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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Wednesday, December 7th

STARBASE CAMP gr. 5 • 8:15am - 2:45pm
Art with Diane K-2nd • 12:05pm - 2:45pm
Elyria Christian Basketball Practice • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Teacher Meeting • 3:40pm - 4:40pm
Gym Rental for Romero • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Confessions - 3rd - 8th grade PSR • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
PSR & CYM • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, December 8th

Scholastic Book Orders due
Mass of the Immaculate Conception, St. Joseph 12 noon & 7pm • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mass-St. Bridget's (Immaculate Conception) • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Gym-Lockard • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mass-St. Joseph's (Immaculate Conception) • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, December 9th

Saturday, December 10th

Monthly Parish Potluck
Baptisms: Heiman • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sunday, December 11th

Confirmation - Class #5 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 10:33

My Dear Parishioners,

Thank you everyone for your extra care and prayers for me lately.  Those who have not stopped praying for me, checked on me, brought me food, left me care messages, etc.…THANK YOU!  You are my family.  I am feeling ok & normal, I think?  I was able to see the doctor in McPherson last Tuesday.  I told the doctor what happened during Sunday 9am Mass.  This had happened to me three times before, between 5-10 years ago.  In the past when it happened, I was in the car, during the winter months with the car heat on during the bright daylight.  None of the episodes lasted this long or caused me to sweat and then have cold hands and feet.  I told the doctor that on my dad’s side of the family there are heart and stroke problems.  On my mother’s side of the family there is a thyroid problem.  After the doctor learned what happened to me, he wanted to have blood, urine, and run many other tests, on my heart, etc.  I called it from A to Z tests.  So, yes after a week, I have been having all kinds of tests at the hospital and more to come I am sure.  As of now, we have not discovered what is wrong with my health.  Please know that I will surely keep you informed about my health as I learn more about it.  Don’t worry, be happy, live joyfully and peacefully one day at a time, and at the same time, love and trust in God.

In this weekend’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:  the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.”  This is a reminder to all of us that with Jesus all things are possible.  He can help us with our physical and spiritual sickness as well as raise us from the dead to eternal life.  So again, none of us should be too worried about things of life that we can’t control.  Don’t forget that this is an imperfect world; therefore, even good people must go through suffering, sickness, and even death to remind us that nothing can separate us from the love of God.  The perfect world and eternal life is yet to come.  Let everyone of us live today to proclaim the good news of God’s eternal love and salvation to our family, friends and neighbors.  That was what John the Baptist did, let us imitate him.

Holy Day of Obligation: This Thursday, December 8th Masses are at 12 noon & 7pm at St. Joseph and 5:30pm at St. Bridget.  Everyone is obligated to attend Holy Mass this day.  Because it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, we will take up a collection as usual.

St. Joseph Monthly Potluck: This Saturday, Dec. 10th after 5:30pm Mass.

St. Joseph’s Students’ Christmas Program: Thursday, Dec. 15th, 7pm.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the skill and talents of our children and the spirit of Christmas.  Everyone is also invited to the parish hall after the program for a social and taste of food from many parts of the world provided by the students.

Stewardship Forms: Please don’t forget to complete & return your stewardship forms to the church or drop them in the collection basket.  Please know that we truly need your stewardship of time, talent and treasure in our churches’ family.  Thank you!

If you would like to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to our parishes, please attend the training session on January 7, 2017 at 9am in the Activity Center, 415 N. Cedar, Marion, KS 66861.  Please register with the Office of Worship: 316-269-3900, ext. 157 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Finally, if you are attending Holy Mass at St. Bridget this Sunday, December 11, please know that you are invited to our luncheon and a special Christmas program performed by our PSR children, immediately after Mass in the parish hall.

Christmas is near, be close to one another so that you may be close to God, Fr. Hien

 

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:20

My Dear Parishioners,

Welcome back everyone from your Thanksgiving break and celebration.  I hope you had a great time with your family and friends.  I had a wonderful time with my family, especially with my nieces and nephews.  They were fun to be around and they could easily tire me out.

Happy Advent!  Advent is the time for us to prepare bodies, mind and souls to celebrate Christmas--God with us, the Emmanuel.  Everyone will have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation with God.  Confessions schedule for the upcoming weeks are:

Wed, December 7, at 7pm for 3rd - 8th graders who attend our PSR program.

Wed, December 14, at 7pm, confessions with adoration for 9th - 12th graders who attend our PSR/CYM and confirmation programs.  We welcome Father Luke Thielen, a newly ordained priest for the diocese of Salina.  He will help me with the sacrament that night.

Thu, December 15, at 8:45am, confessions for St. Joseph’s grades 3 and 4.

Fri, December 16, at 8:45am, confessions for St. Joseph’s grades 5 and 6.

Wed, December 21, start at 6pm, guest priests:  Fr. Nick Volker, Fr. Bob Spencer,

Msgr James Hake, Fr. Larry Letourneau and I will be available for confessions.

Everyone in our parishes of St. Joseph and St. Bridget are welcome.

Confessions are also heard about 45 minutes before every weekend Mass or at any time by appointment.  After daily Mass, I am more than happy to hear confessions as well or bless your religious articles, etc.…please let me know.

Holy Day of Obligation:  This Thursday, December 8th Masses are at 12 noon and 7pm at St. Joseph and 5:30pm at St. Bridget.  Everyone is obligated to attend Holy Mass on this day.  Finally, sympathy is extended to the family of Louie Frazer, especially his wife for many years, Patricia.  Both Louie and Pat are long time parishioners of St. Joseph.  A couple of years ago, Louie joined the Catholic Church and received all the sacraments.  It was the best or one of the best days of his life for he had so many children from St. Joseph’s parish welcome him into the church and celebrate with him with a big cake.  He thanked God for our church family, especially our St. Joseph’s students who gave him joy, happiness and love.  Although Louie’s health was not the best in recent years, he always came to church, until he couldn’t walk or stand anymore.  When I visited him in the nursing home, he always asked me about the parish family and the children.  He calls them his little angels.  He loved his Catholic faith and he also loved to pray the rosary.  We are blessed to have Louie and his wife in our church.  May he and everyone in our families, among our friends and in our parishes, rest in peace eternally with God and all the angels and saints in heaven.  Our church family of St. Joseph celebrated Louie’s life, prayed for him and put him to rest on Saturday, Nov. 27.  May God bless his soul and ours too.

PS #1: Please complete & return your stewardship forms to the church or drop them in the collection basket.  In the near future, we will publish the names of those who have turned in their forms.  Please know that we truly need your stewardship of time, talent and treasure in our church’s family.  Thank you and God bless your trust in Him.

PS #2: Thank you everyone for your extra love and prayers for me lately, especially since last Sunday when I got sick during 9am Mass.  Those who prayed for me, checked on me, took me to Lindsborg for 11am Mass, brought me food, left me care messages, etc.…THANK YOU!  I am feeling good & normal, I think? J  I will surely keep you informed about my health as I learn more about it.  Don’t worry, be happy, for God is with us.  He’ll take care of us now & for all eternity, Fr. Hien

 

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