According to Statistics Canada (2011), there are about 400,000 people of Chinese origin in the Lower Mainland, making it the largest visible minority group in Vancouver.
As early as 1933, pastoral care for them had already begun at the Chinese Pastoral Centre, St. Francis Xavier Church. It has been followed by St. Teresa Church (1977), Corpus Christi Church (1994), Canadian Martyrs Church (1995) and Our Lady of Fatima Church (2007).
Chinese Ministry is a non parish-based service which has a two-fold mission:
- To offer supplementary pastoral care to Chinese Catholics, enriching their lives of faith in the Church, and;
- To evangelize the non-believing Chinese who are not served by the established communities because of distance and other reasons.
We believe that with the continuous influx of Chinese to Vancouver, more can be done to support the Chinese faithful and to reach out to the Chinese non-believers here.
For information and suggestions, please contact Fr. Paul Chu at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated by Archbishop Michael Miller at 5 pm in St. Monica Church, Richmond., followed by dinner from 6:15 pm at Continental Restaurant, Richmond (Cambie & No. 5 Rd.). Contact: Mary Waung 778-321-0618.
A special Mass in Chinese will be held on May 24 (Wed.) 7:30 pm at St. Francis Xavier Church, Vancouver. All are welcome.
Offered in collaboration with the Development Office, this information session will bring in Cantonese-speaking lawyer and financial planner to answer questions related to the topic. June 14 (Wed.) 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Vancouver. All are invited for this free event. Register at http://rcav.org/epg
Check out photos from the latest Chinese Ministry events:
- Talk on the Suffering Church in China: Fr. Matthew Chu, SJ and Msgr. Matthew Koo shared their experience of the labour camps in China in the 50’s.
- Memorial Mass for late Fr. Aloysius Yip: On the occasion of his 20th death anniversary, Fr. Yip was remembered as a faithful priest who passed the ordeal of persecution in China before coming to Vancouver in 1983.
- Chinese New Year Mass: 250 people began their first day of the Year of Rooster with a Chinese Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Delta.
- Chinese New Year Dinner: 165 people shared their joy of the new year with good food and friendship on February 13 in Surrey.