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.
The “History of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish at Hessen Cassel, Indiana” written by Carl Kleber is now available for order. The book details the history of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish from the first immigrants in the early 1830s to the present time. Order forms are available in the back of church after weekend Masses. All proceeds benefit the church.
Click on the picture of the book to view and download the pre-publication version to your computer or use this link: History of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish
In anticipation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, the moving, live production performed by actress Maria Vargo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented Saturday, December 5 at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend; Sunday, December 6 at Sacred Heart Church in Warsaw; and Monday, December 7 at the University of St. Francis Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center in Fort Wayne. The event is sponsored by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Redeemer Radio. Experience firsthand the life and message of Saint Faustina whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a world-wide devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. This drama also brings audiences a riveting modern story that makes Divine Mercy remarkably relevant and urgent for our world today. The program is filled with all the elements of professional theater, runs 90 minutes, and is suitable for ages 13 and up.
Admission is a $10 each; $25 for families of 3 or more; $5 for students. For tickets and additional information, contact the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend at 260-399-1448 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.diocesefwsb.org/faustina.
Watch the trailer & learn more at www.DivineMercyDrama.com.
The Parish Pastoral Council has prepared its “2015 Survey to Identify Opportunities for Spiritual Growth”. A PDF copy of the survey is attached below. Please take a few minutes to complete it and return it to church at your earliest convenience. Thank you!
Registered parishioners will be able to pick up their 2014 church contribution statements in the gathering space in church beginning January 18 or 25. Online givers are asked to print their tax information from their online giving account and compare the two statements in case there are errors. We had a few glitches in exporting information this year, but we are working on corrections. If there is a difference, use the amount on the online giving statement and report it to the church office. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Printing Your Online Giving Tax Information
To print your online giving history from our online giving website for tax purposes, log in to your online giving account and click on “My Giving History and Tax Information”. Click on the drop down arrow for the report type and click on “Full Detail Report (Tax Purposes)” – make sure you check the box for “only show tax deductible gifts”. Use the print button to print your report.
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.
Join us in reading the “33 Days to Morning Glory” book of consecration to Jesus through Mary. This daily reading will help you grow and invite Mary into your life. The start day is July 13 and runs through Aug. 15 with the Bishop having Mass at the Cathedral at 6pm for our final Consecration Blessing.
You can pick up your copy of the book in the gathering area. Donations are welcomed. Also, there is a Kindle or Nook version of the book that can be downloaded for $10.
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.
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.
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.