In an interview with Fides News Agency, Fr. Zhang Hong Bo, a priest of the parish, said that seminarians and teachers of the Seminary of Beijing were invited to the concert because "a close contact between the parishioners and seminarians helps to understand the vocation, to understand that every vocation is a gift and sacrifice of a Christian family, and the parish is their support."
"We want to encourage the faithful to participate in the promotion of vocations with actions and practical support," he added.
On the occasion of the concert, the parishioners offered 10,000 Yuan (equivalent to 1,500 euro) to create the Foundation for Vocational Promotion of the Parish of Xi Tang. "This concert is part of our initiative for the Year of Faith, which we called 'three hundred days of the Year of Faith'," Fr. Zhang said.
"One hundred days since the start of the Year of Faith we have sponsored the concert for vocations. In two hundred days, around Easter, the main theme will be the promotion of the Sisters' consecrated life. The third appointment will cover parish life, and we would like to celebrate it in collaboration with other parishes."