Cathedral Christmas Mass on radio, TV

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has announced its Christmas Mass schedule.
A vigil Mass will be celebrated in English at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, and in Spanish at 7 p.m.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate the Christmas Eve Mass at 9 p.m. It will be live streamed at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org and broadcast live on 107.9 FM KWLS. The Mass will be broadcast at 11:05 p.m. Christmas Eve on KWCH channel 12 in Wichita, and will be rebroadcast at 9 a.m. Sunday on KSCW channel 5 in Wichita.
On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral in English at 8:30 and 10 a.m. The Spanish Mass will be at 12:30 p.m.
“It would not be possible for us to utilize various technology to bring Bishop Carl A. Kemme to the faithful on Christmas Eve without the support of our many sponsors,” said Amy Pavlacka, director of Communications for the Diocese of Wichita.
“Their stewardship is essential in our being able to share bishop’s message on one of the holiest occasions in the liturgical year.”

Doors shut on the Year of Mercy in diocese

The Year of Mercy may be over but God’s mercy never ends, Bishop Carl A. Kemme told the faithful at solemn vespers Sunday evening, Nov. 20.
“God’s mercy never ends, and like the repentant thief, will accompany us at the hour of our death, when we too can call upon the King to remember us when he comes into his Kingdom,” Bishop Kemme said at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Thousands of pilgrims passed through the Doors of Mercy during the holy year, Bishop Kemme said, adding that they also passed through the doors of “confessionals to confess their sinfulness and to experience in a more profound way the gift of God’s everlasting mercy.”
Priests of the Diocese of Wichita were blessed to be the instruments of God’s mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he said.
“I am personally grateful to our priests who not only offered expanded hours of service in the confessional, but more importantly, heard the confessions of our people with deeper compassion and understanding so as to more fruitfully and effectively reflect the merciful face of God.”
Bishop Kemme said he and 21 diocesan priests made a retreat last April to Ars, France, to pray for the intercession of St. John Vianney, who is renowned for his compassion, his understanding of souls, and his desire to win souls for Christ through penance.
“During our time, I prayed that the grace of being good confessors would be given to all our priests, those on the retreat and those who remained back here in service. I am confident those graces have and will continue to be given to our priests.”
Although the Year of Mercy was a grace to the diocese that strengthened the already strong practice in the diocese of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, there is room for growth and improvement, Bishop Kemme said.
“I wish to thank the many in our diocese who every day give a concrete example of the mercy of God, either through the spiritual or the corporal works of mercy which make Christ’s love for his people, especially those who are poor, hungry, alone and forgotten, come more alive.”
The year officially began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2015. The Cathedral was nearly at capacity for the closing vespers.

Bishop Kemme blesses Pittsburg diner

The Pittsburg community was well represented at a blessing and open house of the Pittsburg Lord’s Diner Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 22.
Matt O’Malley, site director of The Lord’s Diner of Pittsburg, said nearly 200 people attended the blessing. City leaders, volunteer group representatives, pastors of nearly all the churches in the city, and a few homeless people attended.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme made a few comments before the blessing. Joe Dellasega, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg, thanked those involved in the effort to establish the food ministry. And Jan Haberly, director of The Lord’s Diner in Wichita, talked about the history of the ministry.
“The main response by Bishop Kemme and others was that it looks like a restaurant,” O’Malley said. “People eating here will experience a level of dignity they might not usually get. It looks and feels like a very nice space to dine in. It was good to hear that comment from so many people.”
Nearly 200 visited during an open house after the blessing. The Pittsburg Diner, located at 406 N. Locust St., is scheduled to open at the end of the year or the first of next year.

Diocesan news, December 2, 2016

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
November 28-Dec. 8: Diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Dec. 12: Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita; Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass for Guadalupe Clinic, ASC Chapel
Dec. 13: Legatus Christmas Party
Dec. 14: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Dec. 15: Presbyterial Council; Serra Clubs of Wichita Christmas Party
Dec. 16: School Pastoral Mass and visit at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita; Curia/Cathedral Staff Christmas Gathering
Dec. 17-18: Parish pastoral visit to St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Dec. 23: Retired Priests Christmas Mass and Luncheon
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Mass at 9 p.m. at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Dec. 25: Christmas Mass at Correctional Facility
Dec. 26: Priests and Seminarian Christmas Party
Jan. 3-5: SEEK conference in San Antonio
Jan. 6-8: Quo Vadis, Spiritual Life Center

Church musician workshop Jan. 28
David Pickering and Elisa Bickers will lead “January Jubilee,” a one-day workshop for church musicians from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wichita. A recital will follow at four o’clock.
Pickering is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. Bickers is associate director of music at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.
To register or for more information, visit www.agowichita.org or contact Christopher Shaw at (316) 217-3396.
The event is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

Sarah’s Hope Foundation dinner March 4 at St. Jude
The 16th Anniversary Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Sarah’s Hope Foundation will be held Saturday, March 4, in St. Jude Parish Hall, 3030 N. Amidon in Wichita.
Vicki Tiahrt will be the featured speaker. Guests of honor will be Bishop Carl A. Kemme, Father Jim Mainzer, and Todd Tiahrt.
The cost is $20 per person. For reservations call 316-209-5029.

Operation Holiday needs volunteers
Catholic Charities and Interfaith Ministries need volunteers for Operation Holiday.
Several thousand families are assisted each year through the event. Youth can earn their high school service hours in November and December by assisting with the distribution of donations.
Operation Holiday distributes nonperishable food, food vouchers, winter wear, and blankets to low-income families and individuals.
To volunteer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kathy Hannemann at 316-264-8344, ext. 1261.

Struggling with same sex attractions?
The Diocese of Wichita offers spiritual support and fellowship for men and women with same sex attractions who are striving to live chaste lives.
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.

Spiritual Life Center news, December 2, 2016

Advent Day of Reflection Dec. 6
An Advent Day of Reflection with Fr. David Lies and Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N. in Wichita.
The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Early reservations are urged because the event often fills to capacity.
To make a reservation call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Reservations are due by Nov. 30.
The day is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Next GriefShare series begins Jan. 12 at SLC
The next GriefShare series, designed to turn mourning into joy, will be offered on Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 12 at the Spiritual Life Center.
The 12-week series, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30.

December Docentium Dec. 15 will be about the real meaning of Christmas
The SLC will hold its monthly Docentium Program on Catholicism and Culture Thursday, Dec. 15. The program includes dinner and a presentation. Dusty Gates will give a presentation entitled “What ‘Merry Christmas’ Really Means.”
According to Gates, “Josef Pieper was a 20th century Thomistic philosopher who emphasized the importance of connecting all our activities (what we do) with our essence (what it means to be human). For him, authentic festivity is not a diversion, as it is sometimes treated in the secular world, but rather is an integral expression of our humanity and our faith. In Pieper’s mind, which accurately reflects the greater Catholic tradition, celebration is always primarily an act of worship.”
In his presentation, Gates hopes to show how the Christian greeting “Merry Christmas” is really an expression of the entire Catholic sacramental worldview, and an encouragement to us all to carry out our celebration of Christmas with that in mind.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and every month a new lecture will be given on some topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person.
Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167. Advance registration encouraged.

Honor our Blessed Mother New Year’s Eve at the Spiritual Life Center
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will host a New Year’s Eve program centered on Our Lady of Sorrows beginning at 7 p.m. and concluding with Mass at 11 p.m.
This annual New Year’s Marian program includes conferences, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass and a procession to an indoor Shrine of Our Lady.
The cost is $20. Overnight rooms are available for a small donation.
Register by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Day Retreat on the Mystery of the Incarnation Dec. 9
Don’t let the rush of this holiday season keep you from spiritually realizing the true meaning of Advent. On Friday, Dec. 9, Janet Moore is leading a retreat at the Spiritual Life Center called “Entering into the Mystery of the Incarnation with Saint John.”
John’s life and his love for Christ must have much to teach us, especially in the season of Advent, because the church purposefully placed the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist on the third day of Christmas.
The day of prayer allows participants to devote time to focusing on the coming of the Christ-child. The program includes spiritual reflections, prayer time, Mass, and lunch.
The cost is $20 which includes lunch. Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. and participants will be dismissed by 3 p.m. Reservations can be made on-line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

The end is near

Year of Mercy ends Sunday
The 27th holy year in the history of the Catholic Church will end in the Diocese of Wichita on Sunday, the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will close the Year of Mercy during solemn vespers beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. At that time, the Holy Doors, like those around the world in cathedrals and historical churches, will be closed to the holy year’s indulgences.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme said the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy has been a wonderful moment of grace for our diocesan church.
“Pope Francis invited us to gaze upon the face of God which is a face of mercy,” he said. “I pray this year has brought to all the people of our diocese many blessings, not the least of which is a more fruitful celebration of the Lord’s mercy in the Eucharist and reconciliation.”
Bishop Kemme praised and thanked the priests “who offered many extra hours in the confessional extending God’s never failing mercy to his sons and daughters.”
He said he was also grateful to those who performed the spiritual and corporal works of mercy “in many untold ways being a face of mercy in our troubled and darkened world and for the thousands who came in prayerful pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and passed through the Doors of Mercy.”
Although the Jubilee Year of Mercy is coming to an end, Bishop Kemme said, “We can all take comfort in knowing that God’s mercy never ends or is ever exhausted. For this revealed truth of our faith, let us all give God our humble thanks.”
Father Ken Van Haverbeke said the holy year affected him in two ways.
“Pope Francis, in calling for a Year of Mercy, has reinvigorated my love of the Sacrament of Confession on both sides of the confessional: both as prodigal son and an instrument of the Father’s mercy as a priest.”
Father John Lanzrath said when he read Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation in April, he was immediately taken by the opening sentence: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.”
Pope Francis specifically addressed priests about how they are to radiate the face of the Father’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Fr. Lanzrath said.
“Every confessor must accept the faithful as the father in the parable of the prodigal son: a father who runs out to meet his son despite the fact that he has squandered away his inheritance,” the pope wrote. “Confessors are called to embrace the repentant son who comes back home and to express the joy of having him back again. Let us never tire of also going out to the other son who stands outside, incapable of rejoicing, in order to explain to him that his judgement is severe and unjust and meaningless in light of the father’s boundless mercy.”
Father Lanzrath said throughout the Year of Mercy he made a conscious effort to be the face of mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation to each penitent who comes into the confessional. “I pray that I will continue to live this challenge in the years ahead that Pope Francis gives to me and to all priests,” he said.
He added that he was amazed at the numbers of the faithful who participated in the 24 hours of adoration on the first Thursday and Friday of the month.
“The beauty, the quiet, the awe, the mystery, the depth of faith was indescribable,” he said.
“To all of the faithful of the diocese who came to the Cathedral during this Year of Mercy to encounter the embrace of the Father’s forgiveness, I express my deep gratitude to you for strengthening me and challenging me to live my vocation as a priest.”

Doors of Mercy close Sunday
The Year of Mercy ends in the Diocese of Wichita Sunday, Nov. 20, with solemn vespers at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The year officially began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2015. Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on April 11, 2015, in his apostolic exhortation “Misericordiae Vultus.” In the document, Pope Francis states, “The Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.”

Bishop to bless Pittsburg Lord’s Diner Tuesday

Bishop Carl A. Kemme will bless the Pittsburg Lord’s Diner at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.
The blessing will kick-off an open house that will be held until 6 p.m.
Matt O’Malley, director of the Pittsburg location, said visitors will be welcome to tour the facility. Staff will answer questions and volunteer applications and schedules will also be available. Light refreshments will be served during the open house.
After it opens, the food ministry will serve a meal from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every evening of the year.
O’Malley said the facility will open at the end of this year or the first of next year.

Diocesan news, November 18, 2016

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Nov. 18: Curia Thanksgiving Mass and Luncheon
Nov. 19-20: Parish Pastoral, confirmation, Mary Queen of Angels, Ft. Scott
Nov. 20: Solemn Vespers Closing Year of Mercy at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral
Nov. 21: Regan Catechetical Institute Mass, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Wichita
Nov. 22: Regan Catechetical Institute Mass, St. Mary Colgan, Pittsburg; Blessing of Lord’s Diner, Pittsburg
Nov. 28-Dec. 8: Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Dec. 12: Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita; Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass for Guadalupe Clinic, ASC Chapel
Dec. 13: Legatus Christmas Party
Dec. 14: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Dec. 15: Presbyteral Council; Serra Clubs of Wichita Christmas Party
Dec. 16: School Pastoral Mass and visit at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita; Curia/Cathedral Staff Christmas Gathering
Dec. 17-18: Parish Pastoral visit at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parade Dec. 4
WICHITA – The 14th Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish will begin on Sunday, Dec. 4, with daily activities through Thursday, Dec. 8, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The festival parade will start at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Topeka and Central. The parade will conclude with a rosary. A novena will also begin Sunday, Dec. 4.
A bilingual Mass in honor of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, outdoors in a tent. A food sale and talent show will follow.
On Friday, Dec. 9, a Mass in honor of St. Juan Diego will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. in the tent. A matachines competition and food sale will follow.
A singing competition “Una Cancion para Nuestra Madre” (A Song for Our Mother), will be held Saturday. Mass will be celebrated at midnight. On Sunday, in addition to regular Masses, food will be sold.
On Monday, Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mass will be celebrated at noon and at 6:30 p.m. the novena will end before the 6:30 p.m. Mass.
Matachines will dance and food will be sold Tuesday, Dec. 13, and Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m.

‘Messiah’ to be presented Nov. 27
The Wichita Choral Society will sing its 71st presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at the First Baptist Church, 216 E. 2nd St., in Wichita.
Shawn Chastain will direct. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Church musician workshop Jan. 28
David Pickering and Elisa Bickers will lead “January Jubilee,” a one-day workshop for church musicians from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wichita.
A recital will follow at four o’clock.
Pickering is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. Bickers is associate director of music at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.
To register or for more information, visit www.agowichita.org or contact Christopher Shaw at (316) 217-3396.
The event is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

Next GriefShare series begins Jan. 12 at SLC
The next GriefShare series, designed to turn mourning into joy, will be offered on Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 12 at the Spiritual Life Center.
The 12-week series, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30.

Via Christi to host annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Saturday
A free conference to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide to heal and cope with that loss will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the McNamara Center at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, 3600 E. Harry.
The International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day conference will provide a time for participants to talk, heal, learn to cope and be with other people who understand the guilt, grief, confusion — and even anger — they may be feeling.
The event will include a light lunch, and a candlelight remembrance ceremony for loved ones who were lost.
To register, or for more information, call Denise Van Dorn at 316-858-0216.
The Wichita Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Via Christi Health are hosting the event.

Sarah’s Hope Foundation dinner March 4 at St. Jude
The 16th Anniversary Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Sarah’s Hope Foundation will be held Saturday, March 4, in St. Jude Parish Hall, 3030 N. Amidon in Wichita.
Vicki Tiahrt will be the featured speaker. Guests of honor will be Bishop Carl A. Kemme, Father Jim Mainz, and Todd Tiahrt.
The cost is $20 per person. For reservations call 316-209-5029.

Operation Holiday needs volunteers
Catholic Charities and Interfaith Ministries need volunteers for Operation Holiday.
Several thousand families are assisted each year through the event. Youth can earn their high school service hours in November and December by assisting with the distribution of donations.
Operation Holiday distributes nonperishable food, food vouchers, winter wear, and blankets to low-income families and individuals.
To volunteer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kathy Hannemann at 316-264-8334, ext. 1261.

Catholic seniors invited to monthly service at Reflection Ridge in Wichita
Catholic adults are invited to a monthly first Friday service at Reflection Ridge, 2300 N. Tyler Road in Wichita.
The service begins at 10:15 a.m. in the theater. A priest from nearby St. Catherine of Siena leads a rosary, conducts Anointing of the Sick, and distributes Holy Communion.
A video-based Catholic Bible study for seniors will also be offered on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.
For more information, contact Lois at 316-721-0500 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pro-life ministry offering ‘pill kills’ educational DVD
Physicians prescribe the pill to many young women to regulate monthly cycles, lessen cramping, or to control acne.
But the life and health threatening side effects from taking the pill are not worth it, according to the West Sedgwick County Chapter of Right to Life of Kansas. The pill not only causes abortions but has dangerous side-effects.
The chapter is offering a free DVD, “The Pill Kills Symposium,” that explains the problems associated with the pill.
For free copy of the DVD, send an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and address, or call Carolyn at 316-531-2227. For more information or to watch the DVD online, visit ThePillKills.org and click on “2012 National Symposium” box on the left of the home page.

Spiritual Life Center news, November 18, 2016

Advent Day of Renewal Dec. 3
Don’t let the rush of the holiday season keep you from spiritually entering into the true meaning of Advent. On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will take participants on a journey through one of C.S. Lewis’ most famous works, “The Screwtape Letters.”
Lewis wanted to impart spiritual knowledge of how the devil and his league often worked, so Lewis wrote the books as if it were a collection of letters between an older, wiser devil to a younger one. The older devil teaches the younger one, and in doing so, Lewis teaches the reader some truths about the spiritual life.
Christmas and Advent are often filled with the glories of the angels in union with our Lord, but ever present are those angels who chose to fight God, rather than be his messenger of love. The day will focus on the loving mercy that God has in allowing us to understand his angelic influences in the world. Participants will learn how to cooperate with the good and avoid the bad.
The day will include presentations, Mass, prayer time, and lunch.
The cost for the day is $20. Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. and participants will be dismissed by 3:30 p.m.
Reservations may be made online at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167. Bedrooms are available for those wishing to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday.

Advent Day of Reflection Dec. 6
An Advent Day of Reflection with Fr. David Lies and Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N. in Wichita.
The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Early reservations are urged because the event often fills to capacity.
To make a reservation call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Reservations are due by Nov. 30.
The day is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Next SLC Date Night Thursday, Dec. 1
The next Date Night will begin at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The evening is designed as a time for couples to relax and to enjoy the good food and the ambience of the center.
To register visit SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Next GriefShare series begins Jan. 12 at SLC
The next GriefShare series, designed to turn mourning into joy, will be offered on Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 12 at the Spiritual Life Center.
The 12-week series, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30.

Monthly Mass with Children Dec. 1 at the Spiritual Life Center
WICHITA – Caregivers and their children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the Spiritual Life Center on Thursday, Dec. 1. The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m.
The Mass gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass goers around them.
Families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in the dining room afterwards. No registration necessary.

Youth and school news, November 18, 2016

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