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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:

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 Masses.  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.

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



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 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. We are closed on holidays and weekends that fall near a holiday.

Fall Festival Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets for the 2021 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 Matt or Chrissy Smit at if you have any questions.

Vacation Bible School

This summer’s Vacation Bible School is scheduled July 26 – 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Pre-K through fifth grade are welcome to attend! This year’s theme is ROAR: Life is Wild, God is Good! Registration forms are available in the gathering space at church. If you would like to volunteer to help out and/or to donate supplies and snacks, please contact Elise Bohl at 433-9016 or enavidad24[at]

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.

Our Knights of Columbus Council Is Now on Facebook!

Our Knights of Columbus council is now on Facebook! We hope that all parishioners who might use Facebook would “Like” our page at By doing so, you can follow the many wonderful service events that our council does throughout the parish and community. Also, you will see stories shared by the Supreme Council and other religious organizations. Follow us in our journey: In Service to One. In Service to All.

Click here to learn more about the Knights of Columbus and the council at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel, as well as see a calendar of our events.