My Dear Parishioners of All Saints,
Blessings from our Lord be with you all. May each and everyone of us continue growing in our Catholic faith; that is, to become one with Jesus in our hearts, minds and souls. Please know that God made us so that we all may choose God and freely love Him and worship Him like Mother Mary does. Yes, we are all blessed to be Catholic because we have the Holy Eucharist with us and the Blessed Mother to pray for us all until we are in heaven with Our Lord for eternal life.
All Saints Catholic Church and School are blessed with may wonderful and faithful parishioners for generations. Many of them have been here for years, faithful in their prayers and worship at Holy Masses. Many have given much of their time, talent and treasure to our church and school. Many parishioners have served the parish on councils and in parish organizations. Recently I had dinner with our parish council and finance committee members to thank them for the many years of service to our church. I shared with them that our parish needs to take the next step in allowing new parishioners to be members on the parish council and finance committees. I asked them to recommend replacements. My plan is to have four members on our finance committee and about eight on the parish council, plus myself. Our new parish council members will consist of group leaders of the parish such as the grand knight of Knights of Columbus, altar society president, a representative from All Saints Catholic School, and DRE, a representative for liturgy, nationalities, etc... Please pray for the new members of our parish council and the finance committee to help me in serving our parish. God bless you all and please enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
How are you doing and how is your summer? I'm doing great and my summer has been going well. As you can tell, I love gardening and spending my time outside. It helps me to be happy and to continually think and plan for the well-being of our church and school. I am pretty much a thinker and a planner. I don't like to do things at the last minute nor do I want to be a failure in anything I do. I have been blessed to always have the confidence in what I do. Please know that every day is a gift from God, and you too can live joyfully and happily every day. Be positive and think all day long but be sure to rest at night. A good night's sleep is extremely essential to our well-being mentally, physically, socially , and spiritually. Of course, food is super important too. That is why I love to eat. So, if you are cooking, call me up.
Parents, please know that your child/children need Catholic education. The best gift you can give your child/children is the gift of God, all the time. Of course, God is with them, but they must learn to love God and to trust in God. The Catholic faith you gave them when they were a baby must continue growing through your practicing of your Catholic faith and through our Catholic education system, Since last year, I have been celebrating our daily Masses in the morning so that our school children can attend Mass all those days or at least twice a week. I believe that Jesus is everything for them now and forever,. Let us love our children and put them in good and holy hands of Jesus.
We all know that only God can give us everything for free, that is without any payment to God today in exchange for our love of Him and one another. Everything in this life costs, including Catholic education., To have Catholic education, we must pay all the bills that come with it such as trash service--a must have service for students' classrooms and lunchroom; internet service--a must have service for advanced education; salaries for our professional teachers so that they can feed their families, etc... At the end of the day, it costs about $5,000 to education one child at All Saints and about $6,800 in high school. Yes, monthly we have more utility bills that you in your household, plus we must pay $3,700 directly to KMC for your child's education. For this reason, school parents must sign a parish agreement form, promising to support All Saints with their time and talent, plus eight to ten percent of their household income is the suggested amount to All Saints. Or a parent can pay (tuition) for the costs of the education of their child at All Saints/KMC. Let us be good an faithful parishioners,
My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings from our Lord be with you all. Did you have a wonderful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration? I was blessed to have my uncle’s family from Alabama who came and celebrated the 4th with my family and me. Yes, he and his family got to visit our church, my garden and living space as well. They were surprised that I have a big garden and lots of pets—fish, quail, and pheasant. May you and I never forget how blessed we are to have each other now and forever in heaven.
Are you ready for Adoration? We will reopen our adoration chapel on Tuesday, July 20th. Everyone is encouraged to sign up for one hour, especially as a couple or together as a family. Yes, when you are together for adoration, you can read the Bible together, sing a song together or recite prayers together as a family, etc.… Don’t be afraid to share with Jesus your blessings and burdens so that He can help you. You can sign up for your adoration hour, anytime of any day from 9am to 9pm. If you must have a special hour outside of that time such as midnight, etc.… you are welcome as well. Just be sure to genuflect to Jesus or bow to Him, then remove the cover of the monstrance. After you are done, please cover the monstrance with the provided cloth and turn off all the ceiling lights, make sure all the doors are closed, etc...
Finally, you are welcome to buy a framed picture of the Blessed Mother that will be blessed by our bishop on August 15th. You can see this special picture in our gathering area. It costs $40 for the frame and the picture printed. Everyone is encouraged to join our Vietnamese parishioners and community on Sunday, August 15th at 10:30am with Bishop Kemme, for a procession of the Blessed Mother, followed by the blessing of Mary’s shrine and statue in church, then Holy Mass with guest priests, and a free luncheon in the Fischer Center. Annually, the Vietnamese Catholics with thousands of people would gather in Carthage, MO to honor our Blessed Mother. Due to Covid, they are not having it this year, the same as last year. For this reason, we are holding one at All Saints for our parishioners and those in our community to give honor to Mary and glory to God at Holy Mass. Our mission at All Saints is to help all of God’s children to know God, to love God, and to serve God like Mother Mary. Love you all, Fr. Hien
Dear fellow Wichita Catholic,
There is no easy way to say this, so I’ll get right to the point. The cultural battle over what Pope Francis calls the “evil of gender ideology” is now being forced upon the citizens people of Wichita. It is taking the form of a proposed city ordinance and your help is needed to help stop it.
Let me begin by stating the obvious: We are all sinners in need of mercy. The Catholic Church invites everyone to a personal encounter with Christ. Catholic Church Teaching includes the genuine Truth about the human person--man and woman--made in the image and likeness of God. Questions surrounding the many and varied topics connected to “sexual orientation” are complex and often confusing for some.
True Catholics do not “hate” certain people or unjustly discriminate. To contend otherwise is simply not true. At the same time, we will not be intimidated or bullied by individuals or special interest groups seeking to impose a false ideology and anthropology about the human person. We will not be forced to take part activity that in contrary to our Faith and a properly formed conscience.
Now, here is the Wichita story.
The Mayor of Wichita and certain members of the City Council are pressing forward with what they are calling a “non-discrimination ordinance,” or NDO. That sounds harmless enough, but it is not.
Simply put, if passed and enforced, this NDO will be used to specifically target people of faith like you and me. In fact, this NDO may well force Catholics and others to either violate our deeply held religious beliefs or face civil penalties, including fines of up to $2,000. There is even a provision calling for “educational requirements” for convicted violators.
Sexual orientation and gender identity ordinances like this NDO are being systematically introduced and passed throughout the country and in Kansas. They carve out special protections to people based on their self-defined “sexual orientation.”
Under conditions of the proposed ordinance, Catholic organizations in Wichita could be compelled take action contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs. Likewise, individual Catholic business owners could face fines unless they cooperate in activity that violates their deeply held religious beliefs. We’ve seen this happen with bakers, florists and others around the country.
In fact, under the language of the proposed NDO, the Catholic Church in Wichita would have less rights in employment than it does under federal law.
In summary, the proposed Wichita NDO being considered by the City Council this coming Tuesday is not only unnecessary, it is a legal bludgeon being used to target Catholics and other people of faith. The proposed ordinance appears to have the votes to pass, but there is still time for your voice to be heard.
Please let your city council member and the Mayor know how you feel. Respectfully but clearly insist that they NOT pass this NDO. Their contact information is below.
Thank you, and God bless you.
St. Joseph, Head of the Holy Family, pray for us!
Written by Chuck Weber
Approved by Bishop Carl Kemme
Mayor Brandon Whipple BWhipple@wichita.gov
To locate your City Council representative: https://www.wichita.gov/Council/Pages/Maps.aspx
WICHITA CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Vice Mayor Brandon Johnson, District 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Tuttle, District 2: BTuttle@wichita.gov
Jared Cerullo, District 3: JCerullo@wichita.gov
Jeff Blubaugh, District 4: JBlubaugh@wichita.gov
Bryan Frye, District 5: BFrye@wichita.gov
Cindy Claycomb District 6: CClaycomb@wichita.gov
My Dear Parishioners,
Happy 4th of July. God bless America and all those who live in it. May all Americans throughout the world and especially those living in America, love our God-blessed nation. We have been blessed with countless heroes who fought for our country and sacrificed their lives for our country. One of them was Father Emil Kapaun, who volunteered to serve as a chaplain priest for not only the Americans soldiers during the Korean War but also especially for his enemies with his love, forgiveness, sacrifices and prayers. May Father Kapaun and all those who lived to know God, to love God, and to serve God be with God forever in heaven.
As pastor of this church’s family, I would like us to join the many people of our diocese, especially the Father Kapaun Guild led by Fr. John Hotze, to pray daily for the canonization of Father Kapaun. I have already visited with our school principal, and we will dedicate this coming school year to learn more about the life and the love of Father Kapaun in our classrooms, to pray for his sainthood, and to follow his footsteps of service to God and neighbors. In September, we will join our diocese for Father Kapaun’s funeral Mass once his remains arrive. I am planning to be there to represent all of us at All Saints.
Please enjoy this Independence Day weekend with your families, friends, and neighbors. Yes, you can light up America with your happiness, love, prayers, and lots of fireworks; however, please don’t hurt yourself or burn down anyone’s house or mine, I need it 😊. Love you all and happy 4th! “I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” Fr. Emil Kapaun, pray for us--Fr. Hien
Father Hien Nguyen