Info 05營簡介

Title:

Be Touched; To Touch 以愛還愛

Theme:

May we be touched by Christ through the Eucharist, and embrace the world in communion in His Love

Time:

Sept 2 (Fri) - 5 (Mon), 2005
二零零五年九月二日(星期五)至九月五日(星期一)

Venue:

Charis Camp (Chilliwack, BC)

Speaker:

Fr. Abraham Bit-Shing Chiu 趙必成神父

Fees:

Early-bird deadline - July 17, 2005

Student Working Adult
Early-bird special CAD$140 [US$115] CAD$165 [US$135]
Regular CAD$180 [US$145]

* Only registrants residing outside of Canada are eligible for the US rates.


Theme & Title 今年主題

WCCCLC 2005:

以愛還愛 Be Touched; To Touch

May we be touched by Christ through the Eucharist, and embrace the world in communion in His Love

"A leper came to Him begging, and kneeling he said to Him, 'If you choose, you can make me clean.' Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, 'I do choose. Be made clean!' Immediately, the leprosy left him, and he was made clean." (Mk 1:40-42) Just as Jesus touched the leper and transformed him with His Love more than 2000 years ago, Jesus comes and touches each of us today! But how, you may ask?

You see, Jesus never left us! When we recognize His Presence in all people, all things and situations, we are being touched by His Grace! The Lord touches us as we find Him in the beautiful sunset, in the weak, in the poor, in our family, in our workplace, and in all joyful and sorrowful moments.

And most amazingly, the Risen Jesus really physically never left us! Christ loves us so much that He chooses to remain with us in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is truly, substantially, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our dearly beloved Lord Jesus Christ! Through the Holy Eucharist, we are being physically touched by God Himself! In Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Mane Nobiscum Domine, he announced a special Year of the Eucharist, beginning October 17, 2004 through October, 2005. In this special year, let us open wide our hearts and be touched by Christ in the Eucharist.

Just like the two disciples of Emmaus, who upon recognizing the Lord in the breaking of the bread, "set out at once and spread the news of the Risen One to the eleven and those with them" (Lk 24:33-34), we too cannot keep this Joy to ourselves! As we receive the Lord in the Eucharist, we become one body in Christ, in the communion of His Love--the Holy Spirit. With Christ as our head, we, the members of His Mystical Body, are truly Christ's hands, feet, eyes, and voice here on earth!

Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me." (Mt 25:40). In our daily lives, when we touch the lives of those around us and far away, when we care for God's Creation, we embrace the world with God's Love; and in turn, we are blessed by His Love. In this circular way, "Be Touched" and "To Touch" encompass each other and are inseparable. Through us, God renews the face of the Earth and He transforms us!

As 2005 is the Year of the Eucharist, WCCCLC 2005 will focus on the most Holy Eucharist--the very centre of our lives and of Church's Mission. May we be touched by Christ's Body and Blood in the Eucharist and embrace the world in His Love!

~ Program Coordinator 2005


Speaker 講者介紹

趙必成神父 Fr. Abraham Bit-Shing Chiu

Fr. Abraham is the founder and director of Chinese Catholic Spiritual Centre. He works out the centre with a team of dedicated Catholics since 2002. As the director of the centre, he has been ministering to various Chinese communities scattered in North America.

In the past seven years, he was invited by BACCLC twice and ECCCLC. With his experiences in dealing with young people in Hong Kong (founded Bonaventure Youth Centre and being teachers of two secondary schools), he is confident to work with the youth.

He has acquired his theological degree from The Catholic University of Louvain and has completed the first year toward the doctorate at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Besides serving as an associate pastor in St. Bonaventure Parish while he was in Hong Kong, Fr. Abraham has been the Director of the China Project of the Franciscan Order. He has been a professor of theology and biblical studies in Hong Kong where he has founded a youth center. He was the manager of an elementary and high school as well. In addition, he has served as a guardian of the international friars' community in Hong Kong and been the island's regional secretary for the friars.

Fr. Abraham is the author of five Chinese books. His hobbies include swimming, movies, reading, composition, music and singing. Being a great preacher has always been his desire. He is also the composer of the song "聖言常活我心".

Be sure to listen to his radio programs at catholicworld.info/abcofm/ and catholicworld.info/abcofm/parenting/.


Campsite 營地情報

Camp Name:

Charis Camp

Location:

51935 Hack Brown Rd., Chilliwack, BC, V4Z 1L1

Details:

  • 15,000 sq. ft. lodge (16 bedrooms, 3 large meeting rooms, 1 general assembly)
  • Lodge Capacity: 120-150 with 3-10 people per room (have own washroom and shower in each room).
  • Dining Hall Maximum Capacity: 220 (a walk-out basement with 12 sleeping rooms for 2-3 people each).
  • Other Facilities: gym, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, large playing field, campfire place.

Source: Charis Camp Official Website