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

Restoring Our Sanctuary Continues...
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Father Koster Photo 09 13 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.
  • KNIGHTS OF ST. MICHAEL - Meet 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm, in the church
  • HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP - Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:30 pm, KofC Hall (except 1st Wednesday)
  • ADULT/TEEN BIBLE STUDY - 1st Wednesday of the month, KofC Hall, 7:00-8:30pm
  • RCIA CLASSES - Began September, 2022
  • 7th ANNUAL QUINN MEMORIAL FUN RUN AND 5K RUN/WALK - Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • FALL FESTIVAL - Sunday, October 2, 2022, 12:00 Noon
  • ADULT/TEEN BIBLE STUDY - Wednesday, October 5, Knights of Columbus Hall, 7:00-8:30pm
  • FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION - October 7, 2022, following morning Mass
  • CCD - Fr. Koster (teacher) - beginning January 2023


Bishop Hogan Memorial School is back in session!
>> Church Photos

SERVER AND LECTOR SCHEDULE
A current schedule is available here!

**The church office is closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.**

Save the date... The 7th annual Quinn Memorial Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, October 1, 2022. This event is held to fund a scholarship in memory of Bishop Hogan students Abby Quinn Boies and Joshua Quinn to be given to Bishop Hogan alumni to help further their education. All proceeds from this event will go toward the scholarship fund while promoting fitness among youth and offering an event in which families with children of all ages can participate, as well as keeping Josh and Abby's memory alive. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., and the race will begin at 8:00. All runners and walkers are welcome! More information to come!

ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2022, from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Please drop off Flea Market donations the morning of the Festival. Please sign up to volunteer to work in booths and activities on the sign-up sheet in the back of church.

St. Columban Youth Group
We have meetings every Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall (except 1st Wednesdays) from 7:00-8:30 pm. Our meetings include a game, snacks and a spiritual lesson pertinent to Catholic teens today. Call Jane Gyhra or Mary Mathew if you have any questions.

REAL ENCOUNTER EVENT
The St. Columban Youth Group will attend the Real Encounter Event on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Chillicothe High School gym. Real Encounter is a motorcycle stunt group that does Christian Ministry. For the past 20 years, they have performed nationally, internationally, and on "America's Got Talent". This is hosted by the First Baptist Church and is open to the whole community.

Adult/Teen Bible Study
Wednesday, October 5
Meet at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 7:00 - 8:30pm. This will be Session 5 of our "Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John" series. Adults and teens meet together to watch the 30-minute video and then will be in separate groups for discussion. Adults, please bring a Bible and your workbook for taking notes. Teens, you will be provided with a Bible. You can prepare for the meeting by reading John 4:43-6:71.

FIRST FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Friday, October 7, 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.

RCIA CLASSES
Classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will start in September. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, please call or email Fr. Koster. A preliminary meeting with him is needed before beginning the classes.

CCD
We will not have any formal CCD classes this year. If you would like help in finding materials to educate your child at home, please contact the parish office. If your child does not attend Bishop Hogan but will be eligible for First Confession/First Communion this year, please contact the parish office. Fr. Koster will teach those classes beginning in January 2023.

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.

Congratulations to Shay Johnson, son of Scott and Kasey Hibler-Johnson, who was the first Acolyte in over 50 years to open the altar rail gates at the conclusion of holy mass on 09/17/2022! (Click photo to enlarge.)

EXTRA ORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
We are updating our list. If you are ministering to shut-ins or nursing home residents by taking them Holy Communion, please call or email the office with the person's name and address or facility so we can update our list. Thank you for this important ministry you provide. You are appreciated.

KNIGHTS OF ST. MICHAEL
A reminder that all current servers are required to attend the monthly meetings. If your son, age 7 or older, is not yet a server but would like to become one, they are asked to attend the meetings as well. If you have any questions or know that your son will not be able to attend the meeting, please
email Fr. Koster. 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. The group meets together on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm unless otherwise stated.

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 First induction ceremony for the Knights of St. Michael server group. 
Apprentices, Guardians, Acolytes, and Knights (Friday, April 29, 2022)

On Sunday, May 15, at the 10am mass, we formally inducted the non-Bishop Hogan servers into the Knights of St. Michael.

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The first Knight Commanders of the Knights of St. Michael.
One is not pictured; the one with the gold is the Grand Knight.
(Sunday, May 15, 2022, 10:00 Mass)

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.

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.

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!!

FUNERAL DINNERS
For years, the Altar Society has taken the responsibility to prepare the Funeral Dinners for the parish. So far this year, the ladies have prepared over 300 meals. Thank you for the great response to our funeral dinner request. We have many new people who signed up to bring food and serve the dinners. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact the church office or contact Kathleen Pfaff.

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

MASS INTENTIONS FOR 2022
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.

ADORATION
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.

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 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

September 13, 2022 - Some old friends have returned to the sanctuary! The original carvings from the altar rail gates have been fitted into new frames and re-attached to the rail! Thank you to all who helped get them installed -- Father Koster Photo 09 13 2022 (see full photo here >>)

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. www.saintjosephspress.net.

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.

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.

We hope you plan to attend St. Columban's Fall Festival! The Bishop Hogan parents are doing their part to support our parish by volunteering to help with all of the inflatables and games that day. Our students are looking forward to having a fun day at the Fall Festival! We hope you are too!

Our Bishop Hogan float received third place in the Homecoming Parade! Congratulations to Mrs. Hauck (first grade teacher), Mrs.Chastain (second grade teacher), and their parents for doing an incredible job! It was a fun theme to work with, "Top Gun, Above the Clouds".

Wednesday was our Fall Picture Day. Individual pictures were taken Preschool-8th grade. The day always brings excitement with the students - not so much for the adults and taking their pictures!

Our Grandparents Day Celebration was a huge success! Our students loved having their grandparents join them for refreshments, conversation, and card giving. They relished the special treat of Mrs. Belinda's cookies! Grandparents are really special!

Bishop Hogan's student body, grade 4-8, elected their Student Council Officers for the 2022-23 school year. They are as follows: President: Kiera Williams; Vice President: Jesse Hughes; Secretary: Brody Finley; Historian: Evan Randolph. Congratulations to these students!

Be sure to put November 19th on your calendar for the Holiday Bazaar. If you are interested in having a booth in our gym, please call the school office! Help us spread the word so we can attract a good variety of vendors!

We have some new staff members this year: Lila Moore, Art; Katharine Smith, Music; Linda Hauck, first grade; Donna Haffecke, 4th grade; and Sami Lauhoff, Kindergarten. We are fortunate to have this wonderful group of people join our staff! PTO provided a fun swim party with pizza for Bishop Hogan staff, students, and families on Sunday, August 7. It was a great way to kick off the new school year, meet the new families, and renew friendships!

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.

Grace and blessings on your path, Pam Brobst, Principal

BISHOP HOGAN STAFF 2022-2023

Father Ryan Koster, Pastor
Pam Brobst, Principal
Stephanie Shockey, Administrative Assistant
Preschool & Pre-K: Kim Walter

>>Charity Lawson, Preschool Assistant
Kindergarten: Sami Lauhoff 
First Grade: Linda Hauck
Second Grade: Julie Chastain
Third Grade: Carol McCloud
Fourth Grade: Donna Haffecke
5th Grade / MS English Language Arts: Betsy Garcia
6th Grade / Math: Joyce Blattner
7th Grade / MS Science & Religion: Jane Gyhra
8th Grade / MS Social Studies & Religion: Mark McLaughlin
Music: Katharine Smith
Band: Chad Hind
Physical Education: Angela Pope
Art: Lila Moore
Teacher's Aid: Ginger Williams
Cook: Belinda Bower
Custodians: Michael Willard and Susan Keller

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

Student Council 2022-2023
President: Kiera Williams
Vice President: Jesse Hughes
Secretary: Brody Finley
Historian: Evan Randolph
These students are elected by their classmates to represent them. We have a great council each year; and they share ideas during meetings about things they would like to see happen in their school.

Our Business Buddies 2022-2023: TBA

SOAR CARDS (More Details): I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about the shopping cards we sell at the school and in the back of the church after each weekend Mass. We call it the SOAR Gift Card Program (School Opportunities and Academic Resources). This is a great fundraiser for our school. We receive anywhere between 2-20% from your total card amount with no additional cost to you.

Here's How The Program Works: We purchase the cards at a discounted price that can be used at dozens of local businesses and many more nationwide. The cards are sold at face value, resulting in a profit for the school without costing you anything additional. You get to spend the full face value of the cards. The profit realized by the school comes from the merchants whose cards you purchase, anywhere from 2%-20%. SOAR cards can also be ordered in one of three ways - (1) online at shopwithscrip.com, (2) using a mobile app called Raiseright, or (3) by using the paper order form (available at school or in the gift card box). If you want to enroll online, use this code: 6486653L3529L. Cards ordered by 10 a.m. on Monday, using any method of ordering, will be available for pickup at the school the following Friday. There are over 900 participating businesses nationwide. People may designate half of the profit from the shopping cards they buy to use toward school tuition for themselves or others! Let me know if you have any questions. May God continue to bless you! 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!

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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."

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.

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.

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.


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Phone: 660-646-0190

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