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Brief History

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Parish Brief History

Before Establishment of the Parish

In the 1970s, Chinese Catholics living in Edmonton were gathered by Sr. Gertrude Kwan to form the Chinese Catholic Community. Once a month on Sunday, they would attend a bilingual Sunday Mass celebrated by an English-speaking priest in a Catholic Church near to Chinatown. In May 1982, Fr. Francisco de Assisi Lau, a Salesian priest, was assigned by the Hong Kong Salesian Provincial Superior to take up the pastoral mission in Edmonton. The same Catholic Community at St. Patrick Parish continued to have one Sunday mass celebrated in Chinese (Cantonese) every week.

Under the leadership of Fr. Lau, working groups were formed to take care of different aspects of the community: spirituality development, communication and relationship with parishioners. The community registered as a formal entity after a year.

In September 1984, the Edmonton Salesian Chinese School was established. The objective is to provide Chinese language and cultural education for the local Chinese children, and evangelization and outreach to the Chinese Community at large. Classes are held every Saturday morning in a Catholic school that was run by the local Salesians. The school celebrated her 20th anniversary on the in 2004.

In the following year, Fr. Lau set up the Building Committee and started raising funds for the purpose of acquiring a permanent building for the community. In June 1986, with approval of Archbishop Joseph MacNeil (Archbishop of Edmonton), an agreement was signed for the purchase of the Hungarian Catholic Church in Chinatown (10665-98 Street) with a seating capacity of about 250. The community was renamed Mary Help of Christians Chinese Catholic Church.

Renovation was carried out in the following year. On May 23, 1987, the church was consecrated by Archbishop MacNeil who also proclaimed the Church to become the Chinese Catholic Parish and Fr. Lau as the first Pastor.

After Establishment of the Parish

In June 1991, Fr. Lau was assigned to Los Angeles, U.S.A after serving the Chinese Catholics in Edmonton for nine years. Fr. Joseph Ho S.D.B. succeeded him as the new Pastor of the Parish.

During the following years, more and more Chinese immigrated to Edmonton and the number of parishioners also increased. But capacity and facilities of the Church were barely sufficient and the building itself was quite wore out.

With the support of many parishioners, and together with endorsement from the Edmonton Archdiocese and Salesian Society in Canada, a Building Committee, consisting of experts from different fields was setup to search for a more suitable site for a new Church. Eventually, a suitable building was located not far from downtown, which then belonged to the Knight of Columbus. The transaction took place in January 1997.

Reconstruction of the building was carried out in two stages and the whole project was completed in two years. The Edmonton Chinese Catholic parish moved into this building located at 10140-119 Street in September 1998. On November 22nd in the same year (Feast of Christ the King), Consecration of the new Church was officiated by Archbishop Joseph Mac Neil.

Number of parishioners has now increased to about 400 families. At present, three Sunday Masses are celebrated every weekend: two in Chinese (Cantonese) and one in English . Three Sunday school classes are conducted. There are also three formation groups for parishioners of different age and they meet once a month. There are also preparation class for children of suitable age to receive their first communion and confirmation. An adult catechism course (RCIA) is run annually for adults who are interested in or looking forward to take up the Catholic belief. More than twenty working groups have been set up with enthusiastic parishioners serving the whole community.

The Chinese Catholic Parish will celebrate her 18th anniversary in May 2005. During the last two decades, this community has made tremendous progress from a “homeless” situation to the present condition. For all these, we have much to be thankful for – the gracious love from our almighty heavenly Father; guidance and help from our Blessed Mother, Mary Help of Christians, and the care and assistance from the Edmonton Archdiocese and Salesian Society.

We welcome you to be part of our family and share this great gift from our Lord!



Parish Facilities

The whole building including an ample parking lot occupies an area of 40,000 sq. ft. The upper floor holds a sacred and majestic but outstanding by its simplicity newly built church which offers 450 sears, together with a small chapel and sacristy. Whereas the office, library, large and small conference rooms, kitchen, entrance, lobby and a multi-purpose hall with a 600-people capacity are all on the ground floor. At the back of the Church is an open parking lot with 60 parking spaces. The small house next door serves as the Rectory.

The multi-purpose hall is an ideal environment for many large scales or sport activities, such as weekly Tai Chi, social dancing and badminton classes. Sunday Cafe is in service about once a month. Annual functions include Chinese New Year Carnival, Parish annual retreat during Lent, Parish Patron Feast Day Celebration in May, summer sports tournament, Christmas celebration, New Year eve countdown party and gatherings of different nature.



Parish Services

The mass schedule is here. For detail on any other services please inquire the office (baptism, wedding, RCIA, mass with special intentions, sunday school).

 

 

 


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堂區簡史

堂區成立之前

七零年代,一群在愛民頓居住的華人天主教教友,在關愛寶修女召集之下,組成天主教教友會,每月其中一個主日在唐人街(97 Street) 附近的聖伯德烈堂,由說英語的神父主持中英雙語彌撒。
一九八二年五月,香港教會的慈幼會士劉志剛神父奉派到本市擔任牧民工作,租用該英語聖堂每星期舉行一台粵語主日彌撒,並以聖堂部份地庫作辦公室之用。教友在劉神父領導下,成立工作小組,協助神父展開神修培育、聯絡溝通及聯誼活動等工作。一年後,獲政府承認為立案團體。
一九八四年九月,為要肩負培育華人子弟認識中華文化的使命,及希望將耶穌基督愛的精神傳到華人社區,開辦了慈幼中文學校,租用市內天主教學校在星期六上課,現今已慶祝過二十週年。
翌年,劉神父發起成立『籌建華人聖堂小組』,努力籌募得十多萬加元。一九八六年六月,得到教區麥若瑟總主教批准之後,以十六萬加元購得位於106 Ave 接98 Street,原屬於匈牙利族裔,可以容納二百多人的聖堂,並命名為瑪利亞進教之佑華人天主堂,即是以聖母瑪利亞為聖堂的主保。
接著的一年時間,聖堂進行裝修,在一九八七年五月廾三日,由麥總主教主持聖堂祝聖典禮,並正式宣佈瑪利亞進教之佑堂為天主教華人堂區,劉志剛神父為本堂首位主任司鐸。

堂區成立後的發展

一九九一年六月劉志剛神父經過九年服務之後離任,由慈幼會士何國漳神父接任為主任司鐸。
接著的一兩年,由於華人移民人數上升,堂區教友的數目亦相應增加,聖堂面積及設施漸覺不敷應用;而聖堂建築物本身亦頗為殘缺。何神父徇眾要求經過仔細考慮,徵得有關當局的同意;成立籌備小組詳細研究。經大部份堂區教友的肯定之後,終於在九六年六月正式成立『擴建委員會』。
擴委會從各方面所搜集到的資料當中,選擇到接近市中心、當年的哥倫布騎士會會所,並於九六年十月,由麥總主教簽署文件,以八十二萬元成交。預算是將原址改建成一所新聖堂,連同各項的附屬設施。
在接茠漕潀~時間內,擴委會竭盡綿力、辛勤工作,新堂的第一期及第二期改建工程終於完成。華人天主堂在九八年九月搬遷到現時位於10140 – 119 Street的新聖堂,並於十一月廾二日(基督君王瞻禮日),由麥總主教主持祝聖新堂大典。

搬進新堂之後,教友家庭數目已增加至約四百個。每週末舉行三台主日彌撒;三班主日學為培育不同年齡的兒童;為青少年及成人教友設有三個善會。另有為適齡兒童準備領受各項聖事的道理班;成人慕道班是為有興趣研究或加入天主教的人士。又設立十多個工作小組,由在各方面有專長或願意參與的教友,為團體提供服務。因各項設施齊備,不同團體的申請亦日漸增加。

華人天主堂將於二零零五年五月慶祝堂區成立十八週年紀念。在過去的二十多年中,這個團體由『居無定所』的境況,發展到現今身處這座令人讚賞的聖堂,教友亦如兄弟姊妹般和洽相處,實有賴仁慈天父的眷顧;主保瑪利亞進教之佑的引導和助佑;愛民頓總教區及慈幼會對這團體的照顧和協助;及堂區大家庭的成員在主內的共融互愛、樂於服務的精神。

歡迎您也來與我們一同分享上主的恩賜!



堂區設施

新聖堂的建築物佔地約四萬多平方呎。樓上是一間可容納四百五十人、神聖而莊嚴的新建聖堂,另有祭衣房及聖體小堂一間。地下包括辦公室、圖書館、大小會議室、廚房、休憩間和一個可容納六百人的多用途大禮堂。室外是一個可停泊六十部汽車的停車場。隔鄰是一間兩層小屋,是為神職人員住宿之用。

多用途大禮堂是舉行各項大型或球類活動的場所,例如:每星期的太極班、社交舞班、羽毛球班。及約一個月一次的主日茶座等。年中大型活動計有:新春嘉年華、復活節前的堂區教友退省、五月份的主保瞻禮慶祝、暑期球賽、聖誕慶祝、除夕晚倒數聯歡,及各式各樣的聚會。



堂區服務

彌撤時間可參考這裡. 其他服務請向辦公室查詢 (聖洗,慕道,特別意向彌撤,主曰學).