Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Celebration with Chinese Catholics - Casa Gianna

The Chinese Catholic Community was founded by the MIC (Missionaires de l'Immaculee-Conception) in 1955 to provide pastoral care for students studying at Ottawa universities.

Since then, without interruption, Sunday Masses have been celebrated at different venues first at the Chinese Centre, home of the MIC Sisters, then at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ottawa's Chinatown beginning in 1984.

In 1991, Masses were held at Assumption Church where Father Bosco Wong was pastor and from 2007 at the Chapel in the Diocesan Centre.

Now the Community--soon to be a personal parish for Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking Catholics--guided by Deacon Peter Fan (ordained in 2008) and to be known as Holy Spirit (Sheng Shen) Parish will relocate to the recently-closed Notre Dame de Lourdes de Cyrville Church (1187 Michael Street), amid the many shopping centres off St. Laurent, very close to the 417 Highway.

In gratitude for the hospitality experienced at the Diocesan Centre, the Sheng Shen community offered an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch yesterday to the staff of the Centre and the members of the Presbyteral Council who were holding their inaugural fall meeting. Good food, music, much good humour: it was a lovely lunch. Some pix:

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Under the patronage of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, four young women live their Christian faith in community for mutual support and encouragement (three are pictured at left).

They have lots of friends, have a renown for hospitality and enjoy a good time. Last Friday evening, I celebrated Mass in their home for more than thirty young and not-so-young who came for a delightful evening of fellowship.

Herewith some pix following Mass:

Sarah and Naomi dropped in from Alberta, encouraged by Sr. Anna Chan; they were en route to Madonna House in Combermere

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