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After having to postpone our original mission due to weather-related flight cancellations, we are excited to finally be welcoming international speaker Dr. Ralph Martin to give a presentation for this year's Parish Mission.

His three-part presentation will be in the Church on the dates and times shown below.

  • Friday, April 29: 6:30 p.m. (an hour of Shekinah to follow)
  • Saturday, April 30: 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Volunteers are once again working in the St. Anthony of Padua Library, which is in the vestibule across from the sacristy. The hours depend on our volunteers' schedules, but anytime the door is open you can come in and check out one of more than 1,500 items. We have DVDs, CDs and books for all ages in support of growing in our Catholic faith.

I am meeting with first-time kindergarten parents this month. If my memory serves me right, I have held these meetings the past nine years that I have worked here at the parish. That would also mean that my first-year kindergarten parents will have their first-time high school students in the fall. I do not think my message has changed that much in those nine years. I hope the stewardship message and this way of life we practice as good stewards does not change much in the decades to come.

The Rebuild My Church building campaign has reached another milestone! With several additional pledges earlier this month, our new total for pledges has exceeded 6 million dollars. This is an incredible achievement that was only made possible by the commitments of 800 households in our parish.

Berry Family

The following is from the testimony the Hamels gave during Mass as part of our parish's annual Stewardship Renewal in November 2021.

Lori: We have been St. Francis parishioners since 1985 (36 years). We have two sons, Alex and Andrew, who are both engaged to be married in 2022. They attended St. Francis and Bishop Carroll schools.

September 1968. A month that history was made. The very first Boeing 747 rolled off the production line. Sixty Minutes, a weekly news magazine show, premiered. "Hey Jude" by the Beatles was the number one song in the land. It was also the month that Volume 1, Number 1 of the St. Francis Vernacular newsletter went to print, a brainchild of our new pastor at that time, Rev. Thomas McGread.

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We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming international speaker Dr. Ralph Martin to give a presentation for this year’s Parish Mission. His three-part presentation will be in the Church at these days and times:

  • Friday, Feb. 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 26, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

SFA parishioner and Bishop Carroll junior Elias Iseman had an "amazing experience" during this year’s March for Life. He was invited to play the organ at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the largest Catholic church in North America.

The 33rd Basketball Classic for Vocations between the Blue Knights of Knights of Columbus Council #4118 and the Padres (priests of the Wichita Diocese) is Sunday, Feb. 27. The game will take place at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Activity Center.

St. Francis of Assisi is hosting its next blood drive on March 18 from 1:30-6 p.m. The American Red Cross is facing its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care.

target="_blank">www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: "stfranciswichita" in the search field.

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