With the recent storms and flooding in the area and the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by nature’s fury. One may question why God would allow such tragedies, or any tragedy for that matter, happen. But the question needs to be looked at from another perspective. Rather than asking why a good and gracious God would allow bad things to happen, we need to ask ourselves “how do good people respond when bad things happen?” Our challenge is finding ways we can make a positive difference in the world when so many things can and do go wrong. As our bishop likes to say at the end of his homilies, “May God give us this grace.”
Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City is currently accepting donations at the following link: https://ccokc.ejoinme.org/?tabid=406485.
Change in Mass Time
The Springfield Area Young Adult Ministry (YAM) Board voted to change the Mass time from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The new Mass time of 6:30 p.m. starts Sunday, June 16th. Mass will continue to take place at the St. Viator Chapel, within the CatholicPastoralCenter in Springfield (1615 W Washington St.). Mass has been at 8:00 p.m. since the inception of YAM in 2008. The YAM Board decided to change the Mass time after surveying young adults.
“We found young adults enjoy the nighttime Mass, but for many, 8:00 p.m. was too late,” Brad Baker, the YAM Board President said. “The survey results showed us young adults and their friends are more likely to attend Mass and therefore, participate in the liturgy and YAM’s ministry, if the Mass time were earlier, at 6:30 p.m.”
The Young Adult Mass targets young adults, ages 18 to 35, although all are welcome. The mission of YAM is to help bridge the gap between high school and parish life or starting a family. The YAM community primarily consists of college students and adults in early-career life.
YAM Board for 2013 – 2014
Congratulations to Brad Baker, Liz Kroner, McKinzie Oshesky, Andrew Hansen, Richard Schmidt, Kelly Moline, Kris Yoon, Alice Davin and Kevin Miller! These fine men and women have made the commitment to continue on the journey of providing vision and life to the young adult community here in the Springfield area for the upcoming year. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for the next year of their ministry. You can always volunteer to help on any of the committees of the board as well. Just contact any board member or reply to this email! Look for updated committee roles and responsibilities in the coming weeks.
Venturing Crew Update
YAM’s Venturing Crew is planning some activities in the coming weeks. Venturing is for high school students and young adults who are looking for high adventure trips as well as local opportunities to serve the community. One local project is helping staff a day camp program for Cub Scouts on June 21 – 23 at CampIllinek on LakeSpringfield. For more information about the Venturing Crew, please contact Kyle Holtgrave at 622-4994 or email