Bishops of Kansas issue statement in support of adoption protection

The leaders of the Catholic Church in the State of Kansas issued a statement in Topeka in support of the Adoption Protection Act Tuesday, March 20.
The legislation would protect Catholic and other faith-based adoption agencies – without interfering with anyone’s right to adopt.
“Seven states have laws like the legislation before you,” they said in the statement submitted as written testimony to Kansas lawmakers. “None of those laws have taken away anyone’s legal right to adopt. Rather, they have simply ensured that faith-based providers can continue to serve their communities in accordance with their religious principles.”
The legislation does not affect Catholic Charities in Wichita, which no longer has an adoption ministry.
The bishops of the dioceses of Wichita, Dodge City, Kansas City, and the administrator of the Diocese of Salina, said in the statement that it was disappointing the legislation was necessary.
“In recent years, government agencies have forced Catholic Charities to close their adoption ministries in Boston, Washington, D.C., Illinois, and San Francisco because of their policy of placing children only in homes with a married mother and father,” they said, adding that Catholic Charities’ adoption ministry in Boston was one of the oldest in the country and had a strong reputation for being able to place hard-to-place children, such as older children or special needs children.
“Faith-based providers often specialize in handling challenging situations, so to lose their expertise would be a blow to the children and families they serve. Nonetheless, these other jurisdictions forced their closure. We do not want such a scenario to ever occur in Kansas,” the bishops said.
The statement said the climate of “fear and uncertainty” created by litigious groups hostile to faith-based adoption providers does not increase access for anyone.
“However, were the state to pass these protections, it is altogether likely that faith-based providers would increase their services,” they said. “By having a diversity of providers operating in Kansas, we can maximize the number of children and families served. A diverse society should welcome a diversity of perspectives among adoption providers.”
The statement points out that the rights of birthmothers and adoptive parents should not be forgotten in their consideration of the legislation.
“It often happens that a birthmother wants her child to be raised in a home that shares her faith,” the statement says.
“Political activists who do not agree with her religious beliefs should not be able to stand in the door and thwart her wishes. Sometimes a birthmother’s decision to place her child for adoption is based on her desire for the child to have the benefit of a mother and a father, something she may not be able to provide at that moment in her life. Such extraordinary selflessness should command society’s awe and support.”
The bishops said adoptive parents might wish to work with faith-based providers for a variety of reasons and that the government should not deny that choice.
“That fact that faith-based providers may operate according to religious criteria that not everyone agrees with should be expected in a diverse society. Under the criteria employed by Catholic Charities, we, the Catholic bishops of Kansas are not eligible to adopt children. We can assure you that this is not because Catholic Charities bears any ill will against bishops.
The statement says that if opponents to the legislation are successful, America will become a place where even Mother Teresa would be forbidden from carrying out her adoption ministry. “That is anything but tolerance,” they said.
Signing the statement were:
+ The Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann, archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
+ The Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, bishop of Dodge City
+ The Most Rev. Carl A. Kemme, bishop of Wichita
+ The Very Rev. Francis E. Coady, diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Salina
Editor’s note: The Kansas Senate passed the Adoption Protection Act 23-12 Thursday, March 29, but the House voted it down 58-64 just a few hours later. The bill now goes to a conference committee for negotiations.

Diocesan news, April 6, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s announcement delayed
Bishop Carl A. Kemme has delayed the unveiling of his five-year diocesan vision, mission, and priorities.
The vision will be announced in the Catholic Advance as soon as it is available.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
April
April 6: Episcopal visit to St. Joseph House of Formation
April 7: Ordination to the Diaconate at cathedral in Salina
April 8: Discalced Carmelite First Profession: Confirmation Mass at 3 p.m. at St. Jude in Wichita
April 10: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection in Wichita
April 11-12: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees meeting in St. Louis
April 12: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Wichita
April 13: St. Padre Pio Relics at the Cathedral all day, Mass at 7 p.m.
April 14-15: Pastoral visit to St. Margaret Mary Parish in Wichita
April 14 : English Confirmation Mass at 4:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Wichita
April 15: Spanish Confirmation Mass at 3 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Wichita
April 17: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita
April 19: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King in Wichita
April 21: Opening Mass for Stewardship Conference at 9 a.m. at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita; PSU Campus Ministry Mass, Banquet and Ball in Pittsburg
April 22: Confirmation Mass at 10 a.m. for St. Andrew and St. Xavier in Independence; Lunch with prospective seminarians in Independence
April 23-24: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Kansas City; Jesus Caritas in Kansas City
April 24: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Wichita
April 26: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for all Hutchinson parishes at Holy Cross
April 28: Confirmation Mass at 10 a.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard; Kapaun Mt. Carmel 130th School Anniversary
April 29: Confirmation Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. James in Augusta; Center of Hope Annual Dinner
May
May 1: Diocesan Confirmation at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral for St. Peter, Schulte; St. Joseph, Conway Springs; All Saints, Wichita; St. Joseph, Wichita
May 2: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. Patrick in Wichita
May 4-5: Knights of Columbus State Convention in Overland Park
May 5: Confirmation Mass at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 6 : Confirmation Mass at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral

Carmelite profession set for Sunday, April 8
Analia Bandiera will make her first profession as Sister Maria Philomela of the Blessed Sacrament at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe located at 7445 N. Woodlawn, in Valley Center.
She is the daughter of Martin and the late Teresa Bandiera of La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be the principal celebrant at the Mass. Sister Maria will receive visitors immediately afterward.
Lunch will be served. The faithful are invited to the event.

Care Center hosting two Parkinson’s events
The Catholic Care Center is hosting two events related to Parkinson’s disease later this month.
Education symposium
The fifth annual Parkinson’s Education Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas Ave. in Wichita.
This year’s event will feature presentations from local experts. In addition, Dr. David Shprecher, an associate professor at the University of Utah, will talk about new research regarding improving treatments for movement disorders.
The symposium is free and open to the public; a complimentary lunch will be provided. For reservations, call Jennifer at 771-6593.
Fundraising walk
The sixth annual Party for Parkinson’s 5K/1 mile walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Catholic Care Center, 6550 E. 45th St. N.
To register search for “Party for Parkinson’s” at RunSignup.com. For more information, Jennifer at 771-6593.

Info night for parents of persons with a disability April 16
Parents of children or adults with a disability are invited to an informational night Monday, April 16, in the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka, in Wichita.
The event features six speakers who will make presentations from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Topics to be discussed include guardianship of a child, planning for a child with special needs, family grieving, and navigating community developmental disability organizations.
Child care will be available for a limited number of children. Call 316-269-3919 to make a child care reservation.
Spanish interpreters and listening systems will be available to translate in real time.

Bike camp for disabled children set for July
A bike camp will be offered this summer to help persons with disabilities learn how to ride a bicycle.
The iCan Bike Camp, for persons eight years and older, will be hosted July 16-18 in Wichita by the Independent Living Resources Center.
To register, visit www.ilrcks.org, call Cindi at 316-942-6300, ext. 222, or email her at cunruh@ilrcks.org.

Holy Family Camp set for June 11-14
Applications for Holy Family Camp will be available in early March.
Holy Family Camp is an annual, week-long summer spiritual experience for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Campers enjoy a week of prayer, Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a variety of lessons, music, swimming, games, crafts, special events – and friends.
A volunteer staff travels from throughout the diocese to participate in the event sponsored by the Ministry With Persons With Disabilities.
A previous camper, Hannah Metcalfe, says she enjoys sleeping in the cabins, having her own “buddy,” swimming, dancing, and getting to meet other campers.
“I like the talent show and I got to sing with my boyfriend last summer,” she said, adding that her favorite meal is “all of them!”

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita, including two in Spanish, for those who hit the snooze button one too many times:
5 p.m.: Holy Savior
5:15 p.m.: Blessed Sacrament
6 p.m.: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; St. Anne, en español
6:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, en español
7 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU; St. Patrick, en español
9 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU

Pope Francis’ intention for April
Here is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for this month:
Universal: For those who have responsibility in economic matters that economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

Parish news, April 6, 2018

Pittsburg Walk for Charity April 14
PITTSBURG – The Fourth Annual Walk for Charity will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the St. Mary’s Colgan track. Participants may walk or run for a free-will donation. A $5 minimum donation per walker is suggested.
The proceeds will go to Catholic Charities in Southeast Kansas which assists with rent and utility payments for those in need.
The first 30 registrants will receive a Walk for Charity T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to those who raised the most money and pledges.
To register before the event, call Megan Goetz at 316-670-6910 or email her at mgoetz@gus.pittstate.edu.
Goetz, a member of the St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University, said the walk has raised between $1000 and $2000 in its first three years. She hopes to raise $3000 this year.
“The purpose of the event is for people to come out to exercise and socialize – as well as raise money for Catholic Charities,” she wrote in an email.

Holy Savior golf tournament April 23
Holy Savior will hold its annual golf tournament on Monday, April 23, at Willowbend Golf Club, 8001 E. Mulberry in Wichita.
The tournament begins at noon. The cost is $120 per golfer and includes green fee, cart, beverages, range balls and a barbecue dinner following the tournament.
The event is a benefit for Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy.
Register online at holy-savior.org or send payment to Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1425 N. Chautauqua, Wichita, KS 67214.

St. Francis of Assisi to host Divine Mercy novena and service
A Divine Mercy Novena will be prayed at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church beginning on Good Friday, March 30. It will be prayed daily there until its conclusion on Saturday, April 7.
A Divine Mercy Service will be held Sunday, April 8, at the church. It will begin with a rosary at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. A Divine Mercy Mass will be celebrated after the chaplet.
To learn more about the Divine Mercy message, pick up the booklet “The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion” available at all Catholic bookstores or visit TheDivineMercy.org.

Dorothy Adams celebrating 100 years
Dorothy M. Adams, member of Christ the King in Wichita, is celebrating her 100th birthday on April 6.
Her two living children, Joe Adams and Sister Betty Adams, are hosting a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Charity Hall at Christ the King.

Knights serve up big numbers at fish fries
A lot of numbers – and happy tummies – resulted from the three fish fries hosted by the St. Mark Knights of Columbus in Colwich during Lent.
The Knights served up 6,460 plates – one plate every 5 seconds.
They fried 2,145 pounds of catfish, 1,320 pounds of french fries, 620 pounds of hush puppies, and baked 790 pounds of cod. They also prepared 1,586 pounds of fruit, 388 pounds of macaroni noodles, 324 pounds of Velveeta, 685 pounds of potato soup, and 61 gallons of milk.
Ray Mies also prepared 900 pounds of coleslaw for the three events.

St. Margaret Mary Knights golf tournament April 21
The St. Margaret Mary Knights of Columbus Council 3677 will host its 10th annual golf tournament Saturday, April 21, at Pine Bay Golf Course in Wichita.
The event is a four-person scramble and will feature door and team prizes, silent auctions, raffles, and a barbecue. The cost is $340 per team.
To sign up or to sponsor holes, call Al Molina at 316-461-2199 or email japape@cox.net.
Proceeds from the event are used for Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, Gerard House and A Better Choice, and the church and school.

Spiritual Life Center news, April 6, 2018

‘Fulfilled’ Catholic Bible study begins April 12 at the SLC
A Bible study scheduled to begin next week will help participants answer common questions about the Bible such as the “why” of Catholic beliefs and why the Old Testament is so different from the New Testament.
Participants will learn that in the Old Testament God began a plan and began laying a foundation for the beautiful traditions of the Catholic Faith. That plan was fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament.
The study, Fulfilled: Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism, is an apologetic approach to sharing the Catholic faith using the Old Testament tabernacle as a blueprint for God’s plan.
While it is designed as a faith-sharing Scripture study, participants will gain an understanding of some of the most questioned Catholic teachings. The series is designed to reignite a love of Scripture and help participants share and defend the Catholic faith with the Word of God.
Kathy Mietlicki will lead the seven-week Bible study beginning Thursday, April 12, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Spiritual Life Center. The cost is $40. To register, call the Spiritual Life Center 316-685-5240 or email slc@slcwichita.

Grandparenting series begins April 9 at SLC
Denise and Randy Walker, grandparents from St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita, are leading a series about grandparenting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 9, 16, 23, and 30, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita
Although parents are the most important teachers in a child’s life, grandparents also have a role to play. Pope Francis writes in Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love” that “Very often it is the grandparents who ensure that the most important values are passed down to their grandchildren, and many people can testify that they owe their initiation into the Christian life to their grandparents.”
Grandparents have the opportunity to show and share our faith and values to their grandchildren to make a difference in their lives.
The series topics will be: A Grandparent’s Vocation, Models of Faith and Building Traditions, Making Memories, and Sharing Wisdom for Now and Later.
The cost is $20 per couple. To register, call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.

May 3 next Date Night at the SLC, Wichita
Jonathan Scrafford, M.D., a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita, will talk about “Sharing the Joy of Married Love” at the next Date Night Thursday, May 3, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The evening begins at 6:15 p.m. with dinner in the dining room, and continues with the presentation by Dr. Scrafford.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Blessed Pope Paul VI’s cncyclical on married love and responsible parenthood. Dr. Scrafford will discuss themes of the encyclical which can inspire married couples to more fully participate in God’s creative activity, and will encourage husbands and wives to reflect on what they can do to share the joy of married love in our culture.
Dr. Scrafford is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Via Christi. He serves as vice chair of the ethics committee at Via Christi, and is actively engaged in the Catholic Medical Association.

Parent U workshop April 11 at SLC
By Mika Gross

There are significant long-term benefits to children when parents are successful in setting and enforcing reasonable limits in the home.
“No,” “Not now,” and “Just because,” are facts of life we all deal with, even into adulthood. Children who learn to accept limits when they are young have an easier time adjusting to rules in new situations and different authority figures. They learn to find an effective voice and give up whining, pestering, and focusing on what they cannot have. They get busy figuring out how to make good things happen for themselves, even in the presence of real limits, because they gain wonderful skills in self-motivated problem solving.
When problems with setting and enforcing limits occur, parents need to find a way to uphold reasonable limits while also finding a healthy pathway for the child’s natural resistance. Sometimes digging in is needed, but other times a path around is the smarter approach.
This topic will be explored in more detail at the Wednesday, April 11, Parent U program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Gross is a counselor at The Parent’s Place in Wichita.

Evening course on the Eucharist set for April 10 at the SLC
Janet Moore will present “The Mystery of Jesus in the Eucharist: A Reflection on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The talk will focus on the hundreds of Eucharistic Miracles, along with contemplation of the mystery of Jesus poured out for us in the Mass.
The evening course meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration appreciated but walkins are welcome. To register, visit www.slcwichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Fr. Van Haverbeke to lead workshop on world religions
Father Ken Van Haverbeke will present a Saturday workshop April 14 called “Great Religions of the World Made Easy” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
All humans are religious beings, and most humans practice a particular religion or religious philosophy. The workshop will examine the religious and world views found in the world’s major religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, Judaism, and Islam.
Participants will explore the beliefs and practices of these worldviews, and will learn what a Christian can gain from understanding them. Fr. Van Haverbeke will also explore the Vatican Council document on non-Christian religions.
The cost for the day is $15 and includes lunch. To register visit www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Administrative Professionals Retreat set for April 25 at SLC
Father Ken Van Haverbeke and Fr. Jim Weldon will present this year’s Administrative Professionals’ Retreat Day Wednesday, April 25 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The retreat is for all workers in the vineyard, whether as a secretary, administrative assistant, receptionist, or any administrative support professional.
Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., and will feature a Mediterranean style lunch menu including grilled pita and hummus, chicken kabobs on a bed of tarragon rice, with grilled veggies, a Greek salad, and dessert.
After lunch, time for a walk, socializing, and quiet prayer, participants will reconvene to “walk through the Mass.” Father Jim Weldon will present on the practice of “ad orientem,” that is, the priest facing away from the people, and then Father Van Haverbeke will present answers to questions such as: What is the purpose of the drop of water into the wine? What are the meaning behind the colors at Mass, the type of bread/wine, and other practical aspects and meanings at the Mass?
The restful day will conclude with the celebration of the Mass.
The retreat begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. The cost is $20. Reservations may be made at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Have dinner with Fr. Hoisington and St. Peter Damian April 19
Father Tom Hoisington will deliver a presentation about Saint Peter Damian Thursday, April 19, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The presentation was originally scheduled in February but had to be delayed due to weather.
The program, part of the center’s “Dinner with the Doctors” series, includes a meal. After the meal, participants will hear the presentation by Fr. Hoisington on Saint Peter Damian in commemoration of his feast day.
The cost for the evening is $15 per person. Dinner with the Doctors will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center on Thursday, April 19. Advance registration requested. To register, visit www.SLCwichita.org.

Guadalupe Clinic, Lord’s Diner working to keep patrons in need fed – and healthy

The Guadalupe Clinic has joined The Lord’s Diner in the food ministry’s efforts to keep body and soul together.
Jan Haberly, the Diner’s executive director, said she was recently approached by a non-Catholic healthcare provider about the possibility of screening patrons of The Lord’s Diner.
She liked the idea but thought it would be more appropriate to partner with the diocesan healthcare ministry, so she and David Gear, the clinic’s executive director, have combined resources to provide blood pressure screenings twice a month at the Broadway and Central Diner location in Wichita.
At a screening last month two patrons were found to have critically high blood pressure and were referred to a healthcare provider at Guadalupe Clinic.
Gear said both ministries serve – as Pope Francis says – as we are called to assist those on the fringes of society, the poorest of the poor.
“Our mission includes being very engaged with the uninsured, the homeless, the individuals of our community who have the least, but also people who, in the clinic’s case, are medically underserved,” he said. “They may have been laid off, or as I say, ‘hit a speed bump in life’ and find themselves without health care or they may be people that have been uninsured for many years.”
Gear said he’s happy the clinic can work with the Diner more closely, as it did when the clinic was working from the Rycon Building, which was demolished in October of 2015 to make room for a Diner expansion.
The clinic is also collaborating with JayDocs, students from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, to assist those identified at the Diner as in need of medical attention.
Students and an attending physician took care of one of the persons identified last month as suffering from high blood pressure the day after he was screened, at the clinic location on North Market.
“He was able to have his high blood pressure treated because of the staff that we had doing healthcare screenings right there inside The Lord’s Diner,” Gear said. “So we’re really blessed to be a part of The Lord’s Diner ministry, and a neighbor again, if you will, like we were before the enlargement of the Diner.”
The clinic has several other outreaches in the poorest areas of the city, Gear said. “We feel like the more health screening locations we have, the more chances we have to serve. And also, I think being there (at the Diner) consistently, people will get used to us being there and hopefully will welcome us to assist them.”
He said the collaboration between the ministries is the result of the desire by those who work in both ministries to serve anyone who walks through their doors. “Their criteria is ‘please, come,’ and Guadalupe’s criteria is that you are 18 or older and uninsured.”

Catholic Charities is needed to carry out the work of the Gospel

In a recent interview to discuss the 75th anniversary of Catholic Charities service in the community, Janet Valente Pape described the mission of the organization as doing “the rock-bottom work of the Gospel.”
What does that mean? That at its very core, the ministry is providing services that Jesus himself provided. Help to the poor, food for the hungry, and hope for all in need.
Pape was the executive director of Catholic Charities from 1992 to 2010. During her tenure, she said, the ministry was focused on community need – and it still is today – all while preserving and honoring the dignity of each person served.
“Catholic Charities does such important work for the community because it is a reflection of the community,” Pape said. Catholic Charities is one of the most broad-based social service agencies in the community, she added, because it provides such a diverse array of services that are a direct result of the needs of the community.
She said the mission during her time working within the organization was one of service to families of any race, religion, or economic background, just as it is today. And that mission is based in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“What an agency like Catholic Charities does is sow seeds of hope because though our encounter may be often brief we should not underestimate how impactful it might be in someone's life,” she said.
In considering the next 75 years of service to the community, Pape believes it is critical for organizations like Catholic Charities to exist.
“I really don’t think people understand how many people struggle,” she said. “There would be a very real loss in our community without this agency. There are people who would suffer because of it.”
Her hope for the future is that there will always be more than enough support so the organization can continue the mission of Jesus.

Several options available to help couples improve the health of their marriage

By Lisa Butler
Improving marital health is similar to physical health, and in some ways, they are connected. Studies by Lois Verbrugge and James House at the University of Michigan show that an unhappy marriage can increase your chances of getting sick by about 35 percent and decrease your lifespan by about four years.
We do not need to wait until our physical health has deteriorated to the point of needing intensive treatment to make positive change. We do not need a physician’s referral to start eating better or going to the gym. But, it will take more time and effort to get healthy if we let the problems go on for that long.
The same is true for the health of our marriage. A struggling relationship can find hope, healing, and stability. A mediocre relationship can strengthen its foundation to become a supportive refuge from the world. And a good relationship can grow even stronger and more joyful together!
There are many resources and tools for couples – sometimes that vast number can be a little overwhelming. However, the first step to any positive change is awareness of a need or desire for things to be better. The second step is trying something different. We have all heard that one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. We must step out and try something to find out if it will work for us.
If a class seems interesting and your partner is willing to go, then start there. Cana Counseling of Catholic Charities provides a marital enrichment series created by the Gottman Institute with expert insight and proven tools on what makes relationships work. With the first class coming to an end and more classes being announced soon, it is exciting to be able to offer this opportunity for couples to learn and grow together.
If a weekend retreat works better with your schedules, then start there. Worldwide Marriage Encounter is celebrating 50 years of weekend experiences to help couples restore communication and connection. There is even a local group of couples that continue to meet on a monthly basis for support and fellowship.
If you feel that your relationship needs a confidential, objective, professionally trained therapist, then start there. The therapists at Cana Counseling are licensed mental health clinicians having at least a master’s degree in clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, or a related field. With hearts centered in Christ Jesus and a Catholic understanding of the person, those experiencing life’s struggles and challenges are met with love and compassion.
Any door that you are ready, willing, and able to go through is a good place to start. It may be just the step you need to get your relationship headed in the direction of a healthier marriage and family.
Butler is a licensed marriage therapist and addiction counselor with Catholic Charities.

Need advice about your marriage?
Cana Counseling is available through Catholic Charities. For more information or to make an appointment, visit CatholicCharitiesWichita.org.

Two estate planning seminars to be presented this month

By Travis Pearson
I want you to take a moment and be honest with yourself. Have you ever thought about getting your will done, or perhaps a trust?
Ever wondered what the differences are between wills and trusts, what the key advantages of either are, or whether you and your family could benefit from one or both? Ever thought it would be wonderful to be able to listen to experts in the field explain them – in plain English?
Answers to the those questions will be available at two events coming up in April. Oh, and I almost forgot the best part: they’re free!
With the gracious support of Father Daryl Befort, Father John Lanzrath, and the Diocese of Wichita, presentations will be made from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Andale; and on Saturday, April 28, at St. John The Evangelist Church in Clonmel.
Those attending will have the opportunity to hear Catholic speakers discuss the topics and answer questions. You need not be a parishioner of either parish to attend. They are open to anyone in the diocese.
At the presentations I will explain the various ways a person can make a planned gift to their parish or other diocesan ministry and I will provide an overview of estate planning tools.
Two experienced Catholic estate lawyers – Dennis Wetta of St. Joseph Parish and Andrew Rowe of St. John Parish, will talk about wills and trusts – and de-mystify both by explaining what they are, what they do, and how you can benefit from them.
I encourage everybody to consider attending one of these. Please make a reservation so we can plan accordingly.
Pearson is coordinator of Planned Giving for the Diocese of Wichita.

Want to attend the April 21 or 28 event?
Both presentations are free. To register for either event, call 316-440-1717, or email maley@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Camp Totus Tuus is described as ‘indescribable’

By Mary Linnebur
One could spend hours trying to compose a list of all the remarkable characteristics of Camp Totus Tuus: skits, all-night adoration, flannels, hacky-sack, Liturgy of the Hours, Olympic games, dance parties, enlivening talks about our faith, daily Mass, authentic friendships, and an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ are only glimpses into the adventure that is Camp Totus Tuus.
For the past two summers I have been graced with the incredible opportunity to serve as a missionary at the best place on earth: Camp Totus Tuus. Trying to articulate the gratitude for this program and the love I have for all those I have encountered through it is an incredibly daunting task. I do not think words could ever express the blessing and growth it has shown me.
As I began my first summer, I had no idea the impact that it would have on my life. Nothing could have prepared me for how the Holy Spirit would work through the lives of not only myself and my team but many campers as well. It was humbling to see these young campers joyfully embracing the faith and making it their own.
I am constantly inspired by the way the campers give everything they have for Christ. Their light and enthusiasm is seen not only in conversation but also in the way they go all out for every activity.
It is seen in their faces as they receive communion and heard in their voices as they sing the Salve Regina after night prayer. It is through their witness that I have received so much more than I could ever give.
I am once again both humbled and blessed to be serving as a missionary at Camp Totus Tuus this coming summer. It is with eager anticipation that I await the start of yet another eight weeks filled with chants, bon fires, Chaco tan lines, meaningful conversations, and a whole lotta Jesus.
Linnebur is this year’s Camp Totus Tuus assistant director.

Want to attend Totus Tuus camp?
Camp Totus Tuus is open to boys and girls entering grades 5-12. For dates and registration, visit TotusTuusofWichita.org.

Holy Name, Coffeyville, parishioner says everyone can do some things

Voice of Ability
By Tony Jaimez
I don’t have a disability. I don’t know what a disability is. Everybody can’t do everything. Everybody can do some things.
I like to clean. I clean the church every week. I help my brother (who is the custodian) clean Holy Name School. I clean the house.
My family includes my Mom and Dad, and 11 brothers and sisters living and 4 dead. I love my family. My family loves me.
I go to Mass almost every time we have Mass. I like to help Father as an altar boy. Also, I like to bring the gifts to Father at the Offertory and to be an usher at Mass.
I love Father Dan. I miss Father Jerome and Father Ben and Father Chad. When we moved into our house, Father Jerome blessed our house and ate with us.
My favorite saints are St. Padre Pio, St. Anthony (my patron saint), St. Christopher, and Jesus’ mom, Mary.
My favorite Holy Day is Easter, when the stone was rolled away, and Jesus rose from the dead. My favorite prayer is to St. Margaret about Jesus and also the Our Father that Jesus taught us to pray.
People can help me by loving me. I like to give hugs. I love everybody.
Tony is a member of Holy Name Parish in Coffeyville.