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Knights of Columbus April 2016
Hello and welcome to our page. In March and April, we have been slowing down and getting ready for the summer months. Although we will still have meetings throughout the summer, our next meal is the parish picnic in September.
In April, we have two events. The Sport Clay Shoot is on April 26, 2016, where all Knights, their families, and anyone thinking of becoming a Knight is welcome to attend. The cost is $65.00 a person with the Knight’s family only $55.00 which includes a lunch of pulled pork sandwich, chips, soda pop, and a cookie.
The State Convention is the following weekend, April 29 through May 1. I invite all Knights to attend to see the State Council in action and how some of the $5.00 per Knight is used. This year the convention is being held here in Wichita for the first time in 4 years. Although it is so close this year, I will have to miss the convention because of medical issues, but I invite all my brother Knights to attend to see the state Council in action and view all the posters and events held throughout the state. Maybe this will bring something we can do for next year.
The meditation for the month of May comes from Pope Saint John Paul II redemptuis constos:
Work was the daily expression of love in the life of the Family of Nazareth. The Gospel specifies the kind of work Joseph did in order to support his family: he was a carpenter. This simple word sums up Joseph’s entire life. For Jesus, these were hidden years, the years to which Luke refers after recounting the episode that occurred in the Temple: “And He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them” (Lk 2:51). This “submission” or obedience of Jesus in the house of Nazareth should be understood as a sharing in the work of Joseph. Having learned the work of His presumed father, He was known as “the carpenter’s son.” If the Family of Nazareth is an example and model for human families, in the order of salvation and holiness, so too, by analogy is Jesus’ work at the side of Joseph the carpenter.”
Here’s hoping you make plans to attend both events at the end of April.
The Knight of the month for March is Dan O’Malley and the family of the month for March is Mike and Sue Webert.
Thanks Girl Scouts
Thank you St. Jude 5th Grade Girl Scouts for freshening up the landscaping on the north side of the school. Congratulations on earning your Girl Scout Bronze Award – Brisa Hernandez, Emma Hibbs, Sarah Maschino, Claire Russell and Kiersten Stutey. We appreciate Johnson’s Garden Centers for their contribution to this project.
The Easter Vigil The Holiest of Nights
On Saturday, March 26, we saw the culmination of the RCIA process in the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist--as four new members joined our church, one Catholic received Confirmation, and a married couple had their marriage blessed.
The Catechumen who was baptized is Holly Smith. Her Godparents are Dee and David Smith. The Candidates joining our faith were Francis Rathbun, sponsor Carol Ingle; Jon Denning, sponsor Maureen Roos; and Maya Maddux, sponsor Shaun Berning. Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation was Heather Wall, with sponsor David Wall. Our couple who had their marriage blessed into the Catholic Church is Holly and Corey Smith. For those of you who were able to attend this ceremony, it was an amazingly joyous and happy occasion to witness. Kitty Michot and Kelly Benoit beautifully sang the “Litany of the Saints”, and the choir and musicians were wonderful. I also thank Lora King for being the photographer for all the RCIA Rites this year.
A reception was held in the parish hall after the service, and all parishioners were invited for refreshments and to welcome our new members. The parish hall decorations and reception table were set up and arranged by Mary Goetz and her helpers. The food and drinks were donated by the RCIA team members, and many of them helped set up and clean up afterwards. Thanks to all of them because the reception couldn’t happen without their contribution of time and talent.
Your prayers are an important part of the RCIA process. Thank you, Diana Wolfe
Due to circumstances out of our control, the plant sale will not be held this year, but will be back next year bigger & better.
Do You Have Any St Jude Sports Uniforms?
Parents, please check closets and drawers!! We are missing some St. Jude sports uniforms. Please bring them to the school office as soon as possible.
What is SCRIP?
SCRIP is a fundraising method popular with non-profit organizations. With SCRIP, retailers offer gift certificates/cards to non-profits at a discount. The non-profits sell the gift cards to families at full face value. The families redeem them at full face value, and the discount or rebate is retained by the non-profit organization as revenue. The parish/school office has SCRIP available to local grocery stores, restaurants and department/retail stores. Purchasing SCRIP is easy. You choose the gift cards you want to purchase and pay either by check or cash. As each gift card is sold the school receives a percentage of the sales. The percentage may be as small as 1% or as large as 16% depending on the retailer. Every little bit adds up. The profits from the sale of SCRIP go to the PTO account to be used for funding of events, repairs and purchases for the school. So next time you read the Bulletin and see, “We sold $5,175.00 last week for a profit of $204.77; with 20 families participating”, you may understand a little more what it means.
HOW DID THE RCIA PROCESS HELP YOU IN YOUR FAITH JOURNEY?
I asked this question of RCIA members, and here are some of their responses:
“Spiritually I am now a soldier of Christ whereas before I was not.” R.R. 2015
“The RCIA class was a wonderful thing the church provides. It teaches you the truth about the faith, and explains why we believe what we do, and clears up any misconceptions. My experience with Protestant churches had been just say you wanted to join and you were in. No training on what that denomination believed and why. I love the Catholic Church. When we are out of town and cannot attend mass at St. Jude, we always attend where we are, and feel like a part of that church while attending mass, not a visitor. It is truly heartwarming.” J.W. 2015
“My deepening dating relationship with my fiancé, the pull of Reconciliation, the beauty of the Mass itself and the fact that I was actually feeling spiritually FED…all these things pulled me in to RCIA. RCIA isn’t a one-lane, no-stops trip to becoming a Catholic. It’s part of an inquiry process, and there’s no “obligation” to join at the end if you’re still of inquiring mind. But I knew—at least for me—that once I was in, I was a goner for the Church.” A.R. 1998
“The RCIA program has been what I hoped it would be. The entire team has been great and full of knowledge. They are all able to clarify questions or confusion. We have a lot of great resources available to us. Thanks to everyone on the RCIA team who has been committed to make this a positive and wonderful experience.” C.T. 2013
“RCIA has been helpful to me for many different reasons. The different parts of the Mass have been broken down for us. We learned how the Catholic Church is organized. Knowing that so many volunteers are prepared and waiting for us every class night helps keep me motivated to learn. My daughter and I both make sacrifices every week so that I can attend RCIA, but I walk out of class feeling that those sacrifices are worth it.” J.M. 2013
“RCIA ushered me into falling in love with the Church. Some of the relationships that began in those weekly classes are still very precious to me and have helped me realize how lucky I am to be a Catholic woman. I have made lifelong connections, and they are not of the shallow variety that life so often presents us with. The dedication of the volunteers and teachers is a powerful testimony to how beloved our faith is, and also illustrates what a gift it is to be the recipient of the knowledge, humor, support, love and guidance of all the wonderful people who serve with RCIA. I LOVE my Church. I would not be making it through these hard, long days caring for my very seriously ill Mom without the faith cradling me and helping me pray when I don’t have words.” B.L. 2015
Dillon’s Community Rewards Program
Replacing the current Dillon’s Reloadable Cards: Beginning Feb. 1, you will be able to use your Dillon’s Plus Shoppers Card to support St. Jude Catholic School.
1) Go to www.dillons.com/communityrewards
2) Sign in or create an account
3) Enroll your Plus Shoppers card. There is a 12 digit
number on the back of the card or you can use your
alternate ID (which is your 10 digit phone number.)
4) Select number 10422 to support St. Jude Catholic
1) Call customer service at 1-866-221-4141
2) Give them your Plus Shoppers card number
3) Ask them to select number 10422 to support St. Jude Catholic School.
Thank you for taking the time to enroll. Each time you use your Plus Shopper’s card, Dillon’s will give back to St. Jude Catholic School a percentage on a quarterly basis. Some restrictions apply.
Great Websites to Strengthen Marriages and Families
National Marriage Week: http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/
Marriage-Unique for a reason: http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/
Amazing Parish-Marriage and Family Resources: http://amazingparish.org/marriage-family