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

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Greeting you with love and blessings from God.

How was your week? I hope things are going well with all of you, regardless of this unpredictable weather ... up, down, cold, hot, muddy, foggy, rainy ... well we try the best we can to cope with it, because regardless of the weather we are having over here, look at the people up north, we are still in paradise. I had a few seminarians who were going back to New York and Connecticut last weekend, and as soon as they arrived back home, they called me and said how much they missed New Orleans. It’s so good to have people remind us of what we have and appreciate it. Otherwise you don’t know what you have and keep complaining.

Last Sunday was the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism and marked the last day of the 2018 Christmas season and holiday. All of the Christmas decorations and the nativity scene had to go back into the boxes and wait until next year for us to open it again. Let’s pray that every one of us can still keep the spirit of Christmas for the rest of the year. Yes, we are finished with the holidays, but we still keep the Holy God in our lives.

Last Sunday, for those who are big fans of the New Orleans Saints, you must be very happy. Especially for those who followed the second half of the game. At first, I thought we lost because everybody was running around like ballet dancers on their toes doing a Swan dance, and especially since we had no points on the board, I was worried. But they turned it around in the second half. I never heard the crowd in the Dome scream so loud! It was louder than ever. Of course the fans of the Eagles were really humble and prayed quietly. What else can they do? Yes, they can learn something ... the lesson of how to be a minority in a majority group. We ended up with the winning score of 20-14. Let’s pray we can do the same thing this Sunday when we play the Rams!

For those who read the Times Picayune newspaper last Sunday, there was a special article about Ms. Gail Benson. If the Saints keep winning, suddenly Ms. Benson will become the most powerful woman in the National Football League. If you read the entire story, you can see that Gail Benson is not about power or wealth, but she is the most humble and generous lady who is willing to share her wealth with the needy. What impressed me the most is regardless of her communication advisor, she still answers the phone for those who want to get in touch with her personally. During the last holiday she spent $400,000 on Christmas layaways, so when people picked up their merchandise, it was already paid in full. She is an example for many “rich” people to learn and do. The joy of giving. Remember as I said many times before, everything we have now is a blessing that God gives to us. God gives and God can take it away at any time. We come to this life empty handed, and we will go out of this life empty handed. What we are left with is how did we do with the blessing we received. What is counted is what we will actually do with the blessings we receive. Materials and money is very much like a river, it has to flow smoothly, in and out, otherwise you will never have fresh water, it gets stuck, and it becomes polluted and stinks. And I’m sure that no one wants to smell it.

There is some good news that I want to share with you. The project of having the Bell Towers cleaned and repaired is completed. Thanks for your generosity to our Capital Improvement collection we were able to have this maintenance done. We are also in the process of repairing the leaky roof of the church. Then Pedro will be able to repair all of the walls that are peeling due to the humidity. Well as you know that’s a problem we have when we are dealing with an old building, projects are non-stop.

Next Sunday there will be a second collection for Catholic Schools and Archbishop Aymond sent out a letter this past week to remind us of same. Archbishop wants to promote supporting the Catholic Schools. In his letter he says very clearly how important it is for Catholic education in today’s society.

Catholic schools are not in it for the money, but just like most things in today’s evolving world, it costs to continue the ministry of Catholic Education. Teachers must be paid a just wage, facilities must be kept up to date, and the schools must work hard to keep up with the latest in educational practices. Though I do not know how to make Catholic schools more affordable, I am working on ways to make them more available for our Young Church through financial assistance. The money collected through this second collection will support the Champions of Catholic Education fund in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

So if you can, please help support the Champions of Catholic Education, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Well that’s enough for this week, be happy, be healthy, be lucky, be kind to one another and be willing to share what you have with those who are less fortunate. Trust me you can find the joy in giving and the rewards in sharing. God Bless.

Fr. Bac-Hai