On the first day of traditional Chinese/Vietnamese New Year, Bishop Olivier Schmittaeusler of the Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh offered encouraging words to a large number of parishioners. He wished them a happy New Year on the morning of 5th February 2019 at St. Joseph’s Church in Chreythom of Kandal province’s Koh Thom district.
Earlier, Fr. Levan Tin, the parish priest of the Bassac River pastoral sector delivered a welcome speech to His Lordship coming to visit the parishioners and celebrated the Eucharist on the first day of the New Year. This is an important day according to the tradition of the Chinese and Vietnamese people. The priest pointed out, “The presence of the Bishop means we will have a full-year of blessing.”
In his homily, Bishop Olivier advised the Catholics that in the new year to come, they are to live in peace and love of God. They should do this by living in co-operation, practice forgiveness with one another and live in love of God always. More than this, they should bear witness to the love of God and bring the light for all human beings.
“God chose us to become His children and serve as a sign of God’s compassion,” He continued. The Bishop also reminded all the elderly Catholics to educate their children to know the Word of God and put it into practice in life. For the youth, the Bishop also advised all of them to respect their parents and grandparents. More than this, the youth must recollect and pay attention to creating a family of peace –the peace coming from God at the Church and in society.