Sunday, August 19th

It can happen over the course of time that the busyness of life can steal the fervor we

once had for our faith. Or we can find ourselves settled into a schedule of going to church

and saying certain prayers just because we know we need to. Or we may have the feeling

that there should be something more to the faith than what we experience. Or maybe we

have just been feeling distant from God.

Jesus Himself said, “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while

the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live...

those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to

them” ( John 14:18-21). These are the words of a God who wants to have a real, personto-

person relationship with you. These are the words of a God who desires your faith to

be more than just a duty or knowledge of some facts about Him.

If any of this resonates with you or would resonate with someone you know, either

Christian or non-Christian, I invite you, or that someone you know, to consider joining

us for Discovering Christ. This seven-week series presents the Good News of Jesus in a

concrete and personal way. Discovering Christ is ordered toward drawing people into a

personal encounter and relationship with Jesus.

Discovering Christ opens with dinner and includes prayer, teaching, and small group

discussion. The series begins on Wednesday, September 5th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM and

continues each Wednesday for seven weeks until October 17th. The program is free and

childcare is offered. For more information or to register, please visit the parish website,

call the parish office at 682-4557, find a registration form at the church entrances, or

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I encourage you to consider joining us for this great opportunity to delve deeper into

your faith and to encounter the person of Jesus Christ in a new and personal way.

God bless,

Fr. Adam Grelinger

August 12, 2018

As August is quickly coming to a close and school is beginning, we should be diligent students of Our Lady. The celebrations of the Assumption (August 15th) and Queenship of Mary (August 22nd) serves as a reminder to us that our destiny is to be in heaven also crowned with glory if we are faithful like Mary.

The Assumption of Mary is a wonderful precursor of our own resurrection that was made possible through Christ’s rising from the dead. St. Paul reminds us, “As death came through one man, through the one man Christ has the resurrection also come. Through him, all things will be restored to life, but each one in its proper order. Christ as the first fruit, and then after the coming of Christ, those who belong to Christ.” Mary’s Assumption body and soul into heaven fulfills this passage, because she belongs to Christ more than anyone else. She not only is the mother of God and gave him an earthly body, but her union with God was never hindered because she was the perfect disciple who was the handmaid of the Lord and never sinned. 

Great joy fills our hearts when we realize that this solemnity is a continuation of Easter, where Christ resurrected and ascended into heaven. It is a fulfillment of the promise he made when he said he goes to prepare a place for us, who are faithful to him.  Therefore Mary’s Assumption gives us hope, because it is a sign of our future resurrection and eternal life, if we remain close to Christ by keeping our baptismal promises. Her Queenship is a crown of glory that we too can receive through our cooperation with God’s grace as Mary did.

So, we celebrate these great Marian celebrations, when Mary, our Advocate, was taken to heaven, where she is crowned as Queen and intercedes for our salvation as the Mother of the Judge, the Mother of Mercy. What a great consolation! Though we are pilgrims on earth, our Mother has gone before us and is pointing to the reward of our efforts. She reminds us that it is possible to reach these rewards, and that if we are faithful, we will in fact do so.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

August 5, 2018

Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the LORD. (Jer. 23:1)

We heard this scripture verse just two weeks ago and still the words resonate in my heart since the scandalous actions of abuse by the now retired Archbishop McCarrick have come to light. How saddened I was to hear that the credible allegations include the abuse of a minor some fifty years ago and abuse against seminarians. There are no excuses for the horrible trauma he caused his victims through these criminal and sinful actions. He was a shepherd who’s deplorable actions have misled and scattered the flock. 

These actions are a betrayal of the office of bishop, of being a shepherd of God’s flock. For a bishop is a successor of the Apostles who should sacrifice himself for the good of the Church like the Apostles Peter and Paul, who imitated Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. The sacrifice of a shepherd is to be for the benefit of others expressed in thoughts, words, and actions. 

Yet, we have learned in the last few weeks, he used his power to prey upon seminarians and minors, sacrificing the sheep for his own benefit and pleasure. This is not what Christ taught his Apostles! But even among such good Apostles,  I am reminded that there was also Judas and there are still Judas’ within the Church and hierarchy today. 

Now, McCarrick has been forbidden to exercise any public ministry, resigned from the College of Cardinals, and has been urged to embrace a life of prayer and penance. But the healing of the abuse scandal in the Church must go deeper than just some external punishment, it must be a conversion of hearts. The Church longs for and is in need of a humble repentance and an ongoing conversion of Her hierarchy. This conversion and renewal will only begin when we seek to do voluntary penance and reparation for sin, and offer prayers for the victims of abuse and for the sanctification of the Church.

This renewal of the Church must be ongoing and frankly permanent. The victims of abuse will always deserve our prayers, love and support. The entire clergy, bishops and priests, must engage in these sacrifices and prayers so that their hearts may become like the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is full of sacrificial love and mercy.  

The Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

     This past week, the Church celebrated the feast of St. Mary Magdalene (July 22). For many centuries it was celebrated in the church as an obligatory memorial, but just a few years ago was elevated to the rank of feast to give St. Mary Magdalene a much deserved higher honor. She was an amazing and strong woman, a faithful disciple, and an extraordinary biblical figure. Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Her faithful discipleship is evident in Scripture when she was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” Her devotion is seen in the Passion of Our Lord, when she was one of those who stood by the cross of Jesus with his mother. But the most profound action of Mary Magdalene was her profession of the Resurrection to the Apostles. She was first to see and announce that Jesus had risen from the dead. Chosen by the Lord  to proclaim His triumph over sin and death to the Apostles, Mary Magdalene today is known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.”

To me, the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene brings awareness of two important truths: (1) each Christian is to follow the example of Mary Magdalene of announcing the Resurrection of Christ and (2) the importance of women in the Church and the spread of the faith. The first truth is a realization that each of us has been chosen by the Lord to continue to trumpet the Resurrection as Mary Magdalene did. There are many people still locked in the room as the Apostles were out of fear, sadness, or sinfulness. They are waiting to be told that the Lord has risen, waiting to hear the Good News of the Gospel that drives out fear, turns sadness to joy, and forgives our sins. Mary Magdalene boldly went as the Lord instructed her. Her message led the Apostles to believe in the Resurrection. 

A second truth is the importance of women in the Church and their special role to spread the faith. It was not an accident that the Lord chose a woman to be the first to attest to his Resurrection, just as it was not an accident that the Lord chose men at the Last Supper to become priests. The womanhood of Mary Magdalene and her roles throughout the ministry of Jesus, especially his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, teaches that for the Church to be most effective, women must continue to proclaim their strong faith in the Lord through their jobs, various and important Church ministries, and in particular the ministry of the family (be it the domestic church as a wife/mother, or the universal church in the consecrated life or active lay person). I am so thankful to God for the Mary Magdalenes in my life, especially my mother who passed on our shared faith to me and my brothers, and whose example of faithfulness to God, the Church, and my dad helped teach and guide me to become a priest. Today, I offer a special thanks to all the wonderful women of the parish who help in so many ways to give witness to the Joy of the Resurrection. Ladies, your stewardship of time, talent, and treasure is a great example to me and the entire parish. I am thankful to God that this parish has so many women following the example of St. Mary Magdalene--you are a vital component to the effectiveness of Blessed Sacrament and the spread of the Gospel. May God continue to bless all of you through the intercession of Mary Magdalene and Mary, the Mother of God.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

Eucharistic Adoration

Behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age. (Mt 28:20) This last verse of Matthew’s gospel is a great reminder of God’s always present love, especially in the Eucharist. In the midst of the challenges, trials, misfortunes that life and the world throw upon me, it is easy to begin to think a very common interior lie: I am alone to face these problems. That is exactly what the enemy wants you and I to think; that each of us is alone with no one to help. Such thoughts when believed can lead to difficult spiritual desolation.

This is where Eucharistic Adoration becomes so important. God promised to be with me always and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is another proof that God always keeps His promises. When I visit the Eucharistic Adoration chapel, Jesus begins to drive away the lie that I am alone. He does it in many different ways for each person. Sometimes for me it is just the simple action of my eyes looking upon the monstrance and seeing Jesus in the Eucharist. He hasn’t moved; He hasn’t turned away; He hasn’t stopped looking at me; He is still there with me and I am not alone. This time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration thus begins to remove not only the lie, but also the difficult spiritual desolation that I was experiencing. 

I have come to realize over the years that spiritual desolation can be lessened and sometimes prevented through a committed time of prayer, such as a weekly Holy Hour. This time with Jesus helps us to realize that one never faces the challenges, trials, and misfortunes of life alone; rather, God is always luring us to Himself. To experience God’s closeness through Eucharistic Adoration is a great means to rejecting the lie of being alone.

If you do not have a committed weekly Holy Hour, I encourage you to find a time that will work for your schedule and sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling the office (316) 682-4557. If you don’t know what exactly to do in the Holy Hour, Fr. Andrew, Fr. Adam, or myself are available to give you some tips on how to spend your time in Adoration. You may want to ask a friend who has already been going to Adoration for sometime to show you what they do. Some of you may have signed up and have not been back in awhile; use this as an opportunity to get started again. There are so many graces and blessings that flow from the Eucharist and one’s time of Adoration is the opportunity to better receive those graces. So I invite you to spend time with Jesus, who said, “I am with you always, to the close of the age.” 

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

July 15, 2018

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two…So they went off and preached. Every Sunday God summons each of us to spend time with Him like the Twelve so that we too, strengthened by the Eucharist, may be sent into the world to preach the Gospel with our lives. 

This is the New Evangelization that the Church encourages us to live with new ardor, new method, and new expression. The New Evangelization has been a priority of our parish for the past three years, seeking to provide parishioners with the tools to express and share the story of Jesus, with a newness that is boldly, and joyfully engaging. In our recent survey results from the Disciple Maker Index, there was an increase of 7% in those who responded Strongly Agree that my parish equips me to have conversations about my faith with family and friends. That is a great success in the period of three years from 2015 to 2018.  

Many things throughout the three years has contributed to this success. I would like to highlight three of the many opportunities: ChristLife, Parish Book Study, and Forming Intentional Disciples. 

  • ChristLife has had over 275 parishioners complete the series here at Blessed Sacrament. It is a program that equips Catholics for the essential work of evangelization by providing a great opportunity for parishioners to encounter Jesus and share one’s personal experience of Jesus. If you you haven’t participated in ChristLife, I invite you to enroll for the upcoming session this September.  
  • The Parish Book Study has been active in the parish since 2011. It has given provided 17 books over these past seven years. We have read books about prayer, conversions, saints, sacraments, and other topics, written by authors such as Scott Hahn, Matthew Kelly, and Fr. Michael Gaitley. With each of these books, 10 to 25 small group studies were formed in order to give parishioners a place to share and deepen their faith in Christ. 
  • Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell has been a program/study offered each of the past three summers. It has provided tools and resources to help a person initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together. It was an added bonus that Sherry Weddell came last February to lead our parish mission and over 200 parishioners attended. Just amazing!

I want to close this Pastor’s Corner with a SPECIAL THANK YOU to the 596 adult members who completed the Disciple Maker Index (DMI) Survey a few months ago. Your input has been very much appreciated to help the parish better serve the entire community. For each of has been sent by Christ to evangelize—to spread the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel. I pray that we will go into the DEEP recesses of our society and share our faith, our personal encounter with Jesus with everyone we meet.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary

This month, the Church will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae. For those who don’t know, an encyclical is the highest teaching document from a pope. Written by Pope Paul VI in 1968, he beautifully explained the serious role and responsibility that all married couples have in the transmission of life as collaborators with God the Creator.

When released, Humanae Vitae quickly became controversial since it reaffirmed the teaching that artificial contraception, such as birth control and sterilization, were not in conformity with the teachings of Christ. It was prophetic in explaining that such uses of artificial contraception will lead to an erosion of the sanctity of life and dignity of marriage. 

But equally important, Humanae Vitae reasserted the truth that the conjugal action of a husband and wife is a holy gift entrusted to them by God. This holiness is from the total gift of self that a husband gives to his wife and vice versa. As God gives himself completely in love for us, so husband and wife, reflecting the image and likeness of God, are called to do the same. For Humanae Vitae states, “whoever really loves his partner loves not only for what he receives, but loves that partner for the partner’s own sake, content to be able to enrich the other with the gift of himself.” Marital love, and specifically conjugal love, then is ultimately an expression of both “giving” and “receiving”. 

The total gift of self strengthens a marriage through enhanced communication. When a couple is willing to hold themselves back from each other through barriers, chemicals, or medical procedures to prevent the complete gift of self in the conjugal act, the same couple is more willing to hold themselves back in other aspects of marriage. This undoubtedly weakens communication. Yet, when every aspect of marriage, including the marital act, is a complete gift of self, communication continues to grow for nothing is present to hinder it.

The complete gift of self also conditions the person to choose to be sacrificial. Like Christ on the cross, giving himself totally in sacrifice for his bride, the Church, so too husband and wife grow in that same Spirit of Christ to sacrifice when it is required for the good of the other. Such a loving sacrifice may call spouses to even abstain for a time being from the conjugal act, but even this sacrifice shows great love and commitment of the spouses. 

This July, I invite everyone to read or reread the encyclical Humanae Vitae. It is only a few pages long and can be found on the internet at http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html.

Now I know that I write to a vast audience. There are those who have been living a sacrificial marriage, giving completely of yourselves for decades; to you I thank you for your witness to the sanctity of marriage. I know there are those who are just at the beginning of such a marriage as you have only been together for a few years or less; to you I pray you strive for this high ideal of giving yourself completely to each other like Christ taught and lived in order to be a new generation of witnesses. Finally to those who have not lived or experienced such a marriage but seek the mercy of God and hunger for this deeper ideal of marriage; to you I want to help you experience God’s mercy and his grace to deepen your marriage according to his divine plan.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

July 1, 2018

I want to begin this Pastor’s Corner with a SPECIAL THANK YOU to the 596 adult members who completed the Disciple Maker Index (DMI) Survey a few months ago. The results have been given to parish leadership and they are currently “unpacking” the valuable information it provides. Over the next few months that valuable information will be communicated to the entire parish for there are many successes to celebrate, along with some wonderful opportunities to grow spiritually as a parish and as an individual. The DMI survey was designed to evaluate the following areas: Spiritual growth, Relationships with God and others, Personal beliefs, and Conversations about faith. The results we have today compare the 2015 survey to the 2018 survey. 

One great success I first want to share has been in the area of Cultivating our Spiritual Life. At the heart of the spiritual life is the desire to be touched by the Lord, to experience His closeness, to hear his compassionate voice, and to receive the outpouring of His abundant love. This was the experience of the little girl (Jairus’ daughter) in the Gospel.  Jesus touched her hand as He stood next to her in the room. He spoke those encouraging words, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”  This is the powerful spiritual experience that we long for and want to cultivate here at Blessed Sacrament. So much so, that after the 2015 survey, a priority of the parish plan was to encourage those habits that lead us to experience the deep joy of encountering the Lord through a better prayer life. The result of the 2018 survey showed that in the past three years 14% of the people strongly agreed that they have seen a growth in their personal prayer life. 

What a great SUCCESS and we give all the glory to God!! I am thankful to all the things available at the parish that help deepen a person’s prayer life. There are so many opportunities to experience Jesus through deeper prayer, such as Perpetual Adoration which has grown by 134 adores in the past three years. The Lectio Divina prayer groups that have begun, along with the teaching of Night Prayer to the organizations of the parish. The book program has given books like Prayer for Beginners by Peter Kreeft which discusses key areas for understanding and developing communion with God that we call prayer. All these opportunities, plus many others, has contributed to such great growth. 

If you would like more information on this result, you can find it on the parish Facebook page, Pastor’s email, or a hard copy is available at the entrances of the church. I pray that we will be open to the Lord calling us “to rise” and go DEEPER into prayer and always experience anew His abundant unique love for each of us. 

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Nestled in the back wall since the day our current church opened has been the Fatima Library. The ministry began 1949 with the desire to bring our parishioners the opportunity to read good spiritual, inspirational, and even fiction books. They later added a video selection, which proved to be a very popular addition. Looking back, we can definitely say the Fatima Library, and the board behind it, succeeded in their mission for well over 60 years.

I want to thank all those who have helped to run the Fatima Library those many decades. We truly appreciate your hard work. Hundreds of families benefited from the saint books, Veggie Tales videos, and spiritual classics they were able to access through the Fatima Library. 

The Library was no doubt a way in which our parishioners were able to come across books and materials they had never known to exist.

However, due to changing times (books aren’t “cool” anymore) and the popularity of online media, interest in the Library began to wane over the last few years. The Fatima Library closed its doors for the last time at the end of 2017. 

As the board is working to donate their funds and the remaining inventory, the parish is looking into new ways to utilize that cozy space in the back. We hope to find another great purpose for the space in order to promote the mission of our parish for the next 60 years. Some good ideas are already being batted around. Stay tuned as we begin to transition that space to serve its new function. At this point, all I can say is that it won’t be just a closet.

Thanks again to Sherry Catanese, the current board (Lorraine Sommers-who has served since the 1960’s, Juanita Smith, Brian & Betsy Gaudreau, Emily Jones, Julie Fritz, Ruthanne Glasgow, Nancy Clark, Nancy Oldfather, Sarah Jones,  Marlene Valliere, and Zoraida Fondaw) and all those who helped to make the Fatima Library so successful over the years.

God bless,

Fr. Adam Grelinger

 

June 17, 2018

     Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers of our parish, may you and your family enjoy an especially blessed day. I know it is customary for fathers to receive a gift on this day, but I also know one of the greatest gifts a father can receive, is to see his children grow up happy and into the person God intended them to be for all eternity. To this extent, the father’s role is indispensable; and so to receive the aforementioned gift, fathers must actively assist in the formation of their children. I propose and encourage two key aspects of child formation that I know from personal experience to be of immense value. 

     This week I’ve taken time off in order to help with wheat harvest on my family’s farm, something I have been privileged to enjoy my entire life. After reflection, I’ve come to understand why any farm kid holds wheat harvest near to their heart and why it can be instrumental to human formation. Firstly, working alongside family members from sunup to sundown with a shared mission cultivates a healthy approach to life: I have a purpose and it’s not all about me. Secondly, by working out in the fields one cannot help but perceive firsthand the beautifully real elements of the natural word, including the life-renewing cyclical aspect of nature. These various encounters wonderfully suggest to a person the truth of our Creator, who calls us to engage the world with delight. 

     My personal experience has proven to me the importance of spending quality time with family members, incorporating a shared mission and goal. And ideally, these tasks are taken up amidst exposure to the elements of the natural world, which point us towards a higher reality and calling. This is the basis for a happy and more importantly, a fulfilling life; and this requires a certitude in the existence of God and the awareness that He awaits a response on our part. There is tremendous joy in this. 

     Finally, to return to Father’s Day and the blessing of being charged with the formation of your children, engage them and take them outside. Do something together, build or repair something, teach them something, take up a noble endeavor as a family, and ensure that in at least some way they come in contact with the sensible realities of creation. Your children will enjoy a particular zest for life and the beauty of the world, culminating in love for God. I cannot think of a better gift for a father. 

Dei Gratia, 

Father Andrew Bergkamp

June 10, 2018

 “His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.” (Mark 3:31)  We hear this verse from the Sunday Gospel and in my time as a priest, I have been asked from time-to-time, “Did Jesus really have siblings like this verse states?” Rather than spending time in a homily, I thought I would just give the answer in this column. 

       In biblical times, as in our own, the word “brother” is used in many ways. It can indicate sibling, relative, friend, or associate. In Acts 21:7 fellow Christians are called brothers. In the original Hebrew, Genesis 14:14 calls Lot the “brother” of Abraham when in fact, Lot was Abraham’s nephew.

      One could argue that in the Greek, the word for “brothers” is adelphoi which literally means “from the same womb.” Yet that does not prove Jesus had brothers. Our English word “brother” literally means “from the same parents” and yet we apply it to all sorts of other relationships: “brothers in arms,” “brothers in Christ,” relatives, friends, and so on. Likewise, the Jews used this specific Greek word to refer both to blood-brothers as well as to other relationships. A good example of this is 1 Corinthians 15:6, where 

St. Paul says that Jesus “appeared to more than five hundred brethren [adelphoi] at one time.” It is impossible for a mother to have that many children. Mary is amazing, but even she cannot defy nature

      Another proof that Jesus did not have siblings is found in John 19:26-27 at the cross. We know Joseph, Jesus’ foster-father, had already died since there is no mention of Joseph in the Gospels when Jesus is busy about his ministry. So as Jesus is about to die, he entrusts his mother to the care of John the Apostle, who is the son of Zebedee. If Jesus had younger siblings, it makes no sense for him to have John take care of Mary. It would have been the responsibility of the siblings to provide for Mary. But with no siblings, Jesus needed to give Mary to John so that she would not be alone or be without someone to provide for her. 

      These are just two ways we can see in scripture that Jesus was the only child born of Mary and thus understand why the Church has taught through scripture that Mary was a perpetual virgin.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

 

Fr. Andrew Heiman

June 3, 2018

The Blessed Sacrament is the greatest treasure of our Catholic Faith. For two thousand years, members of the Church have been feeding on this Heavenly food, receiving the very Body and Blood of our Lord. It is the priceless gift by which we have been purchased and redeemed. This great spiritual treasure should be reflected upon frequently and so I offer a short reflection that I came across in my prayers by Saint Gaudentius of Brescia. 

“Our man has died for all, and now in every church in the mystery of bread and wine he heals those for whom he is offered in sacrifice, giving life to those who believe and holiness to those who consecrate the offering. This is the flesh of the Lamb; this is his blood. The bread that came down from heaven declared: The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. It is significant, too, that his blood should be given to us in the form of wine, for his own words in the gospel, I am the true vine, implies clearly enough that whenever wine is offered as a representation of Christ’s passion, it is offered as his blood. This means that it was of Christ that the blessed patriarch Jacob prophesied when he said: He will wash his tunic in wine and his cloak in the blood of the grape. The tunic was our flesh, which Christ was to put on like a garment and which he was to wash in his own blood.

Creator and Lord of all things, whatever their nature, he brought forth bread from the earth and changed it into his own body. Not only had he the power to do this, but he had promised it; and, as he had changed water into wine, he also changed wine into his own blood. It is the Lord’s passover, Scripture tells us, that is, the Lord’s passing. We are no longer to look upon the bread and wine as earthly substances. They have become heavenly, because Christ has passed into them and changed them into his body and blood. What you receive is the body of him who is the heavenly bread, and the blood of him who is the sacred vine; for when he offered his disciples the consecrated bread and wine, he said: This is my body, this is my blood. We have put our trust in him. I urge you to have faith in him; truth can never deceive.”

Hopefully this reflection will help you, as it has me, to go deeper into the ocean of love that is the Blessed Sacrament. For through our faithful reception at Mass and the time we spend in perpetual adoration, we grow deeper in communion with our Lord. I close this article with one of my favorite prayers to the Eucharist, the Anima Christi.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from Christ’s side, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malignant enemy defend me. In the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to Thee. That with Thy saints, I may praise Thee forever and ever. Amen .

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

May 27, 2018

     As we gather this Memorial weekend with family and friends, we unofficially give summer break its beginning. I remember my summers playing different sports, going swimming, hanging with friends, and house projects (ugh). These projects ranged from helping to paint the house, building a deck, shingling the roof, changing the interior of our living room, and smaller summer tasks. 

Here at Blessed Sacrament, we will be using these summer months to do some much needed repairs to our aging facilities. These summer projects include:

• Repair lights in Roosevelt parking lot

• Sidewalk repairs - per city sidewalk inspector

• Replace Old Gym AHU (Air Handler Unit)

• Replace NE pair of doors in New Gym

• Misc mortar repair, brick replacement, east gym entry stair repair

• Repairing the roof on the church (which is scheduled for this November)

     As you can see some projects are quite elaborate and will be expensive; others are smaller in size and cost. Altogether, these summer projects will cost the parish around $260,000. Yet through your generosity and commitment to the Our Challenge and Beyond the Tithe instituted by Fr. Jirak, the parish is in adequate financial position to cover the expenses of these projects, with the $420,000 that we have in our Reserve and Replace account (R&R), leaving with a projected balance of around $160,000 in R&R.

     If you are like me and new to the parish or can’t remember why Beyond the Tithe was started, here’s a Reader’s Digest version of the matter. Upon the completion of the Our Challenge from 3 years ago, Fr. Jirak added an additional giving opportunity that would serve to help fund the Church’s mission to form each person into intentional disciples by cultivating one’s spiritual life while living the New Evangelization through a deeper Mass experience. 

     Please let me express my gratitude for your generosity of your tithe and your willingness to participate in going Beyond the Tithe, so that such projects can be completed without a capital campaign. Your financial donations continue to help Blessed Sacrament offer the very best opportunities for people to grow in relationship with Jesus, Our Lord. 

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

May 20, 2018

       Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. This Pentecost Sunday we recall how the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Church was brought forth into the world. The Holy Spirit has been constantly at work each and every day throughout History since the day of Pentecost. It has been inspiring the hearts of many people to live the Gospel teachings and virtues. That is why we continue to pray, Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth, because we are the face of the earth; we who were made from the clay of the earth and give the breath of life. We constantly seek to be renewed by the life-giving Spirit of God. 

In my short time here at Blessed Sacrament, I see how the Holy Spirit is working so great in the hearts of the parishioners, renewing this parish in many great ways. The best way is through the many hours of Adoration this parish gives to the Eucharist. The time a person spends before the Blessed Sacrament renews not just the person, but renews the parish and all those that the person comes in contact with. I also think of the different services organizations that seek to help others: St. Vincent de Paul society, Knights of Columbus, Altar Society, and Men’s Club to name a few. I could go on and on with all the opportunities that the Holy Spirit provides through the Stewardship pillars of Hospitality, Prayer, Formation, and Service here at Blessed Sacrament.

This summer I want to invite you to allow the Holy Spirit to bring you deeper into your faith through one of the three formation opportunities corresponding to each of the parish’s priority plan. If the Holy Spirit is calling you to go deeper into enhancing your Sunday Mass experience, Fr. Andrew and Fr. Adam will be facilitating the 3-part series called Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist. This study will examine effects of the sacrament, its setting in the Mass, and explore its scriptural foundation. It will help a person come to a deeper understanding of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist that invites us into an intimate union with God himself.

If the Holy Spirit is drawing you to cultivate your spiritual life, I will be offering a 7-week series examining the book: The Discernment of Spirits. This study is meant to give you a beginning look at St. Ignatius’ Rules of Discernment and how their insights are helpful to our spiritual growth.

Lastly, the Holy Spirit may have put in your heart a desire to live the new evangelization. We will be offering a study on the book by Sherry Weddell: Forming Intentional Disciples. This formation opportunity is meant to provide tools and resources to “break the silence,” initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together. 

St. Basil the Great wrote, “The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth.” May the Holy Spirit who enlightens the Church and her members, continue to guide each of us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

May 13, 2018

      Happy Mother’s Day! It is a great blessing to be able to express my thanks to all of the mothers (living and deceased) of our parish. In the early church, Christians celebrated a day to honor Mary, the Mother of God, and later expanded it to celebrate all mothers. As time passed, children would bring gifts and flowers to their mothers after a prayer service in church to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Mary is the greatest of all mothers. The next greatest mother is our own mother. Like the Blessed Mother, our mothers are extraordinary women who dedicate themselves to caring, sacrificing, and protecting the gift of life that God has given in their children. Whether still alive or gone before us to eternal life, our mothers continue their sacrificial love and the important role of bringing us to a deeper relationship with God. 

Of course, our thankfulness to these two great mothers should not be expressed just one day of the year, but frequently. We don’t need to give flowers, chocolates, or expensive gifts, but more importantly, our very love in return for the love they have shown to us. This can be expressed by a nice gift, a weekly phone call, a monthly visit, a tender hug, or a dinner out at her favorite restaurant.  As long as it is given with heartfelt love and appreciation, that is the honor due to this gift of motherhood. 

For me, the Blessed Mother Mary and my mom Jeanne have shown me the importance of a mother’s love and care for the salvation of my soul and the entire world. Though I don’t have much to offer, I give this prayer, as a token of my thankfulness and love:

“Almighty and loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless all mothers that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord.”

“Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.”

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

May 6, 2018

     Love one another as I have loved you.  This command of Jesus is the greatest challenge to being his disciple; we must love like he loves us. St. Thomas Aquinas defined love as “willing the good of another.” Jesus is always willing our good, evident especially through his Divine Mercy.

     It could be said that the perfection of love lies in the love of one’s enemies. We can find no greater inspiration of this love than the grateful remembrance of Christ’s passion and death. His divine countenance was spat upon by sinful men; his back was marred by the countless scourges; his head was subjected to the sharpness of thorns; he was mocked, reviled, and at the end endured the cross, the nails, the lance, and other dreadful things, yet always remaining gentle, meek, and full of peace and love.

     Jesus said very little during his passion, fulfilling the prophecy, like a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before the shearers he kept silent, and did not open his mouth. Yet, his love for his enemies compelled him to pray, Father, forgive them. Who of us could listen to that wonderful prayer, so full of warmth, of love, of unshakeable serenity and hesitate to embrace our enemies with overflowing love, like Jesus? Father, Jesus says, forgive them. In this prayer is an abundance of love and gentleness that we are called to imitate. 

     Yet Jesus adds something more. It was not enough to pray for his enemies. He wanted also to make excuses for them. Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. It is as if Jesus was saying to his Heavenly Father: 

They are great sinners, yes, but they have little judgment; therefore, Father, forgive them. They are nailing me to the cross, but they do not know who it is that they are nailing to the cross: if they had known, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory; therefore, Father, forgive them. They think it is a lawbreaker, an impostor claiming to be God, a seducer of the people. I have hidden my face from them, and they do not recognize my glory; therefore, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

     This is the perfection of love that Christ calls us to imitate when he says, love one another as I have loved you. Keeping our eyes upon Christ and reflecting often upon his perfect love, may we become better disciples of Jesus and extend the embrace of true love to our enemies, loving them (willing their good) as Jesus has loved each of us (willed our good).

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

April 29, 2018

He showed them his hands and his side. (Jn 20:21) This beautiful image of the Risen Lord exposing his wounded body to his disciples to see, touch, and even enter like Thomas, is a powerful experience. It is proof that Jesus is alive and seeks a relationship with us. It is a joyful encounter with our Savior who invites us to increase our union with Him.

In showing these wounds, God is making an appeal to be loved by his creation. He wants a lasting relationship that is built upon a deep communion of love that brings healing to our wounded souls, for St. Peter wrote, “By his wounds, you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) He wants us to see and touch these open wounds of love. We should not be afraid because these wounds are the expressions of his abundant affection for each of us. Jesus does not hide his love, but shows it for the whole world to see, for you and me to see. 

Allow the wounds to speak to you in prayer, for the holes in His hands do not bring pain anymore, but speak only of love. His open side invites each of us to enter into his Sacred Heart, to find our home and our protection in God; to be wrapped up in love, like a warm blanket. His wounds are the expression of Jesus desiring us to go deeper into communion with him. They are proof that Jesus repays good for evil, love for injury and boundless charity that knows no limit.

Christ wants to share the glory of His passion, death, and resurrection with his friends, as he shows us his hands and his side. Look upon the cross and see in each wound the all-embracing love of God. Let your love grow and proclaim the beautiful prayer of Easter Vigil, “By the holy and glorious wounds may Christ our Redeemer strengthen us and make us whole. Amen.”

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

April 22, 2018

Since it is the practice not allow speakers from various organizations/ministries to speak at our weekend Masses, I would like  to use material from ABC’s Life Saver Sunday in this week’s Pastor’s Corner.

   A Better Choice (ABC), is Wichita’s Catholic crisis pregnancy center. ABC helps women struggling with the fear and uncertainty of an unexpected pregnancy. It is both a life saving AND life changing not-for-profit ministry helping over 50 women every week or more than 2,400 women a year. 

   I have heard first hand from my mother the stories of women coming to ABC filled with confusion, heartache, emotional pain and regret. In such a time of crisis, it is very hard for any young woman to see the beauty of a pregnancy in her life. Quite often, my mom will hear the young lady say she did not think this would ever happen to her. The personal stress is very real and very deep. Such young women need a safe place in Wichita to turn to for help.   

   ABC is proud to be that place where dedicated volunteers do a wonderful job of listening, advising and witnessing to each young woman no matter what circumstances have guided her to us; a place where she can hear the truth about life and receive encouragement to live the life God intended for her.

   When ABC provides a free limited sonogram, as early as 6 weeks from conception, the young lady sees her baby’s heart beating for the very first time and learns the truth about life. A positive pregnancy test is one of the most life-changing moments for any woman. Thus, a sonogram is vital to reinforce her choice of parenting or placing for adoption. Thanks to the Kansas Knights of Columbus, ABC is able to offer 4D sonograms, which allows a mother to actually see her baby’s facial features. My mother tells me that it is not unusual for her to hear giggles and surprise when a mother says, “Look! My baby has my nose”! Then in celebration of life there are hugs all around as she tearfully says, “Thank you so much.” 

   ABC has been effective in promoting a culture of life because the largest percentage of the young women we see are referrals by friends whom we have previously helped. They bring their friends here knowing ABC volunteers and staff will listen to their situation, help them sort through their options and offer them hope and healing. I must say how cool it is to get a call from my mother saying they saved another baby today. 

   Lifesaver Sunday helps ABC raise the necessary funds to keep A Better Choice open. There are operating expenses, the cost of pregnancy tests, sonograms, pre-natal vitamins and educational materials, which need to be met. Your charitable support helps give a mother an added resource to choose life for her baby. Please consider helping ABC today with your prayers and a financial donation of any size. If you are unable to give this weekend, the Knights have envelopes available for you to use at another time. 

   I want to leave you with this thought. When a young mother has so little it only takes your help to make a positive difference in her life and to save her baby’s life. These young women need to know there is A Better Choice. 

   As Pastor, I urge you to consider supporting this Pro-Life Ministry.  From my visits there, I have found the ministry to be totally Catholic in following the Church’s teachings in its approach to pregnancy crisis.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support for A Better Choice!

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

April 15, 2018

 We hear this weekend of another encounter the apostles have with the Risen Lord.  Jesus said to them, “Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Each encounter with the resurrected Lord expresses at its core the fact that Christ still lives; He has conquered death. This victory is in union with our human nature. Jesus did not reject his human body once risen from the dead, but remains united with it, as evident when he said, “Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” He is not simply a pure spirit as if to imply the body is bad and needs to be removed to come to a higher state of being. Rather, His resurrected body teaches us the dignity of each human body and our need to respect the body at all times, living and deceased. 

Our faith, as Pope Francis reminds us in his new apostolic exhortation, teaches that every living person, born and unborn, deserves our respect. Pope Francis wrote that each life “is always sacred and demands love for each persons, regardless of his or her stage of development.” This respect for the body is also to be given to those who have died. For in death, the Christian’s participation in the life of the Trinity is not ended but transformed through the Easter joy of the resurrection

The human person, body and soul, created in the image and likeness of God, has always been held in the highest esteem by the Church, including death. This is the body washed in baptism, anointed with the oil of salvation, and fed with the Eucharist. This is the body whose feet walked the path of faith, whose hands embraced others in love, whose heart beat with compassion for the poor and sorrowing. In the body, a person expresses one’s identity and self-consciousness, soul and spirit. The resurrection of the Lord (Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity) is what we anticipate as our reward for faithful discipleship, for we profess in the Creed, “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead.”  

In light of the resurrection, it is understandable that the Church insists on the sacredness of the human body in death as in life. This reverence and respect in which the body is to be treated is affirmed in the funeral rites of the Church and why the Catholic teaching clearly stresses the preference for burial or entombment of the body (or cremated remains) in a cemetery or mausoleum. This place of final disposition serves as a place of remembrance, prayer, and mourning, not only for the family and friends but for the entire Christian community, as we await the resurrection of the dead.

As we continue to encounter the Risen Lord throughout this Easter season, may we recognize the precious value of the human body as a sacred gift from God, a gift that will be raised up and joined to our souls for all eternity. 

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

Divine Mercy Sunday

Peace be with you!

With this salutation, Our Lord greets his disciples after his resurrection. Many things are significant about this greeting but I want to take a moment to reflect upon an aspect of peace from the perspective of Divine Mercy that we celebrate today.

Peace is the fruit of Christ mercy and reconciliation established by his paschal mystery. His mercy has not only forgiven us our sins, but also restored us to a peaceful relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Through Divine Mercy, the obstacles of sins that made us enemies with God and prevented any true relationship have been eradicated. Friendship has been renewed with its foundation built upon love and peace. 

Therefore, on this Sunday of Divine Mercy, we are taught that peace is the fruit of mercy. We can recognize this fact at the conclusion of the Sacrament of Confession, when after receiving the mercy of God, we hear the priest say, “The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in Peace.”

We are called to be peacemakers through the beatitudes Christ taught us. It is not an option; rather it is our life as disciples of Christ. If we are to be true disciples, true peacemakers, it must begin with imitating the Divine Mercy of Christ. 

At the conclusion of Mass, the Sacrifice of Mercy and Reconciliation, we are commanded by God to be sent out with the peace of Christ and to bring that peace to others.  This peace begins with the mercy we give to others, imitating the mercy God has given to us. May we learn to let go and forgive our past hurts, such as the gossip and slander others have said, or the hurtful action of a friend or co-worker. May we learn to give an act of mercy through a kind word, a warm smile, or a loving act of kindness. For through forgiveness and acts of love, we imitate Christ’s paschal mystery and help establish peace. 

Better yet, we say through our actions, “Peace be with you!”

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

April 1, 2018

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Truly, truly, He has risen! Alleluia!

As Christians, it is a joy to proclaim the Easter message of the Resurrection. It is truly the good news, the world desperately needs to hear. Christ, once dead, is alive and dies no more. Jesus is victorious in conquering sin and death. The best part,though, is this victory He shares with all of humanity. 

I am reminded of this fact whenever I read an ancient homily given on Holy Saturday. It gives an imagine of a possible encounter between Jesus and Adam when Christ descends into the realm of the dead. This homily beautifully described how Jesus in His great mercy went to find the lost sheep of Adam and Adam’s descendants (all of humanity). Christ seeks to free Adam from the prison of sin and darkness, by the light of His Resurrection. Jesus calls Adam to join Him and rise from the sleep of death, to share in the life only God can give. He gently and mercifully says, “For your sake, I, your God, became your son; for you, I took on your form; that of slave; I, whose home is above the heavens came on earth and under the earth; for you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden. 

Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to the life I once breathed into you at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted nature to my own image. See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you, who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree. I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. 

‘Rise, let us leave this place and I will enthrone you in heaven. I who am life itself am now one with you. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God. The cherubim throne has been prepared, the bearers are ready and waiting, the bridal chamber is in order, the food is provided, the everlasting houses and rooms are in readiness; the treasures of good things have been opened; the kingdom of heaven has been prepared before the ages.”

The Resurrection of Christ is the one singular moment that changed all of time (past, present, and future). It truly is the good news the world needs to hear. For the grace of His Passion, Death, and Resurrection still encounters each of us, like it did Adam. It shows us that life is entirely about love, God’s LOVE which calls us to conversion from our sins and share in the beauty of eternal life that God offers. 

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

 

March 25, 2018

As we begin Holy Week, we enter into Jerusalem with Jesus, holding palm branches and praising the Lord. We are invited by the Lord to accompany him in his bitter passion. For we must remember that it was for the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born a man. Having then a body capable of suffering, he took the pain of fallen man upon himself; he triumphed over the diseases of soul and body that were its cause, and by his Spirit, which was incapable of dying, he dealt man’s destroyer, death, a fatal blow.

He was led forth like a lamb; he was slaughtered like a sheep. He ransomed us from our servitude to the world as he had ransomed Israel from the land of Egypt; he freed us from our slavery to the devil, as he had freed Israel from the hand of Pharaoh. He sealed our souls with his own Spirit, and the members of our body with his own blood.

He is the One who covered death with shame and cast the devil into mourning, as Moses cast Pharaoh into mourning. He is the One who smote sin and robbed iniquity of offspring, as Moses robbed the Egyptians of their offspring. He is the One who brought us out of slavery into freedom, out of darkness into light, out of death into life, out of tyranny into an eternal kingdom; who made us a new priesthood, a people chosen to be his own forever. He is the Passover that is our salvation.

It is he who endured every kind of suffering in all those who foreshadowed him. In Abel he was slain, in Isaac bound, in Jacob exiled, in Joseph sold, in Moses exposed to die. He was sacrificed in the Passover lamb, persecuted in David, dishonored in the prophets.

It is he who was made man of the Virgin, he who was hung on the tree; it is he who was buried in the earth, raised from the dead, and taken up to the heights of heaven. He is the mute lamb, the slain lamb, the lamb born of Mary, the fair ewe. He was seized from the flock, dragged off to be slaughtered, sacrificed in the evening, and buried at night. On the tree, no bone of his was broken; in the earth his body knew no decay. He is the One who rose from the dead, and who raised man from the depths of the tomb.

I invite you to join the Lord Jesus in his Last Supper on Holy Thursday evening, pray with him in his agony in the garden Thursday night. May we not abandon him on Good Friday like most of the Apostles, but attend Good Friday service to stand at the foot of the cross to console the Sacred Heart of Jesus, like his Holy Mother and St. John. Let us wait in silent and mournful expectation on Holy Saturday and then rejoice with Mary of Magdala when the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection floods your heart on Easter Sunday. 

May you have a blessed and fruitful Holy Week as you stay close to Jesus.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

The Struggle in Little Things

With spring break upon us, I typically find this week one of the hardest during Lent. The mindset to relax can easily creep into our spiritual disciplines and sacrifices, especially the small ones. Yet, we will be vigilant in love and far from lukewarmness if we remain faithful in the little things of each day. If we consider these little details in our examination of conscience, we will easily discover that diverting from the little details of the spiritual life is what leads us astray from Jesus. In the spiritual life (like ordinary life), little things are the prelude to greater things, and loving vigilance grows upon the continual observance of little things. For it is said, “He who pays no attention to things that appear to lack importance falls into the greatest temptations.”

St. Francis de Sales emphasizes the importance of conquering small temptations, for there are many occasions to do so during the day, and many victories in small things are more important than a single great victory. Small daily victories strengthen the interior life and make the soul more sensitive to divine things. The little things are common situations: living the heroic minute on waking (rather than hitting the snooze) or starting our work (rather than procrastinating with a basketball bracket); overcoming our curiosity of surfing the internet; offering a mortification at meals (rather than eating everything we want); living sobriety during a social engagement; offering pleasant conversation to others (rather than spilling out gossip).

If we are faithful in little things we will be girded and vigilant as we walk with our Lord on the way to his Passion. More importantly, faithfulness to the little things keep us alert and eager to share in the Lord’s glorious Resurrection. So let us joyfully carry out every task, big or small, our Lord has entrusted to us in the world. Then we will fully understand the words of Jesus: “Happy the servant whom his master finds vigilant on his return. Truly I say to you that he shall be placed at the head of all his possessions.” Though we may struggle through spring break and the rest of Lent with our disciplines, let us be vigilant and faithful in every detail so as to join fully in his Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

March 11, 2018

Greetings to all who may read this short column. This is my first edition of “Blessings and Babble” and I thought I would use this moment to give a brief history of where I come from.

I was born in Seneca, KS on December 9th, 1977. I am the third of five sons to Thomas and Jeanne Heiman. Growing up, my family moved from time to time, living seven years in Olpe, KS and 16 years in Hill City, KS. It was in Hill City that I attended all but two years of my schooling, graduating in 1996. 

From there, I attended Fort Hays State University majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics. While at FHSU, I became familiar with the Totus Tuus program, thus spending two summers traveling from parish to parish teaching the Catholic faith. As Totus Tuus comes to our parish, I fondly remember how those summers opened my heart and mind to the idea of giving my life to God as a priest. It was a month before my senior year of college that I decided to give seminary a try. My mom jokingly says I dropped out of college...to go to the seminary; I phrase it as changing majors which required a transfer. 

For six more years, I studied many courses in the areas of philosophy and theology, grew in my prayer life and came to a deeper understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. On May 28, 2005, I was ordained to the priesthood. I have served as an associate priest at two Wichita parishes: St. Francis of Assisi for two years and the Cathedral for one. After the Cathedral, I became a pastor for the first time in Wellington, KS, serving at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church for three years. The next five years of my priesthood I was serving as pastor of two parishes in southeast Kansas: St. Andrew in Independence and St. Francis Xavier in Cherryvale.  For the past 20 months, I have served as pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Colwich. Though it was a short time, God blessed me with many graces and blessings in my time at Sacred Heart, like He did at my other assignments. Along with my pastor duties, for the past ten years I have given my time and talent to the Catholic Engaged Encounter community, helping to prepare couples for the Sacrament of Marriage. I currently serve as the priest moderator for that group.

Now that I am here at Blessed Sacrament, I know these graces and blessings will continue to grow through God’s goodness. I am honored to be your pastor and I hope it is God’s will that I will get to serve you for many years, helping each of you to become the saint God wants you to be.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

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