September 2016

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September at
St. Isidore's
  September 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
With the start of weekly 24 hour adoration, bible studies, a class on happiness, retreat planning meetings, RCIA, men's group, women's group, Source & Summit, Dollar Dinners and much, much more, it is ever apparent that the semester is well under way, and the students are filling their hearts and schedules with all things Izzy's.  It is a blessing to have the lights on from dawn until much past dusk nearly every evening; and to have so many of our parents and alumni visit and help fill our chapel making our 'overflow' spaces turn into 'standing room only' on home football game weekends.  As one recent graduate shared when he was back for the first home game of the season, "I was once told that home is where your wi-fi connects.  It is true, when I walked back in the doors of St. Isidore's, I felt at home, looked at my phone, and my wi-fi was connected."  Please be sure to come home to St. Isidore's and stop by for a visit if you are in the area.
 
Blessings,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
 
 
 
 
 
RCIA
 
Haden Botkin journaling during class
 
September marked the start of a memorable faith journey for the 26 candidates and catechumens who are going through this year's RCIA here at St. Isidore's.  Once a week for 90 minutes these individuals, along with their sponsors and the RCIA team members, will meet and listen to lectures, watch videos and have discussions to assist them in the process of becoming a full member of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. 

This is Maria Leiker's first year as the coordinator of St. Isidore's RCIA program.  "I am looking forward to embarking on this journey with everyone involved in the RCIA process as we grow in faith and learn more about the Catholic Church" reflected Maria.  Maria, Fr. Mike, Fr. Bob and a few guest speakers will be giving lectures throughout the course in conjunction with materials from the Symbolon series which are provided on the FORMED website.
 
Haden Botkin, a sophomore in Secondary Education went through the RCIA program last year and is now returning as a sponsor for an individual looking to further their knowledge of the Catholic faith.  Haden shared, "The RCIA journey is an important stepping stone to reach where God is calling us, and that is the Body of Christ. Whether you're just discerning becoming Catholic, or you're a Catholic that's fallen away from the faith, or you're a cradle Catholic that simply wants to learn more, there's a place for all of us in RCIA. As our Lord tells us time and time again in scripture: be not afraid."
 
Please keep the RCIA Catechumens, Candidates, Sponsors, Team and all involved in your prayers as they open their hearts to God's word and will for them.  
 
 
 
 
 
Dollar Dinner
  
Pictured L to R: Brandon Fisher, AJ Haney, Steve Stockman and Joseph Neville
 
Once a month, the St. Isidore's Student Leadership team hosts a Dollar Dinner on Sunday evening after the 4:30 Mass.  As the name suggests, it is requested that students give a donation of just one dollar for dinner and dessert.  This is a very popular activity that promotes faith, fellowship and fun and is also very helpful to many students who live in the dorms or Greek houses that don't provide dinner on Sunday evenings, or are just looking to not have to cook that night.  Brandon Fisher, a freshman in Mechanical Engineering, from Midland, MI shared, "I enjoyed the dollar dinner and the opportunity to spend time with new friends. The food beat the dining halls, no doubt."
 

Pictured L to R: Grace Volker, Jessica Maly, Rachel Schwindt and Ben Heath
 
 
 
 
 
 Choir
 


Frank Schmeidler, St. Isidore's Director of Worship for the last 21 years, has been involved in choirs since elementary school.  "When I was in second grade, Sister Barbara started a choir that consisted of 2 students from each grade level (1-6, so there were 12 of us).  As we learned pieces, we sang at Mass - my recollection is Christmas and Easter" he shared.  Under Frank's direction, the choir has had opportunities to travel to Europe to sing, made several CD's and fills the chapel with beautiful sounds of song and praise each weekend.  "I love liturgical music, and feel blest to be able to share that love with the musicians here at St. Isidore's as well as with everyone at Mass.  Music has a way of helping God touch someone's heart, mind, and soul, many times in ways that I will never know," Frank explained.  Amanda Braun, a senior in Secondary Education and Biology from Victoria, KS, has been a member of the choir for five years.  She shared, "Choir is amazing because of the people. Frank leads us with so much talent and passion. Seeing the joy on everyone's face during rehearsal and mass fills me up for the whole week!"
 
Josie Hays, a senior in Accounting and Finance, from Jetmore, KS, is one of the nearly 100 members of this year's St. Isidore's choir, "I've always connected with my faith through music. I love being a part of a choir that is so much fun and appreciated by everyone who attends St. Isidore's. It's such a great way to get away from school once during the week and an awesome way to participate during Mass!"  This is Josie's third year singing in the St. Isidore's choir.
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
RCIA
Dollar Dinner
Choir
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
Knights of Columbus Meals
Read about the K of C breakfasts and chili feed
  
Pathways
Learn about the impact of the Pathways retreat
 
Bishop Weisenburger
Bishop comes to spend time with the St. Isidore's Students 

Phonathon
Are you ready for your call? Find out when we will be calling you.
 
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August 2016

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August at
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  August 2016
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,  
August has come with many blessings, our favorite being the return of students.  Our hearts are filled and inspired by the excitement in each freshman's eyes, as well as by the joy of each of our returning students as they share their summer adventures with us.  
 
We are excited to have a calendar that is filled with classes, activities and retreats and are looking forward to a very busy semester.  We ask that you keep all of us and our students in your prayers as we start our school year, and please know that you will be in ours.
 
Blessings,

Kimberly Fund
Stewardship Director
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome Back BBQ
 
Over 300 students filled Newman Hall and the St. Isidore's garden during this year's Welcome Back BBQ.  Each year, the Student Leadership Team organizes a BBQ for all of the students to attend.  This is a wonderful time for friends to reconnect after they have been gone for the summer, a chance to make new friends and for freshmen and other new faces to have a chance to meet other students and start relationships that will hopefully last a lifetime.  "This year's BBQ had a fantastic turnout.  It was so fun to reconnect with everyone and it was especially nice to have the IHM sisters come. I was also encouraged to see how our community is starting to grow so early on in the year."  reflected Maureen Graham, junior in dietetics from Lenexa, KS.
 
 
 
Pastoral Ministry Interns
  
Pictured L to R:  Alex Blechle, Alex Lutz and Meg Eilert
 
Last semester, St. Isidore's started a Pastoral Ministry Intern Program.  This program allows students the opportunity to work with the staff and the chance to lead several of the activities that are offered.  This helps the staff manage the wide variety of activities that are offered at St. Isidore's as well as helps prepare them to have an active role in their own parishes once they leave KSU.
 
"St. Isidore's has given me a foundation, a solid place when I am away from home.  It has allowed me to mature and grow in my faith and in all aspects of my life," expressed Alex Lutz.  Alex Lutz is a Junior in Construction Science from Andover, KS and is new to the the Pastoral Minister Program this year.  He is excited to lead the men's group, organize the Prayer and Action weekend and assist with several other retreats throughout the year. 
 
Alex Blechle, a Senior studying Theological Research at Manhattan Christian College, from Washington, Missouri is serving his second year as a Pastoral Minister Intern.  "Last year, I really appreciated being mentored by Nate and Michaela and getting acquainted with St. Isidore's.  This semester, I look forward to using my gifts, talents and education to help students grow in their faith."  Alex with be assisting with RCIA, teaching a class on apologetics, and coordinating the student-lead bible studies.
 
"St. Isidore's has been my home away from home.  A place where I can be fully human by practicing the truth that is Catholicism.  I look forward to serving the community in any way I am needed and hope to be as generous as St. Isidore's has been to me," reflected Meg Eilert, a Junior in Secondary Education from Beloit, KS. This is Meg's first year in the Pastoral Ministry Intern program and she will be leading the women's group, teaching a class on happiness, and overseeing food preparation at many of the student events.
 
 
 
 
  Freshman Retreat
 


The theme this year for our Freshman Retreat was 'Resting in Christ.'  However, these students did anything but rest.  With nearly 100 freshmen attending the retreat, a record number, the students were open to movements of the holy spirit during talks, small group discussions and opportunity for the sacraments.  They were able to build foundational friendships that will endure the trials of college life.  We look forward to witnessing their growth in faith and friendships as they begin their time here at St. Isidore's.  
 
"I'm so glad I had the opportunity to attend this retreat - I was able to meet the fantastic members of St. Isidore's and especially become friends with other freshmen.  The retreat provided great insight on how to practice my faith in college and ways to be an example of the Catholic faith on campus," reflected freshman Megan Bates in Kinesiology /Pre-Med from Beloit, KS.  
 
 
 
  Pathways Retreat
 
We are hosting our 23rd annual pathways retreat October 14th-16th. This is a special and unique opportunity for many of our students, to grow in their faith.  In order to keep the cost down for our students we would appreciate the prayerful and financial support of our Alumni, Parents and friends. The cost of the retreat is usually around $30 per retreatant and our goal is to keep the fee at a similar level this year. This retreat has a large impact on on not only the retreatants but on the St. Isidore's student community as a whole. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Welcome Back BBQ
Pastoral Ministry Interns
Freshman Retreat
Pathways Retreat
FORMED
 
Coming Next Issue
 
 
RCIA
Learn more about the RCIA program
  
Dollar Dinner
Students gather on Sunday evenings once a month to enjoy dinner for just one dollar
 
Choir
Students and Permanent Community members come together to sing at all the weekend masses 

Phonathon Preview
Preparations are underway for our Fall fundraiser
 
... and much more!
    
 
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