Holy Savior Catholic Church parishioners celebrated Fr. Jim Billinger’s 60th birthday with a birthday party following the 8 a.m. Mass on Dec. 28, 2014. The party included cake for Fr. Billinger and parishioners. Happy Birthday, Fr. Billinger!
God's Food Pantry featured in Catholic Advance
Written by Mr. Joe Rodriguez
Monday, 22 December 2014 11:17
God's Food Pantry, a ministry of Holy Savior Catholic Church, was recently featured in an article in The Catholic Advance. To read the article, click here.
Holy Savior Mass recognizes Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Monday, 15 December 2014 16:26
In order to give the students at Holy Savior Catholic Academy the opportunity to use their Spanish skills in a meaningful manner, they helped plan, practice, and participate in a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) Mass. Students joyfully celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th by singing, reading, reciting, and praying in Spanish. The eighth graders were given many important responsibilities throughout the Mass. Jadai Gander read an introductory story about Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. The duties of the altar servers were performed by Dennis Maina, Angel Vazquez, and Jaelyn Saulsberry. MaKaylie Betts read the first reading in Spanish, and Hayley Dougherty presented the Responsorial Psalm in English and Spanish. Kaleah Davis recited the Alleluia in both languages and Nevaeh Sanchez presented the Petitions with the response in Spanish. Michael Glover, Jalen McClish, Kaleah Davis and Christopher Morgan were responsible for the Offertory collection and bringing up of the Offertory gifts. Faith Andrew and Jada Mayberry beautifully sang a duet of "Santo, Santo, Santo," which is a Spanish rendition of "Holy, Holy, Holy." The eighth-grade girls had the opportunity to wear traditional Mexican dresses which added color and a special flare to the Mass. The highlights of the Mass were when the entire student body recited in unison the Padre Nuestro, the Our Father in Spanish, and when the students joyfully gave each other the sign of peace in Spanish. Fr. Jerome Beat gave of his time to celebrate the Mass in Spanish with the Holy Savior students and staff. He presented a beautiful homily which included an in-depth story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, support for why students should learn Spanish as a second language, and included words of encouragement and praise for Holy Savior’s sponsorship of Lucy in Kenya, Africa through the organization, Unbound. As a retired priest, Fr. Beat spends his weekends throughout the country recruiting new sponsors for Unbound.
The idea for a bilingual Mass began as a small seed this summer and blossomed into a beautiful rose with the help from the students, teachers, administration, and Fr. Beat. This summer, Mrs. Christine Sementelli, the Spanish teacher at Holy Savior Catholic Academy, contacted Principal Dr. Delia Shropshire and requested that the all school Mass for December 12th be reserved for a special tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe. It was fitting that the Mass actually would be on the actual feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the Americas. Time was spent finding prayers, songs, and ideas for the mass. Students worked hard to learn the music with the help of teachers, Mrs. Mary Pearson, Ms. Andrea Penelton, and Mr. Justin Hall, Holy Savior’s music director. Students spent about half of each Spanish class during the months of October, November, and December working on the prayers, songs, responses, and the flow of the Mass. It truly was a team effort. The motivation for excellence had to be preserved by reminding students that in order to do their best on “game day” their best effort had to be present for every practice. The students took responsibility for the task of learning so many new things in Spanish. Since more than half of the students at Holy Savior Catholic Academy are not of the Catholic faith and many of our Catholic students are recently new to the Catholic faith, this event not only gave them an understanding of the Mass in Spanish, it gave them a better understanding of the parts of the Mass in general. This was truly an unexpected outcome.
The students were given the difficult task of learning songs, prayers, responses, and the order of the Mass in Spanish. With the grace of God and a lot of hard work and support from many including classroom teachers, the students rose to the occasion. Through this experience a sense of joy and accomplishment was given to the students along with a better understanding of the Mass and hopefully a desire to learn Spanish.
Holy Savior hosts "Pizza for Parishioners"
Written by Mr. Joe Rodriguez
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:43
Holy Savior Catholic Academy hosted “Pizza for Parishioners” on Sunday, Nov. 23 after the 11 a.m. Mass. School students, parents and staff members provided the pizza and a short program as a way of saying “thank you” to the parish for its support of the academy.
Generations of Faith program set for Wednesday, Nov. 19
Written by Mr. Joe Rodriguez
Monday, 17 November 2014 09:19
Holy Savior Catholic Church will host its next Generations of Faith program on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 6 to 8:15 p.m.
Generations of Faith is a parish program that is focused on lifelong faith formation and has the mission of increasing the participation in church life among participants.
Generations of Faith begins at 6 p.m. with Mass. A potluck dinner will follow. This year’s program, “How Catholics Read the Bible,” will be presented by Joshua Bitting, Program Coordinator from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita Office of Faith Formation.
A signup sheet for the potluck dinner is available in the church vestibule.