October 2016

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October at
St. Isidore's
  October 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
The leaves are changing and their is a hint of Fall in the air.  One of my favorite things about living in the 'heartland' is the changing of the seasons.  However, all of us here at St. Isidore's are blessed to count on one thing that never changes, the out pouring love and support that each of you share with us.  Please enjoy reading about a few of the things that have been keeping us busy here this past month.
 
Blessings,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
 
 
 
 
 
K of C Chili Feed
 
 
Several times a year, the Knights of Columbus host a breakfast to raise money for a variety of good causes.  This year, the Knights decided to also host a chili feed.  The Knights prepared 5 different styles of chili for individuals to choose from.  The chili feed was a great success with about 40 people in attendance.  They are looking forward to hosting another chili feed again next year.
 
Grand Knight Ronnie Sullivan reflected, "The Chili Feast was a refreshing opportunity to enjoy the essence of Fall among the St. Isidore's community! About 6 Knights cooked their own chili and competed for bragging rights as to whose was the most popular. I'm not sure who won, but they all tasted great! We appreciate everyone who attended for supporting the Knights of Columbus as we seek to serve our community."
 
 
 
 
Pathways
  
Pathways retreatants 
 
For many, the annual Pathways retreat is a time for personal and spiritual growth, and this year was no different.  "The Pathways Retreat was a great way for me to strengthen existing friendships, as well as make many new ones. It made me realize how lucky I am to have so many people around me who truly love and care about me. The retreat was a great way to take a step back from life, and just enjoy the presence of Christ that is in all of us" explained Elise Gallant, a sophomore in Secondary Education and Mathematics from Wichita, KS.
 
The retreat has a lasting impact on the retreatants and leaders alike.  Jeffrey Albers, a graduate student in weed science from Oakley, KS shared, "My favorite part about helping with the Pathways Retreat was how everything came together in the end.  With a large retreat there are often many things that can 'go wrong' or things you plan for but just don't know how they will work out!  Being part of the retreat and seeing the way everything just seemed to work out really elevates our minds and hearts to God; because there is no way that all the good beautiful work done in so many hearts is accomplished without the loving, guiding hand of our Lord."
 
 
 
 
Bishop Weisenburger
 


Throughout the school year, St. Isidore's has arranged for several Kansas Bishops to come for a weekend Mass with a reception to follow.  We are very excited that many of the Bishops were able to accept our invitation.  The first Bishop to visit was Bishop Weisenburger from the Salina Diocese. This is a great opportunity for the students to meet several Bishops, as well as a chance for the Bishops to meet many of our students and see the active community of students from their diocese here at St. Isidore's.  
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
K of C Chili Feed
Pathways
Bishop Weisenburger
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Mens Group
Read how this group of men use their faith and fellowship
  
Womens Group
Students and permanent community members gather
 
Thanksgiving Dinner
Students and Seniors share a meal

Phonathon Thank You
A recap of Phonathon 2016
 
... and much more!
    
 
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September 2016

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September at
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  September 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
With the start of weekly 24 hour adoration, bible studies, a class on happiness, retreat planning meetings, RCIA, men's group, women's group, Source & Summit, Dollar Dinners and much, much more, it is ever apparent that the semester is well under way, and the students are filling their hearts and schedules with all things Izzy's.  It is a blessing to have the lights on from dawn until much past dusk nearly every evening; and to have so many of our parents and alumni visit and help fill our chapel making our 'overflow' spaces turn into 'standing room only' on home football game weekends.  As one recent graduate shared when he was back for the first home game of the season, "I was once told that home is where your wi-fi connects.  It is true, when I walked back in the doors of St. Isidore's, I felt at home, looked at my phone, and my wi-fi was connected."  Please be sure to come home to St. Isidore's and stop by for a visit if you are in the area.
 
Blessings,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
 
 
 
 
 
RCIA
 
Haden Botkin journaling during class
 
September marked the start of a memorable faith journey for the 26 candidates and catechumens who are going through this year's RCIA here at St. Isidore's.  Once a week for 90 minutes these individuals, along with their sponsors and the RCIA team members, will meet and listen to lectures, watch videos and have discussions to assist them in the process of becoming a full member of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. 

This is Maria Leiker's first year as the coordinator of St. Isidore's RCIA program.  "I am looking forward to embarking on this journey with everyone involved in the RCIA process as we grow in faith and learn more about the Catholic Church" reflected Maria.  Maria, Fr. Mike, Fr. Bob and a few guest speakers will be giving lectures throughout the course in conjunction with materials from the Symbolon series which are provided on the FORMED website.
 
Haden Botkin, a sophomore in Secondary Education went through the RCIA program last year and is now returning as a sponsor for an individual looking to further their knowledge of the Catholic faith.  Haden shared, "The RCIA journey is an important stepping stone to reach where God is calling us, and that is the Body of Christ. Whether you're just discerning becoming Catholic, or you're a Catholic that's fallen away from the faith, or you're a cradle Catholic that simply wants to learn more, there's a place for all of us in RCIA. As our Lord tells us time and time again in scripture: be not afraid."
 
Please keep the RCIA Catechumens, Candidates, Sponsors, Team and all involved in your prayers as they open their hearts to God's word and will for them.  
 
 
 
 
 
Dollar Dinner
  
Pictured L to R: Brandon Fisher, AJ Haney, Steve Stockman and Joseph Neville
 
Once a month, the St. Isidore's Student Leadership team hosts a Dollar Dinner on Sunday evening after the 4:30 Mass.  As the name suggests, it is requested that students give a donation of just one dollar for dinner and dessert.  This is a very popular activity that promotes faith, fellowship and fun and is also very helpful to many students who live in the dorms or Greek houses that don't provide dinner on Sunday evenings, or are just looking to not have to cook that night.  Brandon Fisher, a freshman in Mechanical Engineering, from Midland, MI shared, "I enjoyed the dollar dinner and the opportunity to spend time with new friends. The food beat the dining halls, no doubt."
 

Pictured L to R: Grace Volker, Jessica Maly, Rachel Schwindt and Ben Heath
 
 
 
 
 
 Choir
 


Frank Schmeidler, St. Isidore's Director of Worship for the last 21 years, has been involved in choirs since elementary school.  "When I was in second grade, Sister Barbara started a choir that consisted of 2 students from each grade level (1-6, so there were 12 of us).  As we learned pieces, we sang at Mass - my recollection is Christmas and Easter" he shared.  Under Frank's direction, the choir has had opportunities to travel to Europe to sing, made several CD's and fills the chapel with beautiful sounds of song and praise each weekend.  "I love liturgical music, and feel blest to be able to share that love with the musicians here at St. Isidore's as well as with everyone at Mass.  Music has a way of helping God touch someone's heart, mind, and soul, many times in ways that I will never know," Frank explained.  Amanda Braun, a senior in Secondary Education and Biology from Victoria, KS, has been a member of the choir for five years.  She shared, "Choir is amazing because of the people. Frank leads us with so much talent and passion. Seeing the joy on everyone's face during rehearsal and mass fills me up for the whole week!"
 
Josie Hays, a senior in Accounting and Finance, from Jetmore, KS, is one of the nearly 100 members of this year's St. Isidore's choir, "I've always connected with my faith through music. I love being a part of a choir that is so much fun and appreciated by everyone who attends St. Isidore's. It's such a great way to get away from school once during the week and an awesome way to participate during Mass!"  This is Josie's third year singing in the St. Isidore's choir.
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
RCIA
Dollar Dinner
Choir
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Knights of Columbus Meals
Read about the K of C breakfasts and chili feed
  
Pathways
Learn about the impact of the Pathways retreat
 
Bishop Weisenburger
Bishop comes to spend time with the St. Isidore's Students 

Phonathon
Are you ready for your call? Find out when we will be calling you.
 
... and much more!
    
 
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