Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:17
Parish wins prize for religious freedom float
By Rachel Rogers
MULVANE – St. Michael Parish sponsored a religious freedom float in the annual Mulvane Old Settlers Day Parade Saturday, Aug. 18, and was awarded the grand champion prize.
The float was covered with red, white, and blue and had a 24-foot red arch that said: “Shootin’ for the Stars and Stripes of Religious Freedom.”
Parish youth played the roles of Washington, Lincoln, Betsy Ross, Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, a Jesuit missionary, a Franciscan monk, and two nuns. The characters knelt with flags over their hearts as if praying for protection of these freedoms, and patriotic music played in the background.
Uncle Sam held a sign that said, “I WANT YOU! to protect religious freedom!” Several volunteers walked behind the float pulling bunting covered wagons and passed out popsicles with messages that read, “Vote to protect Religious Freedom.” and “Everyone has the right to Religious Freedom.”
Parishioners designed and entered the float because it was a good opportunity to evangelize, to let it be known that the parish stands with the bishops, and to remind the community about the country’s foundation.
Many along the parade route gave the float a standing ovation, some saying: “Thank you for doing this!”
Adult Bible study based on ‘Catholicism’ begins Sept. 9 at SFA
The award winning “Catholicism” video series by Father Robert Barron will be offered this fall at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita. The 11-week session starts Sunday Sept. 9 and ends Nov. 28.
Participants can choose to attend any of the classes offered on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings. All classes will be at the St. Agnes Ministry House. To sign up, contact Sue Willey at
or call (316) 721-0354.