We just returned from our almost three month trip to Europe. Although we spent most of our time in Rome working with the Chinese Catholic community, we went to Warsaw Poland to attend a meeting sponsored by the Chinese Centers of Poland and Germany and also to Dublin Ireland to visit the Chinese Catholic Community again as well.
The meeting in Warsaw was very well attended by clergy, religious and laity from many countries in Europe as well as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The coordinators provided us with a table to display the Holy Cards of the Chinese Martyr Saints and samples of our evangelization materials. Many were interested in our materials and also how we could be of help to them in their parishes. There is a great need in Europe to evangelize the Chinese and we are blessed to be given the opportunity to assist them.
Celebrating Mid Autumn Festival in Rome was a lot of fun.
The event was coordinated by a group of Parishes and Organizations which included the Chinese Parish. It was held outside using the basketball court of a local school. Hundreds of people came to celebrate and to learn about the Chinese holiday.
We are very grateful to the Italian Bishops Conference for giving us an office in Rome. It was very important for us to continue our day to day work and having an office helped facilitate that.
In October we went back to visit the Chinese Catholic Community in Dublin. It was great being with them again and enjoying their Chinese/Irish hospitality. After Mass they took their group photo for their calendar. It was nice to be included in their photo as a part of their Parish family. It was also nice to be able to spend time with their pastor Father Anthony Hou.
An important work of our ministry is writing and implementing evangelization plans for Chinese parishes. At San Bernardino da Siena Chinese Parish in Rome the first part of the plan was to sponsor a “Welcome Home” party for all the parishioners who do not regularly attend Mass there. It is very important to build up the parish family first before we go out and evangelize the community. The regular Mass attendees were so happy when over 65 people came to Mass and the get together afterwards. All those who came signed up for different groups such as Hospitality Group, Liturgy Group, Choir, Prayer Group, Activity Group, and Evangelization Group. Once they are involved in the different groups, they will feel a part of the Church family and will continue to come. We have a lot of work yet to do but this is certainly a wonderful beginning.