Winfield Knights to host 18th Annual Totus Tuus Banquet Saturday, Feb. 3

The 18th annual Totus Tuus banquet will take place Saturday, Feb. 3, at Baden Square in Winfield.
The popular banquet will be preceded with a Mass at Holy Name Church at 4:30 p.m. Valuable items will be available for purchase during live and silent auctions, along with a raffle for various prizes.
Individual tickets as well as "Levels of Giving" sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets, to be a sponsor, or for more information, contact Josh Highland at (620) 218-3784 or joshh@kanpak.us, or visit Totus Tuus Banquet on Facebook. Seating for the evening is limited.
Over the past 18 years Knights of Columbus Council 4713 has contributed more than $589,000 to support the Wichita Diocese Totus Tuus program. This past summer 3,370 youth from 40 parishes in the Diocese of Wichita participated in the Totus Tuus program, and 680 youth attended Camp Totus Tuus. Last summer, six dioceses from six different states sent teachers and missionaries to the Diocese of Wichita for Totus Tuus training.
Originating in the Wichita diocese 30 years ago, Totus Tuus is a summer camp and catechetical program that has benefited thousands of youth from elementary to high school age. The program was piloted by Father Bernard X. Gorges as a way to strengthen ties between Catholic youth and the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church.
Totus Tuus provides a safe, fun, and educational environment for Catholic youth to move forward on their spiritual journey. The camp provides education in many areas of our Catholic faith with emphasis on the Eucharist, Marian devotion, catechetical instruction, vocational discernment, and evangelization.
Adopted from a Marian consecration written by St. Louis de Montfort, Totus Tuus (Latin for “Totally Yours”) was the papal motto of the late St. John Paul II.

Diocesan news, January 19, 2018

Two changes in priest assignments made
Bishop Carl A. Kemme has announced a change in ministerial assignments for two priests.
The Rev. John F. Jirak, Pastor, Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, Kansas, effective, Feb. 13.
The Rev. Stuart M. Smeltzer, Pastor, St. Joseph, Conway Springs, Kansas, effective, Feb. 13.
+ Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme, D.D., Bishop of Wichita

Ordination to be streamed, broadcast
The ordination of Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, is scheduled to be broadcast online and via cable by EWTN, between 2 and 4 p.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Father Michael Nolan, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita will provide commentary for viewers during the Mass, which will be held in St. Joseph Cathedral in Jeff City.
Pope Francis appointed Bishop-elect McKnight, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, in November to succeed Bishop John R. Gaydos, who is retiring after leading the Jefferson City diocese for 20 years.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
January
Jan. 17-21: March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Jan 21: Mass at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 22: Topeka March for Life Rally and Mass
Jan. 26-27: Diocesan Pastoral Council visioning session
February
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: South American Shrine Pilgrimage for Guadalupe Clinic
Feb. 5-6: Installation and ordination Mass of Bishop-Elect Shawn McKnight in Jefferson City, Missouri
Feb. 11: Vietnamese New Year’s Mass and celebration at Church of the Magdalen at 3 p.m.
Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday Mass at noon at the Cathedral; Ash Wednesday Mass at 5:30 p.m. at Benedictine College in Atchison
Feb. 15-16: Jesus Caritas at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison
Feb. 17: Rite of Election at Cathedral at 10 a.m.; Catholic Men’s Conference Mass at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School
Feb. 18: Rite of Election at Cathedral at 2:30 p.m.; Rite of Election at Cathedral at 4:30 p.m.

Prairie Troubadour Symposium to be held Feb. 9-10 in Fort Scott
The third annual Prairie Troubadour Symposium will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, in The Liberty Theater, located at 113 S. Main St. in Fort Scott.
This year’s topic is “Field and Family: Reflections on a Healthy Human Ecology.” Talks will range from faith and family, to economics and agrarianism.
The Most Rev. James Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a former priest of the Diocese of Wichita, will be speaking along with Father Paul Check, rector of St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut.
Other speakers include Joseph Pearce, professor of Humanities, at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut; Christopher Check, president of Catholic Answers; William Fahey, president of Thomas More College in Merrimack New Hampshire; Kevin O’Brien, founder and artistic director of the Theater of the Word Incorporated; and John Cuddeback, professor of philosophy at Christendom College In Front Royal, Virginia.
The cost is $75 for the conference, or $150 for the conference and a soiree, plus a ticket fee.
Tickets may be purchased at www.PrairieTroubadour.org.

30th Annual Knights vs. priests Basketball Classic Jan. 28
The priests of the Diocese of Wichita will return to the basketball court against the Blue Knights of council 4118, Sunday, Jan. 28, at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita.
The 30th Annual Basketball Classic for Vocations will open at 6 p.m. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 o’clock. The Padres lead the series 16-13.
Donations will be taken at the door. Proceeds support the council’s religious vocations programs – primarily as direct financial support to seminarians.
This year’s business sponsors include Catholic Family Federal Credit Union, Damm Music Center, Damm Pharmacies, Eck & Eck, Leon Keiter-Attorney at Law and Prichard Animal Hospital.
The event has raised over $55,000 to support religious vocations programs.

Kroger foundation donates $1,400 to The Lord’s Diner
The Kroger Company Foundation donated $1,400 to The Lord’s Diner on Jan. 8.
Sunny Parr, manager of the Kroger Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio, said in a letter that the donation was made “to support ending hunger and providing food security to those in need.”
To do so, she said, “the Kroger Foundation is strategically focusing on supporting organizations that work to end hunger, improve food security, and bring more balanced meals to families in need.”
Parr also thanked the Diner for its service to the community.
The gift was made possible by the Kwik Shop operating unit of the Kroger Family of Stores.

Immigration information forum Jan. 21 at Newman U.
A community forum sponsored by the Immigrant Family Support Network will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Dugan Gorges Conference Center at Newman University in Wichita.
Information about legislative initiatives in Kansas, process in obtaining citizenship, the struggles individuals and families have in the process, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and TPS, the Temporary Protective Status, will be discussed.
For more information contact Forrest Ehmke at fehmke@aol.com.

Catholic seniors invited to Bible study at Reflection Ridge
Catholic adults are invited to a video-based Catholic Bible study for seniors on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at Reflection Ridge, 2300 N. Tyler Road in Wichita.
For more information, call 316-721-0500.

Fr. Max Biltz leading pilgrimage June 1-10
Father Maximilian Biltz is planning to lead a pilgrimage to Spain June 1-10.
Those interested in accompanying him to the many holy sites and shrines from Lisbon to Barcelona may call 855-842-8001 or visit Tinyurl.com/BiltzTrip.

Youth and school news, January 19, 2018

KMC introduces new logo
Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School has introduced a new logo that is part of a rebranding effort.
The logo is “a sleek representation of a combination of the original crest, the Cross of Jesus Christ, and a Crusader’s sword,” a KMC news release stated.
Kapaun Mt. Carmel president, Rob Knapp said, “In today’s world of electronic media and modernistic marketing features, we wanted something simpler, cleaner, sleeker and more reproducible in various media to represent us.”
The school crest will not change, though, he said.
“We want to assure all our alumni and friends that the new logo is not meant to replace the familiar Kapaun Mt. Carmel crest as the official seal of the school. That crest, which was designed by Sister Mary Fleurette Blameuser, creator of our beautiful mosaic that adorns the Round in the main entrance to the school, will live on.”

Super Bowl breakfast Feb. 4 at BCCHS
WICHITA – Bishop Carroll High School Parents’ Organization will host its 21st annual Super Bowl Sunday Gourmet Pancake and German Sausage Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in the Bishop Carroll High School Commons at 8101 W. Central Ave.
The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 2 to 12 years old, and $22 for a family ticket of immediate family members.
Proceeds benefit student activities and general needs of the school.

Holy Cross hosting garage sale Jan. 27
Holy Cross Catholic School in Hutchinson will host a Community Garage Sale in the Holy Cross Gym from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27.
The school is soliciting items for the event which will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Fr. Stuchlik Education Fund, both of which provide assistance to needy families.
Gently used shoes will be sold in the “Drexel Shoe Store” to raise money for the St. Katharine Catholic School Drexel Fund to assist parishes that struggle financially to carry out the mission of Catholic education in a parish school.
Items solicited: gently used shoes, toys, coats, home decor, books, jewelry, household items, holiday decorations, kitchenware, and fishing and camping gear. Clothing, large appliances, or electronics will not be accepted.
Items may be dropped off between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 24-26.

Spiritual Life Center news, January 19, 2018

Lenten Day of Reflection Feb. 22
A Lenten Day of Reflection will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Father Jacob Carlin and Father J.D. Betzen, two of the diocese’s newly ordained priests, will give the reflections. Following their talks, there will be a celebration of Mass, luncheon, recitation of the rosary, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. Call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org by Feb. 15 to reserve a spot.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Bishop Emeritus Gilmore to be part of SLC’s Feb. 9-11 retreat
Bishop Emeritus Ronald Gilmore of the Diocese of Dodge City and Jacqueline Loh of Grace that Reigns USA will lead a retreat called “Light and Darkness Together” Feb. 9-11 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The retreat will explore how people can remain hopeful through times of darkness. Participants will learn practical ways to respond to prayer with illustrations from scripture, stories and testimonies regarding how much God responds to each of us through the ministry of healing.
The Grace that Reigns Society was founded by Jacqueline Loh and Spiritual Director Bishop Ronald Gilmore. It is made up of lay individuals who have been brought together by a common desire to inspire others and share about the beauty and action of God’s Grace in the world through discipleship, prayer, and action. The group prayerfully supports the clergy and organizes workshops to help deepen and renew personal relationships with God.
The cost of the weekend is $190 for single occupancy and $150 per person for double occupancy. Early bird registration by Jan. 29 is $145 for single occupancy and $120 per person for double occupancy. The commuter cost is $100. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit.
Check-in Friday, Feb. 9, begins at 6:30 p.m. The retreat concludes Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. Register by visiting www.SLCWichita.org or calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.

SLC offering many programs during Lent
Lent begins in less than a month. The Spiritual Life Center has many programs to help enrich Lenten journeys this year.
The journeys begin with the annual Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 14. Participants will study the parables of Jesus and how they impact us today. Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke and Dusty Gates will follow that same topic each Friday at lunch time for “Brown Baggin’ It with Jesus” from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Guests can bring their own lunch or they may reserve one at the center with at least a 24 hour notice.
Lenten Fridays will also include observation of the Stations of the Cross at the beautiful outdoor stations just north of the center starting at 3:30 p.m. each week.
Fr. Van Haverbeke will offer the popular weekend retreat “A Retreat in Bethany” on March 2-4 this year. Participants get to walk through Lent alongside Lazarus, Martha, and Mary.
The annual Palm Sunday Retreat once again welcomes Bishop Carl A. Kemme as the retreat master. This retreat occurs on March 23-25 this year and tends to fill up quickly, so participants are encouraged to register soon.
Information about all the SLC programs is available at the center’s website at www.SLCWichita.org. Or by calling (316) 744-0167. Financial aid based on need is available for all retreats and programs of the center and can be applied for at the web site.

Mass numbers in diocese up 3 percent over 2016

The faithful were even more faithful in 2017.
A canvass of those attending Masses during October in the Diocese of Wichita showed an increase in Mass attendance compared to 2016.
According to data released by Father Michael Simone, chancellor of the diocese, an average of 55,400 persons attended a weekend Mass in October, an increase of 1,200 persons and a 3 percent increase from the previous year. Nearly 50 percent of the diocese attended Mass on a weekend, more than double the national average of 23 percent.
Here is additional data released by the diocese related to the annual count.
• The diocese has a church seating capacity of 110,500, an increase of 2.5 percent from the previous year.
• The number of Masses celebrated for the Sunday obligation in the diocese is up by six Masses compared to last year. A total of 258 Masses were available on a weekend in October.
• A parish priest is serving an average of 595 persons who attend Mass each weekend. That is down 8 percent from 2016.
• A parish priest is serving 1,300 persons counted as Catholic individuals in a parish – the same as 2016.
• Priests assigned to a parish or institution where Sunday Mass is offered are celebrating an average of two to three Sunday obligation Masses per weekend, about the same as previous years.
• There are 18 pastors without an associate serving in parishes with greater than 600 individuals attending Mass each weekend.
• The diocese has nine pastors, with at least one associate, serving in parishes with more than 595 individuals per priest attending Mass each weekend.

Diocesan news, January 5, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
January
Jan. 4-11: Region IX bishops annual retreat
Jan. 13-14: Parish pastoral visit to St. John, Clonmel
Jan. 15-16: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Topeka
Jan. 17-21: March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Jan 21: Mass at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 22: Topeka March for Life Rally and Mass
Jan. 26-27: Diocesan Pastoral Council visioning session
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: South American Shrine Pilgrimage for Guadalupe Clinic

Fitness classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 10
An eight session fitness class designed for the adult who doesn’t want to go to the gym will begin Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka. It will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 and it will be facilitated by James Eicher.
The class will be a non-competitive, adaptive fitness class for adults who want to be more active. James will teach exercises one can do at home without any machines or equipment that can keep you fit for life. Many can be done sitting in a chair.
To register call the Office of Marriage and Family Life 316-685-5240.

Immigration information forum Jan. 21 at NU
A community forum sponsored by the Immigrant Family Support Network will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Dugan Gorges Conference Center at Newman University in Wichita.
Information about legislative initiatives in Kansas, process in obtaining citizenship, the struggles individuals and families have in the process, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and TPS, the Temporary Protective Status, will be discussed.
For more information contact Forrest at fehmke@aol.com.

Women’s retreat Jan. 26-27 in Newton

A women’s retreat, “Strengthening the Fabric of your Family for the Future,” will be presented at St. Mary’s Parish, 106 E. 8th St. in Newton, at the end of the month.
Any woman interested is invited to the presentation by Sharon Witzell, program coordinator of the diocesan Senior Adult Ministries.
The retreat begins with a social at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and is followed by talks until 9:30 p.m. It resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with a Latin Mass, breakfast, more talks, adoration, confession, and lunch. The event concludes at 3:30 p.m.
Witzell has been ministering to Catholic families for over 30 years and has taken graduate level courses in family life ministry. She will share her expertise about family systems theory that is supported by scripture and Catholic teachings. Women will learn what makes the best families and what they can do to help and heal their own family to make it better for future generations.
The registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, and materials. The fee is $40 before Jan. 14, and $45 afterward. For more information, or to sign up, call Lee Lamas 316-227-0706.

Musicians workshop Jan. 20 in Augusta
A Liturgical Musicians Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. James Church in Augusta.
Christopher Walker from Oregon Catholic Press will be a major presenter. The event is open to all clergy and musicians. Visit npmwichita.org for further information and to register.

The Daniel Plan for downtown Catholics begins on Jan. 10
A class on the Daniel Plan, a healthy lifestyle program, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka.
Participants are invited to bring their lunch and listen to a DVD series created by some of the top experts on spiritual, physical, and emotional health. The program is for people who want to get healthy but don’t want to go on a diet. It is based on five areas, incorporating faith, fitness, food, friends and focus.
The cost is $15 for each six-week session and includes a workbook. To register or for more information call the Office of Marriage and Family life at 316-685-5240.

Sunday Mass pilgrimage ‘through time’ planned
Lance Reichenberger, a member of St. Joseph, Andale Parish, is organizing an ongoing Sunday Mass pilgrimage to a different church in the Diocese of Wichita, starting with the oldest and ending with the newest.
He plans to visit each church in the diocese. St. Mary, Queen of Angels, in Fort Scott, is the oldest church in the diocese still in use, and is first on the list and is scheduled for Sunday Jan. 21.
Reichenberger said depending on the number of persons interested, they will carpool or caravan. Pilgrims should meet at the Westlink Community Library just west of St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita. They will leave at 6:45 a.m.
No other activities are planned for the pilgrimage, except for an optional lunch, to keep the rest of Sunday open for family.
Those interested may contact Reichenberger at 316-706-1560 at lbreich88@gmail.com or via his Facebook page.

Topeka March for Life bus deadline Monday, Jan. 15
Bishop, Abp. Naumann to celebrate Mass
Those who can’t make it to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., may participate in a related march in Topeka Monday, Jan. 22, sponsored by the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office.
Buses will leave from Church of the Magdalen in Wichita at 6:45 a.m.
The pilgrimage will include adoration by Wichita Adore Ministries, a talk by abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, Mass celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, and a rally on the Capitol steps.
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.
The cost for bus transportation and lunch with Bishop Kemme at Texas Roadhouse is $35 per person. The deadline is Jan. 15. Register by sending payment to Respect Life Social Justice Office. Contact toombsb@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org or call 316-269-3935 for more information.

Please remember our priests in your prayers
The Diocese of Wichita has a necrology, a listing of our deceased priests of the diocese online. The necrology is arranged by months and includes the names of priests who died that month.
Visit the page at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org and clicking on “Find A Parish.” The “Necrology” link is on the right side of the parish listing home page.

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita, including two in Spanish, for those who hit the snooze button one too many times:
5 p.m.: Holy Savior
5:15 p.m.: Blessed Sacrament
6 p.m.: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; St. Anne, en español
6:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, en español
7 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU; St. Patrick, en español
9 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU

Struggling with same sex attractions?
Have you had these feelings for so long…keeping them hidden, afraid to speak out? Where do you go now? 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 ineedhelpfather@gmail.com or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.

Pro-life ministry offering ‘pill kills’ DVD free of charge
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 jcsfam6@yahoo.com 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, January 5, 2018

Fr. Dwight Longenecker to speak at the Spiritual Life Center March 16-17
Well-known author and convert, Father Dwight Longenecker, will speak March 16-17 at the second annual Seasoned Servant Symposium at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Fr. Longenecker will talk about how youth, in their innocence, and the elderly, with their wisdom, can feed one another today.
For years Father Longenecker yearned to be a writer, but it was only when he left the Anglican Church to become Catholic that he had something to write about. He has since published about 20 books on Catholic culture, the saints, and apologetics. His latest book is “The Mystery of the Magi-the Quest for the True Identity of the Three Wise Men” and is currently working on a book about angels.
Father Longenecker enjoys meeting the faithful. He often talks about his conversion story: how he went from being a student at Bob Jones University to being a Catholic priest. He likes to speak about the threats to a positive, joyful Catholicism in the world today, Benedictine spirituality, and the “hero’s quest of faith.”
A married man with a family, Fr. Longenecker was ordained in 2006. He moved his family from England to Greenville, South Carolina, and accepted a post as chaplain to St. Joseph’s Catholic School. He is now pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Greenville.
Friday night’s presentation will include a wine, beer, and cheese social. Afterward Father Longenecker will talk about his conversion story.
The cost for the symposium is $75 for commuters, $115 for a single room, and $105 for a double. Call the Spiritual Life Center 316-744-0167 to register or email slc@slcwichita.org.
The event is sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Premier Catholic Faith Conference Jan. 19-20 at Spiritual Life Center
The Spiritual Life Center is gearing up for its first Catholic Faith Conference Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. The Catholic Faith Conference: Catholicism Beyond the Pew is intended to reach the average Catholic who longs for a deeper connection to the faith.
The conference includes breakout sessions for all stages of life, an information fair, adoration with Wichita Adore Ministries, and a “Stump the Padre” panel where guests can ask whatever questions they may have about the Catholic Faith to some of our diocesan priests.
The keynote presenter, Jon Leonetti, is a nationally-known Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host. He explains that one’s deepest longing for happiness and wholeness is fulfilled in the encounter with Jesus Christ. Through prayer, the Sacraments, family life, and the help of Mary and the saints, Leonetti wants to cultivate an intimate relationship with Jesus, and help others do the same.
In addition to the keynote talks the conference will feature breakout sessions for women, men, seniors, and young adults. Mika Gross will talk about “Finding Balance in Motherhood.” Rob Knapp will give a talk entitled, “The Vocation of Fatherhood.” For the senior breakout session, Sharon Witzell will present “Modeling Stewardship as Grandparents.” And young adults are encouraged to attend the breakout session entitled “Spiritual Friendship as a Path to Heaven,” by Veronica Hill.
Space is limited to 150 persons. Register by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 or online at SLCwichita.org.
Registration includes a social Friday evening featuring wine and appetizers, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Early bird rates end Friday, Jan. 12. Early bird rates are $75 for commuters, $130 for single occupancy, and $105 for double occupancy.

Surviving Divorce program begins Jan. 8
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting another 12-week “Surviving Divorce” program beginning Monday Jan. 8.
The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School at 3642 N. Ridge Road in Wichita.
The program offers valuable insight to everyone, despite how long ago they were divorced. It is designed to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. Topics such as shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and more, will be discussed.
The cost is $35 and includes a “Personal Survival Guide.” To register, call 316-425-0595 or email clista@saintcatherinewichita.com.
Parishes may request the program by contacting the Office of Marriage & Family Life at 316-685-5240.

Program on mental health Jan. 13 at SLC
A program entitled “Mental Health First Aid” will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program is designed to help individuals assist those experiencing mental health challenges or crises.
Lead by Church of the Resurrection parishioner and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Jason Scheck, the program prepares attendees to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses, and provides the tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in your community.
The “Mental Health First Aid” program is ideal for college and university leaders, educators, human resource professionals, nurses, social service staff, social workers and many more. A certificate of attendance will be provided for eight continuing education hours.
The Saturday program includes a workbook, snacks, beverages and lunch for $60. Register by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit SLCWichita.org. Scholarships are available by request on the website.

New SLC Theology Institute semester begins on Jan. 27
The Spiritual Life Center Theology Institute begins its spring session Saturday, Jan. 27. The Institute is an adult religious studies program offered by the Spiritual Life Center as part of its mission to serve the Diocese of Wichita in the area of adult faith formation.
Each semester includes three Saturday sessions and four optional evening special sessions. Each Saturday session consists of four 75-minute classes on scripture, morality, prayer, and church history. The special sessions are open to regular institute attendees as well as the public in general.
The Spring 2018 Institute begins on Saturday, Jan. 27, and continues on March 3, and May 5. Each Saturday session will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with Mass and lunch included in the day. Special sessions meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the entire semester is $95, which includes the three main Saturday sessions (with lunch), and registration for the four special sessions.
Want more information?
Contact Dusty Gates at dgates@slcwichita.org or 316-744-0167. Registration and specific class topics are available at www.SLCwichita.org or by phone.

‘Mental Health First Aid’ course Jan. 13
Continuing education credits available
The Spiritual Life Center will offer a Saturday program from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. entitled “Mental Health First Aid.” Participants are eligible for eight continuing education hours.
The program is designed to help participants how to assist anyone experiencing mental health challenges or crises. It is ideal for college and university leaders, educators, human resource professionals, nurses, social service staff, social workers and everyone else.
Lead by Church of the Resurrection parishioner and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Jason Scheck, the program prepares attendees to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and provides the tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, or others in your community.
Register by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit SLCWichita.org. The Saturday program includes a workbook, snacks, beverages and lunch, all for $60. Scholarships are available by request on the website.

‘Politically incorrect’ course begins Jan. 18 at the SLC in Wichita
Dusty Gates, the adult education director at the Spiritual Life Center, will lead a series entitled “A Politically Incorrect Course on Catholic Social Teaching” on three consecutive Thursdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 1 at the SLC.
Gates will highlight the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching as they have been articulated by the magisterium throughout Church history – especially since the turn of the 20th century.
“This course might be a bit different than what folks are used to when it comes to Catholic Social Teaching,” Gates said. “We will address Catholic Social Teaching bluntly and honestly, without the watering down that normally occurs for reasons that are sometimes sentimental, sometimes political, and sometimes caused by a confused understanding of ecumenism.”
Want to attend?
The program is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 25, and Feb. 1. The registration cost is $30. Visit www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167 to register. Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome.

Silent retreat focused on the Eucharist set for Jan. 12-14 at SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will be enveloped in silence to allow God to speak—and allow participants to listen during a special silent retreat Friday evening through Sunday, Jan. 12-14. Father Ken Van Haverbeke is presenting the retreat weekend that focuses entirely on the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration.
The retreat will provide an opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of everyday living and to experience the Lord in the Eucharist. It will afford a chance to relax and give undivided attention to the interests and concerns of one’s spiritual life before the Blessed Sacrament.
Those who come are asked to leave cell phones and all other electronic devices at home.
Registration for the retreat is now underway. More information and pre-registration is available by logging onto the Center’s web site at www.SLCwichita.org, and clicking on Calendar of Events.

Bishop Emeritus Gilmore part of SLC Feb. 9-11 retreat
Bishop Emeritus Ronald Gilmore of the Diocese of Dodge City and Jacqueline Loh of Grace that Reigns USA will lead a retreat called “Light and Darkness Together” Feb. 9-11 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The retreat will explore how people can remain hopeful through times of darkness. Participants will learn practical ways to respond to prayer with illustrations from scripture, stories and testimonies regarding how much God responds to each of us through the ministry of healing.
The Grace that Reigns Society was founded by Jacqueline Loh and Spiritual Director Bishop Ronald Gilmore. It is made up of lay individuals who have been brought together by a common desire to inspire others and share about the beauty and action of God’s Grace in the world through discipleship, prayer, and action. The group prayerfully supports the clergy and organizes workshops to help deepen and renew personal relationships with God.
The cost of the weekend is $190 for single occupancy and $150 per person for double occupancy. Early bird registration by Jan. 29 is $145 for single occupancy and $120 per person for double occupancy. The commuter cost is $100. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit.
Check-in Friday, Feb. 9, begins at 6:30 p.m. The retreat concludes Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. Register by visiting www.SLCWichita.org or calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.

Youth and school news, January 5, 2018

Morleys honor Wichita Catholic high schools
Couple hopes efforts will prompt students to feed the hungry
Ron and Petrina Krimm-Morley recognized both Wichita Catholic high schools for student stewardship efforts in feeding the hungry.
As a result of a 2017 All Saints Day fundraiser coordinated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the “Backpacks 4 Kids” program and incentivized by the Morleys, Bishop Carroll High School was honored Dec. 1, and Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School was honored on Dec. 13.
Students and parents at both schools were presented a large trophy and recognized by the Morleys for the fundraisers held at two area Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurants. The two restaurants donated a percentage of their sales to the “Backpacks 4 Kids” program to help provide food to deserving children needing extra food on weekends.
In addition to the trophies, Ron and Petrina Morley donated $1,000 to the schools’ St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. As Mr. Morley noted during the presentation, “You students have contributed to the biblical request to feed the less fortunate, while you are still in high school, while many adults can’t make the same claim.” He said if there were a “spiritual bucket list”, “feeding hungry children would be on the list.”
The Morleys hope the trophy will be part of an annual fundraising effort to generate future donations to the “Backpacks 4 Kids” program. Plans are already underway to hold similar All Saints Day fundraisers for both of the high schools in 2018.
The “Backpacks 4 Kids” program was created by the Wichita Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, to address “marginal food security” in Diocesan Wichita area Catholic schools. Marginal food security is defined by the USDA as “… typically…anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house.”

St. Joe students place in writing contest
Three seventh and eighth grade students from St. Joseph Catholic school placed in the Patriot’s Pen writing contest sponsored by the VFW.
Sam Boman placed second in the district competition of “America’s Gift to My Generation.” Other winners were Abbie Sanders, and Leti Sixtos.

South Koreans visit diocese on tour of Servant of God Emil Kapaun sites

By Scott Carter
Three representatives from a school in South Korea with ties to Father Emil Kapaun visited sites in the Diocese of Wichita, including Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Fr. Kapaun’s namesake, Nov. 26-28.
The trio were in the diocese to learn more about the life and legacy of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun. Father Michael Chang, Gabriel Kim, and Raphael Choi, who used their Americanized first names, traveled over 6,600 miles from Gwangju, located in the southwest corner of South Korea, to visit the home diocese of Father Kapaun.
Father Chang is the principal of Salesian Middle and High School, which was started in Father Kapaun’s honor in 1956. Kim and Choi are teachers. In addition to learning more about Father Kapaun, they hoped to make connections to help bolster the identity of their school and inspire their students.
Salesian was built during reconstruction that followed the Korean War, which ended in 1953 with a cease-fire. As stories of Father Kapaun’s heroism spread, several U.S. Army Catholic chaplains serving in South Korea organized an effort to memorialize him. The chaplains collected money for the school at Masses they celebrated with soldiers in Korea. Donations also came from the Holy See and the Armed Forces Aid to Korea program.
To oversee the school, the bishop of the Archdiocese of Gwangju invited the Salesian Fathers, whose patron is St. John Bosco, and who specialize in educating youth. Over 500 students are enrolled in the seventh through ninth grades, and over 700 in the 10th through 12th grades.
The three visitors were able to travel to Father Kapaun’s hometown of Pilsen, where Father Michael concelebrated Mass at St. John Nupomucene Church with the pastor, Father Darrin May. Afterward they toured the Chaplain Kapaun Museum and heard stories of Father Kapaun’s life from Rose Mary Neuwirth and Harriet Bina, two of the local Father Kapaun guides. They also met with Father Kapaun’s nephews, Ray and David Kapaun. Although the visitors enjoyed trying our American food, they were excited to treat Ray to some authentic Korean food – or at least the closest thing they could find in Wichita.
Their tour included Kapaun-Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita. In 1956, Bishop Mark K. Carroll dedicated the all-boys Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School using seed money raised by several of Father Kapaun’s fellow Prisoners of War. The school later merged with Mount Carmel Academy to become Kapaun-Mt. Carmel, but it still carries Father Kapaun’s legacy. The visitors toured the school, and with President Rob Knapp discussed the possibilities of the two schools becoming sister schools dedicated to Father Kapaun’s honor.
Before leaving, the South Koreans talked about the work of the Holy Spirit as Father Kapaun’s story continues to spread throughout the world. As Father May put it at the end of Mass at Pilsen, “It is amazing to think of all the good that has come simply from one person following God’s will.”

Diocesan news, December 15, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
December
Dec. 16-17: Parish pastoral visit to St. Andrew, Independence; and St. Francis, Cherryvale
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Dec. 25: Christmas Mass at Oswego jail
January
Jan. 4-11: Region IX bishops annual retreat
Jan. 13-14: Parish pastoral visit to St. John, Clonmel
Jan. 15-16: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Topeka

Surviving Divorce program begins Jan. 8
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting another 12-week “Surviving Divorce” program beginning Monday Jan. 8.
The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School at 3642 N. Ridge Road in Wichita.
The program offers valuable insight to everyone, despite how long ago they were divorced. It is designed to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. Topics such as shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and more, will be discussed.
The cost is $35 and includes a “Personal Survival Guide.” To register, call 316-425-0595 or email clista@saintcatherinewichita.com.
Parishes may request the program by contacting the Office of Marriage & Family Life at 316-685-5240.

Seminarians, Trinity alums basketball game Dec. 29 at Hutchinson
The Serra Club of Reno County will host its annual basketball game pitting seminarians and priests against Trinity alumni Friday, Dec. 29.
The evening, a benefit for the seminarians, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a sloppy joe and hotdog dinner. The game begins at 6:30.
The event will feature performances by the Little Cheer and Dance girls from Holy Cross, assisted by the Trinity Cheerleaders and Dance Team.
A goodwill offering will be taken up to benefit the two Hutchinson area seminarians, Andy Beugelsdijk and Christopher Rumback. In addition, game officials will be “accepting financial assistance” to help them with their officiating.

The Daniel Plan for downtown Catholics begins on Jan. 10
A class on the Daniel Plan, a healthy lifestyle program, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka.
Participants are invited to bring their lunch and listen to a DVD series created by some of the top experts on spiritual, physical, and emotional health. The program is for people who want to get healthy but don’t want to go on a diet. It is based on five areas, incorporating faith, fitness, food, friends and focus.
The cost is $15 for each six-week session and includes a workbook. To register or for more information call the Office of Marriage and Family life at 316-685-5240.

Next Catholic Advance
The next Catholic Advance publication date is Friday, Jan. 5.
To advertise, call 316-269-3968 or visit CatholicAdvance.org.

Pro-life ministry offering ‘pill kills’ DVD free of charge
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 jcsfam6@yahoo.com 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.

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita:
5 p.m.: Holy Savior
5:15 p.m.: Blessed Sacrament
6 p.m.: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; St. Anne, en español
6:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, en español
7 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU; St. Patrick, en español
9 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU

Struggling with pornography?
Those who are struggling with pornography and need spiritual help may contact a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for help.
To do so, send an e-mail to ineedhelpfather@gmail.com. “Our Lord always provides a means to overcome sin!,” the priest says.

The pope’s intention
Here is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for this month:
The Elderly: That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

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