Fort Wayne’s 43rd annual March for Life is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017. The March is an annual pro-life rally held near the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade.
Show that you support life from conception to natural death by joining over 1000 pro-lifers from the Fort Wayne area for a march through downtown. The rally will begin at 12 noon at the University of St. Francis Performing Arts Center located at 431 West Berry Street, followed by the March at 1 pm. Peter Heck will be this year’s guest speaker.
If any St. Joseph parishioners would like to ride together to the rally or march together, contact Kathy Braun to make arrangements.
Parishioners’ 2016 contribution statements can be picked up in the Church gathering space. Any remaining statements will be mailed after the last Sunday in January. Online givers may print out their annual church contribution reports from their online account.
Tracking Children’s Offertory Envelopes/Giving
For those parents who would like to have their children’s giving history included for the year end contribution statements, you must include the parent(s)’ envelope number on your children’s offertory envelopes. We can not track children’s offertory without the parent(s)’ envelope number.
Our Knights of Columbus council is now on Facebook! We hope that all parishioners who might use Facebook would “Like” our page at https://www.facebook.com/stjoehckofc12379. By doing so, you can follow the many wonderful service events that our council does throughout the parish and community. Also, you will see stories shared by the Supreme Council and other religious organizations. Follow us in our journey: In Service to One. In Service to All.
Click here to learn more about the Knights of Columbus and the council at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel, as well as see a calendar of our events.
Attached is a letter from Father Bill, along with an abridged financial statement for fiscal year 2015-2016. The financial year ends on June 30th each year. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office, any member of the parish finance council, or Father Bill.
The St. Joseph Hessen Cassel annual fall rummage sale will be held on October 20-22, 2016. This is a big fundraiser for our school, so if you can, clean out your closets and donate your gently used items for the sale.
Drop off times are:
Sunday, October 16 12-2pm
October 17-20 – during school hours
Thursday, 10/20 6-8 pm
Friday, 10/21 8am-6pm
Saturday, 10/22 8am-12 noon
We are still looking for volunteers. Please call the school or church office if you can help. Thank you for all of your generous support!
We are planning our next Beattyville trip for the end of October (it was originally scheduled October 1 & 2) and welcome your donations.
This will be our “Christmas trip”. Items needed include the following: schools supplies, new underwear and socks, warm coats, boots, gloves, blankets, space heaters, and new or gently used toys and clothes that parents can give their kids for Christmas.
To learn more about the trip and how you can help, please see the attached letter:
In conjunction with the parish’s annual Fall Festival, we plan to celebrate our Church’s 175th anniversary with special activities. Read the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel article to find out more the Church’s events and the special events planned for the September 24, 2016, festival.
Join our parish community on Saturday, September 24, 2016, for the annual St. Joe Hessen Cassel Fall Festival and 175th Jubilee. The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with a softball tournament and the opening of our food tent. The fun continues with our kids’ carnival and CYO volleyball tournament from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cornhole tournament, as well as bingo, start at 1:00 p.m. Other festivities include a log saw tournament, live auction, car cruise and inflatables for the kids.
As part of the fall festival, we are also celebrating our parish’s 175th jubilee. Join us for an outdoor Mass at 4 p.m. in the church yard (weather permitting).
Download the PDF below to get a full list of activities and times:
The ELEVATE fundraising program from Notre Dame FCU is an easy way to provide much needed funds to our parish. It’s like Scrip for financial products. It allows parishioners to save money and generate donations for our parish. You can find brochures in the Gathering Space that explain the program in detail. Please consider ELEVATE when you are in the market for a vehicle loan, student loan, credit card or business loan. Find the St. Joe Hessen Cassel page at www.ndELEVATE.com!
In preparation for your child’s baptism, Fr. Bill will have instructional meetings once a month. This prep meeting is for those parents who have not attended Baptism preparation within the last 3-4 years or who have never attended the instructional meeting. You only need to attend one session and you do not have to wait until your baby is born. This will give you the opportunity to have all of your questions answered, inform you of any requirements, as well as refresh your understanding of the sacrament. The Baptismal Preparation meetings are generally held on the third or fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Please call the parish office at 639-3748 if you plan on attending.