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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Friday, May 6th

Baptism Mass • 8:05am - 8:45am
Benendiction • 8:45am - 9:00am
Children's Choir Practice • 10:00am - 11:00am
Muffins with Mom AM • 10:15am - 11:15am
Father Kapaun Play • 12:15pm - 3:15pm
Muffins with Mom PM • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Saturday, May 7th

Children's Choir Mass-5:30 p.m.
Jenkins F.C. Reception • 3:30pm - 9:00pm
First Communion St. Joseph • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sunday, May 8th

Monday, May 9th

Scholastic Book Orders due • 8:00am - 9:00am
Knights of Columbus Meeting • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, May 10th

Gr. 6 Pottery Class-Opera House • 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 08:13

My Dear Parishioners of Saints Bridget & Joseph,

Happy Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord to you all.  This solemnity of the Lord used to be held on Ascension Thursday, but it has been transferred to the weekend so that we all could be in church to celebrate our Lord’s ascension to heaven to prepare a place for us.  God so loved us that He came from heaven to suffer for us and die for us.  Jesus rose from the dead to show us that with God all things are possible, and that God’s love for every person is everlasting; therefore, He does not want anyone to die eternally.  Everyone should know that God loves them by giving them life, by redeeming them, and also by promising them eternal life in heaven.  The resurrection of Jesus from the dead was His victory over sin and death that would have come to all of us due to our sins.  Once Jesus’ mission on earth was completed, He ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us so that we could be with God, the Holy Angels and saints for all eternity.  Moreover, Jesus ascended to heaven to send the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, to be with us until the end of time.  Only in this way would everyone on earth from generation to generation be able to become one with God on earth through the works of the Holy Spirit in the One Holy Catholic Church that was established by Jesus Christ for the salvation of all souls.  The Holy Spirit would come to every person, especially those who are opening their hearts, mind and souls to believe in Jesus.  It was the Holy Spirit who washed us from our sins in baptism and made us the holy temples of God’s dwelling place.  The Holy Spirit also blessed us with heavenly gifts to help us live out our Catholic faith and also to profess it before others.  The Holy Spirit ordained men like myself to be God’s priests, God’s instruments of love, healing, peace and forgiveness.  The Holy Spirit will continue working throughout the world to enlighten our hearts, mind and souls to believe in God and to love God with all our hearts and strength.  God has been with us since the day He created us until the end of time, in the person of Jesus and also in the working of the Holy Spirit today.  Please love God always so that we may have eternal life with God in heaven.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers.  Through the love of God, man and woman were created to be a life-giving source to one another and also to their children.  No one on earth could be born without a mother or a father.  For this reason in the 4th Commandment, God commanded all of us to love and honor our parents all the days of our lives.  Today, let us thank God for our parents, especially our mothers who gave us birth, love and countless sacrifices.  Today is the day that we should ask ourselves, what can I do for my parents, how can I love them more with my prayer, respect, love, generosity and kindness…?  Trust me, the more you love your parents, the more you will be loved by God and the more you will love yourselves, for what goes around, comes around.  The more heart you put in loving your family and God, the more you will blessed by them.  I will surely pray for my parents and all mothers at Holy Mass this weekend.

Finally, congratulations to our First Communicants from St. Bridget’s who received Jesus for the first time last Sunday.  St. Joseph students will receive their First Holy Communion this Saturday, May 7th.  I know that our children love our Lord Jesus very much.  They believe that Jesus is God with us in the form of bread and wine in Holy Communion.  Jesus promises us that if we love Him, believe in Him and become one with Him in the Eucharist, we will have God within our bodies and souls now and forever.  Jesus will raise us to eternal life with Him.  Holy Communion is the Holy body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus on earth.  I pray that our parents, siblings, uncles and aunts, grandparents and our church communities will help our children in loving Jesus by praying to Him every day and attending Holy Mass to receive Jesus.  A special thanks to our teachers for leading our children toward Jesus and instilling in them the love for Jesus.  You have led many souls toward God--Thank you!  I am exceedingly happy for our children and their parents.  I know that their parents always want the gift of God bestowed on their children.  Today is a happy day for our children and everyone.  Happy Mother’s Day with God’s blessings of joy, love, peace and happiness, Fr. Hien


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:18

My Dear Parishioners,

First of all, let us thank the members of our St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council and the children and staff of our St. Joseph’s Catholic school for the benefit breakfast held for Dayln Partain last Sunday, April 17th.  The Knights cooked the food and our children served the food and drinks.  It was so good to see our dads and our children working together.  On behalf of the Partain family, thank you for your hard work, sacrifice and service.  Thank you to everyone who came to the benefit and contributed generously toward the family.  Your good deeds will never be forgotten.  Let our church families of Saints Joseph and Bridget continue having special events like this where everyone works together and contributes toward a good cause.  God bless our churches’ families.

Here at St. Joseph, we are blessed to have a Catholic school for 60 years to form our young children in the way of faith and also to educate them intellectually and academically.  Our teacher who has taught the longest is Mrs. Diana Martinez, with over 40 years of teaching the Catholic faith.  She has been teaching religion at St. Joseph since 1974.  What she loves most about St. Joseph’s Catholic school is the children:  “Every one of them is unique and special, including some of them who might have some difficulty in learning or concentrating, and I will greatly miss them,” said Mrs. Martinez.  Our beloved teacher Mrs. Martinez is retiring at the end of this school year.  She would like to spend more time with her family, to take care of them, especially her children and grandchildren.  As a priest, I can’t image how many people Diana has taught, touched and inspired in her 42 years, especially those who went through First Holy Communion class with her.  Many of them now have their own families, both children and grandchildren.  There was a time in our St. Joseph’s school that Diane had to teach and also served as the school principal.  Mrs. Martinez also taught PSR for a long time on Wednesday nights.  Of every subject she has taught, she loved teaching Atrium the most, including to our PSR students.  She would like to offer this special class to our adults one of these days.  She did say that she surely will not miss paperwork and computer work, “It took me hours to get those papers done at the end of the school day,” she said.  She continues, “I will sure not miss it a bit.”

If you are one of Mrs. Martinez’s students, please say a prayer for her so that she will be blessed in her retirement years with her husband, John.  I think she would love to hear from any of her students.  Please feel free to write to her or send her a message at: 615 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460 or by email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  In the near future, we will have an appreciation reception for her so that we can thank God for her 40 plus years of service and ministry in our Parish School of Religion and St. Joseph’s Catholic school.  Thank you, Mrs. Martinez, for your faithful ministry to our church, to our school and to thousands of our parishioners; may God bless you and reward you and your husband with good health and a life full of joy, happiness and peace in your retirement.  You formed our children in the way of faith and also intellectually and academically.  You are a shining star before others because you believe in Jesus, you love Him dearly and you brought Him to others.  Thank you!

Please join me in praying for our St. Bridget’s children who will be receiving their First Holy Communion at St. Bridget this Sunday, May 1st.  Our St. Joseph’s students will receive their First Holy Communion next Saturday, May 7th in St. Joseph’s church.  Please join our St. Joseph’s children’s choir for Holy Mass and also the light reception to be held in the parish hall to celebrate our children.

Finally, Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 8th, please say a prayer for your mother and let her know that you love her.  I will give a blessing for all the mothers at Holy Mass next weekend.  All mothers will also receive a flower after Mass next weekend as a sign of our love and appreciation for their love and sacrifice for all of us.  I love my mom, please love yours always--Fr. Hien


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 09:53

My Dear Parishioners,

Can you believe that this coming Sunday is the last Sunday in April?  It might be a good idea for you to start thinking and making plans for your summer vacation so that you may have a fun time with your family and friends.  In the meantime, please keep all of our children in your daily prayer, especially those who are about to receive their First Confession and First Holy Communion in the upcoming weeks.  This Sunday after 11am Mass at St. Bridget, I will hear confessions for our children there so that they can receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 1st.  Our St. Joseph students will have their rehearsal and First Confession on Wednesday, May 4th, at 7pm.  These children will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 7th.  All the names of our beloved children are listed in the bulletin  so that you may know who they are.  After each Mass, I will be available for pictures with our children and their families.  While you are in church, the house of God, a sacred place with the Blessed Sacrament, please be respectful at all times such as no loud conversations or kids playing in church.  Thank you for your co-operation and I can’t wait to celebrate these important sacraments with your children and your families.

The month of May is the month that the church has designated as the month of Blessed Virgin Mary.  Before Jesus died on the cross, He entrusted Mary to be our spiritual mother for the wellbeing and the salvation of every person on earth.  Please show your devotion to Mary by praying the rosary and also feel free to offer flowers to her here at church or at your home.

Last week, I celebrated Holy Mass for our St. Joseph’s 4th-6th graders.  The students were wonderful that day.  They sang well in church and I could tell that they were praying from their hearts.  In my homily, I told them that they have grown much physically, intellectually and spiritually.  I was happy for them and wanted them to continue growing in greater love for God, in their Catholic faith and also academically.  I promised them that someday in their life, their Catholic faith will be tested.  Someone will question them about their Catholic faith, such as “Why can’t non-Catholics receive Holy Communion in the Catholic Church, or why do Catholics worship Mary?”  When I said this, I pointed at one of our students, “Why do Catholic worship Mary?”  The student immediately answered me, “We don’t worship Mary; we worship God.”  I responded, good job and well said.  You listened well to the question and immediately you knew that Catholics were being accused of worshiping Mary.  We pray to Mary for intercession/help because she is the closest person to God in heaven.  Jesus also gave her to us so that we could be loved by her like she loved Jesus.  Jesus knew that He had the best Mother in the world and He wanted to share His loving Mother with us.  Mary will pray for us until we are in heaven with her.  I also promised our children that if they continue loving God and believing in God with their whole-heart, especially in our Lord Jesus who is with us in the Holy Eucharist, then later in life they will be able to help a lot of people to know our Catholic faith and believe in Jesus like we do.

Furthermore, please know that I am not pointing my finger at anyone here because I don’t want my finger to be chopped off.  I would be glad if I were wrong in this matter.  Does it seem to you that many adult Catholics now a day have failed to practice their Catholic faith and also failed to pass on their Catholic faith to their children, friends and co-workers?  Please know that it’s most important in life to keep your faith alive in your hearts and also in your families.  Let us remember that God gave us our family and our friends so that we may live in peace with them and lead them closer to God for their eternal life with God.  So, parents, especially parents with young children, please make every effort to bring your family to church.  Please know that they don’t have to look perfect or behave perfectly in church.  God loves them and I love them the way they are, even if they were to cry a little in church.  Also, it’s a reminder to everyone in church that we are a church family and regardless of our past behavior, our age, and our physical or spiritual condition, we are in church for God and for one another.  Please be understanding when a child causes a little distraction in church, and don’t make their parents feel not welcome.  I always love to see a family go to church together and I am sure our Lord does as well.  Please keep up your faith together and don’t forget that the most important people in church are the little children, for Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, don’t keep them away.”  We are best before God when we hear His Holy words, receive the Holy body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ, and give thanks to God together.

Finally, Mother’s Day is coming on Sunday, May 8th on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.  In the diocese of Wichita, Ascension of the Lord has been transferred to a Sunday.  Hope to see every one of you at church for our Lord and for one another, Fr.Hien


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:12

My Dear Parishioners,

I pray that you are doing well and feel blessed to be alive, to be with your family, to be loved by so many people in your life, and above all to be loved eternally by God.  God so loved us that He created the whole world for us to live in and to enjoy His greatness.  He gave to everyone in the world His only begotten Son to that we may believe in Jesus and come to Him for eternal life.  This means that every person on earth is called to believe in Jesus as God with us, to be one with Him and to have eternal life through Him.  Unfortunately there are billions of people in the world today who do not believe in Jesus at all.  There are also those who have not believed in everything that Jesus gave to His bride, the Catholic Church.  Let us continue praying for the conversion of those who have not believed in the One God of three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We also pray for the return of the Protestants churches to full union with the Catholic Church.  Many of these Protestant denominations share in the same baptism with the Catholic Church by baptizing their members in the Trinitarian-formula:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit and with water.  Outside of sharing baptism with some of the Protestant denominations, we are of different religions and are very far from believing in the same doctrines and beliefs.  The Catholic Church believes that the vocation of marriage is between a man and a woman, as opposed to many Protestants denominations today that accept gay and lesbian marriages in their churches.  The Catholic Church sees the vocation of priesthood as reserved for men, because Jesus our high and eternal priest Himself was born as a man.  Protestant churches ordain women priests and bishops in their churches.  Catholic believes in our communion with the saints in heaven, especially the Blessed Virgin Mary, by praying to them for spiritual help for us before God.  Catholics truly believe in the real transubstantiation of the Holy Eucharist—that’s the moment the bread and wine become the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ now and forever.  Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.  For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.  As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.  This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever" (John 6:53–58).

Catholics believe that Jesus made Himself available to us at all times until the end of time for all those who would believe in Him, could become one with Him (His body and blood, soul and divinity) here on earth through receiving Holy Communion.  For this reason, we believe that God is with us on the altar at Holy Mass and He will continue being with us at all times in the tabernacle of every Catholic Church—so that everyone can come and spend time in adoration and also Jesus (Holy Communion) could be brought to Catholics who are homebound and in nursing homes.  Holy Communion is reserved for Catholics alone and to receive Communion worthily, one must be in a state of grace, have made a good confession, believe in transubstantiation, observe the Eucharistic fast, and finally, have not been excommunicated by the Catholic church.  Non-Catholics are not to receive our Holy Communion because they are not yet in full union with the Catholic Church and their churches don’t share in the same beliefs.  It’s important that we remember that Jesus established His Holy Catholic church on earth to lead all souls to heaven.  If someone is turning to Jesus’ church, the Catholic Church is there for their souls, particularly the Protestants because of all religions in the world, the Protestant denominations hold beliefs closest to the Catholic Church.  One time I was visiting in a nursing home and a very elderly & near-death Lutheran asked for me (it was because she had a good Catholic friend who had told her about the Catholic faith).  I came to her and she knew that I was a Catholic priest.  I told her that before I could offer her a Catholic sacrament, she would need to confess her sins and also profess the Catholic faith.  She did it and I was so happy for her.  She made my day because she allowed me to lead her closer to Jesus.  For this reason I love the Catholic Church because Jesus is always willing to love, to heal, to bless and to lead all souls to heaven.  I pray that none of my parishioner will ever become less than who you are—a true Catholic.  Catholics must attend a Catholic Mass to fulfill their Sunday obligation and are not to receive Holy Communion at a non-Catholic church/service.  Be sure of this:  you’ll become what you eat.  Finally, please join us this Sunday, April 17 at 9am for Holy Mass with our St. Joseph’s Children Choir singing.  After Mass, everyone is invited to join us for the benefit breakfast for Dayln Partain.  May our St. Joseph’s students have lots of fun on Monday, April 18, no school day, as their teachers and I will be in Fr. Kapaun’s church at Pilsen for a day of retreat.  Fr. Kapaun pray for us, 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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