The Johnson County Serra Club was the primary host for the Parent and Seminarian Mass and Luncheon at St. Joseph Church Shawnee this year. It was a wonderful event enjoyed by the seminarinas, priests, Serrans and their wives. Read more and see photos here.
Before leaving the Christmas season entirely take a moment to see the Vatican exhibit of 100 nativity scenes in our featured video. The link to a recent report of Vatican news is here. The site continues stories on of the origin of commemorating the birth of Christ using Nativity scenes and, on another topic, the latest message to Pope Francis by Archbishop DiNardo on the USCCB upcoming retreat on the sexual abuse crisis.
Jim Wilson's overview of the history of Serra KCK is now complete with Chapter 6 that covers 2010 to 2018. Here is a sample from Chapter 6.
"As the old expression says “time flies when you’re having fun”, and time has certainly flown concerning KCK Serra. As we enter 2010, two major happenings will identify the year. First, the Anniversary of our 40 years of service to vocations.. Unfortunately, the other “happening”, one for which we did not plan, involved a dispute between Serra International (SI) and USA Council."
Archbishop Naumann always attracts a large crowd of Serrans and this was no exception. Other honored guests included Fr. Scott Wallisch, archdiocesan co-director of seminarians, Fr. Dan Morris, archdiocesan vocations director, Jerry Malone, president of Johnson County Serra club, Nancy Gibson, past district governor and Matt Fassero, president of the Atchison Serra Club.
Fr. Dan gave a brief update first. The archdiocese has seven men currently with applications to seminary. While it’s good to have that many, he cautioned us that they still have to go through the discernment process. The Archbishop’s Quo Vadis retreat will be held Dec. 21-23 for young men who are interested. Entitled “In Mercy Chosen” it will be lead by Fr. Bill Bruning
Msgr. Mullen then introduced Archbishop Naumann. Archbishop Naumann participated last month in the general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He spoke to us primarily about two of the most important issues discussed. First was the approval of a pastoral letter against racism, entitled “Open Wide Our Hearts”. http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-186.cfm
The second topic, which is of great interest to all, is the current crisis relating to sexual abuse by clergy. There had been a plan to vote on several proposals to address accountability and transparency but the vote was delayed on request from the Vatican. The delay will allow time for uniform standards to be applied across the universal church.
The Archdiocese has launched a website to discuss matters related to this crisis: https://responseincrisis.archkck.org/
President's letter for January 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR !! As we close out 2018 and look forward to the year to come, we all have thoughts and hopes of good things to happen and to continue our good work as Serrans. A year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, a continuation of all the wisdom that experience has instilled in us.
The Kingdom of God is within Hospice
Late afternoon and evenings are the worst. There is something about the coming of darkness that produces a bit more of sadness and anxiety. We are called to live in the light of Christ, not in the darkness that encompasses much of our world. Sometimes the light of Christ seems dimmed and far away while shadows creep in from all sides.
Lenten Retreat for all Serrans and Guests. Monsignor Michael Mullen will be leading our Serran Lenten Retreat at Savior Pastoral Center on Saturday March 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Retreat Topic will be on the Beatitudes. Mass will be at 11:15. A Continental Breakfast and Lunch are included in the fee of $30 for the Retreat. All Serrans and their guests are encouraged to attend.
Registration and information here.
The Rally is January 17 - 20, 2019 in Ventura, California. Click here for information and registration. Get a group of Serrans together and come to the Rally. The Rally will deepen your faith, let you network effectively in Serra and increase your understanding of how you can work more effectively for vocations!
Pope Francis' intentions for January
Evangelization: That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.
Send a birthday greeting to your favorite priest or seminarian
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To see seminarians adopted by KCK Serrans click HERE.
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