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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 week? Hopefully you, your family and your loved ones are well and coping the best you can in the situation that we are in right now. This week, everyone has had a taste of the heat, humidity, rain and thunderstorms which have already arrived. Even though summer is not officially here, it surely feels like it. I am not looking forward to it. About a week ago on a Thursday evening, a friend of mine who is stationed in Folsom said his parishioners suffered with a lot of flooding. And not too far from us, right in Mandeville, the whole town was under water due to all the rain. It was too much to handle at one time. Thank God that no one was hurt.

This weekend we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of The Lord. It used to be on Thursday, but the Church has moved it to the weekend to make it more convenient for everybody. So instead of it being the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Can you believe that it is 40 days after Easter already?

In our parish, last weekend St. Agnes officially reopened again for Masses, abiding by the guidelines from the Governor and the Archdiocese. Thanks to all of the Ushers who did a great job. Although we did not have a large crowd, everyone was spread out beautifully. We did have a few problems adjusting to these new guidelines, but hopefully in the next few weeks things will get better. Once again, I want to remind everyone who wants to attend Mass, YOU MUST WEAR A MASK and sanitize your hands. We do have hand sanitizer located at all of the doors. One other thing is, during this time, to help prevent the spread of the virus, we have to remove all of the missalettes and hymnals from the pews and hopefully we will put them back when things get better.

On behalf of the whole parish, I also want to thank all of you who continued to send in your church offerings, either by mail or by online giving. I was so touched by your generosity and your faithfulness to our parish. Yes, regardless of the pandemic, we still have a lot of bills to pay. Without your support, we cannot accomplish this. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you, and may God return to you many blessings and rewards.

Last Sunday evening I watched 60 Minutes, and there was a report about the global environment during this pandemic. It was so wonderful to see when they showed all of the big industrial cities in the world, that during this stay at home order the quality of the air was so clear, from Bombay in India, to Beijing in China, to Los Angeles, California. The skies were very blue with birds flying back and forth, and one of the Indian scientist who observed it thought it was a miracle because she never saw her city like that before. Not only in India, but also in other cities, many animals came out of the forest, like the elephants in India and the penguins were walking across the street on the West Coast in California. So, more or less, we have to realize that whatever we do in business, it does affect the environment we live in. Even from space, the picture shows how clear the air has been since everyone is staying home. I think that God wants us to learn a lesson, yes, the economy is very important, but it is not everything. We have a duty to control how we function in the industry and what we do, otherwise there are consequences that will come out of it, like pollution.

Congratulations to all of the students who graduated this year. We are still waiting for you to call so that we can recognize all of you at church. We plan to have you all come to the Mass on Sunday, June 14th at 11:00am. So if you haven’t registered your son or daughter yet, please call and let us know so we can plan ahead. To all of the graduates, I’m so sorry that all of the big events that you are supposed to celebrate have been cancelled due to COVID-19. I understand it because one of my nephews is graduating this year from Oklahoma. Even though he had the gown, the ring, and prom preparations paid for, he took a picture of his ring and gown and sent it to me. I did not understand what he meant by sending me that picture, but I’m guessing he wanted me to send him a gift. I called him and let him know that I’m still waiting for Dollar Tree to open and that he could have anything he wanted in that store. Well, when I heard from him, his response was, “Uncle you’re so cheap.” I’m just kidding with him because he knows that I’m his favorite Uncle who comes through when giving generous gifts.

For anyone wondering, the office will be back and opened fulltime on Monday, June 1st. If you should have any questions or business, please call and leave a message and we will get back to you soon. Just remember to speak loudly, slowly and clearly so that we can get the message without any problems. Many times we do not get the messages due to technology, or the echo of the tape recorded message, and that is why we cannot or did not respond to your phone calls. Remember that from your voice to the recording, technologically, it travels a long way to get to me, so don’t assume that we hear the message like we are talking face-to-face.

In our parish activities, the Altar Society is planning to have movie night on Saturday, June 6th in the evening. More details to follow next week. Due to COVID-19 the June 14th Family Bingo is cancelled. We are also planning to resume our Parish Council meetings on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm. It will be the last meeting for this fiscal year, 2019-2020. We also had a treetrimming company come and trim two big oak trees in the school yard and one on Claiborne Court on the rental property. It needed to be done so long ago because many branches were falling and damaging the roof. They did a very good job and I am very happy with it. Well, that’s all for this week. Don’t forget we are still in May, the month that we have devotion to Mary our Mother. I recommend that before you go to bed, or first thing in the morning say “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. Until next week, be happy, be healthy, be safe, and be kind to one another. May God bless you, protect you and enjoy the easy life of the summer.

Fr. Bac-Hai