Chinese Catholic Community

華人天主教會簡介

1983

華人天主教會(簡稱CCC ) 成立於一九八三年初﹐是由一班熱心教友﹐為實踐其信仰的理想而組成的團體﹐當時得到Fr. Aidan 的扶助﹐在悉尼之中區中心即現時 ( Camperdown ) 的聖約瑟堂開始了中﹑英文兼用的主日彌撒。自此﹐華人天主教會便在教友的協力耕耘下日漸成長。目前﹐除主日彌撒外﹐該會還經常舉辦各類靈修(包括講座﹑退省) 及聯誼活動﹐提供福利服務與及開辦中文學校﹐對一些不熟悉澳洲環境或是有語言障礙的新移民﹐華人天主教會除了滿足他們信仰上需要外﹐也盡量幫助他們認識新朋友﹐融入本地社會。

The Chinese Catholic Community (or CCC in brief) was formed by a group of Catholics in Sydney in 1983 with the aims of fulfilling their religious goals. With the help of Fr. Dungan Aidan, the group met on Sunday at St Joseph’s Church, Camperdown (in Central, Sydney) where Mass was celebrated in both the English and Chinese languages. As the number of Chinese Catholics increased, CCC was able to offer not only Mass at Camperdown but a wide spectrum of activities such as spiritual retreats, social gatherings, social services and a Chinese language school. To the new migrants, especially those who have language problems, CCC also helped them to settle in the new environment.

 

1991

後來﹐由於教友人數日多﹐中區聖約瑟堂不敷應用﹐委員會在商討後﹐經多番奔走﹐終於得到Parramatta 教區借出北巴拉瑪打(North Parramatta) 的聖莫尼加堂﹐作為本會的西區彌撒中心。西區中心於是在一九九一年九月正式啟用。主教還慷慨借出小學校舍給華人天主教會辦中文學校﹐固此學校便從中區選址遷到聖莫尼加堂內校舍後﹐因學生不斷增加﹐更於Northmead High School設立分校。二零零七年六月Parramatta 教區設立華人牧民處﹐故西區委員會於九月底解散﹐而中文學校亦遷往Northmead High School。

The fast-growing Camperdown congregation soon stretched St Joseph’s Church to its limit. After continuous liaising and lobbying, Bishop Bede, head of Parramatta Diocese at that time kindly allowed CCC to start our Western centre in St Monica’s Church in North Parramatta. In September 1991, Western Centre started operating at St. Monica’s Church and CCC Chinese School also moved from Camperdown to St Monica’s Primary School in North Parramatta. With the constant increase in student enrolment, CCC Chinese School started to run classes at Northmead High School as well. With the establishment of the Chinese Chaplaincy in Parramatta in June 2007, CCC Western Centre was dismissed and CCC Chinese School moved to Northmead High School.

 

1994

在一九九四年﹐行政委員會開始籌建高齡之家﹐為華裔長者設立安居的地方及提供其他服務。在獲得政府撥款後﹐隨即註冊成立華人天主教會高齡之家﹐現今已在Toongabbie建成十六間獨立單位供長者居住。現時神父﹑修女﹑教友及不少熱心人仕均有做一些定期的探訪﹑傅油聖事﹑祈禱會等工作及活動﹐團體內義務醫生亦定期為住客提供醫療服務。

高齡之家的管理階層全部是義務工作人仕擔任,他們都是由華人天主教會會員成員組成﹐包括:-
1) 管理委員會 – 由常年大會選出處理日常運作﹐並定向董事局匯報。
2) 董事局﹕包括華人天主教會神師﹐牧職修女﹐高齡之家主席﹐由華人天主教會行政委員會委派之董事。並每三個月舉行一次會議﹐檢討工作的進展﹐同時向華人天主教會行政委員會匯報.
3) 信託管理局: 由常年大會選出五位信託人。

In 1994 the Administrative Committee established CCC Homes at Toongabbie to provide 16 independent accommodations for elderly Chinese.  The Pastoral Sister and CCC members frequently visit CCC Homes.

 

1997

鋻於移民人數的迅速增長﹐加上悉尼北區亦有為數不少的華人教友聚居﹐故有加設另一中心之需要﹐尤幸獲得北區主教Fr. David Walker首肯﹐借出位於 Lindfield 的聖家堂作為本會北區彌撒中心﹐並得到沙爾德聖保祿修女們的鼎力支持﹐慷慨借出部份聖保祿會院作為北區中心辦事處之用﹐使北區中心得以順利成立﹐終於在一九九七年六月十五日開始為教友服務。

華人天主教會會務﹐一向由常年大會選出的行政委員會負責策劃及推動﹐自一九九二年開始﹐除行政委員會外﹐每中心各設執行委員會自行負責該中心事務﹐然後向行政委員會匯報。各中心亦設有工作小組負責彌撒中的禮儀﹐包括讀經組﹑禮儀組﹑歌詠團﹑輔祭等﹔更有小組為青年﹐兒童及長者籌劃神修及聯誼﹐慕道班﹐聖經分享﹐家庭或醫院探訪。

In view of the sizeable Chinese population in Sydney’s Northern District, CCC set up a third centre at the Holy Family of Nazareth in Lindfield (a Northern District suburb) in June 1997, with the consent of the bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay. The St Paul’s sisters have also kindly offered part of its convent as the office of the Northern District centre.

 

 

2014

在Eastwood、Epping﹐及鄰近地區有不少華人教友聚居﹐而非教友的数目更不斷增長﹐喜幸得到雪梨總主教的支持﹐本會位於Eastwood聖基文堂的依仕活中心於二零一四年七月啟用為教友服務﹐開展福傳事工﹐同時更盼望為鄰近學校及大學內華裔學生提供一處聚集及靈修的地方。

In July 2014, to serve the fast growing Chinese community in Eastwood, Epping and the surrounding areas, with the support of the Archbishop of Sydney, CCC set up another centre at St Kevin’s Church in Eastwood.  This centre, as the other CCC centres, provides a venue for evangelisation and spiritual development, especially for university students nearby.

 

在委員們的衷心投入﹐教友們的熱心參與和支持下﹐華人天主教會充份發揚了福音的精神﹐成為一個真正的基督徒團體。本會現有司徒金美修女全職為教友服務﹐此外,協助有關靈修的還有沙爾德聖保祿女修會修女們、高龍龐修會及澳洲神父和修女。更有來自香港及海外各地的華籍神父修女蒞臨主各持家庭營、避靜、講座及工作坊

Sr. Teresia Seeto RSJ  is Pastoral Sister for the Community.  In addition, religious groups in various parts of Australia, in particular the sisters of St Paul’s and the Columban fathers have provided tremendous help in meeting the spiritual needs of CCC members.