THIS YEAR’S STEWARDSHIP POSTER CHALLENGES US TO CHOOSE JESUS OR THE WORLD

This year’s stewardship poster challenges modern lifestyles.
The poster features a silhouetted Jesus, St. Peter, and a third figure, an anonymous person looking at a cell phone, that represents the person looking at the poster.
In front of a sunset scene that could have been taken at any lake in Kansas is the phrase: “Who are you following?”
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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ARE WORTH EVERY DIME

By Bob Voboril, Superintendent of Schools
Summer, more than any other time of the year, is when I hear screams of agony about the cost of Catholic schools. The fiscal year has ended. Expensive repairs are being made. Pastors already know the biggest expense for the next school year: salaries and high school support.
As the one with the financial responsibility for the three diocesan high schools, I share every groan that comes from the heart of a pastor.
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BISHOP: DIOCESE COMMITTED TO THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH

What is a safe environment? It is a context in which every person’s dignity is protected, honored and valued. This is especially essential for children, youth and all those who are vulnerable and need the extra diligence of the church and her ministers, be they bishops, priests, deacons, or members of the laity.
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$600,000 GRANT DESIGNED TO HELP ST. ANNE SCHOOL’S CHALLENGES

Like many other center city schools, Catholic and otherwise, St. Anne Catholic School in Wichita has some challenging demographics. Class sizes are large with 23 students per classroom.
Seventy-four percent of the children qualify for free- or reduced-priced hot lunches. Seventy-three percent come from homes where English is a second language. Recent academic achievement ranks below average.
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TEACHERS HONORED FOR LONG SERVICE IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Sister Rosemary Sieg, of the Congregation of St. Joseph, was honored last week for completing 60 years of teaching in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Wichita.
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CATHOLIC CHARITIES PROGRAM ENDS SERVICE

The Mount, a diocesan “family enrichment complex,” that opened in 2015 at Mount St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita is now closed.
Shutting the doors on a venture is usually associated with a degree of mourning, but for Catholic Charities the recent closing of the transitional housing is a reason to celebrate: those in need were finding permanent housing.
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40 DAYS FOR LIFE SET FOR SEPT. 27-NOV. 5

The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita or invited to take part in a prayerful presence from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 to Nov. 5 at the abortion clinic in Wichita.
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GROUP HOPES TO DECORATE VETERANS’ GRAVESITES AT CALVARY CEMETERY

There are close to 700 veterans buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Wichita, and the Mary Draper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hopes to leave no veteran without a wreath during a national ceremony Dec. 16.
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COFFEE SHOP AT CATHOLIC STUDENT CENTER AT WSU READY TO SERVE MORE THAN CAFFEINE

The logo of the Credo Coffee Shop exhorts its patrons to “Brew Unto Others.” The logo, like the name Credo, which means “I believe,” is a method of evangelization adopted by the St. Paul University Parish, the Catholic student center at Wichita State University.
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BISHOP KEMME TO HOST LISTENING SESSIONS TO PLAN FOR FUTURE OF THE DIOCESE OF WICHITA

Now it is our challenge to bring about a renewal of the faith here in our own diocese. I hope you will join me in making that happen.
To that end, I would like to begin by inviting you to participate in one of the listening sessions to be held over the next several months as a way for us to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking through the entire community of the faith.
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RED, BLUE MASSES PLANNED FOR SEPTEMBER

Two special Masses will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception next month.
A Blue Mass, for those involved in public safety, will be celebrated for the first time at the Cathedral at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The annual Red Mass, for those in the legal profession, will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.
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