Diocesan news, November 16, 2018

Stewards working on stewardship — The Stewardship Works! Networking Group prays before one of its bimonthly meetings Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s meeting room in the Chancery in Wichita. The group has been meeting every other month for a year to pray, to share ideas and challenges, to learn from each other, and to celebrate successes about the stewardship way of life. Twelve parishes were represented at the meeting with the bishop: Blessed Sacrament, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, Church of the Magdalen, St. Anne, and St. Catherine of Siena, Wichita; St. Vincent de Paul, Andover; St. Peter the Apostle, Schulte; Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg; Sacred Heart, Colwich; St. Mary, Derby; and St. John, Clonmel. (Advance photo)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
Nov. 18: St. Paul University Parish Mass at 10 a.m.; Vietnamese Martyr’s Mass at All Saints at 3:45 p.m.
Nov. 19: Mass for Regan Institute at Kapaun Mt. Carmel at 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 20: Mass for Regan Institute at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg at 9 a.m.
Nov. 24: Final Profession Immaculate Heart of Mary
Nov. 28: Confirmation Mass for Church of the Magdalen at 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 29: Prospective Seminarian Dinner at bishop’s residence
Dec. 1: Confirmation Mass at St. Anne, Wichita at 3 p.m.
Dec. 2: Confirmation Mass at St. Anne, Wichita at 3 p.m.
Dec. 4-5: St. Joseph House of Formation Episcopal visit
Dec. 5: Confirmation Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: Confirmation Mass at Holy Name, Coffeyville at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 8: Lunch with Prospective Seminarians in Pittsburg: Confirmation Mass at St. Patrick, Parsons at 5 p.m.
Dec. 9: Confessions at St. Mary, Newton at 7 p.m.
Dec. 11: Charter Review Board: Legatus: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at 11:15 p.m. at the Cathedral
Dec. 12: Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Newton at 7 p.m.
Dec. 13: Presbyteral Council: Serra Club Christmas Party.

Fatima Pilgrimage Statue to visit Diocese of Wichita beginning Dec. 7
The Fatima Pilgrimage Statue will visit the Diocese of Wichita next month for a week.
It will arrive at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport on Friday, Dec. 7, accompanied by several missionary sisters.
Here is the schedule for the visit:
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 7-8: Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, south of Colwich
Sunday, Dec. 9: Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Wichita; Mass that afternoon with Bishop Carl A. Kemme presiding, time pending
Monday, Dec. 10: St. Mary Parish, Newton
Tuesday-Wed., Dec. 11-12: Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg
Thursday, Dec. 13: Statue departs Wichita
The faithful are invited to venerate the statue. The pilgrimage is being coordinated by The Alliance of the Holy Family International and is an extension of a pilgrimage of six statues blessed by Pope Francis and sent around the world in 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.

Advent Day of Reflection Dec. 4
The Office of Marriage and Family Life invites all adults to join it for its 2018 Advent Day of Reflection with Father Adam Grelinger and Father Pat York from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch. Those interested are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible. To do so, call 316-744-0167 or email [email protected] to register. Reservations are due by Nov. 27.

Annual Vietnamese Martyrs Memorial Nov. 16-17
This year marks the 30th year the Vietnamese Martyrs were canonized by Pope St. John Paul II.
The Catholic Diocese of Wichita Vietnamese Congregation will have a Memorial Mass honoring the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs starting with an opening Mass on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at All Saints Parish and the Fischer Center, 3205 E. Grand in Wichita.
The retreat theme is “Fully Alive,” following the examples of the martyrs. There will be holy hour and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the retreat.
Vietnamese- and English-speaking priests will be available for confession Friday and Saturday throughout the retreat. Additional reconciliation time will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, prior to the procession of the Holy Martyr relics starting at 3:30 p.m. Mass will begin at 3:45 p.m.
Food will be served after Mass. Everyone is cordially invited to the special celebration.

Dirty Vagabond Ministries speaker to give talk Dec. 10
Andy Churray, a missionary for Dirty Vagabond Ministries, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Wichita’s Catholic urban youth ministry is a non-profit organization that strives to serve inner-city and urban teens where they are and introduce them to Jesus.
Churray will share his testimony about how he got involved and the fruits he has seen while working as a missionary.
All are invited to enjoy this evening presentation. The cost is $10 per person.

Clinic hosting Our Lady Guadalupe celebration Dec. 12
The Guadalupe Clinic is hosting a celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on her feast day Wednesday, Dec. 12.
A Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. in the chapel of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ motherhouse, south of Newman University. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. St. Francis. At 6:30 p.m., a free dinner will be served, followed by an awards ceremony for clinic staff and volunteers.
Those interested are asked to make a reservation by Saturday, Dec. 1, by contacting Elena at (316) 264-8974 ext. 203 or at [email protected]

St. Cecilia Sing Nov. 18 at ASC convent
All parish choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists – and their families and friends – are invited to attend the St. Cecilia Sing Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Adorers of the Blood of Christ Convent, 1165 Southwest Blvd., in Wichita.
The program begins at 2 p.m. and includes prayer, the life of St. Cecilia, choir performances, and congregational singing. An optional tour of the convent chapel will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. A reception begins at 4.

Ugandan church ready for a roof — With the walls nearly complete on the St. Kizito Church building project in Madudu, Uganda, Father Vincent Kajoba, the pastor, will soon be taking bids to begin construction on the roof. 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. He also spent time in the diocese educating the faithful about the strong faith of the Catholics in Uganda, and appealing for financial aid for his poor parish. (Courtesy photo)