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Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:53

My Dear Parishioners,

Today, Wednesday, July 23rd is the feast day of St. Bridget of Sweden.  May the prayers of St. Bridget before God bring God’s joy, peace and happiness to your heart, mind and soul.  It’ so wonderful to know that we are much loved, loved by God and by so many angels and saints in heaven.  We hope and pray that one day we will be with them in heaven.  Let us continue loving and giving thanks to God everyday for our life, family and friends.  Together, we will continue living out our faith.  Together we will help one another to bear much spiritual fruit that will last eternally.

Once again, I would like to thank the Totus Tuus team and all those parishioners who helped with the program to make it meaningful and wonderful for our children.  I was told that there were over 80 children who attended.  Thank you to our children and their families for supporting Totus Tuus.  Thank you to all those who came to our parish picnic last Sunday hosted by our Knights of Columbus.  We had lots of fun and good times together as a parish family.  Thank you to our children who did jump roping with Fr. Hien.  It was fun and a great workout!  It also built up big appetites before the dinner.  Thank you to our Knights for making it possible.  You are great and life is great for we are blessed with these wonderful dads!  Lastly, thank you to everyone for your love, prayers and gifts recently on my birthday.  You made my heart rejoice and be happy.  Thank you, for I am blessed to be among you.

Can you believe that August is coming? Yes, on August 9th & 10th, our bishop Carl Kemme will be in town for Confession & Holy Masses in McPherson County.  Both parishes of St. Joseph and St. Bridget will have a light meal in our parish halls after each Mass for our bishop and everyone to spend some time visiting one another.  Please be not afraid to stop by and visit or say hi to him or take a picture with him.  Please be sure to dress nicely for church by wearing your Sunday best for our Lord at every weekend Mass.  We also don’t want our bishop to have the wrong idea of our love and respect for God with what we wear.  Revealing clothes, shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate for weekend Holy Mass or Holy Day of Obligation.  When Bishop comes, he will hear confession for about 30 minutes before each Mass.  St. Joseph on Saturday starts at about 4:30pm and Sunday at 8:30am; St. Bridget at 10:30am.  If you would like to go to confession with the bishop, please come to church as early as you can because the line could be long.  Whether you are going to confession before Mass or visiting with the bishop after Mass, please be aware that there are others who would like to come or to visit our bishop, too.  Thank you! I will be out of town that weekend with my parents for the Marian days in Carthage.  I have been taking my parents to the Marian Days since I have been able to drive; that is about 26 years.  They can’t drive long distance or out of state.  I will be praying a lot and also hearing a lot of confessions during these 4 Marian days with more than 60,000 in attendance.  I will surely be praying for every one of you because you are dear to me and also you are the reason I am here.

God loves you and I love you, too--Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:18

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Happy Totus Tuus week to all of our children.  The words Totus Tuus in Latin mean totally yours.  I hope everyone is having a great time and also learning a lot this week through Totus Tuus.  Thank you to all the children who attended Totus Tuus this week.  Thank you to their parents and grandparents for taking them to church this week.  A special thank you to many parish families for hosting the team and also housing and feeding them.  Thank you to all the team leaders for teaching and sharing your faith with our children.  May they always keep their faith alive in their hearts for Christ our Lord.

Reminder: This Sunday, July 20, everyone is invited to our parish picnic from 6pm-9:30pm at Lakeside Park.  Please bring a side dish and/or dessert.  The Knights will provide hotdogs and hamburgers.  A special thanks to our Knights of Columbus for putting everything together and helping our parish have a great time together, especially for the love of our children.

Air conditioner:  Our new air conditioner has been installed and is working great---very quiet & cold.  It is a big unit compared to the old one and its color matches the church’s roof much better.  A special thank you to Tyson Gottwald & Mike Gipson, and all those who worked with them to make this project possible.  Thank you to Doug & Kathie Unruh’s business for provided helpers and heavy equipment for the job.  If you or your family made a pledge last fall to give toward the renovation of the parish hall and to this new air conditioner unit but have not sent in your donation yet, please know that the parish is still waiting for your contribution.  Thank you for your contribution to our parish of your time, talent and treasure.  All are appreciated.

Finally, happy feast day to all parishioners of St. Bridget parish, Lindsborg.  The feast day of St. Bridget will be next Wednesday, July 23rd.  The parishioners of St. Bridget will celebrate their feast day at St. Bridget, after the 11am Mass this Sunday in the parish hall with a special lunch.  Everyone is invited to the Holy Mass and also for lunch.  Thank you to all those who made this day possible, especially St. Bridget’s Altar Society ladies.  Let us pray St. Bridget’s prayer:  “Lord our God, you revealed the secrets of heaven to Saint Bridget as she meditated on the suffering and death of your Son.  May your people rejoice in the revelation of your glory.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.” St. Bridget and St. Joseph, pray for us all until we are all in heaven with you.  Love you all, please enjoy this beautiful weather and also this day as a gift from God.  God is great for He loves us all-- Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:39

My Dear Parishioner,

Happy summer!  I hope you are enjoying your summer with lots of fun with your family and friends without arguing or fighting.  The saddest part of my summer months is that I don’t get to see many children around.  I hope and pray that their parents do take their family to church every week, even when they are traveling.  I can only trust that they do.  God is so important to us that we must attend Holy Mass to pray and give thanks to God, and above all to receive the Holy Body and Blood of Jesus as spiritual food for our souls.  We should never be too busy for God.  I hope that every one truly loves God.  I also pray for the safety and happiness of every family.

Totus Tuus: Beginning this Sunday, our parish will host a Totus Tuus week for all children.  It’s a fun and enjoyable summer program for our children.  Parents and grandparents, please bring your children to our parish so that they can learn more about their Catholic faith and also enjoy their summer time with their friends.  Every child is encouraged to attend and everyone is invited to join our children for Holy Mass at 11am every day.  There will be no 8:05am Mass this week.

Parish Picnic: Please put in your calendar for next Sunday, July 20 from 6pm-9:30m, a parish picnic at Lakeside Park. Please bring a side &/or dessert.  The Knights will provide hotdogs and hamburgers. A special thanks to our Knights of Columbus for putting everything together and helping our parish have a great time together, especially for the love of our children.  Thank you!

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Jesus was at the lake and people came to Him and so He began preaching to them: “A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.  It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots.  Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it  But some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.  Whoever has ears ought to hear.” My brothers and sisters in Christ, this teaching is about each and every one of us.  As Catholics, we have been blessed with the true faith, the faith that will give us eternal life if we love it and live it daily.  We are to keep our faith alive in our hearts, minds and souls through our daily prayer and devotions, and many acts of charity and most importantly--acts of worshiping God.  Please don’t ever lose your faith in God or be the seed that bears no fruit in this life.  The best way to nurture our Catholic faith and also for our faith to be so strong that it will bear much spiritual fruits is through the Eucharist.  All life and love comes from the Eucharist for it’s the body, mind, soul and divinity of Christ.  The Eucharist is the summit of our faith. Please believe in it and fall in love with it for it’s the Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the giver of all life that you believe in and love.

Love you all for I desire to love my Lord, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:28

Happy 4th Everyone,

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!” May the blessings of our almighty God be with you and all those who love America near and far, and born and to be born into the world.  May all those who live in America keep this beautiful and meaningful song alive in their hearts to remind them of all the blessings and beauty of our great nation.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of our background, to live in America is to be a grateful nation to God who made America beautiful day after day, year after year and generation after generation.  “In God We Trust,” is what we were founded on by those who love America.  We also thank God for those who have laid down their lives for our nation since the day she was founded.  We pray for those who currently serve America near and far in the military and also as public officials locally.  As the fireworks light up the sky in every town of America on the 4th, may everyone in America give thanks to God and realize how beautiful America is and how precious they are to God and to one another in this great nation.  As citizens of America, may we cultivate a culture of life by putting an end to abortion, an end to killing and also all acts of hatred toward one another.  Let us always be a grateful nation and a people full of faith in God and generosity and kindness toward one another.  Only our faith in God and the good deeds we do unto one another will go with us to eternal life.  Let everyone choose well and live well before God with all the gifts and talents God has bestowed upon them.

July is here, this means that Totus Tuus is near in our parish, from July 13-18 for all ages, morning classes for younger grades and evening classes for the high school age.  Parents, please enroll your children for this religious, fun and great Totus Tuus week.  Last year we had a wonderful time, especially on the last day of Totus Tuus where we had the firefighter truck come and spray water upon us on a hot & hot day.  I am sure this year will be as fun or better.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn much about our faith, to be with great friends and have fun with one another.  I will celebrate Holy Mass for them every day and also hear their confessions as well.  I am looking forward to this fun week.  Have a great and safe July 4th, and please don’t burn your hands nor your house down, you need both in life.  Also, enjoy the rest of this summer with your family and friends.  Be thankful for them!  The most important part of every day for every one of us is to pray.  Pray for our loved ones, both living and deceased.  Please do not forget to attend Holy Mass on the weekend, to give thanks and praise to God.  Even when you are traveling, please look for a church nearby and give God your time and hearts of prayer and thanksgiving.  www.masstimes.org will help you find a church.  We can live without a lot of things in life but our souls cannot live joyfully, happily, peacefully and lovingly without God.

Love you all, Fr. Hien

 
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TOGETHER VISION

WHAT IS TOGETHER?

TOGETHER is a vision for the future growth of our Diocese. TOGETHER we will strengthen the oneness between parish and Diocese. Just as we are members of parish families, we are part of a diocesan family and the universal Church. TOGETHER we will deepen our practice of stewardship as a way of life, each of us sharing responsibility for the mission of the Church. And TOGETHER we will respond to the needs in our Diocese: educating our seminarians, providing Catholic formation programs and renovating our Cathedral campus, so that it can continue to serve us.

Each goal of the TOGETHER vision benefits our current diocesan family as well as generations to come. Go to TOGETHERvision.org to learn more about how the TOGETHER vision touches your life.

(Bishop Jackels will be here on August 21st to visit with us regarding the TOGETHER vision.)

 

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