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

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Greetings and blessings from God!

How was your week? Hopefully by this time everyone is back to their regular routine, and thank God that we didn’t have to deal with Hurricane Nate. Our prayers go out to the people of Mississippi and Alabama. Well Mother Nature is still in control. With all of the technology we have now, we still cannot predict exactly where and when a Hurricane is going to land. My cousins flew in from California and were supposed to come and visit me last weekend. They were following the weather and wanted to cancel their trip, but due to the cheap airline prices, they decided to keep their flight and come as scheduled. They landed in New Orleans airport at 6:30pm on Saturday evening. It was so funny when he checked his cell phone and looked at the City of New Orleans, it looked like a ghost town. So instead of visiting me, I told him to drive somewhere else. And guess what, upon my recommendation, they went directly to Mississippi!!! They were visiting Vicksburg and were site-seeing some historical places like the wax museum. I hope they forgive me because the hurricane went directly to Biloxi instead of New Orleans. Well we planned that they would come back to see me on that Thursday.

Due to the unpredictable weather, we had to cancel Family Fun Day at the last minute. Everything was ready to go, but the City of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish recommended no activities go on late Saturday evening and Sunday. We had no choice but to be safe than sorry. We also had to cancel the Finance Council speakers last weekend because a few members evacuated with their families. They will speak at all Masses this weekend.

Next weekend is World Mission Weekend. On this special weekend the Church wants to emphasize and help us to recognize the Church on a universal level. Regardless of our differences, nationalities, language, race., etc., etc., we all belong to one church, and we have the responsibility to take care of each other. World Mission Sunday helps to nurture the missionary spirit of our parish. At the same time encouraging their prayerful and financial support of the church missionary work. Please try the best you can to support the World Mission Sunday.

It was so nice to hear a lot of compliments from many parishioners who like the new cover of the bulletin. Thanks to Sabrina who polished and adjusted it many times to get to this final copy. This Saturday, once again we will have the Public Square Rosary Crusade at the corner of Claiborne Court and Jefferson Highway at 12:00 Noon. Thanks to Ms. Lena Eclevia for coordinating this event yearly. Of course a Rosary can be said anywhere at any time in private, but on the other hand, In The Secret of the Rosary, Saint Louis de Montfort said “Public Prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”

Pedro is in the process of pressure washing the church and the rectory building. He was supposed to finish last week, but due to the weather he had to stop for a few days. He will pick up where he left off and try to finish this week. He tried to reach as high as he could above the church doors and above the statue of St. Agnes, and yes, she is so clean now.

Since we did not have Family Day does not mean we cannot still pray for families. Here’s a little blessing for all of our parish families:

O’ God, you have created us in love and saved us in mercy, and through the bond of marriage you have established the family and willed that it should become a sign of Christ’s love for his Church.

Shower your blessings on these families gathered here in your name. Enable those who are joined by one love to support one another by their fervor of spirit and devotion to prayer. Make them responsive to the needs of others and witnesses to the faith in all they say and do.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Well, that’s enough for this week. Be kind and good to one another as God has been good and kind to you. Continue to pray for our team the Saints to keep winning. Try the best you can to reach out to all of the victims of the hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters, not forgetting about the victims of the Las Vegas shootings. May God heal the wounded. May God bring harmony and peace once again back to our nation.

May God Bless you!

Fr. Bac-Hai