BRINGING IN the Lunar New Year … a great tradition of gatherings

Tradition dictates that on the eve of the First Day of the Year Binh Thân (8 February 2016) all Sisters of the Vicariate should meet at Regina Mundi to give thanks to the Lord for the past year, followed by a celebration with exchange of good wishes, and the Vicar, Sr Thanh Nga, gives everyone present a red “lucky money” envelope.

Then we have the traditional report to the Lord of Heaven of everything that has happened this past year!

The next day, the 1st day of Têt, the Sisters each go to visit their families and present their New Year wishes to their parents. Over the following days, they visit their teachers and friends, and also those living alone.

News from Dalat.

1935: Dalat, the Congregation of Our Lady’s first foundation in Vietnam. For 40 years, the Sisters took in generations of pupils, from Playschool to final year.

1975: In the tumult of political upheaval, our buildings were then used by the government to house a school especially for children from ethnic minorities in the local area. Around 300 youngsters would study here for their baccalauréat before returning to their villages.

2016: The five Sisters living here in community are today involved in working with young people, providing catch-up classes (in languages and music) and social action within the Caritas group. Every Sunday these young people come to celebrate the Eucharist with the community, followed by breakfast together.

Our house is 80 years old and in need of repair; the community took advantage of the dry season to make a start on work and prayed for the intercession of Saint Joseph in keeping the rain away and not springing a nasty surprise on the builders!