Bishop Kemme announces priest appointments
Bishop Carl A. Kemme has announced the retirement of one diocesan priest and the reassignment of several others.
Fr. Chrysostom Ah Maung - Retired
Fr. Jeremy Huser - Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Columbus, St. Joseph Parish in Baxter Springs, St. Patrick Parish in Galena, and St. Bridget Parish in Scammon
Fr. Jeffrey Fasching – Administrator of Sacred Heart, Halstead
Fr. Maximilian Biltz - Assistant Archivist at the Chancery
Fr. Edmond Kline - On loan to serve as chaplain at St. Francis Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Jan. 20: School Pastoral visit to St. Anne, Wichita
Jan. 21-22: Parish Pastoral visit to Sacred Heart in Fredonia, St. John in Hamilton, St. Teresa of Avila in Madison
Jan. 22: Mass and dinner at St. Isidore Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan
Jan. 23: Topeka Rally for Life Mass and procession to the Capitol steps
Jan. 24-25: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Topeka
Jan. 25-27: March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Jan. 29: Vietnamese New Year Mass at 2:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita
Feb. 1: Diocesan board appreciation dinner
Feb. 2: Pastor Day Mass at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, Wichita; Prospective Seminarian Dinner (Hutchinson college men)
Feb. 3-5: Kansas Catholic College Students Convention at Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, Wichita
Feb. 4: Totus Tuus Mass and banquet at 4:30 p.m. at Holy Name Winfield
Feb. 5: KCCSC Mass at Drury Broadview Hotel
Feb. 6-8: National Catholic Bioethics Workshop
Feb. 9: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s in Colwich
Feb. 11: Consecrated Religious Mass and luncheon at Cathedral
Feb. 11-12: Parish pastoral visit and Confirmation Mass at Holy Name, Winfield; and St. Mary, Oxford
Bishop to participate in pro-life rallies in Topeka and in Washington, D.C.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be on the road and in the air in the next several days lending spiritual support to the faithful participating in prayerful pro-life pilgrimages to raise awareness about the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
He’ll be in Topeka Monday, Jan. 23, for Mass and a rally in Topeka. A bus will leave that day at 8:30 a.m. from Wichita. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Topeka Performing Arts Center. A rally will follow in front of the Capitol steps.
Bishop Kemme will fly to meet nearly 600 pilgrims who will ride buses from the Diocese of Wichita to Washington, D.C., for activities associated with the National March for Life, Friday, Jan. 27. A rally for all pilgrims will be held at noon. The march is at 1 p.m. with testimonies outside the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled for 3 p.m.
The buses of pilgrims, teenagers from parishes across the diocese, Bishop Carroll, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Trinity Catholic High Schools, along with chaperones, will leave after a 6:30 p.m. Mass Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita. It will take about 24 hours to get to Washington, D.C. Please pray for the safety of all those traveling to Washington D.C.
Before Friday’s national March, which will be televised live on the Eternal Word Television Network, the pilgrims will participate in Mass at the National Basilica, tour the city, participate in a rally at the National Mall, and have their own adoration and rally.
Church musician workshop Jan. 28
David Pickering and Elisa Bickers will lead “January Jubilee,” a one-day workshop for church musicians from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wichita.
A recital will follow at four o’clock.
Pickering is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. Bickers is associate director of music at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.
To register or for more information, visit www.agowichita.org or contact Christopher Shaw at (316) 217-3396.
The event is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.
A Better Choice mini-march set for Jan. 22
A Better Choice, a Wichita pro-life ministry, is sponsoring a Mini-March Boot Camp beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22.
Participants are asked to meet in front of the Planned Parenthood office at 2226 E. Central. After hearing speakers, prayer, and reflection, the group will process to the ABC office at 3007 E. Central for continued prayerful reflection, a tour, and hot cocoa.
Donations such as baby formula, newborn outfits, receiving blankets, and first-class stamps will be welcomed.
Evangelization training workshop scheduled March 30
The diocesan Office of Faith Formation is hosting basic evangelization training facilitated by St. Paul Street Evangelization Thursday, March 30, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost is $20 per person or $40 per parish and includes a catered lunch.
To register visit TinyURL.com/spse-kansas. The deadline is March 23.
Seminarian talks about schooling
Will Stuever talks about the seminary in a brief video on the Vocations page of the diocesan website.
Stuever, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Andale, says he discovered that the seminary is a place where everyday men can be formed into the best versions of themselves.
The video is available at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/vocations.
Year of Rooster Mass, celebration Jan. 29 at Church of the Magdalen
The Vietnamese community of the Diocese of Wichita invites the faithful to join them for the celebration for the year of the Red Fire Rooster, a strutting peacock of the Vietnamese New Year – Tết Mass.
Bishop Carl Kemme and attending diocesan priests will concelebrate Mass at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Church of Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st Street N. in Wichita.
Children will receive lucky money immediately following Mass. There will be a cultural program consisting of great food, a Lion Dance, cultural songs, dances, and door prizes.
Invitation in Vietnamese
Trân trọng thông báo,
Nhân dịp đầu năm, để cảm tạ Thiên Chúa cùng cầu xin Ngài chúc lành cho mọi người chúng ta trong Năm Mới, các anh chị em nguyên Hội Đồng Mục Vụ Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita sẽ tổ chức Thánh Lễ Đầu Năm 2017, năm Đinh Dậu vào lúc 2 giờ 30 (2:30) chiều Chúa Nhật ngày 29, tháng 1, năm 2017 tại Thánh Đường Magdalen.
Địa chỉ số 12626 East đường 21 North Thành Phố Wichita, Kansas
Thánh Lễ đầu năm sẽ do Đức Cha Carl Kemme và các Linh Mục, Việt-Mỹ đồng tế. Ngay sau Thánh Lễ sẽ có phần “lì xì” cho các em nhỏ.
Ý Nguyện Đầu Năm:
Cầu cho việc phong thánh Đức Hồng Y Nguyễn Văn Thuận và Cha Kapaun.
Cầu bằng an cho tổ quốc và Giáo Hội Việt Nam.
Cầu xin cho người Việt Nam luôn biết yêu thươngvà gìn giữ văn hóa cổ truyền.
Cầu xin bằng an cho Địa phận và các gia đìn, nhất là những người già yếu trong bịnh viện, trong dưỡng lão.
Sau đó, chúng tôi có tổ chức một bữa tiệc, văn nghệ mừng xuân cùng múa lân và xổ số lấy hên đầu năm.
Trân trọng kính mời toàn thể quý ông bà và anh chị em đến tham dự Thánh Lễ Đầu Năm và thưởng thức một chương trình văn nghệ đầy sắc thái mừng Xuân 2017.
Trân trọng kính mời,
Linh Mục Bejamin Nhật Nguyễn
Đại Diện các anh chị em nguyên Hội Đồng Mục Vụ Công Giáo Việt Nam Địa Phận Wichita.
Quilters needed to make raffle quilt
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering scholarships for young married couples and single parents who want to take classes on topics such as marriage, parenting, natural family planning, and divorce healing.
The diocesan office would also like to set up a fund to provide child care during the classes for parents with small children who need our help but can’t afford childcare for a long series of classes.
Catholic quilters interested in making a raffle quilt to generate funds to provide for scholarships and childcare are invited to a meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, to make our first quilt at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka in Wichita.
Quilters are asked to bring their ideas and patterns for a raffle quilt. Those interested are asked to contact Sharon Witzell at 316-685-5240 or email
Three diocesan priests to be part of April 27 dinner train excursion
Father Paul Oborny, Father Ivan Eck, and Father Dwight Birket, three retired priests of the Diocese of Wichita, will be part of a Kansas Belle Dinner Train day trip Thursday, April 27, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.
The restored dinner train with its four dining cars is part of a nostalgic trip back to the 1940s. In addition to exploring the train, participants will enjoy the scenery of a 22-mile, round-trip train ride, and a three-course lunch while listening to music of the era.
Participants will leave via bus at 8 a.m. from Village Tours and Travel, located at 8620 W. 21st N. in Wichita, and are scheduled to be back in Wichita by 5:30 p.m.
The all-inclusive cost is $115. To make a reservation, call Village Tours at 316-721-4455.
Pre-Valentine’s talk about love Feb. 7
The “Four Levels of Love and Happiness” will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Aero Planes Brewing, 117 N. Handley, in Wichita.
Sharon Witzell, program coordinator for the diocesan Senior Adult Ministries, will make the presentation in preparation for Valentine’s Day. The doors open at 7 p.m. the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.
Adults over the age of 21 are invited.
“Whether you’re a millennial, baby boomer and beyond, or somewhere in between, married, dating, engaged or single you’ll be delighted in this presentation,” she said.
Via Christi launches $50 million renovation of St. Joseph campus
WICHITA – A $50 million renovation of Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph is planned.
Renovation plans for the Project Renewal initiative include:
• Converting the hospital’s medical-surgical units to private patient rooms – complementing the large, private labor, and delivery rooms and renovation that has already taken place throughout St. Joseph’s 4th-floor NewLife Center;
• Expanding and improving on-call space for family medicine, surgery and psychiatry residents doing rotations at the hospital;
• And consolidating Via Christi’s inpatient behavioral health services in dedicated, state-of-the-art space on the hospital’s 6th and 7th floors and centralizing its outpatient services, now delivered primarily at St. Joseph and the aging Via Christi Behavioral Health Center on Orme Street, in medical office space adjacent to the hospital.
Knights vs. priest basketball game set for Feb. 12 at BCCHS
The 29th Annual Basketball Classic for Vocations between the Blue Knights of Knights of Columbus Council 4118 and the Padres, the priests of the Diocese of Wichita, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Gym.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the tip-off is scheduled for 7. The Padres lead the series 16 to 12.
Donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds are used to support the council’s religious vocations programs and provide direct financial support to seminarians.
Pro-life candle light vigil, rosary Jan. 22
A candle light vigil will be held and a rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the abortion clinic located at 5107 E. Kellogg in Wichita.
The faithful are invited to the event which is sponsored by the diocesan Respect Life And Social Justice Office to pray for the end to abortion.