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Happy Birthday To The Redemptorists

November 9th, 1732 – 2019

St. Alphonsus Liguori and his first companions began the Redemptorists in response to the needs of those on the periphery of the Church and society, “the most abandoned, especially the poor.” Starting with the rural residents of 18th century Scala, Naples, the Redemptorists have continually sought to bring the joy of the gospel to all with whom they minister. The priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer seek to build communities of conversion wherein people can encounter the plentiful redemption offered through Christ. While preaching Christ, the Redemptorists rely on and encourage devotion to Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help. She is  a mother of mercy and powerful intercession, pointing her devotees to life through her Son and the mysteries of his life, death, and resurrection.

As a new pastor at St. Gerard Majella Church, I would like to use this time and opportunity to journey side by side with all of you, especially the poor and the most abandoned.

Even though I cannot do everything to “bring back” the old St. Gerard Majella Church, I believe God continues to bless us all with surprises and blessings to build this church as a place of worship, family and community of love, peace and unity.

As the Redemptorists in the whole world celebrate our 287th birthday, I, a Redemptorist missionary, would like to dedicate one more time to renew my mission spirit to follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, by preaching the Good News to the poor and most abandoned here in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy; denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding, they share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that they may bring to people plentiful redemption.” (Constitution 20)

I would like to invite you to help me for the next four years to reach out to more people who need God’s redemption now and here. It is my privilege and honor to be here and accompany with ALL of you in faith.

In Christ our Redeemer,
Fr. Tat Hoang, C.Ss.R.

 

Teach Your Children To Use GPS

After Mass today, have a conversation with your children, asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” After a few moments of discussion, ask, “Who do you think God wants you to be when you grow up?” Emphasize to your children that God has a specific plan in mind for them, and that following God’s plan is the surest way to happiness. Every life decision – which college to attend, whom to date, which job to pursue, whether to enter seminary, whom to marry – should be undertaken only after praying for God’s guidance. In other words, encourage kids to navigate life using GPS – God’s Positioning System.

How Parent’s Can Nurture Vocations:

Set an example. Model discipleship and a loving marriage to your children.

Seek role models. Befriend priests, sisters, and brothers and invite them to your home.

Look to scripture. Read and discuss the Bible stories of Mary’s response to God (Luke 1:26-39), and Jesus calling the Apostles (Mt 4:18-22).

Pray for the future. Pray aloud that your children will follow Jesus and remain open to holy marriage, priesthood, and religious life.

If your child does not express interest in the priesthood or religious life, be supportive. The best thing you can say is, “Whatever God wants for you, I want for you, too. Just keep praying to discover His will for your life.”