April 2014

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  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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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.

February 2014

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  February 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

I can't believe we are on the doorstep of Lent 2014, the season of sacrificial grace and an experience of God's love through a participation in the simplicity of Jesus' 40 days in the desert.  What are you looking for this Lent?  In what ways will you participate with God's grace to achieve those goals?

 

We look forward to many of the K-State students committing to improving their relationship with Christ through reconciliation, Mass, stations of the cross, small group bible studies and a host of other spiritual prayer opportunities and events this Lent.  How will you make a new commitment this Lent?

 

As was mentioned last month we have begun a new website and part of that website is a recently added Discussion Forum.  Visit our discussion forum (under the sacraments and formation menu or click here) and simply register with an e-mail address to participate in a couple of Discussions that are already underway or to start your own... "Memories of St. Isidore's" and "Lent Do's & Don'ts."  This is yet another way of connecting our St. Isidore's Family and helping one another grow in love and relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.  

 

Thank you for all your continued prayer and support.  May God richly bless your Lent 2014 and beyond.

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
 
  
 
Blessed. That is what we are here at St. Isidore's, truly blessed. We could not have such an active and faith-filled center without the help and support of the many volunteers who give their time and talent day after day.  
 
Once a year the St. Isidore's staff host a dinner to show our appreciation for all of the many volunteers that give their time throughout the year.  After the plates had been filled and tummies were full, Fr. Jarett performed a few songs that he had prepared and shared with the group.  A good time was had by all. 
 
 
 
 

 

KCCSC

 

  

The theme for this years KCCSC weekend was "Catching Fire for Christ" and that is just what these students did.  This year the event was held in Topeka, KS at the Capital Plaza Hotel. 

 

During the convention the students listened to a talk from keynote speaker Archbishop Naumann, participated in  several break-out sessions and attended a formal dinner and dance one evening. 

 

St. Isidore's will be hosting the 2015 KCCSC convention here in Manhattan, KS. The students have already started to work on plans for next year's convention and are excited to host such a wonderful weekend.

January 2014

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  January 2014
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

We are well underway in the spring semester 2014 and I can't believe its almost February.  Some updates from around St. Isidore's...  We are excited about launching a revamped website, striving not to get too far behind the college students with media, social outlets and technology.  

 

Some of the classes/book studies coming up this semester are "Theology of the Body," "The Creed," and Matthew Kelly's "Rediscover Catholicism."  We are excited to have 41 planning to experience the Easter Sacraments through RCIA and over 30 couples coming through the marriage prep process.

 

As always, life at St. Isidore's keeps us on our toes, and the students keep us energized and often entertained.  As we have made it through another phonathon and approach our annual campaign, I am constantly reminded of how all that we do in ministry for the students of K-State comes by way of your generosity.  Thanks so much, and may God richly bless your 2014.  

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Ice Skating
 
35 students hit the ice to kick off the first CATS 
event of the semester!
 
 
 
 
 
 

March for Life

   

On January 22, 2014, twenty-eight students from St. Isidore's marched the streets in Washington, DC to support the right for life.  After the 20 hour bus ride, the students were happy to get out and stretch their legs even in the mid teen's climate for such an important cause.  In addition to the rally, many students took the opportunity to go and visit the National Basilica, Arlington Cemetery and other museums and landmarks.

 

Nicholas Downey, a senior in Construction Science and Management, also enjoyed seeing a group of K-State grads who are now seminarians at the March for Life rally.  He also expressed how excited he is to go again next year and encourages any K-State student or recent grad to join the St. Isidore's group for the trip in 2015!

 

 

 

 
 
 
St. Isidore's New Website


 
Please take some time and explore our new and improved website.  We are very excited about all of the information we have to share!  Just go towww.stisidores.com and check out our new look.
 
In This Issue
Ice Skating
March For Life
New Website
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

St. Isidore's Staff thanks the many volunteers who give their time and talent

  

KCCSC

A look back at a spiritually refreshing weekend conference

 

... and much more!
    
 
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December 2013

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  December 2013
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

I am writing this as the students are making their final push in finishing up finals for the fall semester 2013.  As usual, this semester has been an eventful one at St. Isidore's; and as the Solemnity of Christmas draws very near, the joy and gratitude of the season is ever present.  

 

12 Joys of Christmas 2013: (A Fall Semester Reflection in no particular order...)

 

12. Finals are almost complete!

11. The St. Isidore's Staff are enjoying good health. (Despite a broken arm and a few cold bugs.)

10. Pathways XX Retreat was a great success! 

9. Daily Mass attendance has averaged around 70-80 students.

8. St. Isidore's is preparing to launch our revamped website in the New Year!

7. Thanks to all of you, we've completed another successful Phonathon.

6. Cosmetic Renovation Planning (tile, carpet, paint, etc.) for the Chapel/Offices for Summer 2014 is underway.

5. RCIA currently has 42 catechumens/candidates preparing for the Easter Sacraments.

4. The Cats are Bowl Bound! (Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, December 28, Tempe, AZ)

3. 60 students filled 23 1-hr. slots of Weekly Eucharistic Adoration throughout the semester.

2. St. Isidore's will host the Kansas Catholic College Student Convention in February of 2015.

 

1. And the number one Joy of Christmas 2013 is the ever-expanding numbers of you: the Alumni, Family, and Friends that make up the St. Isidore's Family spanning Nation and even Worldwide.  Peace and Blessings to you as we conclude another year, and may God richly Bless your 2014.

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Graduating Senior Spotlight: Brice Walsten
 
Graduating Senior Brice Walsten
 
Brice Walsten from Mulvane, KS graduated this semester with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He will be working at The Viking Corporation in Rose Hill, KS.  This company makes abrasive blast and washer systems that are used in manufacturing environments. 
 
Due to the busy and stressful nature of being an engineering student, Brice found that St. Isidore's was a place he could go to find peace among all the stress and business of college life. "To me the greatest gift that St. Isidore's offers is providing a daily Mass at 10 pm, for there is truly no better way to end a long day than by spending some time with our Lord."
 
"St. Isidore's provided me the opportunities to grow as a Catholic man through retreats, Knights of Columbus, bible studies, vocation dinners, and so much more.  St. Isidore's was one of the biggest factors in shaping who I became while I was a student at K-State."
 
He expressed that what he will miss most will be the people, staff and students. "The best thing about the people at St. Isidore's is their willingness to set aside their own crosses in life to help one another with their struggles.  I think this attitude can be attributed to the spiritual direction provided by both the chaplains that were at St. Isidore's while I was at K-State and their own willingness to sacrifice their time for the St. Isidore's community" explained Brice. 
 
If he could offer one piece of advice it would be this, "Don't underestimate the impact of even the smallest of your actions.  You may never know the implications of a smile at a stranger on campus, a note to someone going through a rough time, or even just a phone call to check on a friend."  Brice went on to quote St. Therese of Lisieux, 'Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and it all for love.' 
 
 
 
 

Christmas Caroling

  

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!"  This piece of advice was provided by Buddy the elf from the movie 'Elf' and was what about 30 students gathered to do this month.  

 

The students traveled to two nursing homes and the hospice house and sang traditional Christmas carols for the residents to enjoy.  After singing, the students then returned to St. Isidore's where they had fun decorating and eating Christmas cookies.

 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Graduating Senior Spotlight
Christmas Caroling
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Ice Skating

read about the annual ice skating event that helps kick off the start of the semester

  

March for Life

students travel to DC to march in the pro-life rally

 

... and much more!
    
 
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November 2013

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  November 2013
 
 
 
Dear Friend of St. Isidore's,

  

Phonathon, Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner, and the regular football season have all come and gone and it is the time of year that we reflect on all that we have for which to be thankful.  (Just a few things.)  I'm thankful that I broke my right arm and not my left (left-handed).  I'm thankful for having had the opportunity to join the football team on the sidelines for home games.  I'm thankful that the Wildcats are bowl bound.  I'm thankful to be a Catholic priest serving at the best Catholic Student Center in the nation. (Perhaps I'm biased, I don't think so.)  But most of all I'm thankful to God for all of you and your immense generosity in making what we do here at St. Isidore's a possibility.  Thanks and may God richly bless your Advent Season.

 

Blessings,

  

Fr. Jarett Konrade

 

 
 
 
 
 
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
 
Photo of featured student, Nate Hoffman (wearing the blue polo), while eating and talking with a few of the senior citizens. 
 
In true Thanksgiving style, 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 love being able to sit down and talk with these men and women and getting to hear about all their experiences.  I also love being with those couples who have been married twice as long as I've been alive!" explained Nate Hoffman who is a Junior in Accounting. This is one of his favorite events of the year and looks forward to participating in it. 
 
"I enjoy helping the women up the front stairs and taking their coats at the door; then during dinner I just sit and eat and visit with the couples around me.  I couldn't ask for a better volunteer job than that!"
 
There were 56 seniors and around 25 students that attended this year's Thanksgiving dinner. 
 
Frank Schmeidler and Heather Augustine also were 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 always such a fun and uplifting event for students and our senior citizen guests alike.  We enjoy interacting with them and serving them, and they enjoy spending time with our wonderful students.  It is an event that both groups look forward to each year,"  explained Campus Minister Maria O'Halloran.  
 
 
 
 

Thank You!

 

Thank you to our parents, alumni, and friends who pledged a donation to our 22nd 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!

 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
Thanksgiving Dinner
Phonathon Thank You!
 
Coming Next Issue
 

 

Graduating Senior Spotlight

Read how St. Isidore's impacted the college experience of a graduating student

  

Christmas Caroling

find out how students share the Christmas spirit while caroling 

 

... and much more!
    
 
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