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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 everyone of us are enjoying our summer break with a lot of humidity, rain, rain, and flooding weather. Regardless of all of the rain, we can say that we are still having nice weather with showers somewhere everyday. The only sad thing about it is the grass and plants everywhere are growing so quickly, overnight! Knock on wood, I am not complaining. The farmers need the water for their farms, so that’s what Mother Nature is for. We try our best to cope with it.

Last Monday, June 7 we officially welcomed our staff back to full time capacity. We are so sorry for many of you whose phone calls we missed because no one answered. Sabrina was on vacation and then had a death in her family, and Marilyn had surgery and was only back a few hours a day, so the office was a little empty for a while. Even answering the door bell became confusing. We didn’t know which door was ringing, the back door or the front. By the time we went to the front, it was the back, and by the time we got to the back, it was the front. People forget that they need to have patience when they ring the bell, they should wait for a short while because no one can get to the door right away. We may be on the phone, or with a parishioner, or even taking care of our own personal needs. You know what I’m talking about. These things take time. So thank you for your understanding and patience.

Last Sunday, at 11:00am Mass, we officially honored and recognized four students from our parish who graduated from high school and college. Again, congratulations to Gene Roth, III, Lily Tuckler, Sarah Lampard, and Matthew Keegan. Thank you to all of them for allowing us to recognize them. Personally, to me it is very important because they are the inspiration for the kids in our parish to look up to with education. As I told them, education does not guarantee that you will become a millionaire over night, but it is a key to open up your future. Everywhere you go, education builds you up to be a decent human being. And yes, more than ever in our society today we need more and more decent human beings who can know what is right and wrong, what to do and what not to do.

Also as stated in the announcements, this Sunday the Altar Society will have their annual Bingo fundraiser at 2:00pm in the Marquette Activity Center. So come out and bring everybody you know to this event. You do not need to bring anything because the Altar Society will sell refreshments and desserts. All you need is enough cash in your purse and pockets to purchase your cards, food and dessert. According to the weather there is no rain, a little hot, but we have air conditioning in the Marquette Activity Center. So come out and have a good time. This event is a good opportunity for you to meet many parishioners who we haven’t seen in over a year and a half. Yes, I’m sure that you will have something to talk about. The good, the bad, the not so bad, COVID, the vaccine, which one is good, which one is bad, the ugly, the people, the weather, politics or maybe even me too, your little humble pastor and other priests. Well, that’s the way it is. Nobody can stop the rain, so we, in our human nature, love to talk about others than to talk about ourselves. Just remember, be careful, because sometimes when we talk about somebody, others are talking about you. We get what we give out. What goes around, comes around. Karma!

Next Sunday is Father’s Day weekend and traditionally in our parish we dedicate it to all fathers, fathers-to-be, grandfathers and special persons. Traditionally the money collected for Father’s Day pays for the flowers in church that honor our fathers both living and deceased as you will see in the special Father’s Day bulletin that is printed. If you have not yet made your donation to honor your fathers, please do it soon. This is the last Sunday to submit your names. Make sure you print the names clearly on the envelopes along with your donation. On behalf of the whole parish and the fathers thank you so much for your generosity.

June is the month that we dedicate to our Sacred Heart of Jesus. And I remember one of the most beautifully written poems written by St. Therese of Lisieux the Little Flower of Jesus to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It goes like this:

“O Heart of Jesus, treasure of tenderness, you yourself are my happiness, my only hope. You who knew how to charm my tender youth, stay near me till the last night. Lord, to you alone I’ve given my life, and all my desires are well-known to you. It’s in your ever-infinite goodness that I want to lose myself, O Heart of Jesus!

Ah! I know well, all our righteousness is worthless in your sight. To give value to my sacrifices, I want to cast them into your Divine Heart. You did not find your angels without blemish. In the midst of lightning you gave your law! I hide myself in your Sacred Heart, Jesus. I do not fear, my virtue is You!

To be able to gaze on your glory, I know we have to pass through fire. So I, for my purgatory, choose your burning love, O heart of my God! On leaving this life, my exiled soul would like to make an act of pure love, and then, flying away to Heaven, its Homeland enter straightaway into your Heart.” Amen

Remember, according to the CDC and the Archdiocesan guidelines, the Church has come back to normal due to the control of the pandemic. We are not out of the woods yet, but we are under control. If you are not well or don’t feel safe, then you still have a right to wear your mask if you want to and keep your social distance. Well that’s all for this week. Don’t forget we are in the hurricane season, so pray to Our Lady of Prompt Succor for protection from all harm and all disasters of nature.May God bless you and enjoy the easy life of the summertime.

Fr. Bac-Hai