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

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Greetings and blessings from God!

I hope things are going well with you. And yes, the actual Fall weather finally arrived last Thursday with cooler temperatures. It was a little cloudy but we will take it. We are not sure how long it will last, but enjoy the weather while we still have it. According to the weather channel this weekend is supposed to be beautiful, but you never know about Mother Nature, she can change her mind without any notice. At the time of this dictation, there is another Hurricane roaming around in the Gulf of Mexico, we don’t know where it will be landing. Please pray to Our Lady of Prompt Succor for a safe outcome for everyone. On the other side of this new season is the beginning of the flu season as the weather changes, so be careful and take care of yourselves, wash your hands to avoid spreading germs. Surely this is not a guarantee that you won’t get the flu, but at least you can try to prevent it.

Last weekend, except the Saturday evening Vigil Mass, we had a member of the Finance Council, Mr. Steve Morgan who gave a report of our finances for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Steve did a good job. It was articulate and short. I don’t know about the other Masses, but at 11am, when I had Mass, I was very happy because he kept his promise with me and spoke for 3 minutes. Miraculously he finished his report in only 2 minutes and 59 seconds. And yes, he did get some applause at the end. Thanks to all of the Finance Committee members and thanks to Steve for doing a good job. But above all, thanks to all of you for your generous and kind support to St. Agnes throughout the years.

This Saturday, October 13th, we held our annual Rosary on the front lawn of St. Agnes at the corner of Claiborne Court and Jefferson Highway. Traditionally October is the Marian month of the devotion to the Holy Rosary. The purpose of this event is to promote the Holy Rosary in honor of the Anniversary of the last appearance of Our Lady of Fatima. This year marks the 101st anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearance. As you may remember, the Holy Rosary was a very popular way of praying in the Catholic church. But, unfortunately, in the last few decades, it has been neglected, and many children and some adults today don’t even know what the Rosary is. The way of saying the Rosary is not only a prayer, but a way to communicate with God through the mysteries of his birth, death and resurrection. There are three popular mysteries that we have had for many years, the Sorrowful, Joyful and Glorious. But recently in the last decade, St. John Paul II added another new mystery, the Luminous mystery. So, if you want to learn about how to pray the Rosary, go on our website or check with us. Especially this year, Pope Francis has invited all of the faithful to pray the Rosary during the month of October and also to say the prayer to St. Michael daily. If you don’t remember the prayer, here it is: “Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the run of souls. Amen

Once again, for those of you who may not know it, there is a legend that connects with the Rosary. St. Dominic had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother, and one time he was meditating while saying the Rosary, and the Blessed Mother appeared to him and said, “I wish to have the best, most beautiful roses if possible.” It was winter and snow was everywhere and St. Dominic said, “Blessed Mother, how can I get beautiful roses for you with this kind of weather?” She smiled and relied, “You already have it. Whenever you say ‘Hail Mary’ that is the most beautiful rose you can give to me.” So for those who want to give the Blessed Mother roses, follow St. Dominic and just say “Hail Mary”.

Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday. On this special weekend the Church wants to emphasize and help us to recognize the Church on a universal level. Regardless of our differences, nationality, race, language, etc., you all belong to one church, the Roman Catholic Church and that we have the responsibility to take care of each other. The World Mission Sunday helps to nurture the missionary spirit of our parish. And at the same time, encouraging our prayers and our financial support of the Church’s missionary work. So please try the best you can to help and support the missionaries who serve God and try to bring the good news in the poor areas of the world. The envelopes are in the pews and you can use them for next weekend’s second collection.

Last Sunday we celebrated our Family Fun Day. It was a success! Thanks to Corinne Hebert who was the coordinator of this special event. And also thanks to those who worked so hard who served in different capacities to make this such a successful event. All of the children had a good time enjoying their hot dogs, nachos, and chips, but above all the children really enjoyed all of the inflatable's. Thank God no one got hurt. Right before Family Day came to an end the heaven’s opened up with a lot of rain and lightning. Everyone returned home safely. Thank God, thank God!

Well, that’s all for this week. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Be healthy, be happy, be lucky if you buy a lottery ticket, and always be kind to one another. As the Mission statement of the Marriott Hotels from the commercial says, “You treat other people the same way you want to be treated.” That is a golden rule that cannot go wrong anywhere with any business, even any relationship. May God bless you and have a great week!

Fr. Bac-Hai