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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Bishop invites the faithful to join him in consecration to Immaculate Conception

Bishop Carl A. Kemme is asking the faithful to join him and the priests of the diocese to consecrate the Diocese of Wichita to the Immaculate Conception on New Year’s Day.
Bishop Kemme will make the formal consecration at the 10 a.m. Mass Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
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