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Bishop celebrates pro-life Mass in Washington D.C.

before joining local group in Topeka for rally

Dozens of youth and adults from the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City joined Father Wesley Schawe for an early morning bus trip to Topeka where they took part in the annual pro-life rally Jan. 23.
Bishop Brungardt joined the group after having attended events in Washington, D.C. Jan. 21-22 to commemorate the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On Jan. 21, he celebrated Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Following is a complete text of the bishop’s homily at the Mass:

Open our hearts, O Lord
Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.”  Our gospel acclamation expresses our plea to our Loving God as we join together in our nation’s capital, pilgrims gathering this morning in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, this magnificent basilica, to worship, to receive God’s love in His Sacrament of Love, the Holy Eucharist.  We, young and old, meet in joy, from dioceses in Kansas and Louisiana and elsewhere, from far and near to celebrate this Sacred Mass.  Open our hearts, O Lord, to this joy.
We also experience a great grief in our hearts, O Lord, as we feel compassion for our little brothers and sisters in the womb, our youngest pilgrims in our earthly journey.  We grieve in our hearts as David lamented at the death of his close friend Jonathan: “I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother! Most dear have you been to me” (2 Samuel 1).  Our dear little children -- innocent, pure, holy – these children are why we have made our pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.  
We walk in darkness in our country.  The United States is gripped in gloom today.  A moral shadow.   A great darkness that is the killing of innocent baby boys and girls in their God-given home in their moms.  Abortion.  This weekend we remember the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in our country.  Since 1973 millions of our most vulnerable citizens have had their lives abruptly ended.  Million of mothers wounded spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  Millions of fathers numbed.  The horrendous average of 1.3 million Americans per year, 3,500 persons every day, 150 children of God each hour, a precious baby killed every 24 seconds in our country alone.  We walk in darkness.  Open our hearts, Lord, to the words of your Son that we may repent.

Open Colleene’s Heart, O Lord

One mother under great grief turned to our Compassionate Lord.  She tells how her children brought her closer to God, how Jesus healed her:
The touching true story of Colleene and her family who live in California:  In 1991 their 3-½ year old daughter Heather was killed in a tragic accident.  The family was devastated, and the next few years were filled with depression, therapy, and even thoughts of suicide.  To break free of this crippling condition, Colleene said, “I got down on my hands and knees after trying to make it on my own and asked Jesus into my heart.”  Colleene begged God to open up her heart, to listen to the words of Jesus.  This emotional opening up to our Lord started the process of healing in Colleene’s life, as she began to hope and trust in Jesus Christ.
But the story is not over.  In 1992, Colleene and her husband were informed that Colleene was pregnant with triplets!  They were overjoyed.  But they were then shocked when the doctor advised, since Colleene was 39 years old, that she should consider a “selective reduction” of her triplets, for “health reasons” (selective reduction: another code word for abortion: killing one or two of the babies, so there is a “better” chance of survival for remaining two or one).  She said “I was speechless [and then said]  No!  Don’t talk to me about that anymore.  God has given me three babies, and I’m keeping those babies.”
Colleene struggled through a difficult pregnancy and, on the anniversary of the burial of their little girl Heather, gave birth to “three absolutely beautiful, perfect boys.  Their birth weights were an astonishing 6 lbs 14 oz, 6 lbs 6 oz, and 5 lbs 8 oz” (for you moms out there, that’s almost 19 pounds of babies!).  She shared that “God was working so powerfully in my life.”   Colleene and her husband let the little children lovingly come to them (Luke 18:16).  They let God’s unborn children enter His plan for their lives.  They let these littlest American citizens enter the world at conception and continue their existence in the womb and advance to be born; to live and to grow and to love.  They trusted in God’s mercy and His love for their family.  They listened to the Gospel of Love and Life.  They opened their hearts to listen to the words of Jesus, our Savior.  (Focus on the Family letter, April 1995, pp. 1-3)

Open My Heart, O Lord
How do we open our hearts to Christ in pro-life ministry?  We must do something!  Join the Respect Life Committee of your parish or other such groups; volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center, staffed by loving people who compassionately help mothers in need; contribute financially to pro-life groups; vote for candidates who have a firm commitment to the culture of life, from conception to natural death; promote religious liberty in our country; courageously speak out in your families, workplaces, and communities about all life – the unborn, the elderly, people with disabilities, the poor, the lonely; pray; live the scriptures as St. Paul said, “I belong to Christ” (1 Corinthians 1).
Our saint for today clearly belongs to Christ.  We ask the virgin and martyr St. Agnes, on her feast day, for her intercession.  St. Agnes, only 12 or 13 years old, declared herself a Christian in a time of great persecution, and was burned and executed.  Her heart was completely open to her Gentle Jesus, and she stood up for her faith with extraordinary courage and steadfast love.  We are called to this courage and love for all our brothers and sisters, born and unborn.  We show our respect for life in our families: loving and respecting our parents and siblings; with our classmates and members of our parish: showing compassion and friendship to all; to those in society, yes, even to those who support abortion rights: lovingly and gently leading them to the truth, the Truth, Who is Jesus and His Gospel of Life.  We show our commitment to Jesus by listening to His call for our lives:  boys and single men – His call for you to be a priest, religious brother, or husband and dad; girls and single women – His call for you to be a religious sister or wife and mom.  Open your hearts and listen, then follow.
If you have participated in abortion -- for example, suffered the abortion of your own child, paid for an abortion, driven a relative or friend to have an abortion, supported or been neutral in a decision regarding abortion, voted for a civil leader who promotes abortion rights, worked as a health care worker in an abortion procedure; there is hope for you.  Jesus is the Great Light who will forgive and heal you.  Only Jesus can bring you out of your darkness and despair, and save you with the healing power of His touch (Matthew 4).  Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat and other post-abortion ministries are staffed with caring people who will help.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confession, gives us forgiveness and peace in Christ.  The Holy Eucharist will nourish us for the journey of the Gospel of Life.
Jesus, the Word, heal us of the sin of abortion.  Forgive us for staying in darkness these 39 years.  Jesus, the Author of Life, open our hearts to Your love, to Your Culture of Life.  We know You love us more than we can ask or imagine!



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. 25, 2016


Sept. 11, 2016

 
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July 10, 2016

June 12, 2016

May 29, 2016

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March 13, 2016

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