West speaks to hundreds at SFA, Wichita

By Jake Samour
Christopher West announced, “Yes, I have beautiful feet,” to about 350 who attended a presentation open to the public Friday night, March 3, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita.
He explained by saying, “Remember how scripture says, ‘How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news?’ Well, I’ve come with good news about our creation as male and female, good news about the meaning of sex and gender, good news about our sexual desires, good news about the healing and redemption of sexuality in Christ.”
West said the church has good news to proclaim and that the faithful should be ready to shout it from the roof tops by the way they live their lives.
West also spoke to about 240 men at a Men’s Conference Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
Speaking on the theme, “This is my Body: Into the Wilds of the Masculine Soul,” West explained the good news of the gospel through the lens of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. He presented a positive vision of what it means to be human, and particularly what it means to be a man today.
West, co-founded the Cor Project in 2010 as a membership and outreach organization with a global mission to help men and women around the world learn, live, and share the Theology of the Body.
Samour is director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Life Run May 6 at county park

The 4th Annual Life Run will take place Saturday, May 6, at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. The event is held to raise awareness of the gift of life and to celebrate all life.
A timed 5K, a 1.5 mile run/walk, a tot dash, and a Senior Stroll are being offered this year.
All net proceeds will benefit three ministries:
• Birthline, a crisis pregnancy center, an alternative to abortion, that seeks to provide material assistance and non-judgmental emotional support required for every woman or girl to carry her child to term in good health, dignity, and peace of mind.
• Dear Neighbor Ministries, a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. The sisters, staff, and volunteers work to transform lives of the poor, abused, and neglected people of the Hilltop community.
• Birthmother Ministry, which affirms and supports the sacrificial love of birthmothers in their gift of life through adoption by offering hope and healing in Christ. The ministry offers fellowship, counseling and a safe private place to share a birthmother story. It meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.

Want to participate in the run?
Register for the 4th Annual Life Run at www.liferunwichita.org, or by contacting Darla Voegeli at 316-269-3935 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Gianna relics to visit diocese

Relics of St. Gianna Beretta Molla will visit the Wichita area Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 2.
St. Gianna, an Italian pediatrician, was canonized in 2004. She is known for putting the life of her fourth child ahead of her own during a difficult pregnancy.
A few days before the child was due, St. Gianna told her husband, “If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate, choose the child. “I insist on it,” she said. “Save the baby.”
She entered the hospital on Good Friday in 1962. The following day, Gianna Emanuela, was born by Caesarean section. A few hours later, St. Gianna began to experience severe pain due to septic peritonitis and died a week later, on April 28. Until her last breath, St. Gianna repeated, “Jesus, I love You! Jesus, I love You!”
Gianna Emanuela, is today a physician in Italy.
Here is a schedule of the relics’ visit for public veneration:
Friday, March 31
• 4 to 5 p.m., St. Gianna Clinic, 2135 N. Ridge Road, suite 400, Wichita
• Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard. Confessions from 6 to 6:20 p.m.; Mass at 6:30 p.m.; and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Introduction and veneration of relics after the Stations.
Saturday, April 1
• Mass, talk, and veneration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita. Talk by Robert White, president of the St. Gianna Society.
• Mass, presentation, and veneration begins at 5 p.m. at St. James Parish in Augusta
Sunday, April 2
Veneration after 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses at St. James Parish in Augusta.
The relics’ visit is sponsored by St. James Parish, the diocesan offices of Faith Formation, Respect Life and Social Justice and Marriage and Family Life.

Fr. Lies to speak at stewardship symposium on April 21 in KCK

Father Jarrod Lies, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, will be one of three speakers at a stewardship symposium Friday, April 21, in Kansas City, Kansas.
“Twenty-five Years of Catholic Stewardship, A Symposium on Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response” will be presented at the Savior Pastoral Retreat and Conference Center in Kansas City.
Also speaking will be the Most Rev. James P. Keleher, archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Kansas City; and Dr. Dan R. Ebener, a teacher of strategic planning, team-building, and leadership skills for the Master of Organizational Leadership program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
Father Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the diocesan Office of Stewardship, said the concept of stewardship belongs to the entire church.
“Stewardship is not exclusive to the Diocese of Wichita,” he said. “We hope those attending will share ideas about living the stewardship way of life.”
The event begins at 10 a.m. after a 9 a.m. Mass. Abp. Keleher and Fr. Lies speak in the morning. The event ends at 2 p.m. after a panel discussion with Dr. Evener. Lunch will be served around noon.
Clergy, parish staff, and parishioners are invited to the event. Registrants will receive a copy of “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response,” to review before the event. A copy is available at archstl.org/node/43409893.
The cost for the day is $49 per person. Those who bring four guests may bring a fifth free of charge. Register online at stewardshiparchkck.org/register.
Overnight lodging is available at the center, but is limited. For lodging their call 913-647-0370 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The event is sponsored by the stewardship and development offices of dioceses in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa.

Diocesan news, March 17, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
March 17: Conception Seminary visit; 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
April 4: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter in Schulte
April 5: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees meeting in St. Louis
April 6: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph in Conway Springs
April 7-9: Palm Sunday retreat at Spiritual Life Center
April 10: Acolyte Installation Mass at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral
April 11: Chrism Mass at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral
April 13: Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral
April 14: Good Friday service at noon at the Cathedral
April 15: Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral

Chick-fil-A hosting fundraiser March 27 to fight hunger
Chick-fil-A is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Backpacks for Kids Program sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.
Twenty percent of all designated sales will go to benefit the backpack program.
The fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, at both Chick-fil-A locations in Wichita, at 21st and Maize and at Central and Rock.
Both locations will also have a prize wheel activity for those who wish to participate.

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, March 17, 2017

BCCHS journalists on to state competition
Raeley Goebel and Katie Gross won individual championships to lead the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Journalism Department at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional contest Feb. 23 at Wichita State.
Bishop Carroll had 26 top-six finishers in the 6-5A contest which drew 2,500 entries. All of the student journalists – including triple category winner Drew Davis – advance to state competition May 4 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Goebel, a junior on the school newspaper, the Flyer, said she enjoys the competition.
“A lot of people think it’s weird that I voluntarily compete in writing contests given in a test-like setting, but I really do like it,” she said.
“It gives me an outlet to excel in something I enjoy and could see myself doing as a future career. It doesn’t feel like taking a test or doing an assignment. Writing makes you feel that your voice is important and can have real impact on others.”
Gross’ assignment was to capture students communicating in some way. She is the Flyer photo editor.
“The upbeat attitude of the cheer squad is what makes this picture work. The bond between teammates and their love for cheering brings a positive environment easy and fun to photograph,” she said.
Second-place finishers were Anna Schmidt, Grace Buessing, Drew Davis and Alli Gregg.
Third-place finishers were Makayla Ehmke, Nathan Lies, Briley Kerschen, Drew Davis, Veronica Lipinski, Jacy Holbrook, Jadin Kaltenbach, and Mary Ebberwein.
Honorable mention went to Raeley Goebel, Drew Davis, Jacy Holbrook, Suzanne Howey, Makayla Ehmke, Alli Gregg, Mary Ebberwein, Monica Martin, and Katie Gross-Shayne Hauserman.
Tracey Fox advises the school yearbook. Kollen Long advises the newspaper and teaches beginning journalism and photojournalism.

KMC journalists to compete at state
Three Kapaun Mt. Carmel students placed in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association January contest. Sophia Glasgow placed first in infographics and second in portrait photography. Leah Brock placed third in yearbook spread design and the team of Brogan Wuestewald, Hannah Harpel, Ivy Schoenhofer, and Elina Do placed third in multimedia news. All entries can be found at kspaonline.org.
Nineteen students qualified for the KSPA state competition after placing at the regional journalism competition Feb. 23. The state competition is May 6 in Lawrence.
Placing first were Amber Hanney and Kaegan Cowan. Second place: Emily Ostmeyer, Luke Meyerhoff, Leah Brock, and Elina Do. Third-place: Cora O’Brien, Abbey Fox, Jillian Schmitz, Sara deNoyelles and Natalie Pfeifer.
Receiving honorable mentions were Kinta Kail, Jacob Morss, Emily Ostmeyer, Mystic Ross, Kaegan Cowan, Sara deNoyelles, Eddie Flores, Sophia Glasgow, John Biehler, Cora O’Brien, Kaylee Stout, and Nikki Bulger.

CLAY retreat March 25 at All Saints Parish
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, March 17, 2017

Sr. Mary Ellen to present lecture April 4
Sister Mary Ellen Loch will present the next lecture in the Living Catholic Social Teaching series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Sr. Mary Ellen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Wichita.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Office of Respect Life and Social Justice, said the faithful show their respect to the Creator by their stewardship of creation.
“We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation,” she said, quoting Pope Benedict XVI’s Charity in Truth.
“This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored. The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole,” Pope Benedict said.
Toombs said she invites the faithful to participate and learn how everyone can each have a positive effect on the wonderful gift of creation.

Called and Gifted Workshop in June
A Called and Gifted workshop, designed to deepen one’s relationship with Jesus and to discover God’s plan for one’s life, is scheduled for early June.
Each baptized person has been given a unique and personal call to work with Jesus. The workshop will give those attending a new perspective on their lives and will help them to be more fulfilled in their work and in their relationships.
The Office of Marriage and Family Life and the Office of Faith Formation is sponsoring a teaching team from the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs to offer the introductory Called and Gifted workshop from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday June 9, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at the Spiritual Life Center.
The cost is $75 for commuters, $115 for a single room overnight, and $105 for a double room overnight. To register or for more information, call 316-744-0167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Celebrate the Way of the Cross by Torchlight on Palm Sunday Weekend
The Spiritual Life Center will host the Way of the Cross by Torchlight at 8:30 p.m. April 8. The annual event draws many of the faithful for a solemn procession around the outdoor stations with torches and flashlights. Participants will gather indoors around 8:15.
Those attending should dress appropriately for the weather and bring a flashlight. The event is designed to usher in Holy Week 2017. No registration is necessary.

Join Bishop Kemme for a Palm Sunday weekend retreat
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will lead the annual Palm Sunday Retreat April 7-9 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Some openings remain. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. The first conference with Bishop Kemme starts at 7:30 p.m. The retreat concludes Sunday after lunch.
In addition to conferences presented by the bishop throughout the weekend, there will be time for group and individual prayer, solitude, rest, Stations of the Cross, Mass, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The early bird rates for the retreat are $120 per person (double occupancy), or $145 per person (single occupancy), and includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 4, but early bird rates end March 27.
Registration is available online at www.SLCWichita.org. Registration by phone is available by calling the center at (316) 744-0167. As always, scholarships are available.

IHM sister to speak about the first triduum March 27 at the SLC
Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Mary Ann Kirkland will speak about “The First Easter Triduum” from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 27, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Sister Mary Ann will use the Gospel of Luke and the Shroud of Turin to walk participants through the events of Holy Thursday through Easter Morning. The program will help participants prepare for Holy Week.
The cost is $5. Register for the program by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Love and Logic Parenting begins April 3 at the SLC
The Becoming a Love & Logic Parent series is once again being offered at the Spiritual Life Center. This popular six-week evening series begins on Monday, April 3.
Love and Logic is a commonsense approach that teaches educators and parents the skills that cultivate confidence and good decision-making in children. The parenting method offers children choices, empathy, respect, and allows adults to avoid anger, threats, and lectures.
Love and Logic is easy to learn and can be put to use right away. The course takes place on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will occur for six weeks, on April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 8.
The registration fee is $35 per person or $60 per couple (if sharing a workbook). To sign up, call the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit www.SLCWichita.org to register and pay online.

Spiritual Life Center begins a new program about apologetics
A series about apologetics, the reasoned defense of the faith, will be presented beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Each session features a one-hour presentation, followed by 15 to 30 minutes for questions and answers and discussion of the month’s topic or any topic pertaining to apologetics.
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration appreciated but walk-ins are welcome. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

St. Gianna relics to visit diocese

Relics to visit Goddard, Wichita, and Augusta March 31-April 2
Relics of St. Gianna Beretta Molla will visit the Wichita area Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 2.
St. Gianna, an Italian pediatrician, was canonized in 2004. She is known for putting the life of her fourth child ahead of her own during a difficult pregnancy.
A few days before the child was due, St. Gianna told her husband, “If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate, choose the child. “I insist on it,” she said. “Save the baby.”
She entered the hospital on Good Friday in 1962. The following day, Gianna Emanuela, was born by Caesarean section. A few hours later, St. Gianna began to experience severe pain due to septic peritonitis and died a week later, on April 28. Until her last breath, St. Gianna repeated, “Jesus, I love You! Jesus, I love You!”
Gianna Emanuela is today a physician in Italy.
Here is a schedule of the relics’ visit for public veneration:
Friday, March 31
• 4 to 5 p.m., St. Gianna Clinic, 2135 N. Ridge Road, suite 400, Wichita
• Church of the Holy Spirit, Goddard. Confessions from 6 to 6:20 p.m.; Mass at 6:30 p.m.; and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Introduction and veneration of relics after the Stations.
Saturday, April 1
• Mass, talk, and veneration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita. Talk by Robert White, president of the St. Gianna Society.
• Mass, presentation, and veneration begins at 5 p.m. at St. James Parish in Augusta
Sunday, April 2
Veneration after 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses at St. James Parish in Augusta.

Diocesan news, March 3, 2017

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

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

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

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 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. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Sister Lorren Harbin, at 970-260-2287 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 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.
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . “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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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”.

Bishop visits KSU students, campus ministry

By Jill Seiler
Bishop Carl A. Kemme talked about the importance of forming one’s faith during college in his homily Jan. 22 at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center in Manhattan.
The standing-room-only crowd of over 600 rivaled Mass attendance during home games in the fall. It was Bishop Kemme’s first official visit to Kansas State University’s Catholic student center.
“I was very excited when I heard that Bishop Kemme was visiting St. Isidore’s,” said Melanie Deters, freshman at K-State and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita. “At St. Isidore’s, we have a lot of Wichita diocese students and it was so awesome to show Bishop Kemme we continue to grow and spread our faith outside of Wichita.”
During his homily Bishop Kemme commended the delegation of 180 students from St. Isidore’s who attended SEEK, a national gathering of Catholic college students, Jan. 3-7 in San Antonio, Texas.
Bishop Kemme talked about the importance of campus ministry and how, if the church fails them, it has missed an opportunity.
A reception followed Mass in Newman Hall during which students visited with the bishop about the vibrance of the community at St. Isidore’s.
“It was wonderful that he took the time to meet each one of us individually. He cracked jokes and made the whole experience great,” Deters said.
Dominican Father Michael Demkovich, pastor at St. Isidore’s, invited the bishops of Kansas to K-State so students could know the support found in the church, shepherded by the bishops. He hopes to make it an annual event.
“College is a challenging time for our students and it is an important time for those fundamental values of their faith to be fed and to mature,” Fr. Mike said. “I invited the four bishops to highlight how campus ministry prepares our students to serve the larger Church and show how much the bishops appreciate the witness of these young women and men.”
Archbishop Naumann visited St. Isidore’s on Jan. 29 and Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger met students on Oct. 2. Bishop Brungardt regretted being unable to attend this year, but said he looks forward to visiting St. Isidore’s next year.
St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center serves over 2,200 Catholic students each week.
Seiler is an undergrad student at Kansas State University and a pastoral ministry intern at St. Isidore’s. She is from St. Jude Parish in Wichita, majoring in ag communication and journalism.

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