Diocesan news

The transitional Carmelite monastery is located north of the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.

Bishop Jackels encloses Carmelite monastery
Bishop Michael O. Jackels enclosed the Carmelite monastery north of the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, in a ceremony after a Mass Dec. 7. He was assisted by Father Joe Tatro and a priest from outside the Diocese of Wichita.
In addition, Phyllis Felicia Galban became the tenth sister to receive her Carmelite habit on Monday, Dec. 14, the Feast of St. John of the Cross. She is now Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D. Sister Mary is the mother of Sister Maria Jacinta (Jacinta Galban) who received her habit July 16. They are originally from Oklahoma.
See an artist’s rendering and an article about the proposed permanent monastery here.

Young Catholics New Year’s Eve party in Wichita’s Old Town
Young Catholics of Wichita is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for those 21 to 39.
The NYE Bash will be held at the City Arts Building 334 N. Mead in Old Town.
The cost is $10 per person in advance. Men are asked to bring a beverage. Women are asked to bring an appetizer. Dress is semi- to formal.
For reservations call 650-0411 or 304-3103.

Romance Night Feb. 13
The next Romance Night, an annual event sponsored by the diocesan Family Life Office, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Church of the Resurrection, Wichita.
Additional details will be announced.

Next Advance Jan. 2
The next print edition of the Catholic Advance will be delivered on Saturday, Jan. 2, to most of the diocese. The next electronic Advance will be emailed Friday, Dec. 24.

Cancer support meeting Jan. 7
The next Take My Hand Cancer Support Meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School library, Wichita. There will be no meeting in December.

Kit Lambertz, left, executive director Dear Neighbor Ministries with Carl Maniaci a member of the Associates, pose with some of the donations in a recent peanut butter and sock drive.

CSJs, associates gather food, socks
WICHITA — The Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph and its associate members “buttered ’em up and socked it to ’em” Monday, Dec. 14, when they delivered the first two shipments of peanut butter and dozens of socks to Dear Neighbor Ministries.
Peanut butter and socks are among the most sought after items by those in need.
Kit Lambertz, executive director of Dear Neighbor Ministries, said “these are simple gifts that go a very long way to help others in their time of need.”
Fellow associates in other cities where the congregation has ministries are doing the same, delivering a Christmas supply of peanut butter and socks to local agencies.
CSJ Associates are lay men and women who are non-vowed members of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph community. They are people who are drawn to the congregation’s qualities and spirituality and share its commitments and Gospel values.

CSJ Dear Neighbor Ministries to give holiday meal packages; donations needed
Dear Neighbor Ministries will again distribute food packages at Thanksgiving and Christmas to families in need in the Hilltop neighborhood, and to women and children in the StepStone program.
The average cost of each meal is $25. A portion of the money is set aside to provide Christmas gifts for families in need and for transportation assistance.
Checks may be sent payable to Dear Neighbor Ministries c/o Mission Advancement Office, 3700 E. Lincoln Wichita, KS 67218. or donate at the secure website at www.csjdearneighbor.org.

BCHS 8th grade applications due Jan. 8
WICHITA – Applications for eighth grade students interested in attending Bishop Carroll Catholic High School for the 2010-2011 school year are now being accepted. Jan. 8 the deadline.
All applicants are required to take the placement exam at BCHS on Saturday morning, Jan. 30.
Eighth graders who did not attend the Bishop Carroll Curriculum Fair should contact the Counseling Office at 729-5278 and their parish pastor for application and admission information.