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2002年3月17日主日,布里斯本總主教 John Bathersby 祝聖了我們的聖心會堂並正式啟用。回想起來,我衷心感激天主及這麼多在布里斯本,澳洲各省和海外不論貧富的慷慨捐助者。有些人已去了領他們永恆的賞報,願他們安息主懷。最令我感動的是那些不居住在布里斯本也不會受益於我們的中心的仍如此慷慨地捐獻。我在悉尼的一個已過世的親戚慷慨給予三萬元。為了完成這個項目,已故的馬明璋先生提供了二十萬的免息貸款。然後我們加上已故的姜文女士留給我們大約同一數額的遺產受益人。所以我們能夠還清債務,並從一開始就免負債。真是讚美天主!

當我們開始整個工程時,我們有很少錢。說實話,我很不願意繼續,因為我不想給團體留下一筆大的債務。隨著聖詠的啟發,「將你的重擔卸交上主,祂必扶持你」(詠55:22)故我們繼續。我有很多焦慮的時刻,我不斷地祈禱!聖若瑟是一個木匠和一個勤雜工,所以我多向他為我們祈禱,願主多照顧我們的整個計劃。現在我們有一個頗大和多用途的會堂,我們稱之為我們的家。它幫助建立和團結我們的團體。有些人發出消極的批評說,我們為什麼不加這個或做那個。但不要忘記,我們開始時身無分文的!

小教堂原本不在我們的計劃內,一團體成員建議將其列入工程。我很慶幸我們決定包括這一個小堂。在這裡我們可以體驗到主的臨在。

因為別人對我們這麼慷慨,我們相對其他團體使用和租用本中心也應慷慨。有時候,我們會不收取全額,這取決於組織的類型和他們租用會堂的目的。在某些情況下,我們不收取任何費用,例如為水災,森林大火籌款,又或童軍例會等等。當我們與他人交往時不應以金錢為主。

我們大家擁有這個會堂。沒有任何人,包括我自己,可訂出不合理的規條限制我們的團體成員使用這會堂。如果有這種情況,請讓我知道,我們將會討論此事。在法律上布里斯本教區是這土地和建築物的擁有者。 

我非常感謝 Joseph 和 Ann 在宿舍居住,這多年來照顧會堂的保安和其他事項。我一直讚賞他們溫馨親切的表現。Joseph 和 Ann,我們的團體非常感謝你們!我希望你們繼續住在那裡。 

我們將繼續將我們的憂慮交結天主,祂自會支持我們!

主內

陳天泉神父

2012年3月
 

Sunday 17 March 2002: It was on this day that Archbishop John Bathersby blessed and officially opened our Sacred Heart Centre. Looking back I am full of gratitude to God and to so many generous contributors, rich and poor alike, from Brisbane, interstates and overseas. Some have gone to their eternal reward, may they now rest in peace. What I found inspiring was the people not living in Brisbane who would not benefit from our Centre contributed so generously. A relative of mine (RIP) from Sydney donated $30,000! To complete our project we were able to borrow $200,000 interest-free loan from Norman Mar Fan (RIP). Then we become the beneficiary of about the same amount left to us in the will of Elizabeth Chiang (RIP). So we were able to pay off our debt and we were free of debt right from the beginning. Praise the Lord! 

When we started the whole project, we had little money. To be honest I was very reluctant to go ahead because I didn’t want to leave the Community with a big debt. Following the advice of the Psalmist, “Entrust your cares to the Lord, and he will support you” (Ps 55:22), we went ahead. I had many anxious moments and I prayed hard! St Joseph was a carpenter and a handyman, so I prayed to him a lot to look after our whole project. Now we have a big and functional Centre we call our home. It has helped to build up and unite our Community. There are those negative critics who would say why didn’t we add this or do that. But don’t forget. We started off with an empty pocket!

Chapel: The Chapel was not on our original plan. A Community member proposed for its inclusion. I was glad that we decided to include a Chapel. I find the Chapel to be a prayerful and peaceful place where we can experience the presence of the Lord.

Because others have been so generous to us, we should always be generous to other organizations in the use and hiring of our Centre. Sometimes we do not charge the full amount, depending on the type of organizations and the purpose for which they hire the Centre. Under certain circumstances we should not charge anything at all, e.g. organizations raising money for victims of floods, bushfires, regular Scouts meeting etc. Money should not be our main concern in dealing with others.

We all “own” the Centre. No individual, myself included, can make unreasonable regulations restricting the use of the Centre by our Community members. If this happens please let me know and we will discuss the matter. Legally the Corporation of the Archdiocese of Brisbane is the owner of the land and the buildings on it.

I am very grateful to Joseph and Ann who live in the Residence looking after the security and other matters of the Centre over the years. I have always appreciated their warm and welcoming presence. Joseph and Ann, a very big thank you from our Community! I hope that they will continue to stay there.

So keep casting our cares to the Lord, and he will support us!

In Christ,

Fr Albert Chan MSC

 

 

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