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Lễ Thánh 117 vị Thánh Tử Đạo

posted Feb 8, 2013, 11:55 AM by XXGamingApocalypse

Hàng năm ở quận cam miền Nam California luôn có buổi Lễ Kính Mừng 117 Vị Thánh Tử Đạo, năm nay hơn 3000 giáo dân tham dự buổi Lễ này ở trường Đại Học UC Irvine

Lễ Thánh 117 vị Thánh Tử Đạo

Giáo Xứ Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam

posted Feb 8, 2013, 11:52 AM by XXGamingApocalypse   [ updated Feb 8, 2013, 11:54 AM ]

Giáo Xứ Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam: Mừng Xuân Quý Tỵ 2013

Giáo Xứ Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam


posted Feb 8, 2013, 11:48 AM by XXGamingApocalypse   [ updated Feb 10, 2013, 1:26 PM ]

Tiệc Gây Quỹ Tiến Trình Xin Phong Thánh Cho ĐHY Nguyễn Văn Thuận 

Tiệc Gây Quỹ Tiến Trình Xin Phong Thánh Cho ĐHY Nguyễn Văn Thuận

Đậu Thanh Vân
Nguyễn Vĩnh Thịnh 


Remembering all martyrs

posted Mar 30, 2010, 6:47 PM by XXGamingApocalypse   [ updated Mar 31, 2010, 5:29 PM ]

by Bernardo Cervellera (Asia News)

On the anniversary of the assassination of Mgr. Romero, we should remember all martyrs, to renew the faith. In the past, the "martyrs for social justice” were remembered, today those caused by Islam. And the Chinese bishops in jail or Vietnamese Catholics, are forgotten, victims of a state that wants to control the lives of individuals (as is the temptation in the West). The cult of the martyrs must call us to mission and pilgrimage. States must guarantee religious freedom, the basis for peace. 

Rome (AsiaNews) - Today is the 18th day of prayer and fasting in remembrance of missionary martyrs. Wanted by the Pontifical Missionary Youth Movement, it is celebrated every year on 24 March, the day in which Mgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was killed while celebrating mass.  

The memory of the martyrs is one of the key elements for deepening the faith: John Paul II rekindled awareness of this as he prepared the Church to enter the third millennium. Now, in its wake, many Christian communities, associations, simple faithful organize marches, fasts, rosaries to honour brothers and sisters in the world who die because of faith. But if the cult of the martyrs is to become the basis for the renewal of our faith, than certain specific points need to be made.

First, we must remember all martyrs, without differentiating, hiding or forgetting those who are incompatible to our mentality. In the past, the preference was to speak of those martyrs who were considered "progressives", killed by right-wing regimes - especially in Latin America - or by regimes enslaved to Western neo-colonialism (as in Africa). In fact Mgr. Romero has long been used as a flag to criticize U.S. supremacy in Central America. It took John Paul II to rescue this martyr from sycophantic political exploitation, by highlighting his passionate love of Christ and his readiness to give his life for the good of his people. Instead today the preferred martyrs of choice seem to be those in the Islamic world, perhaps because they are seen, in some way, as useful in the global fight against terrorism and the need to enhance border security.

The opposite danger also exists: that for fear of political exploitation, Christians draw a veil of silence over the heroes of the faith. Remembering martyrs means honouring their faith and their gift of their lives for the Gospel, so we can become more like them.  It does not mean making a political statement.  

In this regard it is worth remembering that among the most neglected by the Church and society are the Chinese martyrs. Few Christians - even bishops - remember that there are three prelates of the Catholic Church in Chinese prisons.  They have been missing for years (some for decades) in the hands of police. I have rarely seen any prayers for them or heard calls to Beijing for their release.

Catholics in Vietnam (and the archbishop of Hanoi, Mgr. Kiet) suffer a similar fate.  They have been subjected to beatings, abuses and government media bombardment for years. Yet their testimony is among the most fruitful in Asia, and their persecution is very close to what could happen to us, from a government that demands blind faith and claims to occupy all social and moral spaces in the lives of the people: in some ways similar to what Western governments do with abortion, the pill, condoms and other imaginary "rights."  

The memory of the martyrs should also encourage pilgrimage. Above all to their graves, but then to homes and churches in the communities of El Salvador, Mexico the Middle East, China. These trips must be used to share the suffering, but also the faith of our brothers and sisters, "sharing their imprisonment" (Hebrews 13: 3), so a greater missionary resolve may be born, particularly in young people.  

The cult of the martyrs is of great value for civil society: in a world of relativism which in danger of self destructing because of the lack of truth, their valuable testimony states that there are values worth living or dying for and that there is a Life more powerful than death. It is no small coincidence that the Bishops of Japan have placed the lives of many young tempted by suicide under the protection of the Japanese martyrs.  

For states and governments, the cult of the martyrs must move to ensure religious freedom everywhere. Their sacrifice is a sign of disorder and violence in society, two elements that do not help growth or peace. Their death for love of Christ is a pledge of reconciliation.  

New church thrills area Vietnamese Catholic community

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:40 PM by XXGamingApocalypse   [ updated Feb 28, 2010, 11:05 AM ]

November 03, 2007, By Babita Persaud, Sentinel Staff Writer

Although grateful for host churches since the fall of Saigon, the congregation long wanted its own home.

Orlando's Vietnamese Catholics, religious nomads since the 1975 fall of Saigon, finally have found a permanent home in a distinctive house of worship. The windows reflect images of the martyr St. Agnes Le Thi Thanh. The pews are filled with hymnals titled Thanh Ca Viet Nam. And in his native tongue, Deacon Nuoc Van Dang reads the Holy Gospel.

"For 30-some years, we have longed for this moment," he said.

Vietnamese community celebrates feast of martyrs in new church

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:17 PM by XXGamingApocalypse   [ updated Feb 28, 2010, 11:06 AM ]


Thankful for their faith and proud of their cultural heritage, members of the Orlando Catholic Vietnamese community turned out to celebrate the feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs at their new church on Thanksgiving Day.

The feast day is celebrated annually at St. Philip Phan Van Minh Parish in conjunction with Thanksgiving. “This is a dual celebration in thanksgiving for God’s blessings and the faith passed on to us by our ancestors,” said Father Chau J. Nguyen, pastor. “It is always touching for me to celebrate this feast. It reminds me of the ancestors who have courageously lived their faith and hopefully causes me to recognize the uniqueness of the culture and faith of the Vietnamese Catholic Church.”

On Nov. 22, the community carried relics of the martyrs in procession and sang a litany of the saints that included the recitation of the names of all 118 Vietnamese martyrs. The day was particularly joyous, as it was the first time that the community celebrated the feast in its own church. The community renovated an existing building on Par Street and parishioners celebrated the first Mass there Sept. 29. Previously, the parish shared the facilities at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Orlando.

Van Cat has been a parishioner for 10 years and worked long hours in the renovation of the building. “We are all very excited because we have our own new church. We have greater freedom and we love it. Everyone worked hard and we tried to do as much as we could.”

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