First Sunday Of Lent | February 18, 2024
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Battle of the Brains last Saturday and for everyone’s flexibility in the Sunday morning Mass schedule as we dealt with furnace issues at St. Patrick causing a gas leak. Everything was ok at St Patrick for the 11:30am Mass and other events to take place there. (4pm Mass) so, head on downstairs after Mass for he Ham and Bean Dinner. (all other masses) And a thank you for those who volunteered for and attended the Ham and Bean dinner yesterday. The Ham and Bean dinner was the first event for our new stove that was installed in the basement kitchen at St Patrick earlier this week. Thank you for allowing us to make necessary improvements in our parish.
As far as the furnace at St Patrick last weekend, Maintenance Commission and Finance Council recommended to me and I accepted their recommendation to have professional at J-Squared do a study of all of our heating and cooling at all of our buildings that make up St Vincent de Paul. The study will be on which systems need to be fixed or replaced and how they recommend we do so; then we will prioritize the order of fixing or replacing. Stay tuned, but as you know from last summer and now this furnace issues, we have some work to do. Everyone knows, who is a home owner, heating and cooling issues are not inexpensive, but is something, we as a parish need to look at as real needs. You can always donate to our maintenance/Emergency fund. This will take sacrifice on everyone’s part.
Not too long ago, we were all invited to be part of listening sessions in preparation on the synod on synodality. Many of us met at St Patrick church for prayer and then listening to one another. This happened in many other places across our diocese as it did across all dioceses around the world. Pope Francis has asked for another round of listening sessions. Our diocese will conduct that on February 27 from 6:15-7pm. Our meeting location is St. Patrick, Laurie, MO. Call the rectory for more information. Come to Laurie on February 27 at 6:15 pm if you want to be part of it.
Please spend an evening with your teenagers and register for the Jason Evert presentation on March 3. It is important to hear his message on these hot button topics he will discuss in a compassionate, truthful way. Get a group of friends and go together. Registration information is on the fliers and in the bulletin.
Please remember our Mission March 17-20 at St Patrick. Please talk it up and plan to attend.
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time | February 11, 2024
We have one page in the bulletin to take out and place on your refrigerator, take a picture of it with your phone or place all the dates in your calendar: times and locations of many events offered by St Vincent de Paul during the season of Lent. Make this a great Lent by participating in these offerings. Lent starts Ash Wednesday: Masses are 6am and 8:30am St Patrick and 5:30pm at Sacred Heart and 6:30pm Mass in Spanish at St Patrick.
Three events I want to highlight are:
- Please, invest in the evening of March 3 with your teenagers and young adults and attend the two talks with Jason Evert at the Cathedral on March 3. These topics he will present on are so important to be heard through the lens and voice of the Catholic Church. There is a QR code, e-mail address and phone number for easy registration. Let’s get some good conversations going about this and have a good showing from our parish. It is so important to hear about these hot button topics in a loving compassionate truthful way.
- Another conversation we need to have around the parish is Our Lenten Mission with Sonja Corbitt is March 17-20, Please make every effort to attend and talk it up with your friends, neighbors and fellow parishioners. As we priests, deacons and administrators of the school listen to many people, we know it is important we all take some time to just rest and allow the Lord Jesus to heal us. He is capable; come to the mission and experience this much needed rest. And, allow the Lord to do his work. Check out the bulletin for more information.
- Saturday, April 13 is our one day Diocesan Stewardship Conference at the Cathedral from 9-3pm. Diojeffcity.stewardship-conference will get you to the link to register. As we continue to deepen our journey into stewardship, this is a great day for all of us to gather with oters across the diocese to learn and grow together. Please attend.
Three is a lot more in the bulletin so please take it home and read it. Please remember, if you are asked to sign a petition to change or amend our state constitution about health, do not sign it. It is the petition to remove all pro-life legislation enacted in our state over the last 50 years. More on that next weekend when we have our roses for life campaign.
Youth Group is today/tomorrow after 11:30am Mass St Patrick Chapel; consider it a pre-super bowl event. We’ll have you home plenty early for the Chiefs to win the super bowl. Cans of soup are needed at the bins in the chapel entry ways by Tuesday end of business so we can have them turned into Open Door by noon Wednesday. Thank you for your contributions.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time | February 4, 2024
Thank you to everyone who prayed a little more and supported our school in any way during Catholic Schools Week. Along with many other ways we celebrated the week, we held a Liturgy of the Word prayer service with Mayor Dawson on Monday, a Litany of the Eucharist on Tuesday, divine Mercy chaplet on Wednesday, the Rosary on Thursday and an all school Mass on Friday where Mrs. Jill Bentch received teacher of the year. Congratulations to her and to all who celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Please talk to your friends and family members to enroll their children now or next school year. Kindergarten Screening is February 8 and 9. Call the school office for more information to register for school or for Kindergarten screening. Please pray for a good visit to our neighboring parish of Sacred Heart Warrensburg as our development director visits their parish this weekend.
We have some good times coming up between now and Lent:
This weekend we celebrate with Sr. Mary Ruth and all those in consecrated life as this is World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life; Creating Catholic Experiences for Motherhood staring Monday, February 5; Young adult catechism in a year starting on February 7; Kindergarten screening February 8 and 9; Battle of the Brains February 10; The soup can food drive now until February 11; Youth group meets in the early afternoon before super bowl on February 11.
Now is the time to make plans for Lent: Ways St Vincent de Paul can assist:
Bring in Palms now and leave in the vases at the entrances. Ash Wednesday mass schedule will be released soon; Stations of the Cross every Wednesday and Friday in Lent; Visit to the Adoration Chapel on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Rosary before most weekend Masses;
Weekday Masses Tuesday through Friday; Confessions Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays or any time by appointment; Join or organize a small group and participate in the Jesus and the Eucharist discussion series; Come to the parish mission on titled, Just Rest March 17-20. Parish Penance Service will also be on March 17. Penance Service and Mission all at St Patrick; Spend a day praying in front of Planned Parenthood for the 40 days for life starting on Ash Wednesday, February 14; Fellowship with your neighbors and friends over a great meal at the Knights of Columbus Fish Fries serving on February 23, March 8 and 22; If you’ve made an English language Cursillo come to Small Group reunion on February 16 at 5:30pm in Parish Center of Sacred Heart.
More fellowship opportunity by attending the Ham and Bean Dinner on February 17 from 11-6. Donate a themed basket or item for the country store; donate a pie or cake for the dinner; volunteer to work the event. All help to make the Ham and Bean Dinner is appreciated.
The priest and deacon will not process out today; rather, we will go to where we normally distribute communion with two others and we will have the blessing of the throats in commemoration of St Blaize Bishop and Martyr; this happens as the recessional song begins.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time | January 28, 2024
Thank you to everyone who helped with the confirmation retreat this past Sunday; sponsors, Confirmation team, parents and know of the parish’s continued prayers for you candidates who prepare for this important sacrament on March 8 by Bishop McKnight.
Now through Sunday February 11, Super bowl Sunday, we will collect cans of soup for Open Door as all churches in Pettis County work to fill the shelves of Open Door. Please be generous.
Please bring your palms back to church and place them in the receptacles so they can be burned and used on Ash Wednesday.
Are you looking to study the faith during Lent? The bulletin provides many opportunities this week: Catholic Experiences in Motherhood; Sunday Seminar on Scriptures; Young adult catechism in a year to name a few. Also, please get your small groups together for Lent and soon we will provide you with some options to consider for the season of Lent.
Battle of the Brains is coming on February 10 which is he kick-off tot eh Sacred Heart Foundation Annual Fund Drive; please get your trivia team together and call Liz Van Leer to register. It’ll be a great night.
Remember to register for the Jason Evert talks at St Joseph Cathedral on March 3. Information in the bulletin.
I am excited to announce that we will have a parish mission during Lent. Many have recommended our Mission Presenter, Sonja Corbitt who is well known at Family conferences and Marian Conferences for her incredible talks on healing. The dates of the mission will be March 17-20. Please mark this in your calendar. More information to come.
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time | January 21, 2024
A reminder to all of our families of those preparing for Confirmation of the Confirmation Retreat scheduled for tomorrow/today from 1pm to 6pm at Sacred Heart School. This retreat is mandatory for those preparing for Confirmation in March, and we invite all their sponsors to attend, as well, if possible.
There will be an information meeting next Sunday, January 28th at St. Patrick chapel after the 11:30am Mass for anyone interested in participating in the Living Stations of the Cross during Holy Week. See the bulletin for more information.
Also check the bulletin for more information about the upcoming Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest, Job Openings at Sacred Heart School, Kindergarten Screening for next year, and much more.
Thank you to all who have continued to assist with our Warming Shelter, which has remained open through this past week and this weekend because of the extreme cold.
Thank you as well to all who have completed and returned your Catholic Stewardship Renewal materials. We are hoping to have completed forms from all of our parish families by the end of this month.
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time | January 14, 2024
Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to be flexible and adjust to schedules and events due to the weather issues we are experiencing. We are doing our best to communicate the changes at the parish including at our school. Please continue to check regularly on our Facebook pages and other means. I appreciate your understanding and assistance in getting the word out to everyone with us.
If you have not heard yet, the Epiphany party for tomorrow/today is cancelled. Also, no PSR classes tomorrow/today.
Also, a thank you for any assistance you are able to give to those who do not have adequate shelter at this time. Our Warming Shelter has been in operation since Thursday at 7pm and will continue to be open through this period of extreme cold.
Please read the bulletin for more information about the upcoming week and beyond. Please return your Catholic Stewardship Renewal Forms if you have not done so yet; we appreciate everyone who has done so. Follow up will begin soon.