Catholicism was introduced to Vietnam at the beginning of the 16th century by the European missionaries. In 1658, Pope Alexandre VII appointed Father Francois Pallu and Father Pierre Lambert de la Motte, the first two Bishops of Vietnam. Since then, the Church in Vietnam grew rapidly despite massive persecutions. After the fall of Saigon on April 30th of 1975, many people left Vietnam for freedom. Among the Vietnamese immigrants were a small number of people sponsored by the late Monsignor Michael Duffy and some parishioners at St. Bonaventure Parish. Since then, the Vietnamese Community at St. Bonaventure grew and become a community of Vietnamese Catholics committed to living out and passing on to the next generations the faith in Jesus Christ through prayer, sacraments, education, and service upon the faith of the Vietnamese Martyrs. Our goal is to live and enrich the Vietnamese Catholic faith and identity and abide by the culture and faith of the Catholic Church at St. Bonaventure.
We have a variety of Catholic Movement organizations such as Catholic Mothers, Sacred Heart League, Legions of Mary, and other smaller groups such as Cursillo Movement, Charismatic Renewal, Helping Hands, Sacred Heart of Mary, that meet to pray and serve those in need such as the homeless, the poor, and the lepers in the third world countries and visit the sick at the nursing homes. We also have a Vocation Association group to pray for and support vocations. The Vietnamese community also participates along side of St. Bonaventure’s pastoral care ministries such as the Wedding and Bereavement Ministries for the Vietnamese parishioners. We also have the festival committee that coordinates the Vietnamese participation at the Parish Festival. We also have programs that help children to learn and practice their faith along with the Vietnamese culture and tradition. These programs are Vietnamese Bilingual Religious Education, Vietnamese Language, and Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth that meet every Saturday on a regular basis during the school year.
We also have special celebrations along with other celebrations of the Church. For instance, Tet, Vietnamese New Year, is celebrated on the first full moon of the Lunar Calendar. Another celebration is the Moon Festival celebrated in mid autumn. As May and October are the months especially dedicated to Mother Mary, the Eucharistic Youth Group has a special liturgical dance in the Vietnamese Masses. We also remember and pray for the rights and dignity of the Vietnamese who are still living under the control of the communists on the 30th of April of every year. One of the highlight celebrations of the Vietnamese Catholics is the Vietnamese Martyrs Feast celebrated on November 24th. We believe that it is through the blood of the Martyrs, poured out for their faith in Jesus Christ that the faith of the Vietnamese Church continues to grow strongly.
Faith must be lived and shared. With heartfelt gratitude, we thank the late Monsignor Michael Duffy, Father Joseph Knerr, all the former pastors, other communities, and all the parishioners at St. Bonaventure Church for allowing us to live and share our faith and be part of the St. Bonaventure Catholic Family.
Communication & Coordination for the Vietnamese community:
Deacon Son Hoang
Saint Bonaventure Catholic Parish
16400 Springdale Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tiểu Đội Nữ Vương Rất Thánh Mân Côi trực thuộc Curia Nữ Vưong Hoà Bình trong tổ chức Legio Mariae,thuộc CD Huntington Beach. Được thành lập năm 1981. Sau 30 năm sinh hoạt, phần lớn hội viên lúc khởi sự đã về Nhà Cha, nay chỉ còn laị một người duy nhất, vẫn sinh hoạt đều đặn, là Ông Vincent Phùng Hữu Tú. Số ngươì tiếp nối, khi lên, lúc xuông vẫn đủ để duy trì một Tiểu Đội. Hiện nay, có 7 hội viên hoạt động và 10 tán trợ. Ngoài việc tham gia tích cực sinh hoạt Cộng đòan, Legio Mariae thăm tù nhân, thăm kẻ liệt và những trưòng hợp cần, kiệu Mình thánh Chúa cho bệnh nhân. Hàng tuần họp và câu nguyện chung 1 lần, lúc 5:00PM Thứ Bẩy, trưóc giờ Thánh Lễ taị Parish Center. Ước mong mong Quý vị tới để tìm hiểu.
As leaders of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society (VEYS), we try to guide the youth towards a life that cherishes God, family, and friends. A goal of ours is to build our own character and our bonds with others through God as our main connector. We participate in fundraisers, religious retreats, cultural celebrations, Vietnamese and liturgical dances, along with camping trips with the other 13 Parishes in Orange County that have a Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society there. During our meeting times on Saturday afternoons, we teach the youth about the Bible, the Catholic Church, the Eucharist, the history of VEYS, morse code, semaphore, Vietnamese songs, and much more. We try to deliver the 3 main things included in our Ministry name:
• To embrace our Vietnamese culture
• To live a Eucharistic life
• To enjoy our youth and use our love, energy, and health to help others.
This ministry first and foremost serves God. All of the activities that we do are for Him and we do it in His name. This group is catered towards the youth, ages 6-17, where we hope to build their characters and their faith. After they turn 18, we train them to be Youth Leaders where they can give back to the Church what they received from this Ministry.
We would like to thank Saint Bonaventure Parish for accepting us and embracing our ministry, giving us opportunities to serve God at this church. Every one of us in the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Group has become one Family and we do not know how our lives would be like if we did not have each other or God bringing us together. We plan to continue to serve God, our Church, our community, our families, and our friends without forgetting that we are the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society!
The Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society is a non-profit organization, under the leadership of the Catholic Church. Its aim is to teach youths to be virtuous people and good Christians. It also offers apostolate services for the youth. Throughout its 75 years of service, the Society has kept pace with social and cultural changes of the day in an attempt to reach out to the youth of all times.
We meet Saturdays, 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM at the Patio/Field and then we bring all of the kids into the Vietnamese Mass at 6:30 PM where we are seated together.
In the past 5 years or so, our ministry has actually grown a lot compared to the past. This is our 25th year being established at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church, where it started off with a very small group. Today, we have grown to about 130 kids (aged 6-17) with 30 trained Youth Leaders. We have also been blessed to have many dedicated Parents to help us with our mission in educating these kids.
The Sacred Heart of Mary group, primarily serves the Vietnamese community of Saint Bonaventure by praying at individual homes every Wednesday at 7pm. This ministry’s primary role is to carry out the Message Of Fatima.
The Message of Fatima consists of a number of precise predictions, requests, warnings and promises concerning the Faith and the world, which were conveyed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, in a series of apparitions at Fatima, Portugal from May to October 1917.
The Message Of Fatima also includes; Devotion to Mary’s Heart, Saying The Rosary & Conversion
The Sacred Heart of Mary asks everyone to pray for Peace by; Devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart, saying The Rosary and Reparation.
Any family that wishes to have this group to come and pray at their family’s home should contact Long D. Nguyen at 714-897-1387.
There is a great deal of information on the internet regarding The Message Of Fatima. To learn more about the Message Of Fatima, simply Google it, or you can visit the official Message Of Fatima page of the Vatican’s web site.