Sr. Cora Marie makes first profession

By Sr. Marie Bernadette
Sister Cora Marie Geonner professed her first vows as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita on Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Sr. Cora Marie is the daughter of Kurt and Anita Goenner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita.
The ceremony was held in the chapel of the community’s Novitiate House of Formation located south of Colwich. Family and friends gathered to witness Sr. Cora Marie give her life completely to Christ as she professed the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience – three expressions of a single “yes.”
Father Ben Sawyer was the main celebrant for the Mass of religious profession. In his homily, Fr. Sawyer said, “From this point forward, your life [Sr. Cora Marie] will be that radical witness for the rest of the church of what it means to be set apart for God alone, a life that points us to heaven.”
During the Mass, she received the habit of the community which included a black veil signifying her consecration, a scapular with a badge of the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary, and a rosary of the Seven Dolors. The habit serves as a reminder of her bridal relationship with Christ as well as a visible witness of hope for the eternal reality that awaits all of the faithful.
Following the ceremony, a luncheon was held in the convent to give guests an opportunity to extend their congratulations. Everyone shared in the joy of the occasion. The exciting journey that lies ahead for this newly professed IHM can be summarized by the solemn blessing that concluded the profession Mass: “May God, the inspirer of every good resolve, foster your purpose and strengthen your heart, that what you have promised you may keep with persevering faith.”
Now that she has professed her first vows, Sr. Cora Marie will continue her formation as well as begin preparing to engage in the active apostolate of the community by pursuing degree in education.

Ecumenical service set for Tuesday at Cathedral

The faithful are invited to a prayer service with Bishop Carl A. Kemme and Lutheran and Episcopalian pastors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Although the event, “Listening for Peace, A Unity of Christians in Prayer,” marks the 500th year of separation of a large portion of Christendom from the Catholic Church, the gathering will focus on unity rather than mark division.
The Rev. Dave Fulton, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wichita, is one of the driving forces behind the service. He said his feeling “that this is the right path forward for us is really, really strong – especially if you look at it in contrast to the American culture, which is becoming increasingly divisive.”
The idea of peaceful conversation based on prayer and common ground spiritually makes sense, he said, adding that the tone set by Pope Francis makes it even easier.
When the conversation is over, Rev. Fulton said, he hopes a spiritual movement will emerge in the community that will bring prayerful people together who will work towards consensus on matters in the community.
Bishop Kemme said last week that he is looking forward to the event “as a time for us to emphasize the many qualities that our faith traditions have in common.”
“Since the exciting days of the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s, the Roman Catholic Church has been deeply involved in the ecumenical movement in order to build bridges between the various churches and denominations,” he said. “The 500th anniversary of the Reformation offers us a moment to strengthen the bonds that unite us and to forge ever stronger bonds of unity and charity among Christians.”
Father Lies, vicar general for the Diocese of Wichita, said, “Given today’s increasingly secular climate and the exclusion of God and all things religious that we see occurring in our culture, I recognize more and more that we Christians must bear better witness to all people that true fulfillment of human desire and meaning comes only through a relationship with God the Father through his Son, Jesus Christ.”
Father Lies added that, personally, the “Listening for Peace” gathering of prayer is a renewed effort on his part to recommit to seeing God’s presence and work in all bodies of believers in Jesus.
Catholic author Peter Kreeft said the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is “an opportunity to take stock of the progress Protestants and Catholics have made toward reunion and focus on how to heal the barriers that remain.”
Kreeft, who teaches philosophy at Boston College, said last week at NCregister.com that the path to reunion will not be the result of compromising the truth but from fervent prayer for reunion.
In his book, “Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other?”, he says the primary issue of the Reformation, justification by faith, has been misunderstood for 500 years and that there is no longer a substantial disagreement between Catholics and Lutherans.
For reunion to begin, he says, Christians must stop hating each other, ignoring each other, and begin listening to each other.

Diocesan news, November 17, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
November
Nov. 16-17: National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis
Nov. 18: Listening Session at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg, 10 a.m.
Nov. 18-19: Parish Pastoral visit to St. John in Clonmel
Nov. 19: Dedication of Pope Francis Build Home
Nov. 21: Ecumenical Prayer service at the Cathedral at 6 p.m.
Nov. 27-30: Clergy Conference with priests of the Diocese of Wichita
Nov. 30: Confirmation Mass for Holy Family Parishes, Marion, and St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen
December
Dec. 2: Fiat Mass and dinner benefit, 5:30 p.m. at St. Peter, Schulte
Dec. 3: Norvus Ordo Mass at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral; Confirmation Mass at St. Anne in Wichita at 3 p.m.
Dec. 5: Evening with prospective seminarians
Dec. 6: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. Thomas Aquinas in Wichita
Dec. 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass at the Cathedral at noon; Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass at St. Mary in Newton at 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 10: Confirmation Mass at 11 a.m. at Holy Savior in Wichita
Dec. 13: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita
Dec. 14: Presbyteral Council; Serra Club Christmas Party
Dec. 16-17: Parish pastoral visit to St. Andrew, Independence; and St. Francis, Cherryvale

Bishop to celebrate Mass in Latin on Dec. 3
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass in Latin, at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Many of the traditional Latin chants will be used during the liturgy, which will be celebrated on the first Sunday of Advent. The readings and homily will be in English while the Eucharistic Prayer and other Mass parts will be prayed in Latin.
“I have wanted to offer the Ordinary Form of the Mass in Latin for some time so as to preserve the church’s rich liturgical heritage,” Bishop Kemme said.
“The Cathedral choir will be of great help in supporting us in singing the time honored chants. The Second Vatican Council envisioned a liturgy that would be available in the vernacular, but it also encouraged the preservation of Latin. I hope many will be inspired by this liturgical experience.”
Many of the young adults who have participated in the listening sessions Bishop Kemme is hosting until the end of November have said the Mass seems to have lost a sense of sacredness, something that may be more apparent in the Latin Mass.
The faithful of the diocese are invited to the Mass.

Wreath laying for vets Dec. 16 at Calvary Cemetery in Wichita
The faithful are invited to lay wreaths at the graves of veterans beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Calvary Cemetery, located at 610 S. Vassar in Wichita.
The Mary Draper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution estimates that there are nearly 700 veterans buried at Calvary. The chapter has been soliciting sponsors for the wreaths.
The wreath-laying ceremony is a local and national project with Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization that honors America’s commitment to our fallen soldiers. In the past, only two cemeteries in Kansas participated in Wreaths Across America. The local DAR chapter requested that Calvary Cemetery be included and received approval earlier this year.
Morrill Worcester, founder of Wreaths Across America, said, “This year, when you place a wreath on a veteran’s grave, you will know it is not just a wreath. It’s your personal gift to an American hero, and you’ll swell with pride and have a tear in your eye knowing you’ve done something special for our veterans and their families.”

Wenzl writes article about Fr. Kapaun for History.com
Roy Wenzl has written an article about Father Emil Kapaun for History.com.
Wenzl, who wrote many articles about the priest of the Diocese of Wichita for the Wichita Eagle, writes about how Mike Dowe, who was a prisoner of war with the venerable Father Kapaun, prayed for the priest on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, as he has every day since the “servant of God” died in the Korean camp.
Father Kapaun’s cause is now before the Congregation for Saints at the Vatican.
According to a statement from Father John Hotze, episcopal delegate of the Cause for Canonization of Fr. Kapaun: “As the review of Father Kapaun’s life continues, medical consultants in the Congregation will be working on the proof of alleged miracles. One alleged miracle must be approved and accepted as having no scientific explanation for the beatification; and, then a second miracle approved and accepted for the Canonization of Father Kapaun.”

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.

Catholic Care Center’s Holiday Market Dec. 1
WICHITA – The Catholic Care Center is hosting its 5th annual Holiday Market from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.
Vendors and food trucks are being sought to be a part of the event.
Those interested may call Jennifer at 316-771-6593.

Bishop Kemme to lead trip to South America
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will lead a trip to South America Jan. 29-Feb. 8.
The trip, “a walk in the footsteps of Pope Francis,” will include stops in Lima and Machu Picchu, Peru; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The trip is a benefit for the Guadalupe Clinic, a diocesan health ministry. Participants will see the shrines of South America, walk in the footsteps of Pope Francis, and have the opportunity to have Mass every day with the bishop.
The cost is $3,850 per person, of which $250 is a tax-deductible donation to the Guadalupe Clinic. For a reservation or more information, call (508) 340-9370.

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.

Local church restorer opens online icon store
Local artist Robert Elliot recently established an online business that may help those looking for Catholic-oriented gifts.
Elliot has started HeavenlyIcons.com that offers printed and handmade icons imported from Greece. It was debuted at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference in August.
“The handmade, painted icons are reproductions of originals that are made using egg tempera and gold paint on canvas and mounted to boards – just like an original handwritten icon would be,” he wrote in an email. “Because of the modern methods, they are much more affordable than a handwritten icon, but equally beautiful.”
Elliot, whose background is in church restoration, has taken an icon writing course and said the business is a natural progression for him.
The icons come in a variety of sizes. The company also offers diptychs and triptychs.

Seminarian talks about the priesthood
Seminarian Matthew Glazier talks about his seminary experience in a brief video now available at the diocesan Vocations Office page: CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Vocations.
He is a member of St. Teresa of Avila Parish and lives in Madison.

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.
The faithful are invited to 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.

Spiritual Life Center news, November 17, 2017

Singles retreat Dec. 1-3 at the SLC in Wichita
All singles – young or old, widowed, divorced, or never married – are invited to attend a weekend singles retreat at the Spiritual Life Center beginning Friday evening Dec. 1.
Catholic author and speaker Rose Sweet, who has written over 10 books about relationships, will be the presenter.
For more information or to request a flyer, call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 316-685-5240 or email witzells@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Advent Day of Reflection Dec. 5
An Advent Day of Reflection will be held at the Spiritual Life Center Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Presentations will be given by two newly ordained priests, Father Andrew Labenz and Father Jorge Lopez.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The first presentation begins at 9. Mass will be celebrated in the chapel at 11:15 a.m. with Father Paul Oborny as the main celebrant.
The cost of $10 includes lunch. To register call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.
The retreat is sponsored by the Senior Adult Ministry in the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Sweet to lead ‘healing retreat’ Dec. 1-3
Catholic author and speaker Rose Sweet will lead a retreat Friday evening, Dec. 1, to early Sunday afternoon, Dec. 3. The event, “Adventures into the Interior Life,” is a healing retreat for divorced, widowed, and singles.
Sweet will discuss topics such as: “The Four Levels of Happiness,” “The Four Rules of Relationship,” “The Four Marks of Married Love,” and “The Seven Stages of Divine Romance.”
To register for the retreat, call 316-744-0167 or email SLC@slcwichita.org. The cost is $140 for a commuter, $190 for a shared room, or $215 for a single room. All meals are provided. Scholarships are available.

Sister Mary Agnes to teach class on moral theology Nov. 30
Sister Mary Agnes Wasinger, a sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will host a class entitled “Clarity and Confusion in Moral Theology” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The class will look at the development of moral theology from the time of the fathers of the church and Thomas Aquinas, and it will consider the great clarity that was offered in how to approach moral theology.
Sister Mary Agnes will lead participants in a reflection on the influential thinkers and events such as Protestantism and the Enlightenment and consider how these elements affected man’s view of morality and the confusion that ensued as a result.
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

Theology of Eucharist class Dec. 14
By Dusty Gates

At each celebration of Holy Mass, we are invited into a dynamic expression of praise. Our praise of the Father integrates many related, yet distinct, threads such as contrition, petition, thanksgiving, and adoration.
In Scripture readings we are exhorted by the Holy Spirit; we are formed and strengthened as the people of God, and are invited to turn ourselves over to the converting power of God’s Word.
In the Eucharist, we offer ourselves to the Father, uniting ourselves with the Son’s everlasting sacrifice. In this context, when we are properly disposed, we are also invited to partake of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
This nourishment gives us strength for our daily spiritual struggles, cultivates our desire for God, and prepares us for the future relationship we hope to have with him. With this sense of the robust mystery of the Mass in mind, it is good and proper that we approach the sanctuary with wonder, awe, amazement, and fear. How is it possible that I am allowed into the presence of the Lord? What role do I play in this? What is it supposed to do for me? What is it supposed to do for God? It is not surprising that we feel compelled to ask, as did the men in Capernaum, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Want to attend the Eucharist class?
If you are interested in learning more about the theology of the Eucharist, join us at the Spiritual Life Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, when I’ll give a more detailed presentation covering the themes and questions that have been presented in brief here. This class is part of our “Apologia” series, which is dedicated to defending the faith through reasonable explanation. The cost is only $10, and you may register at SLCwichita.org or by calling 316-744-0167.

Learn about Saint John of Damascus over dinner on Dec. 4
Dr. Erin Doom of the Eighth Day Institute will deliver a presentation about Saint John of Damascus on Monday evening, Dec. 4, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program, part of the center’s “Dinner with the Doctors” series, includes a meal and pleasant conversation in the main assembly room surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church. After the meal, participants will hear a presentation by Dr. Doom about St. John in commemoration of his feast day.
The cost for the evening is $15 per person. Dinner with the Doctors will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center on Monday, Dec. 4. Advance registration requested. To register, visit www.SLCwichita.org.

Monthly Mass with children Dec. 1 at SLC
Caregivers and their children are invited to the monthly “Kids PrayToo!: Mass with Children” at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
At the Mass, Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will speak especially to the children. The liturgy gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass-goers around them.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in the dining room afterwards.

See The Canterbury Tales in a different light with the SLC book study
The Spiritual Life Center will host a book study of “The Canterbury Tales,” by Geoffrey Chaucer, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. It is part of the center’s Good Books Bookclub Series.
The curriculum is based on the ideas of John Senior, founding father and leading professor of the Integrated Humanities Program, which throve at the University of Kansas in the 1970s and ’80s and helped form and inspire the young minds of many notable students such as Archbishop Paul Coakley, Bishop James Conley, and several of the founding monks of the Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma.
Senior said the great books movement of the 20th century “went flat” like “good champagne in plastic bottles.”
“Western tradition has given us the thousand good books as a preparation for the great ones – and for all the studies in the arts and sciences. Without them, all studies are inhumane,” he wrote in The Death of Christian Culture.
The book study is held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Discussion, oral readings, opinions, critiques, commentaries, questions and answers are all on the agenda for the informal gatherings. There is no fee for attendance. The only cost will be for the optional purchase of textbooks and freewill donations for refreshments and hospitality.
Copies of selected books will be for sale at Monk’s Corner, the SLC bookstore, to read ahead. They will also be available for purchase at the monthly meetings.

Bishop, priests celebrate Mass in a ‘place of darkness’

A Mass was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 28, in a place of “darkness” by Bishop Carl A. Kemme and seven priests of the Diocese of Wichita.
Catholics worship God who is light and life, Bishop Kemme said in his homily. “But the evil one and those who succumb to his temptations in attempt to thwart God’s creative plan and to sully his work, allow darkness and death to enter the garden of paradise.”
The ancient battle between light and darkness continues in us personally and in our culture, he said, and especially affects the innocent lives of the unborn.
“Here in places such as this, all over the country and the world, the prince of darkness and death is honored and adored,” Bishop Kemme said. “Here the devils rejoice when the darkness is made darker and death is made more horrific by the choice in this building and others like it, to destroy a life created in the image and likeness of God.”
The bishop delivered his homily on public property on the west side of the abortion clinic in Wichita. About 250 of the faithful attended. After Mass the group followed the bishop in a Eucharistic procession beside the clinic.
Bishop Kemme said the Mass was being offered at the site as an appropriate end to Respect Life Month to “offer the perfect Sacrifice of the Prince of Light and Life as a remedy for sin” and to “flood this place with the graces and blessings of goodness and light.”
Christians combat evil, he said, not so much by the direct elimination of evil, “but by the outpouring of goodness, virtue, mercy, compassion, decency, purity and truth – flooding the darkness with the more powerful light of Christ.”
After thanking those who braved the frigid morning to pray for the unborn, “the most precious of God’s unrepeatable gifts, human life,” he said what they were doing was something mystical, surrounding the clinic with sacramental and sanctifying grace.
“Here God can change hearts long after we depart today; here will have been offered the Mass of Christ on Calvary, who died that we might live; and here will use Him who is blessing itself, to bless this ground on which we stand, a blessing we pray will remain to continue the fight against our ancient foe.”

Office of Faith Formation receives leadership training grant for 2018

The Kansas Leadership Center has awarded the Catholic Diocese of Wichita’s Office of Faith Formation a Leadership Transformation Grant for 2018.
The grant will provide leadership skills training through a variety of KLC programs offered in Wichita and Kansas City. The programs are designed to help organizations, communities, businesses, school districts and individuals make progress on the issues they care about most, as well as provide a common language for addressing tough challenges.
“Our Leadership Transformation Grants provide skills training so Kansans from all walks of life can more successfully engage in the civic environment,” said Patty Clark, KLC’s Acting CEO. “Over the past decade, the Kansas Leadership Center has built a proven framework for leadership development and created a global reach for leadership education.”
Forty grantees were selected from the 93 applications submitted this year. These grants are funded by the Kansas Health Foundation and provide more than 1,500 spots in leadership programs for Kansans.
The Kansas Leadership Center is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering leadership for stronger, healthier and more prosperous Kansas communities. Since its founding in 2007, the center has trained more than 7,500 people from across Kansas and the United States, and from around the world.

IHM Fatima procession draws hundreds

By Sr. Marie Bernadette
The annual Oct. 13 Fatima procession hosted by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary held special significance this year as it marked the 100th anniversary of Mary’s final apparition in Fatima to the three shepherd children Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta.
In contrast to the drenching rains that initiated the 1917 apparition, the weather was perfect and we were blessed with clear skies. About 650 guests arrived to participate in the celebration, some traveling as far as Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas.
The picnic dinner, which took place before the procession, was filled with young families, loyal friends, and several excited newcomers; all gathered around the pavilion to share in the warm company until the sound of the bell called the crowd to form a line for the procession.
The Knights of Columbus led the way, adding to the solemnity. They carried a statue of Our Lady of Fatima on a bier followed by the hundreds of Marian devotees. Voices joined to sing Fatima hymns as they approached the shrine, the line stretching from the driveway of the Novitiate House of Formation to the shrine.
Once everyone was gathered, guests were invited to place their Memorare cards – each representing 1,000 Memorares said for the conversion of sinners – at Mary’s feet. The crowd then prayed a rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima whose repeated request to the shepherd children was to “pray the Rosary every day.” To close the evening, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima was recessed back to the convent to the sound of the “Salve Regina.”
Mary revealed to Lucia that the final battle of Satan will be about marriage and the family; therefore, it is imperative that we take action in the simple ways suggested by Our Lady. May this centenary year of Fatima fill us with greater conviction to heed her words. By praying the Rosary daily and by offering up our daily duties for the conversion of sinners and in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we can hasten the fulfillment of Our Lady’s promise: “My Immaculate Heart will triumph!”
Though the monthly processions hosted by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to commemorate this Year of Fatima are now complete, the sisters invite you to attend the 2018 processions in May and October which have become regular events.

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 Christ The King, 4411 W. Maple St., Wichita, KS 67209. Chương trình các tiết mục cho ba ngày Thứ Sáu, Thứ Bảy, và Chúa Nhật như sau:
Tĩnh Tâm sẽ do Cha Peter Nguyễn Bá Quốc Linh phụ trách và con có 2 Cha đến từ dòng Đồng Công giúp xưng tội.
Thứ Sáu ngày 17 tháng 11 năm 2017 Từ 6:30 giờ chiều đến 8:30 giờ tối.
Tĩnh Tâm và Chầu Mình Thánh Chúa qua đề tài “Chọn Chúa hay chọn công việc của Chúa” dành riêng cho các thành viên, đoàn thể phục vụ cộng đoàn.
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 chiều Thứ Sáu và suốt ngày Thứ Bảy.
Thứ Bảy ngày 18 tháng 11 năm 2017. Từ 9:00 giờ sáng đến 6:00 giờ chiều.
Tiếp tục phần Tĩnh Tâm và Bí Tích Hòa Giải tại Hội Trường Giáo xứ.
Chúa Nhật ngày 19 tháng 11 năm 2017. 3:00 giờ chiều đến 6:00 giờ chiều
• 3:00 giờ chiều Tiếp tục Bí Tích Hòa Giải
• 4:00 giờ chiều Kiệu Cung Vinh Các Thánh Tử Đạo và nhập lễ.
Ý Lễ:
• Kỹ niệm 100 năm Đức Mẹ hiện ra tại Fatima. Xin cho mỗi giáo dân luôn thực hành 3 mệnh lện Fatima.
• Xin cho việc phong Thánh Đức Hồng Y Phanxicô Xaviê Nguyễn Văn Thuận sớm có kết qủa.
• Xin Chúa ban cho thế giới được yên vui sống trong hoà bình.
• Xin cho mọi người, mọi gia đình trong những cơn thiên tai tại Hoa Kỳ cũng như tại Việt Nam mau được ổn định.
Thánh Lễ mừng kính các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam sẽ do các linh mục Việt Mỹ đồng tế. 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

Diocesan news, November 3, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
November
Nov. 4-5: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Mary’s in Derby
Nov. 5: Listening session at St. Mary’s in Derby, 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 7: Evening with prospective seminarians, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: Confirmation Mass at Mother of God Parish, Oswego, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 9-11: Seminary visit to Mt. St. Mary in Emmitsburg, Maryland
Nov. 11-16: United States Catholic Conference of Bishops General Assembly in Baltimore
Nov. 16-17: National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis
Nov. 18: Listening Session at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg, 10 a.m.
Nov. 18-19: Parish Pastoral visit to St. John in Clonmel
Nov. 19: Dedication of Pope Francis Build Home
Nov. 21: Ecumenical Prayer service with Lutheran Church at the Cathedral at 6 p.m.
Nov. 27-30: Clergy Conference with priests of the Diocese of Wichita
Nov. 30: Confirmation Mass for Holy Family Parishes, Marion, and St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen
December
Dec. 2: Fiat Mass and dinner benefit, 5:30 p.m. at St. Peter, Schulte
Dec. 3: Norvus Ordo Mass at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral; Confirmation Mass at St. Anne in Wichita at 3 p.m.

Bishop’s listening session schedule
Here are the dates, times, and locations for the remainder of Bishop Kemme’s listening sessions:
• Nov. 5: St. Mary Parish, Derby, 1:30 p.m.
• Nov. 18: 10 a.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsburg

Annual military pilgrimage to Pilsen Saturday, Nov. 11
The 15th annual Archdiocese for the Military Services pilgrimage to Pilsen will take place on Veterans Day, Saturday Nov. 11, at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen. Mass will begin at 11 a.m.
The Mass honors Father Emil J. Kapaun, a Medal of Honor recipient, and a priest of the Diocese of Wichita whose cause for canonization is under consideration at the Vatican.
Visiting chaplains and priests will celebrate the Mass along with the pastor, Father Darrin May. A wreath laying ceremony will be held afterward at the statue honoring Father Kapaun on the church grounds.
Father Kapaun, who was ordained in 1940, served the diocese before becoming an Army chaplain in World War II, and then again in the Korean War. During the Korean War, knowing of impending capture, Father Kapaun volunteered to stay behind and care for the wounded.
After being captured by North Korean and Chinese forces, Father Kapaun continued to demonstrate courage and valor in caring for his fellow prisoners.
He died in Prison Camp Number 5 on May 23, 1951. Chaplain, Captain, Emil J. Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, April 11, 2013.

Caregiver education event Nov. 9 at CCC
WICHITA – The Catholic Care Center is hosting its annual Caregiver Education Event from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.
The title of this year’s event is “Home Safe Home: creating a safe and stimulating environment for people with dementia.”
Attendees will learn about changes that can make in a home, exercises that help promote strength and safety, activities designed to stimulate, and why home safety is important when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
To register call Jennifer at 316-771-6593.

Dominicans annual bazaar Nov. 11
GREAT BEND – The Dominican Sisters of Peace will host their Annual Mission Benefit Bazaar from 7 a.m. to. 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at 3600 Broadway.
Hundreds of handcrafted and homemade items will be available. In the morning a beverage and cinnamon rolls will available, and a soup and pie for lunch.
Drawings will be held for many prizes along with a silent auction.

Catholic Care Center’s Holiday Market Dec. 1
WICHITA – The Catholic Care Center is hosting its 5th annual Holiday Market from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.
Vendors and food trucks are being sought to be a part of the event.
Those interested may call Jennifer at 316-771-6593.

Thieves knock 1360 AM radio off the air
The Wichita area Catholic radio station, 1360 AM, is not broadcasting because of a burglary last week.
Thieves broke the front door glass of the station Thursday night, Oct. 26, and stole between $25,000 to $50,000 worth of electronic broadcasting equipment.
A spokesman for the station said they hope to be broadcasting by the end of November.
The station is asking for your prayers.
Those who wish, may also assist monetarily. Donations to replace the equipment may be mailed to Catholic Radio Network, 1400 NE 42nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64116, or call 888-447-2425.

Wichita WIN receives Kansas Health Foundation grant
The Wichita Women’s Initiative Network, known as WIN, has been awarded a $24,927 Capacity Grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.
It will be used to develop a marketing campaign to raise public awareness of WIN’s services to low-income women survivors of domestic violence.
Wichita WIN is a non-profit collaborative endeavor that provides women survivors of domestic abuse with educational and employment opportunities fostering healing and self-sufficiency. Since its founding in 1997, it has helped nearly 200 women to emotional and financial independence.
Wichita WIN is a sponsored work of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

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.

Via Christi adding Ascension to name
Via Christi Health will add Ascension to its name as part of a national effort, the company says, “to make it clearer and easier for patients to access the care they need and to navigate their health.”
Via Christi Health will become Ascension Via Christi and Via Christi Clinic will come under the Ascension Medical Group brand.
Since 2013, Via Christi has been fully part of Ascension, the nation’s leading nonprofit health system, with 2,500 sites of care and 36,000 providers in 22 states and Washington, D.C.
“Working together as part of Ascension has enabled Via Christi to improve the care we provide by bringing the knowledge and resources of thousands of medical professionals across the country to our own physicians and caregivers,” said Mike Mullins, CEO and Kansas Ministry market executive.
“Adding the Ascension name to our own reflects the strength of being part of this national network.”
Via Christi joins Ascension systems in six other states in beginning the move to a unified name, which will take place within the next year. Last September, Ascension’s sites of care in Michigan and Wisconsin became the first to adopt the Ascension name.
In Kansas, Ascension’s Via Christi Health operates nine hospitals and 75 other sites of care.

Sports formation program this weekend
The Diocese of Wichita is joining the Play Like a Champion Today Character Education Through Sports program this weekend. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Wichita.
Dr. Jamie Finkeldei, the associate superintendent for the diocesan Catholic schools, welcomed the program.
“In this day and age, a balanced approach to sports is necessary to our mission of creating disciples of Jesus Christ and this program will launch us down that path in a way our previous trainings could not,” he said.
Play Like a Champion helps educate coaches and parents to make sports more safe, fun, and developmentally enriching when winning-at-all-costs coaching, sports specialization, and parent behavior have become problems eroding the culture of sports today.

Vietnamese martyrs to be honored
The Vietnamese Martyrs program this year will start earlier to aid in the closing of the 100 years Anniversary of Fatima.
The Honoring of the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs will start with a Retreat on Friday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The observance will be held at Christ The King Parish, 4411 W. Maple St. in Wichita.
There will be a Holy Hour and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the beginning and closing of retreat. Vietnamese and English speaking priests will be available for confession Friday and Saturday, during retreat. An additional reconciliation time will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, prior to the procession of the Holy Martyr relics starting at 4 p.m. and then Mass. Food will be served afterward. Everyone is cordially invited.

Seminarian talks about the seminary
Seminarian Matthew Glazier talks about his seminary experience in a brief video now available at the diocesan Vocations Office page: CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Vocations.

Scouts offering special Day of Reflection Nov. 4
The Catholic Committee on Scouting is offering a Day of Reflection for scouts working on the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII religious emblems.
The new format for the day will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Spiritual Life Center. Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will be one of the leaders. He will be assisted by several Eagle Scouts.
Activities will include morning Mass, an outdoor scavenger hunt (weather permitting), Stations of the Cross, a penance service, breakout sessions, and meals.
A day of reflection, recollection, or a retreat is required for Ad Altare Dei youth after the first chapter of the book. However, if a scout is not currently engaged in the program, he or she might want to come and consider the programs.
The cost is only $5 for lunch. Make reservations by contacting Jacob Mansch at 316-461-5677 or at jvmansch@centurylink.net.

Several late Sunday Masses are now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita, including two in Spanish.
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

Spiritual Life Center news, November 3, 2017

Theology of Eucharist class Dec. 14
By Dusty Gates

At each celebration of Holy Mass, we are invited into a dynamic expression of praise. Our praise of the Father integrates many related, yet distinct, threads such as contrition, petition, thanksgiving, and adoration.
In Scripture readings we are exhorted by the Holy Spirit; we are formed and strengthened as the people of God, and are invited to turn ourselves over to the converting power of God’s Word.
In the Eucharist, we offer ourselves to the Father, uniting ourselves with the Son’s everlasting sacrifice. In this context, when we are properly disposed, we are also invited to partake of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
This nourishment gives us strength for our daily spiritual struggles, cultivates our desire for God, and prepares us for the future relationship we hope to have with Him. With this sense of the robust mystery of the Mass in mind, it is good and proper that we approach the sanctuary with wonder, awe, amazement, and fear. How is it possible that I am allowed into the presence of the Lord? What role do I play in this? What is it supposed to do for me? What is it supposed to do for God? It is not surprising that we feel compelled to ask, as did the men in Capernaum, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Want to attend the Eucharist class?
If you are interested in learning more about the theology of the Eucharist, join us at the Spiritual Life Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, for a more detailed presentation covering the themes and questions that have been presented in brief here. This class is part of the “Apologia” series, which is dedicated to defending the faith through reasonable explanation. The cost is only $10, and you may register at SLCwichita.org or by calling 316-744-0167.

Singles retreat Dec. 1-3 at the SLC in Wichita
All singles – young or old, widowed, divorced, or never married – are invited to attend a weekend singles retreat at the Spiritual Life Center beginning Friday evening Dec. 1.
Catholic author and speaker Rose Sweet, who has written over 10 books about relationships, will be the presenter.
For more information or to request a flyer, call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 316-685-5240 or email witzells@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Advent Day of Reflection Dec. 5
An Advent Day of Reflection will be held at the Spiritual Life Center Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Presentations will be given by two newly ordained priests, Father Andrew Labenz and Father Jorge Lopez.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The first presentation begins at 9. Mass will be celebrated in the chapel at 11:15 a.m. with Father Paul Oborny as the main celebrant.
The cost of $10 includes lunch. To register call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.
The retreat is sponsored by the Senior Adult Ministry in the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Sister Mary Agnes to teach class on moral theology Nov. 30
Sister Mary Agnes Wasinger, a sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will host a class entitled “Clarity and Confusion in Moral Theology” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The class will look at the development of moral theology from the time of the fathers of the church and Thomas Aquinas, and it will consider the great clarity that was offered in how to approach moral theology.
Sister Mary Agnes will lead participants in a reflection on the influential thinkers and events such as Protestantism and the Enlightenment and consider how these elements affected man’s view of morality and the confusion that ensued as a result.
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

‘Sacred Liturgy’ focus of forum Nov. 17-18
All liturgical ministers and anyone interested in the Sacred Liturgy are encouraged to attend the Fall Forum Nov. 17 and 18 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The conference, entitled “Memory & Mystery: Perspectives on the Sacred Liturgy,” welcomes keynote speaker Joseph Pearce, the internationally renowned speaker and author of such books as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.
Pearce will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Liturgy and the Second Spring” on Friday, and “The Death & Resurrection of the Mass: Modernism versus Tradition,” on Saturday.
The Fall Forum will explore the history and theology of Catholic liturgy, touching on significant aspects such as architecture and music, and addressing important topics such as ad orientem worship, and the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
Guest presenters also include Father James Weldon, Father Michael Nolan, Father Patrick Reilley, Bo Bonner, Rachel Dugan, and James Bitting.
Registration information can be found by visiting www.SLCWichita.org or by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.

Last chance to register for retreat with the great Saints Teresa
The Spiritual Life Center will host a retreat, “The Three T’s: Saints make Saints,” based on the lives of Saint Thérése of Lisieux, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Saint Teresa of Calcutta, on Nov. 10-12.
Msgr. Andrew Vaccari and Teresa Monaghan, leaders of the ProSanctity Movement, will teach retreatants about the three great Saint Teresas and how they influenced each other to sainthood. Participants will pray with each saint and her particular gift of deep prayer and heroic love for God, others, and the world.
The weekend includes presentations, prayer, guided meditation, shared reflection, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Mass Saturday and Sunday.
Want to attend?
All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Reservations may be made at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

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