Precious Blood Parish St. Patrick’s in Georgetown Celebrates Annual Tradition, “God’s Portion Weekend”

People peeling corn

It’s a family tradition: God’s Portion Weekend at St. Patrick’s Parish in Georgetown, Iowa

God’s Portion Weekend was celebrated August 31-September 1 in Georgetown, Iowa. The weekend celebration featured a golf tournament, “Country Homegrown Dinner,” games, entertainment, auction, and Mass. All proceeds support St. Patrick’s Parish in Georgetown, Iowa. Fr. Mark Yates, C.PP.S. is pastor. Companion Sharon Crall, pastoral associate at St. Patrick’s shared the following reflection of the weekend tradition.

Oh, the stories and the generational family traditions that were still part of the richness of the God’s Portion Weekend at Georgetown on August 31-September 1! The Church community invited the larger Monroe County Community and many parts beyond, even out of state, back to celebrate and raise money for the historic Church building and needs of St. Patrick’s Parish. At this gathering, stories get told of the event, the people, and the history of St. Patrick’s to pass from generation to generation.

Even the preparation for God’s Portion Weekend reminds people of stories. A “Code Yellow” is still called out (today via text message) to gather the parish to process sweet corn. Many could tell you as children, they were enticed to “fish in the ponds” during corn blanching time. It took a few years for them to realize that they were a crucial part of the process—taking the ears of corn from one cold water bath to another. Then it was not so much fun!

Children of the event planners would be lined up in the old hall basement and assigned to chop and grate cabbage for slaw—and didn’t stop until the job was finished.

Years ago, the green bean snapping and processing was itself a story. Pickers sent a driver with buckets of beans throughout the neighborhood to be snapped at various houses. That was called a “bean drop.” Participants were given two hours to accomplish the job, and then the driver would return for pick-up. No one ever complained as they dropped everything they had planned to do and snapped beans for canning. There was no age or gender stipulation involved in this job. If you could snap, you qualified.

The day of the dinner provides its own laughs. One must laugh while frying chicken at 3:30 a.m. to keep yourself awake. Several years back a couple of parishioners dressed in firemen gear to provide “fire department” protection during the cooking.

Every generation was part of the “Talent Show” undertaken for several years at the end of God’s Portion Day. No matter the parishioners had worked all day long at that point. Many remember being astounded as people of all ages got up on stage —all for the “honor and glory of God and his Church.” Some claim miracles occurred. Great aunts turned into beauty queens. Parishioners turned into movie stars and singers. Children became self-confident performers, and even one pastor turned into a country-western singer or a member of the Beach Boys! The stories of having fun producing those outrageously funny shows are frequently told.

Remember, remember, remember and pass the stories along to the next generation. There’s a loyalty to Georgetown that is special.  If you were raised around Georgetown you treasure lots of great memories. If you married into the Georgetown family, you had no idea what you were getting into! If you visit each year at God’s Portion Day—welcome, enjoy, have fun, and listen. There’s bound to be a story being told somewhere to the next generation.

 

Fr. Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S. Featured in Daily Iowan Article

The Daily Iowan, a regional paper of southeast Iowa featured Fr. Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S. in a recent article. Fr. Timothy moved to Centerville, Iowa to become pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He took over from Fr. Bill Hubmann, C.PP.S., who retired over the summer. Fr. Timothy previously had served as associate pastor at St. James Catholic Church in Liberty, Missouri with additional duties as the vocation director for the Kansas City Province.

The article can also be accessed at https://www.dailyiowegian.com/news/religion/st-mary-s-welcomes-new-pastor/article_41171e02-c4fa-11e9-8fad-5718b4c451a9.html

Charism to Charism: Precious Blood Community Collaborates with Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth

Voices of Charity, a publication of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) featured collaborative efforts between the sisters’ community and Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Since 2014, Precious Blood Volunteers have had placements at Cristo Rey Kansas City High School, an SCL ministry. Most recently, Precious Blood Volunteer Brooke Buth led the campus ministry program at the school.

Additionally, the magazine featured collaborative efforts between the two communities with Fr. Joe Nassal, C.PP.S. leading, and Fr. Dennis Schaab, C.PP.S. providing sacramental ministry at the SCL motherhouse in Leavenworth, Kansas.

To enlarge the text from the magazine, click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the page. The magazine can also be accessed at https://www.scls.org/voices-of-charity/2019-2/2019-archives-summer/#dflip-df_4455/29/

Introducing the 2019-2020 Precious Blood Volunteers: Caitlin Caminade

2019-2020 Precious Blood Volunteer, Caitlin Caminade

Caitlin will be serving at KC CARE Health Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She will be living in community at Gaspar Mission House in Kansas City. She grew up in Cebu City, Philippines and Lubbock, Texas. She graduated in May from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biology and a minor in Spanish.

Why do you want to volunteer?

I’m eager to volunteer so that I can shift my focus outside of myself. I feel there is so much I can learn from service, and I see it as an awesome opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ.

Why do you want to volunteer with Precious Blood Volunteers?

I love the ministry’s focus on walking with those who suffer and the emphasis on forming and building relationships in the Kansas City community. I’m also glad that I’ll have the support of Precious Blood priests and other volunteers to grow in my faith.

What are you looking forward to about your volunteer experience?

I am looking forward to being in the clinic and learning about healthcare accessibility, as I hope to go into the medical field in the future. I’m also excited to get to know the community and Kansas City!

Introducing the 2019-2020 Precious Blood Volunteers: Keven Cheung

2019-2020 Precious Blood Volunteer, Keven Cheung


Keven will serve at KC CARE Health Center in Kansas City, Missouri and will live at Gaspar Mission House. He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Professionals Studies and minors in International Development Studies and Poverty Studies.

Why do you want to volunteer?

“Service has always been an integral part of my life. From serving in different capacities
over the years, I have continuously been humbled and challenged by the people I interact
with. Serving has been a way for me to reconcile my own brokenness with that of
another. My desire to serve comes from a deep desire to grow in love, wisdom and
understanding for the communities I am placed in.”

Why do you want to volunteer with Precious Blood Volunteers?

“The Precious Blood Volunteers’ four pillars hold the qualities I strive to embody, which
include faith, building community, walking with those who suffer, and seeking
reconciliation. The intersection of faith, service to the marginalized, and clinical
experience is what draws me to the PBV. The PBV program is an opportunity for me to
develop meaningful and life-giving relationships with the communities I live and work
with.”

What are you looking forward to about your volunteer experience?

“I am excited to be spending a whole year getting to know Kansas City and developing a
genuine appreciation for the various communities within the city. I am also looking
forward to living at the volunteer house and allowing it to become a home for me. I hope
to gain a better understanding of the healthcare system and what it means to be a
physician.”

Convener / Sponsor Training – Saint Charles

Over the weekend, a special training was held for the Companions who were discerned  the community to serve as Conveners and Sponsors for the next three years. The training with prayer that spoke of the power of fire and the power of the light of Christ. Throughout the next day those gathered discussed specific details of their new responsibilities as well as the best practices that were utilized by the different Companion groups across the country. We are so grateful to all those who gathered for saying “Yes” and helping support Companions throughout the country.