Best speller — Shae Ricke, holding a plaque, won the 8th annual Diocesan Spelling Bee Tuesday, Feb. 5, at All Saints Catholic School in Wichita. She is a student at School of the Magdalen in Wichita. Lydia Scheck, a student at Resurrection Catholic School in Wichita, was the runner-up. Shae won by spelling the word: heliocentric. Students from 28 diocesan schools participated. (Courtesy photo)

Scout religious emblem applications requested
The diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting is accepting applications for youth working on religious emblems. The deadline is April 1.
The cost is $10 per application and includes the emblem and a photo taken at the annual Mass, which is scheduled for Sunday, June 9. Applications should be mailed to Kathy Petr, 3128 Applewood, Wichita, KS 67220. In other scout news:
• Nominations are being sought for scout leaders who have worked to promote spirituality in scouting youth. The deadline is April 1.
• A retreat for those youth working on the Pope Pius XII program is scheduled for Saturday, March 9. Pre-registration by March 7 is requested.
For more information contact Kathy Petr at 316/686-7893 at

Catholic school educators to attend Latino Enrollment Institute at N.D.
Representatives from six Catholic schools and the Catholic School Office will attend the Latino Enrollment Institute June 16-19 at the University of Notre Dame.
The institute helps schools become “culturally responsive” to Latino families and helps educators market the school to recruit Latino children. Among the topics to be addressed at the summer event are “English as a New Language,” understanding Latino cultures, and how to involve Latino families in schools.
Educators from Saint Patrick, St. Joseph, and St. Jude Catholic schools in Wichita; Sacred Heart, Arkansas City; Saint Patrick, Chanute; and Trinity High School in Hutchinson will attend. Superintendent Janet Eaton, and Jamie Finkeldei, Ed.D., associate superintendent, will also attend.
Eaton said she is excited for the opportunity to have the six parish schools represented at the Institute. “This training is highly respected, yearly filling to capacity with a waiting list,” she said.
“It is very important for our parish schools to not only welcome the Latino population, but to minister to them in all ways,” Eaton said. “We know that the Institute has helped numerous parishes throughout the country and we are thrilled to be attending.”

Acting out history — Jordan Bailey, left, researched and portrayed President George W. Bush, and Norah Naccarato, President Zachary Taylor, during a President’s Day activity at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Pittsburg. Fifth graders dressed up for a presidential parade Thursday, Feb. 21, and presented facts about their “time in office” in front of peers and family. The parade of presidents is held annually near President’s Day. (Courtesy photo)

Kids Mass back on calendar after SLC remodel completed
The monthly Mass for children at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita has been on hiatus during the building’s recent remodel. But the popular program returns in February.
“KidsPrayToo! Mass with Children” welcomes caregivers and their children to the Spiritual Life Center for a special daily Mass. The remaining dates are April 23 and May 16. Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. This program gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass-goers around them.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in the dining room or courtyard afterwards.