St. Michael's Church of Chapman, Kansas stands tall, strong, and eloquently giving hope to continue to persevere through the many challenges of life, representing faith and perseverance, and what can be accomplished when both are combined.
Next to St. Michael's Church stands the Parish house where the roof was damaged from a tree that had snapped and toppled on top of it. A few feet away, the Grotto had large tree limbs surrounding it.
St. Patrick's Chapel, one mile northeast of Chapman, Kansas was totally destroyed from the same tornado that struck St. Michael's Church.
Since that night of June 11, 2008, the church has unselfishly and graciously has been letting the Chapman Elementary School hold classes and lunch in the Parish Center till the new school is rebuilt. Beside the Parish stands modulars of even more classrooms and a playground. Father Henry Baxa repaired the roof of the church.
Fund raising is a major contribution for St. Michael's Church. There are DVD'S, CD'S, books on sale after mass each Sunday in the church,.
"Tornado Tales" is a book full of compiled stories and pictures of June 11, 2008 tornado. Another fund raising, "Pioneer Beginnings" is on DVD about St. Patrick's, St. Michael's, and "Irish Blessings" is a CD with background music.
Donations for the stained glass window project can be made until June 1, 2011.
The latest fund raising St. Michael's Church is involved in is in the help of the Pakistani Flood Victims. If you are interested in donating to this cause or any of the causes, more information is given on their website www.smchapmanparish.org.
St. Michael's Church gives hope, faith, and strength to many when trouble times have occurred in their own lives, showing great courage and love to all humanity that there hasn't been a shadow of a doubt within the community and surrounding areas that St. Michael's Church will be restored from the damages it has unduly received the night of June 11, 2008. Still standing tall, strong, and continuing to persevere through life's most undeserving challenges, and not wavering in faith, it has overcome, and still manage to give help where help is needed.