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
Fr. Nathan Miller has announced that he is leaving St. Paul Parish and also will no longer be a Catholic priest. This is sad news for all of us as we have really appreciated his ministry the last two years at St. Paul. We were hoping for more time with him. But as Fr. Nathan mentioned, he came to Kansas to discern the possibility of becoming a diocesan priest, as well as discerning his future in the priesthood. We respect his decision and we wish him only the best. He will be in our prayers as he starts a new chapter in his life.
As for St. Paul, we will have weekend Mass help provided by Fr. Gianantonio (Giani) Baggio, CS, a member of the Scalabrinian Fathers, Missionaries of St. Charles. Fr. Giani currently is the head of the Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese. He will celebrate three Masses every weekend for this coming year. We are grateful for his assistance. The long-term plan for St. Paul is to have a pastor, a parochial vicar, a senior priest in residence, and a deacon. We will be staffing up to meet the needs of our growing parish. More on this later.
There will be morning Masses the week of July 9th although I will be out of town on my annual summer vacation. We will no longer have a Mass on Monday mornings beginning on July 9th.
Thank you for your patience and support as we make this transition. Please contact me with any questions or comments.
God bless you.
Fr. Michael Hermes
Pastor, St. Paul
Message from Fr. Nathan
As many of you well know, I am not a diocesan priest. I belong to the Religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. In August of 2015, with permission of Pope Francis, and my Congregation, I asked Archbishop Naumann for a three-year period to discern my life as a diocesan priest here in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
During this three-year time of discernment, as it comes to a close this summer, together with the gracious support of the Archbishop and my spiritual director, and many good friends, I have come to a very peaceful and personal decision to ask the Pope for permission to leave the Catholic Priesthood. As of July 9th, at my request I will be released by my Congregation from my duties as a priest, as the process of laicization continues for up to another year with the Vatican.
I can assure you that this decision to leave the priesthood did not come easily. I take very seriously the commitment I made at my ordination; and I have spent the last five years of my life thinking this through with counsel and prayer.
I understand too, that there is always disappointment when someone leaves the priesthood. Change and transitions in life are never easy. It is my sincere prayer, that my announcement does not cause you anything more than human sadness to see me go. The last thing I want to do is shake anyone’s faith. It is always good to remember that our faith as Catholics is in Jesus Christ not in this or that bishop or priest. I love the Lord and I love the Church.
Being here at St. Paul has been the best thing ever. I have developed a great friendship and understanding with Fr. Michael. I have had so much support and opportunity for personal growth working hand in hand with the school and the many flourishing groups here in the parish. It has been an exciting time, as we as a parish have discerned together our pioneering move up north to our new facilities. So many great things; so many amazing people.
Thank you for everything. I hope you will remember me as a priest who truly loved you and cared for you and prayed for you. Be assured of my on-going prayers for you and please pray for me as I continue to discern God’s plan for my future.
Tuesday - 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
We invite all those who are new to the area or have not yet registered to register online by selecting the box below. You may also stop by the Parish Office to complete a registration form. New families are invited to our New Member Welcome and Information Reception held on the second Sunday of each month. Please contact the Parish Office with questions at 913.764.0323 and welcome to St. Paul Parish!
Parish Office Hours
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Father Michael Hermes, Pastor
- Father Nathan Miller, Parochial Vicar
- Dr. Ann Connor, School Principal
- Michelle Cabrera, Parish Secretary
- Joe Heron, Director of Music and Liturgy
- Karla Melgar, Director of Religious Education
- Amy Moritz, Accountant
- Stacey Rains, Youth Ministry Coordinator
- Claudia Ramirez, Pastoral Assistant