April 2016

 
 

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April at
St. Isidore's
  April 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,
  
As May approaches, students are beginning to buckle down as they complete projects and prep for exams as well as making their summer plans.  April seems to have flown by as invitations to graduation parties start appearing.  Even though students experience a heavier load, I was impressed by the Prayer and Action Retreat that took place here at St. Isidore's with students from various other Catholic student centers across Kansas.  Not only was it time to pray, to reflect on what their faith is all about, but to put that faith into action.  There were numerous individuals and some institutions that benefited from the youthful energy and dedication of these students. 

At St. Isidore's, the art of being Catholic penetrates into so many dimensions of a person, and we work to provide opportunities for social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual formation that young adults need to face the future.  In addition to the regular Bible Study groups and the monthly Source and Summit this month, we added a lunch time opportunity to learn about one of the great doctors of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas.  It was a great opportunity to share with others the life, teachings and spiritual wisdom of my Dominican brother, St Thomas.

There are many other things going on these days, and I hope we can share more in the next newsletter, but for now I ask your prayers and support for our students as they take on the challenges, stress, and anxiety of the end of the year.
 
God Bless,

Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplain
 
 
 
 
 
Prayer and Action 2016
 
Students who were involved in Prayer and Action 2016
 
Nearly 60 students from K-State and a few other schools participated in the 2016 Prayer and Action weekend.  This year, the students were able to help 11 families in the community and St. Xavier's in Junction City.  For their projects, the students split up into 12 teams and worked on raking, yard clean-up, weeding, mowing, trimming bushes, hauling limbs and trash, painting and washing windows.  The students had a great time getting out and enjoying the nice weather and helping those in need.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dumb Ox Brown Bag Lunch Series
   
This semester Fr. Mike offered four classes over the lunch hour to share information about the Dominican, St. Thomas Aquinas.  Each class had a different topic and revealed a little more about this Catholic saint who was commonly taunted as being a "dumb ox."  The four classes were: Aquinas the Person, Aquinas the Philosopher, Aquinas the Theologian and Aquinas the Mystic.  This was a unique opportunity for students and permanent community members to meet, participate in a class together and to have their mind, body and soul fed during the work/school week.
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Prayer and Action
Dumb Ox Brown Bag Lunch Series
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Graduating Senior Spotlight
Senior, Emilee Strecker, shares about her time here
  
Graduating Senior Retreat
A final retreat for seniors before they leave St. Isidore's
 
Pancake Feast
Students fill up on pancakes to kick off finals week
 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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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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