The Good Word June 2021


June 2021


Dear Alumni, parents, and friends,

We hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the summer. We're still in full swing here at the Catholic Center, even with less students present on campus. We're taking the time for repairs, fundraising, and planning for the school year, all the while still having community events in the evenings. It's been a joy to be able to pray with the students, cook together for our community dinners, and read Dante's Divine Comedy as our summer formation. I'm continually in awe of the intelligence, goodness, and holiness of our students as we work to help them form into saints in the modern world. 

Enjoy this edition of the Good Word with highlights from the last couple of months and images from our Triduum celebration. We thank you sincerely for your support and efforts with donations and prayers. If you need anything at all, or would like to visit, please don't hesitate to ask. 

Lastly, I hope you consider joining us for our community dinner this June. All are welcome and I would love the opportunity to meet and get to know you.

Fr. Branson Hipp

We've been up to good things

Desert Day

We offered a Lenten Retreat that created space for silence to help nourish the prayer life and experience the peace that Christ came to bring us. There were priests available for confession and spiritual direction. Afterwards, the students gathered for games and social time, followed by a Teaching Mass.


Holy Week 2021

By the grace of God and our Holy Week team, we were able to pull off another in-person Holy Week. We entered the Triduum with a beautiful atmosphere thanks to the generosity of those who contributed to our Easter Flower campaign. Holy Thursday was celebrated by Fr. John Klein LC at maximum capacity (with social distance). We ended the evening in silence and adoration. On Friday afternoon, Fr. Branson led the students and the GT community in The Way of the Cross before celebrating the evening's liturgy. The city gave witness to our community praying in chaos, a micro reflection of the noise and atmosphere Christ entered as He carried His cross. Of course, the Triduum ended in a celebratory manner through welcoming 14 catechumens into the Church! We celebrated Easter as a community in what seemed like unending joy. 

Senior Series: From Getting Out to Going Forth

During the month of April, we hosted a three week series on post graduate life titled "From Getting Out to Going Forth". The purpose was to address a few topics related to life after graduation. Ultimately, our goal was to embolden our seniors to go forth and respond to God's call in this next phase of life. We were fortunate to have had 7 alumni speak over the course of the series. Each witness brought stories of both struggle and grace as they addressed the topics of community and faith, financial freedom, and the balance of work and rest. We are grateful for these witness stories! 

Speaking of our seniors....
Congratulations to our Spring Graduates! 

There are over 25 seniors who have been actively involved at the Catholic Center.  A couple are off to earn their PhD in Chemical Engineering, one is planning to enroll in medical school in St. Louis, another to Boston to start working later this summer. There are a handful staying local, a new seminarian on his way to Louisiana, and several to be married in the next few months. These seniors made our community all the more rounded and beautiful. Please join us in keeping them close in prayer.

Summer Mass Schedule

We have begun our Summer Mass Schedule. On Sundays, there are the 5 & 9 pm Masses only with confessions before each Mass.  Daily Mass have resumed at 5:30 pm with confessions before each Mass.  Please check our website for updates as the Mass Schedule may be subject to change over the summer.
Let us know if you plan to attend Family Dinner by using this link. Registration is required.

Volunteer Opportunity

We have a number of projects taking place this summer. If you're interested in volunteering your time, please contact Chris Martineck at These projects include repairing the pergola, landscaping, and power washing. 

We are incredibly grateful for the financial support received this fiscal year. 

Because we are solely funded by donations, it’s crucial that we are sustained by monthly contributions; To learn more about how to become a recurring donor OR to donate, visit We're most grateful for your help! 

-Madeline Zuniga
Development Coordinator

Furniture Donations 

We are interested in replacing some of our beloved furniture. If you're looking to rid yourself of any couches, please keep us in mind. Email Chris Martineck at if you're interested. Thank you!

How can we pray for you?

If you would like for us to offer a Mass for a loved one or special intention please feel free to use this link to submit your request. You will be contacted once the Mass is scheduled with the specific date and time.

We're grateful you're a part of the GTCC family. 

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