Diocesan news, December 19, 2014

Bishop Kemme makes two priest assignments
The Most Rev. Carl A. Kemme, bishop of the Diocese of Wichita, announced this week a change in a priest assignment and the extension of a leave of absence.
The Rev. Daniel J. Duling is appointed, effective Jan. 1, 2015, as Priest Assistant to the Office of the Bishop and Associate Director of the Office of Vocations, while remaining as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies. He was formerly priest chaplain to Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School.
The Rev. Thomas Leland is granted a continued leave of absence effective Dec. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015.

Christmas Eve Mass to be accessible throughout diocese
WICHITA – If you are wrapping gifts or are otherwise unable to attend the Christmas Eve Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the service will be available via the internet, television, and radio.
The 9 p.m. Mass will be streamed live at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org and broadcast live by radio station KWLS 107.9 FM. The Mass will be broadcast on KWCH-TV and its affiliates at 11:05 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It will be rebroadcast at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day on KSCW.
“We feel blessed to be able to continue the tradition of providing a broadcast of the Christmas Eve Mass from the Cathedral,” said Amy Pavlacka, director of Communications for the Diocese of Wichita.
“This will be Bishop Carl Kemme’s first year celebrating the televised Mass and we are excited his message will be shared with so many,” she said. “We are incredibly grateful to the sponsors, who through a unique act of stewardship, make it possible for us to connect with Catholics all throughout our diocese.”


Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Dec. 19: Curia Christmas Mass and Luncheon
Dec. 20-21: Parish Pastoral visit St. Paul, Lyons/Holy Trinity, Little River/Holy Name of Jesus, Bushton Confirmation Mass at St. Paul Parish in Lyons
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Mass at Cathedral, Wichita
Dec. 25: Christmas Mass at Correctional Facility
Dec. 30: Mass for Fiat gathering; Christmas gathering with priests and seminarians
Dec. 31: 5:30 p.m. - Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita
Jan. 1: 10 a.m. - Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita
Jan. 2: Quo Vadis retreat at Spiritual Life Center
Jan. 3: 50th Anniversary Mass at St. Joseph in Arma
Jan. 4: 50th Anniversary Mass at St. Michael in Girard
Jan. 5-12: Region IX bishop’s retreat
Jan. 15-16: Kansas Catholic Bishops meeting in Topeka
Jan. 17-18: Parish pastoral visit Sacred Heart in Frontenac

‘Echoing Christ’ catechist training Jan. 24 at SVdP
The diocesan Office of Faith Formation will offer catechist training certification called “Echoing Christ” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Saint Vincent de Paul Church in Andover.
The training is open to all catechists and catechetical/youth ministry leaders and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively hand on the faith to the next generation. “Echoing Christ” incorporates live presentations by master catechists and times for prayer, lectio divina, reflection, and discussion.
Topics covered include the following: handing on the faith, Using Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Virtus and safe environment, and methodology and classroom management.
Those who complete the training and the online modules will receive provisional certification as catechists in the Diocese of Wichita. Those interested in attending should visit the Office of Faith Formation website to register online or contact Joshua Bitting in the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or bittingjo@CatholicDioceseofWichita.org.

Marriott breakfast Dec. 20 to benefit family shelter
A Breakfast with Santa to benefit the St. Anthony Family Shelter and Catholic Charities will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Marriott Wichita, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. The Uptown Violins of Christmas will perform at 9:30.
In addition to a pancake buffet, cookie decorating and ornament crafts will be available. Those attending are invited to bring their cameras for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The cost is $10 per person. For reservations call (316) 651-0333.
The event is sponsored by the Marriott.

Liturgical music workshop Jan. 31 at Church of Magdalen
Wichita area liturgical musicians and music ministers are organizing a liturgical music workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Church of the Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st St. N. in Wichita. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be accepted.
To register, e-mail David Downing at ddowning@seaswichita.com or call him at (316) 641-6598 by Friday, Jan. 23. Include your name, phone, email and mailing addresses, parish affiliation, and type of music or liturgical ministry.
The first session will be “Formation of the Liturgical Minister” by Fr. John Lanzrath. After a break, Jim Jones will present “Overview of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.”
Breakout sessions for keyboardists, cantors, music/liturgy planners/choir directors, guitarists, and one entitled “Silence in the Liturgy” will be held before lunch.
At 12:15 p.m., a panel discussion will be held. Refreshments will be provided.

Author, Knights to host fundraiser for seminarians Dec. 20
Jean Heimann, who has just published “Seven Saints for Seven Virtues,” and Knights of Columbus Council 4118 will sponsor a Christmas party book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3202 W. 13th in Wichita.
Heiman will give a brief overview of her book, published by Servant Press, which has received good reviews by EWTN and others.
A portion of the sales will be donated to the diocesan seminarian scholarship fund.

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.

Can’t make it to Mass?
There are two “last chance” Sunday Masses in Wichita. Both are at 7 p.m. One is at the St. Paul Newman Center at Wichita State University, and the other is in St. John Chapel at Newman University.
The St. Paul Newman Center also has a Saturday Vigil at 4:30 p.m. and a 10 a.m. Sunday Mass.

Calendar to pray for priests or seminarians available at website
Those who wish to pray for the priests of the Diocese of Wichita may visit the Vocations page of CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.
At the lower right of the page is a small calendar with the name of a priest or a seminarian for which the visitor can pray. The window also contains a Google calendar link to place the calendar on a personal Google calendar, and a link to subscribe or download the calendar.

Charismatic group to meet bimonthly at NU
The Lord of Hosts Prayer Group, a charismatic prayer group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of June.
The group meets for prayer, praise, and instruction in the Heritage Room of Sacred Heart Hall at Newman University, Wichita.
It is sponsored by the Wichita Diocesan Charismatic Renewal. Fr. Jim Weldon is the moderator.

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.

Youth and school news, December 19, 2014

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, 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.

How to help those most in need get a Catholic education
The mission of the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund is to assist parishes that struggle financially to carry out the mission of Catholic education in a parish school.
The St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund provides financial support to those parishes with a large number of families that are at or below the poverty level.
To give to the fund, visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Drexel or call (316) 269-3900.

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 tthomastoon@cox.net.
Want to make a reservation?
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.

All Saints Scouts selling Christmas trees
Boy Scout Troop 579 is selling Christmas trees in the All Saints Church parking lot, just east of Harry and Hillside in Wichita.
The trees will be sold from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Scouts will show, trim, and load trees. Delivery and recycling will be available.
All proceeds will go to support scouting activities.

BCCHS accepting 8th grader applications
WICHITA – Applications are now being accepted from eighth grade students interested in attending Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in the fall.
All applicants are required to take the High School Placement Test at Bishop Carroll Saturday, Jan. 31.
Students attending the Curriculum Fair on Nov. 7 received an Application for Admission form.
Eighth graders who did not attend the fair should contact the Counseling Office at (316) 729-5278 and their parish pastor for application information. Jan. 7 is the deadline for submission of the application and non-refundable fees.

Spiritual Life Center news, December 19, 2014

Spiritual Life Center making changes to feed body and soul
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke would like to shorten the lines at the Spiritual Life Center – not the confession lines – the lines that form when chef Paul Fowler rings the dinner bell.
Father Van Haverbeke, director of the diocesan retreat center in Wichita, said the problem is not the number of seats available in the dining room, it’s getting the patrons into their seats as quickly as possible.
“Right now, when we have groups of, oh, over 60 people, they line up from the dining room all the way to the chapel,” he said. “We are hoping to eliminate that.”
That process of elimination began Dec. 1, and for the last couple of weeks, most of the noise on the northwest side of the center hasn’t been from Fowler and his crew banging pots and pans, the din has been from crews taking down walls and tearing up floors for the reconfiguration of the overall dining area, which will engulf the private dining area that was located just east of the main dining room.
“Right now we are at a single serving line. We’re going to have two buffet lines when the project is complete,” Father Van Haverbeke said. “And the other thing…is that we will have a beverage island that will be away from the food lines so that diners can get their beverages without being in line for food.”
The project is scheduled to be finished around the end of January. In the interim, food is being prepared as usual, but a conference room is being used to serve the guests, who then take their trays to their meeting room to eat.
Father Van Haverbeke added that the courtyard that was a part of the former Redemptorist wing will be opened up for use by patrons. The Redemptorist wing is now being used for private retreats.
In the early years of the Spiritual Life Center, priests and brothers of the Redemptorist order helped run the diocesan center.
Entrances are being constructed to allow access to the courtyard and then the dining room from the parking lot. The new entrances will allow patrons of the center to have outdoor socials in the courtyard.
When complete, Fr. Van Haverbeke said, the new dining area will help the center with its mission: “To build up the people of God in the Diocese of Wichita by providing spiritual retreats, parish lay leadership, and adult education in an atmosphere of holiness and joy.”
Want to help with the construction?
The cost of the improvements to the Spiritual Life Center will be between $300,000 and $350,000. Father Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke said he would be happy to meet with anyone who believes they are called to support the center with a gift.
To contact Father Van Haverbeke, call (316) 744-0167 or email kvanhaverbeke@slcwichita.org.

Spiritual Life Center 2013 numbers
8,167 people attended one of 351 day programs
3,963 people attended one of 87 multi-day programs
288 made private retreats
480 attended one of 20 weekend retreats
25,086 meals were served

He Heals retreat Jan. 16-17 at the Spiritual Life Center
By Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke

She may not have realized it at the time, but when Peg Tichacek was diagnosed with cancer, she was given a gift. With the trial of cancer came the gift of the Holy Spirit’s prompting– a prompting to turn to her faith for strength and to Via Christi and her church family for support. This prompting led her to share Jesus’ ministry of healing with others by founding “He Heals,” a ministry focused on healing the hurts of body, soul, and spirit through the sacraments, prayer, and stewardship.
Peg and her team will be presenting a He Heals Mission Retreat at the Spiritual Life Center beginning Friday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. and concluding with Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17.
The mission of He Heals is based on Peg’s healing journey after her cancer diagnosis. Clinicians diagnosed and treated her cancer. The sacraments treated her soul and spirit. Family, friends, co-workers and church members prayed and walked with her on the journey. It is this walking with one another as Christ walks with us that proclaims the call to discipleship through a stewardship way of life. As Peg says, “In our prayer and stewardship, we share with one another our passion and our pain.”
The He Heals Retreat provides ways to share our passion and our pain through recognizing four key roles.
The sick person receives God’s gifts gratefully by accepting his illness and limitations and the grace that accompanies uniting his suffering to Christ’s. Frank Baca, a parishioner at St. Michael’s in Mulvane, can tell you about grace through suffering. Frank admits that, before being involved in a major car accident many years ago, he was “a pretty hardened man.”
As he healed physically, he sensed a spiritual healing as well. By seeing the accident as a blessing, Frank’s heart was open to the grace of the He Heals Adoration healing service held recently at St. Michael’s Church in Mulvane. As Frank says, “I had to be broken in many pieces, and God put me back together the way He wanted me.”
The clinician cultivates his gifts responsibly by giving his talents back to God through serving others. Whether it’s performing surgery, administering medications, or providing counsel, the clinician is called to seek excellence in his healing role. David Hufford, who has been a practicing physician for the last 30 years, was also present at the Adoration healing service in Mulvane. He understands that seeking excellence in his healing role means more than just making accurate physical diagnoses.
“There’s a spiritual part to [treating illness], and medicine alone can’t address that.” Hufford also realizes that “the healer sometimes needs healing, too.” He regularly prays for wisdom as he makes medical decisions and seeks the right words for delivering diagnoses.
“To console and to be consoled” is the message he strives to keep on his heart as he fulfills his healing role.
The caregiver, or Advocate returns his gifts with increase to the Lord by sharing his own story of suffering or helping the sick person to connect with someone else who has had a similar experience. “We have a responsibility to care for each other.” This is the message of stewardship that George Dinkel brought to the Mulvane healing service. George has worked at the Center of Hope, a homeless prevention program, for the past 11 years. He has witnessed caregivers who not only give their gifts back to the Lord by serving others, but who also draw the good out of those they serve. “It is really a great grace for our souls to be humbled and to admit we need help and to seek it.” He summarizes our call to gift others with our stewardship with a simple question: “What gifts will we bring when we join Jesus in heaven?” Hopefully, we will all have something to offer, whether is it our good works, our time spent helping others in need, the sufferings we have patiently and silently endured, or our prayers and our sacrifices.
The clergy share their gifts lovingly by praying and pastoring their suffering parishioners, and by administering the healing sacraments. Every person who attended the He Heals Adoration healing service in Mulvane was especially moved by the opportunity to touch the humeral veil, the vestment that is used to cover the priest’s hands as he holds the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. Much like the woman in Matthew 9:21 who said, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured,” nearly everyone present at the healing service was prompted to touch the veil of Our Lord. This gift of the Eucharist and other healing sacraments, like Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick, is something only the clergy can give. Father John Lanzrath presided over the healing service in Mulvane, and tended lovingly to his flock through his prayers and administration of the sacraments.
Body, soul, and spirit: all parts that need healing to create a thriving whole. So, too, with our Church. When we care for each member as Christ would, our joy is lifted and our faith is strengthened. It is this truth that inspired Peg Tichacek to found the He Heals ministry, and it is the people of the ministry, like Frank, David, George, and Father Lanzrath, who confirm her belief that, “You’re not alone. That’s what this Church is here for. That we do it together.”
Father Van Haverbeke is director of the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.

Financial freedom series begins Jan. 12 at the Spiritual Life Center
By Randy Walker

Faith, hope, and love are the three theological virtues that help guide our decisions and actions regarding our relationship with God and with our neighbors. But can we apply these virtues to guide our decisions and actions regarding our use of money?
We may apply faith by believing we can provide for our needs of food, clothing, and shelter. We may apply hope by thinking, “If I could get that job, all of our money worries will go away,” or “If we can make it until we get our tax refund next year, then we could pay off our debt.” We might apply love by overspending on a house or car saying it is for the good of the family.
While these may be good intentions, I propose we should apply faith, hope, and love to a deeper level regarding our money – a level so deep that it impacts the core of our thinking about money. Once we explore this depth, our view of money will be significantly changed and our view of life can be positively impacted.
Faith can guide our viewpoint of money. Hope can guide our long-term thinking about money. Love can guide our purpose of money.
In Scripture, God teaches us how to use faith, hope, and love to guide our financial decisions. He knew money would be important to us, so he has provided us the teaching on how to use it wisely. Want to know how? Come to a group study called 7 Steps to Financial Freedom beginning in January at the Spiritual Life Center.
Everyone can benefit from this eight-week course: those who are doing OK financially, including planning for the future, but not sure they are on the right path, those who are surviving day-to-day, but want a more secure path for their lives, and those who have encountered some hardships and are struggling to know how to get out of the resulting debt.
The group study is totally confidential, and no one will ever ask you about your personal situation. What you will gain is learning that others have been in your situation and have changed their lives. Lives and marriages can again find purpose by removing the mastership of money.
Want to learn about financial freedom?
The 7 Steps to Financial Freedom series begins Monday, Jan. 12, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Participants will meet each Monday for eight weeks with the last class on March 2. The cost is $35 per person or $55 per couple. The center hopes to provide childcare for those in need, but please call ahead to reserve space. To register, call the center at (316) 744-0167.

Love and Logic Parenting Series begins two-Saturday format in January
The highly acclaimed “Becoming a Love & Logic Parent” series will be offered at the Spiritual Life Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 and 10.
The Love and Logic Institute says the series teaches parents and educators that we should “lock in our empathy, love, and understanding” prior to telling kids what the consequences of their actions will be. Parents learn how to hold their kids accountable in this special way.
Annette Clutter and Marceline Arnold, educators from St. Anne’s Catholic School in Wichita, will lead the series. They are certified by the Cline-Fay Institute in Golden, Colo., to teach the course.
The cost to participate is $70 per couple or $40 for individuals and includes the “Love & Logic” workbook plus lunch each day.
To register, contact the Spiritual life Center in Wichita at (316) 744-0167, or by visit the website at www.slcwichita.org.

Honor Our Blessed Mother this New Year’s Eve at SLC
Join Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for an evening centered on Our Lady: Undoer of Knots.
The annual New Year’s Marian program includes conferences, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass and a procession to an indoor Shrine of Our Lady. The cost is $20. Overnight rooms are available.
Register for this program by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Start the New Year with spiritual enrichment
The SLC has something for everyone in Jan.
The Spiritual Life Center has a January packed with programs. The schedule includes weekend retreats, evening series, a date night, and workshops on many different topics and interests.
In mid-January, Via Christi Health brings the He Heals Retreat to the center. Participants will enjoy a Friday evening and Saturday focused on healing the hurts of body, soul, and spirit through the sacraments, prayer and stewardship.
Fr. Castle Jan. 30
On Jan. 30, nationally recognized author Fr. Nathan Castle leads a retreat called Walking in Wonder: The Ruby Slippers and the Gifts of the Spirit. The weekend retreat views the popular story of the Wizard of Oz through a Catholic lens. Fr. Castle will also lead a special evening presentation on Saturday evening of that weekend for anyone who cannot make the entire retreat.
Love and Logic
The center will host workshops in January on parenting, finances, and grief support. Becoming a Love and Logic Parent occurs on Jan. 3 and 10. A new eight-week series called Seven Steps to Financial Freedom will focus on the theological virtues as a way to handle finances. It begins Monday, Jan. 12 and occurs from 6:45-8:15 p.m. each Monday through March 2.
Grief Support starts Jan. 13
A new session of the St. John the Evangelist Grief Support Group also begins in January. It will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 13.
For three Saturday mornings beginning Jan. 10, Assistant Program Director Dusty Gates will lead a series on St. Paul’s conversion entitled, Led by the Hand: Walking the Pauline Path of Conversion.
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the center hosts a panel discussion on the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family called Modern Family. Many diocesan speakers will come together to discuss current Church teaching on issues such as communion for the divorced, homosexuality, challenges to family-centered evangelization, and domestic economic issues. The program will go from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cana Night Jan. 16
There will also be a Cana Night for Married Couples on Friday, Jan. 16, and a new program called Dinner with the Doctors on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Dinner with the Doctors in January will feature St. Thomas Aquinas as our topic and include a conference and dinner.
With so many programs coming in the new year, the SLC staff invites all to come and be renewed. Please remember the center is also always open for private prayer and quiet time.

In need of healing?
The He Heals overnight retreat begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, and will conclude on Saturday at 5 p.m. The retreat cost is $40 with donations accepted for overnight room rates. To register please visit www.slcwichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Want to register for a program?
Information about these programs and all Spiritual Life Center 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 on the website.

Wizard of Oz retreat Jan. 30 at the SLC
Father Nathan Castle, author of the book “And Toto, Too: The Wizard of Oz as a Spiritual Adventure,” will lead participants in a retreat called Walking in Wonder: The Ruby Slippers and the Gifts of the Spirit the weekend of Jan. 30.
Using his book and the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” Fr. Castle will help participants unravel how the characters, scenes and plot of the famous story can be seen through a lens of Catholicity.
The weekend retreat begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday. Regular retreat pricing applies.
Those who cannot make the entire weekend retreat may attend a Saturday evening presentation, “An Evening in Oz with Fr. Castle,” which includes dinner, a conference, and discussion. The cost for the Saturday evening program only is $15.
To register for the retreat or the Saturday evening program, visit www.slcwichita.org or by call (316) 744-0167.

Catholic Charities news, December 19, 2014

Harbor House is in need of volunteers
Catholic Charities’ Harbor House is seeking volunteers to fill several roles.
The diocesan ministry to victims of domestic violence needs help in these areas:
Healthcare advocate: The Healthcare Advocacy Program needs volunteers to make a one-year commitment to be available on-call for four-hour shifts to respond to domestic violence survivors in health care locations. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and not have been in a domestic violence relationship for at least 18 months.
Evening childcare: Harbor House needs weekday evening childcare assistance. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., while parents attend classes. .
Panera pickups: Harbor House is in need of a volunteer to pick up donations from the Maple and Ridge Panera Bread restaurant on Monday evenings at 9 p.m. and deliver those donations to the shelter.
Shelter advocate: Volunteers are needed to work in the Harbor House main office, providing resources and safety planning to clients over the phone. Other volunteer duties will include completing intake paperwork, receptionist duties, and providing general support to the clients living in the shelter. Schedules are flexible.
Want to help victims of domestic violence?
Those interested in volunteering at Harbor House may contact Michael Donovan, volunteer coordinator, at (316) 264-8344, ext. 1261, or email mdonovan@catholiccharitieswichita.org.

Catholic Charities’ SAFE Project for domestic abuse victims
For many people, holidays are a time of joy and celebration spent surrounded by loved ones. For victims of domestic violence, however, the holidays can be a dark and frightening time. High stress levels caused by strained finances, over scheduling, high expectations, and greater alcohol and drug consumption may increase the chances of domestic violence incidents during this time of year.
Catholic Charities’ SAFE Project may be of assistance in difficult situations. The project is a partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families designed to enhance safety for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits.
The SAFE Project is an outreach of the diocesan Harbor House program. Harbor House offers safe and confidential shelter for women and their children and outreach advocacy services to any victim of domestic violence in the Sedgwick County area. Support services include advocacy, counseling, education and assistance accessing community resources to help survivors realize a life free from violence.
“Many domestic violence victims – which can include both men and women – will try to keep the peace or just deal with their abuse during the holiday season rather than risk splitting their family up and forcing their children to spend the holidays in a shelter,” said Mike Burrus, executive director of Catholic Charities. “In the weeks after New Year’s Day, though, there is a spike in calls received by hotlines. At that point, victims have had enough and are ready to seek help.”
Though many victims of domestic violence hope to make it through the holidays without an incident, the SAFE Project has tips and ideas for how victims can handle a dangerous situation:
• Identify an ally – a family member, close friend, or neighbor – who can support you and intervene when necessary.
• Have important phone numbers easily accessible or memorized in case you need to call for help.
• Have an agreed “safe” word or phrase you can use with your children or a close friend or family member to alert them of an emergency situation.
• Create an escape plan. If you are visiting relatives, identify all of the exits in the house in which you are staying as well as the easiest routes to reach them.
• Use the increased family time as a way to minimize alone time with your abuser. This can help lessen the attacks or provide witnesses who can act to intervene in a violent situation.
• Have an emergency suitcase packed and hidden along with money in order to leave the situation as soon as necessary.
Need assistance?
For more information on the SAFE Project or for immediate safety needs, contact the Harbor House Shelter at Catholic Charities’ confidential, 24-hour hotline toll-free at (866) 899-5522.
For assistance through the SAFE Project, participants must currently be receiving TANF benefits and must be a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault. Participants must also receive services in the following Department of Children and Families Service Centers: Newton, McPherson, Wichita, Hutchinson, El Dorado, Chanute, Iola, Fort Scott, Pittsburg, Columbus, Parsons and Independence. Non-TANF recipients who are survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault are eligible to participate in quarterly healthy relationship education classes.

Bishop Kemme to lead pilgrimage to Philadelphia

The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting a Pilgrimage to Philadelphia with Bishop Carl A. Kemme from Sept. 21-28 for the World Meeting of Families.
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.
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. Those interested in being a part of the pilgrimage may contact Catherine Bitting at bittingc@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org or call (316) 685-5240.

National Night of Prayer for Life Dec. 8, 9

Six parishes participating in national event; all the faithful invited
A National Night of Prayer for Life, an effort to promote a greater respect for all human Life, will be take place Dec. 8-9.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, first appeared to St. Juan Diego on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which was celebrated on Dec. 9 at that time. The National Night of Prayer for Life bridges the two feasts to honor Our Blessed Mother and asks for her intercession for the establishment of a Culture of Life, protection for the church from persecution, and a petition to Our Lord to revive our land.
As a part of the national effort, Eucharistic Adoration will take place and the rosary will be prayed across the nation for four hours spanning four time zones. All parishes are encouraged to at least offer an hour of Adoration from 11 p.m. to midnight Central Standard Time.
All parishes in the Diocese of Wichita are invited and encouraged to join in this prayer effort. The night could include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, benediction, a rosary, prayer to St. Michael, hymns, and silent prayer.
Parishes listed below have contacted the diocesan Respect Life Social Justice Office with their schedules. Check with your parish to see if there is anything scheduled.
Participating Parishes
The National Night of Prayer for Life schedule in the Diocese of Wichita, Monday, Dec. 8:
• St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita: Eucharistic adoration from 11 p.m. to midnight
• Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard: Following 6:30 p.m. Mass, exposition, one hour of Eucharistic adoration and benediction. A Rosary will be prayed and a hymn will be sung in addition to silent prayer every hour from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Sacred Heart, Halstead: Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life from 8 to 9 p.m.
• Sacred Heart, Colwich: Eucharistic adoration from 8 p.m. to midnight, Benediction at midnight
• Sacred Heart, Caney: Mass at 7:30 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration following until midnight.
• St. Mary, Moline: Eucharistic adoration from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.

More info?
You can learn more about the National Night of Prayer for Life by visiting www.National
NightOfPrayerForLife.org. For the latest updates on the parish schedules in the Diocese of Wichita, visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/rlsj.

Diocesan bookkeepers meet at Cathedral

Association designed to help parishes, diocese with complex issues
The Bookkeepers Association of the Diocese of Wichita met Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Good Shepherd Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. More than 30 bookkeepers and administrative staff attended.
The association was established by Bryan Coulter, diocesan director of Administrative Services and Finance, at the request of some pastors.
“It’s been a wonderful labor of love helping Bryan create this new association and seeing not only the large number of parish staff that have joined it, but also how well it is functioning,” said Fred Knoblauch, who served as the temporary chairperson of the association. “The participants are bringing a wide range of issues to the table, and everyone is enjoying and benefiting from the discussions and the networking and friendships that are being created.”
The association is becoming an integral part of the diocesan financial personnel structure, according to Wes Etheredge, the recently promoted diocesan controller. “There is a lot of vital experience and knowledge spread across our diocese that now has a conduit to get to those bookkeepers that need direction on a complicated parish gift or even how to deal with security of Sunday collections.”
For the next calendar year, the following people have volunteered for leadership roles in the association: Deborah Tamburro, St. John Parish Clonmel, chairperson; Nancy Sobba, Church of the Magdalen Parish, Wichita, vice chairperson; Susan McDaneld, St. Joseph Parish Wichita, secretary and recorder; and Joyce Ridder, St. Anthony Parish Garden Plain, administrative associate.

Want to join the Bookkeeper’s Association?
Anyone who performs a bookkeeping role in a Catholic environment is welcome to join. To do so, contact Knoblauch at (316) 616-0716. The next meeting will be March 11 at St. John Parish in Clonmel.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar

Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
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. 9: Legatus
Dec. 10: Kapaun Mt. Carmel confessions, 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 in Wichita
Dec. 12: Mass at Guadalupe Clinic for feast of patron saint
Dec. 13-14: Parish pastoral visit to Christ the King,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 in Lyons
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Mass at cathedral
Dec. 25: Christmas Mass at correctional facility
Dec. 30: Mass for Fiat gathering

G.K. Chesterton Christmas to be held Dec. 12 at local bookstore

Eighth Day Books is hosting a “G.K. Chesterton Christmas” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Eighth Day Books, 2838 E. Douglas Ave. The local Chesterton society meets there the third Friday of most months, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., although everyone is welcome to join in the holiday event or at any meeting.
“We need a reform of the modern Christmas,” G.K. Chesterton once wrote. “People have to rush about for a few weeks, if it is only to stay at home for a few hours,” he writes in his essay “The Spirit of Christmas.”
The essay, in which Chesterton calls Christians to bigger, better and more creative things than what the world rigidly offers, is one that the local G.K. Chesterton Society reviewed at its meeting in November.
The G.K. Chesterton Christmas will feature caroling, readings from Chesterton’s poems and other works about Christmas, Chestertonian suggestions for Christmas gifts, a drawing for a free membership to the national society, refreshments, information about local Chesterton events and about how you can join in the mirth — and a visit by “G.K.” himself.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton is one of the 20th-century’s greatest writers. A convert to the Catholic Church, he wrote nearly 100 books including novels, plays and poetry, and thousands of essays. His novels include the adventures of the priest detective Father Brown.
All the issues we struggle with in the 21st century Chesterton foresaw and wrote about, including social injustice, suicide and abortion, assaults on religion, and the disregard for man as a human being.

Diocesan news, December 5, 2014

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.

Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to celebrate 125th anniversary on Dec. 11
WICHITA – The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, one of Via Christi’s founding congregations, are celebrating the 125th anniversary of their arrival in Wichita Thursday, Dec. 11. Thirteen sisters, including two from Rome, will travel to Wichita for a homecoming celebration to be held at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.
The event will include a special Mass honoring the order celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme, Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, and Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber. The Mass will be held at noon Dec. 11 in the hospitals’ Chapel of the Sorrowful Mother. The diocese is invited to participate via a live stream of the Mass at www.viachristi.org/ssm125.
Messages or memories may be emailed to the Sisters by visiting www.viachristi.org/ssm125.
Five Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother arrived in Wichita on Nov. 26, 1889, at the behest of Bishop John Joseph Hennessey. Founded in Rome just six years earlier by Mother Francis Streitel, the sisters’ first American mission began on Dec. 11, 1889, when the sisters assumed responsibility of St. Francis Hospital.

K. of C. 4118 hosting holiday blood drive Dec. 19 in its hall
WICHITA — Knights of Columbus council 4118 will host a holiday blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 3202 W. 13th.
Those who wish to participate are invited to visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals must weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative, and B negative.

Author, Knights to host fundraiser for seminarians Dec. 20
Jean Heimann, who has just published “Seven Saints for Seven Virtues,” and Knights of Columbus Council 4118 will sponsor a Christmas party book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3202 W. 13th in Wichita.
Heiman will give a brief overview of her book, published by Servant Press, which has received good reviews by EWTN and others.
A portion of the sales will be donated to the diocesan seminarian scholarship fund.

Via Christi seeks donations of DVDs for patients, families
WICHITA – Via Christi’s Cancer Institute and ChildLife Center for pediatric patients are building movie libraries to provide entertainment for patients as they receive treatment during their hospital stay.
Now through Friday, Jan. 2, new or gently used hospital-appropriate DVDs are being collected to stock the libraries’ shelves.
“Picking up an extra DVD or two to donate while you’re out doing your holiday shopping or going through your DVDs at home and selecting ones you and your family no longer watch is an easy way to help,” said Lois Millspaugh, project coordinator for Via Christi Cancer Institute, who is helping lead the drive.
DVDs may be dropped off at any Via Christi Gift Shop location in Wichita.
For more information, contact Millspaugh at the Cancer Institute at (316) 268-6792.

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