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September 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

As I continue to learn more about our parish family and listen to you as pastor, I am hearing from individuals, from families and from organizations in our family of the desire for retreats for our parishioners.  For six years, I served at the Spiritual Life Center, our diocesan retreat center.  It was a blessing to see how God works in the hearts and minds of those who come away and rest for a time and listen to the Lord speak.

In October, there are two retreat opportunities that I ask you to consider.  On the weekend of October 20 - 22, a weekend retreat for men will take place at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, Kansas.  This retreat is for men who wish to become better husbands, fathers, leaders and friends.  "The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive," wrote St. Irenaeus.  Taking as our model the life of Father Kapaun, Kapaun's Men are men who are committed to fighting the great spiritual battle that rages around us.  We are a band of brothers who do not fight alone.  Jesus Christ is our strength and our leader.  Father Kapaun is our friend and our guide.  A true Servant Leader, Father Kapaun epitomized Christian manhood and challenged his men to do the same.  Learn more about the retreat by going to www.kapaunsmen.org.

The second retreat opportunity will be for all parishioners of our parish.  On Saturday, October 28, we will leave from the parking lot at St. John's around 7:30 a.m. and drive to Pilsen, Kansas - the boyhood home of Fr. Emil Kapaun.  There, we will have a morning retreat of prayer and reflection.  We will pray in the parish church of St. John Nepomucene.  We will also have the privilege of touring the museum and seeing the Medal of Honor that former President Barack Obama presented posthumously to the Servant of God, Fr. Emil Kapaun.  We will be back at the parish before 3:00 p.m.

More details will be forthcoming about these two retreats.  Let me know if you have questions.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John 

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