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Bulletin: July 15, 2018

 

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Interested in the Catholic Church?

 

Join us Tuesday, August 14th. We welcome non-Catholics who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church or who may be thinking about becoming Catholic.

 

An inquiry session will be held on Tuesday, July 14th from 7:00 – 8:00pm in Seton Hall (the basement of the church). We will answer questions and explain the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the process by which adults join the Church. There won’t be any pressure to join, and you don’t have to have made any decisions. This is just a chance to ask questions and learn more about us.

 

Parishioners are strongly encouraged to invite non-Catholic friends who may have been thinking about joining the Church to attend this session. The RCIA process begins September 4, so now is the time to find out more. Anyone interested is encouraged to call Deacon Mike at the parish office at 523-2405.

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Diocesan Visioning Process

You are invited to share and be heard.

 

Bishop Johnston recently instituted a “visioning” process to “honestly assess our needs as a diocese and align them to the larger call of living as households of faith united in one Church as disciples of Jesus Christ.”

 

Bishop Johnston invites every member of our local church to participate in their regional listening session in July. St. Elizabeth Church is hosting one of the town-hall-style listening sessions in Seton Hall on Wednesday, July 19, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:30pm. More information about the process, online form to submit input, and updates on progress may be found at www.kcsjcatholic.org.

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St. Elizabeth's Parish School of Religion (PSR)

 

2018/2019 School of Religion registration is due August 1.

Click here is register

 

PSR is a combination home/parish family program for families with children in grades 1-8 who do not attend St. Elizabeth school. Parents teach their own children at home each week, using a textbook approved by the Diocese. Once a month, parents and children registered in the program meet in Seton Hall for support, prayer and a group lesson. Family Meetings typically take place on the 2nd Sunday of the month in Seton Hall from 8:30 – 9:45am and are a required part of the program.

 

1st Reconciliation & 1st Eucharist Preparation Children not attending St. Elizabeth school who desire to receive 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist prepare for these sacraments through the PSR. Parents will be required to attend a meeting for each sacrament. Students and parents will be required to attend one extra class to prepare for each sacrament.

 

Parents will receive the dates of monthly meetings at the Parent Meeting August 29. Your child MUST be registered by August 1, 2018 to secure your place and ensure that books will be ordered. There is a $25 supply fee per child that is due at the Parent Meeting/Book Pick-Up on Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30pm in Seton Hall. If you have any questions please contact the parish office.

 

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Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

During summer months, weekly volunteers are needed to move donated food from the church to the food pantry on the first floor of the PMC.  The job is much easier if you have family members to help. It can be accomplished immediately following 10am  Mass because the church is unlocked and food donations are accessible. More detailed instructions will be given once dates have been selected.

 

Click here to sign up to help with this mission. Thank you SO much for your service!

 

 

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Small Faith Communities coming to St. Elizabeth!

Planning is underway by the Adult Faith Formation team for new small faith communities beginning this Fall at St. Elizabeth. The vision is to support group formation, curate a wide range of available content, provide facilitator training, and give groups maximum flexibility to set their own meeting times, places, frequency, and goals.

 

If you are interested in participating in the planning or joining one of the groups, please contact Deacon Mike at the parish office: 523-2405.

 

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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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Thank you for helping to Build Our Legacy!

 

If you have not completed your commitment card yet you can click here to submit your pledge online or there will be cards and envelopes 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.

 

We spent January in a period of reflection about the campaign, each of our blessings from God and our own STE legacy. We asked several members of our community to share their reflections with as at Mass. We've recorded them along with Fr. Greg's portion of the homily so you can listen to any that you have missed or re-listen to your favorites.

 

Steve McClain - 1/13/18

Amy Aldrich - 1/14/18

Kevin Crawford - 1/20/18

Bridget Heos - 1/21/18

Carrie & Terry Madden - 1/21/18

Jim Hart - 1/27/18

Ann Randolph - 1/28/18

Chuck Gosselin - 1/28/18

 

Click here to learn more about the campaign.

 

 

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Thinking about Kindergarten 2018?

Think STE!

 

Click here for more information and to get a sneak peek of the STE Kindergarten experience!

 

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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! Check back in August.

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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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.

 

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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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, $2.5 million has been granted to partner schools in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (MO) to support 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

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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 By The Numbers

School By The Numbers

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)

 

 

Update your Alumni Contact Information

To update your Alumni contact information (click here)

Alumni Class Notes (click here)

 

Personalized Hymnal Dedication 

Online ordering: (click here)

 

Homilies- Audio Version

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

School Mass - 5/25/18

School Mass - 5/16/18

School Mass - 5/9/18

School Mass - 5/2/18

 

 

Bishop's Homily - 12/18/2016

Bishop's School Mass - 12/05/2016

 

 


 

 

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