The liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent. The new year based on the solar calendar begins on Jan. 1. The lunar new year begins with the TET celebration. Recently, Archbishop Paul Coakley celebrated TET at Masses with two Vietnamese communities in Oklahoma City: on Feb. 1 at Saint Andrew Dung Lac parish and on Feb. 2 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The following is the text of the archbishop’s homily for the TET celebration at Saint Andrew Dung Lac parish.
It is a great pleasure to be with you to celebrate the TET holiday again this year. It is such a joy to share in this beautiful celebration of our Catholic faith expressed in and through the richness of the Vietnamese culture. I am very happy to wish you and your families all of the blessings and prosperity that God can bestow upon you in this New Year!