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建堂過程 Church Development
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一九九八年十一月江潤坤神父應多倫多主教之邀請從香港前來接替陸之樂神父為聖曹桂英堂之主任司鐸。江神父與陸神父意見一致:即必須在最短時間內把新堂建成,他於是繼續推廣建堂計劃及籌募建堂基金。 

一九九九年九月,萬錦市市議會批准了建堂計劃,江神父於是著手籌備組織建堂工程小組。經他誠意呼籲及邀請下,獲得十多位與建築行業和管理階層有關之教友,加入建堂小組工作。小組成員均擁有豐富之知識和經驗,他們包括土木工程師,電機及機械工程師,則師,律師,會計師,及建築管理人才。工程小組直接隸屬於建堂籌委會,其工作範圍乃協助建堂籌委會解决一切有關建堂工程的設計及在施工期間所遇到的問題,包括提供有關技術援助,有效地控制預算,使工程能順利進行,並能按時完成。 

工程小組成立後,立即將小組成員名單呈上多倫多主教府備案,然後聯絡則師, 開始審核圖則及從新調整先前的預算。新堂之總建築成本約為三佰萬元,工程分兩期進行,第一期工程包括聖堂,停車場,堂區辦事處,堂區活動會堂,及神父宿舍外殼。而第二期則包括內部裝修和設備,並安裝傷健人士專用電梯。因為新的預算比原來的超出很多,所以建堂小組於二零零零年二月向主教府呈上新預算,並要求借予堂區一佰五十萬元(即總建築費的一半)。主教府迅速回應,原則上應允貸款建堂,以一佰五十萬為上限,餘款由堂區自行籌募。 

history02.jpg當建堂小組獲得主教府之承諾後,立即展開千禧年千元運動,Karaoke 演唱會及義賣等籌款工作,並按時向堂區內教友報告籌款及建堂之進展。 另一方面,建堂小組與則師緊密聯繫,商討一切有關招標之工作。經過一番商討並最後獲得主教府的同意,第一期工程在千禧年八月二十四日正式動工。 

In November 1998, at the request of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Fr. Dominic Kong was transferred from Hong Kong to succeed Fr. Ruggiero as the new Pastor. Upon arrival, Fr. Kong immediately continued the path of his predecessor. The church construction plan and fund raising campaign were injected with new energy and spirit. 

In September 1999, the church construction plan was approved by the local authorities and the parish Church Building Committee was formed at the request of Fr. Kong. Professionals and experts such as architects, engineers, lawyers, chartered accounts, project consultants, and systems mangers were invited to volunteer to share their experience. 

The church site was blessed by Bishop Robert Clune on July 31, 2000. The weather was not cooperative but it did not dampen the enthusiasms and hope of the 400+ attendees. 

The actual construction contract consisted of two phases since funds for the whole project could not be raised in time when tenders were called. The first phase began on August 24,2000, which included the construction of the main church, activity hall, classrooms and the pastor quarter. The first phase was completed in August 2001. The second phase, which included the office, internal fixtures and decors, began in December 2001 and was completed in April of 2002.