Although the situation in Sai Gon is getting better, college and university students are still living with social distancing and joining virtual classrooms. Despite that physical separation, Catholic students from different universities in Thu Duc virtually gathered together to celebrate Mass to pray for their new academic year in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 10, 2021.
Universal Apostolic Preferences
Not all of us can do the great thing
But we can do the small thing with great love -Mother Teresa-
24 August 2021 – Many provinces and Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta have imposed more restrictions and preventive measures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread over the region. The measures require local people to stay at home, gatherings of two or more people to be prohibited in public places, and public transportation services to be halted. As a result, many people cannot buy basic commodities, suffer a severe lack of food, even have no food to eat for over a week.
Thu Duc City, August 24 – In response to the Archdiocese of Saigon’s request, 5 Jesuit scholastics: Duc Huan, Phi Long, Van Loc, Van Bien, and Xuan My, have volunteered to work as frontliners together with 92 volunteers including 8 priests and 79 religious brothers and sisters from different congregations at field hospitals and quarantine centers to look after COVID-19 patients in Ho Chi Minh City.
Aug 3 (Viejesuits) – This year, Vietnamese Jesuits are marking seven years of service for Catholic students in the Diocese of Vinh which covered northern central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Quang Binh (After being split to establish the Diocese of Ha Tinh in 2018, the Diocese of Vinh currently covers Nghe An Province only).
As of July 2021, Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Sai Gon, the biggest city of Vietnam, is the most-affected local with 45.561 confirmed cases. To curb COVID-19, local authorities in Ho Chi Minh have imposed lockdown measures due to the increased local COVID-19 activity. Thus, the poor and the homeless in this city have been strongly affected.