St. Catherine of Siena Lenten family retreat set for March 17-18
St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita will host “Lord, Teach us to Pray,” a Lenten family retreat, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, in the Parish Education Center.
The weekend event includes adoration for adults and children, Mass, sessions for adults and children, snacks, and lunch both days.
The cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple, and $60 per family. To register visit Registration closes on March 5.

St. Margaret Mary Knights golf tournament April 21
The St. Margaret Mary Knights of Columbus Council 3677 will host its 10th annual golf tournament Saturday, April 21, at Pine Bay Golf Course in Wichita.
The event is a four-person scramble and will feature door and team prizes, silent auctions, raffles, and a barbecue. The cost is $340 per team.
To sign up or to sponsor holes, call Al Molina at 316-461-2199 or email
Proceeds from the event are used for Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, Gerard House and A Better Choice, and the church and school.

SEAS Knights win annual basketball fundraiser
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of Columbus hosted their third annual charity basketball game to raise funds for the Wichita Independents Special Olympics basketball team Sunday, Feb. 11.
The game between the SEAS Knights and the Wichita Independents has grown every year. This year the event raised roughly $2,000, bringing the combined total to $5,000.
The Knights won the game 63-46 – their first win in three years.
Darrell Reida, a member of the SEAS Knights, has coached the Wichita Independents team for 12 years.“It takes some time,” Reida said. “But it’s really not work at all. These guys are just so fun to be around.”
Reida works with the athletes year-round, coaching both basketball and softball. The athletes don’t pay to play, but are responsible for the fundraising that covers their travel fees, tournament fees, uniforms, and other team costs. Funds raised at this event help the team travel to Hays for a basketball tournament.
Reida’s athletes are high functioning adults, many with jobs, wives, and children at home. They deal with various mental disabilities, but that doesn’t stop their love of the game.
“You see some of these people and what they do with their disability is amazing,” Reida said. “These guys are always happy, and that’s the funnest part. They get excited about the littlest things.”
To learn more about Wichita Independents and their involvement with the Special Olympics organization and about how you can volunteer as a coach, visit

Fitness plan series underway in Augusta
The Daniel Plan, a six-session DVD series featuring medical and fitness experts who recommend a healthy lifestyle without a need to count calories, began March 12 at St. James Catholic Church, located at 1012 Belmont Ave. in Augusta.
The plan focuses on five essentials: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.
The class will continue from noon to 1 p.m. for six consecutive Mondays until April 16.
The cost is $15 and includes a study guide. New participants are welcome. To register or for more information, call Bernice at 620-674-1284.

Pittsburg Walk for Charity April 14
PITTSBURG – The Fourth Annual Walk for Charity will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the St. Mary’s Colgan track.
Participants may walk or run for a free-will donation. A $5 minimum donation per walker is suggested.
The proceeds will go to Catholic Charities in Southeast Kansas which assists with rent and utility payments for those in need.
The first 30 registrants will receive a Walk for Charity T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to those who raised the most money and pledges.
To register before the event, call Megan Goetz at 316-670-6910 or email her at
Goetz, a member of the St. Pius X Catholic Student Center at Pittsburg State University, said the walk has raised between $1000 and $2000 in its first three years. She hopes to raise $3000 this year.

Sunday Mass pilgrimage continues
Lance Reichenberger, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Andale is continuing his ongoing Sunday Mass pilgrimage of visiting each church in the diocese. His third outing will be Holy Name Parish in Coffeyville Sunday, March 18.
Reichenberger said depending on the number of persons interested, they will carpool or caravan. Pilgrims should meet at the Westlink Branch Library just west of St. Francis of Assisi, 8515 Bekemeyer St., in Wichita.
The group will leave at 7 a.m. No other activities are planned for the day, except for an optional lunch, to keep the rest of Sunday open for family.
Those interested may contact Reichenberger at 316-706-1560, at, or via his Facebook page.