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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Wednesday, October 7th

Paris Hall closed for Oktoberfest Prep
5th Grade DARE • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Teacher Meeting • 3:40pm - 4:40pm
Thursday, October 8th

Paris Hall closed for Oktoberfest Prep
Mrs. Roberta Burghart's Birthday
Kindergarten to Sunnyside Pumpkin Patch • 8:30am - 10:45am
2nd Grade Swim Lessons • 1:30pm - 2:50pm
RCIA Class • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, October 9th

Paris Hall closed for Oktoberfest Prep
Oktoberfest Preview • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, October 10th

Sunday, October 11th

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:24

My Dear Parishioners,

Please join me in extending our sympathy to the family of Aaron Sanders and Virginia Sundahl who recently passed away to eternal life.  I got to meet Mr. Sanders at a parishioner’s house and played pool against him.  He was a very good pool player and I am sure he could beat me.  Mrs. Sundahl, I didn’t get to know her because she was living in Great Bend until the day she passed away.  Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

This Thursday, October 1 at 6pm, please join us for our St. Joseph Stewardship meeting in the Holy Family room if you can.  Many ideas will help.

This Friday, if you are available, please join us for the blessing of the outside statues after our 8:05am Mass on Friday, October 2nd with our St. Joseph students and staff.  During the exit song, everyone please follow the cross and candle bearers outside to where the statues are, then spread out around the five statues.  We will sing a song to our Lord and to our Blessed Mother Mary.  I will do the blessings of all the statues outside.  I can’t wait for this special day.

This Sunday is CYM Sunday: please be sure to encourage your high school sons & daughters to join us for Holy Mass and also for coffee & donuts after Mass.

Next Saturday, October 10th is our annual Oktoberfest—please bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy all day long good food, with lots of fun and many items.  Thank you for supporting our St. Joseph Catholic education.

October Count: Our Bishop Carl Kemme sent a letter to the pastors to introduce a new initiative in our diocese popularly known as the October Count.  This initiative will help Bishop Kemme and the Pastoral Planning Committee of the diocese have needed actual data of Mass attendance in all the parishes of the diocese.  Our parishes of Saints Joseph and Bridget of McPherson County will comply with the Bishop’s request.  We will count everyone attending Holy Mass on the weekends of Oct. 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, and 24 & 25.  As you enter our churches for Holy Mass during these weekends, a volunteer will be standing at the door and count your attendance with a palm clicker.  Thank you for your cooperation and please be sure to attend Holy Mass for God loves to see you coming to Him for His eternal love and blessings.  Of course, I love to see you too.

Finally, recently a parishioner gave me a beautiful statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague.  As I was learning about the history of the statue, I found this beautiful prayer that I would like to share with you:

Prayer to the Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague

Prayer Revealed by Our Lady to the Venerable Father F. Cyril OCD

O Infant Jesus, I have recourse to You and ask You through the intercession of Your Holy Mother to help me in my need, (mention it here) for I firmly believe that Your Divinity can help me.  I hope, in complete trust, to obtain Your holy grace.  I love You with all my heart and with all the strength of my soul.  I am truly sorry for all my sins, and beg You, O good Jesus, to give me strength to conquer them.  I shall never offend You and I am ready to suffer rather than to cause You pain.  From now on I want to serve with complete faithfulness and for love of You, O Divine Child, I will love my neighbor as well as myself.  Omnipotent Child, Lord Jesus, again I implore You, help me in this need of mine (mention it).  Grant me the grace of possessing You eternally, with Mary and Joseph and of adoring You with the holy angels in Your heavenly court.  Amen



Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:25

My Dear Parishioners,

How are you today?  I am doing great except for my eyes, nose, and throat due to allergies.  My eyes have been acting wierd, watery and itchy.  I hope you don’t have what I have for it’s not fun.  Other than that I love my life God is blessing me with.  Please know that I love you and let us also love one another, especially our Holy Father, Pope Francis who is here with us in the United States this week.  We pray that his prayers and the spiritual messages will touch the hearts of our president, Congress and everyone who listens to him so that our government and all of us who live here in the U.S. may cultivate a culture of life with greater family values and faith-based traditions.  God bless America and also our Holy Father, Pope Francis!

Have you seen the new marble statues in front of our St. Joseph church?  They are beautiful, are they not?  These statues are hand-carved out of marble rocks and they are extremely heavy.  The heaviest statue out there is St. Joseph; it weighs about 2,000 lbs.  They are also very durable even much more than concrete.  The color you see is the color it will always be, unlike wood and concrete, which fades or discolors as times goes by.  The best part of these marble statues is that when you look at them when sun is shining on them, you can see God’s mighty work of beauty, it is shiny and sparkling.  We are blessed to have these beautiful statues for our church forever.  I would like to invite everyone to join me for a special blessing of these statues after our 8:05am Mass on this Friday, October 2nd with our St. Joseph students and staff.  After Mass and during the exit song, we will process outside together and I will do the blessings of the statues outside.  I chose this special day because it’s the feast day of “The Holy Guardian Angels,” which is also the mascot of our St. Joseph Catholic School.  We are blessed to have two angel statues and both of them are located on the side of our school building to keep their eyes on our children and also their families as they come every day, waiting and picking up their children from school.  The one angel statue by the south entrance door, the darker statue, is made of concrete.  Looking at the statue, the angel is standing behind a child, protecting the child with one hand while the other hand is teaching the child about God by pointing toward heaven.  The two fingers facing toward heaven symbolizes Jesus, the true teacher of the faith who came from heaven to teach us about God’s eternal love for us and also to lead us to heaven for eternal life.  The other statue is made of marble and the angel is kneeling and praying.  It’s a reminder to all of us that we are to pray every day and also to love and worship God like the angels and saints are now in heaven.

Looking at the main entrance of our church, we see the three statues of Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph holding the baby Jesus.  We call them “The Holy Family,” to remind everyone and every family entering church that we are called to be like the Holy Family.  We are to be like them when they were here on earth, to always put God first, to always help others to grow in deeper love and faith in God, and finally, we are called to sacrifice for our family like St. Joseph.  St. Joseph, the protector who protected his family from the evil Herod.  He brought his family to safety because he did what God told him to do in a dream.  Finally, I love the baby Jesus holding a little dove/bird as a symbol of the Holy Spirit and also the symbol of peace we need in our lives.  Every person and every family will have peace in their life, family and marriage if they have God in their hearts, mind and soul.  Again, all these statues put together give us a beautiful story of God and also the need in us to pray every day, and the promise of eternal life to those who love God today.  We are blessed to have them with us as a reminder every day to always trust in God and to love one another.  We are also blessed with the beautiful red roses and plants around the statues.  God also makes them beautiful for us to enjoy.  May we strive to be beautiful before God every day.

Finally, thank you to our 5th & 6th graders and their teachers for the wonderful State Fair trip last Thursday.  I had a great time and enjoyed it much, except for the hot and windy weather that day.  I came home and took a nap and that night I slept like a baby.  I prefer cold weather than extreme hot and windy weather.  Please enjoy this day as a gift from God and always love God, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:29

My Dear Parishioners,

Our adult CYM leaders and I were so happy to see so many youth of our parishes - close to 40 of them came to our first get-together last Wednesday.  The leaders and I were so happy to see our teenagers having fun and enjoying each other.  Personally, I can’t wait to be with all our children tonight, Wednesday, September 16th for our first PSR & CYM Mass & class for this school year.  Parents, if you have not registered your children for our religion programs yet, please bring them tonight and we are here to help you.  If you would like to help with our programs as teachers or helpers, please know that we can always use your help.  Everyone, please join me and our students for a special Holy Mass tonight at 7:15pm in church and after Mass, everyone is invited to the parish hall for an ice cream social.  Also, please join me in thanking our teachers and helpers in our religion programs at both St. Joseph and St. Bridget parishes.  I would like every one of us to pray for them and for the spiritual growth of our children.  I truly appreciate our parish catechists and youth leaders and would like everyone to say the below prayers for them as often as you can:

For Catechists: 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 and youth ministry leaders 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.

For Parents & Guardians: God our Father, let your peace settle within the hearts of these mothers, fathers, and guardians. Give them strength and wisdom as they care for their children. Show them how to raise their families with patience and tenderness.  Give them strength during the times of greatest difficulty and help them recognize the little joys that are part of each day.  May they grow in wisdom, understanding, and grace.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who is one with you and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen. Again, thank you everyone for your prayers.  I am sure that our teachers, helpers, youth leaders, parents and guardians are truly grateful for your thoughts and prayers, because they have been entrusted with the mission to help others to know God, love God, serve God and to be in heaven with God.  Thank you!

Are you going to the Kansas State Fair this year?  Our St. Joseph 5th & 6th graders are going this Thursday, September 17 and I am going with them.  I have been there once a few years ago and I can’t wait to go again this Thursday with our children. I hope to see some of you there to enjoy our Kansan traditions and great food.

St. Joseph Altar Society: Women of St. Joseph, you are welcome to join our Altar Society meeting this Thursday, September 17, at 6:15pm.  You have done so much for our parish by decorating the altar for Holy Mass, taking care of the chapel, keeping our church and chapel clean, serving food for so many funerals…etc.… thank you and may God bless your ministry.

If you are in town this Sunday, September 20th, please bring your family to church this Sunday and join our St. Joseph’s children for singing and praising God at Holy Mass.  Every child in our parish is a blessing from God to us and we love them dearly.  Go, children, and let all of us sing praise to God with all our heart, mind and soul for God loves us much.

Finally, please also join me in thanking God for the gift of new lives given to my newly born nephew, Evan who was born on Thursday, September 10th and also my newly born niece, Emma who was born on Friday, September 11th.  I praise God for the gift of my new born nephew & niece; they both are in good health and truly cute.  I held both of them for a long time on Monday.  They are tiny, just a little over 5lbs each.  God is awesome, God is great & I love God, Fr. Hien

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Written by Summer Creed   
Friday, 06 March 2015 10:20

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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