Our Beloved Fr. Ng -- Oakland Chinese Catholic Community

Our Beloved Fr. Ng

- Joseph Seto, Oakland Chinese Catholic Community

Good Evening, Fr. Paul, other honorable fathers, sisters, deacons and brothers and sisters in Christ. My name is Joseph Seto. I am a member of the Chinese Community at St Leo in Oakland. I’m going to say a few words about Fr. Ng in English.

Fr. Ng came to the diocese at a providential moment with many new comers from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China. When President Richard Nixon made a historical visit to China in 1972, an important step in formally normalizing relations between the US and China, many families and foreign students were starting new lives or seeking a higher education in universities in the Bay Area. A number of these were already practicing Catholics while many more were seeking to start their journey of faith. Bishop Cummins had a vision to fulfill the spiritual needs of these newcomers. He had an aspiration for them to celebrate the Eucharist in their own language but also be able to preserve their own culture and traditions in this new place they now call home.

A small Chinese community was formed in 1977. Fr. Mathias Liu started to say Mass in Mandarin in the chapel at Our Lady of Lourdes off Lake Merritt while most parishioners were Cantonese speaking. In the meantime, Fr. Ng had just finished his doctorate degree in music from Ohio State University and came to Oakland Diocese with an invitation from Bishop Cummins. Fr. Ng, a native Cantonese speaker, eventually became the Director of the Chinese Pastoral Center and moved the community to St Leo. Fr. Ng served under that capacity until his retirement in 2007.

Under Fr. Ng’s 40 years of leadership, the Chinese group has grown from a single community in Oakland to four individual communities which include Oakland, Union City, Fremont and San Pablo within the Diocese of Oakland. After his retirement, Fr. Ng remained active within the community.

Fr. Ng spoke at least five languages; English, Cantonese, Mandarin but more importantly, he spoke the languages of love and music. He was a composer, a conductor, a music director, a pianist and a soloist, sharing his spiritual gifts with us all. He was always open to incorporating new spiritual songs into our sacraments, even including spiritual songs from other Christian faith brothers and sisters. Fr. Ng touched many hearts and souls with his musical creations as well his teachings and weekly homilies. He was a good shepherd because he tirelessly sought out those who were lost and brought them to the church.

During his ministry with us, he was always willing to invite guest priests or other trained parishioners to enrich our faith with workshops and guide us in retreats. He is well known and well loved by many of us. We all owe him much. We treasure his work and memory in our hearts. We may be sad but this is not goodbye because we all know the best has yet to come and that we will reunite with Fr. Ng one day in our Father’s Kingdom.



Post a Comment

八月份播客 August Podcast



訂閱電子報 Join Our Mailing List


團體報告 Announcements
  • 明供聖體 + 聖體降福 + 泰澤祈禱會


    內容包括: 明供聖體及聖體降福、誦讀日課、聖言反省、祈禱、泰澤歌唱、故事等等。

    Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, Taize Prayer: Every 3rd sunday of the month inside Father Lacey's Room, from 2:45pm to 4pm.


  • Thanksgiving 感恩節慶祝活動

    我們誠意邀請您與我們一同慶祝感恩節!  當天彌撒後有火雞聚餐,歡迎您帶同親友一同參加!

    日期:  11月28日 (四)

    時間:  11:00 AM 彌撒







  • Fr. Vincent Woo 胡允信神父粵語留宿退省

    聖荷西華人天主教會 - 粵語組主辦


    主講: 胡允信神⽗

    日期: 2019年12月20&21日(星期五,六)

    時間: 下午六時至下午六時

    地點: The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022

    費用: 每位180元(包括住宿及早,午,晚三餐)


    Betty Wong, info@oaklandccc.org
    510-384-0321 .





  • Fr. Vincent Woo 胡允信神⽗粵語工作坊

    聖荷西華人天主教會 - 粵語組主辦


    主講: 胡允信神⽗

    日期: 12/28/2019 (Sat)

    時間: 9:30 AM至5:00 PM

    地點: St. Clare Parish Hall 教堂禮堂
                 941 Lexington Street,    Santa Clara, CA 95050

    費用: 每位15元(包括早餐及午餐)


    Betty Wong, info@oaklandccc.org
    510-384-0321 .






  • 將臨期靈修退省 : 愛的禮物 - 救恩


    主題:  愛的禮物 - 救恩

    主持人:  周懿坤修女  及

    靈修培育事工Chinese Ministry of Spiritual Formation  - Gwojen Fung, Teresa Cheung (靈修輔導員), Peter & Victoria Chan (靈修輔導員) 

    日期:  2019年12月21日(六)

    時間:  上午九時三十分至下午四時

    地點:  Burlingame Mercy Center

    費用:  每位25元(包午餐)




Contents © 2019 Oakland St. Leo Chinese Catholic Community | Church Website Provided by mychurchwebsite.net | Privacy Policy