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Saint Joseph - Hessen Cassel

Fort Wayne, Indiana


Parish News

Capital Campaign Virtual Reception

Below are links to view the capital campaign virtual receptions held on Tuesday March 16th and Thursday March 18th:

St. Joseph – Honoring Our Past, Building Our Future – Virtual Reception:


Ready to make your pledge?  CLICK HERE to complete and submit your pledge form online.


Downloadable prayer card for the capital campaign:

URGENT: Volunteers Needed for Food Bank

Mary Ellen and Lanny Ross will need to be replaced here at the parish office building by the 1st of November. They have been serving clients faithfully every Thursday and Saturday for the past 6 years. Mary Ellen, coordinator for the food bank, will still continue to place orders and write out the monthly reports from home for the time being. Also, she and Lanny will continue to pick up the food to bring to the parish office building. We need someone to volunteer to replace them for Thursdays and Saturdays and can have a different person or two for the other jobs: picking up the food, placing orders and writing out monthly reports. If interested, please call Mary Ellen at 260-639-3390.

Parish Directory Pick-Up

For those who haven’t heard, our parish directories are here! They are located in the gathering space for pick-up at your convenience. The church doors remain unlocked during the day and the directories are labeled by family. Those who had their picture taken receive a free copy.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal

Please take time to make your Annual Bishop’s Appeal donation.  To learn more about the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, please visit the Diocesan website at

From Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades:

The Annual Bishop’s Appeal is an opportunity for all of us to participate in the Church’s mission in “Spreading the Light of God’s Love.” Although it is entitled ‘Annual Bishop’s Appeal,’ this major effort each year is not really about ‘the bishop,’ as much as it is about our love for Christ and our love for His Church. It really is an invitation to live our faith and commitment to our Lord’s mission. Our charity is an expression of love for God and neighbor and is an important part of the life of the Church. The work of Christ can only be carried out through the charity, sacrifice, and generosity of the members of the Church.

School Dismissal Change

Because of the Covid-19 crisis, it has become necessary for us to dismiss our school students from both sides of the building. Access through our cemetery will be limited at dismissal time; our best guess is from 2:15 until 2:40 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and on Wednesdays from 1:45 until 2:10. We acknowledge the inconvenience, but for the safety of our students, we ask for your patience. (Even the rectory garage is blocked.)

Ministry Volunteers Needed

Our parish needs liturgical ministers for upcoming Masses and volunteers for the new church cleaning ministry.  Please contact Julie Blankman at mjblank[at] if you and/or your child are willing to minister at Sunday Masses.  Ushers are needed for all Masses, and lectors, servers, and Eucharistic Ministers are needed for the 10:30 a.m. Masses.

We are also looking for volunteers to wipe down the benches and doors after every Mass.  Groups of 4 are needed after each Mass to disinfect as best as possible.  Cleaning supplies and disposable gloves will be provided. Please contact Sharon Sorg at 639-6426 if you have questions or can volunteer for this ministry.

We also need volunteers for the Fall Festival, including co-chairs for the auction, concessions, dinner and BINGO.  Please contact Andy if you have any questions regarding co-chair responsibilities.

Can you help with mowing the parish and school grounds?  Please use the sign-up sheet in the gathering space.

School is resuming soon.  We are need of a volunteer to work in the library on Fridays.  The school is also looking for a part-time custodian.


Public Masses: Read Bishop Rhoades’ Letter

Please read the attached letter from Bishop Rhoades regarding public Masses in our diocese.

Financial Support During COVID-19

The church has many operational costs to cover. Below are ways to continue providing financial support during this time. Thank you for your support.

Online Giving

Online Giving is an excellent way to make your offering at a time when we are supposed to stay in doors. You can set up a one-time payment or recurring payments at the following link: Questions? Call Michelle in the church office at (260) 639-3748.

Mailing Contributions

If you prefer not to give online, then please mail your contribution envelopes to St. Joseph Hessen Cassel at the following address: 11337 US HWY 27 S, Fort Wayne, IN 46816.

Scrip Purchases

You can help with school tuition and other ministries in the parish by purchasing SCRIP: To place your scrip orders online, you need to create a ShopWithScrip® account: Our organization’s unique enrollment code is 894LE33228L. This code allows the ShopWithScrip system to link your account activity with our organization. Next, fill in all the required information and click ‘Register.’ You will be asked to select two challenge questions and provide answers, which will be required if you forget your password. Keep in mind that your answers are case-sensitive. You can manage your account through your dashboard, which you can access by clicking the ‘Dashboard’ link at the top of any page. From here, you can check your account activity, change your profile and password, add, remove, and modify organizations you belong to, and read coordinator announcements. You can also run your own order and rebate history reports and view or print any ScripNow® eCards that you previously ordered.

Another way you can take care of your purchases is by emailing Erica at [email protected] or by texting Erica (call the church office if you need her number). Remember, you can buy gift cards or gift certificates for most stores, restaurants, gas stations, etc. Thank you for contributing in this way.


Food Bank Update

During these difficult times when many are being laid off or working less hours, please remember that the food bank is still up and running. The only difference is that there is drive-up service at the back of the parish building, rather than coming through the building. Times are Thursdays from 10-12 Noon and Saturdays from 9-10 AM.

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.