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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.

I hope you are enjoying the weather, even though we’ve had a few rainy days, we are so blessed with the weather we are having. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right, with a little breeze in the evening. Enjoy it while we still have it. Before you blink your eyes, May will be over.

Back to our parish business, last Tuesday our Parish Council held its last meeting of the fiscal year before everyone starts going on vacation. To celebrate a successful year, we ended the meeting with a small social with refreshments. We are changing the ByLaws for the resident term on the Parish Council, from one year to two years, because one year is too short. By the time the President gets acclimated to everything, the year is already over.

This weekend we welcome Long Pham, a seminarian from Notre Dame Seminary. Long will speak at all Masses about church vocations from his own experience. A young man with a lot of energy, so please make him feel welcome. Long was supposed to be here last month, but due to the demand of the seminary, he could not make it.

As you may know, by this time, most of us have learned about the lifting of the dispensation which will begin on the weekend of June 5-6, the Feast of Corpus Christi. Church will resume again. If you are sick, or homebound and for some reason you cannot come, you can still watch the Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral at 11:00am on WLAE-TV. So, beginning in June, there will be no more livestreaming on YouTube for Mass on Sunday from St. Agnes. We are trying to get back to our routine again. Thanks to Deacon Frank and his wife Jeannine DiFulco for faithfully livestreaming the Masses for us every week for over a year since this pandemic began. Our Extraordinary Ministers will return, and our Missalettes and hymn books will return; also the Holy Water will fill the fonts again.

Talking about the pandemic, we thank God for the vaccine. Up until today, someway, somehow in America we can control the pandemic, but at the same time, if you are watching the news, what is happening in other countries, like India, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, the number of people who are dying from this pandemic, and they have no space to bury them. Like the people of India, their burial custom is cremation. People in Brazil have to work late at night to dig graves to bury those who have died from this virus. They are dying while waiting for the vaccine. For instance, our maintenance technician, Pedro, just came back from Ecuador on vacation. When he got there, it was under martial law, and all he could do was go to his home and stay there. Please continue to pray for an end to this pandemic so that we can all get back to our normal lives again.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, on behalf of Fr. Heffner, Fr. Vinh, Fr. Tom, the Deacons and staff, we want to wish all of you mothers and motherstobe a very Happy Mother’s Day and hopefully everyone of you will receive a lot of presents from your husbands, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Once again I want to share a little message with you on this special day, I found it to be so meaningful when we talk about our mother and what she does for us. I hope you enjoy it as I do.

The Best Mother That I LOVE
When God set the world in place, when He hung the stars up in space, when He made the land and the sea, then He made you and me. He sat back and saw all that was good, He saw things to be as they should. Just one more blessing He had in store; He created a mother, but whatever for? He knew a mother would have a special place to shine his reflection on her child's face. A mother will walk the extra mile just to see her children smile. She'll work her fingers to the bone to make a house into a home. A mother is there to teach and guide, a mother will stay right by your side. She'll be there through your pain and strife, she'll stay constant in your life. A mother will lend a helping hand until you have the strength to stand. She'll pick you up when you are down, when you need a friend she'll stick around. A mother is one who listens well, will keep her word; will never tell. A mother never pokes or pries but stands quietly by your side, giving you the strength you need, encouraging you to succeed. A mother is one who can be strong when you need someone to lean on. You're more than a mother to me; a reflection of Him in your face I see, a love that knows no boundaries., I'm glad that you chose to be all this and more to me. You share a love that knows no end, you're more than my mother, you are my friend.

Just a reminder that next Sunday at 11:00am Mass we will celebrate our CCD children’s First Communion and May Crowning. Remember that May is the month of Mary, so let us continue to pray the prayer to our Blessed Mother:

“Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen"

Well that’s it for this week. Remember mothers, please do not cook this Sunday! Let your children and your spouses do the job for you. If they refuse to do it, then order takeout and let them pay for it. Enjoy the day when you don’t have to worry about preparing, cooking, cleaning, washing, etc. This is your day! So, let it be as it is meant to be. Happy Mother’s Day! Until next week, be safe, be happy, be healthy, be merry, be kind to one another, and keep smiling, it makes you younger, healthier, happier and those around you are happier too. God Bless!

Fr. Bac-Hai