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Bishop Hogan Students - March for Life January, 2022

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

RECTORY RENOVATION - Before/after photos of the rectory renovation are available on our Facebook page thanks to Father Koster. This project began May 5, 2020, and was completed in August, 2021.

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.
  • HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP - Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:30 pm, KofC Hall
  • CCD - Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • CONFIRMATION 2022 - Began Sunday, January 23, 2022, following the 10:00 Mass
  • KNIGHTS OF ST. MICHAEL - First meeting, January 5, 2022, 6:30pm, in the church
  • CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK - Saturday, January 29 - Friday, February 4
  • ADULT & TEEN BIBLE STUDY - Starting on February 2, 2022, and meeting on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding January and summer months) from 7-8:30 PM in the Knights Hall
  • FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION - Friday, February 4, 2022
  • ANNUAL DINNER AUCTION - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - Theme "An Evening in Wonderland"

St. Columban Church - December Scene
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The church office is closed the week of January 24-28, 2022.

A new schedule is available now!

2021 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS are available on the table in the back of church.

We will begin classes on Sunday, January 23, following the 10:00 Mass. Classes are open to students 8th grade and above who have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

YOUTH GROUP SNACK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - We continue to meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm in the KofC Hall for fun, friends, fellowship and faith discussions. All youth of the parish from 8th grade thru seniors in high school are welcome to attend. We are currently seeking parishioners willing to provide snacks and drinks for our group of about 20. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of church for the various weeks. Thanks in advance for your help in contributing!

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Friday, February 4, 2022.
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.

"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ" - St. Jerome
Starting on February 2 and meeting on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding January and summer months) from 7-8:30 PM in the Knights Hall. The first study will be 8 sessions on the Gospel of John. We will begin the meeting by watching a 35-minute video together and then breaking into small groups with teens and adults meeting separately. Adults will need to purchase a $24.95 workbook from (under Study Programs-Bible Studies-"Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John"). Teens will not need to purchase anything. In the event we cannot meet in person, a Zoom link will be sent out to all participants so we can still continue. We will begin a new book each February for many years to come!

LECTOR WORKBOOKS are available 11/15/2021 for the upcoming Liturgical Year C. Call the church office, 660-646-0190 to obtain your copy.

We opened the Mass Book for 2022 on Thursday, December 2, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. You must come to the church office in person to request the Mass Intentions that you want on a specific date in 2022. First come gets first choice. No phone calls. The stipend is $10 per Mass. NOTE: Be aware of the Mass Intentions Policy.

The Knights of St. Michael is a group made up of all of the altar servers of the parish. The group meets together on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm unless otherwise stated. The meetings, lasting 60-90 minutes, consist of training, group prayer, spiritual instruction, and fun activities for all members. Members progress through the various ranks based on age, merit, and knowledge. If your son, age 7 or older, is interested in becoming a server and joining the group, please
email Fr. Koster for more information.

Please contact Kim at the rectory office via phone msg or email and let her know if you do NOT wish to be scheduled to assist at Mass.

A GIFT CARD SCAM has been going around the parish. If someone posing as Father Koster texts you asking for gift cards, please do not respond to these texts!!

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 began October 24.

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.

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

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


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.

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 >>

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

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.


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

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 Visit the bureau's website at 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).

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.


  • 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.

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 We welcome members of our church who are interested in joining this important ministry.

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.

Congratulations to Ava Leamer, 8th grade student who won first place in the division at the district level of the DAR American History Essay contest. Ava is the daughter of Brooke and Matt Leamer. She is a student in Mrs. Garcia's Language Arts class. Good luck to her at the State competition!

We will kick off Catholic Schools Week on Saturday, January 29. It will run through Friday, February 4. We will have our Prayer Box at the back of the church. Parishioners may write a special intention on a piece of paper and drop it into the box. We will not open the petitions but will pray for all of the intentions in the box each day of Catholic Schools Week. Knowing that God hears young children pray, we hope all of your needs and petitions are answered!

We had some very generous donations in December and the first of January for our Guardian Angel Fund. We really appreciated the funds to help families who need the assistance for tuition to send their children to Bishop Hogan School. Currently 12 families are benefiting from the scholarships, and we are fortunate to have those families as part of our school! Thank you!

Thank you for your prayers for us and our journey to Washington, DC, for the March for Life. Thirty-two of us head to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday this week. We will visit some of the capitol's monuments and historical sites on Thursday and participate in the March for Life on Friday, January 21. We will return home on Saturday, January 22. The theme for this year's March is "Equality Begins in the Womb." The rally before the March will be kicked off at the National Mall with a concert by Matthew West, GMA Dove Award-winning and Grammy Award nominated artist and songwriter. Some of the featured guest speakers that follow will be Father Mike Schmitz, host of "Bible in a Year" podcast; Lisa Robertson from Duck Dynasty; and Kirk Cameron, actor and producer. There are some members of the House of Representatives speaking also. After the rally, we will march up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court. We will be attending the largest annual human rights march in the world. We are not only standing up for those who cannot speak out for themselves, but we are gathering to celebrate each and every life created by God. We are standing for a world where every life is valued and protected. We ask that you keep us in your prayers for a safe journey.

Our 5th and 6th grade basketball season begins this semester. The boys began practice with coaches Ryan Cranmer and Kent Lauhoff on Wednesday, January 5, and the girls began practice with coach Kristy Lauhoff on Thursday, Jan. 6. Our games will begin in February.

We plan to have our annual Dinner Auction on Saturday, April 30, 2022! The auction committee has already met a couple of times to begin planning. We are praying for a successful 'in-person' event this year! The theme this year is, "An Evening in Wonderland." 

Student Council 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)
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 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)


Father Ryan Koster, Pastor
Pam Brobst, Principal
Stephanie Shockey, Administrative Assistant
Preschool: Kim Walter (
Charity Lawson, preschool aid)
Kindergarten: Courtnie Cranmer 
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
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


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.


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."

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.

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.

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.

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 and type in "The Third Way."

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 or contact Homer Radford, Serra Club SEKC, V.P. Vocations at 816-560-2992 or

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 If you are called to this work, please contact the Office of Family Life director, Dino Durando 816.714.2371,

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

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 Their music is also available on iTunes.

For more information call 816-714-2308.

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.

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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Phone: 660-646-0190

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