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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? I hope everyone had a good long weekend, even with all the rain showers that we had almost everyday. Yes, compared to other places we are in still in good shape. It kept the temperature a little cooler, especially in the evening. The only downside is everybody had to cut their grass almost every week. God! The sun and the rain had the grass growing so quickly. Overnight you could see the difference from the day before with all the water. I have compassion for those who have to cut the grass. In our parish, Pedro had to work on the July 4th holiday due to the rain the day before and he wanted to finish the job before he went on vacation. Thank God it did not rain on July 4th so that he could come back and trim and manicure the grass so that it could look good. My question is, why the other plants grow so slowly and the grass grows so fast. The more you cut it the quicker it grows. And boy, let me tell you, I’ve never seen grass so big and strong like this in Vietnam. American grass looks like the rice farm in Vietnam. Maybe I am exaggerating a little but you get the picture. Everything in America is Big compared to Vietnam - - even the mosquitoes are double in size, and I hate mosquitoes because they love to suck my blood. Sometimes when I’m in the garden, I make sure that the mosquitoes don’t get me because I wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, but sometimes they still get through and bite me, they get my neck and behind my ears. Regardless of any type of repellant that I use, after a while they get used to it and come right back. It does not affect them at all!

In the meantime we feel sorry for the people on the West and East coast whose weather goes from one extreme to the other. People on the East coast and Midwest are suffering with rain, tornadoes, fire and flood everywhere. Especially in California and Colorado because they are dealing with so many fires. Hundreds of homes have burned because of the dryness and winds. It has made it hard for the fire departments to control it. In Santa Barbara County, 82 acres and a dozen of homes have burned. The people cannot get through the highway to escape the fire or to get back to their homes. So let us pray for all of the victims and the safety of all those who are working to put out these fires. Many of them risk their lives to do their jobs.

Two weeks ago the ministry, Come, Lord Jesus had a bake sale after all Masses. Thanks to many of you who helped support this ministry. They almost sold out all of the baked goods, and surely all proceeds helped to cover the cost for their upcoming anniversary Mass on October 20th at 10:00am. If you would like to find out more about this ministry, you may contact the coordinators, Steve and Luci Morgan.

For those who have been watching the news in the last few weeks, you may know about a tragedy that happened to the soccer team and their coach in Thailand . They were stuck in a cave for almost 3 weeks, and almost 7 days with no food and no communication whatsoever. But amazingly a week later the rescuers located the exact place where the soccer team was. We thought once they were found that the problem was solved, but it became more difficult once they realized they had to go underground for 3 miles of murky water and uneven grounds in the cave to get to them The good news is that finally on Tuesday morning, all of them including the coach have been rescued before the monsoon. Thanks be to God. It was a tragedy, but I was moved by all of the help from all over the world who have come to rescue these children. It was so sad that one Thai Navy Seal died while trying to do his job. People everywhere, in very big positions left their jobs and families to come and help with this rescue. To me, this tragedy gives every one of us a good lesson that we, human beings, all depend on each other. And together, reach out and touch someone when you can, it does make the world a better place to live if everyone does a little. All of the people who were involved in helping with this rescue are all heroes to us. Hearing about some of the letters that the children wrote to their parents and their appreciation to the people who have come to help them really brought me to tears. They are so innocent. After they get to be with their moms and dads, all they want to do is eat their favorite foods. Let’s continue to pray for all of them until the mission is complete.

Now back to our parish, I am sad to report to you that one of the air conditioning units in the Marquette Activity Center has gone out and we have to purchase a new one. This unit is 38 years old, and we tried the best we could to repair it, but unfortunately all of the parts are no longer being manufactured. Cisco Air and Heating has recommended we purchase a new one rather than to repair the old one. It becomes very costly to repair. Well, I think that an a/c unit that lasts 38 years is worth every cent. Nothing lasts forever, especially when dealing with a machine or any technological issues. Whenever you order the parts and they say they no longer make them, then you know it’s time to buy a new one. We have no other choice. So, it will cost us around $14,000 to replace this unit. So God, do you hear me? Do you hear me now God, what I need? You said “seek and you shall find, ask and you shall receive”; well now I’m asking you God, and waiting for your answer. By the way, remember to spread the news about our apartment on Shrewsbury Court that is available for rent. If you have not, please help us by getting the word out.

Well that’s it for this week. Have a good week and enjoy the summertime. Be safe in the heat and humidity. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Be healthy, be happy, be cheerful, be lucky if you buy a lottery ticket, and yes always be kind to one another as it makes this world a better place to live. May God bless you!

Fr. Bac-Hai