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Walk for Charity
Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. *Registration begins at 8:00 am
Location: St. Mary's Colgan Track (212 E. 9th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762)
The walk will take place on the track at St. Mary's Colgan. Please bring your signed waiver form and money to turn in at the time of registration. There will be waiver forms available at the walk to sign, along with water. Please promote the walk in your own parish, and let's raise some money for Catholic Charities. All the proceeds will go to Catholic Charities here in Southeast Kansas (SEK), which is the only place in SEK that assists people with rent and utility services regardless of employment status. The Walk is Free, but Donations are appreciated, and pledge cards will be available to collect donations from friends and family. Pledge forms are available under the Quick Links tab: Walk For Charity Printable forms on the right side of this page. Please make checks payable to St. Pius X and mail to St. Pius X Catholic Student Center, 301A East Cleveland, Pittsburg, KS or drop off at St. Pius X Catholic Student Center Office or Our Lady of Lourdes parish between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday through Friday, or you can bring donations to the event! All donations are fully tax deductible. First 100 to register get a T-shirt! You can register by going to catholicgorillas.org and going to the Quick links tab on the right side of the page for the Walk for Charity. For more information, contact Nicole Goetz at 316-616-5513 or
A RULE OF LIFE FOR SUMMER Summer can be a very good time for relaxation and rest, compared to the hectic life of the year, but it can also be a very fruitful time for spiritual growth.
“In this oasis of quiet, before the wonderful spectacle of nature, one easily experiences how profitable silence is, a good that today is ever rarer. The many opportunities of relation and information that modern society offers sometimes run the risk of robbing time for recollection, to the point of rendering persons incapable of reflecting and praying. In reality, only in silence does man succeed in hearing in the depth of his conscience the voice of God, which really makes him free. And vacations can help us rediscover and cultivate this indispensable interior dimension of human life” -JPII, Angelus, July 11, 2004.
It is important to enter summer with a “plan” for your spiritual life. Otherwise it is so easy to drift away even from the prayer commitment that you had during the year.
First of all be faithful to your daily prayer. Establish how much time you want to devote to it, how (rosary, meditation on the Word of God, adoration…) and where (home, the chapel, your parish…). It is better to start with a little commitment (for example 20 minutes every day), and then in case increase it, than to start big and then give up because you can’t keep up with it.
Go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation with frequency. Get information about the days and times for Confessions in your parish.
If it is possible, you ought to go to Mass during the week as much as you can, according with your academic/work commitments.
Summer is usually a period when you have some more free time on your hands. It is ideal to read some good spiritual books that can inspire you and nourish your faith. You will find a great treasure in the lives of Saints, their writings, and in books about specific topics in which you are interested (e.g., spiritual discernment, virtues, faith and reason, Church history, apologetics, morality, etc.). You can ask your spiritual director or a campus minister for some good titles.
Try to be in touch with some good friends, with whom you share the same values. You can either pray together sometimes, or take a commitment at the parish together (e.g., helping with teens, Bible study, working in a soup kitchen, etc.), and certainly keep each other accountable for your spiritual life. If you can’t be physically in the same place, at least you can call each other regularly.
If you have a spiritual director, or spiritual mentor, keep in touch with him/her, calling or emailing him/her if you are in need of help and suggestions during the summer.
If you are going to spend summer at home, you might find difficulties because you don’t have the St. Pius X community around. Families are not always supportive of faith, some parishes seem to be less alive than the Catholic Center, and you don’t get to see so many young people around. Remember that God is at work also in your parish, in your family and in your home town. Try to see the positive aspects there, and to think of that as an opportunity to give something of what you have received here at St. Pius X during the year. With your family, try to be strong about your decisions, but also understanding of where they are at and not judgmental. You can be a witness to them, with your peace and gentleness.
Many people go to Mass with the expectation that they are supposed to "get" a lot out of it. But, what you get out of Mass is dependent on what kind of changes you are willing to make in your efforts before, during and after Mass, because what you put into Mass determines what you get out of it.
1 - Properly prepare for Mass.
Read and study the readings before you go to Mass, and then listen to them intently while The Word is proclaimed. You can find the Sunday readings here.
Study the Church's teachings. The more you know about Christ and His Church, the more there is to love. - You can't love what you don't know.
Go to Confession regularly. This will help prepare you spiritually.
Pray daily. Without prayer you have no spiritual power!
Dress appropriately. You are going to meet the King of Kings. Don't dress the same as you would for a lunch date, a party, or class. Make it special.
Get there early and sit up front. Less distractions and more time for prayer before Mass.
Once inside, don't talk or people-watch...pray.
2 - Make sure your attitude is adjusted properly
Don't expect to be entertained. It isn't as much about what God is doing for you, but what you are doing to worship God.
Look for God in every part of the Mass.
Don't let outside distractions disturb your internal peace.
Find one nugget in the preaching to take home with you.
3 - Participate
Sing, even if your voice is bad.
Respond and pray with gusto. Give it all to God and don't worry about others.
Remember that during Mass isn't socializing time.
Offer your pain, sufferings, joys and prayers to God.
4 -Listen to the Word and be open to it changing you
Are you open to letting God change you? If not, then you won’t be changed.
Listen to the Word proclaimed and let it challenge you.
Find something in the Homily and apply it for the week.
5 - Know, understand, and proclaim your Faith
Don’t just recite the Creed - proclaim it like you mean it and understand what you are proclaiming.
6 - Tithe
If every Catholic tithed...think what we could accomplish in spreading the Gospel.
Yes, it is our duty to support the Church. But, it does more for our own faith than it does for the Church.
Most people "tip" not "tithe" - so be a tither, not a tipper.
7 - When you receive Jesus in the Eucharist - understand what it is you are doing
You are taking the Body, blood, soul, and divinity of GOD into you
You are joining in heaven on earth
You are becoming one with The Body of Christ
8 - Tell other people about Him
You are now empowered to evangelize (share the Good News of Christ) - which is what the Church exists for.
"If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy." - Saint Jean Vianney
Fortnight for Freedom
June 21-July 4th
For the Litany for Freedom, events and more ideas, click here.
Francis: Ask God for advice when you pray, even silently on the bus
At today’s General Audience Francis remembered the young man covered in tattoos and piercings who asked the Virgin Mary for “advice”. The Pope sent out an appeal against drugs and urged people not to let the crisis “take away our lives”
Iacopo Scaramuzzi Vatican city
At this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square Pope Francis urged faithful to use their moments of prayer to ask God for advice. He said they could even do so during silent prayer in the street or on the bus. Or pray to the Virgin Mary like a young man covered in tattoos and piercings did when he went to confess to Bergoglio in the Argentinian Shrine of Lujan.
With today’s teaching about “counsel” the Pope continued his series of catecheses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit: “I bless the Lord who counsels me; even at night my heart exhorts me. I keep the LORD always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken". May the Spirit can always instil in our hearts and fill us with the certainty of his consolation and peace! Always seek the gift of counsel.”“We know how important it is, especially in the most delicate moments, to be able to count on the advice of wise people who love us. Now, through the gift of counsel, it is God himself, with his Spirit who enlightens our hearts, so as to help us understand the proper way to speak and behave and the path to follow,” Francis said.
The Lord speaks to us and offers us advice in two ways: through prayer and “through the voice and the testimony of others.” “Counsel, then, is the gift by which the Holy Spirit makes our conscience capable of making a concrete choice in communion with God, according to the logic of Jesus and of his Gospel. In this way, the Spirit helps us grow inwardly, helps us grow positively, helps us grow in communion and helps us to avoid being at the mercy of selfishness and our own way of seeing things. This is how the Spirit helps us grow and also live in communion.” “In intimacy with God and listening to His Word slowly we put aside our personal logic, dictated most of the time by our closure, our prejudices and our ambitions, and instead learn to ask the Lord, what is your wish?” “Prayer, praying is so important. Praying those prayers that we all know from childhood but also praying with our words, praying to the Lord: ‘Lord, help me, advise me, what should I do now?’ With prayer we make room for the Spirit to come and help us in that moment, he advises us all on what we must do. Prayer, never forget prayer, never. Nobody notices when we pray on the bus, on the streets, we pray in silence, with our hearts, take advantage of these moments to pray. Pray for the Spirit to give us this gift of counsel.” “It is the Spirit who counsels us but we have to make room for the Spirit to give us counsel and give space to prayer, prayer for Him to come and always help us. The Lord speaks to us not only in the intimacy of our heart, - He speaks to us, yes, but not only there - but also through the voice and the testimony of others. It really is a great gift to meet the men and women of faith who, especially in the most complicated and important moments of our lives, help us to shed light in our hearts and recognize the will of the Lord.”
At today’s Audience Bergoglio also shared a personal memory of his: I remember once, I was in the confessional, and there was a long queue in front of the Shrine of Lujan, the diocese of that bishop there, and there was a young man in the queue, all modern with tattoos And ... he came to tell me what was happening in his life. He had a big, difficult problem. ' And [he asked me] what would you do? So I told my mother about this and my mother said to me: ‘Go to the Virgin Mary and she will tell you what you must do.’ Here was a woman who had the gift of counsel. She did not know how to solve her son’s problems but she indicated the right way: ‘Go to Our Lady and she’ll tell you.’ This is the gift of counsel. Do not say, ‘Do this ...’. Let the Spirit speak. And that woman, humble, simple, gave her son the truest, most beautiful advice, because this young man said to me: ‘I looked upon Our Lady and I heard that I need to do this, this, this.’ I did not have to say a word. It all came from my mother, the Virgin Mary and the young man. This is the gift of counsel. You mothers who have this gift, ask for this gift for your children: the gift of being able to counsel your children. It is a gift from God.”