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Development Committee Meeting • 8:00am
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Mass • 6:00pm
Fr. Billinger, Andy Bias receive NAACP awards
Fr. Jim Billinger was presented with the Wichita Branch NAACP’s “Clergy of the Year” Award on Saturday, Oct. 13 during the 93rd Annual Freedom fund Banquet at the Wichita Marriott.
In addition, Mennonite Housing, of which Holy Savior parishioner Andy Bias is President and CEO, received the “Community/Neighborhood/Civic” Award.
The “Clergy of the Year” Award is given to a religious leader: who is considered to be a leader within and beyond religious circles; who supports and takes actions which unite the community across religious, civic, social and economic lines; who provides teaching for people from inside and outside the church to reach all who need guidance; and who provides assistance wherever help may be needed in the community.
In presenting Fr. Billinger with the “Clergy of the Year” Award, Wichita Branch NAACP President Lavonta Williams cited his activeness in many organizations and events throughout the Wichita community, including the African-American community. She cited his leading the prayer for the groundbreaking of the city’s new airport terminal, his involvement in organizations such as the Wichita Ministerial League, and his participation in events such as the Wichita Walk Against Gang Violence.
Fr. Billinger said he was honored at being selected for the award. He shared with the audience during the banquet a quote that has served as an inspiration to him in his work -- Pope Paul VI, during his visit to Uganda in 1969, said: “You are now evangelizers to yourselves. You must now share your gifts of Blackness with the whole Church.”
“I have been so blessed by the gifts of the people of northeast Wichita who have shared the beauty of their culture with me,” Fr. Billinger said.
Mennonite Housing is a nonprofit community housing development organization whose mission is to provide affordable housing for seniors and low-income families. Williams referenced Mennonite Housing's outstanding record, which includes building 75 homes during just the past five years in areas of the city where residential development has been limited. Williams applauded the organization's newest development, the French Quarter, near 14th St. and Kansas. Bias is active in several church ministries, including the Men's Choir, the Knights of St. Peter Claver, and the Finance Council. He has been President/CEO of Mennonite Housing for 13 years.
“Mennonite Housing will continue to focus on areas where the most improvement is needed because we believe we should take care of home first,” Bias said. “We believe that our efforts allow us to serve God by serving others.”
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"Lights On" event celebrates Holy Savior after school program
Holy Savior Catholic Academy participated in a nationwide celebration of after school programs on Thursday, Oct. 18.
More than 75 Students, parents, staff members joined Holy Savior supporters and community leaders as part of the annual Lights On Afterschool Celebration at the Mid-America All-Indian Center and the Keeper of the Plains Plaza in downtown Wichita. Lights On Afterschool is an event held each year to call attention to the importance of after school programs for children, families and communities.
Holy Savior’s event, one of several hundred rallies held nationwide, included comments from students, a student program focused on the importance of reading and a city proclamation read by Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams declaring the day “Holy Savior Lights On Afterschool Day,” and a special lighting of the firepots at the Keeper of the Plains. The firepots were lit in keeping with the “Lights On” event theme.
Lights On is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit group dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable after school programs. According to Lights On, one in four youths nationwide is left unsupervised at home after school.
Holy Savior's after school program is funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant in collaboration with Catholic Charities of Wichita. Holy Savior students receive tutoring and have the opportunity to take field trips designed to provide a more complete educational experience.
Partners for the Holy Savior Lights On event were: Catholic Charities of Wichita; 21st Century Community Learning Center; the City of Wichita; the Mid-America All-Indian Center; Arts Partners; Fidelity Bank; T-Mobile; the Afterschool Alliance; Wichita State University; and Cargill.
Holy Savior hosts annual Stewardship Fair
More than 100 people turned out for the annual Holy Savior Stewardship Fair, which was held Sunday, Nov. 11 in the parish gymnasium. Holy Savior members had the opportunity to learn more about the various ministries offered at Holy Savior, and learn about how to become involved in those ministries.
It’s not too late to get involved in the Holy Savior ministries. For information, contact the parish office at 316-682-8712.
The event was hosted by the Holy Savior Stewardship Council.
Holy Savior shares its "HOPE for a Vibrant Future" at banquet
More than 280 people attended the 2014 Red & Black Banquet, held Oct. 18, in support of Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy and its “HOPE for a Vibrant Future.”
The banquet, held at Corporate Caterers of Wichita, featured a presentation by Matt Hamm and Shannon Bohm of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture. The presentation included sketches of the design of a possible new Holy Savior campus. The sketches are the initial designs of what Holy Savior hopes it can have at its existing site at 13th Street and Erie.
Prior to the presentation, a video about Holy Savior and its building needs was shown. The video was shot and produced by Enrique Ramirez. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback about the presentation on comment cards.
The event also included: songs by the Holy Savior Youth Choir (directed by Mary Pearson); a solo by Ariana Breckenridge; a song from the Holy Savior Mass Choir (with Ed Vinson as lead vocalist); and a live auction led by Bud Palmer. Fr. Jim Billinger, pastor of Holy Savior Parish, and Dr. Delia Shropshire, principal of Holy Savior Catholic Academy, addressed the audience during the event. Holy Savior Music Director Justin Hall provided the accompaniment for the evening. And Anne Corriston served as the emcee.
Holy Savior wishes to thank all those who helped make the banquet a success either by attendance, donations, prayers, and volunteerism.
(Credit for all of the slideshow photos goes to Michael Kinard)
(Building sketches and design images in the slideshow are courtesy of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture)