My Dear Parishioners,
Are you happy? Happy Pentecost! After Jesus rose from the dead, He revealed Himself to His disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” He said “Peace” to them again and again until their hearts and minds were believers in God. Please know that if you really want to believe in God, receive God’s peace and live peacefully every day. God’s peace is always available for all of us in every moment. Please receive the gift of peace from God through blessings of the Holy Spirit. We all have received the Holy Spirit into our bodies, minds, and souls, especially on the day of our baptisms and confirmations. After this weekend of Pentecost, our liturgy will be the thirteenth week of the Ordinary Time.
Now that school is out, we are entering the summer months. Please have a great summer and always enjoy your time with your children and grandchildren. Please enjoy them the way God made them for there are no two people the same. They are precious and sacred to God and to us all. Let us love one another as God loves us and live peacefully with them.
The weather in Kansas has been wet which is good for farmers and gardeners but not for a lot of people. Please do not let the weather or the many unfortunate situations in this imperfect life take the best of you. Rather, live peacefully, joyfully, and happily. In this way you can avoid a lot of stress, depression, and sadness. Live well each day with God and with each other. This is my goal every day, to be with God and to be with others. For this reason, I always love to see people at Holy Masses. I love to celebrate Holy Masses with everyone. Of course, I love to send everyone home with God’s peace and love for themselves, their families and every person they encounter in their lives. I am happy to be a priest and I am blessed to a priest for 20 years on May 27th. My family came to celebrate my anniversary with me. I thank my parents for the gift of my life and the encouragement they gave me to enter the seminary when I was in high school. I would not have chosen this path if it had not been for them showing me the way. God should be the way for everyone in every vocation: religious, marriage, single, etc.…and sometimes we should listen to our parents for sometimes they know more than we do.
Father Hien Nguyen