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Totus Tuus banquet celebrating 10th year
Bishop Jackels to celebrate Mass before event; Father Gorges is auctioneer
WINFIELD – The Annual Totus Tuus Banquet and Auction will celebrate its 10th year on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Baden Square in Winfield. Knights of Columbus Council #4713 is the sponsoring organization of this fundraiser dedicated to Catholic youth.
All proceeds from the event help finance Totus Tuus, the summer catechetical camp and parish program. The banquet and auction has raised over $200,000 in nine years. Last year, over 2,500 youth in the Wichita Diocese were active in Totus Tuus in some capacity.
Bishop Michael O. Jackels will be the celebrant of the 4:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Catholic Church, 400 E. Eighth Street, in Winfield, prior to the banquet. Bishop Jackels will also be a special guest at the banquet.
Following Mass, there will be a social hour at Baden Square and attendees will be able to view the items available in the special raffle, silent auction, and live auction before the banquet meal. Father Bernard X. Gorges has once again volunteered to serve as auctioneer. The meal is being prepared and served by Corporate Caterers of Wichita.
A video presentation celebrating the history of Totus Tuus has been scheduled as a special feature this year.
A few tickets remain
A few tickets are still available. Tickets are $70 each or $560 for a table of eight, and are available by advance purchase only to help facilitate entry into the banquet site. Tickets will be mailed out prior to the banquet and should be presented at the door. For tickets or answers to questions, contact Banquet Chairman Pat Biddle (620) 221-2040 during business hours, by mail at Totus Tuus, P.O. Box 935, Winfield, KS, 67156, or by email at

TEC planned for Feb. 20-22 at SLC
The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries will be sponsoring a Teens Encounter Christ weekend Feb. 20-22 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Although TEC weekends are designed for juniors and seniors in high school or recent graduates, they are also open to adults who work with youth in this age group.
The cost for a TEC retreat is $70, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging, and all materials.
Call the youth office at (316) 269-3930 or email for an application or for questions. You can also go online to download an application at and mail it to the Youth Office at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. The priority deadline for signing up is Jan. 18.
TEC involves teens encountering Christ in a way that many have never experienced before. On a TEC weekend, participants will have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the Sacraments.