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Bulletin: March 17, 2019




Weekend Masses will take place in the

St. Elizabeth Gym Beginning March 2nd & 3rd

Our building partners will soon begin construction work in the Church building that requires the building to remain unoccupied. During Lent, we plan to celebrate all of our Lenten weekend Liturgies and Wednesday School Masses in the Gym and all daily Masses in the Chapel configured in the PMC.

Like the Israelites during many times of their history, we are living outside our preferred home, and we’re embracing this disruption in our Lenten theme, Building Church. During this time of Building Church, we have to be more flexible with schedules and patterns, more aware of each other’s needs, and more kind and responsive when asked to help.

Please give these thoughts and suggestions your consideration:
- Entrance: Please enter the Gym using the entryway that faces 75 th Street and sits across the parking lot from the Hardware Store.
- Exits: Leave the gym church thru the front door. A side door is also available as an exit – it is on North side of gym. That exit is a set of metal stairs that lands in the driveway behind the gym.
- Parking: Please leave the parking spaces between the Gym and the Hardware Store – as well as the parking spaces on 75 th Street – available for members of our assembly who have mobility challenges.
- Accessibility: An accessible ramp is available on the West side (Hardware Store side) of the Gym building.
-Tarp: Please watch your step if you have mobility challenges. And please watch out for folks who need more time and more space to maneuver on the tarp that covers the gym floor.
-Awareness: Please maintain an atmosphere of reverence and quiet before, during, and after Liturgy.
-Children: Parents and other family members, please help children to maintain a spirit of prayer and reverence before, during, and after Liturgies.
-Hallway: Please be aware that sound carries very well from the Hallway into the worship space. Running and talking in the hallway will distract and detract from prayer.
-Posture: It is appropriate to bow to the Altar as you enter your seat row.
-Kneeling: At times in the Liturgy when we normally kneel, please stand. If standing is too uncomfortable or not physically possible, sitting is appropriate.


We will provide you more logistics next weekend prior to each Liturgy – mechanics of Communion and exits and restroom locations are much easier to show in place.

Building Church this Lent will ask each and all of us to trust each other a little more, to listen to each other a little better, to be a little more patient with unexpected changes of plan, and to practice our senses of humor and flexibility. Thank you for joining us on this adventure !




State of the Parish Makeup Sessions

Saturday, 3/23 at 9:00am or
Tuesday, 3/26 at 6:00pm



Did you miss the recent State of the Parish meetings? Want to hear from Fr. Greg and other parish leaders about where things stand with the parish? Need to pick up your 2019/2020 school registration form? Please join us for a video encore presentation of the 2019 State of the Parish.




Stations of the Cross

Every Friday in Lent at 6pm

Chapel of St. Romero (in the PMC)


Often when we find ourselves lost—anxious and nervous about where we are going—it’s best to stop, survey the land, and turn around. Retrace our steps. 

 The Stations of the Cross are an ancient devotional practice retracing Jesus' last journey to Calvary.  

The practice grounds and centers us in scripture and helps us weave our personal journey into Jesus' life and death.  Come retrace Jesus' steps, and find your own footprints on the way.




Experience Pietra Fitness this Lent!


Join our dynamic stretching and strengthening classes for women this Lenten season! We will feature Lenten meditations to refresh the soul as we utilize physical exercise to promote core strength to build a solid foundation for the body!


Classes for women meet every Monday night at 6pm in the school library. During construction access to library will be from the school doors facing 75th street. For more information, contact Mary Beth McClain at



40 Cans for 40 Days Food Drive for the STE Food Pantry


Food donation baskets are now located at the entrance of the gym and in the hallway of the PMC building leading to the Romero Chapel. Thank you for your support.



Nominations for 2019 School Board


The St. Elizabeth School Advisory Council (aka "School Board") is consultative and advisory in its capacity regarding school policies and is not involved in the day-to-day administration of the school. The Board provides regular counsel and support to the Principal and Pastor in matters of planning, financing, education, development, and policy.



Nominations for 2019 School Board elections are now open! The three open seats are as follows:

1) One parishioner with one or more children enrolled in the school

2) One parishioner or non-parishioner with one or more children enrolled in the school

3) One parishioner with NO children currently enrolled in the school

Interested candidates should submit their bios to School Board President, Joe Coyle via. email to: no later than April 1, 2019. Elections will be held on April 26, 27 and 28. 



Daily and Weekend Masses Reminder


Please note that beginning Monday, February 25, daily Masses (7:00am and 11:30am) will be celebrated in the Parish Ministry Center’s (PMC) Chapel of St. Romero, across Main St. from the church, during renovations.

Weekend Masses beginning March 2 and 3 will be held in the St. Elizabeth School Gym. Please enter the gym through the main entrance on 75th St.



Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 13th

10:00 to 11:30am

Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt (scavenger hunt for the older kids), face painting, games, and bounce houses (weather permitting). This event is open to the community and all family and friends of St. Elizabeth. We look forward to celebrating Easter with all of you.




Thank you for helping to Build Our Legacy!


Pledged: $5.68 Million
Total Collected: $2,934,180


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



Renderings and other information can be found



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.


Click here to learn more about the campaign.




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


St Elizabeth is sponsoring two mission trips to El Salvador in 2019 An adult trip in January and a youth trip later in the year. For more information contact Joel Jones by phone (816)509-6988 or


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 homebound 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.




Online Stewardship Commitment Card




Your tithing gifts make it possible to provide and grow the ministries of our parish and fulfill the STE mission of "prayer and action, to further God's kingdom on earth", and we thank you for your ongoing generosity and commitment.

Commitment cards can be returned via offertory, by mail, to the PMC or online by clicking here. Thank you for your generosity and stewardship.




Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity’s KC House of Abraham brings together faith communities from the three Abrahamic traditions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The communities work together to raise funds and volunteer time building a home for a Kansas City family.

St. Elizabeth is proud to announce we will be participating in one of this year’s Abraham’s House projects. The main objectives of Abraham’s House are:

• Promote interfaith fellowship and learn about each other's faith traditions • Increase awareness and support of Habitat Kansas City in a variety of faith communities • Promote partnerships between Habitat and participating congregations • Build a home for a Kansas City family in need



On-site training is provided, and no experience is necessary. You will meet at the Habitat office at 1423 E Linwood Blvd. for a briefing before heading to the job site. You must be 16 with a parent, or 18 years old to volunteer.

Questions can be directed to Teresa Medina at parish
office 816-523-2405 ext 3148 or Dana Bass at Habitat
office 816-924-1096 ext 101.





Congratulations to the 2018 FIREBall Cup
Trophy Winners—St. Elizabeth!

The Irish have been pushing for 4 years to get that trophy to a new home, and we finally did it! As we chatter about the contest, we must pause and realize how very lucky we are. Our students are the real winners as we are able to provide all our challenged learners a path to succeed and
spread inclusion through FIRE! Thank you to everyone who participated in purchasing raffle tickets.


FIRE was founded in 1996 by a group of parents who shared a common dream; for their children with special needs to attend their parish schools with siblings and friends. Since that time, through the efforts of parents, a dedicated board of directors, many talented volunteers and community members who embrace inclusive Catholic education.


The FIRE Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization, makes it possible for partner Catholic schools to hire special educators and paraprofessionals and to acquire learning materials and technology that create successful learning experiences for all children. Without grants from FIRE, most schools would not be able to welcome students with Down syndrome, significant learning disabilities, many who are on the Autism spectrum and students who face other special learning challenges. In inclusive learning environments, children grow up knowing and appreciating each other’s unique gifts. St. Elizabeth is a proud partner school.





The Sounds of St. Elizabeth and STE Centennial Ornament for Sale at the PMC


Relive and enjoy the beautiful music from our Centennial Concert on November 9th, 2017 with your very own CD recording, “Sounds of St. Elizabeth”. All the solos, choirs, guitar band, bell choir songs and more are included in this special keepsake CD. CDs will be available for purchase for only $10, after Masses and in the parish office.


This exclusive, limited edition brass ornament will be available until we sell out. Stop by the PMC during business hours to buy one for $15 (cash or check). Don't miss your chance to take home your piece of



On September 9, 2017 we celebrated the first 100 years of our parish with Mass and the Taste of St. Elizabeth.

We were blessed to have to parishioners, Doug Kinney and Daniel McBride volunteer as photographers to capture many of the moments and faces of the day.

Click here is view the online album of their photos.









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

Ash Wednesday School Mass - 3/6/19

School Mass - 2/13/19

School Mass - 2/6/19



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

Bishop's Homily - 12/18/2016

Bishop's School Mass - 12/05/2016