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), Our Lady of Fatima Church (2007), and St. John the Apostle (2017).
Chinese Mass Times
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 email@example.com
- Year-end Thanksgiving Mass (before the Chinese New Year) – Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Coquitlam
- Tomb Festival Mass – Friday, April 5 at 12 p.m. at Gardens of Gethsemani Evangelist Chapel, Surrey
Check out photos from the latest Chinese Ministry events:
- Tomb Festival (Qingming Festival 清明節)
- Lunar New Year Thanksgiving Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church
- Priesthood 125 – Celebrating Frs. Francis Chang & Peter Chiang’s Ordination Anniversary.
- World Day of Prayer for the Church in China at St. Francis Xavier Church.
- 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.