Diocesan news, October 3, 2014

National Life Chain set for this Sunday, Oct. 5
Pro-lifers will join ranks Sunday, Oct. 5, across the United States for the annual National Life Chain.
Most of the cities in the Diocese of Wichita will host a Life Chain, which is designed to be a peaceful and prayerful public witness of praying for the United States and for an end to abortion. It is a statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and the church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception.
Anyone of any faith is welcome to participate by standing at designated areas in the various cities and holding one of the approved pro-life signs.
A list published in the Sept. 19 Catholic Advance listed three cities that at that time did not have Life Chains planned: Anthony, Argonia, and Haysville.
For more information, visit lifechain.net.

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 neighbor.org or send an email to golf@dearneighbor.org
All proceeds will 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.

Fiat Ministries hosting dinner in November and retreat in December
Fiat Ministries will sponsor a “Feast for Fiat” social and dinner in the St. Peter, Schulte, school cafeteria Saturday, Nov. 1, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
The event is intended to raise awareness of the ministry and financial support. Tickets are available for a $50 donation. For more information about Fiat Ministries, the benefit dinner, or to attend the retreat, contact Emily Savage at esavage@stfranciswichita.com.
The second Fiat Discernment Retreat will be held at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 28-30. The retreat is free and open to women who are juniors in high school through those who are 25 years old.
The Fiat Discernment Retreat presents young women with the opportunity to discern their vocation to married or religious life.

StepStone ministry receives Justice Department grant to serve survivors of domestic violence
StepStone has been awarded a $338,150 grant from the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women.
“This funding will allow us to continue to serve women and children in ways that will do more than just remove them from danger,” said Program Director Dung Kimble. “We will be able to prepare women in area shelters to transition from crisis to a steady track of security and stability.”
The award will support new efforts to connect women with employment opportunities that offer more than an existence job. StepStone will seek and develop relationships with community educational and job development resources to better serve each woman. The funding will also allow StepStone to serve additional families beyond the 15 homes in their inventory. Kimble said, “We are developing relationships with owners of rental properties who recognize the benefit of participating in our program.”

Free pro-life training begins Oct. 18
Free pro-life seminar and campus outreach training will be offered later this month in Wichita by Justice for All.
The “Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue” training will be presented in two parts. The first part will be presented from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the library at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. Check-in and a pizza lunch begins at noon.
The second part, an outreach, will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 20-21, at Wichita State University.
Register online at www.jfaweb.org/register or call (316) 683-6426.
The training is designed to help teach about the truth of abortion, while being sensitive to the needs of women and men dealing with abortion.

Calendar to pray for priests or seminarians available at website
Those who wish to pray for the priests of the Diocese of Wichita may go to the Vocations page of CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.
At the lower right of the page is a small calendar with the name of a priest or a seminarian for which the visitor can pray. The window also contains a Google calendar link to place the calendar on a personal Google calendar, and a link to subscribe or download the calendar.

Youth and school news, October 3, 2014

St. Patrick Catholic School in Kingman receives highest national education award
St. Patrick Catholic School in Kingman has been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on a school.
The announcement was made Tuesday, Sept. 30, by Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education.
“On behalf of the entire St. Patrick Catholic School community, I am honored and humbled to accept this National Blue Ribbon School Award for our School,” said Bob Lyall, the school’s principal.
“It is only with the strong presence of stewardship within our community and diocese, coupled with our mission-driven determination that together we have propelled this school to outstanding heights. Through the cooperation of teachers, staff, parents, students, and parishioners, St. Patrick Catholic School works diligently to meet the individual needs of every student. We are truly blessed.”
Superintendent of Catholic Schools Bob Voboril added: “Any time that one of our Catholic schools is honored, all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wichita can and do take great pride. It is not surprising to me that St. Patrick Catholic School is worthy of being named a National Blue Ribbon School because St. Patrick’s has been consistently excellent, winning a number of Governor’s Awards for Educational Excellence as well as our own diocesan Banner School Award for the last several years.”
Fr. Benjamin Shockey is pastor of the parish.
St. Patrick School was founded in 1930, by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. It has always been sponsored by St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kingman.
St. Patrick’s is the westernmost Catholic School in the Diocese of Wichita and serves all of Kingman County as well as adjacent rural areas. There are 171 students enrolled pre-school through Grade 8. St. Patrick Catholic School is the first school in the Diocese of Wichita to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.
Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America’s most successful public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools.

Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat scheduled for Oct. 18 at All Saints
The next Christ’s Light in All Youth retreat will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at All Saints Parish in Wichita.
CLAY is a spiritual retreat specifically for high school freshmen and sophomores. Adults who work with youth in this age group are also welcome. CLAY uses video, hands-on activities, and creative forms of prayer to impact the spiritual lives of participants.
The retreat starts on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes two meals and all supplies.
For an application or further information, contact the Office of Faith Formation at (316) 269-3940. To download the CLAY application, visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org/faith-events-and-retreats/clay. The priority deadline for applications is Oct. 3.

8th grade Curriculum Fair at BCCHS Nov. 7
WICHITA – A Curriculum Fair for eighth graders will be hosted by Bishop Carroll Catholic High School from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 7.
The fair introduces prospective students to BCCHS.
All eighth grade students are invited. If an eighth grader would like to participate, and is not currently enrolled in one of the Catholic grade schools, call the school’s counseling office at 729-5278 before Oct. 24.

Spiritual Life Center news, October 3, 2014

‘Donation’ preached retreat on Thomas Merton Oct. 10-12 at SLC
Father Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a preached retreat the weekend of Oct. 10-12 at the Spiritual Life Center on the life and teachings of Thomas Merton.
“A Retreat in Nature with Thomas Merton,” a donation-based retreat, is part of the continued effort of the Spiritual Life Center to make retreats affordable to everyone.
The retreat will focus on the themes of detachment, the desire for God’s will, and a personal relationship. There will be time for Mass, quiet prayer, confession, and fellowship. The weekend also provides an opportunity to explore the grounds of the Spiritual Life Center, including the St. John the Baptist Nature Trail.
The only required cost for the retreat is $29.75, which covers the cost of all meals. An offering of $40 per night is suggested, but any donation will be accepted. Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.
Fr. Van Haverbeke is director of the center.

Spiritual Life Center hosting program on Catholic Authors
Jackie Arnold, will teach a course entitled “Catholic Authors of the Twentieth Century” from 9 a.m. to noon at the Spiritual Life Center Saturday, Oct. 11. The class is geared toward literature-loving persons who appreciate a good novel with a Catholic theme.
The focus of the morning will be to show the moral, liturgical, spiritual, and doctrinal themes of great authors such as Tolkien, Waugh, O’Conner, and others. Arnold, who holds a master of arts degree, will weave those themes into the larger picture of addressing modern issues from a Catholic viewpoint.
The cost is $10. Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Retreat about the rosary Oct. 7 at SLC
Janet Moore will lead a day-long retreat entitled “Our Weapon Against Evil: Entering into the Power and Mystery of the Rosary” from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Moore will talk about the miraculous power of the rosary, the wisdom of scripture, the church and its saints, and how the rosary helps the faithful as they strive to enter more deeply into its mystery and grace.
Participants are asked to bring a Bible, a journal, and a rosary. To register, call (316) 744-0167 or visit www.SLCWichita.org. The cost is $20.
Moore is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita, and holds a master’s degree in theology from Newman University.

Mini-retreat for spouses at the SLC Oct. 24-25
A mini-retreat on Marriage Enrichment will be held Friday evening, Oct. 24, through Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, at the Spiritual Life Center.
The retreat is designed to help couples reflect on and renew the important components of their marriage.
Couples will enjoy a social hour and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Friday evening along with conferences and prayer. Saturday’s schedule includes Mass, more conferences, dialogue, and quiet time. The retreat ends at 1 p.m. Saturday. Couples may stay overnight or commute.
The cost is $60 per couple with donations accepted for overnight room rates. Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

SLC offering many programs, retreats this fall
The Spiritual Life Center has a busy fall schedule planned.
The October line-up features a day retreat entitled “Entering into the Power and Mystery of the Rosary” on Oct. 7, the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary. There will also be two weekend retreats – “A Retreat in Nature with Thomas Merton” on Oct. 10-12 and A Marriage Enrichment Retreat on Oct. 25-26.
In addition to these spiritual formation opportunities, the Center is holding educational programs on John Henry Newman, modern Catholic authors, Saint Augustine for the Modern Catholic, the Apocalypse, the Catholic Rite of Exorcism, and an annulment workshop.
For November, a day-long bible study from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology entitled on “The Bible and the Virgin Mary” will be presented on Nov. 8. The Apostles of the Interior Life sisters will lead a mini retreat on prayer and discernment on Saturday, Nov. 22 called “Coming to the Spring of Water.”
Other great programs in November include A Biblical Walk through Mass series, A Catholic Look at the Hunger, Surviving the Holidays” (through grief and divorce), the popular Date Night, and neat new program for the North American Lourdes Volunteers called A Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
December includes a retreat on praying the Mass, another Cana Night, the annual Advent retreat day, and of course the New Year’s Marian Retreat.
The center is also always open for private prayer and quiet time.
Information about the programs is available at the Center’s website at www.SLCWichita.org. Call the center with questions at (316) 744-0167. Financial aid based on need is available for all retreats and programs of the Center and can be applied for on the web site.

Catholic Charities news, October 3, 2014

Catholic Charities focusing on need for more domestic violence services
WICHITA – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita’s Harbor House, and other outreach services, including the SAFE Project, increased the number of domestic violence survivors they serve by nearly 15 percent over the past year.
But the ministries will recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October by redoubling efforts to help even more domestic violence survivors heal and reclaim their lives.
“Domestic violence continues to affect a wide swath of people,” says Mike Burrus, Catholic Charities executive director. “A majority of domestic violence survivors are women, but national statistics show that 30 percent of victims of domestic violence are men. Children are impacted, too, when they hear or witness domestic violence, and they can be targets themselves.”
Harbor House statistics show a growing need for domestic violence services in the region. This year it has had to turn away an average of 98 women and children per month in need of support or shelter due to a lack of space, compared to a monthly average of 51 in 2013.
In fiscal year 2014, the overall population served by Charities’ domestic violence services, including Harbor House and the SAFE Project, was 825, an increase of nearly 15 percent from the previous year.
Charities’ SAFE Project is a collaborative partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families designed to enhance safety for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits.

Wendy Glick honored as outstanding fundraising executive
Wendy Glick, director of development and community relations at Catholic Charities, has been chosen as the 2014 outstanding fundraising executive of the year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Wichita Chapter. 
“I have been blessed to be recognized by a variety of organizations and groups in our community over the years, but no honor is greater than one received from your peers,” she said.
The association will recognize its award winners on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 12, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.
The day is set aside to pay tribute to the contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to lives: connecting individuals to causes and to each other, fostering civic participation and improving the quality of life for all people.

Newman University news, October 3, 2014

First Newman University ‘mission talk’ Oct. 7
Luncheon talks in Dugan Library at NU
WICHITA – Newman University will present the first of the 2014-15 series of “Mission Talks” from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 7, in the Tarcisia Roths, ASC Alumni Center, inside the Dugan Library and Campus Center on the Newman campus.
The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for the first 40 people who RSVP to Sister Charlotte Rohrbach at rohrbachc@newmanu.edu or (316) 942-4291, ext. 2167 no later than noon, Monday, Oct. 6.
The theme of the 2014-15 talks will be a continuation of last year’s look at Monsignor Leon McNeill, the first president of Newman University. The Oct. 7 talk, entitled “McNeill’s Catholic Publications,” will be presented by Joyce Suellentrop, former Newman University History and English Professor and retired Archivist for Newman University and the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. The talk will focus on the writing process of Father McNeill.
“McNeill was a prolific writer and editor. He had a lot of connections to the Catholic publishing world because he made friends easily and knew how to maintain those friendships,” Suellentrop said.
McNeill wrote his first article in 1927, the same year he graduated from seminary school, and continued to write and be published into the 1960s. He wrote for many different kinds of publications, ranging from guides and pamphlets to textbooks.
“I will be analyzing the writing process that McNeill went through when writing an article,” Suellentrop said. “I will bring an example of an article he wrote and the three different drafts that go with it to see how his revising process worked.”
Suellentrop said many people who will attend the talks already know about McNeill, and are welcome to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.
“I know that there are people who know a lot about him, and I can count on them to add anything pertinent to the talk for everyone to know,” she said.
In last year’s series, each talk focused on a period of McNeill’s journey, starting with his early days as a priest and educator. This year’s series will continue exploring McNeill’s life and will conclude with a summary of his life. The remaining talks are set for Nov. 12, 2014, March 4, 2015, and April 7, 2015.

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.

Futurist David Brin to speak at Newman University Oct. 14
WICHITA - David Brin, scientist, futurist, speaker, technical consultant and best-selling, award-winning author, will give a public lecture entitled “Neutralizing Nightmares: How We Prevent Dark Tomorrows…By Imagining Them.” The lecture will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Performance Hall, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center at Newman University.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will focus on the possibility of mastering the art of looking ahead.
In addition to the lecture, Brin – who was a friend of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury – will speak with Newman students about Bradbury’s classic, Fahrenheit 451. The book is the Common Read for the 2014-2015 academic year. Each year the university selects a book, which is read by all freshman students as well as many faculty members. Faculty then have students engage with the material in the book.

Charismatic Mass Thursday Oct. 16
The Lord of Hosts Charismatic Prayer Group will host a charismatic Mass at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in St. John Chapel in Sacred Heart Hall at Newman University, 3100 McCormick, Wichita.
Father Jim Weldon, diocesan moderator for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, will be the celebrant. All are welcome.

Bishop Kemme leading pilgrimage to OKC Sunday

Because of the large crowds anticipated for a prayerful response to a satanic ceremony in Oklahoma City Sunday, buses originally scheduled to leave at 11:30 a.m. Sunday from Wichita, will instead leave at 10 a.m.
Five buses - nearly 300 people - from the Diocese of Wichita will join the faithful of Oklahoma City in an on-site response to a satanic black mass in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. Pilgrims will participate in an adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and in a Eucharistic procession.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office, is coordinating the pilgrimage for the diocese.
“I am truly uplifted – but not surprised – by the response of the people of our diocese,” she said. “It is a reflection of their love of the Eucharist and their desire to take action against this evil.”
Toombs expressed hope that those who cannot attend the prayerful protest in Oklahoma City will join the pilgrims spiritually through prayer. “The Eucharist moves us and inspires us to respond,” she said.
Bus pilgrims will need to take a sack lunch, she said, adding that the event does not include a Sunday Mass.
There were a few seats available earlier this week. For information, call the Diocesan Respect Life Social Justice Office at (316) 269-3935.

Scott and Kimberly Hahn visit diocese for four presentations

Scott and Kimberly Hahn, who are only behind Pope Francis in their popularity among Catholic speakers in the United States, made presentations at Church of the Magdalen Saturday, Sept. 6.
More than 800 listened to the former evangelical Christians talk about their conversions and about evangelization, the Eucharist, and the saints.
The event was a fund-raiser for the annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference, which is held the first weekend of August.
“We’ve been trying to get them in (to Wichita) for years,” said Kevin Regan, director of the conference. “I’m glad we were able to bring in two top-quality speakers and we turned this around in 30 to 45 days after the conference.”
The Hahns gave two talks each. In his first talk, Scott, speaking from the lectern in the church, recommended evangelizing non-Catholics not through theological debate, but through friendship and an example of joy of Catholicism.
“We can also acknowledge and be honest with ourselves and say that we often find ourselves without joy,” he said. “Pope Francis recently reminded us that the fact that we find ourselves without joy… is that we need to be converted.”
Scott said “the most distinctive truth of the Catholic faith that I discovered is that conversion is ongoing, it is lifelong, and guess what, it never gets easy.”
He said part of the ongoing conversion is: “What did Jesus say? If anyone would be my follower must take up his…?”
After those attending unanimously replied “Cross!” Scott said, “Bible!” which resulted in chuckles throughout the church. He also joked that Jesus didn’t say, “pick up your rosary beads, but your cross.”
Doing so will never be easy, Scott said, “And yet it’s going to become a source of joy…and grace for us. But more than just pleasure, it really is that profound sense that we can enjoy life when we know where it’s taking us – all the way home to heaven.”
Regan said he and those involved were blessed by Magdalen parishioners and the support of all those attending. “The merchandise flew off the shelves and the input was wonderful,” he said.
The event was sponsored by Jerry and Teri Cornejo and the Cornejo Alma Foundation, and Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.

National Life Chain set for Oct. 5

Pro-lifers will join ranks Sunday, Oct. 5, across the United States for the annual National Life Chain.
Most of the cities in the Diocese of Wichita will host a Life Chain, which is designed to be a peaceful and prayerful public witness of praying for the United States and for an end to abortion. It is a statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and the church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception.
Anyone of any faith is welcome to participate by standing at designated areas in the various cities and holding one of the approved pro-life signs.
For more information, visit lifechain.net.
Below is a list of cities in the diocese scheduled to participate with times, locations, and contact information.

Life chains scheduled in cities throughout Diocese of Wichita

• ANTHONY - Hwy. 14 at Main St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Fr. Michael Peltzer (888) 896-1886
• ARGONIA - Hwy. 160 north of town across from church, 2 to 3 p.m.; Fr. Michael Peltzer (888) 896-1886
• ARKANSAS CITY - Summit St. at Kansas Ave, 2 to 3 p.m.; Tim Durham (620) 441-1082
• AUGUSTA- 7th St. (Hwy. 54) between Cliff Dr. and Lulu St., 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Kathi Martinez (316) 734-8050
• CANEY - Hwy. 75 (Second St) at McGee St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Beverly Lynn (620) 879-2728
• CHANUTE - 14th St. at S Santa Fe, 1 to 2 p.m.; Herman Colvin (620) 431-0393
• CLONMEL - K-42 Hwy. at 71St. St. S, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Joe Watt
• COFFEYVILLE - Patterson Blvd. (US 169) at 11th St. (US 166), 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Brian Sherwood (620) 251-4578
• CONWAY SPRINGS - 5th St. (K-49) at Spring St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Kate Neises (620) 584-2233
• DERBY - K-15 at Madison Ave, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Chuck & Rosemary Pawloski (316) 258-3439
• EL DORADO / BUTLER COUNTY - W Central at Main St., 1 to 3 p.m.; signs east of Court House; Mary Martha Good (316) 321-5283
• EUREKA - River Rd. at Main St., 1 to 2 p.m.; Dolores Ball (620) 583-5495
• FORT SCOTT - South Hwy. 69, 1:30 to 3 p.m.; meet at parking lot of First Southern Baptist Church; Dara Leaming (620) 223-1806
• GODDARD - 199th St. W (Goddard Rd.) at Hwy. 54-400 (Kellogg), 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Carolyn Stuhlsatz (316) 531-2227
• HARPER - Hwy. 160 at Central, 2 to 3 p.m.; Loretta Kerschen (620) 896-7353
• HAYSVILLE - Seneca St. at Grand Ave, 2 to 3 p.m.; Jennifer McCoy (316) 871-0672
• HUTCHINSON - 17th St. at Lorrine, 2 to 3 p.m.; Betty Rajewski (620) 728-0292
• INDEPENDENCE - 10th St. at Main St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Teresa Strecker (620) 331-6546
• IOLA - Madison at Jefferson, 3 to 4 p.m., meet at Parish Center at 2:30 p.m.; Carol Meeker (620) 365-6561
• KINGMAN / St. PATRICK - WeSt. D Ave (Hwy. 54) at Sugar St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Stan Goetz (620) 532-3690
• LINDSBORG - Cole St. at Saline St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Joyce Tolle (785) 254-7355
• MARION / HILLSBORO - Nighthawk Road at Hwy. 56, 2 to 3 p.m.; Denice Bina (620) 382-8442
• MARYSVILLE - 10th St. (Hwy. 77) at Center St. (Hwy. 36), 2 to 3 p.m.; Ruth Wetter (785) 562-2600
• McPHERSON - Kansas Ave at Main St., 2 to 4 p.m.; Marcie Cottrell (620) 480-1106
• MULVANE - K-15 at Rock Rd. / Second St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Frank Mistretta (316) 304-2372
• NEODESHA - 9th St. at Main St., 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Julie Wittum (620) 305-8002
• NEWTON / HARVEY COUNTY - Main St. at 9th St., 2 to 3 p.m.; Gordon & Terry Wiebe (316) 799-2866 OR Kermit & Jinny Iserhardt (316) 283-1119
• PARSONS - Main St. at 16th St. (US Hwy. 59), 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Sonja Schibi 307-760-2580
• PITTSBURG - Broadway St. at 8th St., 3 to 4 p.m.; Nicole Goetz (316) 616-5513
• SCHULTE - K-42 at Mac
Arthur Rd., 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Dale Thome (316) 794-8120

Bishop Kemme’s calendar

Here is Bishop Carl A. Kemme’s calendar for the next month.
Sept. 8-19: Meetings in Rome
Sept. 21: Pilgrimage to Oklahoma City to protest prayerfully the satanic ritual
Sept. 23: Red Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Sept. 25: Presbyteral Council
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 bishop’s residence
Oct. 2: Pastor Day Mass at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Oct. 2-3: Jesus Caritas; Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops
Oct. 5: St. Anthony in Wichita Annual Parish Mass and picnic
Oct. 9: Noon Mass for traveling icon at Cathedral; Prospective Seminarian Evening at the bishop’s residence
Oct. 11: Serra Club Region IX Convention speaker and Mass celebrant
Oct. 14-16: Good Leaders Good Shepherd
Oct. 18: Private Mass Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa
Oct. 18-19: Parish pastoral visit to Mother of God Parish in Oswego
Oct. 19: Diocesan anniversary Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

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

Black Madonna will visit Wichita as part of tour away from Poland
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 www.hli.org/oceantoocean. Czestochowa is pronounced ches-ta-hova.