Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
March 3: Serra Club 6th Grade Vocation Day Mass at Church of the Magdalen
March 4: Rite of Election, 10 a.m. at Cathedral; Sarah’s Hope 16th Anniversary Dinner at St. Jude
March 5: Rite of Election at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. at Cathedral
March 7: School Pastoral visit to St. Patrick in Chanute; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Name in Coffeyville
March 8: School Pastoral visit to Holy Name in Coffeyville; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. Rose of Lima in Columbus, St. Joseph in Baxter Springs, St. Patrick in Galena, and St. Bridget in Scammon
March 9: School Pastoral visit to St. Mary in Ft. Scott; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
March 10: School Pastoral visit to St. Mary Colgan in Pittsburg
March 11: Lunch with prospective seminarians at Overman’s Student Center at Pittsburg State University
March 12: Closing Mass for DCYC at Double Tree Hilton at Wichita Airport; Confirmation Mass at 5 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita
March 13-15: Amazing Parish Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
March 15-17: Conception Seminary visit
March 17: Conception Board of Regents
March 18-19: Parish Pastoral visit to Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita
March 20-22: Recently Ordained Priests Retreat at Spiritual Life Center
March 21: Serra Metro dinner and guest speaker at Spiritual Life Center
March 22: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Arkansas City
March 23: Regional Priests Meeting at Spiritual Life Center
March 25-26: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Joan of Arc in Harper
March 28: Regional Priests meeting at Spiritual Life Center; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart in Eureka, St. John in Hamilton, and St. Teresa in Madison
March 30: Retired and Regional Priests meeting at Priest Retirement Center; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita
April 1: Mass with visit of the Relics of St. Gianna at St. James in Augusta
April 2: Confirmation Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Parish in Clonmel
Fr. Hoisington now a writer for hprweb.com
Father Thomas Hoisington, author of Reflections on the Sacred Liturgy, is now a contributor to Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
HPR, a resource for preachers and catechists, has been published since 1901.
Longer versions of the Sunday reflections published in The Catholic Advance for March – the first four Sundays of Lent – and Ash Wednesday are available online at hprweb.com.
Those wishing to receive Fr. Hoisington’s daily Lenten reflections by email may subscribe to the homilies by visiting ReflectionsOnTheSacredLiturgy.com.
Presentation for those who assist persons with mental illness March 30 in Winfield
Welcomed and Valued, a presentation for faith community leaders who serve persons living with mental illness, will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Holy Name Parish Hall in Winfield. The hall is located at 412 E. 8th St.
Topics include an overview of mental health, creating supportive faith communities, personal and family testimonials, and services and programs available.
Reservations are needed by March 16. To do so email Myra at
or call, 316-269-3900.
‘Thank God It’s Tuesday’ March 7 at Aero Plains Brewing
Janet Moore will make a presentation on “Living the Love You Want” as part of a “Thank God It’s Tuesday” event at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Aero Plains Brewing. The brewery is located at 117 N. Handley in Wichita’s Delano district.
Doors open at 7 p.m. The presentation begins at 7:30.
Adults are invited to hear the talk while enjoying their favorite beer or wine.
Moore is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita and holds a master’s degree in theology from Newman University in Wichita. The event is sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.
Registration open for May 6 Life Run
The 4th Annual Life Run will take place on Saturday, May, 6 at Sedgwick County Park.
A timed 5K run, a fun 1.5 mile run/walk, a tot dash, a Senior Stroll, and other activities are part of the event which is held to raise awareness of the gift of life and to celebrate all life.
Net proceeds will benefit three ministries:
• Birthline, a crisis pregnancy center that provides material assistance and non-judgemental emotional support for mothers to carry their child to term in good health, dignity, and peace of mind.
• Dear Neighbor Ministries, which works to transform lives of the poor, abused, and neglected people of the Hilltop community.
• Birthmother Ministry, which supports the sacrificial love of birthmothers in their gift of life through adoption by offering hope and healing in Christ. This ministry seeks to offer, fellowship, counseling and a safe private place to share their birthmother story.
Register at www.liferunwichita.org or through the diocesan Respect Life Social Justice Office: Darla Voegeli at 316-269-3935 or
Rites of Election this weekend at Cathedral
Three Rites of Election will be held March 4-5 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
One rite will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4. The others will be held at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Rite of Election is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and closes the period of the catechumenate. Participants affirm their intention to join the church at the ceremony and their names are inscribed in the Book of the Elect.
They will be fully received into the church on Holy Saturday.
Wichita Chamber Chorale, Catholic high school ensembles to sing at Cathedral April 2
The Wichita Chamber Chorale and madrigal ensembles from Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic high schools will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The concert will include a cappella masterworks in the Roman Catholic tradition: the rarely performed, Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium,” for five choirs will be coupled with Joseph Rheinberger’s Mass in E-flat for double choir. Gregorian chant will be woven through the evening, which will also feature works by contemporary Latin American composers.
The Wichita Chamber Chorale is an auditioned choir of about 16 men and 16 women, recognized as the premier adult choral ensemble of Wichita and the surrounding region.
Catechist Day of Renewal Saturday at SVdP, Andover
A Catechist Day of Renewal will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Andover.
Youth ministry leaders, catechists, home schoolers, and anyone who believes they need to recharge their spiritual batteries are invited.
“The purpose of the event is to treat the catechists,” Amy Martin said. “They give so much all year long, we want to plan a day for them that will inspire them, allow them to connect to each other, grow in their faith, and be refreshed.”
Martin, program coordinator for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, said Father Kent Hemberger will be the morning’s keynote speaker.
In addition, he will conduct guided reflection. Another speaker, Gayle Beuke, will talk about catechist spirituality and how catechists can take care of themselves.
A brunch will be served. In addition to the speakers there will be time for quiet reflection and small group discussion. The cost is $15.
To make a reservation email
or call 316-269-3940.
Pastoral musicians invited to join local chapter of church musicians
Church musicians are invited to join the Wichita chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Tom Wierman, a member of the chapter, said the organization helps musicians continue their formation through annual conferences, workshops, speakers, and retreats.
“One of the best things about life is that we never have to stop learning,” he wrote in an email. “There are always new skills to learn and techniques for us to adopt. To live life to the fullest, we must continually look for ways to improve. NPM Wichita looks forward to helping musicians continue on the journey.”
The NPM chapter was founded in the diocese to help lead the continuing professional education in music ministry, he said, adding that Bishop Carl A. Kemme and many of the diocesan priests are strong supporters.
NPM Wichita partners with the diocesan Office of Worship regarding ideas for presentations and workshops.
For more information, visit www.NPMWichita.org.
Trinity Prep Seminary reunion set for May
A reunion of former students of Trinity Prep Seminary, located in Sioux City, Iowa, will be held May 22-24.
This year marks the 50th year of the school’s closing.
For additional information contact Dan Klein at
Catholic Men’s Conference of Wichita March 4 at SFA
The Annual Catholic Men’s Conference “This is My Body: Into the Wild of the Masculine Soul” will be held at St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, March 4, from 8 a.m to 3 p.m.
Christopher West will be the main speaker. The suggested donation is $30 for the day.
West will also speak about “Life, Love and Mercy” at St. Francis of Assisi from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 per person, or free for conference participants.
For more information, contact Jake Samour at (316) 685-5240. To register, visit tinyurl.com/WichitaMensConf.
Newman U. to be tobacco free July 1
WICHITA – Newman University will be tobacco-free beginning July 1.
The administration has announced that all properties owned, operated, leased, occupied or controlled by Newman University in Kansas will be tobacco-free.
The new tobacco-free campus policy – passed unanimously on Feb. 14 by the cabinet of Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. – eliminates the use of any tobacco product, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and other vapor products, smokeless tobacco, hookah, and cigars. Public events held in or at Newman University facilities are required to abide by the tobacco-free policy.
Newman University joins more than 1,400 college campuses around the country that have adopted tobacco-free policies.
Tara Nolen, tobacco control coordinator for Sedgwick County, said the school is demonstrating a commitment to health with its new policy. “We are excited to have Newman University join in the efforts to create a healthier environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Nolen said.
Dean of Students Levi Esses was also pleased by the policy. “This has been an effort by our student leaders, several of which are pre-med and allied health majors, along with the Student Life Department to help create an even healthier environment at Newman.”
The Newman Student Government Association led the tobacco-free campus initiative following a survey in 2015, which showed a majority of students supported passing a policy. Newman applied for and was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to help implement the policy.
Volunteers to teach English and citizenship classes sought
Volunteers are needed to teach English or citizenship classes to adults seeking to become citizens of the United States.
“We are looking for volunteers who have a passion to teach other adults this spring and summer,” said Danny Drug, director of the diocesan Hispanic Ministry.
No teaching or foreign language experience is necessary, she said.
Those interested may call Krug at 316-269-3919 or email
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.
Those interested may 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. Those interested should call early as the trip usually fills quickly.
Women of all ages invited to explore religious life
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas, are hosting a Weekend of Exploration June 8-10, to coincide with their Spring Assembly, “Profession Day,” and annual Jubilee celebration.
The Sisters are inviting single, Catholic women to join the festivities and to learn more about religious life.
Women interested are invited to contact Sister Dian Hall at 770-546-6461 or
; Sister Lorren Harbin, at 970-260-2287 or
; or visit www.csjkansas.org.
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.
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.
or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.
Struggling with pornography?
Those who are struggling with pornography and need spiritual help may contact a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for help.
To do so, send an e-mail to
. “Our Lord always provides a means to overcome sin!,” the priest says.
Are you moving?
Are you moving or changing parishes? Help us keep track of you by sending your new address to:
Code of Ethical Standards are online
The Diocese of Wichita is continuously working to maintain and improve safe environment education for children and adults involved in parish and diocesan activities.
As part of that effort, the diocese has a Code of Ethical Standards for Church Personnel available at its website at cdowk.org. To find it, hover over “Links & Resources” and click on “Protection of Youth.”
The code discusses the general principals of the ethical standards and highlights the standards that should be maintained in professional relationships. It discusses topics such as conflicts of interest, harassment, sexual conduct, conduct with minors, and confidentiality, among others.
Every employee and volunteer of the diocese receives a copy of the Code at the beginning of their working relationship with the diocese. Employees and volunteers all read it and sign off regarding their intention to comply with these high standards before beginning their duties with the diocese.
Protection of youth information online
The Diocese of Wichita is committed to protecting children and young people. For information about how the diocese is working to create a safe environment for children and young people, or to report sexual abuse of minors by a church employee, go to www.cdowk.org, pull down the Resources link and click on “Protection of Youth.”
La Diócesis de Wichita está comprometida a proteger a niños y jóvenes. Para obtener información sobre cómo la diócesis está trabajando para crear un ambiente seguro para los niños y jóvenes, o para reportar un abuso sexual de menores por un empleado de la iglesia, puede ir a www.cdowk.org, vaya al botón de Recursos (Resources) y presione “Protección de la Juventud” (Protection of Youth).
Địa phận Wichita cam kết bảo vệ an toàn cho trẻ em và tuổi trẻ. Muốn biết chi tiết thế nào để tạo bầu không khí an toàn cho tuổi trẻ, hoặc cách thức khiếu nại về trường hợp nhân viên hoạt động cho Địa phận đã lạm dụng tình dục với trẻ em và tuổi trẻ, xin xem hoặc gửi qua internet theo địa chỉ www.cdowk.org, tìm xuống bảng liên kết và nhấn vào mục “Protection of the Youth”.