The very first time we heard mass at St. Joachim was 25 years ago. I still remember that I felt out of place and a real stranger. I was overwhelmed by the sight of white people with blonde hair. The heads were 99 % white. Only a handful had black hair. Edmund, Julienne and I stood-out because of our skin and hair color.
Aileen and I attended the Sunday mass at St. Joachim. This time around, it’s the reverse. Only a handful had blonde hair. The rest had black hair. The white Americans are now outnumbered. The priest, Fr. John, had black hair too, he’s Vietnamese.
St. Joachim Catholic Church is along Hesperian Blvd and a few steps away from the house of Benet and Bang Cruz. Their house was totally ransacked about two years ago. But that’s another story.