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

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Greetings and blessings from God!

Hopefully after almost two solid weeks of hurricanes, one after the other, Harvey in Houston, and Irma in the Caribbean Islands and in Florida, slowly we can get back to normal. By the time of this dictation, we are being threatened with another storm named Jose’. Only God knows where he’s going. Just pray for the best so that no one gets hurt.

We sincerely thank you for your contributions and sacrifice to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Even though it was short notice, we had a good collection. Hopefully with a little help from us and many other resources that are helping, those who need help can rebuild their lives again. As the people in Texas opened their arms to us during Katrina, now is the time for us to do the same for them. I am sure that in the next few weeks there will be another second collection to help those in Florida. The sad thing is that many people are facing these hurricanes for the second and third times. I read on the Times Picayune that a couple sold their house in New York after Hurricane Sandy, and moved to Naples, Florida where they bought a house, with a dream that they would live in paradise from now on. Well, what happened last weekend, we learned that there is no paradise on earth permanently. Wherever you are, you still have to face some sort of natural disaster, one way or the other. So wherever we are, we try the best we can to cope with it. Regardless of our knowledge in technology, God is still in charge. Don’t ever think that you are in control, even with your own life or Mother Nature. In all situations, try the best you can and leave the rest to God. Moreover, besides the collection, next Sunday, September 24th, Dr. Louise LaBruyere, our Cantor and the Jefferson Chorale will have a special benefit concert at 4:30pm in church. All are invited. Of course there is no charge, but monetary donations are being accepted to help the hurricane victims. Bravo to Dr. Louise and the Jefferson Chorale.

This week coming from September 19th - 21st, I, Fr. Vinh and Fr. Tom will be away in New Orleans at the Louisiana Priests Convention, along with more than 400 Bishops and priests in other Dioceses around Louisiana at the Royal Sonesta Hotel right on Bourbon Street! We will be together for three days learning how to deal with some new topics and new problems in the Church ministry. We will try the best we can to attend most of the seminar workshops, but there is no way we can be at every workshop at one time. So, please keep praying for all of us as we journey into this convention. One again, the entire City of New Orleans will be full of priests and Bishops for those three days in and around the French Quarter. So, just be on your best behavior because you never know who you might run into while you are downtown. At the moment you least expect it, some priest or Bishop may be watching you, and you may have to go to Confession after that. Also, during these three days there will be no Mass, only a Communion service led by the Deacons. Thank you for your understanding.

By the way, I did not pay attention to the Clarion Herald last week with the special edition of the Louisiana Priests Convention Section until last Monday morning when Sabrina showed me a special section in the Clarion with my picture on it. From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank each and every one of you, my staff, the Altar Society and the Men’s Club in honoring me in this special section of the Clarion. It was a good picture (without being retouched)!

Last, but not least, the CCD program started last weekend. If your children or grandchildren have not registered to attend CCD yet, please do so before it is too late, especially those who want to receive First Communion next year. Well that’s all for this week. Stay safe and keep our Priests and Bishops in your prayers for a successful convention. God Bless.

Fr. Bac-Hai