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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.

Finally, everything is getting back to “normal.” Christmas and New Years are over! So far, we have lived through 19, days of 2020. So, how do you feel? Better or Worse? Richer or Poorer? Younger, or not so young? Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Did you keep it, or did you already break it? Don’t worry, you still have many, many more days to make it up again. The Lenten season will be here before you know it, and then you can make a “serious commitment” again with yourself, and with God. While we are enjoying fairly good weather here, please remember all of the victims and people who are suffering from the fires in Australia. Most of the wildlife there is gone, and we pray that no more victims are being found as more homes are burning. Your continued prayers are necessary, and whatever else you can do to help will be appreciated. We are so proud to see that many volunteers from our country have taken off from work to go and help battle the fires and do whatever is needed.

By this time we know who won the Sugar Bowl Georgia over Baylor, 2614 and we also know who won the National Championship Game LSU over Clemson, 42-25. Congratulations to the Coach “O” and the LSU Tigers. Now we are waiting for the BIG game, the Superbowl! Well, it’s not going to be here, and the Saints are not in it, so “who cares.”

Last Sunday was the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism. It also marked the beginning of the Liturgical Year, Ordinary Time Cycle A. From now on, most of the Gospel this year will be written by St. Matthew with the exception of feast days and special celebrations. The Gospel according to Matthew tells the good news that Jesus is the promised Savior and the one through whom God fulfills the promises that he made to his people in the Old Testament. The good news is not only for the Jewish people, but for the whole world.

St. Matthew is very carefully arranged. It begins with the birth of Jesus, describes his baptism and temptation, and then takes up his ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing in Galilee. Matthew presents Jesus as a great teacher who has the authority to interpret the law of God and who teaches about the Kingdom of God. Most of his teaching is gathered by subject matters into five collections: First, the Sermon on the Mount; Second, instruction of the twelve Disciples for the mission; Third, Parables about the Kingdom of Heaven; Fourth, teaching on the meaning of Discipleship; and Fifth, the teaching about the present age and the coming of the Kingdom of God. I recommend that you read this Gospel this year, but if you don’t have time, at least you have the outline for the Gospel of Matthew.

Well, things are getting back to normal in our parish ministry. We just completed our first Parish Council meeting on January 6th. We will have a Finance Council meeting on Tuesday, January 28th, and also the Men’s Club held their first meeting on the 16th. They are planning for their first annual Breakfast next Sunday in the Marquette Activity Center. Please come and support the Men’s Club. The Men’s Club is always looking for new members. So men, please consider joining the St. Agnes Men’s Club.

Please mark your calendars, the Lenten Mission which will be held April 6th8th. This year the speaker will be Fr. George Knab of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate out of Illinois. He will speak at all Masses prior to the Mission on the weekend of April 4th and 5th, and then follow up with the Mission that ends on the 8th. This year’s theme is “Cross of Glory.” I’m sure that with all of the upcoming activities and busy schedules going on from Christmas until after Mardi Gras, everyone needs a time to slow down and recheck our spirit to see if we are still reconnecting with God or not? Only in silence will it help us to hear the voice of God speaking to us. Living in society today, most of us are so afraid of silence. We are living in a noisy society. We turn the TV or radio on from the time we wake up from the bed and dealing with noise, until the moment we turn off the lights to go to bed.

The feast day of our patron, Saint Agnes is on Tuesday, January 21st . Although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, if you can, try to attend Mass and celebrate the feast day of our parish patron.

As you may know, during this time of year we are all preparing our taxes. And whether you like it or not, Uncle Sam will not leave you alone. You cannot get away with not filing your taxes. So please consider when doing your taxes to make a contribution to your parish. Try to be as generous as you can. Remember your contribution is tax exempt. In speaking about taxes, those who use offering envelopes, your contribution letters will be mailed out at the end of this month. On behalf of the whole parish, thank you so much for your continued support to St. Agnes. As I always say, “this is your parish. I can come and go any day as a priest, but St. Agnes stays with you. It is your responsibility and duty to make St. Agnes a much stronger and healthier parish everyday. Every one of us is St. Agnes. And yes, one way or the other, the Church, St. Agnes, depends on each one of you.”

Next Sunday there will be a second collection for Catholic Schools. Although we no longer have a school at St. Agnes, please try the best you can to continue to support Catholic education. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Well, that’s enough for this week. Until next week, be healthy, be happy, be lucky, and be kind to one another, and be willing to share what you have with those who are less fortunate than you. Trust me, you can find the joy in giving. God Bless.

Fr. Bac-Hai