Making room at the clinic — An excavator made short work of a house north of the Guadalupe Clinic at St. Francis and Gilbert streets in Wichita Tuesday, Feb. 12. The house was razed and the debris was hauled away in preparation for a new parking lot, which will include spaces for much-needed handicapped parking. Asphalt will be laid when the weather is warm enough. (Advance photo)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
March 5: Diocesan Board Appreciation Dinner
March 6: Ash Wednesday Mass at Noon at the Cathedral
March 9: Rite of Election at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral; Diocesan Pastoral Council at Noon; Rite of Election at 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral; Rite of Election at 4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral
March 12-13: Diocesan priest meeting
March 14-16: Conception Seminary visit: Conception Board of Regents meeting
March 17: Confirmation Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick in Wichita
March 18: Anticipatory Mass, blessing and rededication at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph in Andale
March 19: Charter Review Board: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis in Wichita
March 20: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg
March 21: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael in Girard
March 24: Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference Mass at 11 a.m.
March 27: Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary in Derby
March 28: Diocesan Confirmation Mass at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral for St. Joseph, Ost; St. Rose, Mt. Vernon; St. Louis, Waterloo; St. Peter, Schulte; All Saints, Wichita, Holy Savior, Wichita
March 31: Diocesan Confirmation Mass at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton; St. Mary, Newton; Sacred Heart, Halstead; St. Michael, Mulvane

Nourish meeting Thursday, March 14
Nourish, a faith-based support group for family caregivers will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka, in Wichita.
The topic will be “Staying Engaged and Keeping Them Engaged.”For more information, call Rayna at 620-921-0082 or Mary at 316-312-6116.

Serra Clubs hosting prayer for priests on Thursday, March 7
The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita are invited to join members of the Serra Clubs of Wichita in prayer for the priests of the diocese.
The Serra Club’s Prayer for Our Priests began in 2010 and traditionally takes place on the first Thursday after Ash Wednesday. It continues this year on March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Magdalen, located at 12626 E. 21st St. N. in Wichita.

Texas Treasures trip April 29-May 4
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is sponsoring a bus trip to Texas April 29-May 4 that includes stops at tourist attractions and sites of religious interest.
The religious sites include the Mission San Jose, San Fernando Cathedral, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, and the Painted Churches of Texas.
Father James Mainzer, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Wichita, will be the spiritual leader for the trip. He will celebrate Mass daily for the pilgrims.
In addition to shopping excursions, other highlights of the trip include a visit to the Dr. Pepper Museum, the River Walk, the Tower of the America’s, where participants will dine for dinner one night, a tour of the AT&T Stadium home of the Dallas Cowboys, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and more.
Cities to be visited include Frisco, San Antonio, Austin, and Fort Worth.
The cost per person for a double room is $1,099 per person; single, $1449; $999, triple; or $949 per person for a quad. Included are Village Tours gratuity, 10 meals, admissions, luggage handling, quality accommodations, deluxe motor coach, and the services of a Village Tours director.
Singles interested in sharing a room may call Sharon Witzell at 316-685-5240. A $50 deposit per person is required to make a reservation. For reservations or for a flyer with a full itinerary call Village Tours at 316-721-4455.

Guadalupe Clinic Winefest April 25-27
The corks will fly and the wine will flow once again for this year’s Midwest Winefest April 25-27 in Wichita’s Old Town.
The event is a major fundraiser for the Guadalupe Health Foundation and, as usual, will involve about 20 venues for the 2019 Midwest Winefest Walkabout. The event features a variety of food and wine, live music and ambiance for all. Nearly 4,000 participated in last year’s Winefest.
David Gear, executive director of the Guadalupe Clinic, said the Winefest helps the clinic serve the uninsured who are in dire need of quality healthcare. “Patients at Guadalupe Clinic are asked for a $5 donation, however no one is ever turned away due to inability to donate,” he said.
The cost of treating a patient is over $160, he said, adding that the clinic had over 8,200 patient-visits during 2018 – about 63 percent of whom were women.
“The Guadalupe Health Foundation’s mission to fund healthcare for people in need throughout Wichita and the surrounding areas will always be our focus,” Gear said.
Although there are other clinics in Wichita that serve the poor, the Guadalupe Clinic is the only free “safety net” clinic in the city.
The clinic depends on donations and the doctors, nurse, and other healthcare providers who donated over 6,400 hours last year serving the most needy of the sick in Wichita.
Want to sample the wine, food?
Those who wish to wander around Old Town Wichita for the Winefest, may visit for more information.

Guadalupe Clinic hockey event March 29
Guadalupe Hockey Night will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita.
The fundraiser takes the place of the annual Wingnuts baseball game that was held for many years at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The stadium has been razed in preparation for a replacement.
Ticket vouchers are $10. They are available at the clinic and will be sold at many parishes after weekend Masses. All those attending will receive a free LED cheer stick at the game.
Knights of Columbus and their families have been invited to celebrate their Founder’s Day event at the game.

Food-high blood pressure presentation Thursday, March 28
A registered dietitian will give a presentation about high blood pressure and how it relates to food from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka, in Wichita.
Lou Ann Soliah, Ph.D., will talk about hypertension at the food demonstration and tasting.
Participants will sample the food, learn how hypertension can lead to severe medical complications, learn why it is important to control blood pressure, and the dietary measures one can take to manage the condition. There will be time for questions and answers.
The cost is $5 per person for food samples, recipes, and a handout. Seating is limited. Reservations are requested by March 21, to have enough food. To register call 316-685-5240.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Helping the sick — Joni Carson presents a check for $1,500 to David Gear, executive director of the Guadalupe Clinic, a diocesan health ministry. Carson, senior branch manager of Sunflower Bank, visited the clinic to make the donation Tuesday, Feb. 19. The money was part of the bank’s Health Care Professionals Program that benefits the clinic each time a patron uses the bank’s debit cards. (Courtesy photo)

Addition to previous article
Sr. Joan Marie Burger, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, was also involved with the Cursillo Apostolate in the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.
Her name was inadvertently omitted in Fr. Beat’s article in the Feb. 1 issue of the Advance.