Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church
SPECIAL EVENTS
St. Columban email address: kim@stcolumbanonline.org

Confirmation 10/10/2021

The Sacrament of Confirmation was held in our parish Sunday, October 10, at 1:30 
pm. Bishop Johnston celebrated Mass.

LIVE STREAM - Father's video on proper Communion...

Mass Live stream (when available) is viewed on the STC Facebook page.

  • BLUE ARMY - WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA - Every Wednesday after 8:15 am Mass in the church.
  • RCIA CLASSES - September, 2021 - Contact Fr. Koster
  • HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP - Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:30 pm, KofC Hall
  • CCD - Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM beginning October 24, 2021
  • ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT - Friday, November 5, 2021


St. Columban Church, April 12, 2015
>> More Photos
 

A GIFT CARD SCAM has been going around the parish lately. Someone posing as Father Koster is texting parishioners asking them for gift cards. Please do not respond to these texts!!

RECTORY RENOVATION - Before/after photos as well as updates on the progress of the rectory renovation are available on our Facebook page thanks to Father Koster. This project began May 5, 2020.

CCD
If you have children in 1st-8th grades who do not attend Bishop Hogan School, you are encouraged to have them attend Catechism classes on Sunday morning from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Our first classes this year will be on October 24.

ANNUAL TURKEY & HAM FALL DINNER
Sacred Heart Church, Hamilton, MO, Sunday, October 31, from 11:00am-2:00pm. Serving Drive-Up and Free Will Offering. Quilt Raffle tickets $1.00 each.

FIRST FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Friday, November 5.
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed following morning Mass and is Reposed at 5:00 pm. We have at least 2 people scheduled to be in worship of Our Lord during this time period. If you are not on the schedule, you are still encouraged to spend some time with Jesus in quiet meditation or "just listening" for Him to guide you. In our busy world, it would benefit all people to take a few minutes and just sit with Our Lord. The schedule is available here. If you are unable to attend on any First Friday, contact the person scheduled with you and make sure they are able to attend.

FALL FESTIVAL WINNERS
A winner's list is available on the tables next to the church entrances and can also be viewed on the website:
Raffle Prize Winners >> CLICK HERE

CONFIRMATION CLASS 2021 - For all 8th-12th grade students. Classes began on Sunday, January 17, 2021, following the 10:00 AM Mass in the school cafeteria. We had nine (9) young people from our parish and two ( 2) from St. Joseph's in Trenton receiving their Confirmation from Bishop Johnston on October 10, 2021. Congratulations to: Alondra Esmeralda "St. Clair" Fernandez and Sarai "St. Dorothy" Fernandez Romo from Trenton. Cain "St. Maximilian Kolbe" Evans, Remington "St. Isidore" Isaacs, Martin "St. Martin de Porres" Moore, Lyla "St. Agatha" Oesch, Lily "St Elizabeth of Hungary" Ripley, Carson "St. James" Samm, Jonathan "St. John the Apostle" Sanchez, Hagen "St. Sebastian" Stedem, Alakai "St. Maria Goretti" Walker

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE
The March for Life students and parents are hosting a middle school dance on Saturday, October 30, for all area youth in grades 6-8 grade from 7-9 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall. $10/person.

MARCH FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER
Do you have any odd jobs, cleaning, painting, mowing, small repairs, moving, chores, etc. that need done this summer? If so, the 8th grade students would love to work for you! They are raising money for the 2022 March for Life event in Washington, D.C., and would like to be of service. See Lanie Beetsma or Samantha Graves or call the church office at 660-646-0190 for more information.

NEED HELP WITH ODD JOBS?
If you have odd jobs you need done such as yard work, raking leaves, cleaning up, washing windows, etc, please contact senior class Barnwarming candidate, Ellie Barnett at 660-973-1171. Thank you!

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
Will meet weekly on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm at the KofC Hall. Come for snacks, games, videos and small group discussion meant to lead teens closer to Christ. All Freshmen-Seniors invited!

MARY GARDEN HELP NEEDED to prune roses, pull weeds, clean bird baths, etc. See Chris Shearer if you can assist or call the church office at 660-646-0190.

ADORATION
Starting Tuesday, August 11, 2020, we began having adoration beginning at 5 PM with benediction 10 minutes before the 6 PM mass. This will be in addition to our monthly first Friday adoration.

SCOUT PROJECT UPDATE
The parish Scout Troop is seeking donations to help offset the cost of the new artwork for their trailer which was designed as part of a Woodbadge Adult Leader Training project. The cost for the printing and application is roughly $2800.00. Only $200 more is needed! If you are able to help support our scouts with this project, please contact Todd Erwin at fox_f117@yahoo.com or call the church office at 660-646-0190. Any amount is appreciated!

MASS INTENTIONS FOR 2021
We opened the 2021 Mass Intention Book on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 10:00 am. No phone calls, please. Bring your intentions list and a check for $10/ Mass stipend in person.
NOTE: Be aware of the Mass Intentions Policy.

SERVERS AND LECTORS
Please contact Kim at the rectory office via phone msg or email kim@stcolumbanonline.org and let her know if you do NOT wish to be scheduled to assist at Mass.

The Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacons Armentrout, King, and Lemus was held at 10 am Saturday, May 29, at the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City, MO.

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Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph photo

THEIR STORIES...

Mr. Benjamin Armentrout, Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph
As a seminarian discerning the Holy Priesthood for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. He spent three ( 3) years (2014-2017) preparing for the Priesthood at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska. The first time Ben had the desire to be a priest placed on his heart occurred when he was in second grade. He went to the first Mass of a newly ordained priest. On the car ride home he asked his mother, "when will I be a priest?" The love for the priesthood continued to grow throughout the years. This occurred primarily through serving, spiritual direction, Eucharistic adoration, and the support of friends and family. He recently graduated from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis with a degree in Philosophy and the Liberal Arts. He was ordained on Saturday, May 23, 2020. The next step... A seminarian is ordained a "transitional" deacon one year before being ordained a priest. Read more here >>

Mr. Garrett King, Diocese of Kansas City- Saint Joseph
Garrett is a graduate of St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Nebraska and completed his first year of major seminary studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He was ordained a transitional deacon in 2019 and a priest in 2020. His home parish is the Cathedral of St. Joseph in St. Joseph.

Please pray for these men and that more men and women from our parish will respond to God's call to the priesthood or religious life.

BLUE ARMY
The World Apostolate of Fatima (Blue Army) resumes meeting following the Wednesday morning Mass to pray the rosary as Our Lady requested during her apparitions at Fatima. All are welcome.

Fr. RYAN KOSTER (Photo 2020)
Bio - Father's Feature June 9 >>

VOTIVE CANDLES
Just a reminder that we ask for a $3.00 donation per votive candle that is lit. That is our cost.

SALT DINNER VOLUNTEERS
A new schedule for 2021 was made and placed in addressed envelopes for each volunteer. Please pick up your copy if you have volunteered to prepare a meal for the homeless shelter.

SALT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! St. Columban Parish, along with other area churches, provide meals to the homeless shelter in Chillicothe. Meals are prepared and delivered by parish volunteers each Monday. Each volunteer normally prepares and delivers a meal about two (2) times during the year. The more volunteers, the frequency can be less. We need more volunteers. We have lost a few due to health or family reasons. Please volunteer. Help feed the hungry children and adults in our area. Your charity is appreciated. To volunteer, see Diane Bonderer as soon as possible or call the church office at 660-646-0190. Matthew 25:35-40, Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you... Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF KANSAS CITY-ST. JOSEPH

SERVICES/HOUSING SERVICES
A home is more than simply a shelter; it's a foundation that allows you to focus on the future. At Catholic Charities, we believe everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home. Each year we spend between $200,000 and $250,000 helping to pay utility bills. We are also developing quality, affordable housing in a way in which we can hold rent at 30 percent of income for low income families. Neighborhoods of Hope has been developed specifically to build that type of housing. If you know someone in need of emergency housing or can help, contact Jarrod Sanderson, Executive Director of Housing Services at 816-659-8269 or jsanderson@ccharitiees.com.

Renewal of Our Tradition
Purchase These Items and Support Our Parish Restoration Efforts.

Novel of Our Parish History St. Columban Custom Medal
The book, written by parishioner Brenda O'Halloran, is an original historical fiction about the building of our present church building in 1879. Brenda researched church and city records and family histories to make this a very historically accurate account of what it took for our ancestors to take on such a project. The book sells for $20.  We also have the St. Columban medals available for $35. These were struck exclusively for our parish. No other like them exists in the world. The medals are sterling silver.

Email or call the church office at 660-646-0190 to place your order.
All proceeds go to help with the maintenance and upkeep of our beautiful church.

JOIN CUB SCOUTS
St. Columban Catholic Church now has a youth ministry in the form of Scouting! Troop 1857 is for boys ages 11-18 (6th- 12 grade) and Cub Scout Pack for boys and girls ages 5-10 (k-5th grade). The goal of Scouting is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to instill typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoor skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking. For further information on Cub Scouts or to join Boy Scouts, please see Ginger Williams or call the church office at 660-646-0190 or email gingerscouting@gmail.com.

MASS INTENTION POLICY - In keeping with Canon Law: 1) an intention requested for a Mass, must be fulfilled in a year's time of accepting the stipend; 2) the customary stipend amount is $10 per Mass; 3) only one request may be accepted per Mass.

PLEASE USE THE OFFERING ENVELOPES PROVIDED TO YOU
While we are very, very thankful for ALL donations, the envelopes mailed to your homes serve a very important purpose. ACCURACY in recording your gift for your charitable donations deduction provided on your year end statement of charitable giving's. When loose checks are placed in the collection basket, we cannot guarantee that these are recorded accurately. The offering envelopes provide a voucher for the bookkeeper after the checks have been taken to the bank for the night deposit. Thank you for this consideration.

COMMUNION RAIL HISTORY

March 18, 2018 - The Communion rail was installed earlier this week. The majority of this rail was carved around 100 years ago, perhaps by the Gier family. Up until the church restoration, it sat as a decorative piece up against the wall on either side of the sanctuary. The restored rail has been stained, gilded, and had a newly constructed section matched and added on to each end in order to lengthen it. Our thanks to Custom CNC Routing in Cowgill, T & G Millworks in St. Joseph, and Orland Oesch for their hard work in helping us restore this beautiful rail to use once again.

May 5-6, 2018 - We began to use the restored altar rail beginning this weekend. We have had the option to kneel when we receive Communion for a few years now and so the use of the rail will not be much of a change in that regard. You are encouraged to prayerfully consider adopting this posture for Communion for many reasons, including the following: 1) It causes our body and our belief to be in greater harmony. Our belief says the Eucharist is God. Our body recognizes that by kneeling in honor. 2) We kneel as a posture of prayer and in recognition of the sacred. This reasoning is consistent with the posture already in place at Mass, especially when we kneel during the consecration. 3) It reminds us that the Eucharist we are receiving is not usual, ordinary, common place but supernatural. Kneeling at the rail or standing at the rail are both options that the faithful may choose. No one will be forced or pressured to do one over the other. It is also worth admitting that some because of health may not be able to kneel.

STORY LINK PRISON PROGRAM BOOKS
Father Zupez picked up an overflowing box of books for the prison program that allows offenders to read and record books to send to their children. Thank you so much for your donations of books.

ST. JOSEPH'S PRESS is a family printing business operated out of their home in Belton , MO. They are dedicated to spreading the Joy of Catholicism through their many original materials. Please visit their website for books, cards, stickers, holy cards, children's books, coloring books, and more. www.saintjosephspress.net.

ADOPTION RECORDS LAW
ATTENTION: Missouri Birth Parents and Adoptees:
Missouri adoption law is changing!
On January 1, 2018, adult adoptees (ages 18 and older) will be granted access to their original birth certificate. Birth parents have the right to protect their confidentiality under the new law, but they must act before January 1st. For more information, contact the Missouri bureau of Vital Records by phone at 573-751-6387 or by email at vitalrecordsinfo@health.mo.gov. Visit the bureau's website at www.health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords/adopteerightsact.php for more detailed information about the new law.

COURAGE is a spiritual support group helping Catholic men and women live in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching on same-sex attraction and/or behavior. Courage members strive to develop lives of interior chastity in union with Christ through participation in the Sacraments, prayer, fellowship and moral support. Courage meets in the Kansas City area weekly (monthly, our diocese and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, each hold 2 coordinated meetings providing 4 meetings each month). Encourage is a separate spiritual support group for family members and loved ones with the same-sex attraction. For information about meetings for either of these groups, call the Courage helpline (913) 428-9893. All contacts are confidential.

ST. COLUMBAN HISTORY - "A Duty Sanctioned"
A novel written by Brenda O'Halloran entitled A Duty Sanctioned tells the story of our ancestors' efforts to build our current church and what they had to do to accomplish it. The story of their resolve, faith, and commitment is applicable to the efforts we undertook in 2017 in preserving what they handed on to us.

Click image to read the first chapter of this informative book...

Released for the first time on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the St. Columban Fall Festival, the author donated the first 100 copies at $20 each with all proceeds from those copies donated to the church's original Restoration Fund. Future sales' proceeds go toward the maintenance and upkeep of our beautiful church. TO ORDER: Contact Kim at the church office (email subject: Book Order). We prefer that you pick your order up at the church office, but mailing options are available (applicable shipping costs apply).

ONLINE GIVING IS HERE!
As you contemplate making donations, please keep the church in mind. Your contributions are needed for everything from special projects to basic operating expenses, so please be as generous as you can with your support this holiday season and the year ahead. For your convenience, we offer online giving through the church website. Find the link to our online giving page and follow the simple instructions or visit the church office and complete a paper authorization form.

To reach the online giving page through your smart phone, scan the QR code to sign up and start giving.

If you have signed up for online giving, the merchant listed on your bank or credit card statement will be Vanco, not St. Columban Church. Vanco Payment Solutions securely manages our electronic payment transactions.

Thank you for all you do to support our mission throughout the year.

WHY GIVE? Stewardship is not so much about giving to needs. It is more about a divine call to give. When we generously return a portion of our God-given treasure, we are reminded that our true treasure rests in Heaven. We ask that you prayerfully discern God's will in your commitment of treasure. As a faithful steward, seek Him in order to honor Him in your giving, whether tithe, offering or generous giving. Your tithes and offering help support St. Columban's missions, ministries, and needs.

HOW TO GIVE?

  • Online Giving - Our Online giving option is secure. It allows for a specific dollar amount to be deducted automatically from a checking, savings or credit card account. You can set up online giving either as a one-time donation or a recurring gift. Online giving is not only easy, it's also safe and secure. This option helps individuals and families remain faithful in their giving even when they are out of town or unable to attend a weekend Mass. Click on the "Online Giving" button and create your online profile so you can get a year end statement for tax purposes. Click here to find out how to give.
  • Church Envelopes - Envelopes give you a way to regularly contribute to several causes in addition to Sunday Offering.
  • Collection Plate - We gladly accept cash donations, however, if you want us to record your contribution and include it on your end-of-year statement for income tax purposes, we can only do so if you use envelopes or contribute by check.

We are not discontinuing the Offering Envelopes. The Online Giving is only an added option for those people who prefer this type of electronic payments. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in serving, first the Lord, as a faithful servant and second by blessing us to corporately serve the Lord as He leads. May He bless you abundantly for your faithfulness.

PRAYER CHAIN
St. Columban's Prayer Chain is a ministry to pray for those in need. Alice VanDyke heads the calling tree for the members who want to be notified by telephone when a request for prayers is made. Brenda O'Halloran contacts the members who prefer to be emailed with the requests. If you would like to join the prayer chain, please call the church office at at 660-646-0190 or email Brenda at prayers@stcolumbanonline.org. We welcome members of our church who are interested in joining this important ministry.

PARISH CONNECTION TO OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL
While looking at the existing $41 million medical center complex in north Chillicothe, it may be difficult to imagine that Chillicothe's first hospital began in a small house a few blocks northeast of St. Columban's Catholic Church. St. Mary's Hospital, believed to be Chillicothe's first hospital, was completed in the late 1800s and was started by the Sisters of St. Mary. Livingston County History, published by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in 1981, stated that Sisters of St. Mary had visited Chillicothe previously requesting donations for a hospital in St. Louis and Father Hugo, pastor of St. Columban's Catholic Church, had convinced them there was a need for a hospital in this city. They purchased a lot at Eleventh and Broadway for $2,334. The first patient was admitted on May 17, 1889. Read more of the interesting history of our Hedrick Medical Center. > > Here


St Columban Catholic Church (9-27-2015) compliments of Dorney Hecker

BHMS SCHOOL NEWS  >> Visit the BH Website for more information.

London Douglas, fourth grade student in Mrs. McCloud's class, was one of the winners of the Kelly Poling Kids Coloring Contest. London received 3rd place in the 4th-5th grade division. She is the daughter of Aaron and Micah Douglas.

Hudson Marcolla, second grade student in Mrs. Chastain's class, has been participating in the MO Elks Soccer Shoot Out. He placed 1st at the local level then1st at the district level. He then competed at the state level in Jefferson City and came in 1st place. He will represent the state of MO for U10 boys in El Dorado, KS, on November 6-7th at the Midwest Regional Soccer Shoot. He will be competing against participants from KS, NE, OK, and IA. Hudson is the son of Kyle and Taylor Marcolla.

The Livingston County Health Center offered flu shots to the students and staff this past week. We had several who took advantage of the shots.

Students will get the opportunity to have a dental checkup and fluoride varnishing on Tuesday, October 26. We appreciate Dr. David Mattingly for taking time out of his busy schedule to offer this free service! Clara Brown from the Health Center will also be assisting.

Our seventh and eighth grade basketball teams have three games this week: Monday, they play at Chula, Tuesday they play Pleasant View at home, and Thursday, they play Jamesport at home. Girls' games begin at 6:00 pm and boys' games begin at 7:00.

We have 16 young people going to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. in January. They will sponsor a Halloween Spooktacular Dance on Saturday, October 30, at the Knights of Columbus Hall for the area students, grades 6th-8th grade. The dance will be from 7:00-9 with light snacks.

We will be having our Holiday Bazaar at Bishop Hogan School this year on Saturday, November 20! If you or anyone you know would like to purchase a booth to sell their items, please have them contact the school office at 660-646-0705! Please help us spread the word!! We would love to have lots of vendors!

We held our Student Council elections in each class. The class representatives are:
Third Grade: Evie Kieffer (alternate: Tinley Lauhoff)
Fourth Grade: London Douglas (alternate: Jackie Pope)
Fifth Grade: Riggin Isaacs (alternate: Evan Randolph)
Sixth Grade: Max Cranmer (alternate: Jesse Hughes)
Seventh Grade: Mak Dickerson (alternate: Isaac Minnis)
Eighth Grade: Beau Graves (alternate: Sam Wire)
These students were elected by their classmates to represent them. We have a great council; and they will be sharing ideas during our meetings about things they would like to see happen in their school. Students will be electing officers soon.

Wagner Photography will be taking individual student and staff pictures on Tuesday, September 22. They are new for us this year.

We have some new staff members this year: Sami Lauhoff, Computer and Art teacher; Kim Walter, preschool teacher; Charity Lawson, preschool aid; Chloe Walker, paraprofessional/tutor; Angela Pope, PE teacher; and Michael Willard, Part-time custodian. We are fortunate to have this wonderful group of people join our staff!

Grace and blessings on your path, Pam Brobst, Principal

Kaps for Kids: We wanted to tell you about a special program at Hometown Pharmacy that benefits Bishop Hogan School called Kaps for Kids. We receive money for each cap that is collected. When you get your medicine from Hometown Pharmacy, please request to participate in the Kaps for Kids, and they will give you the special caps with your delivery or pickup. There is a bucket in back of the church for you to drop in your caps! Thank you for helping us!

Thank you to those who purchase our SOAR shopping cards! We hope others will consider doing so. You may purchase these shopping cards at face value, and Bishop Hogan School gets a percentage of each card sold. There are over 900 national businesses that participate, along with most of the eating establishments and all of the local grocery stores in Chillicothe. We have many cards on hand and can order many others in a week's time. We sell these after each weekend mass and throughout the week at school. Ask us about this amazing program! You can also go to shopwithscrip.com to buy gift cards online. Just type in Bishop Hogan when prompted, and we will benefit.

Student Council 2021-2022 Class Representatives:
Third Grade: Evie Kieffer (alternate: Tinley Lauhoff)
Fourth Grade: London Douglas (alternate: Jackie Pope)
Fifth Grade: Riggin Isaacs (alternate: Evan Randolph)
Sixth Grade: Max Cranmer (alternate: Jesse Hughes)
Seventh Grade: Mak Dickerson (alternate: Isaac Minnis)
Eighth Grade: Beau Graves (alternate: Sam Wire)

BISHOP HOGAN STAFF 2021-2022

Father Ryan Koster, Pastor
Pam Brobst, Principal
Stephanie Shockey, Administrative Assistant
Preschool: Kim Walter (
Charity Lawson, preschool aid)
Kindergarten: Courtnie Cranmer 
Paraprofessional/Tutor:
Chloe Walker
First Grade: Jamee Greener
Second Grade: Julie Chastain
Third Grade Shontel Cross
Fourth Grade: Carol McCloud
5-8th grade English Language Arts: Betsy Garcia
Science/ Religion: Jane Gyhra
Math: Joyce Blattner
Social Studies/Religion: Mark McLaughlin
Music: Yuli Maria
Band: Chad Hind
Physical Education:
Angela Pope
Art/Computers:
Sami Lauhoff
Laurie Fairchild: Title I
Part-time Custodian: Michael Willard

Keep us in your prayers for a safe and successful school year!

Our Business Buddies 2021-2022: TBA

Grace and blessings on your path, Pam Brobst, Principal

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Children are seen enjoying the playground equipment that was purchased using proceeds from the 2019 Bishop Hogan Dinner Auction fundraiser. The equipment was made possible because of the hard work from volunteers, community members, and the PTO.

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Major Gift to Fund Endowment at Bishop Hogan Memorial School (Bulletin 06/02/19)

Bishop Hogan Memorial School and St. Columban's Parish is giving thanks for a major financial gift from the Jolene Anderson Trust. The gift of $680,000 is the largest in school history and will be placed in the Catholic Community Foundation Fund to help ensure the future of Catholic education in the Chillicothe community. Edwin and Jolene Anderson were faithful to the Catholic Church and wanted to ensure that Bishop Hogan students would have up-to-date textbooks, access to current technology, and that families needing assistance with tuition would have access to a Catholic education. With this gift, these and many other opportunities will be provided for generations to come. "We are so grateful to the Anderson family for their generous support of our mission by making Bishop Hogan a charitable priority in their lives. Their generosity will provide a lasting legacy for generations of families and students in our community." added Pam Brobst, Principal, Bishop Hogan Elementary School. "It is always very re-affirming to know that someone believed so much in the spiritual, academic, and character goals we are trying to instill in our students at Bishop Hogan that they would leave us this generous legacy to help us continue and to grow. Jolene and Ed were always trying to help the people in this community to be better and through this gift, their mission continues."

BULLETIN BOARDS
We are very fortunate to have Mary Triplett who has volunteered for many years to make sure the bulletin boards in church are kept up to date and always attractively arranged. If you have something that needs to be posted, PLEASE contact the parish office, and she will place your item on the bulletin boards in lieu of hanging papers on the doors and walls.

BLUE ARMY - WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA
A Blue Army cell meets every Wednesday in the sacristy after the 8:15 a.m. Mass.
All are invited. The World Apostolate of Fatima is an international Public Association of the Faithful under the Pontifical Council of the Laity. Members strive to live the Fatima Message. How to live the Fatima Message: Offer up your daily sacrifices for the conversion of sinners (Morning Offering). Pray the Rosary every day. Consecrate yourself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Wear the Brown Scapular as a sign of your consecration. Practice the Five First Saturday Communion of Reparation.

BIRTHRIGHT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
If you have ever considered ways you could help this organization that helps mothers and their babies in need or if you have any questions, see Joe Timmons or Jeanne Hinkebein or call the church office at 660-646-0190. Also, if anyone has any baby boy clothes 6 mo thru 18 mo that they don't need, call and leave a message at the above number.

SAFE HAVEN CENTER is a local community based shelter which services residential and non-residential victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. ENTHUSIASTIC, MOTIVATED VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Ways in which you can make a difference in a person's life: Help cover the shelter to fit your schedule, answer hotline calls, help with transportation to where the client may need to go, pick up donations, sort donations, provide a listening ear for clients, send thank you cards, and/or help with office duties. Any amount of time donated helps the victims and their families. Please call the church office for further information and/or to volunteer, 660-646-0190.

CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHING ON HOMOSEXUALITY
If you would like to know more about the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality or want to look for a way to share that teaching with others, please consider watching the documentary The Third Way by Blackstone Films. This powerful documentary presents the topic through testimonials of those who have lived the gay lifestyle but have found the happiness and fulfillment they sought through an authentic integration of their humanity with faith. Go to youtube.com and type in "The Third Way."

KEEPING GRADUATING SENIORS CONNECTED TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Newman Connection's High School Outreach Program keeps incoming college students connected to Catholic campus ministry. When students sign up with Newman Connection, their information will be automatically sent to the Campus minister at the colleges of their choice. The Campus Minister can then reach out to the student prior to his or her arrival on campus. This effort has shown great success. We are keeping students connected to the Catholic Church using technology and social media. To find out more, please go to newmanconnection.com or contact Homer Radford, Serra Club SEKC, V.P. Vocations at 816-560-2992 or hradford2@comcast.net.

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Catholic Engaged Encounter for the greater Kansas City area is looking for additional married couples and priests to help them serve the engaged as they prepare for Holy Matrimony. For more information on this ministry, please visit www.engagedencounter.org. If you are called to this work, please contact the Office of Family Life director, Dino Durando 816.714.2371, durando@diocesekcsj.org.

ADULT EDUCATION FROM THE BISHOP HELMSING INSTITUTE
The Bishop Helmsing Institute offers adult education courses throughout the diocese. They are registering for Fall classes. Two new courses are Bible Connections and Our Life in Christ. For time, dates, places and cost go to http://mybhi.org.

THE BENEDICTINES OF MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES are a young, contemplative order of religious nuns that established themselves in this diocese in 2006. Living in the quiet countryside near Gower, MO (an hour SW of Chillicothe) they primarily support themselves off the produce of the land as well as by making beautiful Mass vestments for priests. Recently, they have also made recordings of various religious hymns and songs which have been critically acclaimed and garnered national media attention. Their previous album Angels and Saints at Ephesus was atop the Billboard Music charts in its respective category for many weeks. Their latest recording Lent at Ephesus is now available. If you would like to purchase one of their albums or listen to samples of their work, please visit www.benedictinesofmary.org. Their music is also available on iTunes.

FROM THE DIOCESAN OFFICE OF EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS
For more information call 816-714-2308.

CATHOLIC CONFERENCE SPEAKERS HERE!!
Yes! Some of the most sought-after, well-known Catholic speakers of our time are available now - not visibly, but audibly. The Lighthouse Catholic Media stand has talks by Dr Scott Hahn, Steve Ray, Fr Robert Barron, Matthew Kelly, Patrick Madrid, Jeff Cavins, and many more. You can take their talks with you and enjoy forever... or share them so someone else can also be uplifted.

LIGHTHOUSE CATHOLIC MEDIA
A kiosk is maintained in the church vestibule with a variety of up to date CDs dealing with our Catholic faith. Recently, several copies of the Confession CD by Father Larry Richards were added. Please offer a donation of $3.00 per CD and leave in the box on the kiosk.


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