Diocesan news, October 19, 2012

‘Bubbles for Babies’ Nov. 15 at the SLC
The Respect Life Social Justice Office and Catholic Charities are hosting Bubbles for Babies in November, national adoption awareness month.
The event is being held to honor all those touched by the sacrificial and loving gift of adoption. Bubbles for Babies will be a fun, positive, and supportive community event and will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th Street North.

Rally to promote the DREAM Act Oct. 21
WICHITA –A rally to promote the DREAM Act will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Keeper of the Plains near the Mid-American All Indian Center at 650 N. Seneca St.
Organizers say the rally, which will feature some speakers, is intended to educate those attending about the act. They have no intent in favoring one presidential candidate over the other.
The event is hosted by the Wichita West High School Pioneers for Peace and Justice.

Missionaries from Wichita off to Rome
WICHITA – St. Francis of Assisi parishioner Tara Elpers and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Drew Maly will be in Rome Oct. 21 to 28 for the Synod for the New Evangelization.
Elpers is a team director and a missionary for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students at the University of Tulsa. Maly is a team director and a missionary for FOCUS at the University of Oklahoma.
FOCUS is a national organization that sends teams of missionaries – recent college graduates – onto college campuses across the country to reach out to students with the good news of Jesus Christ that is found in the Catholic Church.

Dominicans bazaar Nov. 10 in Great Bend
The Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend will host their Annual Mission Benefit Bazaar from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3600 Broadway in Great Bend.
Beverages and coffee cake will be served in the morning, soup and pie for lunch.

Fetal cell line expert talks Oct. 21 canceled
WICHITA – Talks by Debi Vinnedge, executive director of Children of God for Life, on the topic “Products Made from Fetal Cell Lines – Letting Just A Little Evil In” have been canceled.
She was to speak Oct. 21 at Church of the Resurrection and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishes.
Vinnedge is unable to travel because of a medical problem.

Raffle being held to help Carmelite monastery
The Friends of the Carmelite Nuns are hosting a raffle to help with the construction costs of a new monastery for the Wichita nuns.
The suggested donation for tickets is $1. They are available at Holy Trinity Catholic Books and Gifts, Catholic Art and Gifts, and Sacred Heart Gifts.
The drawing will be held after Christmas. The grand prize is a Life of Jesus quilt which has 13 hand-embroidered scenes. This quilt has been blessed by Fr. Lawrence Carney. First through sixth prizes will also be awarded.
The drawing will be held after Christmas. Any group or organization who would like to help promote the raffle may contact Mary DeGraffenreid (316) 721-2312 for information.

Book fair Nov. 10 to benefit Drexel fund Catholic schools
A book fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, 1920 N. Rock Road in Wichita.
The fair is a fundraiser for several Catholic schools in Wichita, Coffeyville, Newton, and Winfield that receive assistance from the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. The fund was established to benefit financially-challenged parishes, so they can provide Catholic educations for parish youth.
Those attending the fair must tell the cashier that the sale should be applied to the book fair.

Prayer vigil Nov. 10 at former abortion clinic
It has been reported that a new abortion practice will be opening in George Tiller’s former clinic sometime between November and January.
Kansans for Life will host a peaceful prayer vigil at the sites, 5107 E. Kellogg in Wichita, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.
For more information, contact the Kansans for Life office in Wichita at (316) 687-5433 or 1-800-928-5433.

Drivers needed for annual Christmas Dinner for the Blind on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Volunteer drivers are needed to provide two-way transportation for a person or persons who are blind or visually impaired to the Annual Christmas Dinner for the Blind on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The dinner will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Schulte from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Four to six drivers from all major quadrants of the city are needed.
Those interested may contact the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities at (316) 269-3900 ext. 143 or email racunast@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Kansans for Life hosting counselor training on Nov. 17
Kansans for Life will train those interested in “sidewalk counseling” in light of recent news that an abortion clinic will open in the building that formerly housed George Tiller’s abortion clinic.
The training will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Kansans for Life office, 2501 E. Central Ave., Wichita.
There is no charge, but reservations are requested. Call the office at (316) 687-5433 or 1-800-928-5433.

Military pilgrimage to Pilsen set for Nov. 11
The annual military pilgrimage to St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen in memory of Fr. Emil Kapaun will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day.
Two buses from McConnell Air Force Base are in the process of being scheduled, but room for others interested in riding the bus will likely be available.
More information will be available in the Nov. 2 Advance.

Catholic Charities: a season, reason to serve
By Rachel Hittner

It is an exciting time to be Catholic. During October, we find ourselves presented with an opportunity to, as one united entity, one Catholic Church, to reflect upon our Catholic heritage and choose to recommit to our faith. 
With the start of the “Year of Faith” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, invite us and calls us to rediscover our faith and put it into action.
Catholic Charities’ mission to stabilize families in crisis and strengthen families for life, answers this call to action. You can be a part of our commitment to not only serve the poor and marginalized but truly help all of our neighbors in need, regardless of economic status. As we enter into this Year of Faith, we enter into a season to serve, a time to become true disciples of the Lord and servants to our brothers and sisters.
In this new season let us reflect, let us commit, and let us truly put our faith into action. If you are interested in volunteering with a program at Catholic Charities, contact Rachel Hittner at (316) 264-8344 ext. 1261 or email, rhittner@catholiccharitieswichita.org.