Diocesan news, January 5, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
January
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
Jan. 17-21: March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Jan 21: Mass at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan at 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 22: Topeka March for Life Rally and Mass
Jan. 26-27: Diocesan Pastoral Council visioning session
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: South American Shrine Pilgrimage for Guadalupe Clinic

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.

Immigration information forum Jan. 21 at NU
A community forum sponsored by the Immigrant Family Support Network will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Dugan Gorges Conference Center at Newman University in Wichita.
Information about legislative initiatives in Kansas, process in obtaining citizenship, the struggles individuals and families have in the process, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and TPS, the Temporary Protective Status, will be discussed.
For more information contact Forrest at fehmke@aol.com.

Women’s retreat Jan. 26-27 in Newton

A women’s retreat, “Strengthening the Fabric of your Family for the Future,” will be presented at St. Mary’s Parish, 106 E. 8th St. in Newton, at the end of the month.
Any woman interested is invited to the presentation by Sharon Witzell, program coordinator of the diocesan Senior Adult Ministries.
The retreat begins with a social at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and is followed by talks until 9:30 p.m. It resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with a Latin Mass, breakfast, more talks, adoration, confession, and lunch. The event concludes at 3:30 p.m.
Witzell has been ministering to Catholic families for over 30 years and has taken graduate level courses in family life ministry. She will share her expertise about family systems theory that is supported by scripture and Catholic teachings. Women will learn what makes the best families and what they can do to help and heal their own family to make it better for future generations.
The registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, and materials. The fee is $40 before Jan. 14, and $45 afterward. For more information, or to sign up, call Lee Lamas 316-227-0706.

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.

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.

Sunday Mass pilgrimage ‘through time’ planned
Lance Reichenberger, a member of St. Joseph, Andale Parish, 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.
He plans to visit each church in the diocese. St. Mary, Queen of Angels, in Fort Scott, is the oldest church in the diocese still in use, and is first on the list and is scheduled for Sunday Jan. 21.
Reichenberger said depending on the number of persons interested, they will carpool or caravan. Pilgrims should meet at the Westlink Community Library just west of St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita. They will leave at 6:45 a.m.
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 or via his Facebook page.

Topeka March for Life bus deadline Monday, Jan. 15
Bishop, Abp. Naumann to celebrate Mass
Those who can’t make it to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., may participate in a related march in Topeka Monday, Jan. 22, sponsored by the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office.
Buses will leave from Church of the Magdalen in Wichita at 6:45 a.m.
The pilgrimage will include adoration by Wichita Adore Ministries, a talk by abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, Mass celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, and a rally on the Capitol steps.
The Respect Life Office said the trip is a great opportunity to join in with the thousands of people in the March for Life around the country.
The cost for bus transportation and lunch with Bishop Kemme at Texas Roadhouse is $35 per person. The deadline is Jan. 15. Register by sending payment to Respect Life Social Justice Office. Contact toombsb@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org or call 316-269-3935 for more information.

Please remember our priests in your prayers
The Diocese of Wichita has a necrology, a listing of our deceased priests of the diocese online. The necrology is arranged by months and includes the names of priests who died that month.
Visit the page at CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org and clicking on “Find A Parish.” The “Necrology” link is on the right side of the parish listing home page.

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

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 ineedhelpfather@gmail.com or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.

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.