Prince of Peace Catholic Community
16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062
Church: 913-782-8864
School: 913-764-0650

Fr. Jerry

Death To Self

 The emphasis has shifted in our Lenten journey. Now we are focused much more on the actual suffering of Jesus and his final days. That is partly why we have veiled the statues and images in Church during the final weeks of Lent. The rubrics in the Roman Missal instruct us, “The practice of covering crosses and images throughout the Church from the 5th Sunday of Lent may be observed.” The Church uses veils to produce a heightened sense of anticipation, building within us a longing for Easter Sunday.

Belief and Action

St. Paul reminds us in the Epistle today, that it is God who gives and we who receive, by this beautiful passage, and that even if we are “dead in our sins”, as were the exiled people of Judah, God awaits us with healing and saving grace.

“For God so love the world that He gave His only Son, that all who believe in Him might not perish but might have eternal life”. John 3:16.

Sin Aggravates You and Others

A therapist tells the story about a patient who had been in a terrible cycle of depression and self-disgust ever since high school. Nothing seemed to help. One day, the therapist met the patient in front of a Catholic church. They ducked inside when it began raining, and witnessed people going to confession. “Should I go too?” asked the patient, who had received the sacrament as a child. “No!” said the counselor. The patient went anyway and emerged from the confessional with her first smile in years, and she kept improving in the weeks to come.

Church Security

We are all aware of recent tragic shootings in our country and around the world, and attacks on innocents in the streets as well as in churches. Following the killing of 26 in a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November, and now the recent school shootings in Florida, many have asked what security steps should be taken to prepare for the unlikely, but terrifying potential of an active shooter or similar criminal attack on any Church campus.

Sharing Our Faith During Lent

Who doesn’t love Lent? Lent begins this Wednesday with Ash Wednesday and begins the season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, ancient practices dating back to the Israelites. Mentioned in a number of places in the Old Testament – particularly in Job, Jeremiah, and Daniel – the sprinkling of ashes, wearing of sackcloth, and practices of fasting were the central gestures of sorrow and repentance for the chosen people.

Be Informed

Recently, I had an all too familiar conversation with a parish member about their schedule and life situation. The parent was speaking about the many activities and schedules that they must go through with children’s activities at school, sports, etc. They were lamenting the fact that they are so busy, they find it difficult to even get to Church.

Who Are Going to be the Teachers?

When St. Paul describes the gifts God has given the Church, he includes teaching among the most important (1 Cor 12:28). No surprise there. “Go teach!” was the final mandate of Jesus. History has long taught that without teachers to announce the Gospel and educate the young, the Church struggles to survive. Evangelization through good teaching is essential to Catholic life. Pastoral leaders in developing nations say that Catholic education is what attracts people to Jesus and his Church.

Repentance and Respect for the Unborn

Jesus’ proclamation in the Gospel this weekend to repent and believe in the Gospel, parallels Jonah’s call to the Ninevites to repent, as heard in the first reading. What is unique in Jesus’ proclamation is the preface to his announcement in which he states, “This is the time of fulfillment.” It is through Jesus that we should grow in trust; in the possibilities of what following Jesus could bring.

Archbishop's Call to Share and Our Global Call

I am very grateful for the generous gifts of prayer, talents and financial support that you share with our parish family throughout the year. I believe that our first responsibility is to our own parish needs, but it should not stop there since we are always pushed by our God to be truly Catholic, meaning we are called to be Christ to every person in our world. We are fortunate that so many of our parishioners respond with such generosity to the needs of our faith community.

Please enjoy this 2 minute message from
Fr. Jerry Volz, Pastor at
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
in Olathe, Kansas


Women's Retreat:  April 7-8
Men's Retreat:  April 14-15

Attend this weekend retreat to renew your faith in Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit.



Bible Boot Camp (Grades 2-6)
Tuesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. - Noon or
Thursday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Totus Tuus (Grades 1-6)
June 25-29 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:15am
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 8:15am
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:00pm


March 18, 2018: "Lifted Up Into Life" (Fr. Jerry)
March 11: "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi" (Fr. Jerry)