Nativity of Mary Church and School

10017 E 36th Terrace Independence, MO 64052 Parish: (816) 353-2184 School: (816) 353-0284 Web:

“My attitude must be Christ’s.” - Philippians 2:5

August 28, 2016

Parish Staff Rev. Robert Stone, Pastor Mrs. Mary Parrish, Principal


Melissa Clancy, Business Manager

Mass Schedule

New Parishioners If you are new to our parish and would like more information please contact the Parish Office.

Pastoral Care Sacraments for the Sick and Homebound and Pastoral visits to the Homebound and Hospitals. Fr. Bob Stone 816-353-2184

Emergency Assistance Contact St. Mary’s Food Pantry and Clothes Closet - 816-252-8649

Youth Ministry Debbie Page, Parish Office

School School, Early Childhood and Extended Care Carmen Wolfgeher, school office

Sacrament Preparation Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, Adult Initiation (RCIA), and Matrimony Contact the parish office for information

Music Ministry Maria Milazzo, parish office

Parish Ministry Council Sue Reiser - Chair

Diocesan Victim’s Advocate Kathleen Chastain 816.392.0011 or [email protected]

Ombudsman Jenifer Valenti, 816-812-2500 or [email protected]

Monday: Weekday: Saturday: Sunday: Holy Day:

8:30 a.m. Communion Service 8:30 a.m. Tuesday - Friday 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Confessions Saturday:

3:00 p.m. or by Appointment


MASS INTENTIONS Sat., Aug. 27-Vigil of 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 4:00PM

+ Vera Mosbauer & Mary Yancik

Sunday, August 28 -The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

READINGS FOR THE WEEK FOR AUG. 29 - SEPT. 4 Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday:


+ Ron Brumbaugh & Angie Beemont



+ Betty Rynish

Saturday: Sunday:

Mon., Aug. 29 - Passion of St. John the Baptist 8:30AM


Following is a tribute to Bud Vitt by Katia Milazzo, parishioner and graduate of Nativity School, which appeared in The Examiner.

Tuesday, Aug. 30 8:30AM

+ Bud Vitt

Wednesday, August 31 8:30AM

+ Phillip Heavelow

Thursday, September 1 8:30AM

+ For the souls in purgatory

Friday, September 2 8:30AM

+ Roscoe Smith

Sat., Sept. 3 -Vigil of 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 4:00PM

+ Vera Mosbauer & Mary Yancik

Sunday, Sept. 4 - The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 8:00AM

+ Angie Beemont & Ron Brumbaugh


+ Paul & Angela Lamb & Tommy Byrd PLEASE PRAY FOR:

Angela Arnone

Ed Iser

Vern/Margaret Ault Matthew Johnson

1 Cor 2:1-5; Ps 119:97-102; Mk 6:17-29 1 Cor 2:10b-16; Ps 145:8-14; Lk 4:31-37 1 Cor 3:1-9; Ps 33:12-15, 20-21; Lk 4:38-44 1 Cor 3:18-23; Ps 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6; Lk 5:1-11 1 Cor 4:1-5; Ps 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40; Lk 5:33-39 1 Cor 4:6b-15; Ps 145:17-21; Lk 6:1-5 Wis 9:13-18b; Ps 90:3-6, 12-17; Phlm 9-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33

Dan Rottinghaus John Routledge

Rex Bartley

Cynthia/Dennis Jones Mike Rooney

Helen Burkhart

Paula Kienberger

Barbara Sarro

Jimmy Butler

Theresa Locascio

Mary Kay Sellers

Pam Casper

George Lambros

Cindy Skach

John Clarke

Mike Ludwick

Sylvia Simone

Mary Crocker

Betty Mascal

Bernice/Norm Steffen

Catherine Danna

Justin McMenamy

Hilaria Timko

Willie DeJesus

Mary Pappas

Annette Torbert

Bernadette Greufe Juan/Mary Perez

Margaret Trigg

Mike Guthrie

Carlos/Eva Pinon

Ayden Wright

Phillip Heavelow

Gary Andrew Reese

The day God decides to take one of your loved ones is always the hardest and you are never ready for it when it comes. Recently, Bud Vitt decided he finished his life here on Earth and was ready to journey up to Heaven. Bud Vitt was a man of honor, courage, love and dedication. He's a World War ll veteran, a father, a husband, a grandfather, a friend and a true Royals fan. I have known Bud since I was 7 years old and I am turning 20 soon. His dedication and love for the church we go to, Nativity of Mary is absolutely inspiring. He would make cinnamon buns and cinnamon bread with the ladies and men from the church including myself! There was a group of us that would help decorate the church for the holidays. He would always help me put the tree skirt under the tree. He would also stand right at the bottom of the ladder when I had to go all the way on top to put ornaments up because I was scared of falling. Every time he saw me he would give me the biggest hug and always called me his girl. He would always ask if I was behaving, always keeping me in check. He had a smile that could brighten your day! He cared and loved everyone and you could see it. You could see his compassion and love in everything he did. When I was little, he was a guest speaker at our Veteran's Day celebration to talk about his stories from his time he served in World War ll. He truly is a man of honor and dedication. He's also a lover of the Kansas City Royals! His amazing daughter Mary invited everyone from the church community and so many more people that knew Bud to his 95th birthday party! It was a Royals theme even Slugger and Frank White found there way over to the party! It was a great day for everyone. He was so happy, the joy he had in his eyes was such a beautiful sight. That is what I'll remember when I think of him. We truly have an angel in the outfield. I will never forget you, Bud. You're legacy will carry on for many many years.


Did You Know… Eucharistic Adoration is this Friday, September, 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Someone needs to be present the entire time. Sign up sheets are on the kiosk.

CLASSES WILL BEGIN THIS FALL If you or anyone you know is interested in joining our church, a baptized Catholic who wishes to be Confirmed or anyone who is interested in learning more about their faith, contact: Debbie Page at the Ministry Center to set up an appointment, 353-2184. Devotional candles are kept in the kiosk. If you would like to light one just ask an usher for assistance. There is a slot and envelopes available in the kiosk to place your $5 donation. If you have a suggestion, concern, or comment you would like the Parish Ministry Council to address there are cards on the kiosk you to fill out and drop in the slot. Gluten-free hosts are available. Talk to Fr. Bob before Mass. We have 2 wheelchairs and hearing assist devices available for your use during mass. Please contact an usher.

NATIVITY OF MARY CONTRIBUTION REPORT AUGUST 13 & 14, 2016 Envelopes Plate Worship Space Pisces Fund Utility Fund EFT Credit Card Online Giving Poor Box Total

$ 6,521.00 $ 591.00 $ 484.00 $ 540.00 $ 100.00 $ $ 165.00 $ 300.42 $ 59.00 $ 8,760.42

Tuition & Registration Fees

$ 22,433.05

Thank you for supporting our Parish Community and Catholic Education!

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is committed to combating sexual abuse in the Church. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, or if you observe or suspect sexual abuse: 1. Call the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.392.3738 (if the victim is currently under the age of 18), and 2. Contact your local law enforcement agency or call 911, and 3. After reporting to these civil and law enforcement authorities, report suspected sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult to the Diocesan Ombudsman, Jenifer Valenti, at 816.812.2500 or [email protected], if the abuse involves a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The Diocese has a sincere commitment to providing care and healing resources to victims of sexual abuse and their families. Please contact Victim Advocate, Kathleen Chastain, at 816.392.0011 or [email protected] for more information.

CALENDAR 2016 28 8:00AM Mass 10:30AM Mass

29 8:30AM Communion Serv.

30 8:30AM Mass

31 8:30AM Mass

9AM - Quilters

4 8:00AM Mass 10:30AM Mass

Ministry Center Closed

11 8:00AM Mass 10:30AM Mass

12 8:30AM Communion Serv.


6 8:30AM Mass

7 8:30AM Mass

2 8:30AM Mass

7PM Altar Society Mtg.

5 8:30AM Communion Serv.

September 8:30AM Mass

9AM-Noon Eucharistic Adoration


8 8:30AM Mass

8:30AM Mass


14 8:30AM Mass


15 8:30AM Mass

10 3:00PM Confession 4:00PM Mass

9AM - Quilters

8:30AM Mass

3 3:00PM Confession 4:00PM Mass

8:30AM Mass

9AM - Quilters

17 3:00PM Confession 4:00PM Mass

12pm - 2pm Nighthawk Flight Run - 5:30pm Rockwood Golf Course

September Ministry Schedule September 2016

4:00 PM Mass

8:00 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass


Penny Baylie Joe Foley

Mike Fetters

Barbara Garrett Joe Harris

Eucharistic Ministers

*Loretta Bates Sherri Eaton Katie Smith Loretta Van Bibber Theresa Walter Volunteer Volunteer

Theresa DeHart Mike Fetters Lucy Lamb Jeff Rosenberg Margaret Ruiz *Vanessa Viegman

Becky Adkins Lisa Dec Barbara Garrett Michelle Hix Diane Locascio *Anne Reilly Ardith Scheer

*Denotes Captain

*Denotes Captain

*Denotes Captain


Rich Carroll Mike Eaton Pat Baker Julian Huff

Matt DeHart Harold Knipp Mary Ann McClure Pete Quiroga

Mark Bishop Jerry Wickey Bob Murphy Volunteer


Parker Duett Truman Diebold

Isabel Wiegman Vincent Wiegman

Jackson McGee Elijah Cook

AUGUST 28, 2016 - SCHOOL

Nativity School Philosophy Statement

We, the faculty, staff and administration of Nativity of Mary School, believe that parents have the first obligation and the right to educate their children (Canon Law 793). Parents are the first teachers of their children and should be recognized as such. We believe that Christian values are the framework from which a successful education program flows. This includes a strong emphasis on spirituality by offering experiences of Christ, Church, and Christian service. In striving for excellence in education, our school will develop a child’s fullest academic, spiritual, emotional and physical potential. Each person perceives and internalizes in a unique style and time frame. Interaction with others develops life skills using honesty, respect, and acceptance. We believe each child needs to become responsible for their own social and academic behavior. These elements are critical for the foundation of life-long learning. We believe education is about loving, giving, caring, serving, and knowing. Education is about striving to be the best one can be, yet being reasonable in that pursuit. As educators, we nurture a child’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge, promoting life-long learning, and responsibility. We as educators of Nativity of Mary School, dedicate ourselves to working with God, parents, students, parishioners and community members in living out this, our philosophy.

WORTHY TEACHERS All who undertake to teach must be endowed with deep love, the greatest patience, and, most of all, profound humility. The Lord will find them worthy to become fellow workers with him in the cause of truth. --St. Joseph Calasanz

The theme for this school year is Live Like Jesus. This is a simple but profound message that all students and staff will be working towards this school year. We are fortunate that we are able to practice our faith through our daily religion classes, weekly masses, and our participation in numerous service projects. Through the rich history and traditions of our Catholic Faith we learn how Jesus lived, and why we should strive to live like Him. We will also focus on a Spiritual Attitude each month. We are beginning the year with Manners. This is an opportunity for us to practice kindness, respect, and thinking of others in every interaction that we have, which is a great way to practice Living Like Jesus.

REMINDERS There is a recycling bin and disabled American Veterans bin behind the school. Your donations directly help the school and our Boy Scout troop. Thank you for your donations. Please continue to collect Box Tops for Education labels for the school. You can turn them in to the school office, the Ministry Center, or leave them in the hospitality room at church.

SCHOOL EVENTS Benchwarmer tickets are now on sale in the school office or from any school family. The 3rd annual Nighthawk Flight 5K and 1 Mile Walk is Saturday, September 17th at 5:30 p.m. at Rockwood Golf Course. You can register on line by going to the school website: Santa-Cali-Gon Days - September 2nd - 5th. Nativity will have a funnel cake booth. Stop by and support our parish and school

AUGUST 28, 2016 - THE TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Humility is a virtue we don't see much in our times. It seems that bragging, swaggering, and arrogance dominate our fashion for everything and our Internet conversations. Who hasn't been irritated by the "trolls" who try (usually with bad grammar and poor spelling) to start an online fight with those whose opinions do not align with theirs? Our stores, catalogs, and online shopping sites are full of useless items geared in use and price to the very rich, as ordinary, useful things seem to fade off the sales scene. As the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class is fading away. What is the antidote to this? Humility is a good place to start. Devotion to God is worth more than riches. "The father of orphans and the defender of widows is God in his holy dwelling. God gives a home to the forsaken; [God] leads forth prisoners to prosperity." THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY Today's Gospel relates the story of a rich Pharisee who has invited Jesus to his home for a banquet. Jesus teaches him and his guests a lesson in humility. Take the lowest place and do not exalt yourself. "Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table." We see in the papers stories about lavish banquets, "fund-raisers" for good causes. Some of these are little more than the social life of the rich, raising a small percentage of their cost for the poor and needy, and giving glory to their organizers. People pay hundreds of dollars per person to attend these functions, tens of thousands on gowns and clothing of every kind. Often they include auctions of donated, extravagant trips, the use of yachts and private planes that go for donations of tens of thousands of dollars. These events often raise fifty to one hundred thousand dollars for the cause, while costing a million dollars to stage and attend. To this, Jesus might say, "When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment." HUMILITY Contrast this with the people who work hard to feed the hungry at food banks, minister to the homeless and lonely at lunches and dinners at church halls, and prepare lunches to be distributed to the homeless. These actions get no coverage in the society sections of newspapers, yet they are more valuable to God than all the lavish banquets of the rich. "When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Company

In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges the social structure of the Pharisees and teaches his hosts and their guests some profound lessons in humility. Pharisees maintained deep social divisions between who they considered “holy” and “unholy,” rich and poor, honored and despised. They didn’t invite someone to a banquet or dinner who couldn’t reciprocate. And the lowly, the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind had no capacity to reciprocate. Good stewards realize that if they embrace a humility that allows them to be generous to those who cannot repay them, they give evidence of having the kind of heart that will enjoy the Lord’s intimate friendship. This week let’s reflect on our attitude towards those who cannot repay our generosity. What is the extent of our hospitality toward others? Are we generous with those who cannot repay us?

How Catholics Study Scripture

“A Faith Formation offering that focuses on Catholic understanding of Scripture.” Visitation Parish 5141 Main, Kansas City, MO Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. or Thursday mornings from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p..m. September 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29 Facilitated by Biagio Mazza, Pastoral Associate for St. Sabina’s Parish Using a book written by Biagio, come learn and discuss with a talented teacher and Scripture scholar. Participants can register for the morning OR evening sessions by contacting the parish office,753-7422, or emailing, [email protected]