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

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet TranGreeting you with Love and blessings from God.

How was your week? I hope things are going well with all of you. Once again we are so blessed with the fairly nice weather we’ve been having. Compared to other places who are suffering with floods, fire and rain, we are doing pretty well. So thank God, thank God, thank God. Please pray for the victims of the fires and flood, and more importantly please pray for the people of Ukraine who are suffering with this War. The sad thing is they do not know when it will end.

By this time, the Spring Break is over and all of the students are looking forward to their summer vacation. I have quite a few nephews and cousins who are graduating this year, and of course I get an invitation, but I cannot go, So, I have to send them something. Picture it, six invitations from High School to College from all over. So, it’s not a small amount. I really enjoy the gift of giving, especially when they accomplish something. God is so good to me and I am so blessed, so now it is my time to pay it forward. What goes around comes around.

Last Tuesday, our Parish Council closed out our fiscal year with a short meeting and a supper at Mr. Ed’s. We enjoyed the good food, but it was much better with the good company, and no one wanted to leave until 9:30pm. I had to pay the bill so everyone could get home safely. We recommend that those who want a small party book this restaurant. It is not expensive and the service was excellent. Be careful when you book it because there are three different Mr. Ed’s locations. The one we booked is on 21st Street. We were offered fresh oysters, but most of us did not eat fresh oysters, but those who did really enjoyed it. Everyone went home with a full belly and a smile on their face.

This week we welcome Archbishop Favalora on his “pilgrimage” back home again after three years away. For those who don’t know him yet, St. Agnes is his home parish and his parents used to live in the home that he is living in right now. Archbishop also is my former professor.

Last weekend at all Masses Mr. Steve Morgan, a member of the Finance Council and Building Committee spoke about the situation of the air conditioning in the church. So, we are planning to have blue envelopes in the pews and we will have a second collection once a month on the second Sunday to help raise funds to purchase the new units. Knock on wood, so far the air conditioner is still holding on. But, picture when the temperature hits 90 degrees and above in the summer, we don’t know if the old unit will be able to function properly. As you may know, so far we have spent over $37,000 in repairs, and the reason why we cannot continue to repair it anymore is that many parts cannot be replaced because they are no longer made.

Well, that’s all for this week. Until next week, take care of yourselves and each other and be nice and kind to one another. Remember to be happy, be healthy, keep smiling, it will make you younger, healthier, happier, live longer, and those around you are happier too. Don’t forget to thank God everyday for what you have. Do not take life for granted. Remember, look up, yes, but also look down and look around too. Always remember to choose to live a life that matters and is meaningful. May God Bless you!

Fr. Bac-Hai,