April 2014

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April at
St. Isidore's
St. Isidore's Summer
  April 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

The month of May (and the Easter season) always brings with it certain joys.  The new life of spring is very apparent and all around us in God's creation (if not in the 90+ degree weather we have already been recently experiencing).  We recently experienced the rejuvenated new life of the Catholic Church through the 34 individuals who received the Easter Sacraments at the St. Isidore's Easter Vigil.  And finally, the academic year is coming to a quick close, which brings with it a bitter sweetness as we say goodbye to the seniors and students for the summer, but breathe deeply as things slow down at least for a bit.  Thank you to all of you who do so much to support what we are able to do as a staff here at St. Isidore's.  May we continue to pray for and encourage each other as we strive to be God's instruments to our communities and beyond this Easter Season.


Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Summer Projects around the Center
 
This summer St. Isidore's will be getting some much needed updates around the center.  With all of the heavy use on the building, there are a few areas that are in need of an update.   The overall goal is still to build a new chapel so that we can accommodate our growing faith community, however, there are a few things that needed our immediate attention. 
 
The updates will be taking place from the end of June through the beginning of July.  Mass will be held in Newman Hall at our regular summer Mass times. 
 
The renovations include, but are not limited to: ceramic flooring, fresh paint, touched up pews and kneelers and an ADA accessible entrance to the chapel; new carpet and paint on the main floor; updating the bathrooms in the cry room and on the second floor and updating the outdoor greeting area near the ADA accessible entrance. 
 
If you are interested in helping us reach our goal of building our new chapel, there is a separate account that has been set aside for this vision.  Please contact Stewardship Director, Kimberly Fund, for details on how to donate to make our dream a reality. 
 
Be sure to stop by St. Isidore's later this Summer or Fall to see the updated look!
 
 
 
 

RCIA

   

 This year St. Isidore's was blessed to welcome 34 members into the Catholic Church through our RCIA program.  The Catechumens started classes back in the Fall and received their sacraments during the Easter Vigil Mass. 

 

"The RCIA journey is truly that...a journey that often begins with uncertainty, concerns and questions, but continues in relationships and learning to finally culminate with the most joy filled liturgy (in my opinion) of the year; the Easter Vigil.  This year was truly a joy to welcome those 34 individuals into full communion of the Catholic Church.  I'm sure the individuals have much to be thankful for, but I know the St. Isidore's community is made ever stronger and is invigorated by their presence with us" expressed Fr. Jarett.

 

 We would like to take this opportunity to extend yet another warm welcome to all of the individuals who joined us in faith, and we look forward to seeing them become active members in the community.

March 2014

 

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March at
St. Isidore's
St. Isidore's Summer
  March 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

Ready or not...here it comes.  Right around the corner is Holy Week 2014 culminating with another celebration of the Easter Sacraments for 34 individuals here at St. Isidore's.  Always an exciting and very busy time.

 

How has your Lent 2014 gone?  Do you need to plan a do-over starting with Holy Week?  One blessing of Holy Week is that it provides that opportunity to go ever deeper into the mystery of the passion and death of Jesus Christ; to renew our commitment to fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  It's such a blessing to be able to make that journey with so many college students.

 

Many thanks to each of you as you are the reason that we at St. Isidore's are able to provide the K-State college students with so many opportunities to engage and enliven their faith in Jesus Christ.  May God richly bless your Holy Week, Holy Triduum, Easter and beyond.

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Busy Student Retreat
 
Our campus ministers work hard to provide many different opportunities for students to deepen and expand their faith.  One of the opportunities is the annual Busy Student Retreat.  We ask several directors to come and spend a week meeting with students and guiding them in reflection and conversation through selected scripture.  Here is what one student had to say about her experience.
 
"My spiritual director, Sister Maria Jacenta, helped me to build a closer spiritual relationship with God and to better understand His will for me in my life. She helped me to really seek God in everything that I do and to do it as an offering for Him. I enjoyed meeting with her every day and wished the retreat could have lasted longer because I didn't want it to end. I am so thankful that I did it and I know that I will do it again next year for sure."
-Audrey Schmitz 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spring Break Alternative Trip

 

 

Featured student Amanda Braun is in the second row on the far left

   

Amanda Braun, a sophomore from Victoria, Kansas, was one of the 12 students that traveled to Denver, Colorado for this year's Spring Break Alternative Trip. This was her second year going on the trip as she was able to go last year with the group to Dallas, Texas. 

 

While in Denver the students volunteered at the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Food Bank of the Rockies, the Gabriel House and St. Joseph's Home for Veterans. "My favorite activity was packaging the pallets of food for the Food Bank of the Rockies. We really made a difference packaging all of that food. There was so much of it! And it was all donated. It restored my faith in how much people really give to the community" expressed Amanda.

 

The group did have some down time while on the trip.  Amanda said she really enjoyed working on a whale puzzle as well as singing tunes from Frozen as she was able to bond and build new friendships with the other students. 

 

"The trip definitely changed how I think. It restored my faith that there really are good people out there, but it made me realize how important it is to give of ourselves and our talents to serve others. There are so many people that need our help. There are 10,000 homeless people in Denver. That blew my mind. How can I go on living my privileged life the same way after seeing how much work needs to be done for those in need?" explained Amanda.