My Dear Parishioners,
Blessings from our Lord be with you all. Let us thank God for the cooler weather with lots of moisture this week. I am sure the vegetables in my garden are very happy too. Thank God for the favorable weather and all that He has bestowed upon us, our families and our church’s family too! Thank you, Jesus.
Are you ready for August? Normally, August is a busy month for everyone to get ready for a new school year. However, this August of 2020 is a headache for everyone, especially the school system due to the pandemic. As of now, the new school year will start a few weeks late. Please understand that starting school late is better than never. Therefore, let us pray that the virus will slow down, and less people will get sick from it beginning today. This means that everyone needs to be smart by practicing social distancing and washing their hands often. Only we can slow down the spread of the virus by being smart. Do you know that I have not been to a box store since May? It is because I want to be safe for myself (I hate being sick), for my family, especially my elderly parents, and of course for you as my parishioners—old and young. So, please join me in being patient during this pandemic time and pray the Holy Rosary like Bishop Kemme suggested throughout August for the end of the pandemic, locally and worldwide. Bishop and I believe that with the help of Mother Mary, God will free us from this crisis. Please join me in praying a Hail Mary at every Mass throughout this month for this special intention.
Holy Mary, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
First, please join me in extending our love and prayers for the salvation of Dolores "Dee" Fisher and Carmen Alvarado. Dee was 84 years old. She passed away on June 28. A rosary and funeral mass were held in our church on Saturday, July 18. Carmen was 97 years old. She passed away on May 29. Her funeral was on Monday, July 20, in our church. May our risen Lord Jesus bless them with eternal life and be with their families during this difficult time of sadness. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. “
Second, recently I shared with you that we put a new roof on our Fischer Center Hall. After a few rains, it is holding up with no leaks. Early Monday morning before my 10am funeral, I went to the roof of the church’s office building and was surprised by what I saw. About a dozen large holes that were 2-4 inches in diameter were on the roof. The chimney was falling apart too. The roof is so old that the rubber is decaying. Please know that we are putting on a new roof and fixing the chimney now. I am so thankful that water had not done major damage to our building. Since I have been here, I have always wanted to go up there to check the roof out. It was because I saw a stain by the skylight area above the stairways when I first came to visit the office, before I moved in. I asked and no one knew whether it was fixed or not. I am glad that we are taking better care of our buildings and facilities now. Please be faithful to our church and school so that we can take care of what we have. We rely solely on your faith in God, and your commitment to our church and school with your honest stewardship of your time, talents, and treasures.
Thank you for being members of our church’s family, Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners,
How was your 4th celebration? Mine was great and fun. On the 4th, I spent my afternoon with my family. I enjoyed watching the fireworks except for the extremely loud boom from the big fireworks. The best part of my 4th celebration was in church with many people praying for our country. May God continue His blessings upon all of us living in America. May we always trust in God, especially during this pandemic time. Again, please observe the social distancing rule, including in church, 6 feet away from non-family members. Wear a mask if you are conversing within 6 feet. Let us all be safe. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands as often as possible. Do not go out unless you must, especially in public places. That is what I have been doing for months now; I cannot afford to get sick nor get you sick either. Please keep me safe as I am trying to keep everyone safe too. It takes everyone to do his/her part.
Sunday, July 12 is my 48th birthday. Please help me to thank God for the gift of my life. God did not have to create me, but He did out of love for me; therefore, I am forever grateful to God and to my parents. I love my parents. I ask God for His heavenly blessings upon them and my five siblings with my 12 nieces and nephews. May God bless your family too.
Our Fischer Center roof is completed. It looks really nice and I am confident that we will not have any leaks. Every day I watched them work on it and I am very pleased with their work. If you would like to help pay for the roof, it costs $12,600 (discounted price), please let us know. Please remember that as a church family, everyone is responsible for everything we have. Let us do our fair share before God and one another. The roof had to be done because it was so old. Thank you for helping us pay our bills.
Have a blessed day every day, Fr. Hien
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
MAY OUR LORD BLESS YOU.
MAY OUR BLESSED MOTHER PROTECT YOU.
MAY ALL THE ANGELS AND SAINTS SUPPORT YOU.
MAY YOU LOVE OUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR
HEART, MIND AND SOUL.
MAY YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER: THE OLD AND THE YOUNG, THE BORN AND THE UNBORN, THE HEALTHY AND THE SICK, THE WHITE AND THE BLACK, THE BROWN AND THE YELLOW, ETC…FOR WE ARE ONE FAMILY IN AMERICA
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL WHO LIVE IN IT.
IN GOD WE TRUST.
I LOVE YOU ALL-FR.HIEN
My Dear Parishioners,
I pray that everyone is doing well, and all are blessed. All Saints is a very blessed church family. We always have good hearted people looking after our church family. Recently, we were blessed with a special commitment from DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary at 201 South Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211 to give 10 percent of the total bill from a funeral arrangement package to our church. It does not matter if the person is Catholic or not, parishioners or not, if the person/family mentions All Saints to them as a referral, All Saints will receive 10% from the funeral home. Wow! As you know, a normal funeral cost is over $10,000. 10% is a big amount to our parish and we can really use it. Please consider using DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary or tell people about this special offer. Feel free to contact Sheryl Pennington, the manager, 316.263.0244 or Cell 316.841.0879, DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary or visit devorssflanaganhunt.com for their services. You can also visit them and other businesses through our web site. My goal is to help our parishioners’ businesses and anyone who would like to support our church and school. We need their help financially in our mission of evangelization and education.
God bless you all, Fr. Hien
Phúc Âm: Khi ấy, Chúa Giêsu phán cùng các tông đồ rằng: "Kẻ nào yêu mến cha mẹ hơn Thầy, thì chẳng xứng đáng với Thầy, và kẻ nào yêu mến con trai, con gái hơn Thầy, thì không xứng đáng với Thầy. Kẻ nào cố tìm mạng sống mình thì sẽ mất, và kẻ nào đành mất mạng sống mình vì Thầy, thì sẽ tìm lại được nó. "Kẻ nào đón tiếp các con là đón tiếp Thầy; và kẻ nào đón tiếp Thầy, là đón tiếp Đấng đã sai Thầy. Kẻ nào đón tiếp một tiên tri với danh nghĩa là tiên tri, thì sẽ lãnh phần thưởng của tiên tri; và kẻ nào đón tiếp người công chính với danh nghĩa người công chính, thì sẽ lãnh phần thưởng của người công chính. Kẻ nào cho một trong những người bé mọn này uống chỉ một bát nước lã mà thôi với danh nghĩa là môn đệ, thì quả thật, Thầy nói với các con, người ấy không mất phần thưởng đâu".
Happy Father’s Day to all dads. Blessings from Our Lord be with you all, especially to those who are under the weather. Sadly, one of our priests from Church of the Magdalen, Father Matt Davied, has Covid19 and he must be quarantined. We pray for healing for Father and all those who are sick. Let us be cautious with this virus for it is very contagious. It is best to stay home and avoid going out as much as possible. I am doing so for my sake and everyone else too. It is a sacrificial way of life to save lives.
Happy Father’s Day to all dads this weekend. A special blessing will be given to those who will be at Holy Masses this weekend. Thank you for being our wonderful and loving dads. Please know that we love you and we need you in our lives. May you be like St. Joseph, always full of love for your family and for God.
Diocesan Retreat: Beginning this Sunday, June 21st to Friday, I will be joining our priests of the diocese for our annual retreat at the Spiritual Life Center. There will be no daily Masses this week. I will be having daily Mass with our priests and bishop and you all will be in my prayers at Holy Mass and in my daily liturgy of the hours, too.
Gospel in Vietnamese: Since Covid19, we have been printing the Sunday readings in the bulletin for everyone to read before or during Mass instead of using the hymnal. Beginning today, we will print the Vietnamese version of the Gospel to help the elderly Vietnamese parishioners who do not know English too well. Love you all, Fr. Hien
PHÚC ÂM: Khi ấy, Chúa Giêsu phán cùng các Tông đồ rằng: "Các con đừng sợ những người đó, vì không có gì che giấu mà không bị thố lộ; và không có gì kín nhiệm mà không hề hay biết. Điều Thầy nói với các con trong bóng tối, hãy nói nơi ánh sáng; và điều các con nghe rỉ tai, hãy rao giảng trên mái nhà.
"Các con đừng sợ những kẻ giết được thân xác, nhưng không thể giết được linh hồn: Các con hãy sợ Đấng có thể ném cả xác lẫn hồn xuống địa ngục. Nào người ta không bán hai chim sẻ với một đồng tiền đó sao? Thế mà không con nào rơi xuống đất mà Cha các con không biết đến. Phần các con, tóc trên đầu các con đã được đếm cả rồi. Vậy các con đừng sợ: các con còn đáng giá hơn chim sẻ bội phần. "Vậy ai tuyên xưng Thầy trước mặt người đời, thì Thầy sẽ tuyên xưng nó trước mặt Cha Thầy, là Đấng ngự trên trời. Còn ai chối Thầy trước mặt người đời, thì Thầy sẽ chối nó trước mặt Cha Thầy, là Đấng ngự trên trời".
NEWLY ORDAINED PRIESTS CLASS OF 2020:
We give thanks to God and we welcome three newly ordained priests to the Diocese of Wichita:
FR. TREVOR BUSTER, FR. HAYDEN CHARLES, AND FR. LUKE DOWNING.
Please pray for our new priests and all priests throughout the world.
To the five seminarians Matt Glazier, Andrew Meng, Christopher Rumback, William Stuever and Ty Taylor who were ordained to the transitional diaconate Thursday, May 21, 2020.
God’s willing, these men will be ordained priests this time next year for our diocese. Thank you Jesus.
Evangelization is an encounter with the living God. In fact, it is through the Divine encounter that we become fully alive. “The ultimate goal is not health or wellness, but the encounter with Jesus … He alone frees us from evil and heals our hearts. Only an encounter with him can save, can make life full and beautiful” (Pope Francis, Homily on the Occasion of the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman, 13 October 2019).
Questions to assist your encounter with the Lord: God has offered you His greatest gift -- His only son. Every gift is an encounter with a person’s love that is meant to be received.
Jesus is the gift of the Heavenly Father. How do you see Jesus as a gift in your life and how do you receive Him in your soul? The Holy Spirit is the love shared between the Father and the Son.
Jesus offers you the gift of the Holy Spirit when he offers eternal life--that is divine life without duration.
How have you experienced the divine life of the Holy Spirit?
Stewardship is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God’s gifts and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor.
THANK YOU, MY PARISHIONERS,
FOR YOUR FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP TO OUR CHURCH AND SCHOOL.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL, FR.HIEN
My Dear Parishioners,
Are you happy? Happy Pentecost! After Jesus rose from the dead, He revealed Himself to His disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” He said “Peace” to them again and again until their hearts and minds were believers in God. Please know that if you really want to believe in God, receive God’s peace and live peacefully every day. God’s peace is always available for all of us in every moment. Please receive the gift of peace from God through blessings of the Holy Spirit. We all have received the Holy Spirit into our bodies, minds, and souls, especially on the day of our baptisms and confirmations. After this weekend of Pentecost, our liturgy will be the thirteenth week of the Ordinary Time.
Now that school is out, we are entering the summer months. Please have a great summer and always enjoy your time with your children and grandchildren. Please enjoy them the way God made them for there are no two people the same. They are precious and sacred to God and to us all. Let us love one another as God loves us and live peacefully with them.
The weather in Kansas has been wet which is good for farmers and gardeners but not for a lot of people. Please do not let the weather or the many unfortunate situations in this imperfect life take the best of you. Rather, live peacefully, joyfully, and happily. In this way you can avoid a lot of stress, depression, and sadness. Live well each day with God and with each other. This is my goal every day, to be with God and to be with others. For this reason, I always love to see people at Holy Masses. I love to celebrate Holy Masses with everyone. Of course, I love to send everyone home with God’s peace and love for themselves, their families and every person they encounter in their lives. I am happy to be a priest and I am blessed to a priest for 20 years on May 27th. My family came to celebrate my anniversary with me. I thank my parents for the gift of my life and the encouragement they gave me to enter the seminary when I was in high school. I would not have chosen this path if it had not been for them showing me the way. God should be the way for everyone in every vocation: religious, marriage, single, etc.…and sometimes we should listen to our parents for sometimes they know more than we do.
My Dear Parishioners,
Prayers and blessings from our Lord be with you all. Please join me in expressing our sympathy to the families of Michael Sowell, husband of Peggie, and Robert Gammon, spouse of Karen. These two gentlemen recently passed to eternal life. Let us pray for the repose of their souls and the blessings of God to their families during this difficult time of loss and sadness. May God ease their pains and bless them with the trust that they will see their loved ones again in God’s kingdom. Jesus, we entrust Michael and Robert to your divine mercy.
It has been very quiet at All Saints in church and in school due to the pandemic. Please know that we do have daily Mass, Tuesday to Friday at 8am; weekend Masses are Saturday, 12noon and 8pm, and Sunday 8am in English. Sunday 8pm Mass is in Vietnamese. This is a temporary schedule due to the pandemic. We are slowly having more people come back to our weekend Masses. Let us pray that everyone will be safe and that we always live with Jesus in us.
All Saints Catholic School: Congratulations to all our children for you have persevered and successfully advanced to the next grade and level of education, especially our eight graders to the high school level. We thank God for each and everyone of you and may God keep you safe through this summer. May you continue learning throughout this summer, especially from your parents and siblings. On behalf of our school parents and parishioners, THANK YOU to our All Saints’ teachers, volunteers and parish staff for your service and ministry to our church and school. We are blessed to have you and your stewardship. We love you all.
We also give thanks to God for the men ordained to the deaconate and priesthood this week for our diocese. May they imitate Jesus our Lord, Savior and Redeemer, throughout their religious life to preach the good news and to bring God’s love to all people. For almost 30 years, this was the first time that I was not able to attend an ordination, due to the pandemic. Space was limited at the ordination Masses; therefore, I gave up my place so that the candidates can be with their immediate families who have been supporting them, loving them, and praying for them. Congratulations Brothers! Thank you, Jesus, for all those who love you and are willing to be you to others, Fr. Hien
PS. I’m blessed to be a priest for 20 years on May 27th with my brothers, Fathers Joe Eckberg, Eric Weldon, and Joseph Tatro.
My Dear Parishioners,
How are you doing during this pandemic crisis? Please do not let fear get the best of you. Always trust in our Lord Jesus. He is always with you and He can do all things for you. He loves you unconditionally in your good times and in bad, in your sickness and in health, etc.… You have nothing to lose for you have Jesus within you, all the time.
Please join me in extending our prayers for the repose of the soul of Magdalena Sauerwein who recently passed to eternal life. We prayed for her in our church at her funeral Mass and at our last weekend masses too. We thank God for her and her family who were a big part of our parish. May she rest in peace eternally with our risen Lord Jesus. Our sympathy to her big family and many friends.
It was so good to see many people at Holy Masses this past week. Again, attending Holy Mass is not obligated during this dangerous time. However, we are always to love God with all our hearts, minds and souls. We are to live joyfully, happily and saintly every day.
When you come to Holy Mass, please feel free to sit yourself in the unblocked pews. You can sit as a family and come up together as a family to receive Holy Communion in one line. However, you are to be 6 feet away from those who are not in your household for social distancing. Holy Communion lines are about 6 feet apart around the altar area with signs that say “Holy Communion Here” next to a basket. You are welcome to place your donations in the baskets. Don’t forget to put your hands out to receive Holy Communion. We do have hand sanitizer by the doors, feel free to use some or bring your own to be used in church. You are also welcome to sanitize your seating area if you wish. You need to bring your own wipes. Please keep all chemicals out of children's reach. We will do our best to sanitize but there is no way that we can sanitize every spot of every handrail, kneeler, pew, door, etc.…after every person. Also, self-service for our church’s bulletins and free face masks are available in the foyer.
I personally want to send my blessings to all mothers, especially those who did not make it to our Holy Masses last weekend. Please know that we are blessed to have you in our lives. We know that God loves us because of your precious gift of life to us all. Please continue loving us today as the day we were born.
Thank you for your true love, Fr. Hien
Father Hien Nguyen