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FATHER MAX AWAY

St. Michael Catholic Church


MASS SCHEDULE GIRARD
Saturday
5:30 pm
Sunday
10:00 am

ARMA
4:00 pm
8:00 am

CONFESSION
GIRARD
ARMA
Saturday
2:00-2:30 pm 3:15-3:45 pm
Weekdays before Mass, anytime by appointment
RECTORY HOURS & INFORMATION
Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 am - Noon
Rectory: (620) 724-8717
Fr. Maxs cell: (316) 708-9473
Fr. Maxs email: thomas.becket.fan@gmail.com
STAFF Pastor: Fr. Max Biltz
Secretary: Faith Paoni
Bookkeeper: Janel Scales
Bulletin Editor: Nancy Bauer
PARISH WEBSITE:
www.stmichaelgirard.com
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Finance Council
Parish Council
Tony Stonerock, Chair Dale Coomes, Chair
TBA
TBA

!Altar Society

Knights of Columbus
4th Monday of month 1st Tuesday of month
Parish Hall
7:00pm in hall

!Helping Hands

Daughters of Isabella
Carrie Smith
Marilyn Bradshaw
724-6684
724-7133
Kapauns Men: Fridays at 6:00am in the hall

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4:00pm
5:30pm
Sunday
8:00am
10:00am
Monday
7:00am
Tuesday
5:30pm
Wednesday 6:30pm
Thursday 8:00am
8:30am-3:00pm
Friday
7:00am
8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 4:00pm
5:30pm
Sunday
8:00am
10:00am

106 N. Western Ave.


Girard, KS 66743
(620) 724-8717
Pastor: Fr. Max Biltz

Dear Parish Family,


Because of an obligation made nearly a year ago, I will not be able to celebrate the great Feast
of Christ the King with you all, a loss which causes me the greatest sorrow. However, I am confident
that Father McElwee will do a splendid job in my place. He is a priest whom I admire very much.
But I thought that I would share some of my thoughts on this great feast day in my column since I
will not be able to use the homily to do so. The Feast of Christ the King was established in the year
1925 by Pope Pius XI in response to the terrible threat of Communism. In 1925, Communism had
conquered Russia and several of her neighbors, and these countries were suffering horrific atrocities
at the hands of the mad communists. Priests were killed, monasteries burned down, millions of
peasants starved to death on worthless collective farms. Young persons could be killed for merely
making a sign of the cross or cracking a joke about the government. There were spies everywhere
who reported both real and fake offenses. Basically, the Communist government in Russia was trying
to set itself up as a god unto itself. It wanted the same absolute devotion, worship, and total selfsacrifice that were formally given only to God. Government in itself is a good thing but it is
blasphemy for government to claim equal authority with God or with Jesus Christ.
To combat this madness, Pius XI wanted to remind the world of who the True King and True
God is; that is Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. He alone is absolute sovereign over the whole earth.
He alone can demand the total loyalty and obedience of every man, woman, and child on the
planet. He alone has the right to judge what is moral and what is immoral. If Christ has forbidden a
certain thing, then it is forbidden no matter how popular it might become. And if Christ has made
obligatory a certain thing, then it remains binding for all of us no matter how much it might be
resented. Christ has every right to make these demands because he created the entire universe; he
created the human race, and individually creates each and every human being uniquely and
unrepeatable endowing him or her with an immortal soul. (So basically we would not exist without
him). Christ furthermore became a human like us, being both fully God and fully man, and
deliberately suffered and died on the cross to redeem each and every human being from eternal
death. All this gives Jesus absolute and awesome Kingship, the beginning and end of all things, the
supreme ruler of the entire earth and of each individual human.
Of course his kingship is a kind kingship, and he prefers to administer mercy rather than justice,
and wants to love him not fear him. But none of that subtracts from the absolute nature of his
Kingship. Jesus wants us to love him in a mysterious two-fold way. He wants us to love him like our
dearest friend, AND, he wants us to respect his absolute kingship and full regal power. It is possible
to love him in both ways at the same time and it is best to do so.
Thus we should remember that though he shares power with earthly men, there is a limit to
their authority since Jesus Christ is the True King and his Law cannot ever be changed by mere
human law. A reasonable human law which does not contradict Gods law is recognized by God as
valid. But if a human law ever attempts to contradict the Law of Christ the King, then that law is
automatically invalid and all Christians are obliged to disobey it. This is perhaps the most important
topic of our times and so I will take it up in more detail in my next column. For now, let us all hail
Jesus Christ, the KING of KINGS!

Altar Ministers for Nov. 28 & 29

Poor Souls
Jim Peak
Jim Davied
For the People
Joseph Hofer
No Intention
Special Intention
No Intention
Adoration
Sponsel family
Adoration
Mike & Francis Gallagher
Barbara Doue
Jim Davied
For the People

Arma
Girard
Arma
Girard
Girard
Arma
Girard
Arma
Arma
Girard
Girard
Arma
Girard
Arma
Girard

Next Saturday (11/28/15)

Next Sunday (11/29/15)

!Altar Servers:

5:30 pm

10:00 am

Broc & Kaleb Scales

Gage Born, Evan


Sisney, Eric Wilson

EMHC:

Janel Scales

Jerry Hanson

Lector:

Linda Moore

Beth Wilson

Gift Bearers

Anita Doherty family Chris & Connie


Sponsel

Last Week

July 2015 to date

$2,681.25

$48,871.85

Childrens Offering

$10.00

$281.41

Expenses - October

$11,389.10

$58,014.33

Contributions

MASS SCHEDULE CHANGES


There will be NO Mass on Thanksgiving day. Also, the Wed.
(11/25) Mass will be at 8am in Girard, not 6:30pm as usual.

From the Pastor

Mass Schedule and Intentions for Nov. 21 - 29


Nov. 21 Saturday

Collections

On November 21st & 22nd Father Max will be out of town.


Fr McElwee will fill in to offer the Masses and hear confessions.

THANKS!

Over / (Under)

Gary Dowling would like to thank everyone for their prayers


during his recent illness.

K of C NEWS
Knights of Columbus Girard/Arma chapter will say the rosary
on the 5th Sunday of the month. Also they need all available
Knights to work in the kitchen on the 4th Thursday of every
month for A Meal in His Name. Meal starts at 6:00pm.

PARISH MOVIE NIGHT


Our November movie is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 21.
We will have a baked potato bar starting after 5:30 mass,
followed by the movie Faith Like Potatoes (rated PG). The
movie is free, but freewill donations will be accepted to cover
the cost of the meal. Chairs will be set up, however you are
welcome to bring your own seating too. Please join us for an
evening of food, fun and fellowship!

CYM AT NCYC
Thank you to all the parishioners and Knights of Columbus
for your support of the 6 youth and 2 chaperones attending the
National Catholic Youth Conference this weekend in
Indianapolis! Please pray for them as they participate in this
amazing gathering of over 25,000 Catholic youth!

CYM RAFFLE
CYM students are holding a raffle for a beautiful, 19-piece
ceramic Nativity set with mother-of-pearl overlay. It also
includes a hand-crafted manger. The set will be on display
after November weekend Masses. Please help support our
parish youth ministry activities by purchasing tickets!

THANKSGIVING DINNER
Pittsburg will be having their annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner
between 11am-2pm. All are welcome. See bulletin board for
additional info.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH


Please pray for parishioners Gerald Davied, Herman Masser,
Rosemary OToole, Don Pyle, Tom Weston, and Judy Widner
who are ill or in need of prayers. Also please pray for the

($8,861.07)

Building Fund Contributions

$10.00

Building Fund Loan Balance

$228,543.33

repose of the soul of Stan Thomas and for his family. May his
soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the
mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

STEWARDSHIP RENEWAL

Please turn in your Stewardship Renewal forms in the box


which will be in the back of the church this weekend.

ST. MICHAELS ANGELS

The holiday season is upon us! St. Michaels Angels will be


working their magic helping families celebrate Thanksgiving
and Christmas. Once again, we are asking for your generous
contributions to help the Angels be successful this year in
reaching our goals. There will be contribution envelopes in the
pews to include with the collections at each Mass or put a note
on your contribution that you wish to give to the Angels.
P l e a s e c o n t a c t Ja n e t O B r i e n at 7 2 4 - 0 0 7 9 o r
obrienjanet13@gmail.com with any questions.

PSR NEWS

Reminder: There will be no PSR at St. Michaels Wed, 11/25


or Sun, 11/28, as we break for Thanksgiving.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA

The Arma Community Choir will have their annual Christmas


Cantata on Dec. 6, 2015 at 6PM. Refreshments will be served
after the performance. There is a free will offering to assist
local families with food baskets and clothing. Everyone is
welcome. It is a beautiful way to catch the Christmas spirit!

KAPAUNS MEN

Kapauns Men meet every Friday morning at 6:00am in the


parish hall. All men 18+ are invited.

ALTAR SOCIETY MEETING

The next Altar Society meeting will be Monday, Nov. 23.

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