Diocesan news, March 16, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
March 16: Regional Priest meeting at Spiritual Life Center, Wichita
March 17: Confirmation Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick, Chanute, with St. Joseph, Humboldt
March 18: Altar consecration and installation of new pastor at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita
March 20: Regional priests meeting for retired priests at Catholic Care Center, Wichita
March 22: Salina diocese Chrism Mass
March 23-25: Palm Sunday Retreat at Spiritual Life Center, Wichita
March 25: Palm Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral, Wichita
March 26: Acolyte and Lector Installation Mass at the Cathedral, Wichita, at 7 p.m.
March 27: Chrism Mass at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral, Wichita
March 29: Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral, Wichita
March 30: Good Friday service at noon, followed by confessions at the Cathedral, Wichita
March 31: Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral, Wichita
April 1: Easter Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral, Wichita
April 5: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul in Andover
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 14-15: Pastoral visit to St. Margaret Mary Parish in Wichita
April 15: Confirmation Mass at 3 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Wichita

Bishop Kemme to make announcement Tuesday, March 27
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will announce his five-year diocesan vision, mission and priorities Tuesday, March 27, during the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The statements and priorities were reviewed by the priests of the diocese and Curia directors. The document was the result, in part, of the listening sessions the bishop held last summer and fall throughout the diocese.
The sessions, he said, were a way “for us to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking through the entire community of faith.”

Father Birket named as an administrator
Bishop Carl A. Kemme has announced a priest assignment.
The Rev. Dwight J. Birket, administrator, Sacred Heart, Colwich, effective, Feb. 27, 2018.

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 for the camp or for more information, 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 the Holy Family Camp are now available.
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!”
Applications are available at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/disabilities.

Susan Peters to speak at fundraiser April 6
Wichita television personality Susan Peters will be the guest speaker at the Sarah’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.

Workshop for planning for a person with special needs set for April 3
A presentation regarding financial and estate planning for parents of persons with special needs will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Large Conference Room of St. Catherine of Siena Church, 3636 N. Ridge Road, in Wichita.
Sean DiGiovanni, a financial advisor, and Travis Pearson, an attorney and the planned giving coordinator for the Diocese of Wichita, will speak.
To register call DiGiovanni at 316-266-5074. For more information contact Myra Jacobs at 316-269-3900 or a jacobsm@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Carmelite profession Sunday, April 8
Analia Bandiera will make her first profession as Sister María 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.

The Catholic Advance reported in the March 2 edition that St. Katharine Drexel was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized. That was incorrect.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first U.S. born citizen to be canonized. Pope Paul VI did so in 1975.

Local EWTN FM translator broadcasting
An FM translator for KPHN 1360 AM, based in El Dorado, is now on the air. The translator at 96.7 MHz, is located in Wichita, and is accessible throughout the city.

Movie Day for grandparents and grandchildren April 2
Grandparents and their school-aged grandchildren are invited to a movie day to watch “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Reflection Ridge Theatre Room, 2300 N. Tyler Road in Wichita.
Admission is free with a homemade Easter Card for the residents of Reflection Ridge. Free popcorn and bottled water will be served. This event is limited to the first 120 people who register. To do so, call 685-5240.
The event is sponsored by senior adult ministries Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Parish news, March 16, 2018

St. Catherine of Siena Lenten family retreat set for March 17-18
St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita will host “Lord, Teach us to Pray,” a Lenten family retreat, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, in the Parish Education Center.
The weekend event includes adoration for adults and children, Mass, sessions for adults and children, snacks, and lunch both days.
The cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple, and $60 per family. To register visit SaintCatherineWichita.com/lenten-family-retreat. Registration closes on March 5.

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.

SEAS Knights win annual basketball fundraiser
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of Columbus hosted their third annual charity basketball game to raise funds for the Wichita Independents Special Olympics basketball team Sunday, Feb. 11.
The game between the SEAS Knights and the Wichita Independents has grown every year. This year the event raised roughly $2,000, bringing the combined total to $5,000.
The Knights won the game 63-46 – their first win in three years.
Darrell Reida, a member of the SEAS Knights, has coached the Wichita Independents team for 12 years.“It takes some time,” Reida said. “But it’s really not work at all. These guys are just so fun to be around.”
Reida works with the athletes year-round, coaching both basketball and softball. The athletes don’t pay to play, but are responsible for the fundraising that covers their travel fees, tournament fees, uniforms, and other team costs. Funds raised at this event help the team travel to Hays for a basketball tournament.
Reida’s athletes are high functioning adults, many with jobs, wives, and children at home. They deal with various mental disabilities, but that doesn’t stop their love of the game.
“You see some of these people and what they do with their disability is amazing,” Reida said. “These guys are always happy, and that’s the funnest part. They get excited about the littlest things.”
To learn more about Wichita Independents and their involvement with the Special Olympics organization and about how you can volunteer as a coach, visit www.wichitaindependents.org.

Fitness plan series underway in Augusta
The Daniel Plan, a six-session DVD series featuring medical and fitness experts who recommend a healthy lifestyle without a need to count calories, began March 12 at St. James Catholic Church, located at 1012 Belmont Ave. in Augusta.
The plan focuses on five essentials: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.
The class will continue from noon to 1 p.m. for six consecutive Mondays until April 16.
The cost is $15 and includes a study guide. New participants are welcome. To register or for more information, call Bernice at 620-674-1284.

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.

Sunday Mass pilgrimage continues
Lance Reichenberger, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Andale is continuing his ongoing Sunday Mass pilgrimage of visiting each church in the diocese. His third outing will be Holy Name Parish in Coffeyville Sunday, March 18.
Reichenberger said depending on the number of persons interested, they will carpool or caravan. Pilgrims should meet at the Westlink Branch Library just west of St. Francis of Assisi, 8515 Bekemeyer St., in Wichita.
The group will leave at 7 a.m. No other activities are planned for the day, except for an optional lunch, to keep the rest of Sunday open for family.
Those interested may contact Reichenberger at 316-706-1560, at lbreich88@gmail.com, or via his Facebook page.

Spiritual Life Center news, March 16, 2018

Bishop Kemme to lead Palm Sunday retreat March 23-25 at SLC
There is still room available for Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s annual Palm Sunday Retreat at the Spiritual Life Center the weekend of March 23-25.
The annual retreat has become a popular Lenten activity for many of the faithful of the diocese. The entire center is set aside so that as many people as possible may attend.
Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23. The first conference with Bishop Kemme begins at 7:30. The retreat concludes Sunday after lunch.
In addition to conferences presented by the bishop throughout the weekend, there is time for group and individual prayer, solitude, rest, Stations of the Cross, Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The early bird rates for the retreat are $138 per person (double occupancy), or $165 per person (single occupancy), and includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 21.
Registration can be made online at www.SLCWichita.org. Registration by phone is available by calling the center at (316) 744-0167. As always, scholarships are available.

May 3 next Date Night at the SLC in 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 encyclical 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.

‘Torchlight’ Way of the Cross March 24
The Spiritual Life Center will host the Way of the Cross by torchlight at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24.
The annual event draws many of the faithful for a solemn procession around the outdoor stations with torches and flashlights. Participants will gather indoors at around 8:15.
Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a flashlight. No registration necessary.

Cultivate Joy In Your Family retreat April 6-8 at SLC in Wichita
Mother Teresa once said: “The way you heal the world is to start with your own family.”
A weekend retreat April 6-8 at the Spiritual Life Center by Sharon Witzell, program coordinator for Senior Adult Ministry in the Office of Marriage and Family Life, will offer ways to provide help and healing for Catholic families.
She will use Catholic teachings, scripture, and family systems theory to explore various paths to lead families to joy out of trials and suffering. Some of the topics include: Healing Your Family of Origin, Family Bonding, Setting Boundaries, Forgiveness, Becoming Your True Self, and How to Find Happiness and Joy in Family Life.
Witzell has done graduate studies in Family Life Ministry and has been ministering to Catholic families for over 30 years. She is married and is the mother of six children and 15 grandchildren.
For more information or to request a flyer about the retreat, call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 316-685-5240. All participants will receive a free book Sharon is self-publishing summarizing the retreat topics.
To register call the Spiritual Life Center at 744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.

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.

IHM sister to lead class about idols
Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Mary Ann Kirkland will lead an evening class about idols beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Her presentation, “Is God, ‘God’ in Your Life?” will focus on renouncing the many idols in our lives and strengthening our relationship with the Lord.
The presentation ends at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration appreciated but walk-ins are welcome.
Visit www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

Youth and school news, March 16, 2018

Over 400 participate in annual DCYC in Wichita
Over 400 youth and their chaperones attended the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11 at the DoubleTree Hilton Wichita Airport hotel.
Catholic motivational speaker and musician Cooper Ray was the keynote for the weekend of prayer, confessions, discussion, meals, and Mass. Wichita Adore Ministries also participated in the event. Bishop Carl A. Kemme celebrated the closing Mass.
“It was an amazing spirit-filled weekend for all present,” said David Walker, the conference director, adding that he felt blessed to be able to spend the weekend with so many of the youth of the Diocese of Wichita.
“Several staff members of the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport commented on how the actions and the faith of the youth in attendance affected them in a positive and spiritual way. Many of the staff look forward to working with our group each year.”
Here are the awards presented at the event.
Outstanding Catholic Youth
Region I
Jamie Wright, Sacred Heart, Fredonia
Region II
Rebecca Ring, St. Mary/OLG, Newton
Gage Klassen, St. Mary/OLG, Newton
Region III
Taylor Smith, St. Joseph, Andale
Logan Nemechek, St. Mark, St. Mark
Region IV
Grace Leonard, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita
Will Woodburn, St. Thomas, Wichita
Region V
Hailey Stolz, St. Mary, Derby
Jonathan Hankins, St. Michael, Mulvane
Youth Ministry Group of the Year
Saint Mary/Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton
Third: St. Anthony, Garden Plain
Second: Sacred Heart, Colwich
First: St. Peter, Schulte
Third: St. Joseph, Ost
Second: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita
First: Holy Spirit, Goddard
Light Of Christ
Region I
Mary Kate Smith, St. Michael, Girard
Region II
Abby Weber, St. Mary/OLG, Newton
Grant Rowley, St. Paul, Lyons
Region III
Erin Dye, St. Anthony, Garden Plain
Trevor Meyer, Sacred Heart, Colwich
Region IV
Brylee Suellentrop, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita
Jacob Thomas, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita
Region V
Sarah Kuffler, Sacred Heart, Arkansas City
Andrew Vishnefske, St. Michael, Mulvane
Youth Ministry Leader of the Year
Fr. Zachary Pinaire, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita
Good Shepherd Award
Fr. P J Voegeli, St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita
Regional Service Project Award
Region 3

BCCHS student scores 36 on college ACT
Bret Vaughn, the son of Dwayne and Denise Vaughn and a junior at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
Vaughn, a member of St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Schulte, took the test on Feb. 10.
About one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.

National and world news, March 16, 2018

Third federal judge rules on ending DACA
By the Catholic News Service and the Catholic Advance
BALTIMORE (CNS) — A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that President Donald Trump acted legally in ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying “the decision to wind down DACA in an orderly manner was rational.”
In a 30-page decision handed down late March 5, Judge Roger W. Titus ruled in the case of CASA de Maryland v. the U.S. Department of Homeland Security et. al. Titus is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, based in Baltimore.
Titus said Trump’s executive order to rescind the program “is clear as to its purpose and reasoning,” but he also acknowledged Trump’s “occasionally disparaging remarks” about immigration. However, “as disheartening or inappropriate” they may be, “they are not relevant to the larger issues governing the DACA rescission.”
Danny Krug, director of Hispanic Ministry, said the issue has become politicized.
“It’s very concerning and alarming to hear the news nowadays and see how our country’s view on human dignity is heading from compassion and fairness to a bargaining tool for lawmakers,” she said.
“As Christians, our human values should be above and beyond any political or personal agenda. Let’s listen and see with our open Catholic Christian heart the suffering, anguish, fear, and uncertainty of the many Dreamers and their families.”
She urged the faithful to “raise their voices” and to pray for lawmakers, Dreamers, and so that a road to citizenship for the Dreamers and DACA recipients can be paved.
The Washington Times reported March 7 that Homeland Security said illegal immigrants who have applied for the DACA deportation amnesty won’t be deported even if their status lapsed during President Trump’s attempted phaseout.
Department spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton said they are complying with two court orders and accepting renewal applications from any of the 800,000 people who’d been previously approved for the program. That includes tens of thousands of people whose protections were slated to expire over the next few months — as long as they filed requests for renewal.
“DHS has repeatedly stated that, absent additional negative factors, DACA recipients are not a priority or target group for arrest or removal,” Mr. Houlton said.
He said there are some exceptions, such as those who amass criminal records, but “an individual who is a current DACA recipient, or who was a previous DACA recipient but has filed for renewal, will not be targeted for arrest nor will be removed from the United States while the individual has DACA protections or while the DACA renewal request is pending.”
In September, Trump announced his administration was ending the program, and he gave lawmakers until March 5 to find a legislative solution to protect the young adults benefiting from DACA, which was put in place in 2012 through an executive order signed by President Barack Obama.
Titus’ ruling does not impact previous decisions by two federal judges, in California and New York, who effectively blocked the March 5 deadline by saying Trump could not end the program and that the government must continue to accept renewal applications for DACA beneficiaries already in the program. Congress so far has failed to pass any measure to keep DACA in place.
The Trump administration appealed to the Supreme Court to hear and rule on the California federal judge’s ruling in an effort to bypass the appeals court process.

Christian activists warn of certain Syrian slaughter
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain slaughter in northwestern Afrin, where they allege Turkey and its militant allies have already carried out “war crimes” and “ethnic cleansing.”
They have appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump and top U.S. officials to stop the bloodshed, warning that failure to act jeopardizes the hard-fought U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State in Syria.
Civilians from other parts of Syria and outside the country have reportedly offered to stand as “human shields” between the Kurdish-backed fighters and Turkish forces set to storm Afrin.
Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Syria, said, “I have never seen so much violence as in Syria.” In remarks March 9, he likened the situation to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

No parking zone: Christians need to journey, take risks, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — True Christians take risks to constantly seek out Christ, because they know that receiving God’s grace is just the beginning of a lifelong journey toward real joy, Pope Francis said.
Settling and being content with the first grace one receives from God is like filling up on the appetizer and leaving the restaurant unaware that the best was yet to come, he said in his homily March 12 at morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
“There are lots of stationary Christians, who do not walk, bogged down by everyday things,” he said. They are good people, he said, “but they do not grow, they stay small.”
They are like “parked Christians — they park themselves. Caged Christians who do not know how to fly with the dream of this beautiful thing the Lord calls us to,” he said.
The pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from St. John in which a royal official asked Jesus to heal his dying son. The pope said that while Jesus performs the miracle, he seems impatient that “unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe,” reads the verse.
The miracle led the royal official and his household to believe in Jesus; this should be not be the end, but rather the beginning of a constant journey seeking to find God, encounter him and be joyful with him, the pope said.
God is inviting everyone to keep going and seek the joy and delight of being with the Lord, as can be seen in the day’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah, the pope said.
“Do I seek the Lord this way? Or am I afraid? Am I mediocre? What is the measure of my longing? The antipasto or the whole banquet?” he asked.

Confessors should seek to bring penitents closer to Jesus, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A good confessor is a good listener, Pope Francis said.
By truly listening to the penitent during confession, “we listen to Jesus himself, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy Spirit, we put ourselves in attentive obedience, becoming listeners of the Word” in order to know what God wants to be done, he said.
This is how priests can offer “the greatest service” to all penitents, especially the young, because “we put them in touch with Jesus himself,” he said March 9.
The pope spoke to hundreds of confessors and other participants attending an annual course on the sacrament of reconciliation, sponsored by the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court that handles issues related to the absolution of sin.
He warned confessors to avoid the temptation of becoming “masters” over other people’s consciences, especially the young, who are very easily influenced.
A confessor must never forget his is not the source of mercy or grace, but he is, however, an “indispensable instrument, but always just an instrument,” the pope said.
Being a conduit between the Holy Spirit and the penitent does not diminish this ministry, rather it leads to its fulfillment, he said.
The more the priest “disappears and Christ, the supreme and eternal priest, appears more clearly,” the more the priest fulfills his vocation as “unprofitable servants.”
In light of the October Synod of Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment, the course this year looked at the relationship between the sacrament of reconciliation and helping others discern their vocation.
The pope said young people should be able to hear what God is saying to them, both in their own conscience and by listening to the word. To achieve this, young people need wise accompaniment by a confessor, he added.
With priest and penitent both prayerfully listening to God’s will, confession can become an occasion for discovering God’s plan for the individual, he said.

Catholics, Muslims urged at dialogue to look inward first in interreligious efforts
MUNDELEIN, Ill. (CNS) — Taking on the issue of religious prejudice, the National Muslim and Catholic Dialogue met for the third time at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary March 6-8.
Announced in February 2016, the national dialogue, which is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, aims to show public support for Islamic American communities.
It builds on three regional Catholic-Muslim dialogues — mid-Atlantic, Midwest and West Coast — that have taken place for more than 20 years.
Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich co-chairs the dialogue with Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances.
During the March 7 public portion of the dialogue, Rita George-Tvrtkovic, associate professor of theology at Benedictine University in Lisle, and Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, delivered remarks around the theme “One God, One Humanity: Confronting Religious Prejudice.”
Delivering remarks from a Catholic viewpoint, George-Tvrtkovic addressed rooting out prejudice inside Catholic and Muslim communities, in nonreligious or non-Catholic or Muslim communities and between the two religions.
“We have to begin with our own attitudes — not just Catholics who are prejudiced, but I also mean my attitude towards my fellow Catholics who I may perceive as Islamophobic.”

The pope’s intention
Here is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for this month:
Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

Avance Católico, Viernes, 16 de Marzo 2018

Las reliquias del Padre Pío en la diócesis el 13 de abril
Las reliquias de San Pío de Pietrelcina visitarán la Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción en Wichita el viernes 13 de abril. Están de gira por los Estados Unidos, Canadá y México como parte de un 50 aniversario de la muerte del Padre Pío. Las reliquias llegarán a la Catedral a las 7 a.m. 13 de abril y pueden ser veneradas en cualquier momento, excepto durante la Misa.
• Se celebrarán tres Misas en honor a San Pío: a las 8 a.m., al mediodía, y por el Obispo Carl A. Kemme a las 7 p.m.
• Las confesiones serán escuchadas de 11 a.m. a 7 p.m., incluso durante la misa del mediodía.
• El evento termina a las 11 p.m. cuando las reliquias serán removidas
Las reliquias que estarán disponibles para la veneración incluyen un guante, crestas de sus heridas, gasa de algodón con manchas de sangre de San Pío, un mechón de su cabello, su manto y el pañuelo de San Pío con sudor horas antes de morir. Éstas podrán ser veneradas desde las 7 a.m. hasta las 11 p.m. El evento está siendo coordinado por la Fundación Saint Pio de New Rochelle, Nueva York.
El Obispo Carl A. Kemme celebrará una misa en honor a San Pío a las 7 p.m.
La Fundación Saint Pio, que patrocina la gira, venderá libros y artículos relacionados con el Padre Pío en la entrada de la Catedral.
San Pío nació el 25 de mayo de 1887, en Pietrelcina, Italia, y fue bautizado Francesco Forgione. Primero expresó su deseo de sacerdocio a los 10 años.
Para pagar la educación preparatoria, su padre, Grazio Forgione, emigró a los Estados Unidos en 1899, donde trabajó durante varios años.
El futuro santo entró en la orden de los capuchinos a los 15 años, tomando el nombre de Pío. Fue ordenado sacerdote en 1910 a la edad de 23 años. El padre Pío era conocido como un místico con poderes milagrosos de curación y conocimiento que portaba los estigmas.
Estigma es el término que la iglesia usa para referirse a las heridas que recibe un individuo que corresponden a las heridas de la crucifixión de Jesucristo. Pueden aparecer en la frente, las manos, las muñecas y los pies.
Sus estigmas surgieron durante la Primera Guerra Mundial, después de que el Papa Benedicto XV pidiera a los cristianos que oraran por el fin de la guerra. El Padre Pio tuvo una visión en la que Cristo le traspasó el costado. Unas semanas más tarde, el 20 de septiembre de 1918, Jesús se le apareció nuevamente y recibió los estigmas completos. Permaneció con él hasta su muerte el 23 de septiembre de 1968. El Papa Juan Pablo II lo canonizó en 2002.
Enseñanza católica sobre reliquias
Las reliquias son objetos físicos asociados con un santo o candidato a la santidad: una parte del cuerpo de la persona o un objeto con el que estaba en contacto.
Las reliquias no son adoradas, pero son tratadas con respeto religioso. Tocar o rezar en presencia de tal objeto ayuda a un enfoque individual fiel en la vida y las virtudes del santo, de modo que a través de la oración o intercesión del santo ante Dios, el individuo se acercará más a Dios.

Conferencia Católica de Kansas pide apoyo a las Agencias de Adopción basadas en la fe

Por Michael Schuttloffel
Hubo un tiempo, no hace mucho, cuando casi todos los seres humanos vivientes reconocieron que la situación ideal para un niño era un hogar con una madre y un padre casados. Por supuesto, siendo el mundo lo que es, en este lado del Edén, el desorden de la vida a menudo intervino para frustrar tales arreglos. En esos casos, las personas hicieron lo mejor que pudieron para enfrentar circunstancias difíciles, a menudo a través de esfuerzos heroicos de madres solteras. Pero el ideal era un hecho, evidenciado por los hechos básicos de la biología y la experiencia vivida.
Sin embargo, los últimos años han sido testigos de la transformación social más rápida en la historia de la humanidad.
Sin audiencias del Congreso, o cualquier otra apariencia de la proverbial “conversación nacional” que cabría esperar de una democracia a punto de emprender una ruptura tan dramática con 5.000 años de civilización humana, de repente se comprendió que los niños no necesitan madres y padres. En cambio, sólo necesitan los arreglos que los adultos quieren que necesiten. Dudar en aceptar la nueva dispensación no sólo se convirtió en obsoleto, sino en intolerancia.
Así fue que en 2006, Catholic Charities of Boston se vió obligada a cerrar su ministerio de adopción porque sólo colocaría a los niños en hogares donde tendrían una madre y un padre. Después de más de 100 años sirviendo a los necesitados y logrando una reputación nacional por ubicar a los niños más difíciles de ubicar, la política de Catholic Charities de que cada niño quiera y merezca una madre y un padre fue considerado discriminación por el Estado de Massachusetts. Y fueron cerrados.
Cierres similares han seguido en Illinois, San Francisco y Washington, DC La ACLU y otros agentes del secularismo militante están en pie de guerra, decididos a aplastar a los ministerios de adopción basados en la fe que operan según los principios religiosos que no les gustan. Las fuerzas del amor y la tolerancia no descansarán hasta que alguien que no esté de acuerdo con ellas se reduzca al estado de ciudadanía de segunda clase.
En respuesta, siete estados han aprobado leyes que protegen a las agencias de adopción basadas en la fe. Kansas está considerando legislación similar que necesita su apoyo, querido lector.
El proyecto de ley ante la Legislatura de Kansas no afecta de ninguna manera el derecho legal de las parejas del mismo sexo a adoptar niños, que se ha establecido en todo el país. Lo que la legislación haría es garantizar que los proveedores de adopción basados en la fe no sean castigados por el gobierno por operar de acuerdo con sus principios religiosos.
Considere que en alguna parte, hay una madre biológica a punto de tomar la decisión agonizante de soltar a su hijo. Su último deseo para su bebé es un hogar para siempre donde el niño crezca para compartir sus creencias religiosas, y tendrá el regalo de una madre y un padre.
Al mismo tiempo, están aquellos que usarían el poder coercitivo del gobierno para negarle esta opción.
¿De qué lado está usted?
Schuttloffel es director ejecutivo de la Conferencia Católica de Kansas.

Conferencia de Stewardship 21 de abril de 2018
La Conferencia para discípulos, stewards, evangelistas y catequistas
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 de 2018 en la Iglesia de Magdalena - 12626 E. 21st St. 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 (Ministerio de Adoradores de Wichita)
Para más información favor contactar la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano al (316) 269-3919

Aviso: DACA y Dreamers
Aquellas personas con autorización DACA que han expirado o están por expirar, deben enviar una petición para renovarlos lo antes posible.
Estas personas deben llamar a la oficina de Inmigración de Caridades Católicas al 316-264-8344 para pedir una cita y empezar el proceso.
Esto les ayudará inmesamente con su situación legal actual y cualquiera decisión futura de la Corte Suprema.

Beato Pablo VI será canonizado al final de Sínodo, dice cardenal
ROMA (CNS) – El beato Pablo VI será declarado santo a fines de octubre, al final del Sínodo de los Obispos sobre los jóvenes, la fe y el discernimiento vocacional, dijo el cardenal Pietro Parolin, secretario de estado del Vaticano.
Después de mencionar a Pablo VI durante un discurso ante la Comisión Internacional Católica para las Migraciones el 6 de marzo, el cardenal Parolin le confirmó a reporteros que la canonización se llevará a cabo al final del sínodo, que se realizará del 3 al 8 de octubre. El papa Pablo revivió el sínodo después del Segundo Concilio Vaticano.

Intención del Santo Padre para Marzo
Para que toda la Iglesia reconozca la urgencia de la formación en el discernimiento espiritual, en el plano personal y comunitario.

El triduo es la culminación del año litúrgico
(ACI Prensa) – La palabra triduo en la práctica devocional católica sugiere la idea de preparación. A veces nos preparamos para la fiesta de un santo con tres días de oración en su honor, o bien pedimos una gracia especial mediante un triduo de plegarias de intercesión.
El triduo pascual se consideraba como tres días de preparación a la fiesta de pascua; comprendía el jueves, el viernes y el sábado de la semana santa. Era un triduo de la pasión.
En el nuevo calendario y en las normas litúrgicas para la semana santa, el enfoque es diferente. El triduo se presenta no como un tiempo de preparación, sino como una sola cosa con la pascua. Es un triduo de la pasión y resurrección, que abarca la totalidad del misterio pascual. Así se expresa en el calendario:
Cristo redimió al género humano y dio perfecta gloria a Dios principalmente a través de su misterio pascual: muriendo destruyó la muerte y resucitando restauró la vida. El triduo pascual de la pasión y resurrección de Cristo es, por tanto, la culminación de todo el año litúrgico.
Luego establece la duración exacta del triduo:
El triduo comienza con la misa vespertina de la cena del Señor, alcanza su cima en la vigilia pascual y se cierra con las vísperas del domingo de pascua.
Esta unificación de la celebración pascual es más acorde con el espíritu del Nuevo Testamento y con la tradición cristiana primitiva. El mismo Cristo, cuando aludía a su pasión y muerte, nunca las disociaba de su resurrección. En el evangelio del miércoles de la segunda semana de cuaresma (Mt 20,17-28) habla de ellas en conjunto: “Lo condenarán a muerte y lo entregarán a los gentiles para que se burlen de él, lo azoten y lo crucifiquen, y al tercer día resucitará”.
Es significativo que los padres de la Iglesia, tanto san Ambrosio como san Agustín, conciban el triduo pascual como un todo que incluye el sufrimiento de Jesús y también su glorificación. El obispo de Milán, en uno de sus escritos, se refiere a los tres santos días (triduum illud sacrum) como a los tres días en los cuales sufrió, estuvo en la tumba y resucitó, los tres días a los que se refirió cuando dijo: “Destruid este templo y en tres días lo reedificaré”. San Agustín, en una de sus cartas, se refiere a ellos como “los tres sacratísimos días de la crucifixión, sepultura y resurrección de Cristo”.
Esos tres días, que comienzan con la misa vespertina del jueves santo y concluyen con la oración de vísperas del domingo de pascua, forman una unidad, y como tal deben ser considerados. Por consiguiente, la pascua cristiana consiste esencialmente en una celebración de tres días, que comprende las partes sombrías y las facetas brillantes del misterio salvífico de Cristo. Las diferentes fases del misterio pascual se extienden a lo largo de los tres días como en un tríptico: cada uno de los tres cuadros ilustra una parte de la escena; juntos forman un todo. Cada cuadro es en sí completo, pero debe ser visto en relación con los otros dos.
Interesa saber que tanto el viernes como el sábado santo, oficialmente, no forman parte de la cuaresma. Según el nuevo calendario, la cuaresma comienza el miércoles de ceniza y concluye el jueves santo, excluyendo la misa de la cena del Señor 1. El viernes y el sábado de la semana santa no son los últimos dos días de cuaresma, sino los primeros dos días del “sagrado triduo”.
Pensamientos para el triduo
La unidad del misterio pascual tiene algo importante que enseñarnos. Nos dice que el dolor no solamente es seguido por el gozo, sino que ya lo contiene en sí. Jesús expresó esto de diferentes maneras. Por ejemplo, en la última cena dijo a sus apóstoles: “Vosotros os entristeceréis, pero vuestra tristeza se cambiará en alegría” (Jn 16,20). Parece como si el dolor fuese uno de los ingredientes imprescindibles para forjar la alegría. La metáfora de la mujer con dolores de parto lo expresa maravillosamente. Su dolor, efectivamente, engendra alegría, la alegría “de que al mundo le ha nacido un hombre”.
Otras imágenes acuden a la memoria. Todo el ciclo de la naturaleza habla de vida que sale de la muerte: “Si el grano de trigo, que cae en la tierra, no muere, queda solo; pero si muere, produce mucho fruto” (Jn 12,24).
La resurrección es nuestra pascua; es un paso de la muerte a la vida, de la oscuridad a la luz, del ayuno a la fiesta. El Señor dijo: “Tú, en cambio, cuando ayunes, úngete la cabeza y lávate la cara” (Mt 6,17). El ayuno es el comienzo de la fiesta.
El sufrimiento no es bueno en sí mismo; por tanto, no debemos buscarlo como tal. La postura cristiana referente a él es positiva y realista. En la vida de Cristo, y sobre todo en su cruz, vemos su valor redentor. El crucifijo no debe reducirse a un doloroso recuerdo de lo mucho que Jesús sufrió por nosotros. Es un objeto en el que podemos gloriarnos porque está transfigurado por la gloria de la resurrección.
Nuestras vidas están entretejidas de gozo y de dolor. Huir del dolor y las penas a toda costa y buscar gozo y placer por sí mismos son actitudes equivocadas. El camino cristiano es el camino iluminado por las enseñanzas y ejemplos de Jesús. Es el camino de la cruz, que es también el de la resurrección; es olvido de sí, es perderse por Cristo, es vida que brota de la muerte. El misterio pascual que celebramos en los días del sagrado triduo es la pauta y el programa que debemos seguir en nuestras vidas.

Sobre il triduo
La cumbre del año litúrgico es el Triduo Pascual, desde la tarde del Jueves Santo hasta la noche del Domingo de Pascua. Aunque cronológicamente son tres días, un día están desarrollando litúrgicamente la unidad del misterio pascual de Cristo.
La celebración individual del Triduo marca el final de la temporada de Cuaresma y conduce a la Misa de la Resurrección del Señor en la Vigilia Pascual.
Los servicios litúrgicos que tienen lugar durante el Triduo son:
• Misa de la Cena del Señor
• Viernes Santo de la Pasión del Señor
• Misa de la Resurrección del Señor

Se necesitan voluntarios para El Lord’s Diner
“Porque tuve hambre y ustedes me dieron de comer…”
– Mateo 25: 35
La iglesia nos propone practicar y vivir “Obras Espirituales y Corporales de Misericordia” en todo tiempo y en toda ocasión; pero especialmente nos recuerda de ponerlas en práctica durante la Cuaresma. En nuestra diócesis encontramos muchas maneras de poner en práctica nuestras obras de misericordia especialmente el dar de comer al hambriento y dar de beber al sediento en el “Lord’s Diner” (Comedor de Dios).
El Lord’s Diner empezó hace 15 años para combatir el hambre en la comunidad. Este comedor sirve una comida al día los 365 días al año. Tiene un grupo pequeño de empleados pagados quienes son asistidos por un grupo de 6.000 voluntarios de diferentes dominaciones de fe y preparan un plato de comida caliente y nutritivo con un espíritu de compasión, respeto y servicio de amor. El Lord’s Diner sirve un promedio de 2.500 comidas en la tarde en sus dos locales (Broadway y Hillside) y tres camiones de comida ambulantes a cualquier persona que la necesite (60% son familias).
La Sra. Jan Haberly, Directora del Lord’s Diner , dice que al principio la mayoría de los voluntarios venían directamente de las parroquia y que hoy ha bajado el número. Una vez más, dice ella, se necesita que las parroquias revitalicen los grupos voluntarios con una nueva generación de voluntarios para el Lord’s Diner. “Pienso que la razón del éxito del Lord’s Diner en el pasado es por los voluntarios”, dice la Sra. Jan.
La edad mínima para voluntarios es de 12 años, se necesita obtener un “Handler’s card” (certificación para trabajar con comida) y si tiene más de 18 años, debe tener entrenamiento de Virtus. Todas las noches se necesitan de 6 a 8 voluntarios durante el día para ayudar a preparar la comida de esa noche y 35 voluntarios para servirla en el local de Broadway.
¿Quieres darle de comer al hambriento?
Llama por favor a la oficina de su parroquia para anotarse con el coordinador de voluntarios del Lord’s Diner o también puede comunicarse al 316-266-4966 o por correo electrónico al info@thelordsdiner.org

La Cuaresma como parte de Nuestra Formación al Discernimiento
Por Jake Samour

“La formación al discernimiento,” dice el Papa Francisco, “es urgente pues nos ayuda a escuchar, a reconocer y a ser dóciles al Espíritu del Señor en los grandes desafíos del mundo y de la misión de la Iglesia.” Santo Tomás Aquino dijo que existen “tres cosas necesarias para la salvación del hombre: saber lo que debemos creer; saber lo que debería desear; y saber lo que debería hacer”. La clave de todo esto es discernir. La palabra discernimiento es la capacidad de realizar un juicio moral para diferenciar la verdad y el error, el bien y el mal.
Lamentablemente, el discernimiento es un área donde la mayoría de nosotros tropezamos. Muchos tenemos poca capacidad para diferenciar las cosas que están de acuerdo o en contra de lo que Dios quiere, y sin darnos cuenta tomamos decisiones a lo que se siente mejor. En otras palabras, no estamos armados para tomar una posición correcta en nuestras decisiones. Y no es una sorpresa: que desde siempre el demonio, que es «mentiroso y padre de la mentira» (Juan 8,44), presenta el mal como bien y lo falso como verdadero, para confundirnos. Cada uno de nosotros, por tanto, estamos llamados a aprender a discernir y a examinar si algo es una mentira que viene de las cosas del mundo o no. Tenemos que aprender a no quedarnos en un nivel inmediato, superficial, sino a reconocer qué cosas son las que dejan en nuestro interior una buena impresión y duradera, porque las cosas buenas vienen de Dios y ciertamente sirven para nuestro bien.
Es por eso que el discernimiento espiritual es tan importante, es como una brújula que nos permite reconocer la acción del Espíritu Santo en nuestra vida, en la manera como actuamos en nuestro hogar, en nuestras comunidades y en el mundo. Dios por medio del Espíritu Santo actúa como actuó en tiempos pasados y sigue acompañándonos en nuestra jornada diaria. Pero lo esencial es saber reconocer su voz. He escrito sobre esto en otro artículo, donde dije que tenemos que saber reconocer la voz del buen Pastor, ya que somos su rebaño.
Por eso es tan importante la formación al discernimiento, como lo dice el Papa Francisco, pues al formarnos nos sintonizamos a poder escuchar y reconocer y ser dóciles al Espíritu del Señor, especialmente contra los desafíos de nuestra sociedad y la cultura de “descarte” en que vivimos. Casi se puede asegurar que si no discernimos bien es como si fuéramos un ciego caminando por la calle. El Papa nos advierte y nos anima: “Necesitamos ‘leer desde dentro’ lo que el Señor nos pide, para vivir en el amor y ser continuadores de esta su misión de amor. El tiempo en el que vivimos nos exige desarrollar una profunda capacidad para discernir… Discernir, de entre todas las voces, cuál es la voz del Señor, cuál es la voz de Él que nos conduce a la Resurrección, a la Vida, y la voz que nos libra de caer en la ‘cultura de la muerte’.”
Especialmente durante el tiempo de Cuaresma ya que se nos pide que observemos dar limosna, ayunar y orar. Esto se supone que nos ayuda a que no se apague la luz que viene de Dios a nuestros corazones para que ilumine nuestras decisiones. Si Dios está en el corazón, no hay oscuridad o tinieblas. La noche de Pascua es un símbolo que significa la luz que proviene del “fuego nuevo” que poco a poco disipa la oscuridad e ilumina nuestro corazón y nuestro espíritu. Ojalá que vivamos la misma experiencia de los discípulos de Emaús: después de escuchar la Palabra del Señor y de alimentarnos con el pan eucarístico nuestro corazón volverá a arder de fe, esperanza y caridad.
Jake Samour es el Director de la Oficina Para la Pastoral de Matrimonios y Vida Familiar

Calendario Hispano
Planificación Familiar Natural en Español: Para más información e inscripción en cualquiera de las siguientes clases favor de comunicarse con Marisa Hernández en la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano al 316-269-3919.
• Miércoles 28 de Marzo, 8 p.m. Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro, Centro Parroquial.
• Lunes 2 de Abril, 7 p.m. San Patricio, Salón Madre Teresa.
• Domingo 15 de Abril, 2 p.m. Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción, Salón Pio X.
Cursillo de Cristiandad - Escuela de Dirigentes – Wichita: primer y tercer viernes del mes, 7 p.m. en el salón Madre Teresa de la Iglesia de San Patricio. Coordinadora: Patricia Benavides, tlf. 316-210-0004.
• Arkansas City: Tercer domingo de cada mes, después de la Misa de 11 a.m. en el Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia Sagrado Corazón. Coordinadores: Isabel Rodriguez y Lauro Lopez, 620-660-5180 y 316-559-3776.
• Hutchinson: segundo viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m. en el Salon Parroquial de la Iglesia Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe. Coordinadores: Norma Urueta y Patty Benavides, 620-474-5238 y 316-210-0004
Cursillo de Cristiandad - Ultreyas – Wichita: último viernes del mes, 7 p.m. en la cafetería de la Escuela de San Patricio. Coordinadores: Efren y Laura Martinez asistidos por Laura Martinez. Arkansas City: tercer domingo del mes 1 p.m. Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia Sagrado Corazón. Coordinadora: Isabel Rodriguez. Hutchinson: cuarto domingo del mes, 1:30 p.m. en el Gimnasio de la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Coordinadora: Norma Hurueta (620)474-5238.
Taller “A Nuestro Alcance,” Centro Pastoral Hispano, 10 de marzo, 9 de junio y 6 de octubre. Para más información e inscripción, favor comunicarse con Jake Samour al (316) 202-0645.
Seminario de Preparación Matrimonial, Centro Pastoral Hispano, 5 de mayo, 11 de agosto y 1ro de Diciembre. Para más información e inscripción, favor comunicarse con Jake Samour al (316) 202-0645.

Wisdom from an old priest: Love is all that matters

By Father John Catoir
My love goes out to all of you this holy season of Lent. Now that I am an old man, I see more clearly that love is the only thing that really matters in life.
Things you have acquired, like wealth or power or fame, are not really important. All that matters is how much of God’s love you’ve shared with those in need.
Every Lent we celebrate God’s gifts, especially the gift of eternal life. We aspire to attain heaven by striving for greater perfection. As we approach the joy of Easter, we are facing the challenge of using our gifts well.
In his loving wisdom, God has given each of us two great gifts: a life to live and a love to share. St. Paul wrote: “But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). To have a good Lent, we all need to focus on the desires of the heart. Do you have the right attitude toward others?
Think about your gifts and talents. How are you using them? Focus on the ways your gifts can bring a smile to a child’s face or a warm feeling to an elderly person in need of kindness.
Your talent for helping others should not become mere good intentions. Take action as best as you can. What are you good at? We all have talents that aren’t used as well as they should. If there is something you enjoy doing, do it soon for someone who needs your special touch.
There is still time to think of ways to share your talents with the people you love. Bake a cake, sing a song or just be there for someone who needs a little cheer.
Since God delights in loving us, we need to take delight in loving others. We do this best by sharing our gifts with them. Spread your love around. You can break out and bring joy to those who have no claim on your kindness.
God’s joy is contagious. Since you know that you are a carrier of divine love, why not figure out ways to help those near you? Think of ways to bring joy especially to those who may live in fear.
Fear is the enemy of joy. The reason God said to us in Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you” is that he wanted us to enjoy our lives. To begin doing that, we have to rid ourselves of needless worry. Immediately put on the will to bear discomfort and smile.
Some are better than others at shedding fear. I know this because I was born a worrier. I was born in 1931. My mother carried me in her womb for nine months during the Great Depression and my father was out of work. Her fears seeped into my genes.
Today I am free of all that because I made a concerted effort to trust God more and more. I no longer let anxiety get a foothold in my psyche.
If fear does strike, I immediately think of it as a gift and a test to see how quickly I can show the Lord that I trust him implicitly. His loving protection covers us in all circumstances.
Fr. Catoir is a regular columnist for the Catholic News Service.

Where your parish tithe of 10% goes

Just as each family in the Diocese of Wichita supports its parish through a generous, sacrificial, and proportionate tithe, so each parish tithes to the Diocese of Wichita. The diocese in turn gives 10 percent of its offerings to the wider church. One place our diocesan tithe assists is supporting communities designated by the U. S. Bishops.
On the Fourth Sunday of Lent our diocesan tithe supports services overseas, such as the Catholic Relief Services; the USCCB Offices of International Justice and Peace, Migration and Refugee Services, and Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees, relief work of the Holy Father, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). For example, the CLINIC matches unaccompanied immigrant children with legal service providers. Your parish’s tithe to the Diocese helps these most vulnerable children, who are without resources and are forced to navigate complex legal proceeding without legal representation.

Bishop welcomes 376 at rites in Cathedral

Bishop Carl A. Kemme last weekend welcomed hundreds of baptized and unbaptized persons who will formally become members of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Saturday, March 31.
“You represent to me a tremendous gift from God, a blessing to us, hopefully as much as the church will be a blessing to you,” he said.
Bishop Kemme oversaw three Rites of Election, one held on Saturday, Feb. 17 and two on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Forty-two parishes from throughout the Diocese of Wichita participated. The catechumens, who are unbaptized, and the candidates were sent from their parishes to the bishop, who received them in the mother church of the diocese.
“None of us are here today by coincidence and none of us are here primarily because of our own doing or choice,” he said, adding that they were there because God called them.
“God is giving you today a new spiritual family, a new and added family to love you, to walk with you and, yes, even to challenge you.”
The church is not perfect and should never pretend to be, Bishop Kemme said. “We are sinners, each and every one of us, from the pope down to the bishops, our priests and consecrated religious, and every one of the baptized,” he said, adding, “I like to say, perfectly imperfect.”
Bishop Kemme said that we have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who was sent by God the Father to save us from our imperfect selves and to win the gift of eternal life.
“The very fact that the Word became flesh and took upon himself our entire nature in all things except sin is the greatest sign of God’s relentless love,” he said, adding that God never tires of showing his boundless mercy.

Rites last step to becoming a Catholic
Three Rites of Election and Calls to Continuing Conversion were held the weekend of Feb. 17-18 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Bishop Carl A. Kemme received the catechumens, those who are not yet baptized, and candidates, those wishing to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, inviting them to receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil.
On Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 12 parishes participated with 32 catechumens and 41 candidates; on Sunday, at the first of two afternoon rites, 16 parishes participated with 65 catechumens and 124 candidates; 14 parishes were part of the second rite that day, with 45 catechumens and 69 candidates.

154 catechumens, 206 candidates to be received March 31
Here are the 206 candidates and 154 catechumens who will be received into the church on at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31, a parishes throughout the Diocese of Wichita. A catechumen has not yet been baptized.
St. Mary, Aleppo
Catechumen – Abbey Lane Stuhlsatz
St. Vincent de Paul, Andover
Catechumen – Shawn Tran
Candidates – Luis Avila, Cody Cook, Liam Dempsey, Isabella Dempsey, Logan Dempsey, Miguel Keosyha, Jonni Kimminau, Hannah Lyons, Senesak Matmanivong, Christine Nankap, Anna Nguyen, Mia Nguyen, Sandrine Nkouga, Casey Phillips, Josh Reed, Laurie Reed, Abigail Robison, Ava Simon, Jean Smith, Kevine Tchoukedjoup, Cynthia Tracy
St. Patrick, Chanute
Catechumen – Robert Dickinson
Candidates – Amelia Newman, Janae Palet
St. John, Clonmel
Catechumens – Kyler Frost, Angela Stump
Candidates – Caleb Handy, Sherrie Pelz, Carlos Perez
St. Rose of Lima, Columbus
Catechumens - Charles DePratt, Jonathan Etler
St. Mark the Evangelist, Colwich
Catechumen – Ashley Barr
Candidate – Rebecca Ewert
St. Mary, Derby/Rose Hill
Catechumens – Tim Calvert, Randy Cousins, Jonathan Gilmour, Tony Herington, Carly Lambert, Karsyn Rich, Della Shirley, Kayle Trissal
Candidates – Victoria Brown, Carly Chapman, Neal Crowell, Suzan Crowell, Carla Dravis, Tona Forsberg, Amanda Egbert, Samantha Potts, Joan Shelton, Kristy Shirley, Kathy Slemp
St. Patrick, Galena
Candidate - David Russell
St. Anthony, Garden Plain
Catechumens – James Paul Baker, Van Thanh Lear
St. Cecilia, Haysville
Catechumens – Kaleb Baker, Robert Fleetwood, Faith Jacobs, Colby Jacobs, Carl Long, Michael Taylor, Chuck Rupert, Elly Greenwood, Justin Knoblauch, Dustin Knoblauch, Jax Dawson, Julia Dawson
Candidates – Todd Jacobs, Leon Thompson, Mike Spain, Mika Ross
St. Joseph, Humboldt
Candidate – Kylee Geffert
Holy Cross, Hutchinson
Catechumens – Jarrod Decker, Heather Ediger, Ashley Knight, Chet Knight, Deanna Knight, Scott Stroberg, Blaine Teter, Virginia Thornton
Candidates – Brandi Miller, Kirsten Paulsrud, Jake Thiessen
Our Lady of Guadalupe, South Hutchinson
Catechumens – Dallis Boyd-Will, Shirley Curiel, Alicia Dominguez, Ashley Fredrick, Jim Glass, Tarryn Riney, Daniel Swanson, Chanel Vargas
Candidates – Monie Arnett, Karen Barr, Larry Brooks, Noeli Casares, Desiree De Virgilio, Mario Dominguez, Michelle Kirk, Zak Kirk, Juan Parra, LeDon Ratliff, Choong Son, Jaclyn Unruh
St. Andrew, Independence
Catechumen – Ashleigh Daniels
Candidate – Marsha Shultz
St. Joseph, McPherson
Candidate – Samantha Jarvis
St. Michael, Mulvane
Catechumens – Jacey Johnson, Britney Murphy
Candidates – Dean Carson, Daniel Gibson, Drew Johnston
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton
Catechumen – Asia Harris
Candidate – Gabe Lies
St. Mary, Newton
Catechumens – Patrick Charlson
Candidates – Eric Jones, Richard Maxwell, Amy Ozbun, Rik Ozbun
St. Mary, Oxford
Candidate – Connie Kane
St. Patrick, Parsons
Catechumens – Landon Rowland, Jayleigh Phillips, Zaiver Phillips
Candidates – John Allen, Leigh Ann Phillips, Ryan Phillips, Kristen Stenborg
Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg
Catechumens – Tim Davolt, Cyrstal Gill, Austin Horton, Kyra Rink, Jeff Risher, Jordan Tate
Candidates – Routy Baker, Candice Brynds, Shelley Brynds, Kelly Kays, David McCarley, Jim Presley, Kara Turner
St. Bridget, Scammon
Catechumen – Dakota Sears
Candidate - Carl Mussa
St. Peter, Schulte
Catechumens – Chris Berger, Rebecca Berger, Jordan Hoheisel, Bethany Weesner, Baylee Goetz
Candidates – Robert Stahl, David Goodwin, Linda Martinez
Holy Name, Winfield
Catechumen – Paul Warden
Candidates – Kyndra Hecker, Buck Humphries
All Saints
Catechumen – Abigail Barnett
Candidate – Herine Nancy
Blessed Sacrament
Catechumens – Emily Tracy, Kristina Cantanese, Jamie Gunderson, James Goodfriend, Brent Dorah
Candidates – Shelly Kuhn, Jesse Shelton-Nielsen, Jackleen Shelton, Chase Daniels, Breanna Doenitz, Dana Ingle, Jade Martin, Gregory Bradford, Rowdie Pate, Kayla Steele, Sarah Patterson, Dorothy Flory, Ron Flory, Bridgette Donley, Brian Wolke, Jonathan Snider, Jaren Glaser
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Catechumen – Megan Garcia
Candidates – Joseph Capul, Megan Chevalier, Mariela Garcia, James Mamalis, Landon Olson
Christ the King
Catechumens – Lindsey Stillwell, Alex Stillwell, Blake Noel, Brittany Pfannenstiel, Jordan Aceves, William Wood
Candidates – Leonard Cook, Danielle Janzing
Church of the Magdalen
Catechumens – Tristan Blackley, Ashley Ibarra, Sohna Shook
Candidates – Brooklyn Brown, Ashley Doyle, Chad Fenn, Julian Gonzales, Cohen Gray, Brian Martinez, Niep Tracy Nguyen, Stephen Pety, Cassy Salvacion, Jarod Stice, Jessica Stice
Church of the Resurrection
Catechumen – Timothy O’Farrell
Candidates – Christopher Berry, Blake Fisher, Molly Marshall, Megan Niedens
Holy Savior
Catechumens – Shelly Elliott, Alexis Elliot, Jacob McNett, Antonio Ibarra, Ariana Breckenridge, Isaik Idanez
Candidates - Joaquin Robinson, Marcela McNett, Valentina Gonzalez, Olympia Gonzalez, Saul Olivas, Zachary Lee-Watts, Toman Idanez, Gabriella Ibarra
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catechumens – Orlanzo Rene Agüero, Yulissa Meraz Alfaro, Victoria Reynoso, Itzel Pizaña
Candidates – Agustina Chávez, Gerardo Chávez, José Palacios, Simón Delgado, Patricia Castro, Eric Urbina, Miguel Rodríguez, José Cobián, Crystal Rochel, Alfred High, Fabiola High
St. Anne
Catechumens – John Bredengerd, Jacqueline Gonzalez, Paul Nguyen, Ashley Ayala-Chavez, Priscila Chairez, Allison Ibarra Rodriguez, Uciel Chairez, Christian Hernandez-Renderos, Juana Retana, Olivana Galindo, Jose Escobedo Soriano
Candidates – Kissha Hay
St. Anthony
Candidates – Howard Chung, Hien Thi Le, Amy Le Pham, Duy Duc Vo, Van Thi Thu Nguyen, Sang Ngoc Nguyen, Loan Thi Thuy Nguyen, Jackson An Nguyen, Alexander Sayarath
St. Catherine of Siena
Catechumens – Callie Feist, David Robertson, Tobin Rupe, Kristy Gehling, Finn Fuqua, Augustine Salas
Candidates – Stacy Kornelson, Lindsey Ewertz, Colby Moritz, Torrie Rupe, Chad Fuqua, Chad (Evan) Fuqua II, Cavan Fuqua, Allan Thomas, David Dendurent, Chande Jones, Megan Salas-Orozco, Jeffrey Klaus
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Catechumens – Josh Axline, Juan Gonzales
Candidates – Sara Linnebur, Barb Reeser, Chris Lewis, Brice Garrels, Vickie Oliphant, Michelle Allison, Robin Ortner, Susanna Larraga
St. Francis of Assisi
Catechumens – Abrielle Bond, Erika Dean, Heidi Elledge, Vanessa Guzman, Lily Guzman, Carter Jenson, Elan Piper, Adrian Saldana, Alivia Terronez, Josie Terronez, Nicholas Terronez
Candidates - Shelly Bloomer, Jason Elledge, Clara Anayi Enriquez-Lopez, Robyn Gruenwald, Misty Hoopes, Tyler Martin, Robert Pepper, Angelo Silva, Sebastian Castillo-Silva, Anabela Perez-Silva, Laynie Winfrey
St. Jude
Catechumens – Fabiola Magana, Jesse Haskin
Candidate – Mary Lue Calkins
St. Margaret Mary
Catechumens – Ismael Chavez, Clarisa Lozoya, Alex Hernandez, Alondra Martinez, Manuel Garcia, Jazmin Martinez
Candidate – Candice Taft
St. Maximilian Kolbe
Catechumens – Mya Owens, Thomas Kalima-Preciado
St. Patrick
Catechumens – Clayton Haselhorst, Alicia Lopez, Elizabeth Stark, Jason Walton
Candidate – Miguel Aguilar
St. Paul University Parish at Wichita State University
Catechumens – Regan Mae Williams, Jimmy Richard Orman, Robert Allen Fusco, Micah Louise Williams, Chris Marlett, Chantal D Nae Prester, Jia Liang Chew, Clayton Baughn, Journey Bodyk, Emily Lehn, Tanner Sutphin
Candidates – Arokia Stephana Maria Das Anna Victor, La Donna S Hale, Angie Victoria Marlett, Brooke Leann Taylor
St. Thomas Aquinas
Catechumens – Brian Dwyer, Nicholas Howell, Jacey Lewis, Samuel Melendez, Cameron Sellers, Maggie Armstrong
Candidates – Amanda Allen, James Allen, Melissa Mosher, Jay Rector, John Romine, William Truesdell, Whitney Cornejo, Sarah Storm, Nicholas Storm, Russell Meyer, Timothy Genders, Chadd Arnold

Sr. Mary Kevin Rooney to the Philippines for formation work

Sister Mary Kevin Rooney remembers arriving at the Wichita motherhouse of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1947: her 318-mile bus trip from Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, ended at 3 a.m. on Aug. 29.
Her next assignment, in the Philippines, which is over 8,000 miles away, probably won’t take much longer than it took to get to Wichita from Nebraska. Sister Mary Kevin will leave Thursday, March 22, for Quezon City, which is nearly surrounded by the capital city of Manila, for a 10-month appointment as a spiritual companion for four young ASCs now in formation.
The U.S. Region of the ASCs, which consists of centers in Wichita; Ruma, Illinois; and Columbia, Pennsylvania, was invited by the ASC region in India to assist in the formation.
“The idea is, we have young sisters in those cultures who are in temporary vows, recently having made their first vows, and would the Americans accompany them?” Sr. Mary Kevin said in an interview last week.
Sister Barbara Hudock, a member of the ASC Leadership Team, happened to be in Wichita at the time of the request and invited Sr. Mary Kevin to assist her in discerning the petition for help.
“Is this God’s will?” Sr. Barbara asked. “And, how can we…even if it is God’s will?”
Sr. Mary Kevin said she explained to Sr. Barbara that the U.S. Region has the resources. “The older regions should surely help the newer regions.”
Sr. Barbara agreed, adding, “But you know, what can we do? Who could we send?”
Sr. Mary Kevin said a “deep joy began bubbling up in me” as they pondered, but she didn’t believe she would be asked.
Sr. Barbara wasn’t able to finish asking Sr. Mary Kevin if she would be interested because Sr. Mary Kevin excitedly erupted with a “Yes!”
It wouldn’t be the first time she’s traveled to Asia. Sr. Mary Kevin has also ministered in Korea, in addition to work in Tunisia, Rome, and Croatia. Her international assignments began after she initially taught for 16 years in Andale and in between appointments in Wichita.
Sr. Mary Kevin was waiting last week for a phone call from Chicago regarding her visa, but preparations are well underway for her to assist the two sisters from Vietnam and two from India. Another sister, from Korea, is unable to participate in the formation program because her English skills weren’t quite strong enough.
The Skype application and internet connections are being checked between the Philippines and the Ruma-St. Louis area for the formation classes, taking into account that the Philippines is 14 hours “ahead” of U.S. Central Standard Time. (So, if a class is at 8 a.m. in the Philippines, the ASCs in the U.S. would be teaching at 6 p.m. the day before.)
After a class is presented, Sr. Mary’s Kevin’s work will begin.
“I’m hearing this as an American. You as a Vietnamese, you as an Indian, how will you translate this into your culture? How will you live it as we are called to live this spirituality?” She said. “So basically, that’s the dream.”
Sr. Mary Kevin plans to return to Wichita in January 2019 – after months in the warmth of the South Pacific.
“Whoever hears about this,” she ended the interview, “I expect them to pray for me!”

Another ASC in Africa
Sr. Therese Wetta, another Adorers of the Blood of Christ, left for Liberia, West Africa, on Feb. 7 for missionary work. Read about her here.