Thank you to everyone that helped make the VBS at St. Joseph so wonderful! We appreciate all the students, teachers and volunteers that made the week so great. God bless you all!

The Story Behind the Feast of Corpus Christi

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, historically known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi, celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist – Body, Bloos, Soul and Divinity.  It is traditionally celebrated on the Thursday following the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.  The feast dates to the Middle Ages and originated with a visionary nun and a Eucharistic miracle.

In 1263 a German priest, Fr. Peter of Prague, made a pilgrimage to Rome.  He stopped in Bolsena, Italy, to celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Christina.  At the time he was having doubts about Jesus being truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.  He was affected by the growing debate among certain theologians who, for the first time in the history of the Church, began introducing doubts about the Body and Blood of Christ being actually present in the consecrated bread and wine.  In response to his doubt, when Fr. Peter recited the prayer of consecration as he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, blood started seeping from the consecrated host and onto the altar and corporal.

Fr. Peter reported this miracle to Pope Urban IV, who at the time was nearby in Orvieto.  The pope sent delegates to investigate and ordered that the host and blood-stained corporal be brought to Orvieto.  The relics were then placed in the Cathedral of Orvieto, where they remain today.       

This Eucharistic Miracle confirmed the visions given to St. Julia of Mont Cornillon in Belgium (1193-1258).  St. Juliana was a nun and mystic who had a series of visions in which she was instructed by Our Lord to work to establish a liturgical feast for the Holy Eucharist, to which she had a great devotion.    

After many years of trying, she finally convinced the bishop, the future Pope Urban IV, to create the special feast in honor of the Blessed Sacrament where non had existed before.  Soon after her death, Pope Urban instituted Corpus Christi for the Universal Church and celebrated if for the first time in Orvieto in 1264, a year after the Eucharistic Miracle in Bolsena.  This feast day continues today throughout the world.

June 23 - Feast of Corpus Christi Procession & Lunch

The Feast of Corpus Christi Procession will be held on Sunday, June 23 immediately following the 11am Mass at St. Francis Xavier. A light lunch in the hall will follow the procession and is sponsored by the Legion of Mary. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

July 27 - Faith & Family Night at the K

The Kansas City Royals will host their annual Faith & Family Night at The K on Saturday, July 27, 2019, when the Cleveland Indians come to The K. The event will feature a post-game appearance and speech from select players and/or executives, as well as Scott Dawson of Safe at Home, and a post-game concert by Matthew West. The game starts at 6:15 p.m. as the Royals take on the Cleveland Indians. Shortly after the conclusion of the game, the post-game program will begin inside Kauffman Stadium. Your ticket to the game includes admission to the postgame program. If you’d like more information or to purchase a ticket, contact Leslie Mahoney directly at 620-364-6013. She will purchase the tickets as a group the week of July 7. Cost is $35 and need to be paid in advance. Thank you.

Register NOW for Summer VBS

Summer Vacation Bible School


July 7 – 11- St. Francis Xavier parish hall  

From  from 5:30 – 8pm          

Children of all 4 parishes are invited to explore vocations and God's purpose for their lives. 

Volunteers are still welcome to help with crafts, prayer, games and snacks/meals.  

Contact the office if you’re interested and watch the bulletin for more details.


Weekend Mass Time Change beginning July 13 - July 14


Saturday – July 13

5:00pm St. Patrick


Sunday – July 14

8:00am St. Joseph

9:30am St. Francis

11:00am St. Teresa

Reminder - Cemetery Flower / Decorations

Please pick up all flowers and decorations that are not in containers (above ground level) at the cemetery.  All remaining flowers and decorations will be disposed of so that mowing can be completed.  Thank you in advance for your help.