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Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 07:47

My Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph & St. Bridget,

First of all, how has your summer been?  Mine has been great since school was out in May!  End of May, I attended the priesthood ordination in Wichita and it was a great experience.  It was so good to see so many young men ordained priests for our diocese.  In June, I enjoyed our children when they were here for Totus Tuus and also the Prayer and Action high school students who were here for two weeks.  On the 4th of July, I had a wonderful time with lots of fun celebrating our Independence.  I even got to light some fireworks.  Last week was my birthday, and I had one of the best birthday celebrations with many people in our parishes of St. Joseph and St. Bridget.  Everyone was so nice to me and the kids at the swimming pool were great.  Another nice piece of my summer was that I got to go fishing at Kannapolis Lake with a parishioner a few days before my birthday.  We caught so many catfish that day.  We kept twenty for our limits and we threw back another 30 or so.  Last year, I went fishing with him for the first time and he caught more fish than I did, he caught 13 and I caught 7.  He said that I was a good fisherman but he was the better one.  I had to humble myself because he caught more fish than I did.  This year is a different story.  Yes it was like last year, he caught the first fish of the day; however, once I started catching fish, he had a hard time keeping up with me.  There were a few times that he caught up with me; but here I was, catching another fish as big or bigger than his.  At the end of the day, I beat him with more fish and bigger ones.  I said to him, “My friend!  Last year, I watched you catch all the fish and I learned your techniques.  This year, the student is better than his master.”  He smiled at me and I smiled at him and we continued fishing.  We had a great time fishing, enjoying each other’s company and the good weather.  If you have not been out fishing this summer yet, it’s not too late, the fish are waiting for you, and they might be calling your name, “come and get me out of the water and take me home for dinner.  I’m pretty delicious and healthy.”  Have Fun & Good Luck fishing everyone!  If you need a partner, call 1800fatherhien…help… J

St. Bridget Feast Day: Happy St. Bridget’s feast day to everyone this Thursday, July 23!  St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303.  Since she was a young girl, she received many visions of Jesus’ suffering on the cross.  When she turned 10 years old, she had a vision of Jesus on the cross and heard Him say to her, “Look at me, my daughter."  Young Bridget asked Jesus, "Who has treated you like this?"  Jesus responded, "Those who despise me and refuse my love for them.”  Since then she devoted more time to loving Jesus and also telling Him that she loved Him.  She even tried to stop people from offending Jesus.  When she turned 14, she was married to Ulf who was also a devoted and religious person.  They had a happy marriage and God blessed them with eight children and one of them later became a saint known as St. Catherine of Sweden.  After Bridget’s husband died, she gave away what she had and lived as a poor nun.  In 1346, she founded the order of the Most Holy Savior, also known as Bridgettines.  Bridget died on July 23, 1373.  All St. Bridget's visions on the sufferings of Jesus were published after her death and she was proclaimed a saint by Pope Boniface IX in 1391.  Let us pray that every husband and wife in our parishes imitate the love and example of St. Bridget by putting God first and above all things and always encouraging one another, especially those in their family to love Jesus on the Cross and especially in the Blessed Sacrament.  Yes, it’s possible for every mom and dad in our parishes to love Jesus more wholeheartedly and also to live more saintly every day.

Finally, if you or your family has never attended Midwest Catholic Family Conference, please consider going this year to learn more about your Catholic faith, culture and tradition.  It’ very spiritual, educational and above all it’s a great opportunity to worship our Lord at Holy Mass, adoration and also the opportunity for confession, with thousands of people attending.  Many people are coming from out of state to attend this special occasion.  It will be held at Century II convention center, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, from August 7-9, 2015.  There will be many wonderful and well known speakers giving talks at this conference for all ages.  For more details visit: www.catholicfamilyconference.org Stay cool & love you all, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 11:06

My Dear Parishioners,

St. Joseph’s Parish picnic: Thank you to all those who came to celebrate our parish life and family with one another, with lots of fun and food last Sunday.  Thank you also for celebrating my birthday with me and my family.  It was a hot day but the turnout for the picnic and swimming was great.  It was so wonderful to see everyone out there having fun with each other.  It was amazing that some of our children caught some fish in the small lake where we were picnicking.  At first, they didn’t catch anything, so I said to them, “let me help you.”  I went to the grill and got a piece of hot dog and cut it into small pieces and put them on the hook and the children began to catch some fish with it.  I am glad and happy that they caught some fish for fun.  Personally, my best part of the day was at the swimming pool.  It was my best swimming-fun time ever in my life with the children of our parish.  We swam and threw the football to each other in the water.  It was so fun swimming and tackling each other in the water.  It was definitely hard to throw the football in the pool with the ball full of water inside of it.  At first, none of the children knew the trick from Fr. Hien.  I squished the water out of the ball before I threw it.  It was much easier that way.  About 20 minutes later, all the children were doing what I did.  I was happy that they learned the trick.  I was absolutely tired at the end of the day.  Life is good when we have God, each other, food and fun.  Thank you everyone for sharing your food, especially our Knights for providing the food and everything else.  You are our great dads and we love what you did for us.  Thank you!

Bathroom Remodel:  Began Sunday, July 12th, and for the next few weeks, our school parents and parishioners will clean and remodel our two old large bathrooms located by the foyer to get ready for the new school year.  They will be removing the old sinks, faucets, counter tops, ceiling tiles, lighting fixtures, and replacing them with new ones.  If you have to use a bathroom during construction, there is a bathroom located in the Holy Family room, by the entrance doors, and don’t’ forget that we have a lot of bathrooms west of the gym.  I am grateful to our school parents and many parishioners who are doing all that they can for our parish and school.  Thank you to those who donated generously last Oktoberfest that helped pay for this remodel project and also put a new sound system in our parish hall.  The new sound system sounds great.  It comes with 14 large commercial speakers, 4 microphone jacks and two wireless microphones.  Now that we have a nice sound system, a nice stage and a projector screen installed in the parish hall, I would like all non-liturgical events such as music & play programs, graduation, etc… to be held in the parish hall.  I feel that it’s important for every one of us to keep the holiness and sacredness of our church as the house of God, a sacred place for prayer and worship only.  Let us strive harder to give God our honor, respect, reverence, and love with full faith in His presence in church, in the tabernacle.  When I die, I don’t want our Lord Jesus to say to me, “Fr. Hien, why didn’t you give me your honor and respect when you entered my presence?  How come I was not important to you?”

Finally, thank you also to St. Bridget Altar Society for celebrating my birthday after Mass last Sunday in Lindsborg.  The food was great and I was definitely caked out that day.  Throughout the day of my birthday, people were asking me, “Father, how old are you?”  I said, I’m 21 plus 22.  I am blessed because God and everyone is good to me.  THANK YOU for your prayer, love and gifts, I’m truly appreciated, Fr. Hien

HAPPY BE ST. BRIDGET’S FEASTDAY EVERYONE

THIS THURSDAY, JULY 23RD.

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:25

My Dear Parishioners of Saints Joseph & Bridget,

Blessings from our Lord be with you!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful time celebrating our Independence Day with your family and friends.  I certainly had a wonderful time this year with lots of food, fun and fireworks.  The only thing that I didn’t like about these days of Independence celebration was that I couldn’t go to bed early like I would like to, too many people were still playing with fireworks till late.  I still remember the first summer my family and I came to America 29 years ago.  Nine of us were living in a two bedroom duplex not far from downtown Wichita.  We were accustomed to going to bed early every night, right after sunset, when we were living in Vietnam.  Everyone in my village went to bed right after dark because of the millions of mosquitos everywhere.  Before dark, we would have to close our doors and stay in a mosquito net.  When we first came to America, like usual, we went to bed really early, right after dark.  On July 4th of that year, we began to hear fireworks from everywhere and it got louder and louder as it got later in the evening.  My mom said, “There must be a war going on out there somewhere.”  We didn’t know that people were setting off fireworks to celebrate their Independence Day.  Now, I wish my family and I had known some American friends to teach us the language and explain to us about American culture, history and celebrations.  After 29 years in the U.S, we have learned a lot and we are one of those people who love to light fireworks to enjoy and to celebrate our freedom, not only the freedom blessed by God to America but especially the freedom from the Communist regime that God bestowed on my family and me.  God saved us from the ocean and brought us to this beautiful land.  For me, God is good and I am blessed to be in America and I hope everyone feels the same.

Every one of us, including me, was conceived by the love and union of our mom and dad, a woman and a man.  We were born precious and loved by our mom & dad.  They were the ones who helped us celebrate our life and also our birthday with family and friends.  Every one of us has a birthday to celebrate, to celebrate our precious life given by God through the union and love of our parents.  I too have a birthday to celebrate; however, only God knows the exact day and the month of my birthday.  Where I came from in a small village of southern Vietnam, we had no electricity, running water, notebooks, or even pens, and so no one recorded the date of my baptism.  My mom remembered that I was born in the hot summer month of 1972 during the Vietnamese Communist vs. American War and the bombs were being fired.  Because of the war, my family and I had to escape in a small boat through the Pacific Ocean to find freedom.  Once we ended up in the refugee camp in Malaysia, my mom had to give a date for my birthday and so she chose July12th as my birthday.  Once I came to America, I told my mom that she did a good job picking the date; however, she could have done a better job if she had chosen July 4th so that everyone in America could celebrate my birthday with tons of fireworks in the sky throughout America.  I am sure she did not know then that July 4th is the American Independence Day.  Now she knows because she is like everyone in my family, we are American citizens.  All my life, I have been very blessed.  I am whole-heartedly grateful to God for my life, my family and so many people who care for me and love me, including my parishioners.  God and everyone has been so good to me.  Thank you everyone for your prayer and love to my heart, life and soul.  Thank you to the Altar Society of St. Bridget for holding a parish potluck lunch after our 11am Mass on Sunday, July 12th to celebrate my birthday.  Thank you also to our St. Joseph Knights of Columbus for arranging our parish picnic for everyone on Sunday, July 12th to celebrate my birthday.  Dinner will be held at Lakeside Park beginning at 6:00 pm followed by swimming from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.  Please bring a side &/or dessert to share.  Our Knights will provide hotdogs and hamburgers.  Everyone is welcome to join us!  Bring your lawn chair and come early to visit with each other and play games with your friends.  Please feel free to bring any games you might have such as volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, freebees, etc...  Last year we did jumping ropes.  I am ready for you and I love you all—Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Monday, 29 June 2015 10:01

My Dear Parishioners,

Happy 4th and may God’s blessings be upon you, your family and on our beloved country as we celebrate our Independence this week.  We are truly a blessed nation full of faith in God, full of freedom & peace, full of hard working citizens and full of honor, love and respect for one another, especially toward those who serve in the armed forces and those who keep us safe every day.  As we celebrate our Independence, we give thanks to God for our beautiful land and those who love her.  America is a special gift from God.  Let us pray that our government leaders will keep the laws of God in our land so that from God our citizens can live in true freedom, love, peace and prosperity.  No nation or people could live in true justice, peace, harmony and with human dignity without God in their land.  We need God in America and within every person in America.

Our Bishop Kemme is publishing a letter in the Catholic Advance to prepare us for an upcoming decision of the Supreme Court that more than likely will go directly against the law of God by allowing gay marriage in our country.  I have done some reading online and I would like to share with you the true meaning of marriage that our country should follow.  Please visit: www.marriageuniqueforareason.org for more information.

The Meaning of Marriage & Sexual Difference:

1. Marriage: What’s a good starting point? To understand what marriage is, the best place to start is with the human person. After all, marriage is a unique relationship between two specific persons, one man and one woman. We must ask, “What does it mean to be a human person, as a man or as a woman?” First, men and women are created in the image of God. This means that they have great dignity and worth. Also, since “God is love,” each person – created in God’s image – finds his or her fulfillment by loving others. Second, men and women are body-persons. The body – male or female – is an essential part of being human. Gender is not an afterthought or a mere social construct. The body shapes what it means to love as a human person. To sum up, when we think about marriage, we must think about who the human person is – created with great dignity, and called to love as a body-person, male or female.

2. Where does marriage come from? “God himself is the author of marriage”. When God created human persons in His own image, as male and female, He placed in their hearts the desire, and the task, to love – to give themselves totally to another person. Marriage is one of two ways someone can make a total self-gift. Marriage is not something thought up by human society or by any religion – rather, it springs from who the human person is, as male and female, and society and religion affirm and reinforce it. The truth of marriage is therefore accessible to everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. Both faith and reason speak to the true meaning of marriage.

3. What is marriage? Marriage is the lifelong partnership of mutual and exclusive fidelity between a man and a woman ordered by its very nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. The bond of marriage is indissoluble – that is, it lasts “until death do us part.” At the heart of married love is the total gift of self that husband and wife freely offer to each other. Because of their sexual difference, husband and wife can truly become “one flesh” and can give to each other “the reality of children, who are a living reflection of their love”.  Marriage between a baptized man and a baptized woman is a sacrament. This means that the bond between husband and wife is a visible sign of the sacrificial love of Christ for His Church. As a sacrament, marriage gives spouses the grace they need to love each other generously, in imitation of Christ.

4. Why can’t marriage be “redefined” to include two men or two women? The word “marriage” isn’t simply a label that can be attached to different types of relationships. Instead, “marriage” reflects a deep reality – the reality of the unique, fruitful, lifelong union that is only possible between a man and a woman. Just as oxygen and hydrogen are essential to water, sexual difference is essential to marriage. The attempt to “redefine” marriage to include two persons of the same sex denies the reality of what marriage is. It is as impossible as trying to “redefine” water to include oxygen and nitrogen.

5. What is sexual difference? Sexual difference is the difference of man to woman and woman to man. It affects a person at every level of his or her existence: genetically, biologically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Sexual difference is an irreducible difference. It is unlike any other difference we experience, because it – and only it – allows for the total personal union between husband and wife that is at the heart of marriage. The difference between men and women is for the sake of their union with each other. It is what makes spousal union possible.

6. Isn’t marriage just about love and commitment between two people? Of course love and commitment are important for marriage – as they are for many relationships. But marriage is unique because the commitment it calls for is better described as communion, where “the two become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). Only a man and a woman in marriage can become a “one flesh” communion. The unity of husband and wife is so intimate that from it can come a “third,” the child – a new life to be welcomed and raised in love. No other relationship, no matter how loving or committed, can have this unique form of commitment – communion – that exists in marriage, between a husband and a wife.

7. Why does a person’s gender matter for marriage? Gender matters for marriage because the body matters for love. My body is not simply “the shape of my skin.” Instead, my identity as a person (my “I”) is inseparable from the reality of my body – I am a body-person. As John Paul II said, the body reveals the person. It is a deeply personal reality, not just a biological fact. The body is “taken up” into every human action, including the most important task of all: loving. Loving as a human person means loving as a man or as a woman. Marriage, the “primary form” of human love, necessarily involves the reality of men and women as body-persons. Marriage is intrinsically opposite-sex. To “write off” the body, and gender, as unimportant to marriage means treating the body as inconsequential or, at best, as an object or tool to be used according to one’s pleasure, instead of as an essential – and beautiful – aspect of being human and loving as a human person. Such a write-off would ignore the very essence of what marriage is.

8. How is the love between a husband and a wife irreducibly unique? The love between a husband and a wife involves a free, total, and faithful mutual gift of self that not only expresses love, but also opens the spouses to receive the gift of a child. No other human interaction on earth is like this. This is why sexual intimacy is reserved for married love – marriage is the only context wherein sex between a man and a woman can speak the true language of self-gift. On the other hand, sexual behavior between two men or two women can never arrive at the oneness experienced between husband and wife, nor can these acts be life-giving. In fact, it is impossible for two persons of the same sex to make a total gift of self to each other as a husband and a wife do, bodily and personally. For this reason, such sexual behavior is harmful and always wrong, as it is incapable of authentically expressing conjugal love – love which by its nature includes the capacity to give oneself fully to the other and to receive the other precisely as gift in a total communion of mind, body and spirit. Therefore, no relationship between two persons of the same sex can ever be held up as equal or analogous to the relationship between husband and wife.

9. What is complementarity? “Complementarity” refers to the unique – and fruitful – relationship between men and women. Both men and women are created in the image of God. Both have great dignity and worth. But equality does not mean “sameness”: a man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man. Instead, “male and female are distinct bodily ways of being human, of being open to God and to one another”. Because men and women are “complementary,” they bring different gifts to a relationship. In marriage, the complementarity of husband and wife is expressed very clearly in the act of conjugal love, having children, and fathering and mothering –actions that call for the collaboration – and unique gifts – of husband and wife.

10. Why does the Catholic Church care so much about marriage? The Catholic Church cares about marriage because marriage is a fundamental good in itself and foundational to human existence and flourishing. Following the example of Jesus, the Church cares about the whole person, and all people. Marriage (or the lack thereof) affects everyone. Today, people all over the world are suffering because of the breakdown of the family – divorce, out-of-wedlock childbearing, and so on. Marriage is never just a “private” issue; it has public significance and public consequences. One only has to think of the connection between fatherless families and young men in jail to know that this is true. In addition, the proposal to “redefine” marriage to include two men or two women is really a proposal to “redefine” the human person, causing a forgetfulness of what it means to be a man or a woman. This is a basic injustice to men and women, children, and fathers and mothers. Marriage is truly one of the most important social justice issues of our time.

 
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