Diocesan news, December 15, 2017

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
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 jail
Jan. 4-11: Region IX bishops annual retreat
Jan. 13-14: Parish pastoral visit to St. John, Clonmel
Jan. 15-16: Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Topeka

Surviving Divorce program begins Jan. 8
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.

Seminarians, Trinity alums basketball game Dec. 29 at Hutchinson
The Serra Club of Reno County will host its annual basketball game pitting seminarians and priests against Trinity alumni Friday, Dec. 29.
The evening, a benefit for the seminarians, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a sloppy joe and hotdog dinner. The game begins at 6:30.
The event will feature performances by the Little Cheer and Dance girls from Holy Cross, assisted by the Trinity Cheerleaders and Dance Team.
A goodwill offering will be taken up to benefit the two Hutchinson area seminarians, Andy Beugelsdijk and Christopher Rumback. In addition, game officials will be “accepting financial assistance” to help them with their officiating.

The Daniel Plan for downtown Catholics begins on 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.

Next Catholic Advance
The next Catholic Advance publication date is Friday, Jan. 5.
To advertise, call 316-269-3968 or visit CatholicAdvance.org.

Pro-life ministry offering ‘pill kills’ DVD free of charge
Physicians prescribe the pill to many young women to regulate monthly cycles, lessen cramping, or to control acne.
But the life and health threatening side effects from taking the pill are not worth it, according to the West Sedgwick County Chapter of Right to Life of Kansas. The pill not only causes abortions but has dangerous side-effects.
The chapter is offering a free DVD, “The Pill Kills Symposium,” that explains the problems associated with the pill.
For free copy of the DVD, send an email jcsfam6@yahoo.com with your name and address, or call Carolyn at 316-531-2227. For more information or to watch the DVD online, visit ThePillKills.org and click on “2012 National Symposium” box on the left of the home page.

Several ‘last chance’ Masses now available
There are now several late Sunday Masses in Wichita:
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

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 ineedhelpfather@gmail.com. “Our Lord always provides a means to overcome sin!,” the priest says.

The pope’s intention
Here is 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.