Bishop Kemme announces three priest assignments
The Most Rev. Carl A. Kemme has announced new assignments for three priests. They are effective Jan. 15, 2019.
The Rev. Robert B. Wachter, Chaplain, St. Dismas Ministry to the Incarcerated, with residence at the Priest Retirement Center.
The Rev. Yancey Q. Burgess, Pastor, Mary Queen of Angels, Fort Scott.
The Rev. Darrin May, Administrator, St. Cecilia, Haysville.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
Jan. 2-6: U.S. Catholic bishop’s retreat at Mundelein Seminary
Jan. 8-21: India pilgrimage
Jan. 22: Topeka March for Life Mass
Jan. 22-23: Kansas Catholic Conference of bishops in Topeka
Jan. 26: Confirmation Mass at St. Joseph in McPherson at 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 27: Confirmation Mass at St. Joseph in Conway Springs at 10:30 a.m.; Mass and dinner at St. Isidore Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University
Jan. 31: Confirmation Mass for Holy Cross, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and St. Teresa parishes at Holy Cross in Hutchinson at 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 2: Confirmation Mass at St. Paul in Lyons at 4 p.m.
Feb. 3: Confirmation Mass at St. John the Evangelist in El Dorado at 9 a.m.; Vietnamese New Year Diocesan Mass and celebration at Church of the Magdalen at 3 p.m.

Topeka March for Life bus trip Jan. 22
The annual Topeka March for Life will take place Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Several activities will be held at the Topeka Preforming Arts Center before participants walk to the Capitol in prayerful protest on the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be one of the celebrants at a Mass in the Performing Arts Center. Wichita Adore Ministries will welcome the pilgrims, a screening of “I Lived on Parker Avenue” will be presented, and testimony from David Scotten will be heard before the Mass.
Afterward pilgrims will march to the Capitol steps for a pro-life rally.
The cost for transportation and lunch at the Texas Road House is $35. The bus will leave from Church of the Magdalen at 6:45 a.m.
To reserve a seat, send payment with your name, phone number, and email address to the Respect Life Social Justice Office, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202.
For more information, contact or call 316-269-3935.

Pro-life sausage supper Jan. 13 at St. Mark Parish
The West Sedgwick County Right to Life of Kansas is hosting its annual German Sausage Supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in the St. Mark the Evangelist Parish Life Center, 19230 W. 29th St. N.
On the menu will be sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, hot applesauce, homemade bread, desserts, and drinks.
The cost is a free-will donation. A hand embroidered quilt will also be raffled.

Surviving divorce series begins Jan. 14
The next Surviving Divorce series begins Monday, Jan. 14, in the upstairs meeting room of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, 3642 N. Ridge Road in Wichita .
The 12-week series will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning on Jan. 14.
The cost is $35 and includes a participant guide. For more information, or if you would like your parish to host the series, call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 316-685-5240.

In-depth Bible study begins Jan. 15 at St. Joe Pastoral Center
A 24-part video Bible study by Jeff Cavins will offered on Tuesdays from Jan. 15 to June 25 at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka, in Wichita.
“The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation” will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn about salvation history and better understand the intricacies of and connections in the Bible.
The cost is $35. Those interested are asked to send a check made payable to the Catholic Diocese of Wichita before Jan. 8 so a participant guide may be ordered. Checks may be mailed to the Office of Marriage and Family Life, 437 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202.
For more information contact Kathy at or phone 316-655-7725.

Love and Logic parenting series begins Feb. 5 at the St. Joe center
A Love and Logic Parenting Series will be presented on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 5 and ending on March 5 at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka in Wichita.
Parenting the Love and Logic Way is a proven parenting education program that provides practical solutions to everyday problems such as arguing, back-talk, whining, and not listening.
It promotes a child’s sense of confidence, self-reliance, and problem-solving abilities and empowers parents to become calm, patient, compassionate, consistent, and loving authority figures without compromising their rules and expectations. The techniques work with children of all ages.
The course will be led by Mika Gross, M.S. Space is limited. Contact Mika at 316-749-8983 for more information.
The cost is $45 per person and includes materials. To register visit
Childcare is available. Those interested may call Jake Samour at 316-685-5240.

St. Jude Knights hosting annual Night of Romance Saturday, Feb. 13
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be the keynote speaker for the 19th Annual Night of Romance Saturday, Feb. 16, in the parish hall of St. Jude Parish, Wichita.
Drawing on his recently released pastoral plan, Bishop Kemme will share and invite couples to embrace the new diocesan pastoral vision and mission that all become “fully alive” as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.
Those planning to attend are invited to a 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass at St. Jude Church. The parish hall doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Bishop Kemme’s talk and for a Valentine dinner and dance.
The St. Jude Knights of Columbus are hosting the event for the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.
Want to attend?
Reservations are required and must be made by Friday, Feb. 3. To register call the parish office at 316-838-1963, Dan Wimberly at 316-943-4906, or Tom Depperschmidt at 316-838-3793.
To register by mail, send a check for $40 per couple, made out to St. Jude Parish with “Night of Romance” on the notation to: St. Jude Parish, 3130 N. Amidon Ave., Wichita, KS 67204.

JayDoc hosting banquet fundraiser Feb. 23 at Botanica
The JayDoc Community Clinic of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, is hosting a fundraising banquet Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Wichita Lotus Room at Botanica Garden of Wichita.
The students involved in the clinic are seeking support for their volunteer safety-net clinic that reaches out to the medically under served in Wichita. The JayDoc Outreach Clinic is located in a former church west of the Downtown YMCA. They also operate out of the Guadalupe Clinic, a diocesan health ministry.
The students are soliciting sponsors and inviting those interested to attend the event.
Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6 o’clock with a program to follow. The cost is $24 for students; $50 for residents, $100 for others or $800 for a table. Sponsorships range from $500 to $2,000. For tickets or to support the event, email

Want to pray the Angelus with others?
The Angelus, a commemoration of the Incarnation, is available online at
It features windows from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.

Struggling with same sex attractions?
The Diocese of Wichita offers spiritual support and fellowship for men and women with same sex attractions who are striving to live chaste lives.
Contact or the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (316) 685-5240.

Code of Ethical Standards are online
The Diocese of Wichita is continuously working to maintain and improve safe environment education for children and adults involved in parish and diocesan activities.
As part of that effort, the diocese has a Code of Ethical Standards for Church Personnel available at its website at To find it, hover over “Links & Resources” and click on “Protection of Youth.”
The code discusses the general principals of the ethical standards and highlights the standards that should be maintained in professional relationships. It discusses topics such as conflicts of interest, harassment, sexual conduct, conduct with minors, and confidentiality, among others.
Every employee and volunteer of the diocese receives a copy of the Code at the beginning of their working relationship with the diocese. Employees and volunteers all read it and sign off regarding their intention to comply with these high standards before beginning their duties with the diocese.

Protection of youth information online
The Diocese of Wichita is committed to protecting children and young people. For information about how the diocese is working to create a safe environment for children and young people, or to report sexual abuse of minors by a church employee, go to, pull down the Resources link and click on “Protection of Youth.”
La Diócesis de Wichita está comprometida a proteger a niños y jóvenes. Para obtener información sobre cómo la diócesis está trabajando para crear un ambiente seguro para los niños y jóvenes, o para reportar un abuso sexual de menores por un empleado de la iglesia, puede ir a, vaya al botón de Recursos (Resources) y presione “Protección de la Juventud” (Protection of Youth).
Địa phận Wichita cam kết bảo vệ an toàn cho trẻ em và tuổi trẻ. Muốn biết chi tiết thế nào để tạo bầu không khí an toàn cho tuổi trẻ, hoặc cách thức khiếu nại về trường hợp nhân viên hoạt động cho Địa phận đã lạm dụng tình dục với trẻ em và tuổi trẻ, xin xem hoặc gửi qua internet theo địa chỉ, tìm xuống bảng liên kết và nhấn vào mục “Protection of the Youth”.