Happy Easter Everyone,
Alleluia, the Lord is risen. His Divine mercy and love are with us. The resurrection of Jesus is God’s salvation to mankind, those who love Him and serve Him with all their hearts. Thank you everyone who attended extra Masses during the Holy Week. I’m proud of you all. Congratulations to those who entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil and to those who received other sacraments in the church. We congratulate you and welcome you into our church’s family. May God be with you always! This weekend, April 28th, we will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at all of our Masses. Please come to church early to pray before Jesus and to join us in asking God’s mercy upon us, our families and friends and the whole world.
Tuesday, April 30th is the commemoration of the Fall of Saigon, Vietnam. The Vietnamese parishioners will pray the rosary at 5:30pm, followed by Holy Mass at 6pm in the Church in Vietnamese (no 5:30pm Mass in the chapel). Everyone is invited to pray with us and to join us for the reception in the Fischer Center afterwards. For those who do not know, the main reason the Vietnamese people are living in America and scattered throughout the world today is because of the Vietnam War and the Communist regime that took over Vietnam. Many years ago, wars were going on in Vietnam, including with the United States. About 58 thousand U.S. soldiers were killed in Vietnam along with over 2 million innocent lives. April 30, 1975 was the day that the Americans left Vietnam; therefore, it was the day that the Communist party took over the entire country of Vietnam (like the North Korean Regime would take over South Korea). Beginning on that day, millions of Vietnamese, especially the Catholics and those who helped the Americans during the war, had to flee from the Communist regime by foot, air and boats for freedom and for their livelihood. Over a million people lost their lives, mostly in the Pacific Ocean, like one of my cousins and many of my neighbors. Some were drowned, some were attacked by pirates and killed. Many south Vietnamese soldiers were captured, tortured and imprisoned. April 30th was the saddest day for us Vietnamese people living outside of Vietnam. Please come and pray with us for God’s healing and peace and the eternal life to those who lost their lives (including the American soldiers) in the war and on their escape exodus. God bless their brave souls.
First Holy Communion will be Saturday, May 4th at our 4pm Holy Mass. Our All Saints children will lead the singing at Mass. Our Children are Christopher Bramhall, Anthony Bui, John Do, Caleb Guzman, Beyonca Irwin, Alejandro Jimenez, Minh Q. Le, Zemirah Melton, Daniel Miller-Rodriguez, Jamal Rolfe-Murray, Olyve Tajchman, Adriel Hernandez, Danh Hoang, Olivia LeDonne, Lauren Lies, Madelyn Patterson and Joey Rupe.
Happy Easter Everyone, 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 $177,111. 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 many donors.
Father Hien Nguyen