The Vietnamese New Year (Tet) is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. It celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese calendar. Tet Nguyen Dan means “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day.” It is all about wishing New Year’s greetings as one forgets about the troubles of the past year and hopes for a better upcoming year. People have a tendency to be generous as they visit family and friends.
I admired our three pledged candidates along with their formation director during this year’s break for the celebration of the new year. I saw first hand how they were moved by the spirit of the season. They went back to the area in which they did Summer Ministries and gave food packages to the poor. Hoa Vu, Ky Phung and Hao Pham joined Nhan Bui and a social work company in going to Tan Thanh Parish of the Phu Cuong Diocese to distribute the food. The pastor, Fr. Dominic Minh was once again very welcoming to them and appreciated their generosity.
The Vietnam Mission desires to keep an ongoing relationship with this parish into the future. We would like to establish a mission house there someday. The conditions are favorable with the local government and the people are accepting of us being there. That is where Ky is currently doing full-time ministry.
“Chuc Mung Nam Moi”(Happy New Year)
-Br. Daryl Charron, C.PP.S.