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Bulletin: August 18, 2019





Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28

What to Expect
Like remodeling projects at home, sometimes we receive the keys to move back in before the work is finished. That’s what you can expect here at St. Elizabeth in the coming weeks and months. Construction will continue during the week on new improvements and finishing touches. Daily Mass will continue to be held in the Chapel of St. Romero (located in the PMC).

Just like our time in the Gym, we will find opportunities to create new habits, practice flexibility and patience, and respond with joy and gratitude for what this community, blessed by God, has accomplished together.

Parking and Entry
Please enter the church through the center and east doors on 75th Street. All west doors are currently unavailable. New doors for all entrances will be installed next month. As construction continues on the Church and the ECC, please note that with less available parking spaces in the lot we ask that you leave ones closest to the church entrances open for those with mobility challenges.

Narthex (aka 75th St. Vestibule)
As you enter the Church from 75th & Main you will step into a larger gathering space. In addition to more space, the large windows mark the threshold between our gathering space and our worship space. Also, new windows in the choir loft will keep Narthex sounds from entering our worship space.

Once completed, this space will also serve as our new cry room for our youngest worshipers and their grown-ups when they need a place to stretch their legs or lungs during Mass.

Return of the bells

  • Welcome Back Home, St. Elizabeth Community!

    *Please note that Daily Mass will continue in the Chapel of St. Romero (located in the PMC).


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Inquiry Sessions
Tuesday, August 20


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is one of our Church’s most profound blessings. In the earliest centuries of the Church, those seeking to become Catholic Christians undertook a two to three year process of
formation and conversion culminating in baptism. At Vatican II in the 1960s, that process was restored and condensed down to 9 months in most parishes. The revised RCIA includes all the stages, rites, and sacraments from our ancient tradition, and is the normative way for non Catholic
adults to join the Catholic Church.

The RCIA process is structured around weekly classes. Each class examines a particular aspect of Catholicism. We begin with the history of Catholicism, Revelation, Tradition, the Bible, the Trinity, and examine the history and meaning of each of the seven Sacraments. We explore what it means to live in Christ, to apply Christ’s teachings to modern
issues, to pray and worship in community, and to serve others. We form community and are formed in community. We grow in faith and holiness and witness the power of the Holy Spirit in transformed lives.

A series of Rites celebrate key moments along the RCIA journey, beginning with the Rite of Welcome during Advent; the Rite of Sending, Rite of Election, and three Scrutinies during Lent; culminating in the glorious Easter Vigil, when our already baptized candidates and unbaptized
Elect celebrate the sacraments of initiation and become full members of the Catholic Church. This is followed by a short period of post baptismal deepening of faith.

Two inquiry sessions will be held this summer for anyone interested in the Catholic faith: Tuesday, July 30 and Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Both inquiry sessions will be held from 7- 8pm. Anyone interested please call Mary Cary at 816-333-6036. Classes begin Tuesday, September 2; we welcome anyone interested in becoming a class member, class sponsor, and/or parishioners seeking to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith



Parish School of Religion (PSR)

Parish School of Religion (PSR) is a combination home/parish family program for families with children in grades 18 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 28, 2019.

Your child MUST be registered by August 1, 2019.
To secure your place and ensure that books will be ordered, your child must be registered for the 2019/2020 PSR year by August 1. Please click here to register or contact the parish office. Students not enrolled in St. Elizabeth School who wish to participate in Parochial League Athletics need to be registered in PSR by August 1.

There is a $25* supply fee per child that is due at the Parent Meeting/Book Pick Up on Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30pm in Seton Hall. If you have any questions please contact the parish office.


*$35 fee after August 1 registration deadline



Volunteer Opportunity

One City Café, located at 3936 Troost, has a new daytime volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are needed to make sandwiches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30-11 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Paul Hiemenz at 316-640-7205.



Gift Card Email Scam

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




Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Nominations Now Open


The STE Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 to recognize the outstanding members of the STE community (volunteer and paid) who have positively impacted our parish's future through their personal and/or professional commitment and service.


Individuals, couples or families may be nominated for consideration for future induction into the STE Hall of Fame. Please note paid staff must be retired or no longer on staff to be nominated.


Past winners:
2010 - Joan Ball, Carol Lynn, Sandy Nickel, Dan Walsh
2011 - Fr. Dan Schneider, Arlene Davis, Kris Zondca
2012 - Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Ginny Burns, Marilyn Marlo, Phil Bourne (Waldo Pizza)
2013 - Fr. Richard Carney, Dorothy Hymer, Laura Walker, Governor Stumpy's
2014 - Joan Blasdel, Annabel McInerney, Joe Reichert, Jim & Toni Walters
2015 - Barbara Daniels, Ann Halpin, Gretel Harper, Msgr. Robert Gregory, Dave & Mary Leigh Krull
2016 - Dcn. Don Schmit, Linda Lancaster, Elisabeth Toms, Bill & Bernie Knipp, Connie Twenter
2017 - Carolyn Brewer, Ellen & Kerm Fendler, Mike Lillis & Family, Florence Pilsl
2018 - Fr. Terry Bruce, Vicki & Bob Fitzgerald, Chuck Gosselin

2019 - Click here to submit your nomination


Thank you for your nomination and please save the date to join us for the 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame - Saturday, November 2, 2019.




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).

Weekend Masses resume in the church on July 27 & 28.




Thank you for helping to Build Our Legacy!


Pledged: $5.68 Million
Total Collected: $3,168,375


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.


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


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 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.



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

School Mass - 4/24/19

School Mass - 4/17/19

School Mass - 4/10/19

School Mass - 4/3/19


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

Bishop's Homily - 12/18/2016

Bishop's School Mass - 12/05/2016