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

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Greetings and blessings from God!

Well the month of May is over. We are starting the first week of June. Summertime has finally arrived and finally the children will start their summer vacation. Oh, it brings back memories of the good ole' days of my life, when I was still young and Bobby Vinton used to sing, "Sealed With a Kiss". I'm sure some of you still remember that song, don't deny it! It goes like this, "Though you gotta say goodbye for the summer, darling I promise you this, I'll send you all my love everyday in a letter, sealed with a kiss, etc., etc., etc." Oh boy, just sing this to yourself, because if you sing it to your kids and grandkids they will get nauseated and want to know "What is wrong with you?" "Where is my cell phone? I need to skype, and get my computer to download my I-tunes." My goodness that was a long time ago. Although I'm 65 now, I still love this song when summer arrives. Yes, many good memories still stay in the back of my mind just waiting for a chance to live it again. That's enough of me sharing my personal moments with you, now let's get back to the real business.

Believe it or not, June 1st begins the hurricane season. So far we have been very blessed with the weather, but we have a long way to go until November. Just prepare yourselves, and hopefully with technology and media today, we have a lot of experience to plan ahead when it happens. Well, try the best you can and leave the rest in God's hands. Believe it or not, Mother Nature is still in charge. According to the National Weather Service and science they predicted that we will have 11 named storms that may happen this year. When and how, we do not know until it happens.

As we mentioned to you a few weeks ago, the Marquette Activity Center was leaking and I am happy to say that the problem has been fixed. Thank God for the quick response from the company.

The CCD program had their closing ceremonies two weeks ago. We are hosting an appreciation dinner for the CCD teachers and their helpers this coming Tuesday at Perrin's restaurant. This is just a very small gesture to tell them how much the parish appreciates their service and dedication to bring faith to our children. From the bottom of my heart thank you so much for everything you have done throughout the year. Good job, well done, bravo.

As the fiscal year is coming to an end, last Thursday the Men's Club held their last meeting of the year with a delicious steak dinner. Under the leadership of Mr. Jay LeBlanc, the Men's Club had a very successful year of serving the parish with fundraisers and donations to the parish. This year the Men's Club chose as Man of the Year Mr. Pete Forstall. We thank you Pete and your family for your sacrifice, time, and talent in helping our parish in many areas. If you do not know about the Men's Club, we would love to invite the men of our parish to get involved in this parish organization. They are men of all ages in our parish who are willing to sacrifice their time and talent to work together to serve the Church in all areas needed. They meet together once a month, and at the meeting there is always supper served, "libations" and definitely a good time for "a few hours of men's therapy," away from family. So, if you haven't become a member yet, what's stopping you?

As you know this is Memorial Day weekend, the official beginning of summer, and also Monday, (Memorial Day) is a time to remind us about the gift of freedom. It is a very expensive gift. Don't take advantage or abuse it when you have it. Let us pray for those who died for what we have today and pray for those who are still fighting to keep it.

"Eternal God, Creator of years, of centuries, Lord of whatever is beyond time, Maker of all species and master of all history -- How shall we speak to you from our smallness and inconsequence? Except that you have called us to worship you in spirit and in truth; You have dignified us with loves and loyalties; You have lifted us up with your loving kindnesses. Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling [though we sometimes feel that low] and without fear [though we are often anxious]. We sing with spirit and pray with courage because you have dignified us; You have redeemed us from the aimlessness of things' going meaninglessly well.

God, lift the hearts of those for whom this holiday is not just diversion, but painful memory and continued deprivation. Bless those whose dear ones have died needlessly, wastefully [as it seems] in accident or misadventure. We remember with compassion those who have died serving their countries in the futility of combat. There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation, when all the answers we are offered fail the question death asks of each of us. We believe that you will provide for us as others have been provided with the fulfillment of "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.""

Well that is all for this week. Remember this Thursday begins the hurricane season, please pray to Our Lady of Prompt Succor for protection from all harm, and protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature during this hurricane season. Until next week, be happy, be healthy, be merry and be kind to one another. May God Bless you and enjoy the easy life of the summertime.

This weekend our adopted seminarian, Vincent Nguyen, will be ordained as a Deacon at St. Louis Cathedral by Archbishop Aymond. Vincent will assist with his Mass in Thanksgiving next Sunday, May 28th at 11:00am and we will follow with a light reception in the MAC. Everyone is invited to the Mass and reception for Vincent. So mark you calendars, and if you can come, please do.

Since Fr. Heffner had his accident, you may have noticed a few guest priests saying Mass for us in the last two weeks. As you may know the month of May is a very busy time of year for priests. We are so lucky to have those priests available to give us a hand where needed, otherwise I don't know what I would do. Please be patient and hopefully things will get back to normal soon, as Fr. Vinh is due back in about a week and Fr. Heffner hopefully will return in about 7-8 weeks. Hopefully by that time I can exhale, take off my shoes and watch TV for a few hours.

Last, but not least, we are going to have the recognition of all graduates of St. Agnes Parish on Sunday, June 4th at 11:00am Mass. So if you or your family member haven't contacted us yet, please do so as soon as you can. We want to make sure that we are well prepared. Congratulations to all of you on your graduation and best wishes on your future endeavors.

Well that's it for this week. Until next week, take care of yourself, and each other and be nice and kind to one another. Remember to be happy, be healthy, keep smiling, it makes you younger, healthier, happier and those around you are happier too. Do not take life for granted. Remember, "choose to live a life that matters." May God Bless you!

Fr. Bac-Hai