My Dear Parishioners,
Happy Valentine’s Day! I pray that you are doing well—physically, mentally, spiritually and especially in your relationship with one another. May the love of God always shine on you. I am writing today to invite everyone to be more involved in our church and school so that we may be good stewards before God with our time, talent and treasure. Please don’t be afraid to commit your time and energy to serving our Lord for we are to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him. Let us put our faith into practice so that we, and others too, may be saved.
Extra-Ordinary Eucharistic Minister and Lector Training: I would like to invite our current lectors and Eucharistic ministers and any adult who is a practicing Catholic who has been confirmed, including high school and collage-aged parishioners, to attend my training on Saturday, March 9th at 10 am in our church. Please know that these ministries are so important and special that everyone must be trained. Eucharistic Ministers, once you’re trained, your names will be sent to our bishop for approval and you will be certified for the next five years. Lectors, you will have the honor of proclaiming the word of God at Holy Mass. I am looking forward to training you and helping you to love and to serve our Lord in His Holy Church. I promise you that I will get everyone trained within one hour, unless you have too many questions. For more details, please contact Sandy or Fr. Hien
Building Fund: From everyone in our church family, we want to thank many individuals and families, parishioners and non-parishioners, who have contributed generously to our building fund. Up to date, we are blessed with $157,167. Every registered parishioner/family was asked for a suggested amount and if you have not contributed yet, please know that we are still waiting for your gift to our parish so that we can reach our goal of $170,000. We are grateful to you and the following donors: Jackie & Darlene Menefee, Jose & Sara Mosqueda, Michael & Sheila Nally, Vu & Vickie Ngo, Bach & Van Nguyen, Lee Thuy Nguyen, Paul Nguyen & Hoa Dang, Son & Thu Nguyen, Nam Nguyen, Thanh Nguyen & Mai T, Victoria Nguyen, Jesse & Kathy Nguyen, Frances & Mary Nguyen, Duc & Teresa Nguyen, Lillie Nguyen, Luan & Lan Nguyen, Dai & Mai Nguyen, Tan Nguyen & Ha Tran, Triky Ninh, Joseph Orozco, Tim & Mary Palmer, Jim & Sara Peters, Dan Pham, Dat Pham & An-Thu, Steve & Sandra Pham, Cuong & Thuy, Boa & Loan Phan, Judith Picard, Rick & Genelle Powell, John Ramirez, Joe & Anne Randolph, Jon & Jane Rea, Walter & Mary Rempe, Tim & Judy Ridder, Richard Ridder, Patricia Rinearson, Paul & Isabel Rivera, Julius & Mary Jane Rohr, Mark Rossillon, Brandon & Diane Ripe, Kenneth & Deborah Sauer, Magdelena Sauerwein, Juliana Schmitt, Anne Schock, Stuart & Susie Scott, Loretta Shark, Alan & Julie Siegman, Victoria Simmons, Elaine Smith, Jim & Jane Spiess, John & Vivian Springbob, Thomas & Heather Stewart, Owen & Lori Strawn, Tiffany Tajchman, Michael Tran & Nhung Dao, Paul & Cecelia Vanderbeke, Joe & Julie Vasquez, Vietnamese Pastoral Council, Vietnamese Food Sales, Vietnamese Prayer Group, David & Cindy Vondracek, Luu Vu, Thuy Vu, Nga Vu, Cindy Vu, Elisa Vu, Thanh Vu & Dieuhien Nguyen, Thao & Nga Vu, Tu Ngoc Vu & Oanh Thi Nguyen, Larry & Phyllis Walker, John Walsh, Carol Warren, Robert & Catalina Weber, Abraham Weiner, Michael Yocum, Leonard & Marg Zarchan, Marshal Ziegler, Charles Steven, Sarah Ball, Huong & Thong Bui, William & Susan Goheen, Joseph & Bill Hotze, Donald & Laura Knipp, Melvin & Laura Leiker, Robert & Rebecca Lies, Richard & Cathy Ludwick, Rory & Teresa McCandless, Rex & Sheryl McKnight, Doris Rohr, Greg & Charlene Versch, Delores Williams, Kim Thuy Thi Phan, Mark & Cindy Little, Minh Tran & Huong Truong, Rick & Debra Koehn, Paul & Connie Stone, Vi & Dinh Nguyen, My Dung Phung, Nam & Mary Duong, Ha & Tam Nguyen, Florentino & Enid Tuason, Patricia Crowe, Hao & Trang Tran, Juliet Werdann, Brando & Cuc Dao, Danh & Nhu Nguyen, Jason & Kristen Phillips, Becky Hotze, Khoa Bui, Glen & Benita Cox, Shanda Knipp-Barnes, Floyd Fletcher & Theresa Pitzer, Evelyn Tajchman, Tommy & Alisha Chang, Lucky Market, Annie Trinh, Virginia Simmons, Bill & Terrisa Compton & many more.
My Dear Parishioners,
Today, Tuesday, February 5th is the Lunar New Year “Chinese New Year.” Today many countries in southeast Asia such as China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, etc.…are celebrating the Lunar New Year. Here in our parish, we have many Vietnamese like me who are celebrating the New Year, too. The best part of the Lunar New Year is receiving the lucky money - “red envelope with money inside” - from one another and the new year celebration that lasts about two weeks. This year, 2019, is the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac. Happy New Year to those who are celebrating!
Sympathies & Prayers: First, to the family of Pedro Rodriguez. Pedro passed away Sunday, January 20. He was a Vietnam veteran and retired from the Air Force. We celebrated his funeral Mass on Friday, January 25 in our church. Second, our love and prayers to the family of Judson Spicer. Judson was 97 years old and passed away Friday, January 18. He also served our country in the Navy for years. We celebrated his funeral Mass last Friday, February 1st in our church. Lastly, to the family of LeRoy Clerico. LeRoy was born on November 7, 1914, and passed away at the age of 104. I also celebrated his life with his family and friends on Monday, February 4th, and put him to eternal rest. May God bless Pedro, Judson, LeRoy and all our beloved ones with eternal life with God and all the angels and saints. Please be safe and don’t die on me for I had three funerals and attended one in three weeks—Fr. Hien
Coming Up: Please make plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday, February 14th. May your love for your spouse and for each other be true, strong and never endling.
Thank You: On behalf of our All Saints students and our high school students who are attending our Catholic high schools - THANKS everyone for your love for them and for supporting them with your stewardship to our parish. Yes, your stewardship, especially your treasure, has helped provide Catholic education and formation to our children and youth. They will be forever grateful to you all. Here is an example from one of our students: “Dear Father Hien and fellow Parishioners, thank you for supporting me on my journey at Kapaun. I wish there was a better way for me to thank you. Thank you so much for allowing me the experience of going to a Catholic school. I appreciate you all and Father Hien. Again, thank you for it all….” To let you know what your stewardship means to our children, I invite you to read their personal appreciation messages that were sent to me on a big poster. It’ll be available in the gathering area of our church for everyone to view. Finally, thank you to our All Saints children and teachers for all the fun you shared with me during your Catholic school week. I played volleyball with you and enjoyed you all immensely. You are amazing and fun to be around. Love you all, Fr. Hien