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CONGRATULATIONS, CONFIRMANDI!

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

Monday, April 25
6:30pm in hall

!Helping Hands

Knights of Columbus
1st Tuesday of month
7:00pm in hall

Daughters of Isabella
Carrie Smith
Marilyn Bradshaw
724-6684
724-7133
Kapauns Men: Will resume meeting in the fall

WELCOME, BISHOP KEMME, TO OUR PARISHES!

Today and tomorrow, St. Michaels at Girard and St. Josephs at Arma will have a special
celebrant, our chief shepherd for the Wichita Diocese, the Most Rev. Carl A. Kemme. With such a
large area to cover, we dont see our bishop as often as wed like, but this weekend is special as
Bishop Kemme will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation tomorrow at the 10:00 Mass at St.
Michaels. He is celebrating Mass at both parishes and hearing confessions in addition to his
Confirmation duties.
As stated last week, Confirmation is one of our more obscure sacraments and because it will be
spotlighted this weekend, it seemed fitting to grant it more aura to further its understanding by all.
Ill begin with these words from the Acts of the Apostles: 2:1-4
When the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And
suddenly, there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole
house and there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the
Holy Spirit prompted them to speak.
The mark of maturity is responsibility. All the actions of a new-born child center about himself.
It takes years before he is motivated to do for others. Gradually, he assumes more and more
responsibility as he matures. A similar growth from childhood to maturity takes place in the
supernatural life. Here, the growth is not gradual; it comes about immediately through the
sacrament of Confirmation. The Church actually was born on Good Friday, so to speak, when
Jesus died on the Cross; however, it wasnt until the Holy Spirit descended upon the Church at
Pentecost that she was truly born to the world and assumed the responsibility of bearing witness to
Christ. And now, we get to connect all of this to what Bishop Kemme will do tomorrow morning
at the Confirmation Mass. As the Church grew more responsible, so will the Christian who seeks
that closer relationship with Jesus. At baptism, he was born into a new life, but, at Confirmation,
when Bishop Kemme places his hand on the head of each person and anoints them on the
forehead with holy chrism in the form of a cross, they receive the Holy Spirit with special graces
and strength to enable them to practice their faith in a courageous manner. This is the
PENTECOST happening in our own lives, similar to what the apostles received on that First
Pentecost. We acquire the willingness to guard a treasure and share it with others, despite the
worlds ridicule.
In conclusion, I quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: #1304 Like Baptism
which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it, too, imprints on the soul an indelible
spiritual mark, which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of His
Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be His witness. Again, we welcome
Bishop Kemme to our Church.













- Marcel Normand

Altar Ministers for Next Weekend

Mass Schedule and Intentions for Apr. 16 - 24


Apr. 16 Saturday
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24

4:00pm
5:30pm
Sunday
8:00am
10:00am
Monday
7:00am
Tuesday
5:30pm
Wednesday 6:30pm
Thursday 7:00pm
8:30am-3:00pm
Friday
12:00 noon
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

Florence Talarico
Robert Butler
For the People
Confirmation students
No Mass
No Mass
No Mass
No Mass
No Adoration
No Mass
No Adoration
CJ & Virginia Schaub
Greg Evans
No Intention
For the People

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

Next Saturday (4/23/16)

Next Sunday (4/24/16)

!Altar Servers:

5:30 pm

Broc & Kaleb Scales

Gage Born, Evan


Sisney, & Eric Wilson

EMHC:

Janel Scales

Jerry Hanson

Linda Moore

Beth Wilson

Jerry & Teresa


Davenport family

John & Carol


Battitori

!
Lector:
!

Gift Bearers

10:00 am

Congratulations to our Confirmandi! On Sunday, April


17, 2016, twenty-seven high school students from St. Michael
& St. Joseph parishes will be sealed with the gift of the Holy
Spirit during the 10:00 am mass with Bishop Kemme! May
the Holy Spirit continue to enlighten each of you with wisdom,
understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, awe and
wonder! We congratulate them on this important step in their
faith journey!
Quintin Ausemus, Belle Bennett, Jake Bennett,
Jack Bertoncino, Tejay Cleland, Kreed
Curran, Cole Cuthbertson, Kelli Cuthbertson,
Trenton Diskin, Abi Doherty, Carter Doherty,
Ethan Doherty, Isaiah Fisher, Olivia Hanson,
Layne Karhoff, Austin Lallemand, Bailey
Leritz, Luke Martin, Caleb Muia, Mitch
Murphy, Ty Norris, Cory Puckett, Carson
Sevart, Mary Kate Smith, Camryn Towner,
Grant Waterman, Eric Wilson

BISHOP KEMME HERE

Bishop Kemme will be celebrating all Masses at both parishes


this weekend, as well as hearing confessions. We will be
following our regular schedule.

PSR REMINDER
A reminder that there is NO PSR for the elementary
students this Sunday, April 17, due to Confirmation. April
24 will be our last PSR session of the year.

ALTAR SOCIETY MEETING/OFFICERS

Please call Teresa Davenport (620) 362-3042 if you would like


to be on the nominating committee for the 2016-17 year for
Altar Society. If you are interested in being an officer
(President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary) for next year, please let
her know! The next Altar Society meeting will be Monday,
April 25th at 6:30pm in the parish hall.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH DINNER

Girard's First Christian Church will be serving a Homemade


Pulled Pork Dinner on Sunday, April 24th from noon to
1:30pm. It will be located in the First Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall. The menu will include pulled pork, baked
cowboy beans, cole slaw, potato chips, dessert and drink.
Adults are $6.00, Children 6-10 are $3.00 and carry-outs will
be available.

MAY CROWNING

May Crowning will be on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The 8th grade


class will lead our Marian procession at the 10:00 am mass.

Collections

Contributions

Last Week

July 2015 to date

$2,360.00

$102,934.87

$7.00

$589.82

Childrens Offering
Expenses

$112,501.39

Over / (Under)

($8,976.70)

Building Fund Contributions

$0.00

Building Fund Loan Balance

$218,736.67

DIOCESAN STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE


The Diosesan stewardship conference will be at Our Lady of
Lourdes in Pittsburg, this Sunday, April 17th from 3-6PM. All
are welcome. There are brochures in the back of the church
and information on the bulletin board.

ABORTION HEALING

Hope Lives is a new ministry for women who have experienced


an abortion. Their next session is April 17, at 2pm at the
Spiritual Life Center. Hope Lives will begin with a Bible Study
called Forgiven and Set Free. If youve had an abortion, you
are not alone in your experience. If you are interested, please
email toombsb@catholicdioceseofwichita.org, call (316)
269-3935, or come on April 17 to the Spiritual Life Center.

3RD ANNUAL LIFE RUN

Join us for the 3rd Annual Life Run, May 7th 2016 at
Sedgwick County Park. There is something for everyone: a 5K
run and 1.5 mile family fun run, lots of activities and family
friendly vendors. For more information or to register, go to
www.liferunwichita.org. Contact the Respect Life Social Justice
Office at (316) 269-3935 with questions.

KAPAUNS MEN

Kapauns Mens group is finished meeting for the spring. They


will reconvene in the fall.

PRAYERS FOR OUR PARISHIONERS

Please pray for parishioners Herman Masser, Thurma Masser,


Rosemary OToole, Tom Weston, and Judy Widner who are ill
or in need of prayers.

TOTUS TUUS SCHEDULED

Save the date! Totus Tuus is scheduled for the week of July
9-15, 2016! There are brochures in the back of church with
additional information.

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