CANTATA MACAU -2017 2nd International Choral Festival, Macau

chorus3The second edition of Cantata Macau was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Stephen Lee, the Bishop of Macau, Fr. Jijo Kandamkulathy CMF Founder and Spiritual Director of Cantata Macau and Barrie Briones Co-Founder and Executive Director of the even on December-6, 2017, in the presence of the Deputy Director of Tourism, Macau and the Assistant Consular General of the Philippines in the Nativity of our Lady Cathedral in Macau.

Eight choirs from Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, Mexico and Philippines, enthralled the audience in Macau. The highlight of the event was the Grand Concert on 8th December at 7.30 in the Cineteatro, Macau. Over 180 participants brought to life world famous compositions with added flavours of performance.

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Perpetual Profession

IMG 20170503 WA0003Student Stephen Nguyen Van Nang, from Vietnam made his perpetual profession together with five other students at 3 PM on 3rd May in a solemn mass at Immacualte Heart of Mary Parish in Quezon City. The mass was presided over by the Provincial of the Philippines Province. Stephen has completed his theology studies and is awaiting his graduation with Summa Cum Laude on 10th May. The ceremony was concluded with a solemn dinner for all the invited guests.

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Visiting the Fonts of Our Charism

IMG 6217Two days after the Feast of St. Claret, I landed in Vic on a train from Barcelona. The pastoral landscape outside was green and refreshing and carried me back to memories. In a travel of about one hour, I tried to recollect the places and incidents in the life of Claret that I had read in his autobiography many years ago. Vic came before I had anticipated and I hurried down the train with the mental map of our house, thanks to Google map. But, as I was exiting the station someone called out my name loudly in an otherwise quiet station. Fr. Carlos Sanches, a missionary from Paraguay? He is an authority on the biography and history of Claret and his times.

IMG 6218After the lunch, Fr. Sanches almost realigned my memories on Claret with fresh anecdotes that I had not heard before. The high point was the mass at the crypt of the Church of Claret. Standing by the sepulcher with the mortal remains of Claret, Fr. Sanches narrated to me the the story of a Carpenter of the house in Vic who protected the remains of Claret buried in his house during the revolution of 1936. Seeing the letter to the General written by Fr. Sebastian the Rector of the house during the revolution time brought tears to my eyes. At the gunpoint, Fr. Sebastian requested the executors to grant him his last wish. He was given a few minutes for prayer. He miraculously escaped with those few minutes to write that letter to the General to indicate where he and the carpenter together had secretly buried the body of Claret. Without this letter, we would have lost all the mortal remains of Claret!

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