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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 everybody is getting back to a normal routine. Last Tuesday evening, I had a chance to drive around the neighborhood and also to Kenner, and things are getting better. The garbage is getting picked up and the streets are getting cleaner. The only thing that is left over are the branches and tree leaves on the sidewalk and in the middle of the neutral ground. It is so scary to see some trees uprooted but not completely laid down, and they are leaning on top of a few houses. Our compassion to those who are still struggling with their homes, and we have compassion also for those who work for our city government. I spoke to one of them that I met at the gym and he said, “I wish I could do a miracle to fix everybody at the same time, but people forget that I am very much like all of them. I even lost the power in my house too.” Everybody wants a “quick fix” at the same time. I cannot speak about anyone else and their hurricane problems, because we at St. Agnes church, rectory, auditorium and school buildings are the same way. Right now, all I can do is be patient, and wait, and wait, and wait. It got on my nerve to see that something needs to be repaired right away and I cannot do it. There is damage to the vent pipes in the rectory, and you can see the sky, but you cannot do anything to repair it. I pray everyday for God to give me the patience, but hurry.

Next Saturday on October 16th, we are going to have the annual rosary on the front lawn of St. Agnes at the corner of Claiborne Court and Jefferson Highway. Traditionally, October is the Marian month of the devotion to the Holy Rosary. The purpose of this event is to promote the Holy Rosary in honor of the Anniversary of the last appearance of Our Lady of Fatima. This year marks the 103rd anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearance. If you remember, the Blessed Mother spoke to the three children and revealed to them three secrets. The first one was we need to repent; the second is to say the Rosary daily, and if you did, the war would end and Russia would come back to God again; the third was the fall of communism. All these things did happen as the Blessed Mother prophesied. The fall of communism was when Gorbachev stepped down and the Berlin Wall was removed, and many other nations in Europe like Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, etc., followed behind.

As you may remember, the Holy Rosary was a very popular way of praying in the Catholic church. But, unfortunately, in the last few decades, it has been neglected, and many children and some adults today don’t even know what the Rosary is. The way of saying the Rosary is not only a prayer, but a way to communicate with God through the mysteries of his birth, death and resurrection. There are three popular mysteries that we have had for many years, the Sorrowful, Joyful and Glorious. But recently in the last decade, St. John Paul II added another new mystery, the Luminous mystery. So, if you want to learn about how to pray the Rosary, go on our website or check with us. Especially this year, Pope Francis has invited all of the faithful to pray the Rosary during the month of October and also to say the prayer to St. Michael daily. If you don’t remember the prayer, here it is: “Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the run of souls. Amen.

Once again, for those of you who may not know it, there is a legend that connects with the Rosary. St. Dominic had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother, and one time he was meditating while saying the Rosary, and the Blessed Mother appeared to him and said, “I wish to have the best, most beautiful roses if possible.” It was winter and snow was everywhere and St. Dominic said, “Blessed Mother, how can I get beautiful roses for you with this kind of weather?” She smiled and replied, “You already have it. Whenever you say ‘Hail Mary’ that is the most beautiful rose you can give to me.” So for those who want to give the Blessed Mother roses, follow St. Dominic and just say “Hail Mary”.

Back to our parish business, we just resumed our Parish Council meeting after missing the September meeting due to Hurricane Ida. We went over the things that happened to the church building, the rectory, the MAC and school buildings. Thank God the CCD portable buildings had minor damage and we are still able to use the building. Mark your calendars, Fr. Anthony Odiong from St. Anthony of Padua Church in Luling has agreed to come to our parish for a healing Mass on Wednesday, October 20th for 6:00pm. Invite your friends and family. Hopefully you can make it. Finally last Thursday evening we welcomed our CCD students. On behalf of the whole parish, thanks to Brenda Miller who stepped up to take over the CCD program, and her helper, Kathy McCann, and all of the teachers who have agreed to come forth in teaching our children the fruit of the soul. We will have the commissioning of our CCD teachers at 11:00am Mass next Sunday.

Last, but not least, for those who are big fans of the Saints, we lost again! Not big, but a loss is a loss - 27-21 to the New York Giants. Almost 70,000 people came back to the Caesars Superdome to see their Saints, with all their energy, but after three hours and twenty minutes, they ran out of energy. Many people blamed their loss on the lack of energy from the crowd . . . It was not the same anymore. Well, stop blaming. Don’t give up so soon. We have a whole season, so let us sing together, “Tomorrow” it is just another day away and we will have a chance to win again. Well, that’s all for this week. Have a good week. In the meantime let’s pray for a safe remainder of the hurricane season. Be happy, be healthy, be cheerful, and be nice and kind to one another. As always, treat other people in the same way you want to be treated.

Fr. Bac-Hai