Beethoven for dinner at the Diner — Kelly Hall-Tomkins entertained patrons of The Lord’s Diner Friday, Sept. 14, strolling around the tables playing a Beethoven violin concerto. Tompkins was in Wichita for a concert. She is a frequent soloist with orchestras around the world and has been a soloist in over 400 Broadway performances. (Photo courtesy June Etta Photography)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
Oct. 21: White Mass at Chapel of the Sorrowful Mother at 11 a.m. at Via Christi St. Francis; Wichita Adore Ministry Benefit Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at St. Peter, Schulte
Oct. 22-24: Mundelein Seminary visit
Oct. 25: Mass for Curia Directors Retreat; Diocesan Pastoral Council
Oct. 26: Curia Day of Recollection
Oct. 27: Mass for Life at Southwind Clinic at 9 a.m.
Oct. 28: Mass for healing for those whose dignity has been victimized by the sins of abortion and abuse at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
Oct. 31: Seminary visit to Holy Trinity Seminary
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.

Rachel’s Vineyard retreat Oct. 26-28
A Rachel’s Vineyard retreat for those who are suffering from abortion will be held at the end of the month in Kansas City.
The last of the three 2018 Kansas City retreats will be on the weekend of Oct. 26-28.
For more information or to register, please call Teresa O’Donnell at (816) 679-4973 or email or visit

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. All are welcome.

Health care professionals’ White Mass this Sunday at Via Christi St. Francis
A White Mass for doctors, nurses, and other health-care professionals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Chapel of the Sorrowful Mother at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate the Mass.
For many years Via Christi has jointly sponsored the White Mass with the Diocese of Wichita and the St. Gianna Guild, a charted guild of the Catholic Medical Association in Wichita.
The St. Gianna Guild is composed of more than 20 active Catholic physicians, residents, medical school students, and others who meet regularly to share their faith. Fr. Joseph Tatro and Fr. Michael Brungardt both serve as chaplains.
A Blue Mass, honoring first responders, and a Red Mass, honoring judges, lawyers, and others in the legal profession, were celebrated in Wichita last month. The White Mass is named for the white coats of physicians, although it honors all those who work in health care.

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.

Veteran’s Day Mass at Pilsen Sunday, Nov. 11
A Veteran’s Day Mass will be celebrated Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, the hometown of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun.
A wreath laying and lunch will follow the Mass.
All veterans and those currently serving in the armed forced are invited to the Father Kapaun Guild Veteran’s Day Celebration.

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.

Life is a little easier for Catholic Charities Adult Day Services clients now that they have use of a new, 24-passenger van.