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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Tuesday, March 31st

4th Reading Assessment • 10:00am - 11:00am
Gr. 6 Deliver Food Bank Food • 11:45am - 12:15pm
3rd Reading Assessment • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wednesday, April 1st

4th Reading Assessment • 9:00am - 10:00am
Living Stations • 10:00am - 11:00am
3rd Reading Assessment • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Teacher Meeting • 3:40pm - 4:40pm
Battle of Books • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
PSR-living station • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 2nd

Scholastic Books Orders go out
4th Reading Assessment • 10:00am - 11:00am
3rd Reading Assessment • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
2nd Grade Swimming Class • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Holy Mass no AM Mass • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
RCIA Class • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, April 3rd

NO SCHOOL - Good Friday • 8:00am
Good Friday Services: St. Bridget 5:30pm, St. Joseph 7pm • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 4th

RCIA & Baptism practice • 9:00am - 10:00am
Easter Vigil: • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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Written by Summer Creed   
Friday, 06 March 2015 10:20

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:03

My Dear Parishioners,

As you are reading this message online, please plan to join us for the Holy Triduum, the Holy Week that leads to the resurrection of our Lord.  During these days, we commemorate the important element of our salvation through Christ’s sacrifice, death and resurrection.  We begin the Triduum observance on Holy Thursday evening with the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper where we witness Jesus’ love for us by humbling Himself to wash the feet of His disciples.  He then commands us to do the same unto one another as a sign of our love for God.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who is known throughout the world today for his extraordinary love for the poor, the lowly, the abandoned, reminds us, “Living Holy Week following Jesus means learning how to come out of ourselves to reach out to others, to go to the outskirts of existence, to be the first to move towards our brothers and sisters, especially those who are most distant, those who are forgotten, those who are most in need of understanding, consolation and help.  There is so much need to bring the living presence of Jesus, merciful and full of love.”  May we always love one another as our Lord and our Holy Father have taught us.

On Good Friday, please remember to fast and abstain from meat to remind us that we love God more than any worldly goods.  We love God because He first loves us and now He sent His only Son to die for us.  This is why we call it “Good Friday,” because we are saved because of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He died for us so that we may have eternal life with God forever in heaven.  On Holy Saturday night, we await and then we joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord from the dead.  On this night, we will joyfully and happily sing “Alleluia” and give praise to God for He has conquered sin and destroyed death.  The resurrection of our Lord Jesus is our hope for eternal life with God and all the angels and saints in heaven.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, let us start believing in Jesus, trusting in God and living daily with the Holy Spirit in our hearts, mind and soul.  Remember that we have God within us and God is greater than any suffering, pain or death; therefore, don’t allow the suffering and pain of this world to take the best of us but choose to live a hopeful and peaceful life with God and one another.  Too many people today think that they are invincible or that God is not important, but they have forgotten that they can’t live a minute without air and of course without God.  Let us not be foolish or be faithless in God, but believe in the resurrection of Jesus so that we may have life eternal with God in heaven.

Finally, happy Easter to everyone and please know that you are in my heart and prayer at Holy Mass during this Easter season.  As you attend Holy Mass in this Easter season, please put on a happy face, a happy attitude.  Try to pay extra attention to the Holy Scripture and listen to God’s words with your hearts and soul, and then place yourself/imagine yourself encountering the risen Jesus in every event such as at the tomb, in the garden, on the way to Emmaus, etc...  I believe that you will see for yourself how wonderful it is for us to have faith in God and in Jesus.  You will see yourselves how blessed you are to be a Catholic because you have Jesus within you, in your heart, mind and soul through the Holy Eucharist.  You will see that God is with you always and He loves you so much today and forever in heaven with Him.





Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:53

My Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph,

Blessings from our Lord be with you all.  First of all, I am writing to thank you and your family for your love for me.  Thank you for the many cards & gifts, and many personal prayers & best wishes for my trip to Vietnam.  I am certain that your prayers have kept me safe and I am glad to be home.  THANK YOU!

Secondly, I want to thank you and your family for your faithful stewardship to our parish.  Your faithfulness to our church, which is to God, makes me love you more each day.  For this reason, I love you and I pray for you every day, especially at Holy Mass.  I also pray for our deceased parishioners for I know that without their many years of prayer, love and commitment to God in our parish, we would not have what we have today.  Them too, I love them much, although I have never met most of them.  As your priest, I always look forward to seeing you and being with you, especially for Holy Mass.  I love our parish family for we are blessed with so many generous hands and grateful hearts in loving our Lord and serving one another.  As a church family, we will come together on Saturday, April 25th at 5:30pm for a special THANKSGIVING MASS, to give thanks to God for one another and to the faithful stewardship we have done together in our parish.  After Mass, you and your family are invited to our parish’s annual steak dinner to be held in our St. Joseph’s Hall.  Please let us know how many people in your family are coming for the dinner by completing the attached sheet.  Thank you! Our parish leaders and I are looking forward to being with you and enjoying a nice dinner with you as a parish family.  No “to go” meals please!

Finally, please join our parish family for the upcoming services.

Confession service with guest priests:  Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm.

St. Joseph’s School Children Living Stations:

Wednesday, April 1st, 10am & 7pm.

Holy Week Masses:

Holy Thursday 7pm

Good Friday 7pm (St. Bridget 5:30pm)

Easter Vigil 8pm

Easter Sunday 9am (St. Bridget 11am)

P.S.  I promise to keep each Mass as short as possible and also inspiring.

Confirmation Mass with Bishop Kemme: Thursday, April 9th at 7pm

Have a spiritual and fruitful Lent that leads to a happy Easter.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us always,


Fr. Hien Nguyen, pastor

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:34

My Dear Parishioners,

40 days of Lent is coming to an end; may you find this time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving fruitful and spiritually rewarding.  Since I have been home, I really enjoyed the good weather and also got to go fishing a few times.  The first day I went, I caught my limit of 10 catfish.  Those of you who are fishermen or have young children at home; you might want to go out and catch some fish for fun or to eat.  It’s one of the best times of the year to go outside since there are no bugs, chiggers, ants, and above all no mosquitoes … yet.  Enjoy the good weather with your loved ones, including working outside, trimming trees and bushes, preparing your garden and flower beds, planting your potatoes or painting your old shed like my neighbor who has been painting.

Since I have been back, I also enjoy seeing everyone and visiting with many of you after Masses.  I also had a great time visiting our homebound and nursing home parishioners as well.  It seems that many people have been sick recently, including children.  I hope everyone will be over with their sickness soon so that you may enjoy the good weather and above all enjoy your family and friends.  I hope that everyone has been enjoying their spring break, too.  Please be safe traveling and always see the goodness in one another.  Don’t forget to give thanks to God everyday and also to pray together as a family and attend Holy Mass together.  Our children know that there is a Catholic church in every town and city.  If you are out of town, be sure to look for a Catholic church so that you can give God your prayer, love and thanksgiving, and above all to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus as our spiritual food for our souls and eternal life.

If you are able to make it this Friday, March 20, please join us for Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm and also our soup supper in the parish hall.  On this day, I will fry some fish for everyone to enjoy.  You know me as a fisherman; let’s see if I can cook some fish for everyone to eat.  Bring anything you want to share if you would like.  If not, bring yourself and your family.

Penance Service:  please invite your family and friends to attend our penance service with guest priests on Thursday, March 26, beginning at 6:30pm.  Lent is the time for us to empty out our sins so that we may have more room in us for God and His heavenly blessings.  The Church asks all of her children to go to confession at least once a year, especially during Lent.  Yes, it’s a sin for anyone who intentionally doesn’t go to confession to receive God’s mercy, love and forgiveness in the sacrament of confession.  Jesus institutes this sacrament for us to receive and not to ignore it.  Please humble yourself in the presence of our Lord so that He may cleanse you from all your sins and guilt.  Jesus is waiting in the confessional to free us from all of the ugliness of life that has been eating us alive.  Set yourselves free by coming to Jesus, He is waiting to show you His eternal love, forgiveness and peace of body, mind and souls.  Unless we confess our sins, they will be with us in the next life and we will suffer eternally because of our sins.

Finally, Happy feast days of St. Patrick on Tuesday, March 17th, and St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday, March 19th, to everyone who is Irish and especially all parishioners of St. Joseph.  May these great saints pray for us and our families so that we will always love God as much as they did in their lifetime.  Yes, we all can be more saintly in words and in deeds.  Let us start today.  Love you all, Fr. Hien

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