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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Wednesday, September 28th

Art with Diane Gr. 3-5 • 12:05pm - 1:05pm
Pumpkins Arrive! • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Mass - PSR & CYM • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, September 29th

Friday, September 30th

Scholastic Book Orders go home
Oktoberfest Ticket Turn In! Final Turn In!! • 8:00am - 9:00am
Saturday, October 1st

Sunday, October 2nd

Parish Hall Closed for Oktoberfest Prep
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Jeri Burghart   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:57

My Dear Parishioners,

Happy October 2016!  The season of autumn is here and I hope you love and enjoy the fall season as much as I do.  I love the nice, cool and beautiful season outside.  I enjoy seeing the beautiful work of God in nature, especially in the trees and flowers.  It’s a great reminder to me that God is in charge of every second, every day and even the weather.  May we come to learn that God is in charge of everything in heaven and on earth, including our lives.  We are all dependent on Him today for life and also tomorrow for eternal life.  Let us trust in Him and love Him wholeheartedly everyday.

October is a special month for us Catholics worldwide.  We are to give greater devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary by saying the rosary for ourselves, family and friends, both living and deceased.  If your time permits, please join me and our St. Joseph Catholic School children for a special 8:05am Baptismal Mass and a living rosary immediately after Mass, on Friday, October 7 in church.  This day is also the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.  In union with our Bishop Kemme and the people of our diocese, we will pray the rosary for our country of America in this election year.  May Mary, the spiritual Mother of America, watch over us and our country with unity, peace, love and dignity toward every person, including the unborn and elderly.

Last week I went to our local hospital to visit two members of our parish.  In our conversations, one parishioner told me that when he was a boy, he used to be an altar server at Mass for many years.  He said that as an altar server in the old days, he had to learn a lot and memorize a lot, especially in Latin.  The one thing that he always remembered until this day was the special blessing the altar servers received immediately after Mass from the priest.  I told to him that I would love to do that for our altar servers.  So, beginning now, our altar servers will receive a special blessing from me immediately after Mass next to the holy water font.  Let us pray for our Altar Servers:  God of Glory, your beloved Son has shown us that true worship comes from humble and contrite hearts.  Bless our brothers and sisters, who have responded to the needs of our parish and wish to commit themselves to Your service as altar servers.  Grant that their ministry may be fruitful and our worship pleasing in Your sight.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Are you ready for Oktoberfest?  Yes, it’s coming, next Saturday, October 8th.  Food will be served from 4pm until 7:30pm, carnival from 4-7pm, and live auction starts at 7pm.  Come and have fun with your children and grandchildren, and of course for the great food prepared and cooked by our school parents and many volunteers.  We are blessed to have each other and a beautiful Catholic school for our children and a parish family for everyone to be under God’s divine love and grace.  God is good to us all.

Finally, please know that the most important part of Holy Mass is to receive the Holy Body and Blood of Christ at Holy Mass, for Christ Himself said, "For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”  John 6:55  So when you come to weekend Mass, please make every effort to be able to receive Holy Communion by not showing up late to Mass, by fasting for one hour before receiving Holy Communion, and if needed, by going to confession, heard about 30 minutes before all weekend Masses.

Jesus loves you and I love you too, Fr. Hien


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:45

My Dear Parishioners,

Pumpkins: Are you ready for some pumpkins?  Yes, September is coming to an end and Halloween is coming in about a month.  The pumpkin truck will deliver hundreds of pumpkins to our parking lot on Wed., September 28, at 5:30pm.  If you would like to help put them out, we would love to have you and your family join us.  It will be a great fun event for everyone!

October Count: Last October of 2015, Bishop Kemme wanted every parish to count the Mass attendance and report that number to him.  This October, he wants us to do the same on the weekends of October: 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23.  If you or your family would like to volunteer to count with a clicker the people that come to church, please let me know.  I will have the clickers ready for you.  Anyone can do it, including children.  Thank you!

New Parishioners at St. Joseph: Please join me in welcoming the following new parishioners and their families to our parish (in parenthesis are the names of their children).

Harry & Angela Sue Parker-Babcock (Olivia), Mark & Lori Brungardt, Clint & Heather Corby (Emerson), Angelina Froese (Austin & Jackson), Bret & Adriana Heskett (Emily, Palmer, Logan & Easton), Kathryn Lamb (Marcus & Kameron), Sarah Liston, Ryan Pinkall, Chris & Kylie Schneider (Adelade & Halle), Paul & Tai Williford (Madalynn, Rylee & Jaxon), Paul & Heather Mierkiewicz (Jensen & Abigail), Doug & Jennifer Quint (Kaden, Sydney & Devin).  We are blessed to have everyone among us and to share your lives and faith with us.  May we grow together as God’s family in holiness, love and peace.

Parish Registration: Through baptism every baptized Catholic is a member of God’s family of a Catholic parish.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we are to live out our Catholic faith together in a parish family as well as evangelize our Catholic faith to others.  In our parish families of Saints Bridget and Joseph, I am blessed to welcome many new infant baptisms to the family of God recently.  These children are the future of our Catholic church and our families.  We love them and we will set good examples of faith to inspire them.  Any adult Catholic or family currently living in McPherson County is to register either at St. Bridget or St. Joseph parish, the closest one to your address.  No Catholic or Catholic family needs to be alone by not becoming a member of a Catholic Church family.  We are stronger together and we will pray for each other, including our deceased loved ones, and together we will build God’s family in unity, peace and love.  Please know that registration is required of every adult Catholic and family.  Do you know that no Catholic priest/pastor can write a letter of recommendation for you to be a godparent, to be a confirmation sponsor, to receive a sacrament outside of your resident parish, to have your children baptized, etc.…unless the parents are registered in a parish and also practicing stewardship?  Too many people misunderstand by thinking that they belong to the church of their birth or baptism.  However, everyone belongs to the church that is closest to where they currently live, except for those who are attending college, for they are still under the guidance of their parents.

Please register so that I can write letters of recommendation for you and your families as Catholics in good standing.  There are many benefits to registering, such as paying only $100 vs $500 for a hall rental and not having to pay tuition to attend Catholic School.  Of course, every baptized person (registered in a parish or not) is to practice stewardship of time, talent and treasure to God by tithing.  The Bibles teaches that we are to tithe 10% to God.  Please don’t be afraid to tithe from your necessity, for Jesus will repay you a hundred times in this life and the life to come.  Jesus, we trust in You, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:14

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May the heavenly blessings of our Lord and God be with you all, especially through the intercession of our newly canonized saint, St. Teresa of Calcutta.  May our Lord bless every one of us, especially our parents and godparents with His holiness, love, peace, and a life of many virtues.  Every parent has been entrusted by God to be the first teacher of their child in the way of faith and also as the spiritual leader of their family toward God and eternal life.  This weekend as we celebrate Catechetical Sunday, let us pray especially for all parents, godparents and all those who help us in the ways of faith as Catechists.  Thank you parents, godparents and all of our catechists for knowing, loving and passing on your Catholic faith to all of God’s children.  We love you and we now pray for you in your ministry:  Lord God, source of all wisdom and knowledge, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to live among us and to proclaim His message of faith, hope, and love to all nations.  In your goodness, bless our brothers and sisters who have offered themselves as catechists for your Church.  Strengthen them with your gifts that they may teach by word and by example the truth that comes from you.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

On the behalf of our children at St. Joseph Catholic School, we would like to thank our parishioners, their families and friends for supporting our fundraising Oktoberfest sales.  Your support means a lot to us and also provides us with a great education.  Thank you!

You cannot serve both God and mammon is what Jesus is telling us in this Weekend’s Gospel.  Too many times and too many people in this life often forget where we came from and why we were created or why we are living today.  Every one of us was given life by God, the creator, who also gave us our families and friends so that we may be loved by them.  We were given life here on earth to know God, to love God and to serve God alone and above everyone and anything on earth.  Sad to say but most people on the face of the earth since the beginning of creation have always fallen in love with worldly things, things that will not last forever, such as money.  Many people love money more than themselves, their family, their friends and even God.  Two thousand years ago, Jesus saw it clearly in His time and it’s still happening today.  For this reason, He said, “You cannot serve both God and mammon” as a reminder that we cannot love money or material wealth.  We were not created to love worldly things.  Instead, we were created to love God and one another, because it was out of the love of God that we were created and then out of love from our parents that we were born, nurtured, and given life.  Also, out of the love of our siblings and friends that we have the real, true and authentic happiness that transcends our hearts and lives.  True love from one another always is with us in this life and the life to come.  Money is just like another piece of paper in the eyes of God.  It’s material things that come and go; therefore, worldly things do not deserve any of our love.  Use it wisely by sharing it with others or by doing good things with it so that your spiritual treasures will be great in heaven.

Finally, Friday, October 7th is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.  Our St. Joseph students will perform a living rosary immediately after our Friday 8:05am Mass to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to pray for our country.  The Wichita diocese is having a special rosary service on Saturday, October 8th at 9am at the Cathedral in Wichita.  It will be led by our Bishop Kemme, who would like to us to pray the rosary for our country during this election year.  Thank you to our children for participating in this special event praying for our country.  Thank you also to all those who help lead the rosary every day and every weekend before every Holy Mass.  The rosary is a spiritual prayer and a weapon to destroy evil and also to lead all souls to heaven.  Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph, pray for us.  Fr. Hien

PS. Please always come to church early so that you and your family can join us in praying the rosary before every Mass and also have personal time for yourselves in prayer before Holy Mass.  Your Holy Mass will be twice fruitful if you give yourself the time to prepare yourself before Holy Mass and fully participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  You will harvest what you put in at Holy Mass and no one can take it away from you.


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:03

My Dear Parishioners,

This past Sunday, the universal church celebrated the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to sainthood.  In our parishes, we prayed together a special prayer composed by her for our families.  We prayed that every family in our parishes may become like the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph by truly loving God with all our hearts, minds and soul and also seeing God in every person.  Each one of us knows that we are not perfect.  We are all sinners before God and therefore we need our families and friends along with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world together and with all the angels and saints in heaven to pray for us until we are all in heaven with God.  Every person on earth especially Christians are called to imitate the lives of the saints by living holy and virtuous lives like Mother now St. Teresa.  Let us keep our faith in God alive in our hearts and help others love and forgive one another.  That was what Mother Teresa did, “I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: ‘I forgive my son.’ Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand.”

To be a recognized saint in heaven by the Catholic Church, a person must be deceased for usually at least five years.  This person must have lived a holy or/and virtuous, saintly life on earth.  Once this saintly person has been well known, loved, honored and adored by others, Catholics or not and there is proof of a life of heroic virtues by the Catholic Church, then this person will be given the title, ‘Servant of God.”  Those who know this person or have heard of this person would then pray to this person for their personal intentions.  If this saintly person is in heaven, then God will reveal this to the world by signs and miracles as proven that he/she is in heaven.  Once the Vatican has verified the miracles. ...usually take two miracles, then she/he would receive canonization as a saint in heaven.

Mother Teresa was born August 26, 1910, died September 5, 1997, beautified October 19, 2003, and was canonized on September 4, 2016.  Since the day God called her to eternal life, she has become well-known, loved and adored by millions of people throughout the world, including many non-Christians such as Hindus.  Many people have received healings and miracles through her intercession.  Personally, I love the St. Teresa of Calcutta because she was short and small like me.  She taught me the importance of seeing the face of the Jesus in others regardless of their age, race or status, especially in those who are sick and dying.  I am proud to call her my Mother and Saint.  I truly admire her for her great love for the neglected, abandoned and the poor in materials and also in the spirit.  She is now in heaven to help us to be like her in word, deed and in faith.

High School Youth of our Parishes: If you are free today, Wed, September 7 from 6:30pm –8:30pm, please join us for our CYM kickoff get-together at St. Joseph’s playground.  We will have food and games for you to enjoy and have fun.  Please join us and meet many good Catholic friends.

Holy Masses: Everyone is invited to attend weekend Holy Masses: St. Joseph at 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday at 9am, St. Bridget of Lindsborg at 11am.  This Sunday, Sept. 11th, at 9am Mass, our St. Joseph’s Children Choir will sing at Holy Mass.  Immediately after Mass, everyone is invited to our parish hall for coffee, juice and donuts.

Confirmation Class: will start this Sunday, September 11, at 7pm for all those who have not been confirmed and are at least 9th grade and older, including college students (college age students are welcome to join our confirmation class or join our RCIA program to receive confirmation).  We are blessed to have about 15 parents/helpers to help us with this confirmation program.  Thank you for walking with your child or siblings in the way of faith.  Mother Teresa helped people to know, love and forgive like God, let all parents do the same to their children for we are all called to be saints in heaven.  St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us, Fr. Hien


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Architect Hired to Continue Expansion Project

On Thursday, June 25th, Fr. David, and three parish representatives--Farrell Pedreauville, John Holecek and Peggy Bahr--interviewed three candidates for the position of architect of St. Joseph's expansion project.  The candidates were a combined team of McPherson architect, Randy Clark, and Brett Prather of Architectural Innovations of Wichita, Dennis Smith of Law Kingdon Architects of Wichita, and Bob Faires of Howard and Helmer Architects of Wichita.

All three architects interviewed very well, and each would have served the project with their expertise. However, after hearing each presentation, the interviewing panel unanimously expressed a preference for Bob Faires of Howard and Helmer Architects.  Mr. Faires had most recently served as the lead architect for the following projects: the new grade school at Mary, Queen of the Angels Church in Ft. Scott, the new grade school and expansion of the high school at St. Mary's-Colgan schools in Pittsburg, KS, and the new Church of the Magdalen church and school in Wichita.  Along with the experience of these and many other projects, Mr. Faires also demonstrated an attention to detail in outlining his approach to the expansion and renovation work at St. Joseph's.

Moving ahead now, the goal is to finish the drawings and specifications begun, and over half way completed, by previous projectarchitect Andy Steffes.  Mr. Faires did acknowledge that this project will remain indebted to the talent and creativity of Andy Steffes and that his task will be to guide the work through to the completion of Andy's vision. Efforts will be made to put the project out to bid by
the end of August.  Please continue to make St. Joseph's expansion and renovation a regular intention of your daily prayers!


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