St. Pius X Catholic Student Center in Pittsburg launches capital campaign

St. Pius X campaign co-chairs, from left, Fr. David Voss and Joe Hart, St. Pius X Advisory Council Chair Nancy Evans, and Campaign Coordinator Larry Kramer.

‘To the Heights: A Second Century Campaign’ goal is $3.2 million
By Elizabeth Hayes
The St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University, newly established as an individual mission of Catholic College ministry, has recently announced a fundraising campaign aimed at creating a more beautiful and welcoming environment in which students can encounter Christ.
The St. Pius X Catholic Student Center has already undergone big changes in the recent year. With the assignment of Fr. David Voss as full time chaplain, SPX is able to move towards being a fully developed and supported ministry in the Diocese of Wichita.
“The student center, which has been an outreach of Our Lady of Lourdes, is incredibly grateful for all of the support of the parish,” he said. “With the shift comes more independence and larger strides towards specifically enhancing spirituality in the lives of college students.”

The diocese contributes
Bishop Carl A. Kemme recognizes the current importance and future potential of the St. Pius X Center. This past April, on behalf of the diocese, he pledged $500,000 to the St. Pius X Center’s capital campaign. Bishop Kemme, noting the importance of campus ministry and beauty in liturgical spaces, said he hopes others will follow the example of the diocese by contributing to the campaign.
The goal of the campaign is $3.2 million. Fulfilling the goal would not only provide the resources for creating a beautiful place of worship, said Father Voss, but will also be used to create new opportunities for current students, draw in new students, and help the faith community on campus reach new heights. “Ultimately, this is all about enriching the spiritual lives of students, and helping them become the men and women that God has called them to be. If we can do that, while reaching out to those in need of a deeper relationship with Christ, then we have done our job.”
The facility need
Founded in 1913, the Newman Club has long been a part of Pittsburg State University. However, St. Pius X Center’s current building was constructed in 1968 and has never undergone a major renovation. With a roof, infrastructure, and heating system that are over 50 years old, Fr. David is having to spend more saving the building, when he could be saving more souls. As the locus of Catholic faith and culture on campus—where students worship, receive sacraments, engage in fellowship, and learn about their faith—the vitality of the St. Pius X Center is a high priority to Fr. Voss.

The spiritual need
Fr. Voss, the first full-time campus chaplain in more than 30 years, is excited about the center’s potential. “We want to build a chapel that reflects the hospitality, faith, and passion of the students,” he explains. “The chapel has always been the heart of our Catholic community, and the students have long asked for a functional and beautiful place to worship.”
Students at the St. Pius the X Catholic Student Center have mentioned that they long for “a chapel that makes us fall on our knees in prayer.”
To the heights
The fundraising campaign, “To the Heights: A Second Century Campaign,” draws its inspiration from both the St. Pius X Center’s century-long presence on campus, and from the motto of Blessed Pierre Giorgio Frassati. Like many who worship at St. Pius X, B. Pierre Giorgio Frassati was a college student with a passion for greatness.
He died a young man while treating victims of polio, but his motto “To the Heights”—which represents his love of mountains and the ascent of prayer—continues to inspire people to this day. This phrase is now the motto for the St. Pius X Center’s campaign.
When asked how people can help make the St. Pius X Center’s vision a reality, Fr. Voss replied, “We can use prayers from everyone. But if you feel called to help financially, or to provide any other kind of help, give us a call or shoot us an email. We would appreciate anything that could help enrich the spiritual lives of our students.”
Hayes is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

Want to help build the St. Pius X center?
For more information or to donate, contact Fr. Voss at voss.david.m@gmail.com.

Parish news, June 15, 2018

GriefShare meeting at SEAS June 26
A GriefShare meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the Adult Library at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita.
The topic will be “Stuck In Grief.” For more information, contact Candi Spacil at 721-1686 ext. 237.
GriefShare provides a guide to emotional, physical, and spiritual healing for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Evangelization retreat this fall at SFA
St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita is planning a 24-hour retreat to train the faithful about how to evangelize family and friends who no longer practice their Catholic faith.
The event, “Wildfire: Spreading the Fire of your Faith,” will be held in the fall to help Catholics be missionaries in their families and in their neighborhoods.
Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Parish news, June 1, 2018

Listening for Peace third prayer service at SFA Thursday, June 7
A third prayer service involving Catholics, Lutherans, and Episcopalians, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wichita.
The faithful are invited to the ecumenical service to engage in prayer and conversation to discuss matters of unity, rather than of division.
Father David Lies, vicar general for the Diocese of Wichita, said, “Since the first Listening for Peace prayer service was held at the Cathedral in November of last year, and since a subsequent prayer gathering at Reformation Lutheran church in January, a following of ecumenically-minded Christians has formed to support this initiative to seek unity.”
He said some of the participants have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to gather and pray with family members or friends of different faiths at a common service.
“Additionally, Listening for Peace has inspired at least one collaborative effort among Christian churches to coordinate the support of congregation members who have intellectual or physical disabilities,” he said.
“I see these examples as welcome affirmation of the fruitfulness of continuing to simply take time to pray together and allow the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire all God’s children to achieve greater unity.”

Racial Justice weekend June 8-10 at Holy Savior Parish, Wichita
A discussion about racial justice continues Friday through Sunday, June 8-10, at Holy Savior Parish in Wichita.
The parish is hosting the “Alabaster Box Experience - You Don’t Know the Cost Weekend” next weekend in the gymnasium.
On Friday, June 8, participants will celebrate Women’s Day from 6 to 9 p.m. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, all are invited to attend a workshop featuring Sister Patty Chappell and Sister Anne-Louise from Pax Christi who will lead a discussion about racial justice.
On Sunday, all are invited to attend the 11 a.m. Mass. There is no cost to attend the event.

Diocesan news, May 18, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
May
May 19: Ordination to the diaconate at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
May 20: Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School graduation at 1:30 p.m. at Hartman Arena; Bishop Carroll Catholic High School graduation at 4 p.m. at Hartman Arena
May 24: Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 26: Ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Magdalene
June
June 1: Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. in Southeast Kansas at Pittsburg State University
June 2: Salina diocese ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at Salina cathedral; Confirmation Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by blessing of new parish hall for St. Anthony, Strong City, and St. Rose of Lima in Council Grove
June 3: Fr. Kapaun Day Mass at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen; Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral
June 7: Presbyteral Council; Confirmation Mass for St. Mary, Moline and St. Robert, Sedan at 6: 30 p.m. at St. Mary in Moline
June 8: Confirmation Mass at 6: 30 p.m. at Sacred Heart in Colwich
June 9: Feast Day Mass at 9 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent.; 100th anniversary Mass of the dedication of Sacred Heart Church in Colwich at 5: 30 p.m.
June 10: 25th anniversary Mass of the dedication of Sacred Heart Church in Fredonia at 10: 30 a.m.
June 23: Jubilee Mass at 10:30 a.m. with the Sisters of St. Joseph
June 24: Holy Savior Mass followed by ground breaking at 10 a.m.; Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Mass at SLC at 3 p.m.
June 25-30: Senior Adult Ministry bus trip to EWTN

Bishop Kemme to ordain Salina seminarian June 2
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will ordain the Rev. Mr. Andy Hammeke to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina.
Bishop Kemme will preside at the event because Bishop Edward Weisenburger was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Tucson on Oct. 3, 2017. The Diocese of Salina is still waiting for a successor.
Deacon Hammeke, 29, is a native of Hays and grew up in Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He is the son of Curtis and Annette Hammeke of Hays.

Bike camp for disabled children set for July 16-18
A bike camp will be offered this summer to help persons with disabilities learn how to ride a bicycle. The iCan Bike Camp, for persons eight years and older, will be hosted July 16-18.
To register for the camp or for more information, visit www.ilrcks.org or email her at cunruh@ilrcks.org.

Parish news, May 18, 2018

GriefShare at SEAS Tuesday, May 22
A GriefShare meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Adult Library at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita. The topic will be “God’s Prescription for Grief.” For more information, contact Candi Spacil at 721-1686 ext. 237.
GriefShare provides healing for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Fighting for Your Marriage series begins June 7 at St. Patrick
A six-Thursday “Fighting for Your Marriage” series will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, June 7 at St. Patrick Church, 2007 N. Arkansas in Wichita.
The series, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, is for couples who want to make their relationship work and their marriage last. Newly married couples are encouraged to attend so they can begin working on the life skills needed for a blessed and joyful marriage.
The cost is $50. Babysitting is available. For more information or to register call 316-685-5240.

St. Luke D. of I. hosts 95th anniversary party
St. Luke Circle #239 Daughters of Isabella celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Daughters of Isabella May 8 at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul, Kansas.
The circle was organized on April 8, 1923, with 122 charter members.
Special recognition went to Lorene Van Leeuwen for 69 years of membership and Rosemary O’Toole for 66 years.

Parish news, May 4, 2018

Tea (proceeds) for two — Mary Santiago, a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Altar Society, donated $1,000, part of the proceeds of a high tea, to George Dinkel, director of the Center of Hope in Wichita. The money was raised by a Ladies of Grace Tea hosted by the Altar Society and attended by over 100 women from across the diocese. A check was also given to the Cathedral’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul. A table decorating competition was also part of the event. (Courtesy photo)

Parsons native Br. Leistikow marks his 60th jubilee with the Marianists
Brother Earl Leistikow, a native of Parsons is celebrating his 60th jubilee this year.
He first professed his vows as a Marianist on Sept. 8, 1958, in Galesville, Wisconsin.
Brother Leistikow served as a teacher in high schools in Missouri and Toronto, Canada. He was editor at the North American Center for Marianist Studies in Dayton, Ohio; and was the archivist for the order’s archives in San Antonio. He is currently the assistant archivist for the National Archives, Marianist Province of the United States in San Antonio.
Brother Leistikow was born on Oct. 24, 1938, in Parsons, where he attended St. Mary Catholic School and St. Patrick High School.
He attended Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, and St. Mary’s University, in San Antonio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1961. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he earned a master’s in foreign language in 1974.
“My life as a religious has been filled with good times and difficult times, both in the classroom and in personal life,” he said in a news release.
“I am grateful for the many brothers and priests who influenced me. I am most grateful for the time God has given me to serve as a teacher and to serve the province of St. Louis and now the Province of the U.S., and the society. I remember the joy with which the Te Deum was sung at our first profession and continue to say, ‘You are God, we praise you!’”

Wellington Knights donate to food bank
Knights of Columbus Council 2227 of St. Anthony-St. Rose Parish in Wellington donated over a half of a ton of food last month to the Wellington Food Bank.
The 1,180 pounds of food was the result of the Knights first 40 Cans for Lent food drive.

SFA scouts to celebrate their 55th anniversary
St. Francis of Assisi’s Boy Scout Troop 762 will celebrate 55 years of scouting at the Wichita parish.
Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and Scoutmasters are invited along with family and friends to attend the Court of Honor at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Stewardship Hall in honor of all involved in scouting at the parish.

A sweet donation — Knight of Columbus Gerard Landwehr accepts a donation from Sophia and Ava Nichols, and their mother, Kendra, after a Mass Sunday, April 22, at St. Mary Church in Derby. Knights solicited donations that weekend to benefit A Better Choice, a Wichita crisis pregnancy center. (Photo courtesy Davi Stuhlsatz)

Parish news, April 20, 2018

Walking with Purpose bible study growing after St. Catherine start
A women’s bible study group for mothers of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita opened their arms three years ago to all interested women.
The Busy Moms Bible Study at St. Catherine’s became Walking with Purpose so that all women could grow in their faith through study of scripture, support in learning, and fellowship.
“I knew women were hungry to understand scripture, but in a way that wasn’t too burdensome, as they also worked and raised their families,” said Danielle Holtzman, one of the ministry’s volunteers. “I also knew that having a study that was catechetically sound and would be ongoing from year to year was of primary importance.”
Walking with Purpose is designed for women in all walks of life. The program focuses on scriptural study, daily prayer and reflection, a series of videos, and weekly small-group discussions.
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Wichita has also begun a Walking with Purpose bible study.
St. Catherine’s pastor, Father Dan Spexarth, said the Bible study encourages women to become more active and more likely to take leadership roles in their parishes.
“There are lots of programs that help us grow in our faith so that we can be better Catholics and spouses and parents,” he said.
“Walking with Purpose has inspired women to take responsibility for the success of the parish. St. Catherine is not just a good parish for them but good, in part, because of them. I would recommend it highly to all parishes in the Diocese of Wichita.”
Interested in Walking with Purpose?
A presentation about the Walking with Purpose bible study will be made at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 3636 N. Ridge Road in Wichita.
Register by visiting SaintCatherineWichita.com/wwp-informational-meeting-registration. Registration is limited. For more information, email Katie Reichenberger at katfhsu@hotmail.com, or Jennifer Mays at jennifermayswwp@gmail.com.

Holy Savior golf tournament April 23
Holy Savior will hold its annual golf tournament on Monday, April 23, at Willowbend Golf Club, 8001 E. Mulberry in Wichita.
The tournament begins at noon. The cost is $120 per golfer and includes green fee, cart, beverages, range balls and a barbecue dinner following the tournament.
The event is a benefit for Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy.
Register online at holy-savior.org or send payment to Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1425 N. Chautauqua, Wichita, KS 67214.

Parish news, April 6, 2018

Pittsburg Walk for Charity April 14
PITTSBURG – The Fourth Annual Walk for Charity will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the St. Mary’s Colgan track. Participants may walk or run for a free-will donation. A $5 minimum donation per walker is suggested.
The proceeds will go to Catholic Charities in Southeast Kansas which assists with rent and utility payments for those in need.
The first 30 registrants will receive a Walk for Charity T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to those who raised the most money and pledges.
To register before the event, call Megan Goetz at 316-670-6910 or email her at mgoetz@gus.pittstate.edu.
Goetz, a member of the St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University, said the walk has raised between $1000 and $2000 in its first three years. She hopes to raise $3000 this year.
“The purpose of the event is for people to come out to exercise and socialize – as well as raise money for Catholic Charities,” she wrote in an email.

Holy Savior golf tournament April 23
Holy Savior will hold its annual golf tournament on Monday, April 23, at Willowbend Golf Club, 8001 E. Mulberry in Wichita.
The tournament begins at noon. The cost is $120 per golfer and includes green fee, cart, beverages, range balls and a barbecue dinner following the tournament.
The event is a benefit for Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy.
Register online at holy-savior.org or send payment to Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1425 N. Chautauqua, Wichita, KS 67214.

St. Francis of Assisi to host Divine Mercy novena and service
A Divine Mercy Novena will be prayed at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church beginning on Good Friday, March 30. It will be prayed daily there until its conclusion on Saturday, April 7.
A Divine Mercy Service will be held Sunday, April 8, at the church. It will begin with a rosary at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. A Divine Mercy Mass will be celebrated after the chaplet.
To learn more about the Divine Mercy message, pick up the booklet “The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion” available at all Catholic bookstores or visit TheDivineMercy.org.

Dorothy Adams celebrating 100 years
Dorothy M. Adams, member of Christ the King in Wichita, is celebrating her 100th birthday on April 6.
Her two living children, Joe Adams and Sister Betty Adams, are hosting a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Charity Hall at Christ the King.

Knights serve up big numbers at fish fries
A lot of numbers – and happy tummies – resulted from the three fish fries hosted by the St. Mark Knights of Columbus in Colwich during Lent.
The Knights served up 6,460 plates – one plate every 5 seconds.
They fried 2,145 pounds of catfish, 1,320 pounds of french fries, 620 pounds of hush puppies, and baked 790 pounds of cod. They also prepared 1,586 pounds of fruit, 388 pounds of macaroni noodles, 324 pounds of Velveeta, 685 pounds of potato soup, and 61 gallons of milk.
Ray Mies also prepared 900 pounds of coleslaw for the three events.

St. Margaret Mary Knights golf tournament April 21
The St. Margaret Mary Knights of Columbus Council 3677 will host its 10th annual golf tournament Saturday, April 21, at Pine Bay Golf Course in Wichita.
The event is a four-person scramble and will feature door and team prizes, silent auctions, raffles, and a barbecue. The cost is $340 per team.
To sign up or to sponsor holes, call Al Molina at 316-461-2199 or email japape@cox.net.
Proceeds from the event are used for Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, Gerard House and A Better Choice, and the church and school.

Parish news, March 16, 2018

St. Catherine of Siena Lenten family retreat set for March 17-18
St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita will host “Lord, Teach us to Pray,” a Lenten family retreat, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, in the Parish Education Center.
The weekend event includes adoration for adults and children, Mass, sessions for adults and children, snacks, and lunch both days.
The cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple, and $60 per family. To register visit SaintCatherineWichita.com/lenten-family-retreat. Registration closes on March 5.

St. Margaret Mary Knights golf tournament April 21
The St. Margaret Mary Knights of Columbus Council 3677 will host its 10th annual golf tournament Saturday, April 21, at Pine Bay Golf Course in Wichita.
The event is a four-person scramble and will feature door and team prizes, silent auctions, raffles, and a barbecue. The cost is $340 per team.
To sign up or to sponsor holes, call Al Molina at 316-461-2199 or email japape@cox.net.
Proceeds from the event are used for Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, Gerard House and A Better Choice, and the church and school.

SEAS Knights win annual basketball fundraiser
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of Columbus hosted their third annual charity basketball game to raise funds for the Wichita Independents Special Olympics basketball team Sunday, Feb. 11.
The game between the SEAS Knights and the Wichita Independents has grown every year. This year the event raised roughly $2,000, bringing the combined total to $5,000.
The Knights won the game 63-46 – their first win in three years.
Darrell Reida, a member of the SEAS Knights, has coached the Wichita Independents team for 12 years.“It takes some time,” Reida said. “But it’s really not work at all. These guys are just so fun to be around.”
Reida works with the athletes year-round, coaching both basketball and softball. The athletes don’t pay to play, but are responsible for the fundraising that covers their travel fees, tournament fees, uniforms, and other team costs. Funds raised at this event help the team travel to Hays for a basketball tournament.
Reida’s athletes are high functioning adults, many with jobs, wives, and children at home. They deal with various mental disabilities, but that doesn’t stop their love of the game.
“You see some of these people and what they do with their disability is amazing,” Reida said. “These guys are always happy, and that’s the funnest part. They get excited about the littlest things.”
To learn more about Wichita Independents and their involvement with the Special Olympics organization and about how you can volunteer as a coach, visit www.wichitaindependents.org.

Fitness plan series underway in Augusta
The Daniel Plan, a six-session DVD series featuring medical and fitness experts who recommend a healthy lifestyle without a need to count calories, began March 12 at St. James Catholic Church, located at 1012 Belmont Ave. in Augusta.
The plan focuses on five essentials: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.
The class will continue from noon to 1 p.m. for six consecutive Mondays until April 16.
The cost is $15 and includes a study guide. New participants are welcome. To register or for more information, call Bernice at 620-674-1284.

Pittsburg Walk for Charity April 14
PITTSBURG – The Fourth Annual Walk for Charity will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the St. Mary’s Colgan track.
Participants may walk or run for a free-will donation. A $5 minimum donation per walker is suggested.
The proceeds will go to Catholic Charities in Southeast Kansas which assists with rent and utility payments for those in need.
The first 30 registrants will receive a Walk for Charity T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to those who raised the most money and pledges.
To register before the event, call Megan Goetz at 316-670-6910 or email her at mgoetz@gus.pittstate.edu.
Goetz, a member of the St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University, said the walk has raised between $1000 and $2000 in its first three years. She hopes to raise $3000 this year.

Sunday Mass pilgrimage continues
Lance Reichenberger, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Andale is continuing his ongoing Sunday Mass pilgrimage of visiting each church in the diocese. His third outing will be Holy Name Parish in Coffeyville Sunday, March 18.
Reichenberger said depending on the number of persons interested, they will carpool or caravan. Pilgrims should meet at the Westlink Branch Library just west of St. Francis of Assisi, 8515 Bekemeyer St., in Wichita.
The group will leave at 7 a.m. No other activities are planned for the day, except for an optional lunch, to keep the rest of Sunday open for family.
Those interested may contact Reichenberger at 316-706-1560, at lbreich88@gmail.com, or via his Facebook page.