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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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Call to Continuing Conversion and Rite of Election 2019

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May 19, 2019

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    The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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Larned prison names Deacon Gil Rael


‘Volunteer of the Year’


Deacon Gilbert Rael of Great Bend has been named by the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility (LCMHF) as Volunteer of the Year for 2011.
Deacon Rael, who on May 9 will celebrate 30 years since his deaconal ordination, will be honored at a gathering in Topeka, the date of which has not yet been determined.
“I was quite pleased and surprised,” said Deacon Rael, who began working as a deacon at the LCMHF soon after he and his wife, Jo, moved here from Colorado a few years ago. After his ordination, while working as a parole officer in Colorado, Deacon Gil began jail ministry and six years later he became a Catholic Chaplain for the Adams County Sheriff’s Department north of Denver, where he served as chaplain for 22 years.
With his history in law enforcement, Deacon Gil found it a natural fit to serve at the prison in Larned. The facility is composed of the main prison and the West Unit. He admits that work in the main, mental facility can be more of a challenge than the West Unit which houses the higher functioning inmates. Although the Larned  State Hospital where Deacon Rael also ministers is located on the same grounds as the prison, both are different entities requiring different identification badges.
Each Tuesday he provides communion services at the correctional mental health facility and the State Hospital, and every Saturday he provides his services at the West Unit. In a Letter to the Editor printed in the March 13 issue of the SKR, inmates at the correctional facility wrote, “He never shows any form of doubt when speaking about the Gospel. He is always aware that every word that he speaks is important to the lives of the men around him. You see, Gil celebrates Catholic Eucharistic worship services here at the Larned Correctional Facility. Every Saturday morning he comes to be with us. We are men who are in need of spiritual assistance.”
When asked what rewards he’s received from his work at the facility, he replied, “It’s the same that I’ve experienced my whole life in working with parolees, the people who are most difficult because of prior probation failure and recidivism: it’s the knowledge that I’ve worked successfully through a few. They have no way out except for someone who has hope for them.”
Deacon Rael wished to acknowledge Sister Virginia Pearl, CSJ, whom he  looks to as a supervisor, and who has been “extremely helpful. She’s a nun who has great rapport with inmates and patients.” He also is grateful to Father Bernard Felix, who also ministers with Mass at both facilities. The inmates honored Father Bernard with a letter in the last issue of the SKR.
“The residents in this facility are all from different backgrounds,” they wrote of Deacon Rael, “yet Gil overlooks all of our faults and differences. Gil only looks for the good in every person, and treats each like family.
“We here at Larned will always love and respect Gil as our brother in Christ. We will always be grateful to God for having sent Gil to lead us down the path to ‘Him’. We pray that God will bless Gill with a long and healthy life.”

Past Issues

April 7, 2019

March 24, 2019

March 10, 2019

Feb. 24, 2019

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

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

 

 

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