Back-to-School Food Drive This Week

It’s been a busy summer in the food pantry! Our back-to-school food drive is this week, so when you’re making your shopping list, please consider adding a few of these items. Grade level suggestions are listed below for school families:
ECLC–bar soap; Kindergarten–Peanut Butter; 1st grade–crackers; 2nd Grade–Jelly; 3rd Grade–Pasta or Sauce; 4th Grade–Canned Meat; 5th Grade–Cereal; 6th Grade–Canned Fruit; 7th Grade–One-Can Meals; 8th Grade–Shampoo.

Leaders Needed for Children’s Liturgy

We need adult and high-school aged volunteers to assist with our Children’s Liturgy of the Word ministry, which is offered throughout the school year during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass. Children ages 4 – 2nd grade are invited after opening prayer to accompany the weekly teacher and helper to the church basement where they learn about the readings and gospel in ways they can understand. To get involved, please contact All adult volunteers must complete Protecting God’s Children.

RCIA Classes Begin in September

Classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are available for anyone who wants to learn more about the Catholic faith. The first class is Monday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in St. Peter’s church basement (Romero Room).  If you plan to attend or have questions, please contact  Fr. Bryan Amthor, at or 816.800.0106.

Parish School of Religion Begins Sept. 11

St. Peter’s collaborates with Visitation Parish to present the School of Religion, which provides religious education and sacramental preparation for children in grades 1-8 who do not attend St. Peter’s School. Classes are every Monday from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. beginning September 11. Cost is $50 per child or a maximum of $150 per family. For more information, please contact Mary Pfeifer in the parish office at 816.363.2320 or

Be a “Lead to Read” Volunteer

Last school year, 15 parishioners helped 2nd graders at Troost Elementary learn to read, one lunch hour at a time. If you’re interested in reading with a student in their classroom, one-on-one, for a half hour each week during the school year, come find out more about Lead to Read KC, the program we partnered with last year, and will be part of again this year. Meet the readers who participated in the program at a social hosted by Christie Makar, St. Peter’s Lead to Read liaison, on Wednesday, August 23, at 7 p.m. RSVP by e-mailing Charlie Murphy, Urban Village Youth Sub-Committee Chair, at or call him at 816-678-6366.
Last year’s readers were: Kathleen Barry, Nancy Caccamo, Kathleen Chaney, Maria Gillcrist, Paula Holmquist, Len Jennings, Julie Kramer, Gary Kruger, Kathy Lee, Beth Madden, Kathleen Madden Riley, Barbara Maher, John Maher, Christie Makar, Katie Miller, Charlie Murphy, Leslie Shevlin, Julie Spaeth, and Paul Toigo.

Hidden Treasure and More Construction Progress

Alright, we didn’t really find hidden treasure, but almost! Some of the stonework from the original building was uncovered during demolition, and our wonderful contractor, Fogel Anderson, plans to restore it as a gift to St. Peter’s. It is on the 2nd floor near the old chapel, and was the southwest exterior corner of the original structure, before the first addition in the 1950s. It is shown here, along with photos of the construction progress.  Crews continue to work on roughing in plumbing, electrical and HVAC, as well as framing classrooms and offices on all levels. You have seen some of these demolition photos. Now compare the “before” pictures to the “after”, which show the quick progress being made on framing.

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