Birthmother Ministry



Birthmother Ministry is a welcoming group of women who have experienced placing their child for adoption. We gather to share stories, offer support and inspire each other to recognize the sacrifice each has made.  We offer the following for Birthmothers of any age, no matter how long it has been since you placed your child. For more information please call (316) 269-3935 or email toombsb@catholicdioceseofwichita.org

Monthly Gathering for Birthmothers
Birthmothers of all ages are gathering once a month in a safe, supportive environment to share and learn from each other. This is a wonderful opportunity for birthmothers who have placed a child for adoption to discover hope and healing; while inspiring each another (please change another to other) in the birthmother's unique journey through prayer, discussion and activities.

 


After the Gift is a weekend retreat celebrating the Birthmother, honoring life and offering support and encouragement. The After the Gift retreat affirms and supports the sacrificial love of birthmothers in their gift of life through adoption by offering hope and healing in Christ. This weekend at the beautiful Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kans., offers a celebration of the birthmother - honoring her decision to choose life, offering her compassion and understanding, addressing the unique grief of birthmothers, and providing ongoing support after the retreat: monthly support group, counseling and private Facebook page. For more information about After The Gift click HERE.

The next After the Gift retreat will be Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17, 2017.  You may download the registration form HERE.

 

Fortnight For Freedom 2017

What is the Fortnight for Freedom?

Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.

The theme of this year’s Fortnight is Freedom for Mission. The theme seeks to complement the USCCB-hosted Convocation of Catholic Leaders, which includes a focus on missionary discipleship and will take place in Orlando from July 1 to July 4.

The Fortnight for Freedom will again take place from June 21 to July 4. This two‐week period is a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power, including St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.

In past years, people have participated in the Fortnight in diverse ways, including interfaith prayer services, special Masses and holy hours, and public events where speakers have highlighted the various threats to religious liberty, including at home and abroad.

Click HERE to download the following informational materials:

-Bulletin Prayer and Action Sheets
-How To Talk About Religious Freedom
-Intercessory Prayers
-Scripture Passages
-2017 Talking Points

Additional information can be found HERE at the official Fortnight For Freedom Website.

 

Hope Lives

Hope Lives: A Ministry of Project Rachel Wichita

If you’ve had an abortion, you are not alone in your experience. Hope Lives, is a new ministry for women who have experienced an abortion. Hope Lives will begin with a bible study called “Forgiven and Set Free”

For more information about Hope Lives, please call (316) 269-HOPE (4673)

For more information about Project Rachel click HERE.

 

Life Run 2017

4th Annual Life Run 2017

Save the date now for our 4th Annual Life Run!

When: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Where: Sedgwick County Park, Horseshoe Shelter

Event Info (schedule and pricing subject to change; please watch this site for updates!)
8:00am Day-Of Registration begins inside the Horseshoe Shelter
9:00am 5k chip timed run
9:30am 1.5 mile fun run/walk
10:30am (approximately) Awards Ceremony
8:00 – 11:30am Family-friendly events and vendors available
Pricing
5k: $25 per person
$30 per person after Friday, April 21
$40 per person on race day

1.5 mile: $25 per person
$30 per person after Friday, April 21
$35 per person on race day

Family Rate for 1.5 mile only $55 per family until Friday, April 21 (members of the same household; 3 t-shirts included in family rate)
$65 per family after Friday, April 21 (members of the same household; 3 t-shirts included in family rate)

T-shirts
One t-shirt per person will be included in the registration until Friday, April 21 (unless the family rate is selected, then 2 come with registration). After Wednesday, April 19, a t-shirt will NOT be guaranteed in registration. Any extra t-shirts will be sold on race day $10 for adults and $7 for children. To order extra shirts contact the office at 316-269-3935 before Thursday, April 17.

Awards
Prizes will be given to the overall first place male and female participant in the 5k. Medals will be given to the first and second place winner in each age category of the 5k. The first stroller to cross the finish line of the 1.5 mile run/walk will receive a prize. All children will receive a medal for finishing either race.

Registration
Online registration is available! You may also register at either GoRun store or at the Chancery (424 N. Broadway). Registration will also be available on race day.

Packet Pick-Up
Thursday, May 4, noon to 6 p.m. at GoRun East (2350 N. Greenwich Rd.)
Friday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at GoRun West (2556 N. Maize Rd.)

For more information, call 316-269-3935.

This event is directed by RRCA Certified Race Director Trevor Darmstetter of GoRace Management and Timing and will be conducted in accordance with the standards set forth by the Road Running Club of America.

Beneficiaries

The Office of Respect Life Social Justice is very pleased to support the following ministries. Each ministry helps support those who are vulnerable.

Birthline
Birthline is a crisis pregnancy center, an alternative to abortion.  Birthline began in Wichita in 1971 and is staffed totally by volunteers and is open 6 days a week.

We believe every child conceived carries a very special message from God and that this message will never be repeated again.  Therefore, Birthline seeks to provide material assistance and non-judgmental emotional support required for every woman or girl to carry her child to term in good health and dignity and peace of mind.

Dear Neighbors Ministry
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph became increasingly concerned for their neighbors as the Hilltop neighborhood declined. Founded in 2001, Dear Neighbor Ministries grew out of that concern. Through Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries, the sisters, staff and volunteers work to transform the lives of the poor, abused and neglected people in the Hilltop community.

Located in southeast Wichita, Hilltop is a densely concentrated neighborhood with a unique and interesting history. In 1927, two new aircraft companies were formed in Wichita, and by the fall of 1940, the aircraft plans were ramping up production associated with World War II. Hilltop was built to house aircraft defense workers who were migrating to Wichita to raise families and build their futures. Today, Hilltop continues to be the home of growing families, most of them struggling to make ends meet. Motivated by the God-given dignity of each person, we journey with people towards stability and self-sufficiency.

Birthmother Ministry
Birthmother Ministry affirms and supports the sacrificial love of birthmothers in their gift of life through adoption by offering hope and healing in Christ. This ministry seeks to offer, fellowship, counseling and a safe private place to share your Birthmother story. Lots of laughter and support are offered by other Birthmoms and by our trained staff.

They meet once a month on the 2nd Tuesday at the Spiritual Life Center at 6:30 p.m. Ongoing support through: groups, mentoring, counseling and a private Facebook page. There is also a weekend retreat offered at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.