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Holy Family Church Taipei

Holy Family Church-Taipei Church Roof Renovation, your donations are needed    Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)     Introduction, Mission and Vision In March of 1952, four Canadian Jesuit Missionaries Frs. Maurice Begin, Philippe Quimet, Roland Dussault and Gerard Bourque, began their missionary work in a rented Japanese-style building in Taipei. This location marked the founding of the Holy Family Catholic Church; it was the fourth church of the Archdiocese of Taipei.   In 1957, Fr. Maurice Belhumeur expanded the holy sanctuary to include a third worshipping space, which is now the current church building. This church was designed by architect Mr. Bo-Nian Lin and went into service January, 10, 1965.   The current Holy Family Catholic Church is located on Xinsheng South Road, facing Daan Forest Park. In addition to regular Masses and liturgical services, the church is also used as a venue for concerts as well as other activities and events. The Taipei Archdiocese frequently uses Holy Family Church to celebrate large ceremonies.   The Church can accommodate more than one thousand people. It is also a very beautiful and quiet place to pray. As such, it is a place for personal growth through worship and liturgical celebrations. Holy Family Church is also a shrine for pilgrimage. It is open to the public and so tourists come to enjoy the beautiful religious art. As the years have gone by, age has started to take a toll on the building, for example, paint on the walls has begun to peel and during heavy rainfall, water leaks into the building.   At the suggestion of enthusiastic parishioners we have formed the "Holy Family Renovation Workgroup." It includes several experts that have examines the church construction and proposed a renovation plan. We have now selected one construction company among five competitors, and have now started the renovation project. According to the plan, the construction will proceed in two phases: the first is the work of waterproofing the roof and the second is the renovation of the interior walls. Each of these works will cost NTD 6 million, which makes the total NTD 12 million.     Scope of Works: (Fundraising Items) Step 1 The Work of Waterproofing the Roof includes: Installing scaffolding, washing the exterior walls, repairing windows (adding anti-rust protection), applying waterproof materials and replacing the skylight window above the altar. Estimated Construction Period is 150 days (excluding rainy days). Step 2 The Work of Interior Renovation, especially considering the main structure of the church, includes: High-altitude machine work, indoor scaffolding, the indoor paint job, cleaning and maintenance, and the public safety measures related to painting, scaffolding, the mobile shelf, cleaning and maintenance.       Other methods of Donation: 1. Cash 2. Bank Transfer 3. Credit card payment authorization       We would like to thank you in advance for your kind support and your generous contribution.   Thank you very much, may God bless you!  

Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center

  “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart” – Psalm. 138:1   Image by Anja from Pixabay       Thank you very much! Thanks to the grace of God and your support, in March 2021 we reached our fundraising goal for the relocation and renovation of the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center.   Your generosity and assistance allows us to live out our mission: inviting people to encounter Christ, teaching Ignatian spirituality and prayer, forming new spiritual directors—and even more fundamentally—helping people to feel the love of God more deeply in their lives and to hear more clearly Christ’s voice. Together you and our team are living out this mission together.   Each benefactor is important to us. Without your prayer and financial support, we would not be able to serve our brothers and sisters locally and abroad. The spirituality centre team prays for you often. In addition, each month Fr. Elton Fernandes offers a Mass for benefactors, asking the Lord to especially bless you and your family.   In July of 2020, the spirituality centre moved to its new home. We have already begun to offer retreats and activities here. This new space includes a prayer room, meeting room, multi-purpose room, spiritual direction rooms, library and offices. Activity participants find these new environs provide a sense of warmth and comfort. Since this space is larger than the previous premises, it also allows our team to offer more activities. If you have not yet had a chance to visit us, come say hi and have a look around.   In 2021 we have begun to offer some new activities, for example, “from broken to whole retreat”, “non-violent communication and spirituality”, “the spirituality of work”, “creation and spirituality” and other programs. We are also forming 16 new spiritual directors. This year is a special year: 2021 is the 500-year anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius and so we are celebrating a jubilee. As a result, we are offering some special programs to celebrate, for instance, “Reflecting on the Life of St. Ignatius and My Life” and “Finding Meaning in Suffering Together with Jesus”.   The funds raised are now sufficient to cover the relocation and renovation costs of the new spirituality centre. We are grateful to you! If you desire to continue to walk with us on this journey, we welcome your support. Your donation will allow brothers and sisters with financial difficulties to participate in spiritual activities. Your offerings will also help us to cover the daily costs of operating the Center.   Thank you for your generous support. May the Lord bless you even more generously!   Fundraising Items: 1. Support activities and daily operating costs of the Spirituality Centre a. Support the daily operating costs of running the Center b. Support people with financial difficulties that would like to participate in spiritual activities, e.g. students, nuns, seminarians, priests or people who live on the margins of society. c. Support the formation and training of new spiritual directors (lay people, nuns and priests)   Each of these items is important to our service and is in need of support. Thank you for your generosity and care.   Methods of Donation: 1. Cash 2. Bank Transfer 3. Credit Card payment authorization   Gifts for your donation: (one-time gifts or regular donations)   Donations of NT$2000 or more: a wooden hand-held cross that represents God’s love for us. Donations of NT$30,000 or more: your name will appear on the donor recognition plaque in the spirituality center.    The wooden cross is 14x8cm   Introduction, Mission and Vision The mission of the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center (CIST) is to assist people to hear Christ’s voice and feel his love in daily life. Once people feel the care, acceptance and guidance of Jesus, it is easier to share his love with others.   Today many people are troubled by loneliness and other wounds on the heart. Additionally, the pandemic has influenced the whole world in profound ways. Such challenges and tensions make us even more hungry for the love and care of God. They lead us to search more deeply for meaning in life.   The CIST team use Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises to help people draw closer to God. Through various spiritual activities such as: individual spiritual direction, prayer workshops, weekend retreats, 8-day retreats, 30-day retreats, using film to pray, using art to pray, discernment workshops, prison ministry, parish retreats and formation of spiritual directors. Through such activities we invite people to encounter God and develop a deeper more intimate relationship with Christ. Thank you for joining us in this important work.   The importance of Ignatian spirituality: Recently the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) announced 4 apostolic preferences or goals to focus our efforts for the next ten years around the world. The first preference is to show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment. This worldwide preference relates very much to our work. The Spirituality Center team hopes that in our new home even more people will encounter Christ, feel his love and hear his voice. We invite you to walk with us so that we may achieve this goal together, so that we may live out Christ’s mission together.   Thank you for your prayer and support. You are in our prayers. May the Lord bless you and your family with much grace in 2021.   Director Fr. Elton Fernandes, SJ and The Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center Team       Welcome to the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center   Kang Ning CLC Group   The Spirituality of Work Retreat   Spiritual Directors Continuing Formation (Directors from Southern Taiwan)     The Spiritual Exercises, Paragraph 2  (Calligraphy by Fr. Pedro Chia SJ)   Ignatian Spirituality Library (you are welcome to borrow books)   The Prayer Room   The Opening Ceremony of the Taipei Ignatian Spirituality Center – July 10, 2020   We pray often for our benefactors. May the Lord bless you and be with you.     “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26  

Sacred Heart Church Guting

Sacred Heart Church Guting    And do not forget to do good, and to impart; for by such sacrifices God's favour is obtained. ( Hebrews13:16)   Introduction, Mission and Vision Sacred Heart of Jesus Church Guting will enter the 38th year this year. Our mission is to help people meet Jesus, know Jesus, and love Jesus. Live the love, life, and joy of the children of God, and be willing to follow Jesus and participate in the mission of Jesus' love and service. We are longing for brothers and sisters can feel that the parish is a big family of God with people. Arouse laities can get out of their comfort zone and be more enthusiastic about the mission of evangelization and service, so that the parish can be active and expand in communion, service and evangelization. Lead more people who have not known Jesus and be a part of the big family of God's people.   No man lighteth a candle, and putteth it in a hidden place, nor under a bushel; but upon a candlestick, that they that come in, may see the light. (Luke 11:33)   Direction The work continues this year is as following: 1. Provide kinds of sacrament and celebrations of communion. 2. Develop Sunday school and cultivate youth fellowship 3. Set up of Catechumen classes 4. Promote social justice caring action 5. Advance family patrol works: Except for promoting family prayer and Eucharistic Adoration in Sunday school, a series of lectures on family spirituality are also held, which is expected to help the laities to use their faith with Jesus to confront challenges of family and marriage. 6. New-evangelization pastoral renewal program: Transforms into a "parish with a focus on evangelization" and hopes to promote the new evangelization of Catholic Church in Taiwan.    I. The "Faith Formation Center" will be established by the collaboration of this church, Holy Family Church Taipei and Fu Jen Faculty of Theology to launch a complete faith-cultivation course and guide to become mature Christian step by step.   II. Promote the evangelistic cell group—the cell group is mainly engaged in praying, bible studying, sharing, and intercession. It is expected that the Bible will be used to deeply drive the laities into faith, and let the parish become to an expanding apostolic group.    That the communication of thy faith may be made evident in the acknowledgment of every good work, that is in you in Christ Jesus. (Philemon 01:06)   Purpose Self-supporting programs are actively promoted. We sincerely invite everyone who is grateful to God and belong to the family of the parish, to participate generously in the dedication plan. This is a crucial index of the recognition, and it is also very helpful for the finance of the parish. In response to the request of the National Tax Administration in the future, all donations require detailed information, including the ID number. Therefore, whether you are making your first donation, you are requested to fill in the details on your self-supporting dedication bag. Inconveniences place to ask respectfully to forgive and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the information counter on Sunday.   A little leaven corrupteth the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)   Other methods of Donation  1. Cash 2. Bank Transfer 3. Credit Card payment authorization     Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gutingsacredheartchurch