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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.

Well, here we are, Mardi Gras is almost here. Have a good time at the parades, and if you go, be safe.

It is time to prepare for Lent. During Lent we have TWO Masses per day, at 8:00am and 12 Noon with the Way of the Cross following the Noon Mass. We also have Way of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evenings, closing with the Benediction. So, please plan to attend if you can. I guarantee you that the Noon Mass lasts only about a half hour or less.

On Ash Wednesday, February 26th, we have three Masses, at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon and 6:00 p.m. ASHES will be distributed at ALL MASSES. And once again, for those who do not know what the Lenten season is about, just read the article below, it will give you some idea about what the Lenten and Easter regulations are:


The blessing and imposition of ashes takes place only on Ash Wednesday, ordinarily during the celebration of the Eucharist. The Roman Missal contains the Rite for the Blessing of Ashes within Mass. The Order for the Blessing and Distribution of Ashes outside of Mass is found in the Book of Blessings. If the Eucharist is not celebrated, the blessing and distribution is to take place within the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word. The minister for the blessing of ashes within the mass is a bishop or priest. The minister for the blessing of ashes during a Liturgy of the Word is a bishop, priest or deacon. Other persons may be associated with the bishop or priest or deacon in the imposition of ashes: e.g. extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and other lay persons, when there is a true pastoral need. These persons do not, however, bless the ashes. Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion may bring blessed ashes to the sick and those confined to their home. If a minister is not available, a member of the family or another person may bring blessed ashes to a shutin, using one of the formulas in the Roman Missal to impose the ashes.

LENTEN SEASON: A distinction is to be made between Lent and the Easter Triduum. Strictly speaking, Lent ends with the beginning of the Triduum on Holy Thursday. The Ordo notes: ”Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper exclusive on Holy Thursday.”

FASTING AND ABSTINENCE: Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to each one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years or older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent. The determination of certain days as obligatory days of penance should not be understood as limiting the occasions for Christian penance.

MAINTAINING THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON OF LENT: The spirit of the season of Lent should be maintained throughout the weeks of Lent. The obligation to observe penitential days of the Church is a very important part of our spiritual life. Individual circumstances must be taken into account, but in general, people should seek to do more rather than less, since fast and abstinence on the days prescribed should be considered a minimal response to the Lord’s call to penance and conversion of life. Lent is not about not eating meat, quitting smoking or losing a few pounds, it is more than that. It is a time to discipline yourself and say yes to God. A time to get rid of bad habits and come back to common sense and do the right thing for God and for ourselves.

Also again this year during Lent, the St. Agnes Men’s Club will have their annual “superior” Lenten Seafood dinners. They will have shrimp, fish and French fries, etc. The cost is the same as last year $12.00. I hope you all come out and support the Men’s Club. As you may know, the St. Agnes Men’s Club is a big supporter of our parish. So whatever fundraising they do is not for their own benefit, but for our parish. So mark your calendars, the dates for the fish dinners are Friday, March 6th, March 20th, and April 3rd, with a Bingo on the last fish fry day. Well that’s it for this week. Be cheerful, be happy, be kind to one another, be safe this Mardi Gras, and no matter what, always have a smile and positive attitude, because laughter is the best medicine. See you next week. God Bless!

Fr. Bac-Hai