Pastor's Corner - Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran
Greetings and blessings from God!
Again, Happy Easter to everybody. Hopefully all of you can carry the spirit of the Lord's resurrection in your daily life, and we have to thank God for the wonderful weather that he gave us during Easter. Of course, except for the Easter Vigil Mass, all of the Masses on Easter Sunday were crowded and everyone looked so nice. All of the children had a wonderful time seeing the Easter Bunny appear and distribute Easter Eggs after the 11:00am Mass. A few people thought it was "Me," but I made it very clear to all of the kids it was not Fr. Hai in that costume. It was someone else and she did a wonderful job. Thank you Janice Champagne! It means a lot to our children, when the children are happy, it makes their parents happy, and the Pastor was happy too. I'm telling you that everybody left Mass very happy.
The Holy Triduum and the Easter celebration went on well. We could not do it without the help of the priests, Fr. Heffner, Fr. Vinh, Archbishop Favalora, Deacons Frank and Deacon Piero, especially Deacon Frank who helped coordinate not only the Mission but also the whole entire program for the Holy week. Thank you Deacon Frank for a job well done. I was so proud of the Lenten Mission this year because people are still talking about how wonderful it was and the message Fr. Tom relayed. We are in the process of trying to book him in the future. Also once again, thanks to Eric McCrary for taking care of the music during the Mission. Of course the church could not look any better with the Easter decorations. Thanks to Ms. Joy Arnoult and the Altar Society for spending a lot of time to beautify our sanctuary, and of course, everything looked outstanding. I also want to thank the Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers, and the Choir, especially Dr. Louise and the Adult Choir who took care of the music of the Holy Triduum. That is a lot of work, time and practice. So bravo to Dr. Louise. Thanks to the Ushers and the Men's Club, especially those who volunteered their time to be the disciples for the washing of the feet ceremony at the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. Also thanks to the Altar Servers, and thanks to my wonderful staff, Marilyn, Sabrina, and Pedro for their hard work during this busy time of the year. Of course, as usual, Pedro had to take orders from many different people, but he prevailed, and job well done! But, above all, thanks to all of you, the parishioners who attended the ceremony. Your presence at all of the Masses and the service during the Easter Triduum was very meaningful and successful. Yes, without your attendance, all of the preparations of the ceremonies becomes meaningless. It is very much like having a big party and spending all of the time to have everything ready and nobody show up. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Due to the tornado that happened a few months ago in Jefferson Parish, February 7th to be exact, we found a lot of damage to our roof above the choir loft and bell tower, and as you may have noticed, the company Roof Tech has begun the repair work. It looks so simple, but when dealing with such a high roof, you need specialty equipment to reach these areas. Pedro could not do this work. The good thing is we filed a claim with the insurance company and after our deductible, everything is covered.
Well very soon Mr. Adrian Cook, our organ tech will begin the process of working on the organ speakers and placing them where they need to be in church. We hope that this next phase will be finished before the Ascension of the Lord.
We are so sorry for the inconvenience for those who showed up to church last Saturday for Confession and Mass at 4:00pm. Please remember, that is Holy Saturday and there is NEVER any Confession or 4pm Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. It was published in the bulletin for two to three weeks straight. According to the Church policies, no service and no Mass can start until 7:59pm (dusk). So hopefully next year everyone will remember.
Last, but not least, this is the second weekend of Easter, the Divine Mercy Sunday. As the Shepard of a local Catholic Church, Archbishop Aymond asked for forgiveness of the sins of the church and our society. Seeking forgiveness and reconciliation with those who have been hurt or alienated by the church either through the institutional or individual offenses is an important step. Coincidentally this year there were more people who attended Confessions than ever. Even many people who were away from the Church for many years came back. Lord have mercy on us! Personally, I believe that forgiveness is very important. We have to learn daily to love as much as to learn to forgive. Sometimes the second one is even harder. Always remember that if we want God to forgive us, we have to learn to forgive other people in the same way. Forgiveness helps us to move on and life has to move on, otherwise it is not healthy, and we are stuck in one place and we will never learn to get better. Well, that's all for this week. Keep the spirit of the Lord's resurrection in your lives and those surrounding you. May God bless you and your loved ones and as I always say, be healthy, be happy, be merry be cheerful and keep smiling. It makes you younger, healthier, happier, and those around will feel the same too. God bless! Happy Easter!