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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 everything is going well with you and your family. Can you believe that we are going into the first week of October already? The weather is beginning to change a little, and guess what, the sun will go down earlier and the days are becoming shorter. In the Vietnamese proverb, they say that in October, this is the month where if you blink your eyes you will miss the sun, and the day is over. For us living in New Orleans, we missed two blown kisses from Laura and Sally. They planned to kiss us and someway, somehow the wind blew them away towards Lake Charles and Alabama/Florida. We surely don’t miss that kind of kiss, but we surely feel sorry for the people who live in Lake Charles, Alabama and Florida who are suffering with the aftermath of these hurricanes, the flooding and wind damage. Even as I dictate this week’s pastor comment, we are now into the Greek alphabet and bracing for “BETA” to head our way with a lot of rain. The rain was predicted to keep coming until this Saturday. So, if you see the grass hasn’t been cut, you know why. We try the best we can, but the grounds were so wet. Pedro will try the best he can to cut the grass when the weather gets better. Hopefully we can see the sun again this week. Just keep praying because the hurricane season is still going on until November 2nd.

Two weeks ago, we began our football season. I don’t know about you, but watching the TV did not excite me without the fans screaming and shouting in the stadium. It was so nice to see Tom Brady and Drew Brees shake hands at the end of the first game. And guess what, as you know, the Saints won that game with a score of 34-23. I don’t know what happened last Monday, somehow they lost to the Las Vegas Raiders by a score of 34-24. Well, you win some, you lose some, that’s the name of the game. There’s always the next game. Life goes on.

About three weeks ago, during the 11:00am Mass on Sunday, September 13th, we had the installation of the Parish Council. We welcomed our new President, Vice President and MemberatLarge. As you know the Parish Council is open to anyone who wants to attend the meeting, so if you are interested in getting involved, please call us. Our meetings are always on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm, one hour or less.

As we enter the month of October, for those who are of German heritage, you are celebrating the month of October where Octoberfest is celebrated. I’ve been to Octoberfest a few times, but I can’t remember what the traditional dishes are. The only thing that comes to my mind right now is the German dish with Bratwurst and sauerkraut and the chicken dance. I would have a good time. By the way, do you know the history of the Octoberfest? I googled it to learn what it was, otherwise we are celebrating something that we do not even know what it is about. So, once again, here is the history of Octoberfest: Kronprinz Ludwig (1786-1868), later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825-1848), married Princess Therese of SaxeHildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honour of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wiesn". The wedding was celebrated with multiple days of drinking, feasting and horse races. Horse races, in the tradition of the 15th century Scharlachrennen (Scarlet Race at Karlstor), were held on 18 October to honor the newlyweds. It is widely understood that Andreas Michael Dall'Armi, a Major in the National Guard, proposed the idea. However, the origins of the horse races, and Oktoberfest itself, may have stemmed from proposals offered by Franz Baumgartner, a coachman and Sergeant in the National Guard. The precise origins of the festival and horse races remain a matter of controversy, however, the decision to repeat the horse races, spectacle, and celebrations in 1811 launched what is now the annual Oktoberfest tradition.

The Gospel this weekend gives us a good lesson that happens to us daily, but we never pay attention to it. Most of the time when we do something either for us or for others, we want people to recognize and try to impress people with what we accomplish. We work to gain the admiration of others and for the perk that follows our achievements --- praise, prize and raises. But God was clearly on a different page. In the parable of the Gospel this weekend, we can see that it is opposite. The parable of the Gospel was full of the bad news for someone who thinks that way. In the eyes of God we can never be perfect or impress him for whatever we do or say. Just be humble and admit our imperfections. As he said in the Gospel, clearly when all you have been commended, say, “we are unprofitable servants; we have done what we are obligated to do. So, remember, don’t make any judgment just with human eyes before the end is over. The grace of God is falling on the just and unjust the same. In God’s kingdom, there is a place for everybody, not just for the rich or the holy, but for the sinners as well and as humans, we are all sinners.

Oops, I almost forgot that there will be a commissioning ceremony this Sunday for all of the CCD teachers and their assistants at 11:00am Mass. Thanks to all of the teachers and assistants. We are so blessed for your devotion to this ministry, especially during these tough times, but we have to try the best we can and leave it to God.

Well that’s enough for this week. Have a good week, and in the meantime let’s pray for a safe remainder of the hurricane season, and remember to continue to practice social distancing and wear your mask. Be healthy, be happy, be cheerful, be nice, and be kind to one another. God Bless!

Fr. Bac-Hai