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Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:23

STEWARDSHIP RENEWAL 2015

“Put your gifts at the service of one another.” 1 Peter 4:10

 My Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph,

        May the grace and blessings of our Lord be with you all.  Please know that I love you and you are in my daily prayers.  I am writing this letter to thank you and your family for your stewardship to our parish.  Stewardship is the way of life for all of us because we truly love God, believe in God and trust in God.  We give God our personal time for daily prayer and also to worship God at Holy Mass.  We give God our skills and talents to help and to serve one another, especially in the many ministries in our parish.  We also support our church and school with our financial contribution.  As Catholics, we are to tithe 10% of our income to God.  The diocese suggests tithing 8% to our parish and 2% to a charity of our choice.  I am thankful to many parishioners who tithe 8% or more to our parish.  To my parishioners who have not tithed or are not giving as you should, please trust in God and tithe so that you may know the blessings from your sacrifices.  Your sacrificial contribution will benefit not only the people of our parish but graces from God will come upon you and your family.  Please listen to your conscience and trust in God.  If your conscience is telling you that you have done everything you can for God, please rejoice and be glad.  However, if your conscience is saying that you can do more, please don’t hesitate to trust in God and tithe.  Please know that when you tithe, you are giving it to God; you are being grateful to God and you love God more than anything in this life.  You will never regret making this difficult but wonderful choice, for you are doing good deeds before God and for the salvation of souls.  Tithing to God will surely increase your love and trust in God, if not, I will return 100% of your contribution.  When you tithe, you will help our church family pay our monthly bills.  I hope that our parish will not have to do a special fund raiser next spring to pay our bills or debt.  Our weekly budget is $15,500 (about $4,000 of it will go toward paying off our debt).  Here are the steps we will do together at St. Joseph to make this stewardship way of life successful in our parish.

 1.  Every family/individual will pray every day, serve at least 1 ministry in our parish, and commit to tithe a percentage to our parish.  Percentage is the fairest way to support our church, for those who are blessed with more, a greater amount is asked of you; those who receive less, a lesser amount is asked of you.  We should never say, “I can’t tithe because I don’t have much,” please remember that God is not asking how much money we are giving to God, but how grateful are we to God by tithing to Him.

2.  I strongly encourage every parishioner to use direct deposit for their weekly contribution.  To do so, please provide a voided blank check for direct giving from your bank to the church’s bank.  The parish pays no fee for this service.  It’s the easiest, safest, and a money-saving way to give to our parish---eliminating the costs of collection envelopes & shipping costs.  It’s also the most efficient way of giving and (if needed) you are free to stop your contribution at anytime by calling your bank or church office.  Currently, about 75% of our weekly contributions are checks and cash; therefore at least 2 unrelated people have to spend time counting these checks and cash as well as depositing them in the bank every Sunday.

3.  Please return your stewardship forms with your tithe to our parish as soon as possible but no later than December 14th.  Our parish volunteers will contact any family that did not return their forms of time, talent and treasure—please prayerfully consider tithing to our parish, even if you can only tithe 1% or 3% of your income as a starter.  Our church would be thankful if you desire to join your sacrifices with everyone in our family.  We need you and we need all three forms returned, please.

4.  As a sign of my love and thankfulness for your faithful stewardship, I will give out incentives for returning the stewardship forms.  Incentives are given as follows:  3 families/individuals will win 3 religious gifts from Fr. Hien if you return your stewardship forms by Friday, December 5th.  Those who do not win in this drawing will be in for a redraw on Friday, December 12th.  The lucky family/individuals will be taken out to a dinner of your choice paid for by Fr. Hien, unless you choose to eat at your home, then Fr. Hien will do the dishes afterwards by hand…DEAL? 

Finally, our goal this year is to be able to pay our monthly bills and debt.  As your priest and pastor, I believe that if you commit to tithing, we can meet our weekly budget and not have a fund raiser in a few months.  Thank you for trusting in God and recognizing that everything you have comes from God.  I am glad that God made me a priest and allows me to live until this day to be with you.  I am thankful for your faith, your many sacrifices and your love for the church and also for me.   St. Joseph, pray for your parishioners that they may trust in God as much as you did.                                                                                 Love, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 12:10

My Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph,

Please join me in congratulating the following new lectors for our parish: Lauren Wankum & Helen Adams; and also our new extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion--Linda Reese, Helen Adams, Janet Rader, Lauren Wankum and Laura Parks; our re-certified ministers---William Martin, John Martinez, Diane Marshall, Robin Elsasser and Dave O’Reilly.  We thank God for these and all lectors and extraordinary ministers in our parish.  May God bless you on these special and important ministries at Holy Mass.  The above new and re-certified ministers, please stop by the church office to pick up your certificates signed by our Bishop Carl Kemme.  Thank you!

Please join our Knights of Columbus for a special memorial Mass this Saturday, November 15th at 5:30 PM, where they will remember the deceased council members and all souls at Holy Mass.  Following Mass, everyone is invited to the parish hall where the Knights will be serving cake and ice cream.

Looking ahead---please plan to join our parish for our 2nd annual Parish Thanksgiving dinner after 5:30pm Mass on November 22nd.  The parish will provide turkey, dressing, dessert and tableware.  You are welcome to bring a side dish to share if you would like, but you don’t have to.  Everyone is invited to join us for Holy Mass and a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner together after Mass to celebrate our thankfulness to God and to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together.  We thank God for our country, our lives & faith, our families & friends, jobs & homes, and above all, our beloved deceased families, friends and parishioners who sacrificed so much for us and our freedom.  May they all and all of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace, amen.  Please continue praying for all souls throughout this month.  We pray for them and when they make it to heaven, they will pray for us.  The truth is--we all need others to pray for us today, and especially after we die, for without others loving and praying for us, we will be truly lost.  Prayer brings peace and happiness to our hearts and souls.  Life is a cycle of love.  If we love one another, others will love us in return, even a thousand years after we die.  God never meant for us to be self-centered or “me” only, but to share our hearts, hands and love with one another.  Live well each day with God and with one another!

Finally, please enjoy the stewardship letter I sent to your home and share it with your family, including your children.  Your children are the future of our church and parish.  They need to know that you are a generous, loving and faithful stewardship family.  You share and you sacrifice for others and the church because you love God.  Please teach your children that food doesn’t fall on the table at dinner time, someone such as moms & dads had to make the sacrifices to prepare and cook it.  Money doesn’t come from a tree either, but people like moms & dads had to work hard to buy our food and to pay for our home and many bills.  Our church & school doesn’t pay its bills by itself either, but from the generous hands and hearts of faithful stewardship families like your family.  Nobody can teach your children about God and life better than you can as parents with your words and deeds.  One of the best lessons in life that every mom and dad could teach their children is “Give to God what belongs to God with our time, talent and treasure.”  When we trust in God, God will provide to us all that we need today and also for eternal life.

Love God always, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:02

My Dear Parishioners,

I give thanks to God for you all, especially those of you who are young at heart.  First, I thank God for our children at St. Joseph school who enjoy learning their faith everyday and also love to sing at Holy Mass.  Our many PSR and CYM students also come to religion on Wednesday nights and also attended last Wednesday night’s Holy Mass, although the weather was very cold last week.  Second, I thank God for our Altar Society ladies who are involved in so many ministries in our parish.  Some ladies and men of our parish are also active in their Legion of Mary movement.  They meet and pray on Tuesdays afternoon and also deliver the pilgrim statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary to different homes.  Our Knights of Columbus recently celebrated a memorial Mass for their brother Knights and all souls last Saturday.  They also love to cook and serve food to our parish family on Sundays.  Third, there are so many school parents who are quite involved with our school activities and also the activities of our children; some are also helping out at our school at lunch time.  Finally, many of you are very faithful in your adoration prayer, even when the weather is so cold and windy at night.  You are more faithful in visiting our Lord and pray at night than Fr. Hien, I am proud of you.  Of course there are many others who do things behind the scene that only God knows.  To everyone, thank you for loving our Lord and being involved in our parish family.

Please join our parish family for a special Thanksgiving dinner this Saturday, November 22nd after 5:30pm Mass.  Everyone is invited.  Bring your family and friends.  I will go out to shoot some turkey for our meal….just kidding…J.  I have the turkeys ready and can’t wait to help Vernon Demel cook the turkeys.  You can bring a side dish to share if you would like; however, we will have plenty of food for everyone.  Please be careful traveling for Thanksgiving next week.  It will be the busiest traveling day in America.  Slow down and always be careful.  Safety first please so that I don’t have to do your funeral.  I am not ready for your funeral yet.  If you are in town next Thursday, November 27th, Thanksgiving Day, please join me for our Thanksgiving Mass at 8:05am, St. Joseph.  We have a lot to be thankful for.

I hope you have read my stewardship letter sent to your home.  A stewardship prayer card is inserted in our hymnals for you to pray for our parish as we strive to live a faithful stewardship way of life.  Please remember to return your stewardship forms to the church as soon as you can and also to receive incentive for returning your stewardship forms.  Thanks for doing so!

Finally, on behalf of little Avery Sawyer, daughter of Lucas & Kayla Sawyer, thank you everyone for your prayer, support and financial donations toward the operation on her heart.  I personally call her a miracle girl because she is precious and very adorable.  I was so happy to see her at Holy Mass with her family last weekend.  Precious Avery looked at me and smiled at me, every time, she’s cute.  I felt special.  Not long ago, her heart condition was doing poorly due to the holes in her heart since birth.  She was taken to the special hospital in Boston, MA for a special heart surgery.  Her parents informed me that Avery would need about 3 special surgeries to fix her heart with God’s blessing.  However, the doctor was able to fix her up in one surgery and after a few days, she was released from the hospital and even attended Mass at St. Joseph with her family.  I immediately gathered her parents, her sister and a few parishioners and we prayed together, thanking God for the successful surgery upon Avery.  Personally, God has saved her through your prayers, love and support and also through the work of skilled surgeons and hospital staff.  We all can serve God and love one another as a Christian society.  Please know that God is always there for you; therefore, love Him always and at all times, and always give your loved ones, born or unborn or even elderly, the chance to live every time.  Life is precious and sacred to God and should be for all of us.  Miracles are happening every day because we have faith, hope and love in God.  God is with us! Fr. Hien

 
Third Grade Class Learns the Apostles' Creed Print
Written by Mrs. Peggy Bahr   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:03

This is why I love St. Joseph Catholic School and Catholic Education!  Watch as our third graders are learning the Apostles' Creed!

http://vimeo.com/110362723

 
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