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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Sunday, December 21st

Karolyn Temeyer Party • 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday, December 22nd

NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break • 8:00am
Tuesday, December 23rd

NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break • 8:00am
Wednesday, December 24th

NO PSR - CHRISTMAS BREAK
NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break • 8:00am
Christmas Eve Mass at St. Joseph • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Christmas Eve Mass at St. Bridget • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, December 25th

Christmas
NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break • 8:00am
Christmas Mass at St. Joseph • 9:00am - 10:00am
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:25

My Dear Parishioners of McPherson County and their families & friends,

May the blessings of our Lord Jesus and the love & intercessions of His blessed Mother with all the angels and saints in heaven be with you all as you celebrate this beautiful and blessed Christmas full of love from God and from one another.  Please know that you are loved much by our Lord and by more people than you ever knew, especially by those among your families, friends and from our parishes.  Please know that I will keep you and your loved ones in my prayer at Holy Masses this Christmas.  I will pray that first; we all will always love God with all our heart, mind and soul.  Second, we will always see God in each other and treat each other with real love and respect for we are all blessings from God to one another.  Please know that our lives are good and great because we have each other.  Third, that God will keep all of us safe and sound and happy together every day of our lives and that one day we all will be in heaven with God, and all the angels and saints.  Fourth, that none of us ever take our lives and anything we have for granted so that we may know and feel how blessed we are as individuals, with a family and in a community full of good-hearted people.  Personally, I know that I am well loved by so many people and therefore, I have grown to love you by praying for you every day and also enjoy being with you and seeing you (until someone chooses to give me a headache, then I need an Advil along with a nap or to go hunting…ha.ha.ha... This usually does not happen too often).  Thank you for your care and love for me since the day I came to our parishes.  You have helped me live out my priestly vocation joyfully and happily.  I am blessed to be here; and I thank God for your care, love and joining your hands and hearts with me to serve our God and one another in our parishes.  Thank You!

As a grateful nation and people full of faith and love for God, please join me for the upcoming Holy Masses in our parishes to give thanks, worship and praise to God.  Mass schedules for the upcoming days are as follows.

 

Christmas Masses:

Wed., Dec. 24th at 5pm St. Joseph 7pm at St. Bridget

Christmas Day Mass: Thurs., Dec. 25th 9am at St. Joseph

 

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Masses:

Sat., Dec. 27th 5:30pm at St. Joseph

Sun., Dec. 28th 9am at St. Joseph   11am St. Bridget

 

The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God Masses:

Wed., Dec. 31st 5:30pm at St. Joseph

Thurs., Jan. 1st at 9am St. Joseph 11am St. Bridget.

 

I WISH YOU A VERY--MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR

WITH HEAVENLY PEACE FROM GOD TO YOU, YOUR FAMILIES AND

ETERNAL LIFE TO ALL OF YOUR DECEASED FAMILIES & FRIENDS.

 

IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD, FR. HIEN

 

PS. Please consider making your end-of-year financial donation to support our parish.  You may designate your gifts toward our debt reduction or our school’s endowment to educate our children today and in the future.  Your donation will be tax-deductible and 100% of it will benefit our church & school.  Thank you for your Christmas gift that benefits others, especially our children at St. Joseph, for everything is geared toward Catholic education and formation of body, mind and soul.

Our Lord says, “Let the children come to me, don’t hinder them.”

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:04

My Dear Parishioners,

Blessings from our Lord be with you and your families.  Thank you for your love for God and one another.  I would like to thank those of you who attended the Holy Day of Obligation Mass this past week and also those who helped with all the liturgical ministries on that day.  Your hard work and faithfulness is appreciated and truly a blessing to our parishes.  Thank you!

Christmas is coming and we are all to prepare spiritually well to celebrate this Christmas full of faith, hope and love.  I would like to encourage everyone to attend our confession service coming next Wednesday, December 17th, beginning at 6:30pm in St. Joseph church.  Guest priests will be available for about an hour to help you prepare yourself spiritually for Jesus and for Christmas.  Come and confess your sins and go as you please.  Examination of conscience sheets will be available in the back of the church for those who need one.  The name of the priests and their confession stations will be posted.  As always, you can go to confession face-to-face or behind the screen.  When you go into the confessional, please remember to confess only your sins and no one else’s sins whether that person is your family member, neighbor, co-worker, etc…  It’s your responsibility to confess your sins and to ask for forgiveness.  God never wants anyone to point his or her finger at someone else but only at themselves and to admit their own weaknesses and faults.  God wants us to love Him and one another by following His 10 commandants and the teachings of His church.  Whenever we fail God’s commandants, we know that we have failed God and we need to ask God’s forgiveness so that we may have God’s peace in our souls.  In addition, please also remember that it’s not necessary in confession to spell out every single detail of how you sin.  In other words, don’t tell Father the story of how you sin, such as (I am making it up here):  It was a nice Saturday afternoon on February 30th of this year; I decided to go to Sam’s Club in Galva to buy groceries. I spent more time shopping than I intended.  I also ran into an old grade school friend.  We talked for a long time, laughing and etc… We even exchanged phone numbers so that we could stay in touch.  Man, she smoked like a chimney.  Finally, I got home late and I missed Mass last Saturday night. What needs to be said in confession is, “Father, I missed Mass last Saturday,” all other details are not necessary and Father does not need to hear.  Please also be mindful that there are others waiting in line to go to confession.  In confession, God seeks your heart of loving and trusting in His love and forgiveness.  First, admit that you are a sinner, and then confess your own sins, and ask for God’s grace to avoid sinning again and be ready to receive His eternal forgiveness through the absolution from the priest.  Remember, confession is not complete until the priest gives you absolution.  Finally, go back in Church and spend some time in prayer or say your penance before the Blessed Sacrament, before Jesus and thank Him for His forgiveness.  Remember Jesus’ teachings, those who love more, more will be forgiven of them.  We are all called to love God with all our heart, mind and soul today so that we may know God’s love is with us now and forever.  He loves us and not our sins.  Please know that I will be praying for you.

Please also know that you and your family and friends are invited to our St. Joseph students’ Christmas program to be held Tuesday, December 16th, at 7pm.  Our children and I would love to see everyone.

More over, if you are able, try to decorate your homes as much as you can to lift everyone’s spirit this Christmas.  Christmas displays and decorations are wonderful and beautiful things we can do to help everyone to celebrate Christmas; to believe in God, to trust in God and to love God.  God is with us!

Finally, please do our parishes a favor by returning your stewardship forms to the office.  The deadline is this Sunday, December 14th.  You may mail them, put them in the collection basket or bring them by the church office.

Happy Advent, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:35

My Dear Parishioners of McPherson County,

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family and loved ones last week.  I hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meals together and also enjoyed one another on this special occasion.  We have so much to be thankful for.  This Thanksgiving, I had more turkey than ever in my life.  My Thanksgiving dinner started on Saturday, November 22nd at St. Joseph after 5:30pm Mass (actually, I had some turkey the day before.  I was test tasting the turkey and took some home to the rectory for dinner that night), then Monday, November 24th with my family in Wichita.  My sister cooked the turkey and we enjoyed it together at my parent’s house.  We did eat the whole turkey that night.  The day before Thanksgiving, I had turkey again in Marion County with a family that I have known well for the last 9 years.  On Thanksgiving Day, I had turkey for lunch with a parishioner in Windom and finally I had more turkey for dinner at a parishioner’s house in McPherson.  Of course I also had leftover turkey for other meals.  I am thankful to God for so many people who shared their food and life with me.  I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving celebration as much as I did but did not eat as much turkey as I did.  I was told that turkey makes you sleepy.  Is that true?  I am also glad that I celebrated daily Mass last week and many people joined me.  I would like you to know that I had a special Mass for all souls on Friday, November 27th.  I prayed especially for those who have died among our family, friends and parishioners along with the names of all those who are written in the book of the dead.  Again, we will never forget them for without them we would not be here or have what we currently have.  We are blessed because of them.

Moreover, some of you are aware that I will be away from our parishes for 3 weeks in February to Vietnam.  Why February?  It’s because it’s before Holy Week and Easter time.  February will be cold in Kansas but not in Vietnam.  The temperature in Vietnam could easily be in the 90s.  Another reason why I will go away in February is so that I can celebrate Vietnamese New year on February 19th in Vietnam with my dad and relatives (my dad will be leaving soon for Vietnam to celebrate Christmas and a family wedding in January).  The last time I was in Vietnam was over 5 years ago and the last time I celebrated Vietnamese New Year in my village was about 30 years ago.  I have scheduled guest priests to be in our parishes for all weekend Masses:  Fathers Paul Oborny and Kenneth Van Haverbeke.  If you would like to feed any of these priests, please let me know.  I am sure they would love to be fed for all priests are human.  Some of you might wonder how long it will take to travel to Vietnam.  It’s about 20 hours of flying time and 8 to 10 hours of waiting time in the airports.  I will be flying from Wichita to Chicago then to Japan and finally to Saigon, Vietnam.  This is the part that I don’t like, flying and waiting for long hours (trust me, if I could drive, I would).  Vietnam is about half a day ahead of our time in Kansas.  I hope that I will not get sick while I am overseas like the last time.  I got eye infections:  my eyes turned red and big like a mad cow due to the dirty water and unsanitary living conditions over there.  My plans are to be healthy “God willing,” then travel to visit all of my relatives, visit a few orphanages and give them some financial donations, and say a few Masses in Vietnam if the government allows.  I would like to say a special Mass for all of my deceased family and friends, especially my grandparents and one extra Mass for my aunt who recently passed away two months ago.

Finally, please remember that this coming Monday, December 8th is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation like Sunday Masses.  Masses are Sunday at 5:30pm and Monday at 12noon & 7pm at St. Joseph and Monday at 5:30pm at St. Bridget. Please make every effort to attend one of the above Holy Masses to give to God what belongs to God with our hearts, prayer and love.  I love you all, Fr. Hien

PS:  please return your stewardship forms to our parish.  We need you!

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:23

STEWARDSHIP RENEWAL 2015

“Put your gifts at the service of one another.” 1 Peter 4:10

 My Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph,

        May the grace and blessings of our Lord be with you all.  Please know that I love you and you are in my daily prayers.  I am writing this letter to thank you and your family for your stewardship to our parish.  Stewardship is the way of life for all of us because we truly love God, believe in God and trust in God.  We give God our personal time for daily prayer and also to worship God at Holy Mass.  We give God our skills and talents to help and to serve one another, especially in the many ministries in our parish.  We also support our church and school with our financial contribution.  As Catholics, we are to tithe 10% of our income to God.  The diocese suggests tithing 8% to our parish and 2% to a charity of our choice.  I am thankful to many parishioners who tithe 8% or more to our parish.  To my parishioners who have not tithed or are not giving as you should, please trust in God and tithe so that you may know the blessings from your sacrifices.  Your sacrificial contribution will benefit not only the people of our parish but graces from God will come upon you and your family.  Please listen to your conscience and trust in God.  If your conscience is telling you that you have done everything you can for God, please rejoice and be glad.  However, if your conscience is saying that you can do more, please don’t hesitate to trust in God and tithe.  Please know that when you tithe, you are giving it to God; you are being grateful to God and you love God more than anything in this life.  You will never regret making this difficult but wonderful choice, for you are doing good deeds before God and for the salvation of souls.  Tithing to God will surely increase your love and trust in God, if not, I will return 100% of your contribution.  When you tithe, you will help our church family pay our monthly bills.  I hope that our parish will not have to do a special fund raiser next spring to pay our bills or debt.  Our weekly budget is $15,500 (about $4,000 of it will go toward paying off our debt).  Here are the steps we will do together at St. Joseph to make this stewardship way of life successful in our parish.

 1.  Every family/individual will pray every day, serve at least 1 ministry in our parish, and commit to tithe a percentage to our parish.  Percentage is the fairest way to support our church, for those who are blessed with more, a greater amount is asked of you; those who receive less, a lesser amount is asked of you.  We should never say, “I can’t tithe because I don’t have much,” please remember that God is not asking how much money we are giving to God, but how grateful are we to God by tithing to Him.

2.  I strongly encourage every parishioner to use direct deposit for their weekly contribution.  To do so, please provide a voided blank check for direct giving from your bank to the church’s bank.  The parish pays no fee for this service.  It’s the easiest, safest, and a money-saving way to give to our parish---eliminating the costs of collection envelopes & shipping costs.  It’s also the most efficient way of giving and (if needed) you are free to stop your contribution at anytime by calling your bank or church office.  Currently, about 75% of our weekly contributions are checks and cash; therefore at least 2 unrelated people have to spend time counting these checks and cash as well as depositing them in the bank every Sunday.

3.  Please return your stewardship forms with your tithe to our parish as soon as possible but no later than December 14th.  Our parish volunteers will contact any family that did not return their forms of time, talent and treasure—please prayerfully consider tithing to our parish, even if you can only tithe 1% or 3% of your income as a starter.  Our church would be thankful if you desire to join your sacrifices with everyone in our family.  We need you and we need all three forms returned, please.

4.  As a sign of my love and thankfulness for your faithful stewardship, I will give out incentives for returning the stewardship forms.  Incentives are given as follows:  3 families/individuals will win 3 religious gifts from Fr. Hien if you return your stewardship forms by Friday, December 5th.  Those who do not win in this drawing will be in for a redraw on Friday, December 12th.  The lucky family/individuals will be taken out to a dinner of your choice paid for by Fr. Hien, unless you choose to eat at your home, then Fr. Hien will do the dishes afterwards by hand…DEAL? 

Finally, our goal this year is to be able to pay our monthly bills and debt.  As your priest and pastor, I believe that if you commit to tithing, we can meet our weekly budget and not have a fund raiser in a few months.  Thank you for trusting in God and recognizing that everything you have comes from God.  I am glad that God made me a priest and allows me to live until this day to be with you.  I am thankful for your faith, your many sacrifices and your love for the church and also for me.   St. Joseph, pray for your parishioners that they may trust in God as much as you did.                                                                                 Love, Fr. Hien

 
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