Youth and school news, April 20, 2018

A check for the St. Katharine Drexel Educational Fund was presented last month to Catholic schools Superintendent Bob Voboril, far right, and Associate Superintendent Jamie Finkeldei, far left, by Kapaun Mt. Carmel President Rob Knapp, KMC Director of Advancement Chenay Sloan, left, and KMC dean of Academics Kelly Dandurand. (Courtesy photo)

Kapaun Mt. Carmel Raises $10,885 for the St. Katharine Drexel fund
Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School students, parents, faculty, and staff recently raised $10,885 for the Walk in Sister’s Shoes campaign.
All proceeds from the campaign benefit the St. Katharine Drexel Educational Fund to assist parishes that struggle financially to carry out the mission of Catholic education in a parish school.
The KMC school community has been participating in the Walk in Sister’s Shoes campaign for over seven years. They exceeded their goal of $10,000 by adding some fun rewards throughout the fundraising month.
“I’m proud of our students for responding to the Walk in Sisters Shoes challenge,” said Kapaun Mt. Carmel Principal Chris Bloomer.
“I think that not only did we double our donation to the Katharine Drexel Fund, but I know our faculty, staff and students had fun doing it.”

SFA scouts to celebrate their 55th anniversary
St. Francis of Assisi’s Boy Scout Troop 762 will celebrate 55 years of scouting at the Wichita parish.
Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and Scoutmasters are invited along with family and friends to attend the Court of Honor at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Stewardship Hall in honor of all involved in scouting at the parish.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel’s 130th Anniversary Gala April 28
Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School will celebrate the 130th anniversary of KMC and its predecessor schools Saturday, April 28, at the school.
Funds raised will be designated for instructional support within the school, and campus improvements, “Paving the way for the next 130 years.”
The program includes an induction into the Kapaun Mt. Carmel Hall of Fame. Mike and Kathy Smith Burrus, both of the KMC class of 1973, will be recognized for their service and dedication to the Kapaun Mt. Carmel community.
Mike Burrus, served as the president of KMC for 12 years following a long business career. Under his leadership, the school completed over $16 million in campus additions and improvements, and steadily increased its enrollment. Mike and Kathy have remained dedicated to the school through their philanthropy, their status as distinguished alumni and as parents to their four children who also attended KMC: Eric, class of 1994; Jennifer, ’95; Todd, ’97, and Adam, ’02.
The Burruses said they were humbled by the award.
Mike added, “Working with the young people and their parents, the pastors, the faculty, and staff in pursuing the mission to educate and form the total person in the image of Jesus Christ was truly a blessing and a privilege during my time at KMC.”
The Burruses said now that a granddaughter is a student KMC, “we couldn’t be prouder to continue our family’s legacy of love, support and prayers for the KMC community.”
The first predecessor school was All Hallows Academy that opened its doors on Sept. 5, 1887, near what is now St. Paul and Douglas. Subsequent schools were the Mount Carmel Academy, and Chaplain Kapaun Memorial.
There are currently 850 students enrolled at KMC.
For more information, visit www.Kapaun.org, or contact Chenay Sloan, director of Advancement, at 316-636-9612 or at csloan@kapaun.org.

Abp. Chaput: Our culture is replacing Christianity with a different religion

Our culture isn’t reverting to the paganism of the past, according to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, instead it is creating a religion to replace Christianity – and today’s new sexual mores are part of that change.
The Most Rev. Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia, was one of the speakers at the Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Symposium April 4-6, at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
The moral conflicts society faces, such as broken families, social unraveling, and gender confusion stems “from our disordered attitudes toward creation and our appetite to master, reshape and even deform nature to our wills,” Abp. Chaput said.
“We want the freedom to decide what reality is. And we insist on the power to make it so,” he said. Such thinking is manifest in efforts to master the limitations of the human body and “attack the heart of our humanity.”
A half century after the publication of Humanae Vitae, the church in the United States is at a very difficult but also very promising moment,” the archbishop said.
The church’s mission now, as always, he added, in not to surrender to the world, “but to feed and ennoble the deepest yearnings of the world and thereby to lead it to Jesus Christ and his true freedom and joy.”

Want to watch the symposium speakers?
Recordings from the symposium presentations may be viewed at livestream.com/CatholicUniversity/events/8141842.
For more information about natural family planning, visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/nfp.

Avance Católico, Viernes, 20 de Abril 2018

Futuros Sacerdotes comparten sus inquietudes acerca de la comunidad hispana
Five seminarians of the Diocese of Wichita responded by email to questions about ministry to the Hispanic community in the diocese.

Diácono Michael Kerschen
¿Cómo te preparas para trabajar con la comunidad hispana?
Esto es difícil de responder sin conocer mi primera asignación parroquial. Sin embargo, espero celebrar eventos familiares con la comunidad, especialmente bautizos, primeras comuniones, bodas y funerales. Sería grandioso poder trabajar con la comunidad a nivel humano para lograr justicia y dignidad para todos los que la buscan.
¿Alguna dificultad que puedas pensar?
El lenguaje, ¡Por supuesto! Pero también me estoy adaptando y sigo aprendiendo sobre la cultura hispana a fin de encontrar las mejores formas de ayudar a crecer la Buena Nueva de Jesús y que se extienda en la comunidad.
¿Qué mensaje le daría a la comunidad hispana?
Como sacerdote, ¡mi vida les pertenecerá! Por favor, sepan que mi amor por ustedes y mi deseo de que la vida de Cristo dé frutos en sus vidas. ¡Les pido paciencia y comprensión y les pido que me ayuden a enseñarme cómo ser un buen sacerdote!

Diácono James Schibi
¿Cómo te preparas para trabajar mano a mano con la comunidad hispana?
Espero volver a Wichita a la gente a la que Dios me ha llamado para ministrar. Me doy cuenta de que muchas de estas personas fieles son parte de la comunidad hispana y, aunque lucho con el idioma, espero y oro para que Dios me dé la gracia de ayudar a satisfacer las necesidades espirituales de donde sea que esté llamado a ser. En definitiva, como católicos, la Eucaristía es cómo se cumplirá este deseo, y como sacerdote, actuando en la persona de Cristo, podré traerles este gran regalo, y esto es me hace sentir verdaderamente humilde.
¿Alguna dificultad que puedas pensar?
El lenguaje ha sido una lucha para aprenderlo, pero es a través de la Misa donde todos podemos comunicarnos como un solo Cuerpo de Cristo. Es la Misa donde espero que mis propias luchas con la comunicación puedan ser superadas por la gracia de este gran sacramento de la Eucaristía.
¿Qué mensaje le daría a la comunidad hispana?
Me gustaría dar un mensaje de agradecimiento a todos los que han estado orando y apoyándome durante todo mi tiempo en el seminario. Espero y oro para que pueda hacer lo mismo por ustedes como sacerdote de Jesucristo. Espero servirlos como sacerdote de la Diócesis de Wichita.

Diácono Garrett Burns
¿Cómo te preparas para trabajar mano a mano con la comunidad hispana?
He estado sirviendo en una parroquia altamente latina en Chicago, predicando, enseñando y bautizando en español, con el fin de crecer en mi conocimiento del idioma, la cultura y la piedad hispana. Sobre todo, he disfrutado conversar con feligreses hispanos y compañeros seminaristas, conocerlos y conocer sus historias para que pueda crecer, no sólo en conocimiento, sino también en amor por la gente y la cultura hispana. De vez en cuando, incluso veo algún episodio de “La Rosa de Guadalupe”. ¡Es tan dramático!
¿Alguna dificultad que puedas pensar?
La conversación en español suele ser difícil, especialmente porque siento que pierdo partes de mi personalidad porque no puedo expresarme tan bien como podría en inglés. Además, mis papilas gustativas “güeras” usualmente no pueden con toda la comida mexicana picante.
¿Qué mensaje le daría a la comunidad hispana?
Gracias por todo su apoyo durante mi tiempo en el seminario. Gracias por ser testigos de una fe viva y por desafiarme a crecer conociendo y amando a Dios, no sólo con mi cabeza, sino también con mi corazón. ¡Espero ansiosamente una larga vida de ministerio como su sacerdote!
En Cristo a través de María, Diácono Garrett Burns

Diácono Derek Thome
¿Cómo te preparas para trabajar mano a mano con la comunidad hispana?
- Antes que nada con cualquier persona en nuestra Diócesis, la preparación permite constantemente que mi corazón se configure a Cristo. En realidad, hay diferentes obligaciones que debo cumplir para estar atento a cada uno de los discípulos que encuentro. A pesar de que el lenguaje presenta una barrera para mí, el sacerdocio exige una voluntad de expresar esa identidad sacerdotal independientemente de la comunicación a través del habla. Tengo espacio para crecer en mi comprensión del idioma español, sin embargo, cada oportunidad que tengo de utilizar mi conocimiento limitado, aunque humilde, demuestra ser una oportunidad para encontrar la alegría del Evangelio en la vida de nuestra familia diocesana.
¿Alguna dificultad que puedas pensar?
- Naturalmente el lenguaje. Recuerdo una hermosa experiencia de mi programa de inmersión de verano antes del 2o año de teología. Una señora compartió conmigo la realidad de su experiencia de dejar atrás a su familia, su deseo de proporcionar para sus hijos, al mismo tiempo que relataba las luchas de salud que estaba experimentando.
Era mucho para mí traducir con mi conocimiento limitado del idioma, pero ella deseaba compartir su cruz, y eso significaba que tenía que ayudarla a soportarla, incluso si eso significaba simplemente escuchar y recibir su historia. Muy a menudo podemos tener la tentación de limitar nuestra disposición a estar disponibles simplemente porque no nos sentimos cómodos con el idioma, sin embargo, hablarlo a menudo no es el componente más grande.
¿Qué mensaje le daría a la comunidad hispana?
- Gracias por su continuo apoyo a nuestra diócesis. Rezo para que mi servicio a la Diócesis le permita a cada uno de ustedes encontrar a nuestro Señor de una manera más profunda. Incluso si a veces es mi humildad el no poder hablar el idioma, ruego que a través de mi educación continua en el idioma y las relaciones formadas con diferentes miembros de nuestra comunidad hispana, podamos juntos estrecharnos más en nuestro vínculo mutuo y finalmente nuestra unidad con Jesucristo.

Diácono Chris Martin
¿Cómo te preparas para trabajar mano a mano con la comunidad hispana?
Una de las principales razones por las que siento que Dios me llama al sacerdocio es por mi familia. Tengo una familia muy grande (yo soy el más joven de seis hermanos, 72 primos hermanos) y estoy muy orgulloso de las personas con las que Dios me ha rodeado.
Cuando trabajo con la comunidad hispana, siempre me he sentido como si fuera uno de los miembros de su familia extendida. Siempre he sido tratado con respeto y amabilidad, eso es algo que espero continuar en mi ministerio para todo el pueblo de Dios. El trabajo duro está en mi naturaleza, y disfruto “entrar en las trincheras” con la gente. Donde trabajamos juntos para mejorar la parroquia, para compartir el amor que nos ha dado Dios para que otros puedan prosperar.
¿Alguna dificultad que puedas pensar?
Primero, mi español es muy limitado. Intenté hacer inmersión en español durante un verano y me encantaba experimentar la cultura, pero el idioma sigue siendo una barrera para mí. Espero que con el tiempo y un montón de paciencia de los que me rodean, cultive una mejor capacidad para trabajar y hablar con aquellos en la comunidad hispana. Además, todavía tengo que deshacerme de algunas “asperezas” en el camino, sé que las personas a las que sirvo me ayudarán a hacer esto. Espero aprender a través de la experiencia.
¿Qué mensaje le daría a la comunidad hispana?
Creo que mucha gente olvida lo que nos hace grandes. Primero, nuestro amor de Dios, y segundo, nuestras familias. Hacemos del mundo un lugar mejor cuando nuestras familias prosperan. He experimentado tanto deseo de ayudar a la comunidad hispana a mantener unidas sus familias. Que sean fuertes. Nuestra sociedad necesita una presencia familiar más fuerte y mucho menos egoísmo. Algo de lo que he sido bendecido, por ser parte de una familia unida y fuerte, desde el principio, y espero compartirlo con el resto del pueblo de Dios. De mi familia para todas las suyas, ¡Que Dios te bendiga!

Llamados a anunciar ¡El Señor ha resucitado!
Por Jake Samour

Como es la costumbre del Papa Francisco en sus Homilías, le gusta proponer tres cosas. Así fue durante la Santa Misa del Domingo de la Resurrección este pasado primero de abril. Lo primero que nos llamó la atención del Papa al escuchar el Evangelio es reconocer que hay un anuncio: el Señor ha resucitado. “Este anuncio que desde los primeros tiempos de los cristianos iba de boca en boca; era el saludo: el Señor ha resucitado.”
Y en frente de este anuncio se encuentra una sorpresa. ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que te dejaste ser sorprendido por Dios? Vivimos en un mundo donde tanta gente anda aburrida, no sabe qué hacer, no tiene ninguna meta o propósito en la vida. Como dice el dicho: si no tienes algo porque morir, no tienes nada porque vivir.
Amigos, es importante reconocer, como el papa nos recuerda, los anuncios de Dios son siempre sorpresas, porque nuestro Dios es el Dios de las sorpresas. Pero el que espera la sorpresa, no espera con miedo pero está listo para ser enviado y hacer lo que Dios le pide. Y así vemos desde Abraham, Dios siempre ha sorprendido a los que ha llamado.
Cuando Dios prueba a Abraham primero lo llama y la respuesta de Abraham es siempre: Aquí estoy. Y luego lo sorprende con: “Pero ve, ve, deja, vete de tu tierra”. También cuando Dios le dice: “Toma a tu hijo único que tienes y al que amas, Isaac y… ofrécemelo en holocausto.” Y Abraham actúa como decir: “Hecho.” La sorpresa es lo que conmueve el corazón, lo que toca precisamente en lo más profundo, en el lugar donde no lo esperas. Es algo maravilloso esperar, sabiendo que cuando Dios viene, Él nos conmueve. Entonces lo primero es el anuncio que causa sorpresa. Dios no sabe hacer un anuncio sin sorprendernos.
El segundo punto que el Papa hizo fue la prisa. Resaltó que en el Evangelio leemos que las mujeres corren, van deprisa a contarles a los apóstoles lo que han visto y lo que se les ha dicho.
El Papa Francisco con mucha sencillez nos explica que: “Las sorpresas de Dios nos ponen en camino, inmediatamente, sin esperar.’… Y Pedro y Juan corren. Los pastores la noche de Navidad corren: ‘Vamos a Belén a ver lo que nos han dicho los ángeles’. Y la Samaritana, corre para decir a su gente: ‘Esta es una novedad: he encontrado a un hombre que me ha dicho todo lo que he hecho’. Y la gente sabía las cosas que ella había hecho.
Y aquella gente, corre, deja lo que está haciendo, también la ama de casa deja las patatas en la cazuela —las encontrará quemadas— pero lo importante es ir, correr, para ver esa sorpresa, ese anuncio. Andrés no perdió tiempo y fue deprisa donde Pedro a decirle: ‘Hemos encontrado al Mesías’.”
De la misma manera hoy así sucede. En nuestras comunidades, en los pueblos cuando sucede algo extraordinario, la gente corre a ver. Van deprisa. Las sorpresas, las buenas noticias, se dan siempre así: deprisa. El Papa como el gran pastor que es, reconoce que hay algunos de nosotros que a veces no queremos arriesgar y nos tomamos el tiempo. Pero el Señor es el Buen Pastor, y nos espera como esperó a Tomás. Así el Señor tiene paciencia para todos nosotros que muchas veces no sentimos la necesidad de ir tan deprisa.
Entonces, el anuncio causa sorpresa, y pide una respuesta deprisa. Finalmente, el tercer punto del Papa fue una pregunta: “¿Y yo qué? ¿Tengo el corazón abierto a las sorpresas de Dios? ¿Soy capaz de ir deprisa, o siempre con esa cantilena, “veré mañana, mañana”? ¿Qué me dice a mí la sorpresa? Juan y Pedro fueron deprisa al sepulcro… El anuncio causó sorpresa, la carrera/ir deprisa y la pregunta: ¿Y yo hoy en este tiempo de Pascua de 2018 qué voy hacer? ¿Tú, qué haces?” Te dejarás ser sorprendido por el anuncio que el Señor ha resucitado y saldrás de prisa como tantos antes de ti o tal vez te quedarás como el joven rico quien se marcha triste porque no estaba listo a dejar sus posesiones. Ojalá que podamos decir como el profeta Isaías: “Aquí estoy, vengo a hacer tu voluntad, mándame a mí.”
Jake Samour es el director de la Oficina Para la Pastoral de Matrimonios y Vida Familiar.

El grupo de estudiantes y maestros posan en la Clausura del Trimestre enero-marzo del 2018.
La Sra. Carolina Lara posa con su bendición Papal por haber culminado sus estudios en el Instituto de Formación Pastoral.

Instituto de Formación Pastoral celebra cierre de trimestre
El pasado mes de marzo se realizó la clausura del trimestre enero-marzo del Instituto de Formación Pastoral en la parroquia San Patricio. La clausura se inició con la Celebración de la Palabra seguido por un convivio de comida y la entrega de los Certificados y Diplomas.
82 estudiantes participaron en este trimestre representando a seis parroquias en el área de Wichita. Todos los estudiantes recibieron certificados por sus clases. La Sra. Carolina Lara recibió su maestría y una bendición Papal por su culminación de las clases del Instituto.
Fue una gran celebración, en la que familiares y amigos presentes festejaron con los graduandos. Damos gracias a Dios porque nos permite ser mediación para que nuestros hermanos logren seguir su crecimiento espiritual de la fe y también de recibir reconocimiento y certificación por los estudios realizados.

Un vehículo de la Patrulla Fronteriza es visto cerca del muro fronterizo actual en Sunland Park, Nuevo México, en esta foto tomada el 4 de abril desde Ciudad Juárez, México. El presidente estadounidense Donald Trump firmó oficialmente un memorando el 4 de abril para enviar la Guardia Nacional a la frontera suroeste. (Foto CNS)

Líderes católicos reaccionan a plan de Trump de enviar soldados a frontera
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Algunos líderes católicos de Texas criticaron el anuncio del presidente Donald Trump del 4 de abril de que estaría desplegando soldados de la Guardia Nacional hacia la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México.
El arzobispo Gustavo García-Siller de San Antonio dijo en un tuit del 5 de abril que la medida tomada por Trump es “una acción sin sentido y una vergüenza para la administración”. También dijo que la decisión de enviar soldados a la frontera demostraba “represión, temor, una percepción de que todos son sus enemigos y un mensaje muy claro: No nos importa nadie más. Esto no es el espíritu estadounidense”.
La comisión sobre inmigración de la Diócesis de El Paso criticó de manera similar la decisión de Trump diciendo en un comunicado del 4 de abril que el plan es “moralmente irresponsable y peligrosamente ineficaz”.
En el comunicado, firmado por el obispo Mark J. Seitz de El Paso y los codirectores del comité, Lily Limon y Dylan Corbett, también expresaron que la acción era un ataque hiriente contra los migrantes, nuestra cultura fronteriza acogedora y nuestros valores compartidos como estadounidenses”.
Al día siguiente el obispo Seitz emitió su propio comunicado sobre el anuncio de Trump, calificándolo como “una acción impulsiva y mal informada” y le pedía al presidente que la reconsiderara.
“Es tiempo de que el Sr. Trump deje de jugar con los temores infundados de la gente”, añadió quien además señala que vive en la frontera y su ciudad es “una de las más seguras del país”.
El obispo dijo que los soldados “no encontrarán aquí enemigos combatientes, solo gente pobre buscando vivir en paz y seguridad. No encontrarán fuerzas opositoras, solo gente buscando vivir en amor y armonía con sus parientes, vecinos, socios comerciales y compañeros cristianos en ambos lados de la frontera”.
La conferencia episcopal mexicana también respondió a la acción de Trump tuiteando el 5 de abril: “Es muy peligroso para nuestra gente mexicana y latinoamericana tener una frontera semimilitarizada”, dando a entender que los migrantes podrían ser ejecutados solamente por intentar cruzar la frontera.
Según el memorando presidencial, la situación allí “ahora ha llegado al punto de crisis. La falta de ley que continúa en nuestra frontera sureña es fundamentalmente incompatible con la seguridad y soberanía del pueblo estadounidense. Mi administración no tiene otra opción que actuar”.
El presidente dijo el 5 de abril que estaba considerando enviar “entre 2.000 y 4.000 soldados y les dijo a los reporteros que los soldados “o gran parte de ellos” se quedarían hasta que se construya un muro fronterizo.
La orden también señaló precedentes de esta acción, citando decisiones de los presidentes Barack Obama y George W. Bush de enviar soldados a la frontera. Obama envió a la frontera 1.200 soldados de la Guardia Nacional en 2010 y Bush ordenó 6.000 soldados a la frontera en 2006.
Aunque algunos miembros del Congreso han criticado el plan de Trump llamándolo una movida política y desperdicio de recursos militares, los gobernadores republicanos de Texas, Arizona y New México — todos estados colindantes con México — lo han apoyado.

El papa Francisco celebra la Eucaristía durante una Misa con cientos de sacerdotes misioneros de la misericordia en la Basílica de San Pedro en el Vaticano el 10 de abril. (Foto CNS)

Pecadores arrepentidos no necesitan confesores inquisidores, dice el papa
CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (CNS) -- Los sacerdotes tienen que dar esperanza a los hombres y las mujeres que buscan perdón, alentándoles en su lucha contra el pecado, dijo el papa Francisco.
Misericordia en el confesionario ayuda a los penitentes a regresar a Dios sin temor, aunque se tropiecen o resbalen en un camino que “está lleno de piedras y de cáscaras de plátano que te hacen resbalar”, el papa le dijo a los 550 sacerdotes designados “misioneros de la misericordia”.
“En resumen, la misericordia liberando restaura la dignidad”, dijo el papa el 10 de abril. “El penitente no se complace en compadecerse por el pecado cometido y el sacerdote no lo culpa por el mal del que se arrepintió. Más bien lo alienta a mirar hacia el futuro con nuevos ojos, llevándolo ‘a los manantiales de agua’”.
Los misioneros de la misericordia y sacerdotes de órdenes religiosas y diocesanos de todo el mundo estaban entre los más de 1,000 que recibieron un mandato papal especial de predicar y enseñar sobre la misericordia de Dios durante el Jubileo Extraordinario de la Misericordia de 2015 a 2016.

Conferencia de Stewardship 21 de abril de 2018
Nuestra Conferencia de Stewardship Diocesana da la bienvenida a Curtis Martin, fundador del Ministerio FOCUS y al Padre Jarrod Lies, párroco de la parroquia de San Francisco de Asís, quien nos inspirará y brindará ayuda práctica para cambiar nuestra fe de “mantenimiento” a ser “misioneros”. , “¿A quién estás siguiendo?”, Respondemos: “¡Jesús!” Al participar en la conferencia de este año, llegarás a saber cómo encontrar y seguir a Jesús y cómo compartir este encuentro con tu familia, parroquia y comunidad.
Sábado, 21 de abril en la Iglesia de Magdalena, 12626 E. 21st Street N., Wichita, 9 a.m. a 3:30 p.m. Colaboración de $20 que incluye almuerzo, meriendas, folletos y otros materiales (nadie será rechazado debido a finanzas. Sin costo para sacerdotes y religiosos)
Misa de apertura celebrada por el Obispo Carl A. Kemme - cierre con Adoración al Santísimo dirigido por el Wichita Adore Ministry
Para más información favor contactar la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano al (316) 269-3919

Santidad significa ser amoroso, no aburrido, dice el papa
CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (CNS) — Dios llama a todos los cristianos a ser santos, pero no se refiere a las estatuas plásticas de los santos, sino a personas de verdad que hacen tiempo para la oración y le muestran atención amorosa a los demás con los gestos más simples, dijo el papa Francisco en su nuevo documento sobre la santidad.
“No tengas miedo de la santidad. No te quitará fuerzas, vida o alegría”, escribió el papa en “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Alégrense y regocíjense”), su exhortación apostólica “sobre el llamado a la santidad en el mundo actual”.

Intención del Santo Padre para Abril
“Para que los responsables del pensamiento y de la gestión de la economía tengan el coraje de refutar una economía de la exclusión y sepan abrir nuevos caminos o rutas.”

11 elevated as readers or acolytes

Eleven seminarians of the Diocese of Wichita were elevated to special ministries by Bishop Carl A. Kemme at a Mass of Institution for Readers and Acolytes Monday, March 26, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Bishop Kemme talked about the reading of the day in which Judas Iscariot becomes upset because a jar of expensive oil is used by Mary of Bethany to anoint Jesus’ feet. Jesus chastises Judas and Mary is allowed to perform her act of devotion
“My friends, this beautiful text invites us to consider the Bethany of our hearts, souls, homes, and churches, as places of welcome for the Lord. Is Jesus welcome there in the Bethany of your heart and home?” Bishop Kemme said. “Is Jesus a true friend among friends, among us?”
Invite Jesus into the “Bethany of your heart,” the bishop said, “and show him the love and tenderness he deserves as Our Lord and Savior.”
In comments directed to the seminarians, Bishop Kemme said, the men were advancing on the road to formal and official ministry in the church to proclaim the Word and to assist at the altar and the sanctuary.
“As your bishop, and on behalf of the good people of our diocese, I invite you to fulfill these sacred duties with the spirit of Mary in tonight’s Gospel, as a friend of Jesus and as one who understood the deeper significance of what she was doing,” he said. “In the same way, as lectors and acolytes, I urge you to not merely read the Scriptures, as if you were reading the newspaper or a novel or any other printed text, but rather to proclaim the Word, knowing that it is God speaking through you and to his people.”
He urged the seminarians to offer the Bethany of their lives to Jesus Christ.
“As lectors and acolytes, give him a Bethany-like service, personal, meaningful, devoted and sincere, for when you do, you will not only be fulfilling your ministries, but you will also grow in friendship and love with your welcomed divine Guest; you will be building up the church and giving glory to God on high.”
Father Chad Arnold, director of the diocesan Vocations office, said the ministries help to highlight the fact that a man studying to be a priest does not just wake up one day and get ordained, but that it is a process – a process of growth and enrichment.
“In the ministry of lector, a man is challenged to deepen his relationship with scripture while also being given the responsibility to proclaim and share the good news of salvation. In the ministry of acolyte, a man is invited to draw closer to the altar of God, to mold their life more perfectly to the likeness of Christ, and to assist priests in carrying out their ministry of Holy Communion.”

Ministry of Reader
Four were installed into the Ministry of Reader, and may:
• Proclaim the readings from sacred Scripture, except for the gospel, in the Mass and other sacred celebrations;
• Recite the psalm between the readings when there is no psalmist;
• Present the intentions for the general intercessions in the absence of a deacon or cantor;
• Direct the singing and the participation by the faithful;
• Instruct the faithful for the worthy reception of the sacraments.
He may also, insofar as may be necessary, take care of preparing other faithful who are appointed on a temporary basis to read the Scriptures in liturgical celebrations.

Ministry of Acolyte
The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest.
It is his duty to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of Mass; he is also to distribute communion as a special minister when ordinary ministers are not available or are prevented by ill health, age, or another pastoral ministry from performing this function, or when the number of communicants is so great that the celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged.
An acolyte may be entrusted, in some extraordinary circumstances, with publicly exposing the Blessed Sacrament for adoration by the faithful and afterward replacing it, but not with blessing the people; and to assist the priest or deacon in liturgical celebrations by carrying the missal, cross, candles, etc., or by performing other such duties.

Ministry of Reader
Four men were installed in the Ministry of Reader. They are in their second year of theology.
• James Trevor Buster, Sacred Heart Parish, Caney
• Hayden C. Charles, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Wichita
• Luke A. Downing, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita
• Ty D. Taylor, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Mulvane
Ministry of Acolyte
Seven men were installed the Ministry of Acolyte. They are in their first year of theology.
• Dillon J. Cott, St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Schulte
• Kirk Matt Glazier, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Madison
• Andrew J. Meng, St. Joseph Parish, Ost
• Patrick J. McKenzie, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita
• Christopher J. Rumback, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Hutchinson
• William P. Stuever, St. Joseph Parish, Andale
• Jonathan G. Tolbert, Church of the Magdalen Parish, Wichita

Diocese unites at Mass of Chrism

Parish reps travel to Cathedral and return home with holy oils
Bishop Carl A. Kemme, in his homily at the March 27 Chrism Mass, talked about the symbolism of the assembly in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the bishop, the clergy, religious, and representatives from every parish in the Diocese of Wichita.
“During this particular Mass, the diocese prays as one, God’s holy people, united in prayer,” he said. “My heart is full of gratitude and pride as we gather in such great numbers and with such enthusiasm for the faith of our local church.”
After singling out all of the priests in attendance, who recommitted themselves in service to God and the people of God, he thanked the priest jubilarians for their service to the church.
“When Jesus emerged from that synagogue in Nazareth so long ago, he looked onto a landscape and among a people, who were his own , and saw that there was no little broken heartedness, no little captivity and oppression, no little mourning or sorrow,” Bishop Kemme said.
It was to them that Jesus had come to give comfort, to announce a year of favor from the Lord, and to give the oil of gladness, he said. “His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd. He set about then and there, as we know from the Gospel accounts, itinerantly preaching the Good news, healing the sick, forgiving sinners, and bestowing strength on the powerless.”
Jesus also taught about the fatherhood of God, of the compassion and tender mercy of the Lord, and invited them to follow him, the bishop said.
“And many did, becoming imbued with a message of truth, liberation and new life. They had been touched by the Joy of the Gospel and their lives were forever changed. In doing all of this, Jesus set in motion a cataclysmic movement, like the rock dropped in the ocean of human history, the ripple effects of wave after wave gaining strength with each passing generation. And so we come to our own day and time.”
Today, 21 centuries later, Bishop Kemme told a packed cathedral, the result of sin is still apparent.
“We look out across the landscape of our experience and we also know too much broken heartedness, too much loneliness and sorrow, too much captivity and imprisonment, too much discord and hate,” he said.
“Our generation, like theirs and each one in between, needs Jesus, his truth, his healing touch, his Gospel of Life, his ministry he entrusted now to the church, the mystical Body of Christ, sacramentally present and at work among us.”
The ministry belongs to all the baptized, the bishop said, but in a special way to the apostles and those who would be called to collaborate with them, the priests.
“This ministry, a true treasure in earthen vessels, a participation in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, offers everyone a real encounter with him who truly walked and lived in our world and who continues to be with us now in mystery and sacrament.”
Jesus left to the church the priesthood of the baptized and the ministerial priesthood, Bishop Kemme said, “the charge, the great commission to heal the sick, to comfort the broken hearted, to set the captives free and to announce a year of favor from the Lord.”
The oils blessed and consecrated at the Chrism Mass will be used in the ministry entrusted to the priests by Jesus, he said.
“Let these oils be oils of gladness, diffusing the Lord’s presence, his healing touch and his life saving and changing grace, to many throughout this part of the Lord’s vineyard,” Bishop Kemme said.
“May those who are anointed with these oils be an anointing themselves in a world that longs for the strength, the fervor, and the vitality they inwardly bring. For all of us, priests, deacons and laity alike, may we anoint those with whom we share life and ministry with kindness, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, peace and love, for when we do, Christ walks and works among us anew.”
Bishop Kemme closed the homily by praying that the oils taken to the parishes be a source of “continual blessing in this new year of sacramental grace, a year of favor from the Lord.”
During the Chrism Mass Bishop Kemme blessed the sacramental oils that will be used throughout the diocese this year. The representatives of the parishes in the diocese and others resulted in an overflow crowd in the Cathedral’s gathering space where the Mass could be viewed on a big screen monitor with the audio piped in through the ceiling speaker system.
Parish representatives enjoyed a lunch in Good Shepherd Hall while volunteers filled the oil containers brought by the representatives to the cathedral to take back to their parishes.

What is the meaning of the Chrism Mass?
The Mass of Chrism has a dual significance: it is a liturgy during which holy oils are blessed; and it manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop.
The bishop blesses three oils: the oil of catechumens (oleum catechumenorum or oleum sanctorum), the oil of the infirm (oleum infirmorum), and holy chrism (sacrum chrisma), which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.
The unity and the connection of the priests and parishes to the bishop, and by extension to the Bishop of Rome, is symbolized by the dispersion of oils blessed by the bishop and taken from the cathedral, the seat of the bishop, to the various parishes throughout the diocese.

Christ be our light!

Diocese to celebrate Humanae Vitae’s 50th anniversary

Diocesan ministry to highlight event with reflections by the faithful
By Jake Samour
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the encyclical of Blessed Paul VI, better known by its Latin title, “Humanae Vitae.” Many, including every pope since Paul VI, have understood the cautionary statements offered in HV about the anti-life, anti-marriage, and anti-family values that would ensue with the widespread use of contraception.
It predicted, with amazing accuracy, the dire consequences of a widespread contraceptive mentality: An increase in marital infidelity; a persistent decline in moral standards; a loss of respect for human dignity, especially of women; and the use of contraception and abortion as tools for states to control population growth and to attempt to interfere in citizens’ sexual relationships.
Now 50 years later, we live in a world eerily similar to what was predicted in HV; yet, its message remains countercultural. The incredible challenges facing marriages and families today – and women and children in particular – the battle over the HHS mandate requiring religious organizations to facilitate health insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and drugs and devices that may cause abortions, and the ongoing issues regarding the Conscience Protection Act were all predicted by the soon to be canonized pope in what was in his time viewed as a controversial encyclical. However, God, through the working of the Holy Spirit, gives his church what it needs when it needs it.
This year can and should be an opportune time to encourage men and women, particularly young people, to proclaim the truth and beauty of HV by our witness. It is a unique moment in time to speak again, with renewed zeal and strength, of God’s plan for love through the testimony of so many lives that have been impacted by Humanae Vitae.
We want to show the many ways in which this teaching has been a light in a darkened world, specifically through the wonderful gift of natural family planning. The Diocese of Wichita has been blessed by the initiative of our Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber, who was among the pioneers who made NFP a priority in our communities. The 50th anniversary provides us an opportunity to express our gratitude for all the blessings that God has bestowed upon this diocese through the work, sacrifice, and stewardship of Bishop Emeritus Gerber and so many other people.
Those who learn and practice NFP realize that it provides a beautiful integration of committed love and life communication in their marriage. Yet, we also know that NFP asks for the very thing that couples commit to in marriage – the gift of oneself to the other. NFP helps couples be unselfish and offers them the blueprint to practice the virtue of chastity, which requires self-control and self-sacrifice. But in the end, chastity is the guarantor of true love.
It is time more people are introduced to “the pearl of great price,” in many ways unknown and hidden to so many people, even Catholics. It is time to debunk the misconceptions people have about what NFP is and what is not, and about what chastity is and what is not.
We are looking for couples, women and men, who are willing to share their stories about Humanae Vitae, NFP, and the life-changing effect they have had in their lives. If you have a great story to share and are willing to share it with others, please contact Becky Knapp at knappb@Catholic Dioceseofwichita.org. We hope to publish these stories in the Catholic Advance and other Diocesan social media throughout the year.
Some ideas might include couples who have struggled in some way and have persevered. Such struggles may be spiritual, physical, intellectual, communicative or emotional, or a combination of two or more of these. The stories do not all have to be feel-good stories; we hope to hear about different circumstances and include various examples of ways in which couples have been able to experience the joy that comes with living in accordance with God’s plan for love and life.
The stories of those who are willing to fully trust in God’s design for love and life are bound to be powerful testimonials because they are from real people about their real experiences. They will encourage and fortify others to do the same for the good of their marriages and families. In the end, we will also be pushing back on the pervasiveness of the ills of our secular culture by showing anew the gift of human life and the wisdom and richness of authentic married love.
Samour is the director of the Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life

Want to share a story?
Those who wish to share a testimonial about Humanae Vitae or NFP may contact Becky Knapp at knappb@CatholicDioceseofWichita.org.

Seven jubilarian priests honored at Chrism Mass

Seven priests celebrating jubilee milestones were honored at the Mass of Chrism Tuesday, March 27, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
They were asked by email to respond to the question: “How has the priesthood made me who I am?” Here are their replies.

Father Michael J. Schemm
Father Michael J. Schemm, pastor of St. James Parish in Augusta, said he is filled with gratitude in the 25th year of the priesthood.
“As I was told in the seminary, and as I have realized over the years, a man does not choose the priesthood for himself,” he said. “God the Father calls a man to the vocation and fills him with the grace necessary to live out that call.”
Fr. Schemm said he senses that grace every day as he plans his work. “I wonder how it will all get done. Many days there is even more work as the phone rings with someone in the hospital, or someone dying, or another couple that needs to be prepared for the Sacrament of Matrimony. It is only by the grace of God that the work that he wants me to accomplish is brought to completion.”
He said he is grateful for God’s trust in him to minister as a priest of the church united to the High Priest, Jesus Christ. “The priesthood is a pure gift and as I unite myself to the gift ‘in persona Christi,’ as St. Paul says, it is no longer I but Christ who lives in me.”

Father Paul Oborny
Father Paul Oborny, who retired in 2006, said it was by the grace of the Holy Spirit he became a priest in 1963 through the “sacred hands” of Bishop Leo Byrne.
“At my first assignment to St. Anne’s Church in Wichita I started learning what it means to be a parish priest,” he said. “The people of the church helped to mold me into being a parish priest – a pastor. I thank God, my family and everyone else who helped form me into who I am today.”

Father Jerry Beat
Father Jerry Beat, who retired in 2010, looked back to the early 1970s for his defining moment in his priesthood.
“The experience that has had the greatest impact on my priestly ministry is the dozen years serving in our diocesan mission in Venezuela,” he said.
“That has expanded my vision and heart to serve the wider church and our immigrants with greater compassion. My facility with the Spanish language and participation with the Cursillo Movement in Barquisimeto has greatly directed my ministry since returning to the diocese. It continues to be a glorious life journey.”

Father Andy Kuykendall
While pondering and praying about how he would answer a question posed by the Catholic Advance, Father Andy Kuykendall said he believes God suggested: “Show them your heart.”
In addition to that, he said, he would also mention how generous, loving, and gracious God has been to him.
Since his ordination 40 years ago, any good word or action on his part, Father Kuykendall said, has not been because of him but because of God’s generosity.
“As most know, I usually get up early in the morning to pray. I want to give God the best time of my day, when I am least distracted and most focused – if I am not too exhausted from the previous day,” he said.
“Each morning I sit and pray this prayer of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests: ‘I love you Lord, and my only desire is to love you until the last breath of my life. I love you, O my infinitely loveable God, and I would rather die loving you, than without loving you. I love you Lord, and the only grace I ask is to love you eternally. My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath.’”
Fr. Kuykendall, chaplain of the Catholic Care Center and Priest Retirement Center, says he prays the prayer throughout the day “because I know how frail I can be at times, how selfish I can feel and act towards others, and how unlike the ‘foot washer priest’ I have been called to and desire to be.”
He adds that he prays frequently because it’s easy to forget that he is to model his life on the cross. “When I remember to keep the cross central, I discover its sweetness and its joy. I thank the people of God for the gift of their lives for touching and transforming mine.”
Fr. Kuykendall said he is thankful to the faithful for allowing him to celebrate Mass, to give them Holy Communion, and to hear their confessions.
“I thank you for allowing me to serve you!” he said. “And most of all, I thank the people of God for allowing me to fall in love with them.”
He closed by adding: “I always sign off with ‘I Love You!’”

Father Wayne L. Schmid
Father Wayne L. Schmid said his 50 years of ministry is one of affirmation to the statement: “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
As early as he can remember, he said, the idea of the priesthood was always present in his mind, likely because of parish priests he knew.
“I was always involved in parish functions,” he said. “In those days we walked everywhere and so every time I passed our parish church, I would stop for a visit with God.”
Fr. Schmid, who retired in 2011, added that he and his sister would attend a 6:30 a.m. Mass most days.
“However, I must say that the reality of my becoming a priest and my journey to the present is a God thing,” he wrote.
“In each step of my life’s journey I have personally experienced the hand and gift of God. The numerous events in my life during those years can only be explained as grace-filled moments.”
He said the priesthood is the vehicle with which he was able to experience God’s grace – and his need to give back. “The journey continues,” Fr. Schmid said.

Father John Hotze
Father John Hotze, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Mulvane and a canon lawyer, said he hopes the priesthood has made him a better person.
“I know the priesthood has allowed me to see Christ,” he said. “As Christians we all seek to be holy, to be Christ-like.”
Father Hotze said the priesthood has allowed him to witness God’s plan of salvation in many different ways. “It has allowed me to witness so many holy people, Christ-like people participating in God’s plan. You can truly see Christ in them. They inspire me to be a better person and a better priest.”
He thanked God for the gift of his vocation and allowing him to “see God in the faithful and in the not so faithful.”

Padre Pio relics to stop in the diocese on April 13

Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 13.
They are on tour through the Unites States, Canada, and Mexico as part of a 50th anniversary of Padre Pio’s death.
The relics available for veneration include Saint Pio’s glove; crusts of his wounds; cotton-gauze with Saint Pio’s blood stains; a lock of his hair; his mantle; and Saint Pio’s handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate a Mass in honor of Saint Pio at 7 p.m.
The Saint Pio Foundation, which is sponsoring the tour, will sell books and items related to Padre Pio in the entryway of the Cathedral.
St. Pio was born on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, Italy, and baptized Francesco Forgione. He first expressed his desire for priesthood at age 10. In order to pay for the preparatory education, his father, Grazio Forgione, emigrated in the United States on 1899, where he worked for several years.
The future saint entered the Capuchin order at age 15, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest in 1910 at the age of 23. Padre Pio was known as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge who bore the stigmata. Stigmata is the term the church uses to speak about the wounds an individual receives that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. They can appear on the forehead, hands, wrists, and feet.
His stigmata emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to the war. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ pierced his side. A few weeks later, on Sept. 20, 1918, Jesus again appeared to him, and he received the full stigmata. It remained with him until his death on Sept. 23, 1968. Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2002.

Details about the visit
• The relics will arrive at the Cathedral at 7 a.m. April 13 and may be venerated at any time, except during Mass.
• Three Masses in honor of St. Pio will be celebrated: at 8 a.m., noon, and by Bishop Carl A. Kemme at 7 p.m.
• Confessions will be heard from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., including during the noon Mass.
• The event ends at 11 p.m. when the relics will be removed.

Center of Hope dinner April 29

Ministry helped over 4,000 families in 2017
The Center of Hope’s annual benefit dinner will be held Sunday, April 29, in the Dugan Library & Campus Center at Newman University in Wichita.
The event’s theme is “Love Begins at Home,” a quote from Mother Teresa. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a private reception for sponsors and their guests. A wine and beer reception for all begins at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m.
Both live and silent auctions will be held. Auction items include a country club golf outing, an HVAC installation, Italian cooking classes with Luciano, a Flint Hills cattle drive, WSC Coach for a day, and vacation resort lodging.
To top off the evening, 50 keys will be made available to guests. One key will unlock a treasure chest containing prizes valued in excess of $2000.
The Center of Hope, which is sponsored by the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ, provides homeless prevention service by helping with rent and utility assistance for those facing eviction. All donations are used to pay rent and utility assistance. None is used to pay any salary, operating or administrative costs.
Center of Hope helped 4,097 families (10,726 persons) with over $1,500,000 in rent and utility assistance this past year. Center of Hope also provides intensive case management services to those in critical need.

Want to give some hope?
Reservations may be made by calling 316-267-3999 or mailing a check to: Center of Hope, 400 N. Emporia, Wichita KS 67202. Credit card payments will be accepted. A table for eight is $1,000. Individual tickets are $100.
A copy of the dinner invitation can be downloaded at CenterOfHopeInc.org. The corporate sponsor this year is Skyward Credit Union.