Bishop Kemme invites faithful to pray rosary on Saturday, Oct. 8

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has invited the faithful of the Diocese of Wichita to gather for a rosary to celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
The bishop has asked that they gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in their churches or chapels, wherever the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, to pray five decades of the rosary. Bishop Kemme will lead a rosary at that time in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Praying a daily rosary brings us innumerable graces to live our faith more fully, Bishop Kemme wrote in a letter to his priests and others in the diocese, and helps “to battle the temptations of the devil and to grow in sanctity.”
The bishop said he is hopeful that the diocese comes together to pray the rosary for the intercession for our country this election year.

Red Mass, Blue Mass planned for diocese

Two special Masses, one for legal professionals and the other for law enforcement, are planned for the next few weeks.
Red Mass Sept. 28
A Red Mass for legal professionals is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is scheduled to give a homily.
Catholic judges, lawyers, lawmakers and their guests are invited to the Red Mass at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The Red Mass calls upon the supreme law giver, God, for his blessings for the administration of justice and for those whose duty it is to advocate, judge, and resolve legal matters and policy.
Judges are invited to process in as a group, robed, 10 minutes prior to the beginning of Mass. A reception will follow in Good Shepherd Hall.
For reservations, contact Ann Maley 316-440-1717 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Blue Mass Oct. 9
A Blue Mass to honor law enforcement will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Although the Mass is for law enforcement, the faithful are invited to attend.
“The Blue Mass is a special opportunity for persons of all faiths and walks of life to show support to the men and women of law enforcement who serve and protect our communities,” according to Chad Beard, a Magdalen parishioner and one of the event organizers.
He thanked the Rev. Shawn McKnight and the Magdalen parish staff, the Knights of the Columbus, the Altar Society, and Magdalen School for their assistance.
The Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff Honor Guards will attend along with the Caledonian bagpipes. A breakfast and reception will follow.

Third Lord’s Diner truck will serve NE Wichita

Volunteers needed for expanded meal delivery
The Lord’s Diner’s will launch its third food truck next month.
Jan Haberly, director of The Lord’s Diner, said meals will begin to be served from the truck on Monday, Oct. 24.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will bless the truck on Thursday, Oct. 20.
After the new truck has been customized for the Diner’s use, it will serve meals Monday through Friday at the Atwater Community Center, 2755 E. 19th St. N. in Wichita.
“The North East Ministerial League were very supportive of our plans, as was council woman Lavonta Williams,” she said. “They were integral in site selection.”
The truck is the latest outreach by The Lord’s Diner to serve the hungry. It joins two other food trucks and the two Diner locations in Wichita. A third Lord’s Diner is under construction in Pittsburg.
The new truck was made possible through the generosity of The Dakhil Family Foundation.
“Their generosity allows the monies we saved on the truck purchase to go directly to purchasing food,” Haberly said.
With the new truck, the Lord’s Diner will need more volunteers. It takes between five to seven volunteers each night for an average total of 20 nights per month to operate the food truck.
All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session which will include a food handler’s class, child safety information and general training. Those interested may contact Sheryl at 316-266-4966.

Catholic Assembly for Business to initiate a Leadership Academy at the SLC in Wichita

The Catholic Assembly for Business is establishing a Leadership Academy for those who believe exercising leadership is a true expression of their faith and that a faith-based leadership program can provide clarity of purpose and transform lives.
Utilizing the Kansas Leadership Center’s leadership competencies and world class facilitation, the CAB Leadership Academy integrates leadership development with a personal faith journey.
One of the very first to sign up for the Academy was James Nastars, president/CEO of Meritrust Credit Union in Wichita. Nesters said he places tremendous value on leadership development, and dedicates much of his time and resources at Meritrust to expanding leaders.
“The strength of our servant leadership is absolutely critical to our creating the type of organization our team members want to work for and our members want to do business with each day. It is important for me to regularly challenge and develop myself as a leader. There are so many important leadership principles that come from our faith that mirror our mission and values so the new CAB Leadership Academy seemed like a perfect fit for me and my continued development. It’s really more of an investment.”
The CAB Leadership Academy looks at the intersection of faith and leadership, helps with the challenges of leadership through the lens of the Gospel and will help participants bring about intentional leadership through faith. A 360 Leadership Assessment tool is used to help leaders better understand how others see their leadership. Every session will include an opportunity for Mass, prayer, reflection, and fellowship.
Wendy Glick, executive director of Catholic Charities has committed to attend. “I was excited to learn of the CAB Leadership Academy and the collaboration with the Kansas Leadership Center,” she said.
“I have participated in several KLC trainings and the knowledge I gained was transformational in the way I practice leadership. I look forward to learning ways in which I can integrate the leadership competencies taught by KLC into my personal faith journey and create a culture for positive change within my organization.”

Want more information about the academy?
For more information on the CAB Leadership Academy, call the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit CABWichita.org.

Diocesan news, September 16, 2016

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month:
Sept. 17: 100th anniversary Mass at Holy Name Parish in Coffeyville
Sept. 18-19: Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska
Sept. 20: Liturgical musicians vespers and appreciation reception at Cathedral
Sept. 21: Confirmation Mass at St. Patrick in Parsons at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: Holy Trinity Seminary seminarian dinner and reception in Irvine, Texas
Sept. 24-25: Parish pastoral visit to St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita
Sept. 27: Visit to Passageways ministry
Sept. 28: Red Mass at Cathedral
Sept. 29: School pastoral visit to St. Peter in Schulte; Prospective seminarian dinner at bishop’s residence
Oct. 1-2: Parish pastoral visit to Holy Savior in Wichita
Oct. 3-5: Bishop’s leadership team retreat
Oct. 6: School pastoral visit to Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita
Oct. 6-7: Jesus Caritas; Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops
Oct. 7: Holy Savior Red and Black Banquet
Oct. 8: Diocesan Rosary prayer service at the Cathedral; St. Cecilia dinner and auction, Haysville
Oct. 9: Diocesan Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral; Bishop Carroll Steak Feed
Oct. 12-13: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary visit
Oct. 13-14: Kenrick-Glennon Board of Trustees meeting
Oct. 14-15: Board of Regents meeting at Conception Seminary
Oct. 15-16: Parish pastoral visit Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.

Padilla Club reunion Oct. 16 in Wichita
The annual Padilla Club reunion will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.
The event will be held at 1500 W. 29th St. N. in Wichita. Participants are asked to bring a snack and a beverage.

Volunteers needed for diocesan Special Olympics Young Athletes program
The Wichita Saints Special Olympics Young Athletes program, sponsored by the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, is in need of volunteers to work with children with disabilities ages of 3 to 7 on motor skills in a play environment.
Young Athletes meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday night at St. Joseph Parish gymnasium, 132 S. Millwood. Volunteers will complete a Kansas Special Olympics Volunteer form and, if over 18 years old, must be VIRTUS trained.
For more information, contact Myra Jacobs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 316-269-3900 ext. 143.

Betania meeting Oct. 6
Betania XVII, a Betania community, will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Greenway Park Apartments, 404 W. Pawnee, in Wichita. Healing ministry is available after every meeting.
For more information call Dr. Allan Weilert at (316) 258-8907.

Scouts, Little Flowers, American Heritage meeting Oct. 8
The Catholic Committee on Scouting is hosting an informal gathering for leaders of scouting, Little Flowers, or American Heritage Girls at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at Church of the Resurrection in Wichita.
The event is being held to allow leaders to network regarding questions, concerns, or comments. Lunch will follow.
Registration is required. To do so contact Kathy Petr at 686-7893 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, Oct. 7.

Tennis tournament to benefit four schools
The 3rd annual Aces for Academics doubles tennis charity tournament will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Genesis Health Club, 1551 N. Rock Road in Wichita.
The cost is $60 per player. The bracket size and format will depend on the number of entries. Refreshments will be served.
The deadline for registration is Sept. 20. To register call DeAnn at 316-680-5486 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Proceeds from the event will help purchase books for Holy Savior Catholic Academy, St. Joseph School, St. Margaret Mary School, and Saint Patrick School.

Catholic Assembly for Business meet Oct. 26
The next Catholic Assembly for Business will be held at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The featured speaker will be Jim Berlucchi of the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, who will discuss the four levels of employee happiness and its impact on a company’s bottom line.
The CAB is an association of local Catholic business men and women focused on growing spiritually while finding new ways to incorporate their faith into their daily lives at work and at home.
At its most recent meeting on Aug. 31, 100 members and guests gathered for breakfast and listened to a panel facilitated by Ed O’Malley of the Kansas Leadership Center. Three Catholic business leaders gave examples of the tests they encounter daily, the conflicts they have in weighing the values of the world, and how they incorporate their faith into their decisions.

Scout training Sept. 17
The Catholic Committee on Scouting is offering training for adults wishing to be a counselor for religious emblems and has not been trained in the past five years.
Training is being offered for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little Flowers, and American Heritage Girls. The religious emblems which require a trained leader are Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Marian Medal, and Spirit Alive programs.
The training is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17, at St. Joseph Parish, 132 S. Millwood, in Wichita. Register by calling Kathy Petr at 316-686-7893 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BC 8th grade curriculum fair Nov. 4
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School will host a Curriculum Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 4, for prospective students.
Sessions will highlight activities, clubs, curriculum, and the responsibilities of students. Registration will begin in the Activities Complex (door 4) at 7:30 a.m. with Mass beginning at 8 o’clock.
Eighth grade students are invited. If an eighth grader would like to participate, and is not currently enrolled in one of the Catholic grade schools, call the Counseling Office at 729-5278 by Oct. 3.

Liturgical musicians invited to prayer
Liturgical musicians in the Diocese of Wichita are invited to solemn evening prayer and a special blessing and address by Bishop Carl A. Kemme at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The event, hosted by the Wichita chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, is being held in thanksgiving for the chapter’s new permanent status.
A light reception will follow.

Three ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are three “last chance” Sunday Masses.
Newman University has one at 7 p.m. on Sundays. The St. Paul University Parish 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.

Spiritual Life Center news, September 16, 2016

Day long retreat about St. Teresa of Avila’s ‘Interior Castle’ Oct. 8
Father Ken Van Haverbeke says his spiritual director in the seminary warned him, “The spiritual life can be so simple as long as you don’t let the study of theology ruin it!”
Thomas à Kempis, famous for writing the “Imitation of Christ” in the 15th century, had an answer: “At the day of judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.”
Writing at a time when secularism was getting the better of the church, à Kempis’ advice is important. Using this advice, Father Ken will lead participants in a day-long retreat studying “The Interior Castle,” written by St. Teresa of Avila.
“The Interior Castle is more than a book,” according to the preface of the study edition. “It is a wonderful image of the mystery of the human person...
“It is, though, also a book, the last book written by Teresa who five years before her death left to the best of her knowledge what in her experience she had been praising God for.”
The retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The day will include discussion and teaching from the book, time for confession, Mass, and prayer.
The cost is $20 which includes lunch. Reservations may be made at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Merton presentation Oct. 11-12
Father Ken Van Haverbeke will present “Thomas Merton: A Hermit in Times Square” at the Spiritual Life Center Tuesday, Oct. 11, and repeat it on Wednesday evening, Oct. 12.
Both presentations will be from 7 to 9 p.m.
“Thomas Merton, is a study of extremes,” Fr. Van Haverbeke said. “Though he desired a quiet, solitary life, he became one of the most famous Catholic writers of the 20th century who lived in a huge community. He, like us, lives between the tension of what we want and what we have; between what we think we want, and what is good for us. Merton is like us, and we are like Merton.”
Father Van Haverbeke will present a short introduction to the life of the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, and explore his diversities.
Because of this diversity, a well-known psychologist labeled Merton a “hermit of Time’s Square.”
The two-hour presentation will offer some insights to Thomas Merton’s life, the tensions he lived with, and how we might also live with the dichotomies of our lives.
Want to attend?
The one-evening presentation which will be given from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12. The cost is $10. Participants may register by calling (316) 744-0167 or at www.SLCWichita.org.

Epic church history series begins Sept. 21
The staff of the Spiritual Life Center will facilitate an Ascension Press DVD series that takes participants through the people, places, and events that make up the history of the Catholic Church.
“Epic Church History” is a 20-part series the center is breaking up into three semesters. The series is designed to help attendees see the glory of the church founded by Christ and come to an understanding of how each of us fits into that story.
The dates for the first seven-week session are Wednesdays Sept. 21 and 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and Nov. 2.
Signing up for one semester admits participants to the next two at no charge. The cost is $45 per person, which includes all materials.
Register by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Love and Logic Parenting begins at the SLC on Sept. 28
The popular Becoming a Love and Logic Parent series is once again being offered at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The six-week evening series begins on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The registration fee is $35 per person or $60 per couple (if sharing a workbook).
To sign up for this series please call the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit www.SLCWichita.org to register and pay online.

Year of Mercy retreat Sept. 30 at the Spiritual Life Center
Janet Moore will lead a day-long retreat entitled “Entering into the Mystery of God’s Mercy” from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.
The retreat will focus on meditations taken from scripture, St. John Paul II, Pope Francis, and Jesus’ words to St. Faustina.
Participants will experience time for prayer, silence, and the sacraments. The retreat is an opportunity for the faithful to celebrate, embrace, and live out this extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Reservations may be made online at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Father Van Haverbeke to lead Prodigal Son retreat Nov. 4-6
The Return of the Prodigal Son retreat Nov. 4-6 at the Spiritual Life Center will reassure and challenge participants in the fatherhood of our God and in being his son or daughter.
“It’s a combination of art, scripture, Catholic theology, and self-reflection,” Father Ken Van Haverbeke said.
“Henri Nouwen’s book’ The Return of the Prodigal Son’ is a personal favorite of mine! Nouwen is very accessible to everyone. We can relate to what he experienced and wrote.”
The “Return of the Prodigal Son” was also Father Nouwen’s favorite book to write and to preach about. It is based upon his reflections on the Rembrandt painting called the Prodigal Son that hangs in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nouwen tells of his encounter with the painting in 1986 and then continuing to reflect on the painting throughout his life: how he was the younger (prodigal) son, the elder son, and finally the father in the Gospel story.
What struck him “like a thunderbolt,” though, was a friend’s admonition, ‘Whether you are the younger son or the elder son, you are called to be the father!’ That healing experience for Nouwen changed his life and many others through his writings.
The retreat will include reflections on how we are all called to be in the role of spiritual fatherhood for others. Ultimately the weekend is about healing: healing of memories, healing of emotions, healing of lives.
Fr. VanHaverbeke said, “The retreat is designed to help a person to respond to a merciful Father: a Father who waits for us, and runs to meet us where we are at, not where we are ‘supposed’ to be.
Want to participate?
Regular retreat pricing applies. Register and pay by Oct. 24 to receive an early bird discounted rate. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling 316-744-0167.

Next date night Oct. 6 at Spiritual Life Center
The next Date Night will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Couples are invited for a night out - time away from the everyday to relax and be together and to take advantage of the great food and the ambiance that the Spiritual Life Center offers. Rob and Becky Knapp will share a reflection about “Stewards of the Marriage Covenant.”
More information and registration is available at SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Single adult Catholic retreat Sept. 10 at All Saints Parish in Wichita

Father H Setter will lead a retreat called “Sanctifying the Single Life” Saturday, Sept. 10, at All Saints Parish in Wichita. It is open to all adult single Catholics: for those who feel called to the single life as a permanent state, and those for whom it is a period of transition.
Father H said there are certain opportunities and challenges specific to the single life. The retreat is a chance for participants to reflect prayerfully on how to live out their Christian vocation in a way that more fully integrates their current state of life. Retreatants will be invited to reflect on topics such as vocation, sexuality, and their place in a modern and changing world.
“As our first call to holiness comes with baptism and follows from there throughout our life, this day is designed to give single individuals an opportunity to discern their continued call to holiness uniquely as a single person,” said Father Setter.
“Unlike some singles gatherings and events, this day in no way, shape or form is designed to entertain ‘matchmaking’ efforts or goals. Rather it is a day for the single individual to move deeper into their faith and spirituality.”
All Saints is located at 3205 E. Grand. Participants are invited to gather for Mass at the church at 8 a.m. The retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
There is no cost for the retreat, but participants are asked to register by contacting Kristina Glicksman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 316-440-1718.

Diocesan news, September 2, 2016

Bishop appoints priest to Church of the Magdalen
Bishop Carl A. Kemme has issued the following decree of appointment:
“I hereby appoint the Rev. Maximilian K. Biltz parochial vicar of Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, effective, August 15, 2016.

Diocese sending $15,000 to aid Louisiana flood victims
The Diocese of Wichita is donating $15,000 to assist those affected by the recent Louisiana flooding.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme authorized the donation Monday, Aug. 29, to the Disaster Relief Fund of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the USCCB, sent a letter to all dioceses in the United States asking them to consider taking up a special collection in response to the disaster. Because the Diocese of Wichita embraces United Catholic Stewardship, the donation will be made from the tithe submitted from the parishes to the diocese.
Abp. Kurtz said in his letter:
“The funds collected in this one-time special appeal for the 2016 Louisiana Floods will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their member agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as shelter, clean water, food, and medical care as well as to the long term need to rebuild and recover after widespread destruction, and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the church.”
To make a private donation through Catholic Relief Services, visit CRS.org.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar.
Sept. 7: StepStone Apartment ribbon cuttings and blessing
Sept. 8: Presbyteral Council
Sept. 9: School pastoral visit, St. Joseph in Conway Springs.
Sept. 10: Mass for Faith and Family Conference, St. Peter Schulte
Sept. 10-11: Parish pastoral visit St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita
Sept. 15: Pastoral Mass at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Sept. 17: 100th Anniversary Mass at Holy Name Parish in Coffeyville
Sept. 18-19: Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska
Sept. 20: Liturgical Musicians Vespers and appreciation reception at Cathedral
Sept. 21: Confirmation Mass at St. Patrick in Parsons at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: Holy Trinity Seminary Seminarian Dinner and Reception in Irvine, Texas
Sept. 24-25: Parish pastoral visit to St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita
Sept. 27: Visit to Passageways ministry
Sept. 28: Red Mass at Cathedral
Sept. 29: School pastoral visit to St. Peter in Schulte; Prospective seminarian dinner at bishop’s residence
Oct. 1-2: Parish pastoral visit to Holy Savior in Wichita

Liturgical musicians invited to prayer
Liturgical musicians in the Diocese of Wichita are invited to solemn evening prayer and a special blessing and address by Bishop Carl A. Kemme at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The event, hosted by the Wichita chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, is being held in thanksgiving for the chapter’s new permanent status.
A light reception will follow.

‘A Symphony of the Faith’ on-line course begins Sept. 14
An eight-week online course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church called “A Symphony of the Faith,” will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 14.
Joshua Bitting, director of the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, will make the presentations. He said the course is a follow up to this year’s popular Summer Catechetical Summit.
In his book, “The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis,” Petroc Willey offers 12 keys for unlocking the treasures of the catechism. Each week, Bitting says, he will cover a chapter from the book and offer a fresh look at this gift to the church.
To register, or for more information, visit CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith or contact Bitting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tournament Sept. 26 to benefit Carmelite nun monastery
The 9th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament sponsored by the Friends of the Carmelite Nuns will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of a monastery chapel for the Discalced Carmelites located at 7445 N. Woodlawn in Valley Center, about four miles directly north of Church of the Resurrection.
The entry fee is $125 per player or $500 for a team and includes a sack lunch, green fees, a cart, on-course beverages, and hole competitions including a $10,000 hole-in-one prize. In addition to having a great time with some diocesan priests, participants will take part in an awards dinner.
Hole sponsors, priest sponsors, and prizes are being sought for the fundraiser. Those who wish to support the event may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 316-305-3051.
For more information about the nuns, visit CarmelOfWichita.com.

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

Volunteers needed at the Mount, Wichita
The Mount, housing and enrichment for homeless families and survivors of domestic violence, is in need of volunteers.
Help is needed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays while residents are attending parenting/relationship classes.
Volunteers will spend the first hour serving dinner to families and the second hour spending time with the kids.
For more information, please contact Kathy Hannemann at
(316) 264-8344 ext.1261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Golf for Life Sept. 12
Kansans for Life’s Golf for Life will begin with a shotgun start at noon Monday, Sept. 12, at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita.
All beverages, lunch, dinner, and snacks are included for the day as well as a card and time on the range.
The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team. To register, call Melissa at 316-304-6420 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Three ‘last chance’ Masses now available in the Wichita area
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 University Parish 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.

Catholic news websites
Two Catholic news aggregate websites are now available.
The two sites are NewAdvent.org and PewSitter.com.
The websites gather Catholic news stories from across the web and assemble them at one site.

Struggling with same sex attractions?
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.

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.

Youth and school news, September 2, 2016

Newman offering judo course for teenagers
Newman University is offering a one-hour credit beginner’s course in judo, a martial art focusing on the principles of mental and physical balance within its throwing and grappling techniques.
The course is open to Wichita-area high school students 16 and older. High school students will receive college credit through Newman University’s Advanced Standing Program. No separate admission to the university is required.
The class is being offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday or from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday beginning Sept. 7 or Sept. 10. The cost is $125, which includes a judo uniform.
For more information, contact Greg Gideon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Mark Gideon at 316-312-1437.

Scout training Sept. 17
The Catholic Committee on Scouting is offering training for adults wishing to be a counselor for religious emblems and has not been trained in the past five years.
Training is being offered for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little Flowers, and American Heritage Girls. The religious emblems which require a trained leader are Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Marian Medal, and Spirit Alive programs.
The training is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17, at St. Joseph Parish, 132 S. Millwood, in Wichita. Register by calling Kathy Petr at 316-686-7893 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tennis tournament to benefit four schools
The 3rd annual Aces for Academics doubles tennis charity tournament will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Genesis Health Club, 1551 N. Rock Road in Wichita.
The cost is $60 per player. The bracket size and format will depend on the number of entries. Refreshments will be served.
The deadline for registration is Sept. 20. To register call DeAnn at 316-680-5486 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Proceeds from the event will help purchase books for Holy Savior Catholic Academy, St. Joseph Catholic School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, and Saint Patrick Catholic School.

Bishop Carroll trash bag sale Sept. 1-23
The annual Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Trash Bag Sale will be held from Sept. 1-23.
The durable, yellow lawn bags, white kitchen bags, and degradable lawn and kitchen bags are again available this year.
Orders may be placed with any Bishop Carroll student or by calling the BCCHS Office at 316- 722-2390.

Spiritual Life Center news, September 2, 2016

12-Step Journey begins Sept. 29 at the SLC
‘Adult Children’ from dysfunctional families encouraged to attend recovery program
A nationally-recognized program designed to help heal and renew adults who grew up in emotionally repressive or dysfunctional families—sometimes known as “Adult Children”—is being offered starting Sept. 29 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The Twelve Steps—A Spiritual Journey, is a seven-month program where participants meet for two hours each week with a team of trained facilitators. The goal of this Christ-centered, Scripture-based program is to restore the fruits of the Holy Spirit in one’s life, including joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith.
“As someone who has been both a participant and a facilitator in the Twelve Step Program, I want to extend an invitation for interested people to join us,” says Rachel Hughey who joins John Mertes, Pamela Cason, and Steve Batt as facilitators for the program. “The Twelve Steps has been widely praised for its effectiveness and is based on the lessons of Scripture while emphasizing self-understanding and the unchanging love that God has for each of us.”
The opening Twelve Step session is set for Thursday, Sept. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A total of 30 evening sessions will be offered. Morning sessions of the program will also be offered from 10 to 11:30 beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Program facilitator John Mertes says the first three sessions typically involve participants getting to know the process and each other. The program is closed to new members after the first three meetings. ”Everything we discuss is held in the strictest confidence,” says Mertes. “As time goes on, a unique bond of trust develops in the group.”
The Twelve Steps is open to anyone who has experienced an incident or situation during his or her formative years resulting in emotional wounds that are not yet healed. This could include growing up in a household where there was physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse or some other dysfunction.
Characteristics of so-called “Adult Children” of a dysfunctional family include: feelings of low self-esteem that cause harsh self-judgment, a tendency to isolate one’s self and a feeling of uneasiness around other people—especially authority figures. Other characteristics include living life as a victim and being attracted to other victims in love and friendship, a tendency to be impulsive where action is taken before considering alternative behaviors or possible consequences and unresolved anger and resentment toward authority of all kinds.
People who have gone through the program say that while it is sometimes painful to confront unresolved issues, the end result is a rekindling of hope that things can and will get better in life and in the relationships they have today with other people. There is also a growth and trust in their relationship with God. One foundation of the program is the sharing of personal stories, but also the knowledge that all information is held confidential within the confines of those participating.
Want to attend?
Anyone interested in learning more about the Twelve Steps—A Spiritual Journey can call the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 and ask for a brochure or talk with someone about the program. There is no cost for the program, but a freewill offering is taken and a helpful workbook sells for $20.

After the Gift birthmom retreat an experience of hope
An After the Gift retreat for birthmothers will be held Sept. 23-25 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The weekend provides a chance for birthmothers of all ages to share their experience, work with a professional counselor, if needed, and find support as they move forward in their journey.
“We invite all birth moms to attend this retreat filled with hope and prayer,” said Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office. “Some of the women who have attended the After the Gift retreat have been waiting years for a chance to openly talk about their experience and the pain of placing their child for adoption. All leave feeling supported by the new connections made with other women.”
Cheryl, who attended a previous retreat, said: “I came to this After the Gift retreat – as I have prayed for many years for something like this to meet on common ground for a sacrifice that we have all made.”
She said participants were able to share their stories.
“I was amazed that we all had similar feelings deep within. It was great to know that there are people – including the diocese – that recognized the pain and sacrifice that a birthmom goes through and are willing to help support us not only through the grief but also to help us in spiritual ways and to help us find hope and support though this retreat.”
Want to make the retreat?
Those interested in participating in the next retreat may contact Bonnie Toombs at 316-269-3935 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

September Docentium program to discuss politics
The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita will host its monthly Docentium Program on Catholicism and Culture Thursday, Sept. 15. The program includes dinner and a presentation.
“Can a Catholic be a Democrat?” is the question posed by author, sociologist and professor, David Carlin, in his 2006 book of the same name. Jay Bezdek, self-proclaimed “culture observer” will explore this question in some detail. Bezdek is a retired CPA and investment advisor, cancer survivor, and current member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Andover.
His presentation is part of the Docentium series at the Spiritual Life Center, and is open to the public. The three-fold mission of Docentium is to form and equip disciples of Christ with sound teaching, faithful to our tradition, to build camaraderie in shared belief and shared interest, in the context of a shared meal, and to inspire more courageous witness in our families, parishes, workplaces, and communities.
It is held on the third Thursday of every month. 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.
Want to attend?
To register for the next Docentium, visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.
Advance registration encouraged.

Dinner with St. John Chrysostom Sept. 13
A presentation on St. John Chrysostom on Sept. 13 as a part of the Spiritual Life Center’s “Dinner with the Doctors” banquet series.
Participants will enjoy a delicious meal and pleasant conversation in the Main Assembly Room, surrounded by the SLC’s collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church. After sharing a meal participants will hear a presentation on St. John, in commemoration of his official feast day.
Want to learn more about St. John?
The next Dinner with the Doctors will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. The cost is $15 per person until Sept. 8, when the price becomes $20 per person.

SLC Fall Theology Institute begins Saturday, Sept. 17
It isn’t too late to register for the Spiritual Life Center’s Fall Theology Institute.
Students participate in four courses this fall, each presented in three parts on Sept. 17, Nov. 5, and Dec. 10. Students may begin the two-year program at any time, and are welcome to join for any individual semester, with no obligation to complete the full two-year program.
The 2016 fall semester will contain four courses: “Morality: From Slaves to Sons: Liberty and Responsibility as commanded by the Decalogue,” “Scripture: Introduction to the New Testament,” “Praying with St. Ignatius of Loyola,” and “Church History: Theses, Councils, and Telescopes - The Church from 1500-1700.”
Want to enroll?
Class sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on three Saturdays: Sept. 17, Nov. 5, and Dec. 10. The $75 registration fee covers all three class sessions and lunch. Registration may be made by calling the center at 744-0167 or online at SLCWichita.org.

Four-part series on Catholic money management starts in September at the SLC
The SLC will offer a four-part course this fall to help the faithful learn the steps to financial freedom using the three theological virtues.
Catholic Money Management will be presented by Randy Walker, a St. Francis of Assisi parishioner. On four consecutive Tuesday evenings, Walker will teach participants ways to use faith, hope, and love to guide financial decisions and actions.
The group study is for everyone. It can benefit those who are doing fine financially, those who are surviving day-to-day, and those who have encountered some hardships and are struggling to know how to get out of the resulting debt.
Topics addressed over the four-week course include spending, budgeting, net worth, debt management and resolution, insurance, savings and investments, and end of life planning.
All of these are discussed in the context of God’s plan of stewardship and all in a non-commercial manner.
Classes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center. The fall session meets Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27.
There is no charge for this class. Free-will donations will be accepted, but are not necessary. Participants may pre-register by calling the center at 316-744-0167 or online at www.SLCwichita.org.

‘Divorce Survival Guide’ video series begins Sept. 12
“The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide” will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays from Sept. 12 to Nov. 28 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program, sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life, is designed to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. Rose Sweet created the series and has authored several Catholic books on divorce.
Sweet has brought together some of Catholic media’s top personalities for the series, including Dr. Ray Guarendi, a Catholic psychologist and popular talk show host, Father Mitch Pacwa of EWTN, and Father Donald Calloway – both children of divorced parents, and Christopher West, who shares principles of authentic love found in St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
The cost for the 12-week program is $35. To register you can go to CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/SLC, call 316-744-0167, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Understand Pope Francis better with a new book study Sept. 6
The Spiritual Life Center will host a free book study of “The Betrothed,” by Alessandro Manzoni, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The book is a personal favorite of Pope Francis. Some have said that much of his theological perspectives and pastoral priorities are best interpreted in light of the book.
The reading group, which is part of a new SLC education series called “Good Books,” begins on Tuesday, Sept. 6, with sessions meeting from 7 to 9 p.m.
The book study begins Sept. 6 and continues on the first Tuesday of each month. Discussion, oral readings, opinions, critiques, commentaries, questions and answers are on the agenda for the informal gatherings.
The only cost will be for the optional purchase of textbooks and freewill donations for refreshments and hospitality.

Next date night Oct. 6 at Spiritual Life Center
The next Date Night will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Couples are invited for a night out - time away from the everyday to relax and be together and to take advantage of the great food and the ambiance that the Spiritual Life Center offers. Rob and Becky Knapp will share a reflection about “Stewards of the Marriage Covenant.”
More information and registration is available at SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.(316) 744-0167.

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