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