Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Oct. 2: School Pastoral visit to St. Margaret Mary in Wichita
Oct. 3: FIAT Mass and dinner at St. Peter the Apostle in Schulte
Oct. 4: St. Anthony Parish Mass and picnic
Oct. 8-9: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops/Jesus Caritas
Oct. 10-11: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Teresa of Avila in Hutchinson
Oct. 11: Diocesan Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral
Oct. 13-15: Kenrick Seminary visit and board of trustees meeting
Oct. 16: Curia Day of Recollection; Holy Savior Red & Black Banquet
Oct. 17-18: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Joseph in Ost, St. Rose in Mt. Vernon, St. Louis in Waterloo
Oct. 18: White Mass at Cathedral
Oct. 19-22: Clergy Conference
Oct. 23: School Pastoral visit to Holy Savior in Wichita; Evening with Parents of Seminarians
Oct. 24-25: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Wichita
Oct. 30: School Pastoral visit to St. Thomas Aquinas in Wichita; Heart to Harvest Shocker Benefit dinner
Oct. 31: Lunch with Prospective Seminarians in Parsons; Parish Pastoral visit to Sacred Heart, Eureka / St. John, Hamilton / St. Teresa of Avila, Madison
Diocesan wedding anniversary Mass Oct. 11 at Cathedral
The 44th annual diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, at Broadway and Central in Wichita.
A reception will follow in Good Shepherd Hall.
All couples celebrating a wedding anniversary ending in 0 or 5 and all couples who have been married for 50 years or more in the calendar year of 2015 are particularly invited to attend.
The registration deadline is Oct. 5. Register online at www.CatholicDioceseofWichita.org/mfl. For more information or to RSVP, call (316) 685-5240.
Riverside Health Foundation donates $80,000 to the Guadalupe Clinic
Kansas Sen. Les Donovan, a board member of the Riverside Health Foundation, presented a check Friday, Sept. 18, for $80,000 to Jodi Guillemette, director of Development for the Guadalupe Clinic, a ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.
Riverside Health Foundation has a long history of support for the clinic and its mission to provide compassionate health care for the uninsured and underserved. The money will be used for patient care and for the training of future physicians.
“Guadalupe Clinic has many strategic partnerships with local universities, hospitals, and physician practices that enable us to continue providing health services for a requested $5 donation,” said Jodi Guillemette. “We feel very blessed that Riverside Health Foundation is one of those partners.”
Two hundred seventy-three medical volunteers provided in excess of 6,500 volunteer hours last year. Guadalupe clinic also provided learning opportunities for over 190 future doctors and nurses.
Donovan is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita.
White Mass for health care workers planned for Sunday, Oct. 18
Via Christi Health and the Diocese of Wichita are hosting a White Mass at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, the feast day of St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians and surgeons. It will be celebrated in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
All Catholic healthcare workers are invited.
The White Mass, so named by the color worn by those in the healing profession of medicine, gathers health care professionals under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon the patient, doctor, nurse, and caregiver alike.
Healthcare workers are invited to join the St. Gianna Guild of the Catholic Medical Association to foster and develop fellowship among Catholic healthcare professionals. Meetings are the first Thursday of the month, at varying parishes followed by fellow
Cathedral class of ’55 to gather on Saturday
WICHITA – The St. Mary’s High School Class of 1955 will gather for its 60th reunion beginning Saturday, Oct. 3.
The reunion will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Saturday Candle Club in Wichita. The class will gather for the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday. A brunch will be served afterward in the Pius X Room.
Members of the class are invited to participate in the Shamrock Open golf event to benefit Dear Neighbor Ministries.
Retrouvaille CORE meetings begin in Oct. 20 at pastoral center
Monthly Retrouvaille CORE meetings will begin Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, located on the east side of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception campus in Wichita.
The meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
CORE is an ongoing support group for couples who have attended a Retrouvaille program. Retrouvaille gives couples the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine their lives together in a new and positive way.
However, the healing process usually takes a lot longer than an initial weekend and follow-up period.
The objective of the CORE monthly meetings is to help couples continue to support each other.
For more information contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life (316) 685-5240 or email
Kapaun’s Men gather at Okla. retreat
A group of 60 men reflected on the life of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun during a Walking in Faith retreat Sept. 19-20 at Sky Ranch near Quapaw, Okla.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme celebrated Mass Saturday for the group along with Father John Lanzrath, vicar for priests for the Diocese of Wichita. The weekend featured Joe Farris of Farris Family Missions.
Scott Carter, Fr. Kapaun Guild coordinator, said Kapaun’s Men is a group who have come to recognize that their lives share a common thread – their faith and joy have grown dramatically as they have come to know the life of Servant of God, Father Emil Kapaun.
“Kapaun’s Men first work to recognize and identify the virtues and traits of Fr. Kapaun which made him such a heroic man and priest, and then seek to live these virtues in their homes and with their families. Since no man can do it alone, Kapaun’s Men is a community where men can grow in these virtues together,” he said.
Novena for Fr. Kapaun’s cause Nov. 2-10
Carter said a novena is scheduled for Nov. 2-10 with the intention of the cause of canonization for Father Kapaun. Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day, the same day Bishop Kemme will present the positio to the Congregation for Causes of Saints in Rome.
A positio, short for positio super virtutibus, or statement on heroic virtues, is a collection of documents used in the process by which a person is declared venerable.
Carter said many events will be scheduled as a part of the novena, especially a Fr. Kapaun Mission Tour by Joe Farris, who led the Sept. 19-20 retreat.
Daughters of Isabella FunFest Party Oct. 23
Daughters of Isabella Circle 235’s annual October FunFest Card Party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Knights of Columbus 4118 clubhouse, located at 3203 W. 13th in Wichita.
Bridge, pitch, pinochle, poker, Bunko, dominoes, and board games will be played.
Hors d’oeuvres, finger food, snacks, and desserts will be served buffet style throughout the afternoon.
Advance ticket donations are $6. At the door a donation of $8 will be requested. Door prizes donated by local merchants will be awarded throughout the afternoon. Ticket holders need not be present to win.
Charities supported by the circle include the diocesan seminary burse, Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent of Wichita, A Better Choice, St. Anthony’s Family Shelter, Gerard House, Guadalupe Clinic, Center of Hope, and the Lord’s Diner.
For tickets or more information contact Helen Wales at (316) 612-0696, Teresa Harper at 262-0534 or Pat Rupp, at 721-5999.
Gary Kerr named new director of the St. Anthony Family Shelter
WICHITA – Gary Kerr has been named the new director at St. Anthony Family Shelter in Wichita effective Oct. 1. He will oversee shelter and outreach services for homeless families.
Most of Kerr’s career has been with Social and Rehabilitation Services in several positions, and from 2006 through 2011 he served as assistant regional director of the Wichita Regional Office. From August 2011 through July 2014, Kerr was business manager for the Winfield Correctional Facility. Most recently he was the director of transportation for Valley Center Schools.
Kerr and his wife Kim are members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita. They have seven children. They also have three grandsons, including twin six-year-old boys.
St. Anthony Family Shelter and outreach services includes safe shelter and supportive services for homeless families with the goals of stabilizing housing and employment. Asset building services are also included.
Last year, the shelter housed 663 adults and children, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. Catholic Charities will open its new housing services program, The Mount at Catholic Charities, next month.
SEK parish musicians invited to gathering Oct. 10 in St. Paul
Parish musicians who live in Southeast Kansas are invited to gather with other pastoral musicians from the region to discuss music, eat together, and for fellowship Saturday, Oct. 10.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Osage Mission-Neosho County Museum, which is directly south of St. Francis Catholic Church, at 203 Washington, in St. Paul. A light lunch will be served.
A group has already been formed for the purpose of surfacing the needs of parish pastoral musicians and to create a support network, but the group continues to welcome new members.
Organizers would appreciate hearing from those who are interested.
To register or for more information, call or email Pat Jones,
(620) 687-2879, or Brenda Boehm,
(620) 644-8859 by Oct. 6.
Catholic men’s conference March 12
The Catholic Men’s Conference of Wichita 2016 will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in Good Shepherd Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Dave DiNuzzo, founder of Truemanhood.com and a contributor to the book “Man Up! Becoming The New Catholic Renaissance Man,” will be the featured speaker. Also making presentations will be Father Jarrod Lies, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, and Dusty Gates, assistant program director for the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The suggested donation for admission is $30 for adults and $15 for students. A catered lunch will be served. Registration is open online at CatholicMenICT2016.eventbrite.com.
The event is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 4118, the Diocese of Wichita, Catholic Family Federal Credit Union, and DOCS.
Lourdes volunteers making pilgrimage
The St. Bernadette of Lourdes American Volunteers are making a pilgrimage June 20-July 4 to France and the Czech Republic.
The pilgrimage includes stops at Lourdes, Nevers, Paray le Monial, Chartres, Lisieux, Normandy, Paris, and Prague.
Those interested in the pilgrimage may contact Judy Dusek at (316) 686-7570.
1965 Wichita classes to reunite on Oct. 9-10
WICHITA –The 1965 high school classes from Kapaun, Mt. Carmel, St. Mary’s, and Sacred Heart Academy are holding a 50th class reunion the weekend of Oct. 9-10.
Individual school activities will be held on Friday, Oct. 9. On Saturday, an all schools evening Mass will be celebrated at Church of the Magdalen before a dinner and entertainment at the Wichita Country Club.
Classmates are urged to inform other classmates about the event.
Here is contact information for each of the schools:
Kapaun: Pat Harter, (316) 683-6610 or
Mt. Carmel: Pam Kenny-Hamrick, (316) 634-6000 or
Sacred Heart: Patty Bissing-Schnittker, (303) 759-9170 or
St. Mary’s: Eileen Carney-Nevers, (913) 422-8386 or
Center of Hope needs more volunteer help
The Center of Hope is in need of volunteers to work half or full days for client intakes, some computer input, and assisting at the front desk.
Those interested may contact Sister Deborah at (316) 303-6320 or at
Center of Hope helps the poor with emergency support for rent and utilities and provides case management toward resolutions of ongoing difficulties.
Calendar to pray for priests or seminarians available at website
Those who wish to pray for the priests of the Diocese of Wichita may visit the Vocations page of CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.
At the lower right of the page is a small calendar with the name of a priest or a seminarian for which the visitor can pray. The window also contains a Google calendar link to place the calendar on a personal Google calendar, and a link to subscribe or download the calendar.
Bishop Kemme’s homilies are online
Most of Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s homilies are just one click away on your computer or mobile phone.
Bishop’s homilies are available at tinyurl.com/KemmeSermons.
For those who wish to subscribe to Bishop Kemme’s homilies, visit tinyurl.com/KemmeSignup.
Three ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are three “last chance” Sunday Masses in Wichita for those who hit the snooze button one too many times.
Newman University has one at 7 p.m. on Sundays. The St. Paul Newman Center at Wichita State University has a Saturday Vigil at 4:30 p.m. Sunday Masses are at 10 a.m. and at 7 and 9 p.m.
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.
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.