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Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 13:53

My Dear Parishioners,

Can you believe that we are in August?  Time flies so fast and I hope that you got your summer vacation done or will soon because school is starting up again very soon.  I would like you to know that next week from Thursday, August 6th to Sunday the 8th; I will be attending my annual pilgrimage in Carthage, MO with my family, along with thousands of people, especially Vietnamese Catholics.  This year, I have some relatives from California coming to visit us and also to attend the Marian days with us.  I have been attending this pilgrimage since the day I came to America in1986 and I love it.  I love it more now because I am blessed to be a priest and able to help so many people in the sacrament of confession during these Marian days.  I will be hearing confessions for about 4-7 hours a day.  The joy of being a priest is to help people come to God, come to Jesus and to be healed by Jesus.  There were times in confession that I had joyful tears in my eyes because God was so good and merciful to His people.  Please know that I will be especially praying for you during these Marian days at Holy Masses.  I will be con-celebrating at Mass at least twice a day and you will surely be in my heart and prayer.  You are always close to my heart.

On the weekend that I am away, our diocese of Wichita will send a priest, Father Peter Claver Sutinga of Ghana, from the Missionary Society of St. Theresa of the Little Flower (Theresian Fathers), a religious community of priests and brothers in Ghana.  Father Peter will hear confessions and celebrate Holy Masses.  He will also share with us about their ministry of evangelization and education in the most rural parts of Ghana where people do not have running water nor potable drinking water and/or electricity in their homes.  The children have to walk miles to school in a nearby town with an empty stomach.  The Theresian Fathers are trying to build a school and provide food for about 1,800 children.  Father Peter will give a mission talk during all Masses and also thank everyone in our parishes for your faithful stewardship that has been assisting them in their ministry in Ghana.  Annually, they receive money/stipends from the diocesan United Catholic stewardship which is supported by our diocese of Wichita, with 10% of our parishes’ general collection.  Please know that there will be no special collection in our parishes because our diocese of Wichita does not allow second collections at Mass.  However, as grateful people of our parishes, we would like to help these Fathers with their missions; therefore, I have decided that our parishes will give a $500 donation toward providing food for the poor children in Ghana.  I will send a check to their founder & superior general, Fr. Paul Kala, when I return.  At this time I am looking for volunteers from St. Joseph to provide a dinner for Father Peter after Mass on Saturday and someone from St. Bridget to provide a meal for Father after St. Bridget’s Mass on Sunday.  For the meals, you can either provide a meal at your home or take Father out to eat.  I am sure he will enjoy American food.  On behalf of Father Peter, thank you!  Father will be staying at the rectory in McPherson.  Please contact Linda at the church office by Friday, August 7th if you would like to provide a meal for Father Peter.  Personally, I have never met Fr. Peter Sutinga or Fr. Paul Kala.  I have only talked to Fr. Paul on the phone.

Finally, a reminder that the Catholic Mid-West Conference will be held this weekend, August 7-9 in Wichita, you can see more details in the bulletin.  God bless you all, enjoy our guest priest and be sure to give thanks to God every day.  Love you much, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 07:47

My Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph & St. Bridget,

First of all, how has your summer been?  Mine has been great since school was out in May!  End of May, I attended the priesthood ordination in Wichita and it was a great experience.  It was so good to see so many young men ordained priests for our diocese.  In June, I enjoyed our children when they were here for Totus Tuus and also the Prayer and Action high school students who were here for two weeks.  On the 4th of July, I had a wonderful time with lots of fun celebrating our Independence.  I even got to light some fireworks.  Last week was my birthday, and I had one of the best birthday celebrations with many people in our parishes of St. Joseph and St. Bridget.  Everyone was so nice to me and the kids at the swimming pool were great.  Another nice piece of my summer was that I got to go fishing at Kannapolis Lake with a parishioner a few days before my birthday.  We caught so many catfish that day.  We kept twenty for our limits and we threw back another 30 or so.  Last year, I went fishing with him for the first time and he caught more fish than I did, he caught 13 and I caught 7.  He said that I was a good fisherman but he was the better one.  I had to humble myself because he caught more fish than I did.  This year is a different story.  Yes it was like last year, he caught the first fish of the day; however, once I started catching fish, he had a hard time keeping up with me.  There were a few times that he caught up with me; but here I was, catching another fish as big or bigger than his.  At the end of the day, I beat him with more fish and bigger ones.  I said to him, “My friend!  Last year, I watched you catch all the fish and I learned your techniques.  This year, the student is better than his master.”  He smiled at me and I smiled at him and we continued fishing.  We had a great time fishing, enjoying each other’s company and the good weather.  If you have not been out fishing this summer yet, it’s not too late, the fish are waiting for you, and they might be calling your name, “come and get me out of the water and take me home for dinner.  I’m pretty delicious and healthy.”  Have Fun & Good Luck fishing everyone!  If you need a partner, call 1800fatherhien…help… J

St. Bridget Feast Day: Happy St. Bridget’s feast day to everyone this Thursday, July 23!  St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303.  Since she was a young girl, she received many visions of Jesus’ suffering on the cross.  When she turned 10 years old, she had a vision of Jesus on the cross and heard Him say to her, “Look at me, my daughter."  Young Bridget asked Jesus, "Who has treated you like this?"  Jesus responded, "Those who despise me and refuse my love for them.”  Since then she devoted more time to loving Jesus and also telling Him that she loved Him.  She even tried to stop people from offending Jesus.  When she turned 14, she was married to Ulf who was also a devoted and religious person.  They had a happy marriage and God blessed them with eight children and one of them later became a saint known as St. Catherine of Sweden.  After Bridget’s husband died, she gave away what she had and lived as a poor nun.  In 1346, she founded the order of the Most Holy Savior, also known as Bridgettines.  Bridget died on July 23, 1373.  All St. Bridget's visions on the sufferings of Jesus were published after her death and she was proclaimed a saint by Pope Boniface IX in 1391.  Let us pray that every husband and wife in our parishes imitate the love and example of St. Bridget by putting God first and above all things and always encouraging one another, especially those in their family to love Jesus on the Cross and especially in the Blessed Sacrament.  Yes, it’s possible for every mom and dad in our parishes to love Jesus more wholeheartedly and also to live more saintly every day.

Finally, if you or your family has never attended Midwest Catholic Family Conference, please consider going this year to learn more about your Catholic faith, culture and tradition.  It’ very spiritual, educational and above all it’s a great opportunity to worship our Lord at Holy Mass, adoration and also the opportunity for confession, with thousands of people attending.  Many people are coming from out of state to attend this special occasion.  It will be held at Century II convention center, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, from August 7-9, 2015.  There will be many wonderful and well known speakers giving talks at this conference for all ages.  For more details visit: www.catholicfamilyconference.org Stay cool & love you all, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 11:06

My Dear Parishioners,

St. Joseph’s Parish picnic: Thank you to all those who came to celebrate our parish life and family with one another, with lots of fun and food last Sunday.  Thank you also for celebrating my birthday with me and my family.  It was a hot day but the turnout for the picnic and swimming was great.  It was so wonderful to see everyone out there having fun with each other.  It was amazing that some of our children caught some fish in the small lake where we were picnicking.  At first, they didn’t catch anything, so I said to them, “let me help you.”  I went to the grill and got a piece of hot dog and cut it into small pieces and put them on the hook and the children began to catch some fish with it.  I am glad and happy that they caught some fish for fun.  Personally, my best part of the day was at the swimming pool.  It was my best swimming-fun time ever in my life with the children of our parish.  We swam and threw the football to each other in the water.  It was so fun swimming and tackling each other in the water.  It was definitely hard to throw the football in the pool with the ball full of water inside of it.  At first, none of the children knew the trick from Fr. Hien.  I squished the water out of the ball before I threw it.  It was much easier that way.  About 20 minutes later, all the children were doing what I did.  I was happy that they learned the trick.  I was absolutely tired at the end of the day.  Life is good when we have God, each other, food and fun.  Thank you everyone for sharing your food, especially our Knights for providing the food and everything else.  You are our great dads and we love what you did for us.  Thank you!

Bathroom Remodel:  Began Sunday, July 12th, and for the next few weeks, our school parents and parishioners will clean and remodel our two old large bathrooms located by the foyer to get ready for the new school year.  They will be removing the old sinks, faucets, counter tops, ceiling tiles, lighting fixtures, and replacing them with new ones.  If you have to use a bathroom during construction, there is a bathroom located in the Holy Family room, by the entrance doors, and don’t’ forget that we have a lot of bathrooms west of the gym.  I am grateful to our school parents and many parishioners who are doing all that they can for our parish and school.  Thank you to those who donated generously last Oktoberfest that helped pay for this remodel project and also put a new sound system in our parish hall.  The new sound system sounds great.  It comes with 14 large commercial speakers, 4 microphone jacks and two wireless microphones.  Now that we have a nice sound system, a nice stage and a projector screen installed in the parish hall, I would like all non-liturgical events such as music & play programs, graduation, etc… to be held in the parish hall.  I feel that it’s important for every one of us to keep the holiness and sacredness of our church as the house of God, a sacred place for prayer and worship only.  Let us strive harder to give God our honor, respect, reverence, and love with full faith in His presence in church, in the tabernacle.  When I die, I don’t want our Lord Jesus to say to me, “Fr. Hien, why didn’t you give me your honor and respect when you entered my presence?  How come I was not important to you?”

Finally, thank you also to St. Bridget Altar Society for celebrating my birthday after Mass last Sunday in Lindsborg.  The food was great and I was definitely caked out that day.  Throughout the day of my birthday, people were asking me, “Father, how old are you?”  I said, I’m 21 plus 22.  I am blessed because God and everyone is good to me.  THANK YOU for your prayer, love and gifts, I’m truly appreciated, Fr. Hien

HAPPY BE ST. BRIDGET’S FEASTDAY EVERYONE

THIS THURSDAY, JULY 23RD.

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:25

My Dear Parishioners of Saints Joseph & Bridget,

Blessings from our Lord be with you!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful time celebrating our Independence Day with your family and friends.  I certainly had a wonderful time this year with lots of food, fun and fireworks.  The only thing that I didn’t like about these days of Independence celebration was that I couldn’t go to bed early like I would like to, too many people were still playing with fireworks till late.  I still remember the first summer my family and I came to America 29 years ago.  Nine of us were living in a two bedroom duplex not far from downtown Wichita.  We were accustomed to going to bed early every night, right after sunset, when we were living in Vietnam.  Everyone in my village went to bed right after dark because of the millions of mosquitos everywhere.  Before dark, we would have to close our doors and stay in a mosquito net.  When we first came to America, like usual, we went to bed really early, right after dark.  On July 4th of that year, we began to hear fireworks from everywhere and it got louder and louder as it got later in the evening.  My mom said, “There must be a war going on out there somewhere.”  We didn’t know that people were setting off fireworks to celebrate their Independence Day.  Now, I wish my family and I had known some American friends to teach us the language and explain to us about American culture, history and celebrations.  After 29 years in the U.S, we have learned a lot and we are one of those people who love to light fireworks to enjoy and to celebrate our freedom, not only the freedom blessed by God to America but especially the freedom from the Communist regime that God bestowed on my family and me.  God saved us from the ocean and brought us to this beautiful land.  For me, God is good and I am blessed to be in America and I hope everyone feels the same.

Every one of us, including me, was conceived by the love and union of our mom and dad, a woman and a man.  We were born precious and loved by our mom & dad.  They were the ones who helped us celebrate our life and also our birthday with family and friends.  Every one of us has a birthday to celebrate, to celebrate our precious life given by God through the union and love of our parents.  I too have a birthday to celebrate; however, only God knows the exact day and the month of my birthday.  Where I came from in a small village of southern Vietnam, we had no electricity, running water, notebooks, or even pens, and so no one recorded the date of my baptism.  My mom remembered that I was born in the hot summer month of 1972 during the Vietnamese Communist vs. American War and the bombs were being fired.  Because of the war, my family and I had to escape in a small boat through the Pacific Ocean to find freedom.  Once we ended up in the refugee camp in Malaysia, my mom had to give a date for my birthday and so she chose July12th as my birthday.  Once I came to America, I told my mom that she did a good job picking the date; however, she could have done a better job if she had chosen July 4th so that everyone in America could celebrate my birthday with tons of fireworks in the sky throughout America.  I am sure she did not know then that July 4th is the American Independence Day.  Now she knows because she is like everyone in my family, we are American citizens.  All my life, I have been very blessed.  I am whole-heartedly grateful to God for my life, my family and so many people who care for me and love me, including my parishioners.  God and everyone has been so good to me.  Thank you everyone for your prayer and love to my heart, life and soul.  Thank you to the Altar Society of St. Bridget for holding a parish potluck lunch after our 11am Mass on Sunday, July 12th to celebrate my birthday.  Thank you also to our St. Joseph Knights of Columbus for arranging our parish picnic for everyone on Sunday, July 12th to celebrate my birthday.  Dinner will be held at Lakeside Park beginning at 6:00 pm followed by swimming from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.  Please bring a side &/or dessert to share.  Our Knights will provide hotdogs and hamburgers.  Everyone is welcome to join us!  Bring your lawn chair and come early to visit with each other and play games with your friends.  Please feel free to bring any games you might have such as volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, freebees, etc...  Last year we did jumping ropes.  I am ready for you and I love you all—Fr. Hien

 
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