WHAT A WEEK — A Holy and Exciting Week!!!
St. Francis Catholic Church started the week of July 18th through 23rd with a wild and wet Totus Tuus retreat for our 1st through 6th graders. Before the dust had settled, we started a traditional St. Francis Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Retreat for sixteen candidates from around the Diocese of Wichita. Wichita TEC #165 took place at the St. Paul High School on Friday June 23-Sunday June 25.
Teens Encounter Christ is a 3 day retreat for High School Juniors and older. It focuses on Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the mission for his disciples to spread his love throughout the world. Here are some highlights and facts about this year's St. Paul TEC and the program in general:
Thanks to Our TEC Crew:
Wheat Crew (WC):
1. For information about the St. Francis Totus Tuus, follow THIS link.
2. A former Diocese TEC Director, Andy Green, told us years ago that he loved to bring a group of youth to St. Paul for a TEC. He knew they were coming to a truly holy place — the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in southern Kansas. To better understand follow THIS link.
Our 2021 Totus Tuus youth retreat was a success and proof is in the photos! Totus Tuus is committed to bringing kids closer to Christ through the sacraments, prayer and fun! During the week of July 18th-23rd the day program ran from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and included outdoor water fun, snacks pizza, ice cream sundae making and a few pretty good messes. During the week, our 1st through 6th graders also took time for Mass, prayers, Confessions, Adoration and learning more about their Catholic Faith.
Many, many thanks to our Diocesan Missionaries: Katie, Thomas, Dominic and Audrey for providing an energetic program and keeping it exciting. Also thanks to Father Sam Pinkerton, Religious Ed. Director Suzie Diskin, and a small army of volunteers. Special thanks to the Mission Township Fire Department for cooling things off; and Heather Sinclair for this great set of photos!!!
OH! And as if a week of Totus Tuus wasn't exciting enough; St. Francis also started it's 2021 Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) retreat on Friday, July 23! Follow THIS Link!
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.