and families, attended the event which was followed by the agarwood saplings planting.
Coordinator of the plantation program, Robertus Herlambang, said agarwood was chosen because it has special meanings. â€śIt is a rare tree and grows only in certain parts of Indonesia. Economically, it is an expensive tree because of its fragrance,â€ť he added.
He said agarwood could be interpreted as a manifestation of Jesus Christ. â€śAgarwood is a type of tree which is strong and willing to suffer. It is like Jesus Christ,â€ť he asserted.
Carmelite Bishop Herman Joseph Sahadat Pandoyoputro of Malang sent a written homily, read by Father Donatus Triman Andi Wibowo, vicar general of the diocese of Malang. The homily maintained that the Churchâ€™s mission today is not only baptizing people but also promoting local virtues, loving the environment and enlivening plurality.
â€śIt starts from the family. A family that promotes and respects plurality will be able to produce human beings who respect the local virtues and love the environment,â€ť the prelate said.
The Church, he added, â€śis a community of people who love the environment and uphold the values of pluralism.â€ť
The seminary was established on May 30, 1912.
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