Wichita bishop brings formal report on war-hero priest to Vatican
19 November 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A week after the 65th anniversary of Father Emil J. Kapaun’s capture in North Korea, the bishop of Wichita, Kansas, formally presented a report on the Army chaplain’s life, virtues and fame of holiness to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Bishop Carl A. Kemme of Wichita and a small delegation from the diocese met Nov. 9 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the congregation, and other officials to hand over the 1,066 report known as a “positio.” During the Korean War, Father Kapaun, a priest of the Wichita diocese, and other members of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, were captured by Chinese troops in North Korea Nov. 2, 1950. The priest died in a North Korean prison camp May 23, 1951. President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to the war-hero priest in a White House ceremony in 2013, but the men who were imprisoned with Father Kapaun and the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita had been honoring him long before that. “Since the day his fellow prisoners of war in the Korean Conflict (1950-1953) were liberated after their long and cruel incarceration, during which Father Kapaun was instrumental in providing to his fellow soldiers unparalleled pastoral care, word of his saintly virtue has been spreading and continues to our day,” said a letter Bishop Kemme wrote and delivered to Cardinal Amato. “I’m very honored and humbled to be part of this moment,” Bishop Kemme said after handing over the “positio,” which is based on a long diocesan investigation of Father Kapaun’s life, writings and eyewitness testimony, including with prisoners who survived the camp. Andrea Ambrosi, the postulator or promoter of the cause, said it took 12-13 months to write the volume, which should go to a team of Vatican historians for review in April. Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, secretary of the congregation, told Bishop Kemme and his delegation that if the historians have no questions and believe the biography and the information about the circumstances of Father Kapaun’s death are complete, the report would go to a commission of theologians. Under normal circumstances, Archbishop Bartolucci said, the theologians would not get to the report for at least 10 years, but since Father Kapaun is the first sainthood candidate from the Wichita diocese, it gets precedence. He is hoping to get the report on the commission’s calendar for late 2017. “While you are waiting — a year or two — you can work on the miracle,” the archbishop told the bishop. In fact, Bishop Kemme told him, the diocese already has identified and is working on the documentation for two healings. One of them could be the miracle needed for Father Kapaun’s beatification. While Bishop Kemme was at the Vatican, supporters of Father Kapaun’s cause were praying. A special novena for the beatification of Father Kapaun began Nov. 2, the 65th anniversary of his capture at the Battle of Unsan, and was to end on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The following photographs are by Travis Heying of The Wichita Eagle.
Bishop Kemme: please remember the European refugees in your prayers
19 November 2015
Bishop Carl A. Kemme has asked priests of the Diocese of Wichita to remember the European refugees in prayers and petitions. Father David J. Lies, vicar general for the diocese, recently mailed a letter to the priests of the diocese on behalf of the bishop about the refugee crisis that has resulted from ISIS attacks in the Middle East. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reports that at least four million Syrians have fled their country in the past five years as a result of the civil war. Both the pope and the Catholic bishops have called for the United States and the international community to provide support for the refugees. Bishop has asked the priests: • To offer the votive Mass “For Refugees” as your daily Mass schedules allow • To include petitions for the Syrian refugees and the support of the countries responding to them in your Prayers of the Faithful at Mass • To consider preaching about the crisis in light of the protection and defense of human dignity and encourage the faithful of your parish to make this intention one of their own. “At the diocesan level, we are considering ways that we can more directly respond to and aid these refugee brothers and sisters of ours,” Father Lies wrote.
Bishop’s comment regarding Paris
19 November 2015
Bishop Carl A. Kemme, after the attacks in Paris, asked for prayers for peace. Here is part of bishop’s statement:
“Once again the evil of terrorism has reared its ugly head. I join with all the men and women of good will throughout the world to condemn the recent attacks against innocent people in Paris, France. Along with them, I add my own prayers for the victims, their families and their communities. There can be no justification for such violence. As Pope Francis said, this is not human. Sadly and tragically, we live in a world where hatred and violence are rampant. It is only when we turn to thoughts and deeds of peace that hatred and violence will be overcome. I pray that all of us in the Diocese of Wichita will work together to build a civilization of peace, understanding and love. May Mary the Mother of the Prince of Peace intercede for us and guide us always to the source of eternal and divine peace, Jesus Christ. God bless you and God bless us all!”
Father Hotze: in honoring Father Kapaun we are being called to service
19 November 2015
Servant of God Fr. Kapaun remembered at annual Mass in Pilsen The spirits of those praying for the timely canonization of Father Emil J. Kapaun may have been dampened after official papers supporting the Army chaplain’s cause were presented in Rome Monday, Nov. 9, Father John Hotze said two days later. Father Hotze, who has overseen Father Kapaun’s cause for the Diocese of Wichita for several years, told those attending a Veteran’s Day Mass in honor of Father Kapaun that many were hoping Father Kapaun’s canonization might move quickly through the Vatican’s Congregation for the Saints. But comments by Cardinal Angelo Amato after Bishop Carl A. Kemme presented the “positio” were not surprising, Father Hotze said in a statement he made after the Nov. 11 Mass at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen. A positio, short for positio super virtutibus, or statement on heroic virtues, is a collection of documents used in the process by which a person is declared venerable. The Mass was part of the Thirteenth Annual Military Pilgrimage in honor of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun. It is celebrated every Veteran’s Day. There are over 50 people in the United States under consideration for canonization, Father Hotze said, adding that the Congregation is working on over 1,200 cases from throughout the world. The good news is that Father Kapaun’s name was placed in front of other candidates who have no miracles attributed to them, he said. “Now we know the work is starting in earnest at the Congregation for the Saints,” Fr. Hotze said. Fr. Hotze said the faithful should be bolstered in that Cardinal Amato said he already knew about Father Kapaun and described the Army chaplain’s case as being very compelling. The cardinal recommended that the faithful continue praying for Father Kapaun’s cause and to continue to ask for his intercession. “When I started this work,” Father Hotze said he knew “there was going to be a time when Father Kapaun would grow bigger than Pilsen. I am convinced that it will outgrow the Diocese of Wichita. I’m hoping Father Kapaun will be a saint that will speak to the universal church.” Many veterans and several active duty military were among the 225 attending the annual service. Father Hotze thanked them at the beginning of his homily that focused on the idea that Christians are called to action, just as Father Kapaun was called to action – so much so that he died as a result. One of the challenges of being a Christian is that we are called to action, he said. Some are called to prayer, some are called to give money. Other times, referring to the Gospel about the 10 lepers, we are called to a different kind of action. One of the 10 lepers thanked Jesus because of his cleansing. “‘Go, your faith has saved you,” Jesus says.’ His action saved him. He chose to practice his faith, he chose to take action,” Father Hotze said. The Mass was celebrated on the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, a fourth century Roman soldier who later became a Christian. Father Hotze said there is a story that St. Martin came upon a nearly-naked beggar and because it was cold cut his cloak and gave one half of it to the beggar. The saint later had a vision of Jesus wearing the half of the tunic he had given the man and immediately sought to be baptized. St. Martin believed the best way to follow Christ was to become a hermit. Soon his holiness was recognized by the community, who, after the death of their bishop, wanted him to succeed as their bishop. Although he was reluctant, he eventually accepted. “He realized he had to become a person of action,” Father Hotze said. “He was called to be bishop of Tours.” In honoring Father Kapaun, he said, “We realize that we, too, are called to service. We, too, are called to serve God.” Father Kapaun reached out to others and touched people around the world, Father Hotze said. “Kapaun has grown bigger than this parish, our diocese, and is now here for the universal church,” he said. “It’s up to us to make sure people receive that gift. What can I do to help other people? Let’s give the gift of Father Kapaun to the world.”
StepStone, Mennonite Housing break ground for housing for violence victims
19 November 2015
StepStone and Mennonite Housing are working together to build much needed housing for domestic violence survivors in Wichita. A ground-breaking and blessing for Bluffview Place was held Wednesday, Nov. 4. When complete next summer, the $5 million project will result in housing for many families in four one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom, 12 three-bedroom, and two four-bedroom apartments in three buildings in the Hilltop area at 1324 S. Bluffview. The 28-apartment project includes a community building with kitchen facilities, offices, and meeting space. “It is through the partnership with Mennonite Housing that we are able to provide these type of living arrangements for survivors of domestic violence,” said Congregation of St. Joseph Sister Janet Fleischhacker, executive director of CSJ Ministries. “This partnership makes the resources available for us to continue to provide support and services to survivors and their families.” StepStone now has 14 single family homes throughout the community that serves as longer-term transitional housing for survivors and their families. Last fiscal year StepStone provided housing and support services to 72 women and 112 children. Since January of this year, however, StepStone turned away 42 families due to lack of housing. “Unfortunately our units fill as quickly as they become available,” said Kit Lambertz, executive director of StepStone. “We’ve found that housing people together is safer and provides a needed support community for them in addition to what our staff and volunteers provide.” Byron Adrian, president of Mennonite Housing, said, “When StepStone approached us, we were on board to help achieve this vision to provide needed housing for these survivors. Working together, we were able to secure all the necessary financing to make the project a reality.” Partners in the effort include the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, Midwest Housing Equity Group, Horizon Bank, and FHLBank of Topeka. The general contractor on the project is the Law Company and the architect is Krehbiel Architecture. “We so appreciate their partnership because this is not the typical project due to the specific focus on domestic violence survivors,” Adrian said. Survivors, including families, can stay in the units for up to two years while they also receive family counseling, support services, and the low-rent and utility housing so they can become self-sufficient. Transitional housing is often necessary after the emergency shelter has served its purpose. Transitional housing is needed for up to 90 days as the survivor and family receives support to help stabilize their situation. During that time, critical prevention services are provided to the adults and the children to help break the cycle of abuse by working with all those in the family on life skills, understanding healthy relationships, and emotions plus anger management. StepStone has provided transitional housing and a full array of support services to domestic abuse survivors and their families for 20 years. Mennonite Housing has provided affordable housing for individuals and families who need assistance for 40 years. Together, the two non-profits are building housing that will serve as transitional housing for domestic violence survivors. They will also continue to partner with other non-profits that provide emergency and bridge housing for survivors and their families. Mennonite Housing, which will serve as property manager once the complex is completed, has a proven history of projects throughout the community. The new housing is expected to be completed and open to house survivors in late summer next year. Meanwhile, StepStone is selling homes throughout the community to move more survivors into duplexes already near the StepStone offices and into the new housing.
Want to help with Bluffview Place? Those wishing to volunteer or contribute to the effort may call StepStone’s Brenda Wasinger at (316) 684-5120, or Mennonite Housing’s Dee Schrimscher at (316) 942-4848.
Vietnamese community honoring 117 Martyrs Nov. 21-22
19 November 2015
The Vietnamese Interim Planning Committee is hosting the Feast of the 117 Vietnamese Holy Martyrs beginning with a retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at St. Anthony Church, 258 N. Ohio Ave., Wichita. A holy hour and the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will open and close the retreat. Vietnamese and English speaking priests will be available Saturday for confession. Reconciliation will also be available from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22. Bishop Carl A. Kemme and diocesan priests will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m., following the procession of the Holy Martyr relics. Dinner will be served after Mass. All the faithful are invited.
Lễ Mừng Kính Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam
Hội Đồng Mục Vụ Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita sẽ tổ chức Thánh Lễ mừng kính Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam tại nhà thờ St. Anthony, 258 N. Ohio Ave., Wichita, KS 67214. Chương trình các tiết mục cho hai ngày Thứ Bảy và Chúa Nhật như sau: Thứ Bảy ngày 21 tháng 11 năm 2015. Từ 9:30 giờ sáng đến 6:00 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: “Những Khác Biệt Giữa Hai Thế Hệ Trẻ và Trong Gia Đình”, sẽ do Cha Giuse Đoàn Đình Bảng từ Houston, và Cha Gioan Trần Quốc Toản, từ Chi Dòng Đồng Công đến thuyết giảng. Cũng trong dịp này, Quí Ông Bà và Anh Chị Em sẽ có cơ hội gặp gỡ các linh mục để lãnh nhận Bí Tích Hòa Giải. Chúa Nhật ngày 22 tháng 11 năm 2015. Lúc 3:00 giờ chiều. Một giờ lãnh nhận Bí Tích Hòa Giải. • Cầu cho Đức Giáo Hoàng Phanxicô và phẩm trật Giáo Hội. • Cầu cho thế giới được bằng an, tránh sự bách hại tín hữu đang xảy ra. • Cầu nguyện cho ơn phong Thánh cho cha Emil Kapaun và Đức Hồng Y Nguyễn Văn Thuận sớm được kết qủa. • Cẩu Cho Tổ Quốc và Giáo Hội Việt Nam được tự do tôn giáo, tránh việc tịch thu cơ sở, các tu viện hiện đang xảy ra trong nước. • Cầu cho bằng an nơi các gia đình, và mọi tín hữu được nhận lãnh hồng ân trong năm Kính Lòng Thương xót Chúa (12/8/15 - 12/8/16). Thánh Lễ mừng kính các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam sẽ do Đức Cha Carl Kemme chủ tế cùng các linh mục Việt Mỹ. Thánh Lễ sẽ bắt đầu lúc 4:00 giờ chiều, ngay sau phần cung nghinh kiệu Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam. Hội Đồng Mục Vụ 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. Để cùng tôn kính các Thánh Tử Đạo năm xưa đã oai hùng anh dũng tiến lên pháp trường. Ngay sau Thánh Lễ, xin kính mời Quí Cha, cùng toàn thể quí ông bà anh chị em ghé sang trung tâm để chúng ta cùng hàn huyên trong niềm vui chung và gặp gỡ các vị chủ chiên. Có thức ăn và giải khát để phục vụ quí vị. Đại Diện Hội Đồng Mục Vụ Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita Linh Mục Benjamin Nguyễn Minh Nhật, Chủ Tịch
Documentary about Our Lady of Guadalupe to be aired Sunday afternoon
19 November 2015
A documentary “Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message,” about the details, story, and the impact of the 16th century apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be broadcast at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, on Wichita’s KAKE-TV. The documentary will be available over the air on all KAKE-TV’s stations in Kansas and via cable. It will not be available via livestream. The film, narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, was produced by the Knights of Columbus and paints a comprehensive and inspiring picture of the history, facts, and legacy of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The documentary explores the mysterious, inexplicable image that appeared on the tilma, or cloak, of Juan Diego who, over the course of four days in December 1531 received a series of visions of the Virgin Mary. “The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe helped build bridges between cultures and worlds and began the transformation of our continent into a Christian continent of hope,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, executive producer of the film. “The apparition helped to unite the entire continent in a way that didn’t exist before. Through her intercession, then and now, those throughout this hemisphere have found a deep and shared sense of faith, hope and identity.” Anderson said Our Lady of Guadalupe is not just a Mexican or Latin American phenomenon. “Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of all of America and of the Philippines as well. She is loved and embraced across cultural lines throughout this continent and beyond.” For additional information visit www.GuadalupeTheFilm.com.
Diocesan news, November 20, 2015
19 November 2015
Bishop Kemme’s calendar Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month. Nov. 20: Curia/Cathedral staff Mass and Thanksgiving luncheon; Apostle Build blessing Nov. 21-22: Parish pastoral visit to St. Rose of Lima in Council Grove and St. Anthony in Strong City Nov. 22: Vietnamese Martyr Mass Dec. 1: Confessions at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School; Evening with Prospective Seminarians Dec. 2: Confirmation at St. Thomas Aquinas in Wichita at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3: School pastoral visit to Sacred Heart in Arkansas City; Confirmation at St. Jude in Wichita at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4: School pastoral visit to Holy Cross and Trinity in Hutchinson Dec. 5-6: Parish pastoral visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Newton Dec. 8: Immaculate Heart of Mary Mass, blessing of building and dedication of chapel; Opening Mass for Year of Mercy at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; at 6 p.m. Legatus Christmas Party Dec. 9: Confirmation at Holy Trinity in Little River Dec. 10: Presbyteral Council Dec. 11: School pastoral visit to Church of the Resurrection in Wichita Dec. 12-13: Parish pastoral visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe in South Hutchinson Dec. 17: School pastoral visit to St. Patrick in Wichita; Serra Club Christmas Party Dec. 18: School pastoral visit to St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita; Curia/Cathedral staff Christmas gathering Dec. 19-20: Parish pastoral visit with Confirmation Mass at St. John in El Dorado
Fr. Hoisington offering Advent prep series Father Thomas Hoisington is making available, for a donation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, print and audio versions of spiritual conferences he is giving to the IHM Sisters on each of the Sundays of Advent. The first Sunday of Advent is Nov. 29. While focusing on Advent, Father Hoisington said, each conference will also focus on the Year of Mercy by looking at a different saint or blessed. The print and audio version of the conference would be emailed within a day following each conference. Father Hoisington, the IHM’s chaplain, said all of the proceeds would then be given to the IHMs to help with their new novitiate. A suggested donation of $20 is requested but not necessary. Mail the email address and a checkmade out to the IHM Sisters to Fr. Hoisington at St. John Catholic Church, 18630 W. 71st. S., Viola, KS 67149. (See related ad on page 3 of the print edition.)
Care center Holiday Market set for Dec. 4 The Catholic Care Center’s third annual Holiday Market will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Grand Plaza. Participants will be able to enjoy lunch from one of several local food trucks and then go inside to warm up and shop for holiday gifts from a variety of local vendors including Avon, Catholic religious items, Popcorn Express and more.
Bishop presents ‘positio’ Nov. 9 to the Vatican
19 November 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - A week after the 65th anniversary of Father Emil J. Kapaun’s capture in North Korea, the bishop of Wichita, Kansas, formally presented a report on the Army chaplain’s life, virtues and fame of holiness to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Bishop Carl A. Kemme of Wichita and a small delegation from the diocese met Nov. 9 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the congregation, and other officials to hand over the 1,066 report known as a “positio.” During the Korean War, Father Kapaun, a priest of the Wichita diocese, and other members of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, were captured by Chinese troops in North Korea Nov. 2, 1950. The priest died in a North Korean prison camp May 23, 1951. President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to the war-hero priest in a White House ceremony in 2013, but the men who were imprisoned with Father Kapaun and the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita had been honoring him long before that. “Since the day his fellow prisoners of war in the Korean Conflict (1950-1953) were liberated after their long and cruel incarceration, during which Father Kapaun was instrumental in providing to his fellow soldiers unparalleled pastoral care, word of his saintly virtue has been spreading and continues to our day,” said a letter Bishop Kemme wrote and delivered to Cardinal Amato. “I’m very honored and humbled to be part of this moment,” Bishop Kemme said after handing over the “positio,” which is based on a long diocesan investigation of Father Kapaun’s life, writings and eyewitness testimony, including with prisoners who survived the camp. Andrea Ambrosi, the promoter of the cause, said it took 12-13 months to write the volume, which should go to a team of Vatican historians for review in April. Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, secretary of the congregation, told Bishop Kemme and his delegation that if the historians have no questions and believe the biography and the information about the circumstances of Father Kapaun’s death are complete, the report would go to a commission of theologians. Under normal circumstances, Archbishop Bartolucci said, the theologians would not get to the report for at least 10 years, but since Father Kapaun is the first sainthood candidate from the Wichita diocese, it gets precedence. He is hoping to get the report on the commission’s calendar for late 2017. “While you are waiting - a year or two - you can work on the miracle,” the archbishop told the bishop. In fact, Bishop Kemme told him, the diocese already has identified and is working on the documentation for two healings. One of them could be the miracle needed for Father Kapaun’s beatification.
Want to read the letter to Cardinal Amato? To read the letter Bishop Kemme delivered to Cardinal Amato in Rome, click on “News Articles” at Bishop Kemme’s page at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org
Youth and school news, November 20, 2015
19 November 2015
Christ the King teachers ‘surprise’ students into a greater love of reading WICHITA – Christ the King Catholic School students are participating in a project that spans generations and nurtures the love of reading. At the beginning of the school year teachers and staff were asked to submit the titles of three books that they had loved throughout their lives. As part of the project, school librarian Marcia Helten wrapped each book leaving only the barcode exposed. Students were encouraged to check out one of the books on two conditions: • they were not to open the book until they got home • they would read the book even if it was “outside of their regular reading box.” After returning the book, students are able to select two books that they would like to have wrapped and made available for others to check out. Helten said the project has been very successful. “Books that would have never been checked out are now being read by many students. The students cannot keep the title of a good book to themselves,” she said. “Response to continue the project has been such that new volunteers have been requested to do the wrapping of the books on a rotating basis.”
SEAS Troop 726 honors seven Eagles A record seven juniors and seniors from Troop 726 and Bishop Carroll Catholic High School were honored at a Court of Honor Oct. 11 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Wichita. Juniors earning scouting’s highest rank were Alex Richmeirer, son of Dennis and Janelle Richmeirer; John Henry Marx, son of Terry and Gina Marx; Luke Smith, son of Scott and Jennifer Smith; and Jeffrey Birch, son of Matt and Kelly Birch. Seniors earning the Eagle Rank were Adam Meyer, son of Phil and Barbara Meyer; Kyle Gericke, son of Chad and Lisa Gericke; and Isaac Carrillo, son of Damian and Sonya Carrillo. The projects the young men oversaw benefitted the Wichita community. Alex Richmeier led the building of a memorial gazebo at the Spiritual Life Center; John Henry Marx led the renovation of the McNeill Hall kitchen dedicated to Sister Thomasine Stoecklein at Newman University; Luke Smith led the renovation of the McNeill Hall Conference room dedicated to Dr. Don Hufford at Newman University; and Jeffrey Birch led a themed project at the Westlink Library. Adam Meyer led scouts in assisting with the annual CASA auction; Kyle Gericke led the razing and rebuilding of a horse feeding shed at Hope in the Valley; and Isaac Carrillo led the building of a fence around a community garden in a low income, downtown neighborhood for Community Operations Recovery Empowerment.
Newton students approve ‘new’ playground Students at St. Mary School in Newton gave the refurbished playground there a thorough testing last Thursday, Nov. 12. The previous Saturday more than 85 volunteers spent the day installing a multi-level play structure and repainting the existing equipment. They also spread 400 cubic yards of mulch and erected a canopy for shade. While some worked on the structure and grounds, others supplied meals and snacks and cared for the children of the volunteers. A certified playground installer supervised the activities. “I’m filthy and will be really sore tomorrow, but the job we did today is going to benefit an entire generation of children in our community, and that makes it all worth it,” said Scott Oden, a St. Mary School parent. A community blessing ceremony was held after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church on Sunday, Nov. 15. The playground is open to the community after school and on weekends. The play structure was purchased with donations and a Let’s Play Community Construction Grant presented by KaBoom! and Dr Pepper Snapple Group.