Diocesan news

D. of I. card party Oct. 23 at Blessed Sacrament Parish
St. Augustine Circle #235 Daughters of Isabella is sponsoring its annual card party from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Bishop’s Hall of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Wichita.
The cost is a donation of $5. In addition to prizes, desserts and finger foods will be served.

Seventh annual pilgrimage to Pilsen on Veteran’s Day
The Seventh Annual Pilgrimage to Pilsen, sponsored by the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will be held on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Archbishop Timothy Broglio will be the homilist and principal celebrant at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. John Nepomucene Church. Bishop Michael O. Jackels will concelebrate the Mass in honor of Father Emil Kapaun, whose cause for sainthood is currently underway.

Conception Seminary enrollment numbers up 11 students this fall
CONCEPTION, Mo. – Enrollment at Conception Seminary College is up. This fall the college has 116 full-time students, up 11 students from last year. The 73 returning students and 43 new students have an average age of 24.2 years.
The Diocese of Wichita has 14 students there: Andrew T. Bina, Devin T. Burns, Alex J. Gorges, Paul M. Leeker, Patrick M. Lester, Jorge A. Lopez, Agustin D. Martinez-Delgado, Michael M. Maus, Ignacio Olvera-Ortiz, Grant T. Scheider, Mitchel H. Simpson, P.J. Voegeli Jr., Andy Walsh, and Zack A. Williams.
Twenty-three dioceses and four religious communities are represented at Conception. This year’s classes are made up of 19 freshman, 26 sophomores, 32 juniors, 19 seniors, 7 pre-theologians, and 13 other students. Twenty-six of the students were born outside of the United States.

Via Christi Health System updates name, logo
WICHITA – Via Christi Health System is updating its name and logo as part of a positioning initiative that supports the health system’s efforts to transform the delivery of healthcare. The health system’s new name is simply Via Christi Health.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the health system’s Oct. 1 anniversary and its annual Via Christi Celebration. While the health system’s new name will be used beginning immediately, the major changes will come in early 2010 when the health system’s fully-owned ministries all adopt the Via Christi name and building signage changes.
“People have consistently told us that they hold a high level of trust in Via Christi,” says Kevin Conlin, VCH president and CEO. “By clearly identifying our services as Via Christi, we will make it easier for the public to access the services they need from the birth of a child to assisted living or skilled nursing care.”
“Across Kansas and in northeast Oklahoma, there are more than 90 points of entry into Via Christi, from physicians’ offices to hospitals to senior living communities many of which are not presently named Via Christi,” notes David A. Gambino, VCH senior vice president, Strategy. “Moving to a common name and logo simplifies the experience for everyone we serve.”
The new Via Christi Health logo consists of three shapes that come together to form a cross.
“The new logo accentuates our name – Via Christi, which is Latin for ‘The Way of Christ,’” explains Lynnette RauvolaBouta, senior vice president for Mission Integration.

Take my Hand cancer support meeting Nov. 5
WICHITA – A Take My Hand cancer support meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the library at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Take My Hand is an educational support group for all cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, families, and friends.
The speaker will be Judy Carter, a registered nurse, who will speak on “How to prepare yourself for your Doctor appointment.” Questions and answers will follow.

Communion and Liberation hosting Opening Day Sunday
Communion and Liberation is hosting its annual “Opening Day” from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the St. Paul/Newman Center at Wichita State University. Those interested are invited to attend.
For more information contact gbrungardt@pixius.net or go to http://www.clonline.us/home.cfm .
Communion and Liberation is an ecclesial movement whose purpose is the education to Christian maturity of its adherents and collaboration in the mission of the church in all the spheres of contemporary life.

Renewed, Empowered in the Spirit conference Nov. 14 at All Saints
The Holy Spirit and Healing Group will host a retreat and conference from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, in the gymnasium of All Saints Church, 3205 E. Grand, Wichita.
Father Joseph Lam Nguyen, Congregation of the Holy Spirit, is the primary speaker. Sister Joann Schneider, Congregation of St. Joseph, will also speak. Organizers are inviting those who wish to praise the Lord, ask for his blessings, and receive an infusion of the Holy Spirit.
Admission is free. Lunch and dinner will be served at no charge.To register contact Vanessa Banh at (316) 250-9147. The registration deadline is Nov. 8.

TEC to honor religious life and deceased members on Nov. 1
As Teens Encounter Christ finishes its 25th anniversary year, the Diocese of Wichita’s TEC Community will host a prayer and memorial service from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Church of the Magdalen, Wichita.
Fr. Pat York will lead the service honoring all those from the TEC Community who are members of the religious life as well as taking time to remember those members of the community who have passed away. The memorial and prayer service is open to all members of the TEC Community as well as the family members of those being honored or remembered.
Names are being gathered of those who have participated in TEC and are members of the religious life, or who have passed away. They may be sent to David Walker by contacting him at (316) 269-3928 or walker@cdowk.org.

Book Fair on Nov. 14 to benefit Catholic school libraries
WICHITA – Barnes and Noble at 1920 N. Rock Road is hosting an all day book fair Nov. 14, to benefit libraries for 11 diocesan Catholic schools.
Several WSU baseball players will be on hand to promote the importance of literacy. They will be attending the book fair from noon to 1 p.m. to read and sign autographs. As a sign of appreciation, various schools will be providing entertainment throughout the day.
Diana Bowles, St. Anne’s librarian, said, “The book fair will help our school by adding to our collection. We do not receive any funds for library books so we rely on the generosity of the Barnes and Noble Book Fair as a way to put updated books in our library.”
Any purchase made at Barnes and Noble on that day will count toward the book fair, including Café purchases, CD, DVD, audio books, and gift items. To receive credit, the book fair must be mentioned at the registers. Books can be purchased for yourself or libraries. A “wish list” of books will be available to choose from or pick one of your favorite to donate!

Good Shepherd workshop Nov. 15
All those trained in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are invited to a materials making workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 in the basement of Christ the King’s Charity Hall.  
Participants are asked to bring materials to work on and a snack. Drinks will be provided.  
For more information, call Marcia Helten at (316) 722-7205.

Scary volunteers needed for charity
WICHITA – Volunteers are needed at Twin Lakes Terror, a local haunted house that will be collecting food for Catholic Charities.
Teens and older may volunteer from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and until 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays during the rest of October.
To volunteer call 722-5039 or email info@twinlakesterror.com.

Dominicans bazaar Nov. 14 in Great Bend
The Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend will host their Annual Mission Bazaar from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the motherhouse, 3600 Broadway in Great Bend.
The bazaar includes coffee and rolls in the morning, soup and pie for lunch, hundreds of handcrafted and homemade items, a raffle, unique gift theme baskets, and a silent auction.

Divine Mercy talks Nov. 14 in Topeka
A Divine Mercy Day of Recollection featuring Professor Ted Sri and Fr. Bill Bruning will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish, 17th and Stone, Topeka.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and Mass at 7:55.
The cost is $20 per person with lunch or $15 without lunch. Only those who are registered may attend. To register send the fee by Oct. 14 to Topeka Divine Mercy Apostolate, 5940 NW Westbrooke Dr., Topeka, KS 66617.

March for Life scholarships available
It is time to move March for Life planning to the top of your ‘to do’ list, advises Christine Edmonds, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
The event isn’t until January, but now is the time to begin carving out time in busy schedules and fund-raising for this annual pilgrimage, she said.
“Each year, our office and the Respect Life and Social Justice office offer a limited number of partial scholarships to first-time youth attendees for the March for Life”, Edmonds said.
“Many young people would be unable to attend without this financial aid. The March is such a powerful experience for the participants, and a meaningful witness to the rest of the country. We want to help as many young people attend as possible.”
The scholarship application form may be found online at www.cdowk.org/offices/rlsj/events.htm .

Next Advance Nov. 6
The next print edition of the Catholic Advance will be delivered on Friday, Nov. 6, to most of the diocese. The next electronic Advance will be emailed Friday, Oct. 23.

CRS responding to Pacific disasters
Catholic Relief Services is assisting in the three major disasters that have occurred in the last few weeks in the Pacific.
But the disasters is stressing the ability of CRS to help. Ken Hackett, president, said, “For more than 60 years, we have been helping people as they struggle to survive natural disasters. CRS is committed to bringing our experience—and our compassion—to quickly and effectively respond to this string of emergencies.
“But we cannot do this critical work without your help. The needs will be tremendous. Please give generously to help the thousands of victims of the wake of these three disasters and restore their hope as they dig out of the rubble to rebuild their communities—and their lives.”
Those wishing to help may go to crs.org or call (888) 277-7575.