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Saint Joseph - Hessen Cassel

Fort Wayne, Indiana


Parish News

Church Directory & Online Appointment Scheduling

LifeTouch will be taking photos for our parish directory.  Appointments are available Tuesday, October 27 – Saturday, October 31.  You can schedule your appointment online by using the following link:

Every family photographed receives a complimentary directory and an 8×10 portrait.  For your convenience, all photography and portrait viewing will take place at our church with NO sitting fee. You will have a variety of poses taken. One pose will be selected for the directory. In addition to your complimentary 8×10, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session.

Help Review the Written History of St. Joseph Parish

Attached is a draft copy of the “History of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish at Hessen Cassel, Indiana” written by Carl Kleber. The book details the history of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish from the first immigrants in the early 1830s to the present time.

The history is presently in draft version. In the foreseeable future, it will be published. Please review it and contact Carl Kleber or John Schreiber at with any suggestions or comments concerning the historical content. Prior to publishing, sufficient notice will be given to parishioners, so that anybody wanting a published copy will have an opportunity to obtain one.

Click on the picture of the book to view and download it to your computer or use this link: History of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish


2015 Parish Spiritual Growth Survey

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!

2014 Church Contribution Statements and Other Important Tax Information

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.

Handel's Messiah Performance

Bishop Kevin Rhoades invites you to the Heartland Festival Chorus and
Orchestra’s rendition of Handel’s Messiah!
The performance will be held on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. and will
take place in the USF / Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431
W. Berry St. Fort Wayne. Tickets available by calling Heartland at
(260)436-8080 or by visiting

33 Days to Morning Glory Book

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.

33 Days to Morning Glory

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]

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