Sunday morning January 8. At mass on the reservation

Written by Jack van Ommen on January 8th, 2012

A part of it felt like I was again somewhere on a foreign shore. The lector at Saint Joachim church gave a short introduction in the Lummi language. The priest was father Nguyen Khanh and his accent recalled going to the English language mass at Our Lady of Saigon cathedral. Instead of ringing a bell at the consecration one of the Lummi women beat a traditional drum skin. Today is the feast of the Epiphany, the Three Kings.

I will spending the day on Tuesday and Thursday in Vancouver, visiting friends. The two cats are slowly warming up to me. I plan to head back to Tacoma on Sunday morning and take off for Portland and Eugene Monday the 16th and return the rental car on the 20th to SeaTac.

Father Khanh at St. Joachim


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