Saturday, April 29th
Mass • 8:00am
CONFESSIONS • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday, April 30th
Mass • 8:00am
Mass • 11:00am
Mass • 5:00pm
Monday, May 1st
Mass • 8:00am
Tuesday, May 2nd
Confessions • 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Mass • 6:00pm
Mens Choir Rehearsal • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Social Committee Meeting • 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 3rd
Development Committee Meeting • 8:00am
Confessions • 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Mass • 6:00pm
More than 30 youths attend Totus Tuus at Holy Savior
For the first time, Holy Savior Catholic Church hosted Totus Tuus (Totally Yours), a fun and energetic parish-based summer catechetical program for both grade school-aged children and junior high and high school youths. About 30 children attended the program, which was held at Holy Savior July 7-13.
Each day included catechetical instruction, Mass, songs, games, and recess for the grade school children. The sessions for the junior high and high school youths included talks on topics of interest to young Catholics, the opportunity for Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a night of fellowship with team members.
Children also participated in swimming activities at Genesis Health Club, and firefighters from Wichita Fire Department's Station No. 5 spent part of an afternoon spraying the youths with water from a fire hose.
Holy Savior wishes to thank the team leaders who led the Totus Tuus program at Holy Savior (listed with their home parish): Virginia Brungardt (Church of the Magdalen); Adam Grelinger (St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church); Jacob Jirak (Holy Family Catholic Church); and Melissa Davied (Church of the Resurrection).
God's Food Pantry featured in Catholic Advance
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 members travel to National Black Catholic Congress
About 25 members of Holy Savior Catholic Church were among the more than 2,000 people who attended the annual National Black Catholic Congress in Indianapolis July 18-21.
The Congress, which is held every five years, provides a variety of speakers, workshops and events meant to inspire attendees to become even more engaged in their faith and to equip them with the tools they need to make an even greater impact in their churches and communities. In fact, the theme for this year’s Congress XI was “Faith Engaged: Empower. Equip. Evangelize.” Workshops that were offered focused on both adults and youths. Most of the members of Holy Savior traveled to the conference by a charter bus.
Among the workshops at this year’s conference were: “Heart, Spirituality and our Catholic Devotions;” “Re-engaging Young Adults Back to Their Catholic Faith;” “God Saw That It Was Good: The Affirmation of the African American Male;” “Where Did All The Time Go?: Spiritual Practices for Busy Christians;” and “The Challenge to Be Catholic Today.”
Keynote speaker for the Congress was Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide during which most of her family was killed. In 1994, Ilibagiza was able to survive by hiding in a bathroom with other women for more than 90 days. She credited her Catholic faith, including the praying of the Rosary, with helping her survive the ordeal.
Fr. Jim Billinger was among the priests who celebrated Mass daily with the attendees. Holy Savior members Al Wright, Belinda Anderson and Denise Fields were among the dozens of attendees who sang in the choir at the Congress.
During the Congress, results of a National Black Catholic Survey were announced, and the National Black Catholic Congress, Inc. announced its Pastoral Plan of Action, which detailed ten “core elements in our faith lives as Black Catholics.”
For more information on the Congress, visit www.nbccongress.org.
Holy Savior presented with "Spirit of Faith Award"
Holy Savior Catholic Academy’s outreach to students of various faith and economic backgrounds earned the school a prestigious community award.
The academy was one of five recipients of an Inter-Faith Ministries’ Humanitarian Award. The awards were presented during the Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner, held Aug. 16 at Beech Activity Center in east Wichita.
Holy Savior received the Spirit of Faith Award, which “recognizes faith-based organizations and groups whose actions exemplify IFM’s vision for people of faith to cross lines of faith and culture to help people in need, to relieve misery and promote justice,” according to Inter-Faith Ministries.
Academy Principal Delia Shropshire, Fr. Jim Billinger and Bishop Michael Jackels received the award, a framed artwork piece of people of various racial and cultural backgrounds with the words: “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.”
The program featured a video produced by KSN, Channel 3 about Holy Savior Catholic Academy. The video included segments of interviews with Fr. Billinger, Ms. Shropshire and current students. It highlighted some of the successes at the academy, and shared some statistics about Holy Savior including:
-- More than 80 percent of students are of faith traditions other than Catholic
-- More than 95 percent of students are racial minorities
-- More than 70 percent of students receive their school meals for free or at a reduced rate
-- About about one-third of the students live with both of their biological parents
“Led by Principal Delia Shropshire and Fr. James Billinger, Holy Savior Catholic Academy delivers quality Catholic education to children, regardless of faith, culture, or income level,” the award program shared about Holy Savior Academy.
"This award is one of the highest honors an institution like Holy Savior Catholic Academy could ever receive because the Spirit of Faith Award embodies who we are as church and school," Ms. Shropshire said. “We are called to serve and live out the mission of Jesus Christ through a tiny vehicle called Holy Savior Catholic Academy. As one looks back over Salvation History, it is God's way to use the tiniest of vessels to accomplish His greatest works. We are ever so humbled to be of service for His glory and that Inter-Faith Ministries selected us for this great honor."
Other Humanitarian Award recipients are: Wichita Cargill Cares Council, Golden Rule Award; Jack Focht and Gloria Farha Flentje, Leadership through Faith Award; Dr. Tamim Qaum, Light of Faith Award; and David and Lynn Gilkey, Peace by Piece Award.
Holy Savior Mass recognizes Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
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.