Bishop Kemme gathering his flock, listening

Bishop Carl A. Kemme heard about the desires and the expectations of a group of young Wichita area adults during a listening session Monday night at a Theology on Tap event in Loft 150 in Old Town.
It was the fourth since the opening session Sunday, Aug. 27, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita. A listening session was held Thursday, Sept. 7, in Spanish at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Bishop Kemme announced the listening sessions after returning from The Joy in the Gospel in America Convocation held July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida. The gatherings of the faithful, held throughout the diocese, are a way “for us to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking through the entire community of faith,” he said last month.
After visiting with about 125 young men and women during a social hour, Bishop Kemme sat on a stage in the corner of the room next to Father David Lies, vicar general of the Diocese of Wichita, who welcomed those attending and opened the listening session by asking: What does the Diocese of Wichita do well?
One of the first to answer, David, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, said the diocese offers young adults opportunities to be a part of the church and to meet each other.
Bryan, a member of the Church of the Resurrection, said the diocese does a lot of things well, in general, but praised the diocese for its dedication to Catholic education. He attributed the large number of seminarians studying for the diocese to the emphasis on Catholic education.
One young adult commended the diocese’s promotion of the stewardship way of life and emphasized the connection of stewardship to providing a Catholic education to children of all demographics.
Adam, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, said the diocese does Eucharistic adoration well, something he didn’t understand until he didn’t live in the diocese.
One young woman said she appreciated the availability of the Sacrament of Confession across the parishes in Wichita and wished it was more readily available in the smaller towns.
Jessica said she was awed by the women religious in the diocese and the priests. “They are really amazing people,” she said.
Kristin, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, said she misses the reverence of the Mass when she is outside the Diocese of Wichita. “Wichita takes pride in liturgy done right,” she said.
Another Kristin, a member of St. Jude Parish in Wichita, said the diocese does an excellent job of nurturing young priests. “It’s exciting to see the life of the church is vibrant here…it’s very encouraging.”
A young man appreciated the strong pro-life movement in the diocese. Daniel was amazed by the number who participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. “It’s a great witness,” he said.
Jarrod, formerly of the Diocese of Dodge City, said he was impressed with the number of Masses available on Saturday evenings and Sunday. An employee of Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, he added that he especially appreciated the 9 o’clock Mass Sunday nights at Wichita State’s St. Paul University Parish when he had to work on Sundays.
There was also a variety of answers to the second question: What can the diocese do better?
One young woman who said she had attended public schools her entire life felt the catechists in her PSR needed better formation. She also said she would like more support for young adults at the parish level.
Another young woman said it seemed that when someone questioned the Catholic faith in high school she felt they were “shut down’ instead of being allowed to express themselves.
Several men and women suggested more focus be placed on small towns, and to make more resources available to parishes there.
One woman said she didn’t believe religious vocations for women were emphasized as much as vocations to the priesthood.
A diocesan employee said she would like to see more education for our priests about persons with disabilities and how to involve people with disabilities in the parish. “Mental illness has a huge stigma…how can we work to involve these people into the parish, into the church,” she said.
Several attending said they felt single young adults weren’t valued by their parishes.
Father Lies also asked participants what priorities they believe Bishop Kemme should have in the future.
Bryan, a recent graduate of Wichita State, said the church needs to be a place of community. “What I love about St. Paul’s was that the church wasn’t just a place on Sunday, it was a place where you gathered and did everything.”
A woman said confirmation should be a priority across the diocese.
Another young woman who recently moved into the diocese said evangelization should be a priority. “Focus on going out to those who don’t know Christ,” she said.
Bishop Kemme, closed the listening session by thanking everyone for being a part of the evening. He said he was impressed by the way they articulated their thoughts. “I’m not sure (at their age) that I would have been able to express myself as well as you did,” he said.
He added that he had great expectations of a future together.
“We have a lot of challenges,” Bishop Kemme said. “We are blessed – but we can’t take that for granted. We can’t assume we’ll always have wonderful blessings.”
He said he looks forward to many years of service as bishop of the Diocese of Wichita.
“We need to work to deepen our faith in Jesus Christ,” he said. “We can have all the finest resources…but it doesn’t mean anything unless we are deepening our faith in Jesus Christ. If we’re working on that, we are working on something truly worthwhile.”
Bishop Kemme said he is always open to hearing from the faithful. “I really value your input and your participation in the life of our diocese.”
Although the dioceses has challenges, it also has hope, he said.
“We can’t do it on our own, but together. I want Christ to reign in our diocese and in our homes and in our streets,” he said.

Bishop’s listening session schedule
Here are the dates, times, and locations for the remainder of Bishop Kemme’s listening sessions:
• Oct. 1: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 3 p.m.
• Oct. 7: Holy Cross Parish, Hutchinson, 10 a.m
• Oct. 27: Session for Diocesan Curia only
• Oct. 29: St. Patrick Parish, Parsons, 1 p.m.
• Nov. 5: St. Mary Parish, Derby, 1:30 p.m.
• Nov. 18: 10 a.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsburg
• Nov. 30: Priests only
To register, call Jessica Wojenski at 316-269-3900 or email her at

Wichita WIN to celebrate 20th anniversary Oct. 13

Wichita Women’s Initiative Network is celebrating its 20th anniversary Friday, Oct. 13, with an open house and a special fundraiser.
The open house, to be held until noon, will follow a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting for the newly refurbished Wichita WIN facility at 510 E. Third in Wichita. Speakers at the ceremony will include Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, and representatives of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Wichita WIN’s Platinum 20th Anniversary Celebration will be held from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita. The casual fundraiser will include food stations and an open bar, a silent auction of many fine gift baskets, a wine pull, and music by popular local band, Annie Up.
Tickets for the celebration are $75 each. Reserved tables are $750. Tickets may be ordered online at Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Wichita WIN program, sponsored by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.
Wichita WIN provides women survivors of domestic abuse with educational and employment opportunities fostering healing and self-sufficiency. Since its founding in 1997, Wichita WIN has helped nearly 200 women and their children to emotional and financial independence.

Want to help or want a ticket?
For tickets, to donate auction items, or for sponsorship information, contact Amber Beck or Judy Conkling at Wichita WIN, 316-262-3960.

Diocesan news, September 15, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Sept. 15-18: Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri
Sept. 19-30: Diocesan pilgrimage
Oct. 1: Listening Session (in English) at the Cathedral at 3 p.m.
Oct. 7: Listening Session at Holy Cross in Hutchinson at 10 a.m.; Sacred Heart, Cunningham, church rededication and altar consecration at 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 8: Diocesan Anniversary Mass at 3:30 p.m. at the Cathedral, Wichita
Oct. 9: Kansas Catholic Conference meeting
Oct. 9-10: Jesus Caritas
Oct. 10: White Mass at the Chapel of the Sorrowful Mother at Via Christi St. Francis Campus at 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 11-12: Kenrick Glennon Seminary visit
Oct. 12: Kenrick Glennon Board of Trustee Meeting
Oct. 13: Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary Rosary followed by Consecration of the diocese to Mary at the Cathedral at 5 p.m.
Oct. 14: Rededication of Church and Altar Consecration and Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg, at 11 a.m.
Oct. 15-24: Holy Land Pilgrimage with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcre of Jerusalem
Oct. 26: Evening with Parents of Seminarians, Vespers and Dinner
Oct. 27: Curia Day of Recollection
Oct. 28-29: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Patrick in Parsons
Oct. 29: Listening session at St. Patrick in Parsons at 1 p.m.
Oct. 30-31: Holy Trinity Seminary visit
Nov. 1-2: Mundelein Seminary visit

Plenty of room left on Bishop Kemme’s trip to South America
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will lead a trip to South America Jan. 29-Feb. 8, 2018.
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 trip includes airfare from anywhere in the country, daily Mass, four- or five-star hotels, all ground transportation, tour guides, entry into all sites, and all breakfasts and dinners.
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 or email

Carmelite nuns golf benefit set for Sept. 25
The 10th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Diocese of Wichita will be held Monday, Sept. 25.
The event will start at noon at the Willowbend Golf Club, 8001 E. Mulberry Dr. in Wichita. The cost is $125 per player or $500 per team.
Lunch, green fees, a cart, on-course beverages, good-natured fun with diocesan priests, hole competitions, including a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, and an awards dinner are included.
For information contact Jeff at For more information about the nuns contact Jerry at 316-305-3051.

Daughters of Isabella Annual Fall Game and Card Party Oct. 20
The St. Augustine Circle 235 Daughters of Isabella of Wichita is hosting its annual Fall Game and Card Party from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Knights of Columbus clubhouse located at 3203 W. 13th St. in Wichita.
Games and cards of all kinds, Bunko, dominoes, board games, bridge, pitch, pinochle, and poker will be played.
A light meal and desserts will be served during both sessions. The suggested ticket donation is $10. Door prizes donated by local merchants will be awarded throughout the event. Ticket holders need not be present to win prizes.
Charities supported by Daughters of Isabella include the Catholic Diocesan Seminary Burse, Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent of Wichita, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, a scholarship fund, Right to Life, A Better Choice, St. Anthony Family Shelter, Gerard House for Unwed Mothers, Guadalupe Clinic, Step Stone, Center of Hope, the Lord’s Diner and St. Dismas Ministry to the Incarcerated.

Shamrock charity golf tournament Oct. 2
The 14th Annual Shamrock Open Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries will be held Monday, Oct. 2, at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita.
The tournament, which includes lunch and dinner, is $150 per person or $600 per four-person team. Non-golfers may attend a Signature Steak Dinner for $25 per person from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 2 at The Ville at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Andover.
A “Luck of the Irish” raffle will be held for a $500 cash prize. The drawing will be held at the steak dinner. Need not be present to win.
For more information contact Brenda Wasinger at 316-684-5120, or visit under News and Events to access registration brochure.

Singers for Handel’s Messiah still needed
The Wichita Choral society is looking for singers for Handel’s Messiah. Rehearsals began Sept. 11. No audition is necessary.
Rehearsals are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church on north Rock Road. For more information call 416-680-5194 or visit

White Mass for healthcare workers Oct. 10 at hospital
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate a White Mass at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Chapel of the Sorrowful Mother at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita.
The White Mass is for doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals. Health care workers of all faiths are welcome.
The White Mass, named for the white medical garments worn by those in the medical community, has been celebrated in the United States since the development of the Catholic Medical Association in the early 1930s.
The White Mass, in addition to honoring those in the healthcare profession, provides Catholic healthcare professionals an opportunity to come together as a medical community and unite their medical vocation with the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Support group for those who’ve had abortions Sept. 17
A Hope Lives monthly support group for women who have experienced an abortion will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Confidentiality is strictly respected at all times. For more information contact 316 269-HOPE (4673).

Build going well, but more help needed soon for October
Bonnie Toombs said the 2017 Pope Francis Build is going well and is on schedule – but may not be able to stay on schedule unless she gets more volunteers soon.
She said she is desperate for volunteers for Friday, Sept. 22. Volunteers are also needed on Oct. 5 and 19.
To volunteer, contact Toombs at or at 316-269-3935.

Doubles tennis tournament to benefit schools
The 4th annual “Aces for Academics” Doubles Tennis Tournament will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Genesis Health Club, 1551 N. Rock Road, in Wichita.
The cost is $60 per player and is open to all levels of players, except professionals. Registration closes Sept. 20. Refreshments will be served, prizes will be awarded, and mulligans will be available.
Proceeds will benefit the school libraries of Holy Savior Catholic Academy, St. Joseph Catholic School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, and St. Patrick Catholic School.
For more information contact DeAnn White at 316-680-5486 or at

Domestic violence topic of workshop Oct. 6
Harbor House Community Advocacy Coordinator Julie O’Neill will be the keynote presenter at a community workshop on domestic violence myths and legacies from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas.
The Mental Health Association is located at 555 N. Woodlawn, suite 3105, in Wichita.
The presentation is designed to help professionals better navigate around social myths related to domestic violence to create a fuller understanding of survivors’ individual life experiences.
Workshop participants will learn to define and identify domestic violence dynamics, generational impact, and to recognize local domestic violence resources.
For more information, contact Cynthia Henson at 316-651-1249 or

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

Hesbergh lecture on Oct. 4 at Newman U.
Cindy S. Bergeman, Ph.D., will talk about “Aging Successfully” at the next Hesburgh Lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Newman University in Wichita.
Bergeman, professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, will make the presentation at 7 p.m. in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.
It is free and open to the public.
She is a lifespan developmental psychologist who researches stress, resiliency and aging, and behavioral genetics as part of her work at Notre Dame.

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

Pro-life ministry offering ‘pill kills’ DVD free of charge
Physicians prescribe the pill to many young women to regulate monthly cycles, lessen cramping, or to control acne.
But the life and health threatening side effects from taking the pill are not worth it, according to the West Sedgwick County Chapter of Right to Life of Kansas. The pill not only causes abortions but has dangerous side-effects.
The chapter is offering a free DVD, “The Pill Kills Symposium,” that explains the problems associated with the pill.
For free copy of the DVD, send an email with your name and address, or call Carolyn at 316-531-2227.
For more information or to watch the DVD online, visit and click on “2012 National Symposium” box on the left of the home page.

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 and clicking on “Find A Parish.” The “Necrology” link is on the right side of the parish listing home page.

First Saturday Oct 7
Saturday, Oct. 7, is the first Saturday of the month.
Our Lady of Fatima made a promise regarding those who make a First Five Saturdays Devotion: “I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation” all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the 15 mysteries of the rosary.
The other conditions that must be fulfilled are confession, Holy Communion, a rosary, and a 15-minute meditation. Those making the devotion are allowed eight days to fulfill Our Lady’s requests.
Details are available at or

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 or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.

Catholic news websites
Two Catholic news aggregate websites are now available.
The two sites are and
The websites gather Catholic news stories from across the web and assemble them at one site.

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

Youth and school news, September 15, 2017

Nearly 10K lunches donated to schools
Three charities recently donated over 9,600 lunches to six Wichita Catholic schools.
CEO Kansas Inc., the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Kids Need 2 Eat of El Dorado, Kansas, on Aug. 16 distributed the lunches, including 783 cartons of milk and 108 cartons of juice, to six Catholic Schools: All Saints, Holy Savior, St. Anne, St. Jude, St. Margaret Mary, and St. Patrick.
High Touch Technology provided the warehouse space for the food.
“The students really enjoyed the breakfast and snack packs. They were excited to open a sack and receive all of the healthy goodies,” said Dr. Delia Shropshire, principal of Holy Savior Catholic Academy.
“Some of our students are faced with food insecurities at home. The breakfast food will ensure students are able to focus on their academics instead of thinking about how hungry they are during the morning. The afternoon snacks help ensures the students are not hungry when they leave school.”

BCCHS trash bags for sale until Sept. 22
WICHITA – Bishop Carroll Catholic High School’s annual trash bag sale will be held until Sept. 22.
The durable yellow lawn bags, white kitchen bags, and degradable lawn and kitchen bags are again available.
Those who may not know a BCCHS student may place an order by calling the school office at 316-722-2390.

Spiritual Life Center news, September 15, 2017

Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing four-week series begins on Oct. 5
Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. In a four-week series that begins Thursday, Oct. 5, Sharon Witzell, program coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries, will help participants examine their lives.
Those attending will discover the parallels between their lives and the mysteries of the rosary while experiencing the healing graces of Our Lady. Where our lives are characterized by trauma, stress, pain, or sadness, she said, ancient contemplative prayer can bring acceptance, understanding, and joy.
Witzell will use a series of stories, reflections, and prayerful meditations each week with a different mystery of the rosary. A powerful and very personal approach to using the rosary as a process of transformation and healing from the inside out will be revealed.
The cost for the four-week series is $40 and includes the book “Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing” by Father Dwight Longenecker.
Classes will be offered at two different times: 1:30 to 3 p.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center beginning Oct. 5. Register by calling 316-744-0167 or emailing by Sept. 22 so books can be ordered.

‘An Encounter with J.R.R. Tolkien’ program at SLC Sept. 28-29
The Spiritual Life Center will offer “An Encounter with J.R.R. Tolkien” Sept. 28-29.
For almost a century the story-telling of J.R.R. Tolkien has captured the imaginations of readers young and old; transporting them to a fantasy world where dwarves, elves, wizards, and men fight together against the powers of darkness.
Tolkien described his “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy as a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work,” and a careful look into his epic trilogy, as well as some of his other writings, reveals many spiritual gems for Christian readers.
A no-cost evening presentation on Thursday will feature an introduction to Tolkien, including his biography and a glimpse into the ways he used imagination to lead readers to an encounter of reality: truth, goodness, justice, and beauty.
Friday’s program includes reflections from “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and his wonderful short story “Leaf by Niggle,” as well as some afternoon leisure time with Tolkien-inspired activities.
Want to attend?
Registration information is available at or by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167. Thursday evening’s program is free. Friday’s programs include breakfast, lunch, and all programming. The cost for Friday commuters is $45, and the cost for an overnight stay is $100.

Conference for liturgical ministers Nov. 17 at the SLC
Liturgical ministers and anyone interested in the Sacred Liturgy are invited to attend the annual Fall Forum Nov. 17-18 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The conference, “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, Nov. 17, and a second lecture on Saturday, “The Death & Resurrection of the Mass: Modernism versus Tradition.”
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; and Bo Bonner, Rachel Dugan, and James Bitting.
Registration and information is available at or by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.

Support group for those who’ve had abortions Sept. 17
A Hope Lives monthly support group for women who have experienced an abortion will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Confidentiality is strictly respected at all times. For more information contact 316 269-HOPE (4673).

Three-evening program on St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle Sept. 26-28
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the Spiritual Life Center, will lead a series entitled “The Interior Castle” Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 26-28, during which he will introduce participants to St. Teresa of Avila and her teachings on the Interior Castle.
As written in the preface to the Study Edition of the Interior Castle, “The Interior Castle is more than a book. It is a wonderful image of the mystery of the human person. It is the soul of its author, St. Teresa of Avila, who journeys through the castle from dwelling place to dwelling place providing us with a program, feminine yet warlike, of the Christian spiritual life. It is, though, also a book, the last book written by Teresa who five years before her death left to the best of her knowledge what in her experience she had been praising God for.”
Want to attend?
The program will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26-28. The cost of registration is a suggested donation of $25 for all three nights, or $10 per evening. Visit or call (316) 744-0167 to register.

Fr. Jerome Spexarth to present SLC’s September Docentium
Fr. Jerome Spexarth, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Wichita, will present the Docentium on Catholicism and Culture Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
His topic will be: “The Holy Land, St. Jerome, and Our Catholic Faith.” The program includes dinner and a presentation. Fr. Spexarth will give a visual tour of the Holy Land according to Christ’s life, as well as a brief overview of one of the church’s most staunch defenders, St. Jerome.
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the SLC with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:30. The cost is $15 per person.
Visit to register or call (316) 744-0167 to register.

Father Ken Van Haverbeke to lead Thomas Merton retreat Oct. 13
Father Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a preached retreat Oct. 13-15 based on the life and teachings of Thomas Merton. The simple weekend retreat entitled “A Retreat in Nature with Thomas Merton” will allow participants to enjoy the beauty of nature on the land surround the Spiritual Life Center while they pray on the topics of the retreat.
In his general audience of January 26, 2000, Saint John Paul II, a great lover of the outdoors, said: “Nature therefore becomes a Gospel that speaks to us of God: For from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.”
The retreat will introduce or reintroduce participants to Thomas Merton, God’s revelation through our natural senses, and our human needs, desires, and identity. As always, there will be time for Mass, quiet prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and fellowship. The weekend also provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the grounds of the Spiritual Life Center including the St. John the Baptist Nature Trail.
The cost for the weekend is $100. Reservations can made at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Conference for liturgical ministers Nov. 17 at the SLC
Liturgical ministers and anyone interested in the Sacred Liturgy are invited to attend the annual Fall Forum Nov. 17-18 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The conference, “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, Nov. 17, and a second lecture on Saturday, “The Death & Resurrection of the Mass: Modernism versus Tradition.”
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; and Bo Bonner, Rachel Dugan, and James Bitting.
Registration and information is available at or by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.

Two make professions as IHMs

Sister Mary Lucia makes vows June 24
Sister Mary Lucia Stuhlsatz made her perpetual profession and solemn consecration as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Saturday, June 24, at St. Mary Church in Aleppo.
The daughter of Perry and Janet Stuhlsatz, members of St. Mary Parish, Aleppo, Sister Mary Lucia grew up as the third oldest of 10 children. Many members of her family served for her profession Mass.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme was the main celebrant during which Sister Mary Lucia once again professed the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience – this time perpetually. She made her first profession three and a half years ago, during which she grew in her relationship with God and the community and deepened her understanding of the vows.
As is customary for the IHMs, Sister Mary Lucia signed her vows on the altar. The vows were then placed under the corporal that would be used for the Eucharistic celebration, thus uniting her act of perpetual profession with the Jesus’ loving sacrifice on the Cross.
Following the profession of vows, she knelt before the bishop for a solemn consecration, whereby she would forever be set apart by God. In the prayer of consecration, Bishop Kemme, with hands outstretched over her, prayed, in part “...Father, we earnestly pray you: send the fire of the Holy Spirit into the heart of your daughter to keep alive within her the holy desire he has given her.” She then received a wedding band to symbolize her perpetual spousal relationship with Christ.
In reflection, Sister Mary Lucia said, “The morning of my profession found me in a state of nervousness, as any bride would be; by the evening, my heart was overwhelmed with gratitude for God’s goodness and His calling of me to a deeper union with Him and a life of service with and for Him.”

Sister Mary Jane Frances professes
Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Mary Jane Frances Jackle made her first profession of vows Saturday, June 17, in Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel, located in the IHM Novitiate House of Formation near Colwich.
Sister Mary Jane Frances was the first to make her first profession in the new chapel.
Father Patrick York was the main celebrant at the Mass during which Sister Mary Jane Frances professed vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and received the habit of the community.
She is the daughter of John and Michelle Jackle, members of Church of the Magdalen Parish, Wichita. She grew up in Wichita and was taught by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School. After one year of college, Sister entered the community, and has spent the last two and a half years with them learning about the Catholic faith, prayer, religious life, and the vows.
The Mass began as Sister Mary Jane Frances processed into the chapel carrying a black veil, a sign of her consecration, that would replace a white one she wore as a novice, symbolizing “newness.”
After the homily, she came forward, knelt before the altar, and placed her folded hands in the hands of Mother Mary Magdalene, to profess her vows. She said, in part, “The vows are a triple expression of a single ‘yes’ to the one relationship of total consecration...By them, the religious gladly dedicates the whole of life to God’s service, regarding the following of Christ as the one thing that is necessary, and seeking God before all else and only him,”
Following the Mass, the newly professed IHM sister welcomed her family and friends in attendance to a reception.
“I’m in awe of God’s tender care for me,” Sister Mary Jane Frances told her family and friends. “All my life He has prepared me for this vocation. Now I get to love and serve Him with my whole life as His bride. As if that weren’t enough, every time I go into our chapel, I can remember my profession day and give Him my “yes” again!”
Sister Mary Jane Frances will return to her college classes and her work towards a degree in education in preparation for her active participation in the Sisters’ apostolate of education.

40 Days for Life Sept. 27-Nov. 5

The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita are invited to take part in a prayerful presence from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 to Nov. 5 at the abortion clinic in Wichita.
The campaign, 40 Days for Life, will be held at 5107 E. Kellogg. Those who wish to participate may sign up online at
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life Social Justice Office, said her office is coordinating the effort to end abortion in Wichita as part of the coordinated, international mobilization for life.
The 40 Days for Life campaign is firmly rooted on a foundation of prayer and fasting, she said.
“To help maintain focus on the Lord and stay in tune with his guidance, we will prepare and distribute a series of daily devotionals – one for each of the 40 days of the campaign,” she said. “We fervently believe that prayer and fasting will end abortion, and your prayers will be very much needed and appreciated.”
During the 40 days, individuals, churches, families and groups will be asked to join together in prayer for a specific request so the entire Body of Christ can unite around a common focus.
These specific prayer requests are for the mothers and unborn babies at risk for abortion, those who have participated in an abortion, abortion clinic workers, political leaders, and for repentance and healing in the United States.
Toombs is also calling for the faithful to fast during the 40 days.
“Christ said there are demons that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting,” she said.
“A fast is not a Christian diet, it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions. Fast from certain foods. Fast from television. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God.”

Have some time to give for life?
Those who wish to participate may sign up online at For more information call or email 316-269-3935 or email

Reintroduction of Latin Mass to be celebrated Sept. 17 at St. Anthony’s

The 25th anniversary of the reintroduction of the Latin Mass in the Diocese of Wichita will be celebrated at the 1 p.m. Latin Mass Sunday, Sept. 17, at St. Anthony Church in Wichita.
In 1984 Pope John Paul II gave bishops permission to allow the “Tridentine Mass” to be celebrated, with additional restrictions removed in 1988 and 1990. The first Latin Mass in the Diocese of Wichita under John Paul II’s directive was celebrated on Sept. 6, 1992, by Father James Jackson at St. Anthony’s – on a six-month experimental basis.
A quarter century has passed since then. To commemorate the milestone, a 25th Anniversary High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, as is it now known according to Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 Motu Proprio, will be celebrated at St. Anthony Church on Sept. 17. Fr. James Jackson will offer the celebratory Mass.
A cake reception will follow in the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall. Father Jackson will give a short talk, along with a question-and-answer session, at the reception.
Father Jackson, a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, will also celebrate a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Anthony’s at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, followed by coffee and donuts in the parish’s St. Clare Sunshine Room.

StepStone, Mennonite Housing receive award

Ministries honored for Bluffview Place
StepStone and Mennonite Housing received the 2017 Ad Astra Award for Innovative Housing Place last week during the Kansas Housing Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita. Kit Lambertz, executive director for StepStone and Byron Adrian, CEO for Mennonite Housing, accepted the award for Bluffview Place.
A year ago, on Sept. 7, 2016, StepStone at Bluffview Place, a new 28-unit apartment complex for survivors of domestic violence, opened its doors. StepStone has provided transitional housing and support services to domestic violence survivors for more than 20 years. StepStone has traditionally provided transitional housing with single family homes throughout the community.
“The adults and children we serve have lived through trauma and often one or more moves in a short time, from the emergency shelter that gets them to a safe place to help stabilize their situation and identify longer term transitional housing,” Lambertz said.
During that time, critical prevention services are provided to the adults and the children to help break the cycle of abuse by working with all those in the family on life skills, understanding healthy relationships and emotions plus anger management.
In 1995, Mennonite Housing, United Methodist Open Door and StepStone were original partners in the first transitional housing residences for survivors of domestic violence. Now, after 22 years and over 800 women and children served, Mennonite Housing and StepStone are once again partners with the completion and operation of Bluffview Place. Along with the 28 units, StepStone owns seven additional units and is able to provide two years of transitional housing along with supportive services such as advocacy, counseling, support groups, life skills classes, and information and referral to many community resources.

Blue Mass Sept. 10, Red Mass Sept. 14

Two special Masses will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception next month.
A Blue Mass, for those involved in public safety, will be celebrated for the first time at the Cathedral at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The annual Red Mass, for those in the legal profession, will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.
Deriving its title from the traditional color of the uniform of civil safety personnel, the Blue Mass is a liturgical celebration that honors the work and sacrifices of law enforcement, first responders, and fire fighters. The Mass is offered those who uphold the public well-being.
While the Blue Mass has a long and rich tradition in the United States, the Sept. 14 liturgy will be celebrated for the first time at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. David Lies, vicar general and moderator of the Curia will be the celebrant.
Bishop Kemme said he hopes the Blue Mass, like the Red Mass, will become an annual event.

Want to be a part of the Red or Blue Mass?
Judges, lawyers, lawmakers and their guests are invited to the Red Mass to be celebrated at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Judges are invited to robe and to process as a group 10 minutes before Mass. Reservations are requested. To do so, call Ann Maley 316-440-1717 or email
Reservations are not necessary for the Blue Mass. All are welcome to attend, especially all men and women and their families who are in law enforcement, first responders, or fighters.

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