The Faith and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 21, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita is addressing a topic that has been raised at Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s listening sessions: strengthening marriage and family life.
Father David Lies, vicar general of the Diocese of Wichita, said the Faith and Family Festival is an opportunity for the faithful to benefit from something Bishop Kemme has been hearing in his listening sessions.
“We’ve had four of those listening sessions so far and in every one of them there are desires among the faithful to support marriage and family life,” he said.
That topic is raised, he said, whenever they ask the questions: What could we be doing better? Or what should be priority for the diocese in the next three to five years?
“That is one that has come up consistently – with acknowledgments that we’re doing good things already,” he said from his office in the Chancery.
“But, looking at the culture around us and seeing how marriage in particular is being challenged and when marriage is challenged, then families are challenged.
The goal of the day, he said, is to hear inspiring talks to strengthen married life, for children to have an opportunity to understand their relationship with Jesus’ relationship, and for families to have opportunities in prayer at Mass, and food and fellowship to continue to grow strong as family.
The event will include dynamic presentations, Eucharistic adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and an opportunity to spend a day in prayer and reflection with your spouse.
Danielle Bean, publisher of Catholic Digest, and Arland K. Nichols, president of the St. John Paul II Foundation, will be the keynote speakers for the adult portion of the festival. The day will conclude with a vigil Mass and cookout.
The festival is once again being hosted in collaboration with the St. John Paul II Foundation.

Want to attend the family festival?
The Faith and Family Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita. Walk-ins are welcome.