Around the diocese

St. Anne hosting Karneval Saturday
WICHITA – St. Anne Parish will host a Karneval, a Bavarian Mardi Gras, Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Council building 3202 W. 13th.
The roasted pig dinner will include other authentic German food. Dancing begins at 7 p.m. A silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Auctioneer will be Father Bernie Gorges.
For tickets call (316) 522-2383 or email

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Serra Club inviting faithful to pray at Blessed Sacrament

Monthly holy hour to promote vocations
The Serra Club of Wichita-Metro is inviting the faithful of the diocese to join them monthly in praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
The Serrans are inviting club members and other Catholics to pray with them on the first Sunday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. The next hour will be Sunday, March 1.

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Who was plowing when he was called to be a prophet?

Find the Bible and learn about work and tools.

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Put on your ashes, Lent is just around the corner

By Msgr. William Carr
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25; Psalm 41; II Corinthians 1:18-22; and Mark 2:1-12.
The Hebrew word “Halak” means “to walk.” An authentic collection of ways to keep the Torah or Law of Moses was called the “Halakkah” or “the Way of Walking.”
A person who walked in God’s ways was a righteous person; a person who did not walk in them was a sinner. This background is the basis for today’s cure of the paralyzed man. He could not walk.

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Bishop: distinguish between wants and needs during Lent

By Bishop Jackels
The gospel passage for the first Sunday of Lent is always taken from one of the accounts of Jesus going into the desert for forty days, where he was tempted by the devil. The choice of this passage is intentional and significant.
The gospel story is the source of the otherwise seemingly arbitrary forty-day time span of the holy season of Lent.
It indicates what we do during the forty days of Lent and why. Imitation of Jesus is the basis for Christian holiness. Jesus prayed and fasted in preparation for his public ministry. We do likewise to prepare for Baptism or to renew our baptismal promises at Easter so to live in Christ.
There are yet more lessons taken from Jesus going alone into the desert, particularly learning the difference between needs and wants, and how vulnerable we are by ourselves.

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40 Day for Life begins on Ash Wednesday

40 Days for Life begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, and continued through sunrise, Sunday, April 5.
The Kansas Coalition for Life invites everyone who is available to join the coalition for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.
This is a completely peaceful, completely legal, and completely positive event. For more information, call Mark S. Gietzen (316) 522-8866, or visit

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Gerard House helps young mothers with their many challenges

<center><i>Margaret Bare, Gerard House’s “grandmother” holds Titus who would have preferred his bottle to a photographer’s camera. (Advance photo)</i></center>

By Christopher Riggs
Things have changed over the past two decades in the way unwed mothers are helped and counseled.
“When we started Gerard House 20 years ago it was because of how society dealt with teenage pregnancy,” said Deneen Dryden, the home’s director.
“Now they have day care in school and there isn’t that social stigma attached. Our clients today are those without any support – the most vulnerable – children in need of care.”
It is common to have a Gerard House resident who had been up for adoption but was never adopted, she said. “They are 13- or 14-years-old and said they meant to get pregnant because they want ‘someone to love me.’”

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Pilgrims from diocese march in Washington

Pictures from the march can be viewed here.

Even the March for Life is adapting to technology.
Tama Dutton, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office, said last week that the youth attending the Washington, D.C., rally on the Mall before the actual March were asked to hold up their cell phones and text a phone number.
“And so for the first time we’re going to have an accurate count of how many people were there,” she said from her office in the Chancery in Wichita.
The number of texts received hasn’t yet been announced, but Nellie Gray, president of the March for Life Fund, said the official estimate of the attendance was 100,000. Gray said the wide line of the March took well over one and a half hours to pass one point and added that some veteran Canadian pro-life leaders at the march strongly felt that the attendance was well over 100,000.

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Pictorial highlights

Including photos from the March for Life and A Peal for Life.

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