In a decades-long tradition of celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Tet, Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Northeast Portland marked the beginning of the Year of the Rooster with a celebration Jan. 27.
“This celebration of the Lunar New Year is a marvelous thing,” said Archbishop Alexander Sample who celebrated at the parish’s Tet Mass. “For you good people, the new year celebration is all about God,” said the archbishop, contrasting it to secular New Year revelry.
Several months back, a Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center employee made a simple request: Let’s put God into the lives of these young people. St. Rose of Lima Church answered the call. Since then, Father Matt Libra and Deacon Brian Diehm have made bi-monthly visits to the center.
“These visits are a privilege for us,” says Father Libra. “The youth want to come and can only do so if they’ve been on good behavior. We evangelize because they want God in their lives.”