Memorial Day weekend events planned

Several Memorial Day weekend activities are planned in Kansas City, Kan., and the surrounding area.

Some of the events:

Memorial Day Masses planned
Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas will hold Memorial Day Masses on Monday, May 26, at the following locations and times: Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 38th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., 9 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. Michael Hermes; liturgical music by Ed Grisnik. Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 126th and Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., 10 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. John Riley. For more information and other locations, call 913-371-4040 (Kansas City area); email information@cathcemks.org ; or visit www.cathcemks.org.

Memorial Day celebration planned
Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home – Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kan., will have a Memorial Day celebration from 11:30 a.m. to noon May 26. Volunteers from the American Legion Post No. 188 and Chapel Hill staff will participate in the annual Memorial Day Service of Remembrance. Men and women veterans from the U.S. military services will be honored. The event includes a rifle volley, the playing of taps, and placing flags on the graves of known veterans.

Free Memorial Day concert planned in Leavenworth
At 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City will return to perform a free Memorial Day Concert at the Leavenworth High School Performing Arts Center, 2012 10th Ave., Leavenworth, Kan. The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City is a 65-member concert band that will present uplifting patriotic music. There will be ample parking with handicapped accessibility. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. This is a free concert. On Saturday, May 24, Scouts and volunteers will place flags at more than 50,000 graves at both the Leavenworth National and Fort Leavenworth National cemeteries.

Memorial Day Ceremony to be May 26 at Leavenworth National Cemetery
The Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, Kan., will hold its 128th Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. May 26. Guest speaker for the observance will be Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, deputy commanding general, Combined Arms Center – Training, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Roads entering and exiting will be one way during the observance.

Memorial Day ceremony planned May 26 at Liberty Memorial
A Memorial Day Ceremony is planned from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Memorial Courtyard at the National World War I Museum, Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Mo. For more information on the weekend’s events, visit www.theworldwar.org.

Yoder to attend Memorial Day observance
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., will attend the 232nd Memorial Day observance hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 317. The ceremony is at 11:45 a.m. May 26 at the Vietnam Memorial Fountain, Broadway and 43rd Street, Kansas City, Mo.

T-Bones observe Memorial Day weekend with fireworks
The T-Bones are planning Memorial Day fireworks after the game against Fargo-Moorhead on Sunday, May 25, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Village West, Kansas City, Kan.

Clinics announce award winners

Caritas Clinics, including the Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kan., and the St. Vincent Clinic in Leavenworth, have announced Caritas Celebrates Honorees Awards.

The awards will be presented April 26 at an event at the KCI Expo Center. The event includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction to benefit the clinics.

Greg Shondell of Kansas City, Kan., will be honored with the Sister Rosalie Mahoney Award for living the spirit of Sister Rosalie Mahoney through tireless dedication and service to the mission of Saint Vincent and Duchesne clinics.

Shondell volunteers in the Pharmaceutical Assistance Program. The secretary-treasurer of the Heathwood Oil Co., Shondell brings his analytical and process improvement sills to Duchesne Clinic for four to eight hours each week.

He is part of the volunteer and staff of the program team that brings more than $2.1 million a year in pharmaceutical medications to patients with chronic conditions.

He is being honored with the clinics’ highest honor for his volunteer work, critical thinking, sense of humor and compassion.

“Seeing the clinic’s operation for myself, it continues to impress me how compassionate the entire staff is, and at the same time dealing with limited resources, the organization is incredible efficient,” Shondell said. “’Compassion’ and ‘efficiency’ are not commonly used together, but donors should be assured that their support is never wasted.”

Another award, the Caritas Award, will go to the First Christian Church – Christian Men’s Fellowship of Leavenworth. The group volunteers to park cars at the Leavenworth County Fair, donating the proceeds from that work to patient care each year since Saint Vincent Clinic opened in 1986.

The Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department has been named the Community Servant of the Year for supporting the mission and work of the clinics, and promoting access to quality health care for the poor and vulnerable.

“As public servants, every person in this department is dedicated to serving the members of our community. No matter who, where, or what the situation is, every person we serve deserves respect,” said John Paul Jones, KCKFD fire chief.

Patients with chronic conditions often come to their clinic appointments feeling very sick. The clinics help them get their conditions back under control. Occasionally, however, a patient is truly in a medical crisis and needs emergency medical treatment. That’s when the Duchesne Clinic staff gets to see more than bravery from the local fire department; that’s when we see these first responders’ dedication to serving with compassion and respect. The men and women of the KCK Fire Department’s EMS Division demonstrate effective, compassion care at each emergency call at Duchesne Clinic, a spokesman for the clinic said. In commitment to community collaboration, the KCKFD also provides annual CPR recertification training to Duchesne Clinic staff.

Moreno Family Dentistry of Kansas City, Kan., will receive the Business of the Year awards as a partner who works with Saint Vincent and Duchesne Clinics to improve the health of individuals and communities, promotes healthy communities through their work in Leavenworth or Wyandotte counties, or promotes healthy work environments for their employees and the people of Leavenworth or Wyandotte counties.

For seven years, the staff of Moreno Family Dentistry have collaborated with Duchesne Clinic to ensure that dental caries do not prevent patients’ progress to better health. Through donated care and clinic vouchers, Dr. Moreno and her staff have helped well over a hundred Duchesne Clinic patients a year get back on the road to health. Going above and beyond to improve the health of patients, Dr. Moreno and her staff have brought a smile to the clinic’s patients – and staff.

“Dr. Moreno’s generous and compassionate care is a gift to our patients,” said Sister Helen Bristow, SCL.

“It is our privilege to recognize these honorees for their contributions to the clinics, and to work alongside them day in and day out, on our common goal of ensuring that the poor and uninsured have access to quality health care. We do it not because it is easy, but because it is the right thing to do. Each of these partners understand that just as much as we do,” said Amy Falk, executive director.

In 2013, the Duchesne and St. John’s clinics served almost 3,000 patients, averaging 70 visits per day between the two clinics.

For more information on the clinics, visit www.CaritasClinics.org.

– Information from Caritas Clinics

Faith news

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The Christ the King Catholic Church CYO will hold a fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, through April 11, at the church hall, 3024 N. 53rd St.

Edwardsville United Methodist Church, 302 N. 4th St., Edwardsville, Kan., will hold its Second Saturday Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12. It will feature spaghetti. salads, desserts and drinks. Suggested donations are $8 for adults and $3 for children.

Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

Maywood Community Church, 11201 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., will present an Easter musical, “The Price of Love” by Bruce Walters at 7 p.m. April 18 and 19, and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 20. A freewill offering will be accepted.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, will feature the Children’s Choir in an Easter mini-drama, “The e-Bunny,” at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, April 13.

A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. April 21 at the Parkway Baptist Church classrooms, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit www.esavealifenow.org.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., is planning an Easter Egg hunt for toddlers through fifth graders at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in the church park. Those attending should bring their own baskets. The event will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather.

Members at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will observe the Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11. A supper will follow in the parish hall. A “hallelujah” parade is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11:40 a.m. on the parish grounds. Palm Sunday services in English will be at 10 a.m. April 13 and in Spanish at 1:30 p.m.

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in Annunciation Chapel on the campus of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit www.marillaccenter.org or call 913-680-2342.

The University of Saint Mary will present a student-led contemporary Live Stations of the Cross during Holy Week at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, on the Front Circle of USM’s Main Campus in Leavenworth, 4100 S. 4th Street. All are invited to attend. The service will feature prayer and song, as well as Stations designed by USM art students.