Rachel Stuhlsatz instructs her children about one of the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Friday, April 13, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. The children, from left, are Ella, Will and Gwen. They are with their grandmother, Marian Stuhlsatz. (Advance photo)


The love for one of the church’s contemporary mystics was evident Friday, April 13, when thousands from the Diocese of Wichita and surrounding dioceses venerated relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
About 4,000 of the faithful stood throughout the day in lines that wound from the front of the cathedral, around the entrance lobby, through the walkway from the gathering space – and at times out into the parking lot. And that figure doesn’t count those who only attended Mass or visited without getting into the line.
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Father Jarrod Lies finishes his studies

Father Jarrod Lies has a lot more time, now that his four-year odyssey for a licentiate in sacred theology has ended.
What does he do with that extra time?
“Be the best pastor that I can be!” he said last week from his office at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita.
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Deacon Brungardt writes ‘end of life’ article for quarterly

The Rev. Mr. Michael Brungardt lifts the Easter candle during the Holy Saturday liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He is shining the light on physician assisted suicide with a recently published article. (Advance photo)
The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly recently published an article, “A Study of Accompaniment at the End of Life,” by Deacon Michael G. Brungardt.
The article distinguishes the need for “a truly ethical response” and an “authentic, loving accompaniment” of those who are in the dying process, Deacon Brungardt writes. “Emphasis is often placed on the care of circumstances rather than the care of persons.”
The article stems from his study of the “right to die” and “death with dignity” movements that seem to be gaining in popularity in the United States and in Europe.
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Abp. Chaput: Our culture is replacing Christianity with a different religion

Our culture isn’t reverting to the paganism of the past, according to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, instead it is creating a religion to replace Christianity – and today’s new sexual mores are part of that change.
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Volunteer uses retirement to serve the hungry

Volunteering wasn’t an activity that Vicky Grow planned for her retirement. But when her husband asked her to help him as a volunteer at Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, she jumped at the chance.
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The graces of assignment changes

Might it be a papal encyclical? Perhaps a letter from the bishop? Or possibly an article explaining the mysteries of God’s Kingdom? Or do I dare say a “View from the Rectory Window” column? Would any of these articles or columns be the number one reason parishioners would go to the diocesan web page to read, making it go viral?
The answer, as you have guessed, is no! The number one “hit” on the diocesan website is when the announcement is made for new priest assignments!
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Camp Totus Tuus: faith, fun and much more

Before my first summer as a missionary at Camp Totus Tuus, someone told me, “A bad day at camp is better than a good day anywhere else.” I took it as a corny phrase coming from a past camper filled with nostalgia.
However, it wasn’t long into that summer that I understood their message.
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the encyclical of Blessed Paul VI, better known by its Latin title, “Humanae Vitae.” Many, including every pope since Paul VI, have understood the cautionary statements offered in HV about the anti-life, anti-marriage, and anti-family values that would ensue with the widespread use of contraception.
It predicted, with amazing accuracy, the dire consequences of a widespread contraceptive mentality: An increase in marital infidelity; a persistent decline in moral standards; a loss of respect for human dignity, especially of women; and the use of contraception and abortion as tools for states to control population growth and to attempt to interfere in citizens’ sexual relationships.
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Seven priests celebrating jubilee milestones were honored at the Mass of Chrism Tuesday, March 27, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
They were asked by email to respond to the question: “How has the priesthood made me who I am?”
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Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 13.
They are on tour through the Unites States, Canada, and Mexico as part of a 50th anniversary of Padre Pio’s death.
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