Fatima pilgrim statue to visit Wichita

IHM sisters to host visit on May 13 and other events for veneration
Wichita is included in this year’s national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions.
The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, known as the Blue Army, has organized the Fatima Centennial United States Tour For Peace and is coordinating a visit of the International Virgin Pilgrim Statue to all 50 states.
The International Virgin Pilgrim Statue will visit Wichita for several days in May. During one of those days, the statue will be housed at the Our Lady of Fatima shrine, located on the motherhouse property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita in Colwich.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita are planning devotional events on each of the six dates, and invite the Catholic faithful to participate.
Pope Francis has provided an opportunity for a plenary indulgence for the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions during the centennial year: Nov. 27, 2016, through Nov. 26, 2017. One of the three ways to obtain the indulgence is to visit and venerate a statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the 13th of May, June, July, August, September, or October. The thirteenth day of those months marks the anniversary of each apparition.
In 1917, on the thirteenth day of each of the apparition months, Our Lady presented three shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia, with a message and instructions to return the following month. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will provide a reflection on the messages for each of these dates with opportunities for the faithful to visit the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine for public devotion and veneration.

Diocesan news, February 17, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Feb. 28: Regional Priest Meeting in Southeast Kansas; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. John in Iola and St. Joseph in Yates Center
March 1: Bishop Carroll Pastoral School Mass and visit
March 2: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, Wichita
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 pastor visit to St. Patrick in Chanute; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Name in Coffeyville
March 8: School pastor 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 pastor visit to St. Mary in Ft. Scott; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
March 10: School pastor 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 pastor 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

Prayer group meeting at Newman U. chapel
The Lord of Hosts Prayer Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month in St. John’s Chapel, located in Sacred Heart Hall at Newman University in Wichita.
The group gathers for praise, for instruction, and prayer.
Here are the next two topics: Feb. 16, Boldness in the Lord; March 2, The Lord’s Passion.

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.

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 Mainzer, and Todd Tiahrt.
Doors open at 6 p.m. A catered meal will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. For reservations call 316-209-5029.

Serra Club Vocation Days March 2-3
Three Vocation Day events will be held March 2-3 in the Diocese of Wichita.
The Vocation Days will be held at St. Patrick Parish in Parsons and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Hutchinson on Thursday, March 2. The day will be held at Church of the Magdalen Parish in Wichita Friday, March 3.
The Vocation Day presentations are sponsored by the Serra Clubs of the Diocese of Wichita. In addition to participating in prayer and a Mass, sixth grader students hear about the priesthood and religious life from priests and sisters during the event.

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.

Catechist Day of Renewal March 4 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 316-269-3940.

Evangelization training workshop 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.

Rites of Election at Cathedral March 4-5
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.

Pastoral musicians music review Monday
The Wichita chapter of National Pastoral Musicians is hosting a Lenten and Easter music review at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, 11000 Southwest Blvd., in Schulte.
The event is free for members, $10 for nonmembers.
To register, or for more information, visit www.npmwichita.org or call Sister Nylas Moser by noon Feb. 18 at (316) 942-2201 ext. 1417.

Prayer group meeting at Newman U. chapel
The Lord of Hosts Prayer Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month in St. John’s Chapel, located in Sacred Heart Hall at Newman University in Wichita.
The group gathers for praise, for instruction, and prayer.
Here are the next two topics: Feb. 16, Boldness in the Lord; March 2, The Lord’s Passion.

The pope’s intention
Here are Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for this month:
Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

Youth and school news, February 17, 2017

Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat March 25
The next Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat will be held Saturday, March 25, at All Saints parish in Wichita.
CLAY is a spiritual retreat specifically for freshmen and sophomores in high school, although adults who work with youth in this age group are also welcome. CLAY uses sharing, videos, hands-on activities, and creative forms of prayer to impact the spiritual lives of its candidates.
The retreat starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes two meals and all supplies.
For an application or further information contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-events-and-retreats/clay to download the CLAY application. The deadline for applications is March 16.

Teens for Life meeting and bowling Feb. 18
Teens for Life will meet to bowl together from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at West Acres Bowl, 749 N Ridge Road in Wichita.
They will also create Valentines for the aged and homebound residents of Reflection Living before bowling.
For more information call 316-688-0840 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Spiritual Life Center news, February 17, 2017

Marriage enrichment series begins March 6
The Finding Happiness in Marriage series will be offered beginning March 6 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The six-week marriage enrichment series will use the program “Beloved” to help couples discover the spiritual, emotional, and practical realities of what their marriage can and should be.
The cost is $30 per couple for all six sessions. For more information call Jake Samour at 316-685-5240. To register visit SLCwichita.org.

Fr. Biltz to talk about St. Gregory Feb. 27
The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita will host a presentation on Doctor of the Church Saint Gregory Narek at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
The program, part of the center’s Dinner with the Doctors Series, includes a meal and pleasant conversation in the Main Assembly Room, surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church.
After sharing a meal, participants will hear a presentation by Fr. Max Biltz about St. Gregory, in commemoration of his official feast day.
Want to learn more about Gregory?
The cost is $15 per person until the morning of the program after which the price becomes $20 per person. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

ME weekend Feb. 24-26 at SLC in Wichita
The next Marriage Encounter weekend will be held Feb. 24-26 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Frank Molnar, a member of the diocesan ME advisory council, said the ministry is designed to help good marriages grow even stronger.
“Marriage Encounter is for couples who are committed to staying together despite any obstacles, for couples who want to improve communications within their marriage, and for couples who truly want to make their marriage a priority.”
He and his wife, Allison, said their ME weekend two years ago was the best thing they ever did for each other, for their marriage, and for their family.
“The weekend will give you an entirely new perspective on each other, God’s plan for your marriage, as well as teach you skills to make your marriage a priority,” he said. “The changes in our household have been nothing short of miraculous and they have trickled down to the entire family. There is a new-found, palpable, and tangible love filtering through our marriage and that love filters down to our relationship with our children.”
Although the weekend focuses on the Catholic Sacrament of Marriage, mixed Catholic/protestant couples as well as protestant couples are welcome to attend.
Registrations for the weekend will be accepted until Feb. 17 at www.wwme.org. Click “Find a Weekend.”

SLC offers retreat opportunity each weekend of Lenten season
Father Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the Spiritual Life Center, is always looking for new ways to look at familiar themes. Reflecting upon the holiest of weeks and seasons, Lent and Holy Week, he came up with an idea.
“In reflecting upon Holy Week services, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, I realized there were many events we forget about during this holy week,” he said.
“Events such as staying at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, the two-mile walk back and forth between the temple in Jerusalem and Bethany where the house was, the final parables, and his anointing in the house of Lazarus, I wondered if we couldn’t create a retreat experience, walking in the footsteps of Jesus, leading to the Garden of Gethsemane?”
In response to their popularity last year, the Spiritual Life Center will again offer a unique retreat opportunity each weekend this Lent entitled “A Retreat in Bethany.”
Father Van Haverbeke, author of “The View from the Rectory Window” columns in the Catholic Advance, leads the retreat. Beginning with the raising of Lazarus and culminating with the nocturnal accompaniment with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, the retreat experience will prepare one for Holy Week and promises to be a pivotal spiritual experience.
This year’s Bethany Retreats will take place each Saturday of Lent beginning at 9 a.m. All Bethany retreats will include Sunday Vigil Mass late Saturday afternoon except for the March 4 retreat. Space is limited. For more information call (316) 744-0167 or visit www.SLCwichita.org.

SLC Ash Wednesday Retreat on March 1
For a New Year’s spiritual resolution you have set aside 20 minutes to pray. You find a comfortable place to sit, you close your eyes, and what happens? Your mind says, “Now what?”
The prophet Samuel said, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” How? You might ask? How do I hear the Lord?
The Spiritual Life Retreat Center’s Ash Wednesday Retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1, will answer that question. In addition to aiding participants as they enter into the Lenten season, the day retreat will teach an ancient way of praying which will allow retreatants to “have eyes that see, and ears that hear.” (Mt. 13:16)
Lectio Divina is a way of praying with Word of God used for more than 1,500 years by Benedictine monks throughout the world. Based on four movements, those who pray in this way read, reflect, reverence, and rest with God’s Word. Different then studying the Bible, Lectio Divina teaches us how to deepen our relationship with God through personal encounters with his Word!
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the Spiritual Life Center, who will lead the retreat said, “Lectio Divina is a vital and life-giving way the Lord speaks to me daily. I would be lost without it!”
Want to attend?
The cost for the day is $20 which includes a simple Lenten lunch. Check in begins at 8:45 a.m. and participants will be dismissed by 3 p.m. Reservations may be made on-line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Lenten Day of Reflection with Father H Setter March 9
Father H Jay Setter, pastor of All Saints Parish in Wichita, will present a reflection on “The Joys of Lent” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Mass be celebrated after the talk. Lunch will follow along with a rosary and an opportunity for confession.
The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 2 for a reservation.

Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat March 25
The next Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat will be held Saturday, March 25, at All Saints parish in Wichita.
CLAY is a spiritual retreat specifically for freshmen and sophomores in high school, although adults who work with youth in this age group are also welcome. CLAY uses sharing, videos, hands-on activities, and creative forms of prayer to impact the spiritual lives of its candidates.
The retreat starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes two meals and all supplies.
For an application or further information contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-events-and-retreats/clay to download the CLAY application. The deadline for applications is March 16.

Healthy lifestyle series begins soon at the SLC
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering two sessions of the six-week book and DVD series, The Daniel Plan, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Evening sessions will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 7 and ending April 11. A daytime session will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays from March 3 to April 7.
The Daniel Plan – based on the Old Testament story of Daniel, who rejected the king’s rich food in order to honor God’s best for him and his friends – is a healthy lifestyle program founded on biblical principles focused on the essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.
Program benefits improve when done in a supportive community.
The cost is $65 per person and includes a book and participant guide. Participants are asked to pick up their books ahead of time at the Spiritual Life Center or the Office of Marriage and Family Life and read chapters 1 through 3 before the first class.
To register call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pro-life pilgrims march in Topeka, D.C.

Governor, Bishop Kemme speak to about 1,600 at Mass and at rally on the Capitol’s south steps
By Christopher M. Riggs
The faithful are stronger, more energized, and more focused when they gather as one body in Christ, Bishop Carl A. Kemme said Monday morning, Jan. 23, at a Rally for Life Mass in the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
Speaking to about 1,600 pro-lifers from throughout the state, Bishop Kemme said the battle marking the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion has been long and at times seemed like a losing battle. Nonetheless, he added, the faithful gather in hope and with renewed confidence that government is becoming pro-life in word and deed.
He said those attending the Topeka event and the 13,000 college students who participated in the Jan. 3-7 SEEK2017 conference in San Antonio that he attended reminded him that he is not and never has been alone in spiritual battles.
“The tactics of the devil are to divide and conquer, to isolate and disunite. When we are together as we are today, we are stronger, more energized, and more focused,” Bishop Kemme said in the homily.
“And this is why the Lord calls us not to be lone rangers but men and women in communion with each other. Alone, we can do little or nothing. Together we can do all things in Christ who strengthens us.”
While attending the SEEK conference Bishop Kemme said he met two Miles Christi priests, whose congregational name means soldiers of Christ.
By our baptism and confirmation, we are also soldiers in the army of Christ, he said, “battling the enemies of the church and embracing the Gospel of life and salvation she proclaims and endeavors to live.”
As the hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers leave the comfort of their homes and travel to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, Bishop Kemme said, they are in a sense taking up arms, donning battle array, and recommitting themselves to waging war on the forces of darkness and death, just as those attending the Mass are doing.
The national March for Life was held Friday, Jan. 27. Nearly 600 pilgrims from the Diocese of Wichita participated in the event and in activities leading up to the march.
Referring to the day’s readings, Bishop Kemme said St. Paul reminds us that we are not battling flesh and blood, but with the principalities, the powers, the world rulers of this present darkness, the evil spirits in the heavens – in short, with the devil.
St. Paul, in his call to arms, urges us to draw strength from the Lord, the bishop said, and to put on the armor of God so that we may stand firm against the tactics of the devil.
“We must always embrace the truth and help others to see it. In this all encompassing battle between life and death, we must proclaim that the unborn baby is just that, a baby, a person created in the image and likeness of God, with rights and dignity that a second after birth are protected in law.”
We must always march for life, Bishop Kemme said in closing.
“Each and every one of us must embrace the call to arms and to do what is within our ability, to advance God’s cause. Nothing is more powerful than prayer. Let us continue then our prayer, but not just here or in D.C., but indeed every day, for when we unite ourselves to God in prayer, we receive the divine source of our strength, our passion, and our renewed zeal in this battle and in every battle we face, to be Miles Christi, soldiers of Christ.”
The other three bishops of Kansas and many diocesan priests attended the event and marched a few blocks with those attending the Mass to the south steps of the state Capitol where Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, Gov. Sam Brownback, and other pro-life leaders of the state gave short speeches. Pro-life state legislators stood behind the dais, located about half way up the steps.

Gov. Brownback speaks at Capitol
Gov. Brownback, who has signed 17 pro-life bills for Kansans as governor, urged pro-lifers to continue the work that has helped the state become the leading pro-life state in the country.
“This is a just and right cause,” he said, “and that is what you stand for in this march.”
Gov. Brownback said Kansas pro-life legislation is in jeopardy “as the Kansas Supreme Court determines whether the right to abort a child is somehow to be found in the rights listed in the Kansas Constitution.”
It can never be true that abortion is a right, he added.
“Our rights come from God and amongst them is the inherent right to life, not the right to destroy it,” he said.
“Keep fighting for truth. Keep fighting for life,” he told the cheering crowd before him. “Our fight for life is a fight for truth and truth ultimately always wins.”

Diocesan news, February 3, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
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 Plaza 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
Feb. 26: Catholic Charities Cruise Night at Hyatt Regency
Feb. 28: Regional Priest Meeting in Southeast Kansas; Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. John in Iola and St. Joseph in Yates Center
March 1: Bishop Carroll Pastoral School Mass and visit
March 2: Presbyteral Council: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, Wichita
March 3: Serra Club 6th Grade Vocation Day Mass at Church of the Magdalen
March 4: Rite of Election at 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

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.

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.

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.

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 make 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Seminarian talks about his 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.

Pastoral musicians music review Feb. 20
The Wichita chapter of National Pastoral Musicians is hosting a Lenten and Easter music review at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, 11000 Southwest Blvd., in Schulte.
The event is free for members, $10 for nonmembers.
To register, or for more information, visit www.npmwichita.org or call Sister Nylas Moser by noon Feb. 18 at (316) 942-2201 ext. 1417.

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.

Youth and school news, February 3, 2017

Bishop Carroll’s Super Bowl Sunday pancake, breakfast Sunday
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Parents’ Organization will host its 20th annual Super Bowl Sunday Gourmet Pancake and German Sausage Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 in the high school commons at 8101 W. Central Ave. in Wichita.
The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12, or $22 for an entire immediate family.
Proceeds benefit student activities and general needs of the school.

Teens for Life meeting and bowling Feb. 19
Teens for Life will meet to bowl together from noon to 3 p.m. at West Acres Bowl, 749 N Ridge Road in Wichita.
Teens will create Valentines for the aged and homebound residents of Reflection Living before bowling.
For more information call 316-688-0840 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat March 25 at All Saints
The next Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat will be held Saturday, March 25, at All Saints parish in Wichita.
CLAY is a spiritual retreat specifically for freshmen and sophomores in high school, although adults who work with youth in this age group are also welcome. CLAY uses sharing, videos, hands-on activities, and creative forms of prayer to impact the spiritual lives of its candidates.
The retreat starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes two meals and all supplies.
For an application or further information contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-events-and-retreats/clay to download the CLAY application. The deadline for applications is March 16.

Spiritual Life Center news, February 3, 2017

Lenten Day of Reflection with Father H Setter March 9
Father H Jay Setter, pastor of All Saints Parish in Wichita, will present a reflection on “The Joys of Lent” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Mass be celebrated after the talk. Lunch will follow along with a rosary and an opportunity for confession.
The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 2 for a reservation.

Class about Catholic perspective on fitness and nutrition Feb. 8
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family life is hosting its second of six monthly seminars on fitness and nutrition next week at the Spiritual Life Center.
Dr. Christina Joy Mackie, a naturopathic physician, and Steve Ochsner, a personal trainer for adults over 50, will make presentations about “Strength Training” and “Keeping Regular the Fiber Way” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.
They will talk about fitness and nutrition from a spiritual perspective to help people who want to achieve better health and age well. The speakers will demonstrate simple ways to exercise in the home for those uncomfortable going to group exercise classes or using machines at health clubs.
There will be a question and answer period at the end. Those planning to attend should wear comfortable clothing.
To register for the class call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The cost is $10.

ME weekend Feb. 24-26 at the SLC
The next Marriage Encounter weekend will be held Feb. 24-26 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Frank Molnar, a member of the diocesan ME advisory council, said the ministry is designed to help good marriages grow even stronger.
“Marriage Encounter is for couples who are committed to staying together despite any obstacles, for couples who want to improve communications within their marriage, and for couples who truly want to make their marriage a priority.”
He and his wife, Allison, said their ME weekend two years ago was the best thing they ever did for each other, for their marriage, and for their family.
“The weekend will give you an entirely new perspective on each other, God’s plan for your marriage, as well as teach you skills to make your marriage a priority,” he said. \
“The changes in our household have been nothing short of miraculous and they have trickled down to the entire family. There is a new-found, palpable, and tangible love filtering through our marriage and that love filters down to our relationship with our children.”
Registrations for the weekend will be accepted until Feb. 17 at www.wwme.org. Click “Find a Weekend.”

Healthy lifestyle series begins March 3 at SLC
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting a six-week book and DVD series, The Daniel Plan, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. beginning Friday, March 3. The series ends on April 7.
The Daniel Plan – based on the Old Testament story of Daniel, who rejected the king’s rich food in order to honor God’s best for him and his friends – is a healthy lifestyle program founded on biblical principles focused on the essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.
Program benefits improve when done in a supportive community.
The cost is $65 per person and includes a book and participant guide. Participants are asked to pick up their books ahead of time at the Spiritual Life Center or the Office of Marriage and Family Life and read chapters 1 through 3 before the first class.
To register call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Divorce survival’ series begins Feb. 13
A 12-week series, “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide,” will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning Feb. 13 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School 3642 N. Ridge in Wichita.
The program covers topics such as shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and more.
The program offers valuable insight for everyone, no matter how long they have been divorced. It is designed to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. The cost is $35 and includes a “Personal Survival Guide.” To register call 316-425-0595 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Those interested in the program for their parish may contact the Office of Marriage & Family Life 316-685-5240.

February Docentium program Feb. 16 will be about Catholic social teaching
Fr. Patrick Reilley will present the monthly Docentium on Catholicism and Culture Thursday, Feb. 16, the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The program includes dinner and a presentation.
Fr. Reilley’s talk is “Catholic Social Doctrine: The Teachings of Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.”
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and every month a new lecture will be given on some topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person. More information can be found on the SLC website.
Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167. Advance registration appreciated.

Father Max Biltz to talk about St. Gregory Feb. 27 at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita will host a presentation on Doctor of the Church Saint Gregory Narek at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
The program, part of the center’s Dinner with the Doctors Series, includes a meal and pleasant conversation in the Main Assembly Room, surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church.
After sharing a meal, participants will hear a presentation by Fr. Max Biltz about St. Gregory, in commemoration of his official feast day.
Want to learn more about Gregory?
The cost is $15 per person until the morning of the program after which the price becomes $20 per person. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

Marriage enrichment series begins March 6
The Finding Happiness in Marriage series will be offered beginning March 6 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The six-week marriage enrichment series will use the program “Beloved” to help couples discover the spiritual, emotional, and practical realities of what their marriage can and should be.
The cost is $30 per couple for all six sessions. For more information call Jake Samour at 316-685-5240. To register visit SLCwichita.org.

Monthly Mass with Children at the SLC on Friday, Feb. 10
Caregivers and their children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the Spiritual Life Center Friday, Feb. 10.
The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. and at this Mass, Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will speak especially to the children.
The program gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass-goers around them.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy afterward in the dining room.

Diocesan news, January 20, 2017

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Youth and school news, January 20, 2017

TEC retreat Feb. 18-20 at SLC
The diocesan Office of Faith Formation will sponsor a Teens Encounter Christ retreat the weekend of Feb. 18-20 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
TEC is for young adults and adolescents who are at least 16 years old and have finished their sophomore year of high school. TEC retreats are also for adults who work with this age group.
Participants will have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the sacraments. TEC is about faith, about having fun, and getting to know other youth and young adults from around the Wichita diocese.
The cost for a TEC retreat is $100, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging and all materials.
Register online or download an application at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-tec/tec. Applications may be mailed it to the Office of Faith formation at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202.
For more information, call 316-269-3940 or email OFF@ CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org if you have any questions.
The deadline for applications is Jan. 18.

Voboril to be honored with national education award
Bob Voboril, superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese of Wichita since 1993, has been named the winner of the 2017 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award by the National Catholic Education Association. The award is given to Catholic school leaders who have articulated and executed a strong Catholic educational philosophy.
Voboril will be honored at the annual NCEA 2017 convention Tuesday, April, 18 in St. Louis, Missouri.
“This award belongs to the Diocese of Wichita, not to me,” Voboril said. “It belongs to Bishop Kemme who supports Catholic schools at every opportunity and to the pastors who ask their parishioners to sacrifice generously for our schools.
“It belongs to the principals, teachers, and staff who model discipleship day in and day out. It belongs to our families and students who embrace stewardship and pass it on to each generation. My role in this great enterprise is a very small one, but I am happy to accept this award on behalf of our extraordinary diocese.”
Bishop Kemme praised Voboril’s work. “I can attest to the profound Catholicity and academic excellence of our primary and secondary schools that is in large part due to the tireless service that Mr. Voboril has rendered.”
Matt Grieb, president of the Diocesan Catholic School Council said the stewardship model in the Catholic schools has led to diversity in the schools.
“Mr. Voboril has embraced this diversity, helping principals and pastors improve schools to better service students and their parents where there is low income or where English may be a second language,” he said.
The superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Salina, Dr. Nick Compagnone said, “Bob Voboril has changed the landscape and culture of Catholic schools through his support of stewardship, his passion for serving low-income families, and his advocacy for equal standing for Catholic school students in special education legislation.”

Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat March 25 at All Saints
The next Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat will be held Saturday, March 25, at All Saints parish in Wichita.
CLAY is a spiritual retreat specifically for freshmen and sophomores in high school, although adults who work with youth in this age group are also welcome. CLAY uses sharing, videos, hands-on activities, and creative forms of prayer to impact the spiritual lives of its candidates.
The retreat starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes two meals and all supplies.
For further information call (316) 269-3940 or visit CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-events-and-retreats/clay to download the CLAY application.

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