Dear Queen of the Holy Rosary Family,
The last 20 months have required a great deal of flexibility. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment that is always changing, and this week has been no different. A few days ago, I sent out a personal invitation for all of us to join together to celebrate our Blessed Mother’s birthday; however, in light of the current levels of community transmission of COVID, the Outdoor Mass Planning Committee and I feel it necessary to make some changes to those plans.
Our favorite way to gather is around the table of the Lord for the Eucharist. We will still celebrate the Eucharist together at an All-Parish Outdoor Mass at 10:00 a.m. on September 12. After so many months of being apart, what a happy occasion that will be! However, to protect the most vulnerable in our parish and community, we are postponing the picnic portion of our celebration until a time when community transmission has reached safer levels for large gatherings. Please review the information below for details on our new schedule for the day.
While we are disappointed not to have the full celebration we had planned, we are filled with joy at the opportunity to pray together as a parish. I said in my invitation letter that there is nothing a mother loves more than her children gathered with her in one place, and that is true even if it is only for a short time. Let us all join together on September 12 with love and gratitude for each other, for the intercession of our Blessed Mother, and for the blessings our Lord has granted us.
Father Bill Bruning
We greatly appreciate everyone who has volunteered to support our event! We still need help on Saturday evening to set up for our Outdoor Mass, and on Sunday afternoon to clean up, so please click the green button below to volunteer.
Because of the changes to our plans we will no longer need donations of water or cookies. Thank you so much for your generosity!
The parking lots on the parish and school campus will be used for Mass. Some parking spaces are reserved for those with physical limitations (see event map). All other parking will be at the Shawnee Mission School District Center for Academic Achievement at 8200 W. 71st Street. A shuttle bus will run from the CAA to Queen of the Holy Rosary every 15 minutes between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. We respectfully ask that all shuttle passengers over the age of 2 years old wear a mask while riding the shuttle.
In the spirit of getting to know the members of our community, we would like everyone to wear a name tag while attending the Outdoor Mass. Name tags will be available on the shuttle bus as well as at the Registration/Information Tables (see event map).
10:00 a.m. in the East Parking Lot
Confession and Saturday 4:00 p.m. Mass will take place as scheduled on September 11. In case of inclement weather on Sunday, we will resume our regular Mass schedule (7:00, 9:00, and 11:00 a.m.). Cancellations will be announced via the website and Parish App.
Bring your donations to the driveway on the east side of John Paul II School.
Catholic Charities Food Truck
The food pantry is specifically requesting the following items:
|Coffee/Tea/Drinks||Fruit Juice||Dry Beans|
|Miscellaneous Vegetables||Pinto Beans/Pork & Beans||Peas|
|Toothbrush||Toothpaste||Other Hygiene Items|
As always, we request no glass jars. We also request standard size food items only. No industrial size food items.
If you would like to donate financially towards the food drive you can do it online at: https://catholiccharitiesks.org/parish-food-drive-donation. In the Parish Name drop-down, please select the name of our parish. Folks can also donate by sending in a check or cash; please make sure to write Food Drive – Queen of the Holy Rosary in the memo line and mail to: Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, 9720 West 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. Please do not put the money in with the food/in a food bin. We will not see it. The best way to get it to Catholic Charities (other than online or by mail) is to drop it off at our main administrative office – located at 9720 West 87th Street – or if you are going to send it back with the truck to put it in an envelope, label it Food Drive – Queen of the Holy Rosary and leave it in the cab of the truck.
Back 2 School Supply Drive Sponsored by Queen's Crusaders YOUth Group
The QHR Crusaders are requesting any of the following school supplies to be dropped off at their container at the outdoor Mass. These donated supplies will be given to parish and community children in need of school supplies.
|3-Ring Binders||Notebook/Filler Paper||Journal-style Notebooks|
|Markers||Watercolor Paints||Glue Sticks|
|Erasers||USB Flash Drives||Calculators|