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Mark Roth to serve diocese as Director of Development

Dighton native to help ensure that parishes, schools build strong financial base
Liberal resident Mark Roth is the new full-time Director of Development for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City and will begin his ministry on December 16.  Previously, development activities were handled by Eric Haselhorst who will continue as the Stewardship Director for the diocese.
After a development summit held last year, attended by pastors and laity from various Catholic organizations and councils in the diocese, the recommendation to pursue a full-time development director was given.  Catholic Extension Society has provided a three-year grant of more than $130,000 to help finance this new ministry position.

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Pope Francis: To fight evil, Jesus uses humility and love, not armies

By CAROL GLATZ
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus does not need an army to fight evil in the world; he uses the victorious weapons of love and humility, Pope Francis said.
And Christians, likewise, should be known for bringing forth the light of Christ, not darkness, to fight the world’s demons, he said Sept. 3 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
The pope recommenced his early morning Masses for Vatican employees and guests Sept. 2 after a two-month-long summer hiatus.
Sept. 3 he reflected on St. Paul’s words to the Thessalonians when the apostle said, “For all of you are children of the light” and not children “of the night or of darkness.”

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Church is ‘apostolic’ when it shares

Gospel with the world, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The church can describe itself as “apostolic” only if it shares the Gospel with the world, remaining faithful to the teaching of the apostles and living out Gospel values, Pope Francis said.
“A church closed in on itself and its past, a church concerned only with its little rules, customs and attitudes is a church that betrays its identity,” the pope told more than 70,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 16 for his weekly general audience.

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‘We bring about the rebirth of Cain in every

act of violence and in every war’


Pope Francis leads day of prayer

for peace in Syria


By FRANCIS X. ROCCA
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a crowd in prayer for peace in Syria, Pope Francis said that war is ultimately caused by selfishness, which can be overcome only though expressions of fraternity and never with violence.
“Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation,” the pope said Sept. 7 before an estimated 100,000 people in St. Peter’s Square.
The pope had called the prayer vigil less than a week earlier, as the central event of a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world.
The Vatican called the vigil an unprecedented papal gesture for peace, by virtue of its scale and prominence of location.
The pope’s homily, which took up about 15 minutes of the four-hour liturgy, did not refer to contemporary events but spoke in biblical terms about the nature of war, whose origins he traced to the fall of Adam and the first murder, by Cain of his brother Abel.
Answering Cain’s famous question to God -- “Am I my brother’s keeper?” -- the pope replied: “Yes, you are your brother’s keeper! To be human means to care for one another.”

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Food for Thought

Hospitality has long been part of the Catholic tradition. Consider the Rule of St. Benedict, which in No. 53 tells us that “all guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’”
We don’t need riches or material goods to practice hospitality. It can come in gestures, in giving attention or help. Hospitality is about the relationships we build with those we come in contact with at work, in our local communities and in our parishes.
It’s an expression of the love we have received from God, the same kind of love we hope to share with others.
In the book “Radical Hospitality,” by Benedictine Father Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt, the authors say, “Hospitality is born in us when we are well loved by God and by others. Hospitality is the overflowing of a heart that has to share what it has.”
Hospitality is the answer, the authors say, to hostility, to receiving instead of judging, to opening up ourselves to others instead of closing.
They say, “Hospitality is a lively, courageous and convivial way of living that challenges our compulsion either to turn away or to turn inward and disconnect ourselves from others.”

Joy!

When I was ordained a priest, I purchased pre-printed cards to use as “Thank you” cards and notes (I’m not much of a long letter writer).  I had my name printed on the cards, and simply the word “Joy!”  Some people mistakenly believe that Christians are sad, even discouraged people.  At times, we do fall into gloom.  Yet, our Loving God brings us great joy, if we focus on Him:

“Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy.”
(Psalm 34:6)

“I find my joy in the Lord.”
(Psalm 104:34)

“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”

(John 15:11)

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it and be glad.”
(Psalm 118:24)

Our theme for this year’s Stewardship Renewal is “Joyfully Receiving and Sharing.”  As baptized followers of Jesus, we joyfully receive many blessings.  But we don’t stop there.  We then respond by joyfully sharing some of these blessings.  
Why?  Because we love God, our neighbor and ourselves.  This issue of the SKR begins a four-part series on our Diocesan Stewardship Renewal for this year, culminating in Commitment Sunday on November 17th.  Let us joyfully receive God’s gifts, and joyfully share these gifts in hospitality, prayer, formation and service.  Joy!


¡Alegría!

Cuando fui ordenado sacerdote, compré tarjetas con un mensaje imprimido por adelantado para usar como tarjetas para dar “Gracias” y notas (casi no escribo cartas largas). Me nombre fue imprimido en las cartas y simplemente la palabra “¡Alegría!” Hay gente que equivocadamente cree que los cristianos están tristes, tal vez como gente desalentada. A veces, caemos en la melancolía. Aún, nuestro Dios Cariñoso nos trae la gran alegría, si nos concentramos en Él:

“Los que miran al Señor  quedan radiantes de alegría.”
(Salmo 34:5)

“Me alegro en el Señor.”
(Salmo 104:34)

“Les he dicho todas estas cosas para que mi alegría esté en ustedes y su alegría sea completa.”
(Juan 15:11)

“¡Este es el día que ha hecho el Señor, gocemos y alegrémonos en él!”
(Salmo 118:24)

Nuestro tema para la Renovación de Compartir de este año es “Recibir y Compartir con Alegría.” Como seguidores bautizados de Jesús, con alegría recibimos muchas bendiciones. Pero no nos paramos allí. Entonces luego respondemos con compartir con alegría algunos de estas bendiciones. ¿Por qué? Porque amamos a Dios, al prójimo y a nosotros.  Esta edición del SKR comienza una serie de cuatro partes en nuestra Renovación de Compartir para este año, que culmina el Domingo de Compromiso el 17 de  noviembre. Vamos a recibir con alegría estos dones de Dios y alegremente compartir estos dones en hospitalidad, oración, formación y servicio. ¡Alegría!

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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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