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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Wednesday, August 31st

Directory Meeting, Holy Family Room • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
PSR Planning Meeting • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, September 1st

Friday, September 2nd

Oktoberfest Ticket Turn In! Week 1 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Baptismal Mass • 8:05am - 9:00am
Adoration and Benediction following Mass • 8:45am - 9:30am
Saturday, September 3rd

Baptism: Chrisco • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sunday, September 4th

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:20

My Dear Parishioners,

Blessings from our Lord be with you all.  Now all of our children, young and old, are back to school.  Some of them are now far away from their homes attending colleges in another state to achieve their dreams.  I am sure as parents, you love your children a lot.  Please stay connected with them.  Text them, call them, always tell them that you love them and remind them to be safe and stay close to God.  Be sure to make plans to see your children as soon as you can at their schools.  It means a lot to them.  As you saw in last’s week bulletin, we are blessed to have many new students attending our Catholic schools of St. Joseph and St. Bridget’s Little Kingdom in Lindsborg.  St. Joseph with 129 and St. Bridget’s Little Kingdom with 44.  Isn’t this a blessing from God to our parishes?  Thank you to all parents and grandparents for entrusting your children to us.  We promise to take good care of your children and form them into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.  Please always keep our teachers and parish staff in your daily prayer.  Your prayers will keep us focused with positivity, patience, kindness, and dedication and continuing love for God and all of the children, especially toward those who have difficulty learning, listening or respecting others.  As parents, you know well of the good and the not so good behavior of your children, and I am sure our teachers see some of that in every student.  I know and trust that our teachers and staff are here for the love of God and our children.  They sacrifice much every day in their ministry.  I thank God for them and their ministry in our parishes.  Please join me in appreciating them with our prayers, gratitude and with daily support, so that together, we will educate and form our children to be the smartest and best person they could possibly be before God and others.  Amen!

THANK YOU FROM ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH FAMILY:

TO BERNADETTE (BERNIE) GERTRUDE HAND and her family for the generous donation of $10,000 to St. Joseph parish.  Bernie passed away last fall and I celebrated her funeral Mass for her in our parish.  In her living will, she designated this money to her parish and also an additional $1,000 to our St. Joseph Altar Society.  Bernie lived as a faithful Catholic by attending Holy Mass every week until the Lord called her to Himself at the age of 92.  I miss seeing her, her smile and speaking to her.  She loved to dress up for Sunday Mass.  May she rest in peace with all of our deceased loved ones.  Thank you Bernie & your family for your generosity.  Your gift is good out of this world.

TO CHAD CLARK for his many years of service as our Stewardship Committee chairman.  I enjoyed working with Chad.  He informed me that he would like to help with our Endowment Committee in their efforts to establish a strong financial foundation for the future of our Catholic school.  Thank you Chad and may God bless you in your new ministry in serving our Lord and the future of our church, school and children.

If you are interested in serving God on the Stewardship Committee with your time & talent, please let the church office know for we can use your help.  Let us be willing to do good today for beginning at the moment of our death, it will be too late.  To God, we love and serve all the days of our lives.

TO GREG & ADAM HEIMAN, father & son who removed the old door frame and installed a new one for our church.  Before the current rectory was bought about 8 years ago, the priest used to live on site in the current Holy Family room, located south of the church’s main entrance.  The outside frame of this door rotted badly.  Greg, Adam and their helper took everything apart and reinstalled it with new treated wood.  Thank you for all that you did for the love of our Lord and our church family.  We are blessed to have such handymen in our parish.  The door looks much nicer and safer for everyone now.  We can use a handyman to paint this new wood to keep it from the weather and of course it will last longer and look even nicer.  If you can paint, please let the church office know.

Finally, our summer months have passed by and the month of September is here, let us strive every day to be the best person we can be by being involved with the lives of our children, grandchildren, our Catholic schools and above all, coming to church together as a family to worship God.  We are blessed to be here with each other and with our Lord.  Love you all & Happy Labor Day, Fr. Hien

 

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:25

"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14…..We are blessed to have the following students and teachers among us.  Please keep them in your hearts and prayers and may God bless them with His love and protection!!!

Throughout the school year, please join our students for Holy Mass, lunch and for all school family activities for we are a church family.

Ms. Becky -Preschool Hayden Allen,  Maddox Cullinane, Karsen Greer, Cayson Harlin, Jensen Hoover, Finn Kramer, Macy Pham, Isaac Reasoner, Adelade Schneide, Kameron Sharp, Hayden Vogelsberg, Elsie Walters, Jazmen Ayella, Easton Blake, Emmi Brunsell, Deegan Heiman, Easton Heskett, Kellen McMahan, Hayes Monical, Elin Schmidt, Brodi Schwindt, Myles Simmer, Stout, Rhett, Kamdyn Unruh

Ms. Becky- Pre-K Alexis Files, Peyton File, Adam Guajardo, Adriana Guajardo, Trace Kerns, Ella Mead, Logan Peterson, Noelle Schmidt, Jamison Strecker, Eleanor Walline,             Quinn Brewer, Gavin Montagne, Abby Schieferecke, Aubrey Shain, Jackson Sutton, Kynlee Tomlinson, Tanner Tully

Mrs. Burghart-Kindergarten Kolson Barrow, Everlee Buchman, Meg Cullinane, Dhara Desai, Gracie Goering, Marcus Lamb, James Martinez, Olivia Parker-Babcock, Kamryn Prescott, Carter Rinker, Axel Walline, Emory Walters, Haydn Weidemier, Rylee Williford

Mrs. Kresky- 1st Grade Dylan Fetsch, Bailee Floyd, Alyssa Guajardo, Logan Heskett, Tripp Pelzel, Graham Prescott, Camden Strecker, Collin Tully, Yahir Valadez, Lily Weidemier, Lane Weigel

Miss Liston-2nd Grade Bo Barkley, Dane Becker, Cru Buchman, Trisha Desai, Frances Goering, Evan Gregory, Sam Madden, Olivia Miller, Brady Rinker, Rosario Schowengerdt, Nathan Wells, Madalynn Williford, Vincent Wuertz

Mrs. Becker/Ms. Wagner - 3rd Grade John Patrick Ayella, Avery Christians, Alex Guajardo, Thomas Jenkins, Max Martinez, Manny Morales, Trevor Pontious, Ava Romero, Adelynne Strecker, Kelsey Taylor, Lakin Wege, Hazel Wuertz, Teigan Younger

Mrs. Tully-4th Grade Candic Almquist, Zak Ayella, Reese Buchman, Jase Fitzmorris, Josie Fitzmorris, Garrett Floyd, Palmer Heskett, Ava Madden, Kiarah Pontious, Declan Sharp, Spencer Strecker, Kennedy Tully, Joseph Westerman

Mrs. Houchen-5th Grade:  Owen Fetsch, Mason Gregory, Alyssa Harger, Claire Madden, McKenna O'Brien, Landon Pelzel, Macy Rinker, Alex Romero, Nathan Stecklein, Zachary Stein, Jaiden Strickland

Mrs. Gipson-6th Grade: Loghan Engelbrecht, Colin Grieb, JD Jenkins, Emily Heskett, Kyla Lang, Tyla Lang, Kale Martinez, Dane partain, McKynlee Stecklein, Emma Kate Stein, Anna Vogts, Brecken Walline, Emily Wankum


 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:36

My Dear Parishioners,

First, let us welcome our students, teachers and staff back to our St. Joseph Catholic school and St. Bridget Little Kingdom.  We especially welcome our new students and teachers to our schools.  We are blessed to have you among us.  Throughout this school year, everyone is invited to join us for all school activities and especially for holy Masses at St. Joseph on Wednesday-Fridays at 8:05am and also Holy Mass on Sundays.  There is nothing better for me to see than a family going to church together and praying together.  Let us always put our faith into practice before God every day so that we may be in heaven with Him for all eternity.

Second, on behalf of my family, I would like to thank everyone for praying for my mother as she had her heart surgery on Monday.  There was a small complication during the surgery but at the end everything went well.  Yes, I was worried because my mom weighs half my weight.  I am sure that your prayers were at work in her.  I thank God and you!

My pilgrimage in Carthage, Missouri.  Although there was much rain during the pilgrimage, it was one of my best times there ever.  I heard so many confessions both in English and in Vietnamese, even while it was sprinkling.  One time while I was outside in the hot and very humid weather, I had a special penitent come to me for confession.  I was happy but shocked to see this person.  Someone had pushed this person to me in a wheelchair to receive the sacrament of confession.  I could not keep my eyes off this person because this person’s face was full of such joy and happiness that I had never seen from anyone before.  This adult person was in a wheelchair, and weighed about 45lbs with a body, arms and legs that were about a foot long, and the hands were as wide as my three fingers put together.  Everything about this person was extremely abnormal except the head and the hair.  Looking at the person, I couldn’t believe that such a person could be living and above all living joyfully and so happy to receive the sacrament.  I was blessed to meet such a special person who loved God so much and sacrificed so much for the faith by attending the Marian days during the unpleasant weather conditions.  This person made my day and my pilgrimage special.

After Saturday night’s long Mass with thousands of people (I was told that over 80 thousand people attended this year) and hundreds of priests and religious brothers and sisters, I was very hungry.  After I took off my vestments and I was heading to the cafeteria to eat, I ran into a small group of people standing in line, waiting to go to confession.  I stopped and said to them, “It’s late Saturday night and all the priests are going to eat supper.  No priest is available to hear confessions.”  After I said that to them, I thought of the disabled person who came to me earlier for confession.  I said to myself, “These people sacrifice so much to be here and here they are wishing to receive the sacrament, I must help them.”  I said to them, “Come on in and I will help you.”  I started hearing confessions (at the same time I was hoping that I will get to eat soon).  I became hungrier (thankfully I was not in need of using the bathroom, because when nature calls, you know, no one can wait).  There was one person after another, old and young, men and women and children, kept coming and coming for confessions and I had no idea what time it was.  Finally, there was no one left and I was so happy.  I said to myself, now I got to find something to eat.  Once I got to the cafeteria, I looked at the clock and it was 12:22am.  I said to myself, wow, it’s late and I need to eat fast, take a shower and go to bed.  When I got to my room, the other priests were already in bed.  I said to God, “Thank you for the meaningful and fruitful day, Lord.”

Finally, please always bring your family to church so that we can pray together and be together in this life and forever in heaven.  If you failed to keep the Lord’s commandments such as not keeping the Lord’s Day holy, please be sure to reconcile with God in the sacrament of confession.  Our Loving & Merciful Lord is waiting to forgive us all, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 08:47

My Dear Parishioners,

God’s blessings be with you and your family.  It’s so good to be home and to sleep in my own bed after being on pilgrimage with my family.  For 30 years we have been attending these Marian Days, and this year due to the heavy rain on Sunday, we were all soaking wet.  Although it was very muddy and slippery, I don’t regret attending the pilgrimage.  I have so much to share with you in the near future.

I would like to thank Fr. Nghia Cao from Cross Catholic Outreach for being in our parishes while I was gone.  I hope everyone enjoyed him and his messages.  I hope we all recognize how blessed we are to live in a blessed nation with plenty of food to eat, clean water to drink and a nice place to live in.  Many people in 3rd world countries have never tasted clean water or had a full meal in their life time.  We have all of that here every day.  Thank God!

St. Joseph Catholic School: every student attending our school is invited with their families and friends to our Ice Cream Social-Back To School Get-together this Sunday, August 14, at 7pm in our school playground area.  Time again and again I have heard so many great compliments from Catholic and non-Catholic adults on our Catholic education at St. Joseph.  So many people have benefited from our Catholic education.  Thank you to all of my parishioners for your faithful stewardship of time, talent and treasure to make this possible.  As God’s family, we are opening our doors to all children, including children of other faith, to receive the highest education and spiritual formation possible.  Thank you to all the parents for entrusting your children to us and helping us spreading the Good News to your family and others.

Our first day of school at St. Joseph will be next Wednesday, Aug 17.  If you have not registered your children to attend our school, please don’t delay.  I ask that Catholic parents are to trust that Catholic education will be the best education and formation for your children.  I also ask that every child should listen and trust their parents so that he/she may grow in love, obedience and academic success.  At the end of the day, the best education is the formation of hearts, minds and souls:  to know God, love God, and serve God, and to love their families and friends like themselves.  Too many people in life are rich materially but are living in fear and in pain:  physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and especially spiritual.  Sad isn’t it?  Let us remember the words of Jesus, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” We live today so that we may have eternal life with God and with all the angels and saints in heaven with all of our loved ones.  Heaven is our eternal home.  God and family are most important to us every day.

Assumption of Mary: Please join me for a special holy Mass to honor the Assumption of Mary to heaven on Monday, August 15 at 5:30pm (It’s not a Holy Day of obligation).  Our Blessed Mother would love to hear our prayers and to pray for us on her feast day.  I hope to see many of you at Mass.

Altar Server Training: Are your children 4th grade and older?  Would they like to be an altar server for our church, serving God at Holy Mass?  Please have them join me for the training next Friday, August 19, 2:15pm or Wednesday October 12th at 7pm in St. Joseph’s church.  I would love to have them and teach them in this special ministry.

Knights of Columbus: Brother Knights and all men of our parishes are invited to our Stag Steak Dinner next Friday, August 19th at 6:00pm, St. Joseph’s parish hall.  Everything will be ready for you to cook your own steak to your desired taste and enjoy it with great friends…nothing beats beer and steak!

Parish Potluck: Our St. Joseph’s Monthly Parish Potluck will be held this Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Parish Hall immediately after Mass.  Please join us.

PSR, CYM and CONFIRMATION: classes are coming up in our parishes.  More information will be posted in the bulletin soon.

Finally, please join me in extending our sympathy and prayers to the family of Edward Opat.  Our Lord called Edward to Himself on Wednesday, August 3rd.  A rosary and funeral Mass were said for him at St. Bridget’s church and he was placed to rest on last Monday.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.

God loves you all and I love you too.  I can’t wait to see everyone at Holy Mass, Fr. Hien

 

 
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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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