Bulletin 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 9-3-23


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)




NEXT OPEN DOOR SATURDAY September 16, 2023 10:00 AM – Noon

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

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

Our next OPEN-DOOR SATURDAY is September 16, 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 continue a parish discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 6:30 PM.  If you would like a sneak peek at the discussion questions, ask Fr. Rick.  All invited.

FINANCIAL REPORT  August 27: Offertory: $ 1574; Hawaii Hurricane Relief: $651 and counting.  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, Mary Stogsdill, Caroline Harvey, Jeff Giese, 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

Diocese of Salt Lake City Priests Retirement Fund NEXT WEEK.  Please don’t let these tired old padrecitos run out of tequila or hot wings.  Also, there is no ‘Retired Priests Home’ in our diocese.  Each priest has to plan and fund his own retirement like most of you. (There are perks, however).  Please be your usual generous selves.  And THANK YOU!

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.  More specific info this week.

Yes!  We do have apricots!!  Please pick up a bag of fresh-picked, rinsed and trail-ready yellow beauties in the social hall after Mass.  Need a whole gallon bag?  No problema (that means ‘no problem’ in Spanish).  Fresh from the rectory orchards.

Please Give Us ALL Your MoneyWe have been soliciting bids to resurface and expand our parking areas around the church and rectory.  Cost is in the $70,000 range.  If you are looking for a big tax deduction, please let us know. AND don’t forget to make your annual gift to the Diocesan Development Drive.  AND REALLY DON’T FORGET the upcoming annual collection for the Salt Lake Diocese Retired Priest Fund.  Lots of opportunities to jump in and join the fun!!

October is Pro-Life Month and leading up to then we will be exploring many of the social factors that have led us to this point where aborting children is ‘normalized’.  The Office of Marriage, Family Life and the Respect Life Commission have many ways to help us change our deadly culture.  See below/next column for one of those offerings.

Healing After Contraception Free Online Retreat -Hosted by ‘One More Soul’  Healing After Contraception Retreat will be a free pre-recorded virtual event that tells the truth about wounds caused by contraception and sterilization and provides a path to healing. This FREE event will run from Thursday September 21 to Friday September 29, 2023.  Each day of the event new video(s) will be released.  Participants can log in anytime and view the new content.  Most talks last 30-45 minutes.

They have talks by outstanding speakers such as Dr. Janet Smith, Fr. Dan McCaffrey, Dr. Maria Fedoryka, Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Dr. John Bruchalski, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Dunn, Mrs. Betsy Hoyt, and more. This impressive line-up of speakers discuss and share their personal stories about the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds that come from contraception and sterilization. Moreover, they bring a message of healing, hope, forgiveness, conversion, and love.

You can find out more about this event and sign up for the retreat at the Healing After Contraception Retreat website, https://healing-after-contraception-retreat.onemoresoul.com/


“I am not afraid.  I was born to do this.” St. Joan of Arc


Homily Reflection Questions –

-1  When might you have been ‘duped’ by the Lord?  (See Jer.20:7-9).  When did you think you had met the love of your life, your life’s work or mission, or your true destiny only to find it so different than what you intended, that you began to seriously doubt the calling at all?  Think marriage, first professional job, ideal place to live,…?  How did it turn out?  Share the WHOLE story with someone who might be able to appreciate it.

-2  When have you felt so impelled to speak a truth that holding it in caused severe emotional, spiritual or even physical ‘burning in your heart’?  What was the truth?  Who needed to hear it?  How did they respond?

-3  Think back through the past few years or decades.  When were you most tempted to conform to the values ‘of the age’ rather than the will of God as understood by the Catholic Church?  Who convinced you to follow the values of the age?  How and when did you consult the teachings of the Church?  How has your perspective on that issue or teaching changed?  Rom. 12:1-2

-4  As you have continued to grow in your faith and knowledge of the Church, how has it changed your personal witness to those who might disagree with Church teaching.

-5  ‘What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?’  (Mt. 16:26) It’s probably not just a coincidence that as we unleashed our untempered sexual appetites in the 60’s that we also unleashed the fury of the consumer age and our appetites for more things.  How have your appetites for ‘worldly’ things and pleasures changed with maturity and a closer walk with the Lord.  Consider life in your 20’s, 30’s 40’s 50’s… How do you explain your changes to your children and grandchildren?