Andale parish has weathered many storms

A bespackled Greg Dummitt coats one of the arches on the east ceiling of St. Joseph Church in Andale. Dummitt, the plastering supervisor, lives in Blanchard, Oklahoma. (Advance photo)

Renovation and repair work continues at St. Joseph Church in Andale
The interior of St. Joseph Church in Andale was nearly filled last week with a metal maze of scaffolding supporting a plywood floor just below the ceiling.
Several men were working over 20 feet above the church floor plastering the walls and arches with a synthetic coat and making repairs in preparation for a new paint treatment. The interior of St. Joseph’s has been stripped in preparation for what will likely be the most extensive renovation of the northwest Sedgwick County church since it was dedicated in 1913.
The renovation had been planned for many months but was adjusted after a lightning strike started a fire in the roof of the church resulting in about $1 million in fire, smoke, and water damage.
St. Joe’s pastor, Father Daryl Befort, said last week that the parish had been working on a new interior paint scheme before the fire. “We’ve had a design team that is close to what we we’re looking for the whole paint scheme. I am working with our design committee and with our painter to finalized it so we can present it to the parishioners.”
The parish had a peek of the initial rendering of the paint plan at a picnic held just before the fire, he said.
The blue tarps that covered holes in the church’s roof after the fire have been replaced with an underlayment, which will soon be topped with composite roofing shingles. The entire church will be rewired and outfitted for new bathrooms, and a new heating and air-conditioning system.
Father Befort said the west sacristy will be transformed into an adoration chapel, and the baptistry, which was located in the west transept, will not be moved but will be enlarged.
He added that the renovation is scheduled to be complete by mid-March, making this year’s Easter Sunday, April 21, even more special.
Like many of the older churches in the Diocese of Wichita, St. Joseph Parish has survived several storms that necessitated repairs and renovations to parish structures.
A small wooden church was under construction in 1890 when it was damaged by a tornado. It was repaired and dedicated that year, however.
The present church was only slightly damaged in 1917 by another tornado that killed 13 people and destroyed 30 houses and 28 businesses. And in 1981 the steeple withstood tornadic winds but was damaged.

St. Joe, Andale, full of scaffolding — The beautiful stained glass windows are covered for their protection as renovation and repair work continues at St. Joseph Church in Andale, leaving a dimly lit interior filled by scaffolding. (Advance photo)

Parish news, November 16, 2018

Assisting the ministry — Grand Knight Robby Spexarth, of the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus Council in Andale, hands a check for $957.93 to Myra Jacobs, director of the diocesan Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, at the Chancery in Wichita. The donation, from the council’s Tootsie Roll sales, will help the ministry with projects such as Holy Family Camp, Wichita Saints Special Olympics, Advent Retreats, and Totus Tuus for Children with Special Needs. (Advance photo)

Christmas Midnight Mass at Blessed Sacrament, Wichita
A Midnight Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church in Wichita for those who want to participate in the traditional Christmas event.
Father Andrew Heiman, pastor, will chant the Christmas proclamation at the liturgy. The Blessed Sacrament choir will lead familiar Christmas carols and other classic Christmas music, accompanied by a string quartet made up of musicians from the Wichita Symphony, flautist Veronica Mascaro, and organist Patrick Harms.
The tradition of Midnight Mass was first observed in the late 300s in Jerusalem. The tradition reached the west in the year 430 under Pope Sixtus II in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.

Parish renewal weekends set at OLG in South Hutchinson
Two Christ Renews His Parish spiritual renewal weekends will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in South Hutchinson.
The women’s renewal is Oct. 27-28, and the men’s is Nov. 17-18. The weekends are free but limited to 30 participants who must be 21 or older.
Those interested may visit www.olghutch.com under the “Formation” tab for more information and to complete an application.
Christ Renews His Parish is designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community.
It helps Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their faith and is designed to bring members of the church together in Christ.

St. Peter to host holiday concert Tuesday, Dec. 4
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish in Schulte will host the Senseney Community Band for a Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the church.
Because the concert will benefit The Lord’’s Diner, those planning to attend are asked to bring one can of food per person, as admission.

Parish news, November 2, 2018

Hutch area priests honored — The Reno County Serra Club sponsored a billboard at 30th and Plum streets in Hutchinson for Priesthood Sunday, Oct. 28. The priests are clockwise, from top left, Fathers Aaron Spexarth, Juan Garza, Michael Maybrier, Todd Shepherd, and Michael Kerschen. (Courtesy photo)

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 forces are invited to the Father Kapaun Guild Veteran’s Day Celebration.

Holy Savior Sunday Mass at 4 p.m. beginning Nov. 4
Holy Savior Parish in Wichita is moving its 5 p.m. Sunday Mass to 4 p.m. beginning on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Father James Billinger, the pastor, said the change is being made because Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, and because the parking lot at St. Peter Claver Church, located at 1209 Indiana, lacks sufficient lighting at night. Lighting improvements aren’t warranted because a new church is now under construction.
St. Peter Claver Church is being used until the new church is completed.

Winfield hosting school gala Nov. 10
Winfield’s Holy Name PTO will host an inaugural Gratitude Gala Saturday, Nov. 10, to benefit the school.
The gala will include a barbecue-style dinner, drinks, and live and silent auctions. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:30, followed by the auction.
Mass will be celebrated before the event, at 4:30 p.m. in the church.
PTO President Brad Ziegler said the group is currently raising funds to make improvements to the school as well as purchase an updated science curriculum.
Holy Name Catholic School is a fully accredited, parochial school serving about 55 students and their families. Nearly 40 percent of the school’s students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Holy Name Catholic School is supported by the generous stewardship of its parish and community.
A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting the school at 620-221-0230. Anyone wishing to make a donation may contact the school or call Father Ken Schuckman at 620-221-3610.

Parish renewals set at OLG in South Hutchinson
Two Christ Renews His Parish spiritual renewal weekends will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in South Hutchinson.
The women’s renewal is Oct. 27-28, and the men’s is Nov. 17-18. The weekends are free but limited to 30 participants who must be 21 or older.
Those interested may visit www.OLGhutch.com under the “Formation” tab for more information and to complete an application.
Christ Renews His Parish is designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community. It helps Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their faith and is designed to bring members of the church together in Christ.

Monthly bingo at Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich, Nov. 4
Monthly cash bingo will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Religious Education Building at Sacred Heart Parish in Colwich.
Doors open at 1 p.m. The suggested donation is $3 for one card for all 21 games, or $8 for three cards for all games. Snacks and desserts will be available.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the retired priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Wichita and other Catholic charities.

Prepare to Care Workshop Nov. 12 at SVdP, Andover
A “Prepare to Care” workshop will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Andover. It is for anyone juggling the challenges of everyday life, health, or career while caring for a child, an aging parent, spouse or grandparent, in town or at a distance.
The workshop will explore the roles and impact of the family caregiver, and teach ways to maintain well-being. Practical tools and emotional supports will enable the family caregiver to thrive while caring for another –all with a Christ-centered view.
Those who would like their parish to host a workshop may contact Rayna Neises at Rayna@TakeHeartCoaching.com or at 620-921-0082.

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

Parish news, October 19, 2018

Hutchinson and Wichita Life Chain links — Youth from the Hutchinson area made their beliefs clear to passers-by as they participated in the nation-wide Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 7, at the corner of 17th and Lorraine in Hutchinson.
Challenge Girls from Church of the Resurrection in Wichita participated in the national Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 7. The group gathered to catechize the public about life at 29th and Rock streets. (Courtesy photos)
Father Dan Lorimer and many Coffeyville parishioners gathered for the Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 7, to witness for life. (Courtesy photo)

Coffeyville turns out large group for Life Chain
By Valerie Suddock

Pro-lifers in Coffeyville joined 68 other cities across Kansas to witness to the public the sanctification of human life from conception to natural death.
With signs – and umbrellas – in hand, Holy Name parishioners were led by Father Dan Lorimer to the busiest intersection in town. Participants stood solemnly in prayer and reflection while motorists displayed their support by a toot of the horn followed by a simple head nod or wave.
This is the eighth year Coffeyville parishioners have hit the sidewalks for Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 7.
Brian Sherwood, Life Chain Coordinator, said it is humbling to participate because they are “trying to bring awareness about the evil of abortion and the injury it causes, primarily to the unborn victims; but also to the mothers and fathers, the extended family and society at large. I believe God is hearing our prayers and beginning to heal our nation. We have a long way to go yet.”
Sherwood said he has participated in the event for about seven years.
“It's not difficult to coordinate a Life Chain event. I would say the most challenging part is developing solidarity with businesses and other local churches to bring about maximum effect.”
Suddock is a parishioner of Holy Name Parish in Coffeyville.

Bushton Parish fall dinner this Sunday
Holy Name Parish of Bushton will host its annual Fall Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Bushton Community Center, located on the north side of Bushton.
A roast beef dinner will be served. This year’s event also will include a traditional raffle with over 50 items featuring a queen-sized quilt as the grand prize, a children’s raffle featuring a boy’s and girl’s gift basket as the grand prizes, a cake wheel, and numerous children’s games.
The cost of the meal, including a salad bar and pie, is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those 5 and under.

Winfield hosting Gratitude Gala Saturday, Nov. 10
Winfield’s Holy Name PTO will host an inaugural Gratitude Gala Saturday, Nov. 10, to benefit the school.
The gala will include a barbecue-style dinner, drinks, and live and silent auctions. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:30, followed by the auction.
Mass will be celebrated before the event, at 4:30 p.m. in the church.
PTO President Brad Ziegler said the group is currently raising funds to make improvements to the school as well as purchase an updated science curriculum.
Holy Name Catholic School is a fully accredited, parochial school serving about 55 students and their families. Nearly 40 percent of the school’s students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Holy Name Catholic School is supported by the generous stewardship of its parish and community.
A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting the school at 620-221-0230.
Anyone wishing to make a donation may contact the school or call Father Ken Schuckman at 620-221-3610.

Holy Savior Sunday Mass at 4 p.m. beginning Nov. 4
Holy Savior Parish in Wichita is moving its 5 p.m. Sunday Mass to 4 p.m. beginning on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Father James Billinger, the pastor, said the change is being made because Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, and because the parking lot at St. Peter Claver Church, located at 1209 Indiana, lacks sufficient lighting at night. Lighting improvements aren’t warranted because a new church is now under construction.
St. Peter Claver Church is being used until the new church is completed.

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.

Parish news, October 5, 2018

Digging for cash — Church of the Resurrection children dig through a pile of hay for money during the parish’s annual picnic Sunday, Sept. 16. The event included games for the kids, a Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge, bingo, trailer rides, and lot of food, including fried chicken provided by the parish. (Courtesy photo)

Bushton Parish annual fall dinner Sunday, Oct. 21
Holy Name Parish of Bushton will host its annual Fall Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Bushton Community Center, located on the north side of Bushton.
A roast beef dinner will be served. This year’s event also will include a traditional raffle with over 50 items featuring a queen-sized quilt as the grand prize, a children’s raffle featuring a boy’s and girl’s gift basket as the grand prizes, a cake wheel, and numerous children’s games.
The cost of the meal, including a salad bar and pie, is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those 5 and under.

Lord’s Diner benefit at SVdP, Andover, set for Friday, Oct. 12
St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Andover, is hosting a Lord’s Diner benefit “Dunfer…Dead or Alive,” beginning` at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
The Western theme comedy musical includes appetizers, adult beverages, dinner, and silent and live auctions.
A Preview Party will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the parish. The party includes a musical performance, light appetizers, and adults beverages.
The all-star cast includes Wichita favorites Bucky Walters, and Ted and Ned Woodward.
For tickets to either event, call 316-733-1423 or email michele@svdpks.org.
The event has raised over $1 million for The Lord’s Diner since 2007.

Parish choirs, others, invited to Nov. 18 St. Cecilia Sing
All parish choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists, along with their families and friends, are invited to 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 chapel will be offered at 3:30 p.m. A reception begins at 4 o’clock.
Performance reservations are requested by Saturday, Oct. 8. To do so email npmWichita.org, and indicate if your choir or musicians would like to perform a selection. Those who plan to attend are asked to make a reservation by Nov. 13.

Outdoor rosary Oct. 13 at Magdalen in honor of Fatima
An outdoor rosary will be prayed beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in front of Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
The rosary is one of the Public Square Rosary Rallies in remembrance of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun on Oct. 13, 1917, in Portugal.
The faithful are invited to pray the rosary, sing hymns, and recite a litany.

Fall Festival for seniors Oct. 25 at SVdP Parish
Seniors are invited to the annual Fall Festival beginning with Mass at noon Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Vincent De Paul Parish, located at 123 N. Andover Road in Andover.
Following Mass there will be a catered luncheon from the Carriage Crossing restaurant in Yoder at the Ville venue. The menu includes roasted chicken, smoked sausage, herb roasted red potatoes, glazed carrots, garden salad with dressing, homemade pie, coffee, and tea.
Those attending are asked to remember those less fortunate by bringing non-perishable food items for Our Daily Bread Food Pantry. Door prizes will be awarded. Those who would like to play bingo should bring dimes.
Carriage Crossing requires two weeks notice regarding the number of diners. Reservations are needed promptly. To do so, mail a check for $10 made out to the Catholic Diocese of Wichita by Oct. 11 and mail to the Office of Marriage and Family Life 437 N. Topeka Wichita KS 67202.

Monthly bingo at Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich, Oct. 7
Monthly cash bingo will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Religious Education Building at Sacred Heart Parish in Colwich.
Doors open at 1 p.m. The suggested donation is $3 for one card for all 21 games, or $8 for three cards for all games. Snacks and desserts will be available.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the retired priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Wichita and other Catholic charities.

Parish renewal weekends set at OLG in South Hutchinson
Two Christ Renews His Parish spiritual renewal weekends will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in South Hutchinson.
The women’s renewal is Oct. 27-28, and the men’s is Nov. 17-18. The weekends are free but limited to 30 participants who must be 21 or older.
Those interested may visit www.olghutch.com under the “Formation” tab for more information and to complete an application.
Christ Renews His Parish is designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community. It helps Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their faith and is designed to bring members of the church together in Christ.

Holy Savior Sunday Mass at 4 p.m. beginning Nov. 4
Holy Savior Parish in Wichita is moving its 5 p.m. Sunday Mass to 4 p.m. beginning on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Father James Billinger, the pastor, said the change is being made because Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, and because the parking lot at St. Peter Claver Church, located at 1209 Indiana, lacks sufficient lighting at night. Lighting improvements aren’t warranted because a new church is now under construction.
St. Peter Claver Church is being used until the new church is completed.

Moving dirt at Holy Savior — Paul Goates, an employee of Simpson Construction Services, uses a skid loader to move dirt Wednesday, Sept. 26, after all buildings on the property were razed and the area cleared. Construction crews at the Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy site at 13th and Chautauqua have been busy in the last few weeks pouring concrete footings for the buildings. Work on the project began in July and is scheduled to be complete by the Fall of 2019. (Advance photo)

Parish in final phase of completing construction ‘Out of Love for God’

Two matching spires will dominate the exterior of the proposed St. Catherine of Siena Church. (Rendering courtesy SPT Architecture, Wichita)

A sign in Father Dan Spexarth’s office has reminded him for 30 years why he toils as a priest. “De Amore Dei,” the sign says, Latin for “Out of Love for God.”
That’s the same reason he said St. Catherine of Siena Parish is in its final phase of a long-term building project.
“It’s the culmination of 10 years of planning and prayer,” he said. “We have an appeal. The title of the appeal is ‘Out of Love for God.’ We want to build this not for glory or praise, but out of love for God.”
More than 150 volunteers are meeting with the 1,400 families that make up the northwest Wichita parish to raise $14.5 million for a 1,200-seat church and $2.5 million for a gymnasium, a total of $17 million.
“At Christmas time I hope to announce the success of our appeal,” Fr. Spexarth said. “We’ll start construction after the first of the year, so we’ll know exactly what we can build and the phasing of it after the end of the appeal. The hope is to finish the church in the fall of 2020, two years from now.”
He said the parish wants to finish what it started 10 years ago with phase one, its current church, and phase two, a school with classrooms for 500 children pre-K through eighth grade.
Fr. Spexarth said committees composed of more than 50 people have been working on the church and gym design since January.
“We had our ‘bringing ground’ ceremony at our (Labor Day) parish picnic,” he said. “We had 1,500 people on a beautiful day. It was raining, but the sun came out and we asked God to bless the site of the new altar.”
Parishioners were invited to connect to the project in more than a spiritual way by bringing soil from their yards to be mixed with the soil under the exact spot where the new church’s altar will be located.
Greg Tice an architect with SPT Architecture, Wichita, said the church is neo-Romanesque, a return to a German-inspired style of church that dominated church construction in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Father Dan Spexarth blesses the soil from parishioners’ yards mixed in the soil over which the altar of the new St. Catherine of Siena Church will be anointed. (Courtesy photo)

Engels eager to ‘give greater glory to God’

Nick Engels began his duties as the new music director at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception earlier this month. (Advance photo)

New director of music for the Cathedral succeeds Jim Jones
Being director of music for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was a thought Nick Engels entertained a time or two, especially after assisting Jim Jones, who he recently replaced.
“I guess I had in the back of my mind for a long time that it would be an opportunity that I would love at some point,” he said last week. “It’s a notch above, and I look forward to the episcopal liturgies and the opportunities that those present musically, as well as engaging the diocese to give greater glory to God.”
Engels said he is looking forward to working with the talented musicians and singers including organist Carole Pracht, Father Adam Keiter, the Cathedral’s rector, the staff at the Chancery, and Bishop Carl A. Kemme.
“I’m just humbled and honored for the privilege,” he said. “I understand, I have big shoes to fill with replacing Jim.”
Engels received a bachelor’s degree in music from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in theology from Newman University. He has been involved in music ministry for over 20 years at St. John Parish, El Dorado; St. Vincent de Paul, Andover; and St. Jude and Church of the Resurrection in Wichita.
He is a member of Resurrection parish and is an adjunct professor of music at Butler Community College. He and his wife, Maria, have seven daughters.
A farewell for Jones, who directed music at the Cathedral for 36 years, was held at the Cathedral Sunday, Aug. 26.
An article about Jones appeared in the Aug. 17 edition of the Catholic Advance and is available here.

Parish news, September 21, 2018

GriefShare meeting Sept. 25 at SEAS
A GriefShare meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Adult Library at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita.
The topic will be “Heaven” presented by Fr. J. Schibi. Participants are asked to bring a picture of their loved one.
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.

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 the two speakers. Those interested may call 316-685-5240 for a flyer.

Workshop for caregivers Oct. 1
A Prepare to Care Workshop will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the parish meeting room at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita.
The workshop is for those juggling the challenges of everyday life, health, and career, while also caring for a child, an aging parent, spouse, or grandparent. The roles and impact of the family caregiver will be discussed along with ways of maintaining wellbeing with a Christ-centered view.
For additional information, contact Rayna at Rayna@TakeHeartCoaching.com or at 620-921-0082.

Naming and Commendation of Infants Rite Oct. 3
Church of the Resurrection in Wichita is hosting a Naming and Commendation of Infants Rite after the 7 p.m. Mass, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The liturgical blessing ceremony gives parents and family members an opportunity to name and commend their children who died before birth. The rite is intended to give all who have experienced the death of a pre-born infant an opportunity to set that death within the context of faith.
Part of Church of the Resurrection’s tradition includes the dedication of a red rose for each child participants wish to recognize, resulting in a special bouquet which is displayed close to Mary’s statue. A family member also has the opportunity to inscribe a name for their baby in the Parish Book of Remembering. All are welcome.

Cathedral hosting First Saturday devotion to Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 6
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

Parish news, September 7, 2018

The Wichita Catacombs ministry features re-enactments of events of saints and martyrs.

Actors needed for Wichita Catacombs ministry re-enactments Oct. 12-14
Re-enactments of St. Paul’s conversion, St. Tarcisius’ martyrdom for the Eucharist, the songs of St. Cecilia, and many other segments from the lives of saints will be presented Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
The re-enactments are a ministry of the Wichita Catacombs which is dedicated to spreading seeds of evangelization through the blood of the martyrs. The re-enactments are an annual event that takes place during the All Saints and All Souls season.
Pilgrims are led through the “burial tunnels of ancient Rome” during the persecution of the early church. As they walk through candlelit tunnels, the pilgrims watch the lives of the martyrs reenacted and listen as the saints share.
The presentations will be made from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14.
Adult and youth actors are needed for the event. Help is also needed in decoration, construction, costuming, and other areas.
To volunteer, visit WichitaCatacombs.org and click on the “How Can You Help” page.

Trip to World War I memorial in K.C. Tuesday, Sept. 11
Adults are invited to join the Blessed Sacrament Parish ENCORE group for a bus trip Tuesday, Sept. 11, to visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. A limited number of seats are available.
The cost is $50 per person and includes admission to the exhibit, “For Liberty: American Jewish Experience in WWI,” which the museum says, “examines American Jewish battlefield and home front participation.”
Participants are invited to attend the 6:30 a.m. Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Wichita before boarding the bus, scheduled to leave at 7:10 a.m.
Those interested may contact Bruce J. Kouba at 316-734-9807 or at bjkouba@cox.net.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd begins Sept. 8 at OLL in Pittsburg
A Catechesis of the Good Shepherd level one formation course begins soon 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.

Monthly bingo at Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich, Sept. 16
Monthly cash bingo will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in the Religious Education Building at Sacred Heart Parish in Colwich.
Doors open at 1 p.m. The suggested donation is $3 for one card for all 21 games, or $8 for three cards for all games. Snacks and desserts will be available.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the retired priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Wichita and other Catholic charities.
Other dates scheduled: Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and March 10. The comforter bingo date for the Missions is March 17.

Workshop for caregivers Sept. 17
A Prepare to Care Workshop will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.
The workshop is for those juggling the challenges of everyday life, health, and career, while also caring for a child, an aging parent, spouse, or grandparent. The roles and impact of the family caregiver will be discussed along with ways of maintaining wellbeing with a Christ-centered view.
For additional information, contact Rayna at Rayna@TakeHeartCoaching.com or at 620-921-0082.
The event is sponsored by the diocesan Senior Adult Ministries and Ministry With Persons With Disabilities offices.

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)