The Keelung Seafarers Center (KSC) was inaugurated on Taiwan’s Migrants Day at our Sacred Heart Church. The center is sponsored by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) to assist seafarers, migrants and youth.
The KSC has three sections:
1. The renovated building of the parish office with a reception room on the first floor. Snacks are served free but drinks can be had from a vending machine. There is a public phone, small billiard table, and a reading room with a music player and a refrigerator for drinks, a computer room with four computers, and a recreation room with a TV and a karaoke system, where small groups can also hold their meeting.
2. The back of the church on the first floor for family sharing.
C: The third floor behind the church with a room for big parties, where there is a big screen, an LCD projector, music player, karaoke system and a ping-pong table.
The KSC, though simple compared to other centers in the different ports in Taiwan, responds to the need of seafarers, migrants and youth, even as it shows our concern for their welfare.
The inauguration began with the celebration of the Mass in English presided by Fr. Bobin Punnackapadavil, and with the participation of a lot of migrants. Both in the Chinese Mass as well as in the English mass special prayers were said for the good of the migrants in Taiwan, as well as acknowledging their contribution to the development of the society and the local church. A tour around the center followed the Mass, which ended with a sumptuous reception on the third floor.
The Keelung Seafarers Center will officially open its door to the public on October 21 on the occasion of World Mission Day, coinciding also with the day our parish celebrates the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret. (More pics after the break)