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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Saturday, November 1st

Monthly Parish Potluck
Mass: All Saints • 9:00am - 10:00am
Sunday, November 2nd

CYM Sunday
CYM Breakfast • 10:00am - 11:00am
Relics of Saints Display • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Confirmation Class #4 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday, November 3rd

Grade Check
Pilgrim Virgin Mary-2nd grade • 8:00am - 9:00am
Saint Relic program for Kids • 8:30am - 12:00pm
Meals on Wheels-Knudten • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Tuesday, November 4th

Honor Roll Party • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Future City Work Sessoin • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Wednesday, November 5th

Ann Metcalf's Birthday
DARE • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Teacher Meeting • 3:40pm - 4:40pm
PSR • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Third Grade Class Learns the Apostles' Creed Print
Written by Mrs. Peggy Bahr   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:03

This is why I love St. Joseph Catholic School and Catholic Education!  Watch as our third graders are learning the Apostles' Creed!

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:08

My Dear Parishioners,

Peace, joy and happiness from our Lord be with you all.  Enjoy this beautiful week!  I am happy to learn that our students, teachers, and parents raised about $43,000 at our Oktoberfest a few weeks ago for our school.  Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this annual event the greatest fund raising event for our school.  May God bless you for your hard work and generous contribution to our school.  Everyone is happy to the see the great results.  Our children very much enjoyed Fr. Hien sitting on the tree stand all day.  They wrote me many notes and asked me many questions, such as “Is it cold up there in the tree stand?  Are you afraid of heights?  Are you bored up there?  Have you seen any birds yet?  How are you going to the bathroom?... etc…”  I love our children for they are great and fun to be with.  The only question they didn’t ask me was, “Did I pray while I was on the tree stand?”  They didn’t know that I prayed while they were not around.  I also called my family and talked to them on my cell phone.  My sister Jennifer laughed and laughed hard on the phone that I, a priest, sat on a tree stand for the love of our children.  She understood that in Vietnam, when a person, old or young sees a priest, they must stop, fold their hands and bow their heads to greet the priest.  Personally, I had a great time with our children and I am sorry to their parents that I fed their children too much candy that day.

Please know that All Saints day this year falls on Saturday, November 1st; therefore, it’s not a holy day of obligation.  However, as sinners who are constantly in need of all the Saints in heaven to pray for us, our family, our community and the conversion of all sinners throughout the world, I will celebrate an extra daily Mass on Saturday, November 1st at 9am, at St. Joseph church for any who can join me.  May the love and prayers of all the Saints in heaven be upon us all, who truly love God, believe in God and trust in God with the gift of eternal life upon us, our beloved deceased families and friends.  Do you know that some of these saints in heaven could be our deceased family members, friends or parishioners?  Please remember to love and live in peace with one another everyday and they will love you in return in this life and also in heaven.  Please pray for all souls, especially your beloved deceased family and friends throughout this month of November.  We will surely pray for all souls during every Mass through this month.

This Sunday, November 2nd, please remember to change your clock back 1 hour.  Don’t forget to be at St. Joseph’s church at 6:30pm or Monday at 8:30am to view many religious articles and true relics of many saints and of our Lord.  This is a great opportunity to experience and to fall in love with our Catholic faith for “Seeing is believing.”  It’s free of charge and everyone is welcome, including non-Catholics.

Finally, parents of confirmation students, please remind your children to attend our confirmation class this Sunday, Nov. 2nd at 7pm.  Every student is required to attend every class and also attend Holy Mass every weekend.  If they fail to attend their classes or Holy Mass, it’s a sign that they are not ready to commit themselves to be an adult Catholic in the church.  We must help them and teach them to put God first, our family second and themselves last.  There is no other way.  Let none of us conform ourselves to this world of pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, sloth, etc… for it will destroy us - first, our relationship with one another, then our family, and finally our lack of love and faith in God and desire for eternal life.  None of us can afford not to be saved.  Help us O Lord, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:15

My Dear Parishioners,

If you are reading this message before Friday, October 24th, I am in Wichita with the entire group of priests of the diocese and our new bishop for our annual clergy conference from Monday, October 20th to Thursday, October 23rd.  This conference is important so our bishop requested that all parishes are to cancel their daily Masses so that every priest could be with their bishop and brother priests on this occasion.  You are welcome to come to our church or chapel and pray before our Lord.  The only daily Mass this week is Friday, October 24th.  I am looking forward to being with our new bishop and also visiting with many long-time priest friends.  I have many priest friends because I have been among these priests since I was a seminarian in 1991, 23 years.  I still have a lot to learn about our new bishop.  He has been in our diocese for about half a year.  Please keep us in your prayers.  As usual, I am sure many priests will be asking me, “How are the people in McPherson and Lindsborg treating you, Hien?” and I’ll say as usual, “You have asked the wrong question; you should have asked, how I am treating them instead.” Please know that every priest is human and we often expect others to treat us well, instead we are working hard to treat everyone with love, respect and trust.  Please know that I am grateful for your care, love and respect.  You truly have God within you.

As we are heading toward the end of October, you can see that Mother Nature is taking her course:  this week seems nice, sunny and warm, but early last week; it was windy, rainy and cold especially at night.  Thanks be to God who knows what’s best for us through Mother Nature as well as everything else in our lives.  May we always trust that God knows what He is doing and we just learn to relax, trust in God and not complain too much so that we may enjoy God’s love and great wonders in life.  Personally, I enjoy cold weather more than hot and humid weather.  First, hot and humid weather is always full of bugs, flies, ticks and chiggers.  They love me to death but I don’t care much for them.  They are the pain in my skin for days and weeks.  A parishioner once told me that I must have sweet blood.  I responded, “Do you mean that I am sweet?”  Has anyone noticed that Fr. Hien has been sweet lately?  Ha…ha…ha…, just kidding.  Second, cold weather is great for hunting deer.  The deer must move a lot to look for food; therefore, it’s easier for me to spot them.  Every hunter knows that colder is better for deer hunting.  However, no one likes extreme cold and freezing weather, including Fr. Hien.  It’s dangerous to walk and also to drive.  The truth is, regardless of the weather conditions, hot or cold, rainy or snowy, calm or windy, we are to love God and thank God for our lives, families and friends.  Life is ugly for those who complain every day and fail to know that God is in charge.  I am thankful to you and to God every day and may we learn not to complain about God, one another or even the weather.  Complaining will not change anyone or a thing in life but add gray hair, headaches and stress to your life.  Be smart by being thankful and appreciative instead.  Please feel free to share with me your hunting and fishing adventures, I love to hear about them.

Finally, I am thankful to God for my family and everyone in my life.  On Sunday, October 12th, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wichita, I baptized my youngest niece.  My family was blessed to have about 80 people attend the baptism and a dinner at home.  My parents and siblings did the cooking.  I held my niece a lot on Sunday and Monday nights while I was watching football.  She’ll love football just like her uncle.  Although her mom and dad are Jayhawk fans, I am going to make her a Chiefs fan after her uncle.  Go Chiefs and go Royals….  Every time I looked at my niece, I was amazed at God’s magnificent work in His people.  She is soft, gentle, cute and happy most of the time until she has a wet diaper.  I always call her dad for he is well trained by my sister for the job.  I told my family that I am out of practice and have no desire to be trained.

Love your family, I love you all, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:41


“Give thanks to God, bless His name; good indeed is the Lord.

Whose love endures forever,

whose faithfulness lasts through every age.” Psalm 100:5

My dear parishioners of St. Joseph,

May the love and blessings of our Lord be with you and your family.  I’m writing to thank you and your family for your support to our church and school through your stewardship way of life.  You have been a life-giving source to our church family.  Thank you! As we are in the last quarter of 2014, please continue with your stewardship in our parish, including your financial contribution to support our church & school and also to reduce our debt.  The attached statement shows how much you have given this year.  As a priest, I should not have to worry about money, but the truth is, I do worry because of our large debt and the many bills that must be paid.  However, I’m blessed to be able to sleep well most every night and when I wake up, I thank God for your love to God and to me.  I’m blessed to see so many people taking their Catholic faith to heart by attending Holy Mass, praying in adoration, and also joining their hands to provide Catholic education and formation to our children.  Your faith, your love and your generosity are the reasons I love you and am grateful to God for you.

Moreover, I would like you to know that I don’t plan to hold a fund raiser this fall like we have in the past two years.  Not that our parish doesn’t need money at this time, but I don’t want to add any financial stress to your family.  I really want you to have a good & healthy life with each other and with God.  I made this decision after I consulted with our parish leaders.  We believe that this fall is not the appropriate time to ask every family to give extra money again toward our debt reduction.  We are hoping that our upcoming 2015 stewardship renewal of time, talent and treasure will improve and we will have enough financially to pay for our monthly debt and bills.  We understand that this is a long shot, but we believe that if every family truly gives what they can, sacrificially, it will be possible.  Yes, we need your prayers and also your encouragement among parishioners to make this work.  I hope that we don’t have to hold another fund raiser next spring or ever again if we meet our weekly budget.  I truly believe that stewardship is a way of life and as soon as everyone practices it, God’s church will be taken care of; for it is and will be the foundation of our church & school.

For now, please know that if you were blessed financially this year from your steady job, received a bonus from work or got a financial return from your investments, etc…, please think of our parish that has been operating under financial difficulty and please help us.  Any amount is appreciated and your donation is tax-deductible; and if you give toward our debt reduction, 100% of it will benefit our parish.  We owe $1.6 million at 2.40% interest rate.  Let us put every dollar we have toward paying off our debt so that we may be debt free.  Please also put our parish on your important list to give/donate so that your investment will be great in heaven, where you’ll have eternity to enjoy your family, friends and God.  I love you all & I thank God for each one of you.  You are the reason I’m here & I am glad to be here, Fr. Hien



P.S. “St. Joseph Hall” is what most parishioners preferred it to be called.

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