Seminarians take another step to ordination
Six aspirants for Candidacy for Holy Orders were accepted by Bishop Carl A. Kemme at a Mass Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The seminarians accepted were Darren W. Beckham, James T. Buster, Hayden C. Charles, Luke A. Downing, Derek J. Hooper, and Ty D. Taylor.
The six candidates promised to complete their educations and formation to be prepared to assume ministry within the church, and to prepare in their minds and spirits to give faithful service to “Christ the Lord and his body, the church.”
Bishop Kemme told the men they must now continue their formation with the “attitude that the priesthood no longer seems a distant possibility, but a unique probability, if not a looming hope on the horizon of your lives.”
Do your best, he added. “Study hard. Pray daily. Be formed in every way into a man of God, a brother of Christ, a servant of the church.”
The dinner following Mass was hosted by the Downtown Serra Club of Wichita with special back-to-school gifts for all the seminarians.
Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar.
Aug. 20: Holy Spirit Prayer and Healing Conference; Immaculate Heart of Mary Mass of Final Profession, Motherhouse
Aug. 22-23: Jesus Caritas
Aug. 25: Newman University Mass of Holy Spirit and Matriculation Ceremony
Aug. 26: School pastoral visit Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School
Aug. 27-28: Parish pastoral visit St. Joseph in Conway Springs
Sept. 7: StepStone Apartment ribbon cuttings and blessing
Sept. 8: Presbyteral Council
Sept. 9: School pastoral visit, St. Joseph in Conway Springs.
Sept. 10: Mass for Faith and Family Conference, St. Peter Schulte
Sept. 10-11: Parish pastoral visit St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita
Tournament Sept. 26 to benefit Carmelite nun monastery
The 9th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament sponsored by the Friends of the Carmelite Nuns will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of a monastery chapel for the Discalced Carmelites located at 7445 N. Woodlawn in Valley Center, about four miles directly north of Church of the Resurrection.
The entry fee is $125 per player or $500 for a team and includes a sack lunch, green fees, a cart, on-course beverages, and hole competitions including a $10,000 hole-in-one prize. In addition to having a great time with some diocesan priests, participants will take part in an awards dinner.
Hole sponsors, priest sponsors, and prizes are being sought for the fundraiser. Those who wish to support the event may email
, or call 316-305-3051.
For more information about the nuns, see ad on page 4 of the print edition or visit CarmelOfWichita.com.
Justice for All offering pro-life workshops on Aug. 20, repeat Aug. 25
Justice for All is hosting two pro-life workshops, Aug. 20 and Aug. 25, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 645 N. 119th St. W., in Wichita.
The free workshop is designed to help those attending defend their pro-life stance.
The workshop will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. The same workshop will then be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25.
A physician said last year: “I…have been active in the pro-life movement for 30 years. These are some of the most logically sound arguments, taught in a step wise manner that I have ever heard.”
To register, visit www.jfaweb.org/register or call Justice For All’s office at 316-683-6426.
Tennis tournament in October to benefit four Wichita schools
A Doubles Tennis Charity Tournament will be played from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, to benefit four Catholic Schools in Wichita.
The tournament will be played at the Genesis Health Club, 1515 N. Rock Road. The cost is $50 per player or $100 per team. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded.
Proceeds from the event will go toward books for the libraries of Holy Savior, St. Joseph, St. Margaret Mary, and St. Patrick Catholic schools.
The event is sponsored in part by Aces for Academics and the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund.
Single adult Catholic retreat Sept. 10 at All Saints Parish in Wichita
Father H Setter will lead a retreat called “Sanctifying the Single Life” Saturday, Sept. 10, at All Saints Parish in Wichita. It is open to all adult single Catholics: for those who feel called to the single life as a permanent state, and those for whom it is a period of transition.
Father H said there are certain opportunities and challenges specific to the single life. The retreat is a chance for participants to reflect prayerfully on how to live out their Christian vocation in a way that more fully integrates their current state of life. Retreatants will be invited to reflect on topics such as vocation, sexuality, and their place in a modern and changing world.
“As our first call to holiness comes with baptism and follows from there throughout our life, this day is designed to give single individuals an opportunity to discern their continued call to holiness uniquely as a single person,” said Father Setter.
“Unlike some singles gatherings and events, this day in no way, shape or form is designed to entertain ‘matchmaking’ efforts or goals. Rather it is a day for the single individual to move deeper into their faith and spirituality.”
All Saints is located at 3205 E. Grand. Participants are invited to gather for Mass at the church at 8 a.m. The retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
There is no cost for the retreat, but participants are asked to register by contacting Kristina Glicksman at
Father Van Haverbeke plans big stewardship ‘reveal’ next week
Home improvement television shows often end with a big “reveal.” Father Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the diocesan Office of Stewardship, is planning a big stewardship reveal for the Sept. 2 Catholic Advance.
Before the unveiling in two weeks, Father Ken Van Haverbeke, is teasing the faithful by announcing this year’s theme: “Stewarding our Gifts: Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.”
This year’s theme plays with the English language, Father Van Haverbeke said. “We are making the noun ‘stewardship’ into a verb of action, ‘stewarding.’”
To become stewards of our gifts, he said, “We have to go to the school of stewardship – the Mass. It is there we learn to gratefully recognize, receive, and share what we have been given.”
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, he said. “At the end of Mass we are sent out to glorify the Lord by our lives. To do that we must share what we have received.”
Sharing doesn’t mean to hand something and then walk away, Fr. Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke said. “We must also give a portion of ourselves. It’s easy to donate something without interacting, but sharing creates a relationship.”
Fr. Emil Kapaun honored at basilica in the Czech Republic
Father Emil Kapaun is becoming better known in his ancestral homeland.
On July 5, the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Fr. Kapaun was remembered in Velehrad, Czech Republic. At the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Velehrad, the Pearl Harbor Museum in Louka, Czech Republic, provided an exhibit on the life of Father Kapaun.
The display will have a permanent home in the museum if and when Fr. Kapaun is beatified. The exhibit also coincided with the meeting of the bishops of the Czech Republic both taking place at the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius. The basilica is a national pilgrimage site in the Czech Republic.
The Pearl Harbor Museum in Louka has been built in honor of those who served in WWII. One wing of that museum has already been dedicated to Saint Pope John Paul II. Another wing will be dedicated to Fr. Kapaun if and when he is beatified.
Father John V. Hotze, episcopal delegate for the Office of Canonization of Father Emil Kapaun, asked the faithful to continue praying for his cause which is under consideration in Rome.
Struggling with same sex attractions?
Have you had these feelings for so long…keeping them hidden, afraid to speak out? Where do you go now?
The Diocese of Wichita offers spiritual support and fellowship for men and women with same sex attractions who are striving to live chaste lives.
or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.
Three ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are three “last chance” Sunday Masses in Wichita for those who hit the snooze button one too many times.
Newman University has one at 7 p.m. on Sundays now that the school year has begun.
The St. Paul University Parish at Wichita State University has a Saturday Vigil at 4:30 p.m. Sunday Masses are at 10 a.m. and at 7 and 9 p.m.
Catholic news websites
Two Catholic news aggregate websites are now available.
The two sites are NewAdvent.org and PewSitter.com.
The websites gather Catholic news stories from across the web and assemble them at one site.
The pope’s intentions
Here are Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for this month:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.