FR. SHAWN MCKNIGHT ORDAINED A BISHOP

Yet another young, dedicated priest of the Diocese of Wichita was ordained to the fullness of the priesthood Tuesday, Feb. 6, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City, Missouri. Twenty-one bishops and archbishops took part in the episcopal ordination of Bishop W. Shawn McKnight in front of over 1,200 of the faithful, many of whom traveled from Kansas to attend.
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PRAY, FAST, GIVE THIS LENT, BISHOP KEMME WRITES

On Wednesday of this past week, Ash Wednesday, we began one of the Church’s most important liturgical seasons: Lent. The 40 days of Lenten penance, which includes prayer, fasting and charity, are designed to help us prepare spiritually for the Lord’s Paschal mystery celebrated during the Sacred Triduum, culminating of course with Easter Sunday. This is a most important time for us as Christians and one, which we are called to observe with diligence and attention.
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SERVICES FOR FATHER TOM SCALETTY HELD MONDAY

Father Thomas F. Scaletty, 82, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 54 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. He was a resident of Humboldt, in Southeast Kansas, where he had lived since his retirement in 2007.
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MATT MAHER TO PERFORM MARCH 1 IN WICHITA

Matt Maher, originally from Newfoundland, Canada, has been living in Nashville, Tennessee, for the last six years. But the Nashville music scene has not affected his music, he says.
“I think being in a city full of music creators, though, has fostered and encouraged creativity,” he said last week from Phoenix. “You get into a rhythm of life with your peers, and your spouses don’t feel as crazy for marrying a musician – which is always nice!”
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ENCUENTRO TO FOSTER EVANGELIZATION

The V (fifth) Encuentro will be held this year at St. Andrew Parish in Independence. One of the reasons and objectives of the V Encuentro process is to encourage the Catholic faithful to listen with deep attention to the needs, challenges, and aspirations of the growing Hispanic population all over the United States. Above all, it prepares us as a church to better recognize, embrace, and promote the many gifts and talents that Hispanic people share in the church and in society.
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WHAT MAKES A STEWARDSHIP DIOCESE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER DIOCESES?

The Office of Stewardship in the Diocese of Wichita receives many questions about the diocesan practice of stewardship. What they are often really asking is: How is a stewardship diocese different? In what ways is the Diocese of Wichita implementing stewardship differently?
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BISHOP KEMME HOPES TO UNVEIL VISION STATEMENT AT CHRISM MASS MARCH 27

This past fall, as you may know, I conducted 10 listening sessions throughout the diocese, gathering in various places and with various groups of our diocesan family. These listening sessions were intended to give me an opportunity to listen to the Holy Spirit truly at work in the hearts and souls of the people I and my brother priests are honored to serve.
I can say with all honesty that I was deeply inspired and moved by so much of what I heard, reflecting on three simple but profound questions: What do we do well as a diocese?, What could and should we be doing better?, and, What priorities should we focus on for the next three to five years?
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CATHOLIC INSTITUTE FOUNDER TO SPEAK AT BLESSED SACRAMENT ON TOPIC OF DISCIPLES

Sherry Weddell, founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will lead a one-day workshop about Forming Intentional Disciples Saturday, Feb. 10, for this year’s Winter Summit, sponsored by the parish and the diocesan Office of Faith Formation.
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VIETNAMESE CATHOLICS TO MARK NEW YEAR ON FEB. 11

Vietnamese Catholics will welcome the year of the Brown Earth Dog on Sunday, Feb. 11.
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CATHOLIC CHARITIES CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF SERVING FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN

In a given year, Catholic Charities celebrates a lot of birthdays. Every child at St. Anthony Family Shelter and Harbor House who has a birthday while in the shelter receives a party complete with cake, decorations, and gifts. We do this because each individual who comes through our doors is special. Each is made in the image and likeness of God.
Now, it’s our time to celebrate. This year marks Catholic Charities’ 75th birthday.
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