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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Saturday, July 23rd

Ulster Project Mass & Dinner • 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, July 24th

Monday, July 25th

Parish Hall Closed for Cleaning
Tuesday, July 26th

Parish Hall Closed for Cleaning
Teresa & Darin--Wedding Validation • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, July 27th

Parish Hall Closed for Cleaning
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:08

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend, please join me in celebrating with our brothers and sisters of St. Bridget, Lindsborg as they celebrate their feast day this week, Sunday, July 24th.  To celebrate this special day, every member of St. Bridget’s parish is invited to attend Holy Mass and also to join together for a special luncheon immediately following Mass in our parish hall.  Also of course, anyone who attended this Mass is also invited to join with us for prayer and fellowship after Mass.  We would love to have you all.  St. Bridget’s feast day is Saturday, July 23rd.  She was born 1303 and lived until 23 July 1373.  May she continue to watch over us from heaven and pray for us until we are all in heaven with her and all the saints and angels.  St. Bridget, pray for us.

Totus Tuus—Totally Yours in Christ.  Totus Tuus has been going on at St. Joseph since last Sunday.  We would like to thank the Totus Tuus team for being here with our children to pray with them, to teach them about God and also to have fun with them.  God bless you all in your faith-filled and fun ministry.  We would like to also thank all of our volunteers: parents, grandparents and young men and women of our parish for your time and service throughout this week of Totus Tuus.  Many of you provided food for the team leaders and myself.  Thank you!  A special thank you to our hosting families, Steve & Roberta Burghart and David & Linda Harger, for welcoming the Totus Tuus team leaders into your homes.  In last Sunday’s gospel, Martha and Mary invited Jesus to their home, you did too by welcoming others into your homes and feeding them but above all, you made them feel loved.  You have practiced what you believed and I am very happy for you all.  God bless you.

"MERCIFUL LIKE THE FATHER" is the theme for this year’s Midwest Catholic Family Conference which will be held from August 5-7 at Century II Convention Center in Wichita.  Forms are located in St. Joseph’s church foyer if you would like to attend.  This is a very important conference for every family and every person of different ages.  You will get to receive many sacraments at this conference such as Holy Mass and Confession.  You will get to hear great and beautiful religious music, and learn from many great theologian speakers in regards to faith and life.  If you have never been to one of these conferences, you must go and you will never regret it.  In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus told Martha that her sister Mary had chosen the better part by being with Jesus and listening to Him.  He assured Martha that no one can take her sister, Mary away from Jesus.  We too, must choose the better part by being with Jesus, to listen to Jesus and to learn more about God and our Catholic faith.  It was said that we can’t love what we don’t know.  Let us learn all that we can about God and our Catholic faith, so that we may love God more and trust that heaven is waiting for us for eternal life.  Let us put our hearts before God every day.  There will be thousands of people from different states that will be attending this annual conference with us.  We are blessed to have it right here at home, please give yourself a chance to enrich your faith and knowledge of God.  God loves you and I love you too,

Fr. Hien

P.S. It is so good to know that we will have many new students attending our St. Joseph Catholic School this year.  Parents, especially Catholic parents, please entrust your children to us so that we could help you to form them in the way of faith and also to lead them to Jesus through the Holy Sacraments at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”


Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 10:25

My Dear Parishioners,

Did you enjoy our parish picnic last Sunday?  Due to the hot weather and a lot of rain we received recently, the picnic was held at the parish hall with air conditioning.  I was surprised at the number of people that attended the dinner, especially our elderly parishioners and little babies of our parish.  The hot day was perfect for being in the water or swimming.  I had a lot of fun and that night I slept like a baby.  Thank you to our Knights for the delicious meal.  Thank you also to everyone for coming and sharing your food with others.  We are truly a parish family because we shared what we have with each other, including our time, talent, treasure, food, fun, friendship, etc.…  May our Lord continue watching over us and keep us united in faith and in love for Him and for one another.

It has been very busy for me lately due to many marriage preparation classes, funerals, wedding, baptisms and outside work.  However, it has been a good summer for me.  I had to say that it was one of my best 4th of July weekends ever.  At Holy Mass on July 3rd, I got to see two seminarians of our diocese who were at Mass that day.  I was also grateful for Ann Bahr who accepted my invitation to join our music ministry and especially sang as a cantor for our church and also at St. Bridget.  Now she is heading to college like many of our recently graduated high school students from our parishes.  I can’t name them all for I don’t have the space to describe everything they have done for us.  Most of them were very involved in our parish life as lectors, music, Eucharistic ministers, in CYM, etc.… I will greatly miss them all.  I thank God for them and their ministries in our parishes.  May our Lord watch over them and help them to achieve their dreams in college.  These young men and women have shown great examples in the ways of faith and love for God.

After 9am Sunday Mass on July 3rd, I drove to St. Mary’s in Salina for a special thanksgiving Mass of a Vietnamese friend, Fr. John Tran who was born and raised in Salina.  He joined the Vietnamese religious order in Carthage, MO about 17 years go.  When I got to the church, a young American and newly ordained priest introduced himself, “Hi, I am Fr. Luke Thielen.  You are Fr. Hien, do you remember me?”  He looked at me with a big smile and was so happy.  I looked at him and said, “I think I do know you.”  He said, “Fr. Hien, you were a pastor in Pilsen while I was attending college at Tabor College in Hillsboro.  One day you sent me to a vocation retreat because you believed that I could be a priest.  Here I am, a newly ordained priest for the Salina diocese.”  At that moment, I was so happy and said to him, congratulations and God bless you.  In my heart, I said, “Lord, the good and holy example of Fr. Kapaun had brought this man to be your priest.  Thank you Lord Jesus!”  At the end of Mass, Fr. Luke told everyone in church about me, how he met me and how his vocation was started.  I was so happy that he was so happy to be a priest.  My advice to him and also to Fr. Tran was, “Be sure to be yourself.  God chose you because you are special and unique.  People will try to change/make you to be the priest they want you to be, but don’t, just be yourself and you will be forever a happy priest.”  We visited more after Mass and had lunch together.  I invited Fr. Luke to our parishes so that he and I could go fishing and hunting together.  He said that he loves to hunt and cook.  These two newly ordained priests made my 4th of July celebration special.

Sympathy:  On the behalf of all parishioners of St. Joseph, we would like to extend our sympathy, prayer and love to the families of these two wonderful women:

Mary Lucile Neider, 91 years old, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Windom.  Mary is the mother of our parishioners Cheryl Eck (Steven) of Windom.  Her funeral service and Mass was held in Topeka.  I was blessed to know Mary well and had supper with her at the Eck’s family.  Thank you for the great time!

Sandra “Sandy” Neilson, 71 years old of Moundridge, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016.  Her loving husband of 51 years, Larry.  Her daughter Cassie and husband Steve of McPherson.  The funeral Mass was held on Friday, July 8, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with many people attending.  Sandra was well-known and loved.

Jesus loves us all and one day we will be with Him in heaven. Trust in Jesus, Fr. Hien

PS. please join me in welcoming the Totus Tuus team to our parishes this weekend.


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School Supplies Print
Written by Mrs. Andrea Tully   
Saturday, 16 July 2016 17:59

Fourth Grade Parents,

I just got my enrollment letter and I’m guessing you did too.  On the schools website you will find the school supply list;

I know that Mrs. Becker spent a lot of time talking about recycling, reducing, and reusing.  From their field trip to the recycling center to starting a school wide recycling program for used school supplies, our students learned how to do their part to take care of the environment.  I wanted to keep this in mind when making the 4th grade school supply list and tried to reduce and reuse as much as possible.

To reduce the number of items on the supply list there were several items that listed boys or girls to bring; these are items that we will be sharing as a class.  I did notice on the school supply list that it has all students bringing disinfectant wipes, only the girls need to bring those.
* Boys in the class will bring thick washable markers and colored pencils
* Girls in the class will bring thin washable markers and disinfectant wipes

We will also be reusing items, so there are some things you do not see on the supply list.  We will be re-using crayons from the school supplies that our third graders and Mrs. Becker collected at the end of the school year.  Another item that you will not see on the list that is on the website is scissors.  I have gone school supply shopping enough times to know that it is easiest to buy everything on the list and ask questions later.  Students should bring the scissors they used last year (let your 4th grader know that scissors will work for more than one year, I’m sure of it); if their scissors from last year are lost you can send a new pair.  I also have 20 pair of small scissors from my days of teaching middle school which students are able to use.


4th Grade School Supply list

1 pack   Thick washable Markers (boys only)

1 pack   Thin washable Markers (girls only)

1 pack   colored pencils 12 pack (boys only)

1 container disinfectant wipes (girls only)

1              pair of used scissors

12           #2 pencils

1              pink bevel eraser

1              pencil bag

1              large bottle of glue

1              small glue stick

1              large box Kleenexes

1              book bag / back pack

3              Spiral Composition Book (Wide Ruled/70)  1 green, 1 black, 1 orange

3              pocket folders (1 green, 1 blue, 1 red)

4              Dry Erase Markers (thick)

1              headphones (no ear buds)

1              Pair of tennis shoes (left at school for P.E., non-marking soles) used or new

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Architect Hired to Continue Expansion Project

On Thursday, June 25th, Fr. David, and three parish representatives--Farrell Pedreauville, John Holecek and Peggy Bahr--interviewed three candidates for the position of architect of St. Joseph's expansion project.  The candidates were a combined team of McPherson architect, Randy Clark, and Brett Prather of Architectural Innovations of Wichita, Dennis Smith of Law Kingdon Architects of Wichita, and Bob Faires of Howard and Helmer Architects of Wichita.

All three architects interviewed very well, and each would have served the project with their expertise. However, after hearing each presentation, the interviewing panel unanimously expressed a preference for Bob Faires of Howard and Helmer Architects.  Mr. Faires had most recently served as the lead architect for the following projects: the new grade school at Mary, Queen of the Angels Church in Ft. Scott, the new grade school and expansion of the high school at St. Mary's-Colgan schools in Pittsburg, KS, and the new Church of the Magdalen church and school in Wichita.  Along with the experience of these and many other projects, Mr. Faires also demonstrated an attention to detail in outlining his approach to the expansion and renovation work at St. Joseph's.

Moving ahead now, the goal is to finish the drawings and specifications begun, and over half way completed, by previous projectarchitect Andy Steffes.  Mr. Faires did acknowledge that this project will remain indebted to the talent and creativity of Andy Steffes and that his task will be to guide the work through to the completion of Andy's vision. Efforts will be made to put the project out to bid by
the end of August.  Please continue to make St. Joseph's expansion and renovation a regular intention of your daily prayers!


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