My Dear Parishioners,
First, let us congratulate nineteen members of our church family who recently received their Holy Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Kemme. These young men and women are now fully initiated and strengthened by the Holy Spirit to live their Catholic faith as well as spread it to all the people in their lives. Please don’t be too shy to meet them and congratulate them in person. Their pictures are posted in our gathering area. We thank God for them, and may God bless them always. Also, we thank God for the spiritual blessings upon our Altar Society ladies who attended their annual retreat last Saturday. We started the retreat with Holy Mass, and we enjoyed the friendship and love of one another. God is good!
Second, our parish penance service will be Sunday, April 7th at 4pm, in church. Come and go as you please. Please pray your act of contrition before entering for your confession so that others don’t have to wait too long in line. Our guest confessors are Fr. Douglas Campbell (in the west confessional), Fr. Dominic Potnuru (sacristy) and Fr. Benjamin Green (east confessional). Please come to church early to make your own examination of conscience. Examination guides will be available for you. Also, please do your penance in church before heading home so that you will not forget. Please always be respectful in God’s house by not talking/visiting in church. Church is God’s house and not a social or market place; therefore, no food or chewing gum or playing with your phones at any time in church (yes, you can use your phone in church for scripture readings or other spiritual prayers). On Sundays, please always wear your Sunday best for God to fulfill your Sunday obligation. Shorts and revealing clothes are not appropriate for Holy Mass. No one should wear a hat in church, unless for medical reasons. Also, please be on time for Sunday Masses so that you will not be locked out due to security and safety for everyone in church.
Finally, if you are reading this message before Saturday, March 30th, please know that today, our Knights of Columbus will serve us a soup supper in the Fischer Center-West from 5:00-8:00pm. The soups are Potato, Tomato, Chili, Vegetable and Pho (Vietnamese hot beef soup). Let us support our Knights and thank them for serving our parish. With your support and donations, our Knights will build for us a chain-link fence that is 375 feet long and 6 feet tall with slats for greater protection and privacy of our church and for everyone’s safety. The fence will be west of the new adoration chapel and south of the new rectory. Thank you brother Knights. We truly appreciate your ministry, Fr. Hien
Building Fund: From everyone in our church family, we want to thank many individuals and families, parishioners and non-parishioners, who have contributed generously to our building fund. Up to date, we are blessed with $167,761.00. Every registered parishioner/family was asked for a suggested amount and if you have not contributed yet, please know that we are still waiting for your gift to our parish so that we can reach our goal of $170,000. We are grateful to you and the following donors: Joseph & Bill Hotze, Donald & Laura Knipp, Melvin & Laura Leiker, Robert & Rebecca Lies, Richard & Cathy Ludwick, Rory & Teresa McCandless, Rex & Sheryl McKnight, Doris Rohr, Greg & Charlene Versch, Delores Williams, Kim Thuy Thi Phan, Mark & Cindy Little, Minh Tran & Huong Truong, Rick & Debra Koehn, Paul & Connie Stone, Vi & Dinh Nguyen, My Dung Phung, Nam & Mary Duong, Ha & Tam Nguyen, Florentino & Enid Tuason, Patricia Crowe, Hao & Trang Tran, Juliet Werdann, Brando & Cuc Dao, Danh & Nhu Nguyen, Jason & Kristen Phillips, Becky Hotze, Khoa Bui, Glen & Benita Cox, Shanda Knipp-Barnes, Floyd Fletcher & Theresa Pitzer, Evelyn Tajchman, Tommy & Alisha Chang, Lucky Market, Annie Trinh, Virginia Simmons, Bill & Terrisa Compton, Mary Warren, Joshua & Carissa Cash, Andrew Meece, Gary & Stacey Guzman & many more.
Father Hien Nguyen