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Estate Planning for Catholics

Saturday, April 28, 2018

St. John the Evangelist Parish Center from 9:00am-11:30am

Tips for managing some of your most important life decisions.

Light breakfast will be provided at no cost.

Come to learn about Estate Planning and Planned Giving, how to combine your family financial planning and your stewardship. Travis Pearson, Esq. will discuss this topic.

Come to learn about Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Learn about powerful tools to take care of your family, minimize taxes, and implement your planned giving desires. Andrew Rowe, Esq. will discuss this topic.

For more information or to register please contact Ann Maley at 316-440-1717 or register online by visiting and clicking on "Upcoming Events" on the left side.

April 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

Jesus Christ is Risen!  Alleluia!  As we continue celebrating with Easter joy the mystery of the Resurrection fo the Lord, we have been given a mission.  Throughout the Easter Season, we read in the Gospel accounts of how the Apostles were filled with fear and locked themselves in a room after Jesus' death on the cross.  They witnessed his death on a cross.  Understandably, they feared for their own lives.  If identified as a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, (who was considered a criminal and a blasphemer), would the Apostles' lives end in death as well?

Then, Jesus appeared to them in his resurrected body.  In the locked room, he entered again into their lives. Jesus "breathed" on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 20:22).  With the Holy Spirit in their hearts, the Apostles transformed from fear to courage. We read in the Acts of the Apostles how those Apostles no longer locked themselves in a room.  Now, they go forth boldly from Galilee and Jerusalem to preach Jesus Christ crucified.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick.  The Holy Spirit gives us courage to preach boldly Jesus Christ.  That leads to reflection questions for us this week. "How boldly do I preach Jesus Christ to the people I meet? Do I ever hide the fact with co-workers or neighbors that i am Catholic? Do I stand up in conversations with friends when the topic of religion surfaces or do I remain quiet?"

We are commissioned by Jesus to go and tell others about him.  This is our parish mission: "St. John the Evangelist Parish, inspired by the Holy Spirit, strives to sow the Word in loving service of God and neighbor." We have been inspired by the Holy Spirit, just as were the Apostles after the Resurrection.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with courage to preach Jesus Christ by our words and actions.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John 

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