March 2016

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March at
St. Isidore's
  March 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
 
Christ is Risen!  Alleluia!  We celebrate this on chilly but beautiful spring days and give thanks for the mercy and love God showed us in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Late winter and early spring saw St. Isidore's alive with activity. The always-excellent choirs sang and sang, new groups such as "Cor ad Cor 21+" and "Symbolon" formed, Bible studies in many different forms reappeared with lively responses.  The RCIA program picked up again with 26 catechumens and candidates, and our student retreat team traveled Kansas to give retreats.  The Lenten season was full with many activities from praise, prayer, liturgy and worship, to song, retreats, education and social events.  Our Silent Retreat in the beginning of he Lenten season brought spiritual renewal to many, and our "Busy Student Retreat" gave spiritual direction to many more. The Spring Break Alternative trip had ten of us in St. Louis on a mission trip to serve at Catholic Charities, a community, women's shelter and a nursing home.  The Knights of Columbus kept on recruiting, and the students kept piling in to our "Dollar Dinners".
 
We thank all of you for your prayers, kind support and generosity, and we pray that the grace, blessings and peace of this joyful season may be yours.
 
Blessings in Christ,
 
Fr. Bob Barry, O.P.
Parochial Vicar, Chaplain 
 
 
 
 
Busy Student Retreat
 
Pictured from left to right are the Spiritual Directors for our Busy Student Retreat: Fr. David Voss, Sr. Serena Deters, Sr. Barbara Apaceller, and Fr. Ted Stoeklein. Not pictured is Fr. Andrew Rockers.
 
This year the theme for the Busy Student Retreat was 'Fruits of the Sorrowful Mysteries'.  Forty students participated and had the opportunity to meet individually with one of the directors for 30 minutes each day in addition to 30 minutes of personal prayer time.  
 
"I really enjoyed how convenient it was to get spiritual direction," expressed Ethan Meyer, a sophomore in Civil Engineering from Andale, Kansas.  "The Busy Student Retreat really set well with my style of learning and helped me to grow as a Catholic."  This was Ethan's first year participating in the Busy Student Retreat and he is excited to participate in the retreat again next year due to his experience.
 
 
 
Spring Break Alternative Trip
Student Spotlight: Amanda Braun
  
 
Student Leader Amanda Braun is in the back row 4th from the left. 
 
Amanda Braun, a Senior in Secondary Education and Biology from Victoria KS, helped organize and lead this year's Spring Break Alternative trip.  Amanda, Fr. Bob and 8 other students packed up and went to St. Louis for a week of fun and service.  "One great memory I have from the trip is when we
 went to Little Sisters of the Poor and put on a St. Patrick's Day skit for the elderly residents.  We got to be silly and creative, and we could tell how much the residents enjoyed watching!  Fr. Bob even got to pretend to be a leprechaun!"
 
Amanda has been on four Spring Break Alternative trips with St. Isidore's and feels fortunate to have attended all four years.  "If I could attend again, I would, but I will be graduating in December.  However, I'm confident that this will not be my last mission trip," reflected Amanda.  

"My favorite service activity was providing child care for mothers at Our Lady's Inn.  The children were adorable and the mothers really appreciated a break."  The group also served a hot lunch to the homeless and sorted clothes donations at the St. Patrick Center, tilled and weeded thecommunity garden and played with local children on the playground at Midtown Center.  They made Easter baskets and served dinner, along with providing the child care at Our Lady's Inn.  They were also able to clean the grounds, make cookies, perform the St. Patrick's Day skit and visited with and served the residents at Little Sisters of the Poor.


"Not only did we grow in service to the poor, but we grew in service and in faith with one another through one another.  We learned from those whom we served and those whom we served with," shared Amanda.
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Busy Student Retreat
Spring Break Alternative Trip
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Prayer and Action
Students making an impact in the Manhattan Community
  
Dumb Ox Brown Bag
Fr. Mike leads a class over the lunch hour
 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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February 2016

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February at
St. Isidore's
  February 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
As we end the month of February and Spring seems around the corner, as we immerse ourselves in this Lenten journey in preparation for Easter, I find myself grateful for many things. February has had an abundance of blessing from our second Marriage Prep Retreat, to the Rite of Sending and Enrollment of our 26 RCIA women and men who will be received into the Church this Easter, to the Silent Retreat, in addition to two more things this newsletter will share.

Earlier this month I joined our students, along with students from throughout the state, to attend the annual Kansas Catholic College Student Convention which was hosted by St. Lawrence CSC in Lawrence (yes you got it, that place, but as Catholics we are all on the same team). Newman Centers and Campus Ministries from around the State of Kansas sent representatives for this weekend gathering. It was an amazing opportunity for prayer, for friendship and for deepening in understanding the Catholic Faith.  All of this made for a great experience which I enjoyed. I was very impressed with our students and their participation in the overall experience. At times it's important for me to take time away from Saint Isidore's so that I can be with the students, and this was one of those great opportunities.

Another marvelous thing just recently was our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which was an impressive evening when the staff of St. Isidore's showed our thanks to all of the people who volunteer in various ministries and service.  To see so many people who do many wonderful things to help build up our community come together for an evening was one of the highlights of the month. I can honestly say that we are truly blessed by the Holy Spirit in the manifold gifts found in so many individuals who serve the needs of others. This is what the Church is all about, being the Body of Christ.

Finally, I would like to offer a personal word of Best Wishes to Andy and Kimberly Fund (our Stewardship Director). In the next few weeks they will be part of the miracle of life as they welcome a new child into the world, along with their son Joshua.  On behalf of all of us here, we extend our prayers and blessings to the Fund Family.

I hope you enjoy reading this month's newsletter and the wonderful things going on here at Saint Isidore's.

Blessed Lent and God bless you,

Fr. Michael

Pastor, Chaplain
 
 
 
 
 
KCCSC
 
K-State Students at KCCSC
 
This February 58 students joined 142 other Kansas Catholic college students at the KCCSC 2016 retreat hosted by the University of Kansas at Prairie Star Ranch.  The key speakers were Richard Cross, Kenneth Howell, Daniel Toma.
 
Kaitlyn Barnes, a Junior in Biological Agricultural Engineering from Baldwin City, KS was one of our students who attended this year.  "My favorite part of the retreat was attending Mass and getting to know other college students who are striving to live holy lives.  The beauty of the Mass along with celebrating it with 200 other college students was special among itself."
 
This was Kaitlyn's second year attending KCCSC, and she is looking forward to hopefully attending the retreat again next year.  "The weekend at KCCSC was definitely an opportunity for me to grow in my faith.  With a good balance of prayer, adoration and truly meaningful conversations with other students, I learned the importance of stepping outside my comfort zone in order to grow in my Catholic faith.  Deepening my relationship with friends and making new ones gave me the encouragement to do this.  I learned about the lives of various orders of religious sisters, new methods of prayer, and the importance of spending time with God in order for him to reveal what he has in store for me," reflected Kaitlyn.
 
 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  
  
 
Once a year the St. Isidore's Staff takes time to recognize and thank all of the wonderful volunteers who help keep our programs running.  With well over 100 of our faithful volunteers in attendance, the St. Isidore's Staff served roast beef, cheesy potatoes, salad, roll and a variety of homemade desserts to everyone before the entertainment for the evening started.  Traditionally the staff puts together some form of entertainment, however this year we welcomed our volunteers to get involved.  We took volunteers from the crowd, split them up into 4 teams and had them participate in 'Minute to Win it' inspired games.  A good time was had by all.

 
 
 
 
In This Issue
KCCSC
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Busy Student Retreat
Students squeeze in time to meet with Spiritual Directors during their busy week
  
SBA trip
Helping others in St. Louis over Spring Break
 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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