Being handed a roll of this candy is a reminder that you can make a difference in the lives of women facing crisis pregnancies.
The familiar Life Saver candy was invented in 1912 by Clarence Crane of Garrettsville, Ohio. He was looking for a hard-candy alternative to chocolate that melted during hot Ohio summers. Their shape was similar to life rings used on boats and around swimming areas. As they became popular, a roll of the candies was a "lifesaver" for the occasional sweet-tooth attack.
A New Meaning.
In recent years, the word "Lifesaver" has taken a more literal meaning. Knights of Columbus members, across the nation, don their familiar aprons and meet parishioners at church doors, after Mass, with the cash-can in hand. Being handed a roll of the candy is a reminder that you can make a difference in the lives of women facing crisis pregnancies.
The difference an ultrasound machine makes is frequently the difference between a mother keeping or aborting her baby. It is hard to deny the humanity of an unborn baby when confronted with a face, a nose, a heart, ten fingers and ten toes. To date the Knights of Columbus have donated more than 1,500 ultrasound machines, worth more than $72 million — in all 50 states, Mexico, Canada and countries in South America and Africa. Thousands of babies have been saved and and the lives of countless mothers, fathers, and families have been enhanced thanks to the work of the Knights.
So remember, when you see a Knight in the apron, with his can, ... digging into your pocket a little deeper will make a difference!
Lifesaver Sunday is Coming Up!
Lifesaver Sunday will be honored at all Masses on the weekend of April 30, May 1. The Knights of Columbus will be present to collect donations for the benefit of A Better Choice, a Catholic pregnancy resource center in Wichita.
Following is a link to a short video about A Better Choice, featuring Bishop Kemme (with a very cute baby!): vimeo.com/693171470
The Disciple Maker Index Survey opened Friday, April 1, 2022 and we need your help. Your participation in this survey is critically important and will be helpful for Fr. Theodore. Please help us participate by completing a 10-15 minute survey as soon as possible. To complete your survey go to https://portal.catholicleaders.org/dmi/survey/y71a4y You may also use the QR Code, shown here, with your phone. There are paper copies of the form in the back of the churches that you may return to the parish office. The survey will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow. All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole. We will receive the results this summer at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.
175TH ANNIVERSARY AND PASTORAL VISIT:
St. Francis Church will be celebrating our 175th Anniversary on May 7-8, 2022. Bishop Carl Kemme will be coming for the Pastoral Visit to St. Ambrose and St. Francis Churches. He will celebrate the Anniversary with us; and our PSR youth will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Mass. There will be Chicken Annie’s catered meals at the St. Francis Hall on Saturday, after 5:30 p.m. Mass and Sunday, after 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Everyone is welcome to attend and are asked to use the sign up sheet that will be in the back of the churches. It will be very helpful to have an approximate count for the meals.
This is the community website for the St. Francis de Hieronymo and St. Ambrose Catholic Churches in Neosho County, Kansas. Both churches are located in the center of the historic nine-county southeast Kansas area. We share one of the richest Catholic Heritages in Southern Kansas and the Four-State Region. For more information about our churches, history, organizations or programs browse our site including its links.