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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A detailed biography of Bishop Gerber

Bishop Eugene J. Gerber, son of Cornelius and Lena Gerber, was a native of St. Louis parish, Kingman County, Kansas where he was born on April 30, 1931.
He received his elementary education at St. Louis School in Waterloo, Kansas, and pursued his secondary education at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri, and at Kingman High School, Kansas.
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Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent brushed with fame as a member of 1960s R&B band

The headlines in 1960 included the United States entering the Vietnam War and John F. Kennedy winning the presidential election.
That was also the year a little known band played its first gig at Treva’s, a bar in Enid, Oklahoma. The band would go on to become a premier rhythm and blues show band of that decade.
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Director of diocesan office has connection to St. Oscar Romero

The family of Jake Samour, the director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, has a connection with newly-canonized Saint Oscar Romero.
Jake’s family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador almost 40 years ago. His parents, Carlos and Lilliam Samour, were married by Abp. Oscar Romero nearly 55 years ago on Feb. 16, 1964. St. Oscar Romero was canonized Sunday, Oct. 14, in Rome by Pope Francis together with three others, including Pope Paul VI.
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The parish – a home for the final journey

Looking out over the congregation at Mass on Sunday one sees an aging population. Along with the advance in years comes a variety of illnesses and possible impending incapacity and eventual death for all. Life and death is the reality of our human experience.
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Pro-life ministry opens sonogram building

A Better Choice is helping women make more informed choices after opening a sonogram building just west of its regular offices at 3001 E. Central in Wichita.
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Bishop Kemme supports recent USCCB measures to protect children from abuse

Bishop Carl A. Kemme fully embraces recent measures taken by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a result of the recent sexual abuse revelations.
“As a bishop, with the duty to protect and to heal, I fully support the steps being proposed by the Administrative Committee of the USCCB as well as the intentions of the bishops to enter into a period of penance and purification as we address the current crisis in leadership in the church.”
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SEAS parishioner: NFP changed my life in many ways

Natural Family Planning saved my life physically, mentally, and spiritually. In 1989, as a 14-year-old 8th grader, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. Doctors concluded that it would be extremely difficult to ever get pregnant because women with PCOS rarely ovulate. I was hemorrhaging and anemic. Exhausting all options, the last treatment was the birth control pill.
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Knights, dames of equestrian order attend Bp. Gerber’s funeral

Many attending the funeral of Bishop Eugene J. Gerber saw some of the priests and several lay persons wearing the Jerusalem Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
Bishop Kemme is quietly trying to promote the order in the Diocese of Wichita as a way to support the works of the Christian community in the Holy Land.
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Eugene Gerber wasn’t sure what he wanted to do in life

Like most teenagers, Eugene Gerber wasn’t sure about his future.
Growing up in the small town of Waterloo, Kansas, limited his outlook.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want to be a priest,” Bishop Gerber said about his youth in an interview many years ago.
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