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Feb. 10, 2019

Catholic Charities seeks sponsors for annual Charity Wine Tasting fundraiser

Editor’s Note: With the talk of heroes in this special Catholic Schools Week issue, I find that this article quickly calls to mind some of my personal heroes, the staff at Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas. They help the poorest of the poor, those on the fringes of society. They are truly doing the Lord’s work every day. The following was submitted by Rebecca Ford of Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities’ biggest fundraiser of the year, a Charity Wine Tasting Event and Auction, takes place on Friday, May 3 at the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th Street in Great Bend.

Catholic Charities is accepting event sponsorships and donations for both the live and silent auction components of the Annual Wine Tasting Event throughout February.

Sponsorships help us to underwrite the costs of the event (facility rental, catering, tasting beverages, printing and advertising costs, etc.) so that more of the event profit goes to help those in need. If you can’t think of a fitting auction item, a sponsorship may be the perfect way to go! We strive to acknowledge our appreciation for the generosity of you or your business, no matter how small, and topping out with the Champagne sponsorship of $2,000.

   As you know, the needs of those who struggle don’t go away. Just when we get one family back on their feet, another family gets hit with a medical emergency, a pregnancy, or perhaps a job furlough they weren’t prepared to handle. Regardless of the circumstance, we believe that every human being has value, and that they are worthy of compassionate help to get back on their feet.

    The Annual Charity Wine Tasting Event features a wonderful live and silent auction with many items for men, women, and children that are original, creative, beautiful, useful, delicious, collectible or unusual! Like the disciples to whom Jesus said “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find a catch,” we are casting our nets for a catch of auction items over the next month, so that we can raise additional funds for those in need. These can be physical items, sports-related items, original pieces, eccentric pieces, dinners, excursions, vacation packages, gift certificates, and especially wine and beer-related items to go along with the theme of a wine tasting.

To sponsor the wine tasting, or to donate something for the live or silent auction, download this form (go to https://catholiccharitiesswks.org/wine-tasting-event), fill out the appropriate side and send it in, along with any logo and ad materials for your sponsorship level, by the end of February. One side of the form is for sponsorships and the other side is for auction donations.

What if you don’t have a lot of money to donate, bid, or sponsor? Volunteer your time! It takes a team to make this event happen. We are always in need of volunteers (and ever so grateful for the help!), even if you only have a little time to spare.

Commitment forms and donations can be mailed, emailed or hand-delivered to Catholic Charities, 2201 16th St, Great Bend KS 67530, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, or to volunteer your time, please contact the event coordinator, Rebecca Ford, at 620-792-1393.

Feb. 10, 2019

Open to Life

By Dave Myers

Southwest Kansas Catholic

It may be one of the best kept secrets in the diocese, but if three women from southwest Kansas have their say, it will not be a secret for long.

Janeé Bernal, Diana Ramirez and Allison Ricke recently undertook the first of four intense training sessions to become Fertility Care Practitioners.

There are different methods of Natural Fertility Awareness, each offering a system for noting when the woman is most likely and least likely to become pregnant. Bernal, Ramirez and Ricke are studying the Creighton Model, developed by Dr. Thomas Hilgers, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Omaha.

While their training will be completed in February of 2020, the three are currently available to instruct individuals and couples about the use of the Church-approved method of achieving or avoiding pregnancy. As “student teachers,” they will be under the supervision of a senior educator.

“This system is about much more than becoming pregnant or avoiding pregnancy,” stressed Ramirez. “It helps the overall health of women.”

When Bernal was hired as the coordinator of the Matrimony, Family Life and Natural Family Planning office, Bishop John Brungardt explained that he wanted her focus on Natural Fertility Awareness to be a top priority.

“The fertility care system encompasses all the aspects of the person,” Bernal said, “the spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional side of every human being. The model has the highest success rate of avoiding or achieving pregnancy, even more so than contraception.” 

The Creighton Model allows woman to chart their reproductive health cycle, even allowing them to monitor if there are any abnormalities. They can note biological markers that indicate when they are more receptive to fertilization. Because it allows the couple to be open to life even when avoiding pregnancy, it retains the dignity of the human person and is fully approved by the Catholic Church.

“Scripture teaches us that the marital act should be pro-creative and unitive,” Bernal explained. “When a person uses a barrier method [of contraception], that allows the act to be neither pro-creative nor unitive.

“I see women using artificial means and masking what’s going on in their body,” Bernal said. “I’m very concerned about women’s health overall.”

Ramirez added, “These methods, such as Creighton, allow the couple to get to know each other and love each other in a more profound way. The two become as one, not just physically.”

After 10 intense days of training at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, the three have already begun speaking with couples about the program, and are eager to let people know about this valuable resource.

“We want to get the word out that the program is available,” Bernal said. “We will travel anywhere in the diocese to work with couples and individuals.”

For most couples, the first time they hear of Natural Fertility Awareness methods is in marriage prep. “I’d like to see younger women in high school and college learn about the methods, so that when they’re married, they already have an idea of a way to monitor their fertility,” Bernal said.

There are instructors of other methods in the diocese, including Heidy Ramirez, who teaches the Billings Ovulation Method, and Jacqueline Brown, who also teaches the Creighton Method.

“We really want to express our gratitude to everyone who supported the Vibrant Ministries Appeal, which allowed us to attend this program,” Bernal said. “We also want to thank the priests of the diocese. They are on the front lines in their work with couples, and we want to encourage them to reach out to us.”

For more information, contact Bernal at (620) 227-1529, or visit dcdiocese.org/marriage-family-life.

Feb. 10, 2019

Diocese celebrates, thanks Religious women and men

By DAVID MYERS

Southwest Kansas Catholic

GREAT BEND — Their consecrated life has sent some from the plains of southwest Kansas to the jungles of Africa, others to South and Central America, and others still to the shores of China.

   For those local Religious men and women such as the Mexican Passionist Sisters and the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, it was the mysterious land of cattle and cowboys (or so they heard) to which they were heading, to serve God and His people of southwest Kansas.

   And on this warm, Feb. 2 winter day, they came together for the Annual World Day for Consecrated Life at St. Patrick Church at Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend.

The celebration also happened to coincide with the Feast of the Presentation, when the baby Jesus was presented for the first time in the temple—40 days after his birth in accordance with Jewish law.

“The feast of the Presentation is a very special day for me,” Bishop John Brungardt told those gathered. (Much of his homily is included in his column on Page 1.) “I was ordained as your bishop on this feast day eight years ago.  Thank you for the many prayers, words of encouragement, cards, emails, and phone calls you have given me these many years.  You have been a blessing to me.”

He thanked all the Religious women and men gathered for their faith-filled service, and asked those gathered to pray that more will choose to serve God and His people in the Religious life.

“The Light of Christ will show them the way,” he said.

He beseeched those gathered to let the light of Christ shine forth to others, in particular those on the peripheries, such as the poor, immigrants, and others — people who may be sitting next to you in the pew.

The bishop stressed that we should remember to reach out to the lonely—from college students starting out in a new environment, away from home for the first time, to the elderly.

The bishop’s great aunt, Benedictine Sister Rosaria Schaefer, who died in 2012, “shown the light of Christ in the formation of college students, and later to her own elderly Sisters.”

“Thank you,” the bishop told everyone gathered, “for shining forth Christ’s light by your consecrated life.”

Following Mass, the participants joined for a group photo, after which they walked under a deep blue sky to the parish center where youth of the Confirmation class took coats and served drinks. The event was coordinated by the Holy Family Vocations Committee, which the bishop complimented for having produced no less than three seminarians.

Following the meal, representatives shared a few words about their order, including Dominican Sister Roserita Weber, who spoke about a recent trip to El Paso, Texas with four other Dominican Sisters, where they helped dozens of tired immigrants as they processed through immigration checkpoints to ultimately be picked up by family or friends.

(This story will be included in an upcoming issue.)

Others spoke about aiding victims of human trafficking, helping immigrants and others to retain dignity amid seemingly insurmountable struggles.

In doing so, each shared the joy of having offered a joyous yes when they heard the call to serve God and His people.

 

Honoring the diversity and beauty of consecrated vocations

 WASHINGTON (CNS) – The Catholic Church held its annual celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 2, 2019. 

This celebration is a special time for individual parishes and the greater Church to celebrate the beauty of the consecrated vocation, highlight its various forms, and reflect on the unique Christ-centered witness that consecrated men and women bring to the Church and the surrounding community.

Instituted by St. Pope John Paul II in 1997, the day is celebrated in conjunction with the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas Day, which commemorates through the blessing and lighting of candles that Christ is the light of the world. 

In the same way, consecrated persons, by belonging exclusively to Christ, act as the true hands and feet of Jesus, by bringing his love and the light of the Gospel to all those they encounter in their life and work.

Each form of consecrated life is distinct and inspired by the Holy Spirit to serve the Church through a particular charism.

Discerning one’s consecrated life involves a process of identifying the unique way in which Christ is calling one to love. 

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, offered encouraging words for those discerning a vocation to consecrated life: “Oftentimes, those discerning a vocation search for the perfect community.  The Lord, who created every heart, knows of the way He is calling each person to serve Him.  Trust that he will lead you to the vocation that is perfect for you.”

 

Who are the consecrated women and men in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City?

The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City is currently home to nine different religious orders: two orders of men religious, and seven orders of women religious, each of which is identified by the letters attached to their name. They are also known as “consecrated.”

Women Religious serving in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City

    Dominican Sisters of Peace (OP):

Sister Celeste Albers, Sister Myra Arney, Sister Jane Belanger, Sister Ellen Dater,

Sister Renee Dreiling, Sister Esther Fiegel, Sister Theresa Fox, Sister Jolene Geier, Sister Eloise Hertel, Sister Ann Metzen, Sister Rebecca Otter, Sister Rose Mary Stein, Sister Imelda Schmidt, Sister Francine Schwartzenberger,

Sister Janice Thome, Sister Roserita Weber.

    Mexican Passionist Sisters (CFP):

Sister Gregoria Bueno, Sister Yolanda Maria Figueroa,

Sister Julieta Mondragon Guadarrama

    Congregation of St. Joseph (CSJ):

Sister Janice Grochowsky, Sister Jan Roberts, Sister Catherine Therese Paulie

                Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence (MCDP):

Sister Angela Erevia

    Missionaries of Charity of Mary Immaculate (MCMI):

Sister Rosa Maria Martinez Solis, Sister Maria Elena Martínez-Sifuentes,

Sister Basilia Torres-Uribe

    Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA):

Sister Paulynn Instenes, Sister Jean Michael Treba

In residence at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend

Sister Corona Bayer, Sister Frances Biernacki, Sister Virginia Brungardt, Sister Kevin Clavin, Sister Mary Lou Desena, Sister Geraldine Eakes, Sister Charlene Eisenbart, Sister Clara Ann Fluech, Sister Jean Goering, Sister Marie Hegeman, Sister Dominic Haug, Sister Edith Marie Hauser, Sister Teresita Huse, Sister Joan Ice, Sister Marie Antoinette Klein, Sister Judith Lindell, Sister Alvina Miller, Sister Mary Conrad Miller, Sister Loretta Podlena, Sister Ancilla Schawe, Sister Anita Schugart, Sister Cecilia Ann Stremel, Sister Charlotte Unrein, Sister Eleanor Unrein, Sister Stella Webber,

Sister Annette Winter, Sister Joan Wolf

 

Men Religious serving in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City

    Missionaries of St. Paul (MSP):

Father Anselm Eke

    Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS):

Father Prakash Rao Kola, Father Aneesh Parappanattu

 

In sincere gratitude to all of those who, through their prayer and service, continue to bless the diocese with their presence.

Feb. 10, 2019

SW Kansans march in Topeka in support of life

A bus with 23 youth and sponsors from Liberal, Dodge City, Medicine Lodge and La Crosse, departed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday evening, Jan. 21 to head to Topeka for an overnight stay and full-day of activities for the March for Life on Jan. 22.

But mother nature had another plan for the day. The group woke to drizzle which continued to get heavier as they neared the Topeka Performing Arts Center for the “Ignite” event and special video presentation, “I Lived on Parker Ave” and adoption talk by David Scotton.

Mass celebrated with all of the Kansas Bishops and Archbishop Naumann, followed with Bishop John B. Brungardt delivering an inspiring homily (see below left).

The March to the Capitol was cold and wet, and the rally was moved inside the Capitol building. After lunch, the group made its way back to the Capitol for 2 p.m. tours, which were cancelled due to impending predictions of ice hitting the area.

The group boarded the bus and headed south to try to miss the worst of the weather. The bus driver appreciated the many prayers the group recited for the treacherous drive home.

Despite the weather, everyone had a meaningful March for Life 2019 and came away with a renewed vigor to pass on the pro-life message in their parishes. Plans will be coming together soon for the March for Life Washington and Topeka for 2020.

                             — Gayla Kirmer

 

‘Thank you, Jesus for touching hearts!’

Bishop Brungardt concelebrated the March for Life Mass Jan. 22, during which he spoke on the theme: Jesus touches hearts: my heart, your heart, our hearts.

He first related the example of his struggle with a brain tumor these last three years. 

Surgery, radiation treatment, and medicine were all lacking and inadequate in healing him.  But only the touch of Jesus healed him, he said. 

“Thanks for your many prayers,” the bishop told those gathered.

Next, Bishop Brungardt spoke of the wound in our world of abortion, the “killing of our siblings in the womb and the hurting of their moms.  The court, the legislature, and the executive branches of government have been inadequate and lacking in doing away with abortion.  We need more prayer, more asking Jesus to touch hearts, more touching of each others’ hearts.  With God’s grace, abortion will be no more.”

Bishop Brungardt closed with three examples of what we can do:

  • respect the dignity of the human person in all life: the unborn and their moms, the immigrant, the poor, the lonely, those who do not agree with us.
  • grow in chastity. To use God’s give of human sexuality within His plan for each of us.
  • receive grace from our sacramental life: confession and Eucharist. With these blessings, we will have the wisdom, fortitude, and charity to continue in the pro-life movement.

“Thank you, Jesus, for touching hearts!”

 

‘Unique from day one: Pro-life is pro-science’

The theme for the 2019 march was, “Unique from day one: Pro-life is pro-science.”

Does the argument against abortion jive with the findings of the medical profession? The answer is “absolutely.”

The zygote, the first cell formed at the moment of conception, is the earliest developmental stage of the human embryo. It is undeniably human in that it is composed of human DNA and totally different from any other human that has ever existed. The fingerprint that each of us has — distinguishing us from any other human on the planet — is determined by that DNA on day one.

Fetal development in its simplicity and depth is astonishing. Only three weeks after fertilization, a little one’s heart starts beating. At eight weeks of pregnancy the baby has started moving around (even though Mom can’t feel this quite yet). By the 10th week of pregnancy, a baby’s fingers and toes are forming. By 13 weeks, right at the end of the first trimester, the baby has fingerprints.

During the second trimester, organs including kidneys begin to work, and expectant parents might even see their little one sucking his thumb on an ultrasound. At 19 weeks of development, a baby’s senses are developing, and she or he can likely recognize Mom’s voice at this stage.

One hundred years ago our understanding of embryonic development was very different from what it is now. Medical advancements continue to reaffirm the science behind the pro-life cause – that life begins when egg meets sperm and a new, unique, human embryo is created. Moreover, breakthroughs in science and ultrasound technology have provided a window into the womb allowing us to witness firsthand the development of life.
                                

— From RealClearPolitics.com

 

 

Pope Francis: ‘God loves you, even if you forget Him’

Pope Francis: ‘God loves you, even if you forget Him’

 Vatican City (CNA/EWTN) - God the Father will always be there for his beloved children, Pope Francis said, with a reminder that the unconditional love of God is not limited by our own sense of guilt or unworthiness.

“God is looking for you, even if you do not seek Him,” Pope Francis said in his general audience Jan. 16. “God loves you, even if you forget Him. God sees beauty in you, even if you think you have squandered all your talents in vain.”

The pope reflected on the first two words of the “Our Father,” focusing on the depth of personal love for each person found within God’s fatherhood.

“It may be that we too happen to walk on paths far from God, as happened to the prodigal son; or  fall into a loneliness that makes us feel abandoned in the world; or, again, do wrong and are paralyzed by a sense of guilt,” Pope Francis explained.

In those moments, one’s prayer should simply start by saying the word, “Father,” with the tenderness of a child who calls out “Papa” or “Abbà,” in the original Aramaic, Francis said.

“You have a father who loves you!” Pope Francis said enthusiastically. Call out to God as “Father,” and God will answer you, he said.

“If you respond to God by saying, ‘But, Father, I have done this ...’ God will answer, ‘I never lost sight of you. I saw everything. But I was always there, close to you, faithful to my love for you,’” Pope Francis said.

To call God “Father,” the pope explained, is to have  “the whole world of Jesus poured into one’s heart.”

Pope Francis described the intimacy of the Aramaic expression “Abbà” used twice in the letters of St. Paul. In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul wrote, “As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’”

Francis repeated the words that Italian children use, “Papa” and “Babbo,” which are equivalent to saying “Daddy” to exemplify the depth and closeness found in the word “Abba.”

“We continue to say ‘Our Father,’ but with the heart we are invited to say ‘Papa,’ to have a relationship with God like that of a child with his father, who says ‘Papa, Babbo,’” he said.

“These expressions evoke love, evoke warmth, something that projects us into the context of childhood: the image of a child completely enveloped by the embrace of a father who feels infinite tenderness for him,” he said.

Pope Francis continued, “dear brothers and sisters, to pray well, we must get to have a child’s heart … like a child in the arms of his father.”

Language matters in the abortion debate

Language matters in the abortion debate

Washington D.C. (CNA) - The language that people choose to use in reference to unborn children and ideological opponents is at the crux of the abortion debate, a pro-life Democrat argued in a New York Times op-ed this week.

“The struggle in the abortion debate is, in many ways, a struggle over language,” wrote Charles C. Camosy, who serves on the advisory board for pro-life group Democrats for Life and is an associate professor at Fordham University. 

“For example, I am pro-life. I strongly support rights and protections for mothers and children, including prenatal children, and other vulnerable populations. I want to see the laws of this country protect these people as well. In my view, this makes me pro-life. That’s why I use the phrase ‘prenatal child’ where other people would say ‘fetus,’” he said.

However, in the view of pro-choice people and of many mainstream media outlets, “I am not pro-life; I am anti-abortion. This language allows critics to dismiss me and fellow pro-lifers as single-issue obsessives, which we are not.”

Camosy noted that in recent years, those in favor of legal abortion have shifted their language from more neutral words like “autonomy” and “choice” and have used stronger, “stigma-defying” words that refer to abortion as “care” or as a “family value” or something about which one should shout.

Language choice becomes even more harmful when it is used as a tactic to dehumanize the unborn, he said. “The New York Times editorial board, for instance, recently used the phrase ‘clusters of cells that have not yet developed into viable human beings,’ in a discussion of rights being extended to a fetus in the womb, or what I call a prenatal child.

“Language like this ignores the fact that each of us once existed as ‘clusters of cells that have not yet developed into viable human beings.’ It seeks to hide the fact that by the time most surgical abortions take place, a prenatal child has electrical activity in the brain and a beating heart,” Camosy wrote.

Other terms used to dehumanize the unborn include: “tissue,” “part of the mother,” “parasite,” and “potential life,” he noted.

These words are biased because they are not used to refer to the unborn outside of an abortion context, he added. The word “baby” is used for almost everything else - doctor’s visits, baby showers, baby bumps, etc.

“We have shifted our language in ways that hide the dignity of the vulnerable, in this instance and on issues far from the abortion debate as well,” Camosy said, which “deadens one’s capacity to show concern for those who need it most.”

This language shifting, which objectifies humans and seeks to decrease their dignity, is part of what Pope Francis calls the “throwaway culture,” he noted.

Often, when Pope Francis speaks of the throwaway culture, he is referring to unbridled consumerism which dismisses the human dignity of those considered inconvenient, Camosy said, but Francis typically reserves his strongest words on the subject for the topic of abortion.

Research from Rehumanize International, a pro-life group, “has found tragic patterns in which marginalized populations are referred to as sub-humans, defective humans, parasites — and in the process become thought of as objects, things and products.”

This is limited not to unborn children, but to other vulnerable populations like immigrants, racial minorities, the elderly, people with disabilities, and prisoners, among others, he wrote.

Immigrants have also been dismissed or dehumanized using terms such as “illegals,” “swarms” of “undesirables,” “parasites,” or even “rapists” and “animals,” Camosy said.

He urged everyone who has genuine concern for vulnerable people to resist the urge to use dehumanizing language “intended to confirm biases and serve the interests of those who hold power over the weak.”

“If we are to avoid the hopelessly stale culture-war debates of the 1970s, then we must refuse the false choice between supporting vulnerable women and protecting vulnerable prenatal children,” he said.

“It will mean genuinely wrestling with the complexity of doing both. And it will mean engaging the arguments of our perceived opponents in good faith.”

Past Issues

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

Dec. 17, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Celebrate Christmas 'unplugged'; Msgr. Matthew Smith; Klan; Catholic Charities Annual Appeal; Fr. Larry Rosebaugh; A Guadalupe Encounter; Laci and Joe Salazar; A Christmas Wish; Adoption; Confession; Advent; EWTN; Christmas Blues; Tilma; Pittsburgh; PSR

 

Dec. 3, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2017 NCYC; Wheel of Balance; Marita Rother; Stanley Rother; slavery; trafficking; Windthorst water damage; martyred priests; confession; reconciliation; How to go to confession; recipe for codfish cakes; Catholic schools; appeal

 

Nov. 19, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Saints; Father Kola; Black Elk; Giving Tuesday; velvet Elvis; a Slice of Time; Dani Sandoval; Mexican Village; Father Tim Hickey; New faces at chancery; priests share thoughts on confession; Wheel of Balance

 

Nov. 5, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Matrimony Anniversary Mass, 2017; Riebel; Faith and Light; Scripture Day; Sex in the Bible; Quilt, Mexican Village Story; Finance; Fatima pilgrimage; Fowler church window renovation; Medicare; Crazy Glue


Oct. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Father Francis Jordan; Sister Renee Kirmer; Father Rother beatified; religious liberty; RCIA Kansas; V Encuentro; Bishop Weisenburger; Daughters of Isabella; Bishop Gerber Science Center


Oct. 1, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: De Colores; Rebein; Dreamer; Pies; Kellner; Code Quilts; Sister Crucita; Feezor; Formed.org; Sin and pain

 

 Sept. 17, 2017

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Sister Lucy Fidelis; Underground Railroad; Sister Irene Hartman; DACA; new priests; teachers; Volunteer of the Year; Golf Classic; St. Francis Xavier; St. Nicholas Parish Center, Kinsley; seminarians; Knights Lite; Stewardship Day 2017

Sept. 3, 2017

Aug. 13, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Coronado Cross; Masada; Moody Gardens; Elders; Rother; undocumented children; cages; year of mercy; Kumi; Hollywood makeup artist; New Mexico; refugee women.

July 16, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Summer camp; tithing and almsgiving; Bill Baalmann; Nathan Schaller; Jubilarian Sisters; Sister Hortencia Rodriguez; Sister Petrona Stockemer; Sister Denise Sevart; Convocation of Catholic Leaders; Mother talks about her son entering seminary; Arcoiris; Youth group travels to Colorado Springs; Major Phillip Roth

June 11, 2017 (Updated)

Ordination; Mark Brantley; Jacob Schneider; Father's Day; Thanks, Dad!; Appeal; Sister Mary Martin Weaver; Bishop Maralit; Budget; Trafficked women; Deacon Michael Brungardt; Dead Sea Scrolls; softball; Father Urban retirement; Sister Kravec retirement; Father Mazouch retirement; Authentic Joy; Pris Climate Accord; Jack Schramm; Pieta.

May 28, 2017 (Updated)

 

Grateful Hearts; MSFS Provincial; Reddy; Reif; Opossum; Dead Sea Scrolls; Our Lady of Fatima; Jorge Herrera, Jr.; Cursillo; Kough; First Communion; Confirmation

May 14, 2017

Esteban Hernandez; citizen; Lilly Ann Rein, Amberly Jimenez, Mother's Day; peacock; Quattrocchi; President Kennedy; Teen Moms; Junior High Youth Rally; Encounter With God's Call; granny/nanny; seniors' contributions; tornado anniversary; harvest; healthcare; Mr. Brown; Store-bought teeth; Louis and Zelie Martin; Father John Sullivan; Irish priest whose prayers could heal; Mexican beauty queen; Esmaralda Gonzalez; religious life

April 30, 2017

   KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; bully; TEC; Father Marvin Reif; Bet'sie; What makes a hero?; St. Mary of the Plains; tornado

Easter, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Honorable courtship; footsteps of migrants; CHRISM Mass 2017; honoring priests; Encuentro Cross blessed; Daughters of Isabella State Convention; Fatima pilgrim statue; Mary Sharon Moore interview; Senate advances pro-life measures; love must be at the core of family life; Father John Forkuoh's car story; Confirmations; Sisters of Concordia; CNN hero Father Khalil Jaar

March 26, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: From the heart; kidney; Rother; Friar Carmelo; Schnauzer; Lauren Seachris; Lauren's Treat; fire; Guatemala; immigration; Lenten Regulations 1888; Hot Cross Buns; budget; Trump; Forkuoh; Seiwert; South Sudan; hot ashes

March 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Refugees; immigrants; Gilbert Herrman; When you give alms'; Lent; Call to Continuing Conversion, Rite of Election; Charell and Jeremy Owings; adoption; Our Growing Church; Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia; water; creation; Sudan; Darlow Lampe

Feb 26, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Night to shine; Immigration; immigrants; Knights of Columbus; Pete Gomez; this foreign mission; Creole; Robin Doll; Eagle Scout; Quest

Feb 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; March for Life; Pro-life; Executive Order; Secular Franciscan Order; teachers; Down Syndrome; Eagle Scout; Bronze Pelican

Jan. 29, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Thank you, religious; SEEK 2017; homeless man to priest; Fourth Sunday; Secret Service to Sacred Heart; Dr. Gerard Brungardt; Martin Luther King; 110 year old nun; Toddler miracle; Letter from undocumented immigrant; health care; immigration

Jan. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Mary helps us share; Tighe donates home to Birthright; Pro-life billboard; Theobald Hattrup; Helen and Steve Eck; Pearl Harbor; Reigning Grace

Dec. 18, 2017

KEYWORDS: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2016; Pope Francis Christmas schedule; 2016 high school youth rally; Aerospace engineer; Father Stanley Rother; Radio station; Dying girl's letter; Scout nominations; 12 days of Christmas

Dec. 4, 2016

KEYWORDS: Vocations Day; Pope Advent advice; Ex-prostitute; Spearville mission; Pilgrims v. Zombies; Face of God; Mission bazaar; Ness City fall festival; Rural health care; Archbishop Gomez; Bishops congratulate Trump

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