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

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Greetings and blessings from God!

How was your week? I hope things are going well with you and your family. Thank God we have been having such wonderful weather so far in our city.

This Thursday, November 23rd we celebrate Thanksgiving. Time went by so quickly and so fast in November, before you know it we will be in December. Thanksgiving is a day for us to remember and thank God for all of the blessings that we received during the year, and surely we have a lot of things to give thanks for. It is very important to recognize and appreciate what we have, and give thanks to God, because if we do not, then we do not appreciate what we have, and we take everything for granted. We also have an obligation to share what we have with those who are less fortunate than we are, and also return to God some of what we received from him. To me personally, it is very important to give thanks to God, because by doing it, we learn a lesson of how to appreciate one another. Actually we do not need to wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks to God, we should give thanks to him everyday in our lives. Maybe this simple prayer that I have learned and used for many years, can help you in your prayers of thanking God daily:

Thank you, Lord, that I can see;
so many are blind.
Thank you, Lord, that I can hear;
so many are deaf.
Thank you, Lord, that I can walk;
so many are crippled.

Thank you, Lord, that I have food;
so many are hungry.
Thank you, Lord, that I have shelter;
so many are homeless.
Thank you, Lord, for the touch of a friendly hand;
so many are lonely.
Thank you , Lord, for sharing your cross with me;
it helps me to grow and discover who I am.
Thank you, Lord, for all your blessings;
so many deserve them better than I do.
Help me always to be grateful

We will also once again celebrate Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 a.m. This year our main celebrant will be Fr. Carroll Heffner. Although it is not a holy day of obligation and many of you have a very busy day planning and cooking for family, we highly recommend you try the best you can to attend this special Holy Eucharist in giving thanks to God for all of the blessings that you are given during the year. So mark your calendars and come with your whole family to attend this Mass as a community. Remember it is only for one hour and you have the entire day to cook and entertain. To me what better way to give thanks to God than by showing up for Mass as a community, and giving thanks as one parish family on this day. Of course, you can also do it in private at your home at your family gathering, but Thanksgiving is about showing gratitude to God on a community level.

November is also a busy time for our St. Vincent de Paul with their mission. In our parish St. Vincent de Paul is working very hard to prepare for collecting and distributing the Thanksgiving baskets for those less fortunate. As you may know, our St. Vincent de Paul Council is the most active Council in the City of New Orleans. Thanks to Allen Hebert and all of the hard working volunteer members. Yes, as Christians we all have the duty to think and care for those who are less fortunate than us. So, thanks to all of you who help us to do it. We continue to try and collect more food for our pantry, so if you come to the Mass on Thanksgiving Day and are able to, please bring a canned good with you to fill up our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry again.

Well, Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. If you travel on Thanksgiving Day, be careful and have a safe trip. So, when you celebrate Thanksgiving don’t forget the ones you love, (you know who I’m talking about, the lonely one who lives in the Rectory) From all the priests and staff at St. Agnes, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fr. Bac-Hai