Kansas bishops praying for the restoration of marriage

The four bishops of Kansas have issued a joint statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday, Nov. 13, to allow a federal judge to strike down the Kansas marriage amendment.
The bishops write that in 2005, 70 percent of Kansas voters chose to protect the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
“In addressing this judicial decision we also must note that the church’s teaching on marriage is not simply a ‘position’ on a political issue because marriage is not a creation of the state,” the bishops say.
“Rather, marriage is part of the natural order instituted by God and even well-intentioned, conscientious members of the legislature and judiciary cannot alter a given reality. Such truth simply does not change with the times.”
The bishops said their statement would not be complete without asserting their our core belief that all people, including those with same-sex attraction, are beloved children of God.
“We pray that those individuals who experience same-sex attraction will find comfort in the love of God as they strive to live in accordance with God’s will,” they said.
The bishops close their one and half page statement by saying they are praying for a restoration of respect for the true meaning of marriage in the United States.
To read the entire statement, visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Diocese to host rosary, Mass, vigil Jan. 22 in lieu of bus trip to Topeka

By Molly Reichenberger
Thursday, Jan. 22, will mark 42 years of legal abortion in the Unites States of America.
For the faithful, it is an appropriate time for prayer and witness to express our outrage about this horrific tragedy. This year, in lieu of a pilgrimage to Topeka, the Diocese of Wichita will be offering a local alternative.
On Thursday, Jan. 22, a rosary for the protection of all human life will be prayed at the U.S. Courthouse located at Third and Market in Wichita. The rosary will begin at 5:45 p.m. Afterward, participants will walk to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for Mass celebrated by Father John Lanzrath at 6:30 p.m.
Immediately following Mass, a candlelight prayer vigil will be held at the South Wind Women’s Center, where in the past year, over 1,500 children have lost their lives. All are invited and encouraged to participate in any or all of these events.
Our embrace of life must be clear. As we mourn the loss of precious human lives, most of them without a name but always known by the Lord. Our energy, witness and prayers should be turned to the unborn, the elderly and very ill, the disabled and those traumatized by our economic troubles. These persons are beautiful and these “poor ones” are the most important in the Kingdom of God.
Reichenberger is a secretary in the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice office.

Bishop Kemme to lead pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families

Thousands of Catholics are planning to travel to Philadelphia Sept. 22-27 to join Pope Francis in one the largest gathering of families in the world.
The World Meeting of Families helps families share their hopes and struggles, dialogue and pray together, and work together to grow as individuals and family units. Families participate in discussion groups on the Christian family’s role in the church and society, led by many distinguished speakers.
The meeting has been held every three years since 1994, when it was initiated by Saint John Paul II in 1994 in Rome.
Want to be a part of the pilgrimage?
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the event.
The pilgrimage will include tours of the National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, and St. John the Evangelist Church, the proto-Cathedral of Philadelphia.
The cost is $2,595, based on double occupancy. The deadline for a deposit is Dec. 15. For more information or to register, contact Catherine at (316) 685-4250 or email her at bittingc@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.
The fee includes round-trip airfare from Wichita to Philadelphia, chartered bus transfers, access to the World Meeting of Families events, seven nights lodging, Mass with Bishop Kemme, group dinners upon arrival and departure, and additional breakfasts and luncheons. (See ad on page 9 of the print edition.)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar

Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Nov. 21, Curia Thanksgiving Mass and luncheon
Dec. 2, Evening with prospective seminarians in Parsons
Dec. 3, Confirmation at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Dec. 4, Presbyteral Council; Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
Dec. 5, Evening with prospective seminarians
Dec. 6-7, Parish pastoral visit to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Wichita
Dec. 8, Morning Mass at Cathedral for Feast of Immaculate Conception
Dec. 10, Serra Club Christmas party
Dec. 11, Mass at Via Christi St. Francis Campus for Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother 125th Anniversary Homecoming; Confirmation Mass at All Saints, Wichita
Dec. 12, Mass at Guadalupe Clinic for feast of patron saint
Dec. 13-14, Parish pastoral visit to Christ the King in Wichita
Dec. 16, Retired priest luncheon
Dec. 17, Private Mass with Dominican Sisters of Peace
Dec. 18, Mass and dinner with Knights of the Holy Queen
Dec. 19, Curia Christmas Mass and luncheon
Dec. 20-21, Parish pastoral visit to St. Paul, Lyons / Holy Trinity, Little River / Holy Name of Jesus, Bushton; Confirmation Mass at St. Paul Parish, Lyons

Fr. Hotze: Saints are canonized to help us learn how to get to heaven

Frigid conditions change plans at annual Military Pilgrimage to Pilsen
Father John Hotze told those attending the Military Pilgrimage to Pilsen on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, that a person is canonized not so much to honor the saint as to help those who are still living learn from their example.
“It’s not like they are going to move to a higher floor in heaven once they are canonized,” Father Hotze said in his homily. The church canonizes saints as examples of our goal, he said, our goal of being with God in heaven.
Father Hotze, whose duties include serving as episcopal delegate for the cause of canonization for Father Emil Kapaun, spoke to about 200 Catholics, veterans, and active military personnel attending the 12th annual event that honors Father Emil Kapaun, a diocesan priest who died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp and whose cause is now being considered in Rome.
Speaking in St. John Nupomecene Church, Fr. Kapaun’s home church, Father Hotze said the lives of the saints not only provide an example of how to get to heaven, they also provide an occasional “slap on the face.”
“Sometimes we need a slap to change our lives and to do God’s will,” he said.
The Saint of the Day, St. Martin of Tours, Fr. Hotze said, became a soldier and later in his career – to the ridicule of fellow soldiers – split his cloak to give to a shivering beggar. That night St. Martin dreamed of Christ wearing the cloak he gave to the beggar and Christ saying, “see this cloak Martin gave me.”
St. Martin, who at the time was a catechumen, was baptized the next day and later became a hermit, a spiritual advisor, and, because of his sanctity, was forced into ordination in order to serve as bishop.
Father Hotze said the cold weather reminded him of the conditions Father Kapaun experienced while serving his fellow soldiers in the North Korean prison camp. “He was a slap in the face for his men to be examples of Christ,” he said.
He reminded those attending that we don’t pray to the saints as Catholics, we pray with the saints. “I hope our lives end in heaven because of a slap in the face when we need it,” he said.
Father Darrin May, pastor of Holy Family Parish, and retired Father Paul Oborny were among those who concelebrated the Mass. The Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School Choir from Wichita sang at the event.

Want to see more photos of the event?
A slide show of the Military Pilgrimage to Pilsen is available at YouTube.com/DioceseOfWichita.

Youth and school news, November 21, 2014

St. Pat Kingman’s Bob Lyall wins a national educational award
By Christopher M. Riggs

Bob Lyall believes he is blessed to be one of eight winners of a national educator award, but the principal of St. Patrick School in Kingman understands there are many others behind the honor.
“You’ve heard it takes a village…well, it takes a parish,” he said a few days before the official announcement, Nov. 11, of the national award.
“The parish has been incredibly supportive. I truly believe that I am blessed,” he said. “I work with wonderful colleagues. I have excellent teachers. I have excellent parents, excellent students who have performed well beyond my expectations. I truly believe that they are worthy of the recognition they are receiving. It’s been a wonderful, wonderful time in Kingman and I look forward to working with all of them even more.”
Lyall, who began working at St. Pat’s in 2008, is one of eight winners of the Terrel H. Bell Award, which is awarded only to principals of National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Blue Ribbon is the highest honor bestowed on a school by the United States government. St. Patrick School was one of 340 schools in the country to receive the award on Sept. 30 from Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education.
“I challenged the students and the faculty in my first year that I felt they could be the best – not only the best in Kansas, but the best in the country,” he said. “And I think they are living up to that expectation.”
Lyall said both awards are a reflection of the faith of the parish.
“I couldn’t be happier to be there. I just really want my teachers to be recognized and I want my students to be recognized. I didn’t do any of this for me to have glory. I want them to have the glory because they deserve it.”
Lyall was nominated for the award by Jamie Finkeldei, an assistant superintendent of diocesan Catholic schools.
Findeldei said he nominated Lyall because the principal has worked to make a great school one of the best in country.
“I also nominated him because his individual accomplishment is a reflection of the diocese as a whole,” he said.
“Bob will be the first to admit that his success begins with stewardship, is developed through collaboration with his fellow principals, and is bolstered by teachers throughout the diocese dedicated to forming disciples of Jesus Christ. We are all being honored when Bob accepts the Terrel H. Bell Award.”
About the Terrel H. Bell Award
The Terrel H. Bell Award, named for the former U.S. Secretary of Education, recognizes outstanding school leaders and the vital role they play in overcoming challenging circumstances. According to the U.S. Department of Education, principals nominated for the award are school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools.

Diocese leading pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland
The Diocese of Wichita is hosting a pilgrimage the summer of 2016 to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. Registration is now open for pilgrims 16 years old (as of July 1, 2016) and older to join the diocesan group.
The pilgrimage will take place July 18 through Aug. 1, 2016, and will include day trips to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki, St. John Paul II’s childhood home in Wadowice, the Chapel of the Black Madonna in Czestochowa, and all the World Youth Day festivities, including Mass with Pope Francis.
The cost of the pilgrimage is $3,500, and includes transportation, lodging, most meals, day trips, missionary days in the Diocese of Krakow, and World Youth Day events.
Register online www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Faith or call the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940. For more information about WYD and our diocesan pilgrimage, visit www.KansasToKrakow.com.

Winfield Knights to host 15th annual Totus Tuus banquet Saturday, Feb. 7
Winfield’s Knights of Columbus council 4713 will host the 15th annual Totus Tuus Banquet Saturday, Feb. 7, at Baden Square in Winfield.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be the celebrant at a 4:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Catholic Church, Winfield.
The featured speaker will be Father Chad Arnold, pastor at Holy Name in Coffeyville, and a former Totus Tuus teacher and camp director.
Over the years, the council has raised over $450,000 for the Totus Tuus program in the diocese. Last year Totus Tuus provided programming for 42 parishes in the Wichita area and four in the Dodge city area. A total of 3,380 attended the programs and 639 attended Totus Tuus Camp.
Camp scholarships were awarded to 59 youth to attend camp, and seven special needs youth were served at the second annual camp for them at the Spiritual Life Center.
Live and silent auctions will be held along with a raffle. The banquet promises a night of fellowship, a delicious dinner and a great amount of fun.
To make a tax deductible business or personal donation of an auction item or check, contact Tim Toon at (620) 221-4699 or tthomas toon@cox.net.
Banquet tickets are $80 per person or $640 for a table of eight, with a limited number of seats available. For a reservation or for more information, contact Josh Highland at josh@kanpack.us. Donations may be mailed to Totus Tuus P.O. Box 935 Winfield, KS 67156.

Diocesan news, November 21, 2014

Rally for Religious Freedom to be held on Friday, Nov. 28
A Rally for Religious Freedom will be held at noon on Friday, Nov. 28, at the U.S. Courthouse, 401 N. Market in Wichita.
A rosary will be prayed for the intention of religious freedom and patriotic songs will be sung.
The rallies are generally held on the fourth Friday of the month, however, a rally will not be held on the Friday after Christmas, Dec. 26.

Novena Dec. 4-12 for an end to abortion in Diocese of Wichita
A novena for the end of abortion in the Diocese of Wichita will be held from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Catholics throughout the Diocese of Wichita are asked to pray, fast, make a holy hour, and attend Mass as much as possible, and to offer sacrifices for the intention.
For more information email HeartofJesusHeartofMary@gmail.com.

Vietnamese martyrs to be honored
The Vietnamese Interim Planning Committee is hosting the Feast of the 117 Vietnamese Holy Martyrs starting with a retreat from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 430 N. Broadway, Wichita.
A holy hour and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held at the end of the retreat. Vietnamese- and English-speaking priests will be available for confession during retreat.
One hour of reconciliation will also be available Sunday at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m. a procession of the Holy Martyr relics will begin. Bishop Carl A. Kemme as well as diocesan priests will concelebrate Mass immediately after the procession.
Refreshments will be served after Mass in the Good Shepherd Hall.

Newman U. Advent retreat Dec. 5-6
WICHITA – A retreat for college age students and young adults, “Advent With Mary and Joseph,” will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, with a light meal, at the Newman University campus.
Those attending will view and discuss the film “The Nativity,” and consider the Incarnation from the perspective of Mary and Joseph. The retreat will end at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6. An overnight stay is optional for $3.
For reservations call (316) 942-4291 ext. 2422 by noon Dec. 2.

Spiritual Life Center news, November 21, 2014

SLC, Via Christi to offer a ‘He Heals’ retreat Jan. 16-17
WICHITA – The Spiritual Life Center is partnering with Via Christi Health to host a “He Heals” retreat from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E 45th St N.
The retreat will be an expanded version of the He Heals missions held this year by Via Christi and local parishes. The ministry focuses on healing the body, soul, and spirit through the sacraments, prayer and stewardship. It’s designed for patients and those who are suffering in any way, caregivers, support persons, and clinicians.
The retreat will include gospel readings about Jesus’ healing ministry, sermons, benediction, and parishioner testimonies on the role faith plays in the healing process. Attendees will have the opportunity for individual or group prayer, anointing of the sick, reconciliation, and Mass.
To register or for more information, visit CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/slc.
Anyone interested in learning more about He Heals or partnering with Via Christi to offer He Heals at their parish should contact Via Christi Mission Integration at (316) 858-4915.

December series to cover countering difficulties in prayer
Bo Bonner, director of Faith Formation at St. Paul Parish and Newman Center, will lead a three-week series on prayer next month at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Bonner will explore the spiritual life and address that fact that prayer, by nature, is difficult, on the three Thursdays before Christmas, Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
Participants will learn about themes of martyrdom (dying to ourselves in witness to God), apocalypse (encountering God’s revelation), and consumption (entering into self-giving communion with God and being nourished by him).
Sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the entire series is $30. Register by visiting www.SLCWichita.org or calling (316) 744-0167.

Advent Day of Renewal Dec. 6 at the SLC
James Lewis III, a religion teacher at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita and adjunct professor at Newman University, Wichita, will lead a day of reflection Saturday, Dec. 6, called “The Fire and Peace of Charity.”
The yearly 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 for the day is $20 which includes lunch. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants will be dismissed by 4 p.m. Reservations may be made on-line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.
Bedrooms are available for anyone wishing to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday.

Night for married couples Dec. 12 at the Spiritual Life Center
The Spiritual Life will host a program called “Cana Nights: Transforming the Ordinary into Wine” Friday, Dec. 12. The evening, while similar to Date Nights, is shorter and simpler and intended only for married couples.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., married couples will enjoy appetizers, wine, and socializing along with a short conference on a marriage-related topic.
The cost of Cana Nights is $20 per couple. Register online at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Lễ Mừng Kính Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam

Hội Đồng Mục Vụ (Ban Tổ Chức Tạm Thời) Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita sẽ tổ chức Thánh Lễ mừng kính Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam tại nhà thờ chánh tòa, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 430 N. Broadway, Wichita. Chương trình các tiết mục cho hai ngày Thứ Bảy và Chúa Nhật như sau:
Thứ Bảy ngày 22 tháng 11 năm 2014. Từ 10 giờ sáng đến 6 giờ chiều.
Phần Tĩnh Tâm và Chầu Mình Thánh Chúa cho việc Đền Tạ Thánh Hiến Gia Đình Cho Chúa Giêsu Thánh Thể và Mẹ Maria. Đề tài đặc biệt về "Niềm Vui Của Tin Mừng: Sống Đức Tin Bằng Lòng Mến", sẽ do Cha Gioan-Thành M. Trần Quốc Toản và Cha Philipê Đổ Thanh Cao, đêń từ Chi Dòng Đồng Công thuyết giảng.
Cũng trong ngày này và dịp này, Quí Ông Bà và Anh Chị Em có dịp gặp gỡ các linh mục để lãnh nhận Bí Tích Hòa Giải qua các linh mục Việt-Mỹ.
Chúa Nhật ngày 23 tháng 11 năm 2014. Lúc 3 giờ chiều.
Một giờ lãnh nhận Bí Tích Hòa Giải.
Cầu nguyện cùng hiệp ý chung với Đức Thánh Cha Phanxicô để sống đức tin bằng lòng mến trong niềm vui của tin mừng.
Xin các Thánh Tử Đạo phù hộ cho giáo hội và tổ quốc Việt Nam.
Cầu nguyện cho ơn phong Thánh cho cha Emil Kapaun và Đức Hồng Y Nguyễn Văn Thuận sớm được kết qủa.
Cầu cho các gia đình sống Đức Tin.
Thánh Lễ mừng kính các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam sẽ do Đức Cha Carl Kemme chủ tế và các linh mục Việt Mỹ cùng đồng tế. Thánh Lễ sẽ bắt đầu ngay sau phần cung nghinh kiệu Các Thánh Tử Đạo lúc 4 giờ chiều.
Hội Đồng Mục Vụ (Ban Tổ Chức Tạm Thời) Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita trân trọng kính mời toàn thể quí ông bà, anh chị em cùng bớt chút thì giờ đến tham dự Thánh Lễ trên. Để cùng chung niềm tôn kính các Thánh Tử Đạo năm xưa đã oai hùng anh dũng tiến lên pháp trường.
Ngay sau phần Thánh Lễ. Chúng tôi kính mời Quí Cha, cùng toàn thể quí ông bà anh chị em cùng ghé sang nhà gym để chúng ta cùng hàn huyên trong niềm vui chung và gặp gỡ các vị chủ chiên. Chúng tôi có phân phát thức ăn và giải khát để phục vụ quí vị. 
Đại Diện Hội Đồng Mục Vụ (Ban Tổ Chức Tạm Thời) Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita
Linh Mục John Lanzrath, vicar general

Vietnamese martyrs to be honored
The Vietnamese Interim Planning Committee is hosting the Feast of the 117 Vietnamese Holy Martyrs starting with a retreat from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 430 N. Broadway, Wichita.
A holy hour and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held at the end of the retreat. Vietnamese- and English-speaking priests will be available for confession during retreat.
One hour of reconciliation will also be available Sunday at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m. a procession of the Holy Martyr relics will begin. Bishop Carl A. Kemme as well as diocesan priests will concelebrate Mass immediately after the procession.
Refreshments will be served after Mass in the Good Shepherd Hall.

Diocese celebrates matrimony at annual Mass

WICHITA – Perfect weather, hundreds of the smiling faces, a top-notch staff and volunteers, along with newly-ordained Bishop Carl A. Kemme in a beautiful Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception made up the 2014 Wedding Anniversary Mass, according to Jake Samour, director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.
They came from all parts of the diocese, he said, some arriving as far as Weir, Kan., and others from outside the diocese as far as WaKeeney, Kan. The couple married the longest, John and Betty Voegeli from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita, were celebrating 70 years of matrimony.
Bishop Kemme greeted those attending a reception after the Mass and every bride received a rose as she entered Good Shepherd Hall for the reception.
“For me, the highlight was when the couples renewed their vows during the Mass,” Samour said. “Bishop Kemme led the husbands first and then the wives in the sacred words to renew the commitment each couple made the day of their wedding. As I watched the couples, I saw smiles and hugs and tears.”
Despite the obstacles and heart aches that are a part of life, Samour said, all the couples recognized the beauty and a gift they have in each other and in their families.
“Thank you for being a beautiful example to the world of the splendor of love and life,” he said. “It is an honor and privilege for the Office of Marriage and Family Life to do this every year to celebrate the Anniversary Mass. While there is a tremendous amount of planning and coordination necessary to make sure everything runs smoothly, it is truly a labor of love.”

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