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President's Message
October 2017

photograph of Jim Burns Gentlemen,
Fall is indeed in the air and your Kansas City in Kansas Serra Club is busy getting ready for October but first let's take a look back at all we accomplished together in September. In spite of a very gentle rain right before tee off time on the 18th many of our  priests and seminarians got together for the 26th consecutive C.O.R.E. golf outing at the JC Nicklaus golf club at Lions Gate. The day was a huge success both on the course and later that evening at St Michaels for a celebration to honor our Religious and also the Miller family who have done so much in sponsoring this event to show our appreciation for their life long commitment.

Our speakers for the month were Andrew Lynch from St Ann's who brought  us up to date on a group of young men at his parish who belong to the Knights of St Tarcisius a program for high school boys and the Servers of St Tarcisius a club for middle school boys whose goal is to grow in faith, development and leadership skills. At our second luncheon we felt honored to have as our speaker the President of Serra USA, Greg Schwietz who had just returned from the Serra International Convention in Rome. He shared with us the Holy Father's message at the convention challenging us all to grow as "friends" to one another in a much more  meaningful and profound way as Christ demonstrated in the Gospels. 

September also allowed us to show completion for several projects we have discussed and worked on for sometime now. First, our new directories are out and for the first time ever your pictures are in it along with your personal information. This is something we have discussed for months and now thanks to Larry Werner, John Spaniol and Bob Luchi it is a reality. Second, we have been trying to determine the best course of action to take when it comes to name tags and that is also now a reality thanks to Tom Spencer and Bob Yoksh. If you did not attend our last luncheon where we took orders for them you can do so at our meeting on Oct 11 or by visiting our website at SerraKCK.org for all the details. The are $11 each, bright red and are a bargain.

Also thanks go out to Jack Lawrence for his work and efforts in securing photo cutouts for parishes to use at their fall festivals along with a Serra banner promoting vocation opportunities. Both Holy Cross and Holy Spirit used them at their September fun fairs and they were a definite hit with all of the kids and some adults. I encourage you to make plans to attend the First Friday of the month Holy Hour at 11:00 at Holy Spirit dedicated to an increase of vocations in the priestly and consecrated life. This is an adoration hour opportunity for all to attend regardless of your home parish.

Then on the 15th to join us at St Ann's Church in Prairie Village at the 9:00 Mass for a Vocation Mass and fellowship following Mass. On October the 10/11 several of us are going to  Kennrick-Glennon Seminary in St Louis to visit our seminarians there and then on the 20-22 to Omaha for the Region 9 Convention. A busy month so please keep us in your prayers for safe travel along the way and also for all of the young men and women who are discerning the call to a religion life as well as all of our seminarians.

God bless, Gary McCoy