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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 hope you all are doing well regardless of the terrible weather we had last weekend; rain, rain, rain from Saturday evening until late Sunday morning we saw the sun come out a little. I was so happy. But what a mess around the church. All of the trash (wood, branches, leaves, etc.), accumulated around the church property. I don’t even know where half of the stuff came from. I checked and looked around the church fence, the school fence, and all the properties, and it all looked fine, but here around the church there were about 6 or 7 pieces of wood laying down around the rectory and church with the nails facing upwards. I wanted to clean it up so bad before the Mass started, but the rain started again so I could not. It was so sad to see how much it rained on Mother’s Day. The church was almost empty on Sunday morning with the beautiful decorated flowers that were offered for Mother’s Day. I was so disappointed because those who usually attend Sunday Mass could not make it. Thank God Saturday evening was crowded. So I know that all of you were following the news about the weather very closely. Not only at St. Agnes but most of the city was under water. As I watched the news, my sympathy for the people who had to clean their homes after the water drained. We cannot blame it on the drainage system because it is working, but there was too much rain in a short period of time. The pumps could not handle the water and that’s why it flooded.

It sounds like I am complaining to God, but I am not. Things happen sometimes. Compared to other places we did not do too bad. Look at Houston and up North, the flooding is everywhere, especially around the places where people live close to the rivers, and they do not have a pumping system, so they have to live with that water for weeks. After our Katrina experience, we can tell everybody, “been there, done that.” Our hearts go out to all of them. 

Last Tuesday, the Parish Council held their final meeting of the fiscal year, and an appreciation dinner at Perrin’s restaurant. We missed a few members, but everybody had a good time. On behalf of the whole parish I want to thank Mrs. Jan Champagne Meyers our President, and all of you who served on the Parish Council this last fiscal year. Thanks to you and your family for your dedication and service to St. Agnes. 

About three weeks ago our parish was audited. This takes place every three to five years by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Thank God we are doing very well, with the exception of a few mistakes that we are in the process of correcting. It’s tough because the rules and regulations regarding finances change every year due to the taxes and insurance increases which happen almost yearly. Thanks to all of you who make the sacrifice to help St. Agnes stay in good standing, financially, emotionally and spiritually. 

Next Saturday our parish also welcomes Bishop Cheri to confirm our 13 high school candidates. Thanks to Kelly Wilbert and the teachers who helped to prepare our CCD children for these sacraments. But moreover, thanks to all the parents, grandparents, and guardians who make sacrifices to send your children every weekend to learn about God. Yes, many times as a foreigner in this country I can say that American children are the luckiest children in the whole world, both physically and materially. They have almost everything, more than they need, but sometimes unfortunately they lack spiritual guidance and moral character manners to be a decent human being. Kids need to be taught, otherwise we cannot expect them to be good or become a decent human being overnight by not teaching them. Be parents of your children first, not their friends, at least until they finish college or are above 21, and don’t be afraid to say “no” when you think it is needed. Your child may not like it at that time, but in the end, they will thank you for doing that. Be a good example of yourself, and don’t ever say to your child, “if you feel good do it.” Otherwise you will regret it later. Feelings can come and go, don’t base your morals, right or wrong, on your feelings. Feelings can make you feel good or bad, but not right or wrong.

Well unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Kelly Wilbert, our CCD Coordinator, since she is going to retire. Can you believe that Kelly has been with CCD for almost 27 years? It’s time for her to take it slowly and enjoy her family and grandchildren. But thanks to Kelly who has recommended a replacement, and she accepted. Her name is NormaJean Medina. NormaJean has been teaching CCD for many years, and all of her children attend the CCD program. You may say that her entire family is involved in the church in some way, from altar server, to choir, to lector, etc.

This is just a reminder that those who are graduating this year from high school or college, we would love and are honored to recognize all of you and your accomplishments at the 11:00am Mass on Sunday, June 2nd. Please call the rectory office and give us your son or daughter’s name, the school where they are graduating from, and if from college, what is your degree in. Don’t hesitate to register and let your light shine, because you and your accomplishment will be a good inspiration for the young people in our parish to look up to.  

Now that Mother’s Day is over, we are waiting to honor and recognize all our fathers. So if you would like to recognize and honor your father and help with the beautiful flowers on the altar, the envelopes to honor fathers are located on the tables in church. I hope you enjoyed the beautiful flowers we had in church for our mothers. I’m sure that we want to do the same for our fathers.  

Well that’s all for this week. God bless you and your loved ones. Be happy, be healthy, keep smiling, it makes you younger, healthier, happier and those around you are happier too. God Bless.

Fr. Bac-Hai