Youth and school news, June 15, 2018

Scouts honored at Mass — Scouts and their leaders were honored at the annual Scouting Religious Emblems Mass Sunday, June 10, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wichita. Celebrating the Mass were Scout Chaplain Stuart Smeltzer, left, and Fr. Andrew Walsh, who is an Eagle Scout. Adults honored were, from left, Dennis Rottinghaus of Wichita, Michelle Smith-Puckett of Girard, and Tammy Bauer of Wichita. Youth honored were, from left, Kaitlyn Bauer, Brayden Suellentrop, Luke Richmeier, and Mark Smith, all of Wichita. (Courtesy photo)
Camp Team — From left, front row, Mary Linnebur, Brynn Suellentrop, Brittany Meyer, Sky Creed, Kaylee Konda; middle row, Noelle Dooley, Emma Coulter, Amy Suenram, Robin Bradfield, Becky Costello, Alyssa Cooke, Carmen Macias, Peter Spexarth; back row, Patrick Carney, Gerard Eck, Sebastian Orth, Matthew Cooke, JacobGrabendike, Cole Schneiders, Will Mohr, Taylor Nemechek, Paul Johnson, Max Genilo, Director Matthew Dolechek. Not pictured, Seth Arnold

Totus Tuus teams ready to catechize
Totus Tuus teams will be visiting parishes throughout the Diocese of Wichita this summer for a week dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The camp team will be leading the program at Camp WaJaTo in Lyons for youth from fifth through 12th grades.
(Individual team names are listed clockwise from top left.)

Team 1: Colin Keiser, Blaise Burns, Isabel Resa, and Grace Leonard
Team 2: Caleb Kuestersteffen, Nathan Sizelove, Brigette Sponsel, and Suzette Sponsel
Team 3: Brock Jameson, Nick Poland, Maddy Hammer, and Monica Jirak
Team 4: Trevor Meyer, Andrew Hamel, Marie Baert, and Lauren Kruse
Team 5: Matthew Doerneman Michael Schlesinger, Abby Normand, and Kinsey Levendofsky
Team 6: Luke Meyerhoff, David Oberley, Clara Towey, and Kara Meyer
Team 7: Austin Mernagh, Matthew Nguyen, Emma Klausmeyer, and Julia Sanders
Team 8: Steven Nguyen, Christopher Rziha, Monica Davied, and Mariah Stuever
Team 9: John Genilo, Chase Johnson, Megan Neises, and Jamie Toon

Boundaries protect ourselves, loved ones

By Sharon Witzell
My parents purchased a flock of baby chicks every spring when I was growing up. My father put a fence up to keep them safe from speeding cars on the road. At night they would stay locked in a little shed to keep the coyotes from eating them.
Similarly, we use boundaries to keep the bad things out and the good in. We all need boundaries to keep ourselves and members of our family safe. Boundaries set a border or limit like the fence and shed that protected the chicks on my family’s farm. Personal boundaries define your identity, what you value, what you’re good at, your beliefs, needs or feelings.
We use words to set boundaries. The most basic boundary word is “no.” If you were abused or bullied as a child you may have difficulty setting boundaries. Often people with poor boundaries have trouble saying no and they avoid speaking the truth. They please people and think it is selfish to say no to people who need them. Often people use them and disrespect them.
Bishop Fulton Sheen said: “Christ did not come to make us nice people. He came to make us new men.” Being a loving and unselfish Christian doesn’t mean we always have to agree with another person’s wrong behavior or never telling anyone no. We create a boundary when we say, “that behavior is not okay” or “I disagree with what you are doing.”
When God created the earth he fixed boundaries so that people might seek him and find him. (Acts 17: 26, 27) In the scriptures he often tells us what is okay to do and not okay to do. When Pope Francis said, “It is not okay to put your parents in a nursing home and never visit them. If you do not learn to treat the elderly well, you won’t be treated well either,” he set a boundary to protect the elderly seniors in our church.
We can set a boundary when we state how we feel about the facts. A good way to set a boundary is to follow these four steps: state the facts, tell how you feel about those facts, state what you need, and state a consequence if an adult or your child does not respect the boundary you set for them.
I once heard a priest state these four steps in a homily. “We don’t have enough money to pay the bills to run this church. I feel stressed, anxious and worried about this. I need all of you to start paying your full tithe to this church so I can get some sleep at night or I’ll have a stroke.” I heard a friend state this boundary to her husband. “It is not okay for you to be looking at pornography. I feel disrespected, hurt and embarrassed when you do that. I need you to go get help or pack your bags and move out.”
Your loved ones may get angry or feel offended when you set a boundary or they may accuse you of saying negative things about them, but a wise elderly priest told me “It’s okay to say negative things if it’s the truth and you are helping to save someone’s soul or improve their behavior.”
He also told me I need not worry if they felt ashamed or offended as it was not what I said when I spoke the truth to them that offended them, it was what they did or did not do that caused them to feel hurt and offended.
Witzell is program coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries.

Avance Católico, Viernes, 15 de Junio 2018

En la foto las Hermanas Guadalupanas del Espíritu Santo acompañadas del Obispo Kemme, el Padre Marstall, el Padre Jerome Spexarth, el Padre Keiter, el Padre José Machado, el Padre J.D. Betzen y el Padre Jerónimo Beat, al final de la Misa que se celebró en la Parroquia Santa Ana seguido de una gran celebración.

Las Hermanas Guadalupanas dejan una huella profunda
El pasado jueves 31 de mayo en la Fiesta de la Visita de María a su prima Elizabeth, se celebró una hermosa y muy sentida Misa de despedida para las Hermanas Guadalupanas. El Obispo Kemme junto a otros sacerdotes de la Diócesis oficiaron la Misa y se les dedicó a ellas con muchísimo cariño y admiración.
El Obispo Kemme comentó en su mensaje de despedida que en verdad las hermanas han sido un gran regalo y una bendición para la Diócesis de Wichita, pero como sabemos los regalos que Dios nos da son para compartirlos con nuestro prójimo en agradecimiento a Dios.
Muy especialmente se les agradeció el haber caminado y acompañado a la comunidad Diocesana pero sobre todo su atención a la comunidad hispana.
La Hermana Magdalena, Aida, Reyna y María Teresa dejan sin duda una huella inolvidable entre nosotros.
Dios las lleve y las guie siempre y que la Virgen de Guadalupe las cubra siempre con su manto.

El recién ordenado Padre Derek Thome le da la bendición al Señor Obispo Carl A. Kemme después de la Misa de ordenación el pasado 26 de mayo.

‘¡No tengan miedo!’ le dice el Sr. Obispo a 10 recién ordenados
(Tomado del artículo en inglés del Catholic Advance con fecha del 1º de junio)
El Obispo Carl A. Kemme repitió una frase en su homilía a los 10 hombres que esperaban la ordenación el sábado 26 de mayo en la Iglesia Magdalena en Wichita.
“No teman”, exhortó , “a profesar su amor por Cristo, día tras día, temporada tras temporada, año tras año, hasta que el Señor te llame a participar en la liturgia celestial. Para declarar esto y que todos lo sepan, como Pedro en el Evangelio, alimentando sus corderos, cuidando sus ovejas y cuidando su rebaño.”
Esa será su misión de toda la vida, dijo el obispo Kemme sentado en una cátedra debajo de un grandioso y elevado crucifijo frente a una iglesia rebosante de familiares, amigos y fieles.
“No temas a trabajar mucho y arduamente para esta misión, resistir las siempre presentes tentaciones de la pereza y la indolencia o considerar tus deseos y necesidades por delante y más importantes que los de las personas a las que estás llamado a servir”, dijo.
El Obispo Kemme los alentó a no ser sacerdotes perezosos y autoindulgentes. “Más bien, sean sacerdotes con celo, entusiasmo y el fuego del amor divino”.
Como dijo recientemente el Papa Francisco, el Obispo Kemme dijo: “Hay mucho que hacer. Entonces, no tengan miedo, hagámoslo juntos.”
Fue el Papa Juan Pablo II, en su Misa de Instalación, dijo el Obispo Kemme, quien repitió las palabras de Jesús que resonaron en la Plaza de San Pedro y en todo el mundo: “¡No tengan miedo!”
Él dirigió la frase a los 10 diáconos. “No puedo pensar en palabras mejores o más importantes para dirigirme hoy mientras comienzan en nuestra diócesis el ministerio del sacerdocio, que si se vive y se ejerce con diligencia, cuidado y preocupación amorosa, a imitación del Salvador, hará historia, para ti, para nuestra diócesis y para las personas a las que servirás “.
Hay mucho miedo en el mundo, dijo el obispo Kemme, miedo al fracaso, al sufrimiento, a la necesidad, a la muerte y a otros temores, pero el miedo no tiene poder sobre los cristianos y ciertamente entre los sacerdotes.
“Como escribió San Pablo a los Romanos, en Cristo, hemos conquistado abrumadoramente a través de aquel que nos ama. El miedo paraliza incluso a los mejores de nosotros, pero el valor es lo que se necesita, un coraje cristiano, un valor que proviene del Espíritu Santo “, dijo. “El coraje cristiano moviliza a los discípulos del Señor para la evangelización, el stewardship, el servicio, para estar plenamente vivos en Cristo Jesús”.
No tengan miedo de ser un “alter Christus”, otro Cristo, dijo, añadiendo que es una obra del Espíritu Santo, y que deben ser instrumentos de Dios para edificar el reino en la tierra, santificar y guiar el rebaño de Jesús.
“No teman entregar todo lo que tienes para el ministerio”, dijo el Obispo Kemme. “Todo su tiempo, todos sus talentos, todos sus tesoros, ya que como stewards, estos dones han sido otorgados a ustedes por otros y si se los da generosamente, Dios los devolverá y los bendecirá 100 veces”.
Defiendan al rebaño que te ha sido confiado, dijo, advirtiendo al recién ordenado sobre las fuerzas del mal que enfrentan. “No tengan miedo de estos lobos, pero con la armadura de la verdad sujeta con fuerza a los corderos confiados a tu cuidado pastoral”.
El obispo Kemme dijo a los ordinandi que vivieran, como dijo San Pablo, de una manera digna de su llamado, con toda humildad y dulzura, con paciencia, soportándose unos a otros a través del amor, esforzándose por preservar la unidad del Espíritu a través del vínculo de paz.
“Una vez ordenado, tu vida es un Evangelio viviente para que todos lo escuchen, un mensaje de esperanza y misericordia, de la fidelidad y el amor de Dios; serás un puente que conectará a aquellos a quienes servirás con la fuente de la asombrosa gracia de Dios."

Cambio de asignación parroquial: Dar la bienvenida a un nuevo sacerdote
Por el P. Ken Van Haverbeke

(Tomado del último de una serie de cuatro artículos)
Entonces, ¿tienes un nuevo pastor? Hoy en día, esa respiración profunda que se espera de la congregación cuando el pastor les anuncia su mudanza en la Misa es menos dramática debido las redes sociales, pero al ver las redes sociales no se puede negar la pérdida.
Tal vez querías mucho a tu pastor y luchaste por aceptar su estilo de pastorear. ¡Está bien! Los sacerdotes entendemos que vamos a vincularnos más con unos y que, por otro lado, nunca tendremos una conexión con otros.
Me recuerdo de un sacerdote quien tuvo un momento bastante difícil en una parroquia y dijo: “¡Anuncié en la misa del domingo en la mañana que me estaba yendo, y para cuando llegué a la rectoría entre las misas, un camión U-Haul ya había sido enviado por los feligreses!”
Este es un caso muy raro, porque ya sea que apreciara o no por completo el humor o la personalidad del pastor, pero lo vio trayendo a Jesucristo. Él estaba allí para perdonar tus pecados, bautizar a tus hijos, ofrecer misa y enterrar con reverencia a tus seres queridos. Por lo tanto, es difícil dejar ir a un pastor y aceptar otro.
Ahora que tienes un nuevo pastor, ¿qué vas a hacer? Hace varios años, ofrecí 10 consejos prácticos para darle la bienvenida a su nuevo pastor o sacerdote. Aquí los comparto una vez más pero también he agregado algunos otros.
Más de diez consejos prácticos para darle la bienvenida a su nuevo pastor o sacerdote:
• Sé paciente con él. El estrés de mudarse, la pena de dejar una parroquia familiar y la novedad de todo esto es difícil para él. Sé paciente. Y también sé paciente contigo mismo. Usted también tiene el estrés de perder a un pastor y ahora tiene el desafío de conocer a otro. Pregúntale al Señor: “muy bien Dios, ¿qué quieres enseñarme a través de este nuevo pastor?”
• No le toques la puerta de su rectoría tan prontamente. Dale un poco de tiempo para desempacar, instalarse, encontrar todos los baños y aprenderse los nombres. Esto podría tomar un mes o dos. Tócale su puerta si vas a invitarlo a comer, si vas a invitarlo al juego de beisbol de los niños o si vas a ver a un feligrés enfermo que crees que él necesita conocer. Esas primeras noches en una rectoría extraña, en una ciudad extraña, pueden ser bastante solitarias. Invítelo, aunque puede que él no esté listo para aceptar pero... ¡eso está bien también!
• Dígale su nombre y en qué está involucrado. No sólo una o dos veces, sino varias veces. No se ofenda si en seis meses o un año después no recuerda su nombre. ¡De verdad que él hace todo lo posible! ¡Así que no lo avergüences, recuérdale tu nombre otra vez!
No espere que lo conecte con todos tus familiares, pero dígale por favor quiénes son sus padres o sus hijos. A veces eso lo ayuda a recordar los nombres.
• Asegúrate de que tenga ayuda para mudarse si él lo desea. La secretaria de la parroquia puede ayudarlo a saber si necesita ayuda. Algunos sacerdotes les gusta que lo ayuden pero otros prefieren la privacidad. Todos somos diferentes. Una buena canasta de bienvenida del Altar Society, Caballeros de Colón u otro grupo parroquial siempre es un buen gesto. No asuma que el refrigerador de la rectoría o los armarios están llenos.
• ¡Déjelo que cambie de opinión! Muchas veces, las primeras decisiones son apresuradas o se hacen sin comprender completamente la situación. Es por eso que sea necesario que cambie de opinión. Dele un poco de margen para maniobrar.
• Trate de no compararlo con su antiguo pastor. Esto no será completamente posible, por supuesto, y él tendrá dificultades de comparar su parroquia anterior con la presente. Las comparaciones solo impedirán una relación.
• Cuéntele su historia, la historia de la parroquia, las tradiciones y los valores importantes de la parroquia. Cada parroquia y tradición parroquial tiene una historia. Estas historias son importantes que él las sepa.
• Cuando pregunte cómo se hizo algo en el pasado o cuál es el protocolo, no le diga”¡Lo que usted quiera, padre!”. Por lo general, queremos mantener las cosas como están y no arreglar algo que no está roto, así que no tenga miedo de decirle cómo funcionan las cosas en la parroquia. Algunas veces un nuevo pastor hace cambios sin siquiera saber que han cambiado algo porque nadie se lo contó.
• Déjelo que lo conozca a usted y a la parroquia. Asegúrese de invitarlo a diferentes eventos parroquiales. Sí, es verdad que él lee el boletín dominical y debe saber todo, pero puede que no sepa que realmente lo quieren.
Si el padre viene de una ciudad diferente o área rural a urbana o de urbana a rural, llévelo a recorrer la ciudad o los límites de la parroquia. ¡Y no se burlen del padre si se pierde tratando de encontrar su casa, o callejón sin salida en la ciudad! ¡El GPS tiene límites!
• ¡Ore por él y hágale saber que estás orando por él! Ofrezca una Misa por las intenciones de él; invite a los niños a darle un ramo espiritual.
• No crea lo que dicen acerca de su nuevo pastor. El “enemigo” miente, y muchos sacerdotes buenos y fieles han sido calumniados por rumores y falsedades incluso antes de que lleguen a su parroquia. ¡Eso y el hecho de que un sacerdote puede cambiar! Algunas de las cosas tontas que hice en mis primeros años como pastor, nunca las haría ahora en esta época de mi sacerdocio. Haga su propio juicio y su propia opinión de su nuevo pastor, ayúdelo y ore por él.

Humanae Vitae, Juan Pablo II, La Teología del Cuerpo y Nuestra Señora de Fátima
Por Jake Samour

La mayoría de personas que conocen o han oído acerca de Humanae Vitae (HV), conocen la controversia que causó desde que fue promulgada hace 50 años. Incluso ahora la encíclica continúa siendo un obstáculo para muchos, incluso para los Católicos. Un más famoso y más apreciado trabajo que salió después de HV, es la Teología del Cuerpo (TDC) de Juan Pablo II. Juan Pablo II tomó más de 5 años y 129 audiencias de los miércoles para entregar sus reflexiones de la TDC. Sin embargo, Juan Pablo II insistió en numerosas ocasiones que el conjunto de su catequesis de los miércoles constituía “un extenso comentario sobre la doctrina contenida en la Encíclica Humanae Vitae.” Precisamente porque preguntas surgen de HV “que impregnan en cierto sentido el conjunto de nuestras reflexiones.” De hecho, uno de los proyectos más importantes del pontificado de Juan Pablo II fue de proporcionar una amplia respuesta a la controversia suscitada en HV.
De particular importancia es recordar que el Cardenal Karol Wojtyla, de Polonia, ya había escrito la TDC antes de llegar a ser Papa Juan Pablo II. De hecho, llevaba un manuscrito de la TDC cuando participó en el primero de los dos cónclaves que tuvieron lugar en 1978, el que eligió a su predecesor Juan Pablo I. Como sabemos, el pontificado de Juan Pablo I fue tristemente de corta duración—un total de 33 días. Por consiguiente, el cardenal Wojtyla fue elegido Papa en octubre de 1978. Era como si el Espíritu Santo dispuso que era un momento ideal para que la labor del desconocido prelado polaco fuera conocida por todo el mundo.
Quizás un indicador aún más convincente de la importancia de la TDC es el trágico incidente que tuvo lugar hace más de 37 años, cuando un pistolero turco disparó cuatro balazos al Papa Juan Pablo II cuando iba saludando a la audiencia en un coche abierto en la plaza de San Pedro en la Ciudad del Vaticano. Dos de las balas le pegaron al Papa: una en su mano, y la otra en su abdomen, bien cerca de sus órganos vitales y dentro de una fracción de pulgada de una arteria principal. El intento de asesinato del Papa Juan Pablo II tuvo lugar el miércoles, 13 de mayo de 1981. Este evento no solo casi previno el Papa Juan Pablo II de seguir presentando la catequesis de la TDC los miércoles, sino que casi terminó con su vida y su pontificado. Ese mismo día, tenía planeado anunciar la creación de un nuevo Instituto para Estudios sobre el Matrimonio y Familia. El tiroteo impidió el anuncio ese día. Pero como Juan Pablo sobrevivió milagrosamente, el Instituto llegó a ser creado.
Juan Pablo II estaba convencido que su vida fue salvada y que María desvió las balas. La muerte parecía cierta para los espectadores cuando las cuatro balas fueron disparadas. En la discusión de la bala que le atravesó el abdomen y casi lo mató, Juan Pablo II dijo que “era la mano de una madre quien guío el camino de la bala y permitió que el Papa agonizante se detuviera en el umbral de la muerte.” El atentado tuvo lugar en la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Fátima, y el Papa no tenía ninguna duda de que su supervivencia se debió a la intervención de la santísima Virgen María. Considerablemente, antes de convertirse en Papa, el Cardenal Wojtyla se había consagrado a Nuestra Madre Santísima. Su lema apostólico cuando fue elegido papa fue: Totus Tuus, “todo tuyo,” el cual expresa su consagración personal a María.
Esta consagración a la Virgen lo protegió y ayudó a permanecer pontífice durante casi 27 años, el tercer pontificado más largo en la historia de la Iglesia. En agradecimiento a nuestra Señora, el Papa mandó una de las balas que casi lo mató al obispo a cargo del santuario de Fátima, Portugal. A este día, esa bala permanece en la corona de la estatua de la Virgen María ubicada en ese santuario.
Aunque se sometió a cinco horas de cirugía, Juan Pablo se recuperó y alcanzó a terminar de entregar su TDC. Además, el Instituto se estableció el 7 de octubre de 1982, Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. En esa ocasión, Juan Pablo II encomendó el Instituto para Estudios sobre el Matrimonio y Familia de manera especial para el cuidado de la Santísima Virgen María bajo el título de Nuestra Señora de Fátima.
El Instituto tiene hoy once sesiones en países que abarcan todos los continentes del mundo—con uno de ellos en Washington D.C. Cada sesión tiene hombres y mujeres concentrando sus estudios sobre el matrimonio y la familia.
Demos gracias a Dios por habernos dado el don del beato Pablo VI y la Encíclica Humanae Vitae. Demos gracias a Dios por San Juan Pablo II y la Teología del Cuerpo. Demos gracias a la Virgen por la protección y la intercesión de estos dos grandes hombres de nuestro tiempo.
Encomendémonos a trabajar incansablemente por esta labor de las verdades reveladas en HV y TDC. Pidamos a la Virgen que nos proteja bajo su manto protector. ¡Nuestra Señora de Fátima, ruega por nosotros! Amén.

Cursos de Inglés y ciudadanía comienzan el 25 de Junio
Ya están abiertas las inscripciones para las clases de Inglés y Ciudadanía patrocinadas por la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano.
Todos los interesados deben asistir al día de orientación el día lunes, 25 de junio para la evaluación, selección de clases y proceso de inscripción. Las clases se impartirán en el St. Joseph Catholic Center, 437 N. Topeka en Wichita. Las clases serán una vez a la semana de 6:30pm a 8:30 p.m. con una duración de 10 semanas desde julio a septiembre. Donación: $20 por curso.
Para más información comunicarse con la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano al (316) 269-3919.

Calendario Hispano
Planificación Familiar Natural en Español: Para más información e inscripción en cualquiera de las siguientes clases favor de comunicarse con Marisa Hernández en la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano al 316-269-3919.
• Domingo 15 de Julio, 2 p.m., Catedral, Salón Pio X.
• Miércoles 20 de Junio, 8 p.m. Perpetuo Socorro, Ctro. Parroquial.
• Miércoles 4 de Julio, 7 p.m. San Patricio, Salón Madre Teresa.
Cursillo de Cristiandad - Escuela de Dirigentes – Wichita: primer y tercer viernes del mes, 7 p.m. en el salón Madre Teresa de la Iglesia de San Patricio. Coordinadora: Patricia Benavides, tlf. 316-210-0004.
• Arkansas City: Tercer domingo de cada mes, después de la Misa de 11 a.m. en el Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia Sagrado Corazón. Coordinadores: Isabel Rodriguez y Lauro Lopez, 620-660-5180 y 316-559-3776.
• Hutchinson: segundo viernes de cada mes, 7 p.m. en el Salon Parroquial de la Iglesia Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe. Coordinadores: Norma Urueta y Patty Benavides, 620-474-5238 y 316-210-0004
Cursillo de Cristiandad - Ultreyas – Wichita: último viernes del mes, 7 p.m. en la cafetería de la Escuela de San Patricio. Coordinadores: Efren y Laura Martinez asistidos por Laura Martinez. Arkansas City: tercer domingo del mes 1 p.m. Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia Sagrado Corazón. Coordinadora: Isabel Rodriguez. Hutchinson: cuarto domingo del mes, 1:30 p.m. en el Gimnasio de la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Coordinadora: Norma Hurueta (620)474-5238.
Taller “A Nuestro Alcance,” Centro Pastoral Hispano, 6 de octubre. Para más información e inscripción, favor comunicarse con Jake Samour al (316) 202-0645.
Seminario de Preparación Matrimonial, Centro Pastoral Hispano, 11 de agosto y 1ro de Diciembre. Para más información e inscripción, favor comunicarse con Jake Samour al (316) 202-0645.

‘Be not afraid!’ bishop tells 10 newly ordained

Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s joy is evident as he embraces Father Michael Brungardt Saturday, May 26, at Church of the Magdalen.

Bishop Carl A. Kemme repeated a phrase in his homily to the 10 men awaiting ordination Saturday, May 26, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
“Be not afraid,” he exhorted, “to profess your love for Christ, day after day, season after season, year by year, until the Lord calls you to participate in the heavenly liturgy. To declare this for all to know, like Peter in the Gospel, by feeding his lambs, tending his sheep, and caring for his flock.”
That will be their lifelong mission, Bishop Kemme said sitting on a cathedra below a towering crucifix in front of a church overflowing with family, friends, and the faithful.
“Do not be afraid to labor long and hard for this mission, to resist the ever-present temptations to laziness and sloth or to consider your wants and needs ahead of and more important than those of the people you are called to serve,” he said.
Bishop Kemme encouraged them not to be self-indulgent and lazy priests. “Rather, be priests with zeal, enthusiasm and the fire of divine love.”
As Pope Francis recently stated, Bishop Kemme said, “There is so much to do. So, do not be afraid, let’s do it together.”
He opened his homily by recalling the period in 1978 when Pope Paul VI died and when Pope John Paul I was elected and died shortly after.
“How well I remember Pope John Paul I, who captivated the world with his smile, his joyful spirit,” Bishop Kemme said. “One can only imagine how he would have changed the church but the Lord gave him only 30 days to serve.
“How well I remember just weeks later his elected successor, the relatively young and most interesting Karol Woytla appearing on the balcony of St. Peter’s. Little did most of us know that a great man had walked onto the world stage and history would begin to be made.”
It was Pope John Paul II, at his Mass of Installation, Bishop Kemme said, who repeated Jesus’ words that resonated in St. Peter’s Square and around the world: “Do not be afraid!”
He directed the phrase to the 10 deacons. “I cannot think of better or more important words to address to you today as you begin in our diocese the ministry of priest, that if lived and exercised with diligence, care, and loving concern, in imitation of the Savior, will make history, for you, for our diocese and for the people you will serve.”
There is much fear in the world, Bishop Kemme said, fear of failure, suffering, of want, of death, and other fears, but fear has no power over Christians and certainly priests.
“As St. Paul wrote to the Romans, in Christ, we have conquered overwhelmingly through him who loves us. Fear paralyzes even the best of us, but courage is what is needed, a Christian courage, a courage that comes from the Holy Spirit,” he said. “Christian courage mobilizes the Lord’s disciples for evangelization, for stewardship, for service, so as to become fully alive in Christ Jesus.”
Do not be afraid to be an “alter Christus,” another Christ, he said, adding that it is a work of the Holy Spirit, and that they should be God’s instruments to building up the kingdom on earth, to sanctify, and to guide the flock of Jesus.
“Do not be afraid to surrender everything you have for the ministry,” Bishop Kemme said. “All your time, all your talents, all your treasure, for as stewards, these gifts have been given to you for others and if given generously, God will return them and bless them a 100 times over.”
Defend the flock entrusted to you, he said, warning the newly ordained about the forces of evil that they face. “Do not be afraid of these wolves, but with the armor of truth hold tightly to the lambs entrusted to your pastoral care.”
Bishop Kemme told the ordinandi to live, as St. Paul said, in a manner worthy of their call, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
“Once ordained, your life is a living Gospel for all to hear, a message of hope and mercy, of God’s faithfulness and love; you will be a bridge that will connect those whom you will serve to the fountain of God’s amazing grace.”

Ordination to the diaconate Saturday, May 19
In his homily at the ordination to the diaconate Saturday, May 19, Bishop Kemme said he was asked what he enjoyed most about being a bishop.
“It was not challenging for me to answer that delightful question, for I truly enjoy so many things about this new life and ministry of mine,” he said.
Ordination is at the top of his list. “There really are no words to describe the incredible joy that a bishop receives when he consecrates men for sacred service, first as deacons and then later, God willing, as priests.”
Bishop Kemme said the honor of doing so is magnified by the fact that every man ordained could have done anything else with their lives, as gifted, talented and skilled as they are, but they instead answered the call of Christ “to live a life of service, a life of humble charity, a life of unfeigned love and unassuming authority, to have heartfelt concern for the sick and the poor, to possess the purity of innocence and the observance of spiritual discipline, all of this in radical imitation of and conformity to Christ, the Lord.”
Their commitment instills him, Bishop Kemme said, with a profound sense of wonder and awe at how God works.
“We are also filled, I hope, with gratitude and respect for these men, who in spite of the culture and generation from which they come and the aspirations that so many in that culture and generation would have had for them, have heard and said ‘yes’ to a different call, to be men of the church, men with a mission and a purpose to bring the Joy of the Gospel to every creature.”
Some might say what the seminarians are doing is absurd, he said: to bind themselves in obedience to the bishop, to embrace a life of celibate chastity, and to give themselves of a life of service.
“But we believe otherwise, for the demands of the Gospel have always presented themselves to previous generations as difficult, if not impossible; we hold onto the promise of the Master that those who give up all of this will receive a 100 times more in this life and eternal life in the age to come.”
He said the three men ordained to the diaconate when their names were called, responded by saying “present.”
“This is the first indication that they are willing to publicly embrace the office soon to be entrusted to them,” Bishop Kemme said. “They then physically moved from their place among the baptized to a place here among us, not to indicate a place of privilege, but rather a place of service, set apart for a different ministry in the church.”
They are and will be, he said, present: to the promptings of the Holy Spirit; to become a lifelong force of selfless service in a world that because of original sin is prone to selfish pursuits and mindless pleasures; for the challenges of radical discipleship lived out in obedience; for a life of celibacy; and for a life of prayer.
“All of this is contained in that one response, ‘present,’ present here today among us as those Jesus calls in the Gospel to be no longer his slaves, but his friends, whom he appoints to go and bear fruit that will remain,” he said.
“My dear sons and brothers, may fruit come about through your preaching, your teaching, and your service to the bishop, the presbyteral college, and the community of faith that is our diocese.”
Referring the second reading of the day, Bishop Kemme urged the deacons-to-be to remember the words of St. Peter: “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion, forever and ever. Amen.”

Five of the ordinandi listen to Bishop Kemme.
Bishop Kemme with most of his priests of the diocese. (Advance photos)
The Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, left, bishop of the Diocese of Dodge City, and Bishop Carl A. Kemme with the newly ordained priests of the Diocese of Wichita. Father Michael Brungardt is Bishop Brungardt’s nephew. (Advance photos)
Bishop Kemme ordains Father Matt Davied May 26 at Church of the Magdalen.
The Rev. Mr. Drew Dellasega, ordained to the diaconate on May 19, reads the Gospel.

Bishop Kemme announces the assignments for the new priests

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has assigned the newly ordained priests. Here are their assignments:
The Rev. Michael G. Brungardt - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Garett P. Burns - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Isaac J. Coulter - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Matthew C. Davied - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, Parish of the Magdalen, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Nicholaus L. Jurgensmeyer - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Michael L. Kerschen - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, Holy Cross Parish, Hutchinson, Holy Trinity Parish, Little River, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Christopher J. Martin - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, Parish of the Magdalen, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. James M. Schibi - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Todd J. Shepherd - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Chaplain, Trinity Catholic High School, Hutchinson, Effective, June 19, 2018
The Rev. Derek J. Thome - Newly Ordained Priest, Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Wichita, Effective, June 19, 2018

Bishop announces deacon assignments

Three ordained to the diaconate — Matthew T. Siegman, left, Kurt A. Pauly, and Andrew D.C. Dellasega, were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Carl A. Kemme Saturday, May 12, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop Carl A. Kemme has assigned the three newly-ordained transitional deacons for the summer:
Deacon Andrew Dellasega: St. Mark Parish, Colwich
Deacon Kurt Pauly: St. Paul’s Parish, Lyons and Holy Name, Bushton
Deacon Matthew Siegman: Christ the King Parish, Wichita
They will return to their seminaries in the fall for their last year of study.

After being vested with a deacon’s stole and dalmatic, Bishop Kemme hands a Book of the Gospels to the Rev. Mr. Dellasega. (Advance photos)
Bishop Kemme ordains Kurt Pauly.
The bishop continues celebrating the ordination Mass with the new deacons and most of the priests of the Diocese of Wichita assisting. (Advance photos)

Several events planned for diocese during Religious Freedom Week June 22-29

By Bonnie Toombs
The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita are invited later this month to join Catholics from across the United States to pray and act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad.
Serving Others in God’s Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018 begins Friday, June 22 on the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, and ends Friday, June 29, on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
This year’s theme is “Serving Others in God’s Love.” Religious freedom is necessary if we are to continue to serve in areas like education, adoption and foster care, healthcare, and migration and refugee services.
As part of the commemoration, a rosary will be led by Bishop Carl A. Kemme at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 22, on the southeast corner of the U.S. Courthouse, 401 N. Market, in Wichita. At 5:30 p.m. that day, St Catherine of Siena Parish will host a Mass and Eucharistic Procession for Religious Liberty. Afterward, all are invited to join in watching the movie Paul: Apostle of Christ at the parish.
Prayer for religious freedom continues on Tuesday, June 26, when the Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center. On Friday, June 29, the diocese is hosting a day of service with opportunities to join together for work projects from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call the office at 316-269-3935 to sign up for the day of service.
All parishes are invited to host activities in support of Religious Freedom during the week. It is a special time for us to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that the church will continue to have the ability to carry out her mission of service and mercy.
The chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, said: “Religious freedom allows the space for people of faith to serve others in God’s love in ministries like education, adoption and foster care, healthcare, and migration and refugee services. We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world.”
The USCCB said Religious Freedom Week has replaced the Fortnight for Freedom to center the event around the feast days of saints who bore particular witness to religious liberty and for other reasons. Resources for Religious Freedom Week and other religious liberty resources can be found at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek and www.usccb.org/freedom.
Toombs is director of the diocesan office of Respect Life and Social Justice Office.

Want to participate in the day of service?
Those who wish to take part in the day of service on Friday, June 29, may call 316-269-3935 or email toombsb@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Bishop Kemme to lead rosary June 22
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will lead a rosary to kick off the week at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 22, on the southeast corner of the U.S. Courthouse, 401 N. Market, in Wichita.

P&A missionaries to be based in Schulte and Pittsburg

Prayer and Action will soon host its sixth summer of mission projects for the Diocese of Wichita – this year in Schulte and Pittsburg.
Prayer and Action is a summer program designed as a low-cost mission for young people. Participants live in community, prepare meals together, pray together, and work on various projects, such as painting, cleaning, yard work, for those in need.
Over 250 youth will roll up their sleeves this month and next month to help families in Schulte and Pittsburg. Despite oppressive summer heat or gully-washing rains, the young volunteers cheerfully scrape, paint, mow, and weed for four solid days during each week of Prayer and Action.
College- and high school-aged volunteers will be working from St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Schulte in the month of June. They will be working from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg on July 8-13 and July 15-20.
Their joyful demeanor is a result of the foundation of personal and communal prayer that begins and ends each day, said Christine Edmonds, coordinator for Prayer and Action for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation.
“In their unique way, they evangelize the people in the communities they serve,” she said. “Not only are the people amazed that they would volunteer their time so generously, they are also moved by how cheerfully they serve. Some people have even returned to the faith because of the witness of these young disciples.”
This year’s team is ready to guide the young participants through each week of Prayer and Action. Leaders are Ashley Krier, Paul Brungardt, Mitchell Doerneman, Chauncey Toon, Amy Bergkamp, Paul Stadler, and Kylee Mernagh.
“The generosity of this team of young adults, combined with the sacrifice of chaperones who accompany the young people and the energy of the participants themselves provides a powerful and often life-changing experience for all who attend Prayer and Action,” Edmonds said. “I know they would all be grateful for your prayers.”

Motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen June 16

Father Adam Grelinger with his father, Bart, and Father’s Kawasaki Versys.

A motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen, Kansas, the hometown of and site of the Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun Museum is being organized for Saturday, June 16.
The Father Kapaun Memorial Ride will leave Wichita at 7:30 a.m. The tour in Pilsen will end at about noon.
Scott Carter, the coordinator of the Father Kapaun Guild for the Diocese of Wichita, said the Father Kapaun Memorial Ride is an opportunity for people to connect with Father Kapaun’s story on a deeper level. “Riding through the Kansas countryside where Father Kapaun grew up and visiting his home church really helps in understanding who he was. If Father Kapaun was still alive I think he would have loved to ride along!”
Dennis McDonough, a member of St. Michael Parish in Mulvane, is helping to organize the pilgrimage. He and his wife, Melinda, often take part in rides for fallen soldiers in Kansas and take long motorcycle trips.
McDonough, who will ride a 2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide to Pilsen, said the pilgrimage will allow him to participate in a motorcycle trip, one of his loves, and do something he has always wanted to do, visit Fr. Kapaun’s museum.
“This will give me a chance to learn more about Father Emil, and appreciate what he represents and what he did,” he said. “He’s my ultimate hero.”
Father Adam Grelinger, who rides a Kawasaki Versys, said he didn’t know how much of a biker he is but that he enjoys riding with his father, Bart, a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Wichita.
Father Grelinger, a parochial vicar at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita, said on his days off he and his father occasionally ride to visit various churches in the Diocese of Wichita.
When he learned about the motorcycle pilgrimage to Pilsen he asked his dad if he’d like to go.
Bart agreed. And now, with the visit to St. John Nepomucene Church, they can tick one more church off their diocesan church bucket list.

Annual Fr. Kapaun Mass June 3 in Pilsen
The Annual Father Kapaun Day Celebration will take place Sunday, June 3, at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow. The Chaplain Kapaun Museum will also be open for tours.
Want to join the ride?
The event is limited to the first 60 participants. A $10 donation includes lunch and the tour. To register and for details, contact Scott Carter at 316-440-1735 or email CarterS@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Kapaun grads examples of benefits of the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund

Thanh Pham, left, Nancy Vargas, and Fernanda Reyes participated in Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School’s Baccalaureate Mass and Convocation Thursday, May 17, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita. They are three of the many young women and men who have benefited from the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. (Advance photo)

Three graduates of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School exemplify the benefits of stewardship in the Diocese of Wichita and how the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund can change lives. All of the three young women are members of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Wichita.
Thanh Pham, the daughter of Sang Pham and Nga Le, said in an email interview that her Catholic education and stewardship are things she does not take lightly. She estimated that the education for her and her sister would have cost over $150,000.
As a result of that education, she said she is now blessed to have a total of over $1 million in college scholarships. “The generosity of the Catholic church has not only afforded me this privilege, but it has also cultivated my mind and spirit, allowing me to balance both academics and Christ in my life.”
Pham is planning to major in neuroscience at the College of William and Mary, located in Williamsburg, Virginia.
“This is only due to a Catholic education, as we believe that life starts at conception, which is contrary to most secular school curriculums,” she said.
“My Catholic education has instilled in me a profound love for the unborn and I want to do the best I can to…help the unborn babies in need, who are truly the most innocent.”
She encouraged other students who may be a part of a low-income family or who might be first-generation college students to keep studying. “Your hard work will pay off and your parents love you so dearly!”
Nancy Vargas, the daughter of Armando Vargas and Fabiola Balderas, will be studying math and computer science in the fall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
“A Catholic education has helped me become a well rounded individual,” she said. “Kapaun and St. Margaret Mary have not only helped me excel academically, but also physically, spiritually, and emotionally.”
She said she will apply in college what she has learned in grade and high school.
“When life or school get too stressful, you can always turn to your faith for comfort,” Vargas said. “That will probably help me through many tough times in college.”
The mission of the Diocese of Wichita’s St. Katharine Drexel fund is to assist parishes that struggle financially to carry out the mission of Catholic education in parish school.