Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:58
Don Racine retires as girls basketball coach
Don Racine, long time head girls basketball coach at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School is retiring.
During Coach Racine’s 33 years as head coach, he accumulated a record of 565 wins and 180 losses, a 75.8 winning percentage. His teams won the Greater Wichita Athletic League title five times, were regional champions 16 times and state champion once. He was awarded the Greater Wichita Athletic League Girls Basketball Coach of the year four times and received Kansas Coach of the Year honors once.
Basketball camp set for June at SFA, Wichita
Greg Goertz, a teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School, Wichita, and former college basketball player is hosting a basketball camp for Catholic school students.
The camps for grades K-4 and 5-8 will be held June 5-8 for boys, and June 11-14 for girls.
The cost is $50 for the younger group, and $65 for the older, with discounts for additional family members.
For more information or to register, contact Goertz at (316) 260-9736 or at
Catholic host families needed for exchange students next fall
Host families are needed for Catholic high school exchange students for the 2012-2013 school year. The students will arrive from Europe, Asia, and South America in mid-August.
Students stay with the host family for one semester or until the end of the school year.
The host family provides a bed, meals, friendship, understanding, and a genuine desire to share the American way of life. The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance, and have spending money for their personal expenses.
Families can view online student applications and select the student that best matches their own family. For more information, please call Wilma Fast at (316) 681-1236.
Annual wards given at Catholic youth convention April 28-29 in Wichita
The award given from the diocesan Catholic youth convention held April 28-29 at the Airport Doubletree in Wichita have been announced.
Chris Edmonds, program coordinator for Catholic Youth Ministry and College Age Ministry said it was a powerful weekend for the large number of youth and adults in attendance.
“It all comes together thanks to the talent and generosity of a bunch of people – from the daring keynote, Rich Curran who moved us all with his motivational stories of faith, to the veteran technical crew who makes it all look so easy to the young adults who provided a house band with the poise of professionals.”
Edmonds said the theme of the event “For Power is Made Perfect in Weakness,” was woven effectively throughout the prayer services, the keynotes, the daily liturgies and the breakout sessions.
“I am grateful to all of the participants who worked around an impossibly busy weekend to attend as much of the event as they could. To sum it all up, in the words of one of our adult leaders, ’This was the BEST conference ever – and I’ve been to quite a few.’ I am inclined to agree.”
Here is a list of the awards:
Outstanding Catholic Youth
Brooke Blaes, St. Francis Xavier, Cherryvale; Jacob Hammer, St. Francis Xavier, Cherryvale
Elizabeth Goentzel, Holy Family Marion; Alex Bahr, St. Joseph, McPherson
Kathryn Hermes, St. Mark, St. Mark; John Bergkamp, St. Anthony, Garden Plain
Hannah Savage, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita; Marc McKernan, St. Jude
Wichita Region V
Breanne Youngers, St. John, Clonmel; Jacob James, St. Michael, Mulvane
Parish Recognition Awards
St. Patrick/St. Joseph, Chanute; St. Francis, St. Paul
St. Rose of Lima, Council Grove; Holy Family, Marion County; St. Joseph, McPherson; St. Mary, Newton
Sacred Heart, Colwich; St. Anthony, Garden Plain; St. Joseph, Ost
St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita; St. Jude, Wichita
St. John, Clonmel; St. Mary, Derby; St. Michael, Mulvane
Light of Christ
Sarah Doring, St. Andrew, Independence
Kassidy Glazner, St. Joseph, McPherson; Dominic Davis, St. Mary, Newton
Angela Hobbs St. Joseph, Ost; Joe Dockers, St. Joseph, Ost
Molly Schmitz, Church of the Resurrection, Wichita; Jesse Elpers, St. Francis of Assisi
Wichita Region V
Jordan Hansel, St. Michael, Mulvane; Brett Gorges St. John, Clonmel
Youth Ministry Leader of the Year
Rick and Irene Langerot, Region V coordinators
Bishop Mark K Carroll Award
St. Mary, Newton
Holy Name of Jesus, Bushton
Good Shepherd Award
Fr. John Lanzrath
Bishop recognizes walk award winners
Bishop Michael O. Jackels honored two area youth for their involvement in last fall’s Friends of the Poor Walk, sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Church of the Blessed Sacrament fifth grader Emerson Lank and Bishop Carroll freshman Megan Goetz, along with their parents, were treated to dinner at the Granite City restaurant. Pat Burns, the society’s Wichita council president, was the host for the evening.
Emerson took first place in an art contest used to promote the Friends of the Poor Walk. Megan, a member of St. Anne Parish, raised the most funds in the Wichita area walk.
The Friends of the Poor Walk is the primary annual fund raiser for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which will host its fifth annual walk Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Bishop Carroll High School Track.
The society’s goal is to exceed last year’s donations of nearly $20,000. The walk also raises awareness of the challenges faced by the nation’s poor.
When contacted by someone in need, Society of St. Vincent de Paul volunteers evaluate each client situation, and determine if assistance is possible for food, rent, utilities, or gasoline.
Those who feel called to serve the poor in the Diocese of Wichita may their parish, or Pat Burns at (316) 721-8622.