Saturday, November 28th

Art & Environment • 8:30am
Confession • 3:30pm
Mass • 4:30pm
Sunday, November 29th

NO Preschool Class
NO Adult Ed. Class - Dcn Chad
NO RCIA: Breaking Open the Word
NO Children's Liturgy
Mass • 8:30am
Adult Ed Class • 9:35am - 10:25am
Mass • 10:30am
Senior YM • 3:30pm
Parents of Teenagers Support Group • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Confirmation • 4:00pm
Rosary • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Mass • 5:30pm
Monday, November 30th

Adult Ed • 9:30am
Daily Mass • 5:15pm
Tuesday, December 1st

Daily Mass • 7:00am
Men's Breakfast • 7:00am
"Walking Utopia" • 7:00am
Women's Book Study • 8:00am
Thom's Moms • 9:15am
Catholic Charities Board Meeting • 5:30pm
Evangelization Commission • 5:30pm
Marian Prayer Group • 6:00pm
STM Card Group • 7:00pm
Tuesday Basketball • 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 2nd

Daily Mass • 7:00am
K-6 Class • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
K-6 Class • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Adult Choir • 7:00pm
JrYM Parent Support Group • 7:00pm
JrYM • 7:00pm - 8:15pm
K-6 Class • 7:00pm - 8:15pm


In order to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated as follows:

Communal Penance Service:
December 20  at  3:00 p.m.
Individual Confessions:
December 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Mass schedule for Christmas through Epiphany:

Christmas Eve - December 24
4:00 p.m. - Vigil Mass with Children's Choir
6:30 p.m. - Vigil Mass with Youth Choir
11:00 p.m. - Mass in the Night with Adult Choir
New Year's Eve - December 31
6:00 p.m. - Mary Mother of God Vigil Mass
Christmas Day - December 25
8:30 a.m. - Christmas Day Mass
New Year's Day - January 1
8:30 a.m. - Mary Mother of God Mass
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph
December 26: 4:30 p.m.
December 27: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
Epiphany of the Lord
January 2: 4:30 p.m.
January 3: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.

The Parish Office will be closed the afternoon of December 24 through December 25 and the afternoon of December 31 through January 1.  There will be no "Walking Utopia" on December 24-25 and January 1.

More Musings

I am composing this musing after just returning from a “mountain top” experience in Indianapolis—the National Catholic Youth Conference.  There are so many things I could write about: the deep experience of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with 27,000 people; the ways that God touched my heart and soul through the music and speakers; the spirit of the beautiful souls I went with—our youth, our adult sponsors, our own Deacon Chad.  I wish I could have our entire parish over for


Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception will be celebrated with Masses on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  The Parish Offices will be closed on this day.


There will be NO "Walking Utopia" on November 20, November 26-27, and December 8-11.

Purchasing With A Purpose

A Fair Trade Festival will be held in the Gathering Area before and after Masses on December 5-6.  Come purchase items produced by men and women in Third World Countries (CRS and Bead for Life).

Mass Times

Lord's Day Mass
Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. **
Daily Mass
Monday 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 7:00 a.m.

**Summer Schedule: From Memorial Day through Labor Day, there will be NO Sunday 5:30 Mass.

See the bulletin for details



Saturday: 3:30 - 4:00 PM
OR by appointment

Current Reflection

Question of the Week
Adult Question
:  How can you help "prepare the way of the Lord"?
Children's Question:  What do you do to get ready for a big event or celebration?

All Creation Is Singing God's Praise
Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness.  "Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker" (Wis 13:5); indeed, "his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world" (Romans 1:20).  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 339)
How I Can Help...

  • When you think of animals that could be crucial to human survival, do you think of termites?  Though they destroy our homes and are responsible for billions of dollars needed for annual repairs, termites are far more beneficial than harmful to humans.  Termites are detritivores and decomposers, meaning they consume decomposing plant material and play vital roles in recycling ecosystem energy.  The termite gut is unique in that it contains microorganisms that break down cellulose (building blocks for plants).  Think about it...what would we do without termites to clean up all the decomposing material?  We might drown in litter, like autumn leaves and tree branches.

How does care for creation relate to our identity as Christians?  Watch this space for ideas and inspiration in the coming weeks.


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2900 Kimball Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 776-5151


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