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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Sunday, October 26th

Monday, October 27th

Pilgrim Virgin Mary-3rd grade • 8:00am - 9:00am
Meals on Wheels-Glazner • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Parent Teacher Conferences • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 28th

Break KITE Day
Saints Pageant Dress Reheasal Gr. 5 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Awards Assembly • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Parent Teacher Conferences • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Parish Council Meeting • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, October 29th

5th grade Patron Saint Pagaent • 10:30am - 11:15am
DARE • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Future City Work Session • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PSR • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 30th

NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences • 9:00am - 1:00pm
RCIA Class • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:15

My Dear Parishioners,

If you are reading this message before Friday, October 24th, I am in Wichita with the entire group of priests of the diocese and our new bishop for our annual clergy conference from Monday, October 20th to Thursday, October 23rd.  This conference is important so our bishop requested that all parishes are to cancel their daily Masses so that every priest could be with their bishop and brother priests on this occasion.  You are welcome to come to our church or chapel and pray before our Lord.  The only daily Mass this week is Friday, October 24th.  I am looking forward to being with our new bishop and also visiting with many long-time priest friends.  I have many priest friends because I have been among these priests since I was a seminarian in 1991, 23 years.  I still have a lot to learn about our new bishop.  He has been in our diocese for about half a year.  Please keep us in your prayers.  As usual, I am sure many priests will be asking me, “How are the people in McPherson and Lindsborg treating you, Hien?” and I’ll say as usual, “You have asked the wrong question; you should have asked, how I am treating them instead.” Please know that every priest is human and we often expect others to treat us well, instead we are working hard to treat everyone with love, respect and trust.  Please know that I am grateful for your care, love and respect.  You truly have God within you.

As we are heading toward the end of October, you can see that Mother Nature is taking her course:  this week seems nice, sunny and warm, but early last week; it was windy, rainy and cold especially at night.  Thanks be to God who knows what’s best for us through Mother Nature as well as everything else in our lives.  May we always trust that God knows what He is doing and we just learn to relax, trust in God and not complain too much so that we may enjoy God’s love and great wonders in life.  Personally, I enjoy cold weather more than hot and humid weather.  First, hot and humid weather is always full of bugs, flies, ticks and chiggers.  They love me to death but I don’t care much for them.  They are the pain in my skin for days and weeks.  A parishioner once told me that I must have sweet blood.  I responded, “Do you mean that I am sweet?”  Has anyone noticed that Fr. Hien has been sweet lately?  Ha…ha…ha…, just kidding.  Second, cold weather is great for hunting deer.  The deer must move a lot to look for food; therefore, it’s easier for me to spot them.  Every hunter knows that colder is better for deer hunting.  However, no one likes extreme cold and freezing weather, including Fr. Hien.  It’s dangerous to walk and also to drive.  The truth is, regardless of the weather conditions, hot or cold, rainy or snowy, calm or windy, we are to love God and thank God for our lives, families and friends.  Life is ugly for those who complain every day and fail to know that God is in charge.  I am thankful to you and to God every day and may we learn not to complain about God, one another or even the weather.  Complaining will not change anyone or a thing in life but add gray hair, headaches and stress to your life.  Be smart by being thankful and appreciative instead.  Please feel free to share with me your hunting and fishing adventures, I love to hear about them.

Finally, I am thankful to God for my family and everyone in my life.  On Sunday, October 12th, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wichita, I baptized my youngest niece.  My family was blessed to have about 80 people attend the baptism and a dinner at home.  My parents and siblings did the cooking.  I held my niece a lot on Sunday and Monday nights while I was watching football.  She’ll love football just like her uncle.  Although her mom and dad are Jayhawk fans, I am going to make her a Chiefs fan after her uncle.  Go Chiefs and go Royals….  Every time I looked at my niece, I was amazed at God’s magnificent work in His people.  She is soft, gentle, cute and happy most of the time until she has a wet diaper.  I always call her dad for he is well trained by my sister for the job.  I told my family that I am out of practice and have no desire to be trained.

Love your family, I love you all, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:41

 

“Give thanks to God, bless His name; good indeed is the Lord.

Whose love endures forever,

whose faithfulness lasts through every age.” Psalm 100:5

My dear parishioners of St. Joseph,

May the love and blessings of our Lord be with you and your family.  I’m writing to thank you and your family for your support to our church and school through your stewardship way of life.  You have been a life-giving source to our church family.  Thank you! As we are in the last quarter of 2014, please continue with your stewardship in our parish, including your financial contribution to support our church & school and also to reduce our debt.  The attached statement shows how much you have given this year.  As a priest, I should not have to worry about money, but the truth is, I do worry because of our large debt and the many bills that must be paid.  However, I’m blessed to be able to sleep well most every night and when I wake up, I thank God for your love to God and to me.  I’m blessed to see so many people taking their Catholic faith to heart by attending Holy Mass, praying in adoration, and also joining their hands to provide Catholic education and formation to our children.  Your faith, your love and your generosity are the reasons I love you and am grateful to God for you.

Moreover, I would like you to know that I don’t plan to hold a fund raiser this fall like we have in the past two years.  Not that our parish doesn’t need money at this time, but I don’t want to add any financial stress to your family.  I really want you to have a good & healthy life with each other and with God.  I made this decision after I consulted with our parish leaders.  We believe that this fall is not the appropriate time to ask every family to give extra money again toward our debt reduction.  We are hoping that our upcoming 2015 stewardship renewal of time, talent and treasure will improve and we will have enough financially to pay for our monthly debt and bills.  We understand that this is a long shot, but we believe that if every family truly gives what they can, sacrificially, it will be possible.  Yes, we need your prayers and also your encouragement among parishioners to make this work.  I hope that we don’t have to hold another fund raiser next spring or ever again if we meet our weekly budget.  I truly believe that stewardship is a way of life and as soon as everyone practices it, God’s church will be taken care of; for it is and will be the foundation of our church & school.

For now, please know that if you were blessed financially this year from your steady job, received a bonus from work or got a financial return from your investments, etc…, please think of our parish that has been operating under financial difficulty and please help us.  Any amount is appreciated and your donation is tax-deductible; and if you give toward our debt reduction, 100% of it will benefit our parish.  We owe $1.6 million at 2.40% interest rate.  Let us put every dollar we have toward paying off our debt so that we may be debt free.  Please also put our parish on your important list to give/donate so that your investment will be great in heaven, where you’ll have eternity to enjoy your family, friends and God.  I love you all & I thank God for each one of you.  You are the reason I’m here & I am glad to be here, Fr. Hien

 

 

P.S. “St. Joseph Hall” is what most parishioners preferred it to be called.

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:32

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend, we celebrate the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time and the Gospel is the parable of the wedding feast, where the king invited many guests to the wedding celebration of his son.  Important guests were personally invited by the king, but they chose to be too busy with other things and ignored the invitation; some even mistreated the servants and also killed the servants, which enraged the king.  The king ordered destruction upon those evil men and their cities.  After that the king invited others for the celebration and they showed up for the banquet; however, they came not properly dressed for the important occasion and so the king said to one of his guests, “My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment? But he was reduced to silence.  Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’” This Gospel is a reminder to all of us that God loves us very much and that we are very dear to Him.  God is also almighty and He is in charge of our lives.  He decides whether we live or die.  Punishments and death could come to us if we don’t put God first in our lives.  No one should ever disobey God or be too busy for God or mistreat God’s servants.  We are to give thanks and praise to God everyday and also to keep His holy day of obligation, Sunday.  Not only that but when we come to Holy Mass, the Holy Eucharist, we are to come well dressed and truly desire to fully participate in the Eucharistic banquet of the Lord and to receive God (body, soul and divinity of Christ) into our bodies and souls.  We come to Mass with the desire to become one with God through Holy Communion.  We come to church well-dressed and well-prepared to worship and join our hearts, mind and souls with others in singing, praying, adoring and worshipping God.  God deserves the best of what we have, spiritually and materially.  We need to wear our Sunday best for God.  We should never wear anything that’s less nice than what we would wear for a wedding reception.  We don’t dress for church to show off either nor dress carelessly for church for it will show a bad example for others.  Keep in mind that Sunday is the Lord’s day, a holy day of obligation and we are obligated to attend Holy Mass, to dress appropriately for the worship and above all to believe & to receive our Lord into our bodies and souls.  How blessed are we sinners to receive God!

Reminders:  please support our school’s Oktoberfest this Saturday October 11th beginning at 3pm full of food, fun, and great items to buy and enjoy the fellowship with one another.  Thank you to our children, parents, teachers, supporters, and so many others for working so hard and making this big event possible in our church.  Thank you! This Sunday, October 12th is our children’s choir Mass at 9am; followed by the Knights of Columbus breakfast for every parishioner.  Please also join us for a great breakfast and friendship.  Next Wednesday, October 15th at 7pm, I will hold an extra Eucharistic minister and lector training in church for anyone who would like to serve our Lord in these special ministries.  Please read the bulletin for more information and guide lines.  I love you all and let us celebrate God’s love and goodness in our hearts, families and church, Fr. Hien

 
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

 
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