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People of the Diocese of Dodge City

A menu for giving

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

SYRACUSE -- In the Kitchen of KC’s Mexican Restaurant, Carmen Baeza’s fingers nimbly worked a small pile of dough into a sopaipilla, a fried pastry that can be eaten as a dessert or as part of the meal.
“I enjoy every job that I do,” she said as she gently rolled the dough. “I believe that no matter what you do, you do it with pride and happiness.”
Carmen and her husband, Miguel, have owned the restaurant for nine years. Their two youngest – both girls – work as wait staff when not in school. The couple also has two older boys.
Carmen was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where she met and married her childhood sweetheart before moving to the United States to help support her parents and her siblings so that they could go to college. That was 32 years ago.

“I wanted my brother and sister to go to school and be somebody,” she said.
“My parents were farmers. Everybody lived the same. We didn’t have the money that other people had, but I was happy. I used to work with my dad in the fields. There was no TV, no electricity -- nothing like we have now. We had the freedom to go and play in the river, or in the mountains -- something you don’t have everywhere.
“I think that in Mexico, we grew up with more faith, because we worked for what we needed, not for what we wanted. The need is to eat, to survive. Here, I think we have so many things that we take them for granted. When I was little, I made my own dolls, my own little toys. I really enjoyed it. Now, kids can have the most expensive toys, and they play with it one day and throw it away because they don’t appreciate it.”
There were no vehicles in the community in which she lived. To go to town, they would hike six miles to the other side of the river, where they would catch a bus into the city. Each Sunday, the family would walk four miles to get to Mass. While they didn’t have running water, the community was blessed with a hot springs, from which they would carry water to their home.
“I don’t complain any about my other life,” she said as she kneaded the dough, “because I always feel happy.”
The road from Chihuahua to Syracuse first led to Pheonix, then to Burlington, Colo., then to Ulysses, where Carmen was heavily involved at Mary Queen of Peace Parish.
Today, her work with the restaurant leaves Carmen with less time to give to St. Raphael Church in Syracuse, where the family moved to in 1990. But she does give -- in any way she can, she said.
“I like to contribute to the needs in the church because whenever I give money to the church, it’s not my money, it’s you who come to the restaurant -- the ones working in the city, working the fields; I give the work of the people, not the money. I give my job – the people who help me, the people who do my paper work.
“That’s what you offer to God. It’s all people together in one dime; everybody works for that dime. It’s people from other states, other counties who stop in. They contribute to the church, not to me. I don’t need too much money, just enough to pay everyone and survive.”
After having once walked so many miles to get to church while living in Mexico, the family still enjoys walking to Mass in Syracuse. Of course, it helps that the Baeza family lives next door.
“He put me here, close to His house,” she said. “It’s as if He’s saying, ‘Hi Carmen; I’m here!’
“It doesn’t matter what goes wrong in the day because God is with me,” she said. “The most important thing is God. I like to spend a few minutes with him; I stop in at the Holy Sacrament because the Sacrament is alive. It doesn’t matter if I just say, ‘Hi God; it’s me.’ He’ll be with me all day long. The king of kings is alive. He is there for me.”
Then she added with a smile, “If the king were going to pass by your house, you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet him, would you?”

 

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April 7, 2019

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Jan. 27, 2019

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Dec. 23, 2018

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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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