2017 Faith & Family Festival Oct. 21 at Blessed Sacrament

The Faith and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 21, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita is addressing a topic that has been raised at Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s listening sessions: strengthening marriage and family life.
Father David Lies, vicar general of the Diocese of Wichita, said last week that the Faith and Family Festival is an opportunity for the faithful to benefit from something Bishop Kemme has been hearing in his listening sessions.
“We’ve had four of those listening sessions so far and in every one of them there are desires among the faithful to support marriage and family life,” he said.
That topic is raised, he said, whenever they ask the questions: What could we be doing better? Or what should be priority for the diocese in the next three to five years?
“That is one that has come up consistently – with acknowledgments that we’re doing good things already,” he said from his office in the Chancery. “But, looking at the culture around us and seeing how marriage in particular is being challenged and when marriage is challenged, then families are challenged.
“And so the Faith and Family Festival is a great opportunity to bring families together to celebrate their vocation of spouses and marriage, of families called to be that first church that Saint John Paul II spoke about so much.”
Father Lies said the family is also a generator of other vocations: vocations to priesthood and vocations to consecrated life for men and women.
He added that when he assists at Engaged Encounter Weekends, couples are called to be mindful of their families of origin and how that impacts who they are as a person.
“When we understand where we come from, we understand better how we can move forward with our different interactions with others in relationships and in our vocations in life,” he said. “With all that in mind, I think the Faith and Family Festival is a wonderful opportunity to continue to support family life and marriage, to celebrate that it is a culture transforming reality in life.”
That’s the goal of the day, he said, to hear inspiring talks to strengthen married life, for children to have an opportunity to understand their relationship with Jesus’ relationship, and for families to have opportunities in prayer at Mass, and food and fellowship to continue to grow strong as family.
The festival is once again being hosted in collaboration with the St. John Paul II Foundation.
The event will include dynamic presentations, adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and an opportunity to spend a day in prayer and reflection with your spouse.
Danielle Bean, publisher of Catholic Digest, and Arland K. Nichols, president of the St. John Paul II Foundation, will be the keynote speakers for the adult portion of the festival. It will conclude with a vigil Mass and cookout.

Want to attend the family festival?
The Faith and Family Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wichita. For more information and to register, visit www.faithfamilyfestival.org.