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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Wednesday, October 1st

DARE • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Teacher Meeting • 3:40pm - 4:40pm
PSR • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Service • 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Thursday, October 2nd

Staci Neiman's Birthday
Future City Work Session • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
RCIA Class • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, October 3rd

Scholastic Book Orders go home
Oktoberfest Ticket Turn In #5
Baptismal Mass • 8:05am - 9:05am
GEI Meetings • 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Rehearsal Dinner Mills/Strickland • 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 4th

Mills & Strickland Wedding • 2:00pm
Mills & Strickland • 6:00pm
Sunday, October 5th

CYM Sunday
CYM Breakfast • 10:00am - 11:00am
Confirmation Class #2 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:28

My Dear Parishioners,

Happy October, a beautiful month of golden leaves & cool temperatures.  October is also known to be the month of the Holy Rosary.  The church dedicates October 7th as the Feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.  This month is dedicated to honor our Blessed Virgin Mary who always protects her Son’s Church from evil.  Throughout this month, let us pray the Rosary and meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary to draw every soul closer to Jesus and to our blessed Mother, Mary who loves us so much that she wants all souls to be in heaven with her.  As a pastor, you make me happy when I see you pray.  It’s a blessing to our parishes to have a devout tradition of praying the Holy Rosary before every Mass.  I hope that those who lead the rosaries in our parishes, especially on the weekend, understand how important they are to the whole parish family.  It does sadden my heart when someone fails to lead the Rosary.  In order to have more people joining us in praying the rosary, please don’t start the rosary too early.  Most of the time, it takes less than 20 minutes to pray the rosary.  When someone walks into church and the rosary is being prayed, it makes them feel good and holy.  It reminds them that they are at church, in the house of God; they are there to offer their prayers and worship to God.  When we pray the rosary before Mass, it puts us in a spiritual mode that prepares our hearts, minds and souls for the Holy Eucharist.  Praying the Holy Rosary also means that we pray for all souls--living and deceased-- including family members & all parishioners.  Our prayers will lead sinners back to Jesus to receive His love and forgiveness.  Our prayers also assist those who have died, towards eternal life with God.  Everyone should pray the rosary because we all need God’s love and to be forgiven in this life and also eternal life to come.  Holy Mary, our spiritual Mother, pray for us sinners until we are in heaven with you…Amen.

I would like to ask everyone a favor.  Please come to weekend Mass as early as you can to pray the Holy Rosary; and when you enter the church, please try to sit as close as you can toward the altar.  I would like you to really see our Lord Jesus, who is truly with us in the form of bread and wine on the altar.  This happens at the moment of consecration.  Sitting closer to the altar, you’ll hear better and therefore, you’ll pray better.  Try it & you’ll be pleased. Also, by sitting closer to the front, you allow the pews in the back for those who come to church late or guests to our churches.  We don’t want those who come to church late feeling bad for showing up late or causing distractions.  There are times that you can’t help being late because you got out of work late or due to traffic or sick kids.  Please know that regardless of the reasons for being late, we always love to have you at Holy Mass and to worship with you and we will have a place for you.  To fulfill Sunday’s obligation, we are to participate in the entire Mass, not half way or even leave Mass early either.  I am thankful to God for He has given me faith-filled parishioners who pray well and participate well at Holy Mass.  I love to celebrate Holy Mass with you for when you pray well, it inspires me to pray well.  I hope you love Holy Mass as much as I do.  I’m blessed to be so close to Jesus who’s on the altar.  Let us continue loving and praying for one another.

Reminder: this Sunday, October 5th is Respect life Sunday, we will pray especially for the end of abortion; our CYM will serve breakfast after 9am Mass; and our confirmation class will meet this Sunday at 7pm.  Next Saturday, October 11th, will be St. Joseph Oktoberfest.  Please support our school and raise enough money to put Father Hien on a tree stand.  God bless, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:07

My Dear Parishioners,

It is so good to see you at Holy Mass.  You are a blessing to our church family.  I always enjoy celebrating Holy Mass with you.  I also enjoy celebrating daily Mass with our children, including our PSR & CYM students.  I was amazed to see so many young children in our religion programs.  Our children are very personable & well behaved.  I really enjoy their friendship and also their love for their Catholic Faith.  I was surprised to see one PSR class with more than 30 students.  I hope that they always enjoy each other and help each other live out their Catholic faith.  A good friend is like a priceless treasure, they are good for life.

I also gave a talk to our older students, CYM, on adoration.  I think I surprised them by saying that the purpose of adoration is to be in union with God who is in front of them in the form of bread in the monstrance.  At adoration, they are to believe whole-heartedly in Jesus who is here & in front of them—His Body, Soul, Mind and Divinity.  Their eyes are to gaze on Jesus like the angels & saints in heaven, constantly gazing at God who is full of beauty, love and life.  Our eyes set on Jesus because our eyes are the windows to our souls; therefore, we pray to Jesus from the bottom of our hearts, minds and souls.  At adoration we are called to be in a deep union with God and also to listen to God.  This can’t happen if we are too busy thinking, planning or day dreaming.  We are to love God much in order for us to listen to God.  Our students also asked great questions, such as can we sing, recite a rosary, write a journal during adoration, read scriptures, etc…  I said, yes, but don’t be too busy with personal devotions or agendas and forget that Jesus is waiting to be in conversation with us.  In adoration we should first and foremost look at Jesus, truly believe in Him in the form of bread, then begin a deep conversation with Him and then begin to listen to what He has to say.  He might say, pray a rosary for your family and the poor souls in purgatory, or read a passage of scripture so that He can enlighten our hearts and minds with His teachings.  He might say you should be a priest or a sister.  He might say, don’t be angry anymore and be sweet to others.  He might say, “Just rest in my eternal love for you.”  When we come to adoration, we desire to do God’s will and allow God to touch us, heal us, teach us, give peace to our souls and especially reveal His vocation/give direction to us.  In adoration, silence is golden for God can’t reach our hearts, minds and souls if we can’t be quiet or listen or our mind is wandering.  Silence - to quiet down our bodies and minds, to help us be in the peace of God and allow God to take over us.  Sometimes, to quiet down our minds, we need to meditate or to call on the name of Jesus to empty out our worldly thoughts and desires.  Too many times, people spend their adoration time with their books, magazines, rosaries or even personal works.  None of these are wrong but we could learn to really love God, be in conversation with God and also allow Him to take over our body, mind and soul.  Yes, God would love to have everyone for 1 hour or even 3 minutes of our quiet time.  All He wants is to be with us in silence to refuel our souls with His eternal love.  Our souls are restless until they rest in God.

May God bless all those who whole-heartedly believe in Him in the form of bread and desire to be in union with God.  Thank you to all those who have been faithful in spending their personal time with God in adoration.  It’s called a holy hour—it means an hour with God.  Please be sure to allow God to speak to you in adoration.  May you find God’s peace for your heart, mind and soul.  Yes, you can taste God’s love and goodness in this life through the Holy Eucharist and in Eucharistic adoration.  Miracles are happening everyday because of the Holy Eucharist---many sinners have returned to God and many souls have been saved.  May the souls of William (Bill) Chestnut and Phyllis Ragole who recently passed away, and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace eternally in heaven.  We love them all, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:29

My Dear Parishioners,

I am sure that every one of us wants to have a great life here on earth and also a blessed life in heaven with God and with all the angels and saints.  This is our goal every day, to live well each day, physically, mentally and above all, spiritually so that one day we will be with our Lord in heaven.  The reason God created us is for us to be with Him here on earth and also eternally in heaven.  For this reason, it’s so important that every person lives each day with God in his/her heart.  I am sure there are some “odd” people in life who have not appreciated God’s love for them and it surely troubles them greatly mentally and spiritually.  We can only hope that one day, they will have a change of heart and say, “Lord, you have been so good to me and please Lord, remember me in your kingdom.”  I am sure, when someone prays from the bottom of his/her heart, our Lord will reply, “Today, you will be in paradise with me.”  Let us always set our hearts on our Lord and pray to Him personally and intimately every day.  God is always listening to us and blesses us, let us always trust in Him.

Our Lord Jesus reminds us in this 25th Sunday’s Gospel that God is like a good land owner, full of care, love and generosity toward all people, including the unemployed.  God cares for and loves every person, old or young, strong or weak, hired or unemployed, rich or poor, black or white.  The good land owner never tires of going out to help people working for their living and encouraging people to be productive.  We all should be more productive everyday, not only working hard for the salvation of all souls but also to earn our living, to feed our family.  If there is compassion, love and generosity within us, our rewards will be great in heaven.  Let us never be ungrateful or complaining for it indicates that we are full of jealousy and lack of care, love and concern for others.  Prayer:  Lord, help us and our family and friends to be grateful everyday for your love and blessings upon us.  Help us to always love one another, in good times and in bad.  Help us to be true to each other so that we may help each other to live a good, healthy and happy life now and forever in heaven.  We love you Lord Jesus, for you are our Lord and Savior, the giver of bodies and souls, the giver of everything we have and the giver of our eternal life to come.  Amen.

Please join us for Holy Mass this Sunday September 21 at 9am, where our St. Joseph children will lead us in singing and praising our Lord.  Next month the Knights of Columbus will be preparing a tasty breakfast after the Children’s Choir sings at Mass. Our Knights make great pancakes and sausages.  It will be a great time to be with each other as a parish family.

Finally, a reminder to all high school aged students in McPherson County, who have not been confirmed - that Confirmation class will start this Sunday, September 21st from 7pm-9pm at St. Joseph parish hall.  If you fail to attend our classes, you will have to wait another two years to be confirmed.  You are expected to attend all 12 classes and also faithfully practice your Catholic faith as a sign that you are a mature and responsible adult Catholic in the church asking for the sacrament of Confirmation.  When you were a baby, it was your parents who brought you to church and asked to have you baptized.  They promised to love you and raise you Catholic.  Now it’s your turn to ask the church for the sacrament.  By doing so you are promising to be true disciples of Jesus by faithfully living out your Catholic faith and also teaching others the Catholic faith so that they too may have eternal life.  The sacrament of confirmation will be conferred by our bishop on Thursday, April 9th, at 7pm in St. Joseph church.  May the Holy Spirit be with you all and empower your hearts with God’s love and the love for eternal life.                   Love yea all, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:51

My Dear Parishioners,

Today, we give thanks to God for another day of life.  Our life is a special gift from God and it is precious and wonderful.  Let us love our lives.  I thank God everyday for you and all of my loved ones.  I cannot live my life without those who care and love me, especially my family.  Please be sure to thank God for your loved ones every day.  This will make your soul happy and our Lord happy with you.  God gives us our lives so that we may love one another and thank Him for everything we have.  I personally would like to thank our many parents and young adults for their commitments this year to help pass on the Catholic faith to others, especially our children in our religion programs.  Thank you to all those who teach at St. Joseph school and in our religious programs such as RCIA, CYM, PSR and also our confirmation program.  PSR & CYM classes will start this Wednesday, September 10th at 7pm.  Our confirmation class will start Sunday, September 20th at 7pm.  We welcome all students to our parish and school.  We are blessed to have one another.

By now, you might have been asked by our St. Joseph students to buy tickets to support our Oktoberfest fund raising.  Their goal is to raise $40,000 this year for our school.  As pastor of our school, I promised our children that if they really raised $40,000.00, not $39,999.99, I would sit in a tree stand on our church’s property.  They all believe that they can do it and they can’t wait to put Fr. Hien on a tree stand; however, as you know me, a hunter, that would really kill me to sit outside in a tree stand all day with no anticipation of shooting a deer.  So, please pray for a deer to come by St. Joseph’s property so that I could shot it with my crossbow …ha ha ha…just kidding.  We are truly blessed with our students and their love for Catholic education.  Please be part of our parish life and have fun with us this fall at Oktoberfest & pumpkin sales, which are coming soon.

Finally, please be sure to join us for Holy Mass and enjoy our guest speaker this Sunday, September 14th.  She will share with us about the Catholic faith and love for the poor.  Also, please don’t forget to join us next Thursday, September 18th at 2pm to thank Mr. Andes, our custodian, for his 8 years of service at St. Joseph’s parish.  He is retiring so that he can travel with his wife and also practice his pool-table skills (please don’t tell Mr. Andes that Fr. Hien beat him in playing pool).  His excuse was, “I am out of practice.”  Now he will have more time on his plate to practice and I can’t wait for the rematch.  Thank you Dave for your loving service to our church and school; it has been a pleasure to work with you.  It will be hard for our church and school without your handy hands around.  It will be hard for Fr. Hien to be without a friend to work on projects together; however, I know where you live Dave, and I will be calling you for help.  On behalf of the people of our parish and school, we truly appreciate your hard work.  We all will miss you, especially our St. Joseph students and staff.  Have a inspirational, fun and relaxed retirement.

God bless everyone, Fr. Hien

 
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