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October 5, 2016, 8:00 PM

Find Your Purpose


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“Find purpose, the means will follow.”

-  Mohandas Gandhi

 

October 4, 2016

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Time flies!  It has been around three months since I was elected the Council President of the Oakland St. Leo's Chinese Community.  I thank God for providing me with this opportunity to serve the St. Leo’s Chinese Community.  I grew up attending the Chinese mass at the St. Leo the Great Church and developed a deep root with the community, and this relationship is further deepened into love.  I am not praising the community because I belong here, but I am truly very proud of our community.  The parishioners’ passion and energy do not waver no matter how many people we have in the community.  Just like on September 25th when we had a community meeting, we had a great turnout on participation and parishioners opened up the dialog to share their thoughts for improving the community.  It is an undeniable fact that we love Christ and His community.  Though our community is small in size, but our love and faith can absolutely do big things for others.

Many religious communities face the same problems as we do – there are less and less people believing in God, and even less people are willing to invest time or effort in their spiritual development, which concludes to a decrease of participation in churches.  Whether it is an English parish or Chinese community, we are depressed to see similar situations.  When I first started my work as the Community President, I saw the “decrease of participation in churches” as my highest priority and immediately wanted to tackle the problem.  When I dug deeper into this problem, I found that everywhere I went was a dead end.  I couldn’t even determine where to begin.  After serving the community in this role for the past three months, for some reason (God’s help maybe?) two concepts naturally came to me:

1) People are the core of a community.  Many people with the same goal gathered together, to work and to contribute can make a community thrive.

2) God is the root of a Christian community!

Under the same logic:  1) People are the core of a community; 2) God is the root of the Christian community; it means that the thriving of Christian community requires the unity of people to contribute to the common goal, with God as the root!  I finally understand that I omitted the most important component in looking at the problem, and that is to look at the purpose (or the root) of our community!

If our Christian’s mission is to develop faith and spread the good news, our community is here to support our members to achieve their mission.  We must do our best, and help others to do their best in developing our “root”, to let others understand who Jesus Christ is through our own behaviors and actions.

The direction of a community is not something that can be understood overnight, nor it could be determined only by one community meeting.  As long as we have faith in our God, our community, and our council, I am very positive that we will all get to our end goal together.  A road does not exist before someone builds it; once it’s traveled the road is there.  A sea is not without storms and large waves, but with God as our companion, we do not fear.  I truly believe that if we do not give up in walking the path of God and to fulfill our mission as a Christian, our community will just grow naturally.  Quoting from Mohandas Gandhi, “Find purpose, the means will follow,” so as long as we don’t forget that God is our purpose and our root, the means of building the community will follow.

 

Thanks be to God.  Praise the Lord!

 

In Christ,

Helen Ma

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October 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

找到你的目的


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找到你的目的,然後方法就會隨之而來。

     -  莫罕達斯‧甘地

 

2016年10月5 日

 

親愛的弟兄姊妹:

不經不覺,擔任屋崙聖良華人團體的幹事會會長已有三個月的時間。我非常感謝主給了我這個機會,讓我為聖良堂華人的團體出一分力。聖良堂是我從小到大都來的地方,對它有一份深厚的感情,而擔任了會長一職後更為這份深厚的感情更加添了份愛情。這個並不是「賣花讚花香」,我對於我們聖良堂華人團體真的感到很自豪。無論我們的人數多或少,我們教友的「心火」和「活力」都像泉水般源源不絕。就像上月25號舉行了團體教友大會,很多教友都很熱烈參與並且提出了寶貴的意見。大家對基督的愛和團體的愛是無容置疑的。這讓我覺得我們的團體雖小,但是因愛和信德能夠做的事是可以很大很大的。

其實我們和其他的宗教團體一樣面對著相同的問題──越來越少人相信有神,越來越少人願意對自己的信仰生活作出時間上或精神上的投資,即是說,教會參加的人數日漸減少。無論是英文堂或是中文堂,我們都看到同樣的情形並感到失望。我當初一上任之後,最想能夠解決的便是團體流失教友的問題,但是這個問題就像是一個死結,沒有辦法能夠找出「線頭」所在。然後在三個月裡的團體的服務 / 工作中,不知如何(如有神助?)我自然而然地明白了兩個概念:

1) 人,是一個團體的核心。有很多共同目標的人聚在一起、共同努力、共同付出,才能令團體興旺。

2) 作為一個天主教團體,天主是我們的根!

在邏輯的推理下,1) 人是團體的核心;2) 天主是天主教團體的根;這等於說,一個基督徒的團體的興旺是要依靠各人的同心協力去為我們共同的目標付出,而主就是我們的目標,我們的「根」! 我終於明白,我們想解開那死結時忽略了那最重要的「線頭」便是主!

 

如果我們基督徒的使命是培育信仰、傳揚福音,那麼我們的團體就是要協助我們的教友做到這兩部份。我們要盡力去做到最好,而且讓我們的弟兄姊妹也能做到最好。我們要互相幫助對方,培育心中的「根」,讓其他人從我們的言行中看到我們的主是誰。

有關團體未來方針的討論不是一朝一夕可完成,更不會是一個團體會議便可以解決。但是,我對我們的天主、我們的團體、我們的幹事們非常充滿信心。路,未開出來之前本來就是沒有的;人要走過去,路才會平。海,並不是無風無浪,但是有主同行,我們又有何懼?  我深信,如果我們每個人都不放棄,盡自己的力量去做好基督徒的工作,我們的團體自然會拙壯地成長。就如莫罕達斯‧甘地的名言:  「找到你的目的,然後方法就會隨之而來。」只要我們不忘記天主就是我們的目的,我們的「根」,我們自然而然會找到好的方法向前邁進。

 

 

 

 

感謝主,讚美主!

- 主僕 凱欣  Helen Ma

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August 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Oakland Catholic Worker徵求懂中英文的義工


親愛的主內弟兄姊妹們:

 
大家好!  日前我收到由Oakland Catholic Worker的志願團體的請求,希望有華人的義工幫忙翻譯,幫助有需要的華人家庭。
 
Oakland Catholic Worker他們日常的服務除了每週派發午餐及食物給有需要的人士外,每年的聖誕節他們更會派發聖誕禮物給已登記家庭內的小朋友。這個團體一直以來主要服務拉丁美裔,但近年來也服務其他種族,包括華裔。很多有需要的華裔家庭未能跟Oakland Catholic Worker登記,也未能夠接受到幫助,原因是他們團體沒有懂中文的義工人員,也沒有辦法擴大提供給華裔的服務。通過Oakland Catholic Worker的面試程序而符合資格的家庭,他們的小孩子將會在聖誕節前收到志願團體送出的禮物,歡度聖誕。
 
大部份有需要的家庭都是講粵語,但是也有一部份的家庭是講國語的。現在Oakland Catholic Worker向我們華人牧民中心求助,徵求能說中、英文的義工支持他們的慈善工作。
 
現時為了2016年聖誕的program他們需要以下的人手。
 
 

Screening Survey: in person to qualify families

面對面作簡短訪問,了解家庭是否合資格

日期/時間:  9/29 星期四 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

需求:  至少需要2位義工,其中至少一位說粵語。

地點:  Oakland Catholic Worker辦公室  

Interviewing Families 家庭面試

1)  Make phone calls to families to might qualify to interview 用電話通知家庭面試日期、時間、地點

2) Interviews families in person 親身面試

日期/時間:  10/11 - 10/18 (日子視乎面視試數目),每個面試大約15分鐘

需求:  越多義工幫忙越好 (粵語及國語)

地點:  Oakland Catholic Worker辦公室

Donate Christmas Gifts to Children

捐獻聖誕禮物給小孩子

日期/時間:  12/18 星期日,中午以後drop-off

需求:  越多禮物越好,其他每個堂區大概捐獻40至50份禮物,我們人數較少可以考慮捐獻20份左右

地點:  請把禮物drop-off到屋崙St. Lawrence O'Toole Church

Distribute Christmas gifts to Children

派發聖誕禮物給小孩子

日期/時間:  12/18 星期日,3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

需求:  義工 (不限語言)

地點:  屋崙St. Lawrence O'Toole Church

 

謝謝大家的善心為公益。請大家盡量把訊息發佈出去!  如果你或者你的團體有人願意幫助Oakland Catholic Worker,支持他們這麼有意義的工作,請於2016年9月16日前和我聯絡
 
聯絡人:  Helen Ma
電郵:  info@oaklandccc.org
 
我會把義工總名單發給 Oakland Catholic Worker的負責人。
 
 
主佑,

凱欣  Helen Ma

聖良堂華人團體幹事會會長​
 
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