My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings and love from our Lord be with you all. Please know that I love you all. You are always in my daily prayer. I want you to know that you are loved much every day by our Lord, by our Blessed Mother and of course by all the angels and saints in heaven. Sometimes it is very difficult for us to know and to feel that we are loved by our families and friends or by our fellow parishioners. Please always trust in God and in one another. Please be aware that when we fail to know or to feel the love from others that it is not always meant to be so. It’s because we are not perfect; therefore, we don’t always know everything or feel everything like we should. Sometimes we are caught up in our unhappy situations and therefore, we fail ourselves and each other. Only when we make it to heaven will we know everything and feel everything perfectly. Let us work hard to be saintly each day with our true faith, love and life of service to one another.
I want you to know how much I also love our children at All Saints Catholic school and other children in our religion programs. We are blessed with many. They are the future of our church, country and families. I really want them to know our Catholic faith by living it out each day. Soon, you will see our children being involved at our Holy Masses, the heart of our Catholic faith. Our All Saints children and confirmation students will be singing and serving in many of our liturgical ministries at Holy Mass. I am so happy and excited for our children. Today, I ask parents and grandparents to please be sure to take your children to church, of course on time too would help, so that they can live out their Catholic faith. They will not be singing and praising God if you don’t bring them. They will not be lectors and greeters if you don’t bring them. Your help and prayers are needed for the good of our children.
Thank you, Fr. Hien
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
Father Hien Nguyen