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Saint Joseph - Hessen Cassel

Fort Wayne, Indiana


Parish News

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]

Prayers and help requested

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.

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…

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

Cemetery Information

Spring is here, which means that the mowing and trimming in the parish cemetery has started. If you have a loved one buried in the cemetery, please pick up old artificial flowers, wreaths, or Christmas items from their graves. …Read More

Prayer Chain & Prayer List

Would you like to know the difference between the Prayer Chain and the Prayer List?

The Prayer Chain refers to the immediate prayer ministry already in place in the parish. If you or your loved ones are in need of immediate prayers, you may call the church office at 639-3748 or contact Tammy Gladding at 639-6008 to be placed on the chain.

The Prayer List is a new ministry started by Father Ryan. The bulletin for the first Sunday of each month will have an insert with a list of name requesting prayers. You must call the church office to be placed on the bulletin’s list.

Your intentions may be included on both. These both offer a wonderful way for our parish family to pray for one another.