Author Archives: Kristen Graham

About Kristen Graham

I attended the Girard, KS School District from K-12. Then moved onto Pittsburg State University to get a Bachelor of Technology in Commercial Graphics. While at PSU, I was employed by Student Publications for 3 years where I experienced many rolls... Newspaper Page Layout Designer, Yearbook Editor in Chief and Graphic Designer, and Advertising Representative. It was also in my years at PSU that I met my wonderful husband Doug. My husband and I have settled back in my hometown where we are close to both of our wonderful families. I have now been in the print industry for 2 years (post college), working as a Graphic Designer and Type Setter for a Vender that coats and print labels using a Flexographic Press. I try and keep involved in the Graphic Industry by taking on small side projects... invitations, websites and various commercial items.

Wishing You a Blessed Holy Week

April 11th, 2017 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Wishing You a Blessed Holy Week)

Mass Times

April 11 (Tuesday)
Arma- 5:30pm

April 12 (Wednesday)
Girard- 6:30pm

April 13 (Thursday)
Girard- 7:00pm
*Arma- No Adoration 8:30 am – 12:30pm*

Good Friday
Arma- noon
Girard- 7:00pm

Holy Saturday
*No Mass in Arma at 4pm*
Girard- 8:00pm

Easter Sunday
Arma- 8:00am
Girard- 10:00pm

CONFESSION OPPORTUNITIES
We will have “extra” confession times this week: Monday at
7:00pm in Girard, Tuesday after Mass and Stations (around
6:15) in Arma, Wednesday after 6:30pm Mass in Girard,
Thursday after 8:00pm Mass in Girard, and Friday after the
Noon Veneration of the Cross service in Arma. This is an
opportunity to receive the forgiveness of God.

April 9th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney
Death with True Dignity
When we think of Holy Week starting with Passion/Palm Sunday we start thinking about the passion and how Jesus suffered for us. Yes, Jesus did suffer but maybe we are missing something. The English word passion comes from the Latin word ‘passio’ which can mean passive. As we look at the Passion we can see what Jesus did for us as he was passive in his giving of self; earlier in his ministry he gave himself in an active way as he preached to the people. In today’s world we like for people to be active, doing something, so those who are ill to the point of being passive in bed are seen in a negative way. We even start speaking of euthanasia as ‘death with dignity’ as though their suffering has no meaning. What is the value, they ask, of people continuing to live on in hospice when there is no chance of recovery or improvement and they have already slipped away from us consciously? The answer lies in the mystery of passivity, as seen most clearly in Jesus’ passion. In his passivity and dying he was able to give us something deeper than what he gave through his strength and activity. This is death with dignity.

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Blindness

March 28th, 2017 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Bulletin Message | Spiritual - (Comments Off on Blindness)

March 26th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney

In a previous parish that I was assigned, there was a gentleman who was blind. He never asked any special favors, however he did have his wife to guide him if he was not familiar with a place. He was a lector at the parish, and used his braille lector book to do the readings. On Holy Saturday night when the first readings were done he truly could read in the ‘darkness’ of the Old Testament. Even though there were night lights that could not be turned off, all the other lights were turned off so we could experience the readings in the dark as they are supposed to be read.

One of the obvious themes in the readings for the weekend is blindness, both the physical kind and the mental kind. Jesus was able to heal not only the physical blindness of the people but tried to help them see the fact that some of them were blind to their human weaknesses. Just as the Scribes and Pharisees had a hard time looking at the reality of their lives, sometimes we too have a hard time ‘seeing’ that we need to m
ake changes in our life if we want to follow Jesus in a more perfect way. The easiest examples are to point out those who drink too much but are blind to the idea that they are addicted, or we can add those who cannot see that they are ‘hooked’ on some prescription medicine or some other substance. There are times when I do not want to admit that I don’t pray enough; I might even say that I am blind to the fact that my lack of prayer has an effect on the way that I serve you, the people of God. All of us can look at our life and discern where we need to work on our personal blindness. If we notice the blindness in our life then we have the possibility to, as we see in the second reading… “Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”

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Our Faith Does Not Take a Vacation

March 6th, 2017 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Our Faith Does Not Take a Vacation)

March 5th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney

So you have started your Lent; you are fasting and abstaining like a good Catholic should. That is a good thing. In the scriptures we see that there can be more for us to do; we can reach out to others. If you look on the internet for “fasting and Catholic tradition” you can find a lot about what, when, and how. That means there is a lot to read about the details of our lenten penances.

If we want to make our sacrifices a little more spiritual, maybe we should look into the ‘why’ of our lenten observances. Since we are talking about our relationship with God we usually think more about ‘what am I doing spiritually?’. If we look at the scriptures we can see that at least in part our spiritual life is connected to our practical life. Nurse the sick, it tells us; clothe the naked, feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted. It adds, turn the other cheek, return good for evil, give to the poor, go forth and preach to all nations.

We can see then that the Gospels help us to look at social justice. We might say, of course we believe in social justice; we do not want war, poverty or even human trafficking and we know we need to take care of our planet. We understand the problem in our mind but can we say that we are doing something in our day to day life. THAT is why we sacrifice during this preparation for Easter, to remind us that we do indeed need to remember that our faith does not take a vacation. God has called each of us, individually, uniquely, to live in this life, this world…and help build a better one.

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