Saturday, December 10, 2011

Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Arlington, Texas

"Immigrants sacrifice to provide quality materials ," says New Oxford Review in linking to the story — Huge Vietnamese Catholic church to be dedicated in Arlington. (It reminds me a lot of the newly-built parish I left behind in Korea — 천주교 대구대교구 지곡성당. Here are some images of the parish's first mass — Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at Jigok Catholic Church.)

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

They are willing to provide quality materials because they know the value of the faith first hand. And they have suffered for it. Our pastor was a Vietnamese refugee back in the 1970's and he makes sure that our parish church is as beautiful as possible. He also has a burning love both for the Catholic faith and for the United States.

December 11, 2011 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

The Vietnamese are a great people. I learned a lot from them in their refugee community in Buffalo. They still have a functional culture.

December 11, 2011 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Indeed they do -- our pastor is a part of it! There is a thriving Vietnamese community here in Spokane, although how long it will remain distinct is an open question. At our parish, many of the Vietnamese young people marry European-Americans, a typical pattern of American assimilation.

December 11, 2011 at 2:15 AM  

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