Week of July 12, 2015


This weekend I am in Springfield, Mo. attending the Steubenville Youth Conference with youth from our parish. I was told this would help to keep me young. I hope that is true. In the past the young and the adult chaperones come back enthused about their faith and about being Catholic. I am looking forward to being part of this experience. Thanks to Fr. Jim Healy who is filling in for me this weekend. He always gives a good homily, but I take no responsibility for his jokes.

I remind you again of our Summer Gatherings on July 27, 28, & 29. Fr. Paul Turner is our presenter. Paul is pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. He will help us come to a deeper appreciation of the Mass and how we can more fully, actively and consciously participate when we come to Mass.

In the first talk, Paul will survey how the lectionary is put together. He will help people know what to listen for when the readings are proclaimed.

In the second talk, He will speak about why we call mass a sacrifice and what is expected of those who participate.

In the third, He will talk about the basic skills we can develop to participate better when we gather at the Eucharist.

I am looking forward to these gatherings and encourage everyone to come and learn. The presentation will be from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. There will be something offered for the children of the parish during this time. We will also arrange for babysitting if needed. A simple supper will be served before the presentations beginning at 6:00. To help the Adult Faith Formation Committee prepare for these gatherings please call the parish office 816-537-6990 if you plan to attend. Let us know if you will attend every evening or only some of the presentations.

Below are criteria for bishops laid out by Pope Francis:

  • be a “pastor close to the people and not have the psychology of ‘Princes’”;
  • is “not ambitious”and is free from a “spirit of clericalism”;
  • be “gentle, patient and merciful”;
  • is “animated by inner poverty”;
  • have “outward simplicity and austerity of life”;
  • be able to “imbue hope”;
  • “watch over’ the flock that will be entrusted to [him], take care to keep it united”;
  • “have sun and light in [his] heart”; and
  • “lovingly and patiently support the plans which God brings about in His people”.

As we wait to see who our next bishop will be this is the kind of bishop I will pray for.

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