Chúc Mừng Năm Mới 

St. Anthony of Padua and Le Van Phung Church in Baton Rouge celebrated the Vietnamese New Year with a Mass and a festival that followed in the parish yard. Bishop Michael G. Duca celebrated the Mass, assisted by pastor Father Tan Viet Nguyen ICM. During the Mass, Bishop Duca wished the standing-room-only crowd a Happy New Year and urged them “to hand on your faith to the younger generation. Let the joy of the Gospel shine through your heart.” The St. Anthony choir, renowned in the community for their immense talent, delivered its usual stunning and inspiring rendition of Vietnamese music. The outdoor festival included musical performances by youth groups as well as an adult group. Much to the delight of Bishop Duca, the traditional Vietnamese dragon dancers energized the crowd. The aromatic smell of Vietnamese filled the area, with smoke from the stoves and pots floating against the backdrop of a sparkling blue sky. The afternoon was filled with friends reuniting and families sharing the day together. </span id=”0″>Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator 

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