Vietnamese Catholics to mark new year on Feb. 11

Vietnamese Catholics will welcome the year of the Brown Earth Dog on Sunday, Feb. 11.
The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita are invited to join in the celebration for the new year, a Vietnamese New Year, Tết Mass. Bishop Carl Kemme and attending diocesan priests will concelebrate Mass at 3 p.m. Feb. 11, at Church of Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st Street N. in Wichita.
Children will receive lucky money immediately following Mass. There will be a cultural program consisting of great food, Lion Dance, cultural songs, dances, and door prizes.

Trân trọng thông báo,
Nhân dịp đầu năm, để cảm tạ Thiên Chúa cùng cầu xin Ngài chúc lành cho mọi người chúng ta trong Năm Mới, các anh chị em nguyên Hội Đồng Mục Vụ Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita sẽ tổ chức Thánh Lễ Mừng Xuân Mậu Tuất 2018 vào lúc 3 giờ chiều Chúa Nhật ngày 11, tháng 2, năm 2018 tại Thánh Đường Magdalen.
Địa chỉ số 12626 East đường 21 North Thành Phố Wichita, Kansas
Thánh Lễ đầu năm sẽ do Đức Cha Carl Kemme và các Linh Mục, Việt-Mỹ đồng tế. Ngay sau Thánh Lễ sẽ có phần “lì xì” cho các em nhỏ.
Ý Nguyện Đầu Năm:
1. Cầu cho tổ quốc và Giáo Hội Việt Nam.
2. Cầu cho thời tiết thuận hòa.
3. Cầu xin cho mọi người trong cộng đoàn được hiệp nhất và dồi dào ơn kêu gọi.
4. Cầu bằng an cho mọi người, mọi gia đình trong địa phận, xin nâng đỡ những người già, yếu, bệnh tật.
5. Cầu xin Chúa đoái thương đến các linh hồn tiền nhân đã qua đời.

Catholic Charities celebrates 75 years of serving families and their children

By Wendy Glick
In a given year, Catholic Charities celebrates a lot of birthdays. Every child at St. Anthony Family Shelter and Harbor House who has a birthday while in the shelter receives a party complete with cake, decorations, and gifts. We do this because each individual who comes through our doors is special. Each is made in the image and likeness of God.
Now, it’s our time to celebrate. This year marks Catholic Charities’ 75th birthday. From its beginning in 1943, the agency has helped stabilize and strengthen hundreds of thousands of parents, children and individuals by providing them assistance and tools for basic living.
Our services have always addressed the unique needs of the time. In the early years, the agency focused primarily on the care of children through St. Joseph’s Home, the placement of children for adoption, limited family counseling, and service to families in conjunction with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Today, our 13 programs and projects address hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, counseling, immigration and disabled adults, and seniors.
Our priorities include strengthening families with hope and enriching them with peace in healthy personal income management, relationships and life-skills based education through case management, counseling and care. Last year, Catholic Charities served over 15,100 individuals. Those who come to us in their time of need have powerful stories to tell.
When Adam turned 10 this year at St. Anthony Family Shelter he had more than his birthday on his mind. Adam suffers from ADHD and other behavior disorders. He works hard at behaving but still gets into a lot of trouble at school and home. A couple of years ago, Adam’s mother dropped him off at his dad’s home and never returned.
At the time his dad, who suffers from PTSD, was living with friends with no extra room. In their time of crisis, the family called St. Anthony Family Shelter. Adam said when he first came to stay he felt confused, fearful, anxious, and angry. Adam is not the only child to believe he may be the cause of his family being homeless. But the truth is children never cause homelessness. They are innocent sufferers.
The activities and services at St. Anthony Family Shelter, as well as our other programs are focused on reducing the short and long-term impacts of childhood homelessness. Your support allows us to address the uncertainty, confusion, fear, anxiety, anger, and guilt homeless children often feel. It enables us to enrich their lives with love and encouragement during a very difficult period, allowing children to thrive in the future and break the cycle of poverty.
Serving poor, underemployed and struggling families takes a strong commitment by many people. We are grateful for our donors, volunteers, and community partners. In 1998, Catholic Charities started its first official volunteer program. This past year, well over 1,500 volunteers gave of their time and talent to feed, shelter and assist Catholic Charities clients in countless ways.
Vickie Grow volunteers for Our Daily Bread Food Pantry at least twice a week. Her passion for helping others shines as she credits her desire to help to the Lord. “He qualifies those He calls. I was not qualified, but He qualified me,’’ she said. “If you keep it in mind, it’s His pantry. He’s sending these people for me to learn something from them, and to give myself to them.”
Please join us in our birthday celebration, because it’s truly a community-wide recognition. We are grateful to God for inspiring our work, and we are grateful to all those who contribute to the mission to alleviate poverty and build strong families.
Glick is executive director of Catholic Charities.

Diocesan news, February 2, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: South American Shrine Pilgrimage for Guadalupe Clinic
Feb. 5-6: Installation and Ordination Mass of Bishop-Elect Shawn McKnight in Jefferson City, Missouri
Feb. 10: Mass for Salt and Light Young Adult Ministries annual retreat
Feb. 11: Vietnamese New Year’s Mass and Celebration at Church of the Magdalen at 3 p.m.
Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday Mass at noon at the Cathedral; Ash Wednesday Mass at 5:30 at Benedictine College in Atchison
Feb. 15-16: Jesus Caritas at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison
Feb. 17: Rite of Election at Cathedral at 10 a.m.; Catholic Men’s Conference Mass at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School
Feb. 18: Rite of Election at Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Feb. 22: Regional priest meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Feb. 24: Mass and luncheon for consecrated religious at the Cathedral; Confirmation Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis in St. Paul
Feb. 25: Confirmation Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours in Caldwell; Catholic Charities Cruise Night at Hyatt Regency
Feb. 28: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita
March 2: Mass for Serra Club Vocation Day at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita at 9:45 a.m.

Prairie Troubadour Symposium to be held Feb. 9-10 in Fort Scott
The third annual Prairie Troubadour Symposium will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, in The Liberty Theater, located at 113 S. Main St. in Fort Scott.
This year’s topic is “Field and Family: Reflections on a Healthy Human Ecology.” Talks will range from faith and family, to economics and agrarianism.
The Most Rev. James Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a former priest of the Diocese of Wichita, will be speaking along with Father Paul Check, rector of St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut.
Other speakers include Joseph Pearce, professor of Humanities, at Holy Apostles College and Seminary In Cromwell, Connecticut; Christopher Check, president of Catholic Answers; William Fahey, president of Thomas More College in Merrimack New Hampshire; Kevin O’Brien, founder and artistic director of the Theater of the Word Incorporated; and John Cuddeback, professor of philosophy at Christendom College In Front Royal, Virginia.
The cost is $75 for the conference, or $150 for the conference and a soiree, plus a ticket fee.
Tickets may be purchased at

Padres win 30th classic 53-38
A young Padres team defeated the Blue Knights of Knights of Columbus Council 4118 by a score of 53-38 in the 30th Annual Basketball Classic for Vocations Sunday, Jan. 28, at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
Fr. Andrew Labenz led all scoring with 28 points. Fr. Drew Hoffman followed with 14. Other priests playing for the Padres were Frs. Curtis Hecker and P.J. Voegeli with 3 each and Frs. Sam Brand and Andy Walsh with 2 each.
A technical foul against the Knights bench brought Bishop Carl A. Kemme to the free throw line, making one out of two shots to round out the Padres scoring. Fr. Daryl Befort also made a cameo appearance for the Padres with a couple of unsuccessful three point attempts.
The Knights were led in scoring by Dennis Munk with 11 points, Kevin Damm with 10, David Damm and Chuck Dowell with 5 each, Ben Patterson and Lawrence Barles with 3 each, and Seth Rundle with 1. Also playing were Long Pham, Bryant Nold and Mike Frost. Volunteer referees for the game were Larry Ramos and Dane Baxa.
A Presentation of the Colors was made by the Columbia Assembly of the Fourth Degree, the National Anthem by the Bishop Carroll Pep Band and the invocation by Father Labenz.
Bishop Kemme made remarks at half-time thanking the Knights of Columbus and those in attendance for their support of our priests and encouraging the Padres to victory. The Carroll Pep Band and Cheerleaders kept the enthusiastic crowd involved – with a strong bias toward the Padres!
In its 30 games, the Basketball Classic has raised over $58,000 to support religious education programs of the Knights of Columbus.

JayDoc fundraiser set for Feb. 17 at Botanica
WICHITA – The JayDoc Community Clinic is hosting a fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Lotus Room at Botanica.
The student run clinic, associated with the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, was founded in 2005 and provides affordable healthcare to medically underserved patients and gives medical and pharmacy students hands-on clinical experience. JayDoc students also assist the Guadalupe Clinic, a diocesan health ministry.
For reservations visit, or call 316-293-2607.

Susan Peters to speak at fundraiser April 6
Wichita television personality Susan Peters will be the guest speaker at the Sara’s Hope Foundation’s 17th annual dinner and silent auction Friday, April 6, at St. Jude Hall, 3030 N. Amidon in Wichita.
Father Jim Mainzer and seminarian Andy Beugelsdijk will be guests of honor at the event.
The doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner by Ray’s Catering begins at 6:30. The cost is $20 per person. A silent auction will also be held.
For reservations, to be a sponsor, or to donate to the auction may call 316-209-5029.

Brown named new director for ministry
PITTSBURG – Casey Brown is the new program director for Southeast Kansas Services at Catholic Charities.
Brown is the former operations manager of Wesley House, an outreach mission of First United Methodist Church, and previously worked for the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center.
Brown will work to prevent homelessness in Southeast Kansas by assisting children and families in maintaining stable housing. He and a small staff will assist families with rent, utilities, transportation, and prescriptions through individualized case management.
Financial literacy, supportive services for veteran families and healthy relationship education is also available through Southeast Kansas Services.
Brown may be contacted at (620) 235-0633 or at

Parish news, February 2, 2018

SFA parish mission Feb. 11-13
WICHITA – St. Francis of Assisi Parish is hosting a three-evening mission from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 11-13, in the church.
“Mission: A Desert Fire,” will be presented by Doug Tooke, the director of Partnership Outreach with ODB films as well as an adjunct staff member with Lifeteen International.
Here are the topics Tooke will present:
• Feb. 11: “A Worthy Adventure” Heading into the desert takes courage and a willingness to explore. The mission will begin with an articulation of the invitation to a spiritual life in Christ and the need for the Lenten journey in our busy lives.
• Feb. 12: “A Voice Crying Out” If a person is willing to listen and walk with Christ, what is next? The recognition that we depend on God’s mercy and grace as we prepare for his profound mission for us.
• Feb. 13: “And Now We Run” The Lord has called me by name and the mission is clear…we look to practical measures of spiritual development necessary for our complete embrace of the Good News that is the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Easter season.

Sacred Heart Parish hosting Italian dinner, raffle Saturday, Feb. 10
The Altar Society of Sacred Heart Parish in Halstead will host its 26th annual Italian Dinner and Raffle from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Sacred Heart Parish Center, 414 Locust St.
The theme is La Dolce Vita. Lasagna, a salad, bread, and a chocolate or strawberry truffle will be served at candlelit tables with courteous “Italian” waiters.
The cost is $20 per person. The event is for adults only and reservations are required. For reservations, call Vivian at 316-835-2816.
Carry out is available between 4 and 5:30 p.m. the day of the event by calling 835-3169.

Valentine’s dinner, dance Feb. 10 at St. Jude Parish Hall
A Valentine’s Dinner and Dance sponsored by the St. Jude Knights of Columbus will take place from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday Feb. 10, in St. Jude’s Parish Hall, 3030 N. Amidon in Wichita.
The cost is $20 per person, $40 per couple, or $35 per couple for Knights. Reservations are required. To do so call the parish office at 316-838-1963, Dan at 316-943-4906, or Tom at 316-838-3793.

Ladies of Grace Tea March 10 at cathedral
The Ladies of Grace Tea, hosted by the Altar Society of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, will be served Saturday, March 10, in Good Shepherd Hall.
Tables of eight can be reserved for $80. For a reservation, contact Altar Society President Mary Santiago at (316) 943-0416.

All Saints bingo and beverages party Feb. 10
All Saints Parish in Wichita is hosting a bingo and beverages event in the gym from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.
The suggested donation for bingo cards is $1 per card or $20 for 25 cards. A variety of beverages will be available.
Babysitting will be available for 2 to 10 year olds in the Fischer Center West. The cost is $5 for the first child and $2 each for additional children.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help to host meatless Friday Lenten dinners
WICHITA – Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishioners will continue their long tradition of serving meatless Mexican dinners on the Fridays of Lent.
Cheese and onion enchiladas, tostadas, potato tacos, chile rellenos and other Mexican dishes will be served beginning at 5 p.m. on the Fridays of Lent from Feb. 16 to March 23 in the Parish Center.
The food is prepared fresh each week to order. Dine in and carry out options are available.
Proceeds finance scholarships to send Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish children to diocesan Catholic schools.

SEAS Knights charity game Sunday, Feb. 11
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of Columbus Council will host its third annual Special Olympics charity basketball game Sunday, Feb. 11.
Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m. when an all-Star team of SEAS Knights will take on the Wichita Independent Special Olympics basketball team in the parish gymnasium located at 645 N. 119th St. W. in Wichita.
The SEAS cheerleaders will perform at the game and door prizes will be awarded. Admission and concessions are by a free will offering.
Last year’s team raised nearly $1,500 to help send 180 athletes and coaches to the annual two-day state Special Olympics basketball tournament in Hays.

Spiritual Life Center news, February 2, 2018

Convert Fr. Longenecker to speak at Seasoned Servant Symposium
Symposium begins with social, Fr. Longenecker’s conversion story
Father Dwight Longenecker, Catholic author and convert from Anglicanism, will be the featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Seasoned Servant Symposium March 16-17 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
“This will be a retreat for older people to appreciate, again, the wisdom of innocence and hopefully, for young people, to appreciate the wisdom of age,” he said last week in a telephone interview from Florida, where he was leading a parish retreat.
“We’ll be doing this by looking at the lives and the spiritualities of St. Benedict, who is always portrayed as the wise old man, and Saint Terese, who’s portrayed as the little girl, a wise little girl. So, in my work I portrayed them, very much, in that sense of the old man and the little girl with the wisdom of innocence and the wisdom of age.”
Fr. Longenecker is referring to his book, St. Benedict and St. Therese, The Little Rule & The Little Way. The topic of the symposium is “St. Benedict and St. Therese: The Wisdom of Innocence and Experience.” The presentations are designed to help those attending gain insight into how youth, with their innocence, and the elderly, with their wisdom, can feed one another in our culture today.
“The structure will follow the Benedictine rule with its three vows of stability obedience, and conversion of life,” he said. “And then illustrations from Therese’s life will be used to illustrate how that functions for the young and for everyone to follow the spiritual path.”
The wisdom of St. Benedict and St. Therese are sorely needed by our culture today, Father said.
“All of us, in the midst of tumult of our fast-changing lives, require stability. And stability is rooted in obedience to something greater than ourselves,” he said.
“It’s important because what it does is it shifts our perspectives, it helps us set the proper priorities in a world in which we can too often be consumed with materialism and ambition and finance and screen entertainment. In the old fashioned days we called it worldliness, and this helps us to reset our priorities.”
Fr. Longenecker is a graduate of Oxford University. A former Anglican priest, he and his family were received into the Catholic Church in 1995. Fr. Longenecker is currently pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is sponsoring the event.
Want to attend?
Father Longenecker will lead the retreat Friday evening, March 16, through Saturday afternoon, March 17, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. To register, visit SLC wichita and click on the program calendar.
Friday night’s presentation will feature a wine, beer, and cheese social with Father Longenecker during which he will share his conversion story from evangelicalism, to becoming an Anglican priest, and finally, to a married, Catholic priest.
Registration is $75 for commuters, $115 for a room for singles, and $105 for double occupancy. To register visit

Young adult retreat Feb. 9-10
A Salt & Light Young Adult Ministry retreat will be held Friday evening through Saturday evening, Feb. 9-10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to “Made for Greatness: Young Adults Striving for Sainthood,” which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, with registration and settling-in time. The overnight retreat will focus on the journey to sainthood and opening one’s self to God’s will and mission in one’s life as a young person in the church. The event ends at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Friday evening’s program will include a wine, beer, and appetizer social. In addition to conferences throughout the weekend, there will be time for group and individual prayer, solitude, rest, Mass, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Veronica Hill, program coordinator for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, said Salt & Light is designed to provide young adult Catholics an opportunity to grow in faith alongside brothers and sisters in similar stages of life.
“This year’s retreat will offer a chance to take a step away from our fast paced lives and slow down in order to reflect on our ultimate goal: to become a saint,” she said.
“By exploring fundamental truths and tangible steps, the retreat should provide solid direction to young adults seeking ways to grow in holiness."
Want to sign up?
For more information and to register, visit

Marriage enrichment series begins Feb. 22
A marriage enrichment series will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 22 in the Youth Room at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Andover.
The four-session series, which ends March 15, is designed to provide couples with practical tools to enhance and improve their relationships. The program was created by the Gottman Institute to summarize their decades of research and to guide couples on the path of what actually works in relationships.
Couples will discuss friendship, fondness, and admiration; romance and intimacy; managing conflict, and solving problems, among other topics.
Couples not yet married, engaged couples, and married couples are invited. Lisa Butler, a licensed therapist at Cana Counseling, Catholic Charities, will lead the classes.
The cost is $100 per couple. To register call 316-264-8344 ext. 1317 or sign up at the church.

Greek iconographer to teach summer workshop at the SLC
Master iconographer Theodore Papadopoulos of Larissa, Greece, will teach a six-day intensive iconography course Monday, June 25 through Saturday, June 30, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
During the course, participants will write (paint) the icon of Christ Pantokrator, which is inspired by one of the most admired artworks of Byzantine iconography. It is considered by scholars as one of the most magnificent works of all time. Papadopoulos will guide participants through the ancient techniques of Byzantine Iconography.
Students will discover techniques of the traditional artistic expression of theology and spirituality. For beginners and professionals, the workshop offers an opportunity to learn and refine their abilities. Each participant will paint an icon of their own to keep.
The goal of the workshop is to provide a complete training in the sacred art of Byzantine iconography through clear, concise teaching. Great emphasis is placed on the student acquiring hands-on experience, to be able to comprehend and put into practice the techniques Byzantine icon painting requires.
The course will be taught daily, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost includes instruction, course materials, daily lunch, and lodging. Space is extremely limited. All those interested are encouraged to sign up soon.
Payments for the week-long workshop may be paid in installments. Pricing and registration are available at

Lenten Day of Reflection Feb. 22
A Lenten Day of Reflection will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Father Jacob Carlin and Father J.D. Betzen, two of the diocese’s newly ordained priests, will give the reflections. Following their talks, there will be a celebration of Mass, luncheon, recitation of the rosary, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. Call 316-744-0167 or email by Feb. 15 to reserve a spot.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Young adults welcomed to SLC this month for “Striving for Sainthood” Retreat
On the Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10, young adults are invited to a special retreat designed just for them at the Spiritual Life Center.
“Made for Greatness: Young Adults Striving for Sainthood,” a retreat for single and married people in their 20s to mid-30s, will be offered Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Some young adults in the church have a hard time finding exactly where they fit. The retreat will center around the journey to sainthood and about opening oneself up to God’s will and mission for one’s life.
Friday evening’s program includes a social hour featuring drinks and appetizers. The rest of the weekend centers on the topic of striving for sainthood as a young adult in the church.
The cost is $40 for commuters, $65 for a single occupancy room, and $50 for a double occupancy room. The Friday evening social and breakfast and lunch on Saturday are included in the fee. As always, no one will be turned away due to finances.
For reservations visit or call (316) 744-0167.

Brown Baggin’ it with Jesus begins Feb. 16
Brown Baggin’ it with Jesus returns to the Spiritual Life Center from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the Friday’s of Lent beginning Feb. 16.
Father Ken Van Haverbeke and Dusty Gates will lead the popular Lenten lunchtime series for adult Catholics to learn more about their faith.
This year will focus on the parables of Jesus. “It is incredible how much we take the parables for granted.” Father Van Haverbeke said, “Knowing Jesus is God and God is communicating to us through parables, we should really know them and understand the message they have for us. Just because we are not living at the time of Jesus, the parables have significant meaning for us today.”
Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch, or call ahead at 316-744-0167 to reserve a box or hot lunch. No reservations are necessary to attend. The event is free.

Fr. Van Haverbeke to lead retreat for those in their mid-lives
Father Ken Van Haverbeke, who is 55 years old, will present a day-long retreat Saturday, Feb. 24, about mid-life spirituality at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
There are many quotes and jokes about mid-life, but that time of life, an age defined as anywhere between 35 and 60, can be a grace-filled time where a person can review life and focus on what is important.
The U.S. bishops wrote about the mid-life spirituality of priests in a three-fold manner: the event, the temptations, and the graces. Using this three-fold approach, the retreat workshop will offer some understanding to this season of one’s life and possibly some spiritual responses.
“In the second half of our lives, we all have the opportunity to face our mortality and this brings up some daunting questions: What have I accomplished in my life? What do I have yet to accomplish? Does my life have meaning?” Father Ken said.
“But mid-life can also be a time of ‘awakening’ which will involve reviewing what matters in life and perhaps questioning what beliefs and spiritual practices and concepts that don’t work anymore, and changing them.”
The retreat workshop on Feb. 24 will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Along with the three conferences, there will be opportunity for the celebration of the Mass and the Sacrament of Confession.
The cost is $20. To register visit or call (316) 744-0167.

Study the Parables of Jesus during Ash Wednesday Retreat
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will lead the faithful in a day of reflection on the parables of Jesus on Ash Wednesday at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
“Our reflection day will not be adult education on the parables,” Fr.Van Haverbeke said, “Rather, our Ash Wednesday Day of Renewal will allow us to use the parables for prayer and a manner of being touched by Jesus, just as he touched his disciples and Mary.”
“It is incredible how much we take the parables for granted. Knowing Jesus is God and God is communicating to us through parables, we should really know them and understand the message they have for us. Just because we are not living at the time of Jesus, the parables have significant meaning for us today.”
The retreat begins 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The day will include time for private prayer, group discussion, reflection, confession and Mass.
For reservations call 316-744-0167 or register online at The cost is $20. A simple lunch will also be provided.

Dellasega to speak at Feb. 7 CAB meeting
OLL parishioner to speak at breakfast and at workshop at the SLC
Joe Dellasega hopes to show those attending the next Catholic Assembly for Breakfast meeting, and in the workshop following, what leadership looks like from a Christian perspective.
Dellasega, executive business coach and consultant with the Dellasega Group and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg, said he’s eager to share thoughts he hopes will inspire the greatness he recognizes in everyone.
“I’m excited to do this workshop because there are a considerable number of leadership training options in the secular world,” he said last week in a telephone interview, adding that it’s difficult to find what Christian leadership looks like.
His presentations will focus on the best business practices in light of our Catholic faith. “Not only the best businesses practices, but those that help participants make them the best authentic Christian leaders possible,” he said.
The breakfast presentation will be a teaser, Dellasega said, the main points of which will be unpacked in the workshop. “The workshop itself is going to be designed such that it’s not only me providing principal themes but also for people to be able to learn from each other,” he said.
Sharing ideas in that kind of a setting is fruitful, Dellasega said. “There are so many great leaders among us doing amazing work, sharing or helping other people in a mastermind setting can impact others in a profound way.
“There’s always going to be that one moment where somebody sits there and says, ‘You know, I can do that. That’s something I can take into the workforce and it will make me a better Christian leader.”
Dellasega said in addition to helping those attending become better Christian leaders, he hopes to help them understand that Christian principles should be followed at home and on the job.
“What I mean by that is sometimes we find that we’re a different person at home than we are at church than we are at work,” he said.
“And when we get all those lined up, when we’re doing God’s will in all those environments…there is great joy in our professional lives.”

Youth and school news, February 2, 2018

First Fortress class completes three-year program
Bishop Carl A. Kemme visited the first graduating Fortress program class Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita.
Fortress is a three-year program open to boys ages 9 to 14 in the Diocese of Wichita. The monthly, school-year program is taught by the fathers of the boys who mentor their sons on topics such as manhood, chivalry, honor, integrity, prayer and service, and vocation, stewardship, and evangelization.
Maria Stewart, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, developed the program with her husband, Chris.
“We were so excited that the bishop came to hang out with the boys and tell his personal vocation story to the priesthood,” Maria said, adding that Bishop Kemme challenged the boys to be “young men of God that the Lord wants them to be.”
Those interested in learning more about Fortress, may contact the Stewarts at

Young adult retreat Feb. 9-10
A Salt & Light Young Adult Ministry retreat will be held Friday evening through Saturday evening, Feb. 9-10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to “Made for Greatness: Young Adults Striving for Sainthood,” which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, with registration and settling-in time. The overnight retreat will focus on the journey to sainthood and opening one’s self to God’s will and mission in one’s life as a young person in the church. The event ends at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Friday evening’s program will include a wine, beer, and appetizer social. In addition to conferences throughout the weekend, there will be time for group and individual prayer, solitude, rest, Mass, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Veronica Hill, program coordinator for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, said Salt & Light is designed to provide young adult Catholics an opportunity to grow in faith alongside brothers and sisters in similar stages of life.
“This year’s retreat will offer a chance to take a step away from our fast paced lives and slow down in order to reflect on our ultimate goal: to become a saint,” she said.
“By exploring fundamental truths and tangible steps, the retreat should provide solid direction to young adults seeking ways to grow in holiness. “
Want to sign up?
For more information and to register, visit

Super Bowl breakfast Feb. 4 at BCCHS
WICHITA – Bishop Carroll High School Parents’ Organization will host its 21st annual Super Bowl Sunday Gourmet Pancake and German Sausage Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in the Bishop Carroll High School Commons at 8101 W. Central Ave.
The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 2 to 12 years old, and $22 for a family ticket of immediate family members.
Proceeds benefit student activities and general needs of the school.

Is every parish in the Diocese of Wichita a stewardship parish?

What we’ve learned about Stewardship
By Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke
“We don’t do that stewardship thing here. That’s a Wichita thing.” Charlotte, a parishioner said to me.
Charlotte (not her real name) attended a parish many miles from the shadow of the Cathedral. In asking her what she meant, she said, “Well, we are a small rural parish. We don’t fill out all those forms every fall or have a stewardship council. That’s something parishes in the city of Wichita does.”
In one way, she was correct. Her parish does not participate fully in the stewardship renewal, nor does it always recognize the need for lay leadership in councils such as a stewardship council.
But, essentially, if parishioners in her parish are followers of Jesus Christ, then stewardship is not an option. Regardless of whether a parish puts up the diocesan stewardship posters or not, they are stewards of the gifts given to them by God.
The practice of stewardship begins at birth when all of us receive God’s greatest gift – life. We are to be stewards of that life and all the other God-given varied gifts we receive during that life until death. It is a life-long process.
In the Sacrament of Baptism we receive the “call to discipleship.” It is in the Sacrament of Confirmation where we are sent forth committed in action, as disciples, to share of our God-given giftedness in love and service to God and neighbor.
I believe Charlotte would agree with all of this. What Charlotte was referring to is a process in which the Diocese of Wichita uses to respond to the baptismal call to discipleship. The yearly renewal process of sharing one’s gifts generously, sacrificially, and proportionately, in a committed manner.
In the Diocese of Wichita we have learned that we need to be invited, encouraged, and challenged to recognize, receive, and accept our God-given giftedness and to, then, within a well-organized process, annually commit to the sharing of time, talent, and treasure, in service to the broad mission of the parish and that of the wider universal Church.
Do all of our parishes have a well-organized process to annually commit the sharing of time, talent, and treasure? Yes, pretty much each of the 90 parishes in the diocese does so in some fashion.
However, whenever a parishioner or pastor says “stewardship is not working in our parish!,” I ask about their annual process, their stewardship council, their lay leadership involvement in a pastoral, and finance council. Often these are overlooked or non-existent, and stewardship suffers. Finally I ask about their fundraising activities. Repetitively having fundraisers, and nickel and diming people for money is a certain way to hurt stewardship as being a way of life.
Stewardship is about discipleship and our call to a committed action. Regardless of whether a person fills out the stewardship forms, every baptized follower of Jesus is called to be a grateful steward.

Passing on the faith in your family

By Jake Samour
Pope Francis reminded us recently, as he celebrated the baptisms of 34 children, that faith is transmitted in the “dialect” that exists within every home.
Dialect means a particular form of a language that is peculiar to a specific region or social group. The pope seems to be suggesting that every home is a specific region with its own dialect. Each family has its own language, its own way to communicate.
So, this begs the question: What is the dialect of your family, with your spouse, and your kids, and your relatives and friends? The faith is transmitted not only when we go to Mass, and pray together and take the kids to PSR or send them to Catholic schools.
The way we communicate in the home, what we say and what we do, and the way we behave as a family is also important. Do we create a home where love, respect, service, humility, and forgiveness are the rule? Actions speak louder than words.
This is not to say that it is not important to go to Mass, or pray together as a family, or receive the sacraments, or participate in faith formation studies. On the contrary, we need to do those first.
However, we cannot transmit to others what has not been transmitted to us first. It is by going to church and praying and participating in the sacraments, that we receive graces from God. We receive the very Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – which comes to dwell in our hearts. In other words, we need God’s help to transmit the faith, we cannot do it on our own. Being able to transmit the faith is a grace that comes from the Holy Spirit and this is precisely why we bring our children to baptize them, to receive First Communion, and to confirm them: so they, too, can receive the Holy Spirit.
We need both aspects to transmit the faith: the first aspect is to do what every Christian should do: go to Mass, pray every day, receive the sacraments, and study the faith.
But the second aspect is just as important, which is to put it into practice by the way we live, with our dialect of love. As the Pope reminded us: if the “dialect” is missing, if at home you do not speak the language of love between parents, the transmission of the faith is not so easy, it cannot be done.
Do not forget. Your task is to transmit the faith but to do it with the language of the love of your home, the language of the family.
Samour is director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Don’t let the courts divide your estate

By Travis Pearson
Experts say we will soon “drive” self-driving cars that can take us where we want to go while allowing us to sit back and sleep, play chess, read, or do anything else that helps us relax.
While that may be the future, most people are not ready to turn over control and trust self-driving cars. Can a self-driving car get you where you want to go? Will it stay on the road? How will it handle something unexpected? What will it do when it comes across the first of many red light runners in Wichita? How will it handle crossing I-70 in January in a snowstorm?
When it comes to our future and the safety and care of loved ones, many of us would not lightly relinquish control to a car that was on autopilot. What if it did not work as we would want it to work?
Yet, when it comes to our finances, healthcare, and our estate plan, many of us have freely chosen to give up control to a system that is random and ill-equipped to make the kind of decisions we can best make ourselves. Under state law, if you are incapacitated or pass away without a plan, someone else – usually a judge you’ve never met, in a courtroom you’ve never visited – will make important decisions that could affect you and your loved ones.
If you die without a will or a trust, a court will determine how your assets are distributed and that likely will happen in a way that does not reflect your wishes. For example, you may have a special needs child, or particular family circumstances you want to positively impact after you’re gone.
In addition, without a plan, that judge will neither know, nor be able to effectuate any of your legacy stewardship desires you may have for your parish or other diocesan ministry. Without a plan, none of these will happen.
Don’t leave your legacy to chance. It’s easier than you might think to write a will, trust, or both and provide for the people and ministries that mean the most to you. We can help you gather the information necessary to create your plan and are available to answer any questions you may have.
Pearson is planned giving coordinator for the diocesan Office of Development and Planned Giving.

Disability, surgeries have not slowed young man from growing in his faith

Voice of Ability
By Sean Seiler
I am blessed with life. I have a disability that can be life threatening, but since I have a shunt, it takes the probability of life threatening danger to a minimum.
I have Dandy Walker Syndrome – a cyst attached to a brain ventricle which results in fluid on my brain and can cause extremely bad headaches. The shunt helps relieve the pressure. I also have a heart condition and I’ve had several open heart surgeries to place valves in my heart.
I enjoy hunting, writing stories, and being outdoors. I like to play with and walk my dog, Angel, a border collie. In high school my favorite subject was religion. It taught me about my faith and reminded me that it’s the most important thing in my life. Even though I’m not perfect in the eyes of the public, I am perfect in the eyes of the God who made me.
I attend Saturday morning and Sunday Mass and participate by being attentive to the Gospels and readings and by singing. I pray about and contemplate what was said in the Gospel and homily which helps me answer tough questions I may have.
My favorite saints are St. Sebastian, St. Don Bosco and St. John Vianney. They led a life I hope to have – like them, I have trouble with the devil tempting me. My favorite holy days are Easter and Christmas – they are the Birth of Christ and the day he arose from the dead and conquered death for all. It reminds me even though I fall, I can always get back up and fight for my soul.
My favorite prayer is the St. Sebastian prayer and the St. Therese prayer. They give me hope when I feel down.
It is helpful for others to know that I have downsides and upsides. I would ask that people be patient with me and don’t give up on me – challenge me, but meet me where I’m at. Don’t give challenges so hard that I can’t do them, such as asking difficult questions.
It is not helpful when someone loses their temper with me. When I get a new task, give me time to work into a routine. Show me how to do things, don’t just tell me. Affirm me when I do a good job, and tell me if I’m not doing it right.
I would like to end by noting Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”