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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 holiday weekend? I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, we try the best we can to cope with the recommendations from the CDC. I am sure that many families had less people attending their Thanksgiving dinners this year than in the past. Hopefully by this time next year we will be back to normal and you can have a big, big Thanksgiving celebration. Did you have a chance to get a turkey? Someway, somehow this year the turkeys seemed to be a little smaller than normal. Unlike Americans, we Orientals do something different. Instead of stuffing the turkey, we have noodle soup with turkey. Yes, it tastes very much like Pho noodles with beef, but for Thanksgiving we have a turkey flavor. It was delicious to me, but some of the young children say it doesn’t taste the same. They much prefer American way. Thank God in our oriental families, mom and dad are still in charge, so there is no second option. A couple of friends of mine recommend that if you want turkey, go to Piccadilly and that’s the end of the conversation.

Now let’s talk about our football team. So far, as we dictate this pastor comment, they recently beat the San Francisco 49ers, 27-13. Well, it was a good game, but yes, it was so painful to see our quarterback, “Saint” Drew Brees get crucified by the San Francisco defensive player. As a result, he is suffering with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. I don’t think we will have a chance to see him play for the remainder of the season. So, keep him in your prayers and hopefully the team keeps winning. So far, I think they have a chance to go into the playoffs.

The weather has been wonderful lately. Most of us are very happy during this time of the year, and compared to other places we are definitely in heaven. We have temperatures in the mid 60’s to 75 degrees, and in the late evening it gets pretty cold. We haven’t turned the heater on in the house yet, but sometimes we have to wear a light sweater because personally, to me, it gets a little cold in the rectory when the temperature is 65 degrees. At night I have a small heater in my room. Fr. Tom and Fr. Vinh like cold weather, so they can have it. No one has complained yet. Thanks be to God!

As of the writing of this bulletin, we are still in the hurricane season, even though we are at the end of the season, there is a hurricane (Iota) attacking Central America as we speak. It is a category 4 or 5. All of the countries surrounding that area are suffering, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and even Costa Rica. Talk about the poor who become poorer. It was so sad to watch on the news. People lost everything over a few hours, and post hurricane is even worse with no power, no communication, no place to stay, nothing. So, try the best you can, if possible, to help these people get back on their feet again. Unlike America, they don’t have support from the government or any kind of insurance like we in our country. What you have is it, but if you lose it, you’ve lost everything. I lived in a poor country for many years, and I can speak to you about that kind of experience. Honestly, we don’t have poor in America. There is always a resource for them, and they do not go hungry. The poor is when you have one pant and one shirt, and you lose it, you are naked. That’s poor.

Since Archbishop Favalora could not make it home for Thanksgiving, as the senior priest, Fr. Carroll Heffner stepped in to celebrate Thanksgiving with our fellow priests Thank you Fr. Heffner. We also would like to thank everyone else involved in this celebration. Personally, I would like to thank Eric McCrary for the wonderful job he did with the introduction of all of the parish organizations, and coordination of all of the members. Of course, I cannot list everybody, but you know who you are. Above all, thanks to all of you who attended and made this Thanksgiving Day a very special event, everything was outstanding. I have nothing else whatsoever to say but to thank God for it. Even COVID-19 cannot take away our Thanksgiving spirit!

We also would like to praise our St. Vincent de Paul Society for the distribution of a lot of Thanksgiving boxes to many people. They did a wonderful job. That is what Thanksgiving is all about. You do not forget the poor, the hungry, and the needy. Thank you St. Vincent de Paul for all the things you do for these people, not only on Thanksgiving, but always. Bravo! Bravo!

This year the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be on Tuesday, December 8. Again, it IS a Holy Day of Obligation and as a Christian we have a duty to attend this Mass. To make it easier for you, there will be a Vigil Mass on Monday evening at 6:00pm and Mass on Tuesday will be at 8:00am and 12:00 Noon. So, please plan ahead of time and don’t forget to attend this Holy Day of Obligation. Also, just a friendly reminder that Christmas is coming, so if you want to send a donation for Christmas flowers on the altar in memory of your loved ones both living and deceased, don’t forget to take one of the envelopes located on the tables in church, and make sure that you print the names very clearly and drop them in the collection basket, or mail them to us before December 6th so that we don’t miss anyone’s name. The sooner you send them in the easier for us, because as Christmas is coming, all of the business for Christmas, especially printing, will be completed at least a week or two before Christmas.

Well that’s all for this week. May God keep you healthy, peaceful with yourselves and one another. Be kind to one another and always treat other people in the same way you want to be treated. Don’t forget, we are coming to the season of joy, so continue to be happy and keep smiling, especially with the nice weather we are having now. There is no reason to be sad or grumpy. So thank God, Deo Gracias, Merci Beau Coup, Mom Dieu. God Bless.

Fr. Bac-Hai