December Update

A blessed advent to all from Manhattan and St. Isidore's. As we prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Lord and for his second coming this beautiful season, I am
taking some time to reflect upon those things for which I am extremely grateful.  Here is a list of some of those things:

The students: On a daily basis I am inspired by
 the number of students who make their way to the campus center to express their faith and joy with those around them.

Our permanent community: I am so inspired as well by the witness and example that is set for the students by the faith of our permanent community members.

Fr. Ryan, the St. Isidore's staff, and our FOCUS missionaries: They work extremely hard and are a true joy to be around.  They also make me look good! (which is not an easy task)

Our alumni and donors: We truly are on a mission here at St. Isidore's and  you 
help us through your prayers and financial contributions. Thank you, a million times over.

Our facilities: Although we have indeed outgrown our current space, the Church and Student Center really are a blessing. I am so grateful for those in the past who have contributed to that which we currently have.

Our Faith: - Last on my list, but first in importance, obviously, nothing I have mentioned prior would be possible without the generosity of our God and His creation. Although I have mentioned it many times since my arrival in Manhattan, I will say it again. I am not worthy of the blessings I have received.

May God bless all of you,

Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt

Praise and Worship
Source and Summit

Since its beginnings in the fall of 2014, Source and Summit has been a monthly highlight at St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center.

On the first Thursday evening of the month, over 200 students gather at St. Isidore's and head into the chapel at 8 pm.  Kaylee Konda, sophomore, explains that Source and Summit "is an opportunity for students who attend K-State, even those who aren't Catholic, to experience an evening with Jesus.   We have a speaker give a talk about various subjects, adoration, praise & worship, and we end the evening with fellowship over dessert."  

This semester, sp eakers have included FOCUS Missionary  Alex Sanchez;
 Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George Vocation Director, Sr. Karolyn; permanent community member, and entrepreneur, Dave Dreiling; and Diocese of Dodge City Director of Young Adult Ministry, Gentry Heimerman.  To listen to any of the speakers from Source and Summit,    click here

Peter Bergkamp, sophomore, says, "I love Source and Summit because it challenges me to grow more in unique and fundamental areas of my faith."  Konda also shared that, "I attend Source and Summit because it is an opportunity for me to get to meet other students.  It's a perfect evening for me to give to God because it's only once a month and it's nice to get away from the stresses of school.  I especially love the fellowship that it creates.  I have met some of my closest friends through the fellowship after Source and Summit. "
GATHER, FOCUS Greek Night, at Varsity Donuts

Our five FOCUS, (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), missionaries are zealous, loving, well-formed and came to Kansas State University well equipped for the task of evangelization.  Their reach and accomplishments as peer ministers generously compliment those of a small campus ministry staff.  During this first semester,
 165 students are actively participating in 20 bible studies led by the FOCUS Missionaries.  Their time is also spent in a daily hour of adoration, Mass, and meeting one on one with students throughout the day.  

At the close of the first semester, FOCUS Missionary, Jordan Gardenhire, says that she has "been able to see handfuls of students begin to realize that they were made for more.  I am seeing students become uncompromising.  I am  privileged  enough to witness the beginning of a beautiful transformation of the heart."  Currently, the bible studies are studying Salvation History.  "The Bible study constantly reminds the participants that they are made for relationships (with themselves, with others, and with God), added Gardenhire." The studies are taking students through the many convenants God makes with His people over time, showing
FOCUS Flapjacks and Flannels Night for Seniors
that even when humanity is corrupt and unfaithful, God keeps his promises and is  continuously
seeking after us."  Maggie Doll mentioned that she has  "witnessed amazing transformations in people who are running to Christ to receive Him in the sacraments, not only in the Mass but in the sacrament of confession.  I had a friend who received Jesus' love, healing, mercy and forgiveness in the sacrament of confession for the first time in seven years.  I have been blessed to be a witness to those people who are hearing God calling them to something higher and wanting to receive Him."

Kaylor Nordhus, Apparel and Textiles major, comments on what she has received from having FOCUS at K-State.  " I have received a direct, living example of what it looks like to boldly live out the beauty of the gospel as a twenty-something-year old.  Yes, we have parents, teachers and  adults to model the way for how to be a Catholic; but to be able to know how to
Students gather in the basement of St. Isidore's to learn more about FOCUS SLS18 in Chicago from January 2 - 6 
 be on fire, to be excited and to un derstand all that God is and who we are- I really believe that it takes the witness of someone from your own  generation, someone who is living in college life with you.  It takes someone who has just gone through many of the same circumstances, experiences,and conversations that you are going through to be able to give you insight and advice as well as perspective that is as beautiful as it is applicable.I cannot even convey to you the stark difference in the way I approach my relationships this year compared to last -- I have joy, a desire, and mostly a gentle and accepting openness about spreading the teachings of faith and living out the rawness that is Catholicism."
Year End Giving

Click here to see some of the financial needs of St. Isidore's
"Give, and it will be given to you.  They will pour into your  lap a good meas ure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.  For by your standard of   measure it will be measured to you in return."
~Luke 6:38

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you from St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center for your support throughout 2017.  Your gifts and contributions have served the Catholic students, faculty and staff with educational, spiritual, liturgical, service and soci al opportunities to  e nhance  the academic formation available at Kansas State Uni versity.

The end of the year is fast approaching, and it's time to start thinking of strategies to maximize the tax benefits of year-end giving.  As you plan your year-end giving, we ask that you prayerfully consider a monthly commitment support of $25, $50, or $100 and/or a special one-time gift of $100, $250, $500 or more.

Checks must be dated and postmarked by Sunday, December 31, to be counted in 2017.  Please make your checks payable to 
St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center, and mail or deliver to:

St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center
711 Denison
Manhattan KS 66502

Credit Cards
Gifts made by credit card must be placed no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 31, to be counted in 2017.  To make your credit card gifts online through PayPal, please click here and select "2017 Phonathon" under "One time donation through PayPal" or click here, select "General Operating" under "One time donation through PayPal"  or "General Operating Authorization Form" under "Automatic (Recurring) Donation to give a 
year-end gift to the St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center.   

With gratitude ,

St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center
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