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Parish 5 Day Outlook

Saturday, March 28th

Confirmation Retreat • 9:00am - 1:30pm
Sunday, March 29th

Confirmation Class #12 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday, March 30th

Grade Check
Lenten Prayer Service • 7:55am - 8:10am
3rd Grade Trolley/ Museum Tour • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meals on Wheels-Mrs. Gipson and class • 11:15am - 12:15pm
4th-5th Grade Trolley/Musuem Tour • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 31st

4th Reading Assessment • 10:00am - 11:00am
Gr. 6 Deliver Food Bank Food • 11:45am - 12:15pm
3rd Reading Assessment • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wednesday, April 1st

4th Reading Assessment • 9:00am - 10:00am
Living Stations • 10:00am - 11:00am
3rd Reading Assessment • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Teacher Meeting • 3:40pm - 4:40pm
Battle of Books • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
PSR-living station • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Want to stay informed about parish events & information? If you have an email address & are not receiving emails from the parish office, & would like to, please let us know! Please let Summer know at screed@stjosephmcpherson.com Print
Written by Summer Creed   
Friday, 06 March 2015 10:20

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:53

My Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph,

Blessings from our Lord be with you all.  First of all, I am writing to thank you and your family for your love for me.  Thank you for the many cards & gifts, and many personal prayers & best wishes for my trip to Vietnam.  I am certain that your prayers have kept me safe and I am glad to be home.  THANK YOU!

Secondly, I want to thank you and your family for your faithful stewardship to our parish.  Your faithfulness to our church, which is to God, makes me love you more each day.  For this reason, I love you and I pray for you every day, especially at Holy Mass.  I also pray for our deceased parishioners for I know that without their many years of prayer, love and commitment to God in our parish, we would not have what we have today.  Them too, I love them much, although I have never met most of them.  As your priest, I always look forward to seeing you and being with you, especially for Holy Mass.  I love our parish family for we are blessed with so many generous hands and grateful hearts in loving our Lord and serving one another.  As a church family, we will come together on Saturday, April 25th at 5:30pm for a special THANKSGIVING MASS, to give thanks to God for one another and to the faithful stewardship we have done together in our parish.  After Mass, you and your family are invited to our parish’s annual steak dinner to be held in our St. Joseph’s Hall.  Please let us know how many people in your family are coming for the dinner by completing the attached sheet.  Thank you! Our parish leaders and I are looking forward to being with you and enjoying a nice dinner with you as a parish family.  No “to go” meals please!

Finally, please join our parish family for the upcoming services.

Confession service with guest priests:  Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm.

St. Joseph’s School Children Living Stations:

Wednesday, April 1st, 10am & 7pm.

Holy Week Masses:

Holy Thursday 7pm

Good Friday 7pm (St. Bridget 5:30pm)

Easter Vigil 8pm

Easter Sunday 9am (St. Bridget 11am)

P.S.  I promise to keep each Mass as short as possible and also inspiring.

Confirmation Mass with Bishop Kemme: Thursday, April 9th at 7pm

Have a spiritual and fruitful Lent that leads to a happy Easter.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us always,

 

Fr. Hien Nguyen, pastor

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Father Hien Nguyen   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:34

My Dear Parishioners,

40 days of Lent is coming to an end; may you find this time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving fruitful and spiritually rewarding.  Since I have been home, I really enjoyed the good weather and also got to go fishing a few times.  The first day I went, I caught my limit of 10 catfish.  Those of you who are fishermen or have young children at home; you might want to go out and catch some fish for fun or to eat.  It’s one of the best times of the year to go outside since there are no bugs, chiggers, ants, and above all no mosquitoes … yet.  Enjoy the good weather with your loved ones, including working outside, trimming trees and bushes, preparing your garden and flower beds, planting your potatoes or painting your old shed like my neighbor who has been painting.

Since I have been back, I also enjoy seeing everyone and visiting with many of you after Masses.  I also had a great time visiting our homebound and nursing home parishioners as well.  It seems that many people have been sick recently, including children.  I hope everyone will be over with their sickness soon so that you may enjoy the good weather and above all enjoy your family and friends.  I hope that everyone has been enjoying their spring break, too.  Please be safe traveling and always see the goodness in one another.  Don’t forget to give thanks to God everyday and also to pray together as a family and attend Holy Mass together.  Our children know that there is a Catholic church in every town and city.  If you are out of town, be sure to look for a Catholic church so that you can give God your prayer, love and thanksgiving, and above all to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus as our spiritual food for our souls and eternal life.

If you are able to make it this Friday, March 20, please join us for Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm and also our soup supper in the parish hall.  On this day, I will fry some fish for everyone to enjoy.  You know me as a fisherman; let’s see if I can cook some fish for everyone to eat.  Bring anything you want to share if you would like.  If not, bring yourself and your family.

Penance Service:  please invite your family and friends to attend our penance service with guest priests on Thursday, March 26, beginning at 6:30pm.  Lent is the time for us to empty out our sins so that we may have more room in us for God and His heavenly blessings.  The Church asks all of her children to go to confession at least once a year, especially during Lent.  Yes, it’s a sin for anyone who intentionally doesn’t go to confession to receive God’s mercy, love and forgiveness in the sacrament of confession.  Jesus institutes this sacrament for us to receive and not to ignore it.  Please humble yourself in the presence of our Lord so that He may cleanse you from all your sins and guilt.  Jesus is waiting in the confessional to free us from all of the ugliness of life that has been eating us alive.  Set yourselves free by coming to Jesus, He is waiting to show you His eternal love, forgiveness and peace of body, mind and souls.  Unless we confess our sins, they will be with us in the next life and we will suffer eternally because of our sins.

Finally, Happy feast days of St. Patrick on Tuesday, March 17th, and St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday, March 19th, to everyone who is Irish and especially all parishioners of St. Joseph.  May these great saints pray for us and our families so that we will always love God as much as they did in their lifetime.  Yes, we all can be more saintly in words and in deeds.  Let us start today.  Love you all, Fr. Hien

 
Weekly Message from Father Print
Written by Summer Creed   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:57

My Dear Parishioners,

Although I have been home from Vietnam for about a week, my sleeping routine has not been normal.  Until this day, I fell asleep early in the evening and was fully awake by 1am.  It will take me awhile to get back to my normal sleeping habit.  Recently, some students asked me, “Father, did you bring home some fresh fruits from Vietnam that we don’t have here in the U.S.?”  I sadly said,”I am sorry that I was not allowed to bring fruits into the United States.  Not that I didn’t want too, but the U.S. customs would not allow me.”  Our children were confused because they hadn’t realized that there are many laws, rules and regulations in the U.S., too many, don’t you think?

One of the things I saw done in Vietnam that would never have been allowed in America:  About 8 hours before I departed Vietnam to return home, I went with my aunt and a cousin to visit an orphanage that has about 60 kids.  Most of these babies were abandoned by their parents because they were born with physical or mental disabilities or internal organ problems. These parents were too poor to raise their kids or they didn’t want their kids for personal reasons.  After I visited with the sisters along with some kids, I went upstairs to see the rest of the children, especially those who are very ill.  I saw an 8 month old boy sleeping on the floor.  I left him alone because he was sleeping; however, suddenly he woke up and started crying.  I looked at him and Sister went down on the floor and told me to come over.  I immediately was on my knees and I can’t believe what I just saw on the stomach of the boy, an open hole on the left side of his stomach below his belly button.  The hole was about an inch in diameter and very reddish.  Sister then told me that the boy was born without an anus so someone had opened a hole in his side so that he could poop.  Sister was crying and I was twice as shocked.  Immediately it came to my mind that this boy was a miracle boy, he has survived all of this time with an open hole in his stomach, how could this be?  My heart and soul goes out to him.  I couldn’t stop holding and embracing him, loving him and praying to God, “Please God help him.”  I used my priestly power to pray for the boy because I was so sad to see what the boy had to go through.  I held him with my left hand and had my right hand on his head nonstop praying and blessing him.  One of the boys there who had followed me the whole time, looked at me non-stop and finally he asked me, “Father, what are you doing to the boy?”  I said “I am blessing him.”  Once I said that, I kissed him on his forehead.  I remember the words of Jesus, “Whatever you do to the least of my brother, you do it unto me.”  Before I left the place, I gave Sister some money to give to his parents (if they ever come back to take the child, more likely not.)  In my heart, I believe that his parents had done all that they could to save their son, to give him life; by now, they must have been tired and exhausted from all of their financial troubles.  They had to give him away so that maybe someone could help him.  I also gave some money to Sister asking her to buy food and medicine for the rest of the children there.  I left the place feeling how blessed I was to meet God in His people.  I felt sorry for so many unfortunate people who don’t have a portion of what I have such as food, car, money, medicine, shelter, etc...

During my trip in Vietnam, the first place that I visited was a Buddhist orphanage with many children.  My cousins told me that these children hardly had much to eat.  I gave my cousins money to buy a car full of rice, noodles and snacks for the children.  The children loved their gifts and none of them knew that I was a Catholic priest.  I also visited my cousin who is a nun in a village serving many orphan children.  She takes care of them and feeds them daily.  Next to her place, there is a Catholic church that welcomes sick and elderly people and helps them with medicine and feeds them a free meal every day, year round for they are homeless.  Finally, one day as I was sitting on the back of my cousin’s motorcycle heading home from a visit of a family member in another village.  We passed by an 84 year old woman carrying two baskets of rice cakes on her shoulder to sell on a hot and humid day.  My cousin suddenly stopped the motorcycle and said, “I need to buy some rice cakes to help out this old woman.”  The old woman is maybe 4.5 feet tall and weighs about 65lb.  After my cousin bought 10 rice cakes from her, we took off and he began to explain to me why he did what he did.  He said, “The woman lives with an irresponsible and alcoholic son who has no respect for his mom.  The old lady has to sell rice cakes all day, every day for a living.”  I said to him, why don’t you turn around so that I could help her.  He did and I gave her all of the Vietnamese money that I had with me.

One of my reasons for going back to Vietnam was to financially help out my relatives and also those in need.  Personally, I live as simple as I can so that I can save from what I have and give it to those in need.  I believe that there is more joy in giving than in receiving.  May God bless those who live to give for their rewards will be great in heaven.  Fr. Hien

 
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