Father Francis Sang holds incense sticks as he processes toward the sanctuary at the beginning of weekly Mass for Catholics of Vietnamese ancestry Feb. 14.
Members of the congregation pray.
Altar servers stand attentive during Mass.
Father Francis Sang elevates the Eucharist.
Sister Theresa Nguyen, a member of the Lovers of the Holy Cross religious community, directs the choir.
Traditional Vietnamese Lunar New Year rice cakes are displayed near the altar during Mass
A woman reaches into an artificial tree to grab a small scroll containing a Bible verse following Mass.
Catholics of Vietnamese ancestry who gathered for the weekly Mass in Vietnamese at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church in Deer Park on Sunday, February 14, took the opportunity to celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, which began Feb. 12, as a faith community. (Catholic News Service photos by Gregory A. Shemitz)