Bulletin: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 8/13/23


39 West 200 South, Kanab UT 84741

Office: (435) 644-3414 [Please leave a message and we will respond as quickly as possible]


WEBSITE: kanabcatholicchurch.org

Sacramental Minister Rev. Richard T. Sherman, Kanab, UT

SATURDAY VIGIL MASS 5:30 PM (Suspended Indefinitely)




NOTE: If you have a sacramental emergency after parish office hours, please call 435-673-2604 for assistance.

This Sunday:  Annual Collection for Retired Religious

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION, Tuesday, August 15:  This is a holy day of obligation and one Mass will be celebrated at the usual 8:00 AM time.

Our next OPEN-DOOR SATURDAY is August 19, 2023 from 10:00 AM-Noon.  If you have friends or relatives that are interested in the Catholic faith, or are thinking of returning to the Church, please tell them about us and have them stop by. We would love to meet with them!  OPEN DOOR is scheduled every first and third Saturday of the month.

Bishop Robert Barron’s book, This is My Body: A Call to Eucharistic Revival.  We will begin a parish discussion on Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:30 PM.  All invited.

FINANCIAL REPORT   August 6, 2023 – Offertory: $1338; Donation Mail: $100; R&I: $120. THANK YOU!!

You can also donate on-line at kanabcatholicchurch.org

Diocesan Development Drive –.  Our parish goal this year is $8,800 and we have now paid in $5383 with an additional $971 pledged: 72%. 14 out of a total 57 households have participated.  We only have $2446 to go.  If half of all remaining households contributed, each would only need to pay $112.  About $5 per week for the rest of the year.  Pay it all at once, now, and you won’t have to even think about it.  Thank you!

PRAY FOR HEALING:  Pam Grant, Doug Ingram, Alex Klina, Ethel Sherwood, George Reese, Mary Stogsdill, Caroline Harvey, Victims of Natural Disasters. Our Wounded Veterans.  If you have specific prayer requests, please leave us a phone message or send us an email.  We will get your intentions on the list.  We also remember all the sick and infirm at our daily Masses.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Thursday from 4 to 5:00 PM. 

Community Rosary:  After the Monday morning Mass

Rest in Peace Paula Zutes: As most of you already know, our longtime friend and parishioner, Paul Zutes, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 3rd.  While private services will be arranged by the family, we would like to honor her memory here at St. Christopher’s with some type of social or picnic at a day to be determined.  As it happens, many of her longer-term friends will simply be out of the area this month, so we will arrange a later date.  Please stay tuned.

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Saturday morning, September 9th.  There will be a variety of opportunities to do some service in our local community.  There will be more info to come next week.  Please save the date and join some of St. Christopher’s parishioners in some community service.

Social Hour after Sunday Mass – Coffee, juice and bagels or muffins are served up along with some fabulous conversation.

Share the Fun:  Remember that we are a ‘Hospitality Parish’ with a major outreach to our many visitors. Please sign up to help host our Sunday morning Coffee and Muffin gathering. Sign up list is in the gathering space.

Fiscal Year-End Statements

Our fiscal year-end has ended as of June 30, 2023.  We have had another good year with income remaining steady and operating expenses kept at a minimum amidst rate increases in property insurance, electricity and water.  Our overall savings are up 32%.

We are currently seeking bids for resurfacing the asphalt in front of the rectory and around the church.  Ballpark estimate so far is $50K.  We are also requesting an estimate for asphalting the gravel parking area to ensure a safer entry and exit, especially for folks having mobility issues.  We will likely launch a short capital campaign to help cover some of these costs.

The FYE Statements of Financial Position and Activities are posted on the bulletin board in the social hall for your perusal.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Noel Poe, Jim Pashia, Meredith Langely or Fr. Rick.  AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!

Healing Retreat: https://praymoreretreat.org/  It’s an online retreat. If you sign up, you’ll hear from five speakers, each of them giving a few video presentations focused on healing and growing closer to God.

Some of the talks are about healing from specific problems — things like loss and grief.  Other talks are about God’s faithfulness during difficult times.  We’re diving into Scripture, into Jesus’ healing ministry, and personal testimonies, to learn how we can grow closer to Him and receive the healing He offers us.

You can participate in this retreat at your own pace.  Some of the talks are 10 minutes long, and others are closer to 20. You will be able to watch them whenever you have the time, or to download them and listen to them while you’re on-the-go.  You’ll also receive a transcript of their talks along with reflective study guides for each.  You can register for the retreat here: https://praymoreretreat.org/  All of the materials will be released on Wednesday, August 16th. That’s this week.


Homily Reflections:

When in your life did you pray most earnestly for something?  How long did it take to experience God’s answer?  How did God’s answer surprise you?  How did you first react?  How is your response to God’s answer still playing out in your life?

In the first reading today from 1 Kings 19, God makes Himself known to Elijah in a whisper.  How do we plan our daily prayer in a way that might help us hear God’s ‘whisper’?

‘Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.’ (Mt. 14:24).  Consider the ‘turbulent seas’ of our current times and those likely to be encountered by our children and grandchildren.  Explain the turbulence.  How likely will our grandchildren call out to Jesus for help?  How likely will their friends and family welcome Jesus into their boat?  If God whispers to them, how likely will they hear God?


Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul except sin.  God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.”   St. Francis de Sales