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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Saturday, September 20th

Religious Goods Sales • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sunday, September 21st

Children's Choir 9am • 9:00am - 10:00am
Religious Goods Sales • 9:00am - 10:00am
Confirmation Class #1 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday, September 22nd

Grade Check
Oktoberfest Reward Assembly • 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Tuesday, September 23rd

6th ACT Aspire Reading • 8:30am - 9:30am
4th ACT Aspire Reading • 8:30am - 9:30am
3rd ACT Aspire Math • 10:00am - 10:50am
5th ACT Aspire Reading • 10:00am - 11:00am
3rd ACT Aspire English • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
5th ACT Aspire English • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
4th ACT Aspire English • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Wednesday, September 24th

6th ACT Aspire Math • 8:30am - 9:30am
4th ACT Aspire Math • 8:30am - 9:30am
5th ACT Aspire Math • 10:00am - 11:00am
3rd ACT Aspire Reading • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
6th ACT Aspire English • 1:00pm - 1:35pm
5th ACT Aspire Science • 1:00pm - 1:55pm
6th ACT Aspire Writing • 1:50pm - 2:20pm
DARE • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PSR • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:29

My Dear Parishioners,

I am sure that every one of us wants to have a great life here on earth and also a blessed life in heaven with God and with all the angels and saints.  This is our goal every day, to live well each day, physically, mentally and above all, spiritually so that one day we will be with our Lord in heaven.  The reason God created us is for us to be with Him here on earth and also eternally in heaven.  For this reason, it’s so important that every person lives each day with God in his/her heart.  I am sure there are some “odd” people in life who have not appreciated God’s love for them and it surely troubles them greatly mentally and spiritually.  We can only hope that one day, they will have a change of heart and say, “Lord, you have been so good to me and please Lord, remember me in your kingdom.”  I am sure, when someone prays from the bottom of his/her heart, our Lord will reply, “Today, you will be in paradise with me.”  Let us always set our hearts on our Lord and pray to Him personally and intimately every day.  God is always listening to us and blesses us, let us always trust in Him.

Our Lord Jesus reminds us in this 25th Sunday’s Gospel that God is like a good land owner, full of care, love and generosity toward all people, including the unemployed.  God cares for and loves every person, old or young, strong or weak, hired or unemployed, rich or poor, black or white.  The good land owner never tires of going out to help people working for their living and encouraging people to be productive.  We all should be more productive everyday, not only working hard for the salvation of all souls but also to earn our living, to feed our family.  If there is compassion, love and generosity within us, our rewards will be great in heaven.  Let us never be ungrateful or complaining for it indicates that we are full of jealousy and lack of care, love and concern for others.  Prayer:  Lord, help us and our family and friends to be grateful everyday for your love and blessings upon us.  Help us to always love one another, in good times and in bad.  Help us to be true to each other so that we may help each other to live a good, healthy and happy life now and forever in heaven.  We love you Lord Jesus, for you are our Lord and Savior, the giver of bodies and souls, the giver of everything we have and the giver of our eternal life to come.  Amen.

Please join us for Holy Mass this Sunday September 21 at 9am, where our St. Joseph children will lead us in singing and praising our Lord.  Next month the Knights of Columbus will be preparing a tasty breakfast after the Children’s Choir sings at Mass. Our Knights make great pancakes and sausages.  It will be a great time to be with each other as a parish family.

Finally, a reminder to all high school aged students in McPherson County, who have not been confirmed - that Confirmation class will start this Sunday, September 21st from 7pm-9pm at St. Joseph parish hall.  If you fail to attend our classes, you will have to wait another two years to be confirmed.  You are expected to attend all 12 classes and also faithfully practice your Catholic faith as a sign that you are a mature and responsible adult Catholic in the church asking for the sacrament of Confirmation.  When you were a baby, it was your parents who brought you to church and asked to have you baptized.  They promised to love you and raise you Catholic.  Now it’s your turn to ask the church for the sacrament.  By doing so you are promising to be true disciples of Jesus by faithfully living out your Catholic faith and also teaching others the Catholic faith so that they too may have eternal life.  The sacrament of confirmation will be conferred by our bishop on Thursday, April 9th, at 7pm in St. Joseph church.  May the Holy Spirit be with you all and empower your hearts with God’s love and the love for eternal life.                   Love yea all, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:51

My Dear Parishioners,

Today, we give thanks to God for another day of life.  Our life is a special gift from God and it is precious and wonderful.  Let us love our lives.  I thank God everyday for you and all of my loved ones.  I cannot live my life without those who care and love me, especially my family.  Please be sure to thank God for your loved ones every day.  This will make your soul happy and our Lord happy with you.  God gives us our lives so that we may love one another and thank Him for everything we have.  I personally would like to thank our many parents and young adults for their commitments this year to help pass on the Catholic faith to others, especially our children in our religion programs.  Thank you to all those who teach at St. Joseph school and in our religious programs such as RCIA, CYM, PSR and also our confirmation program.  PSR & CYM classes will start this Wednesday, September 10th at 7pm.  Our confirmation class will start Sunday, September 20th at 7pm.  We welcome all students to our parish and school.  We are blessed to have one another.

By now, you might have been asked by our St. Joseph students to buy tickets to support our Oktoberfest fund raising.  Their goal is to raise $40,000 this year for our school.  As pastor of our school, I promised our children that if they really raised $40,000.00, not $39,999.99, I would sit in a tree stand on our church’s property.  They all believe that they can do it and they can’t wait to put Fr. Hien on a tree stand; however, as you know me, a hunter, that would really kill me to sit outside in a tree stand all day with no anticipation of shooting a deer.  So, please pray for a deer to come by St. Joseph’s property so that I could shot it with my crossbow …ha ha ha…just kidding.  We are truly blessed with our students and their love for Catholic education.  Please be part of our parish life and have fun with us this fall at Oktoberfest & pumpkin sales, which are coming soon.

Finally, please be sure to join us for Holy Mass and enjoy our guest speaker this Sunday, September 14th.  She will share with us about the Catholic faith and love for the poor.  Also, please don’t forget to join us next Thursday, September 18th at 2pm to thank Mr. Andes, our custodian, for his 8 years of service at St. Joseph’s parish.  He is retiring so that he can travel with his wife and also practice his pool-table skills (please don’t tell Mr. Andes that Fr. Hien beat him in playing pool).  His excuse was, “I am out of practice.”  Now he will have more time on his plate to practice and I can’t wait for the rematch.  Thank you Dave for your loving service to our church and school; it has been a pleasure to work with you.  It will be hard for our church and school without your handy hands around.  It will be hard for Fr. Hien to be without a friend to work on projects together; however, I know where you live Dave, and I will be calling you for help.  On behalf of the people of our parish and school, we truly appreciate your hard work.  We all will miss you, especially our St. Joseph students and staff.  Have a inspirational, fun and relaxed retirement.

God bless everyone, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:23

My Dear Parishioners,

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend with your loved ones.  Now that we are in September, we are looking forward to this fall season full of events at church & school.  Here at church, we will resume our monthly parish potluck dinner which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6th after the 5:30pm Mass.  This evening is important to many of our young families and also to our older parishioners.  We would like to have more people and families join us.  Please know that you are invited.  We always have plenty of food for everyone.

Wednesday, Sept. 10th at 7pm, our PSR & CYM classes will begin for all children to learn their Catholic faith.  We will begin with Holy Mass for all students, teachers, parents & families.  The greatest way for us to love God is to pray and to worship God at Holy Mass.  Please join us for we all can use some prayer and blessings from God.  If you have a spouse, family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor who would like to learn about our Catholic faith or join the Church, please encourage them to join our RCIA class.  Class starts Thursday, September 4th at 7pm in the St. Joseph room.

We thank God for one another especially our Catholic youth.  They have played an important role in our parish through their ministries of serving breakfasts and also singing, ushering, greeting, lectoring, etc…at Holy Mass.  On Sunday, Sept. 14th at 9am Mass, our CYM will do their liturgical roles and also serve coffee & doughnuts after Mass in our parish hall.  We will also have Wendy Glick, a professional speaker from Wichita, come to share with us about Catholic faith and teachings.  Please come & enjoy one another and at the same time learn more about our Catholic faith & traditions.  Please don’t let another opportunity pass by for we all can spend more time with each other and also learn more about our Catholic faith.  Life is too short to be too busy with worldly things and failing to spend time with God and one another.

Lastly, I would like to remind our moms & dads that we need you to be active in our Altar Society & Knights of Columbus ministries.  Knights will meet on Monday, Sept. 8th at 7:00 PM.  Altar Society will meet on Thursday, Sept. 11th at 6pm in the Holy Family room.  Both our Altar Society ladies and Knights have done so much for our parish & school and they would love to have more hands and hearts joining them to serve our parish family.  Please join us!

Finally, happy birthday to our Blessed Virgin Mary on Monday, Sept. 8th.  May our Blessed Mother keep all of us and our families close to her heart and pray for us until we are all in heaven with her.  May all of us spend some time everyday praying to God; and when we pray, we could pray like Mary:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name. He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation. He has shown the strength of His arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has come to the help of His servant Israel for He has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.  Love you always, Fr. Hien

Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:14

My Dear Parishioners,

Happy Labor Day weekend to you all.  May our Lord keep you and your family safe while traveling this weekend and also full of good times with one another.  Please enjoy each other as a gift from God and do not take each other for granted or be upset with one another.  Please focus on the good and ignore the bad---Be positive and avoid being negative---Be thankful and avoid complaining.  We live each day for one another and for the love of God.  Let all people in America thank God for our blessed nation and also thank one another for the hard work we did for the good and future of our nation.  Every day, it takes millions of hands and hearts to make our nation beautiful and great, especially through the sacrifices of our men and women in the military and law enforcement and firefighters.  I pray that all those who live in America will come to love our nation and be good neighbors to one another.  Let us be a loving nation that will not kill each other, especially the unborn for they are the future of our nation.

Monday, September 1st is Labor Day and also dove hunting day.  Let those who like to go hunting, like myself, go out and have some fun hunting and bring some birds home for dinner.  Last year, I didn’t do too well hunting dove or deer.  I am hoping for a better year.  Please be safe while you are out hunting!

Our PSR & CYM programs will start on Wed., Sept. 10th.  Please register your children for our religion programs for the education and spiritual formation of all children.  Our children need to learn about their faith and also to love it.  Please know that the fruits of religious education are priceless.  Parents can give their children a lot of worldly things but they cannot give their children their true faith and love for God, unless parents themselves are helping their children to learn and live out their Catholic faith.  One thing in this life that no one can afford not to have is faith.  True faith will lead to real love for God and for one another, especially family.  Registration forms are available in the foyer; and if you would like to help teach our children, please also let us know.  Anyone who has been confirmed is qualified to teach the faith.  We would love to have you on our team.  If you are a young adult and have not been confirmed, please join our confirmation class.  Our first class/meeting will be Sunday, Sept. 7th at 7pm in St. Joseph Hall for all students and parents.  Parents, we also would love to have you help us teach.  Also, our RCIA class will start on Thursday, Sept. 4th at 7pm in St. Joseph Room for any adults who would like to become Catholic or to learn more about our Catholic faith.  To live is to know God, to love God, to serve God and therefore to be with God forever in heaven.

Finally, please join me in thanking God for my newborn niece, Maci, who was born last week in Wichita.  She weighed 5.5lb; she is the youngest of my 10 nieces and nephews.  She is a cute & precious little thing.  I pray that all moms and dads are always open to life, to give life to their baby and also to be a life-giver to their children every day, so that their children will love them in this life and also forever in heaven.  If you are a life-giver, God will bless you with another life--eternal life in heaven.  God loves those who love Him with their words & deeds.  Love you all, Fr. Hien

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