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Family Estate Legacies Live on in the Priesthood

Newly ordained Father John Hoang poses with family and friends after Mass at Calvary Cemetery.

By Kathy Fanger

With great joy, newly ordained priest, Father John Hoang, celebrated one of his first Masses with 51 relatives and friends on June 8th at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, the resting place of his parents, Pierre Dam Hoang and Teresa Tuyet Hoang.

Father John began his homily with a huge smile, “You have a priest in the family! This is a surprise! A surprise because most of you knew me growing up, and probably did not see this coming…Believe me, I myself did not see it coming! I just wanted to learn more about my faith, but through prayer I was called, and trusted that the Lord wanted me here, and here I am. Surprise!”

Father John’s grandmother and parents must also have been surprised. His grandmother always encouraged John’s oldest brother to become a priest. But for John, the youngest, following four sisters, the topic was never even discussed. In his 20’s, John was a DJ, often out until 2 or 3 in the morning, with his parents waiting. A priest? Hardly.

Father John continued, “What surprises has God made in your lives? Where has he called you? God’s work is a mystery, yet we are surprised when we reflect upon His work in those big and little tasks and events in our lives. That’s when we say, ‘Thanks be to God.’ Even when, at times it hurts, we say this because of our trust in Him.

Father John chose to celebrate one of his first Masses as a priest with those closest to him, alive and deceased, because here at this site some have seen one or more of their family members or friends laid to rest here. This is the physical place they are. Father John stated, “So, when we come to visit, we keep in mind the memories they have left with us and how they have impacted our lives in a certain way. So, we reflect on these things.”

Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose bridges the gap before, during and after the death of a loved one. We honor a life legacy by providing hope and compassion, peace of mind and financial stewardship in a beautiful resting place where we can reflect on the lives of those who have died and their impact on us. Let us share the journey with you in protecting your loved ones and your legacy. Catholic Cemeteries can provide assistance and resources to help with all your End-of-Life needs.

Caregivers’ Mass and Brunch

July 20, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery – All Saints Chapel 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos

Caregivers and the person you are caring for, if able, are invited to this Mass which will include the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Please RSVP by July 15 to (650) 428-3730 or ccoutreach@dsj.org.