Welcome to St. Paul Parish in Olathe!
Our Parish purpose is to use our diversity and compassion to inspire, teach, and nurture all to grow in their respect for God and one another as we follow Christ who willingly laid down his life for us.
~ St. Paul Mission Statement
900 S. Honeysuckle Drive, Olathe, KS 66061 Phone: (913) 764-0323
Message From The Pastor
Happy New Year 2018 to everyone at St. Paul Parish!
I write this on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the visit of the Magi to pay homage to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. This is a beautiful Christmas story told to us by St Matthew, rich with imagery and meaning for all times.
Pope Francis gave a wonderful reflection on the Epiphany this morning at his Mass at the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. He said, ‘Let us imitate the Magi: looking upwards, setting out, and freely offering our gifts.’
Looking upwards: Did the Magi alone see the star? Perhaps because few people raised their eyes to heaven. We often make do with looking at the ground. I wonder if we still know how to look up at the sky. The Magi were not content with just getting by, with keeping afloat. They understood that to truly live, we need a lofty goal and we need to keep looking up.
God has big plans for all of us at St. Paul Parish. 2018 is a very important year and we need to keep looking up with great hope, with lofty goals, with a longing to get closer to God!
Setting out: Jesus allows himself to be found by those who seek him, but to find him we need to get up and go, not sit around but take risks, not stand still, but set out. Jesus makes demands: he tells those who seek him to leave behind the armchair of worldly comforts and the reassuring warmth of hearth and home. Following Jesus is a journey to be undertaken.
This year we will be making preparations to “set out” for our new parish campus building on Lone Elm. It is a huge undertaking, a journey of faith. Moving to a new parish campus can help us see that following Jesus requires us to be bold and take risks. We cannot stand still. Rather, we “set out” in order to accomplish the sacred mission entrusted to us.
Bringing gifts: The Gospel becomes real when the journey of life ends in giving. To give freely, for the Lord’s sake, without expecting anything in return: this is the sure sign that we have found Jesus. To do good without counting the cost, even when unasked, even when you gain nothing thereby, even if it is unpleasant. That is what God wants.
Everyone at St. Paul has “gifts” and “talents” that can be shared with the community and with the poor. As St. Paul was known to say, “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them” (Rom. 12:6). If you are creative and generous, and give your gifts freely, then that is a sure sign that you have found Jesus!
2018 is sure to be a very important year for St. Paul Parish in Olathe. Let’s follow the good example of the Magi and look upwards toward heaven, get ready to set out, and be ready to share the gifts that God has given each one of us.
God bless you and your family this New Year with good health, love and happiness!
Fr. Michael Hermes
Pastor - St. Paul
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.
First Saturday 8:00 a.m.
Regular Weekend Mass Schedule
Sat. 5:00 p.m. at St. James Academy
Sun. 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (Signed), 4:00 p.m.
Masses in Spanish: 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Monthly Deaf Mass: Second Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Weekly Confession Schedule
Sat. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at St. James Academy
Wed. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul
Map to St. James Academy
Parish Office Hours
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Father Michael Hermes, Pastor
- Father Nathan Miller, Parochial Vicar
- Karla Leibham, School Principal
- Michelle Cabrera, Parish Secretary
- Joe Heron, Director of Music and Liturgy
- Gladys Maldonado, Accountant
- Karla Melgar, Director of Religious Education
- Stacey Rains, Youth Ministry Coordinator
- Claudia Ramirez, Pastoral Assistant