Jim Sheldon has served the Diocese of Wichita as director of Cemeteries for over a decade. (Advance photo)

Jim Sheldon hanging up his shovel

Those who know Jim Sheldon know that he was a near-perfect fit for the job of director of Cemeteries for the Diocese of Wichita.
Like his predecessor, the late Jerome Gerber, Sheldon is a gentle man who seems to have been born to comfort and assist those making decisions during an emotional time of their lives. Sheldon will retire next month after having been director for over 11 years, and after 38 years in retail business.
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USCCB president condemns shooting at synagogue, all ‘acts of hate’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops stand with “our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community,” the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 27 after a horrific shooting earlier that day in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, described as a hub of Jewish life in that city.
The shooting occurred during a morning baby-naming ceremony, for which an estimated crowd of 45 to 100 people had gathered, according to news reports.
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Next Docentium to address ‘50 years of confusion and moral free-fall’

In July 1968, Blessed Pope Paul VI released an encyclical which would send tremors through the church, which continue to reverberate today.
This watershed encyclical came less than three years after the closing of the Second Vatican Council on Dec. 8, 1965. Furthermore, other events such as the high profile assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, freedom movements in Eastern Europe, and student and labor protests throughout the month of May which nearly sent France into civil war, just to name a few, make 1968 perhaps the most socially strained year since the conclusion of World War II.
How would the church respond to the cultural changes which promoted unrestrained license in all areas of life, particularly regarding sexuality?
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A public church, not a partisan church

WARSAW – The temptation to ally the church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads to trouble — politically and, more importantly, evangelically. That was true in 20th-century Quebec, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal; it is now a danger in 21st-century Poland, where a number of Polish bishops have identified the church’s public interests with those of “Law and Justice,” the present governing party.
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An easy way to help your parish, ministry

I’ve received quite a few questions about Congress permanently extending the IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution. So, I thought I would put together a road map for folks to use in considering whether making this type of gift makes sense for them.
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KMC students prepare, organize for a smooth peanut butter drive

It took three hours for a small team of students from Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School to unload the bounty of the school’s annual fall peanut butter drive.
When Catholic Charities Facilities Manager Richard Tracy and the teenagers finally rested their backs, they had moved three tons of peanut butter Friday, Oct. 5.
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Simple, wood caskets now available through Catholic Cemeteries office

Catholic Cemeteries has made arrangements to begin selling wood Trappist Caskets.
Jim Sheldon, director of Catholic Cemeteries, recently returned from New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa, where he toured the monks’ casket factory and worked out the details to supply caskets for the diocesan cemeteries.
“The idea started a few years ago when people kept asking me about caskets for the natural burial area of Ascension Cemetery,” Sheldon said.
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Volunteer donates grocery carts to Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

The number of grocery carts at the Catholic Charities food ministry has dwindled because some individuals who walk long distances to the pantry can’t return the carts.
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Bishop Kemme elaborates on his Pastoral Plan and mission

In an effort to further promote and explain our new diocesan Pastoral Plan, which was made public some weeks ago in the Catholic Advance and which you can find on our diocesan website, CatholicDioceseofWichita.org, I would like to share a few thoughts with you regarding the second part of our plan, our new diocesan mission statement which reads: “The mission of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is to go forth faithfully to preach the Gospel to all God’s children and to evangelize today’s culture.”
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