My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings from our Lord be with you all. Last week, I was blessed to be with our All Saints 3rd to 8th grade students to pray and to help them receive the sacrament of healing—confession. Our Lord loved them and forgave them all. Yes, that was a lot of students for me, one person to hear all their confessions and to pray the absolution prayer over each and every one of them. It took me two days. I am so happy for them and thank God for their Catholic faith. They are such wonderful and faith-filled children of God. Did you hear them singing at Holy Mass last Sunday? They did very well. They made my day. I will continue working at it to have more children be involved in the Holy Mass. Please pray for our children, our teachers and me too.
I hope that every family has received their financial contribution statement in the mail. If you did not receive one, please contact the church office to see whether you have registered with our parish. Again, on behalf of our All Saints’ church and school families, especially our students at All Saints and the many students attending Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, I would like to give a special thanks to the many parishioners and families who have been faithful to their pledges and their stewardship way of life. Please know that you are the ones who are doing the good deeds for these children and their future. Catholic education is not free but is from the many sacrifices of the many good-hearted people in our parish. Please know that 10 percent of your general donation will go to the diocese to help provide education to our seminarians and the many other good causes throughout the world. Here is an example, a thank you letter from the Missionary Society of Saint Theresa from Ghana:
Dear Fr. Nguyen and Parishioners of All Saints: Last year we received a check for $7,335.55 from the Diocese of Wichita as proceeds from the 2018 Mission collection to the Missionary Society of St. Theresa of the Little Flower. Of this amount, 25% went toward the education of our seven seminarians, 25% for partial construction of a chapel at our formation house, and the other 50% of all proceeds went into the ministries of evangelization and education of the poor and marginalized and to provide potable drinking water in given villages. On behalf of the missionaries of St. Theresa, I would like to thank you for your generosity. Your generous gift of your parish and the Diocese of Wichita helped us feed and educate poor children in rural parts of Ghana. I am so thankful to you for your support. May God’s choicest blessings come upon you and remain with you always. Yours in the Service of the Lord, Very Rev. Paul Kala, SSTLF, Founder and Superior.
Again, as true disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us continue loving, caring and sharing our time, talent and treasure for the good and salvation of each other, especially in our parish.
God bless you all, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
How was your Labor Day weekend? Mine was good for I spent my day painting in the basement of the new house. I had to get it done so that I can move in before the winter. 80 percent of my personal stuff is still in the garage/office for over a year. Lately some unexpected events have kept me from working in the house such as fixing the church’s broken sewage line, paving the road and the sidewalks, leaking roofs, the many air conditioner problems, the many funerals, etc... On Labor Day, I did have a great dinner. I hope that everyone enjoyed your Labor Day celebration with your family and friends. Did you remember to be humble before God and others? No matter who we are, being humble is not easy. It takes a lot of patience and true love. Please keep trying, and work at it for God is always ready to help you. The key is to stay calm and pray in your heart for God’s strength and His help.
PSR & Confirmation: Our classes are starting up for our children to continue growing in their Catholic faith. Parents, your children truly need your help and guidance for them to grow in their Catholic faith. Your children need your daily love, your daily reminder to them to be nice to one another as well as saying their daily prayers. Of course, they need you to practice your Catholic faith and to take your family to church. Remember, a family that prays together stays together in this life and forever in heaven. I don’t think I would know God, love God and serve God today as a priest if my parents had not made us pray together every night as a family. Of course, we have never ever skipped a Holy Mass. The only time that I ever skipped Mass was when we were escaping in the Pacific Ocean by boat. I was 12 years old then. Please don’t take Holy Mass for granted. We need God in our lives and in our families. Holy Mass is the Holy Eucharist, which is Jesus, who is God with us today.
Family Financial Statement: On behalf of our All Saints students and the many students attending Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High school, thanks to the many parishioners and families who have been faithful to their pledges and their stewardship way of life. Please know that you are the ones who are doing the good deeds for these children and their future. Catholic education is not free but is from the many sacrifices of the many good-hearted people in our parish. Soon, every family will receive an up-to-date 2019 financial contribution statement from the parish. Please don’t fail our children and your parish. We need your love and support. Thank you for being faithful to God, to our parish and to our children.
In Jesus’s name, Fr. Hien
Happy Labor Day Everyone,
God bless America. God’s blessings be with you all. We give thanks to God for the work of our human hands that have served God and benefited our country and everyone living in it. Please know that everything you do, at home as well as at your workplace, benefits you, your family and everyone else locally and worldwide. Let us always put our God-given strength, skills and talents to good use as long as we live. Let no one allow his/her laziness to get the best of them, but rather always stay busy and active. This weekend let us celebrate the fruits of our hard work and labor with joy and thanksgiving to God and to one another. God bless America, our homeland!
September is here and every student is back to school. Let us keep them near to our hearts and prayers every day. Our children will be beautiful before God and others when they learn to receive and to live each day with God’s blessings and grace. Although we cannot change them, we can always love them and pray for them and support them with Catholic education and formation for their hearts, minds and souls. God bless our children and all of God’s children, especially the unborn so that they too will have the right to be born and to be with their families and friends.
Construction: Unfortunately, the church’s sewage line collapsed about 15 feet underground, west of the church. We had sewage backed up in the rest rooms and in the air handling room. We had to cut across the concrete road and dig down and replace all the old original pipe with new PVC pipe. This problem has been around for a long time for we often had to snake the sewage line, thinking that it was tree roots but that was not the case. The clay sewage pipes collapsed. Thankfully we got it fixed in one day. This should last for many years. We have to wait for the ground to settle before we can pour new concrete in the driveway. Thank you everyone for your patience and your faithful stewardship that helped pay for a must-fix problem. No one can live without food nor can we live without a bathroom.
Happy Labor Day Everyone. God bless America and all those who live in it, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
First, blessings from our Lord with heavenly prayers from our Blessed Mother Mary be with you all. If you are reading this message before Friday, a reminder that we are obligated to attend the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Holy Day Masses are Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30pm and Thursday at 12 noon & 6:30pm. Please bring your entire family to church to be loved by our Mother Mary and to be blessed by our Lord Jesus. I am looking forward to being with you again.
Second, please join me in welcoming back our staff, teachers and students, especially the many new ones, for the new school year. I am sure that they are excited to be back to school to be with their friends and to continue learning. I was so surprised to see how much some of them have physically grown just this summer. We are blessed to have many new students this year. Welcome back to school, God’s little children. We love you all.
Third, in this week’s bulletin is the parish financial statements for everyone to view. We were blessed with many wonderful and faithful stewards in our parishioners. They are the ones making the difference in our church and school, for the spiritual and educational benefits of others. Thank you, thank you! Please do nothing less than what you have done in the past for the love of God and the education and formation of our children. You can see that we need a lot of money to pay for our high school students and for the operation of our All Saints Catholic school. We love our children and we are committed to providing them with the best education and formation of their hearts, minds and souls. They are the future of our Catholic Church, our families and the USA. They are the future wonderful teachers, doctors, nurses, Catholic parents, and many other professions, including evangelizers of the Gospel like myself. Let us support them with our love, prayers and good deeds and with our time, talent and treasure.
Holy Mary, pray for us all--Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
How are you doing? Are you ready for your children and grandchildren to be back in school? I am ready for them all. I can’t wait to meet the many new faces at our Catholic school. Thank you for sending your children to us. We promise to take good care of them and to help them grow in their Catholic faith as well as educate them to be the best person and student they can be. However, please know that we cannot do it all without God and you. Your daily prayer, love and constant support of your time, talent and treasure are needed. Please know that God is with us; therefore, please always trust in God, including with your financial support for our children’s Catholic education at All Saints and Kapaun Mt Carmel High School. Let us put God first and give of our time and life for the good of each other. Everyone is invited, including school families and all parishioners, to our Back to School Dinner this Sunday, August 11th at 5:00 p.m. in the Fischer Center. The Parish will provide steak and chicken fajitas, chips and salsa. You can bring side dishes and desserts if you like. Here is another great opportunity for us to be with each other, to meet our teachers and our excited students, and to feel good about our faith and our faithful stewardship to God and to our children. Please join us for we are a church family. We need you all to be with us for this special event.
Did you miss me at Mass last weekend? My Marian Days pilgrimage last weekend was great. I really enjoyed it. I am glad that I took an extra day to go early to visit my brother priests in Pittsburg, KS and enjoy my time in Carthage with so many Catholics. Bishop Kemme was there too and I had lunch and dinner with him. The not so pleasant part of the pilgrimage was the weather on Saturday afternoon during the procession. God gave everyone a nice shower from heaven. The rain did not stop anyone from singing and praising God during the procession. That was so amazing. True faith prevails! I am glad to be back home and sleeping in my own bed with no one snoring. There were five other priests in my room, and they snored like a mower. I am sure I snored too, due to old age???
Holy Mass of Obligation: Thursday, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Everyone is obligated to attend Holy Mass. Mass times are Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30pm, and Thursday at 12 noon & 6:30pm (please notice that there is no 8am Mass). I am hoping that the 6:30pm Mass will be a better time for more people than the 8am Mass on a weekday.
Love you all, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Thank God for the nicer/cooler weather this week, not as hot as the last few weeks. Please stay cool physically and mentally so that you may live each day to the fullest and always be full of love for God and for each other. Next weekend, August 3rd and 4th, Father Curtis Hecker will be here to celebrate all weekend Masses and hear confessions prior to every Mass. Please take this special time to go to confession to a guest priest. Fr. Curtis is a young chaplain priest at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School. He loves education. He loves to help teenagers grow in their Catholic faith and teach them how to deal with this life. Please welcome him to our parish and be sure to thank him in person for celebrating the Holy Sacraments for us. There will be no daily Mass from Wednesday, July 31st to Friday, August 2nd as I will be in Carthage, Missouri for the Marian Days. On my way, probably I will stop by Pittsburg to visit a priest friend, Fr. Jerome Spexarth, pastor of the parish there. We used to spend a lot of time together when we were in the seminaries in Minnesota and Ohio. He is a great, dedicated and holy priest.
The Carthage Marian Days is an annual pilgrimage where 60-80 thousand people, mostly Vietnamese Catholics, gather together to celebrate their Catholic faith and to give special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Of course, we will honor our ancestors, the Vietnamese Martyrs too. There are people coming from Vietnam too, especially priests and religious sisters. Our Bishop Kemme has been joining this special event for years and he will be there again next week. I have been going every year since 1986. As a priest, I will be helping with a lot of confessions, both in English and in Vietnamese. Of course, I will concelebrate at Holy Masses and will be praying for you all. Please know that you are dear to me and I will pray for you every day, especially at Holy Masses. My wish is that we will all make it to the kingdom of God.
School Registration: If you have not registered your children to attend our All Saints Catholic school yet, please do so. The best gift in life is the gift of God to them and the love for God in their hearts. Loving God with all one’s heart, mind and soul and loving others as oneself is the way of life for all of us. Please register your children to attend our school. Thank You!
Back to School Get-Together: Everyone is invited to our back to school evening on Sunday, August 11th with much food and fun. Our teachers will be available to meet everyone and to show our children their classrooms, etc.… You don’t have to have kids in school to support Catholic education and to let our children know that you care for them with your time, talent and treasure. We are called to do good unto each other, especially our children, for they are the future of our church and families.
Love you all, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings from our Lord Jesus, His beloved Mother Mary, and from all the angels and saints to you all. What a weekend God blessed us with -- the beautiful Holy Masses and the celebration we had last weekend. I was so pleased to see so many people at every Mass and to see everyone so happy. Happy that we have God and each other in our lives, especially the Bishop. Happy that we have been loving and serving God together. Happy that we are blessed with much, including a nice house and the great food we had for everyone. We thank God and each other. I want to especially thank the many people who helped with the renovation of the house, those who helped so much with the meals last weekend such as our Knights and our Altar Society ladies, and everyone for coming and making us a church family. I also noticed that many people enjoyed my buck (Buckeye). I am so glad that the joy that I had in harvesting and having this special buck mounted were also enjoyed by many of you. He is a lucky buck, delighting many people. When I have the time, I will share with you how smart this buck was. It’s so true that nature knows best. Finally, as you have seen, the house is not completely done. I still have some work to be done, mostly painting. Also, there is no furniture for the living room and bedrooms yet nor window blinds. I will start looking for good deals. Pray for me for I don’t like to spend a lot of money. I also think it’s a sin for priests to live a luxurious lifestyle. Please know that most of the items in the house were donated or purchased at a discounted price, for example, the original price of the LG refrigerator at Lowes was $1,621, I got it for $382 brand new at Lowes and of course, no sales tax.
School Registration: Please pray for our parents so that they will give their children the best education for their children’s mind and heart. There is no better education out there for God’s children than a Catholic education. A Catholic education will transform the minds and hearts of our children to be like Jesus’. Please know that Jesus invites all children to Him, “Let the children come to me.” Therefore, I will not reject any children from attending our All Saints Catholic School, unless their parents don’t believe in it and would not support All Saints with their time, talent and treasure. Please register your children to attend All Saints Catholic School. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer before our children come back to school, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Are you ready for some fun and fellowship? This weekend, July 13th & 14th, everyone is invited to the parish picnic and tour of the priest’s residence. Food and drinks will be served in the Fischer Center, dine-in only, no carry-out please. We want to make sure that we have enough food for everyone, and Bishop Kemme plus all priests of the diocese are invited too. Bishop will celebrate our 11am Mass and join us for lunch. What a blessing. Please enjoy each other’s company and enjoy our food. You are welcome to bring any dish to share if you would like, but if you can’t, it’s ok, for we will have steak, smoked chicken and potatoes for everyone. Let us thank God for each other, those who practice faithful stewardship of their time, talent and treasure, and those who have helped us tirelessly with the renovation of the new house.
Priest’s Residence: I wish I could tell you that everything inside and outside the house is perfectly finished. We are blessed to have this house as a nice addition for our church; however, the house was built in 1937 and was vacant for a long time before we got possession of it. Because of this, there were many problems inside and out with leaks and mold. Upstairs: New sheetrock, paint, plumbing, electrical and remodeling all bathrooms with floor tile and one handicap accessible bedroom. We re-sanded and stained all the wood floors. The formal dining room is now the kitchen with a new door to the patio. The kitchen has granite and quartz countertops, cabinets are re-sanded and painted, crown molding added, and of course new appliances. The light fixtures in the kitchen area and the great room are original with LED bulbs. To save money, I kept the original glass wall. All the windows are new. The stain glass window was originally in the kitchen and I moved it to the great room. Downstairs: About 75% done with new framing, sheet rock, electrical, plumbing, paint, and new LED lights throughout the house. All leaks fixed, including in the sun room. Outside: It took a lot of concrete to pave the garage, driveway and around the house in the flower beds, which I did to keep water away from the house and for bugs and weed control. To save money, I placed the old concrete pieces south of the house to keep water away from the house and to create a garden area. I also moved all the extra dirt to the west and created a berm to keep the traffic noise down and pedestrians from crossing easily onto our property. We washed, scraped, primed and painted the outside. We planted about 200 bushes of golden privet hedge and forsythias, roses and fruit trees, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. My vegetables are coming along. My favorite part of this house is the pond, where I can swim on hot summer days to save the church’s water for I need two to three showers a day. Anyone want to join me? Just kidding, the pond is for koi fish. This is my first time raising koi. I don’t have any fish in it yet, sorry. FYI the pond is my personal hobby, so I personally paid for it.
Q.A.: Many people have asked me - which room is my bedroom. Truthfully, it doesn’t matter to me which one, more likely the one near my fish pond and mounted buck. Donations: Thanks everyone for your generous donations toward our building fund. If you wish to donate money toward new items in the house such as furniture, beds, window blinds, washer & dryer, etc.…please let Sandy/office know. Everything you donate will stay with the church forever. I would take a used washer & dryer if it is still working. Finally, I can’t wait to be with everyone and our Bishop for Holy Mass, to enjoy some great food and fellowship. Love you all, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
God bless America! God bless everyone too as we celebrate the 4th of July weekend. I hope everyone is enjoying the 4th of July celebration. Next weekend, July 13th and 14th, our church family will celebrate our annual parish picnic and blessing of the new priest’s residence. Open house starts on Saturday, July 13th after 4pm Mass. Sunday July 14th, open house after 8am Mass with coffee and donuts available. Food of steaks, smoked chicken and baked potatoes will be available for everyone on Saturday and on Sunday after 9:30am and 11am Mass. You are welcome to bring any dish that you would like to share, including desserts, vegetables, fruits, ice cream for the hot weather? Due to the hot weather in mid-July, we will have our meals in the Fischer Center, but you are free to eat outside if you feel like it. Please give us a hand to clean up after each meal so that the hall and the tables are clean and ready for the next crowd. Bishop Kemme will celebrate the 11am Mass, followed by a blessing of the priest’s residence and luncheon with us all. Everyone is invited to our Masses and meals on both days. Feel free to bring your family and friends, too, regardless if they are parishioners or not. It will be more fun with more people. We are blessed to have each other, let us celebrate our faith together and enjoy good food together. Please keep in mind that our church family is like our country of America, we are blessed with people from many different backgrounds, cultures and languages. We must learn to live in peace and appreciate each other. God loves us when we love each other.
Vietnamese Food Sales: Congratulations to our parish for we raised $13,000 from the Vietnamese food sales. What a success and a blessing from God and from so many generous people, parishioners and non-parishioners alike, with their time, talent and treasure. Thank you everyone and please join our church family for our special picnic and appreciation next weekend - July 13th and 14th. We truly appreciate your sacrifice and love for our parish.
God bless everyone, Fr. Hien