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Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Monday, 29 June 2015 10:01

My Dear Parishioners,

Happy 4th and may God’s blessings be upon you, your family and on our beloved country as we celebrate our Independence this week.  We are truly a blessed nation full of faith in God, full of freedom & peace, full of hard working citizens and full of honor, love and respect for one another, especially toward those who serve in the armed forces and those who keep us safe every day.  As we celebrate our Independence, we give thanks to God for our beautiful land and those who love her.  America is a special gift from God.  Let us pray that our government leaders will keep the laws of God in our land so that from God our citizens can live in true freedom, love, peace and prosperity.  No nation or people could live in true justice, peace, harmony and with human dignity without God in their land.  We need God in America and within every person in America.

Our Bishop Kemme is publishing a letter in the Catholic Advance to prepare us for an upcoming decision of the Supreme Court that more than likely will go directly against the law of God by allowing gay marriage in our country.  I have done some reading online and I would like to share with you the true meaning of marriage that our country should follow.  Please visit: www.marriageuniqueforareason.org for more information.

The Meaning of Marriage & Sexual Difference:

1. Marriage: What’s a good starting point? To understand what marriage is, the best place to start is with the human person. After all, marriage is a unique relationship between two specific persons, one man and one woman. We must ask, “What does it mean to be a human person, as a man or as a woman?” First, men and women are created in the image of God. This means that they have great dignity and worth. Also, since “God is love,” each person – created in God’s image – finds his or her fulfillment by loving others. Second, men and women are body-persons. The body – male or female – is an essential part of being human. Gender is not an afterthought or a mere social construct. The body shapes what it means to love as a human person. To sum up, when we think about marriage, we must think about who the human person is – created with great dignity, and called to love as a body-person, male or female.

2. Where does marriage come from? “God himself is the author of marriage”. When God created human persons in His own image, as male and female, He placed in their hearts the desire, and the task, to love – to give themselves totally to another person. Marriage is one of two ways someone can make a total self-gift. Marriage is not something thought up by human society or by any religion – rather, it springs from who the human person is, as male and female, and society and religion affirm and reinforce it. The truth of marriage is therefore accessible to everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. Both faith and reason speak to the true meaning of marriage.

3. What is marriage? Marriage is the lifelong partnership of mutual and exclusive fidelity between a man and a woman ordered by its very nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. The bond of marriage is indissoluble – that is, it lasts “until death do us part.” At the heart of married love is the total gift of self that husband and wife freely offer to each other. Because of their sexual difference, husband and wife can truly become “one flesh” and can give to each other “the reality of children, who are a living reflection of their love”.  Marriage between a baptized man and a baptized woman is a sacrament. This means that the bond between husband and wife is a visible sign of the sacrificial love of Christ for His Church. As a sacrament, marriage gives spouses the grace they need to love each other generously, in imitation of Christ.

4. Why can’t marriage be “redefined” to include two men or two women? The word “marriage” isn’t simply a label that can be attached to different types of relationships. Instead, “marriage” reflects a deep reality – the reality of the unique, fruitful, lifelong union that is only possible between a man and a woman. Just as oxygen and hydrogen are essential to water, sexual difference is essential to marriage. The attempt to “redefine” marriage to include two persons of the same sex denies the reality of what marriage is. It is as impossible as trying to “redefine” water to include oxygen and nitrogen.

5. What is sexual difference? Sexual difference is the difference of man to woman and woman to man. It affects a person at every level of his or her existence: genetically, biologically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Sexual difference is an irreducible difference. It is unlike any other difference we experience, because it – and only it – allows for the total personal union between husband and wife that is at the heart of marriage. The difference between men and women is for the sake of their union with each other. It is what makes spousal union possible.

6. Isn’t marriage just about love and commitment between two people? Of course love and commitment are important for marriage – as they are for many relationships. But marriage is unique because the commitment it calls for is better described as communion, where “the two become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). Only a man and a woman in marriage can become a “one flesh” communion. The unity of husband and wife is so intimate that from it can come a “third,” the child – a new life to be welcomed and raised in love. No other relationship, no matter how loving or committed, can have this unique form of commitment – communion – that exists in marriage, between a husband and a wife.

7. Why does a person’s gender matter for marriage? Gender matters for marriage because the body matters for love. My body is not simply “the shape of my skin.” Instead, my identity as a person (my “I”) is inseparable from the reality of my body – I am a body-person. As John Paul II said, the body reveals the person. It is a deeply personal reality, not just a biological fact. The body is “taken up” into every human action, including the most important task of all: loving. Loving as a human person means loving as a man or as a woman. Marriage, the “primary form” of human love, necessarily involves the reality of men and women as body-persons. Marriage is intrinsically opposite-sex. To “write off” the body, and gender, as unimportant to marriage means treating the body as inconsequential or, at best, as an object or tool to be used according to one’s pleasure, instead of as an essential – and beautiful – aspect of being human and loving as a human person. Such a write-off would ignore the very essence of what marriage is.

8. How is the love between a husband and a wife irreducibly unique? The love between a husband and a wife involves a free, total, and faithful mutual gift of self that not only expresses love, but also opens the spouses to receive the gift of a child. No other human interaction on earth is like this. This is why sexual intimacy is reserved for married love – marriage is the only context wherein sex between a man and a woman can speak the true language of self-gift. On the other hand, sexual behavior between two men or two women can never arrive at the oneness experienced between husband and wife, nor can these acts be life-giving. In fact, it is impossible for two persons of the same sex to make a total gift of self to each other as a husband and a wife do, bodily and personally. For this reason, such sexual behavior is harmful and always wrong, as it is incapable of authentically expressing conjugal love – love which by its nature includes the capacity to give oneself fully to the other and to receive the other precisely as gift in a total communion of mind, body and spirit. Therefore, no relationship between two persons of the same sex can ever be held up as equal or analogous to the relationship between husband and wife.

9. What is complementarity? “Complementarity” refers to the unique – and fruitful – relationship between men and women. Both men and women are created in the image of God. Both have great dignity and worth. But equality does not mean “sameness”: a man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man. Instead, “male and female are distinct bodily ways of being human, of being open to God and to one another”. Because men and women are “complementary,” they bring different gifts to a relationship. In marriage, the complementarity of husband and wife is expressed very clearly in the act of conjugal love, having children, and fathering and mothering –actions that call for the collaboration – and unique gifts – of husband and wife.

10. Why does the Catholic Church care so much about marriage? The Catholic Church cares about marriage because marriage is a fundamental good in itself and foundational to human existence and flourishing. Following the example of Jesus, the Church cares about the whole person, and all people. Marriage (or the lack thereof) affects everyone. Today, people all over the world are suffering because of the breakdown of the family – divorce, out-of-wedlock childbearing, and so on. Marriage is never just a “private” issue; it has public significance and public consequences. One only has to think of the connection between fatherless families and young men in jail to know that this is true. In addition, the proposal to “redefine” marriage to include two men or two women is really a proposal to “redefine” the human person, causing a forgetfulness of what it means to be a man or a woman. This is a basic injustice to men and women, children, and fathers and mothers. Marriage is truly one of the most important social justice issues of our time.

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:04

My Dear Parishioners,

Once again, Happy Father’s Day to all our dads and may our Lord always keep our families in His love and peace.  Please join me in thanking 70 youth of our diocese who were here at St. Joseph this past week for Prayer and Action.  They prayed hard and worked hard all week.  Many people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, told me how proud they were with these young Catholics.  On Thursday, June 18th, I went out to their working sites and visited with them and the owners of the places where our youth were working.  I was surprised with a nice compliment from a non-Catholic and owner of the house who said to me, at this time, she didn’t know that I was the Catholic priest in town.  She said, “The Schwan's man came to her house and said to her that he wanted to give a box of ice cream bars to the youth who were working on her house.”  He said to her, “it’s so good to see young people doing good things to others.  We always hear bad things about kids nowadays and nothing good, but here is a group of great kids.”  I said to her, “he was so right that we too often hear only bad things about kids and not enough of their good deeds.”  I continued, “Thank you so much for allowing our children to work on your house and I am sorry that they made a little mess here and there.”  Then I introduced myself and she was surprised that I am a Catholic priest because I look just like one of those kids.  Personally, I am glad I went to see the kids, got to visit with others and also got a free ice cream.  We thank God for these youth and we also ask for God’s blessings for the second group of youth who are here this week praying, working and having fun with each other.  God bless our youth and all children.  We love you all.

Hand Rail: please join me in thanking Bob Cullen of our St. Joseph Parish, and also owner of Welco Services, who donated to our church a beautiful hand rail installed in front of our church.  Once again, thank you also to all the men who helped with the concrete work and painting in the front.  It’s beautiful and we have heard many great compliments.  Thank you everyone!

Statues:  The marble statues of St. Joseph, Sacred Heart of Jesus and an adoring angel are being made.  Thank you to two anonymous families who donated toward two of these statues.  The marble angel statue was donated by St. Joseph Catholic School children and their families as a memorial and celebration of our 60 years of Catholic school and education at St. Joseph this coming year.  Can you imagine how many people have benefited from a St. Joseph Catholic education?  More than we can count because it has affected all students and their families and friends.  Thank you also to the 3rd anonymous family who donated the concrete statue of the teaching angel with the child by the south entrance doors.  This statue was made by Yoder Ornamental Concrete, in Burrton, KS.  The Prayer and Action young & strong men helped me put it on the concrete pedestal I made.  Can you see what I am doing?  The front of our church is watched over by the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph, we call them the “Holy Family.”  The school side of our church is protected by the angels of God.  We are blessed with angels and saints praying for us every day.  May we love God like them so that one day we will be in heaven with them.  I can’t wait to see our church when all the statues are here.  They will be pretty with the roses and plants.

Finally, next week, our country will celebrate 4th of July.  I wish and pray that our Lord continues His blessings upon us, helps us to know Him, love Him and serve Him.  Please have a lot of fun with fireworks and also being with your family and friends; but DO NOT burn down any property or your hands.  We need them.  Please also be safe in traveling and be sure to thank God for our country, family and friends.  They are the joy of our life and we can’t live without them.  Love them and thank God everyday for them.  Love you all & HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:04

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend, we joyfully celebrate Father’s Day.  May our Lord and God bless our beloved dads with heavenly love and grace so that they will always love us and lead us closer to God and to one another.  Thank you dads for your gift of life, love and faith; we love you all.  Saint Joseph, foster Father of Jesus, please pray for our dads so that they may be like you in words and in deeds to their wives and children, in their families and their community.  Please Lord, keep our dads in good health of body, mind and soul; and may our beloved deceased dads be in heaven with you today, O Lord.  Amen

I would like to thank the children of our parishes for attending Totus Tuus this past week at St. Joseph.  Children, I could see that you really enjoyed Totus Tuus with your many friends.  You must have learned a lot about God and also about your Catholic faith this week.  As your priest, I am very happy to see you enjoy your life, your youthfulness and also your great faith in God.  On Wednesday night when I had adoration and confession for the older students in church, I was very proud of them.  They were so respectful of our church as a sacred place, the house, and a place of prayer.  They entered our church quietly, prayerfully and reverently.  I noticed that regardless of where they were sitting throughout the church, they all looked toward the altar, the statues and toward Jesus on the altar and they prayed silently in their hearts.  I loved it.  Not only that, every student, old and young, knew what to do in confession and also confessed their sins from the bottom of their hearts.  There were moments that I wished that more adult Catholics would have the faith and love for God like these children so that they may know how wonderful it is to love God and know that God is within them.  I have seen too many people drift farther and farther away from their Catholic faith and God as they grow older.  It saddens my heart because I know that God gave us our lives so that we may grow closer and more united with God every day, especially in the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and confession.  Please remember that only God could do all things and could give us true love and happiness.  God always shows us His eternal love and happiness through one another such as spouse, family, children and friends.  God is in every person and God loves all people.  We just need to recognize Him more often in one another.

In addition, on Thursday morning of Tutus Tuus week, before Mass started, one of the teachers asked the morning children to raise their hands to see how many students had not gone to confession in the last few days that want to go to confession before Mass today.  I was standing there and I was shocked to see many hands were raised and the children said, “We went to confession two days ago, and we would like to go to confession again today.”  I said to myself, great kids.  I love these kids for they really love Jesus and want to be forgiven again.  Here is another example that we as adults could learn and should come to Jesus more often with our personal prayer, frequent confession and also attending Holy Mass, regardless of how busy we are every day.  As a priest, I know that God loves all of us and God is waiting day and night to be united with us through Holy Communion, confession, and also in our daily prayer to Him.  Only when we come to God can we make our souls happy.  Spend more time for God and you will be forever happy in this life and in heaven.  I love you all, the young and the old, the healthy and the suffering of our parishes.  You are in my prayer every day.  Don’t forget to give God your time to thank Him, to worship Him and above all, to receive Jesus’ body and blood for your life and salvation.  We love you Jesus, Fr. Hien

P.S.  Everyone, please be nice to your dad this week.

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:39

My Dear Parishioner,

This week, we thank the Totus Tuus team for being in our parish of St. Joseph to educate and bringing fun and joy to our children.  Thank you also to all those who helped with Totus Tuus this year, those who helped during the day and those who provided housing and food for the Totus Tuus Team.  I also enjoyed your food as well.  Thank you and may God bless your good deeds.

Beginning this Sunday, we will host Prayer and Action at St. Joseph for two weeks.  The team leaders and students are coming from all over Kansas.  They will be praying, eating, sleeping and working in McPherson County for two weeks.  We welcome them and please join us for Holy Mass.  From June 15 -26, daily Holy Masses are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:05am and Tuesday at 5:30pm.  I promise you that you will enjoy our students singing and loving God.  Please join us for Holy Mass and visit with them outside of Mass.  Let us pray for their safety and growth of body, mind and soul through this special ministry.

Next weekend, June 21st is Father’s Day.  Many of us are blessed with our wonderful dads who truly love us so much.  Our dads have given us and our families much love and care.  They also reflect God the Father’s unending love to us.  Every one of us is born into a family and none of our parents are replaceable.  For this important reason, our Catholic Church defends marriage as the union between a man and a woman because from them is created a family where we, their sons and daughters, receive the love and care of both our parents together.  We pray that our parents always love each other as they promised each other on their wedding day:  I, N., take you, N., to be my wife/husband.  I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.  I will love you and honor you all the days of my life. The priest then concludes the wedding vows with:  What God has joined, man must not divide. We pray that our parents always love each other as much today as the day they were married; so that we will not be the victims of their brokenness and divorce.  A wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime and it takes two hearts to create a loving and happy family.  May God bless our parents and keep them together in this life and forever in heaven.  Happy Father’s Day to all Dads!

 

Prayer for Fathers written by Pope & Saint John XXIII

St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary,

you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.

You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands.

Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you.

You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes.

They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them.

You too knew trial, labor and weariness.

But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace

and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son

entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother.

Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone.

Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully

as you have done. Amen.

Finally, I finished reading all of my 15th anniversary cards that so many of you sent to me.  Thank you so much for your love, prayer and best wishes.  Thank you also for your gifts to me, more money for my fishing and hunting gear.  I am looking forward to this coming hunting season to lose some weight.

HAVE A GREAT & FUN SUMMER EVERYONE, FR.HIEN

 
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