Respite training April 12 at the Cathedral
Training for those who wish to volunteer their time to provide respite care will be held Saturday, April 12, in the Pius X Room on the campus of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita.
Tama Dutton said many people will be a family caregiver at some point, either briefly or for extended periods.
Dutton, the program coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries in the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, recommended the training for anyone thinking of starting a parish outreach ministry to families caring for a loved one who is aging, disabled, or chronically ill.
The eight-hour Respite Education and Support Tools, R.E.S.T., training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Cathedral.
The training for parish respite volunteers will be presented by Tom Racunas and Gina Ervay.
Ervay is executive director of Respite Outreach Care for Kansans. Racunas is director of the diocesan Ministry with Persons with Disabilities.
The course and the take home materials will be provided at no cost. There will be a $7 per person charge for a catered lunch, or those who wish, may bring a sack lunch. Seating is limited and registration is required by April 7. Register at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/senior-adult/senior-adult-events or call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.
The training is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life, the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, and the Kansas Life Span Respite Coalition.
To learn more about the R.E.S.T. program visit http://restprogram.org/volunteer-training/. You can also preview an introductory video on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/restclass.
Fr. Mike Baldwin to preach Lenten retreat on March 21 for senior adults in SEK
Senior adults living in Southeast Kansas are invited to study John 10:10 during a Lenten retreat preached by Fr. Mike Baldwin.
“I came so that you may have life, life in all its fullness,” Jesus says in the passage.
The retreat will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 109 E. Ninth in Pittsburg. Father Baldwin is pastor there. The day will include Mass and a catered lunch.
The cost to attend is $10 per person with financial scholarships available upon request.
Registrations are required by March 9. Those registering are asked to write down their contact information, make out a check to the Diocese of Wichita and mail it to the Office of Marriage Family Life, 437 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS, 67202.
Call (316) 685-5240 or duttont@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org for more information.
Cana Counseling accepting new clients
WICHITA – Connelly Marceau and others at Catholic Charities’ Cana Counseling are available to work with clients on a sliding scale and with private pay families.
Services include individual counseling for adults and children, marital and family counseling, premarital counseling using the Prepare and Enrich Inventory and more.
Call (316) 264-8344 to schedule an appointment.
Please pray for Bishop-elect Kemme
Those who wish to pray for Bishop-elect Carl A. Kemme, are invited to dedicate rosaries for him by visiting RosaryForTheBishop.org.
Bishop-elect Kemme will be ordained and installed at the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Wichita on Thursday, May 1.
Fourth Friday prayer rally at Wichita’s U.S. Courthouse
The monthly prayer rally for religious freedom will be held at noon on Friday, March 28, at the U.S. Courthouse at 401 N. Market.
The rally of song and prayer lasts about 20 minutes.
Ministry to help file income taxes
Dear Neighbor Ministries, associated with the, is again offering free income tax preparation and electronic filing for those making less than $52,000.
Project Manager Agnes Devasure said the ministry is taking appointments on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings, and Monday afternoon. To make an appointment call (316) 684-5120.
All preparers have been certified by the IRS and returns are filed electronically. Taxpayers must have a photo ID, Social Security cards, W-2s, 1099s and proof of any other income.
Via Christi now owns Manhattan regional health center
MANHATTAN – Mercy Regional Health Center on Friday, Feb. 28, fully joined Via Christi Health under a transfer agreement between the Memorial Hospital Association and Via Christi Health.
Mercy Regional Health Center was formed in 1996 when The Saint Mary Hospital and Memorial Hospital were combined. Since then, Via Christi and the MHA have had a joint 50-50 ownership of Mercy, with Via Christi providing management services.
Under the agreement announced Feb. 28, the MHA transferred its ownership of Mercy to Via Christi Health.
As part of the agreement, the Memorial Hospital Association will form a non-profit foundation to assist with improving health care services in Riley County, including programs for the poor and vulnerable, funded with an estimated $7 million from the sale of Mercy’s Sunset campus to Kansas State University. That sale closed Friday, Feb. 28.
Via Christi has agreed to provide $15.5 million in capital to fund the expansion of outpatient services in the north tower at Mercy’s facility on College Avenue and other improvements as needed.
Mercy Regional Health Center will be renamed Via Christi Hospital later in 2014.
Senior adults invited to bus trip May 5-10
Senior adults are invited to be a part of a bus trip May 5-10 hosted by Harvest House, a diocesan senior adult ministry.
Stops on the trip include the John F. Kennedy Museum in Dallas, the Historic Arkansas Museum, an EWTN tour and live show with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Our Lady of Angels Monastery, and a Graceland tour.
Reservations are now being taken through Village Tours. Contact LuRay at Village Tours, 8620 W. 21st Street, Wichita, or call (316) 721-4455 to reserve a seat.
The deadline for signing up is Tuesday, March 20. A flyer about the bus trip is available at http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/harvest-house/bus-trips.
Harvest House is an inclusive ministry. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be provided upon request.
West Wichita Women’s Network hosting Divas on a Dime March 25
The West Wichita Women’s Network will host Divas on a Dime, a fundraiser Tuesday, March 25, to benefit the Wichita Women’s Initiative Network, a ministry that provides survivors of abuse with educational and employment opportunities to foster healing and self-sufficiency.
The event, at the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman University campus, begins at 5:30 p.m., and will feature special guest Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, and a fashion show of finds from Goodwill.
Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Advance tickets are available for $25 per ticket; after March 10, tickets will be $35 each.
All proceeds of the event will benefit the WIN, a ministry founded by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. Women’s Initiative Network is a nonprofit community partnership that provides survivors of abuse with educational and employment opportunities to foster healing and self-sufficiency.
SpiritLife classes planned in Great Bend
The Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will hold SpiritLife classes on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Classes for the day include: “Practical Ways to Draw Closer to God,” “James Fowler’s Stages of Faith,” and “Spiritual Charisms: How do we use them?”
The day rate is $50 and includes lunch; or $75 for Friday overnight, including breakfast plus the day classes. Semester rates are available for commuters and overnight.
For more information, visit http://heartlandspirituality.org/spiritlife, email email@example.com or call (620) 792-1232 and ask for Ann.
Movies with a Message series
The Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will show the movie “A Man For All Seasons” as part of its continuing Movies with a Message program on Friday, March 7.
The movie begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Dominican Sister Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway. Refreshments will be served, and there will be discussion time after the movie. A free-will donation is requested. The other movies in the series will include “Romero,” and “Babette’s Feast.”
The Truth and Life free bible app available for download
The Truth and Life Bible application is now available for download on Apple devices, Android devices, the Kindle Fire, the Nook and PC computers.
The audio brings the word of God to life in a 22-hour audio production, complete with movie-quality sound effects and an original music score. The audio New Testament is endorsed with an imprimatur from the Vatican, including a foreword by Pope Benedict XVI.
The free version of the app includes a complete text of the bible in the Revised Standard Edition Second Catholic Edition and a full audio book of the Gospel of Mark. For an additional cost, a full-length audio New Testament voiced by prominent actors is included. Another optional purchase is a digital edition of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible; the Bible text follows the audio automatically.
Visit www.downloadjesus.com for more information or to download the app.
Steubenville professor teaches catechists Feb. 15 at Cathedral
By James J. Bitting Jr.
More than 70 catechists from across the diocese gathered Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception campus for a day of formation with Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. She is a professor of catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Sister Johanna’s morning presentation was about the importance of formation for those who hand on the faith. She helped those attending understand methods of teaching by showing clips from the movie The Avengers, with a view to how the scenes related to a catechist’s role. The characters in the movie had all received great gifts to enable them to do wonderful works. Ultimately, the movie showed how characters had a willingness to die, to sacrifice for the good of the others, which can lead to victory over evil.
In the afternoon session, Sr. Johanna discussed the catechetical leadership of Pope Francis. Beginning with some historical background pertaining to the purpose and teaching of Vatican II, she went on to show the continuity between the teaching of Blessed John XXIII, Paul VI, Blessed John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. The continuity can be summed up in the person of Christ, she said. Christ is central to all of the catechetical teaching of the popes.
Pope Francis is calling us to take the risk of encountering Christ in the poor, by bringing the Gospel out into the world, Sr. Johanna said, and that will lead to the joy of the Gospel.
To find out about more opportunities of formation contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or email OFF@catholicdioceseofwichita.org.