The theme for this year’s celebration was We Are the Mercy of God. This is the 19th year the event is being hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. It was an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with the celebration of the Mass with the Most Rev. Roger W Gries, OSB along with priests from the different Asian Catholic communities.
The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass was reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities came together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai.
The entrance procession featured the Vietnamese gong, and during the Mass there was the incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns were sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian). The readings and the prayers of the faithful were also said in various Asian languages.
Following the mass, all were invited to join the community in the St. Clarence Pavilion for a delicious meal of traditional Asian food (at no cost) and wonderful cultural entertainment.
Homily Honors St. Teresa
Bishop Gries honored the mission of St. Teresa of Calcutta in his Sunday homily, urging listeners to follow her precepts of service.
1 – Ask for help in the things that we do. Mother Teresa, he said, was never afraid to ask for help in her ministry.
2 – Pray. Through prayer and a prayerful mindfulness, all may stay attuned to God’s voice as it directs each life.
3 – Listen. We all want to be heard in our needs. We can be sure God hears us. Let us hear others as we serve our faith in life. Listen and hear even the needs of those who have no voice, like the yet-to-be born as we honor life.
4 – Smile. It is the simplest way to connect with people. Mother Teresa always smiled and he helped change the world.