Dying is a part of life, a transition to God

Life-prolonging procedures may be rejected if they are burdensome
The dying need not resist death, Pope Francis says, the church doesn’t require that every means available be used to prolong their lives.
But, the dying must be accompanied with the love of family members and care of medical professionals, he told members of the European members of the World Medical Association meeting at the Vatican Nov. 16-17.
Father Thomas Welk, who has been involved in hospice in Kansas since the early 1980s, agrees with the pope. Fr. Welk says he sometimes shocks people when he reminds them that “our mortality rate will always be 100 percent.”
A Missionaries of the Precious Blood priest, Fr. Welk, is director of Professional Education and Pastoral Care for the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.
There was a time when people believed one should do everything one could to prolong life – no matter what, he said earlier this month. “We’ll, that was easy enough to follow when we had, basically, no curative intervention.”
That’s no longer true, Father Welk said, adding that because medical technology is so advanced, the issue of what one can and what one should do can be confusing.
The U.S. bishops make it very clear in their 2009 document, Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, he said, that this moral obligation to use ordinary means is only to be done when there is a reasonable hope of benefit.
“And then they mention excessive burden goes all the way to what kind of expenses are going to be involved,” Father Welk said.
He said the bishops’ statement can be more easily understood by tying it to the Baltimore Catechism.
The church has two pillars regarding life, he said: Life is sacred from beginning to end, it’s a precious gift of God, and that we are stewards, not owner, of our bodies; the second is related to the question, “What’s the purpose of life?”
“And we know from the Baltimore Catechism that the gift of life is given to us to know, love, and serve God and one another in this world,” he said.
And when our bodies are unable to continue in this world, what are we to do? “We let it go and love and serve God in the next world.”
Our duty to preserve our physical existence, our bodies, is not absolute, Fr. Welk said. “We may reject life-prolonging procedures that are insufficiently beneficial or excessively burdensome.”
Joseph Louis Bernardin, who died from pancreatic cancer in 1996, said death is initially seen as an enemy, Fr. Welk said, adding that the cardinal stated “sooner or later death is no longer the enemy, death becomes a friend.”
Death, Fr. Welk said, becomes “the healer,” the means of our entrance into a fuller, eternal life.

Want to read the bishops’ document about death, dying?
The USCCB document “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” is available for download at usccb.org. Use “ethical religious directives” in the search engine box.

South Koreans visit diocese on tour of Servant of God Emil Kapaun sites

By Scott Carter
Three representatives from a school in South Korea with ties to Father Emil Kapaun visited sites in the Diocese of Wichita, including Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Fr. Kapaun’s namesake, Nov. 26-28.
The trio were in the diocese to learn more about the life and legacy of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun. Father Michael Chang, Gabriel Kim, and Raphael Choi, who used their Americanized first names, traveled over 6,600 miles from Gwangju, located in the southwest corner of South Korea, to visit the home diocese of Father Kapaun.
Father Chang is the principal of Salesian Middle and High School, which was started in Father Kapaun’s honor in 1956. Kim and Choi are teachers. In addition to learning more about Father Kapaun, they hoped to make connections to help bolster the identity of their school and inspire their students.
Salesian was built during reconstruction that followed the Korean War, which ended in 1953 with a cease-fire. As stories of Father Kapaun’s heroism spread, several U.S. Army Catholic chaplains serving in South Korea organized an effort to memorialize him. The chaplains collected money for the school at Masses they celebrated with soldiers in Korea. Donations also came from the Holy See and the Armed Forces Aid to Korea program.
To oversee the school, the bishop of the Archdiocese of Gwangju invited the Salesian Fathers, whose patron is St. John Bosco, and who specialize in educating youth. Over 500 students are enrolled in the seventh through ninth grades, and over 700 in the 10th through 12th grades.
The three visitors were able to travel to Father Kapaun’s hometown of Pilsen, where Father Michael concelebrated Mass at St. John Nupomucene Church with the pastor, Father Darrin May. Afterward they toured the Chaplain Kapaun Museum and heard stories of Father Kapaun’s life from Rose Mary Neuwirth and Harriet Bina, two of the local Father Kapaun guides. They also met with Father Kapaun’s nephews, Ray and David Kapaun. Although the visitors enjoyed trying our American food, they were excited to treat Ray to some authentic Korean food – or at least the closest thing they could find in Wichita.
Their tour included Kapaun-Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita. In 1956, Bishop Mark K. Carroll dedicated the all-boys Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School using seed money raised by several of Father Kapaun’s fellow Prisoners of War. The school later merged with Mount Carmel Academy to become Kapaun-Mt. Carmel, but it still carries Father Kapaun’s legacy. The visitors toured the school, and with President Rob Knapp discussed the possibilities of the two schools becoming sister schools dedicated to Father Kapaun’s honor.
Before leaving, the South Koreans talked about the work of the Holy Spirit as Father Kapaun’s story continues to spread throughout the world. As Father May put it at the end of Mass at Pilsen, “It is amazing to think of all the good that has come simply from one person following God’s will.”

Maize student fearful about future after decision to review the DACA program

By Savie Hughes and Bailey Birkholz
For a majority of her teenage years, a Maize High School student has stood up for illegal immigrants. Being an immigrant herself and having relationships with other illegal immigrants, she said she felt she was the right candidate to take a stand.
Everything changed recently when her parents told her she was a part of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, instead of being a resident as she thought for 14 years.
“I am good at standing up for other people,” she said. Her name is not being used to keep her anonymous. “But then it became me. I got scared, and I am still scared. But finding out about it kind of made me even more passionate. Really there is nothing to be ashamed of. We are Americans, just not on paper. ”
President Donald Trump ordered a congressional review of the DACA program last September. Congress has through March to decide to keep the program, reform it, or declare it unconstitutional. If Congress decides to end the program, 800,000 immigrants, referred to as Dreamers, would be eligible for deportation.
The Maize student said the United States is the only country she ever wants to know. “I’ve only known America, America is my home,” she said. “I’ve grown up in Maize, Kansas, I’ve lived in the same house since I was 3 years old.”
She was brought from another country on her parents’ visa as a child. However, about a year and a half later, the visas expired and could not be renewed.
“My parents made the decision they would rather stay here and face the challenges of being an undocumented citizen than going back to [my home country] and face the oppression,” she said.
She said her parents raised her to believe she was a resident to protect her from ridicule and fear. When she turned 15, the age of eligibility to join DACA, her parents applied without informing her. It wasn’t until two years after she was enrolled in DACA, and a week before Trump announced the program would be reviewed by Congress, that her parents told her.
“So, when I found out, it was kind of like 14 years of fear flooding into me all at once, which is really overwhelming,” she said. “But they did it to protect me from myself, in a way, because they didn’t want me telling anyone.”
She said people still bullied her for being an immigrant in general and that she is fearful about how people within her community will react to the DACA students.
“I hope that they would be one of those communities that wouldn’t turn their backs on me or the other students,” she said. “There are a lot of people who might be against immigrants now and the undocumented, but if they find out who is undocumented, and find out the type of people they are, it might change their minds.”
Within high school she said she worries about how her peers would view her if they knew who she was.
“If other students at Maize High do find out, you don’t know how they will react,” she said. “You don’t know how they will treat you after it. Right now I am trying to not let fear rule how I live my life. I have never done that before so I am not going to start now.”
This story is an edited version of an online article. The entire article may be viewed at MaizeNews.com/11422/news/a-life-in-limbo.

Married couple don’t let disabilities get in the way of serving the church

Voice of Ability
By Beth and Marvin Patterson
We met through some friends. We were married in May 1987 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Wichita by Fr. James J. Billinger.
We both have a learning disability, and I am hearing impaired – deaf in one ear, limited hearing in the other ear.
We have owned our own home for 21 years. All paid for. We recently remodeled our home in-and-out. We go to St. Joseph Church where we are both Eucharistic ministers.
Marvin belongs to the St. Margaret Mary Council 3677 Knights of Columbus. We like to volunteer for the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference, the Sedgwick County ARC, and Faith and Light.
Speaking of Faith and Light, we are co-coordinators for our group, Light of Christ Faith and Light Group. We meet the first Thursday of the month at St. Joseph Church. Faith and Light started in 1971 by Marie Helen Mathieu and Jean Vanier. There are 1,500 groups world-wide for persons with disabilities and special needs.
I work for First Student School Bus Services as a monitor for Special Education routes, USD 259. Marvin is retired now. He loves it! He loves to garden and mow grass. He keeps very busy.

Diocesan news, December 15, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
December
Dec. 16-17: Parish pastoral visit to St. Andrew, Independence; and St. Francis, Cherryvale
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Dec. 25: Christmas Mass at Oswego jail
January
Jan. 4-11: Region IX bishops annual retreat
Jan. 13-14: Parish pastoral visit to St. John, Clonmel
Jan. 15-16: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Topeka

Surviving Divorce program begins Jan. 8
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting another 12-week “Surviving Divorce” program beginning Monday Jan. 8.
The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School at 3642 N. Ridge Road in Wichita.
The program offers valuable insight to everyone, despite how long ago they were divorced. It is designed to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. Topics such as shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and more, will be discussed.
The cost is $35 and includes a “Personal Survival Guide.” To register, call 316-425-0595 or email clista@saintcatherinewichita.com.
Parishes may request the program by contacting the Office of Marriage & Family Life at 316-685-5240.

Seminarians, Trinity alums basketball game Dec. 29 at Hutchinson
The Serra Club of Reno County will host its annual basketball game pitting seminarians and priests against Trinity alumni Friday, Dec. 29.
The evening, a benefit for the seminarians, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a sloppy joe and hotdog dinner. The game begins at 6:30.
The event will feature performances by the Little Cheer and Dance girls from Holy Cross, assisted by the Trinity Cheerleaders and Dance Team.
A goodwill offering will be taken up to benefit the two Hutchinson area seminarians, Andy Beugelsdijk and Christopher Rumback. In addition, game officials will be “accepting financial assistance” to help them with their officiating.

The Daniel Plan for downtown Catholics begins on Jan. 10
A class on the Daniel Plan, a healthy lifestyle program, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka.
Participants are invited to bring their lunch and listen to a DVD series created by some of the top experts on spiritual, physical, and emotional health. The program is for people who want to get healthy but don’t want to go on a diet. It is based on five areas, incorporating faith, fitness, food, friends and focus.
The cost is $15 for each six-week session and includes a workbook. To register or for more information call the Office of Marriage and Family life at 316-685-5240.

Next Catholic Advance
The next Catholic Advance publication date is Friday, Jan. 5.
To advertise, call 316-269-3968 or visit CatholicAdvance.org.

Pro-life ministry offering ‘pill kills’ DVD free of charge
Physicians prescribe the pill to many young women to regulate monthly cycles, lessen cramping, or to control acne.
But the life and health threatening side effects from taking the pill are not worth it, according to the West Sedgwick County Chapter of Right to Life of Kansas. The pill not only causes abortions but has dangerous side-effects.
The chapter is offering a free DVD, “The Pill Kills Symposium,” that explains the problems associated with the pill.
For free copy of the DVD, send an email jcsfam6@yahoo.com with your name and address, or call Carolyn at 316-531-2227. For more information or to watch the DVD online, visit ThePillKills.org and click on “2012 National Symposium” box on the left of the home page.

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita:
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

Struggling with pornography?
Those who are struggling with pornography and need spiritual help may contact a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for help.
To do so, send an e-mail to ineedhelpfather@gmail.com. “Our Lord always provides a means to overcome sin!,” the priest says.

The pope’s intention
Here is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for this month:
The Elderly: That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

Parish news, December 15, 2017

WAM hosting evening at Cathedral
Wichita Adore Ministries will host a prayer and social event Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The evening will begin with adoration at 7:30 p.m. At around 9 o’clock a social and dance will begin in Good Shepherd Hall.
The ministry is offering 12 adoration events in 2018 to parishes in the Diocese of Wichita at no cost. The events are designed to foster faith and prayer. For more information visit WichitaAdore.com/2018.

Event Jan. 20 to feature prayers for life in five languages
A pro-life rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited in five languages beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in All Saints Church in Wichita.
The faithful are invited to join as one body in Christ for the event to lift up their prayer to fight the culture of death and to pray for all its victims.
The event is sponsored by the All Saints Respect Life group.

Musicians workshop Jan. 20 in Augusta
A Liturgical Musicians Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. James Church in Augusta.
Christopher Walker from Oregon Catholic Press will be a major presenter. The event is open to all clergy and musicians. Visit npmwichita.org for further information and to register.

Sunday Mass pilgrimage ‘through time’ planned
Lance Reichenberger, a member of St. Joseph, Andale Parish, is organizing an ongoing Sunday Mass pilgrimage to a different church in the Diocese of Wichita, starting with the oldest and ending with the newest.
He plans to visit each church in the diocese. St. Mary, Queen of Angels, in Fort Scott, is the oldest church in the diocese still in use, and is first on the list and is scheduled for Sunday Jan. 21.
Reichenberger said depending on the number of persons interested, they will carpool or caravan. Pilgrims should meet at the Westlink Community Library just west of St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita. They will leave at 6:45 a.m.
No other activities are planned for the pilgrimage, 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, December 15, 2017

Special Catholic Faith Conference ‘...Beyond the Pew’ scheduled for Jan. 19-20 at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will host a new program next month called the “Catholic Faith Conference: Catholicism Beyond the Pew.”
The special event features nationally recognized Catholic speaker Jon Leonetti along with several excellent diocesan presenters. The program begins Friday evening, Jan. 19 and goes through the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 20.
“We wanted to create a program that appeals to the average Catholic sitting in the pew on Sundays,” said Kelly McCague, operations manager at the SLC. “This conference is going to be for everyone – people who are very on fire with their faith, and those of us who sometimes struggle to connect.”
The conference includes an information fair, Adoration with Wichita Adore Ministries, and a “Stump the Padre” panel where guests can ask whatever questions they may have about the Catholic faith. Participants will explore all that is beautiful and inspiring about our Catholic faith.
In addition to the keynote talks by Jon Leonetti, the conference will feature breakout sessions for women, men, seniors and young adults. Mika Gross will present on “Finding Balance in Motherhood.” Rob Knapp will give a talk entitled, “The Vocation of Fatherhood.” For the senior breakout session, Sharon Witzell will present “Modeling Stewardship as Grandparents.” And young adults are encouraged to attend the breakout session entitled “Spiritual Friendship as a Path to Heaven,” given by Veronica Hill.
Space is limited to the first 150 registrants, so sign up early by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 or online at SLCwichita.org.
Registration includes a wine and appetizer social Friday evening, along with breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Early bird rates: commuter $75, single occupancy $130, double occupancy $105.

Program on mental health Jan. 13 at SLC
A program entitled “Mental Health First Aid” will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program is designed to help individuals assist those experiencing mental health challenges or crises.
Lead by Church of the Resurrection parishioner and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Jason Scheck, the program prepares attendees to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses, and provides the tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in your community.
The “Mental Health First Aid” program is ideal for college and university leaders, educators, human resource professionals, nurses, social service staff, social workers and many more. A certificate of attendance will be provided for eight continuing education hours.
The Saturday program includes a workbook, snacks, beverages and lunch for $60. Register by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit SLCWichita.org.

Frank Sheed topic of next SLC Decennium
Dr. Malcolm Harris of Friends University will present the monthly Docentium on Catholicism and Culture Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The program includes dinner and Dr. Harris’ presentation about the influential Catholic author Frank Sheed.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and every month a new lecture will be given on some topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person. More information can be found on the SLC website.
Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

SLC to honor Our Lady during New Year’s Eve mini retreat
The faithful are invited to usher in 2018 at the Spiritual Life Center this year when Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will host a New Year’s Eve program centered on Our Lady.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with Mass starting at 11 p.m. Overnight rooms are available for those wishing to stay.
This annual New Year’s Marian program includes conferences, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass, and a procession to an indoor Shrine of Our Lady. The cost is $20.
Register by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Griefshare Jan. 4
All adults who have lost a loved one through death or miscarriage are invited to attend the next 11-week Grief share series at the Spiritual Life Center.
It will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 4. The cost is $35 and includes a participant guide.
To register call the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.

Venezuelans try new food strategies to combat hunger

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (CNS) — Eleven-year-old Alejandro took two sausages from the refrigerator in his home, thinking only of his empty stomach. When his mother, a cleaning woman, returned and realized that Alejandro had eaten what was meant to be dinner for her six children, she shouted at him and beat him. Furious and ashamed, Alejandro went into his room and locked the door. Three hours later, his mother found him dead. He had hanged himself.
Medical Mission Sister Maigualida Riera, 46, is still shaken by the tragedy that occurred in Jesus of Nazareth Parish in Barquisimeto, Venezuela’s fourth-largest city, where she lives. Alejandro’s death is an extreme case of an evil haunting all Venezuelan families these days: hunger.
“People do not have the money to buy enough food,” said Janeth Marquez, coordinator of Caritas Venezuela, the Catholic Church’s aid agency.
Because of hyperinflation, the monthly minimum wage buys just four boxes of eggs. Tomorrow it might be worth even less. The Venezuelan government does not release official figures about food, but surveys by Caritas show that 46 percent of Venezuelans eat less than three meals a day, and 14.5 percent of children under age 5 suffer from acute malnutrition.
Even Caritas workers are hit by the crisis. “Our people leave the country or have to struggle to get food for themselves,” Marquez told Catholic News Service.
Community kitchens are one answer to the food crisis. La Vega, a neighborhood of 120,000 people, lies on the hills surrounding Caracas. The open-air community kitchen has a spectacular view of the city below, but the children sitting around the long table recently paid no attention to the panorama. Their eyes were on the soup that Judith Arcia, 57, was pouring into their plastic cups.
“Today, I prepared a soup with beans, vegetables, potatoes, some sausage,” said Arcia, a tall woman with six children and 11 grandchildren, who oversees the kitchen. “I cannot remember any crisis as hard as this one.”
“It started when we realized that children did not come to school, or that they fainted during class,” recalled Jesuit Father Alfredo Infante, pastor of St. Alberto Hurtado parish.

Avance Católico, Viernes, 15 de Diciembre 2017

NCADDHM: un tiempo de solidaridad y acción
Por Danny T. Krug

En una visita simultánea, alrededor de 80 directores de ministerios hispanos de varias diócesis en Estados Unidos tuvimos la oportunidad de abogar personalmente por todos los “Dreamers” con los legisladores de nuestros estados en “Capital Hill.”
Llevamos el mensaje del Papa Francisco de solidaridad, compasión y obligación moral como verdaderos Cristianos Católicos. Todo esto fue posible a través de la Conferencia Anual de los Directores Diocesanos de Ministerio Hispano (NCADDHM) el cual facilitó estas entrevistas en “Capital Hill” el día 8 de noviembre cumpliendo con el propósito especial de la conferencia de Solidaridad y Acción.
Estas visitas a los congresistas y representantes dieron la oportunidad a los directores de expresar argumentos morales y humanitarios relacionados no sólo con la situación de los jóvenes Dreamers sino también la protección del apoyo financiero al desarrollo internacional y asistencia humanitaria especialmente migrantes y refugiados. Tuvimos la oportunidad de compartir historias de los Dreamers en cada una de nuestras diócesis mostrándole así el verdadero rostro de la situación.
Fue un orgullo y honor el poder abogar directamente con los legisladores representando a nuestra Iglesia Católica y especialmente nuestra comunidad Hispana. Al mismo tiempo descubrí que cada uno de nosotros como Católicos Estadounidenses podemos y debemos apoyar con nuestra voz y nuestra oración. No sólo se necesita enviar cartas y comunicaciones a nuestros senadores y representantes sino también disponernos a orar por los Dreamers, por los legisladores y por todos los Católicos en nuestro estado de Kansas para que logremos desarrollar un camino a la ciudadanía para casi 1.5 millones de Dreamers incluyendo los recipientes de DACA.
¿Más información?
Para más información sobre cómo comunicarse con nuestros legisladores, favor de llamar a la oficina del Ministerio Hispano y hablar con la Sra. Danny T. Krug al 316-269-3919.

Estudiante temerosa sobre el futuro después de la decisión de revisar el programa DACA
Por Savie Hughes y Bailey Birkholz

Durante la mayor parte de su adolescencia, una estudiante de Maize High School defendió a los inmigrantes ilegales. Siendo ella misma una inmigrante y habiendo estado en contacto con inmigrantes ilegales, dijo que sentía que era la candidata adecuada para tomar una posición.
Todo cambió recientemente cuando sus padres le dijeron que ella era parte de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (dreamers), conocida como DACA, en lugar de ser residente como ella pensó durante 14 años.
“Soy buena para defender a otras personas”, dijo. Su nombre no se usa para mantenerla anónima. “Pero luego se convirtió en mí”. Me asusté y todavía estoy asustada. Pero descubrirlo me hizo sentir más apasionada. Realmente no hay nada de qué avergonzarse. Somos estadounidenses, simplemente no en un papel. “
El presidente Donald Trump ordenó una revisión del Congreso del programa DACA el septiembre pasado. El Congreso tiene hasta febrero para decidir mantener el programa, reformarlo o declararlo inconstitucional. Si el Congreso decide finalizar el programa, 800.000 inmigrantes, denominados Dreamers, serían elegibles para la deportación.
La estudiante de Maize dijo que Estados Unidos es el único país que ha conocido. “Yo solo he conocido a Estados Unidos, Estados Unidos es mi hogar”, dijo. “Crecí en Maize, Kansas, vivo en la misma casa desde que tenía 3 años”.
Ella fue traída de otro país con la visa de sus padres cuando era niña. Sin embargo, aproximadamente un año y medio después, las visas expiradas no pudieron ser renovadas.
“Mis padres tomaron la decisión de que preferirían quedarse aquí y enfrentar los desafíos de ser un ciudadano indocumentado que volver a [mi país de origen] y enfrentar la opresión”, dijo.
Ella dijo que sus padres la criaron para creer que ella era una residente para protegerla del ridículo y el miedo. Cuando cumplió 15 años, la edad de elegibilidad para aplicar a DACA, sus padres aplicaron sin informarle. No fue hasta dos años después de que ella se inscribió en DACA, y una semana antes de que Trump anunciara que el programa sería revisado por el Congreso, que sus padres le dijeron.
“Entonces, cuando me enteré, fue como si 14 años de miedo me inundaran a la vez, lo cual es realmente abrumador”, dijo. “Pero lo hicieron para protegerme de mí misma, de alguna manera, porque no querían que le contara a nadie”.
Ella dijo que la gente todavía la intimidaba por ser una inmigrante en general y que tiene miedo de cómo la gente de su comunidad reaccionará ante los estudiantes de DACA.
“Espero que sean una de esas comunidades que no me den la espalda ni a mí ni a los demás estudiantes”, dijo. “Hay muchas personas que podrían estar en contra de los inmigrantes ahora y los indocumentados, pero si descubren quién es indocumentado y descubren el tipo de personas que son, podrían cambiar su forma de pensar”.
En la escuela secundaria, dijo que le preocupa cómo sus compañeros la verían si supieran quién era ella.
“Si otros estudiantes en Maize High lo descubren, no sabes cómo reaccionarán”, dijo. “No sabes cómo te tratarán después de eso”. En este momento estoy tratando de no dejar que el miedo gobierne cómo vivo mi vida. Nunca lo había hecho antes, así que no voy a comenzar ahora “.
Esta historia es una versión editada de un artículo en línea. El artículo completo se puede ver en MaizeNews.com/11422/news/a-life-in-limbo.

Comenzaron las Festividades de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
El domingo 3 de diciembre de 2017 arrancaron las Fiestas en honor a la Virgen de Guadalupe con un espectacular desfile comenzando desde la catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción y terminando en la parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro. Miles de personas se acercaron a lo largo del desfile para admirar las hermosas carrozas, Matachines y Charros.
El clima fue un regalo de Dios para todos los asistentes, un sol radiante y las temperaturas alrededor de los 65 grados. La alegría y la devoción se hizo sentir en todo momento.
Se escuchaban los gritos: ¡Que Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! ¡Viva Cristo Rey! de la gente muy emocionada y también conmovida por el hermoso evento.

Jóvenes de grupos de Confirmación escuchan presentaciones sobre cómo fijar, leer y seguir su brújula hacia Dios
Alrededor de 184 jóvenes en preparación para Confirmación participaron del retiro “Prayer: A Compass for Life” patrocinado por el Equipo de Apoyo Juvenil Diocesano de la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano y la oficina de Formación de la Fe.
El propósito del retiro fue mostrarles a los jóvenes que la vida puede ser muy complicada y por eso necesitamos una brújula. La oración es una de esas herramientas más poderosas que uno recibirá para navegar a través de la vida. Exploramos junto a los jóvenes como fijar, leer y seguir su brújula de oración.
Jennie Padilla del “Duty Vagabond Ministries” les habló a los jóvenes sobre como fijar su brújula siempre apuntando hacia Dios y sobre las tres diferentes dimensiones espirituales. También les habló sobre los obstáculos que les impide seguirla y de que deben estar preparados para enfrentarlos. El Padre Jacob Carlin les habló de cómo leer la brújula y buscar las diferentes maneras de orar y el compromiso de vida para orar. Joseph Langenfeld, maestro de Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, les habló sobre como otras personas y la comunión de todos los santos nos ayudan a seguir la brújula.
Para finalizar los jóvenes hicieron un compromiso escrito el cual se les enviará antes de hacer su Confirmación. Los jóvenes respondieron positivamente a la evaluación del retiro.
Todo esto fue posible gracias a la planeación del Equipo de Apoyo Juvenil Diocesano del Ministerio Hispano, la oficina de Formación de Fe, catequistas y especialmente a los presentadores: Jennie Padilla, Fr. Jacob Carlin y Joseph Langenfeld.

Con gran éxito culmina el trimestre de Sept. a Nov. del Instituto de Formación Pastoral
Los alumnos del Instituto junto a familiares y amigos celebraron la culminación de las clases el 18 de noviembre en la parroquia Santa Ana. El evento comenzó con la celebración de la Santa Misa culminando con entrega de certificados, diplomas y maestrías.
Ochenta y tres estudiantes de cinco parroquias en Wichita recibieron certificados y/o diplomas por los cursos terminados. La Sra. Jaqueline Rivera de la parroquia San Patricio, cumplió con los requisitos necesarios para obtener un Certificado de Maestría de Catequesis entregado por la oficina diocesana de Formación de Fe. Un agradecimiento muy grande para los maestros voluntarios, a las hermanas Guadalupanas del Espíritu Santo y al Equipo de Apoyo por todo sus esfuerzos en hacer de este trimestre un gran éxito.
Damos gracias a Dios porque nos permite ser mediación para que nuestros hermanos logren seguir su crecimiento espiritual de la fe y también de recibir reconocimiento y certificación por los estudios realizados.
Invitación special
El próximo trimestre de clases comienza en enero 2018 y el Día de Orientación e Inscripciones será el 4 DE ENERO a las 6:30 en el Salón del Buen Pastor de Catedral. Para más información, favor de llamar a la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano al 316-269-3919.

El Stewardship para nuestras Escuelas Católicas
Lo que hemos aprendido sobre el stewardship
Por el P. Ken Van Haverbeke
Semanalmente, a veces todos los días, me escandalizan algunas cosas. Soy el director de la Oficina de Stewardship en la Diócesis de Wichita, y me estremezco cuando alguien de fuera de la diócesis me llama y pregunta: “Hábleme de sus escuelas católicas gratuitas”.
Respirando profundamente, les digo, “No tenemos escuelas católicas con matrícula gratis. Trabajando juntos, todos los feligreses de la diócesis ayudan a los padres que desean una educación católica para sus hijos, pero nada es gratis. De hecho, el costo de nuestras escuelas católicas se ofrece a un gran costo para nuestras parroquias, ¡pero vale la pena!"
En nuestras escuelas, los niños estudian la fe católica, oran frecuentemente, practican valores morales, aprenden a practicar la autodisciplina y el discipulado, y se espera que pongan las necesidades de los demás antes que las propias; esto además de proporcionar una excelente educación académica.
Pero lo que hace especial a la Diócesis de Wichita es que vemos la misión de educar a nuestros niños en la fe católica, como la misión de todos los feligreses de la diócesis. Independientemente de que si el feligrés tenga o no hijos o familiares en la escuela. ¿Por qué?
En la Diócesis de Wichita, hemos aprendido que el Stewardship es una elección para ser un discípulo de Jesucristo al reconocer que todo lo que tenemos es un regalo de Dios y al aceptar la obligación de devolver a Dios a través de la parroquia una oferta consistente y honesta de nuestro tiempo, talento y tesoro. Nosotros, como feligreses, tomamos la decisión de que una de las mejores maneras en que podemos usar nuestros dones de tiempo, talento y tesoro, es a través de la formación y educación de las futuras generaciones en los caminos de la fe católica.
Por lo tanto, la parroquia, hace todo lo posible para ayudar a los padres a proporcionar una educación católica para sus hijos, y lo hace a un gran costo, ¡pero el darse cuenta del sacrificio generoso vale bastante la pena!
¿Todo esto es gratis? De ninguna manera. Cada persona en la parroquia sacrifica generosamente para que la educación católica, al igual que muchos otros ministerios en la parroquia, puedan ser una opción para los papás.
La educación católica no es “gratuita”, ni tampoco los demás ministerios de la parroquia son “gratuitos”, sino que todos contribuimos, lo que permite que los niños y sus familias participen en los diversos ministerios de la parroquia.

Ideas para vivir el Adviento
Durante el tiempo de Adviento se puede escoger alguna de las opciones que presentamos a continuación para vivir cada día del Adviento y llegar a la Navidad con un corazón lleno de amor al niño Dios.
Pesebre y pajas
En esta actividad se va a preparar un pesebre para el Niño Dios el día de su nacimiento. El pesebre se elaborará de paja para que al nacer el niño Dios no tenga frío y la paja le dé el calor que necesita. Con las obras buenas de cada uno de los niños, se va a ir preparando el pesebre. Por cada buena obra que hagan los niños, se pone una pajita en el pesebre hasta el día del nacimiento de Cristo.
Vitral del Nacimiento
En algún dibujo en el que se represente el Nacimiento los niños podrán colorear algunas parte de éste cada vez que lleven a cabo una obra buena para irlo completando para la Navidad.
Calendario Tradicional de Adviento
En esta actividad se trata de que los niños hagan ellos mismos un calendario de Adviento en donde marquen los días del Adviento y escriban sus propios propósitos a cumplir. Pueden dibujar en la cartulina el día de Navidad con la escena del nacimiento de Jesús. Los niños diario revisarán los propósitos para ir preparando su corazón a la Navidad. Este calendario lo podrán llevar a la Iglesia el día de Navidad si así lo desean.
Se sugieren los siguientes propósitos
Ayudaré en casa en aquello que más me cueste trabajo.
Rezaré en familia por la paz del mundo.
Ofreceré mi día por los niños que no tienen papás ni una casa donde vivir.
Obedeceré a mis papás y maestros con alegría.
Compartiré mi almuerzo con una sonrisa a quien le haga falta.
Hoy cumpliré con toda mi tarea sin quejarme.
Ayudaré a mis hermanos en algo que necesiten.
Ofreceré un sacrificio por los sacerdotes.
Rezaré por el Papa.
Daré gracias a Dios por todo lo que me ha dado.
Llevaré a cabo un sacrificio.
Leeré algún pasaje del Evangelio.
Ofreceré una comunión espiritual a Jesús por los que no lo aman.
Daré un juguete o una ropa a un niño que no lo tenga.
No comeré entre comidas.
En lugar de ver la televisión ayudaré a mi mamá en lo que necesite.
Imitaré a Jesús en su perdón cuando alguien me moleste.
Pediré por los que tienen hambre y no comeré dulces.
Rezaré un Ave María para demostrarle a la Virgen cuanto la amo.
Hoy no pelearé con mis hermanos.
Saludaré con cariño a toda persona que me encuentre.
Hoy pediré a la Santísima virgen por mi país.
Leeré el nacimiento de Jesús en el Evangelio de S. Lucas 2, 1-20.
Abriré mi corazón a Jesús para que nazca en él.

4 de enero: inscripciones y orientación del instituto
¿Conoces la Historia de La Iglesia Católica? ¿Cuántos Libros tiene La Biblia? ¿Cómo Eran Las Primeras Comunidades Cristianas?
A estas y muchas otras preguntas el Instituto de Formación Pastoral del Ministerio Hispano te brinda las respuestas durante las clases de Formación de Fe.
Nos estamos preparando para recibir a todas las personas interesadas en continuar con su formación en la fe. Le invitamos a toda persona interesada en participar de estos grupos de estudio a venir a la noche de Orientación e Inscripciones del jueves, 4 de Enero.
Entre los cursos que tendremos: Introducción a la Biblia, Verdades de la Fe I, Sacramentos, Relaciones Humanas y Liderazgo, La Alegría del Evangelio, Hechos de los Apóstoles, etc.
Cada materia consta de 10 clases de 7 a 9 pm ya sea martes o viernes dependiendo del horario. Ofrecemos cuidado de niños de 1 a 10 años. Si desea más información, puede llamar a la oficina del Ministerio Hispano al 316-269-3919 o acércate al Centro Pastoral San José en la 437 N Topeka en Wichita, KS 67202.

USCCB: los obispos de EE. UU. discuten acerca de la inmigración
BALTIMORE (CNS) - Al comienzo de su asamblea anual de otoño en Baltimore, el 13 de noviembre, los obispos católicos de EE. UU. Se enfrentaron a algunos grandes problemas -inmigración y racismo- directamente y se enfocaron en cómo elevar el nivel nacional de discusión sobre estos temas que comienzan en los bancos de la iglesia.
Reconocieron la polarización actual en el país y la división dentro de la Iglesia Católica y enfatizaron su responsabilidad como líderes de la iglesia para promover la reforma migratoria, educar a los feligreses en temas de justicia y escuchar a los afectados por “los pecados del racismo”.
En inmigración, el Obispo Joe S. Vasquez de Austin, Texas, quien es presidente del Comité de Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, dijo que debe haber un “camino a la legalización y ciudadanía para los millones de nuestros hermanos y hermanas no autorizados”que respetan la ley, pagan impuestos y contribuyen a nuestra sociedad “.
El arzobispo Thomas G. Wenski de Miami dijo que la defensa de los obispos de los inmigrantes, como hermanos y hermanas, no como problemas, no solo es adecuada para los inmigrantes sino “para nuestra sociedad en general”.
“Podemos hacer grande a los Estados Unidos, pero usted no hace grande a Estados Unidos al hacer que los Estados Unidos sea ofensivo”, agregó, refiriéndose a un eslogan del presidente Donald Trump sin nombrarlo.
Sobre el racismo, el obispo George V. Murry de Youngstown, Ohio, jefe del Comité Ad Hoc Contra el Racismo de los obispos, dijo que la iglesia debe reconocer “y reconocer francamente” sus fallas. Dijo que el tema ha encontrado un “resurgimiento preocupante” en los últimos años, refiriéndose particularmente a una manifestación de supremacía blanca en Charlottesville, Virginia, este año donde dijo que el odio racial estaba “en plena exhibición”.
“El racismo no va a ser conquistado por el habla, sino por las acciones”, dijo el arzobispo Wilton D. Gregory de Atlanta, y agregó que este fue un momento clave en el que la iglesia podría desempeñar un papel de liderazgo.
Habló sobre las discusiones que tienen lugar a nivel diocesano y parroquial, y varios obispos comentaron sobre ellos y señalaron que estas discusiones no son fáciles, pero son tan necesarias para lograr la curación.
Dio las gracias a los obispos por su apoyo, en sus oraciones, llamadas telefónicas y donaciones, que describió como una “maravillosa señal de solidaridad” y signo de unidad de nuestra fe. Esta será una recuperación larga y costosa, señaló, pero agregó que “la gente tiene una fe muy profunda”.

Bishop Kemme: Go to confession, use Advent to ‘move forward’

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
A blessed Advent to one and all!
One of the church’s most recently canonized saint and the only one canonized on American soil, St. Junipero Serra was apparently fond of saying, “Always Forward,” or in his native Spanish, Siempre Adelante! It is this expression that I think beautifully captures for us a true Advent spirit.
The church and her people, claimed for Christ in baptism, anointed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and daily nourished in the Most Holy Eucharist, is a pilgrim people, moving through history on her way to the ultimate encounter with God in Christ, Jesus.
Advent helps us remember to be always moving forward, toward the goal of our Christian faith, which is heaven. There, in that perpetual state of unending happiness and joy, we will find our true selves, our greatest fulfillment, and our deepest peace. The short, but ever so important season of Advent, a tiny Lent, if you will, reminds us to get our spiritual house in order, to be attentive to spiritual matters, to prepare ourselves by patience, perseverance and joyful expectation of the Lord’s solemn return. The Lord is coming, yes, but we are also moving toward him, always forward, siempre adelante!
Sadly, however, there are many among us who are stuck, going nowhere in their faith or even worse, going backwards, rejecting the path that God has marked out for them and choosing a backward direction, which distances them even more from the moment of this ultimate encounter with Christ. Are we among these people? If so, how can we get moving and in the right direction? If not, how can we make even greater progress in this pilgrimage to the Lord.
Here, I would suggest a couple of tried and true Catholic practices and devotions. The first is to make a good confession. Notice I said “good.” A good confession is a complete confession, offered in humility and trust. This must be preceded by a good examination of conscience. Use the Ten Commandments as a guide to help you examine your life; write down the sins that burden your heart and soul and take that “cheat sheet” with you into the confession.
Ask the priest to help you and to give you sufficient time to fully confess your sins. Believe me, when you do this and especially if you have not done this in a long time, you will emerge amazed at the weight that will be lifted from your shoulders. You will be renewed and energized to go forward in your spiritual life.
Another tried and true practice is to attend daily Mass. This may be more challenging, given your particular work and home schedule, but again, I promise you that if you give the Lord a little more room in your schedule for daily Mass, you will be amazed at how much this will help to reignite your faith, restart your spiritual engine each day helping you make enormous progress in the spiritual life.
Finally, I cannot recommend more highly certain Catholic devotions and practices such as the rosary, holy hours before the Most Blessed Sacrament, fasting and abstinence on Friday’s (a highly recommended practice throughout the entire year) a day of silent prayer or recollection, (perhaps at the Spiritual Life Center) or better yet, an organized retreat, spiritual reading of the Bible and other Catholic authors, family meals and prayer and a host of other well advised activities to give you the encouragement and support you need to move always forward.
Friends, we have a very short Advent season this year, shorter than most years. It is therefore imperative that we not waste time or remain stuck in our spiritual inertia, but that we do our part to enlist the Holy Spirit, who moved the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost outward and forward. We too have been given this Divine Gift; let us therefore go to meet Him who is returning to meet us, Always Forward! Siempre Adelante! God bless you all!
+Bishop Carl A. Kemme