Youth news

Diocesan World Youth Day event Oct. 4
Celebrate Life! is the theme of the Diocesan World Youth Day Event scheduled from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Church of the Resurrection.
Christine Edmonds, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, said “It is fitting to kick off Respect Life Month with a diocesan gathering focused on the dignity of human life. Angus McDonell who will be in town on Oct. 3 for the Renewal and Resources workshop for adults, is thrilled to be able to join the youth in this celebration of life with music and prayer on Oct. 4.”
The day will include information on the upcoming March for Life Pilgrimage, food, and a dance. “Together as a diocesan family, we can celebrate the choice of life as only our youth can, namely in a fun-filled and lively fashion!” she said.

Young adult retreat weekend set for Oct. 23-25 at the SLC
A weekend retreat, “Pope Benedict’s Guide to Surviving Tough Times,” is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
This is the first major economic recession for many young adults and widespread layoffs, furloughs and underemployment are creating a crisis in the loss of hope, said Christine Edmonds, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Be not afraid!, she added. “Our Holy Father has written extensively about the virtues of faith, hope and love, providing us with a guideline and a lifeline to happiness and spiritual fulfillment during these tough times.”
Father Shane Tharp will lead the retreat. In addition to conferences, there will be opportunities for the sacraments of the Eucharist and reconciliation, discussion time, prayer, and rest.
“The young adult community is pleased to welcome back Fr. Tharp. Many enjoyed his previous retreat on friendship, and are looking forward to another inspiring weekend under his direction,” Edmonds said. “We are delighted to cosponsor this event with the Spiritual Life Center.”
Register online or call the center at (316) 744-0167. An earlybird discount rate is available on or before Friday, Oct. 9: $120 per person (double occupancy) or $145 per person (single occupancy). The discount rate only available when full payment is made on or before Oct. 9. Registration deadline is on or before Oct. 19.

Catchafire workshop for young adults Oct. 10 at Newman U.
“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” – (Luke 12:49)
Catholic young adult leaders in the Diocese of Wichita share our Lord’s zeal to bring forth the kingdom. They will be hosting a unique workshop on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center at Newman University.
Named Catchafire, this workshop promises to “ignite” participants both in personal development and in creating parish initiatives for other young adults (ages 18-39, married or single).
“The young adults hosting this workshop saw the need to encourage their peers to develop communities of peers to help them grow in the faith,” said Christine Edmonds, director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries. “They want to let other young adult Catholics know that they are not alone.”
In addition to young adult attendees, the planning committee is also extending a special invitation to all Parish Catechetical Leaders. “The young adult planners saw the wisdom in gathering the insights of these leaders who have tons of experience in program planning on the parish level, said Edmonds. “The presence of the PCLs will also speak volumes to the young adults of the support the parish has for their efforts.”
Participants will explore the topics of natural leadership strengths, hospitality and belonging, and how to best use available resources. Admission is $5. Snacks will be provided. RSVP by Oct. 2 to (316) 269-3930 or

Two ‘spicy’ opportunities for adult youth leaders planned at the Cathedral Oct. 3
Two events to help adults working with junior high and high school youth ministries spice up their programs are planned Oct. 3.
Christine Edmonds, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, said the events are designed precisely to help meet that need.
“Orientation to Catholic Youth Ministry” will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
“This orientation is perfect for adults just getting started in Catholic Youth Ministry. They will learn about diocesan and regional resources, as well as keys to successful ministry,” Edmonds said.
The second event immediately follows the orientation class on Oct. 3 also at the Cathedral. It is the Renewal and Resources Workshop scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch included. It will feature Angus McDonell, Catholic singer and songwriter.
“This workshop promises a year’s worth of programming ideas in just one day. This is just what our adult leaders are seeking and so we jumped at the opportunity to host this event,” she said.
Those who attend the orientation event on that day will receive $10 off of the $35 admission to the Renewal and Resources workshop.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to encourage the new leaders than to equip them with tons of ideas, formation, prayer and resources to help them get off to a fabulous start.”
Interested participants are asked to register by Sept. 23 for both events to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

March for Life scholarships available
It is time to move March for Life planning to the top of your ‘to do’ list, advises Christine Edmonds, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
The event isn’t until January, but now is the time to begin carving out time in busy schedules and fund-raising for this annual pilgrimage, she said.
“Each year, our office and the Respect Life and Social Justice office offer a limited number of partial scholarships to first-time youth attendees for the March for Life”, Edmonds said.
“Many young people would be unable to attend without this financial aid. The March is such a powerful experience for the participants, and a meaningful witness to the rest of the country. We want to help as many young people attend as possible.”
The scholarship application form may be found online at .

TEC memorial service set for Nov. 1
As Teens Encounter Christ finishes its 25th anniversary year, the Diocese of Wichita’s TEC Community will host a prayer and memorial service from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Church of the Magdalen, Wichita.
Fr. Pat York will lead the service honoring all those from the TEC Community who are members of the religious life as well as taking time to remember those members of the community who have passed away.
The memorial and prayer service is open to all members of the TEC Community as well as the family members of those being honored or remembered.
Names are being gathered of those who have participated in TEC and are members of the religious life, or who have passed away. They may be sent to David Walker by contacting him at (316) 269-3928 or

McPherson teen now Eagle Scout
MCPHERSON – Paul Burghart, a member of St. Joseph Parish, recently advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He is the son of Steve and Roberta Burghart.
Paul’s Eagle Service Project was to refurbish and automate the church bell and to repair and repaint the front church entrance at St. Joseph Church. The bell has been a parish fixture since 1949, making the move from its first home on South Chestnut to its present location in 1991.
Paul led the fund-raising efforts to raise the required $6,000 to replace the bell striker, to install an automation system, and to replace the trim of the entryway. In a few short months, after a successful parish breakfast and hundreds of generous donations, the financial goal was met.
He was also responsible for finding a reputable company that was willing to provide consultation and the necessary parts for the bell automation.
But Paul wasn’t alone, many volunteers helped with everything from making cinnamon rolls to painting.
The Eagle Scout rank is the highest and most coveted award in all of Scouting, and it is the last major step in the advancement program.