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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Thursday, June 30th

Ulster Project - Rehearsal • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ulster Project Dinner • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ulster Project - Worship • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Friday, July 1st

Saturday, July 2nd

Ulster Project - Cinnamon Roll Making • 8:00am - 6:30pm
Sunday, July 3rd

Ulster Project - All attend Mass • 9:00am - 10:00am
Monday, July 4th

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:51

My Dear Parishioners,

Happy Independence Day!  Today, we thank God for our beloved country, the United States of America.  We thank God for the freedom bestowed upon us by Him and through the countless sacrifices of those who have died and those who have served our county for generations.  Today and for the rest of our lives, everyone living in the United States of America must trust in God with all our hearts like our ancestors who first trusted in God:  “In God We Trust.”  We must trust in God above any person and practice God’s Holy Commandants in our homes, in our schools and in our government system, if not, we will fall apart from each other and eternally from God.  Our Government must cultivate a culture of life for every born and unborn American by stopping the killing of innocent unborn Americans through abortions and any other type of killing such as euthanasia.  To celebrate Independence Day is to celebrate the love bestowed by God upon us and the sacrifices of those who died for our freedom today.  The future of our country, that’s the future of our children and grandchildren, depends on everyone living in America today; for the future to be bright, we must love her, protect her, and entrust her to the Almighty God.  Don’t forget that we are a Christian nation and in God we trust; let us stand hand-in-hand proudly with each other.  Let no one be afraid to sacrifice themselves for our children’s future of freedom, peace and prosperity.  Happy 4th to everyone full of blessings from God with heart-felt commitment to our country.  I hope and pray that everyone who lives in America will always be proud of our Nation and do all that we can to support her against those who hate us.  UNITED WE STAND & HAPPY INDEPENDCE DAY.  Please have fun this weekend lighting up America with your neighbors, families and friends.  When you look up to the sky full of fireworks, please know that God is smiling from above with His countless angels, saints and the good men & women of America are with you.  May we all join Him one day in heaven so that we can watch from above like those who once lived for God, family and country.  America, the beautiful; America, I love.  I thank God for her for through her, I am blessed today.

Parish Picnic & Swimming:  Sunday, July 10 at 5pm—Everyone in our parish, their family and friends are welcome to join us for this special event with food and fun hosted by our Knights of Columbus.  Last year, we had so many people attending the picnic.  We were truly blessed.  This year, we hope that the weather will not be too hot to prohibit us from having it at Lakeside Park.  If the weather forecasted on that day is 90 degrees or higher, the picnic will be held in St. Joseph’s parish hall where it will be cool for everyone.  We do not want anyone to pass out or get sick due to the extreme hot weather.  Food: please feel free to bring any dishes to share.  The Knights will have plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone.  I am hoping that some of my family members from Wichita could join us, too.  The swimming will be held at Water Park beginning at 7pm.  The entire Water Park is paid for by the Knights and if you would like to donate for the swimming, please give your donations to the Knights of Columbus.  Tell your neighbors, non-Catholic friends, children, grandchildren, etc.…to join us.  Everything is paid for and we would love to have them with us for food, fun or swimming.  We all are God’s family.

TOTUS TUUS—is coming to our parish sooner than we think.  There will be many children attending during the day and also in the evening.  We will need many hands to help out every day throughout the whole week.  Teenagers and high school aged are welcome to volunteer especially during the day.  Again, feel free to bring your non-Catholic friends with you to learn about our Lord and to have a great time with each other.  If you can volunteer please contact Linda Harger at the church office.

Ulster Project – The international students are here and they will join us for Holy Mass this Sunday, July 3, at 9am.  Welcome everyone!


Love you all, Fr. Hien


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:27

My Dear Parishioners,

How has your summer been going?  Mine has been very good, meaningful and busy.  Since school was out, I have had one thing after another.  I have not been able to get my to-do list done yet.  I have about a month left to get it done and the hot weather is not my cup of tea.  I don’t care for the bugs outside either.  Last week, I celebrated Father’s Day with my family.  I got to spend a lot of time with them and played with my nieces and nephews.  I was glad that two of my uncles were in town with us.  One of them came from New Jersey and the other one came from Alabama.  My aunt and her family from Alabama finally moved to Wichita, so my siblings and their children got to see them for the first time since they last saw them in Vietnam, 16 years ago.

My retreat in Wichita was very enjoyable and rewarding.  I enjoyed it a lot because I love to spend my time with my brother priests.  They were friendly and kind to me.  They also believed in me and in what I do for the people of God in my parishes.  It was great for me to know that my brother priests were supporting me.  They know that I have a heavy load.  I don’t think that they heard a word of complaint from me because the retreat master had warned us not to complain.  This reminded me of how wise these priests are because most of them had been in my shoes before, and I learned a lot from them.  Finally, the retreat was rewarding because it helped me to continue loving and trusting in God.  I came home with greater love for my ministry.  I pray that God will continue molding me into the image and likeness that He placed in my soul.  I love God because He first loved me and I trust that He will always love me.  In God I trust!  I hope every one of us trusts in God, too.

In last Sunday’s scripture, Jesus asked His disciples to tell Him who He was to them.  Only a few of them had come to believe and were convinced that Jesus is God with us.  I believe Jesus is asking every one of us today:  who is Jesus to us and how important is Jesus to each and every one of us?  It seems that Jesus is no longer important to many people in this life because they always have excuses like the people in this coming Sunday’s Gospel.  Jesus said, "Follow me."  But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father."  And another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home."  To him Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."  Don’t we all want to be in heaven with God and with all the angels and saints?  Then why are we not putting God first above all things?  Why are we too busy with worldly things and not putting our faith into practice both in words and in deeds?

Please join me in welcoming our international students from Ireland to our community this summer through the Ulster Project.  They will be joining us for Holy Mass next Sunday, July 3rd at the 9am Mass.  Please plan to attend our Parish Picnic and Swimming to be held on Sunday, July 10th, starting at 5:00pm at Lakeside Park & Water Park.  Thank you to our Knights of Columbus for hosting this special event for our parish and everyone else to be with each other and to have a great time together as God’s children and family.

I love you all --- please stay cool and be safe, Fr. Hien


Weekly Message from Father for 6-19-16 Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 18:03

My Dear Parishioners,

I am writing from the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.  I am on a 5 day retreat with many priests of our diocese.  It’s so good to be with my brother priests again.  We visit, eat, pray and learn together.  One of the priests even taught me how to do Sudoku.  Every priest is required to take an annual retreat to deepen his love for God and for God’s holy people.  This retreat has been a great help for me so far.  I think that anyone could benefit from a retreat to renew and to refresh his/her relationship with God, their vocation and their commitments to their families and friends.  If you find yourself unsettled, unhappy, torn, spiritually dry, full of negatives in your thoughts and words, or have never taken a retreat before in your life, etc., please contact the Spiritual Life Center and someone will help you or visit with me and I also would be glad to help you.

As you all know, I often say - be thankful every day, take each day as a gift from God and live it well with your family.  Today, the retreat master said something so true, that “No complaining” is the first step in the spiritual life.  I agree with him that being grateful to God everyday is the best way to be in union with God.  We must know and trust that every one of us is precious, beautiful and wonderful in God’s eyes.  God always loves us regardless of what others think of us or how much we might love ourselves.  Not complaining means - I am grateful to God for everything I have.  I am grateful to God for who I am, my height, weight, talents, the color of my skin, my family, friends, etc.  It also means that I trust in God completely for He knows what He is doing, even if I have to suffer greatly or endure many problems in life.  We must believe that God is in charge and not me.  I must unite myself to Him in order for me to discover the beauty God has in me within my heart, mind and soul.  Our world would be better if we all can just trust in God, or just not complain.  Again, please know that each day is a gift from God with His new graces to help us to love Him and be one with Him, especially through the holy sacraments.  Are we not blessed to be Catholic?

This coming weekend we will celebrate Father’s Day.  Let us thank God for our parents, especially our dads.  Our dads have done so much for us and for our families.  We thank God for them and ask God’s blessings upon them so that they may be our best dad in word and in deed all the days of their lives.  Throughout your life, please spend as much time as you can with your dad.  Don’t wait for him to come to you, you can choose to be close to him and spend quality time with him.  Trust me, your dad has a lot to offer you, such as ideas, suggestions, comments, etc.  I wish that everyone in our world would love their parents and trust in them.  Happy Father’s Day to all dads and please know that we all love you.

Have you ever wished to be like God so that you can do anything you want or have everything in life?  Wow, please know that that’s not possible if we love like God because God is willing to sacrifice for others.  We know that God is almighty, all-knowing, invincible, and God has everything; however, when He chose to show us the meaning of love, He had to humble Himself and come from heaven to be one like us in all things but sin.  God so loved us that He took our sins upon Himself and endured the sufferings, pains and death for us; Jesus said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”  Yes, to love is to suffer for the ones we love in this life.  To love is also to suffer from the wrong doings caused by the ones we love for they often fail to act lovingly.  However, true love prevails and will overcome all evil.  Jesus showed us by willingly suffering, being rejected and ultimately dying but rising from the dead.  Let all of us never give up on one another and be willing to take up our burdens to follow Jesus for He said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”  If we follow God with all our hearts every day, He will bless us with life everlasting with Him in heaven.

I love you all, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 09:49

My Dear Parishioners,

Are you enjoying your summer with your family?  I hope you are having so much fun with them.  I am sure three of my sisters’ families and my brother are enjoying their vacation time at Disney World in Florida.  Some of you might run into them there because it’s a popular, well-known and fun place for a family vacation.  I think every kid wants to go to Disney World.  Me, I am thankful that I am alive, healthy and got to go fishing recently.  I want to thank God for the nice and warm weather we had lately.  I am enjoying my everyday life, please enjoy yours too.  Be safe at all times and don’t forget to go to church to give thanks and worship to God and also to receive Jesus into your bodies and souls.  For a Catholic church closest to your vacation area, visit

This weekend, please help me welcome Fr. Theodore Khin to our parishes for Holy Masses.  Father will hear confessions and celebrate Holy Masses like usual.  Please be sure to thank him for coming.  It is truly a great sacrifice for him to serve in a foreign land, away from his parents, siblings, uncles and aunts, culture and food, etc...  I am sure that his family misses him a lot and also thanks God for his priesthood and for serving as a priest in America.  I am sure that Father Theodore is very generous with his finances in helping his family and the Catholic Churches in Burma for they are very poor like the people and Catholic churches in Vietnam.

Please notice that Father’s Day is coming next weekend, June 19th.  Please be sure to make plans to celebrate Father’s Day with your family.  Let us appreciate our dads for their countless acts of love and faith-filled examples.  God blessed us with our parents so that we may know how much God loves us as shown through our parents’ love and sacrifices for our sake.  I pray that every dad throughout the world may be like St. Joseph who loved God with all his heart and loved his wife and family more than himself.  St. Joseph, pray for our dads.  If you don’t know how to make your dad happy, feed him a nice piece of steak along with an ice cold beer.  I am sure he would like BEEF for dinner.  On my part, I will pray for your dad and mine at Holy Mass and bless them with God’s heavenly blessings.  I hope to see many dads at church on this special day to receive God’s blessings.

From June 13-17, I will be attending a preached retreat at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita with many priests of our diocese and I am sure our bishop will be there as well.  Yes, I am looking forward to being with my brother priests; however, I know that many retired priests are really looking forward to seeing me and talking to me about hunting and fishing.  They always call me, “Here fishy fishy,” because I love to wear my shirt that says that.  While I am at the retreat, please know that there will be no daily masses.  Feel free to come church and pray or say the rosary or visit Jesus in the blessed sacrament of the chapel.  Please be sure of my daily prayer for you.

Finally, thank you to all those who came to our church and donated blood on Wednesday, June 1st operated by Red Cross Blood Mobile.  Your blood donation will save many lives.  Thank you and God bless your life-giving blood.  Enjoy your everyday life with each other and with God; He is always with you.  Sometimes you just need to stop and smile at God for He is watching over you and smiling at you.

I love you all, 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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