Stewardship Message from Fr. Hien
My Dear Parishioners of All Saints,
Blessings from our Lord through the love and intercessions of All Saints be with you all. As always, I am happy to be with you at Holy Mass to pray and to worship our God as a church family. Please know that you are the reason why I am here. I love you all and I ask God’s blessings upon you and your loved ones, living and deceased. I pray that you will be healthy, safe, joyful, and full of love for God and for one another. I live to love God and all the people God has entrusted to my care - Catholics, and non-Catholics alike. I am blessed to be here at All Saints and to be loved by you all. Thank you!
I want to thank everyone for your true love for our Lord with your stewardship in our church and school. I admire many of you for your faithfulness during this pandemic time with your attendance in church and with your financial support to our church’s family. You are amazing and fearless during this pandemic time. Please trust that your reward will be great in heaven. Together, let us take good care of our church and facilities while continuing to provide Catholic education to our children through high school. Please know that up to 80 percent
of your financial contribution pays for the Catholic education of our children, and 10 percent is a stewardship tithe to the diocese with an additional up to 7 percent to support two Catholic high schools in Wichita.
As your pastor, I ask that everyone please support our church family with your tithe/treasure to provide Catholic education to our many children. Our children are the future of our families, church, community, and the whole world. Let us give the highest level of education and formation to them. To this day, whether a parent has been faithful to his/her pledge or not, I have not rejected one child from Catholic education. For Jesus said, "Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." Personally, I love to celebrate Holy Mass with them, and I want to make sure that what happened to me will not happen to them. I didn’t get to go to school from 4th grade to 8th grade as a child. Parents, please know that Catholic education is a special privilege for your children. They need your financial support to our parish. The parish pays $3,700 per student per year in high school, and about a million dollars for our pre-K to 8th grades. This would include salaries, health care and buildings insurances, utility bills, etc.… besides the many sacrifices our teachers, staff and volunteers make every day for the love of God and our children. In return, God blesses us with many great joys. Every year, we have non-baptized students who wanted to be baptized Catholics. Our Catholic students also love to attend Holy Mass and to receive other sacraments such as Confessions, first Holy Communion for 3rd and 2nd graders, and Confirmation for 7th and 8th graders coming up. Therefore, please know that your faithful stewardship is bearing fruit in our children. Catholic education is forming them to
be true Catholics and good Americans. Our world needs more of them and less beggars, criminals, drug addicts, anti-God, and anti-human life people.
As a church family, let us appreciate our teachers and staff for their excellent work and the many sacrifices they have made for the good of our church and children. If you are willing, I am hoping to give them a little raise for the upcoming school year to help them and their families during this pandemic time. We did not give them a raise this school year, per Bishop Kemme’s suggestion. I know it will be very difficult for the parish to do this, but if you are willing with your gifts of treasures, God is here to help us all.
Please fill out the treasure form (tithe from your whole family income). This is required for every family, including families with children attending All Saints grade school and Catholic High Schools (Deadline is December 31st, also the deadline for your 2020 contributions to be counted for this year. In January, we’ll mail your 2020 contributions statement for your tax purposes). Please help the parish cut costs by using Direct Deposit. It is free to you and is very little cost to the parish. Complete the Orange Paper with a voided check for processing. Drop it in the collection baskets, mail or bring it to the office. If you are using Direct Deposit and still getting collection envelopes, please contact the office so that we can stop wasting money. Thank you!
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE UPCOMING CELEBRATIONS:
All Saints’ PSR and Third Graders’ First Holy Communion is this weekend.
Advent Parish Penance Service: Sunday, December 20th at 3pm. Guest priests are Fr. Garett Burns, Fr. Matthew Siegman, and Fr. Michael Brungardt.
Christmas Eve Masses: Thursday, December 24th at 4:00pm & 5:30pm.
Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th at 9:00am & 10:45am (Vietnamese).
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Holy Day of Obligation, Thursday,
December 31st at 4pm, Friday, January 1st at 9am and 10:45am (Vietnamese).
May you have a Holy Advent that will bless you and your loved ones with a blessed Christmas. Please pray for me so that I’ll always trust in God, trust in you, and love God with all my heart, mind, and soul, and of course love you too. You’re the joy of my heart, Fr.Hien
Father Hien Nguyen