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Church of the Annunciation

Walking With You On Your Faith Journey          WE WELCOME YOU!

On our Journey, How can We Impact Others?

Undoubtedly, we are a blessed people. God loves us abundantly and walks along side us to share in our joy and lift us up in our sorrow. It is quite clear that we are the children of a merciful, compassionate, and generous Father. Embracing the love God offers to each of us frequently leads one to ponder "How can I give back for all that God has done for me?"

Shared Ministries

The Body of Christ is like a mosaic. Each piece is bright and colorful, but it is not until you put the pieces together that the rich beauty shines forth. In the same way, we are gifted with attributes when combined with the talents and abilities of others produce the splendor that radiates from the Body of Christ.

There are many ministries at Annuciation that benefit from the involvement and gift of our parishoners. Click here to open our Shared Ministry Booklet that describes opportunities to share your gifts. Where is God calling you to serve? What gift can you offer in thanksgiving for all that our Maker has done for you?

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Electronic Giving

The electronic giving program is an automatic, convenient, consistent way to share God's bounty by using electronic funds transfer. Through electronic giving, our parishioners can make all contributions via an automatic payment from a checking/savings account or credit card just as one would with their cable bill, phone bill or other expenses. With the number of personal check users dwindling, this program offers a more secure, yet easy way to support our parish activities.

Click here to Begin Electronic Giving Or Manage your Exising Account.

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Shalom House

Shalom Catholic Worker House, located in the inner city of Kansas City, KS provides shelter, a peaceful community, and meals for 25 homeless men each evening giving them an opportunity to get back on their feet. Administrative duties of the operation are handled by Catholic Charities. Their mission is to fulfill the words of Jesus in Matthew 25: "What you do for the least of these brothers, you do for me." Annunciation parishioners live out their faith by bringing dinner and dining with the men on the third Sunday of each month. We carpool from church leaving at 5PM returning by 8PM. Donations of parts of the meal are always welcomed. Adults and children and teens with their parents are welcome. If you are able to help, contact Maria Buchholz.

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Project Uplift

Annunciation serves at Uplift Organization on the fifth Monday of the month which occurs quarterly allowing a meaningful way to live out our faith. Uplift has taken care and compassion to the homeless living on the street since 1991. It is an organization made up of only volunteers and supported solely by donations. An Uplift volunteer drives us in a van to where the homeless are and we provide them with a hot meal as well as supplies they need to live under bridges, in cardboard house, in their cars, etc. We meet at Annunciation at 4:30 PM and carpool to their warehouse at Truman Rd. and Prospect in Kansas City, MO. We return to Annunciation around 10:00 PM. Modest dress is required (shorts not allowed nor are shirts that provide less coverage than a T-shirt). Eat before you come. Dress for the weather. Adults and teenagers accompanied by a parent or grandparent are welcome. Register to attend with Maria Buchholz.

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Hogar de Ninas Orphanage

Joe with the girls on their 1st Communion

Our parish supports the Hogar de Ninas Orphanage financially when possible and with gifts for the girls of the orphanage. Joe Self, son of parishoners Jim and Dorothy Self, has made the orphanage his mission.

Joe is always looking for a group of 6-12 people to plan a mission trip to the orphanage. If anyone is interested in organizing this trip please contact the office. Besides spending time with the girls, Joe would plan a couple of excursions, as well as a couple of work days. Those who fear the language barrier should not worry as the girls are very friendly and persistent, and will make themselves understood. He has expressed that it would be an experience that would impact your life and change the way you look at things forever!

Hogar de Ninas is an orphanage for girls, located in Honduras, Central America. The orphanage is located in the mountainous western corner of the country, in the small city of Santa Rosa,and has a very mild climate. There are approximately 60 girls in the home, most of whom were either abandoned or have lost their parents. It is run by six Franciscan Nuns from Central America, one of whom is 87 years old. The older girls help care for the younger girls, as well as do much of the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. They are in many ways a family, just a little bigger than ours! The home, contrary to what one might think, is not a depressing place, but a lively and fun place. And with 60 girls, there’s never a dull moment!


Joe's most fulfilling and meaningful 14 years of life

My job here is, well, maintenance man, computer teacher, doc, Sunday school teacher, Math & English tutor, bedtime storyteller, construction director, the water guy, the dude with the goods (books, puzzles, cards, crafts), and more. I guess the title that I am most proud of, is the one I hear when people ask the girls who I am, and they answer, "That’s Cheko! Our friend." I am so grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of these girls’ lives and to hopefully be a positive, Christian influence on them. A friend recently made the comment that it is really something that I have put my life on hold for so long. My years being a part of these kids lives, even with its trying moments, have been the most fulfilling and meaningful years of my life. How could I consider this "lost time"?

If you are able to help Joe, the girls or the Orphanage, please contact our Parish Office.

If you are interested in the next Mission Trip to visit the Orphanage in Honduras, please examine these links and then contact our Parish Office.

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Need Emergency Assistance?

Need assistance with food or clothing? Our parish is very thankful to the Holt Ministerial Alliance Food & Clothing Pantry that help our families with food and clothing. This pantry is open on Tuesdays from 9-11AM. Please contact Megan Herndon for more information.

Need emergency assistance with with utilities, rent, transportation or health care? Our parish family at the Church of the Annunciation will try to help clients meet basic needs in emergency situations. Services are based on available funds, family location, and need.

Family Location: This assistance is available for families in the Kearney, Holt or Lathrop areas (including zip codes of 64060, 64048 or 64465).


It is very important to verify a client’s identification and current address. Picture identification is preferred. In the absence of a picture ID two alternative forms of identification will be required, such as social security card, Medicaid card, or birth certificate.

Only the person requesting assistance and their immediate family members (if present) will be allowed to be in the room for the initial interview due to privacy reasons.

A MAAC Standard Intake Form is used to gather the following information. (All information is confidential.)
   1. Names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of all those in the household.
   2. Monthly budget with income & expenses. Pay stubs for the past month to verify employment info. We will discuss your budget and try to find ways to cut back on expenses or increase income.
   3. Description of family’s situation and request for assistance.

If you are in need of assistance and meet the above requirements please call Megan Herndon to make an appointment. We extend our gratitude to our parish family -- without their support this service could not be offered!

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Serra Club

Serrans take their name from the 18th century Franciscan missionary Blessed Junipero Serra, well known for beginning a string of California missions. Like Father Serra in his time, the Serrans of today put faith into action. Whether through meetings, vocational programs, or personal involvement in school, parish and diocesan activities, Serrans accept the challenge of finding and encouraging young men and women to become priests and nuns.

The Serran mission is to foster and promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to further Catholicism by encouraging our members, in fellowship, through education, to fulfill their vocations to service. Serra is a worldwide organization, and the United States Serra Clubs are administered by the US Council.

Click here to reach the local chapter of the Serra Club of Kansas City - North.

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