March 13, 2019 News
Birthdays: March 13, Leanne Miller, Deanne Heier, Reggie Irvin, Kelly Shelit; March 14, Floyd Norlin; March 15, Jenna Higgins Havyn Showalter, Lily Rues; March 16, Audra Hurd; March 17, St. Patrick's Day, Brian Davis, Bruce Kershner, Brandon Herdman; March 18, Mark Baus, Joshua Miller; Mqrch 19, Laura Wierman, Bill Wetzel, Andrew Zimmerrman, Alexandra Anderson.
Anniversaries: March 13 Arlyn and Jan North, Jeff and Billie Crawshaw; March 14, Lee and Donna Hansen.
Bobye Montonye, Castleton, Kansas, was in McCracken Sunday to Tuesday. She was a presenter of the final draft of her book, In the Loss of Yours Spiritual Community. On Monday morning she gave a copy to each of the members of St. Mary's Faith Sharing group, Phyllis Conrad, Jeanette McCormick, DeAnna Bergquist, Shirley Higgins, Twila Higgins and Carolyn Thompson. In the afternoon she met with the Dream group of Hays and provided them with a copy. Kathleen Kuchar, Christine Wagner, Carol Heiman, Carolyn Thompson and Shirley Higgins attended. The structured journal deals with the pain, searching and experience of Losing One's Circle of Spiritual Companions or Spiritual Place. All the songs, poetry and copy in the book were written by Bobye. She gave a copy of a CD of the songs in the book to each person.
Tuesday was a very fun and exciting day for me. I was up bright and early to sub at the La Crosse Elementary Building. I had a very enjoyable day working with the group of students that I had. After school, I stopped by to visit with mom for just a little bit (she is starting to feel much better) and then I headed for Hays. I attended one of the best Encore Series events at FHSU hosted this year. "ROCK OF AGES" is a jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980's. The musical featured songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benator, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison, and Europe, among other well-known rock bands. The original Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances, closing on January 18, 2015 and tied as the 29th longest running show in Broadway history. Since debuting on the Great White Way in 2009, it has been nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical as the group tours across North America!
Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Mom and I served as Hosts and the carrier of the Gifts for mass Wednesday evening. There was a nice turn out for the mass even though it was not a holy day of obligation for the Catholics. Mom was kind enough to make us some Ribble Soup after mass and it was delicious!
Friday evening, the Liturgy Commission was asked to lead the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross (consisting of 14 stations) depict the primary scenes of Jesus' suffering and death. The Stations of the Cross, also referred to as "The Way of the Cross," are designed to help Catholics spiritually embark on a pilgrimage of contemplation and prayerful reverence, especially during the Easter season. Those that helped with the devotion were Betty Hafenstine, Virginia Schneider, Linda Moeder, and myself.
I attended mass at St. Joseph's Church on Saturday afternoon. This church is beautiful and I understand that many of my ancestors helped with the building and/or attended this church as young children. After mass I was off to La Crosse to meet with my daughter, Angie, and her family, and to pick up mom. We headed to Rush Center to celebrate the birthday of Rennick Dalton, son of Robert and Jendee Dalton. Rennick celebrated his 8th birthday at Back Door Pizza where the children got to make their own mini pizzas! Pizza, a delicious Lego Cake and Ice-cream were eaten by a room full of Rennick's family members and friends.
Angie, Trent, Drake, and Grant came out to the farm to spend the night and to visit until Sunday afternoon. Then we headed to Ellis to visit with Grandma Dolores. She will be celebrating her 89th birthday on March 12th. After our visit everyone said their good-byes and Angie's family minus one were headed back to McPherson. The boys are on Spring Break, so I'm keeping Grant until Wednesday and then switching the remainder of the week with Drake. I know there will be lots to tell about our exciting week next week!