Diocesan news, December 20, 2014

Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral to be streamed live and broadcast on TV
Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber will be the main celebrant of the Christmas Eve Mass at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita. The Mass will be streamed live at the diocesan website CatholicDioceseOf
Wichita.org.
It will be broadcast at 11:05 p.m. that evening by KWCH, channel 12, and rebroadcast at 10 a.m. Christmas morning on KSCW, channel 5.
The broadcast is being sponsored by Applebee’s, Freddy’s, Key Management, Kruse Corporation, Meritrust Credit Union, and Simpson Construction Services.

Two interpreted Masses available Christmas Eve
Interpreted Masses for the deaf will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Schulte, and at 4:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Pews will be reserved up to five minutes before Mass time and then will be opened to all who need a seat before Mass begins.
For questions, contact the Office of the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities at (316) 269-3900 ext. 143 or email racunast@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

478 respond to papal survey
Results will be sent to USCCB for Oct. synod
Four-hundred and seventy-eight faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita responded to the Papal Survey on Marriage and Family Life requested by Pope Francis. The survey was available online at the diocesan website until Friday, Dec. 13.
Responses will be sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Jan. 1 and used in preparation for a Synod of Bishops in October of 2014 about Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the context of evangelization.
The Holy Father wanted to find out what teachings are accepted, which ones need better explanation, and what the emerging trends in marriage and family life are within this 21st century from those who are living the vocation of marriage and directly involved in family life. 
Respondents were asked in what capacity they were making their response and were able to check all that applied from a list of options.
Within the 478 respondents, 13 identified themselves as a priest, one a deacon, five professed religious, and two seminarians. Additionally, 400 lay persons, 216 parents, 34 teachers, 62 catechists responded. Forty-five individuals identified themselves as “other” including a Divine Mercy advocate, a former Catholic school principal, and a recent Protestant convert.
“Our job as Catholic Christians is to spread the word of Jesus, and bring back souls in the Spirit,” said an anonymous survey respondent. “This will only be done by a bringing back the family establishment, which in turn will create and grow a strong and faithful community, ready to take on the challenges from outside and within the church.”

Divorce ministry to begin Jan. 27
Those who marry intend to do so for a lifetime. As a result of serious complications, though, some couples divorce, resulting in grief and pain. Mother Church desires to walk along side of her children during these difficult times.
Tama Dutton, program coordinator in the Office of Marriage and Family Life, and Shirley Faulkner, director of Cana Counseling, will facilitate and guide those who are divorced through a 10-week healing journey of the heart and spirit titled “Let Us Be On The Way.”
Any currently separated or divorced Catholic desiring to obtain the strength needed to move forward is invited.
Classes will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning Monday, Jan. 27, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka in Wichita. Class size is limited. A fee of $35 is asked to cover the cost of materials and services.
Registrations are being accepted through Jan. 20 at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/mfl or call (316) 685-5240.

Winefest poster contest deadline Jan. 13
The annual 2014 Midwest Winefest benefitting the Guadalupe Health Foundation, a primary supporter of the Guadalupe Clinic, will take place April 24-26.
A poster competition has been initiated to help publicize the event. Dave Carter, Winefest committee chair said, “The Winefest poster is a celebration of the many wineries and restaurants that provide products for the event, as well as acknowledging our generous sponsors. We wanted to solicit creative art to support and promote the event.”
The contest winner will receive a modest cash award and special recognition at the Winefest Grand Tasting held at Century II Saturday, April 26. The competition remains open until Jan. 13. Contest and event details can be found on the Winefest web site, www.midwestwinefest.com.
Winefest tickets go on sale March 24.

Ministry forming Special Olympics team
The diocesan Ministry with Persons with Disabilities is forming a Catholic Special Olympics team for anyone with an intellectual disability who is eight years old or older.
The first event will be a track and field regional competition Saturday, April 26, at Maize High School. Practice for the track and field events will begin the last week of March. Volunteers are needed to coach and train athletes, organize events, and more.
To join the Catholic Special Olympics Team or to volunteer, call the Office of the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities at (316) 269-3900 x 153 or x 147, or email racunast@CatholicDioceseOf Wichita.org or reichenbergerm@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org. The deadline to register as a team member is Friday, Feb. 21.
The team will have the additional benefit of attending Mass together, praying together, and being a part of a faith community within a social setting.
According to its mission statement, “Special Olympics Kansas is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development.”

Behavior aid for children with autism available
The diocesan Ministry with Persons with Disabilities can construct visual schedules or Mass booklets to help children with autism or other developmental disabilities improve their attention and behavior at Mass.
A parent interview is required so that the schedule or the booklet can be individualized to meet the unique needs of the child.
For more information, contact Tom Racunas at racunast@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org or at (316) 269-3900 ext. 143.

‘Inner Light’ author to sign books Saturday
Alex Browne, a local artist, illustrator, and writer, will be signing her children’s book Inner Light from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Bookaholic, 8760 W. 21st St. N. in Wichita,
Inner Light is a child’s spiritual journey to overcome fear of the unknown with God’s love.
Alex, the character in the book, has an active imagination and has a hard time sleeping at night because she is afraid of the dark. When the scared child trusts God in prayer, she becomes calm and believes God will protect her.

Topeka March for Life bus trip deadline is on Friday, Jan. 17
Those unable to make it to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., may still be a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for the unborn by participating in a related march in Topeka.
The diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office is sponsoring a bus trip to the March for Life Jan. 22 in Topeka.
The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 17. The cost for the day is $40 for the charter bus and lunch. School and college groups that provide their own transportation will receive a discount. To register, visit RespectLife SocialJustice.org or call (316) 269-3935 for more information.
The day will include talks, a Mass, a rally and prayer for an end to abortion at the Ramada Inn in Topeka. Speakers include Father John Lanzrath, Fr. Jarrod Lies, Becky Knapp, and Chris Roth. Bishop John Brungardt of the Dodge City Diocese will celebrate Mass. The Mikey Needleman Band will provide music for the day.

An Advent message
Father John Lanzrath, chancellor of the Diocese of Wichita, has recorded an Advent message about simplicity.

Knights of Columbus hosting holiday blood drive set for today
WICHITA – The Knights of Columbus, Council 4118, will host a holiday blood drive today from noon to 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3202 W. 13th, Wichita.
Each day, patients across the country rely on blood and platelets donated through the American Red Cross. Donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday season by making an appointment to donate.