June 2016

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June at
St. Isidore's
  June 2016
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
June is ending and it's hard to believe that July is here already.  In this month's newsletter, Kimberly profiles two important aspects of our St. Isidore family.  Those who are here year round providing a solid base for the parish to flourish, we fondly call "the permanent community." The annual summer BBQ is just one of the ways the larger community is able to foster the fellowship and sense of family that means so much to our students during the year.  Another exciting aspect is the growth of the Cor ad Cord 21+ group which reaches out to the needs of our graduate, post-grad and young professionals.  I am very impressed with the level of genuine care and love that St Isidore's is able to extend to so many.  Tertulian, who lived at the end of the second century noted how the love of the Christians most impressed the pagans.  He said that the pagans say "see how they love one another" and I would agree.  This love truly is a hallmark of the Christian community.  While these summer days are fleeting, it is a blessing to know that the love found here at St. Isidore's is timeless.  I hear from so many past parishioners who express such fondness for their time here that it makes me proud of all those who even to this day say of St. Isidore's "see how they love one another."
God Bless,

Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplain
Summer BBQ

St. Isidore's Summer BBQ hosted by the Annual Giving Committee had another successful turnout.  Nearly 80 of St. Isidore's students and permanent community gathered in the gardens and enjoyed visiting while filling up on hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and cookies. St. Isidore's, with the help of the Annual Giving Committee, enjoys offering opportunities like the Summer BBQ to help provide a time for the various demographics of our parish to come together and enjoy each others company while building our faith community.  Thank you to all who attended and made this event a success!
Cor-Ad-Cor 21+
 Cor-Ad-Cor 21+ is an active group of Catholic young professionals and post-grad students.  The name was chosen from the Newman motto, heart to heart.  This group meets every Tuesday evening to discuss the upcoming weekendliturgy, every Saturday for a social activity, every other Saturday for a book club and once a month on Thursday for adoration.  They have also put together weekend retreats and other spontaneous activities during the year.  
 St. Isidore's is happy to offer a growing number of activities for this valued population of our community.  The Cor-Ad-Cor 21+ group has now expanded beyond the St. Isidore's parish and now includes members from the two other parishes in Manhattan as well. 

May 2016


May at
St. Isidore's
  May 2016
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,
The month of May kicked off with a whirlwind of end of the semester activities, and our meeting rooms filling with students studying for finals, followed by students stopping by to say farewell for the summer or as they leave Manhattan.  It is always difficult to say 'good bye', whether it be for the summer or longer, but we look forward to hearing about all of the wonderful things our students will experience in the future.  
All of us here at St. Isidore's are praying for a blessed start to your summer.  We hope that if any of your travels bring you through Manhattan, you will stop in for a visit.
God Bless,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
Graduating Senior Spotlight:
Emilee Strecker

Photo provided by Emilee Strecker

Emilee Strecker from Wichita, KS graduated this semester with a degree in Elementary Education and will be moving to Beloit, KS to teach 2nd grade at St. John's Catholic Elementary School. She is also excited to announce her engagement to Mark Stadler. They are planning to be married this upcoming November 2016.  
"When I first got to K-State, I think I tried to be involved in almost every activity offered, everything was so great! But, the ones that really stick out are the Phonathon, Pathways, and Retreat team. Phonathon was great because it was a fun time to spend with friends while helping out the Student Center, not to mention the extra pocket change and free t-shirts were an added bonus. Pathways was time consuming and a lot of work, but it was always rewarding after each retreat to see how our hard work paid off. It was something I was involved in from my freshman year through senior year; it has been cool to see how the retreat has evolved over the years, and I am excited to see how it will continue to flourish. Lastly, retreat team was a grand time. I felt so blessed to have such a solid foundation in my faith that I wanted to share it! We gave many retreats around the Salina Diocese. It truly opened my eyes to what some of the youth was dealing with and it was challenging, yet so rewarding! Also, I got to work with some awesome college students, shout out to you guys!"

One of Emilee's favorite memories, however, is from finals week at the end of each semester, "We all were hung up on cramming for tests and wanting to spend as much time as possible with friends before the long breaks. St. Isidore's became a great place to hang out all of finals week. Whether we were munching on cheez-its and donuts and sipping coffee, or actually studying, I loved having all my friends in one building for a week straight."

"St. Isidore's has been a true, glorifying gift in my college career. It was a place where, at first I knew to be in order to fulfill my Sunday obligation, however over time it became a place where my faith grew and I gained some of the very best friends. I will mostly miss the people and community I relied on to get through all the things college swung my way. I am thankful for all it has given me and all the people who helped support it to make it what it is. St. Isidore's has a special place in my heart and always will!"
Graduating Senior Retreat
Fr. Mike gathered with seven graduating seniors for one final retreat.

Photo provided by Fr. Michel Demkovich, O.P.
L to R back row: Jon Murphy, Austin Jueneman, Fr. Mike Demkovich, 
Jesse Ochs, Jeffrey Albers
L to R front row:  Danielle Yadon, Joseph Langer, John Heiman
Pancake Feast

Photo provided by Jamie Bosse

As students prepared to study for their final exams, the St. Isidore's Annual Giving Committee provided an all-you-can-eat pancake feast.  
After the feast, Newman Hall was quickly cleaned and rearranged so that students could take advantage of the 24 hour quiet study space offered during finals week. The students also appreciated the snacks that were so generously donated by the permanent community that keep them fueled during their hours of studying.
Even though the pancake feast can be a bitter sweet event for the graduating seniors as this is their last St. Isidore's activity, a good time was had by all.