February 19, 2017

Dear Friends,

The Season of Lent is fast approaching.  Ash Wednesday is March 1 and so we are just ten days until our Lenten Journey of forty days begins.  We often ask the question of each other when Lent begins, "What are you going to give up for Lent this year?"  What if the question was phrased a little differently?  "What are you going to do this Lent to grow in holiness?"  I am excited to present to you some possibilities that each of us may consider to grow in holiness as individuals, as a family and as a parish family for Lent.  At next weekend's Masses we will consider answering the question, "What are you going to do this lent to grow in holiness?" Let us remember one another in prayer.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

February 12, 2017

This weekend I am presenting at a Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.  A society is only as strong as the families in the society.  A family is only as strong as the foundation of the husband, wife and God with the children of the family built on that foundation.  Marriage preparation is so important.  Did you know that there are seven engaged couples in our St. John praish family who are preparing to enter the Sacrament of Matrimony in 2017?  Please keep these couples in your prayer as they discern their vocation to marriage: Rebecca Maus and Grant Morris on April 21; Rachelle Pelz and Kody Decker on April 29; Elizabeth Ast and Anthony Wilkerson on May 19; Breanne Youngers and Daniel Skinner on July 22; Morgan Oestmann and Joshua Ast on October 14; Ellie Watt and Austin Johnson on November 18; Kaitlyn Buck and Zachary Williams on December 30.  

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John

February 5, 2017

Starting today, I will be writing a brief section in the bulletin each week entitled, "Fr. John's Corner." I may address upcoming events or issues in our parish family. Sometimes, I may offer a scriptural reflection. At other times, I may address questions or concerns that I have received from parishioners about our parish family. My hope is that this weekly post becomes an important means of communicating to our parish family.

This coming weekend, I ask that you welcome Fr. Ken VanHaverbeke to our parish. Fr. Ken is the Director of the Spiritual Life Center and Vicar for Stewardship and Parish Life. He will be celebrating the Masses on February 11-12 as I will be conducting a Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat for 34 engaged couples at the Spiritual Life Center. Make Fr. Ken welcome here and pleae pray for the 34 engaged couples as they discern God's vocation for thhem.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John