Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral to be streamed live and broadcast
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 CatholicDioceseOfWichita.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.
Friends of Carmelites hosting benefit raffle
WICHITA – The Friends of the Carmelite Nuns are hosting their fourth annual raffle.
Donations from this year’s raffle are intended to help with the construction costs of a $700,000 concrete wall that will surround the 40 acres of the Discalced Carmelite Monastery at 7445 N. Woodlawn.
The suggested donation is $5 for seven raffle tickets. The grand prize is a hand quilted “Life of Jesus” quilt which has hand embroidered scenes. First through sixth prizes are valued at more than $1,000.
The tickets are available at Holy Trinity Catholic Books and Gifts, Catholic Art and Gifts, and Sacred Heart Gifts.
Donations will be accepted, but no donation or purchase is necessary. The drawing will be held after Christmas. Winners are subject to all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.
To help with the raffle, contact Mary DeGraffenreid at (316) 721-2312.
D. of I. circle hosting Christmas party Dec. 7
St. Augustine Circle 235 Daughter’s of Isabella is having a Christmas meeting and party at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Piccadilly Restaurant, Central and Rock Rd.
To make a reservation, call Carlene Burge at (316) 680-8874.
Spouses, friends, and new members are invited.
Please bring peanut butter or tuna for Catholic Charities’ food pantry.
Next Aging Well session Monday, Dec. 9
The next Aging Well session will discuss how medical research has found proof supporting what Jesus taught 2,000 years ago: that giving of self to others is actually a form of receiving.
Research has proven that people who directly assist others, are healthier, happier, and live longer productive lives that those who do not.
Dusty Gates and Tama Dutton invite interested senior adults to explore this topic as it relates to aging well, from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Spiritual Life Center. The cost is $7.50 for lunch, payable at the door. Call (316) 744-0167 to register.
‘Inner Light’ author to sign books Dec. 14, 21
Alex Browne, a local artist, illustrator, and writer, will be signing her children’s book Inner Light from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Watermark Books and Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas; and 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.
Browne, a member of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of fine arts degree in design with emphasis in illustration.
Knights of Columbus hosting holiday blood drive Dec. 20
WICHITA – The Knights of Columbus, Council 4118, will host a holiday blood drive on Friday, Dec. 20 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.
Those who wish to participate in the visits can simply visit red
crossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.
Midwest Winefest Poster Contest opens
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.”
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.
Pray & Play Dec. 21
A college-age Pray & Play for college age students to celebrate with friends will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Wichita.
Pray & Plays are great ways to gather as Catholics now that finals and the semester are over. The evening includes praise and worship, followed by social time featuring a dance.
The Third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete (joyful) Sunday. Pray & Play is a way to close out the week of rejoicing, and to prepare for Christmas. For more information, please contact the Office of Faith Formation at OFF@CatholicDioceseofWichita.org.
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@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.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.
Topeka March for Life bus deadline set for Jan. 10
Bishop John Brungardt to celebrate Mass
Those who can’t participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., may participate in a related march in Topeka Wednesday, Jan. 22, sponsored by the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office.
Charter buses will leave from Wichita early on Wednesday morning and arrive at the Ramada Inn in Topeka around 9:30 a.m. The pilgrimage will include speakers, breakout sessions, Mass celebrated by our special guest, Bishop John Brungardt from the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, lunch, rally, a rosary at the Capitol, and optional tours of the Capitol. The Mikey Needleman Band will provide music for pilgrims throughout the day. Buses will return to Wichita at around 6 p.m.
The Respect Life Office said the trip is a great opportunity to join in with the thousands of people in the March for Life around the country.
Cost for bus $40
The cost for the day is only $40 if you choose to ride on the charter bus. If you would rather provide your own transportation, the cost is only $25 and $15 for any college/high school/ middle student groups who provide their own transportation.
Registration forms are available online at respectlifesocialjustice.org. We ask that you download, fill out and mail in your form with payment by the deadline of Friday, January 10, 2014. Please call (316) 269-3935 or email reichenbergerm@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org with any questions.