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Friday, April 24th

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4th Math Assessment • 9:00am - 10:00am
3rd Math Assessment • 10:00am - 11:00am
Saturday, April 25th

Baptism: 4pm & 6:30pm • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parish Appreciation Dinner! • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sunday, April 26th

Monday, April 27th

Grade Check
Float Work Night • 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, April 28th

5th Math Assessment • 9:30am - 10:30am
6th Math Assessment • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
4th Grade Bingo at Disabilty Supports • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Written by Summer Creed   
Friday, 06 March 2015 10:20

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:33

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

Again, Happy Easter Everyone.  Please remember that our resurrected Lord is always with us because He loves us so much today and eternally.  May we live each day with our Lord inside of us so that our hearts may be full of God’s joy, peace and love.  God is love and we are the product of His eternal love.  We are blessed to be God’s children here on earth and forever in heaven.  Let us believe in Jesus and love God with all our heart, mind and soul everyday.

At St. Joseph, this Wednesday April 22nd is our last PSR class.  We would like to thank God for another successful religion school year for our children.  We are truly blessed with wonderful parents and teachers, and especially Kelly Kohl, our St. Joseph’s PSR coordinator.  It’s saddens my heart that Kelly is stepping aside from being our PSR coordinator after this year.  She told me that after many years of being our PSR coordinator, she would like to spend more time with her family.  I don’t blame her for I know that she loves her family dearly.  I believe that every parent should spend as much time and perhaps all of their time with their children.  May our Lord bless Kelly and her loved ones with His joy and love, happiness and peace.  Thank you Kelly for your many years of love and ministry to our Lord in our parish.  You are truly a great person to work and serve our God with.  God bless you and I am hoping that I don’t have to twist your arm in the fall to help our parish again.  Could anyone guess what might have happened to me on the day that Kelly informed me that she is stepping down from her job? Sonya Jenkins, our CYM leader also informed me that due to her large family and extra attention demanded of her toward her children, she would like to step down from CYM.  So I said, “God, please help me.  Can I leave St. Joseph, too?”  Since that day, God has not told me that I could leave St. Joseph yet, so I am still here.  Sonya, you are truly a blessing to our parish, especially your many years of involvement with our St. Joseph’s school and also your many hours of service to our youth.  On the behalf of our parish and all of the children you have touched, THANK YOU.  I don’t know what we are going to do without you around, maybe it’s time for you to move back to town….just kidding, because I know that your family loves it where you are at, in the country.  I would love it, too, and that’s my plan for my retirement, to live in peace in the wilderness, in the country, hunting and fishing all day.

Parishioners of St. Joseph, if you have not RSVP’d for our appreciation dinner this Saturday, April 24th, please inform the office ASAP so that we can prepare a meal for you.  Again, Everyone is invited to our annual Thanksgiving Mass this Saturday at 5:30pm, to specially thank God for His many blessings upon our parish family, especially through our stewardship way of life.  We are blessed with those who clean our church, mow our lawn, teach our children at St. Joseph School and our religious programs such as PSR, CYM, RCIA, First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes.  We are also blessed with so many hands and hearts involving so many groups, organizations and ministries.  After this Mass, everyone is invited to the parish hall for our annual steak appreciation dinner.  Our parish leaders will prepare the food and our youth will serve the food as well as babysit your children.  Looking ahead, next Saturday, May 2nd at 9am in St. Joseph’s church, many of our children of St. Joseph will receive their First Confession, followed by practice for their First Holy Communion to take place at 5:30pm Mass.  Please pray for these children and join us for our St. Joseph’s children choir to sing and praise God at this special Mass.

Next Sunday, May 3rd, our St. Bridget children will receive their First Holy Communion at 11am Mass.  These children will receive their First Confession and practice after Mass on Sunday, April 26th.  May God bless all of our children with His eternal love so that each day, they may grow in God’s wisdom and love, strength and courage, all the days of their lives.  We are blessed to have so many children in our parishes.  Thank God and also thank our parents for being generous in life giving.  Your reward will be great in heaven.  I love you all, Fr. Hien

 

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 09:34

My Dear Parishioners,

Alleluia, Jesus is risen and He is here with us.  Let every one of us always love Jesus and recognize Him in the breaking of the bread so that through Jesus, we may have life eternal in heaven.

Please join me in thanking God and also congratulating our recently confirmed young men and women of our parishes.  God was so good to us with the special confirmation Mass by our bishop.  Everyone who attended the Mass enjoyed it very much, including many non-parishioners.  A special thanks to their parents, sponsors and many of our confirmation students’ relatives and friends who attended the Holy Mass.  Thank you also to our 4th degree Knights of Columbus who added solemnity to our Mass with their presence as honor guards.

Parishioners of St. Joseph, please remember that you are invited to a special Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday, April 25th at 5:30pm, to specially thank God for His many blessings upon our parish family, especially through our stewardship way of life.  We are blessed with those who clean our church, mow our lawn, teach our children at St. Joseph School and our religious programs such as PSR, CYM, RCIA, First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes.  We are also blessed with so many hands and hearts involving so many groups, organizations and ministries.  To everyone, thank you and God bless you and your great love for Him.  After this Mass, everyone is invited to the parish hall for our annual steak appreciation dinner.  Our parish leaders will prepare the food and our youth will serve the food as well as babysit your children.  Please let the office know if you and your family can attend dinner by calling, emailing or sending in your RSVP sheet.  We are looking forward to being with one another as a parish family.

Finally, many of you have noticed that we have done some construction work recently in front of St. Joseph’s church by the canopy.  Many years ago, the island in front of the canopy was built to prevent people from driving their vehicles over this area; however, the way it was built has caused many hardships on people entering and exiting the church.  Everyone had to walk over the island, which was very dangerous in the winter months.  To resolve this problem, we cut and removed the middle part of the island, about 9 feet wide and paved it level to the ground.  We will also install a handicapped rail on the north side so that those who might need it, it’s there for them.  A special thanks to our Knights of Columbus, in particular, Greg & Adam Heiman and their helper Zach, Mark Miller and Steve Bahr for making this project possible, nicely and beautifully.  We also paved two pieces of concrete in two areas in front of the old rectory for the two new marble statues to be set on.  A 65 inch statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be placed on the south side of the current statue of Mary and a 72 inch statue of St. Joseph with the baby Jesus will be placed on the north side.  A special thanks to two anonymous parishioners who donated financially toward the statues and also for the material costs of the concrete work and the red rocks, the edging, etc... Thank you also to our Altar Society for helping me with the plants and roses.  We could not have done this nicely without your many hands.  Thank you everyone and I love you all.  Be happy everyone and bring God’s peace to one another, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Summer Creed   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:28

My Dear Parishioners,

Alleluia, our Lord Jesus is risen.  He is our hope and salvation.  To Him we give our glory and praises forever, Amen.  May our risen Lord bless you and your family with His eternal love and also everlasting life of heaven to all of our deceased families, friends and parishioners.  God is great and full of love for all of us, let us love Him and trust in Him at all times.

Happy Easter everyone and please join our parishes for a special Holy Mass of Confirmation by our bishop Carl Kemme, on Thursday, April 9th at 7pm in St. Joseph Church.  We are blessed to have two adults and 33 young men and women of Saints Joseph and Bridget receiving their sacrament of Confirmation this day.  Please join us on this special day to pray for them and also to celebrate with them.  These candidates have prayed and studied hard for many months to prepare their bodies and souls to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be upon them.  They will be anointed by God for the salvation of their souls and the souls of others.  From this day on, they will be faithful members of God’s family and proclaim the Good News of God’s eternal love to all people.  After Mass, everyone is invited to St. Joseph’s Hall for refreshments, and also to congratulate our Confirmation students and visit with our bishop.  Please join me in thanking Steve Burghart and his Confirmation team for their many hours of preparation and teaching the Confirmation class to our students.  The class started last fall and now we are blessed to see the fruits of their stewardship to our parishes.  They are such a wonderful team who do so much in helping our parishioners to know God, love God and to receive the spiritual gifts from God.  Thank you everyone!

Do you remember that on Palm Sunday, I asked everyone to attend church twice during Holy Week?  I would like to thank everyone for doing so.  This is a sign of your love for our Lord and I promise you that the more you love our Lord in the Eucharist, the more peaceful, loving and happy you will be.  Only God can give us true love, peace and happiness.  Come to Him in the Eucharist at all times and learn to put all your trust in God instead of worldly things.  I am sad to see too many people today are concerned about worldly things instead of things that matter to their faith, their souls and their salvation.  Let none of us forget that God can do all things and we need to put greater trust in Him.

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday; we are to celebrate God’s eternal love for every sinner, every person on earth.  God loves us so much that He sends His only begotten Son to suffer and to die for us in order to save us because of our sins.  Jesus destroys death and gives eternal life by opening the gates of heaven to all those who believe in His Divine Mercy and love.  Let us pray for one another and encourage one another to have total love and trust in Jesus.  JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.  Let us admit that we are sinners and are in need of God’s divine mercy and love so that we may have eternal life in heaven.  God’s mercy is pouring out upon us; let us open our hearts, minds and souls to accept His divine love and forgiveness.  Don’t let anything of this world blindfold us from God’s eternal love and promise of salvation.  Let us remember that God is love and we are the product of His eternal life.  If we truly love Him with all our hearts, minds and souls, we will live in God’s eternal love forever in heaven.  Please say this prayer to help you: Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion --- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen.             HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE, Fr. Hien

 
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