Plagiarism by former SKC columnist

Former SKC columnist, Sister Irene Hartman, OP, has been found to have plagiarized at least 25 of the columns she provided to the SKC. For more than a decade, Sister Irene provided dozens of weekly columns under the title “Holy Ones of Our Times,” and the earlier title, “Charisms”.

It has been discovered that at least 25 of her columns were taken in part from the work of Robert Ellsberg, author of All Saints, Blessed Among All Women, and Blessed Among Us (a collected volume of his work that appeared in the publication Give Us This Day).

According to Give Us This Day editor Mary Stommes, a reader recently called their attention to one instance of potential plagiarism, which led to a more careful review and the discovery that, “Sister Irene not only copied many of Mr. Ellsberg’s words, but she also copied his method of expanding our understanding of saintliness in the range and breadth of those portrayed.”

One article reviewed by the SKC contained phrasing identical to that used in a column by Mr. Ellsberg, whose column was written more than a decade prior to Sister Irene’s.  The SKC trusts fully that the research completed by Liturgical Press, the publishing house of Give Us This Day, is accurate. Therefore, the Catholic has removed all of Sister Irene’s columns from our website, including the issues in which they were contained.

“As a 20-year columnist, I would like to offer my personal apologies to Mr. Ellsberg,” said Dave Myers, SKC editor. “I can’t begin to imagine how I would feel had I encountered someone using my columns in such a way. Ms. Stommes and Mr. Ellsberg have been extremely gracious in their response to this serious issue.”

Sister Irene died at age 95 on Aug. 17, 2017. The SKC urges readers to take a moment to view the books written by Mr. Ellsberg, the links of which are included above.  Coverage will appear in the April 7 SKC.

 

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Archbishop Romero declared a saint

Archbishop Romero declared a saint

By Charlene Scott Myers

Southwest Kansas Catholic

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, brutally murdered 38 years ago by a right-wing military squad that had defiled and slaughtered three nuns and a lay woman before his death, was declared a saint by Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 14. 

Romero was shot down by a right-wing death squad on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of San Salvador.  He had protested the murders of the three nuns and a lay woman who had worked with the poor in San Salvador, and when threatened with death himself, had defied the cowardly murderers and bravely launched a weekly Sunday radio address to his flock urging them to keep the faith and also be brave in the face of death.

The canonization of Romero was opposed by some leaders in the Roman Catholic Church who thought he was “too political.”  None of those leaders, however, had ever risked their lives or spoken out on behalf of the “disappeared” in El Salvador. 

Hundreds of college age youth had marched in defense of the poor in that country and paid for their bravery by being brutally defiled and “disappeared,” a much too clean word for the young people whose bodies were crudely dumped in a volcano in El Salvador.

The modern martyr Romero also had spoken out against the brutal Salvadoran Army, and the people of El Salvador did not forget his courage in the face of death.  Five thousand people from El Salvador traveled nearly a thousand miles to attend the canonization in Rome of their beloved slaughtered leader, who was revered as a saint long before the Vatican proclaimed it so.

“Romero left the security of the world, even his own safety, in order to give his life to the poor and to his people,” Pope Francis said.

The ceremony to declare Romero a saint drew a total of 70,000 people to St. Peter’s Square in Rome.  Pope Francis was the first pope from Latin America, and he revealed early in his papacy that he would work for the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

The United Nations recognizes the important work and values of the life of Archbishop Romero every March 24 when it celebrates a day to promote human rights, and Westminster Abbey erected a statue of Romero in London, honoring him along with Dr. Martin Luther King as one of 10 modern martyrs.

Among the greatest moments of my life were the two times I visited the coffin of Archbishop Romero outside the cathedral in San Salvador. 

I touched the coffin lightly with one hand, and wiped away my tears with the other hand, so honored to stand beside him after his death. 

Romero was a humble, quiet man, and a giant of humility and grace.

In the face of injustice and terror, he spoke out.

Pray for us left behind who miss you so much, dear St. Oscar!

May we kneel and kiss the hands of the Lord and Mary and your hand someday in Heaven!

 

Audio interview with the late Bishop Eugene J. Gerber preserves, documents history

Archivist Note: On May 25, 2011, I had the opportunity to record an oral history by telephone with Bishop Eugene J. Gerber. At that time, he was Bishop Emeritus of the Wichita diocese and was residing in San Diego. He served as third bishop of the Diocese of Dodge City from 1976 to 1982, before being named bishop of Wichita. He died on Sept. 29. The following text includes excerpts from the interview.     — Tim Wenzl

 

Archivist: Let’s start with the announcement that you had been named the third bishop of Dodge City. Do you remember the circumstances of that announcement?

Bishop Gerber: Let me go back on how the circumstances led up to that announcement. In those days, it was not by telephone call that the apostolic delegate, as he was (then) called, that you learned of your appointment. It was by a letter, and it was a pontifical sealed letter within a letter, and you read the letter, and it asked you the question of whether you would respond affirmatively to the appointment that the Holy Father had in mind. And then, what you did is write back with a secret code word. The secret code word for me was: what are you doing to promote religious education? And I wrote back and responded in that vain and that meant that it was accepted. It meant that I was accepting the appointment and then the actual announcement of the appointment came on October the 16th.

A: You succeeded Bishop Marion F. Forst, who had been bishop of Dodge City for 16 years at the time. Did you have an opportunity to speak to him either before or soon after the public announcement?

BG: Immediately after the public announcement, he called me, and the first thing he sent me as a gift was a zucchetto, because as soon as an announcement is made that a priest is being named a bishop, he can begin to wear a zucchetto, that little head piece. So, he wanted me to have one of those right away, and he wanted it to come from him.

A: In succeeding Bishop Forst, did you have any questions for him, or did he give you any advice?

BG: Giving the nature of Bishop Forst, we worked out some of the general principles or the general guidelines for the installation. After that, it was all turned over to the priest under his charge and the lay people who worked so diligently pulling off the installation there. I might add that at that time, there was a change being made for the way in which bishops are installed and ordained. Up to that time, it was not uncommon for them to be ordained in their home diocese and later installed in their new diocese. It was at that time that they were changing to have the ordination coincide with the installation liturgically, and so the ordination took place in the diocese to which the priest was being assigned. There was still an exception made in my case because my mother was an invalid and could not make the trip to Dodge City. So, they deferred to my request to have the ordination in Wichita, and then she attended the installation (at Dodge City) from the sacristy at the cathedral in Wichita and watched it by way of television.

A: So then, in 1982, you were named to succeed Bishop Maloney at Wichita, your home diocese. Do you recall the circumstances of that appointment? You were only a bishop six years, was that a surprise to you?

BG: It was very much a surprise. Let me tell you how I learned of that. By that time, they were either calling you by telephone or talking to you in person. And I was at a Fall meeting of the Conference of Bishops in Washington. The apostolic delegate at that time (since then has become known as the apostolic nuncio) came to me on the floor and he said, “I need to talk to you.” And so we went into a door, and it was like a storage room/mop room, and he opened another door and it was a kitchen. He opened another door and that wasn’t appropriate. He couldn’t find a place, we couldn’t find a place where he could tell me what he wanted to tell me, so he said, “We’ll just talk here.” We were right on the floor and he said, “The Holy Father wants you to become, is asking you to become the bishop of Wichita,” and I said, “Who me?” He looked at my nametag and he said, “You are Gerber aren’t you?” It was a very humorous event, but I was so taken by surprise that I’d be called from Dodge City, number one, and number two, that I would be called back to my home diocese, but that’s how I learned. So that was on the 22nd, I believe, of October, I mean, sorry, the 22nd of November. Providentially, my dad died ten days later, and ten days after he died, my mother died. So, my dad died on December the 2nd, my mother on December the 12th and what added so much turmoil emotionally for me was, first of all, leaving the Diocese of Dodge City. So I was receiving cards and letters in connection with leaving the diocese, then I was receiving letters and cards for coming to Wichita because I knew a lot of people there, then after my dad died, I was receiving grieving letters, condolences and sympathies from people about his death, then my mother dies and the same thing happens when she dies, and then I receive Christmas cards and Christmas letters. So, that whole period of time just became a blur. So many things were happening emotionally that it was only later that I could catch up with my emotions.

A: You were the first of three priest sons from the Wichita Diocese who have been appointed Bishop of Dodge City. The second was Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, who was your vicar general and moderator of the curia in your chancery there in Wichita. He was appointed to succeed Bishop Schlarman. How did you feel when you learned of Bishop Gilmore’s appointment and that you would be losing your vicar general?

BG: I was not concerned about losing a vicar general. I was pleased that one of our priests was being called to be bishop, and I was pleased that he was being appointed to the Diocese of Dodge City. There is a rejoicing that goes on. I was the Apostolic Nuncio at that time, we had just had the confirmations, the diocesan wide confirmations in Wichita, so we had about I don’t know how many thousand students and after the ceremony, an outdoor ceremony, Archbishop Cacciavillan said: I’m going to go. When we get to the hotel, after about ten minutes, I’m going to be in my room, such and such, and you ask Father Gilmore come in to see me, and five minutes later, after he comes in and sees me, I want you to come in. And that’s how Bishop Gilmore learned of his appointment. So, when I went into the room, there was Archbishop Cacciavillan, Father, then Bishop-elect, Gilmore, and myself. That trio was a nice setting, it was a nice exchange. There was nothing except happiness for the Diocese of Dodge City and for Bishop Gilmore. I didn’t give any thought about losing someone. I’ve always gone to the principle: The best thing you can do for the church is give out of your own need and not out of your surplus, and then you will be blessed. I had learned all of that from the missions in Venezuela, you know, you don’t wait to give out of your surplus but give out of your need, and so that was a viable and life-giving principle that was operative in my heart and in my mind. So it was something that fit naturally into my attitude and my emotions.

A: Now the third son from Wichita to be named Bishop of Dodge City was Bishop John B. Brungardt. And you actually ordained him to the priesthood didn’t you?

BG: I did, through the grace of God.

A: Did you have any part in nurturing his vocation?

BG: To this extent that we would get together with the seminarians every summer, but I would also visit the seminaries every semester. On the occasion of visiting the seminaries where our men were studying, I would visit with each of them individually, take whatever time it took and pursue the reasons for their vocation and what was motivating them, all of that sort of thing that was not only a testing of their vocation, but also an affirming of their vocation. So, to that extent, I had a part in his vocation. What led him from the faculty of Kapaun Mount Carmel at the time to seek the priesthood, I don’t recall exactly, but I knew him on the faculty there before he went to the seminary.

A: Very good. There was one other thing I wanted to visit with you about. You were actually in Rome for an ad lumina visit with Pope John Paul I. You were actually there throughout his pontificate weren’t you?

BG: I was. I was there. The first day after we arrived was his (Pope John Paul I), what is called a Solemn Beginning in St. John Lateran’s (Basilica). And then I was there with Bishop Hanifen, from Colorado Springs, and we were scheduled to have Mass that morning at St. Peter’s tomb, which is several levels under the floor of the Basilica. And we stepped out of where we were living and on our way there it just seemed like all of Italy had been struck by an atomic bomb, it was all quiet and everybody was so subdued and shocked to hear of the Pope’s death. I stayed there during the whole pontificate and the day after the funeral I believe, we left. But it was something to be there during the whole pontificate of the pope and to have been one of the only groups of audiences of bishops that he had received for an ad limina visit. So, I got a chance to visit with him personally, and an interesting point that might be appropriate here is: he liked to watch western movies with Italian lines dubbed in, and I said Dodge City, and he lit up like a Christmas tree. With Matt Dillon and Gunsmoke, you know that sort of thing. So it was a delight to meet him and he dismissed all his aides so that he could be alone with us and it was the first time that I had experienced such a close pastoral relationship with the Holy Father. I had been with Bishop Maloney as a priest with Pope Paul VI, a half a dozen times, but it was really something to be a bishop for the first time to be meeting with the pope for an ad limina visit and do so under those circumstances.

A: Very good. Well Bishop, are there any loose ends that we did not touch on that you would like to address?

BG: I would like to talk a bit about living, where I lived. When I went to Dodge City, the chancery that is there now, the chancery actually stopped at the door before you go into the hallway. There was a low number of staff members. Early on, I moved my office into the bishop’s quarters, of what is now I think the chapel, and that became my office. And then as these various diocesan services were developed, I kept moving up and offices kept following up until the building was full of offices and I was living in the attic. The best place that I have ever lived as a bishop was that attic. It was so, it was just a holy place for me. There was no way out except the stairs. So, I don’t remember who, but somewhere along the line, the chancellor and others decided that I needed a rope up on that fourth floor in case there was a fire and I couldn’t get down the stairs. And so they gave me a rope and I said, “Well, now I know that I am fully accepted.” But I just want to underline what a spiritual place it was to live in the attic. I still have an incredible love for western Kansas, for that diocese.

 

In Persona Christi Capitis

By Father Juan Salas

Assistant Director, Priestly Vocations

As we approach November, which is the Month of Priestly Vocation for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, we will reflect upon the three missionary realities (tria munera) of the priest as acting in persona Christi Capitis (in the person of Christ the Head). The priest, acting in the name of Christ himself, exercises the threefold office of teaching, sanctifying and governing “by virtue of Christ’s authority; not as a member of the community, but speaking to it in the name of Christ” (ccc 875). Which it is to say that when the priest, in communion with the church, teaches, sanctifies and governs, it is the same Christ who performs those actions.

The three short articles will be an opportunity to gratefully reflect on the priestly mission of the priest through whom Christ continues to be truly present and active within the Church. “In order to shepherd the People of God and to increase its numbers without cease, Christ the Lord set up in his Church a variety of offices which aim at the good of the whole body” (ccc 874) and invested the ones whom he called; “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,” (Mt 4:19) with the duty to sanctify (Munus Sanctificandi), teach (Munus Docendi) and shepherd (Munus Regendi) the mysrical body of Christ: the church.

We will use this opportunity to shortly reflect on each one of the three offices (tria munera) on three separate articles.

The Priest - Munus Sanctificandi - The duty to sanctify

The duty of the priest to sanctify is born from God alone. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” (Rev 4:8) He “is light and in him is no darkness at all” (1 Jn 1:5). God’s holiness comes to the world in the person of Jesus Christ. Christ bestowed that holiness on his priests who at the same time contribute to make the people of God a holy nation. Christ gives his priest this mission and faculty (“the sacred power”) to act in persona Christi Capitis (ccc 875) to make the faithful holy: to sanctify it. The action of sanctifying the people of God follows the very sanctifying action received by the priest himself: “And for their sake I consecrated myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth. I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word” (Jn 17:19-20).

The action of sanctifying a person could be understood as to put him or her in contact with God so this person becomes one with Him. The priest sanctifies the people of God through prayer and work: by the proclamation of the Word of God and in a very particular and special manner through the Sacraments” (cf. ccc 893). Each sacramental celebration draws the person closer to God so both the priest and the faithful may attain eternal life. Thus, it is Christ himself who makes us holy and the priest continues the mission of the One sent by the Father through the “word” and the sacraments.

All the sacraments receive the sanctifying strength of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Likewise, they proclaim the everlasting mercy of God. It is for this reason that when the faithful  receives God’s mercy through the sacrament of penance; or when receives the body and blood of Jesus Christ through the sacrament of holy Eucharist; then at that moment the one receiving it is being sanctified by the sanctifying office of the priest.

Through this priestly office, the love of God pours down on his people. It is a great gift from God that the priest represents. “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus,” as Saint John Vianney would often say. This saint is a great example of the sanctifying office of the priest.  His humble spirit and self-sacrificial soul allowed him to administer the sacraments, especially the sacrament of penance and holy Eucharist, with a true-shepherd’s heart: “A good shepherd, a pastor after God’s hear, is the greatest treasure which the good Lord can grant to a parish” (St John Vianney). He understood that God’s sanctifying action lays on the altar and the confessional. He often would say that “all good works, taken together, do not equal the sacrifice of the Mass.” Saint John Vianney experienced the Love of God through the Eucharist celebration. He did it so much that he knew that the soul and heart of the one receiving our Lord need to be ready: thus, he spend much of his ministry in the confessional.

God has always provided for his people. He has earnestly sought to make his people holy for “we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). The priesthood in its sanctifying function points out to that reality in which Jesus Christ continues to set aside for himself those receiving the proclamation of the world and the sacraments. The hearts and lives of the faithful are transformed because of the experience of God’s merciful love.  Through the word and the sacraments of Jesus Christ the priest continues building up the “holy nation of God” (cf 1 Pt 2:9).

Saint John Vianney, pray for us.

Internet video series shines God’s light on special kids

(See Chris's videos by clicking here.)

By Dave Myers

Southwest Kansas Catholic

Hidden in the billions of bytes of information flowing from the Internet every micro-second is a video series dedicated to the celebration of the uniqueness of all human life. 

“Hey, everyone. Welcome to SBSK, the Youtube channel where you’ll meet friends who live with many different conditions.

“While watching these videos you’ll notice one thing. Although humans are incredibly diverse, we all have so much in common. So, without further hesitation, let’s meet today’s friend.”

These are the words of Chris Ulmer, a 20-something special education teacher who has devoted himself to travelling the globe and talking with people who are facing severe physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

He not only tells their story, but, like a modern-day Mr. Rogers, he makes clear that those he interviews are special, that they are worthy of friendship and respect.

The two- to 20-minute videos are not always easy to watch. At least not at first.

Avery is a teenage girl with cerebral palsy.

“What’s the most difficult thing about being you?” Chris asks.

Avery thinks for a moment, smiles wide and responds, “I don’t have any [difficulties].”

“A lot of people say she’s an angel, and I actually believe that,” her father says.

Another smile from his daughter who is squeezed up next to him. “I never say a mean thing,” she says.

“Why not?” Chris asks from off camera.

“Because, I’m a nice person!”

“I think a misconception is that she can’t talk, or talks very little,” Avery’s sister says as she takes a place next to her. “When she first meets them, she’s pretty shy. But then you get sassy once you get to know them, don’t you?”

“Yeah!”

“Do you sometimes feel shy?” Chris asks.

“Yeah.”

“Do you feel shy because you want them to like you?”

“Yeah,” she responds.

“Are you scared they may not like you?”

After a moment’s thought, she responds, “No” and laughs.

Ulmer’s vocation has taken him all over the world, meeting with people of all levels of disability. Many are non-verbal, and communicate with a look, movement or sound. Yet it’s impossible not to see their affection for the young man, who makes clear that he is there not just to put a face on these special people, but to be their friend.

And it is by way of that relationship that you can clearly see God at work.  

“I was a special education teacher and had the same seven students for three years,” he said in a video question and answer interview. “In our third year, we started a blog. I wanted the community to learn about my students to better understand them, include them and have them be a part of our life in southeast Florida.”

For six months, the young teacher filmed lessons and interviewed his students.

“I thought that would be it. It wasn’t my goal to become a vlogger [video logger]. After six months we had 100,000 followers. People started emailing me and asking if I could come and interview them.”

He decided to publish a book: Special Books by Special Kids (SBSK), but after being turned down by 50 publishers, Ulmer decided to devote full time to his video series.

Today he has filmed more than 1,000 videos--190 on Youtube, and more than 600 on their original Facebook channel. He has travelled across the globe, and has been featured on an Australian version of 60-Minutes. 

One common question he asks his interviewees (or their parent), is, How do you want people to act around you?

The same answer comes again and again: “Just smile. Say hi.”

The philosophy behind the video series is that everyone has the ability to change someone’s life. It may be the life of the person he’s interviewing, but it will most certainly be those who are fortunate enough to tune in.

To see his videos, go to Youtube.com and type Chris Ulmer in the search box. On Facebook, type in Special Books by Special Kids.

 

Pope Francis says that in healthcare

‘We are responsible for the most vulnerable’

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholic News Agency

Vatican City - When it comes to healthcare and using our resources wisely, we have a responsibility to protect and take care of the most vulnerable in society, especially the elderly, Pope Francis told members of the Italian bishops’ conference.

“To optimize resources means to use them in an ethical and responsible manner and not to penalize the most fragile,” he said.

“It is necessary to be vigilant, especially when patients are elderly with a heavily compromised health, if they are suffering from serious and costly diseases for their care or are particularly difficult, such as psychiatric patients,” he continued.

“Together with lights, though, there are some shadows that threaten to exacerbate the experience of our sick brothers and sisters,” he said. The most important thing is that the dignity of the sick person is always at the center of all healthcare, because when it is not, he said, the attitudes caused can lead people “to take advantage of the misfortunes of others. And this is very serious!”

Francis condemned, for example, business models of healthcare which, “instead of optimizing the available resources,” instead consider most people to be a type of “human waste.” When money is the guiding principle of policies in healthcare and administrative decisions, there can be a temptation to lose the protections to the right to healthcare, such as that “enshrined in the Italian Constitution,” he said.

Rather, “the growing health poverty among the poorest segments of the population, due precisely to the difficulty of access to care,” he said, should “not leave anyone indifferent and multiply the efforts of all because the rights of the most vulnerable are protected.”

Pope Francis praised the many health institutions in Italy founded on Christian principles, expressing his appreciation for the good that they have accomplished and encouraging them to continue to do even more to help the poor and vulnerable.

“In the present context, where the answer to the question of the most fragile health is becoming more difficult, do not even hesitate to rethink your works of charity to offer a sign of God’s mercy to the poor that, with confidence and hope, knock on the doors of your structures,” he said. One of St. John Paul II’s goals for the World Day of the Sick, “in addition to promoting the culture of life,” Francis said, was also to involve dioceses, Christian communities, religious, and families in understanding the importance of pastoral healthcare.

There are many patients in hospitals, of course, but there are many more people in their homes and frequently alone, he pointed out.

“I hope they are visited frequently, so they do not feel excluded from the community and they can experience, because of the proximity of one who meets them, the presence of Christ which passes now in the midst of the sick in body and spirit.”

He praised the advancements in scientific research which have found cures for some diseases, or eradicated them altogether, while noting that we can’t forget also the more rare and neglected diseases, which are not always “given due attention, with the risk of giving rise to further suffering,” he said. Quoting from his message for this year’s World Day of the Sick, the Pope said, “In the first place is the inviolable dignity of every human person from the moment of conception until its last breath.”

“We praise the Lord for the many health professionals with the knowledge and belief that they live their work as a mission, ministers of life, and participate in the effusive love of God the Creator,” he said. “Their hands touch every day the suffering flesh of Christ, and this is a great honor and a serious responsibility.”

“Likewise, we welcome the presence of many volunteers who, with generosity and competence, are working to alleviate and humanize the long and difficult days of so many sick and lonely elderly people, especially the poor and needy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diocese celebrates the gift of matrimony

 Nearly 50 couples, their friends and family, came to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Oct. 21 to celebrate the gift of matrimony at the annual Matrimony Anniversary Mass, celebrated by the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt. His homily is below. See the names of the couples at bottom.

La homilía del obispo John Brungardt está abajo.

 Welcome to all as we celebrate God’s wonderful gift of Matrimony:  One man and one woman who freely give themselves to each other, in love and fertility, until death do they part.

In July, we hired a new director of our Matrimony, Family Life, and Natural Family Planning Office.  Janeé Bernal is our new director.  She has many years of experience at Newman University.  Thanks to your generosity and sacrifice in our Vibrant Ministries: Uniting our Church appeal, we have Janeé to assist the diocese in this important part of God’s plan for our lives.

Matrimony, Family Life, and Natural Family Planning Office:  why such a long title?  Each part is so important, so I decided not to abbreviate.  Let’s look at each aspect on this Matrimony Anniversary Celebration:

Matrimony

The new Matrimony Rite (The Order of Celebrating Matrimony – Ritual Del Matrimonio) has recently been approved by the US bishops and confirmed by the Holy See.  It uses the word Matrimony.  Unlike the word marriage, which society defines any way it wishes, the word Matrimony is a covenant from the Lord.  From  the Consent in the Rite:

Since it is your intention to enter the covenant of Holy Matrimony, …

In this covenant, this holy promise, a man and a woman gives their lives to each other, in love and openness to children, until death do they part.  This is what the Lord sacrificed for us, as prophesied in Isaiah:  “He gives his life as an offering for sin.

Family Life

Like the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, this couple becomes co-creators with God in bringing forth children.  From the Rite:

Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God and to bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?

I have said many times, that the most important responsibility of parents to their children is not to put food in their stomachs, not to put clothes on their backs, not to put a roof over their heads:  all these pass away.  The most important responsibility of parents is to raise their children in the Catholic faith, to teach them that God loves them more than they can ask or imagine.  In this way, the children will deepen their love, knowledge, and service of the Lord, their neighbor, and themselves.  Jesus said in our Gospel that he “did not come to be served but to serve,” thus we are called to teach this to our children.

Natural Family Planning.

The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church” is the opening sentence of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the family.  Our Holy Father writes: “Through their union in love, the couple experiences the beauty of fatherhood and motherhood, and shares plans, trials, expectations and concerns; they learn care for one another and mutual forgiveness” (88).

Openness to children is part of God’s beautiful plan for the man and woman who received the great gift of Matrimony.  Pope Francis continues: “We need to return to the message of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae of Blessed [now Saint!] Pope Paul VI (50th anniversary of his prophetic teaching!), which highlights the need to respect the dignity of the person in morally assessing methods of regulating birth” (82).  Natural Family Planning is a way that couples can grow in their communication with one another, discern biological signs of God’s gift of fertility, and cooperate with the Lord’s plan in their lives.  Investigate Natural Family Planning by speaking with Janeé, your pastor or other parish staff members.

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Matrimony, Family Life, and Natural Family Planning: 

Married couples and your families, Jesus loves you immensely!  Trust in Him as you “confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help” (Hebrews).

 

 

Bienvenidos a todos a celebrar el maravilloso regalo de Dios del Matrimonio: Un hombre y una mujer que libremente se entregan el uno al otro, en amor y fertilidad, hasta que la muerte los separe.

En julio, contratamos a una nueva directora de la Oficina de Matrimonio, Vida Familiar y Planificación Familiar Natural. Janeé Bernal es nuestra nueva directora. Tiene muchos años de experiencia en la Universidad Newman. Gracias a su generosidad y sacrificio en nuestra Petición de los Ministerios Vibrantes: Uniendo a Nuestra Iglesia, tenemos a Janeé para asistir a la diócesis en esta parte importante del plan de Dios para nuestras vidas.

La Oficina de Matrimonio, Vida Familiar y Planificación Familiar Natural: ¿por qué un título tan largo? Cada parte es tan importante, decidimos no abreviar. Veamos cada aspecto en esta Celebración de Aniversario de Matrimonios:

Matrimonio

El nuevo Rito de Matrimonio (El Orden de Celebrar el Matrimonio - Ritual del Matrimonio) recientemente ha sido aprobado por los Obispos de los Estados Unidos y confirmado por la Santa Sede (Roma). Usa la palabra Matrimonio. No como la palabra casamiento, que la sociedad define de cualquier forma que desea, la palabra Matrimonio es una alianza del Señor. Del Consentimiento en el Rito:

Ya que su intención es  entrar en la alianza del Santo Matrimonio …

En esta alianza, esta santa promesa, un hombre y una mujer entregan sus vidas uno al otro, en amor y apertura a tener hijos, hasta que la muerte los separe. Esto es lo que el Señor sacrificó por nosotros, como fue profetizado en Isaías: “él ofreció su vida como sacrificio por el pecado.

Vida Familiar

Como la Sagrada Familia, Jesús, María y José, esta pareja se convierte en co-creadores con Dios en dar a luz hijos. Del Rito:

¿Están dispuestos a recibir de Dios responsable y amorosamente hijos y a educarlos según la ley de Cristo y de su Iglesia ?

Muchas veces he dicho, que la responsabilidad más importante de padres y madres a sus hijos no es darles de comer, no es vestirlos, no es darles techo: todo esto pasa. La responsabilidad más importantes de padres y madres es criar a sus hijos en la fe católica, enseñarles que Dios los ama más de lo que puedan pedir o imaginar. De esta manera, los hijos profundizarán su amor, conocimiento y servicio del Señor, su prójimo y ellos mismos. Jesús dice en nuestro Evangelio que él “no vino a ser servido sino a servir,” por eso somos llamados a enseñar ésto a nuestros niños.

Planificación Familiar Natural

La alegría del amor que se vive en las familias es también el júbilo de la Iglesia” es la primera declaración en la Exhortación Apostólica sobre la familia del Papa Francisco. Nuestro Santo Padre escribe: “En su unión de amor los esposos experimentan la belleza de la paternidad y la maternidad; comparten proyectos y fatigas, deseos y aficiones; aprenden a cuidarse el uno al otro y a perdonarse mutuamente” (88).

Apertura a tener hijos es parte del hermoso plan de Dios para el hombre y la mujer que recibieron el gran regalo del Matrimonio. El Papa Francisco continua:  “Es preciso redescubrir el mensaje de la Encíclica Humanae vitae de Beato [¡ahora Santo!] Pablo VI, (¡50 aniversario de su enseñanza profética!), que hace hincapié en la necesidad de respetar la dignidad de la persona en la valoración moral de los métodos de regulación de la natalidad” (82).  Planificación Familiar Natural es un modo que las parejas pueden crecer en su comunicación el uno con el otro, para discernir las señales biológicas del regalo de la fertifidad de Dios y cooperar con el plan del Señor en sus vidas. Investiguen la Planificación Familiar Natural hablando con Janeé, su párroco o otros miembros del personal de la parroquia.

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Matrimonio, Vida Familiar y Planificación Familiar Natural: 

Parejas casadas y sus familias, Jesús los ama inmensamente! Confíen en Él y

acerquémonos con plena confianza a la sede de la gracia, a fin de obtener misericordia y hallar la gracia del auxilio oportuno” (Hebreos5:16).

 

HONOREES

The listing below is of all those who registered for the Oct. 21 Matrimony Anniversary Mass. If we missed anyone, or any information is incorrect, contact Dave at 620.227.1519, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

St. Joseph Parish, ASHLAND

Gerald and Pat Krier, 63

Christ the King Parish, DEERFIELD

Richard and Connie Braun, 50

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish,

DODGE CITY

Norma and Bernard Brown, 66

Adan and Gloria Cisneros, 10

Gerardo and Carmen Molinar, 50

Leon and Maureen Flax, 51

Joseph and Rebecca Gleason, 40

Robert and Marlene Littrell, 40

Juan and Zelma Lozano, 17

Miguel and Maria Martinez, 15

Rosa and Alejandro Peña, 15

Russell and Sandra Schartz, 61

Leroy and Donna Schawe, 55

Maurice and Shirley Stein, 55

Frank and Virginia Sumaya, 47

St. Joseph Parish, Ellinwood

Jerome and Eileen Huslig, 52

St. Dominic Parish, GARDEN CITY

Charles and Janice Nunn, 50

Prince of Peace Parish, GREAT BEND

Don and Loretta Kuhlman, 55

Donald and Lilly Penka, 55

Chuck and Mary Skolaut, 45

St. John the Evangelist Parish, HOISINGTON

Hutch and Sandy Moshier, 55

St. Mary Parish, HOLCOMB

Salvador and Sharon Aldana, 35

St. Stanislaus Parish, INGALLS

Farrel and Mary Ellen Bleumer

St. Lawrence Parish, JETMORE

Ron and Theresa Bach, 40

Jerry and Mary Whipple, 52

St. Nicholas Parish, KINSLEY

Norman and Pauline Herrmann, 57

Charles and Clara Schmitt, 69

St. Michael Parish, LA CROSSE

Benny and Ardis Viegra, 50

St. Anthony Parish, LAKIN

Harold and Twila Smith, 61

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, LARNED

Leonardo and Sonia Mabugat, 50

Holy Rosary Parish, Medicine Lodge

Ernest and Ellen Young, 54

Sacred Heart Parish, Ness City

Sergio and Jaqueline Rios, 25

St. Joseph Parish, OFFERLE

Vic and Julie Miller, 40

St. Ann Parish, OLMITZ

Terry and JoAnne Riese, 40

Daniel and Stephanie Schneider, 5

St. Alphonsus Parish, Satanta

Encarnacion, Jr. and Connie Maturey, 49

St. Joseph Parish, SCOTT CITY

Harl Dean and Patricia Ann Burdick, 55

William and Carolyn Simpson, 40

St. John the Baptist Parish, Spearville

Gilbert and Sandy Ackerman, 50

Ervin and Connie Burkhart, 50

Melvin and Patricia Habiger, 52

Steve and Julie Knoeber, 50

Dwaine and Louise Lampe, 60

John and Berna Mae Stegman, 59

David and Rosanne Tasset, 50

Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, ULYSSES

Primitivo and Maria Isabel Corona, 35

St. Andrew Parish, WRIGHT

Kenneth and Hattie Stein, 55

Larry and Mary Tenbrink, 60

Blaine and Rita Venters, 58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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