My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings of the Holy Trinity be with you all. God is love and God is one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How blessed were we to celebrate the unity of God last weekend and today celebrate our union with God through the Holy Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in Holy Communion. God revealed His unity to us to invite us to be united with one another like God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our lives are best when we love one another and unite ourselves as a family. Today, we celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday to remind us that we must become one with Jesus in Holy Communion in order for us to be with God eternally in heaven.
My dear parishioners, recently there have been many events and activities going on in our parishes. First, let us express our sympathy to the family of Robert Peterson. Robert was a parishioner of St. Bridget and our Lord called him peacefully on Tuesday, May 3rd. We had a rosary for him and I celebrated the funeral Mass for him and put him to rest. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace eternally. Robert left behind many family members, including his wife Eloise who lives in Lindsborg and his brother Lowell Peterson of McPherson. Second, congratulations to many children of our parishes who recently received their first confession and Holy Communion. The children were well prepared and really loved the Eucharist. Congratulations, children! Third, many of our high school students graduated and are ready for higher education. I was blessed to have a breakfast with some of them and their families at St. Joseph prior to Sunday morning Mass. I did give them a long homily about the importance of keeping their Catholic faith alive in their hearts by praying to God every day and attending Holy Mass. I challenged them to stay connected to their family by praying for them daily and contacting them. I assured them that there is no place like home. They can always trust in their family, especially their parents. Fourth, on Tuesday, May 17th, our St. Joseph students performed a beautiful Spring Music Concert for everyone to enjoy. Thank you children and your families for supporting Catholic education and becoming a church family. The next day, we got together to thank Mrs. Diane Martinez for her 42 years of Catholic education in our church. She was truly a gift from God to our church and St. Joseph Catholic school. God bless you, Mrs. Martinez. May God bless her in her retirement. Fifth, congratulations to many children and youth of our parishes who attended our Parish School of Religion (PSR), youth (CYM) programs and St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Bridget of Little Kingdom. God really blessed our parishes with a very successful school year because our children learned a lot and enjoyed their lives. On the behalf of everyone in our parishes, especially the parents of our children, THANK YOU to our volunteers, helpers, aides, teachers and staff for all that you did for the love of God and the formation of our children. Every one of you is a gift from God to our churches and schools. THANK YOU---WE LOVE YOU ALL—HAVE A SAFE & FUN SUMMER.
Finally, let us thank God for 10 seminarians to be ordained transitional deacons and 1 deacon to be ordained a priest for our diocese this weekend, May 27 & 28. What a blessing from God to our diocese. These men are the fruit of your prayers for religious vocations; the fruit of our love of the Holy Eucharist including adoration; the fruit of Catholic education and formations; and finally the fruit of your faithful stewardship in our parishes. Please remember that every time you pray, you did something good for somebody, including yourself. Every time you provided Catholic education and formation, you did something good for some body and also for the future of the church. Every time you contributed your time, talent and treasure, you supported your church’s family and those who are hungry, homeless and also helped the education of seminarians to the priesthood. Please keep doing something good before God and one day you will see the fruits of your labor. I personally thank God and everyone for your prayers and love for me in the last 4 years here. Please know that I recognized your love for me many years even before I was ordained a priest. As of Friday, May 27, God has blessed me with 16 years as a priest. I love God and I love you all. Let us help each other on our journey toward heaven. God is everything to us and heaven is our eternal home, Fr. Hien