By: Joseph Ng
Salesian Cooperator – St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church
St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church, a Salesian parish in Los Angeles, on 10/9/2021, returned to our annual celebration dinner organized by the Chinese Catholic Association of Los Angeles after taking a break last year due to circumstance beyond our control. With over 250 parishioners and friends present, the theme of this year’s celebration was Faith, Hope and Love:
Faith: Our pastor Fr. John Lam, SDB, celebrates his 50 years of faithfulness to the priesthood.
Hope: Welcome Fr. Peter Pong, SDB, joining the St Bridget Family.
Love: Building of Mary Help of Christians Community Center is an extension of our love for the Gospel and our fellow people.
We were honored to have had many distinguished guests, among them were Bishop Edward Clark, Auxiliary Bishop of Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region, Fr. Mel Trinidad, SDB, Provincial of Salesians USA West Province, along with several Salesian priests and Salesian family members, Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ, General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and several sisters and others.
The celebration started with CCALA President Joseph Ng who recalled the two major challenges of St. Bridget in 2019.
The first one was our urgent need for a Cantonese speaking priest to succeed Fr. Lam when he retires. We had placed this hope on the hands of Fr. Ted Montemayor, SDB, and Fr. Joseph Ng, SDB. Respectively they were the two Provincials overseeing the USA West and the Mary Help of Christians Province of China. Now with the help of the current Provincial, Fr. Mel Trinidad, and our fervent prayers, our merciful Father answered our prayers. We are grateful to the three Provincials: Fr. Mel Trinidad, Fr. Ted Montemayor, and Fr. Joseph Ng who is not here today.
The second challenge was the plan of building the Mary Help of Christians Community Center. We had placed this seemingly impossible project in the hands of our Holy Mother. With our fervent prayers, Holy Mother and St. John Bosco’s intercession, thank you all for the generous donations, the building of the Mary Help of Christians Community Center is in good progress. Please continue to pray for this meaningful operation.
In the celebration, we presented a video summarizing Bishop Clark over 20 years of guidance and loving care to St. Bridget. A second video presentation highlights Fr. John Lam’s 50 years of devoted, tireless, compassionate priestly service. We welcomed Fr. Peter Pong wholeheartedly with a fun interview and game. The program concluded with Mr. Richard Cheung sharing the construction progress of the Mary Help of Christians Community Center. Following please find the link to the slide presentation, time lapse construction video and a Minecraft house tour of the Mary Help of Christians Community Center. https://youtu.be/pv7leSKVaQc
Full of gratitude, St. Bridget joyfully recognizes the blessings that God bestows on our community. We place ourselves before the Holy Spirit and humbly accepts the mission to bring Jesus’ good news to others.