MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE,
Our Christmas Holy Masses are on Monday, December 24th at 4pm & 6pm. The 4pm Mass, Christmas carols and Mass songs will be led by a group of our adult parishioners. Prior to 6pm Mass, our All Saints children will sing Christmas carols for us. Please come to church at least 30 minutes early so that you’ll have a place to sit and to enjoy the Holy Christmas spirit. Christmas Day Mass at 9:30am with the Vietnamese choir. Please bring your family and friends to Holy Mass to celebrate with us and with all the angels and saints. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE TO PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL. From my heart, Merry Christmas to you and to all your loved ones. Please be happy for God is with you. He is no longer far away but in your heart, mind and soul. He is your strength, your hope, your joy, your peace and your salvation. Please know that God loves you unconditionally and I love you, too. I’m looking forward to celebrating my first Christmas with you & your family at our Christmas Masses.
MERRY CHRISTMAS - FR.HIEN
Building Fund: From everyone in our church family, we want to thank many individuals and families, parishioners and non-parishioners, who have contributed generously to our building fund. Up to date, we are blessed with $122,982. Every registered parishioner/family was asked for a suggested amount and if you have not contributed yet, please know that we are still waiting for your gift to our parish so that we can reach our goal of $170,000. We are grateful to you and the following donors: Donald Aguilar, Gerald & Joan Aistrup, Robin & Rita Anderson, Ron & Terry Ast, Christina Bais, Vanessa Banh, Vergil & Victoria Barb, Richard & Tena Barber, Stephen & Cynthia Belisle, Marguerite Birzer, Galen & Marigene Bloomer, Lee & Rebecca Bone, Perry Borth, Ellen Brown, Sang & Tran Bui, Liem Bui / Huan Phan, Brian & Allison Campbell, Joy Cash, Ferinando & Carmela Cavallaro, Florence Conner, Tony Dang & Thy Ninh, Flor De Vega, Janet Debbrecht, Alonso & Trang DeVega, Thich Dinh & Tien Nguyen, Chau Do & Phuong Le, Lien Do, Van & Nancy Do, Bao Do, Lieu Do, Calvin & Kerry Dodson, Roderick & Janet Duke, Timothy Eckberg, Gary & Mary Faragher, Jean Farmer, Robert & Laura Foster, Robert & Karen Gammon, James Graf, Don & Marilyn Grommesh, Marilyn Gupton, Chris & Cathy Hesse, JB & Phyllis Hickerson, Vanson & Dung Hoang, Robert & Carol Holzman, Max & Sharon Huffman, Nhuy Huynh, Paul & Linda Jabara, Michael & Mary Jenkins, Dorothy Kennedy, Mai Kieu, Steve & Catherine Klinkhammer, Dennis & Joyce Kraus, Toshie Lindlar, James & Kathy Mai, Richard & Carol Malashchuk, Jackie & Darlene Menefee, Jose & Sara Mosqueda, Michael & Sheila Nally, Jim & Sandy Nettleton, Vu & Vickie Ngo, Bach & Van Nguyen, Lee Thuy Nguyen, Paul Nguyen & Hoa Dang, Son & Thu Nguyen, Nam Nguyen, Thanh Nguyen & Mai T, Victoria Nguyen, Jesse & Kathy Nguyen, Frances & Mary Nguyen, Duc & Teresa Nguyen, Lillie Nguyen, Luan & Lan Nguyen, Dai & Mai Nguyen, Tan Nguyen & Ha Tran, Triky Ninh, Joseph Orozco, Tim & Mary Palmer, Jim & Sara Peters, Dan Pham, Dat Pham & An-Thu, Steve & Sandra Pham, Cuong & Thuy, Boa & Loan Phan, Judith Picard, Rick & Genelle Powell, John Ramirez, Joe & Anne Randolph, Jon & Jane Rea, Walter & Mary Rempe, Tim & Judy Ridder, Richard Ridder, Patricia Rinearson, Paul & Isabel Rivera, Julius & Mary Jane Rohr, Mark Rossillon, Brandon & Diane Ripe, Kenneth & Deborah Sauer, Magdelena Sauerwein, Juliana Schmitt, Anne Schock, Stuart & Susie Scott, Loretta Shark, Alan & Julie Siegman, Victoria Simmons, Elaine Smith, Jim & Jane Spiess, John & Vivian Springbob, Thomas & Heather Stewart, Owen & Lori Strawn, Tiffany Tajchman, Michael Tran & Nhung Dao, Paul & Cecelia Vanderbeke, Joe & Julie Vasquez, Vietnamese Pastoral Council, Vietnamese Food Sales, Vietnamese Prayer Group, David & Cindy Vondracek, Luu Vu, Thuy Vu, Nga Vu, Cindy Vu, Elisa Vu, Thao & Nga Vu, Tu Ngoc Vu & Oanh Thi Nguyen, Larry & Phyllis Walker, Carol Warren, Robert & Catalina Weber, Abraham Weiner, Michael Yocum, Leonard & Marg Zarchan, Marshal Ziegler and 6 anonymous donors.
Thank you and God bless your trust in Him, from All Saints Church Family!
My Dear Parishioners,
First of all, I would like THANK everyone for keeping the Lord’s Day holy every weekend by attending Holy Mass with your family even when the weather is miserable. You have come to realize that God is the center of your lives and that your good deeds, especially your prayers and worship from your heart, mind and soul, are most pleasing to Him. God bless you all! Thank you also for attending the Holy Day of Obligation, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother. Please know Mary will always love you and she would love to see all of us in heaven with her, with Jesus and with all the angels and saints. Thank God for the Blessed Mother Mary who loves us so dearly.
Secondly, let us thank our All Saints’ children choir for their spiritual ministry of singing and praising God at Holy Mass last weekend. Our children really love Jesus and would like to invite everyone to their Christmas program this Friday, December 14th at 7pm in Church. In addition, our children will sing Christmas carols in Church for everyone prior to our 6pm Christmas Eve Mass on Monday, December 24th. Let us celebrate this Christmas full of love, joy and happiness from God and from one another.
Sympathy: Our love and prayers are extended to the families of Bernice Jones and Vi McCafferty who recently passed away and were laid to eternal rest in Christ. May God bless their families and friends during this sad and difficult time. May all the faithful departed rest in peace in the kingdom of God among all the angels and saints.
Parish Penance Service with Guest Priests: This Sunday from 4pm-5pm, Father Doug Campbell, Father Dwight Birket who can speak Spanish, Father Eric Weldon who also can speak Spanish, and myself will be available for your confessions. Their names will be posted so that you will know where they are hearing confessions. You can confess face-to-face with the priest or behind the screen for privacy. Come and go as you please, and please pray your Act of Contrition before entering for your confession so that those who are waiting in line don’t have to stand and wait too long. Please remember - your sins only and not those of someone else. A humble & contrite heart is what is most pleasing to God in confession.
Can You Help? The parish must pay Kapaun Mount Carmel & Bishop Carrol high schools and the diocese the subsidy for the high schools of $330,500 by May 2019. Christmas is coming; if you can, would you consider gifting/helping our parish with some of these bills or toward the building fund to pay for the recently finished and the current projects. Thank you for your generosity!
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. We love you Jesus, our Lord and God--- Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
This Saturday, December 8th is the Holy Mass of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Saturday 4pm Mass does not fulfill this obligation. Holy Day Masses are Friday, December 7th at 6:30pm and Saturday December 8th at 8am & 9:30am. Please know that our Blessed Mother loves you and she will pray for you until you are in heaven with her. Mary is our spiritual Mother and dearest intercessor. Let us love her dearly.
Christmas is coming, and we would love to have you join our Christmas choir to sing praise to God at our Christmas Masses. Surely, God would love to hear from your voice and heart. Please contact Sandy for more information. Also, to prepare your heart and soul to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, please consider going to confession during this time of Advent. I normally hear confessions about 20 minutes before every weekend Mass in the west confessional. Our parish penance service with guest priests will be Sunday, December 16th from 4pm to 5pm. Come & go as you wish. So that people don’t have to stay in line for a long time, please say your Act of Contrition before entering for your confession. We will have priests who can speak English, Spanish and Vietnamese. I will post their names at their stations. When you go in, first close the door for privacy, then tell the priest your last confession and sins. Confession is your opportunity to ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Please be sure to thank your confessor for his ministry. Please know that no priest will be available to hear confessions on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Vietnamese Parishioners: Please join me for the memorial Mass for Father Augustine Nguyen Huy Tuong at St. Anthony’s, Sunday, December 9th at 3pm. Father Tuong passed to eternal life on November 21st in Dallas, TX. He shepherded and helped many Vietnamese refugees and Catholics in the 1980’s at St. Patrick’s, Wichita. We thank God for his life and ministry in our diocese. May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace eternally with God.
RCIA: We welcome and congratulate the following: Melissa Martinez, Kathy Palacios, Joseph Wales, Qian Xie, Dieu Vuong, William Dudula, & Melissa Courtright into our church family. These candidates will become Catholics at the Easter Vigil. Please keep our candidates in your prayer.
Building Fund: Our goal is $170,000. Thankfully we are blessed with $84,157 from parishioners and non-parishioners. We will continue to thank God for them and for their generous gifts. Soon, we will recognize them in the bulletin. If you wish to remain anonymous, please let Barb, our bookkeeper know. For confidentiality, we will never reveal the donation dollar amount of individuals, only the total sum. If you have not contributed yet, please know that we are waiting for your gift. Thank you!
Thank You: To all parishioners and non-parishioners for helping with our food sales last weekend. We were blessed with your hard work and donations to our parish. May God bless you and your loved ones. We profited $12,500 toward our building fund. Again, our parish would love to have more parishioners or organizations help us with different types of fund raising. We are a church family that eats together, prays together and shares our lives with each other.
God is with us in our ministry, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Welcome to the new liturgical season of Advent. During Advent, the Gloria will not be used until Christmas. Advent candles will be lit. Everyone, please consider joining our Christmas choir to sing praise to God for our Christmas Masses. God would love to hear from your voice and heart. Please contact Sandy for more information. Also, to prepare your heart and soul to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, please consider going to confession sometime between now and Christmas day. I normally hear confessions about 20 minutes before every weekend Mass in the west confessional. Our parish penance service with guest priests will be Sunday, December 16th from 4pm to 5pm. Come & go as you wish. Please know that no priest will be available to hear confessions on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
RCIA: This weekend at our 4pm Saturday Mass, we will have a ceremony to welcome those who are in the RCIA to become Catholics at the Easter Vigil. Please keep our candidates in your prayer.
Building Fund: Our goal is $170,000. Thankfully we are blessed with $72,734 so far from about 97 parishioners and some non-parishioners who have donated generously to our Building Fundraising. We will continue to thank God for them and their generous gifts. Soon, we will recognize them in the bulletin. If you wish to remain anonymous, please let Barb, our bookkeeper, know. For confidentiality, we will never reveal the donation dollar amount of individuals, only the total sum.
Did You Know? Beside the many bills to maintain our church and school, pay our employees and their healthcare insurance, and pay so many utility bills, we also must pay our high school bills and other bills to the diocese. Here are some figures we were assessed by the diocese to pay by May 2019. Direct payment to Kapaun Mount Carmel & Bishop Carrol high schools of $236,900. This is for the education of our All Saints high school students. The diocese also adds an additional $93,600 as subsidy to the high schools. Our total annual bill toward the high schools is $330,500. As of today, we were able to pay only $34,000. As of December 1, 2018, we are behind in our payments to KMC & Bishop Carrol high schools and to the diocese of $124,888.88. Not only that, we must pay 10% tithe to the diocese from our weekly collections. As of December 1, 2018, we are $8,316 behind in stewardship payments to the diocese. Therefore, with Christmas coming, if you can, would you consider gifting/helping our parish with some of these bills or toward the building fund to pay for the recently finished and the current projects. Thank you!
Holy Day of Obligation: Saturday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Masses are Friday at 6:30pm, and Saturday at 8am and 9:30am. Our Saturday evening Mass stays the same at 4pm for the 2nd Sunday of Advent (this Mass does not fulfill the obligation of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Please be super nice to me this Saturday & Sunday for I’ll have 6 Masses in two days - just kidding!
This weekend, please support our parish with our food sales after every Mass this weekend. Please buy some to-go boxes of food for your family and friends or to eat authentic Vietnamese soups such as PHO in our parish hall. There will be many varieties of Vietnamese food for everyone. My duty is to grill about 100 lbs of meat for the sale. Our goal is $4,000 toward our building fund. With prayer & love, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving together over great food and personal time with each other. God dwells in every person and especially in every family. Your family is the foundation of our faith. You are meant to be with each other in this life and forever in heaven. Please love each other, pray for each other and give thanks to God for each other, including those who have died in your family. Thank God for the gifts of their love, kindness and thoughtfulness. God bless your family forever.
The new liturgical season of Advent will start at our 4pm Mass, December 1st, with the new liturgical year of Cycle C. All the readings for weekend Masses for the next liturgical year will be taken from Cycle C. During Advent, the Gloria will not be used until Christmas. Advent candles will be lit. This weekend at our 4pm Saturday Mass, we will have a ceremony to welcome those who are in the RCIA to become Catholics at the Easter Vigil. To prepare for Christmas, the birthday of our Lord Jesus, please consider going to confession sometime between now and then. I hear confessions about 20 minutes before every weekend Mass. Please know that no priest will be available to hear confessions on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
All Saints Church Building Fund: Thank you to so many generous parishioners who have donated to our Building Fund to pay for the new lights in our church and the many other projects that were done and are still being worked on. Every family in our parish has been asked to contribute for we are a church family. We are to share the same responsibility to help pay the bills and to keep up our buildings. Thankfully we are blessed with $61,539.00 so far from about 80 parishioners who have donated to our Building Fundraising. That’s only about 13.6% percent of our registered parishioners. Our goal is $170,000. Furthermore, for the love of our church family and God, I suggest that every group or organization of our parish contribute 10%-25% from their savings to the Building Fund or hold a fundraising event for the parish in the next few months. Also, as a stewardship parish, anytime that anyone or any group, including our All Saints School, makes a profit from their activities or sales, I suggest that 10% of their profit be donated to our church family. This is an important practice in our church family and a great example to our children to put God first and to always be thankful for what we have.
Finally, this coming weekend, December 1st & 2nd, the Vietnamese parishioners of our parish will sell food after every Mass. Please consider buying some to-go-boxes of food for your family and friends or to eat authentic Vietnamese soups in our parish hall to support our parish. There will be lots of food for sale.
Holy Day of Obligation: Saturday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Masses are Friday at 6:30pm, and Saturday at 8am and 9:30am. Our Saturday evening Mass stays the same at 4pm for the 2nd Sunday of Advent (this Mass does not fulfill the obligation of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary).
Finally, thank you everyone for joining the Vietnamese Catholics of our diocese with our Bishop Kemme to celebrate the Vietnamese Martyrs celebration last weekend in our parish. Wow, there was a lot of people and the food was great. May God bless you much for you have loved Him much like the martyrs and saints, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? It is coming on Thursday, November 22nd. We will have a special Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 8am. Please join me in giving our thanks and praise to God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us, our families and church. God always blesses those who thank Him.
Thank You: A special thank you to our All Saints Catholic school children for leading us in singing at Holy Mass last weekend. Please know that we love you and you are important to our church and families. A special thanks to our school principal, our school parents and many volunteer parishioners to make this event possible. I can’t wait to have our children singing again for us on Sunday, December 9th.
Cantors & Musicians Needed: Parishioners, our church family needs volunteer musicians for our Holy Masses – from cantors and those who could join our adult choir, to those who can play an instrument such as an organ, piano or even guitar. We would love to have your service and talent used for God in our church. If you are interested or want more details, please contact the church office. Thank you for considering to serve God in these ministries. I’m still wishing to have a youth choir and a Spanish choir in our church, for we are a church family full of children, youth and adults from many cultures and languages. Our church family will be fully alive when we serve God together and help each other in praising and worshiping God from our hearts.
House Update: Since September, we have poured 10 trucks of concrete for the new chapel area, for the new trashcan area and the new driveway between the church office and our newly purchased house. That’s a lot of concrete if you know what I mean. More concrete will be poured next year to keep water from damaging our buildings. The construction people and Lewis Street Glass have been working on the windows. Anderson Windows were installed. In the next few months, we will fix the interior of the house, such as lots of sheet rock, new paint, plumbing, new bathroom toilets and vanities, and fix the old hardwood floors.
Church Lights Update: All the new LED lights in the church, plus all the lights near the interior doors to the church areas, are installed. They are so bright, especially around the altar, the tabernacle, the statues and the Stations of the Cross. Thank you for your generous donations that have made this possible. May these lights and the new angel statues in our church remind you of your financial contribution to our church that made this possible. If you have not donated to our Building Fund yet, please know that we are waiting for your help.
Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration: It was in 1988, 30 years ago, that Vietnamese Martyrs were canonized. This special celebration will be celebrated in our parish this weekend from Friday evening to Sunday evening with many guest priests for confessions and for Holy Masses. Everyone is invited to this event, especially for the sacraments of confession before Christmas, the procession of the Vietnamese Martyrs relics before Holy Mass on Sunday by our bishop, followed by a tasty Vietnamese dinner in the Fischer Center. Come and join us for prayer, worship and authentic Vietnamese food.
Love you all & Happy Thanksgiving, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
Throughout November, please remember to pray for your deceased family members & friends. We love them, & we will always remember them with our prayers, especially at Holy Mass. Again, you are invited to write the names of your deceased ones in the Book of Remembrance located in the gathering area, so that everyone, especially me, can pray for them at all the Masses this month of November. Also, you have the option to ask for Masses to be said for them this month or whenever you would like. You need to book this with the church office. The diocese suggests $10 per intention to the priest who celebrates the Mass. You also can write their names on the All Souls Remembrance envelope & include the Mass stipend. The intentions on these envelopes will be prayed for at every Mass throughout November. I will donate the All Souls stipends to our parish Building Fund to help pay our bills.
All Saints Catholic School Children’s Choir: The second Sunday during school months at our 11am Mass, our children will lead us singing and praising God. Please come to pray and to worship our God with our children, and to support them with your encouragement. Our children are the future of our families, communities & our Catholic church. We must help them to learn our Catholic faith, to love it & to practice it. Singing to God is twice a prayer from your soul. Jesus will be so happy to have our children coming to Him. They are beautiful, innocent & have angelic voices. God bless our children!
Thank You: A special thank you to the many parishioners who have read my letter & contributed generously with their financial donation to help our church pay our bills. Again, the amount asked for in your letter is only a suggested amount; you are to pray about it to decide how much you & your family can support your church at this time of need. Any amount is greatly appreciated!
Thank You: To all those who came & celebrated All Saints feast day last Saturday. Thank you for sharing your food with us. Delicious food! Thank you to all those who made it possible such as the Social Justice Committee, Altar Society and Knights of our parish. Thank you for gathering us together as a church family of multi-cultural people of God. All Saints pray for us all.
Fade Out WeShare Online Giving Program-Sooner Is Better: For years, the parish has been using the WeShare, an online giving program to collect money from our parishioners; however, it’s getting too expensive to use it. This program charges the parish a flat monthly fee for every transaction made, & an additional (about) 3% of every dollar donated to the church. As a church family, let us not waste more of our money. Please switch to using one of the following methods to give. Option 1: You can request your bank to automatically send your donation to All Saints, or we can set it up for you, if you would complete the ACH Payment Authorization Paper with your voided bank check. Option 2: Write a check for your donation. Please avoid giving cash, unless it’s in a sealed envelope with your name on it so that we can record your contribution for your tax purposes. Cash has too much temptation & attraction to criminals. We highly recommend everyone use the ACH Payment method please. It’s safe, free & convenient. You can also cancel it at any time. You & the church do not have to have the same bank to do this. If you ever have any problem with ACH Payments, such as overpaying, we would be glad to return it to you. This has never happened that we know of. Again, thank you for your faithful stewardship to our parish that provides a Catholic education, for a place of worship & for the many buildings for our church & school activities. God bless you all & may God bless our deceased loved ones with eternal life, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
It was so good to be with my brother priests & our bishop for our annual conference from Oct 15-18 at the Spiritual Life Center. I think everyone from All Saints would say that I am a young priest but comparing myself with half the priests in our diocese, I am no longer qualified to be called young. In the last two years alone, there were 20 young priests ordained & I am sure that most of them or all of them are under 30 years old. I am 46-1/2 , I consider myself old, don’t you think? Thank you for your Catholic faith & for always praying for our priests. May God continue to bless our diocese with many vocations to the priesthood and religious life. If you or someone you know has an interest in these vocations, please let me know.
Wow, the month of November is coming so soon. Please make plans to attend the Holy Mass of Obligation on All Saints’ Day. Mass schedule is Thursday, November 1st at 8am, 12 noon & 6:30pm. There will be a collection at each Mass. On Friday, we will remember all the faithful departed among our families, friends, our church family & all souls. Please remember them each day throughout this month of November, especially when you are at Holy Mass. We are never to forget those who have done great things for us, especially our parents, grandparents, good friends & faithful parishioners of our church families who have passed to eternal life. God bless them with the everlasting life of heaven. In the gathering area of our church, there will be envelopes for you to write the names of those who have died so that we can pray for them. Praying for them will be my top spiritual priority this month.
Lights in church: They look so nice & have brightened our church, statues & Stations of the Cross. Also, we are blessed with two new, hand-painted statues of adoring angels for our church. I hope that these angels will help everyone entering our church with their prayers & love. They are also to remind us to always give our hearts, minds & souls to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament & in the Holy Eucharist. Please do not talk or visit in church at any time. All conversation should be outside of our worship area. Thank you to our All Saints Altar Society for the gift of these beautiful angel statues.
House renovation: The floor for the garage was paved & the contractor should be working on building the garage. Thanks to Jim Wiesen Roofing for donating the roof for the garage. If you need work for your home or business, Jim can take care of you, of course for a cost.
Celebrate All Saints Parish Feast Day: Our church family will come together next Sat, Nov 3rd to celebrate our feast day at our 4pm Holy Mass, followed by our multi-cultural dinner in the Fischer Center West. I can’t wait to see so many people and to enjoy the love and friendship from everyone. Please come and join us whether you can bring food or not. Your presence is most important to those who have planned this event and to me. Let us be a happy church family by being with each other.
Finally, I hope that every family has received a special letter in the mail & shared it with your family members. We need your financial help to pay for the newly bought house/rectory, to pay for the lights in the church, the new parking lot for the new adoration chapel, etc... I hope & pray that every family in our parish will trust in God & be willing to help our church’s family with your financial contribution. No amount is too small. Every penny counts! Again, please forgive me if I asked too much of your family.
God bless you all, Fr. Hien
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.