September 10, 2020
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"The Lord is kind and merciful."
Weekly message from Fr. Mike
Some people have asked about the rationale behind our procedures for signing up to attend and checking in for masses. Jackson County has restrictions on the number of people who can attend mass due to social distancing. You check in so we can record your attendance. 

Recently we had someone who attended mass who tested positive for Covid-19. Masks were worn and social distancing was practiced. Nonetheless, the Diocese requires us to contact everyone who attended. The signup list allowed us to email everyone to make them aware.

If you try to sign up and see that we have reached our maximum, I suggest you join the wait list. There are always a number of people signed up who do not come. We can usually accommodate walk-in's and wait-listers. Please don’t sign up with a fake name (yes that has happened!). That could prevent someone from coming to mass, and it doesn’t make our records correct.

Fr. Don Farnan, pastor of St Charles Parish, is a priest of our diocese. He is a skilled writer who has a blog. Recently he wrote about protests happening in our country. I think you will appreciate his point of view. Click here to read his blog.
Thank you to all the parishioners who have been coming to the church for weeding. Pictured above are Richard & Kitty Pachucki, who came up last week.

Another opportunity to help is coming next Saturday, September 19. A Work Day is scheduled beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing until Noon or so. Workers can arrive any time and stay as long as they can. We will be completing our normal tasks of seeding, weeding, trimming and mulching. Similar tasks will be completed at the Rectory. Universal hand tools will be provided.

You can find this week's Prayers of the Faithful here.

Fr. Mike
Shoe Drive
Do you have shoes taking up space in the back of your closet? We are hosting a shoe drive to collect new and gently used shoes to create opportunities for women in developing nations to start and sustain a small business, pulling them and their families out of poverty.

Any type of shoes are accepted such as, Tennis Shoes, flats, sandals, flip flops, heels and even mismatched. 

A collection bin is now available in the narthex through September 27
Ladies Auxiliary pie sales &
update on October Marketplace
After much consideration and discussion with our parish concerning events during Covid-19 outbreak, we have decided to cancel this year's October Marketplace craft sale. Since we know how much everyone enjoys our delicious homemade pies, we will still be making them and selling frozen for you to bake at home. These would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal! Click here to order online.

If you prefer to pay by check or cash, this option is available in the parish office or you may mail your order request with payment to Holy Spirit (please indicate Ladies Auxiliary on envelope).

Some of the proceeds from the craft sale event go to help buy frozen turkeys for Lee's Summit Social Services. Your purchase will help us with that donation.

The deadline to order pies is September 25th. We will have the frozen pies available to pick up after masses on October 24th & 25th. Exact times and details of pick up area are TBD.
Book study begins Monday, September 14 at 6:30 PM
Wanting to learn more about Catholic Social Teaching and racial justice in America? What are our responsibilities to equality of all God’s children in light of the Gospel of Jesus? Holy Spirit will be offering an opportunity to study the book “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” by Fr. Bryan Massengale. Sessions will be held via Zoom. 

If you are interested, please contact Deacon Rich at the Parish Office,
816-537-6990, X305 or via email at rich.akins@holyspiritmo.org.
RCIA
RCIA classes will be starting soon. It’s not too late to join.

Do you know someone who is searching for a deeper relationship with Christ through the Catholic Church? 
 
The process of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a good start. Contact Deacon Rich at the Parish Office for more information or email him at rich.akins@holyspiritmo.org.
Workshop from One City Cafe
“We Find God When We Find the Poor” with Doug Langner from One City Cafe
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
7:00-8:00 pm
Contact Mariann McCormally (mccormally@sfx-kc.org 816-381-9163 for Zoom Meeting ID and Password).

We are re-imagining and rescheduling our Lenten Soup & Spirituality speaker series. Join us for this interactive workshop on Zoom with Doug Langner, site director for One City Café at 39th and Troost (part of Bishop Sullivan Center).