Benedictine Oblates serve and learn — Benedictine Oblates of Conception Abbey served guests and participated in a retreat Oct. 19-21 at the abbey in Conception, Missouri. Author and journalist Judith Valente talked about “Being Truly Alive: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Day by Day” at the retreat. From left are Pat Lowrance of St. James Parish in Augusta; Karen Saltkill, St. Andrew Parish, Abilene; Judith Valente; and Anne Mosier, St. James, Augusta. (Courtesy photo)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
Nov. 1-3: Seminary visit to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
Nov. 6: Diocesan Stewardship Council meeting; Prospective Seminarian Dinner (East) at Bishop’s Residence
Nov. 7: Prospective Seminarian Dinner (West) at Bishop’s Residence
Nov. 8: Catholic Charities Board of Directors Chairman’s Luncheon
Nov. 11-15: USCCB General meeting in Baltimore
Nov. 16: Curia Thanksgiving Mass and Luncheon
Nov. 18: St. Paul University Parish Mass at 10 a.m.; Vietnamese Martyr’s Mass at All Saints at 4 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.

Nourish support group meeting Nov. 8
A Nourish support meeting for caregivers will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center 437 N. Topeka, Wichita. November’s topic will be “The Spirituality of Asking for and Receiving Help.”
For more information call the Office of Marriage and Family Life 685-5240 or the Office of Ministry with Persons with Disabilities 269-3900.

St. Cecilia Sing Nov. 18 at the 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.
Reservations are requested. To do so email by Nov. 13.

Diocesan priests leading pilgrimage to France and Italy
Fathers Jerome Spexarth and Nicholas Voelker are planning to lead a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, and Italy April 29 to May 9.
Pilgrims will visit Lourdes for three nights and take part in the rosary processions, miraculous baths, and tour St. Bernadette’s home. From there they will visit Rome, Sienna, Orvieto, and Assisi Italy. All the popular sites in Rome will be visited.
The cost for the 11-day all-inclusive tour is $3,945 and will include Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
For a brochure or more information, call Suzie Diskin at 620-449-2783 or 800-842-4842, or visit, click on scheduled tours, destination, France.

Barnes & Noble book fair Saturday, Nov. 10
The 11th Annual Barnes & Noble Book fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, to benefit nine Catholic schools in Wichita, Coffeyville, and Newton.
The event’s goal is to improve reading levels by providing new classroom and library books. At least 70 percent of the students in the benefitting schools receiving either free or reduced lunches and do not have the means to buy new library books.
To help the schools:
• Purchase a book at Barnes & Noble for the school library. Many books have already been chosen for the schools. The books will be delivered to the schools.
• Make a purchase and tell a cashier you are with the book fair. The school will receive a percentage of the sale from all sales, including coffee.
• Mail a check by Nov. 4 to any of the following schools or to the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202. Or donate on-line at
Participating Wichita schools are All Saints, Christ the King, Holy Savior, St. Anne, St. Joseph, St. Margaret Mary, St. Patrick; Holy Name, Coffeyville; and St. Mary, Newton.

Patriotic rosary Monday, Nov. 5, at the Cathedral
Harvest House members along with the diocesan offices of Senior Adult Ministries and Marriage and Family Life will lead a patriotic rosary at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Coffee will be served in the Gathering Space at 9:30.
Participants will pray for all veterans, members of our military, the president, leaders of our country, and the consecration of our nation.
Anyone is welcome to the rosary.