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Bulletin: December 2, 2018

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Annual Advent Reflection Booklet

Printed copies are now available in the church or click here for the online version.

 

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Church Cleaning

Thursday, December 13th

12:30 – 3:00pm

 

We are putting together a team for a general church cleaning/spruce up before the Christmas holiday. We will vacuum and wipe down the pews and clean the glass doors. Many hands make light work, so if you are able to pitch in, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Click here to sign up to help


If you have any questions, please contact Kathy O’Toole, kotoole33@gmail.com or 816-797-3821 or Beth in the PMC.

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Knights of Columbus Coat Drive

 

The Knights will be collecting winter coats for our neighbors in need within our parish boundaries and to be donated to Seton Center. Bins will be located in the church beginning November 25 through December 9. Additionally, if you are a school parent, they will have two school carpool collection times on Wednesday, November 28 and Wednesday, December 5. Thank you for your generosity!

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Christmas Stars

 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to make the holiday's a little brighter for our neighbors in need. They committee is working now to organize the gifts for distribution.

 

If you have a star that has not been returned yet please deliver your items to the PMC ASAP.

 

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2019 Confirmation

 

Sophomores and Juniors interested in being Confirmed in our Catholic faith will need to attend the Orientation meeting in Seton Hall on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 immediately following the 10:00am Mass. This meeting is for interested Candidates and Parents.

 

Sponsors for our 2019 Confirmation candidates will need to attend the Orientation meeting in Seton Hall on Sunday, December 16th, immediately following the 10:00am Mass. This meeting is Sponsors ONLY. For someone to be eligible to serve as your Sponsor they must be: 1. Over 21 years of age and a Confirmed Catholic; 2. Local and able to attend the bulk of our meetings with their Candidate; 3. Willing to take an active and engaged role in the program—this is a journey you’ll make together.

 

For more information or to receive the schedule of classes early, contact Erin Gabert eringabert1977@gmail.com or Judi Moritz jmoritz3@att.net

 

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The Centennial Photo Directories ARE HERE

 

The Centennial Photo Directories have arrived and are available for pick-up in the PMC during regular business hours for those who had their picture taken. Please note that Lifetouch provides these directories for us free of charge and remember that they only provide us with enough for each family that had their photo taken. Unfortunately, we do not have extras for families that are not in the directory.

 

After much delay, we hope you are as happy with the finished book as we are. We appreciate your patience and understanding for the extra time it has taken to get these completed.

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Holidays and Bulletin Items

 

As we approach the holidays, please note that the Bulletin submission dates for the months of November and December are earlier than normal. If you have an item you’d like put in the bulletin, please submit your request 2 weeks before the weekend you would like to see it posted.

 

Space constraints sometimes prevent us from putting items in or for running items more than a week or two, though we make every effort to include everything we can. Thanks for your understanding. Submit bulletin items to info@stekc.org. Contact Beth in the Parish Office if you have any questions.

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Thank you for helping to Build Our Legacy!

 

Pledged: $5.67 Million
Total Collected: $1,881,534


We are actively seeking and receiving new pledges, each one getting us closer to our Challenge Goal of $6 million. If you have been asking yourself when we will be starting construction, Diocesan policy requires to have collected 50% of the cost of the projects prior to beginning ANY construction. As you can see from the number listed above we still need to collect additional gifts before we will be allowed to proceed. At this point, we are on track to meet this requirement next spring. Staying up to date on your pledge or even making a portion of your gift early, if you are able, will help us begin construction as soon as possible.

 

Renderings and other information can be found www.stelegacy.com

Next steps include taking these updates to the City of KCMO, and working to identify a projected start date for the church and ECC projects.


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
parish.

 

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.

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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.

 

Gracias! Thank you to the many parishioners who so warmly welcomed our scholarship students, Arnulfo and Soraida throughout their visit to Kansas City. An additional shout-out to those who planned and attend our Parish Fiesta!

 

“Through great poverty, violence and hardships [these students] have remained pure in spirit, loyal to family and continue through great odds to make a better future for themselves.” - Parishioner Kathy Symmonds

 

Since 2013, the generous people of St. Elizabeth have contributed $101,317, funding 294 scholarships for Salvadoran students in grades kindergarten through university. St. E Scholarship Students/H.S. graduation Currently, scholarship amounts for one year are: $1,000- university, $300-high school & $155-grade school.

 

Please help us continue this 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 kfendler47@gmail.com) or Carrie Madden (913-485-8361 or carriesmadden@gmail.com).

 

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 jjinwaldo@gmail.com.

 

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.

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You should have received your invitation to participate in the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA), which kicked off on October 13 – 14.

 

During the past couple of weeks, we have invited each of you to prayerfully consider a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) and many of you have pledged your support. We thank you. If you have not made a gift or a pledge, please make a difference today by finding a pledge card and mailing it to the Office of Stewardship and Development or placing it in the collection basket. Every gift makes a difference. Please consider a gift to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal.

 

Click here to watch this year's video or to pledge online.

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Small Faith Communities are here!

Click here for more information on this exciting new ministry at STE.

 

If you are interested in joining one of the groups, please click here is sign up.

 

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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.

 

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2018 Stewardship Campaign

Online 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.

 

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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

 

NEW WORK DATES COMING SOON!

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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

 #MySTELegacy!

 

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.

 

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 STEWARDSHIP

 

 

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 - 12/5/18

School Mass - 11/28/18

School Mass - 11/14/18

School Mass - 11/9/18 - VIP Day

 

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

Bishop's Homily - 12/18/2016

Bishop's School Mass - 12/05/2016