Vietnamese migrants in Thailand celebrate Easter

In Bangkok, more than 1,500 Vietnamese youth gathered for Mass in their own language celebrated by Father James Hanh Vu, a Dominican, at Chair of St. Peter parish.

Thailand
Apr 25 2014, 6:38 PM
Vietnamese migrants in Thailand celebrate Easter
Vietnamese youth receiving a blessing and Easter eggs following the Mass at Chair of St. Peter parish in Bangkok.

Scores of Catholic migrants from Vietnam gathered across Thailand on Sunday to celebrate Christ's Resurrection with the traditions of their homeland.

In Bangkok, more than 1,500 Vietnamese youth gathered for Mass in their own language celebrated by Father James Hanh Vu, a Dominican, at Chair of St. Peter parish.

“This has been tremendous … and was perhaps the largest gathering for the Vietnamese Catholic youth in Bangkok and the surrounding areas,” said Father Anthony Le Duc, the city's chaplain for ministry to Vietnamese migrants.

“Presently, we have organized a total of 11 groups throughout Bangkok archdiocese and its surrounding areas,” he explained. Each of the groups for Vietnamese expatriates includes between 60 and 300 members.

Father Le Duc said that communication via social media has been instrumental in organizing various events and has resulted in substantive growth of bigger communities.

Thailand's Committee for Vietnamese Migrant Ministry organized 13 days of recollection throughout Lent to prepare Vietnamese youth to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection.

Several Vietnamese priests and religious from various religious orders prepared and preached catecheses in Vietnamese for the days of recollection, and the celebration of Easter Sunday marked the culmination of the Lenten spiritual preparations.

Sister Jacinta Nguyen Minh Tuyet, of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary – an order founded in North Vietnam in 1946 – said that the youth “participate enthusiastically in such gatherings because they were raised to be faithful Catholics in Vietnam … hence they bring this faith with them and are able to be examples of living Catholic faith to the Thais around them.”

Peter Do Van Hung, a seminarian of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart, said, “it’s a joy to join the Vietnamese Easter celebration in Thailand, and an opportunity to meet the priests and religious, and Vietnamese youth,” adding that the reflections given by the priests had “helped us to enter into the spirit of the Easter season and to live out this spirit in our daily life.”

“I am extremely happy that the priests and sisters have organized this Easter celebration,” said Anna Nguyen Thi Hue, one of the attendees at the Mass. “Especially this year, most of us are able to receive Holy Communion because we’ve had the opportunity to attend various Lenten recollections to prepare for the Resurrection of the Lord.”

Source: CNA 

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