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Saint Joseph - Hessen Cassel

Fort Wayne, Indiana

 
 

Parish News


Be A Banner Business!

We will be putting up 4×5 foot color banners in the gym to show off the businesses that support our school and gym.  If you business would like to support this effort and be displayed in our gym the entire year, please contact the school office (639-3580) for details. Prices range from $100 to $500.



Church Bells & Trees

Work will start this spring to repair the church bells and to plant the memorial trees.  If you would like to make a donation to either of these causes, you may drop your donation in the collection basket, in an envelope marked either “church bells” or “trees”. You may also stop by the church office or call Michelle at 639-3748.



Sunday Children’s Ministry

The Pastoral Council has approved the suggestion that we once again have a nursery and a pre-First Communion Sunday children’s Liturgy of the Word:  baby sitting with a purpose.   (One of the parents suggested that her prayers and worship would be better if the whole of Mass time was taken up with child care.)   There are many ways to approach this, but regardless of the approach what will be needed is helpers.  So, the first thing that we need to know, would you use such a program for children?  Secondly would you help? (Your help would not be used every Sunday, but it would be needed on a regular basis.)  Let us know!  Use a card, an email, telephone message, or any means of communication.  Contact the parish office or Mrs. Lori Krauss at 639-3501 or 437-3833 or loriekrauss [at] hotmail.com.



2013 Annual Bishop’s Appeal Pledge Drive

Thank you to all who have already pledged to the 2013 Annual Bishop’s Appeal pledge drive.  Your gifts have helped our Diocese to continue teaching, preaching and serving those most in need of food, counsel and security.  The Church needs everyone’s help!  Please be as generous as you can to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.

Why the Annual Bishop’s Appeal is Important
The Annual Bishop’s Appeal is a primary source of funding in support of the many ministries and services that we do best collectively, as 82 parishes, rather than as individual parishes. The work funded by the Bishop’s Appeal enables our diocese toreach across parish boundaries in areas such as Catholic Charities,Catholic School support, campus ministry, continuing education programs, evangelization, family life, marriage preparation, parishes-in-need assistance, permanent diaconate, prison ministry, religious education, respect for life, safe environment, seminarian education, TV homebound Mass, vocations, young adult and youth ministry.

Click here to learn more about the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.

Bishop Rhoades with SJHC Students



Prayers and help requested

Update:
As you may know, Erica Lomont, one of our parishioners and mother of two of our St. Joseph students, gave birth to healthy twin girls Nora and Lola on March 22 and then suffered a massive stroke on Good Friday (only one week later). After a two hour emergency brain surgery, two weeks of intensive care, a few days in the Neuro recovery unit, and time in a Long Term Acute Care Hospital and in-patient rehab facility, Erica is now at home. Many have asked, “How can I help?”
At this time, cash donations and gift cards may be sent to the church office.  The address is 11337 Old Decatur Road South Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816 for those of you who would like to mail a donation.  Please mark all donations as “Lomont Benefit c/o St. Joseph Church”. Many thanks goes out to our parish & school families, and beyond, for responding to the plea for prayers, meals, and needed baby items for the Pete & Erica Lomont Family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


The Envelope Dilemma

Do you find yourself rushing at the last minute to get your Sunday offertory contribution and envelope ready?  Do you find yourself writing a check on the way to Mass or after you get to church?  Have you accidentally put your weekly offering in a national special collection envelope that supports causes outside of the parish when you wanted it to support your parish?

If you answered yes, then you might want to consider giving online!  You can set up your giving preferences for the whole year in one visit to the site.

Click on the “Online Giving” link (located on the right side of the red navigation bar), which will take you to the St. Joseph Hessen Cassel online giving site.  After setting up your account, you can use the online giving form to set up one time or recurring payments.



SJHC Volunteers Hard At Work!

Have you noticed any changes lately while walking around the St. Joe grounds? Several volunteers, including many SJHC students, gave a couple hours of their time to lay new mulch down around the playground equipment. Two trees were also removed by the Frecker family. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time on these projects!

Below are pictures of our parish members hard at work…



2012 Vacation Bible School

We had a great Vacation Bible School session this year thanks to Anne Ulman and all of the volunteers!  Check out the pics on our Vacation Bible School page (under the Ministries tab).



Nationwide Fortnight for Freedom

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21 through July 4. …Read More



Summer Scrip Hours

Please remember to purchase scrip throughout the summer to help raise funds for our parish and school. Scrip is available for purchase after all weekend masses. It is also available in the church office during the following times: …Read More