Weekly Message from Father

My Dear Parishioners,

Happy St. Joseph feast day, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this coming Monday, March 19th.  Parishioners of St. Joseph, we will pray to our patron Saint at Holy Masses this weekend.  We want to thank St. Joseph for his unconditional love and prayer for all of us parishioners as well as for those who have been praying to him throughout the world.  Through the intercession of St. Joseph, God has performed many miracles to countless number of people worldwide.  St. Joseph is so important and famous that in almost all Catholic Churches in the world there is a statue of St. Joseph for devotion and prayer.  At our Holy Masses this weekend, we will pray for all married couples that their love for their spouses will always be true, real and life-giving.  Together as married couples, they will be like St. Joseph and our Blessed Mother Mary, always true to God and true to one another, including towards their children and grandchildren.  God will always be first in their marriages and families.  St. Joseph, pray for us.  Our St. Joseph’s Altar Society will help us celebrate our patron Saint feast day this Saturday and Sunday with refreshments immediately after Mass in the foyer area.  Everyone is invited to stay for a few minutes for a drink and/or to have some sweets.  We are a church family.

LENT: Stations of the Cross are every Friday at 5:30pm at St. Joseph and St. Bridget. Everyone is invited to join us to pray the Stations or to help lead the Stations.  At St. Joseph, I will be available to hear confessions during Stations.  At St. Joseph, please join us for the special Fish Fry that will be next Friday, March 23 after Stations.  I will have about 120 lbs. of fish.  Fish is very healthy.  Come hungry and to be well-fed with fishes!

Chrism Mass: I’m looking for volunteers from St. Joseph & St. Bridget to attend the Chrism Mass with me at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita on March 27, 2018 at 11:00 am.  After Mass, we will have lunch together with all the priests and hundreds of Catholics throughout the diocese.

Parish Penance Service with 3 guest priests will be tonight, Wednesday, March 14, 6pm – 8pm at St. Joseph.  Adults, please plan to come at 6pm so that at 7pm, our PSR and CYM children will have the opportunity to go to confession.

NO school/spring break from March 19 – 23. St. Joseph’s Children Living Stations for everyone on Wednesday, March 28 at 10am and 7pm.  Easter Sunday will be Sunday, April 1.

5th Sunday of Lent:  Jesus said, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.  Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.  The Father will honor whoever serves me.”  Jesus invites all of us to be life-giving like Him every day to one another, even when it’s difficult and painful.  The reward of our true love and faithfulness to Jesus will be our salvation.  Let us become one with Jesus through the Holy Eucharist—His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

 Jesus, we love you,    Fr. Hien