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Pastor's Corner - Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Dear Brothers and sisters in the Lord.

I hope and pray that everyone stays healthy, safe and protected from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Very much like everyone else who lives in New Orleans, we priests are the same. We are watching the news everyday and follow whatever instructions come up with it.

Last Sunday, at 11:00am, I, Fr. Vinh and Fr. Tom celebrated Sunday Mass in silence, no music, no readers, no altar servers, and of course, no parishioners. At the Act of Contrition, I punished Fr. Tom and Fr. Vinh by making them kneel down and say the Act of Contrition in silence a little longer. They looked at me, and I closed my eyes and pretended I did not see them looking at me because they could not wait for me to give them the signal to rise up. I intended to do it for 3 minutes. It was a very reverent time. We all prayed for our parishioners who are in the nursing homes, traveling away, and for all of you at home. Most of all, we prayed for the pandemic to get under control and end soon so that we can all get back to normal life again.

During this Time of the COVID-19 and physical separation from Church, please remember there are several resources that you can go to for the Daily Mass, Adoration, Stations of the Cross, etc. If you are computer savvy, go to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page and look up the daily Masses. Remember the St. Louis Cathedral Masses are televised at 12:05 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. We are grateful for the generous services of WLAE in the midst of this crisis. There is a special prayer that was sent to me from a friend of mine from California, and it was a nice prayer, so I am sharing it with you. We thank You for all of your blessings and we praise you and all of your glory.

We ask you to keep us safe and protect us from the Coronavirus, shield our mind, body
and soul from the enemy that is trying to hurt us and the world that you created us on Earth.

Please keep our grandparents, our parents, our children, all the doctors, all the
nurses, all the staff members in the ER, all the leaders and everyone that we love in
this world to come together and pray to You through repetition and we ask You to cast
away the enemy, the virus and anything that is evil away from us.
Holy Spirit guide us, guide our leaders and shine the light on them to make the right
decisions and guide us through this pandemic time together.
Give us the light to bring to others and help others so they are at peace and not panic.
Dear God, in your almighty power, we ask You to touch each one of us and give us
Faith and not fear because You promise us you will be here and will never forsaken us.

So in this time, we come to You in prayer and we ask You to protect us in your name Jesus we pray.

By the way, a good friend of mine who is a Chinese medicine doctor in California sent me a remedy in helping to prevent the virus right now. It is an old remedy that most of you may know, and that is to gargle with warm salt-water 3-times a day, once in the morning, after you eat lunch, and when you go to bed. He stated that make sure you gargle in your “throat” and not in your mouth, as salt water can damage your teeth. It’s just a suggestion that may work for some and not for others. So just try the best you can to stay healthy and don’t panic. Sometimes too much information can lead to more confusion. Personally, I only watch PBS evening news because it condenses every important news detail from the day. So be alert and use your common sense to follow the instructions.

As usual, no matter what happens, we can still be kind, be nice, be cheerful and love one another (6 feet away). Hopefully we will see each other again at Mass soon when this is over. Please pray for me as I pray for you daily. God Bless.

For those who want to attend Mass, WLAE will continue to broadcast the daily Mass at 12:05pm and on Sundays at 11:00am. The Mass will also be broadcast on live stream at TheDailyMass.com and TheDailyMass.com Facebook page. This will continue until we receive further instruction.

Fr. Bac-Hai