G.K. Chesterton Christmas to be held Dec. 12 at local bookstore

Eighth Day Books is hosting a “G.K. Chesterton Christmas” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Eighth Day Books, 2838 E. Douglas Ave. The local Chesterton society meets there the third Friday of most months, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., although everyone is welcome to join in the holiday event or at any meeting.
“We need a reform of the modern Christmas,” G.K. Chesterton once wrote. “People have to rush about for a few weeks, if it is only to stay at home for a few hours,” he writes in his essay “The Spirit of Christmas.”
The essay, in which Chesterton calls Christians to bigger, better and more creative things than what the world rigidly offers, is one that the local G.K. Chesterton Society reviewed at its meeting in November.
The G.K. Chesterton Christmas will feature caroling, readings from Chesterton’s poems and other works about Christmas, Chestertonian suggestions for Christmas gifts, a drawing for a free membership to the national society, refreshments, information about local Chesterton events and about how you can join in the mirth — and a visit by “G.K.” himself.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton is one of the 20th-century’s greatest writers. A convert to the Catholic Church, he wrote nearly 100 books including novels, plays and poetry, and thousands of essays. His novels include the adventures of the priest detective Father Brown.
All the issues we struggle with in the 21st century Chesterton foresaw and wrote about, including social injustice, suicide and abortion, assaults on religion, and the disregard for man as a human being.

Diocesan news, December 5, 2014

Diocese to host rosary, Mass, vigil Jan. 22 in lieu of bus trip to Topeka
By Molly Reichenberger

Thursday, Jan. 22, will mark 42 years of legal abortion in the Unites States of America.
For the faithful, it is an appropriate time for prayer and witness to express our outrage about this horrific tragedy. This year, in lieu of a pilgrimage to Topeka, the Diocese of Wichita will be offering a local alternative.
On Thursday, Jan. 22, a rosary for the protection of all human life will be prayed at the U.S. Courthouse located at Third and Market in Wichita. The rosary will begin at 5:45 p.m. Afterward, participants will walk to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for Mass celebrated by Father John Lanzrath at 6:30 p.m.
Immediately following Mass, a candlelight prayer vigil will be held at the South Wind Women’s Center, where in the past year, over 1,500 children have lost their lives. All are invited and encouraged to participate in any or all of these events.
Our embrace of life must be clear. As we mourn the loss of precious human lives, most of them without a name but always known by the Lord. Our energy, witness and prayers should be turned to the unborn, the elderly and very ill, the disabled and those traumatized by our economic troubles. These persons are beautiful and these “poor ones” are the most important in the Kingdom of God.
Reichenberger is a secretary in the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice office.

Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to celebrate 125th anniversary on Dec. 11
WICHITA – The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, one of Via Christi’s founding congregations, are celebrating the 125th anniversary of their arrival in Wichita Thursday, Dec. 11. Thirteen sisters, including two from Rome, will travel to Wichita for a homecoming celebration to be held at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.
The event will include a special Mass honoring the order celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme, Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, and Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber. The Mass will be held at noon Dec. 11 in the hospitals’ Chapel of the Sorrowful Mother. The diocese is invited to participate via a live stream of the Mass at www.viachristi.org/ssm125.
Messages or memories may be emailed to the Sisters by visiting www.viachristi.org/ssm125.
Five Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother arrived in Wichita on Nov. 26, 1889, at the behest of Bishop John Joseph Hennessey. Founded in Rome just six years earlier by Mother Francis Streitel, the sisters’ first American mission began on Dec. 11, 1889, when the sisters assumed responsibility of St. Francis Hospital.

K. of C. 4118 hosting holiday blood drive Dec. 19 in its hall
WICHITA — Knights of Columbus council 4118 will host a holiday blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 3202 W. 13th.
Those who wish to participate are invited to visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals must weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative, and B negative.

Author, Knights to host fundraiser for seminarians Dec. 20
Jean Heimann, who has just published “Seven Saints for Seven Virtues,” and Knights of Columbus Council 4118 will sponsor a Christmas party book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3202 W. 13th in Wichita.
Heiman will give a brief overview of her book, published by Servant Press, which has received good reviews by EWTN and others.
A portion of the sales will be donated to the diocesan seminarian scholarship fund.

Via Christi seeks donations of DVDs for patients, families
WICHITA – Via Christi’s Cancer Institute and ChildLife Center for pediatric patients are building movie libraries to provide entertainment for patients as they receive treatment during their hospital stay.
Now through Friday, Jan. 2, new or gently used hospital-appropriate DVDs are being collected to stock the libraries’ shelves.
“Picking up an extra DVD or two to donate while you’re out doing your holiday shopping or going through your DVDs at home and selecting ones you and your family no longer watch is an easy way to help,” said Lois Millspaugh, project coordinator for Via Christi Cancer Institute, who is helping lead the drive.
DVDs may be dropped off at any Via Christi Gift Shop location in Wichita.
For more information, contact Millspaugh at the Cancer Institute at (316) 268-6792.

Youth and school news, December 5, 2014

Diocese leading pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland
Youth will gather July 18-Aug. 1 with Pope
The Diocese of Wichita is hosting a pilgrimage the summer of 2016 to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. Registration is now open for pilgrims 16 years old (as of July 1, 2016) and older to join the diocesan group.
The pilgrimage will take place July 18 through Aug. 1, 2016, and will include day trips to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki, St. John Paul II’s childhood home in Wadowice, the Chapel of the Black Madonna in Czestochowa, and all the World Youth Day festivities, including Mass with Pope Francis.
The cost of the pilgrimage is $3,500, and includes transportation, lodging, most meals, day trips, missionary days in the Diocese of Krakow, and World Youth Day events.
Register online www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/Faith or call the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940.

BCCHS accepting 8th grader applications
WICHITA – Applications are now being accepted from eighth grade students interested in attending Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in the fall.
All applicants are required to take the High School Placement Test at Bishop Carroll Saturday, Jan. 31.
Students attending the Curriculum Fair on Nov. 7 received an Application for Admission form.
Eighth graders who did not attend the fair should contact the Counseling Office at (316) 729-5278 and their parish pastor for application information. Jan. 7 is the deadline for submission of the application and non-refundable fees.

Winfield Knights to host 15th annual Totus Tuus banquet Saturday, Feb. 7
Winfield’s Knights of Columbus council 4713 will host the 15th annual Totus Tuus Banquet Saturday, Feb. 7, at Baden Square in Winfield.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will be the celebrant at a 4:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Catholic Church, Winfield.
The featured speaker will be Father Chad Arnold, pastor at Holy Name in Coffeyville, and a former Totus Tuus teacher and camp director.
Over the years, the council has raised over $450,000 for the Totus Tuus program in the diocese. Last year Totus Tuus provided programming for 42 parishes in the Wichita area and four in the Dodge city area. A total of 3,380 attended the programs and 639 attended Totus Tuus Camp.
Camp scholarships were awarded to 59 youth to attend camp, and seven special needs youth were served at the second annual camp for them at the Spiritual Life Center.
Live and silent auctions will be held along with a raffle.The banquet promises a night of fellowship, a delicious dinner and a great amount of fun.
To make a tax deductible business or personal donation of an auction item or check, contact Tim Toon at (620) 221-4699 or tthomas toon@cox.net.
Banquet tickets are $80 per person or $640 for a table of eight, with a limited number of seats available. For a reservation or for more information, contact Josh Highland at josh@kanpack.us. Donations may be mailed to Totus Tuus P.O. Box 935 Winfield, KS 67156.

All Saints Scouts to sell Christmas trees
Boy Scout Troop 579 is selling Christmas trees in the All Saints Church parking lot, just east of Harry and Hillside in Wichita.
The trees will be sold from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Scouts will show, trim, and load trees. Delivery and recycling will be available.
All proceeds will go to support scouting activities.

Respect Life poster winners announced
The diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office sponsored a Middle School Youth Poster Contest as part of Respect Life Month during October.
This year’s theme was “Each of us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation.” All entries had to incorporate the theme. A total of 47 posters were submitted, representing seven schools and one home school.
The winners were selected last month by members of the Respect Life Social Justice Advisory Board. The winners: Sixth grade, first place, Florence Barles, St. Patrick, Chanute; second place, Emma Vogel, Holy Cross, Hutchinson; honorable mention, Natasha McCreery, St. Joseph, Wichita.
Seventh grade, first place, Lorenzo Barles, St. Patrick, Parsons; second place, Levi Streit, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita.
Eighth grade, first place, Brayden Steven, St. Francis of Assisi, Wichita; second place, Faith Rogers, home school, Derby.
All top winners received a check and an award certificate.

Spiritual Life Center news, December 5, 2014

SLC, Via Christi to offer a ‘He Heals’ retreat Jan. 16-17
WICHITA – The Spiritual Life Center is partnering with Via Christi Health to host a “He Heals” retreat from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E 45th St N.
The retreat will be an expanded version of the He Heals missions held this year by Via Christi and local parishes. The ministry focuses on healing the body, soul, and spirit through the sacraments, prayer and stewardship. It’s designed for patients and those who are suffering in any way, caregivers, support persons, and clinicians.
The retreat will include gospel readings about Jesus’ healing ministry, sermons, benediction, and parishioner testimonies on the role faith plays in the healing process. Attendees will have the opportunity for individual or group prayer, anointing of the sick, reconciliation, and Mass.
To register or for more information, visit CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/slc.
Anyone interested in learning more about He Heals or partnering with Via Christi to offer He Heals at their parish should contact Via Christi Mission Integration at (316) 858-4915.

Cana Night at the SLC Dec. 12
The Spiritual Life will host “Cana Nights: Transforming the Ordinary into Wine,” Friday, Dec. 12. These evenings, while similar to Date Nights, are shorter and simpler and intended only for married couples.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., married couples will enjoy appetizers, wine, and socializing, along with a short conference on a marriage-related topic. December’s topic will be on dealing with finances in marriage.
The evenings are one hour shorter than the Date Night programs and cost less because they do not include dinner. Childcare will be available for those who call in advance.
The cost of Cana Nights is $20 per couple. Register online at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Praying the Mass Retreat Dec. 12-14
The Spiritual Life Center’s Fr. Ken VanHaverbeke and Dusty Gates will lead a special retreat weekend Dec. 12-14 at the center in Wichita.
The “Praying the Mass Retreat” will help adult Catholics learn more about their faith and come to a special understanding of the holy sacrifice of the Mass.
Check-in begins Friday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The retreat concludes Sunday at 11 a.m. The only cost is $29.75, which covers all meals. Donations will be accepted for overnight room rates. An offering of $40 per night is suggested to help cover the cost of clean sheets, room maintenance, and a comfortable atmosphere.
Those interested may register on line at www.slcwichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

Surviving the Holiday’s - Griefshare Dec. 13 at the SLC
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found that few understand the deep hurt you feel.
The Spiritual Life Center in Wichita will host a seminar, “Surviving the Holidays - Griefshare,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 13. It features video instruction and group discussion to help participants deal with the intense pain of grief during the holiday season.
The $10 fee includes a “Holiday Survival Guide.” Register by calling (316) 744-0167 or visiting www.SLCWichita.org.

New Year’s Eve program at Spiritual Life Center honors Blessed Mother
Fr. Ken VanHaverbeke will lead an evening centered on “Our Lady: Undoer of Knots” beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
The annual New Year’s Marian program includes conferences, prayer, Eucharistic adoration, Mass, and a procession to an indoor Shrine of Our Lady.
The cost is $20. Overnight rooms are available.
To register, visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Catholic Charities providing guidance to immigrants after executive order

Diocese issues warning related to president’s executive order
Catholic Charities Immigration Services will offer low-cost consultation and services to some undocumented immigrants in response to recent changes in national immigration policy. The agency will provide guidance and information to families, facilitate paperwork for those who qualify and provide free group consultations as well as free informational presentations in the community upon request.
“The importance of this executive action is huge for those who find themselves living in fear, hiding and working in the most dire conditions,” said David Osio, Immigration Services at Catholic Charities program director.
“It will allow for some freedom for immigrants to provide for their families and become contributing members of the economy of their communities and States where they live and to do honest, hard work and have a bit of happiness and the American dream many of us take for granted.”
Parents of United States citizens and lawful permanent resident alien children will qualify for deferred action, if the parent has been physically present in the United States since Jan. 1, 2010, has not committed a felony or significant misdemeanor, and pays taxes.
The age or marital status of the United States citizen child will not be a factor in the parent’s eligibility. Deferred action affords the parent eligibility for employment authorization and protection from deportation for three years.
Children who entered the United States before they turned 16 and who entered on or before January 1, 2010 can also qualify for deferred action. The age of the child at the time of applying for the benefit will not be a factor in determining eligibility.
This relief expands upon the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that was implemented by the current administration over two years ago and provides eligibility for employment authorization and protection from deportation for three years instead of two as it is now.
Charities warns about immigration scams
Catholic Charities has issued a warning about “Notarios,” scams related to President Obama’s most recent executive order. Charities recommends that those wishing further information use only services approved by the court.
Catholic Charities is now taking consultation appointments. In addition, informational session dates will soon be announced. Every Wednesday is walk-in day for immigration consultation at St. Joseph Pastoral Center, 437 N. Topeka St. For more information, call (316) 264-0282 or 1 (888) 415-2806.

Newman University news, December 5, 2014

Student’s design selected for Charities’ appeal
Designs by Gloria Esparza, a Newman University senior graphic design student, have been selected for this year’s Catholic Charities annual Christmas appeal.
Esparza’s designs and name, along with the Newman name and logo, will appear on the appeal card and envelope, Christmas card and envelope, and a donation envelope with letterhead.
For the past three years, Newman Assistant Professor of Art and Graphic Design Pamela Pancake has worked with Heather Welch, director of Communications and Marketing at Catholic Charities, and Jodee Johnson, art instructor at Maize High School, as a community partnership. Newman senior graphic design students and Maize High School design students submit their designs for the Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal as part of the students’ course work. The appeal will be mailed to 50,000 local homes.
This year’s focus for donations was on Harbor House, which helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Director of Development and Community Relations at Catholic Charities Wendy Glick was moved by Esparza’s message as illustrated by the student’s portrait of mother and child, and the work’s warm hues.
December 2013 Newman University graduate Victoria Hostick posed with her daughter, Skyler, for the project. 2014 Newman graduate Brittany Loomis, who is now a designer for Catholic Charities, assisted in the project as art director to both groups of students.

N.U. names Schafer director of relations
WICHITA – Clark Schafer has been named director of University Relations at Newman University, effective Nov. 17.
Schafer now oversees the University Relations Department at Newman, which includes communications, media and public relations, marketing and advertising, graphic design, and web site maintenance and development. University Relations is part of the University Advancement Department, which includes fundraising and university development, alumni relations, university mission effectiveness and archives.
Vice President of University Advancement J.V. Johnston said Schafer brings a wealth of experience to Newman.
“We are pleased and excited to have Clark leading the University Relations team,” Johnston said. “His background includes experience in media relations, content development, communications, marketing and advertising, and strategic planning. He has proven himself to be effective and successful in all these areas and more, and we are very glad to have him at Newman.”
Schafer began his media career in sportscasting, and has served as sports director, anchor and reporter for KSNW-TV. Later, he worked in the KAKE-TV sports department. Schafer also has a background in banking, and served as vice president at Security Savings Bank, and later as a loan officer at BNC National Bank. Most recently, Schafer founded and acted as chief marketing strategist and consultant for Strategic QB LLC, which provided a wide range of marketing, video, social media and content creation and management services to small business owners.
“I’m delighted to be at Newman, and look forward to applying my knowledge and skills to support and advance the university’s mission,” Schafer said. “I’m humbled to have the opportunity to join the great team here and am excited to play a role in helping share the stories of an outstanding university.”
He and his wife Amy have four children and reside in Wichita.

Kansas bishops praying for the restoration of marriage

The four bishops of Kansas have issued a joint statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday, Nov. 13, to allow a federal judge to strike down the Kansas marriage amendment.
The bishops write that in 2005, 70 percent of Kansas voters chose to protect the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
“In addressing this judicial decision we also must note that the church’s teaching on marriage is not simply a ‘position’ on a political issue because marriage is not a creation of the state,” the bishops say.
“Rather, marriage is part of the natural order instituted by God and even well-intentioned, conscientious members of the legislature and judiciary cannot alter a given reality. Such truth simply does not change with the times.”
The bishops said their statement would not be complete without asserting their our core belief that all people, including those with same-sex attraction, are beloved children of God.
“We pray that those individuals who experience same-sex attraction will find comfort in the love of God as they strive to live in accordance with God’s will,” they said.
The bishops close their one and half page statement by saying they are praying for a restoration of respect for the true meaning of marriage in the United States.
To read the entire statement, visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Diocese to host rosary, Mass, vigil Jan. 22 in lieu of bus trip to Topeka

By Molly Reichenberger
Thursday, Jan. 22, will mark 42 years of legal abortion in the Unites States of America.
For the faithful, it is an appropriate time for prayer and witness to express our outrage about this horrific tragedy. This year, in lieu of a pilgrimage to Topeka, the Diocese of Wichita will be offering a local alternative.
On Thursday, Jan. 22, a rosary for the protection of all human life will be prayed at the U.S. Courthouse located at Third and Market in Wichita. The rosary will begin at 5:45 p.m. Afterward, participants will walk to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for Mass celebrated by Father John Lanzrath at 6:30 p.m.
Immediately following Mass, a candlelight prayer vigil will be held at the South Wind Women’s Center, where in the past year, over 1,500 children have lost their lives. All are invited and encouraged to participate in any or all of these events.
Our embrace of life must be clear. As we mourn the loss of precious human lives, most of them without a name but always known by the Lord. Our energy, witness and prayers should be turned to the unborn, the elderly and very ill, the disabled and those traumatized by our economic troubles. These persons are beautiful and these “poor ones” are the most important in the Kingdom of God.
Reichenberger is a secretary in the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice office.

Bishop Kemme to lead pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families

Thousands of Catholics are planning to travel to Philadelphia Sept. 22-27 to join Pope Francis in one the largest gathering of families in the world.
The World Meeting of Families helps families share their hopes and struggles, dialogue and pray together, and work together to grow as individuals and family units. Families participate in discussion groups on the Christian family’s role in the church and society, led by many distinguished speakers.
The meeting has been held every three years since 1994, when it was initiated by Saint John Paul II in 1994 in Rome.
Want to be a part of the pilgrimage?
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the event.
The pilgrimage will include tours of the National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, and St. John the Evangelist Church, the proto-Cathedral of Philadelphia.
The cost is $2,595, based on double occupancy. The deadline for a deposit is Dec. 15. For more information or to register, contact Catherine at (316) 685-4250 or email her at bittingc@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.
The fee includes round-trip airfare from Wichita to Philadelphia, chartered bus transfers, access to the World Meeting of Families events, seven nights lodging, Mass with Bishop Kemme, group dinners upon arrival and departure, and additional breakfasts and luncheons. (See ad on page 9 of the print edition.)

Bishop Kemme’s calendar

Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Nov. 21, Curia Thanksgiving Mass and luncheon
Dec. 2, Evening with prospective seminarians in Parsons
Dec. 3, Confirmation at St. Thomas Aquinas, Wichita
Dec. 4, Presbyteral Council; Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
Dec. 5, Evening with prospective seminarians
Dec. 6-7, Parish pastoral visit to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Wichita
Dec. 8, Morning Mass at Cathedral for Feast of Immaculate Conception
Dec. 10, Serra Club Christmas party
Dec. 11, Mass at Via Christi St. Francis Campus for Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother 125th Anniversary Homecoming; Confirmation Mass at All Saints, Wichita
Dec. 12, Mass at Guadalupe Clinic for feast of patron saint
Dec. 13-14, Parish pastoral visit to Christ the King in Wichita
Dec. 16, Retired priest luncheon
Dec. 17, Private Mass with Dominican Sisters of Peace
Dec. 18, Mass and dinner with Knights of the Holy Queen
Dec. 19, Curia Christmas Mass and luncheon
Dec. 20-21, Parish pastoral visit to St. Paul, Lyons / Holy Trinity, Little River / Holy Name of Jesus, Bushton; Confirmation Mass at St. Paul Parish, Lyons