ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH

615 Wyandotte - Po Box 364 - Meriden, Kansas 66512

Phone (785) 484-3312 -- E-mail to stalsmer@yahoo.com – Website: www.staloysiusinmeriden.org

Pastor: Fr. Jim Moster Parish Secretary: Samantha Stallbaumer

Fr. Jim Moster email: jmoster@archkck.org

Religious Ed. (K – 5th): Cassy Bevitt

Phone: (785) 484-3312

Religious Ed. (Jr. and Sr. High): Heather Roenne

Office Hours:

9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Baptisms -

Contact Pastor to schedule baptisms and preparatory classes.

Weddings -

Contact the Pastor, preparation for the sacrament takes 6-8 months prior to the wedding date.

Funerals -

Contact Pastor

Confessions -

9:45am – 10:15am Sunday mornings, 8:00am -8:15am Tues./Thurs., or by appointment


Fourth Sunday of Easter: - Jesus said:” I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice., and there will be on flock, one shepherd.” - John 10:11-16

Pope Francis, in his encyclical The Joy of the Gospel, evokes the symbol of the Good Shepherd numerous times. Like Christ, who is the Good Shepherd, the Church goes forth as a community of missionary disciples, tending the ever growing flock. The Church desires to show mercy as the outcome of her encounter with God's infinite mercy. As Pope Francis notes in the encyclical, she is not afraid to get close to the sheep. He states, “Evangelizers thus take on the 'smell of the sheep' and the sheep are willing to hear their voice” (24)

Sunday Prayer for Catholics 2017@ 2016 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, Ill. All rights reserved.

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CALENDAR FOR WEEK OF April 22, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:10a.m. Rosary

8:30a.m. Mass – Intention for +Sharon K. Myers

7:00p.m. Finance Council Meeting


Thursday, April 26, 2018 8:10a.m. Rosary

8:30a.m. Mass – Intention for +Cindy Berry

Sunday, April 29, 2018 10:30a.m. Mass – First Communion -Intention for First Communicants

To schedule a Mass for a special intention, special occasion or in remembrance of a loved one, contact the office at 484-3312. The usual offering is a $10 Mass stipend that goes to the general fund. No amount is required.

Invited: Thursday’s from 9:30am to 6:30pm is adoration, and you are welcome to come and spend some time in the presence of the Lord whether you sign up for a regular time or just come whenever you can.

We keep in our thoughts and prayers the sick and home bound of our parish, their families and caregivers, especially -- Louise Wykoop (sister to John Heuertz), Rachel Holthaus, Lynn Enneking (Marilyn Kahler's brother), Jim Debacker, Walt Foresman, Renee Art, Kathy Askland, Judi Schreiner, Rose Moe, Connie Harper, Bob Foresman , Angela Winn, and Joel Rivera.

St. Aloysius Prayer Warriors (60 plus strong) pray for the needs of others. Prayer requests can be called or texted to Angie Rosebrough (785)231-9343 or emailed to angie.rosebrough@gmail.com.

Do you know of a parishioner that is home bound, in a nursing home/hospital that would like to have someone visit? If so please contact the church office or Fr. Jim with their name.

On April 22 the Catholic Church asks us to pray for an increase in vocations to priesthood & religious life. Other things to do: Invite a priest or sister for a meal, pray a rosary for vocations with each decade dedicated to priest or religious in your life, pray for vocations in the Adoration chapel, read about saints or watch a movie about a famous saint, priest or sister.

National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood Saturday, April 28, 9:00am to 10:30am Planned Parenthood at 4401 W. 109th St Overland Park. Signs and banners provided, Pray the rosary to protect the unborn babies, there or at home. More info ronkelsey10@gmail.com

HOW ARE WE DOING? FISCAL YEAR TO DATE 7/1/17- 6/30/18

Weekly Regular/Children/Plate

04/15/18

$5,659.25

YTD Regular Plate -

$119,083.66

Weekly Building Fund

04/15/18

$300.00

YTD Building Fund -

$11,136.00

Weekly other income

04/15/18

$120.00

YTD other income -

$31,294.74

(Does not include extra parochial collections or donations to specific agencies i.e. God's Storehouse etc.)


Total Income

$6,079.25

YTD Income

$161,514.40


Weekly Income Needed

$3,450.00

Income Needed

$144,900.00


Difference

$2,629.25

Difference

$16,614.40


Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 10:30a.m. (If you are unable to meet your commitment, please find a substitute.)

Lectors:

Knights of Columbus

Eucharistic Ministers:

Knights of Columbus

Usher/Hospitality:

Knights of Columbus

Servers:

Knights of Columbus

Offertory:

Knights of Columbus


DON'T FORGET - EXTRA INCOME FOR ST. ALOYSIUS

BRING YOUR ALUMINUM CANS TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE BUILDING FOR RECYCLING!!!

St. Aloysius Parish Rummage Sale on Saturday May 5. Donations will be accepted on Sundays before and after Mass or on Mon.,Tues. & Thurs. during church office hours, 9am-1pm. Donations can be put on the stage in the church hall. All donated items should be in good, clean condition. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Contact Nita Jensen(785-554-4098) with ???? or if you would be interested in helping.

ATTENTION COUPLES CELEBRATING THEIR 50th ANNIVERSARY in 2018- The Archdiocese 50th Anniversary celebration will be on June 10, 2:00pm, at the Church of the Nativity/Leawood. To receive your invitation from Archbishop Naumann, please call the parish office and give us your name, address, phone number and date of your wedding. Do this as soon as possible.

You are invited to the Runnin 'Revs vs. All Stars basketball game at Hayden High School on Monday, April 23rd at 7:00pm. The Revs are priests who will take on 8th grade and high school youth from Topeka Catholic schools in this exciting game of basketball. Bring family and friends to enjoy the fun. There is no charge but donations will benefit our seminarians.

A Natural Family Planning class will begin in Topeka, Sat. April 28th, at 7:00pm. Call Dana or Eric Runnebaum at 785-380-0062 for more info, including the location of this class and the availability of online classes. Pre-registration required at www.ccli.org. Learn more at nfptopeka.blogspot.com.

MARRIAGE MINUTE: Have you ever been made fun of for: ~Checking with your wife before agreeing to happy hour? ~ Packing a lunch for your husband? ~ Attending a marriage conference or retreat? ~ Praying with your spouse in public?~ Having “too many” kids? ~ Buying your wife flowers...even if you're not in a fight? ~ Refusing to speak badly about your husband or about marriage in general? If so CONGRATULATIONS! These types of behaviors are generous and other-centered. This is the kind of love that Jesus exhibited in dying for us, and the kind of love that made him “the stone that the builders rejected”, and makes for lasting marriages. For more “cornerstone” habits, go to www.JoyfulMarriageProject.com

Protect Adoption Choice: The Bishops and the Church in Kansas have been advocating for a law that would protect the conscience rights of faith-based adoption agencies who respect the rights of children to be placed with a father and a mother. There are many birth mothers who want to use a faith-based provider for a variety of reasons. We should never allow this choice to be taken away from mothers who make the difficult choice to place their child up for adoption. Faith-based adoption providers excel in finding forever homes for hard-to-place kids with special needs, older children and groups of siblings. While the bill was passed by the Senate, sadly the Kansas House of representatives rejected the bill.. If we can get just 4 members to change their vote this bill would pass. The Kansas House is in recess until April 26. Please call your Kansas State Representative today and tell him or her to support the Adoption Protection Act, HB 2481. Find your Representatives contact info by visiting www.openstates.org

Audio Access to The Leaven for those who are blind, have low vision or otherwise print disabled. Contact 785-864-4600, 913-647-3054 or email tracunas@archkck.org