This weekend St. Joseph Parish in Conway Springs welcomed Father Stuart Smeltzer! Thanks to the Altar Society and everyone who helped with the reception after masses. The parish enjoyed time to visit with our new priest. Continued prayers for a successful transition! 

 

The students invite you to attend “The Living Passion” The 5th and 6th grade students at St. Joseph School will perform “The Living Passion” on the following dates: Feb. 23—St. Joseph Church—8:10 am and 6 pm March 2—Danville—7:30 pm March 9—St. Joseph Church—6 pm March 27—Conway Springs Baptist Church—11 am All churches and community members are invited to attend. This very moving experience will take you in Christ’s steps through his suffering and death on the cross. It is a very fitting time of reflection during this Lenten season as we prepare for the Resurrection.

    

                                                                 

The Knights will have the annual fish fry this lent on Feb. 23rd and March 23rd! Come out and enjoy the delicious food! 

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14th. Mass will be held at 7am, 8:10am, 7pm. 

Fridays during lent Mass and Stations of the Cross will be at 6:00pm

Meatless Soup Supper to follow! 

                                          

The annual March For Life trip was amazing! Bus captain Clint Lange took a bus full of pilgrims from St. Joseph, St. Marys Derby, St. John Clonmel, Blessed Sacrament, etc. to Washington D.C. 

With the many fundraisers and generous donations the trip was a success! The pilgrims want to thank everyone for their donations and prayers! Our youth are the pro-life generation! Enjoy the pictures album from the trip. 

                                                                                    Come enjoy breakfast with Knights of Columbus after mass on Feb. 11th! 

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The Chili cook off was a great time! Entertainment by the Cardinalaiers, yummy chili, and a split the pot raffle to support the Pennies from Heaven fundraiser. First prize chili winner was Allen Lange with his White Chicken Chili, second place winner was Michael Gibbs, and third place winner was Kent Gerber. Winner of the raffle was Ross Hemberger.

Have you been inspired by the sermon? Did you wish you could hear it again? Well now you can! Here is a link to Fr. David Lies sermons! Thank you Fr. Lies for sharing the talent that God has given you. 

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The Altar Society Angel Tree was a great success! Because of everyone's generous donations several of us made many trips out of the church filling our cars with much needed items to Center of Hope, Our local mission mart, and the Wichita Children's Home. They were very grateful! And we want to thank you all too for helping out others! Check out this photo of only one of many carloads of donations taken this year!

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Meet Brian and Kelly Hudson. They go to Mass on Sundays with their three children, have regular family dinners, and used to think they were doing everything right to raise their kids Catholic. Then their teenage daughter, Maggie, started questioning her faith—like so many young Catholics do. Brian and Kelly wondered where they went wrong and knew they needed to do something to help Maggie find God in her everyday life. So they all started using the Mass Journal. Little did they know the life-changing impact this one simple habit would have on their entire family. https://dynamiccatholic.com/give/share-the-genius/hudsons-story?

What our parish needs now is HOPE, Optimism! This is a wonderful message and I encourage all of you to watch the 3 minute video. Beyond Optimism

CYM To begin the Advent season, the CYM youth created the symbols of the Jesse Tree, tracing our salvation history. Their creations were then presented during Adoration and were hung on the tree. They enjoyed this project and were very creative. We hope you enjoy them too.

 

                                                                                                   

The Homeless SleepOut was a great success! All of the 8th grade PSR students participated by spending the night outside with only a box for shelter. They were given a bottle of water and two hot dogs for the entire event. Each person fasted and prayed for a particular person or group of people. Besides getting to enjoy time with friends, students gained appreciation for simple things like warm water, socks and shoes. The class also collected donations of hats, gloves and money. They were then able to pack Blessing Bags that will be distributed in December to people in need. Thank you to all who donated and prayed for the success of our SleepOut!

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