Please support our sponsors, they make this website possible.

Parish 5 Day Outlook

Monday, October 24th

2nd Qtr. Begins
Meals on Wheels-Martinez • 11:20am - 12:20pm
Parent Teacher Conferences • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 25th

5/6 AR Costume Party • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Parent Teacher Conferences • 4:30pm - 7:30pm
RCIA • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, October 26th

Art with Diane Gr. 3-5 • 12:05pm - 1:05pm
PSR & CYM • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
New Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors Training in church • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 27th

Parent Teacher Conferences • 10:00am - 1:00pm
Friday, October 28th

Directory Pictures • 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:44

My Dear Parishioners,

This week of Oct. 17-20, I am at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita with our priests and bishop for our annual conference.  It’s a nice, beautiful place for religious education, formation and spiritual development.  This place has a lot to offer everyone.  Please visit for retreats, workshops, and classes that are available year round for your needs.  We all can learn more about God and spend more time with God in prayer, adoration and receiving the sacraments in a spiritual and quiet place.  I believe that it would be almost impossible for a marriage to fail/end up in divorce if the couples are truly and completely giving of themselves to each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, everyday of their married life.  This means that at all times, both spouses always have love and respect for each other and are always willing to listen to each other without interruption, judgment or criticism.  Every day, they are to sacrifice for each other, taking care of their family together, eating together, praying and going to church together, and above all spending time with God together at a retreat/renewal weekend.  With God, you’ll have the unbreakable bond that binds you together in this life and forever in heaven.

A reminder that I will have a special training next Wednesday, October 26th at 7pm in St. Joseph’s Church for any parishioners in our parishes who would like to serve God as an Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion.  If you can’t make it on that day, here are some places in Wichita that you can also attend:  Oct. 25, 7:00 pm @ St. Jude; Dec. 3, 10:00 am @ St. Thomas Aquinas; or Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard, Dec. 3, 6:00 pm, and Dec. 4, 9:00 am.  RSVP to Molly Reichenberger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /316-269-3900.

New Parish Directory: Our last directory was done in 2013.  It’s time for us to put together an updated one for our parishes.  We would like to have everyone and every family in our new directory.  Life Touch, the picture company, will start taking pictures beginning next Fri., October 28, at 2pm.  Please sign up to take your pictures either online or at St. Joseph or at St. Bridget.  Thank you for having your picture taken for the parish.  If you do, you will receive a free large 8x10 and a free parish picture directory.  Of course, Life Touch will want you to buy pictures from them.  Please know that you don’t have to buy any if you don’t want to—just say, I’m not interested, or not at this time, and of course with a big smile :)

Finally, please continue praying for 44 students of our parishes of St. Joseph and St. Bridget who are taking their confirmation class.  God bless their spiritual journey.  Please also keep our Parish School of Religion students and their teachers of our parishes in your prayers as they are learning their Catholic faith.  These children are the future of our Catholic Church.  A special thanks to many parents for volunteering to teach the Catholic faith to our children and also to many parents who are helping in the classrooms.  Every one of us will be most pleasing to God when we learn the faith, immediately passing it on to others--evangelizing through our words and actions.  Thank you and God bless our children and all parents.  Below are the students and their teachers at St. Bridget.  These students have their religion classes before Mass on Sundays.  Saint Joseph’s students, who have their religion class on Wednesday nights, will have their names published in next week’s bulletin.

I always love you all, Fr. Hien

Pre-School & Kindergarten: Grace Flax, Josie Nelson, Brogan Isaacson, Will Rutherford.  Teachers:  Anne Bruce & Amber Pracht

First & Third Grade: Allyssa Opat, Brianna Flax, Kyle Robledo, Eian Pracht, Jesse Bruce, Kaitlyn Leis, Dylan Opat, Tayler Reisner, Clara Bruce.  Teacher:  Laurie Rutherford

Fourth & Fifth Grade: Matthew Opat, Tess Walle, Lily Heline, Kendra Robledo, Acacia Pracht, Kiley Isaacson, Kenzie Heline, Allison Hipp, Lilly Bruce.  Teacher: Heather Hipp

Sixth-Eighth Grade: Caden Isaacson, Wade Rutherford, Mason Morel, Bree Isaacson, Brandon Malm, Ryan Heline, Abby Hipp.  Teacher: Mary Patrick


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:21

My Dear Parishioners,

Wow, what a week last week with the weather, hurricane Matthew on the East coast and strong wind, tornadoes, rain and the cold front in Kansas.  I told myself every day that God is in charge and He knows what He is doing, and everything will be ok for we have Him on our side.  Glory and praise to God forever.

I would like to thank all the St. Joseph’s Catholic school students, teachers, parish staff, parents and grandparents for your hard work to give us a great, fun and successful Octoberfest fund raiser last Saturday.  On the behalf of everyone in our Catholic school and parish, especially our St. Joseph’s students, we thank you every one for your many prayers and financial support.  You brought our tickets, ate our food, played our games and especially bid on the auction items.  Thank you and again thank you, please know that we are blessed to have you with us and to have your support.  God bless you for all the good you have done for us.  Thank you!  The exact amount raised this Oktoberfest will be published in the bulletin soon.

Altar Servers Training: I will have a special training for 4th grade and older students who are attending public school and would like to be an altar server at Holy Mass.  The training is today, Wed, October 12, 7pm – 8pm.  I have already trained the St. Joseph Catholic School students, and if there is any student who might want a refresher, you are welcome to attend tonight.  We thank God for our altar servers for their ministry at the altar of our Lord.  May God bless those who serve Him in this life, for their loving service to God will go with them to eternal life.

No Daily Mass: From this Monday to Thursday, October 17-20, I will be attending the diocesan clergy conference in Wichita; therefore, there will be no daily Mass during these days.  Please be assured of my daily prayer for you and your families, especially at Holy Mass with our bishop and priests.

FORMED.ORG is a Catholic Website that provides Catholic resources for everyone who is trying to live out a Christian life in today’s world.  Everyone can experience hundreds of hours viewing, reading, and listening to the Catholic content.  Please visit with the parish code: 93P6TK to view, to learn and to enlighten yourself for free, since the parish has already paid for this month’s subscription.  We hope that many parishioners will use this program, but if not, we will unsubscribe to it for it is a costly subscription to the parish.  Anyone can subscribe to it for themselves and their family to use if they find it to be helpful.

St. Bridget’s Church Anniversary: On Sunday, Oct. 23rd, St. Bridget parishioners will thank God at Holy Mass for their church which was built 35 years ago.  We will celebrate this anniversary with a catered meal in the parish hall immediately after Mass.  Everyone is invited to join us for food, fun and fellowship.

St. Bridget:  Thank you to Jeff Chambers and his helpers for recently trimming the big tree in front of the church.  Due to the extra amount of rain this year, the tree really grew and its branches were hanging dangerously over the church and the awning.  Yes, it’s nice to have a big tree very close to the church building for shade and beauty.  However, it’s a pain to keep it up every year for the safety of our church building, to not clog up the gutters, to rake the leaves in the fall, to keep it safe for everyone in the winter months.  When it’s icy, snowy and windy, it would be dangerous to be under or near a tree because of falling branches or ice from above, plus it’s more slippery due to ice forming under the tree’s shade or walking on its leaves and nuts.  As a church family, we do what we can for the safety of everyone and we are blessed to have Jeff and his helpers do the job for us.  Thank you and God bless your service.  I love you all, Father Hien


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:49

My Dear Parishioners,

It’s Wednesday, October 5th and can you smell the good food?  Yes, our school parents and many volunteers have been preparing and cooking for our big event of St. Joseph’s school Octoberfest celebration this Saturday for everyone.  Food will be served from 4pm until 7:30pm, carnival from 4-7pm, and live auction starts at 7pm.  Please bring your whole family and friends to celebrate with us for we are God’s family.  Also, don’t forget to check out hundreds of pumpkins outside by the bell tower/chapel area.  Enjoy and have fun for God is good.

Please join our students, teachers and staff for a special 8:05am baptism Mass this Friday, October 7th followed by a living rosary led by our students.  On this special day, the feast day for Our Lady of the Rosary, our Bishop Kemme has asked us to pray the rosary for our country in this election year for justice, peace, love and dignity for every person, especially the unborn.

Confirmation Class: We are blessed to have the following 42 young adults of our parishes who are preparing themselves for their sacrament of Confirmation this spring by our Bishop Kemme.  Here are their names and the names of teachers & helpers.  Please keep them close to your hearts in your daily prayer.  Thank You!

Confirmation Students:

Jacob Alexander, Katherine Bahr, Amanda Behanna (St. Bridget’s), Jaycee Burghart, Daphne Carrillo, Remington Creed, Garrett Farney, Addie Fitzmorris, Diana Garcia, Edith Garcia, Tyson Gottwald, Aaron Green, Megan Grieb, Raegan Harger, Diana Hernandez (St. Bridget’s), Brenen Hoppes, Ian Jenkins, Morgan Jones, Carissa Klatt, Collin Kohl, Trevor Kohl, Zachary LeBlanc, Megan Maltbie, Brock McDaniel, Jensen MierKiewicz, Ashley Moore, Sydney Myers, Anna Nason, Jarrod Nowak, Kolbi Partain, Nicholas Pearson, Stacey Pham, Ellika Ptacek, Jacob Reed (St. Bridget’s), Lakyn Schieferecke, Jason Schowengerdt, Jr, Trenton Stecklein, Jake Strawn, Savannah Thode, Zachary Wankum, Chandler Wiard, and Hannah Wuertz.

Team Leaders:

Steve Burghart, Jeri Burghart, Jason Creed, Linda Elliott, Matt Grieb, Dave & Linda Harger, Gretchen Heidebrecht, Michael Janzer, Alma Moore, Jim Munsey, Brett & Deb Nowak, Karin O'Reilly, Sarah Pham, Kathy Stein, Zach Stucky, Lauren Wankum, Phil & Nikki Wankum, and Tyler Wheat.  Thank you Steve Burghart & all parents for your prayers and support to our children, God bless you all, Fr. Hien

FYI ON ABORTION: last year in Kansas, one year alone 629 babies died by violent, painful dismemberment abortions--metal forceps clinch body parts of a still living, unborn baby. The baby’s limbs are torn from her body, even as her heart continues beating.  Science strongly suggests that babies feel pain during the second trimester when these abortions occur – that they feel every excruciating moment.  More than 50 babies per month meet this torturous fate in Kansas.  THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE BANNED IT: Recognizing the heinous nature of the practice, the Kansas Legislature outlawed dismemberment abortion in the spring of 2015.

THE KANSAS COURTS REINSTATED IT: Kansas district and appeals courts have prevented the dismemberment abortion ban from going into effect, ruling that the Kansas Constitution protects abortion but not unborn human beings.  WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: The lower court rulings will now be reviewed by the Kansas Supreme Court.  The fate of the dismemberment abortion law, and potentially all other existing protections for the unborn, is in the hands of the seven justices of the Kansas Supreme Court.

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
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

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 Next > End >>

Page 1 of 3
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!


Catholic News - Catholic World News
Site created and maintained by Solutio Software