Sisters of St. Joseph news

CSJs mark feast day
The Sisters of St. Joseph celebrated the feast of St. Joseph, their patron, on Saturday, March 21, at their Wichita Center. Over 100 sisters and more than 50 lay associates participated in a special liturgy, celebrated by Monsignor Robert Hemberger. The sisters traditionally have a devotional renewal of their vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on the feast of St. Joseph. The associates present also renewed their commitment, “to live and work so that we, and all creation, may be united with God and with one another in God.”
Eight new associates joined the associate program as a part of the St. Joseph Day celebration. The new associates promised to live according to the ideals and values of the Congregation of St. Joseph and join with the Sisters in bringing about the transformation of our world. The associates received a small pin which depicts joined hands as a symbol of the Congregation’s commitment to serve others in the spirit of charity that St. Joseph had in serving Jesus and Mary. They also were given a copy of the Congregation of St. Joseph’s Generous Promises which express the direction the Holy Spirit is leading the congregation at this point in history.

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Fr. Ben Nguyen's top 5 reasons to come back home to the Church


5. Finding meaning for life
Life for every soul is brief. Do we spend our time working to store up grain for tomorrow, only to have God require our lives of us today? Our Catholic faith helps us put our lives in perspective. Our faith helps us understand our relationship with the God and the ultimate reason we have been put on earth – so that we can be with God for eternity.

4. Reconciliation (Confession)
Ever since Adam and Eve illicitly began picking fruit, the human race has been in need of reconciling with God. We wound ourselves when we sin. You can be sure your sins are forgiven when the priest prays the words of absolution. The priest, acting in the person of Christ, not only heals our souls when our sins are forgiven, he offers advice on how to walk a straighter path to God.

3. For our families
Children are gifts of God. Just as the first job of a husband and wife is to get each other into Heaven, the first responsibility of parents is to do all they can to get their children into Heaven. The Catholic Church has all the tools given by Jesus to get spouses and children into heaven. But they need to be utilized.

2. The Catholic Church was established by Jesus
The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus (Matt 16:18) to be a source of the sacraments for the faithful. The sacraments provide the graces needed throughout our lives so that, ultimately, we can be with God for eternity. We are a Church of both the sacred Word and the Sacraments.

1. The Eucharist
Nowhere do we meet Jesus in such an intimate manner as when we are in union with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord in Holy Communion. The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324).
If a friend called and said that Jesus Christ was appearing at your parish church, you would break speed records to get there. Well, Jesus Christ is truly and wholly present in the Eucharist and truly and wholly present in the tabernacle.

Spiritual Life Center news

Gardening Day at SLC April 18
A special Spring Fling Gardening Day has been set for Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita. Please come for all or part of the day. If possible, let Volunteer Coordinator Tami Gates know you are coming. This will help us prepare tasks and also prepare enough food for lunch. Contact Tami by e-mail at tgates@slcwichita.org or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167.
Tami is also seeking individuals and groups who may wish to adopt a garden for the upcoming season or on an occasional basis. Please prayerfully consider this worthwhile and fun activity.

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Student writes about the spiritual life in seminary

“Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall proclaim your praise…”

By Ignacio Olvera Ortiz
The spiritual life in the seminary is a unique experience because it is the place in which young men come to discern a special calling. In the seminary I learn many things about philosophy, science, theology, and spirituality. I am aware that to receive an education in all these subjects is important, but developing a spiritual life is absolutely essential. This is because as a candidate for the priesthood, an education without spirituality would mean nothing.

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How many times did the Israelites circle Jericho?

Test yourself and check the Bible for answers.

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Identify with those in the Passion; rejoice on Easter

By Msgr. William Carr

Passion (Palm) Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 - 15:47.
The double title for today’s celebration indicates the basic paradox of our faith: suffering and glory. It is the “Paschal Mystery” of death and resurrection. We enter glory only after apparent defeat. At the beginning of Mass, we bless palms. Palms (which are not native to Jerusalem) were used on the most glorious and joyous of Jewish feasts to praise the Lord, the King. John’s gospel describes the people of Jerusalem acclaiming Jesus as Messiah and king with palm branches. They shouted, “hosanna,” which means, “Save us now!” They wanted to be saved from oppression and from suffering under foreign rulers.
But Jesus was a different kind of Messiah. He saved them not from present ills but from eternal suffering and death. He enters his glory only through the cross.

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Participate in Palm Sunday, Holy Week church services

Let the Eucharist have its full effect, changing us into Jesus, filling us with the spirit of Christ

By Bishop Jackels
The Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem.
The Holy Thursday foot washing.
The Good Friday passion and cross.
The Holy Saturday resurrection light.
The Holy Week services take us in a participatory way through the most significant events in the life of Christ. This week our imitation is as close to acting as it will ever get.
What might be said about Lent can be said in spades about Holy Week: we do what Jesus did and why to prepare for Baptism or to renew our baptismal promises at Easter so to live our lives in Christ.
The stage of our acting like Christ is clearly not limited to the liturgy in church. Otherwise, those worship services would be cold and empty. They might even be considered harmful for giving us a sense of being holier-than-thou because we went to church.
So, take up a palm branch on Sunday and take it home to adorn a crucifix or holy picture. But let it also be a memento of the Lord’s second coming in glory, stirring us to live in joyful expectation, and reminding us to persevere in our efforts to live our faith (we can be fickle like the inhabitants of Jerusalem that first holy week, turning from Jesus to sin).
On Holy Thursday, kiss the hand of the priest who provides the food of the Eucharist, receive it worthily in Holy Communion, and adore it in the chapel of reservation. But let the Eucharist have its full effect, changing us into Jesus, filling us with the spirit of Christ, such that it is natural and unremarkable for us to wash the feet of others.
On Good Friday, listen again to the story of the Passion, watch as Jesus walks the way to Calvary, and venerate the cross as an expression of contrition for sin and gratitude for being loved so very, very much. But we take up our own cross, Jesus tells his followers, understood to mean putting to death self, or more specifically a selfish, self-centered, self-serving life. No more “I, me, and mine” or at least not only; but now also “we, you, and ours.”
On Holy Saturday, hold a lighted candle in memory of Jesus’ resurrection snuffing out the darkness of sin and death, and renew the promises to life differently, in imitation of Jesus, making the world a different, better place because we try. Allel… (Oops; not yet).
Let me take this occasion to wish you all Easter peace and joy.

National and world news in brief, March 26, 2009

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Bishop takes prudent steps forward in TOGETHER vision

The TOGETHER vision logo incorporates the diocesan “window”.

The diocesan-wide special appeal is now in an extended preparation phase
A recession hurts.
We have lost savings. We have lost jobs. We have lost businesses. And the headlines continue to tell us that the economy will get worse before it gets better.
Now is a difficult time to talk about money. Yet conversations about money are everywhere – even at church.
On November 4, 2008, Bishop Michael O. Jackels sent a letter to the faithful of the diocese about his decision to move forward with a special appeal.
The intention of the appeal has always been greater than fundraising. It is a vision for the growth of our diocese.
But at no time has the Bishop ever taken the decision to move forward with this vision lightly. In his November letter, Bishop Jackels wrote about the Divine Guidance that calmed his fears and gave him a sense of trust.
“This decision was not made with insensitivity to those affected by the economy,” he wrote. “Rather we care about and for people, especially those hurting.”
But since November, the recession has become even more painful. And the Bishop’s compassion for those hurting during this recession is unfailing.
In December 2008, the Bishop resolved to extend the preparation phase of the appeal until economic indicators show some stability.
Though we do not yet know how long we will wait, Bishop Jackels has declared that there is no question if we will proceed but when we will invite everyone to make a sacrificial gift.
The priorities of this special appeal will not go away. In fact, the number of lives who will be touched by the appeal will only swell over time. The cost both in dollars and effort will only increase.
But this special appeal is about more than funding three valuable priorities: seminarian education, Catholic formation programs and renovation of the Cathedral campus. It aims to strengthen the oneness between parish and diocese and deepen our practice of stewardship as a way of life, sharing responsibility for the mission of the Church.
All of these goals are reflected in the name. TOGETHER: We gather. We learn. We serve.
During the extended preparation phase for TOGETHER, the diocesan staff is working hard to develop the TOGETHER story and create the necessary materials to communicate it.
You will begin to see the TOGETHER logo more often. Beginning April 17, Bishop Jackels will write a monthly article in the Catholic Advance where he can speak directly to each member of the diocesan family about TOGETHER. In addition to the Bishop’s articles in the Advance, you will see the logo in stories that highlight different aspects of the TOGETHER vision.
In the TOGETHER vision, each Catholic and every parish can come to a greater sense of oneness. TOGETHER: We gather. We learn. We serve.

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El perdón es el principio para imitar a Jesús
Un mensaje de cuaresma del Obispo Jackels
“Éste es mi hijo amado” (Marcos 9,7). Pedro, Santiago y Juan oyeron una voz que provenía de una nube que decía esto de Jesús. “Hijo amado” es lo que es Jesús para Dios Padre.
Esto es también lo que nosotros, aquellos quienes profesan su fe en Jesús y son bautizados, somos para Dios. La misma voz diría de cada uno de los bautizados, “éste también es mi hijo amado”.
Hay, por supuesto, una diferencia entre Jesús y sus seguidores. Jesús es la Palabra encarnada de Dios, la segunda Persona de la Santísima Trinidad, el único Hijo engendrado del Padre eterno. Nosotros, por otro lado, somos y seremos siempre humanos. Pero por virtud de nuestra profesión de fe y bautismo nos convertimos en una nueva creación y somos adoptados como hijos de Dios.
La nueva creación en la que nos convertimos es … Jesús. San Pablo describe el efecto de la profesión de fe y el ser bautizado en términos de convertirnos en miembros del cuerpo de Cristo (ver I Corintios 12) y ser vestidos con Cristo (ver Gálatas 3,27).

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