Parish news, August 17, 2018

Clearing the construction site — An excavator operator drops a large piece of concrete in an attempt to break it before loading it into a nearby truck at the Holy Savior construction site located at 13th and Erie in Wichita. Ground was broken June 24 for the $10 million church and school project that will take about 16 months to complete. (Advance photo)

Symposium for baby boomers Sept. 29
A symposium for baby boomers will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Senior citizens are invited to the event for food, fellowship, and for inspirational talks about how to make the most of the years ahead.
Father John Jirak and Father John Lanzrath will be two of our speakers. Those interested may call 316-685-5240 for a flyer.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd begins Sept. 8 at OLL in Pittsburg
A Catechesis of the Good Shepherd level one formation course begins Sept. 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsburg.
The first begins Saturday, Sept. 8. The 14 classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one or two Saturdays a month at St. Mary's Elementary School.
For questions and more information contact Francie Casey at francie5@mail.com or 620-704-3023.

Ready for a mud bath — Not only did the youth get a workout but so did their washing machines at the 13th annual mud volleyball tournament Sunday, Aug. 12, at St. Rose Parish in Mt. Vernon. Eighteen teams made up of 130 students participated in the event hosted by Region 3 of the diocesan Catholic Youth Conference. (Courtesy photo)

Parish news, August 3, 2018

Little gardeners — Children of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Wichita have been tending their St. Isidore Garden on the parish grounds this summer. They have been selling the fruits of their labor after Masses. When school starts the vegetables will be incorporated into their lunches. (Courtesy photo)

Symposium for baby boomers Sept. 29
A symposium for baby boomers will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Senior citizens are invited to the event for food, fellowship, and for inspirational talks about how to make the most of the years ahead. Father John Jirak and Father John Lanzrath will be two of the speakers. Those interested may call 316-685-5240 for a flyer.

Cathedral hosting First Saturday devotion to Immaculate Heart of Mary this Saturday
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita has initiated a First Saturday devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary following its First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart.
The First Saturday devotion begins with an 8:30 a.m. rosary and a 9 a.m. Mass for our Blessed Mother.
The First Saturday devotion has four parts, all done with the intention of consoling our Mother’s Immaculate Heart:
• Confession within 8 days of the First Saturday
• Reception of Holy Communion on the First Saturday
• Recitation of five decades of the Rosary
• Meditation for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Interior image of St. Anthony now online
A 360-degree view of the interior of St. Anthony Church in Wichita is now available for viewing.
The interactive image allows the viewer to look around and zoom in to anywhere in the interior of the church.
Those interested may visit Tinyurl.com/StAnthonyWichita.
Don McClane, the production manager of the Catholic Advance, composed the image.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is also available for viewing at the 360cities website. Use the search engine there.

Blessed Sacrament poster stewards — Volunteers from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita have finished counting and packaging this year’s stewardship poster for all of the parishes in the Diocese of Wichita. They worked Tuesday evening, July 24, in a meeting room at the Chancery in Wichita. This year’s theme and poster will be revealed in the Aug. 17 edition of the Advance. Over 500 large posters and 1,500 smaller posters were printed this year for distribution. (Courtesy photo)

Parish news, July 20, 2018

Cathedral hosting First Saturday devotion to Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita has initiated a First Saturday devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary following its First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart.
The First Saturday devotion begins with an 8:30 a.m. rosary and a 9 a.m. Mass for our Blessed Mother.
The First Saturday devotion has four parts, all done with the intention of consoling our Mother’s Immaculate Heart:
• Confession within 8 days of the First Saturday
• Reception of Holy Communion on the First Saturday
• Recitation of five decades of the Rosary
• Meditation for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary

GriefShare to meet July 24 at SEAS
A GriefShare meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the Adult Library at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita.
The topic will be “Top Twenty Lessons of Grief, pt. 1.” For more information, contact Candi Spacil at 721-1686 ext. 237.
GriefShare provides a guide to emotional, physical, and spiritual healing for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Evangelization retreat this fall at SFA
St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita is planning a 24-hour retreat to train the faithful about how to evangelize family and friends who no longer practice their Catholic faith.
The event, “Wildfire: Spreading the Fire of your Faith,” will be held in the fall to help Catholics be missionaries in their families and in their neighborhoods.
Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Symposium for baby boomers Sept. 29
A symposium for baby boomers will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
Senior citizens are invited to the event for food, fellowship, and for inspirational talks about how to make the most of the years ahead. Father John Jirak and Father John Lanzrath will be two of our speakers. Those interested maycall 316-685-5240 for a flyer.


St. Anthony Catholic Church, Wichita

V.R. image of St. Anthony online
A 360-degree virtual reality view of the interior of St. Anthony Church in Wichita is now available for viewing.
The interactive image allows the viewer to look around and zoom in to anywhere in the interior of the church.
Don McClane, the production manager of the Catholic Advance, composed the image.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is also available for viewing here.

Holy Savior Parish begins construction of church, school

Bishop Carl A. Kemme blesses the cornerstone of a new Holy Savior Church Sunday, June 24, in Wichita. At right is Father Pat Malone, longtime pastor. (Advance photos)

$10 million project to take 16 months
Bishop Carl A. Kemme blessed the cornerstone of a new Holy Savior Church after the 10 a.m. Mass Sunday, June 24.
The prayers of parishioners and visitors were answered when a predicted rainstorm became a gentle sprinkle, much like the holy water Bishop Kemme used to bless the land at 13th and Chautauqua in Wichita.
The school, for children in grades pre-kindergarten through eight, will cover about 28,000 square feet. Construction for the project is expected to take about 16 months and is projected to be finished sometime toward the end of 2019.
The parish hopes to be able to have the school ready by August, in time for the 2019-2020 school year. The school will continue to operate at its existing site, 4640 E. 15th St. N., until the project is complete.
In the transition, the church and church offices will relocate to the historic St. Peter Claver campus at 1209 N. Indiana.
The ground breaking comes nearly three years after Holy Savior started its capital campaign, A New Hope, A New Home: Built of Living Stones. The project includes a church with seating for more than 500 people, a gathering area, and a community room – in total about 19,500 square feet. The estimated construction cost for the project is $10 million.
“After more than 20 years of hoping, planning, and prayer, Holy Savior Parish is about to begin construction on our Built of Living Stones project,” said Father James J. Billinger, pastor of Holy Savior.
“We have arrived at this point because of the love, prayers and support of so many, including our courageous parishioners, thoughtful benefactors, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and the City of Wichita.”
The architect for the project is Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey. Simpson Construction is the contractor.

Bishop Carl A. Kemme lifts high the spade with other dignitaries during a ground breaking ceremony Sunday, June 24, at Holy Savior Parish in Wichita.
An image of the new church is carried with a processional cross to the blessing site after a morning Mass.
An artist rendering of the exterior of the new Holy Savior church and complex. (Courtesy Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture)
A rendering of the interior of the new Holy Savior church and complex. (Courtesy Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture)

St. Joseph Church, Andale, struck by lightning; parish starts repair work

St. Joseph Parish in Andale was planning to renovate the church in a few months but a lightning strike Sunday, June 24, resulted in a change of plans.
Father Daryl Befort said the parish was planning to begin a renovation in January but, instead, had begun a repair and restoration project.
“The fire was contained in the attic space and on the pitch of the roof,” Father Befort said last week. “There was no fire damage to the interior of the church, it was contained in the attic. We have a great deal of water damage in the ceiling, the walls, and the floor, from the amount of water that was used to put out the fire.”
The church pews and statues have been removed and will be restored, he said. “All of the altars are intact. No damage to any of those.”
Insurance adjustors have inspected the damage and construction companies are being contacted for estimates, Father Befort said, adding that, for now, he isn’t able to estimate when the repairs and restoration will begin and when the project will be complete.
Firefighters did a good job in containing the blaze to the attic space, he said.
Because the fire began during a thunderstorm, the firefighters suspected the fire started from a lightning strike. That was verified by video from a surveillance camera located at nearby Andale High School.
Two firefighters injured while fighting the blaze were hospitalized but were dismissed soon afterward.
Masses will be celebrated in the parish hall until repairs are completed. The parish is made up of about 370 families.

Parishioners help remove pews Monday morning, June 25, after lightning ignited a fire early Sunday at St. Joseph Church in Andale. (Photo by Fred Solis/The Clarion)

Parish news, July 6, 2018

More fun for the kids — Parishioners of the Church of Resurrection in Wichita worked Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, to complete the final phase of adding new equipment to the parish’s playground. They installed four new pieces that work together to make an obstacle course. (Courtesy photo)

Sacred Heart, Eureka, undamaged by tornado on June 26
Sacred Heart Church in Eureka was undamaged after a tornado struck the city June 26.
Father Stephen Gronert, pastor, said Wednesday that he checked the church and didn’t see any apparent damage from the storm. He added that it was the second time the church was spared from a strong storm in two years.
Emergency Management officials say the town, located 60 miles east of Wichita, Tuesday, took a direct hit. Eight people were injured, one critically.

Guest chaplain Father Dan Spexarth offers the opening prayer for the U.S. House June 26. (C-Span screen capture)

Father Dan Spexarth offers prayer as the guest chaplain for the U.S. House
Father Dan Spexarth offered the opening prayer for the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, June 26, in Washington, D.C.
Father Spexarth, the pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita, was introduced by Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan. Fr. Spexarth’s visit was sponsored by Rep. Ron Estes of Kansas’ fourth congressional district.
After petitioning for blessings on those gathered, Fr. Spexarth asked God to give the representatives clear minds and to fill them with courage, resolve, and deep humility.
“Help them to listen attentively to one another and to work diligently with one another to find solutions to the challenges we face as a nation,” he prayed. “Let them not be dismayed or disheartened.”
Father Spexarth closed by asking God for protection of U.S. armed forces and their families, and by thanking God for his blessings on our country “especially our most precious gifts of life and liberty.”

Evangelization retreat this fall at SFA
St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita is planning a 24-hour retreat to train the faithful about how to evangelize family and friends who no longer practice their Catholic faith.
The event, “Wildfire: Spreading the Fire of your Faith,” will be held in the fall to help Catholics be missionaries in their families and in their neighborhoods.
Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

A little blessing — Father Todd Shepherd gives a blessing to a young girl after a noon Spanish Mass Sunday, June 17, at St. Andrew Church in Independence. He was visiting the parish pastored by Father Marco De Lorea. Father Shepherd began duties June 19 as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in South Hutchinson and chaplain of Trinity Catholic Jr./Sr. High School in Hutchinson. (Advance photo)
Divine Mercy sign installed in Pittsburg — A Divine Mercy image has been erected in the Catholic section of Highland Park Cemetery in Pittsburg. The Knights of Columbus and Messengers of Mercy, a prayer group, installed the sign near a Monument of the Unborn Child. (Courtesy photo)

St. Pius X Catholic Student Center in Pittsburg launches capital campaign

St. Pius X campaign co-chairs, from left, Fr. David Voss and Joe Hart, St. Pius X Advisory Council Chair Nancy Evans, and Campaign Coordinator Larry Kramer.

‘To the Heights: A Second Century Campaign’ goal is $3.2 million
By Elizabeth Hayes
The St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University, newly established as an individual mission of Catholic College ministry, has recently announced a fundraising campaign aimed at creating a more beautiful and welcoming environment in which students can encounter Christ.
The St. Pius X Catholic Student Center has already undergone big changes in the recent year. With the assignment of Fr. David Voss as full time chaplain, SPX is able to move towards being a fully developed and supported ministry in the Diocese of Wichita.
“The student center, which has been an outreach of Our Lady of Lourdes, is incredibly grateful for all of the support of the parish,” he said. “With the shift comes more independence and larger strides towards specifically enhancing spirituality in the lives of college students.”

The diocese contributes
Bishop Carl A. Kemme recognizes the current importance and future potential of the St. Pius X Center. This past April, on behalf of the diocese, he pledged $500,000 to the St. Pius X Center’s capital campaign. Bishop Kemme, noting the importance of campus ministry and beauty in liturgical spaces, said he hopes others will follow the example of the diocese by contributing to the campaign.
The goal of the campaign is $3.2 million. Fulfilling the goal would not only provide the resources for creating a beautiful place of worship, said Father Voss, but will also be used to create new opportunities for current students, draw in new students, and help the faith community on campus reach new heights. “Ultimately, this is all about enriching the spiritual lives of students, and helping them become the men and women that God has called them to be. If we can do that, while reaching out to those in need of a deeper relationship with Christ, then we have done our job.”
The facility need
Founded in 1913, the Newman Club has long been a part of Pittsburg State University. However, St. Pius X Center’s current building was constructed in 1968 and has never undergone a major renovation. With a roof, infrastructure, and heating system that are over 50 years old, Fr. David is having to spend more saving the building, when he could be saving more souls. As the locus of Catholic faith and culture on campus—where students worship, receive sacraments, engage in fellowship, and learn about their faith—the vitality of the St. Pius X Center is a high priority to Fr. Voss.

The spiritual need
Fr. Voss, the first full-time campus chaplain in more than 30 years, is excited about the center’s potential. “We want to build a chapel that reflects the hospitality, faith, and passion of the students,” he explains. “The chapel has always been the heart of our Catholic community, and the students have long asked for a functional and beautiful place to worship.”
Students at the St. Pius the X Catholic Student Center have mentioned that they long for “a chapel that makes us fall on our knees in prayer.”
To the heights
The fundraising campaign, “To the Heights: A Second Century Campaign,” draws its inspiration from both the St. Pius X Center’s century-long presence on campus, and from the motto of Blessed Pierre Giorgio Frassati. Like many who worship at St. Pius X, B. Pierre Giorgio Frassati was a college student with a passion for greatness.
He died a young man while treating victims of polio, but his motto “To the Heights”—which represents his love of mountains and the ascent of prayer—continues to inspire people to this day. This phrase is now the motto for the St. Pius X Center’s campaign.
When asked how people can help make the St. Pius X Center’s vision a reality, Fr. Voss replied, “We can use prayers from everyone. But if you feel called to help financially, or to provide any other kind of help, give us a call or shoot us an email. We would appreciate anything that could help enrich the spiritual lives of our students.”
Hayes is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

Want to help build the St. Pius X center?
For more information or to donate, contact Fr. Voss at voss.david.m@gmail.com.

Parish news, June 15, 2018

GriefShare meeting at SEAS June 26
A GriefShare meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the Adult Library at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita.
The topic will be “Stuck In Grief.” For more information, contact Candi Spacil at 721-1686 ext. 237.
GriefShare provides a guide to emotional, physical, and spiritual healing for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Evangelization retreat this fall at SFA
St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita is planning a 24-hour retreat to train the faithful about how to evangelize family and friends who no longer practice their Catholic faith.
The event, “Wildfire: Spreading the Fire of your Faith,” will be held in the fall to help Catholics be missionaries in their families and in their neighborhoods.
Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Parish news, June 1, 2018

Listening for Peace third prayer service at SFA Thursday, June 7
A third prayer service involving Catholics, Lutherans, and Episcopalians, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wichita.
The faithful are invited to the ecumenical service to engage in prayer and conversation to discuss matters of unity, rather than of division.
Father David Lies, vicar general for the Diocese of Wichita, said, “Since the first Listening for Peace prayer service was held at the Cathedral in November of last year, and since a subsequent prayer gathering at Reformation Lutheran church in January, a following of ecumenically-minded Christians has formed to support this initiative to seek unity.”
He said some of the participants have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to gather and pray with family members or friends of different faiths at a common service.
“Additionally, Listening for Peace has inspired at least one collaborative effort among Christian churches to coordinate the support of congregation members who have intellectual or physical disabilities,” he said.
“I see these examples as welcome affirmation of the fruitfulness of continuing to simply take time to pray together and allow the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire all God’s children to achieve greater unity.”

Racial Justice weekend June 8-10 at Holy Savior Parish, Wichita
A discussion about racial justice continues Friday through Sunday, June 8-10, at Holy Savior Parish in Wichita.
The parish is hosting the “Alabaster Box Experience - You Don’t Know the Cost Weekend” next weekend in the gymnasium.
On Friday, June 8, participants will celebrate Women’s Day from 6 to 9 p.m. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, all are invited to attend a workshop featuring Sister Patty Chappell and Sister Anne-Louise from Pax Christi who will lead a discussion about racial justice.
On Sunday, all are invited to attend the 11 a.m. Mass. There is no cost to attend the event.

Diocesan news, May 18, 2018

Bishop Kemme’s calendar
Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next several weeks.
May
May 19: Ordination to the diaconate at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
May 20: Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School graduation at 1:30 p.m. at Hartman Arena; Bishop Carroll Catholic High School graduation at 4 p.m. at Hartman Arena
May 24: Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral
May 26: Ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Magdalene
June
June 1: Evening with Seminarians at 6 p.m. in Southeast Kansas at Pittsburg State University
June 2: Salina diocese ordination to the priesthood at 10 a.m. at Salina cathedral; Confirmation Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by blessing of new parish hall for St. Anthony, Strong City, and St. Rose of Lima in Council Grove
June 3: Fr. Kapaun Day Mass at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene in Pilsen; Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral
June 7: Presbyteral Council; Confirmation Mass for St. Mary, Moline and St. Robert, Sedan at 6: 30 p.m. at St. Mary in Moline
June 8: Confirmation Mass at 6: 30 p.m. at Sacred Heart in Colwich
June 9: Feast Day Mass at 9 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent.; 100th anniversary Mass of the dedication of Sacred Heart Church in Colwich at 5: 30 p.m.
June 10: 25th anniversary Mass of the dedication of Sacred Heart Church in Fredonia at 10: 30 a.m.
June 23: Jubilee Mass at 10:30 a.m. with the Sisters of St. Joseph
June 24: Holy Savior Mass followed by ground breaking at 10 a.m.; Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Mass at SLC at 3 p.m.
June 25-30: Senior Adult Ministry bus trip to EWTN

Bishop Kemme to ordain Salina seminarian June 2
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will ordain the Rev. Mr. Andy Hammeke to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina.
Bishop Kemme will preside at the event because Bishop Edward Weisenburger was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Tucson on Oct. 3, 2017. The Diocese of Salina is still waiting for a successor.
Deacon Hammeke, 29, is a native of Hays and grew up in Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He is the son of Curtis and Annette Hammeke of Hays.

Bike camp for disabled children set for July 16-18
A bike camp will be offered this summer to help persons with disabilities learn how to ride a bicycle. The iCan Bike Camp, for persons eight years and older, will be hosted July 16-18.
To register for the camp or for more information, visit www.ilrcks.org or email her at cunruh@ilrcks.org.