Pastor’s Column

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2013

My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

A layer of snow on the ground is marking off that winter is coming.  No doubt, we know it is coming and it is part of the four seasons we have in Minnesota.  On this day, after I celebrated the holy Mass at St. Mary of Czestochowa, a group of ladies joined me to visit the grave site and we prayed for those who have rested in peace at St. Mary’s cemetery.  We were not able to walk around them because of the snow but in our hearts we desired a visit to those graves.  It was truly beautiful and peace.

I recall last Saturday morning we celebrated the holy Mass at St. Boniface for the commemoration of All Souls Day, many had come and we went to the grave site for prayer and blessing after the Mass.  It was truly amazing that we are truly connected to God through the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and to all those we are related to that are resting in peace.

On this day three year ago, November 7, 2010 my grandmother of my mother had gone to God’s house.  As part of the cultural custom we mourn for our loved one three years.  In doing so, the children would wear the full mourned costume during the funeral time, and then the white mourned band on their heads at least a hundred days then a little white or black symbol they would hang in front of their chest.  When it comes to three years commemoration, families and friends gather together in prayer, visiting the grave site and take off the mourned band or mourn symbol.  It is part of the tradition that rooted in ancestor worship but as Catholics we understand that we honor our parents rooted in biblical.

I am not able to join my family and relatives for this event, however in spirit I am offering the holy Mass for my grandmother and all who have passed this life to eternal life.

Please join me for this month as we are especially praying for the dead.  This weekend Veteran’s Day, we also pray for those who have sacrificed their life for the sake of our country, our freedom.

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen.

Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong