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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January 2016

 

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January at
St. Isidore's
  January 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
Here in Manhattan Kansas the last week of January brings sun and an unexpected Spring in Winter.  Hard to believe that in just a few weeks Lent begins and the Church draws us into a journey which is spectacular, a journey from dust to destiny. 
 
As we begin a new semester, I am struck at just how powerful the Risen Lord is here in the community.  I am impressed with our new Pastoral Ministry Interns who have surpassed all my hopes. They have been able to reach out, build on and improve old programs, and create a sense of joy and hospitality that makes the St Isidore community a place of welcome and witness. 
 
A number of our students went to Washington DC for the March for Life, giving great witness to Catholic values and the sanctity of human life. Fortunately they were able to return before the snows trapped them in DC or on the road. Not only witness, but welcome, as the Student Leadership  Team held its Ice Skating Party. A number of our International Students from South America braved the ice, I wisely did not. You can read more in this month's newsletter. 
 
God Bless,

Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplain
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome, Pastoral Ministry Interns
 
Left to right: Nate Hoffman, Michaela Gleason and Alex Blechle
 
The start of the New Year typically leads to many changes.  For some it is a change in their diet, gym routine, their prayer life, a hobby and much more.  For St. Isidore's our biggest change is the start of a new position, Pastoral Ministry Interns, which will be filled by three uniquely qualified individuals.  The interns will be filling the shoes of our two Campus Ministers who left at the end of the Fall semester.  
 
Alex Blechle  is a Junior attending Manhattan Christian College working on a Theological Research degree.  He is most excited about getting involved with the student led Bible program.  Alex is also looking forward to sharing many of the things he has learned from his classes and sharing that knowledge with others.
 
Michaela Gleason graduated last semester from K-State with a degree in Economics.  While she was a student, Michaela participated in many activities and events, one of which was the Busy Student Retreat here at St. Isidore's.  This coming semester she is looking forward to being responsible for and helping with this retreat. 
 
Nathan Hoffman is a Senior in Accounting and will be graduating this Spring.  Nate is the President of the Leadership Team and is looking forward to getting even more involved in planning the social events that have been hosted by the Team like Source and Summit and Dollar Dinner.  He is also excited to learn more about and lead the Social Justice ministries at the Hospital and Nursing homes since he has not had the opportunity to experience either of these in the past.
 
We are all excited to see the many wonderful gifts that each one of these individuals will bring to the St. Isidore's staff and where this semester will take us.  
 
 
 
March for Life
  
 
 
Although the trip didn't go as planned, 9 students made the journey from Manhattan, KS to Washington, DC in hopes to March for the Right for Life.  This year was Senior Rebecca Downey's 5th time going to DC for the March for Life.  "Because of the weather, my favorite part was the trip back on Friday.  We stood as best witness as we could on a bus, we had a quiet hour while people in DC were marching and had testimonies from those on the bus.  It was a different experience from actually marching, but I hope the prayers we prayed kept those marching safe and warm and helped march in spirit."
 
Rebecca, who helped organize this year's trip, is from Lewisburg, KS and is studying feed science and management.  "I was disappointed that we were not marching, but understood that our safety was important too.  Hearing the testimonies on the way home made me realize that although we did not get to march, we still made a difference.  We made a difference with our prayers and the way we acted where ever we were.  But no matter how the trip turned out, sometimes what we want to do is not always what God wants, and to recognize that and to stand for life in a different way than I ever have before, it was a great experience."
 
 
 
Ice Skating
 
Front row from left: Kaitlyn Simon, Allie Ozier, Sarah Hoffman, Gavin Sedlacek 
Back row from left: Shannon Keith, Konnor Thompson and Ethan Stuve
 
This semester the St. Isidore's leadership team kicked off their social activities with a trip to the ice rink.  "I love seeing everyone from St. Isidore's together just blowing off steam on the ice. It's also a great activity for people to invite other friends who haven't been involved at St. Isidore's. It's a "chill" night and a great "ice breaker"," shared  Allie Ozier a sophomore in Elementary Education. 
 
This was the second time that K-State student Allie, was able to join the St. Isidore's group in the ice skating activity.  "Last year I decided to latch onto one of the better ice skaters (Sean Quinn) and let him guide me around by way of me holding onto the back of his shirt. Some of my friends started recording it because they thought it was funny. Towards the end of the video, I stopped and turned around to see poor, unsuspecting Abby Donart get toppled over by none other than Father Jarett. It was the greatest moment in all of ice skating history."  Luckily, Allie and many of the other students had a little more experience on the ice this year and there were no casualties to report.
 
A group of about 100 students joined Allie to kick off the activity-filled semester.
 
 
In This Issue
Welcome, Pastoral Ministry Interns
March for Life
Ice Skating
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
St. Isidore's Staff takes time to thank all the volunteers for everything they do
  
KCCSC
A recap of a convention organized just for Kansas Catholic College Students
 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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