November 2015

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November at
St. Isidore's
  November 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
Wow! November really is a time of gratitude and Thanksgiving. It is a time of harvest. It is also a time of realizing not just the good things of this earth, but the bounty of good people, the blessings of community, and the generosity of hearts.

This past month our students have been doing an incredible job for the phonathon. Each night I was impressed to see their dedication and to hear them recount the support of so many of our family, friends and alumni.  For some it was their first time calling people, strangers really, but through these "old fashioned phone calls" a shared history was recounted, a shared sense of mission was discovered, and a shared vision of the good things that happen here at St. Isidore's was felt across the generations. Thanks to everyone who made the phonathon such a success.

There have been many amazing events this month, but one in particular stands out to me and that was the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner. It was a great way for our students to celebrate with some amazing individuals 4 to 5 times their years. But what was really fantastic was that, regardless of the years, everyone had a good time, really enjoying one another in celebration and thanks.  The food was great, the entertainment outstanding, and the event was fantastic.

November is about God's generous bounty, and it is so important for us to take not of life's richest harvest which is found in friends, in a loving community, and in the good we do for one another. 
 
God bless,
Fr. Michael, O.P.
Pastor, Chaplin

 
 
 
 
 
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
Everyone enjoying that musical entertainment
 
Earlier this month, senior citizens and students joined together and enjoyed a delicious feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, roll, salad and desserts while also sharing stories and memories with each other. 

"I enjoy the Thanksgiving Dinner and look forward to it every year.  It's a great opportunity to interact with the senior citizens who have so much to offer in wisdom and joy.  It is wonderful to serve those who have spent their lives serving others and to have the chance to learn a little from them in our short time together," reflected Michaela Gleason who is a Senior graduating this semester with a B.S. in Economics.

There were about 60 seniors and 25 students who attended this year's Thanksgiving dinner. 

Frank Schmeidler our choir director, Kelli Veach a Freshman in Business, Grace Volker a Freshman in Vocal Performance and Matt Fox a member of the military were also there to provide entertainment by performing some of the choir's favorite songs and then leading the group in a sing-a-long.
 
"This is an event that both groups look forward to every year.  It is a chance for the students to give back to the community by serving the senior citizens, and a chance for the senior citizens to share wisdom and stories with the students.  It is also a way for both to experience family with strangers.  Most college students are away from home, and many of the senior citizens may not have many family members in town," explained Campus Minister Breanna Elley.  
 
 
 
 
Phonathon Thank You
 
Thank you to our parents, alumni, and friends who pledged a donation to our 24th annual Phonathon!
 
If we didn't catch you at home when we called, be watching your mail for a response card and a return envelope if you would like to participate in this annual fundraiser for the Center.
 
From all of the students at St. Isidore's, thank you!
 
 
 
Finals Week Care Packages
 
If you have a student at KSU and would like to send them a care package for finals week through the St. Isidore's Knights of Columbus, please contact Quenten Troyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 1. 
 
 
In This Issue
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
Phonathon Thank You
Finals Week Care Packages
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Graduating Senior Spotlight
Hear about one of our seniors plans after Graduation
  
Christmas Caroling
Students sing at local nursing homes
 
Christopher West
A well known Catholic speaker visits KSU
 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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October 2015

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October at
St. Isidore's
  October 2015
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
My first summer in Kansas is drawing to a close here and it is certain that the last days of October have  been beautiful.  There have been deep blue skies, spectacular sunrises and sunsets and gentle breezes have been daily visitors.  We have been graced this fall with the beauty of Frank's gardens, yielding a new and different flower each week of the month, as well as his choirs embellishing our prayers with song. 

Rich harvests seem to be in the offing, and at St. Isidore's, we have seen them already.  And while growth and new life are waning in nature, spiritual growth and new life are everywhere to be found here.  "Source and Summit" filled the chapel once again, and students continue to populate the chapel at their late evening Masses.  As is the custom, "Pathways" was an extraordinary experience for the students, and far greater numbers than expected attend Bible study.  Hundreds are appearing for Sunday Masses, "Dollar Dinner" and Knights of Columbus pancake breakfasts.  Student ministries are in full swing.  A number of students are visiting hospitals and nursing homes regularly to be with and pray with the sick and elderly.  Students are organizing and giving retreats to high school students in the area, and they are seen just about everywhere planning programs, relaxing together at social events and building their lives of prayer.  
 
Even though the Thanksgiving holiday is about a month away, we certainly have much to be thankful for right now.
 
God bless,
Fr. Bob Barry, O.P.
Associate Pastor 

 
 
 
 
 
Pathways XXII
The Pathways XXII staff and retreatants loading onto the bus 
 
Every Fall St. Isidore's offers a once in a lifetime retreat for Catholic KSU students.  There is a limit of 30 spots for retreatants, and the Pathways staff prepares for a whole year to be ready for them.  
 
Freshman Justo Santacruz from Paraguay was one of the students who attended the retreat this Fall.  "This is my second semester in K-state, and my first semester I went to daily Mass a lot. Since I was far from home, going to daily Mass gave me support and helped me a lot with school and just affronting the experience of being far from home. After Mass, I always saw everybody talking in their groups, and I didn't want just to interrupt and began to talk to them. A few times I got to meet them and to talk to them, but there wasn't enough time to build relationships if you know what I mean. In this retreat, I finally saw all this people that went to daily Mass and it was so awesome to have a lot of time to talk and get to know each other. In the retreat I met great people, and I can say that they are my friends now. Being Catholic is a lifestyle, and it's so comforting having friends that share your faith, because once you decide to live the fullest as a Catholic, God becomes the center of your life and you try to do everything for Him. And trying to be a saint is hard, and it has its difficulties and obstacles, but once you have God and community; a group of people that is living for the same purpose, the way becomes easier because you have people that will understand you better since they are fighting for the same thing. And whenever you fall and feel down, they are there for you to cheer you up and help you stand up. And also whenever your friends in Christ feel down, you are there to give them a hand and help them to stand up again" reflected Justo.
 
For Justo and many of the students and Pathways staff who attend the retreat, it is a great time to build their faith, strengthen friendships and also to have some fun.  
 
 
 
 
Your Phonathon Call is Coming! 
 
Between November 2 and November 17, Catholic K-State students will be calling parents, alumni and friends on behalf of St. Isidore's as part of our 24th annual Phonathon.  
 
Why is the Phonathon important?
  • We receive no financial support from the Diocese of Salina or Kansas State University.
  • Gifts to the Phonathon account for one-third of our annual operating budget.
  • The Phonathon provides over 100 students with the opportunity to actively participate in raising funds needed to support their student center.
We're looking forward to connecting with you!
 
 
 
Finals Week Care Packages
 
If you have a student at KSU and would like to send them a care package for finals week through the St. Isidore's Knights of Columbus, please contact Quenten Troyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 1. 
 
 
In This Issue
Pathways XXII
Your Phonathon Call is Coming
Finals Week Care Packages
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
Students serve senior citizens a Thanksgiving style dinner
  
Phonathon Thank You
A recap of Phonathon 2015


 
 
... and much more!
    
 
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Permanent Community and Students:

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785.539.7496
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