堂區需要：我們都感覺到彌撒出席率下降，尤其是青少年。事實上，這是普世教會的持續問題。早在1998年，教宗若望保祿二世在「主的日子」書函已指出除了些年輕的教會外：「世界上其他地方…參加主日禮儀的人，比例上相當的低。」(ii) 根據安格斯里德研究所2022年的統計，加拿大超過三分之二承認自己是羅馬天主教的教徒表示他們很少或從不去教會。(iii) 我們堂區正視並嘗試處理這個問題，在數月之前已開始每月舉行兒童及青少年彌撒，鼓勵我們的年青一代更投入參與感恩聖祭，我們新一屆堂區牧民議會職員會繼續支持牧職團這方面的努力。
On this New Year’s Eve day of December 31, 2023, on behalf of the 2024-2025 Parish Pastoral Council Executive members, I wish you all a Happy New Year! May you grow in God’s love and grace!
There are men and women among us; some are retired, working, and in school; we come from different Cantonese, Mandarin and English ministries. We are indeed the epitome of the Chinese Martyrs’ Catholic Church community.
Our vision is "Resume our Journey, Together as One." Due to the epidemic, we have been inactive for several years; we feel that it is time to hold our big parish events again to build our sense of community through working together.
2024 Pastoral Plan:
According to the Archdiocese of Toronto, “A Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body that works with the Pastor regarding all matters pertaining to the pastoral life of the parish. The Pastoral Council involves priests and people in common study, focused on the resolution of the pastoral needs of the parish, in order to facilitate pastoral planning in accordance with the universal and particular law of the Church.” (i)
Our pastor, Fr Andrew Deng, reminds us Pope Francis has designated 2024 as the Year of Prayer, which has already begun during Advent. Let us follow the future instructions of the Archdiocese and prepare well for the Holy Year of 2025 through prayer.
We are all feeling the decline in Mass attendance, especially among our younger generation. In fact, this is an ongoing problem for the universal church. As early as 1998, Pope John Paul II pointed out in his Apostolic Letter "Dies Domini" that except for some young Churches, "in other parts of the world... the percentage of those attending the Sunday liturgy is strikingly low." (ii) According to 2022 statistics from the Angus Reid Institute, in Canada, "More than two-thirds of those who identify as Roman Catholics… say they attend church rarely or never. " (iii) Our parish has tried to address this problem. Starting from a few months ago, the children’s and youth mass has been held each month to encourage our younger generation’s participation. We will continue to support the Pastoral Team’s effort in this regard.
We will connect the 2024 activities together with the theme of “The Saints”. Our saints have witnessed the Catholic faith through their words, deeds, and even their own lives. We will introduce a saint each week. On the one hand, learning from how the saints prayed fits in the Year of Prayer. On the other hand, we hope to inspire young people with the stories of the saints and help them cultivate Christian values. Hopefully, they will establish a personal relation with Christ and in turn have the desire to participate in the celebration of mass and receive the Holy Communion.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and the saints in heaven, under the leadership of the pastoral team and in the communion of all parishioners, may our parish grow in God’s love. Finally, we offer our heartfelt blessings: “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)
President of 2024-2025 Parish Pastoral Council
Vigil of Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God