ORIENTING PRAYER FOR THE FAITHFUL

There are few practices more spiritually fulfilling than Eucharistic adoration, but a group of volunteers is making prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament nearly transcendent.
Jesse Elpers, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, said the seed for Wichita Adore Ministries, or WAM, was planted about six years ago with a group organizing Eucharistic adoration.
“And back in 2014 it kind of blew up. Suddenly there were hundreds of people coming to each adoration event,” he said.
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BISHOP KEMME: A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL

The Solemnity of Christmas will be upon us very soon. I wish to take this opportunity to extend to all of you, the people of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita my heartfelt wishes for a blessed and joyful Christmas. I pray that you and your loved ones will experience the deeply personal love of God as you gather for Christmas Mass and later with family and friends to continue to celebrate the wonder of the incarnation of God’s only begotten Son.
I encourage you to make Christmas a spiritual time....
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APPEAL TO HELP PARISHES WITH SECOND PRIEST IS ABOUT TWO-THIRDS FUNDED

Blessings sometimes present challenges.
Last May the diocese was blessed with the ordination of 10 priests who were assigned to numerous parishes, a few of which had not had two priests for many years – or ever.
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IS THE SCHOOL THE SOLE MISSION OF A PARISH?

“Does this parish exist to run a school? It seems to me, that we are spending too much money and energy on our parish school? What about other activities and ministries? Is the education of our children our only mission?”
These are good questions that came from a middle aged man at a parish town hall meeting. Sometimes we can be so focused on doing something because “we have always done it that way” that we must stop and reassess why.
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SOUTH KOREANS VISIT DIOCESE ON TOUR OF SERVANT OF GOD EMIL KAPAUN SITES

Three representatives from a school in South Korea with ties to Father Emil Kapaun visited sites in the Diocese of Wichita, including Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Fr. Kapaun’s namesake, Nov. 26-28.
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FR. O’SHEA’S WIT NEVER DWINDLED

Father Sean O’Shea kept his Irish wit about him – even as death neared. After asking Father John Sherlock to deliver the homily at his funeral, he said, “Keep it short – but not too short!”
Father Sherlock then asked him what he wanted him to preach about. “I don’t know,” Father O’Shea replied. “I won’t be there. What’s more, that’s your job!”
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MARRIED COUPLE DON’T LET DISABILITIES GET IN THE WAY OF SERVING THE CHURCH

We met through some friends. We were married in May 1987 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Wichita by Fr. James J. Billinger.
We both have a learning disability, and I am hearing impaired – deaf in one ear, limited hearing in the other ear.
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BISHOP KEMME: GO TO CONFESSION, USE ADVENT TO ‘MOVE FORWARD’

One of the church’s most recently canonized saint and the only one canonized on American soil, St. Junipero Serra was apparently fond of saying, “Always Forward,” or in his native Spanish, Siempre Adelante! It is this expression that I think beautifully captures for us a true Advent spirit.
The church and her people, claimed for Christ in baptism, anointed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and daily nourished in the Most Holy Eucharist, is a pilgrim people, moving through history on her way to the ultimate encounter with God in Christ, Jesus.
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FR. O’SHEA PASSES AWAY MONDAY

Father Sean O’Shea, the oldest priest in the Diocese of Wichita, died Monday night, Nov. 27, at 93. He was one of several priests who came from Ireland in the 1950s to serve in Kansas.
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JON LEONETTI TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE JAN. 19-20

The Spiritual Life Center will host a new program next month called the “Catholic Faith Conference: Catholicism Beyond the Pew.”
The special event features nationally recognized Catholic speaker Jon Leonetti along with several excellent diocesan presenters.
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