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March 10, 2019

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Feb. 24, 2019

Local youth attend World Youth Day in Panama

Annual QUEST weekend honors Scouts

   The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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A journey through the heartland

Catholic Extension reps find a hard-working, faith-filled people

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In its more than a century of service in the southwest region of Kansas, Catholic Extension has provided funding of nearly $4 million for chapel construction and repair, religious education and salary subsidies.
Representatives of Catholic Extension recently paid a visit to the Diocese of Dodge City where they met with Bishop John B. Brungardt and members of the chancery staff and took a tour through the heart of the heartland.

Joe Boland, senior director of grants management, Jodie Hamlen, director of development, northeast region, and Kathy Handelman, director of marketing communication, discussed with the staff ways the Extension office has been of service to them, and how it can be of service to southwest Kansas in the future.
They most recently provided funding for the placement of the pre-fab building used for a church soon after the destruction of St. Joseph Church in Greensburg. The structure is used today as parish offices.
“We were inspired by the profound faith, commitment, and leadership of the Catholics we encountered in the rural parishes of your diocese,” Boland said. “Our visit has affirmed Catholic Extension’s commitment to support the bright future of the Church in Dodge City, and has stimulated our efforts to tell Catholics around the country about the powerful things happening there.”  
Upon his return to the main office in Chicago, Boland noted in his blog [web log] that Dodge City was a “rural diocese, where hard work is simply a way of life.
“As I drove from town to town, the sights and smells of the agriculture industry driving this local economy were hard to miss.  I passed through endless fields where wheat and corn are grown every year atop the flat terrain; I passed by pungent-smelling ‘feedlots,’ where as many as 90,000 cattle are fed until they double their weight to supply beef demands in markets around the world; and I saw several plants where 4,000 employees slaughter, process, and pack 5,000 cattle a day.  The people who tend these fields and toil in these factories are clearly no strangers to hard work.
“It was equally hard to miss how hard the people of Kansas work for their faith communities.  They bring the same ethic to their business and labor endeavors as they do to their Catholic faith.
“I understood very quickly that no job was too difficult to handle for the parishioners of St. Lawrence in Jetmore.  Parishioners in this southwestern Kansas town of about 1,500 residents do everything from managing the books to shoveling the sidewalk to providing religious education for their children.  With about 70 Catholic families in their community, these parishioners know that if their faith and their parish are to continue to thrive, they simply have to roll up their sleeves and make it happen.  
“Catholic Extension provides a small $5,000 grant to the parish, which helps support the salary of their only paid staff person, the pastor.  
“‘That grant helps us get by,’ said Cheryl Shuler, the director of religious education. ‘Here, that money goes a long way.’
“The religious education classroom, built by parishioners, is where Cheryl teaches the faith to local children and teens.
“The parish is earnestly preparing for a great celebration later this year in which a seminarian (Don Bedore) from their parish will be ordained to the priesthood and celebrate his first Mass in Jetmore.  His ordination affirms their faith and validates their hard work.
“An hour and a half southwest of Jetmore we visited St. Alphonsus mission parish in Satanta, where Catholic Extension provides a grant for a religious sister, who serves as the parish’s leader in the absence of a full-time pastor.  Sister Maltide has been there for eight years, and although she is not a native of Kansas, she has embraced their spirit of community and hard work.  Sister Matilde shared with me that when she arrived in this rural town of 1,500, as many as seven teenage high school girls from the area were pregnant.  
“‘We have got to change this,’ she said.  With support from local parish volunteers, St. Alphonsus formed a youth group and a dynamic religious education program, drawing as many as 110 kids.  Thankfully, they’ve seen the teenage pregnancy problem subside.
“‘We are a people who band together,’ said Lisa, a parishioner at St. Alphonsus and a convert to Catholicism, who is active in youth ministry.  ‘I could literally pick up the phone and have 25 volunteers here within an hour to help with anything we need.’  It’s amazing what some hard-working people who are deeply rooted in their faith can accomplish.
“Later that evening I saw the new bishop, who was ordained and installed two weeks ago.  I told him that we were deeply inspired by what we had seen that day.  
“‘Catholic Extension gives witness to the Catholic communities that are not on people’s radar screens,’ I told him. ‘But we believe with full conviction that the faith is most vibrant in dioceses like Dodge City, and that you are really at the heart of the church.’  Bishop John, a native Kansan, simply smiled.  I think he knows how truly blessed he is to be in a place where people are so dedicated and work so hard at their faith.”

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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

 

 

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