Diocesan news, December 1, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
December
Dec. 3: Norvus Ordo Mass at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral; Confirmation Mass, St. Anne, Wichita at 3 p.m.
Dec. 5: Evening with prospective seminarians
Dec. 6: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. for St. Thomas Aquinas in Wichita
Dec. 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass at the Cathedral in Wichita at noon; Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass at St. Mary in Newton at 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 10: Confirmation Mass at 11 a.m. at Holy Savior in Wichita
Dec. 11: Vigil Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 11 p.m. at the Cathedral
Dec. 13: Confirmation Mass, 6:30 p.m. at Magdalen in Wichita
Dec. 14: Presbyteral Council; Serra Club Christmas Party
Dec. 16-17: Parish pastoral visit to St. Andrew, Independence; and St. Francis, Cherryvale
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
Dec. 25: Christmas Mass at Oswego prison

D. of I. regent installed on Nov. 4 in St. Paul
Linda DeGarmo was installed as regent of St. Luke Circle 239 Daughters of Isabella Saturday, Nov. 4, in a ceremony at the Osage Mission Museum in St. Paul.
DeGarmo is a member of St. Michael Parish in Girard. State Regent Belinda Kasper, from Wilson, Kansas, and Helen Wales of Wichita participated in the ceremony.

Grandparents, grand kids invited to movie about the Fatima apparitions on Dec. 8
Grandparents and their school aged grandchildren are invited to the theatre room at Reflection Ridge Retirement Community, 2300 N. Tyler Road, in Wichita Friday, Dec. 8, for a free movie day from 1:30 to 3 p.m. sponsored by Senior Adult Ministry Office of Marriage and Family Life.
The movie, The 13th Day, is the story of the three shepherd children from the village of Fatima in Portugal who experienced six apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The film was produced by Ignatius Press and was shot on location.
Free popcorn and bottled water will be provided for all participants. Admission is one homemade Christmas card to give to one of the senior residents. Parents who want to attend are also welcome.
This event is limited to the first 120 people who call or email to make a reservation with the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 685-5240 witzells@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Catholic radio station now back on the air
KPHN 1360 AM, the Wichita area Catholic radio station is back on the air.
It was knocked off the air after thieves broke into the station earlier this month and stole electronic equipment.

Musicians workshop Jan. 20 in Augusta
A Liturgical Musicians Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. James Church in Augusta.
Christopher Walker from Oregon Catholic Press will be a major presenter. The event is open to all clergy and musicians. Visit npmwichita.org for further information and to register.

Fitness classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 10
An eight session fitness class designed for the adult who doesn’t want to go to the gym will begin Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center 437 N. Topeka. It will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 and it will be facilitated by James Eicher.
The class will be a non-competitive, adaptive fitness class for adults who want to be more active. James will teach exercises one can do at home without any machines or equipment that can keep you fit for life. Many can be done sitting in a chair. To register call the Office of Marriage and Family Life 316-685-5240.

The Daniel Plan for downtown Catholics begins Jan. 10
A class on the Daniel Plan, a healthy lifestyle program, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka.
Participants are invited to bring their lunch and listen to a DVD series created by some of the top experts on spiritual, physical, and emotional health. The program is for people who want to get healthy but don’t want to go on a diet. It is based on five areas, incorporating faith, fitness, food, friends and focus.
The cost is $15 for each six-week session and includes a workbook. To register or for more information call the Office of Marriage and Family life at 316-685-5240.

Surviving Divorce program begins Jan. 8 at St. Catherine of Siena
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting another 12-week “Surviving Divorce” program beginning Monday Jan. 8.
The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School at 3642 N. Ridge Road in Wichita.
The program offers valuable insight to everyone, despite how long ago they were divorced. It is designed to bring hope and healing to divorced and separated Catholics. Topics such as shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and more, will be discussed.
The cost is $35 and includes a “Personal Survival Guide.” To register, call 316-425-0595 or email clista@saintcatherinewichita.com.
Parishes may request the program by contacting the Office of Marriage & Family Life at 316-685-5240.

Bishop to celebrate Guadalupe vigil Mass
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate a Mass at 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 11, the vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.

Bishop Kemme to lead trip to South America
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will lead a trip to South America Jan. 29-Feb. 8.
The trip, “a walk in the footsteps of Pope Francis,” will include stops in Lima and Machu Picchu, Peru; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The trip is a benefit for the Guadalupe Clinic, a diocesan health ministry.
The trip includes airfare from anywhere in the country, daily Mass, four- or five-star hotels, all ground transportation, tour guides, entry into all sites, and all breakfasts and dinners.
The cost is $3,850 per person, of which $250 is a tax-deductible donation to the Guadalupe Clinic. For a reservation or more information, call (508) 340-9370 or email Anthony@proximotravel.com.

Fr. Max Biltz leading pilgrimage June 1-10
Father Maximilian Biltz is planning to lead a pilgrimage to Spain June 1-10.
Those interested in accompanying him to the many holy sites and shrines from Lisbon to Barcelona may call 855-842-8001 or visit Tinyurl.com/BiltzTrip.

Couples in troubled marriages invited to weekend retreat
A Retrouvaille weekend, designed to help struggling marriages, will be offered in Spanish and in English Dec. 8-10.
The weekend program, along with follow-up sessions, is designed for couples in troubled marriages – including those who are separated or divorced and wish to reunite. Retrouvaille begins with a weekend experience in which husbands and wives are assisted in reestablishing communication and gaining new insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.
The Wichita Retrouvaille community believes every marriage, a union of one man and one woman, deserves the opportunity to survive, be healed, and thrive as a covenant of life and love. Though the program is Catholic in origin, couples of all faiths or no faith background are welcomed.
Does your marriage need help?
To register for the Retrouvaille weekend, visit www.helpourmarriage.com or contact Dacia at 314-249-5227.

Diocesan Mass pilgrimage planned
Lance Reichenberger, a member of St. Joseph Parish, Andale, is organizing an ongoing Sunday Mass pilgrimage to a different church in the Diocese of Wichita – starting with the oldest and ending with the newest.
Reichenberger said depending on the number of persons interested, they will carpool or caravan. No other activities are planned for the pilgrimage, except for an optional lunch, to keep the rest of Sunday open for family.
Those interested may contact Reichenberger at 316-706-1560, at lbreich88@gmail.com.

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita, including two in Spanish, for those who hit the snooze button one too many times: 5 p.m.: Holy Savior
5:15 p.m.: Blessed Sacrament
6 p.m.: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; St. Anne, en español
6:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, en español
7 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU; St. Patrick, en español
9 p.m.: St. Paul, WSU

Want to pray the Angelus with others?
The Angelus, a commemoration of the Incarnation, is available online at tinyurl.com/noonangelus.
It features windows from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.

The pope’s intention
Here are Pope Francis’ prayer intention for this month: The elderly: That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.