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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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    The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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Blessing of the Seeds and Soil offers a reminder that

‘It’s all a gift’

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Surrounded by dozens of Larned Catholics, Father Bernard Felix, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, looked down across several small bags filled with rich soil, as well as dozens of packets of seeds, and raising his arm, he offered a special blessing.
In this farm rich country, when the livelihood of dozens of local family farmers depends upon the mood of Mother Nature, the blessing, which took place May 16, the day after the Feast of St. Isidore the farmer, is especially apropos.
“We are so rural, and every aspect of our lives is tied around the land: food, water -- all those gifts that sustain life,” said farm advocate Tom Giessel, a Larned resident who has organized the annual event off and on for several years. “Activities like this help us come together as a church community and understand the sacredness of these gifts and what has been entrusted to us.” Giessel fills the bags with soil that he gathers from his own land, and provides the packets of vegetable and flower seeds that he purchases from a local hardware store.
Following the blessing, the seeds and soil were dispersed to parishioners to take home, where they could plant the seeds and sprinkle the blessed soil on their property.
Giessel said that the blessing is designed to remind people of the great gift of the land, of the farmers who work it, and of the importance that it not be taken for granted.
“Two or three generations back,” Giessel said, “a lot of people came to this part of the world and found  the ability to make a living, to feed themselves, raise a family and create all these new communities by virtue of the fact that we had access to all of these God-given resources.”
Today, Giessel said, “We import virtually all of our food. If you go to a grocery store in any town, look at how much is raised locally. Very few things that are sold retail are grown locally. Everyone needs to be educated about where their food comes from.”
He said that with the ability for virtually anyone to access “all the food in the world” at a nearby grocery store or supermarket, it’s important that people “try to reconnect with the idea of local foods and how important they are.”
By placing renewed value on locally grown foods, the source of that food – soil and rain, as well as the steward of that land – also regains its due respect and value.
“We all have a lot to learn and we all have so much to be thankful for, and I believe that’s the sole propose of these small acts, like the blessing of the seeds and soil,” Giessel said. “It brings back to the realization that it’s all a gift.”
He said that as Catholics residing in an agricultural region, “our job isn’t just to raise food and take care of the Earth, it’s to create a future so that someone else can enjoy and share in the gifts we have right before our very eyes.”

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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