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)