Bulletin - July 18, 2021

 

From the Pastor:

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Summer is often a time of travel and vacation for many, and rightly so. Leisure, rest, and recreation are important parts of what it means to be human as healthy “recreation” should be viewed in terms of “re-creation.” This biblical view goes all the way back to Genesis, recognizing that our God, the Trinity, rested on the Seventh Day. 

 Heavenly Father, when your work of creation was complete, you rested. Lord, during my vacation from the cares and burdens of everyday life, please renew me physically, mentally, and spiritually. Help me to slow down and take delight in your magnificent creation and in all those I’ll share this time with. Help me to embrace this period of leisure and regain strength to continue my journey through life. By leaving my work behind for these days, may I focus my gaze on you, and reflect on what is important in life. Remind me to pray each day since I’m taking this vacation with you, not away from you. May you keep me safe in my travels and protect me from all harm. May I be revitalized and refreshed so I may return to carry out my daily responsibilities with joy and newfound enthusiasm. Amen. 

 

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God bless you all.

Father Duncan

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Bishop McKnight's July Prayer

“We pray for our country at this moment in history, that the dreams of life, liberty and happiness remain in our hearts as well as the desire that we will always be one nation under God.”

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Knights of Columbus

To the St. Mary's Parish, the Satolli council 1752 Knights of Columbus, Fr. Duncan and Fr. Hartley,

Thank you for another successful fraternal year. We could not have done it without your support and prayers. The last two years have seen many challenges, but our council has persevered and is as strong as ever. 
Starting July 1st, council 1752 has a new Grand Knight.  I would like to congratulate Joe Morris on his election to lead the council.  I know he'll do an excellent job. 


Coming up in July, our council will be hosting the new Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.  This will take the place of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees of the past to come into full Knighthood. All practicing Catholic men ages 17.5 years old and up are welcome to join our order.  In addition to those candidates, Knights that have only received their 1st degree are encouraged to participate in the exemplification to become a full Knight. The exemplification will be held after mass in the church, and anyone is welcome to watch the ceremony. The first date is scheduled for July 25th.


If interested in joining the Knights, please contact myself, Justin Friedrich 573-999-1467 or go to kofc.org/joinus
 

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Grandparents Day

The World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of July, beginning this year on July 25. Pope Francis emphasized in his message that the Lord is always with us and always calling us to play a role in spreading the Gospel no matter our age. “I was called to become the Bishop of Rome when I had reached, so to speak, retirement age and thought I would not be doing anything new. The Lord is always – always – close to us. He is close to us with new possibilities, new ideas, new consolations, but always close to us. You know that the Lord is eternal; he never, ever goes into retirement.” A special blessing will be offered for Grandparents that weekend

 

Bishop McKnight’s July prayer intention for our Local Church is: “We pray for our country at this moment in history, that the dreams of life, liberty and happiness remain in our hearts as well as the desire that we will always be one nation under God.”

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Host Team Update

Starting this weekend, June 5th & 6th, Host Team duties will go back to normal. Alleluia!

  1. Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before Mass if possible. If you are scheduled and cannot make it, find a substitute or let someone know you will not be there.

  2. Depending on the weather, make sure A/C is on, or windows are open so that church is comfortable.

  3. Gift Bearers - Ask individual(s), couple, and family if they would like to take part during Mass or the Host Team may take up the Offertory.

  4. Collection- use baskets with the handles. Put money in the tamper proof bag provided by Father Duncan and seal, take up with the Offertory.

  5. Hand out bulletins (and don't forget bulletins at the side door).

  6. Before you leave Mass make sure pews are picked up, kneelers up, lights and fan off in back of church, basement/bathroom lights are off and shut inside vestibule doors.

As Always, please be welcoming, helpful, and be there for all who enter. Your dedication and time as host team is part of STEWARDSHIP - TIME-TALENT-TREASURES. Many Blessings & Thank You.

 

If you would like to sign up for the Host Team, you are most welcome to! Sign up as a group of friends, brothers, sisters, family, couple(s) individual(s), please let Jenny Westhues know. What A Way To Give Back To GOD In What HE Has And Is Doing For YOU! Many Blessings & Thank You!

Summer Vacation

Summer is often a time of travel and vacation for many, and rightly so. Leisure, rest, and recreation are important parts of what it means to be human as healthy “recreation” should be viewed in terms of “re-creation.” This biblical view goes all the way back to Genesis, recognizing that our God, the Trinity, rested on the Seventh Day. 

           

Healthy recreation and vacation time still very much includes prayer, because we cannot take a “vacation from our vocation.” Our fundamental vocation is to grow in holiness no matter if you are 7 years old or 77 years old. We cannot live out (or discern) our particular vocation well if we aren’t living out our fundamental call to holiness. This is why it is imperative that we make it to Holy Mass, even when we are traveling or on vacation. Missing Holy Mass, without grave cause, is a Mortal Sin. It is always a good idea to plan ahead! Some families that I know really well have provided me with some of their best practices:

 

  • Research a list of Roman Catholic Churches along your route, at your final destination, or nearby. Take the opportunity to see the beauty of the Catholic faith community in other local parts of the country. Some of the Church buildings themselves are pretty incredible.

  • Get out of your comfort zone - depending upon your location, you might want to choose to go to Holy Mass in another language: Spanish, French, Latin, etc. As long as it’s a Catholic Church in communion with Rome, this can be a great opportunity to experience the universality of the Catholic faith - even though we may not fully “understand” the words that are spoken. 

  • Use www.masstimes.org as a resource, but always remember to verify the Mass times. As we know locally, Mass times can and do change based on a number of factors - shortage of Priests, switching to a summer schedule, temporary change, etc. It is always good to verify Mass times through a parish website, parish bulletin, calling the local parish, or sending them a quick email. A little planning ahead will potentially save some headaches.

  • Make a church visit part of your vacation itinerary. There are some beautiful historic churches in many parts of the country. Learn about the incredible early roots of our faith in America! Stop by to tour, to pray for a little bit, to light a candle, to teach your kids!

 

This list is by no means exhaustive so if you have creative ideas to make Prayer, Holy Mass, and our faith part of a vacation, share them with someone you know who is going on a trip!

           

Let us commit to keeping prayer a part of our vacations, that we may resist taking a “vacation from our vocation.” I ran across this wonderful prayer from CatholicPrayerCards.org, a “Prayer for a Good Vacation” that you might find beneficial in your travels, something that can be prayed together daily as a family!

 

Heavenly Father, when your work of creation was complete, you rested. Lord, during my vacation from the cares and burdens of everyday life, please renew me physically, mentally, and spiritually. Help me to slow down and take delight in your magnificent creation and in all those I’ll share this time with. Help me to embrace this period of leisure and regain strength to continue my journey through life. By leaving my work behind for these days, may I focus my gaze on you, and reflect on what is important in life. Remind me to pray each day since I’m taking this vacation with you, not away from you. May you keep me safe in my travels and protect me from all harm. May I be revitalized and refreshed so I may return to carry out my daily responsibilities with joy and newfound enthusiasm. Amen. 

St. Mary's School News

Mission…St. Mary School is committed to educating the whole child.  St. Marys School provides opportunities for the Spiritual, Moral, intellectual, and physical growth of each student in a loving, Catholic environment.  Students are encouraged to share and to serve within the school, church, and community while realizing their own full potential.  

School Updates

Job Opening

St. Mary School has an opening for a part-time custodial/light maintenance person.  The job mostly involves the cleaning of the bottom(excluding the cafeteria and kitchen) and top floor of the school on a daily basis.  The job pays $10.30 per hour and takes 15+ hours a week.  Most of the cleaning happens after school hours, but the person could start around 1:30 PM each day.  This could possibly be a job for an upper junior high or high school student with the help of a supervisory parent.  The time schedule is flexible.  Please call the school or stop by to speak with Mr. Monnig for more details.   The school phone number is 660-338-2258 or 660-728-3124.  The job would start no later than August 9th.

 

School Packets

I know everyone is starting to see school supplies being put out in the stores.  I will be working the next couple of weeks to get the school packets put together.  They will be in the back of the church by July 30th.  If we get them together sooner than that, I will put the information out on Remind.  We will try to get the supply list updates finished sooner posted for those wanting to shop early. 

 

Used Uniforms

Mrs. Crawford-Goss worked hard to sort all the uniforms we have at school.  Please stop by and see what is available.  Please keep them organized in the bins they are sorted.  I’m typically around school Tuesday-Thursday.  Cleaners are here in the mornings on those days as well.  If the front door is open, feel free to come in and look through the uniforms.  If you want to call to make sure someone is here, the school number is 338-2258. 

 

Improvements This Summer

We are patiently awaiting carpet installation in grades 5, 2, and Kindergarten.  This was made possible by some generous donations the school received around Christmas time, and through various memorials and donations that were given to the school last year.  The 1st-grade room is getting new blinds.  Grade 2 is getting the new style desks, and the cafeteria will have all new chairs.  The desks and chairs were free from the Pendergast-Weyer Foundation, saving the school thousands of dollars.   All it cost the school for the new desks and chairs was the cost to rent the truck to pick them up in Kansas City.   We have also been putting the $100,000+  EANS funds to good use.  These funds were received through the CARES ACT and have very specific guidelines on how they may be used.  This week we received three new picnic tables complete with umbrellas to use as an outdoor classroom area, which was an encouraging expenditure.   All teachers will also be getting new laptops with these funds.  Over $40,000 will be coming back to the school for items we purchased already to deal with protocols and such that were put in place for COVID, such as cleaning supplies, updated technology, improvements to our wireless, QNS monthly services, etc.   We encourage all to plan to tour the school at our annual Open House on Sunday, August 15th.  We have a lot to be proud of at St. Mary School, and it is all possible by the generous support of our parishioners, alumni, and school families. 

 

First Day of School

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 18th, with a 1 PM dismissal.  We are excited to welcome Callie Westhues and Samantha Curley to our staff and look forward to another great year.