24 & 25 SUNDAY
Sept 15 & 22, 2019
Mass Intentions for this weekend:
5:00 pm Rick McAbee †
8:30 am Dean Hales†
10:30 am Barb Redicek †
5:00 pm Ben Silver †
8:30 am Sharon Litton †
10:30 am Dean Hales †
Those for whom our prayers are requested:
Sacred Heart: Diana Gaume, Linden Cole, Rita Chadwick, Jim Blades, Floyd Williamson, Patricia Bruce, Dixie Hales, Larry Potts, Dan Spidle, Mickey Sanders, Mary Ann Bower, Fr. Bob Rost, John Maddox, Tony Brettingham, , Ruthie Bashford, the family of Liz Bachtel, Betty Parsons, John Krumpelman, the family of Dean Hales, Chuck Wortman, Joe Graham and Fr. Tom
Mary Immaculate: Dick Templin, Monica Riley, Donna Stevenson, Kathy Meyer, Denise Reynolds, Kyle Johnson, Lori Kloepping, Jeff Minnis, Gail Kopek, Fr. Bob Rost , Holly Minnis , Debbie Esparza, the family of John D McEnroe, the family of Jim Parton, Mary Klene, the family of Dean Hales, John Hartman , the family Barb Redicek and Fr. Tom
For those serving in our military
Robert Davis, US Army
Lukas Tunks, US Air Force
PJ Raby, US Army
Sept 14 & 15, 2019
Saturday: 5:00 pm K Sykes
Sunday: 8:30 am S Banks
Sunday: 10:30 am M Clark
Saturday: 5:00 pm J & C Inskeep
Sunday: 8:30 am Miller/volunteer
Sunday: 10:30 am Walker/Wiles
Gift Bearing Family:
Saturday: 6:00 pm Volunteer Family
Sunday: 8:30 am Ross Family
Saturday: 5:00 pm B Sykes
Sunday: 8:30 am K & K Farmer
Sunday: 10:30 am Hemry/Bonderer
Sept 21 & 22 , 2019
Saturday: 5:00 pm J Inskeep
Sunday: 8:30 am T Raby
Sunday: 10:30 am K Railsback
Saturday: 5:00 pm Inskeep/Hagen
Sunday: 8:30 am Alden/Ross
Sunday: 10:30 am Winger/Gronniger
Gift Bearing Family:
Saturday: 5:00 pm Volunteer Family
Sunday: 8:30 am Branson Family
Saturday: 5:00 pm K Hagen
Sunday: 8:30 am T & L Raby
Sunday: 10:30 am Hemry/Bonderer
CONTRIBUTIONS SEPT 7 & 8
Sacred Heart $ 1,867.00
Mary Immaculate $ 2,396.73
Basilian Mission $ 944.00
FR. TOM’S TOMES
This past week you should have received a letter in the mail from Bishop Johnston. Over the past year the diocese hired a firm with forensic investigative skills to examine the files of the Diocese to bring forth the names of all the clergy who have been substantially accused of abusing youth under the age of 18. With the publication of this list it is hoped to assist in the healing of the victims of abuse. We are all touched in some way by this sin either by knowing a victim or victims or knowing the accused. It is my hope we as a parish and diocese in some way can help to heal the brokenness of the victims. We need to be ministers of Jesus by being open to caring for those who hurt.
At the end of this calendar year Annie is planning on retiring. I am not sure why she wants to retire at the age of 21 but that is Annie’s decision. We are looking for someone to be the secretary/book keeper for the two parishes. This job involves six to eight hours per week. The office for the two parishes is located in Gallatin. We are starting the search for this position now so that whoever is selected to fill this position can work with Annie during the months of November and December to learn this position. If you are interested please let Annie or I know of your interest. If you would be interested in only one or the other part of the job we would be interested in talking to you about that possibility.
Know someone interested in the Catholic Church and are wishing to become a member of one of our parishes. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) is for them. It is my hope that we will start our RCIA program in October. Now is the time to be gathering names of those who are interested. I am going to be offering the RCIA both for those who can make it in person as well as doing an online session for those who can’t make it in person. The day or night, the time will be decided upon once we have those who are interested come together to determine the best time for all who are involved. If you have someone who may be interested please let me know their name and telephone number so I may contact them.
God bless you this week.
DAILY MASS AT SH SEPT 9 THRU 13TH
There will be an 8 am morning mass the week of Sept 9th thru the 13 at Sacred Heart. Please join Servants of Mary sisters who are visiting the lake that week for daily mass
We are looking for someone to fill Annie’s position by the end of the year. Anyone interested may send a short resume to the church email shmichurch@gmail or mail to PO Box 188, Hamilton 64644. Approx 8 to 9 hours per week average.
Monthly Offering Sept 2019
Actual $ 2,844.00
Budget $ 6,355.00
Difference ($ 3,511.00)
Difference $ 94.57
OCTOBER ADULT FELLOWSHIP AND FAITH FORMATION
Mark your calendars now for Sunday nights in October for a Mary Immaculate adult faith formation group. All adults 18+ in the parish are invited to attend. This is a co-ed group. Details coming soon. An email sign up form is being sent out to parishoners. If you would like to be added to the email list for the group, please contact Allison at 660-605-0470. The group will meet in person at the Mary Immaculate hall October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 from 530-7pm. A live Zoom link will be set up at each meeting for those who wish to attend from the comfort of their home. You do not have to be able to attend every Sunday night in order to join. We will not take attendance and there are no demerits for tardies. :) Food will be potluck appetizers, fellowship will be plenty, and we will spend time together discussing where and how God is calling us to greater holiness in our daily lives. SACRED HEART PARISHIONERS, KNOW YOU ARE WELCOME AND JOIN US!
Save the Date… Saturday, November 16th at 11:30 am
Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience™
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers will present a 2-hour Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience™ at Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Saturday, November 16th at 11:30 am. As part of this spiritual opportunity to draw nearer to God with Our Lady and St. Bernadette you will:
- immerse yourself in the Gospel Message of Lourdes as given by Our Lady to St. Bernadette
- have the opportunity to touch the Grotto Rock and to experience the healing grace of Lourdes Water
- receive a Eucharistic blessing and pray the Rosary
- receive a bottle of Lourdes Water
- prepare a petition to be placed in the Grotto in Lourdes, France
September 6, 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,
Grace and peace.
The dreadful scourge of sexual abuse of minors has wounded our entire family of faith. As shepherd of our local church, I must do all in my power to eradicate this sin, heal those who have been harmed, and bring to justice those who have offended. As a step in this process, I am publicizing a list of clerics, that is, priests and deacons, who have substantiated allegations of abuse of minors.
In releasing this list my first hope is that it will acknowledge the survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their wounds. Not long ago, one abuse survivor told me, “Bishop, we cannot heal until these wounds are brought into the light. If no one knows about them, they are still there, festering and poisoning the Church.” The release of these names cannot change the past. It is merely a step forward in hope, but a necessary step. All sin is terrible, but the sins of clerics who betray the sacred trust to care for little ones is especially egregious. Jesus himself singled out this betrayal as particularly wicked in the eyes of God. The anger at these sins is fully justified.
A listing of those clerics of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph who have been found to have substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor is available here. A hard copy may be obtained upon request from your parish. In addition to clergy of this diocese, I am also listing clergy of other dioceses and religious orders who have substantiated allegations against them when they served in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. This comes after a painstaking, thorough review of the files of the diocese by an independent firm with expertise in forensic research, Fidelity Consultants, LLC, whose team is comprised of three former agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Fidelity team was provided complete, unsupervised access to the files of the diocese. Their review specifically covered the years from the beginning of the diocese in 1956 to the present. Their findings confirmed there are no clerics in active ministry in the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph with substantiated allegations of abusing minors. Fidelity Consultants, LLC provided an explanation of the scope of their review to the Independent Review Board, which is primarily comprised of lay people with expertise in a wide variety of child protection professions. The Independent Review Board, Office of Child and Youth Protection, and diocesan leadership reached consensus on this list of clerics with substantiated allegations and Fidelity personnel concurred that the list produced was consistent with their review. Moreover, to help state authorities in better protecting minors, the list has been shared with the Office of the Missouri Attorney General.
In addition, I have listed clergy who I have deemed unsuitable for ministry out of concern for the safety of children. Moreover, clergy who have been named in legal settlements but whose cases have not to date been substantiated by a civil or church process have been listed as well. An allegation is considered substantiated by any number of factors such as: admission by the accused, corroboration by witness statements, multiple similar allegations, documents, emails, photos, or through another source, such as an investigation by law enforcement or the Independent Review Board of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Making a determination is particularly difficult when the allegations were received by the diocese many years after the abuse and sometimes after the death of the accused. This list is based on information that is currently available. Any new information regarding allegations of clergy sexual abuse of minors will be carefully reviewed and evaluated, and if substantiated, the list will be updated accordingly.
While it is impossible to undo the past, it is possible to act in the present. I renew my apology to any person who has been afflicted by acts of clergy sexual abuse, including family members. A priority identified within our Diocesan Mutually Shared Vision (our new diocesan pastoral plan) is Restoration in Christ, beginning with those who have been wounded by clergy sexual abuse. Along with the services and assistance already provided through our Office of Child and Youth Protection and Victim Assistance Coordinator, we will further be establishing more paths for healing. Ultimately, it is Christ who will heal and bring restoration. We can play a part in helping Him.
With the one significant exception of former Father Shawn Ratigan, the substantiated allegations were found to have occurred prior to 1990. Since 2002 and the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and Essential Norms, our diocese has dedicated an abundance of financial and personnel resources toward child safety, transparency, healing and reporting. Our diocese is exceptional in that it engages an independent Ombudsman who receives all reports involving child sexual abuse, automatically informs civil authorities, investigates and reports to the diocesan Independent Review Board. Our diocese regularly carries out Mandated Reporter Training for all personnel who are legally required to report suspected child abuse; VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Workshops are required for all our clergy, employees and volunteers. All candidates for priestly and diaconal ministry undergo rigorous psychological screening and receive thorough human formation to live as healthy and holy priests and deacons. We can all be grateful to the thousands of good people, lay ministers, deacons and priests who humbly serve and work to make our parishes and schools safe and wholesome places for children and youth, their families and the community at-large.
While our diocese has made great strides in maintaining a safe environment, we must not become complacent. We live in a fallen world and a fallen culture. Christ warned that within the Church there would be “weeds among the wheat” until the end. I strongly encourage anyone who has yet to share their story of abuse to report it to civil authorities at the local and state level. I also ask anyone who suspects misconduct with or abuse of minors by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to report it to Mr. Joseph Crayon, the Ombudsman, at 816-812-2500.
When Jesus died on the cross, “darkness covered the whole land.” Clergy child sexual abuse has brought a spiritual darkness that has covered not only those personally afflicted, but also all our parishioners and clergy. In this darkness, I urge us to look to the Gospel Passion accounts for hope. Christ illumines all darkness, including the present one which overshadows our Church. Through His Passion, Death and Resurrection, He frees us from the gloom of sin, and bestows the new life of grace upon us. Each year at the Easter Vigil we are reminded in the Easter Proclamation, the Exsultet, that the sanctifying power of Christ the Light of the world drives out hatred, dispels wickedness, and fosters concord. May we all embrace our duty as members of Christ’s Body, to be instruments of justice and peace for victims and their families. With the help of God’s grace, I pray we will never waver from our duty to protect our children, to heal the wounded, and restore trust in the Church and its mission to fulfill God’s plan of salvation. In this hope, we do well to turn to our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of the Church, seeking her powerful help and intercession for all her children.
May Christ, the true Light of the world, dispel our darkness.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr.
Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph
LIST OF CLERGY WITH SUBSTANTIATED ALLEGATIONS