November/ December 2016

 
 

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November/ December at
St. Isidore's
  November/ December 2016
 
 
 
Dear Maria,  
Saint Isidore's is a very special place!
 
As a university parish we know the ebb and flow of our congregation is unlike most parishes. Eight months out of the year we are at our fullest, but during the other months, when the students are gone, and only our permanent community is present, you get a sense of what makes Saint Isidore's so special: It is that mix of students from all across Kansas, America, and even the globe, as well as those dedicated parishioners who have for years provided a core community.
 
This is very evident during Christmas break when the last week of Advent turns over to Christmas. While most students and many faculty and staff "get away," you see the people who year after year remain to welcome new faces, serve in the various ministries, and support from their resources the parish's needs. What also makes Saint Isidore's special is our "extended community," all of you who in your prayers and donations help us to meet the enormous needs of being a university parish.  In this special issue of the E-Newsletter I am happy to share with you just a few of the great things that have happened.
 
Our students have a great sense of service to the community. Many serve as religious education teachers, spend time visiting the elderly here in Manhattan, or bring communion to those at Via Christi Hospital. Every December a group goes caroling and brings special cheer to those in assisted living. Another St. Isidore's tradition is that each semester the members of the parish's Annual Giving Committee help our students face the start of exam week with the very popular Pancake Feed. This mix of students and permanent community are part of what makes Saint Isidore's special. 
 
But if you want to know the bottom line, it is the people. Each semester we see new students come and others graduate and move on. All of their stories are real blessings to us and we always try to highlight them for you so you can see how much your help means. This December we said goodbye to many great students and we are able to share a bit about one of our grads, Cristina Law, from Texas, who studied in Spain for her junior year, was a leader on the Pathways Retreat, and is off to the Peace Corps for two years. Cristina represents so many of our great young adults ready to face the world. 

This time of year, with the ending of a semester and the turn to Advent and Christmas, I am struck by the many blessings given in 2016. As we gather week after week in the chapel around the altar, I imagine the countless generations that have stood in the same spots, thought very similar thoughts and now like you keep us in prayer from afar. May 2017 be a year of peace and hope and blessing.
 
God bless you!

Fr. Michael

 
 
 
 
 
Graduating Senior Profile: 
Cristina Law
 
Four and a half years ago, Cristina Law left her home in Houston, Texas, and began her college experience in Manhattan. Her dad left her on the steps of St. Isidore's on her first day at K-State.
 
Now that she has graduated with her degree in bakery science and management, she finds herself overjoyed at her future, but sad to leave St. Isidore's.

"As I leave Manhattan, I can't help but get choked up over how much this place [St. Isidore's] means to me. The friends I've met, the experiences, and the growth that's taken place here," Law said.

At St. Isidore's, Law was active in attending and helping with the Pathways Retreat, Student-Led Bible Studies, and Source and Summit.

Law said some of her favorite memories are of the fun moments with the people she met.

"Two memories that will always stick with me are when I was cooking with Michaela Gleason at the first-ever Dollar Dinner and we had so many people show up that we had to borrow a jar of Fr. Jarett's spaghetti sauce to help feed everyone," Law remembered. "I also loved being the director of support staff for Pathways and having dance parties in the kitchen while we worked."

Law's future plans include heading to Zambia in February 2017 to be an agriculture specialist with the Peace Corps.
Though she'll be half a world away, Law says St. Isidore's built up her faith and made her a better person.

"The apologetics classes from Fr. Jarett helped me to defend my faith," Law said. "The leadership roles have shown me how to handle decision making and high stress situations, and the community strengthened me in knowing I'm not alone in this faith journey."
   
 
 
Christmas Caroling
  
 
About 25 students spent an evening Christmas caroling to local retirement and nursing homes on December 6.

Robert Jennings, Director of Ministry and Evangelization, said he hoped the event helped the students gain more compassion for our older brothers and sisters.

"Our main goal is to bring good cheer to others and help our students realize that this holiday season is about recognizing that these people who are lonely are part of our family and deserve love and kindness," Jennings said.

Students caroled at Stoneybrook Health and Rehab, Good Shepherd Hospice House, and Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. Meadowlark Hills offered a special treat: Students were able to visit with longtime St. Isidore's permanent community member Velma Kuhn.

Amanda Braun, a senior in secondary education from Victoria, Kan., said she wanted to share joy with the elderly during the Advent season.

"I enjoyed the smiles on the faces of the people we sang to," Braun said. "For that moment at least, we were able to spread peace and joy."

After caroling, students returned to St. Isidore's and decorated Christmas cookies. Members of the Leadership Team baked the cookies before the event, and several RCIA participants joined the students later in the evening.

Ross Niehues, a senior in agricultural technology management from Seneca, Kan., said cookie decorating was a great way to get to know other St. Isidore's students, and the decorating got a little serious.
"My favorite thing was watching the cookies get decorated like tractors by Joseph Neville and Kenan Reeh," Niehues said. "It was fun to watch." 
 
 
Pancake Feast Before Finals
 


The Annual Giving Committee invited all students to enjoy a free pancake feast while studying for finals on December 11 in Newman Hall. More than 100 students attended the feast.
 
Aaron Gleason, a junior in mechanical engineering from Meade, Kan., said he has attended every pancake feast during finals weeks since he came to Manhattan five semesters ago. "I appreciate all of the community that this event creates for both the permanent community and the students. It gives the students a chance to see the faces that help St. Isidore's run so well."
 
 
 
Changing Liturgical Seasons 
Around St. Isidore's
 
Miss seeing the change of seasons around St. Isidore's? Many students, alumni, and supporters don't have the opportunity to see the change in decorations that mark the transition between Advent and Christmas. When the students leave at the start of winter break, it is Advent, but when they return, the Christmas season is typically over. Here is a look around the chapel during Advent and Christmas.


 



 
 
 
 
Leaf Raking

 
Maintaining the grounds around St. Isidore's takes many hours of hard work, and students join the effort every fall by raking leaves to make the garden and lawn ready for winter. Though the leaves fell later than usual this year, the students found plenty of work to do and fun to have. 

 
 
In This Issue

Graduating Senior Profile
Christmas Caroling
Pancake Feast
Changing Seasons
Leaf Raking
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
 Phonathon Thank You
A recap of Phonathon 2016
 
Welcome the New Pastoral Ministry Interns

Ice Skating
 
... and much more!
    
 
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October at
St. Isidore's
  October 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
The leaves are changing and their is a hint of Fall in the air.  One of my favorite things about living in the 'heartland' is the changing of the seasons.  However, all of us here at St. Isidore's are blessed to count on one thing that never changes, the out pouring love and support that each of you share with us.  Please enjoy reading about a few of the things that have been keeping us busy here this past month.
 
Blessings,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
 
 
 
 
 
K of C Chili Feed
 
 
Several times a year, the Knights of Columbus host a breakfast to raise money for a variety of good causes.  This year, the Knights decided to also host a chili feed.  The Knights prepared 5 different styles of chili for individuals to choose from.  The chili feed was a great success with about 40 people in attendance.  They are looking forward to hosting another chili feed again next year.
 
Grand Knight Ronnie Sullivan reflected, "The Chili Feast was a refreshing opportunity to enjoy the essence of Fall among the St. Isidore's community! About 6 Knights cooked their own chili and competed for bragging rights as to whose was the most popular. I'm not sure who won, but they all tasted great! We appreciate everyone who attended for supporting the Knights of Columbus as we seek to serve our community."
 
 
 
 
Pathways
  
Pathways retreatants 
 
For many, the annual Pathways retreat is a time for personal and spiritual growth, and this year was no different.  "The Pathways Retreat was a great way for me to strengthen existing friendships, as well as make many new ones. It made me realize how lucky I am to have so many people around me who truly love and care about me. The retreat was a great way to take a step back from life, and just enjoy the presence of Christ that is in all of us" explained Elise Gallant, a sophomore in Secondary Education and Mathematics from Wichita, KS.
 
The retreat has a lasting impact on the retreatants and leaders alike.  Jeffrey Albers, a graduate student in weed science from Oakley, KS shared, "My favorite part about helping with the Pathways Retreat was how everything came together in the end.  With a large retreat there are often many things that can 'go wrong' or things you plan for but just don't know how they will work out!  Being part of the retreat and seeing the way everything just seemed to work out really elevates our minds and hearts to God; because there is no way that all the good beautiful work done in so many hearts is accomplished without the loving, guiding hand of our Lord."
 
 
 
 
Bishop Weisenburger
 


Throughout the school year, St. Isidore's has arranged for several Kansas Bishops to come for a weekend Mass with a reception to follow.  We are very excited that many of the Bishops were able to accept our invitation.  The first Bishop to visit was Bishop Weisenburger from the Salina Diocese. This is a great opportunity for the students to meet several Bishops, as well as a chance for the Bishops to meet many of our students and see the active community of students from their diocese here at St. Isidore's.  
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
K of C Chili Feed
Pathways
Bishop Weisenburger
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Mens Group
Read how this group of men use their faith and fellowship
  
Womens Group
Students and permanent community members gather
 
Thanksgiving Dinner
Students and Seniors share a meal

Phonathon Thank You
A recap of Phonathon 2016
 
... and much more!
    
 
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