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Men's Retreat

Jesus: Man to Man (M2M)

Nationally known author, retreat presenter, & spiritual director, Philip St. Romain, of our parish, will lead a men’s retreat on Saturday, September 13, from nine to three. The name of the retreat is, “Jesus: Man to Man.” Phil explained, “A retreat is a time to get away for awhile . . . to gain perspective on our lives — especially where we are with God.” The retreat will address the struggles men face today and the things that can help men draw closer to Christ.


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Images of Jesus

It’s the Year of Jesus at St. Vincent’s. We are all invited to focus on Jesus in the weeks and months ahead. So what better way to begin, than to behold His image as envisioned by artists throughout the centuries! Our own artist, Sister Kathy Vasselli, has put together a collection of images from a wide variety of artists. Each has something unique to say about our Lord. Sister Kathy has added a short history of the work &/or a reflection, as a starting place for our own pondering. The “gallery” will be available for the next few weeks. Don’t miss this “feast for the eyes.”


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Growing Faith-Filled Kids

Growing Faith-Filled Kids:  Communion of Saints

The anniversary of a loved one’s death is a perfect opportunity to strengthen in children a sense of belonging to a family, and also to teach about the Communion of Saints. You might display a picture of the loved one and place some flowers or light a candle by it.  After you’ve shared memories of your loved one, explain to your children that this relative is now a saint (not an angel) in heaven. He or she can still see us & cares about what happens to us. Our relatives, who are now saints in heaven, still love us & pray for us.  You could end by praying the traditional Catholic prayer for our departed: “Eternal rest grant to her/him, O Lord, & may perpetual light shine upon her/him.”

Growing Faith-Filled Kids:  Car Time

Make the most of car time.  Pop in a CD and sing together. Ask fun questions like, “When it comes to things that make you really happy, what four things would you put at the top of the list? Then everybody gets to answer including you. Or how about, “If you could ask Jesus any question & hear His answer, what would you ask?” On the weekend, when you’re driving home from church, is the perfect time to answer Fr. Kent’s question of the week. You’ll find it in the bulletin, if you missed it at Mass.
Be sure to check out the “Litany for Loading School Backpacks” & the “Prayer for the First Day of School” at

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Friends of the Poor Walk/Run

The SVDP Society will be holding its 3rd annual Friends of the Poor Walk and Fun Run on Sunday, September 14, from 10 to 11 a.m., before our Parish picnic.
There is no registration fee.  All ages and levels are welcome and donations are appreciated.  All proceeds go to help those in need in our community.  Click on this link for registration:  St. Vincent de Paul Society,  or stop by the SVDP Society table after Mass.  For more information, please contact Mark Benson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 316-239-5300.

To benefit the Andover Food Bank, all participants are asked to donate at least one non-perishable food item. 











  September 15, 2013 

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Parish Picnic


Parish Picnic - Sunday, September 14

Our Parish Picnic is Sunday, September 14.  The theme this year is "An Old-Fashioned Picnic".   Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs are on the menu along with an ice cream social and music provided by Grace Notes plus games for all ages, face painting, a petting zoo, and bingo. Activites will start at 10:00 a.m., with our Friends of the Poor Walk/Run.  Everyone will meet back at the church for a fun-filled afternoon.  There will even be  massage therapists on hand to ease those tired muscles. We will start serving food at 11:30.  Games and activities for kids until 2,  BINGO 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.   To sign up, please call our parish office at 733-1423 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We hope to see everyone there.  Please bring a salad or dessert item for everyone to share in a disposable container.  Volunteers are needed to help make this picnic a success, please call Michele.

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Pastor's Perspectives

June 22, 2014

Growing Faith-filled Kids is a new feature in our bulletin and on our website. It will be just a paragraph with helpful and fun suggestions or ideas to help parents make faith part of their family life throughout the week and throughout the year. These same ideas will be collected in one spot on our website.

As we end our fiscal year on June 30th we will probably have a deficit in our regular giving and expenses. I am fairly certain it will be significantly less than last year, but still in the $40,000-60,000 range. Any extra gifts at this time would be most appreciated to help narrow the gap.

I want to thank all the adults and youth that made Vacation Bible School this past week a great success. It is wonderful to see the children’s energy and enthusiasm. I send a special thank you to Fran Wuesterwald for her great leadership and enthusiasm.

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