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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Saturday, February 13th

Monthly Parish Potluck
Sunday, February 14th

Monday, February 15th

No School
Meals on Wheels-Mrs. Englebrecht • 11:20am - 12:20pm
Tuesday, February 16th

Prayer Service for Lent • 7:55am - 8:05am
Petro Pal Presentation Grade 5 Science m. • 9:30am - 10:30am
Diocesan Spelling Bee • 10:00am - 11:00am
Wednesday, February 17th

Students make lunches for Homeless Shelter
Teacher Meeting 3-6 • 3:40pm - 4:40pm
First Communion Meeting • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:58

My Dear Parishioners,

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning day of Holy Lent and I am looking forward to being with you again to love God by worshipping Him at Holy Mass.  Every time we come together in church for Holy Mass, we first ask God for His mercy and forgiveness because we all know that we are sinners.  As sinners, we all will suffer and die and even become like ashes/dust in the ground.  Today, as we receive ashes on our forehead, let it remind us that we are dust and unto dust we will return.  However, let us never forget that we belong to God and that with God all things are possible.  He loves us so much that He will raise us up from ashes to the everlasting life of heaven with our perfect body, mind and soul.  On that day, we will know perfectly how wonderful and loving God is to all of us and why He created us with our family and friends.  Let every one of us love God whole-heartedly every day and always desire to be one with God.

Tomorrow is February 11th and we will be blessed to have the visitation of our bishop Carl Kemme.  At 8:05am, Bishop will celebrate Holy Mass for every one of us, especially our St. Joseph students, teachers and staff.  After Mass, all adults are invited for our coffee and donuts and to visit with our bishop before he tours our facility and personally visits our children.

Beginning this Friday and all Fridays during Lent, we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm in churches of St. Bridget and St. Joseph.  At St. Joseph, immediately after stations, there will be a soup supper in the parish hall.  You are welcome to bring any non-meat food to share, especially soup.  During Stations of the Cross, I will be available for confessions.  We can surely use your help as readers for the stations, carrying the cross or candle carriers.  Be sure to come a little early so that we can inform you of what to do.  Lastly, please mark your calendars for our annual Lenten Fish Fried Dinner on Friday, March 18th after stations in the parish hall.  Yes, everyone is invited and you can eat all the fish you want.

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day.  Happy Valentine’s to all couples and may your love for one another always be strong and everlasting.  Don’t forget that you have God’s love within you to be most loving and caring to one another.  Let no one separate you from one another and please always love one another with your daily prayer and sacrifices for each other.  You are God’s greatest gift to one another:  love one another and inspire one another with your words and deeds.

Next Wednesday February 17th at 7pm, there will be a meeting for all St. Joseph’s First Holy         Communion children and their parents with Father Hien in church.  I am looking forward to helping our parents lead their children toward Jesus for life, love and everlasting life.

Thank you—once again, thank you to everyone for your prayers and love to our St. Joseph students during Catholic Schools Week.  Our children had so much fun every day last week, especially the fun night on Wednesday.  Over 200 people attended and everyone had a great time, old and young.  I was so happy for our parish family.  We are blessed to have each other.

Finally, throughout these 40 days of Lent, let us humble ourselves before God and beg Him for His mercy, love and forgiveness, so that we all will be free from sins and eternal death.  Please know that our Lord is the God of love and full of mercy for all sinners.  All we have to do is trust in Him, come to Him for the blessings.  Again, I am happy to let you know that we will have many guest priests available for confessions on Wednesday, March 9th in St. Joseph church.  We are also blessed to have the Wichita Adore Band coming to join us for this special hour of adoration and confession.  They will be singing holy songs to help us love and worship God in the Blessed Sacrament. You can visit their web at

Lord, we love you and we trust in you, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:14

My Dear Parishioners,

As we are celebrating Catholic school week, again I would like to thank everyone in our parishes for your faith in God, your love for God and your many sacrifices of time, talent and treasure to our parishes.  Only through your faithful stewardship do we now have our places of worship and the facilities we need as well as the financial means needed to provide Catholic education to our children.  Thank you!  By now, every family should have received their 2015 financial contribution statement in the mail for your tax purposes.  Again, thank you for your contribution.  Parish members who did not contribute financially in 2015 have received an additional letter as a reminder that they too are called to join hands and hearts with us in doing all that they can for the love of God.  Here is the letter I sent to them.

Dear Parishioners: Tuesday, Feb. 3rd is the feast day of St. Blaise, bishop & martyr, and I hope you did receive a special throat blessing through the intercession of St. Blaise to keep you from every disease of the throat and from other illnesses.  Wednesday, Feb. 10th, is Ash Wednesday and Holy Mass are at St. Joseph 8:05am & 7pm, and St. Bridget 5:30pm.  I hope to see you all.

I am writing to you because you are one of the members of our parish, and as a church family, we are to encourage each other to continue being active in our Catholic faith and also living the stewardship way of life.

I noticed that no financial contribution was received from you in 2015 that can be identified.  (For your contribution to be identified by the parish, please use envelopes, write a check or use direct deposit.)  However, I know that you could be giving to Our Lord in many other ways, such as cash in our collection, or giving much of your time and talent to the life of our parish.

Giving money is not the only criteria of returning to Our Lord what He has entrusted to us.  This is just a reminder that we need our church and facilities operating for our church worship and providing Catholic education and formation of our children.  Because of these needs and the need that we all have to give back to God, I invite you to be good stewards of your time, talent and treasure in your parish.  Please don’t be afraid to tithe to God, even with a small percent such as 1 or 3 percent of your income.  100 percent of your contribution can be used for your tax deduction.  If tithing is not an option for your family, then please and please consider a small weekly amount to support your church.  Any amount is needed and greatly appreciated.  In addition, do you know that anyone can do a good deed by linking his/her Dillon’s card to the church?  In 2015, we received $6,851 from Dillon’s reward program from 133 cardholders.  All it takes is a few minutes by calling 1-800-576-4377 with your Dillon’s card or see below for steps to do online, St. Joseph’s reward number is 63897.  Please know that every form of stewardship serves the spiritual, pastoral, and physical needs of your parish as well as serving those in need outside of your parish.  Let us join our hands and hearts together in doing all that we can for the love of God and the benefit of others.  I love you all, Fr. Hien, Pastor


-Sign in to your account or create an account if you do not yet have one, then click “Enroll Now”.

-Type St. Joseph in the search box or search using St. Joseph’s Community Rewards Number 63897.

-Select St. Joseph in the search results and click “Enroll” then you are done.

If you would like, our staff are available to help you by calling or stopping by the office.

*If you received an email for renewal, you’ll only have to select “keep current organization” and you’ll

automatically continue supporting our church.  You’ll need to complete this process every year.


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Monday, 01 February 2016 08:19

My Dear Parishioners,

It’s Tuesday morning of 1/26 and earlier today, our children who have been gone to March for Life in Washington DC since last Tuesday are finally home, safe and sound.  They are: Sky Creed, Tara Almquist, Gretchen Heidebrecht, Lauren Grieb, Sarah Pham, Anna Bahr, Katie Bahr, Christina Wankum, Amy Suenram, Jaycee Burghart, Addie Fitzmorris, Daphne Carrillo, Kolbi Partain, Remington Creed, Trevor Kohl, Nick Malone, Brenen Hoppes, John Suenram, Zach Stucky and Tyler Wheat.  The adults who went with our children are: Jason & Summer Creed, John Holecek and Matt Grieb.  I am sure that every one of them is very tired, missed their family and friends very much and also missed a lot of school or work.  Welcome home everyone and thank you for your many sacrifices, prayers and love for the unborn and their families!  You are their heroes.  Thank you!

Last week, I came home from my trip and I was so happy to be home and to sleep in my own bed.  I was so happy to see everyone again, our children and staff at school and everyone at Holy Mass.  I really had a great time in New Orleans and I would like to go back there again sometime for another great sea food feast and fishing trip.  I ate so much fish, oysters, crabs and crawfish.  I also got to go sea fishing with a priest friend along with three others.  We caught over 50 fish of different sizes up to 20lbs each.  That was the best fishing trip I ever had in Louisiana.  Before I started fishing, I talked to the fish saying, “Come to me all you who are hungry and I will catch you all.”  They heard me and I caught so many.  The weather was unbeatable, nice and warm.  I was not 100% ready to return home because I knew that it would be cold & icy in Kansas.  I was so thankful that the airplane landed at the Wichita airport safe and sound.  It was my first time flying with Southwest airline and I liked it a lot.  They allow you to choose any open seat you would like and the airplane took off and landed quickly.

As I was driving home from Wichita last week, the roads were very dangerous due to the cold and ice.  I saw many vehicles that went into the ditch.  At one point, I thought for sure I would bump the vehicle in front of me.  Thankfully my truck finally stopped sliding forward.  As I was driving around town in McPherson last week, I saw a young man drive his car into the curb due to the icy road.  I hope no one among us got hurt due to the ice last week.  Keep in mind that we are in the coldest time of the year, so be ready and always be careful.

Beginning this Sunday until February 5th, we will celebrate 2016 National Catholic Schools Week.  We want to thank God for the gift of our children for they are the future of our church and school.  Please join our St. Joseph students, teachers and staff with many events going on throughout this upcoming week, especially this Sunday, January 31st at 9am Holy Mass, followed with a pancake breakfast; Wednesday, February 3rd for Dance in Sister’s Shoes Family Night, and for their “Grandparents Day” on Friday, February 5th with Holy Mass and luncheon.

As we are celebrating Catholic School week, I would like speak on behalf of our St. Joseph students to especially thank everyone in our parish for supporting Catholic education with your love, prayers and your stewardship way of life of time, talent and treasure.  It would be impossible for one person to provide our children what they are getting in education, formation, and love for God and others.  Your many hands and generous hearts make this possible in our church family.  Thank you!  I also would like to represent our school teachers and staff in thanking our PTO for the upcoming delicious meal on Thursday, February 4th.  Let us continue leading each other toward Christ for love, life and forgiveness.

Finally, during the exit song at Holy Mass this Saturday and Sunday, January 30 & 31, everyone can receive a special throat blessing through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr.  Blessing Prayer of St. Blaise: “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness.  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”  St. Blaise, pray for us, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 12:06

My Dear Parishioners,

I hope you are enjoying your precious life with your family and friends which is given by God because He loves us.  Loving one another is our Lord’s command to all of us so that we will be in heaven with God.  After your hard working day at work or from traveling, the best place to be is at home with your family.  Your life is great when you give them a hug or a kiss and tell them that you love them.  None of us could live a healthy life, mentally and spiritually without being loved by our loved ones.  All of your sufferings and pains of the day will disappear at the moment you filled yourself with real and true love from one another.  Keep in mind that God made us so that we could be with one another, here on earth and above in heaven.  Love every one of them the way they are because there is no other one of them on earth.  Love them and teach them to love God, at the same time keep in mind that only they can change themselves for their own good.  Be patient, be kind and be understanding toward them for sometimes they don’t know what they are doing.  Sometimes they are too young to learn or too sick and even incapable of learning.  Yes, unfortunately there are people in life that think they know it all and that they are always right.  They failed to understand this teaching from Jesus, “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?”  Who has a bigger problem here? The one with a splinter or the one with a wooden beam?

Eucharistic Minister Training:  Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm in the St. Joseph church for new ministers.

National Catholic School Week Events: Sunday, January 31, St. Joseph Children's Choir will sing at Holy Mass, followed by Knights of Columbus breakfast in the parish hall for everyone.

Father Kaupan Assembly, Monday, Feb. 1,  at 2pm.  Everyone is invited to learn about Fr. Kapuan and to pray for his    canonization.  We’re in the year of Fr. Kapaun.

St. Joseph Grandparent's Day Mass/Baptism Mass: Fri, Feb, 5, at 10:30am, we will celebrate the gift of our grandparents with a special lunch in the parish hall after Mass,

Ash Wednesday, February 10:  Masses: St. Joseph 8:05am & 7pm, St. Bridget 5:30pm

Bishop Carl Kemme Visits St. Joseph School: On Thursday, Feb. 11th, Bishop Kemme will celebrate an all School Mass followed by a tour of the facility and classrooms.

St. Joseph: First Holy Communion Parent Meeting with Fr. Hien: Wed., February 17, 7pm in the Church.  All parents are to attend.

First Confession will be Sat., May 7, at 9am.  First Holy Communion will be Sat., May 7, at 5:30pm Mass.

St. Joseph Parish Appreciation Dinner: After 5:30pm Saturday Mass on March 5, in the parish hall.  All are invited for a nice steak dinner, prepared by the Parish Council & cooked by the Knights of Columbus.

Parish Penance Service with Guest Priests: Wed. March 9, 7:15pm, Adoration & Confession with Wichita Adore Ministries Band

Holy Week Schedule:

Holy Thursday, March 24, St. Joseph Mass at 7pm

Good Friday, March 25, services: St. Bridget 5:30pm, St. Joseph 7pm

Holy Saturday, March 26, St. Joseph Mass at 8pm

Easter Sunday, March 27, Masses: St. Joseph 9am & St. Bridget 11am


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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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