DOORS SHUT ON THE YEAR OF MERCY IN DIOCESE

The Year of Mercy may be over but God’s mercy never ends, Bishop Carl A. Kemme told the faithful at solemn vespers Sunday evening, Nov. 20.
“God’s mercy never ends, and like the repentant thief, will accompany us at the hour of our death, when we too can call upon the King to remember us when he comes into his Kingdom,” Bishop Kemme said at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Thousands of pilgrims passed through the Doors of Mercy during the holy year, Bishop Kemme said, adding that they also passed through the doors of “confessionals to confess their sinfulness and to experience in a more profound way the gift of God’s everlasting mercy.”
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CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MASS ON RADIO, TV

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has announced its Christmas Mass schedule.
A vigil Mass will be celebrated in English at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, and in Spanish at 7 p.m.
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POPE CHOOSES FOCUS ON MARY FOR UPCOMING WYD CELEBRATIONS

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has chosen a focus on Mary for the next World Youth Day celebrations, which will be held in dioceses in 2017 and 2018 and with an international gathering in Panama in 2019.
The pope has highlighted the way the Mother of Jesus was always open to the Lord’s will and has described her “as a role model to be imitated,” said the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life in a press release Nov. 22.
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POPE EXTENDS SPECIAL YEAR OF MERCY PROVISIONS ON CONFESSION

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said.
“Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (“Mercy and Misery”), which he signed Nov. 20 at the end of the Year of Mercy.
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FIDEL CASTRO DIES

MIAMI (CNS) — On the day the news of Fidel Castro’s death spread, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami was one of the first Catholic Church officials to respond early Nov. 26.
“Fidel Castro is dead,” he wrote in a statement. “The death of this figure should lead us to invoke the patroness of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity, calling for peace for Cuba and its people.”
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BISHOP TO BLESS PITTSBURG LORD’S DINER TUESDAY

Bishop Carl A. Kemme will bless the Pittsburg Lord’s Diner at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.
The blessing will kick-off an open house that will be held until 6 p.m.
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IT’S COMMITMENT SUNDAY

In the past couple of months within our Stewardship Renewal, we have been speaking much about nouns and verbs. How Stewardship is both: a noun and a verb, a Way of Life and Discipleship in action. In all this focus on language, how does Our Lord speak to you? What language does Our Lord use? The answer would be, Our Lord uses the same language as humans do.
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DIOCESE JOINS #GIVINGTUESDAY

Users of Twitter or Facebook may see the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and its many and varied ministries participating in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29.
The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday. It’s online sibling, Cyber Monday, follows on Nov. 28. With all that spending, the idea of “Giving Tuesday” was born.
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