December 2015 Rel. Ed. Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving to you.   I wanted to share with you about a wonderful experience of attending NCYC in Indianapolis, IN from Nov. 19-21st.  We took 10 adults (including Fr. McKinney) and 17 students.  We left at 8:30pm on Wed. the 18th and returned around 1pm on Sunday the 22nd.   We heard great Christian music and had wonderful speakers.  The theme this year was Here I am Lord.   And many of the talks focused on being available to do God's will but they also spoke about God accepting and loving us no matter what we have done or how we live.   I think two main things stick out for me.  The first was the Adoration on Friday night.  The music was lead by Matt Maher and was awesome.  The best part was the total silence in the stadium with 23,000+ teens and adults during silent adoration.  It was a profound site.  The second was the final Mass on Saturday.  Again the music during the celebration was awe inspiring but also was the presence of 23,000 people for Mass.  I bet it was the largest Mass that weekend.   I want to thank the chaperones for their hard work.  I want to thank the students for great participation.   A great appreciation to the parents for giving us the care of your students for those days and the sacrifice on your part.  Thank you parish for all you do to support us. And finally thank you Father Floyd for the attendance and your ministry of presence and love.  

We will have regular PSR for K-8th grade on December 2 and 9th.  Then on December 16th I would like to invite families and parish members to help our PSR students make Christmas cards for our home bound and those in care facilities during our December 16th PSR night.   I will need people to donate snacks (nothing with peanut butter due to alergies) and some punch.  I will also need help setting up.
I think this would be a great way to involve our students in some fun and helping activity on the last class before Christmas break.   
There will not be PSR on Dec. 23 or 30th due to Christmas break and also on Jan. 6th is the Catechist ITV, so no PSR that night either.  We will resume classes on Jan. 13th with a Family Mass at 7pm, meaning families are invited to attend with their students.  

High School PSR will meet Dec. 6th at 6:30pm and also Dec. 20th at 6:30pm for our Christmas Party.  Father will celebrate a Mass at 5:30pm on the 20th of December.  We invite all members of the parish to attend but especially our youth and their families.  Psst, this will also cover your Sunday obligation so you can sleep in Sunday morning. Just a reminder about the High School Youth Rally on Dec. 6th in Dodge City at the Civic Center from 11:30-5pm.

I would also like to remind First Reconciliation Parents that we will have practice for students from 4-4:30pm in the church on Dec 4th and First Reconciliation will be on Saturday Dec. 5th at 1pm with a cookie reception after.  First Reconciliation centers will be during PSR on the 2nd in the gym,  this is for parent and student.

Have a Merry Christmas.