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.
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!