Ready to fill the pews — The newly renovated St. Joseph Church in Andale will be blessed Monday, March 18, at Mass celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme. Father Daryl Befort and his parishioners have been celebrating Mass in the parish hall after lightning struck the church Sunday, June 24.

St. Joseph Parish, Andale, eager to worship in ‘new’ church

The spiritual cross that resulted from a lightning strike last June will be lifted this Lent when parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Andale rededicate their renovated church.
Last summer’s disaster has become a Lenten blessing. “It’s a 1912 structure with a 2019 infrastructure,” Pastor Fr. Daryl Befort said last week about the church.
St. Joseph Church will be rededicated at a 6 p.m. Mass Monday, March 18, after many months of inconvenience and many challenges for the pastor and the parish.
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Movie Unplanned opens in Wichita Friday, March 29

The pro-life movie Unplanned opens at the Warren Theater east and west locations Friday, March 29.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office, asked the faithful to support the movie so that the theaters keep it running.
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‘Man Fully Alive’ men’s conference March 30 at Kapaun Mt. Carmel

In an era where masculinity is sometimes denigrated, the Catholic Men’s Conference is pushing against that criticism in an attempt to motivate men to embrace their God-given gift of masculinity.
“Man Fully Alive,” is the theme for this year’s conference Saturday, March 30. Bishop Kemme will open the event with Mass.
Scott Carter, coordinator of the Father Kapaun Guild for the Diocese of Wichita, said he is excited about the two speakers: Hector Molina and Father Dwight Longenecker.
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Men’s conference March 30 at KMC

In an era where masculinity is sometimes denigrated, the Catholic Men’s Conference is pushing against that criticism in an attempt to motivate men to embrace their God-given gift of masculinity.
“Man Fully Alive,” is the theme for this year’s conference Saturday, March 30. Bishop Kemme will open the event with Mass.
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Drexel fund helps struggling schools retain students; strengthen church

The foundation of the Catholic Church is strong in the Diocese of Wichita in part because of the Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund.
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Chancery dedicated ’66 by Bishop Byrne

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita can be proud of its beautiful Chancery Office directly behind the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Wichita. It was completed and dedicated by Bishop Leo C. Byrne in 1966.
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Questions and opportunity in state government – a plea to Kansas Catholics

Unanswered questions are dominating the 2019 Kansas legislative session. Conflicting approaches between the governor and the legislature for solutions to the state’s challenges are creating a sobering political reality. Can you say gridlock?
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Seminar March 15 to explain why our understanding of gender, sex matters

As Desert Stream Ministries prepares for a day-long Gender Matters Conference Friday, March 15, in Wichita, I asked myself: “Why are we doing this?”
Gender matters because God cares about the fruitfulness of people. I first became aware of Jesus’ love for me as I explored homosexual options, wondering if that was who I was and how I was destined to relate to others. In spite of our best intentions, my friends and I hit a dead end.
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Bishop Kemme shocked, dismayed by pro-abortion legislation

It is abundantly clear that both New York and Virginia have governors with extreme views on the issue of abortion. Recently, as you no doubt know, the State of New York passed one of the most extreme pro-abortion laws of the nation which among other things legalized abortion up to seconds before birth. The legislature for the State of Virginia introduced similar legislation. In commenting on this bill, the scandal-embroiled Governor Ralph Northam sent shock waves through civilized society when he expressed support of legally killing a baby – even after birth, if in the discussions between the doctors and the mother that would be desired. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, a Catholic, enthusiastically signed the New York bill at a ceremony in which its proponents cheered in jubilation.
Friends, I hope you are as shocked and dismayed as I am to learn of these things.
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