Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Feb. 6: Kansas Catholic College Student Convention, Prairie Star Ranch
Feb. 7: New Parish Hall Blessing, St. Martin of Tours, Caldwell
Feb. 8-9: Jesus Caritas
Feb. 9: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. Anthony, Wellington, and St. Martin of Tours, Caldwell
Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday noon Mass at the Cathedral
Feb. 11: School pastoral visit to St. Joseph in McPherson
Feb. 13: Right of Election at the Cathedral at 1 p.m.
Feb. 13-14: Parish Pastoral visit with Confirmation Mass at St. Joseph in Wichita
Feb. 14: Rite of Election at the Cathedral at 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 17: Religious Freedom Rally in Topeka; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Feb. 18: School pastoral visit to St. Andrew in Independence; Southeast Kansas Regional Priest meeting; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. Patrick, Chanute and St. Joseph, Humboldt
Feb. 19: School pastoral visit to St. Patrick in Parsons
Feb. 20-21: Parish pastoral visit to St. Francis in St. Paul and St. Ambrose in Erie; Rite of Election at St. Francis in St. Paul at 2 p.m.
Feb. 22-24: Seminary visit to Mundelein
Feb. 24: Mass and dinner for Admission to Candidacy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis
Feb. 25: Kenrick-Glennon Board of Trustee Meeting in St. Louis
Feb. 27: Mass and luncheon for consecrated religious
Feb. 28: Catholic Charities Cruise Night at Hyatt Regency Hotel
March 1: Regional Priests Meeting at Spiritual Life Center; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection in Wichita
March 2: Retired Priests Regional Priest meeting at Priests’ Retirement Center
March 3: School pastoral visit at St. Patrick in Kingman: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Wichita
March 5-6: Parish Pastoral visit with confirmation at St. Mary in Moline, Sacred Heart in Caney, and St. Robert in Sedan
Annual BCCHS Super Bowl breakfast Feb. 7
The Bishop Carroll High School Parents’ Organization will serve its 19th annual Super Bowl Sunday Gourmet Pancake and German Sausage Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in the school commons, located at 8101 W. Central in Wichita.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 2 to 12 years, or $22 for a family. Proceeds benefit student activities and the general needs of the school.
Three Rites of Election planned
Three Rites of Election for those seeking to enter the Catholic Church are scheduled in the next two weeks.
Two rites will be held in Wichita and one at St. Francis Parish in St. Paul.
The ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The rite in St. Paul will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.
At the rite, the church formally ratifies the catechumens’ readiness for the sacraments of initiation, and the candidates’ readiness to be received into full communion in the church.
Birth mother retreat Feb. 26-28 at SLC
An After the Gift Retreat will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 26-28, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Birth mothers are invited to gather, share stories, laugh, cry, and make new friends at the retreat. After the Gift supports all birth mothers, no matter when they placed their child for adoption.
“Adoption can be a very isolating experience as many go through life without having other people understand the journey and the lifelong affects,” said Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Office of Respect Life and Social Justice.
Losing a newborn is one thing, she said, but 10 years later, it’s a whole childhood a mother has missed. “Death, marriages, new births, search, and reunion all are frequent triggers and moms often need additional support, or just someone who understands.”
To register for the retreat call (316) 269-3935 or email
Fr. Kapaun’s sister-in-law dies on Jan. 22
Helen Kapaun, the sister-in-law of Father Emil Kapaun, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita. She was 86.
Mrs. Kapaun was the last surviving member of the family to have known Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun, whose cause for canonization is now before the Congregation for Saints in Rome.
Services were held Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, at St. Mark Church.
New time for bimonthly charismatic prayer group at NU
The Lord of Hosts Prayer Group, a charismatic prayer group has changed its meeting time. It now meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month in Sacred Heart Hall at Newman University in Wichita.
The group meets for prayer, praise, and instruction. The Feb. 18 meeting “God’s Love” will begin a six-session Life in the Spirit Seminar. All are welcome.
Multi-denominational Rally for Religious Freedom set for Feb. 17 at state capitol
A multi-denominational Rally for Religious Freedom will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, on the 2nd floor under the dome in the Kansas State Capitol Building.
The Kansas Catholic Conference and other organizations concerned about religious freedom are hosting the event.
Speakers include Ryan Anderson from the Heritage Foundation. Bishop Carl A. Kemme is scheduled to attend.
Those who are interested in traveling to the event on a bus should contact the Respect Life and Social Justice Office at (316) 269-3935 or email
A bus will be chartered if there is enough interest.
Sr. Tarcisia to receive award this evening
Sister Tarcisia Roths will be honored this evening with the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Sweet Emergency Fund.
Sister Tarcisia, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ from Wichita, will receive the award at the 11th annual An Evening of Note at 6:30 p.m. at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas in Wichita.
The award recognizes people who have made significant contributions within the community through their leadership, guidance, philanthropic, and selfless actions.
Dr. Donna Sweet, who is associated with the KU School of Medicine Wichita, established the award in 2005. Proceeds will benefit the Sweet Emergency Fund to assist HIV/AIDS patients with healthcare needs.