My Dear Parishioners,
Everyone knows that life is not perfect, like last Sunday at our 11am Holy Mass, which we had to celebrate in darkness due to the electricity going out for hours. Thanks be to God that we made it through, although it was a little hot in church. Personally, I was exhausted because I was so hot and I had to project my voice so that everyone could hear me. My life for the last two months has been pretty crazy & busy, with all kinds of meetings and decision-making for our church and school. I have met with many people for their various needs such as weddings, annulments, baptisms, etc... The better part of my life has been being with people over our parish events and being with our All Saints school children since school started. I enjoy visiting with them whenever I can in their classrooms, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, etc.… We are blessed with such a great group of children. I love them and sometimes I wish to be like them for they are fully of energy, life, love and joy. God bless our children.
PSR: Parents, if your child is not attending a Catholic school, you are obligated before God to continue forming your child in the way of faith. Please be sure to register your child for our Parish School of Religion (PSR) program on Wednesday nights for about an hour-long class. If they are of high school age, they need to attend our confirmation program so that they may be confirmed next Spring by our Bishop. Your child can never be a godparent until he/she is confirmed. Our PSR and Confirmation programs are starting soon. RCIA: Anyone who would like to learn more about our Catholic faith or wishes to become Catholic, please attend our RCIA classes. This year, we will also have an RCIA program in Vietnamese starting Saturday, September 15th after 4pm Mass.
Liturgical Training/Meeting: For our current sacristans, ushers & greeters, Extra-ordinary Eucharistic ministers and lectors in church this Wednesday, August 29th, at 7pm, to go over the duties. Please know that we need more volunteers serving in these ministries. On the same day at 6:20pm, I would like to meet with our current altar servers (except those attending All Saints Catholic School for I have already taught them) for a quick re-training lesson. Please come so that you may learn about the changes to the procession, use of the patens at the Holy Communion lines, how to ring the bells 4 times during Mass, etc.…. I understand that not everyone, both adults and servers, can attend these special meetings; however, please be willing to talk or visit with someone who attended the trainings and learn from them. We all can learn from one another and we all can serve God today.
LPI Publications is our bulletin provider. They will have a booth in the foyer on Sunday, August 26th. A representative will be available to meet those who have an interest in advertising with them. We thank LPI Publications for providing us with our free bulletins. Please support them by advertising with them. In addition, in a few weeks, LPI will give us extra space in the bulletin so that our school principal and teachers can share their school experience and activities with the whole parish. Please be sure to read our weekly bulletin and register your email with our parish.
Love, Fr. Hien
Father Hien Nguyen