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Guting Sacred Heart Church Parish Council

Brothers and sisters in the Lord, be safe,

In response to the Executive Yuan's announcement that the national epidemic alert has been reduced to level 2 beginning July 27, and some measures have been loosened, the Parish Council held an interim meeting today (July 24) and made the following resolutions:

1. According to the Archbishop’s Office of Taipei Announcement No. 110121, although the epidemic alert standard has been lowered to the second level, in order to comply with the government’s step-down policy and take into account the spiritual needs of the faithful, beginning July 27, only Sunday and weekday masses will be resumed, and all other community activities will remain suspended.

2. The following measures are necessary for epidemic prevention.

We ask everyone who attends the Mass to cooperate with the following:

(1) Restriction on the number of people: Regardless of Sunday or weekday Mass, (excluding the officiating priest and necessary people serving) a maximum of 45 people can enter the chapel. Therefore, once the number reaches the upper limit of 45, or after the mass begins, no more people may enter the chapel.

(2) Due to the limited of the number of people who can attend each Mass, two additional Sunday Masses will be added to the schedule:

7:00 AM Sunday Masses will be added for August 1st and August 8th.

The remaining Sunday and weekday Mass schedule has not changed.

(3) The 10:00 AM Sunday School Family Mass can no longer remain open to the general public: The Sunday School Family Mass has a specific purpose and during this time is limited only to members of the Sunday School Family Group.

(4) In accordance with the instructions for real name registration, we must register when entering the Tien Center and again before entering the Chapel. Please complete the Tien Center registration (scan the Tien Center QR Code or provide handwritten registration) when entering the Tien Center, then complete a second registration before entering the Chapel (scan the Guting Sacred Heart Church QR Code or provide handwritten registration). Before entering the Chapel, a family or people in the same small group, can register with just one scan of the Chapel QR code, but if providing handwritten registration all attendees must register their full names.

(5) Carefully measure your body temperature (please note if your temperature is abnormal), disinfect your hands, wear a mask properly covering your nose and mouth throughout the mass, use the plum blossom seating arrangement inside the chapel, do not move after you are seated unless necessary, and carefully ensure a social distance of 1.5 meters between people.

3. The above items are all mandatory government regulations or public notices.

Please cooperate with the resolutions above. For any other necessary precautions, please cooperate with the priests, church volunteers, and any other on-site announcements made at the parish.

Sincerely, Guting Sacred Heart Parish Council

July 24, 2021

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Choir Rehearsals

We serve the 11:30 am Sunday Mass

Join us NOW!

Rehearsals Time

Tuesday, 7-9 pm

Place: Xin-You Room (莘友廳 )

Due to the COVID-19, we are required to wear face masks and have real-name registration for the rehearsal.

Youth Group

Guting Catholic Youth Group welcome you to join its gathering. Please go to Jessica or Maria for details.

Meetings in every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 1:30-3:30, starting on November 2020

Coffee Corner

To enhance the communications within the international congregation, parishioners are invited to gather together at the hall in back of the main chapel to share foods and friendship after the Mass.

Due to COVID-19, currently the Coffee Corner is suspended.

International Day

Every year on the World Mission Sunday, we invite international parishioners to share their cultures through foods, traditional costumes, folklore hymns, songs, and dancings.

Due to COVID-19, the event is currently suspended, yet we still celebrate the World Mission Sunday in recent years.


Catechetical Instituteof Franciscan University Steubenville

in cooperation with Taipei Archdiocesan Catechetical Center.

You will have access to

  • dozens of online workshops faithful to the teachings of the Church

  • topics such as the Bible, Creed, Sacraments, Liturgy and Morality

  • complete study tracks in Catechesis, Evangelization, RCIA, Youth Ministry, Catholic Parenting, Pro-Life and more

The History

In 1951, the first Jesuit priest, Californian Father Edward Murphy (1912 – 2005), arrived in Taiwan after 14 years of missionary service in China. As Father Murphy and other priests taught at National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Normal University, they were allocated a Japanese-style home as their living quarters (1951-1963). This became the earliest Jesuit facility in Taiwan, and was known as Beda Zhang Hall. From this location, the Jesuit priests taught catechism, baptized converts, and provided counseling and guidance for both the young and old. During the 1950s, there were many people thirsting for the word of God. During this period, there were sometimes 100 people taking catechism and 50 to 60 baptisms annually.

In the mid 1930s and early 1940s, a few Jesuit missionaries from California were teaching in Nanking University, and had been collecting books and money to start a “Nanking Institute” as a training center for university students. That, of course had to stop due to the Japanese invasion of China in 1937 and the later takeover by the communists. Father Murphy was also one of those who taught in Nanking University before coming to Taiwan, and continued teaching at Taiwan National University after his arrival in Taipei. In 1960, having received the approval of Jesuit superiors and Cardinal Tien, he was able to continue the interrupted Nanking project, and started to plan a cultural student center together with a Jesuit residence and public chapel using the books and funds that had already been collected for the “Nanking Institute.”. Thus the beginning of today’s Guting Sacred Heart Church.

On December 8th, 1963, the Tien Educational Center together with its public chapel (the future Guting Sacred Heart Church) were inaugurated. The Center was named after the first Chinese Cardinal, Thomas Tien Keng-hsin, and in the 1960s it became a popular place for cultural activities and for young people to gather. Its library was made available to the neighboring university students for reading and research. Because of its collection of books, it had one of the best English libraries in Taiwan at that time, even better than that of National Taiwan University.

In 1979, the original parish church of the area, which had been established by other priests on the north side of Roosevelt Road some years previously, had to be demolished, in order to widen the road in front and allow it to become today’s Hsin Hai Road. As a result, the Bishop asked the Jesuits to make Tien Educational Center’s public chapel the parish church for the area. Consequently, in November of 1980, Father Murphy was appointed by the Bishop to be the first parish priest of Sacred HeartChurch, and Tien Educational Center’s address was changed from #2, Lane 202, Roosevelt Road, Sect. 3 to #22 Hsin Hai Road, Sect. 1. At the beginning of the 1980s, Father Herbert Clancy also started offering Masses in English at the church.

In addition to Father Murphy, other Parish priests included Father Jose Fontecha (1998-2003), Father Gino Picca (2003-2006), Father Ignatius Hung Wanliu (2006-2012) and Father Michael Ku Tonguko (from 2013).

About the Core Group

Initiated in 1980 and formally established in 2013, the International Community of Guting Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a group gathered the faithful from all over the world. We devote ourselves to serve in the Guting Sacred Heart Church, including the English Sunday Mass and communions, practice the Ignatian spirituality, and build up connections between the local and international communities in our parish.

Core Group


Vice President:Bob,Austin



Liaison to celebrants' monthly rosters :Jean

Lectors: readers & commentators:Marvin

Eucharistic Ministers:Bob

Choir:Conductor - Benedicta ,Leader - Austin

Altar servers:Loly

Ushers & Offertory:Beth


Spirituality activities:Sean

PPT Slides:Camila

Coffee Corner: Tracia