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