My Dear Parishioners,
We give thanks to God for the life, ministry and love shown to us by Bishop Eugene Gerber. His funeral Mass was beautiful & well attended even though the weather was cold & rainy that day. I was so happy to see my brother priests of our diocese & some from the Dodge City diocese who were there for Bishop Gerber’s funeral. I also got to talk with the bishops who were first ordained priests in our diocese & now they are bishops in other dioceses. I know them all for I have been in the diocese since 1986 & I am so happy for them. Moreover, from Mon, Oct 15th to Thu, Oct 18th, all the priests in our diocese are attending our annual clergy conference at the Spiritual Life Center. Please know that I have been praying for you & enjoying my time with my brother priests. Please pray for us, too.
As I am writing this letter, I am hoping that the workers are done fixing & adding new lights in our church. Due to the age of the light fixtures, since the church was built in the 60’s, one light fixture fell from the celling about a year ago & the rest of them look very fragile & might fall down as well. As a church family, we cannot allow them to fall on anyone, so we must fix them all. I was told that prior to my arrival in June, the parish did look into replacing these light fixtures but due to the high cost, about $70,000, it was never done.
What we are doing is repairing these light fixtures to preserve the history of our church. We replaced all the electrical wires, installed LED bulbs & installed chains to secure the fixtures to the ceiling. Do you know how many bulbs there were and how many watts were used in these fixtures? There were 9 bulbs in each fixture, six to light the stained glass & three halogen bulbs - up to 250 watts each - to light the pews. Now there is only one 15 watt LED bulb to light the stained glass & many cans with LED bulbs, 15 watts each, to light all the pews & the altar area, Stations of the Cross, statues, etc.… Personally, I can’t believe we waited this long to fix the dangerous light fixtures. The day I came to our parish was the day I prayed during Mass that they would not fall down & hurt anyone. Now they are all fixed, thanks be to God.
The construction on the newly bought house is going very slowly due to recent rain, removing the dead/diseased trees and removing their stumps. Since we don’t have much money, I have been trying to get volunteers and those who can donate their time, talent or treasure from Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
All Saints Multi-Cultural Dinner: Please save Sat, Nov 3rd for our parish special Holy Mass at 4pm to celebrate our feast day of All Saints. After Mass, everyone is invited to our special multi-cultural dinner as a church family. Please feel free to bring any dish you would like to share, & enjoy one another in the Fisher Center-West. In the future, at a special event like this, I would like to see our parishioners show their heritage & the cultures where they came from such as native music, dancing & decorations. We are a God-given church family with people from all different parts of the world with one faith and love for God and one another.
God bless you all, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Eternal rest grant unto our beloved Bishop Emeritus Eugene Gerber and to all our deceased families, friends and parishioners. Bishop Gerber was the 8th bishop of our diocese. He was retired in 2001. God called him to eternal life on Saturday, Sept. 29th, at the age of 87. His funeral Mass was held last Tuesday at the Cathedral. He was put to rest at Ascension Cemetery.
Bishop was born in Kingman on April 30, 1931. His parents were Cornelius and Lena Tiesmeyer Gerber. He was the fourth of seven children and they lived on a farm near Kingman. He was baptized Catholic. In 1945, he began high school studies at Conception Seminary in Missouri. Due to a football injury, he returned home and finished his high school education in Kingman. He graduated in 1949 and entered college at Wichita State University. He then studied for the priesthood at Conception Seminary in Missouri, and at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, CO. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1959 by Bishop Mark Carroll.
As a priest, he served many years as an associate pastor at many churches in Wichita before he became a pastor. He was a vice chancellor in 1961 and a chancellor in 1975. He then taught religion at Mt. Carmel Academy. He also served as business manager for the Catholic Advance. Bishop Maloney sent him to study theology and scripture in Rome where he received his licentiate in theology.
At the age of 45, he was appointed the third bishop of the Dodge City diocese in 1976. He was the first native of Kansas to lead this diocese. After six years in Dodge City, he was appointed bishop of the Wichita diocese and was installed on Feb. 9, 1983. He was best known for his oversight of the stewardship way of life, and the establishment of The Lord’s Diner that has served over 5 million meals to the poor in our diocese. Bishop Gerber loves the poor and may he now enjoy their friendship with our Lord in heaven among all the angels and saints. “… And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward,” Matthew 10:42.
God bless his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, Fr. Hien
PS1: Have you registered with our parish yet? Forms are available in the pews, in the gathering area and online waiting for you. We would love to have you and your family with us.
PS2: Please be sure to pick a day and time to have your family picture taken for our church’s picture directory and for your family photos. Make your reservations after Mass and online at any time. Dates and times are available, first come first serve.
PS3: Please don’t be late to Mass so that we can count/click everyone entering church for our weekend Masses. This is a request from the diocese. Thank you for your cooperation!
PS4: Have you noticed our new parking lot west of our church? There will be six stalls for parking for those who will be coming for adoration and for daily Mass (more details coming). The new concrete needs about a week to cure before we can use it.
My Dear Parishioners,
Glory and praise to God our heavenly Father. God gives us the Blessed Virgin Mary as our spiritual Mother. Mary prays for us and all people until we are in heaven with God and with all the angels and saints. Throughout this month of October, we are to give greater devotion to the Holy Rosary, to pray for the eternal life of those who have died, and for the greater love and faith in God for those who are still alive. I would encourage everyone, old and young, to pray one Hail Mary for each person in your family everyday throughout this month of the Holy Rosary. Also, I would encourage everyone to come to church early, about 20 minutes before Mass, to join our church family in praying the rosary for your loved ones and for our church family, etc.… Also, we need volunteers to lead the rosary before every Mass. You can lead the rosary by yourself, with your spouse or with your entire family. You can lead the rosary in your pew or by the cantor’s microphone. Your Sunday will be more pleasing to God if you put God first and help others lift their hearts, minds and souls to God. As a pastor, I also would like to pray with everyone during Mass three Hail Mary’s for the intention of our bishop and Holy Father, Pope Francis. When you pray, please know that God is with you and in your heart, mind and soul. Holy Mary, pray for us sinners until we are all in heaven with you.
Sunday Mass Counts: The diocese is requesting Mass attendance count throughout this month. I need volunteers to click people as they are entering the church. Two people are needed at every weekend Mass, one for the west doors and one for the east doors. Please visit with me about 20 minutes before Mass and I can show you how to use the clicker. Last year, our average Mass attendance for a weekend was 1,017 people.
New Parish Picture Directory: The last parish directory was done in 2015. It’s time for a new one so that we can update our membership. Registration for the dates and times to have your picture taken is now available in the gathering area after every weekend Mass or please visit our website to register online. I would like to see every family have their picture taken for our parish and for their family. Your family will receive a free 8x10 professional picture sent to you before Christmas. You also will receive a free picture directory from our parish. If you have not registered with our parish yet, we would love to have you. The registration form is available in the back of the church and in the pews for your convenience. Please know that only when you are registered with our parish can you share all the benefits of our parish such as using our facilities at lower rates. Also, I cannot give any recommendation for you or for your family members, such as to be godparents or permission to receive a sacrament in another parish, unless you and your family members are registered with our parish. Of course, no priest should allow anyone to receive a sacrament in their church without that person registering with their parish or in another parish, unless it’s an emergency. So, please know that registration is required for every Catholic family and please be sure that your children living at home or attending college are also included on the form. Thank you for your cooperation!
Finally, the schedule for Bishop Gerber’s funeral at the Cathedral are visitation on Monday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. with the recitation of the Office of the Dead, follow by all night rosary starting at 8:30pm. His funeral Mass is on Tuesday at 10:00am, follow by a luncheon and burial service. Everyone is invited.
Holy Mary, pray for us sinners, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
God bless you and your loved ones. We give thanks to God for one another, especially our children at All Saints Catholic school. They are God’s gift to us. They love Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and in adoration and benediction. Last Friday, they prayed from their hearts to Jesus and went to confession during adoration. Jesus loves them dearly. Please keep praying daily for our All Saints students, teachers and staff. Catholic education is extremely important to our church family. We need our children to learn their Catholic faith today and to truly love Jesus with all their hearts. Here are the names of our students that you can pray for by name this week. 2nd Graders with Miss Miranowski: CJ Bramhall, Anthony Bui, John Do, Caleb Guzman, Beyonca Irwin, Alejandro Jimenez, Minh Le, Zemirah Melton, Daniel Miller, Justin Pham, Jamal Rolfe-Murray and Olive Tajchman. 3rd Graders with Miss Albert: Ariel Adcock, Mary Bui, Tin Bui, Michael DeVega, Juan Galarza, Alyssa Lawrence, Olivia LeDonne, Cecilia Meier, Audreey Nguyen, Quan Nguyen, Lebron Oduor, Savannah Pham, Josef Rumback, Giovany Sanchez, Lucas Stewart, Mateo Vargas and Wess Whitaker. 4th Graders with Mrs. Plummer: Zoey Buckner-Franklin, Jayden Dao, Danh Hoang, Megan Huynh, Lawrence Landwehr, Adrian Luna, Maximiliano (Max) Maldonado, Jonan Moore, Angelina Nguyen, Giselle Perez, Jordan Pham, Kenney Pham, Ann Marie Phillips, Anne Tran and Eileena Wheaton. God bless all our children!
Parishioners, please understand that Catholic Education at All Saints Elementary School, and Kapaun Mt. Carmel and Bishop Carrol High Schools, is a privilege given by our parish to families that believe in it and support it with their time, talent and treasure. A special thanks to many parishioners who have returned their stewardship package with their pledge and have been fulfilling it. Thank you! We are blessed from your commitment and sacrifices to God in our parish for the good and the salvation of one another. Unfortunately, we still have many families, including school families, who have not returned their stewardship package, nor have they been financially supporting their child/children with their tithe. Please know that our parish has many bills to pay, such as about $30,000 monthly to Kapaun Mt. Carmel and Bishop Carrol High Schools. As a church family, we really want to support our young men and women in Catholic Education, unless the child/student will not take Catholic education seriously or when their parents fail to support our parish with their tithe or when someone takes advantage of our limited church funds. We are here to help those who desire our help and who won’t waste our time, effort, resources and finances. Thank you to most parishioners who do not have a child/children in Catholic schools who have been tithing to our parish. As a church family, we expect all parishioners, including parents with a child/children, to do the same. Everyone needs to make sacrifices before God for the good our children and our church family. Everyone can tithe regardless of their income. We are to contribute from what we have received.
Finally, please know that I will continue praying for you, especially at my Liturgy of the Hours and at Holy Mass. Please do the same for me and our children when you can. Don’t forget to attend our Holy Masses, weekend and weekday, to become one with our Lord Jesus and to be Christlike to each other. P.S. Please don’t come to church late. Every second of every minute counts.
Love you all, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Wow, we got so much rain last week. This week, the weather is much more favorable in Kansas than for those who are on the east coast with the hurricane Florence. We pray that no one will get hurt from the hurricane. Whether it’s hot or cold or rain or snow, our love for God and for one another will always be there and real.
Please join me in praying daily for our All Saint students, teachers and staff. Catholic education is extremely important to our church family. We need our children to learn their Catholic faith today. We also want our children to learn all that they can learn today. We want them to be great and successful men and women in all the years to come. We are here to love them and to provide the best education for them. Here are the names of some of our beloved students that you can pray for by name this week. Pre-Kindergarten with Mrs. Kilian: Jackson Bulson, Mylia Huynh, Marcos LeDonne, Apple Nguyen, Michael Prelle and Brantley Rupe. Kindergarten with Mrs. Hansen: Nicole Bramhall, Vivianne Bui, Michael Bulson, Jase Cash, David Dang, Elianna Guzman, Emma Hay, Lauren Huynh, Joseph Kassman, Dat Le, Anthony LeDonne, Xavier Oduor, Naomi Rocha, Noemi Rocha, Yajaira Rocha and Eloise Rumback. 1st Grade with Ms. Moore: Neal Atsou-Dzini, Nolan Atsou-Dzini, Yenna Chang, Katherine Diaz-Vargas, Jennifer Do, Michael Eastman, Aria Henry, Angel Hoang, Joseph Le, Dawson Lippert, Eva Loveall, Baylee Medicus, Khloe Moore, Ailyn Mora Salomon, Kathlene Navarrete, Hoc Nguyen, Lucia Rolfe-Murray, Ilyana Romero, Xavier Romero, Jocelyn Stewart, Jenna Thompson, Emilio Vargas and Ian Wheaton. Please know that our children, teachers and staff pray daily for you, particularly at the beginning and end of their school day and especially when they are in church for Holy Mass. You are important to them for you are their parents, grandparents, guardians and church members who support Catholic education and formation. Thank you! The mission of All Saints Catholic School is: All Saints Catholic School with the guidance of the Church and the support of parents and parish, forms students into disciples of Christ who are academically and spiritually prepared to live as faithful stewards in a diverse world. "Church, Parents, Parish, School - Forming disciples of Christ and faithful Stewards"
Thank You: Please join me in thanking God for the stewardship of Helen Wales as chairperson of our parish council for years. Recently Helen informed me of her resignation as the chairperson of the parish council due to her family stressful/health issues. Thank you, Helen, for your dedicated ministry. Here is a letter I wrote to her: Dear Helen, God's blessing be with you. Sandy shared with me your email/letter of resignation. I want to thank you for the many years of your love and service to our church family. I know that you love your parish. Please continue loving and serving our Lord in other ministries that you love and always take good care of your family, especially your husband. I will pray for both of you. Thank you and God Bless, Fr. Hien.
All the Saints in heaven pray for us, Fr. Hien
My Beloved Parishioners,
How was your Labor Day weekend? Did you enjoy your family, especially your little ones since they were off from school? My Labor Day was full of labor work. With the approval of the diocese, our parish recently bought the red brick house west of the rectory. I was told that the diocese and the parish have been wanting to buy this house for the last 30 years as an addition to our property. Our main reason for buying this house is to prevent a commercial business being put in so near to our church or to have any neighbors so close to us for the years to come. The process of buying this house started last April or even earlier than that when Fr. H was still here. Our Parish Council and Finance Committee were also involved in this process. Finally, we were able to close this house last Friday, August 31. For this reason, I have been working over there on my Labor Day. I did have some time off to have my Labor Day dinner at my sister’s house. Today as I am writing this message, I am a little beat up and tired. Since the day I arrived at All Saints, I have been working with two contractors to see what needs to be done and how much it would cost to fix and renovate it as a priest’s residence. More details about the house will be shared with you in my personal letter to every family which will be coming soon. Last Saturday, I showed the house to our Parish Council and Finance Committee. I also shared with them my vision and plans for fixing and renovating the house to accommodate two priests living in different parts of the house. My plan is to make this house a long-lasting house for our church. Please pray for me and those who will be working on it, including our volunteers. I am sorry that I can’t show it now while it’s under construction. Once it’s done, I will be happy to show it to everyone. PLEASE be patient for it’s a virtue and you must pray for it and work at it daily.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Glyn Laird, especially his wife Carol. Glyn passed to eternal life on Tuesday, August 28th and his funeral Mass was celebrated last Friday, August 31st, here in our church. God bless his soul and the souls of our loved ones. Glyn was a Vietnam Veteran, a first Sergeant, and a retired Air Force Flight Engineer. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I was so happy to see some of our All Saints children attend his funeral Mass. When someone dies among us, I strongly encourage everyone, especially those who are available during the day such as those who are retired, to attend their funeral Mass. We must support each other in times of sorrow and sadness. We can’t be too busy to comfort those full of sorrow. Our prayers bring healing, peace and hope to them. Of course, our prayers also lead souls to heaven.
Religion Classes: Our PSR classes are in session. Please pray for our children. Our RCIA is also in session. The RCIA class in Vietnamese will start on Saturday, September 15th.
Finally, Brother Knights, please join me for our monthly meeting this Monday, September 10th. We will start with a rosary, a dinner and then I will give a talk. I would love to see many brother Knights attend this special evening. Thanks for all the work you have helped me with in our church and school since the day I arrived. The parish and I are blessed with your many good works.
God bless everyone, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Are you ready for some fun this Labor Day weekend? Please celebrate and have lots of fun with your family and friends this special weekend. Everyone deserves a big celebration for they have worked hard for the good of others. Don’t forget to always be safe in your travels and to be safe while having fun, especially if you are in a secluded area or playing in the lake. Be sure to attend Holy Mass to give thanks and praise to God. Visit masstimes.org for Masses near your traveling area. We need God in our lives and in our country, especially in our government and in the Catholic Church. God bless America and all those who live in it. As citizens of this Christian country, please know that you have contributed much toward her with your love, prayers and hard work. Your dedication and commitment to our country are bearing fruit for the good of this generation and the generations to come. On this Labor Day weekend, let us thank God for those who have contributed to the prosperity and the well-being of everyone in America and the whole world.
PSR classes will begin Wednesday evening, Sep. 5th with Holy Mass in Church. Everyone is invited to join our children and me for Holy Mass. Again, children that are not attending Catholic school need to attend our religion program so that they may learn more about our Lord, and to receive their sacraments in the church. We are to know God, love God and serve Him. Our confirmation class will meet every other Sunday from 9:30am to 10:50am. Again, if anyone has an interest in becoming a Catholic, he/she must attend our RCIA classes before entering the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Romeo Rustia, especially to his wife Cristina. Romeo was put to rest on Thursday, August 23rd. In our foyer, we have a special area to remember our military heroes and those who have passed to eternal life in our parish or among our families and friends. You are welcome to post a funeral obituary so that others can learn about your loved ones and pray for them. Please do not remove the obituary pamphlets from this bulletin board.
Finally, thank you to those who attended our liturgical training in church last Wednesday night. Please know that we are blessed with your love for our Lord in our church with your volunteer ministries. Thank you! Again, we would love to have more help if you can volunteer, including musicians and cantors. I encourage every family to be more involved in our church, such as bringing up the gifts as a family, ushering and welcoming people as a family, etc... You can also help clean our church as a family. Please try to do more things together as a family so that your children can be involved and fall in love with their Catholic faith. Happy Labor Day weekend, Fr. Hien
PS. I’m still praying daily for those who are sick among us and also for God’s blessings upon my parishioners.
My Dear Parishioners,
Everyone knows that life is not perfect, like last Sunday at our 11am Holy Mass, which we had to celebrate in darkness due to the electricity going out for hours. Thanks be to God that we made it through, although it was a little hot in church. Personally, I was exhausted because I was so hot and I had to project my voice so that everyone could hear me. My life for the last two months has been pretty crazy & busy, with all kinds of meetings and decision-making for our church and school. I have met with many people for their various needs such as weddings, annulments, baptisms, etc... The better part of my life has been being with people over our parish events and being with our All Saints school children since school started. I enjoy visiting with them whenever I can in their classrooms, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, etc.… We are blessed with such a great group of children. I love them and sometimes I wish to be like them for they are fully of energy, life, love and joy. God bless our children.
PSR: Parents, if your child is not attending a Catholic school, you are obligated before God to continue forming your child in the way of faith. Please be sure to register your child for our Parish School of Religion (PSR) program on Wednesday nights for about an hour-long class. If they are of high school age, they need to attend our confirmation program so that they may be confirmed next Spring by our Bishop. Your child can never be a godparent until he/she is confirmed. Our PSR and Confirmation programs are starting soon. RCIA: Anyone who would like to learn more about our Catholic faith or wishes to become Catholic, please attend our RCIA classes. This year, we will also have an RCIA program in Vietnamese starting Saturday, September 15th after 4pm Mass.
Liturgical Training/Meeting: For our current sacristans, ushers & greeters, Extra-ordinary Eucharistic ministers and lectors in church this Wednesday, August 29th, at 7pm, to go over the duties. Please know that we need more volunteers serving in these ministries. On the same day at 6:20pm, I would like to meet with our current altar servers (except those attending All Saints Catholic School for I have already taught them) for a quick re-training lesson. Please come so that you may learn about the changes to the procession, use of the patens at the Holy Communion lines, how to ring the bells 4 times during Mass, etc.…. I understand that not everyone, both adults and servers, can attend these special meetings; however, please be willing to talk or visit with someone who attended the trainings and learn from them. We all can learn from one another and we all can serve God today.
LPI Publications is our bulletin provider. They will have a booth in the foyer on Sunday, August 26th. A representative will be available to meet those who have an interest in advertising with them. We thank LPI Publications for providing us with our free bulletins. Please support them by advertising with them. In addition, in a few weeks, LPI will give us extra space in the bulletin so that our school principal and teachers can share their school experience and activities with the whole parish. Please be sure to read our weekly bulletin and register your email with our parish.
Love, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings from our God be with you all, especially to those who observed the Solemnity of the Assumption of our Mother Mary to heaven on August 15th. Mary is very important to every person on earth. She is our Blessed Mother who loves us unconditionally. She will always pray for every person until we are in heaven with God. Mary will never reject anyone who asks for her help/intercession. As a church family, we will always pray to Mary for one another, especially those who have passed to eternal life like Evelyn Palmer, Matthew Klangos and Andrew Mazurek. Both Matthew and Andy passed away at a young age. Our sympathy and prayers are extended to their families and friends. May they rest in peace with God and with all the angels and saints. God bless them all.
Thank you everyone for joining our children, teachers and staff for their back-to-school party last Sunday. The turnout was great, and the food was plentiful. Thank you to my brother Knights for cooking the hamburgers and hot dogs. I would like to ask our church family to continue supporting and praying for our children, their teachers and our church and school staff. I am excited to be with our children, teachers, staff and to meet so many members of our church and school family. Later, I will share with you the names of our students, teachers and staff so that we can pray for them by name. Please join our children for Holy Mass on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8am. Occasionally we will have adoration together after Mass. My goal is to help our children love Jesus today with all their hearts, minds and souls. To help our children know, love and serve Jesus, especially at Holy Mass, I am working with our school teachers to form a children’s choir. These children, 5th grade to 8th grade, will sing at our Sunday Holy Masses, hopefully twice a month. In addition, I am also looking for adult volunteers to form an All Saints High School Youth Mass. The high schoolers would serve as altar servers, lectors, ushers, greeters and even Extra-ordinary ministers (once they are trained and certified). I am also hoping to have a youth choir lead singing twice a month. Please pray for our children and the good-hearted parishioners who will be helping our children in their faith and love for their Catholic faith.
Liturgical Training/Meeting: I would like to meet with our current sacristans, ushers & greeters, Extra-ordinary Eucharistic ministers and lectors in church on Wed., August 29th, at 7pm, to go over our ministry duties and to answer questions that anyone might have. We would love to have more volunteers serve in these ministries, including our Hispanic and Asian parishioners. Please know that our church can use your help today. I am here to help you serve our Lord. It’s not hard if your heart is willing. Please be willing to serve our Lord. On the same day at 6:20pm, I would like to meet with our current altar servers (except those attending All Saints Catholic School) for a quick re-training lesson. Please come so that you may learn more and be more confident in what you are doing during Holy Mass. There are new changes such as how to process in and out correctly, how to use the patens at the Holy Communion lines, how to ring the bells 4 times during Mass, etc.….
Love you all, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings from our Lord be with you all. Please join me in welcoming back our students, teachers and staff to our All Saints Catholic School. This Sunday, August 12th at 5pm, every parishioner, especially school families and our students, are invited for a cookout full of food and fun for everyone. Let us welcome back our children, teachers and staff for the new academic year. Let us make it a great, fun and successful school year. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided for everyone. Please come to eat and to support our children in their education and formation. We will kick off the new school year on Thursday, August 16th. Again, parents, if you have not registered your child for Catholic education, please do so ASAP. We are here to help your child’s education and the formation of his/her heart and soul. If you want your child to be loving, kind, respectful with a positive attitude, wanting to be successful in life and to be faith-filled, then you must give him/her Jesus today. We would love to have your child with us at our school.
Holy Day of Obligation: This Wednesday, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Holy Masses are Tuesday, 6:30pm, Wednesday at 8am and 12noon. Every person is obligated to attend this Holy Mass. Please don’t be late for any Mass. This Mass will be like a Sunday Mass; therefore, we will need our liturgical ministers to carry out their roles like usual. Thank you!
Please join me in extending our love, prayer and sympathy to the family of Evelyn Palmer who passed to eternal life on Tuesday, July 31st. Evelyn was a long-time parishioner of our church family. We will surely pray for the repose of her soul at all Masses this weekend. Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, August 3rd. May she rest in peace with God for all eternity. Thank you, Evelyn, for your faith, love and years of ministry in our church. God bless you with the everlasting life of heaven.
It is so good to be back home from the Marian Days and sleep in my own bed. It was fun. I got to visit many of my relatives and priest friends from many states. The highlight of my days was helping people with confessions and celebrating Holy Mass with our Bishop Kemme. He loves Marian Days. I am looking forward to this special event next year.
Liturgical Training/Meeting: I would like to meet with our current sacristans, ushers & greeters, Extra-ordinary Eucharistic ministers and our lectors in church on Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm, to go over our ministry duties and to answer any questions that anyone might have. It would be a great blessing to our church if we would have more volunteers to serve in these ministries, including our Hispanic and Asian parishioners. Please know that our church can use your help in these areas. I am here to help you to serve our Lord. It’s not hard if your heart is willing. Please be willing to serve our Lord today. On the same day at 6:20pm, I would like to meet with our current altar servers (Except those attending All Saints Catholic School) for a quick re-training lesson. Please come so that you may learn more and be more confident in what you are doing during Holy Mass. Some new changes are: how to process in and out correctly, how to use the three patens at the Holy Communion lines, how to ring the bells 4 times during Mass, etc.… Thank you for your ministries, Fr. Hien