Minh City (AsiaNews) - Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics took part in a Mass
for missionary works organised by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Church in Ho
Chi Minh City. "The Catholic Church places great important on the universal task
of proclamation," Fr Joseph Hồ Đắc Tâm, parish vicar, told AsiaNews. In Vietnam, the Redemptorists constitute an example and model to
follow for evangelisation and achieving the Order's most important goal, namely
carrying forward the message of "Good News".
1963 when the city was still called Saigon, the parish on Tuesday organised its
second Eucharistic missionary works celebration for the faithful, the laity and
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish has 5,697 members and works in an area that
is home to 18,430 residents.
all parishioners to promote evangelisation and proclaiming the Good News among
lay people in the various communities where they live, work and spend their
leisure time are among the goals of Fr Joseph's work.
to be "a missionary, one must bear witness to Jesus," the priest said. For this
reason, "it is necessary to go directly to God, praying and following his work".
Fathers provide one of the most active and effective models for missionary
works in Vietnam.
often been victims of government persecution and abuse, and, with the past as
their witness, they have had their activities targeted by the authorities in Ho
Chi Minh City and in the capital Hanoi, for the purpose of stifling their
violence has not stopped them. They continue to play a fundamental role in the expansion
of Catholicism and in the spreading the
social doctrine of the Church among the poor and the disenfranchised.
to think that missionary work was the preserve of religious and priests," said N.
T. H., a disabled woman of 68. After following some training course, "I came to
realise that each believer is called to proclaim the Good News."
N. P .T.,
30, agrees. Once convinced that mission "was done only in other countries or in
remote areas," she now does it "in town and in my office."
For T. V.
Q. (who also wants to be known only his initials), it is crucial to learn to
live correctly the Word of God so as to be able to get involved in "missionary
works for others."