My Dear Parishioners,
I am writing this message before my trip to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a priestly ordination. I am excited to attend this special day for Fr. Linh Vu. He came from Vietnam at least 13 years ago and attended Conception seminary, MO where I met him and two other Vietnamese seminarians from his group. One of them was ordained a priest about 6 years ago, who is now a pastor in Wyoming; and the other is still studying to become a priest. These men used to come to my parish in Marion and visited me. Thankfully, none of them gave up learning English or discerned in the seminary to become priests. Due to covid, Fr. Vu’s parents from Vietnam will not be able to attend his ordination. How sad! He said that in 2022, he will travel to his home parish in Vietnam to celebrate Holy Mass for his family. Let us pray for all priests, seminarians and all religious brothers and sisters throughout the world in every place of the earth. They are role models for all of us Catholics and others in the ways of faith with their daily prayers, dedications, sacrifices and for their love of God and others—the salvation of all souls.
Thank you everyone for joined me for our Holy Masses last weekend to worship God and to pray for our families, especially our dads as we celebrated Father’s Day weekend. Please trust that God is always good to all of us, especially thru our parents, siblings, relatives, and many wonderful friends. We are all blessed to have one another. May we will always have each other today and eternally in heaven.
Finally, a reminder to those who normally attend Saturday noon mass that this Saturday, June 26th is our last vigil noon mass. Please make arrangement to attend our 4pm Saturday, Sunday at 9am or 10:30am Vietnamese Mass. Surprised to me that every weekend we do have none-Vietnamese speaking people attended the Vietnamese Mass. I guess people love to hear us chanting the prayers and the Vietnamese music. Remember that in God there is not east or west, north or south, Asian or African, etc.… He knows us all inside and out; and He loves us all, all the time, and eternally--Fr. Hien
Father Hien Nguyen