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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? I am so sorry that we had so many things going on and I missed giving you a Pastor Comment for the last two weeks. Sorry that many of you missed my comments. Well, here we go again. This week I have a few things to report. First, as you can see, the weather has been raining almost every day, so many things that are being done in the parish have been working around Mother Nature. If it is not raining, Pedro can cut the grass in one day, including trimming and blowing everything. Now with the unpredictable time of the rain everyday, it is tougher for him. Last week after he came from vacation, he started cutting the grass on Monday and didn’t finish cutting it until Thursday morning. He was not so happy, but that’s the way it is.

We have to do what we can do. God is still in control. Back to our parish, finally Cisco has fixed the two motors for the air conditioning unit in church. Those motors had to be custom made due to the age of our air conditioning units and they did not have these motors in stock. That is why it took so long to replace them. Thank God we had overcast weather and rain almost everyday so that it kept the temperature down, and the airconditioning thermostat was able to stay on a setting that kept the church cool as we waited for these motors. I did pray to God and miracles happened. Due to the lack of staff with deliveries from the Post Office, UPS, Federal Express, etc., everything is being delivered late. I went to the Johnson Street Post Office one day and they used to have four people up front, and that day they only had one. Even the bank is the same way. I had business with the bank and there were only two people inside, the teller was serving the outside customers as well as the regular inside customers. Well, let’s pray to God that things will get back to some kind of routine again soon.

I also wanted to let you know that we just renewed the contract with JCFA for the next three years. In this contract, thanks to their generosity, they are going to replace the three main entrance doors in front of the school on Jefferson Highway. At first, I wanted to save the doors and recommended that they refurbish and paint them, but after further examination, there was no way you could do it. They are falling apart. The wood is solid, but it cannot be saved any longer because of age, weather, and temperature. Well, nothing lasts forever. So, when they offered to replace the doors, I accepted right away without any hesitation. They are wonderful tenants, and are doing everything that they can to make the school a better place.

We are still in the process of hiring a CCD Coordinator. In the meantime, we will begin registration as soon as we finalize a CCD Coordinator. If you have a child who needs to register for CCD, please call the rectory between the hours of 9-4. At present, we are looking into online registration for CCD. Nothing is finalized yet, but I’m sure that sooner or later it will be the best and convenient way for you and for us too. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

With the help of a former student and longtime parishioner of St. Agnes, Mr. Randy Parr, he will help with special equipment to deep clean the front of the church building, the school building, both front yards, and sidewalks around the church. Hopefully weather permitting, you may recognize a difference this weekend, otherwise we have to work around the weather. On behalf of the whole parish, thanks to Mr. Randy Parr for his devotion to our parish and school throughout the many years. Just to let you know, Randy Parr, a professional lighting engineer, is the same person who was instrumental in installing the outside lighting system around the church. Thank God St. Agnes Church and School looks so nice at night.

As we approach the new fiscal year, August is arriving and all of the church activities will be back in full swing. At this time the Parish Council is in need of two members, a Member-at-Large and someone in charge of the Worship Committee. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm in the Rectory office. If you are interested in getting involved in this ministry, please call the Rectory Office. We would love to have you, especially new faces in our parish. We are also looking for people who would like to get involved in our church ministries, such as the Ushers, Men’s Club, Altar Society, Altar Servers, Choirs, Sacristans, Extraordinary Ministers, Lectors, CCD Teachers, etc. Please get involved because this is your parish, and we all have to share the responsibility to build up our community, our church. I wish we had the funds to hire people to do this job for you, but unfortunately, we do not have that luxury, and honestly, that is not what the Church is supposed to be. That is why we are so different from other denominations. St. Agnes is of the people, by the people, and for the people. St. Agnes is not a business company like McDonalds, AT&T, Amazon, or Apple, we are here to serve God and people in the best way that we are, and we can. So use your time, talents and treasure and consider getting involved in your parish.

Last, but not least, our heart goes out to all the victims and their families in Surfside, Florida who were lost due to the condominium collapse. Also, the people who are suffering out West due to the drought and fires, and above all, the people of Germany who are suffering and lost their lives due to the floods. So far they have counted over 170 who died and nearly 1,000 people who are still missing. Nobody ever expected or thought that a flood would happen in Europe like that, especially in Germany, but also in Switzerland and a few other places nearby. The German government has called this a natural disaster of the century. On top of all of this, the Global world is now dealing with a new variant of the pandemic, the Delta variant. Some things are more than we can handle by ourselves, but with God’s help, we can try the best we can to cope with it. That is all we can do.

Well, that’s enough for this weekend. Have a good week and enjoy the summertime, and try the best you can to deal with the daily showers. Let’s pray that what we have to deal with, the rain showers every day will keep the hurricanes away for the whole season. Be safe in the heat and humidity. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Be healthy, be happy, be cheerful be lucky, and if you buy a lottery ticket or register for the Shot-in-a-Million, and win, please don’t forget St. Agnes, where we love and need you. Remember to always be kind to one another, it makes the world a better place to live. God Bless.

Fr. Bac-Hai