MHK Flood

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Collection Envelopes will be in the pews September 15-16 and on the Information Pillar September 22-23.

THANKS!

The Red Cross wishes to thank St. Thomas More for our hospitality during the recent flooding.
Click here to read their letter.

Benefit Recital

The Community School for Performing Arts, which is a joint venture between the KSU School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and the Manhattan Arts Center, will perform a benefit recital for flood victims on Wednesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. at All Faiths Chapel.  The recital will feature music students (pre-college and adult) of the Community School for the Performing Arts and their teachers.  Vernon Henricks of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation will be available at the recital to receive donations for the 2018 Manhattan Flood Recovery Fund.

Watts 9/16/18

Another year of religious education has begun at St. Thomas More. Those of you who are never on our church campus on Wednesdays might not even be aware of this, but on Wednesdays our church is “rockin!” Except for the janitor’s closet and the cry room, almost every room in this church is occupied. Approximately 275 students attend class each Wednesday. They are welcomed by volunteers who have agreed to spend their precious time teaching the young people about our church and sharing their faith with them. Every year I am amazed by the people who are willing to give so much time to this ministry. Why do they choose to do this? Here are some answers:

  • Josefina Gantt (mother of 4 children, her youngest is a 6th grader): I teach religious education because it fills my heart with happiness and joy to share the love of Christ with children. I love to see how children grow in faith and learn about our church. I have to say also, I love teaching second grade kids because I’m part of their preparation to receive two sacraments: Reconciliation and Communion.
  • Allison Friesen (college junior teaching for the 3rd time): I think the main reason that I teach is because I want these kids to know the love and joy that can be found in the Catholic Church. I didn’t really have an adult growing up, besides my parents, that showed me what it looked like to live out my faith, and I wish I would have had somebody to look up to. I want the kids to see an example they can relate to and see how beautiful a life with Christ can be. Also, I get just as much out of teaching the kids as I hope they get out of coming to class. I am challenged almost every class to be the best version of myself, and the kids make me better by showing Christ to me. I was hooked on teaching after the first 5 minutes with kids and have never looked back!
  • Michael DeDonder (church member with no children in RE): I give my time because I love to learn from the children. They provide incredible insight from a different perspective. The way they see God is refreshing at times. I truly enjoy teaching them, and the stories and questions they have help me deepen my relationship with God as well.
  • Trish Lagabed (volunteering for her 6th year): I started teaching in my daughter’s first grade classroom to see what she was learning, figuring I would do it for one year and be done. Little did I know back then how much of an impact the experience would have on my life, or that it would tug on my heartstrings so hard I would continue to be in the classroom for the next five years. Children have a wonderful gift of pure blind faith, and I have been humbled and blessed to learn about God through their eyes. Not only have I enjoyed watching these fantastic kids grow in their knowledge and faith, I have had the wonderful blessing of working with other great catechists. I am so grateful and thankful to have such amazing people breathe their faith into my life, as well as my family’s.

These and the other 64 catechists working with our children and young people are selfless, energetic, creative, patient, and filled with the Spirit! It is always a great privilege to work with them, learn from them, and hear their faith stories.

Today is Catechetical Sunday: a day in which we honor and pray for catechists. Let us all pray our parish family will always be blessed with those who have responded to the call to share in Christ’s mission as catechists. Let us also pray that we, too, may be open to the call to serve and contribute our gifts to this important ministry.

~ Sherry Watts, K-6 Coordinator

Smith, K 9/9/18

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY!  You remember the tune.  We pray all the time FOR rain, but enough is enough!  Our hearts go out to all the people affected by the recent flooding.  How frightening, devastating, and heartbreaking their experiences must have been…and still are.  We continue to pray for them.

As most of you know, our Parish Hall—the Utopia Room—became a Red Cross shelter for some of these people.  How wonderful that the room where we hold countless celebrations, wedding receptions, parish picnics, Cookie Carousel, Garage Sale, Coffee & Donuts, and Junior High and Senior High School Religious Education has been used to HELP OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED.  Thank you, God, for our facility and for the amazing Red Cross volunteers.

In his teachings, Jesus calls on us to perform the Corporal Works of Mercy (Matthew 25:35), which are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs.  Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, give alms to the poor…these are four of the works that are so desperately needed by our own neighbors right now.

Please pray about how you and your family can help.  Look at all the blessings in your life and decide what you can share or contribute to our brothers and sisters in need.

All of us at one time or another have been or will be in need.  We thank God for providing for all of these needs and we continue, with His strength, to support one another however we can as we journey together through this life.

God bless us all.

~ Kelley Smith, Music Liturgist

Talbot 9/2/18

Last weekend, Kathryn and I celebrated 18 years of marriage.  We celebrated by attending Mike & Sandy Kearns’ party in the Utopia Room and then going to the parish picnic the next day.  How romantic can you get?!  We have learned over our time here that you just make time when you can get it for each other.  Kathryn has been very understanding of the ministry I do here and has been involved more so herself in the past few years.  I am sure many of you can relate as other items seem to pop up and force you to make choices on what to do and when.

However, I’d like to say that it seemed right that we celebrate with a couple that demonstrates what it means to have true faithfulness to one another.  Mike & Sandy Kearns have achieved 50 years of marriage, so to be a part of that celebration was a bit inspiring for us.  The parish picnic was fun and it got all of us out to share food and fellowship with people who have meant a lot to us in our relationship.  So, all in all, we shared our anniversary joy with the people and the place we enjoy.

Now I am not recommending that I use those things as an excuse to not make time to be with one another.  Kathryn and I did go out for a nice dinner on Saturday night and had some good alone time.  A good marriage needs that for growth and energy.  I think Kathryn and I have learned that our marriage is not just about us, but it is a living witness to the love God has for us; we want to share that with others.  Both of us continue to be servants to one another and to the church family we live with.  She has been a wonderful support in what I do here and I hope that I have helped her in sharing her lovely voice with all of you.  We’ve had some wonderful experiences over the past 18 years in Manhattan and we’ve been privileged to know some good examples of marriage that have carried us through as well.

~ Dcn Wayne Talbot

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