First Degree Exemplification - Wednesday July 18.
Knights of Columbus Council 760 will hold a First Degree exemplification at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, at St. Francis Parish Hall, St. Paul. During this ceremony we will welcome several new Knights into the council.
Many in our area are aware of some of the civic and charitable work the Knights do. But the role of the Knights of Columbus is much larger than most people can imagine. When you begin to understand that role you also understand why Pope John Paul II referred to the Knights of Columbus as a “strong right arm of the Church.” Catholic men, of any age*, put themselves in very good company when they join the KofC.
Please Follow This Link for more information about the Knights of Columbus. If you have been thinking about joining the Knights, there is no better time than right now. If interested, contact the St. Francis parish office, or any of our current members. The link above includes several names.
The July 18 exemplification will include snacks and beverages. We hope to see you there!
* Must be at least 18 years old.
Knights of Columbus Council 760 — St. Paul - Walnut - Erie
It was a beautiful evening, yet sad. Father David had just led us through Eucharistic Adoration in Celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi. Then we moved to the parish gardens shelter house for another step in bidding him farewell.*
Almost on cue, a long streak of sweltering, humid days took a break in favor of a cooler, breezy evening. A large group of St. Francis and St. Ambrose parishioners, including our youth, greeted Father in the garden to enjoy refreshments provided by the Altar Society. We talked, laughed and reminisced about the four years of spiritual guidance he had given us; and discussed the university challenges ahead of him.
We will miss you Father David Michael Htun!
*Father David's next assignment is as pastor of St. Paul University Parish, Wichita State University.
On Sunday, June 3rd, (Corpus Christi Sunday) we will have Adoration from 6:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church.
After Adoration the Altar Society will have a farewell reception for Father David in the Garden Shelter House. Refreshments are provided. Everyone is encouraged to attend and thank Fr. David for all of his work here at St. Francis and St. Ambrose during the past 4 years.
It is a Joyous Time For Our Parish Family.
On Saturday, May 26, Deacon James "Jimmy" Schibi was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in Jesus Christ at the Church of the Magdalen, Wichita. Father Schibi went to high school in St. Paul and graduated with the class of 2006. During his time at St. Francis he was confirmed and attended the St. Francis Parish School of Religion with many of our students. As he progressed through his Sacraments and religious education with us and his home parish of St. Patrick's, he received his call to the priesthood.
Father Schibi will celebrate Mass at St. Francis Catholic Church on Saturday evening, June 9th at 5:30 p.m. Following the Mass, the Altar Society and Knights of Columbus will serve dinner at the St. Francis Parish Hall. All St. Francis and St. Ambrose parishioners are invited to attend and wish him well!
Effective June 19, 2018, Reverend Samuel J. Pinkerton will become the pastor of our St. Francis—St. Ambrose Parishes family. Father Pinkerton is currently the Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Garden Plain, and St. Mary Aleppo Catholic Church, near Garden Plain. Both parishes are administered from Garden Plain. Father Sam has been assigned to St. Anthony and St. Mary Since 2007.
Father David Michael Htun is being reassigned to the St. Paul University Parish located on the campus of Wichita State University, Wichita. He was assigned to St. Francis—St. Ambrose as parish administrator in 2014 and became our pastor in 2015
Father David will be dearly missed, but we look forward meeting and getting acquainted with Father Sam Pinkerton. Best of luck to both in their new parishes.
Knights of Columbus Council 760 ...
... will have a meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the St, Francis Parish Hall. Members are encouraged to attend. We have some upcoming, important business and events that need to be discussed and planned.
We would like to than Ceci Thomas for the cinnamon rolls she furnished for the Knights on Sunday, April 29. We would also like to congratulate Bob Harmon for being selected as "The Knight of the Month." to the Dan and Susan Vitt Family for being selected as "Family of the Month" and Riley Vitt for the Youth Sponsorship.
Holy Week Services, Holy Thursday Through Easter Sunday.
Thursday, March 29 — 7:00 p.m. Holy Thursday (St. Francis)
Friday, March 30 — 5:00 p.m. Good Friday (St. Ambrose)
Friday, March 30 -- 7:00 p.m. Good Friday (St. Francis)
Saturday, March 31 — 8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil (St. Francis)
Sunday, April 1 —8:00 a.m. Easter Sunday (St. Ambrose)
Sunday, April 1 —10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday (St. Francis)
They Do More Than Cook.
We are accustomed to seeing our Knights across the serving counter at benefit breakfasts or fish fry's. During the fall, many of us buy racks of well-prepared smoked ribs. Some of these events are focused on raising money for families or individuals in need because of illness or a catastrophic event in their lives. At other times they are raising money for their community and emergency fund. These funds allow them to respond, sometimes quickly, to special needs and other community or parish projects.
A good example of special needs are the upcoming KofC fish fry's. A part of the money will support our Catholic Youth Ministry. Remaining proceeds from the fish fry's and other events help them support seminarians.
Current Seminarian Support.
Currently KofC 760 is supporting two seminarians, both scheduled to be ordained later this spring:
Deacon James "Jimmie" Schibi. Council 760 has provided annual financial support for Jimmie's seminarian studies for several years. He attended High School in St. Paul and then entered the Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmetsburg, Md. On May 20, 2017, he was ordained a Deacon at the Church of The Magdalen in Wichita. Following a brief assignment in Rome, Deacon Schibi will be ordained as a priest in May of this year. We look forward to "Father" Jimmie Schibi celebrating a mass at St. Francis de Heironymo Catholic Church later this year.
A Mission Outreach — Deacon Michael Aung Naing Win. Michael is from Monhla, Myanmar (Burma), Where he is associated with the Missionary of St. Paul Congregation. He was ordained as a Deacon last year. Deacon Michael (also spelled Aungnaingwin) is one of three seminarians currently assisted by our Pastor, Father David Michael Htun. Until now he has relied on borrowed computers. Approaching ordination this spring, he needed his own laptop to prepare homilies, courseware for religion classes, internet communication and writing. In February of this year Council 760 contributed money to cover the cost of a laptop, software and some ordination expense.
For more information about Knights of Columbus Council 760, follow THIS LINK.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving the sacrament of Confirmation Saturday evening, February 24, at St. Francis Catholic Church by Bishop Carl Kemme:
Thank you to Suzie Diskin and Keaton McCracken for preparing these students for their Confirmation.
... The Bulletin is Always With You?
If you have a smartphone or a computer you can access the St. Francis - St. Ambrose bulletin from anywhere. The Sunday bulletin is posted to the parishes website every Monday afternoon. We usually keep at least a couple of months of past bulletins listed on the home page.
On a Desktop Computer:
On Your Smartphone:
Access the Bulletin:
On Sunday, February 18, our St. Francis Catholic Youth Ministry hosted their annual Senior Citizen's Valentine's Dinner. The dinner and desserts were delicious as always. But even more important was the opportunity for our youth to enjoy the companionship of the community's older citizens.
Many of the guests won door prizes. Carry-out dinners were taken to some seniors who were unable to attend.
A Very Special THANK YOU to our CYM Members, Adult Advisers and Parents Who Helped arrange and host this wonderful event!
The feast of St. John Bosco will be celebrated on Sunday, January 28 (Parish Youth Day). The celebration begins with 10:00 Mass at St. Francis, followed by pizza and ice cream at the parish hall. All youth from both parishes are expected to attend, along with their parents. All parishioners from both parishes are invited.
Founder of the Salesian Society, John Bosco was born to poor parents near Castelnuovo, Piedmont, Italy, in August of 1815. His father died when he was two, and much of his education came from his mother and a parish priest. At age nine he dreamed of a life dedicated to the education of young people. On becoming a priest in 1841, he chose as his life's work: "Da mihi animas cetera tolle" ("Give me souls, take all the rest" Gen. 14: 21). He began his apostolate among poor young people with the founding of the Oratory, which he placed under the patronage of St. Francis of Sales. He led young people to Christ through his educational style, pastoral practices and a strong determination in the face of many hardships.
When he passed away on January 31, 1888, Pope John Paul II proclaimed him Father and Teacher of Youth. He was canonized on Easter Sunday of 1934.
* Confused? St. Bosco shows up with three first names. His Italian given name birth was Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco. The most popular variation of his name is "John." However, he is also referred to as "Don" which is an honorary title given to priests in Italy. There are colleges and high schools named after him that have used one or the other variation.
It is the season of giving — and of late-year tax planning. This might be the perfect time to make a donation that will beautify the St. Francis church gardens and make it safer for our elderly and students.
St. Francis is starting a lighting project that will both beautify the church grounds and make the area safer for evening prayer events, as well as PSR students and staff. Approximately fourteen lamp posts will line the sidewalks of the garden including the walkway to Prairie Mission Retirement Village. Light posts will also illuminate the area between the church and rectory.
The Project is Underway ...
... but we still need your help. So far most of the trenching has been done and conduit has been laid between electrical power sources and the post positions. On December 3rd, the Parish Stewardship Council selected a post light head. The decorative heads will be of a Romanesque design that will complement the arches of the church windows, garden bell tower and the steeple. Now, the heads and posts can be ordered, concrete bases can be laid and work will be continued for an early spring completion. Some of the money is in place, but we will need some more financial support to meet the estimated $15,000 project cost.
If You Would Like to Help:
Donations may be mailed to the church rectory or put in the weekend collections. Please be sure to earmark your donation for the "Lighting Project" on your envelope and the check memo line. Envelopes for this may be found in the back of church, or use your own. Out-of-town donations may be mailed to.
St. Francis Catholic Church
208 Washington Street
St. Paul, Kansas 66771
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Remember - Two Masses:
This year, because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, that day is not only the Fourth Sunday of Advent, it is also the Vigil of Christmas. And yes, the Sunday obligation to attend Mass and the Christmas obligation to attend Mass must be fulfilled with two different Masses. The Christmas Mass Schedule is below:
December 23rd & 24th Mass Schedule:
Saturday, December 23rd — 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Francis
Sunday, December 24th — 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ambrose
Sunday, December 24th — 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Francis
Christmas Mass Schedule:
Sunday, December 24th — 5:30 p.m.Mass at St. Francis
Monday, December 25th — 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ambrose
Monday, December 25th — 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Francis
Thursday, December 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ** Changed from 20th **
Saturday, December 23 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am or until all are heard.
Father David will also be in the confessional every Saturday from 4:30 p.m. until 5:20 p.m.
Quite an Honor to Have Them Here ...
On the weekend of December 2-3 three representatives from the Loretto Archives, Nerinx, Kentucky, visited St. Paul to learn more about their history, and about us. The group consisted of: Loretto archivist, Sister Eleanor Craig; new archivist, Katie SantaAnna and videographer, Neil Tucker. The end destination of their trip is Denver where they will be part of the closing of the Loretto Center on December 8. Along the way they were stopping at important Loretto historical sites including Santa Fe Trail sites near Kansas City and Dodge City.
But the Osage Mission site has been on Sister Craig's mind for several years. During a visit to the Kentucky Motherhouse in 2013, Sister Craig told Rosie and I that the Osage Mission story was one of her favorites. Sister Craig is very aware of the family relationship among the three "Hayden Sisters":
Sister Craig asked for some details regarding the Loretto's time here at Osage Mission - St. Paul. They left with much of the information and more will follow. But more importantly, she wanted to meet some of our parishioners — especially those with ties to the Lorettos or St. Ann's — and we did not let her down. Saturday afternoon and evening several locals joined them during a cemetery tour and at the museum. Sunday morning another group of parishioners greeted them after 10:00 Mass. Sister Craig, Katie and Neil left around 11:30 Sunday and I think everyone believes the visit was a success. It will also open the door for a future exchange of information between the Loretto Archives and St. Francis Parish.
Some Reference Information:
1. Mother Bridget's time at Osage Mission was interrupted by a temporary assignment in Cape Girardeau, Missouri from 1863 to 1866. For more information about Mother Bridget Hayden and her sisters, follow THIS LINK.
2. For more information about the Loretto's St. Ann's Academy, follow THIS LINK.
3. Many thanks to Kelly Standley, his mother, and his crew of workers for getting St. Ann's ready for the Loretto visit.
— By Ron & Rosie Brogan.
A Legacy of Beauty.
St. Francis Catholic Church is blessed with many gifts from the Passionist Order which maintained a presence here for more than ninety years. One of those gifts is our beautiful garden which remains decades after the Passionists and their monastery-retreat house disappeared. The garden holds many reminders of our past including the stone tower which contains the bell from the original Osage Mission log church.
The "Monastery Gardens" are a treasure that attracts visitors from around the region. It is also a place of quite solitude for parishioners and residents of nearby Prairie Mission Retirement Village.
Needless to say, the gardens require care. The heavy maintenance and mowing are done by parish employee Larry Coomes with a lot of part-time help from Charlie Brown. But much of the planting, watering and plant care is done by a not-so-small team of parish volunteers.
The "team" is not directly tied to any specific parish organization. Looking at a list of team members is like browsing the parish directory: Carter, Coomes, Chambers, Corn, McCracken, Pecha, VanLeeuwen, Vitt, .... . And it is not just individual family members. The daily work crews often include children, spouses and several adult members of some large families. It is a parish stewardship project.
While hesitant to accept the title of "Team Leader" Diane Coomes gets the nod from other team members. According to Diane, it is group of folks who love the gardens and want to keep them looking great — 'Everyone knows what to do and when it needs to be done.' While that seems pretty simple, watching the amount of work done by these women and their families reflects a whole lot of pride, effort and love!
A Garden Tour With Captions:
The St. Francis - St. Ambrose Parish School of Religion kicked of the 2017/2018 program on Wednesday, September 6th. It started with a 7:00 p. m. Family Mass for parents and students followed by ice cream served in the parish gardens. The formal class schedule begins Wednesday, September 13. Program details and class schedules are available in the bulletin and the back tables of the church.
Our Religious Education Program is made up of four components, one of which makes our local program unique among many parishes of the diocese:
*Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS).
Item #2, The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, is somewhat unique to our local religious education program. We are among a small number of parishes in the Diocese of Wichita that offers it. Also resident parishioner, Frances Casey, is among a handful of degreed catechists in the diocese.
The CGS program embraces the Montessori theory of education — an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's personal desire for development. Teaching is done in one of three "atrium" rooms in the PSR building where a team of five recognized Level One CGS catechists emphasize learning with hands-on materials. Many of the materials, which are sized for the hands of K-3 students, have been made by local artists and craftsmen.
For more information about the Catechesis of Good Shepherd Program, including our local as well as the global programs, follow THIS LINK. A copy of the September 2017 CGS newsletter is linked below.
Some Reference Information:
For more information about our joint-parishes Religious Education program, including current staff and schedule, follow THIS LINK and sub-links. Information about the historical banner photo is also included on that page.
In the July 7 article we told you the church pew cushion project would probably be complete during September. But the seamstress in Stark had a cancellation, and when Terri started feeding groups of cushions to her, completion went much faster than planned.
Because of limited shop space Connie's Upholstery could only handle 8 to 10 cushions at a time; but she brought in a helper to speed things up. When they started altering cushions they kept Terri and her car moving.
As noted in the earlier article the small gap at the end of outside aisle pews will remain. Shorter center pews, at pillar locations, will have a similar gap. Thanks to Terri for overseeing the project; and to Connie's Upholstery in Stark for her great service. And special thanks to Father David and the Altar Society for backing the project.
It Was a Busy Year!
Council 760 recently submitted their Annual History Report which summarizes activity for fiscal year 2016—2017 (July 1, 2016 — June 30, 2017). We knew it was a busy year but when the activities were compiled it was, indeed, a very active period. Most importantly, as a faith and charity-based fraternal organization, we provided valuable service for our area, state and national communities.
In total, Knights of Columbus Council 760 returned $36,780 to community in the form of financial aid to families in need, seminarian support and donations to local or other organizations. A summary of some of the work is provided here and a link to our annual report is provided below:
In addition to the direct donations noted above, Council 760 also sponsored two additional community breakfasts and our annual Smoked Ribs campaign to raise money for our emergency and general operating fund. This money allows us to support other projects and causes during the year. Some of these include: The local and district basketball free-throw contests both of which were in St. Paul; punt pass and kick; autumn pro-life rosary and ice cream social and 4th Degree honor guards for our church or other area churches. Open the link below for a copy of our annual history report.
 Pennies from Heaven is an EDAP (Emergency Disaster Aid Program). Individual councils make an annual donation to sustain a state fund which, in turn, is made available to the councils to provide instant support for local emergencies. For example, the $200 donation, noted above, was made quickly allowing the family to buy clothing, and other necessities destroyed by the fire. Then, our council was reimbursed from the state Pennies fund.
When a St. Francis parishioner noticed an ad on a Southeast Kansas sales site she saw potential for a church improvement project. Our Lady of Lourdes was doing a complete interior renovation and some items were being discarded — among those items were pew cushions.
A Stewardship Project Gets Underway.
St. Francis has looked at pew cushions in the past, but the $25,000 cost kept the project on a back burner. Curious about the advertisement, Terri Morrow made a call and then drove to Pittsburg to investigate. The cushions appeared to be in good condition, but Lourdes had included new cushions in their renovation plan.
After checking with Father David and Altar Society President Elaine VanLeeuwen, she got a “GO” and called to make arrangements to pick them up.
There was a catch. Lourdes had a contractor and a group of parishioners ready to gut the interior of the church on Monday, May 15, and the cushions had to be picked up by 9:00 that morning or they would be hauled away. Terri rounded up a pickup truck, and some help, to go get what we thought would be “about fifty cushions.” That should be enough to fill the front pews-bay of St. Francis.
We showed up at Lourdes on the 15th to discover that “about fifty” was closer to "one-hundred.” But with the help of a Lourdes volunteer we were able to get most of the cushions in the bed and cab of the pickup; then we stuffed every part of Terri’s car but the driver’s seat. If there had been an accident, she was well-protected. The cushions were taken to the PSR Building in St. Paul for inspection and some planning. A few issues had to be addressed:
So what will this stewardship project cost? When completed, the cost will include lots of driving, coordination, phone calls, planning, lifting, cleaning, sweating, moving and a few cuts and scrapes. But the total cost, to be paid by the St. Francis Altar Society, should not exceed $700! Instead of filling only the front bay of pews, there will be enough cushions to fill nearly the entire church. (There has been some discussion about loaves, fishes and cushions!)
A Project Overview Slide-Show:
Don’t Move The Cushions.
Existing spaces in center pews should be filled by September. However, since the first set of cushions entered the church, several have been slid to an opposite end of pews. This can damage the expensive foam underlay and is creating more work for the team. Also, moving a pew cushion to your end of the pew means someone else sits on wood. That is not stewardship.
 So Far, Terri's Team consists of herself, Rosie Brogan, Jean Diskin, the St. Francis Altar Society and Ron Brogan.
 When completed, pews on all of the two center rows will be fully covered with the exception of about 15” on the outside ends of the column pews. There will be a similar end gap on all of the outside (window) pews.
Mark your calendar now for the events of August, 12, 13 and 14, 2017. The Diocese of Wichita is "bringing the Spiritual Life Center to Saint Paul". The Center Director, Father Ken VanHaverbeke, will conduct a three-night Parish Mission Retreat on Saturday/Sunday/Monday. Those who know Father Ken also know this will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience!
Mission Theme: Encountering Christ With Joy!
"The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness." Pope Francis
The three-night Parish Mission will allow parishioners to reflect upon the good news of Jesus Christ, The Joy of the Gospel
The Mission will give parishioners the opportunity to experience the good news through preaching on the scriptures, experiencing reconciliation through the sacraments, the company of fellow parishioners, prayer and music.
Topics Will Include:
Format for the Mission: August 12, 13, 14
Father Ken VanHaverbeke.
Father Ken VanHaverbeke is a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Wichita. After graduating from Kansas State University he attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio, and was ordained in 1991. He has served as assistant-pastor or pastor of: Church of the Magdalen, Wichita; St. Mary's, Newton; St. Joseph, Wichita; Christ the King, Wichita and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita. Between 1999 and present he also worked on several Chancery assignments including: Continuing Education for Clergy, Chaplain of the Guadalupe Clinic, Vicar for Priests, Director of the Office of Stewardship and is currently the Director of the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
As the pastor of several parishes, he gained experience in shepherding souls and cultivating the gifts of preaching, teaching and healing. He understands the day-to-day relationship of a pastor with parishioners. Father VanHaverbeke is an accomplished speaker and writer. Using either microphone or keyboard, his presentation is spirited, articulate and always punctuated with some delightful "Father Ken" humor. We think you will enjoy his Saint Paul Mission Retreat!
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