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Annual Stewardship Day

encourages people who

‘do church’ to be a people

who ‘are church’

By DAVID MYERS and TIM WENZL
Southwest Kansas Register

Haunting music rose from the grand piano in the worship area of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Aug. 28 as pianist Patrice Egging stopped intermittently to share a message oft repeated throughout this annual Diocesan Stewardship Day, that stewardship is about far more than just placing money in the collection basket.
Stewardship is, more than 200 participants would learn, a way of “being Church” – a way of creating better parish communities and families, and of bringing ourselves closer to God.

For Egging, a featured speaker, stewardship is about discovering your talents – for her an uncanny ability to play beautiful music by ear -- and using those talents to witness to others.  For speaker Ethel Schneweis, who discussed “problem gambling,” stewardship is about addressing those things, such as gambling addiction, that pull us away from what is holy.
Other speakers addressed topics such as “The Importance of Fatherhood,” “Holy Grounds Adult Ministry” (adult social ministry in the coffee house), “Growing an Engaged Church,” and many others.
The annual event was organized by diocesan Director of Stewardship, Eric Haselhorst, who designed the day to encourage people who “do church,” to become a people who “are church.” The day was presented concurrently in Spanish.
Opening the program was Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, who, in his keynote address, spoke of the one subject often overlooked at stewardship gatherings – that of money. While he told those gathered, “I don’t want your money, I want your souls,” he stressed that, “I cannot have your souls without having your money.”
“In saying that, I am merely speaking for God, of course: it is He who cannot have your soul without your money.”
The seeming contradiction was brought into crystal clarity when he referred to Matthew 19:24 in which Christ says, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
“It’s a good thing to want and to love the necessities of life, even a luxury or two,” he said. “It’s a bad thing when that wanting and that loving becomes disordered,” when it is treated “not as a means, but as an end. ‘The love of money,’ St. Paul said, carrying forth the message of Jesus, ‘is the root of all evil. …Greed is what our spiritual tradition has called it….’”
“Greed,” the bishop explained, “is a passion that tends to supplant God in the human heart. Greed crowds the heart with all sorts of desires bent upon things of the earth, and it fills the heart with all sorts of anxieties and distracting preoccupations.”
He said the remedy is to allow the Spirit of God to “root” in to your lives the conviction that “money is not an end in itself, but a means to something else.”
The way to bring about that remedy, the bishop said, is to “give it away. Give it to the poor. Give it to good works in the community.
“… To fasten our hearts on money is to drive out the love of God. That is the deep truth about God and Mammon. That is the deep truth we often miss. That is why God said, ‘I cannot have your souls unless I have your money.’”
Between the many talks presented throughout the day, participants wandered among booths set up in the gathering area that highlighting many ministries within the Catholic Church.  On one table a computer slideshow displayed the joy found at Faith and Light gatherings for the intellectually challenged. At the Catholic Social Service (CSS) table, a large (and tasty) cake celebrated the centennial of Catholic Charities, of which CSS is a part.
Mike Houser, a facilitator for the CSS program “Marriage for Keeps,” presented a session on the role of being a father in today’s world. In the breakout section, “The Importance of Fatherhood,” Houser spoke of the critical role a father has in shaping and guiding children’s lives.
“Fathers have the opportunity to make an eternal investment in their children that can be passed down to future generations. Fatherlessness can lead to social problems,” stated Houser. Topics covered were respect, having fun, forgiveness, discipline, and connecting.
Meanwhile, Shawn Crawford, director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Salina, presented “Stewardship and Being Present.”
“If we aren’t present, we can’t be grateful. And gratitude is the first step in being a steward,” stated Crawford. He spoke about being present to family, “your circle of friends who are your extended family,” and community. “The most important person in the world is the person in front of you. Not the person you are going to call or e-mail at the next opportunity. When you ignore the person in front of you, you are missing an opportunity to serve Jesus.”
Stewardship is about being stewards of all God’s creation. Rebecca Ford of CSS spoke on “How to Care for Creation … in the Home, the Office, and the Parish.”  In her address she touched on seven areas: energy efficient lighting; energy conservation; water conservation/water purity; toxic free living; waste reduction and recycling; indoor air quality; and reducing the carbon footprint. She presented products that could accomplish these goals that both conserve resources and save money. She suggested that parishes could take the lead and evaluate these seven areas in their plants and make the necessary changes.
Other presenters of the English language workshops included Father Bill Pruett and Tim O’Connor, who co-presented the second keynote address, director of youth and religious formation, Steven Polley, who spoke on “A Framework for Time and Talent,” and Debbie Dowdle, who discussed the “Holy Grounds” social ministry program for those 35 and older. The summer program invites adults to coffee shop gatherings where they listen to a speaker and then have a friendly discussion over coffee.
Father Robert Schremmer, vicar general, always a popular speaker, had to bring extra chairs into the St. Augustine room for his presentation, “Hollowing Out the Middle.”
“Every culture,” he said, “gives us an expression of the divine in a way that some other culture doesn’t. And that’s why we value cultures. … We see things in that culture in a way that we probably wouldn’t see if the light of the Gospel didn’t shine on it.”
Our culture here in southwest Kansas, he explained, “is a valuable piece in expressing God’s creative will in the way that people live and love….”
Father Schremmer quoted a phrase that reads, “All you have to do to see the majesty of the Rocky Mountains is to open your eyes.” To see the “splendor of the plains,” Father Schremmer continued, you must “open your soul.”
Small town prairie living, he said, is a “very special kind of life,” much like the monks and nuns live. “Because of our spiritual geography, we live a special spirituality and a special contemplativeness. Imagine if that’s gone, if it’s just lost.”
Fifty percent of those attending Father Schremmer’s workshop grew up the children of farmers, whom Father termed as stewards, caring for the land.  
“In the heartland, people are working together on their part of the planet’s critical questions of the day: How do we love our neighbor? How do we care for the earth? That’s what we’re about. … The heart, we are told, is a fitting symbol for the heartland. The heart represents the hospitality -- the close relationship, the courage, and commitment that can be found here.”
In conclusion, he said that what we need to be doing is not “hollowing out the middle” -- emptying out, draining – but hallowing out the middle – emptying ourselves so that we can then “open ourselves to the filling that can go on with our spiritual energies and resources.”
Haselhorst’s presentation, “Growing an Engaged Church,” was one of the last sessions of the day. This fact wasn’t lost on Haselhorst, who began his discussion by “busting” three myths, each time popping a balloon, sending blood pressures rising as if having had a sudden shot of caffeine.  
He noted that there’s a big difference between being involved in your parish, and being engaged.
“Engagement is how you feel about your parish; involvement is what you do for your parish.  How do you feel about your church? How do you make your parish a place someone could fall in love with?”
One myth he spoke of is that which says that “believing leads to belonging.” In reality, he said, it’s the other way around.
“Belonging is far more likely to lead to believing,” Haselhorst explained. “If you feel you belong there, if you feel wanted, it will lead to believing. The more they feel they belong, the more they feel spiritually committed.”
Haselhorst stressed that parishioners must fall in love with their church, not just serve. Activity, he said, is not the result of being engaged with your church, and can lead to burnout. On the other hand, “Engaged members do not burn out, they only get more spiritual committed, more energized and more engaged. When you are doing something you love, that gives you life.”
In effect, he said that being engaged instead of simply being involved in your parish is the art of “being church” and not just “doing church.”

Past Issues

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

Nov. 20, 2016

Nov. 6, 2016

Oct. 23, 2016

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Sept. 11, 2016

 
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