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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Scholarship in memory of John Clevenger established

A scholarship honoring the legacy and stewardship of John C. Clevenger has been established and supported by friends Clevenger met while he pursued his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
The scholarship is for a college-bound Holy Savior student who exemplifies: service to others, hard work, and dedication to those less fortunate than themselves. An annual award of $2,500 will be given to that student and will renew annually for up to four years.
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Colwich parishioner installs Stations of the Cross on fence next to his home

Steve West always thought the fence on the north side of his house needed something. Now it doesn’t.
West, a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich, recently completed a Stations of the Cross project that adorns his side of his neighbor’s fence.
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Walls going up at St. Kizito

It’s one brick at a time, but Father Vincent Kajoba is raising the walls at St. Kizito Church building project in Madudu, Uganda.
Father Kojoba was in the Diocese of Wichita much of the summer to serve as a substitute priest for vacationing diocesan priests and to share the story of his parish project.
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Prisoners look forward to St. Dismas retreats

Jesus’ message is the same whether you’re behind bars or not.
“We want to revive their faith and bring them closer to Christ,” said Father Jerry Beat. “We want them to know his great love, his forgiveness, and deepen their faith, hope, and love for the Lord.”
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Bishop invites police, firefighters, first responders to the Blue Mass

To All Law Enforcement, Firefighter, EMS and First Responder Personnel in our community.
Dear Brave Souls,
On September 9, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, I will celebrate the Blue Mass.
The Blue Mass dates back to 1934, when a Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, organized the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society while stationed at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 police and firefighters, dressed in their blue uniforms, attended that first Blue Mass, which was celebrated on September 29, 1934.
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Counselor to work at three schools

Katelyn Aguiar has a passion for working with children and families. This year, she will provide school-based therapy at St. Anne, St. Joseph, and Christ the King Catholic schools in Wichita. She will also provide counseling through Cana Counseling, a ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.
Aguiar, a licensed masters level psychologist, said she enjoys meeting others where they are in life and helping them learn more about who God has created them to be.
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WSU cheerleader honing her counseling skills at Charities

Elise Bunting is familiar with cheering for a cause. As a Wichita State University cheerleader she entertains thousands of fans. As an intern at Catholic Charities she cheers on the staff as she helps them with their communication and marketing needs.
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Senior citizens are in the prime time of their lives to serve the church, families

Most people are shocked to learn that the average life expectancy in 1900 was just 49 years of age. The current life expectancy is 83. People are living longer and the implications of that continue to impact our society – and our churches.
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