Construction work on a church and community centre for Brisbane’s growing Vietnamese Catholic community will begin next month. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge blessed the plot in August 2018, but construction on Our Lady of Vietnamese Martyrs church and the Vietnamese Catholic Community Centre in Inala was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vietnamese Catholic community chaplain and Divine Word Missionary Fr Joseph Vu said the community needed a larger space where they could catechise and form more than 450 young people who attended their Sunday School each week.
“We really invest our energy, our activity and personnel and even financially into the youth because we believe they are the core of the future for our community,” he said.
With so many children in their youth program, bigger than some regional schools in comparison, the current demountable set-up and youth areas were unfit for the growth they were seeing.
Part of the new building works would include spacious classrooms for the Sunday School, where they could teach about the faith and their culture.
“Specifically, we want to maintain the language,” Fr Vu said.
He said most of the children in the community are born in Australia and many do not have a chance to live in Vietnam and experience the culture.
The language was a gateway to certain cultural elements of their ritual and their way of life, but most importantly the community wanted to worship and pray to God in their mother tongue as one community.
“It has been handed down to us from our parents and grandparents and we want to continue to hand it on to the next generation,” he said.
Vietnamese Catholic Community are building a new church and community centre for booming youth intake (By Joe Higgins, The Catholic Leader)