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Saint Joseph - Hessen Cassel

Fort Wayne, Indiana


Parish News

SGO Year-End Giving for Potential Tax Refund

Individuals or businesses: You can make a donation to the Scholarship Granting Organization of Northeast Indiana and receive up to 1/2 of your donation back as a state tax credit, which may result in a state tax refund at tax time. You do not have to itemize and no gift is too small.  This helps our parish, school, and school families by naming St. Joseph School-Hessen Cassel as the recipient.  Donation forms are available in the church office. Also, you can donate online using this link:  For more information, visit or call Michelle in the office at 639-3748.  Donations must be received by the Catholic Schools Office before Christmas to receive the tax credit for 2019 taxes.

Christmas Giving Tree

The Christmas Giving Tree is in the gathering area. Please stop and get your ornaments. If possible, all gifts should be wrapped with the ornament taped securely to each package. The families also need paper products, cleaning supplies, and non-perishable boxed and canned foods.  These items can be placed under the tree unwrapped. All gifts should be at church by Sunday, December 15, after the 10:30 a.m. mass.

Remember to also pray for our Christmas families throughout the Advent season!

Red Cross Blood Drive

Our parish will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Sunday, December 15, 2019, in the Hall.  Please donate blood or volunteer to help at this event.

2019 Parish Directory

Please sign up to have your family picture taken for our photo directory. Each participating family will receive a complimentary 8×10 portrait and a copy of the church photo directory. Photography dates are November 18-23. Sign-ups will be at the back of the church after masses.

Gym Sponsors Wanted

We are looking for local businesses, families, or those who want to honor a loved one to be sponsors for the SJHC gym. Banners will hang all school year and will be viewed by thousands who attend the events that we host. Sponsor levels are $500/full, $250/half, and $150/third. Banner contract forms are in the back of church or can be obtained from Amy Collins at 452-6224 or [email protected]. Banner orders are due by September 6, 2019.

Fall Festival Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets for the 2019 fall festival are available in the gathering space at church. All registered parishioners are receiving ten tickets that they are asked to sell to support our fundraiser. You are encouraged to sell as many tickets as possible! Please contact Andy Litchfield at 450-6730 if you have any questions.

School/Parish Cookbook Fundraiser

St. Joseph Hessen Cassel is putting together a cookbook as one of our all-school fundraisers for the 2019-2020 school year. To include your recipes in the cookbook, send them by e-mail to Molly Striker at mstriker[at] or mail them to her at 309 N. Seminole Circle, Fort Wayne, IN 46807.

Mission of SJHC Parish

The mission of the Catholic parish of St. Joseph Hessen Cassel, the people of Jesus, is to give witness to Him alive in our midst, by our ministries of Sacramental worship, teaching, and serving the needy. By this witness, we give proof of Christ to the world.

St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Ministry Fair

Our goal is to have 70% of our active parish involved in a ministry outside of weekend Mass. Please prayerfully consider joining one or many of the groups sponsored by our St. Joseph Hessen Cassel family. Click the links below to access a downloadable sign up sheet and a document describing the various ministries at our parish:


Religious Education Director Needed

The Religious Ed Director coordinates the Religious Education Program for our parish’s public and homeschooled students in grades K-8 and especially oversees the sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Our program usually runs through the school year with summers off and is a volunteer position. Please talk to Father bill if you are interested. He can be reached at 639-3748 (parish office) or 639-3058 (rectory).