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Bulletin: November 10, 2019



Email Scam


Several parishioners have received emails recently from “Rev. Greg Haskampp” or some other incorrect variation on his name, vaguely requesting assistance and asking for a reply.

If you receive such a message, please check 1) the email address with what is listed in the bulletin 2) the spelling of Fr. Greg’s name and 3) the content of the message before replying, especially if the request is a vague invitation to help with an unspecified task. It most likely is a phishing scam.

Fr. Greg will typically use the phone to request a conversation with someone. If he uses email, the purpose is made explicit in the message and should obviously be connected to parish business. When in doubt, create a new message rather than replying to the original one.

This is not unique to St. Elizabeth and parishes across the country have been targeted. Here are two articles from earlier this year.


Text/Email Scam Targeting Parishes



Who Is My Neighbor?

Mon. Nov. 4, 11, 18

7 - 8:30pm

Seton Hall


Mark your calendar and plan to attend Dr. Chuck Rhodes’ series on Who Is My Neighbor? We’ll cover:

-What the Bible has to say about our relationships with “others”

-The psychology and sociology of tribal mentality and behavior

-The many ways in which we objectify and marginalize those around us

-How moral development influences our personal and political views of “others”

-Spiritual practices to manage our innate tendency towards bias, discrimination, and prejudice

-The role of the Church in fostering equality, mutuality, and inclusivity


Sessions will meet on Mondays, Nov. 4, 11, and 18, 7 - 8:30pm in Seton Hall. Please RSVP to to help us estimate handouts. Bring a friend and a snack to share!




As Fr. Greg announced in March we are transitioning our stewardship pledge period to the calendar year. 2020 pledge packets have been mailed to all registered parish households. Please see your packet for more information and return your pledge card by November 17th.


Please remember all current and incoming school families (K - 8) are required to have a current pledge recorded with the parish to be considered an active parishioner.


Click here is complete your pledge card online.



We have an opportunity to commit our support to diocesan programs and ministries that no one parish could provide on its own. The theme, Blessing God’s Family, appropriately recognizes our unity as the people of God to work together for the betterment of all. Our goal is 100% participation. No gift is too small. Please join our effort.


If you did not have an opportunity to view Bishop Johnston’s message at Mass please click here to watch the video.


To make your pledge or gift online please click here.



Thank you everyone who came out to support this year’s FIREBall and auction, making for a record night for the FIRE Foundation!


Members of our St. Elizabeth community were honored in several ways during the night, including Educator of the Year Teresa Medina, Volunteer of the Year Rachel Twenter, and a video featuring the Whittaker Family and the impact that FIRE has had on their family’s journey. Click here to watch the video.


It is through the work and faith of countless volunteers, educators, and families, and the generosity of supporters, that all children in our community & diocese have the opportunity to learn and go to school with their peers. THANK YOU!



STE Heritage Fund


Now accepting donations to the STE Heritage Fund in honor of the Hall of Fame Class of 2019 or Grandparents/VIP Day. Click here to make your donation to our school today.


St. Elizabeth of Hungary Service Day

Sunday, November 17th



Save the Date for this exciting opportunity to help serve our community together as a group. More details TBA soon.


The mission of Slainte (pronounced a little like “slawn-cha”) is to help

St. Elizabeth Young Adult Parishioners, 18 - 40, to grow in their faith through service, social, and spiritual activities.


The St. Elizabeth mascot is “The Irish” so a good Irish word that spreads joy and fellowship is a fitting name for this new group. The word Slainte in the Gaelic language means “Cheers”, the goal is to share good cheer with our community through this group.


Click here it visit our facebook page for more information and a list of upcoming events, and email us at with questions.



Hall of Fame Nominations


Coming soon




Advent Reflection booklet


Calling all Parishioners Let’s think about Advent to bring on Autumn! Please write one paragraph about what Advent and Christmas mean to you as you practice your faith. We’ll make our Advent Reflection booklet to grow and learn from each other. Please email with questions or submissions.



Experience Pietra Fitness…


A fitness class that stretches, strengthens and tones the body while refreshing the soul with prayer. In only one hour you will feel calmer, stronger, refreshed and renewed!


Classes for Women are offered on select Mondays at 6:00pm and on Tuesday mornings at 7:30am. Registration is required! For specific class dates and to register for classes, contact Mary Beth McClain, Certified Pietra Fitness Instructor, at



Gift Card Email Scam

Scammers have been targeting Catholic parishes and others across the country. Here are links to recent articles about this. 




Daily Mass Reminder


Please note that as renovation work on the church continues during the week we will continue to celebrated daily Mass in the Chapel of St. Romero, located in the Parish Ministry Center (PMC - across Main St. from the church).





Thank you for helping to Build Our Legacy!


Pledged: $5.68 Million
Total Collected: $3,673,772


Recently we had a topping out ceremony which is a major milestone on our construction of the new ECC. Students and staff all signed the beam and celebrated with donuts generously provided by our partner Straub Construction!


Check it out here!


We can't wait to see students in their new space next year! 

Special thanks to Builders Steel for helping us pull this off!

Thank you to everyone who is Building Our Legacy by
praying the campaign prayer and making payments on
their pledge. If you have not joined us yet, please consider
your role in this important effort for the future of our



You can click here to submit your pledge online or there are also pledge cards in the pews. We would like every household in the parish to be part of this campaign. Click here to donate online via credit card or bank transfer.




St. Elizabeth El Salvador Ministry


The mission of the St. Elizabeth’s El Salvador Ministry is to promote solidarity and exchange between the St. Elizabeth Parish community and our sister communities in El Salvador, Romero Community and Palo Grande/Suchitoto.


We have partnered with these community since 2013 to provide scholarships to the youth, and much more.  In ninety percent of the homes in the Romero Community, a woman is the head of the household.


Click here to view the “women run this community video” about the women of the Romero Community, their to fight for their land, homes and livelihood, and their drive to provide relevancy to women in a male-dominated society.


Please help us continue our legacy of generosity and solidarity by clicking here to make a contribution to the St. Elizabeth El Salvador Scholarship Fund. Questions: please contact Kerm Fendler (913-488-7790 or or Carrie Madden (913-485-8361 or


January 22- 29, 2020
For the seventh consecutive year, St Elizabeth is sponsoring an adult  mission trip to El Salvador. The dates are January 22 29, 2020, and you are invited to join us.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of El Salvador, visit historic sites, including the home of Saint Oscar Romero, tour the mountainous countryside and experience Salvadoran cuisine. More importantly, you will meet, spend time with, and work with Salvadorans from St. Elizabeth’s sister communities.

Join the St. E.’s delegation and see for yourself why those who have traveled with us in the past look forward to returning. As Fr. Dean Brackley, a Jesuit who lived and worked in El Salvador for 22 years, said, “I tell you that you will fall in love with the people of El Salvador and you
will be hooked for life.”

To reserve your spot, or for more information, contact Joel Jones at 8165096988 or, or Kerm Fendler at 9134887790 or Space is limited, so contact one of us as soon as possible.


Click here for information about the Youth Scholarship Program and to donate by mail.


Click here to donate online.


Click here to view the video from our 2016 trip.



Know Someone Who Could Use a Caring Visitor?

If you know of a housebound person who lives in our parish boundaries who would appreciate calls or weekly visits from a volunteer in our Caring Visitors ministry, please call the parish office at 816-523-2405.




A Reminder


St. Elizabeth Parish does not share parishioner information with any outside business or organization. St. Elizabeth Parish does not endorse political candidates, nor does the parish allow any official campaign activity regarding individual candidates to take place in the name of the parish or on parish property.






Stewardship Education

Everyone has a different story about why they are called to be a Christian steward... click on the links below to read a few from our parishioners.

"That does not sound like you."

"It's just what we do for family."

"It started with a valentine."

"God is the main Head Coach."

"Experience that awesome feeling that comes with being part of something bigger than ourselves"

"It is not an obligation to us. It is a privilege."

"How shall we make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for us?"

"God prepared this house for us."

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait single moment before starting to change the world.”

"A Volleyball Match, a Pocket Knife and a T-shirt."


Seven Secrets of Successful Stewards (click here)

Keynote address 2011 Region IX Stewardship Conference

Father Jim Golka (Pastor,St. Patrick Church, Diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska) gives an humorous, inspirational and

thought-provoking perspective on stewardship. Enjoy! 

(click here)


Parish-Wide Visioning

Parish Visioning Recommendations and Goals (click here)

State of the Parish 2015 power point (click here)

Parish Visioning Update 6/15/2015 (click here)




Homilies- Audio Version

School Mass - 5/22/19

School Mass - 5/15/19

School Mass - 5/8/19


Fr. Greg 25th Anniversary Mass - 7/14/18

Bishop's Homily - 12/18/2016

Bishop's School Mass - 12/05/2016