Church of the Holy Spirit kicks off $1.1 million capital campaign for education

GODDARD – The Church of the Holy Spirit recently kicked off a capital campaign to raise $1.1 million for a Catholic Education Addition to the west side of the main building and to renovate the worship space.
Fr. Mike Nolan, pastor of Holy Spirit, said what is done through this campaign is not for himself nor for parishioners. “It is for God and God’s work and for those who will follow,” he said. “Our predecessors provided a wonderful church and school building and an annex to launch the parish. It is now our time to build on the work of those who went before us.”
The Guided by the Spirit, Building Our Future campaign recognizes the sacrifices of the parish’s founding members, he said, and looks to respond to the present and future needs of the Catholic school, Parish School of Religion, adult religious education, and to remodel the worship space.
The Catholic Education Addition would provide a safe and secure school entrance, house the school and PSR administration, and conference and meeting rooms for parish groups. Newly completed window sections meant for future use on an enlarged Holy Spirit window in the church will be incorporated into the remodeled sanctuary, to create a more devotional space.
The Church of the Holy Spirit has a Catholic school serving grades preschool through eighth grade. The fall enrollment will be more than 130 in the grade school and about 45 in preschool. PSR enrollment is expected to be about 145 for all grades.
The work is anticipated to be ready for the 2015-16 school year. More information is available at the parish website:

Liturgical music workshop weekend planned for Sept. 19-21 at Cathedral

The diocesan Office of Worship and Hispanic Ministries are hosting a weekend of liturgical music workshops Friday evening through Sunday evening, Sept. 19-21, in Good Shepherd Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The workshops are open to anyone, including those who are not serving in parish music ministry.
Pedro Rubalcava, a nationally known clinician and performer, will be the presenter for the workshop weekend. He has been directing liturgical music groups for more than 36 years. For the past 26 years he has been working in professional pastoral ministry in various areas, including liturgy and music, evangelization, youth and young adult ministry, catechetical ministry and RCIA. He is currently the director of Hispanic Ministries for Oregon Catholic Press.
All the workshop sessions revolve around the theme of being one body in Christ, with the prayer that all may be one.
Friday evening and Saturday Rubalcava will present two workshops, one in English and one in Spanish, on liturgical celebration in a diverse community. These workshops will be followed by a bilingual session geared toward the practical application of the principles learned in the earlier sessions.
During the Sunday sessions, Rubalcava will focus the role of musicians and song during Holy Mass and how to improve participation, plus some particular issues concerning choir directors, choir members, and instrumentalists. The Sunday sessions will be presented in Spanish.
In addition to the workshop sessions, on Saturday there will be an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Taizé Prayer – a contemplative prayer experience through song, scripture, and silence utilizing the prayer form developed by the Taizé community in France. The prayer will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard.
Rubalcava received national recognition in 1990 when Amanecer, his bilingual music collection, was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Mexican/American Performance category.

Want to register?
For more information or to register for the workshop, visit the Office of Worship or the Office of Hispanic Ministries on the diocesan website:, or call the Office of Worship at (316) 269-3900 or Hispanic Ministries at (316) 269-3919.

Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa making stop in Wichita Oct. 9-10

Polish icon part of an ‘ocean to ocean’ pilgrimage across the U.S.A.
The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna, will make a stop in the Diocese of Wichita Oct. 9-10 as part of its ocean to ocean pilgrimage away from its home in Poland. The icon will initially visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Broadway and Central in Wichita.
“I wanted the diocese to be part of this tour of the icon in defense of life because the sanctity and dignity of life is challenged on many levels,” said Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Office of Respect Life and Social Justice. “The icon has several miracles attributed to her, so perhaps we can end abortion within our diocese with her grace. The icon visit will allow us the opportunity to be public witness through prayer.
“The promotion of the culture of life demands formation, education, and witness,” she said. “John Paul II taught us that the world has become a battlefield between the culture of life and that of death. A battle demands armor and preparation. The Crusade for Life necessarily requires formative effort - as we need to deepen our knowledge of the dignity of life at its every stage. I believe much grace can flow through the diocese and beyond with this visit.”
The icon, which is about 48 by 32 inches, will arrive on Thursday, Oct. 9, just before the noon Mass at the Cathedral. Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate the Mass with the icon near the altar. Following Mass, there will be veneration and prayer before the icon until 2:45 p.m.
At 3 p.m., the icon will be taken to A Better Choice, a Catholic crisis pregnancy resource center, until 5 p.m. A Better Choice is located at 3007 E. Central in Wichita. All are invited to come and witness and pray outside if weather is permitting, asking for a great respect for human life, said Toombs.  
Following its visit to A Better Choice, the icon will move to a location in front of the Women’s Clinic at 5:15 p.m., where attendees will pray for a conversion of hearts and an end of abortion. From there, the icon will return to the Cathedral for a 7 p.m. Mass with Fr. Peter West, who travels with the icon. Veneration and prayer will follow the Mass until midnight.
The icon will be present for the 8 a.m. Mass on Friday, Oct. 10, and will leave the Wichita area following the Mass.

Want to learn more about the icon?
For more information about Our Lady of Czestochowa’s ocean to ocean pilgrimage, visit Czestochowa is pronounced ches-ta-hova.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar

Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Sept. 6, Parish pastoral visit to St. Martin of Tours, Caldwell
Sept. 8-19, Meetings in Rome
Sept. 21, Pilgrimage to Oklahoma City
Sept. 23, Red Mass at Cathedral
Sept. 25, Presbyteral Council, Rome reunion
Sept. 26, 4th Annual Heart to Harvest Dinner and Auction benefitting the Newman Center at Wichita State University
Sept. 27-28, Parish pastoral visit to Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Wichita
Sept. 30, Prospective seminarian evening at the Bishop’s home
Oct. 2, Pastor Day Mass at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Oct. 2-3, Jesus Caritas, Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops

Youth and school news, September 5, 2014

Bishop Carroll High School to celebrate on Sept. 12-14
Community to mark half-century of education
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School will celebrate 50 years of excellence in Catholic education the weekend of Sept. 12-14 with various events.
The weekend will begin on Friday, Sept. 12, with an all school Mass at 8:40 a.m. in the Bishop Carroll Activities Complex, located at 8101 W. Central in Wichita. All are welcome.
A football tailgate party, catered by Old Chicago, will begin at 5 p.m. Friday night prior to the home football game against Wichita East High School. The tailgate party is a $5 donation per meal and football game tickets will be $6 for adults, $4 for students, all paid at the gate. A 50th celebration mixer will be held following the football game in the commons with snacks and drinks until 11:30 p.m.
The 50th celebration dinner and dance will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Hyatt Regency, 400 W. Waterman St. The night will begin at 6:30 p.m. with check-in and a social, followed by dinner, a live auction and dance. The night will be $30 per person, to be paid in advance.
The weekend concludes on Sunday, Sept. 14, with Mass at 2 p.m. in the Bishop Carroll Activities Complex, door four. An open house, reception and tours will follow.
Visit or call the Advancement Office at (316) 729-5279 to make a reservation or to pay by credit card. Checks may be made payable to BCCHS 50th Anniversary and mailed to the Bishop Carroll Advancement Office, 8101 W. Central, Wichita, KS 67212. For questions, email or call (316) 729-5279.

St. James School, Augusta, installs high-tech security system, cameras
By Belinda Larsen

AUGUSTA – A safe and secure school environment is essential to the learning process and Augusta’s St. James Catholic School is vigilant in protecting their students and faculty.
“Except for our front entrance, our building has always been on full lock-down,” said Father Michael Schemm, pastor of St. James Parish. “Our school council researched the need and possibility of more security. They contacted Coby Hayes for pricing and he is generously donating labor and equipment.”
The St. James Parish annual auction raised the majority of the funds and Coby Hayes, owner and CEO of 4PC Integrated Security Intelligence Solutions, is helping to defray the cost of a security system for the school.
“Our members were very generous at the auction and Coby has been very charitable,” Fr. Schemm said.
The system is comprised of Honeywell equipment, utilizing fingerprint recognition, and 16 cameras placed strategically around the school perimeter, providing high definition video.
Fr. Schemm said when a person leaves one camera view they will be picked up immediately by another.
Hayes, a Butler County native and resident who has been in the security business for 23 years and travels coast to coast, is passionate about protection.
“No one wants to think about violence happening here, but sadly acts of violence in church and school settings have escalated. We all know this. Having said that, our approach is to protect – deter, deny and detect,” Hayes continued. “The system can prevent a situation, or help to deter and slow down a perpetrator and if needed, provide evidence. These cameras are recording.”
Hayes explained his faith-based company, 4PC stands for Four Pals Club and each year they adopt a project in which they give back.
“We’re very happy to be doing this and helping St. James,” he said.
When St. James parents visited the school for enrollment, they provided fingerprints for the office records.
As usual, the school office will keep records of special information concerning special pick-up and drop-off situations, but the new system will deny or curtail access to anyone with a background issue.
“We are very excited about this wonderful new system. It’s all about the safety of our staff and children,” said Fr. Schemm.
Larson writes for the Butler County Times-Gazette.

Adoration hour after Trinity football game Friday, Sept. 19
“Score for the Lord,” a Eucharistic adoration hour, will be held in the Trinity Catholic High School football field end-zone Friday, Sept. 19, about 20 to 30 minutes after the Trinity-Inman football game .
The adoration hour is in reparation for the Oklahoma City black mass scheduled for Sept. 21.

Bishop Carroll Trash Bag Sale ends Sept. 19
The annual Bishop Carroll Trash Bag Sale began Aug. 26 and runs through Sept. 19.
Orders may be placed with any Bishop Carroll student or by calling the BCCHS Office at 722-2390.

TEC Retreat Oct. 11-13 at SLC
A Teens Encounter Christ retreat will be held Oct. 11-13 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
TEC is for older adolescents and young adults who are at least 16 years old and have finished their sophomore year of high school. TEC retreats are also for adults who work with this age group.
The cost is $100, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging, and all materials.
To register, call the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or email for an application.
Applications are available at Mail them to the Office of Faith Formation at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. The deadline for applications is Sept. 11.

Newman University news, September 5, 2014

Newman U. to present Hobby Lobby case attorney at Sept. 19 lecture
WICHITA – Kevin C. Walsh, consulting attorney for the Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby case recently argued before the Supreme Court, will be the guest speaker for a Newman University Constitution Day Lecture. The lecture, “Catholic Justice at the Supreme Court,” will be delivered at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Performance Hall, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus.
The event, sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs at Newman University, is free and open to the public.
Walsh will compare the recent rulings of Catholic justices with the amicus briefs filed by the U.S. bishops as a means for talking about the relationship between Catholicism, Catholic justices and the Court/Constitution. Walsh was a member of the legal team that represented Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court case regarding the Affordable Care Act.
“We wanted a speaker who would highlight an important contemporary issue with deep Constitutional implications,” said Newman Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Austin. “At the current time, no Constitutional issue is more important in our public discourse than the relationship between the Affordable Care Act and the free exercise of religion.”
Walsh was previously a visiting assistant professor at Villanova University School of Law. He also clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court and for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Newman University Party on the Plaza – Oktoberfest Sept. 20
WICHITA – Newman University will host a Party on the Plaza – Oktoberfest from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on Founders Plaza.
The Party on the Plaza has been held each year since 2010 and has rapidly grown in popularity to become the top fundraising event for Newman – generating about $125,000 annually for student scholarships.
Reservations are required. Tickets are $100 per person, $65 of which is tax-deductible. Tables of eight are also available. To reserve tickets or for more information, visit or contact Pam Polley at, or (316) 942-4291 ext. 2163.

Hesburgh Lecture Oct. 8 at Newman U.
Edward Hums, professor of accountancy at Notre Dame, will present the 2014 Hesburgh Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center at Newman University.
His topic will be “Giving a ‘Last Lecture.’” The free lecture is sponsored by the university and the Notre Dame Club.

Catholic Charities news, September 5, 2014

SAFE Project focuses on protecting families
Bullying among school-aged children can be both an immediate manifestation of domestic violence and a possible predictor of future perpetrators, according to studies by nationally renowned health and research institutions.
As students and families return to classrooms this month, Catholic Charities’ SAFE Project wants to help schools, parents, and the community break all possible links between domestic violence and bullying.
“Bullying and domestic violence are two powerful parts of the cycle of abuse,” said Mike Burrus, executive director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita. “In addition to guiding survivors to find employment, our goal at the SAFE Project is to help them live lives free from all parts of abuse.”
According to a 2013 study from Case Western Reserve University, children ages three and younger who witness domestic violence between their mother and her partner are more likely to become bullies when they reach school age. Children in the study grew increasingly violent as their exposure to domestic abuse became more frequent.
School-age boys who bully might also be more likely to become abusers as adults, according to another study. A 2011 Harvard School of Health study revealed that male bullies are nearly four times as likely as non-bullies to grow up to physically or sexually abuse their female partners.
The SAFE Project is a collaborative partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families that is designed to enhance safety for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.
For more information on the SAFE Project or for immediate safety needs, contact the Harbor House Shelter at Catholic Charities’ confidential, 24-hour hotline toll-free at (866) 899-5522.

Catholic Charities’ veteran families project adds Jen McGill to its staff
Outreach Specialist Jen McGill has joined Catholic Charities’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families project. SSVF helps low-income veterans and their families who are facing homelessness obtain and sustain stable housing.
The program is affiliated with Wichita’s St. Anthony Family Shelter at Catholic Charities and is funded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
In her new role, McGill will travel the 25 Kansas counties that the SSVF project covers to offer its support services to homeless veterans who qualify. “These veterans have done so much for us – I’m excited that now I get to do something for them,” McGill said. “They’re an amazing group of people.”
McGill worked nearly 20 years at the Kansas Humane Society, most recently as the organization’s operations director and rescue coordinator. She continues to volunteer at KHS.
Counties included in the project are Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Labette, Marion, McPherson, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson, and Woodsen. 
To participate, an individual must be single or part of a family in which the head of the household or spouse is a veteran; have a discharge status other than dishonorable; have income of less than 50 percent of the area median income; be at risk of becoming or be currently homeless; and reside in the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita’s 25-county service area. For eligibility determination or for more information on the SSVF project, call (316) 264-7233 ext. 4119.

Spiritual Life Center news, September 5, 2014

After the Gift retreat Sept. 12-14 at SLC
By Bonnie Toombs

Birth mothers experience a huge gamut of emotions that include joy and sadness, certainty and doubt.
Being a birth mother is not something one becomes because one gives birth, one woman said, in addition to a title, being a birth mother is a badge of honor she proudly wears.
“When I first found out that I was pregnant,” she said, “I beat myself up because I thought ‘how could I let this happen?’ and ‘why me?’ But I soon realized that my pregnancy was more a blessing than a curse.”
Sometimes the most difficult decisions of our lives are the most blessed. For a single or vulnerable woman to lovingly place her newborn child, through adoption, with a married couple longing to be an expanded family is an act of deep faith and selfless love.
Birth mothers are invited to retreat next month at the Spiritual Life Center to come together in a spirit of prayer and support, seeking God’s continued grace on them and the children to whom they have gifted with life.
If you are a birthmother who has experienced adoption – open, closed, a recent placement, a placement many years ago – we hope you will consider joining this retreat. Toombs is director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office.
Want to participate in the weekend?
The After the Gift retreat allows birth mothers to gather and receive support from one another to draw closer to God and to be recognized as givers of life. The weekend is Sept. 12-14 at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita. The cost is $100 per person. Scholarships are available, if needed.
To register, visit to download the registration form.

Twelve Step Journey begins anew at the SLC on Sept. 25
‘Adult Children’ from dysfunctional families encouraged to attend recovery program
A nationally-recognized program designed to help heal and renew adults who grew up in emotionally repressive or dysfunctional families —sometimes known as “adult children”— is being offered starting Sept. 25 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The Twelve Steps—A Spiritual Journey, is a seven-month program where participants meet for two hours a week with a team of trained facilitators. The goal of this Christ-centered, Scripture-based program is to restore the fruits of the Holy Spirit in one’s life, including joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith.
Pamela Cason, John Mertes, Rachel Hughey, and Steve Batt will facilitate the program.
“The Twelve Steps has been widely praised for its effectiveness and is based on the lessons of Scripture while emphasizing self-understanding and the unchanging love that God has for each of us,” Cason says.
Program facilitator John Mertes says the first three sessions typically involve participants getting to know the process and each other. The program is closed to new members after the first three meetings. ”Everything we discuss is held in the strictest confidence,” says Mertes. “As time goes on, a unique bond of trust develops in the group.”
The Twelve Steps is open to anyone who has experienced an incident or situation during his or her formative years resulting in emotional wounds that are not yet healed. This could include growing up in a household where there was physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, or some other dysfunction.
People who have gone through the program say that while it is sometimes painful to confront unresolved issues, the result is a rekindling of hope that things can and will get better in life and in the relationships they have today with other people. There is also a growth and trust in their relationship with God. One foundation of the program is the sharing of personal stories, but also the knowledge that all information is held confidential within the confines of those participating.
The opening Twelve Step session is set for Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N., in Wichita. A total of 30 evening sessions will be offered over seven months. Morning sessions will also be offered from 10 a.m to noon beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1. For more information, call the center at (316) 744-0167. There is no cost for the program, but a freewill offering is taken and a helpful workbook sells for $20.

Speaker to discuss blessed John Henry Newman
Two sessions, Oct. 7, 14, at the SLC, Wichita
Stephanie A. Mann, a member of the Diocese of Wichita’s Speaker’s Bureau, will address two of the greatest themes of Blessed John Henry Newman’s pastoral care in a two part series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14 at the Spiritual Life Center.
When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beatified Newman on Sept. 10, 2010, in Birmingham, England, he paid tribute to Newman’s intellectual legacy, but also emphasized his pastoral concern and care for the poor.
“Newman received many letters from Anglicans or members of other churches in England, asking for advice about becoming a Catholic,” Mann said. “He counseled them on how to deal with family and friends opposed to their joining the Catholic Church; he answered questions about doctrine, history, and devotion – Newman helped many, using his own experience as a convert.”
Blessed John Henry Newman also helped Catholics facing concerns in 19th century England after the doctrine of papal infallibility was defined at the First Vatican Council. English politicians proclaimed that Catholics could not be good citizens if they obeyed the pope.
“Former Prime Minister William Gladstone said that Catholics would have to follow their own consciences and ignore the pope to be true citizens of England” Mann said. “Newman wrote a public letter to a famous Catholic, the Duke of Norfolk, to explain that an individual conscience, rightly formed, cannot conflict with papal teaching on matters of faith and morals.”
Dusty Gates, assistant program director at the Spiritual Life Center, said, “This series will show how Blessed John Henry Newman models two great aspects of the New Evangelization: the path of conversion and the formation of an obedient conscience. From the 19th century until today, he guides us to become holy disciples of Our Lord, spreading the Good News in a world that needs to hear Him so much.”
Want to participate?
The series about Blessed John Henry Newman will be offered at the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14. The cost for the series is $20. Register at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Grief ministry series begins Sept. 23 at the SLC, Wichita
The St. John the Evangelist Grief Ministry, for those who have lost a close family member or friend and have found that few understand the deep hurt they feel, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
The sponsors of the group understand what participants are experiencing and want to offer comfort and encouragement.
Each grief ministry session includes a video seminar and group discussion. A Griefshare workbook assists participants with note taking, journaling, and grief study. The videos feature experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief, and real-life stories of people who have experienced similar losses.
During the small group discussion time, participants will be able to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences, and share their own.
A former participant said, “I got encouragement from this group. We cried, laughed and grew in our faith. Hope and joy was evident on everyone’s face in a picture we took at the end of class.”
Anyone who would like to start a grief ministry in their parish is also welcome to attend.
Need to share your grief with others?
Carol Weigand will facilitate the grief ministry series. The cost is $35, which includes a Griefshare workbook. Sessions will be every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 23, and end around Christmas.

RCIA training Sept. 26-27 at the Spiritual Life Center
By Father Ken Van Haverbeke

I looked at her and said, “So what’s the difference?” I should have put a seat belt on, because boy did she tell me the difference!
We were discussing the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA for short. (Ever notice how many acronyms there are in the church?) The RCIA is a manner in which people become Catholic. We were discussing whether RCIA was a “program” or a “process.” To me they were the same. Dumb me!
“A program,” the woman teaching me explained, “has a beginning and an end. Lent could be considered a program.” She went on to explain how a process has a beginning but no end. “It’s all about conversion!” she said, “And conversion often has a vague beginning and definitely no end, until we see God face to face! It’s a process!”
On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, the dioceses of Wichita, Salina, and Dodge City are presenting how the RCIA process can be enhanced and make a difference in a parish. This two-day event at the Spiritual Life Center will have some very pastoral and experience presenters. Nothing worse than going to a conference, taught by people who don’t have parish experience. These presenters do!
All are invited: parishioners, pastors, catechists, parish music ministers, RCIA team members, sponsors, godparents, DRE’s (another acronym!), pastoral council members…everyone.
The costs for the RCIA training weekend are $75 for single occupancy; $68 for double occupancy; and $30 for a commuter. As with all lay leadership events at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, no parish will ever be turned down due to lack of funds
Register at

History of history class takes a Catholic viewpoint
Knowledge of history is crucial to understand the present and to adequately prepare and make decisions for the future. The Spiritual Life Center will host a class Saturday, Sept. 13, based on the idea that modern historical theories, such as the idea of that continual progress is always positive, and history based solely on politics and economics, do a disservice to historical understanding.
Presenter Jackie Arnold will focus on identifying ancient and modern views of history and juxtaposing them with a vision of history inspired by the 20th century Catholic historian Christopher Dawson. The class will help participants understand their own faith’s monumental impact on history.
Dawson’s vision relies not only on the important political and economic events and major players, but also on the ideas, types of people, work they engaged in, and regional influences that made up the various cultures of that epoch.
“I have always found history to be a beautiful testimony of the richness of the Catholic faith,” says presenter Jackie Arnold. “All the insurmountable odds that the church has faced, from within and without, weren’t overcome by mere chance. It seems like modern readings of history are all about politics and economics, which are important factors, but don’t really get at the crux of the ideas that have moved history.”
The reviewing history class will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. The cost is $10. Reservations can be made online at or by calling (316) 744-0167.

TEC Retreat Oct. 11-13 at SLC
A Teens Encounter Christ retreat will be held Oct. 11-13 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
TEC is for older adolescents and young adults who are at least 16 years old and have finished their sophomore year of high school. TEC retreats are also for adults who work with this age group.
The cost is $100, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging, and all materials.
To register, call the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940 or email OFF@CatholicDiocese for an application.
Applications are available at Mail them to the Office of Faith Formation at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. The deadline for applications is Sept. 11.

Diocesan news, September 5, 2014

Evening to benefit Unbound Sept. 26
A gala benefit for Unbound’s Education Fund will be held Friday, Sept. 26, in Good Shepherd Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita.
Unbound was formerly known as the CFCA, the Christian Foundation of Children and Aging.
The dinner, dance, and silent auction will begin at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 26 and end at about 10:45 p.m. Seating is limited. Those interested may call Doris Unruh at (316) 469-8258.

Golf benefit for CSJ ministry Oct. 6
The 11th Annual Shamrock Open will be played Monday, Oct. 6, at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita.
The event is limited to 144 golfers. Register online at www.dear or send an email to
All proceeds go to benefit Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries and their programs to serve the poor abused and neglected. Since 2001, Dear Neighbor Ministries has provided direct assistance for rent, utility and transportation assistance for the people of the Hilltop neighborhood.
Other services include a food pantry open five days a week, representative payee services for those on social security disability, and free tax filing for low income people.

Liturgical musicians in SEK support group meeting Sept. 13
The liturgical musicians of the parishes of Southeast Kansas are invited to gather from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, at Mary, Queen of Angels school, 714 S. Eddy, in Fort Scott.
The purpose of the meeting is to create a support network and to surface needs and concerns of parish musicians.
The gathering will be led by Sister Nylas Moser, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, and hosted by Patty Gorman of Mary, Queen of Angels.  Reservations are needed by Thursday, Sept. 11, and may be made to Sister Nylas at or (316) 942-2201 ext. 1417.

Bishop Kemme’s calendar

Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Aug. 16: Mass for fertility care practitioners and natural family planning community
Aug. 17: At the pastor’s invitation, taking weekend Masses and confessions at St. Paul Parish, Newman Center, WSU
Aug. 19: Legatus Anniversary Mass and dinner
Aug. 21: Opening Mass at Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Invocation at Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Aug. 22: Fourth Friday Rally at the Courthouse, Noon
Aug. 23: Speaker at Catechetical Fair
Aug. 23-24: At the pastor’s invitation, taking weekend Masses and confessions at St. Mary, Derby
Aug. 25-26: Jesus Caritas
Aug. 28: Mass of Holy Spirit at Newman University
Aug. 29: Blessing of new library at Trinity Catholic School in Hutchinson
Aug. 30-31: At the pastor’s invitation, taking weekend Masses and confessions at Sacred Heart, Arkansas City
Sept. 6: Parish Pastoral visit to St. Martin of Tours, Caldwell
Sept. 8-19: Meetings in Rome