Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:17
Pro-life video contest for high school youth deadline Feb. 15
The Diocesan Respect Life & Social Justice Office is sponsoring a video contest to promote awareness of Catholic principles that are in support of life from conception to a natural death.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the office, said youth have unique ways to communicate their ideas and can help the church reach other teens through video.
“They are much more creative than we could be in putting together an awareness campaign. I want to help them use their voices to shout out a need for all people to respect all human life – no matter the age or stage,” Toombs said. “Our dignity comes from being created in God’s image, not from anything we do or have.”
The original video should complete the thought, “A Respect Life stance is an essential part of being Catholic because…”
Awards will be given for first, second, and third places. First place will receive $100, and will be posted on the diocesan website front page for one week. Second place will receive $75. Third place will receive $50. All three winning videotapes will be at the Respect Life’s website for a month.
This contest is open to all Catholic high school students in the Diocese of Wichita. Videos must be between one and three minutes and may be submitted between Jan. 30 and Feb. 15. To submit an entry, upload the video to a public site, such as YouTube, and provide the link in the online entry form. Or submit the video on a DVD to the RLSJ office.
Videos will be screened by the Respect Life Social Justice Office prior to posting on the diocesan website. Contest winners will be notified by Feb. 29.
For more information, to learn more about Catholic Social Teaching principals, or to download an entry form, visit www.respectlifesocialjustice.org and click on the “High School Video Contest” link.
Three Bishop Carroll coaches named coaches of the year
Three Bishop Carroll Catholic High School coaches have been named Coaches of the Year in their respective sports. Honored were Monica Peters, Angie Dal Pazzo and Ran Nielsen.
Monica Peters was named the Kansas State 5A Girls Tennis Coach of 2011. She is a business teacher.
Angie Dal Pozzo, softball coach, has been selected by her peers in the Kansas Softball Coaches Association as 5A Softball Coach of the Year for 2011.
Ran Nielsen has been chosen as the 2011 National Federation of State High School AssociationsMidwest Sectional Coach of the Year for Girls Cross Country. The Midwest region includes Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Nielsen also helps with BC track and teaches science.
KMC teachers to be on EWTN
Religion teachers to be on ‘Life on the Rock’ on Feb. 2
Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School religion teachers Tony Brandt and Chris Stewart will tape an episode of EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” later this month for a Thursday, Feb. 2, airing.
The two men will talk about their catechetical and evangelization apostolate, Casting Nets. When Stewart and Brandt are not teaching, or helping their wives with their five children each, they are busy with their avocation which emphasizes parish missions and confirmation and youth retreats.
“Our real focus is on the new evangelization,” Brandt said, “teaching people the necessity and the moral obligation to evangelize and then giving them the tools to do so.”
They have an internet radio show and are in discussions with Catholic radio stations in Omaha and Oklahoma City about broadcasting the show over the airwaves. In their spare time Brandt and Stewart are writing a book.
Stewart and Brandt’s episode of Life on the Rock will air on EWTN at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, and at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.
For more about the duo and their apostolate go to castingnetsonline.com.
St. Thomas Aquinas to mark Roe v. Wade with prayer and bells
WICHITA – St. Thomas Aquinas School will host a candlelight rosary in the gym at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, and will toll the church bells 39 times at 3 p.m. , to mourn the loss of the millions of babies legally aborted since Roe vs. Wade.
Sunday, Jan. 22, marks the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
All are welcome to join the rosary.
8th graders interested in BCCHS must take placement test Jan. 28
WICHITA – Eighth grade students interested in attending Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in the fall must take a high school placement test.
The school will administer the test at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the school.
For more information, contact the Counseling Office at (316) 729-5278.
Teens Encounter Christ Weekend Feb. 18-20 at the SLC in Wichita
The Office of Faith Formation will be sponsoring a Teens Encounter Christ weekend Feb. 18-20 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Designed for juniors and seniors in high school and college age, TEC weekends are also open to adults who work with youth and young adults in this age group.
TEC involves teens encountering Christ in a way that many have never experienced before. Participants will have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the sacraments.
TEC is about faith and about having fun and getting to know other youth and adults from all around the Wichita diocese.
The cost for a TEC retreat is $70, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging, and all materials. For an application or for questions, call the office at (316) 269-3940, or email
You may also go online to download an application at catholicdioceseofwichita.org/youth/tec and mail it to the Office of Faith Formation, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. The deadline for signing up is Jan. 20.
BCCHS dinner theater set for Jan. 27-28
WICHITA – Bishop Carroll Catholic High School will present its annual Dinner Theatre/Murder Mystery Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28.
The meal consists of tossed garden salad, lasagna, seasoned green beans, bread and butter and tea or water,.
Dinner will be served in the BC Commons area beginning at 6 p.m. The show will follow at 7:30 p.m.
The cost is $6 for the dinner and the show; $3 for the show only.
A reservation must be made for the dinner by calling (316) 722-2390 and asking for the Theatre Department.