Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Nov. 18: Curia Thanksgiving Mass and Luncheon
Nov. 19-20: Parish Pastoral, confirmation, Mary Queen of Angels, Ft. Scott
Nov. 20: Solemn Vespers Closing Year of Mercy at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral
Nov. 21: Regan Catechetical Institute Mass, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Wichita
Nov. 22: Regan Catechetical Institute Mass, St. Mary Colgan, Pittsburg; Blessing of Lord’s Diner, Pittsburg
Nov. 28-Dec. 8: Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Dec. 12: Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita; Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass for Guadalupe Clinic, ASC Chapel
Dec. 13: Legatus Christmas Party
Dec. 14: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Dec. 15: Presbyteral Council; Serra Clubs of Wichita Christmas Party
Dec. 16: School Pastoral Mass and visit at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita; Curia/Cathedral Staff Christmas Gathering
Dec. 17-18: Parish Pastoral visit at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parade Dec. 4
WICHITA – The 14th Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish will begin on Sunday, Dec. 4, with daily activities through Thursday, Dec. 8, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The festival parade will start at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Topeka and Central. The parade will conclude with a rosary. A novena will also begin Sunday, Dec. 4.
A bilingual Mass in honor of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, outdoors in a tent. A food sale and talent show will follow.
On Friday, Dec. 9, a Mass in honor of St. Juan Diego will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. in the tent. A matachines competition and food sale will follow.
A singing competition “Una Cancion para Nuestra Madre” (A Song for Our Mother), will be held Saturday. Mass will be celebrated at midnight. On Sunday, in addition to regular Masses, food will be sold.
On Monday, Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mass will be celebrated at noon and at 6:30 p.m. the novena will end before the 6:30 p.m. Mass.
Matachines will dance and food will be sold Tuesday, Dec. 13, and Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m.
‘Messiah’ to be presented Nov. 27
The Wichita Choral Society will sing its 71st presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at the First Baptist Church, 216 E. 2nd St., in Wichita.
Shawn Chastain will direct. Tickets are $10 at the door.
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.
Next GriefShare series begins Jan. 12 at SLC
The next GriefShare series, designed to turn mourning into joy, will be offered on Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 12 at the Spiritual Life Center.
The 12-week series, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30.
Via Christi to host annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Saturday
A free conference to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide to heal and cope with that loss will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the McNamara Center at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, 3600 E. Harry.
The International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day conference will provide a time for participants to talk, heal, learn to cope and be with other people who understand the guilt, grief, confusion — and even anger — they may be feeling.
The event will include a light lunch, and a candlelight remembrance ceremony for loved ones who were lost.
To register, or for more information, call Denise Van Dorn at 316-858-0216.
The Wichita Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Via Christi Health are hosting the event.
Sarah’s Hope Foundation dinner March 4 at St. Jude
The 16th Anniversary Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Sarah’s Hope Foundation will be held Saturday, March 4, in St. Jude Parish Hall, 3030 N. Amidon in Wichita.
Vicki Tiahrt will be the featured speaker. Guests of honor will be Bishop Carl A. Kemme, Father Jim Mainz, and Todd Tiahrt.
The cost is $20 per person. For reservations call 316-209-5029.
Operation Holiday needs volunteers
Catholic Charities and Interfaith Ministries need volunteers for Operation Holiday.
Several thousand families are assisted each year through the event. Youth can earn their high school service hours in November and December by assisting with the distribution of donations.
Operation Holiday distributes nonperishable food, food vouchers, winter wear, and blankets to low-income families and individuals.
To volunteer, email
or call Kathy Hannemann at 316-264-8334, ext. 1261.
Catholic seniors invited to monthly service at Reflection Ridge in Wichita
Catholic adults are invited to a monthly first Friday service at Reflection Ridge, 2300 N. Tyler Road in Wichita.
The service begins at 10:15 a.m. in the theater. A priest from nearby St. Catherine of Siena leads a rosary, conducts Anointing of the Sick, and distributes Holy Communion.
A video-based Catholic Bible study for seniors will also be offered on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.
For more information, contact Lois at 316-721-0500 or email her at
Pro-life ministry offering ‘pill kills’ educational DVD
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 ThePillKills.org and click on “2012 National Symposium” box on the left of the home page.