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Putting hands, hearts to work

Local youth serve mission at Navajo reservation

By TIM WENZL
Southwest Kansas Register

Four high school students and two adult leaders from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Dodge City spent a week in July working with other youth groups from throughout the country at the Window Rock Navajo Reservation near Fort Defiance, Arizona.
Jordan Olivarez, Shannon Wenzl, and Megan and Laura Wright, were accompanied by Jodi Lix and Dennis Scheck. They joined mission groups from Peoria, Ill., Phoenix, Ariz., Jensen Beach, Florida, and Meridian, Idaho. The mission trip was part of the YouthWorks network.

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Mary’s canticle: Helping us to receive with a grateful heart

By H. Richard McCord
Catholic News Service

Like many families, we have happy Christmas memories saved in photos. There is one of our sons at age 6 seated on his first bicycle under the Christmas tree. His head is thrown back with an exuberant smile. We were pleased to be able to give him this “best gift ever” and he was equally delighted to receive it. Such a memory reminds us that Christmas is as much about receiving gratefully as it is about giving generously.
A gift requires a giver and a receiver to be a complete experience. This truth can get lost in the Christmas frenzy of acquiring and checking off items on our list. The commercial message of Christmas focuses attention on what we’re going to give when really it’s asking the bottom-line question: How much are you going to spend? The successful Christmas season always seems to be measured in dollars and cents.
Giving generously, especially to the needy, is a truly blessed act. St. Paul even tells us that “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Giving is more than just a good human action. For a Christian, it’s a participation in the divine activity by which God the Father gives us his son whose unconditional love brings us salvation.

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World Youth Day memories

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

A sea of humanity poured out onto the horizon, creating inlets along the streets of Rio de Janeiro and on Copacabana beach, a flood of human life seeking to get closer to God, and, if chance dictated, to the newest pontiff to grace the Catholic Church.
Among the thousands and thousands of people in Brazil for the 13th World Youth Day was Hector Rivera, Director of Religious Education for St. Mary Parish in Garden City, two other adult volunteers, and six local youth.
“The day Pope Francis arrived in Copacabana,” Rivera said, “we were within five feet of him. He waved and smiled and was giving blessings.”
It was an unexpected, face-to-face moment, after which Rivera said the youth “were very silent. I think this is a memory they will cherish for the rest of their lives.”

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What a cultural event can teach us about welcoming the stranger

By Rhina Guidos
Catholic News Service

Prior to Christmas each year, enclaves of Latin American communities in the United States continue a practice in which strangers are welcomed into private homes, where they sit down to music, food and prayer.
The intention of these cultural practices called “posadas” is to recall the journey of the Holy Family as they received shelter from danger in their homeland. Shelter is one of the closest translations of the word “posada.”
When you ask, in Spanish, if someone can put you up, colloquially, you ask if they can “give” you “posada.” You, as the pilgrim, or traveler, or foreigner, ask for shelter from the elements, nothing else. As the host, it has a different meaning.
Having attended dozens of posadas over the years, I’ve noticed that when someone asks another person to host a religious posada, the host feels honored.

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What we can learn from our biblical ancestors as migrants

By Father Lawrence Mick
Catholic News Service

The first three definitions my dictionary lists to describe an immigrant are: foreigner, outsider, alien.
Israel, as a people, had experience as foreigners, outsiders and aliens. The Book of Deuteronomy (26:5) commands the Israelites to offer the sacrifice of the first fruits and to “declare in the presence of the Lord, your God, ‘My father was a refugee Aramean who went down to Egypt with a small household and lived there as a resident alien.’”

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‘It was a great feeling ... to be the hands and feet of Jesus’

St. Dominic Parish youth spend week serving poor of Cairo, Ill.

Special to the Register
Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Joel McClure, a new seminarian for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
In July, 18 high school students and five adults from St. Dominic Parish in Garden City traveled to Cairo, Illinois on a wonderful week-long journey together to serve the poor by living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“It was a significant experience and the people of Cairo stole our hearts,” said Lea Ann Scott, trip leader for the last 15 years. “We were able to share the love of Christ with others. It is a life-changing experience and an unforgettable journey for all.”
Cairo lies at the southernmost tip of Illinois where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers converge. This town, which was once a main river port, was – in its day - widely known to many Americans as a prominent commercial town with big-city attractions and a robust economy that would rival Las Vegas. But due to the decline of the river industry and escalating racial tensions in the 1960s, many jobs were lost and poverty became rampant in the city. Today the population numbers barely 3,000 people with an estimated median household income of just more than $21,000.
Lea Ann Scott has worked in Cairo three different summers and saw some progress in the community for the first time. New businesses and town clean-up was a welcomed surprise. The two-story hospital that sat empty for years is being torn down along with other dangerously crumbling buildings.

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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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