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Mikey Needleman, parish director of evangelization and worship, live-streams the Mass at St. John Paul II Parish in Olathe over the Internet. The newest parish in the archdiocese is using social media as a way to grow the parish and broaden its appeal.

Growing a parish through social media By Jan Dixon Special to The Leaven


LATHE — When Father Andrew Strobl was named pastor of St. John Paul II Parish in southern Olathe, he knew he had his work cut out for him. Like many pastors before him, he would have to take area Catholics he inherited from the redrawing of parish boundaries and somehow forge them into a cohesive community. But unlike pastors before him, Father Strobl has some tools at his disposal that make that just a little bit easier. The staff of the newest parish in the archdiocese, Saint John Paul II, decided to start considering their approach from the perspective of the people in the pews. Who were they? What did they want? How could they be reached? And finally, what would connect

them to others? These were the questions at the top of their list, said parish secretary Jenna Wombwell — and they all had a single answer: social media. It would be readily available, interactive and shareable. In the very early days of the parish, the staff set up a website and a Facebook page in order to let people know the church was there. Basic information, Mass times and upcoming events were shared, and online registration began. More traditional modes of communication were also utilized through mailings and door-to-door visits. Word spread, and the parish began to grow. But Father Strobl knew that printed materials were only reaching the registered parishioners and the Catholics living within the new parish’s boundaries. So he began to post pictures, messages and important information on Snapchat and Instagram.

People liked what they saw and read and shared it with others. The parish continued to grow. The parish rectory became the hub for staff meetings, baptism classes and choir practice. But social media remained the most effective way for getting the word out to the people. Daily announcements, weekly newsletters, homilies streamed live, pictures, videos and digital evangelization were added. Spotify was used to provide a playlist of Mass songs — both new and familiar. And the username for all was spread far and wide: jp2kc. Sometimes even farther than expected. Cindy Quirk, parish director, said she recently met a family from Colorado at a St. John Paul II Mass. Family members had been following Father Strobl’s homilies on Facebook and came on a Sunday to hear him in person. One recent post reached over 42,000 people, was watched by over 18,000, and was shared over 90 times.

Posts are frequent and interactions are closely monitored by the parish staff. With approximately 95 percent of the parish connecting and sharing through one or more of these channels, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Mikey Needleman, parish director of evangelization and worship, said reaching out to the parish through social media has helped the new parish to reach the unchurched as well. One photo shared with thousands becomes a new connection point — a connection with a church that is alive and growing. “We are rooted in prayer and are spreading that prayer through social media,” he said. Communication, connection and conversion — it’s how social media is used to build an online community. Instead, St. John Paul II Church has used it to grow a community of believers.



Event hopes to boost seminarians endowment By Joe Bollig


RAIRIE VILLAGE — Among the things the late Msgr. Thomas J. Culhane was known for was his support of young men discerning their vocations to the priesthood. “He was the first rector of Savior of the World Seminary [in Kansas City, Kansas],” said John Caton, a member of St. Ann Parish in Prairie Village. “Every year, on a seminarian’s birthday and during Christmastime, he would personally write them a note of encouragement.” Those notes would include a bit of folding money — always appreciated. But the words of encouragement meant a lot more. Monsignor Culhane knew the seminary experience could be lonely, too. “The feedback he got from seminarians was so touching,” said Rick Evrard, also a member of St. Ann Parish. “Anyone who received something would usually write back and say, ‘Dear Father Tom, thank you so very

The Msgr. Thomas J. Culhane Endowment Fund for Seminarians helps support young men discerning their vocation. Monsignor Culhane, left, was the first rector of Savior of the World Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas. much. You don’t know how much this means to me.’” After Msgr. Culhane died on Feb. 24, 2007, the two men decided to carry on their former pastor’s legacy. “When he [died], John Caton, who was a good friend, and I worked together to come up with an idea as to how to best memorialize the efforts of Msgr. Tom. So we began this fund,” said Evrard. They formed the Msgr. Thomas J. Culhane Endowment Fund for Seminarians, which continues under the auspices of the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Each year, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the Serra Club hosts

a luncheon for seminarians and their parents. At that time, each seminarian receives a card and a check in memory of Msgr. Culhane. To build up the endowment fund, the trustees will host a wine and cheese gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 21 at St. Ann Parish hall. The event will include the showing of a video and guest speakers. There is no cost to attend. Although an RSVP is not required, the trustees would like to know how many to expect. Therefore, they ask that people give advance notice by calling the parish office at (913) 6601182. Dress will be casual. There will be opportunities to contribute to the endowment. Currently, the endowment has $51,000, and the goal is to boost it to $75,000. “ The idea is to [increase] the corpus of the endowment fund so annually it will provide a certain amount of dollars based on the number of seminarians,” said Evrard. “We felt that $75,000 would be a good goal.”


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White nationalist rally turns deadly in Charlottesville By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service


ASHINGTON (CNS) — In the aftermath of a chaos- and hatefilled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12. A 32-year-old paralegal, Heather D. Heyer, was killed when a car plowed into a group in Charlottesville Aug. 12. The driver was identified as James Alex Fields, who allegedly told his mother he was attending a rally for President Donald Trump. Reports say the car allegedly driven by Fields plowed into a crowd during a white nationalist rally and a counter-rally the afternoon of Aug. 12. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said early Aug. 14 the “evil attack” meets the legal definition of domestic terrorism and suggested pending federal charges for Fields, who was arrested and was being held without bail. Fields was formally charged Aug. 14 by a Charlottesville judge with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. Outside the Charlottesville courthouse where Judge Robert Downer handed down the charges and Fields appeared via video link from jail, white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed, but there were no arrests. The same day, anti-racism rallies were held in several cities. The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, was one of the first to call for peace following the violence in Charlottesville late Aug. 11, which only became worse the following day. On the evening of Aug. 11, The Associated Press and other news outlets reported a rally of hundreds of men and women, identified as white nationalists, carrying lit torches on the campus of the University of Virginia. Counterprotesters also were present during the rally and clashes were reported. The following day, at least 20 were injured and the mayor of Charlottesville confirmed Heyer’s death later that afternoon via Twitter after the car allegedly driven by Fields rammed into the crowd of marchers. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died when a helicopter they were in crashed while trying to help with the violent events on the ground. CNN reported that 19 others were injured and remained hospitalized Aug. 14 but were listed in good condition. “In the last 24 hours, hatred and violence have been on display in the city of Charlottesville,” said Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo in a statement on the afternoon of Aug. 12. “I earnestly pray for peace.” Charlottesville is in Bishop DiLorenzo’s diocese.

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Two people comfort Joseph Culver of Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12 as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respects for a friend injured in a car attack on counter-protesters rallying against white nationalists. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, condemned the violence and hatred and offered prayers for the family and loved ones of the person who was killed, and for all those who were injured.

“MAY THIS SHOCKING INCIDENT AND DISPLAY OF EVIL IGNITE A COMMITMENT AMONG ALL PEOPLE TO END THE RACISM, VIOLENCE, BIGOTRY AND HATRED THAT WE HAVE SEEN TOO OFTEN IN OUR NATION AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.” Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called the events “abhorrent acts of hatred” in an Aug. 12 statement. He said they were an “attack on the unity of our nation.” Virginia’s governor declared a state of emergency Aug. 12 when violence erupted during the “Unite the Right” white nationalist protest against the removal of a statue of a Confederate general, Gen. Robert E. Lee. But the trouble already had started the night before with the lit torches and chants of anti-Semitic slogans on the grounds of the University of Virginia. “Racism is evil,” President Trump said in an Aug. 14 statement. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Na-

zis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. . . . As I said on Saturday (Aug. 12), we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.” Trump was excoriated by many across the country for his Aug. 12 statement, because he condemned hatred, bigotry and violence “on many sides” in Charlottesville and did not specifically target white supremacists then, his critics said. Other groups, including many faith groups, seeking to counter the white nationalist events showed up during both events. Authorities reported clashes at both instances. “Only the light of Christ can quench the torches of hatred and violence. Let us pray for peace,” said Bishop DiLorenzo in his statement. “I pray that those men and women on both sides can talk and seek solutions to their differences respectfully.” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, which covers Northern Virginia, tweeted on what was happening in Charlottesville and followed up with a lengthy statement, calling the events “saddening and disheartening.” “The more we read about the demonstration of racism, bigotry and self-proclaimed superiority made it seem as though we were living in a different time,” said Bishop Burbidge, noting “much progress made” since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. “And yet, there are some who cling to misguided and evil beliefs about what makes American unique and remarkable.”

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He condemned “all forms of bigotry and hatred,” denouncing “any form of hatred as a sin.” “We must find unity as a country. Unity does not mean we all believe the same things,” Bishop Burbidge said. “We must be united by a shared interest in freedom, liberty and love for our neighbor. . . . Without respect for each other, even when we adamantly disagree, we will see more violence and discord in this great nation.” Other bishops quickly followed in denouncing the violence. “May this shocking incident and display of evil ignite a commitment among all people to end the racism, violence, bigotry and hatred that we have seen too often in our nation and throughout the world,” said Bishop Martin D. Holley of Memphis, Tennessee, in an Aug. 13 statement. “Let us pray for the repose of the souls of those who died tragically, including the officers, and for physical and emotional healing for all who were injured. May ours become a nation of peace, harmony and justice for one and all.” Chicago’s Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said Aug. 12 via Twitter: “When it comes to racism, there is only one side: to stand against it.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia called racism the “poison of the soul,” and said in a statement that it was the United States’ “original sin” and one that “never fully healed.” He added that, “blending it with the Nazi salute, the relic of a regime that murdered millions, compounds the obscenity.”

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Volunteers are backbone of Horton’s ecumenical outreach By Michaela Kinyon Special to The Leaven


ORTON — Nearly 400,000 people in Kansas are living in poverty. But churches like St. Leo Parish in Horton are lending a hand to alleviate the suffering. For over 15 years, churches within the South Brown County Ministerial Association have come together to run a food pantry for locals in need. Six churches participate, and each one is in charge of the pantry for two months out of the year. St. Leo takes its turn in June and December under the leadership of parishioner Betty Bunck. Bunck, a retiree and longtime member of the parish, has been leading the operation of the pantry for 15 years, alongside several other volunteers. “Well, I’m retired and the church asked me to do it,” said Bunck. “I have time.” According to Bunck, there are no budget requirements for those who come to the pantry. They do have to fill out an application, however, and are issued a card to show the volunteers when they arrive. “We want to verify that we’re feeding the kids we think we’re feeding,” said Bunck. “But there’s a need for this service, and we don’t judge,” she added. The food pantry feeds between 120 and 130 families each month, with 127 families fed this past June. The pantry is open nine days a month on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Food and proceeds are collected from a variety of sources, including Second Harvest in St. Joseph, Missouri, the local Walmart and area churches. St. Leo is no exception when it


From left, parishioners of St. Leo Parish in Horton — Betty Robison, Cheryl McAfee, Betty Bunck, Ally Bottom, Mary Beth McLenon, Paul McLenon and pastor Father Dan Gardner — all volunteer at the Horton food pantry. Parishioners at St. Leo’s, and members of six other local churches, have helped run the food pantry for more than 15 years comes to giving. “The parish is so generous,” said Betty Robison, a parishioner at St. Leo. Along with monetary donations, St. Leo parishioners donate produce from their gardens and eggs in the summer. They also collect food during Advent every year, and were able to give a turkey to every family in need last Christmas. But none of the pantry’s success could be done without the dedication of volunteers like Bunck. Approximately one month before it’s time to start preparing the pantry,

Bunck places a clipboard at the back of the church for parishioners to sign up. Volunteers range anywhere from retirees to high school students, she said. If there are leftover slots available, Bunck starts making calls. “When Grandma Betty calls, we come,” said parishioner Mary Beth McLenon. Father Dan Gardner, pastor of St. Leo and St. Ann Church in Hiawatha, volunteers every week at the pantry and is grateful for Bunck’s commitment and understanding of those in need.

“She has great insight on who receives these food packages,” he said. In a town as small as Horton, where the population is approximately 1,700, the work of local churches is crucial. For Bunck, the countless hours of hard work are worth it. “It’s a corporal work of mercy,” she said. “Christ said, ‘Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me.’” “There is no one who comes in for help that doesn’t need it,” Bunck said. “And that alone makes you want to go on.”

Three Sisters of Charity celebrate golden jubilees


EAVENWORTH — Sisters Catherine Ann Bones, Pamela Hinkle and Mary Barbara Wieseler celebrated their 50th anniversaries of entering the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth with a special Mass and reception on June 25 at the Sisters of Charity motherhouse here. Originally from McCook, Nebraska, Sister Catherine Ann has taught in secondary schools in the Midwest; ministered in a parish associated with a Catholic student center at a university in Wyoming; and served as vice president of mission integration of five hospitals in Montana and Kansas, including the former Bethany Medical Center and Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and Saint John Hospital, Leavenworth. In addition, she has been on boards of directors of a hospital, clinics and schools. She has

done postgraduate studies in spiritual formation and pastoral care. Sister Catherine Ann currently is pastoral associate of St. James Parish, Kearney, Nebraska. Sister Pamela is from Kansas City, Kansas, where she served her first Sisters of Charity mission teaching art at Bishop Ward High School, her alma mater. She also taught in Butte, Montana, and then transitioned to health care ministries. With a master’s in gerontology, Sister Pam held administrative roles in aging services in Colorado, Montana and Kansas, including Ross Hall, the skilled nursing facility at the motherhouse. She next earned a physician assistant degree and worked in clinics for the underserved, including Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, and Saint Vincent Clinic, Leavenworth. Since 2008, Sister Pam has been engaged in art ministry in Leavenworth.

Sister Mary Barbara grew up in St. Helena, Nebraska. She earned a music education degree before entering the Sisters of Charity. For 26 years, she taught music in high schools and junior highs in Montana and Kansas. Upon earning her master’s in counseling, she also served as a school counselor. Next, Sister Mary Barbara was Mother-to-Mother coordinator for Catholic Community Services, Lawrence. She followed this with a donor relations and counseling position at Marian Clinic, Topeka. For nine years, Sister Barbara was the assistant coordinator for the Sisters of Charity motherhouse and Ross Hall. Her most recent mission assignment has been pastoral ministry at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Three Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth are marking their golden jubilees this year. From left to right are Sisters Catherine Ann Bones, Mary Barbara Wieseler and Pamela Hinkle.




‘Momma Angie’ offers rural youth a second family, deeper faith By Moira Cullings


OSSVILLE — Four years ago, Angie Bittner took a chance on a new position with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Since then, she has transformed the faith lives of countless young people in rural northeast Kansas. As the rural youth outreach coordinator for the archdiocese, Bittner is a tangible example of the love of God. And the kids couldn’t be more grateful to have her.

The ‘connecting piece’ The Northeast Kansas Rural Youth Council (NEKRYC) is one of many ways Bittner connects with high school youth. Braden Myers and Sami Fischer, both founding members of the council, agree Bittner is the perfect role model. “I wouldn’t have picked anyone else for the job,” said Fischer, a parishioner at St. Stanislaus Parish in Rossville. “She has an aura about her that is peaceful and radiates the love and strength of Christ,” said Myers, a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Burlington. “She has a way of making you feel welcome, and that you are important in God’s plan — even as a teenager,” he added. Fischer’s favorite event with Bittner was the 2016 World Youth Day in Poland, where she was feeling homesick away from her family. “What helped me most was Angie,” said Fischer. “We have a running joke in NEKRYC that we call Angie ‘Momma Angie’ because she really is a second mom to all of us with how much she cares about each of us,” she continued. “It was comforting to know that I had that kind of support.” Bittner’s responsibilities range from organizing bus rides for out-of-town conferences to working with youth ministers on their own parish programs. Attending national events like the National Catholic Youth Conference and local mission trips like Prayer and Action wouldn’t be possible for the youth in many rural parishes of the archdiocese without Bittner’s efforts. “She’s the connecting piece that we had been missing to allow all of our kids to have the same exposure — no matter if you’re living in the big city or a small town,” said Ronda Smith, director of religious education at St. Leo Parish in Horton.

A helping hand Bittner has been working as the rural youth outreach coordinator since 2013, when the archdiocese introduced an all-parish special assessment to fund youth outreaches in the inner city and to rural youth. She has also been the youth minister

Angie Bittner takes aim at the shooting range at Prairie Star Ranch during a recent family camp. The Bittner family is all smiles after rowing around the lake at Prairie Star. Kevin and Angie are followed by Taylor and Jordan, followed by Kamryn, Alexis and Danielle. for her own parish — St. Stanislaus — for about seven years. Her family keeps her motivated, along with the audience she aims to inspire. “I think our kids are so beautiful,” said Bittner. “They want to know the full truth. And when they have it shown to them in a loving, joyful and irresistible way, they embrace it.” One of the most practical goals of Bittner’s work is to lighten the loads of rural parish pastors and leaders. “She’s always keeping in mind how our priests are so busy and she’s trying to make everyone’s job easier,” said Smith. Two of those priests are Msgr. Robert Bergman, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Louisburg, and Father Jeremy Heppler, OSB, pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Atchison. “It is great that Angie is always just a phone call away when I may have questions or need advice,” said Father Jeremy. “She is of help to the parish and also helps remind us that there is more to the church than just our parish.” Through her outreach across many rural parishes, he continued, “we can work together to encourage the formation of a deep relationship with God, friendships rooted in Christ and living virtuously.” Monsignor Bergman has also recognized the good that comes from having

someone like Bittner there for support. “Classically, the rural areas are great sources of vocations and families of faith,” said Msgr. Bergman. “[Bittner] helps the youth here know they are important and helps their families know that the diocese cares in word and action about them and their kids.” That part of the job is particularly meaningful for Bittner. “Family and parish life are the most important indicators of whether kids choose to stay true to their faith when they’re old enough to choose,” she said. “We want to provide anything we can to help the Catholic Church be irresistible and irreplaceable in the lives of young people,” she added. For Sally Olson, director of religious education and youth minister at St. Columbkille Parish in Blaine, Bittner

“exudes love for everybody she’s around.” “We are asked to express and show Jesus through us, and she does an awesome job of emitting Jesus through how she interacts — not only with the youth around her, but all the adults she interacts with,” she said. The teens certainly agree. “There have been many other times [Bittner] gave inspirational talks, sent emails or group prayers, and frankly kept Christ and the church’s teachings present in our busy teenage world,” said Myers. “She took a group of high school youth and brought us together,” he continued, “showing us that we could be better stewards of the faith and disciples on the journey. “The opportunities to learn and lead have made me a better Catholic and witness for our faith in Christ.”

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Mercy is anything but vague or abstract gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity” (Ex 34:6). God’s very nature is mercy and, because of lessed are the the covenant relationship, God’s merciful, for people are to become merciful they will be as well. Little wonder that the Pharishown mercy” sees are later criticized (Mt 23: (Mt 5: 7). 23) for their attention to the Twice in the Gospel of Mat- small things of the law such as thew, Jesus chides the leaders “paying tithes of mint and dill among the Pharisees to “go and and cummin,” while neglecting the weightier things, learn the meaning of “judgment, mercy the words, ‘I desire This is the and fidelity.” The mercy, not sacrifice.’” sixth column ministry of Jesus — In both instances, in a 10-part in fact, his very idenJesus uses a quote series. tity — makes it clear from Hos 6:6 about that mercy is a revemercy and sacrifice lation of God’s own to invite the Pharisees and all his listeners to reori- self. Pope Francis, in the book “The ent themselves, to focus on what truly matters rather than the ex- Name of God is Mercy,” says that ternal trappings of religious cus- mercy is “God’s identity card”; it’s God’s “most fundamental toms and rituals. In the first instance, Mt 9: nature”; it’s “the divine atti9-13, Jesus and his disciples are tude which embraces.” So God’s at table with “tax collectors and mercy is always moving toward sinners” in the home of Mat- embrace, always moving from thew. Such bad company causes attitude to action, from theory the Pharisees to question Jesus’ to relationship. Our lives must discretion. In a culture that mirror this same movement. The beatitude we find in Mt prizes honor and reputation, Jesus would be judged by the 5:7 blesses those who are mercompany he keeps. He is quick ciful and promises they will be to assure the religious leaders shown mercy. To be merciful rethat he prefers the company of quires action: the giving of comthe sick, those in need of a phy- passionate care to one in need, sician. In essence he is saying forgiveness to one who has done that the mercy of forgiveness is wrong, loving kindness to one who is lonely, correction to one essential. In the second instance, Mt who is lost, fidelity to one who 12:1-8, Jesus’ hungry disciples feels estranged, patience to one are picking grain on the Sabbath who is anxious and annoyed. Mercy is not a vague or aband, once again, the Pharisees seize on the opportunity to ques- stract concept, something that tion his judgment and wisdom. exists in principle but not in realAs their leader, how could Jesus ity. It comes in many forms, each allow his disciples to violate the Sabbath law? Jesus offers a history lesson about King David and his men violating a similar What Gospel story best rereligious law, providing another veals to you the kind of mercy opportunity for reorientation, that Jesus embodies? directing the Pharisees away When have you seen the from legalism toward the mercy church act as a messenger of of addressing human need. mercy to the community in The Gospel of Matthew relies which you live? What actions showed God’s mercy to the heavily on references and allularger community? sions to the Old Testament. It honors the covenant first made In what circumstances do you between God and the people find it most challenging to feel chosen as his own and shows merciful toward others? How do you pray about these cirthat Jesus himself is the fulfillcumstances? ment of that covenant. This covenant, made in the Sinai desert, When have you experienced revealed the God who was their God’s mercy? How did that exliberator. perience open you to become more merciful in return? When renewing the covenant, God identified himself in this This article was originally way: “The Lord, the Lord, a God published in Arkansas Catholic By Cackie Upchurch Director Little Rock Scripture Study




of them acted out in the context of relationships. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus models this beautifully for us. He heals the blind and lame — not simply to restore their health, but to restore them to acceptance within a community. Jesus pays attention to those around him so that he feels the woman touch his garment and offers her healing (Mt 9:20-22), sees and speaks honestly and lovingly to the Samaritan who comes for well water in the heat of the day (Jn 4:4-26), notices the tax collector Zaccheus and chooses to dine with him (Lk 19: 1-10), invites the blind Bartimaeus to articulate his needs (Mk 10:46-52) and encourages those who are anxious by assuring them of God’s loving care (Mt 6:25-34). Jesus does not simply feel pity; he is moved with pity, moved with compassion, moved with mercy. If we are to be moved to act mercifully as Jesus was, we have no further to look than the relationships that already exist in our lives. Acting with mercy there will open up new possibilities elsewhere. Relationships are the place where mercy is planted and harvested.

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LOCAL NEWS Patricia Mary and James Jay Lisson, members of St. Ann Parish, Prairie Village, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 26. The couple was married on Aug. 26, 1967, at Curé of Ars Church, Leawood. They will celebrate by taking a trip with their children and grandchildren to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, over Thanksgiving. Their children are: Kathleen Lisson Schirger, Megan Lisson Wilkens and Michael Lisson. They also have seven grandchildren.

Gladys and Francis Petesch, members of St. Aloysius Parish, Meriden, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a card shower to: 3308 82nd St., Meriden, KS 66512. The couple was married on Aug. 27, 1957, at St. Aloysius. Their children are: Rita Lavin, Terry Petesch, Cheryl Wellman, Greg Petesch, Maria Stapel, Scott Petesch, Sonya Petesch and Stacey Anderson. They also have 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ruth (Wessel) and Ralph Appelhanz, members of Sacred H ea r t-St. Joseph Parish, To p e k a , will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19 with a family dinner. The couple was married on Aug. 19, 1967, at Sacred Heart Church, Topeka. Their children are: Marsha Stafford, Jason D. Appelhanz and Troy Appelhanz. They also have four grandchildren.

Joe and Betty Altenhofen, members of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Seneca, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 16. The couple was married on Aug. 16, 1952, at Sts. Peter and Paul by Father Michael Carroll, OSB. Their children are: Craig, Bill, Boyd, Dean, Lisbeth and Chris. They also have 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. The family celebrated with a gathering on Aug. 5 in Seneca and a Mass on Aug. 6.


and Peggy (Calvert) Geier, members of Christ the King Church, To p e k a , will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19. They also celebrated with family and friends on Aug. 12. The couple was married at St. Joseph Church, Waverly, by Father Raymond Burger. Their children are: Teresa Holthaus, Anne Geier and Paul Geier. They also have seven grandchildren. Janice (Vanderweide) and Corky Armstrong, members of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 13. The couple was married on Aug. 12, 1967, at St. Ann Church, Effingham, by Father Damian Boeding, OSB. The Armstrongs hosted an anniversary celebration and luncheon that weekend with family and friends. Their children are: Brian Armstrong, Patrick Armstrong and Jeremy Armstrong. They also have five grandchildren and one stepgrandchild. Nancy

and Bill Wedman, members of Sacred Heart Parish, Ottawa, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19. The couple was married on Aug. 19, 1967, at St. Anne Church, Las Vegas. Their children are: Cynthia, David and Andy. They also have eight grandchildren. Family and a few friends will celebrate on Aug. 20 by helping to bring in the wine harvest at Holy Field Vineyard in Basehor. They also plan on taking an Adriatic cruise along Croatia in the fall.

Glenn and Shirley Hasenkamp, members of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Seneca, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20 with family. The couple was married on Aug. 19, 1957, at Sacred Heart Church, Baileyville. Their children are: Denise Deters, Donna Hammes, Doris Ronnebaum, Deann Sudbeck, Glen Lee Hasenkamp, Dalene Rilinger and Gerard Hasenkamp. They also have 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Pam and Gordon Schmid, members of Christ the King Parish, Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1 with a reception at Christ the King with their children and friends. The couple was married on Aug. 19, 1967, at St. Patrick Church, Kingman. Their children are: Tiffany, Stewart and Ryan. They also have six grandchildren. Dale and Mary Ann Hartweg, members of St. Patrick Church, Kansas City, Kansas, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23. The couple was married on Aug. 23, 1952, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kansas. Their children are: Dale E. Hartweg, Diane Hartweg and Debra Head (deceased). They also have four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Monsignor Michael Mullen will bless their rings at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Aug. 20.

John and Beulah Kane, members of St. Benedict Parish, Atchison, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 26. The couple was married on Aug. 26, 1957, at St. Joseph Church, Atchison, with Father Matthew Hall officiating. Their children are: Richard “Archie” Kane, Eddie Kane, Brian Kane and Rosie Trower. They also have 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Jim and Janet (Latham) Stuke, members of Sacred Heart Parish, Tonganoxie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family reunion and vacation to the Ozarks. The couple was married on Aug. 12, 1967, at St. James Church, Wetmore, by Father Alfred Koestner. Their children are: Jay, Joel, Justin and Jason. They also have 11 grandchildren. Robert



(Chmidling) Schrick, m e m bers of St. Matthew Parish, To p e k a , will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 27. The couple was married on Aug. 27, 1957, at St. Joseph Church, Nortonville. Their children are: Mike Schrick, McKinney, Texas; Dan Schrick, Sedgwick; C.J. Schrick, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Rob Schrick, Raleigh, North Carolina; and Mary Alice Scheer, Topeka. They also have 15 grandchildren. The event will be celebrated with a Mass and family dinner. Paul and Jane (Bock) Fortin, members of Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish, To p e k a , celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 10. The couple was married on Aug. 10, 1957, at Most Pure Heart by Father John P. O’Connor. Their children are: David C. Fortin, Joan Peterson, Suzanne Fortin and John P. Fortin. They also have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They will celebrate with a family trip in late August. Maurice and Kay (Watkins) Katzer, members of Holy Angels Parish, Garnett, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 12. They also celebrated with a family dinner on Aug. 3. The couple was married at Holy Angels by Father Maurice Gardner. Their children are: Deborah Miller, David Katzer and Erin Henry. They also have seven grandchildren. They are planning a trip to Yellowstone in September.


Janice and Jack Lott, members of St. Leo Parish, Horton, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a private dinner and road trip. The couple was married on Aug. 26, 1967, at St. Joseph Church, Everest, by Father Fabian Harshaw. Their children are: Amy and Eric. They also have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bernard and Betty Zarda, members of St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a dinner with their children on July 5. The couple was married on July 5, 1952, at St. Joseph Church, Shawnee. Their children are: Dana Rieke, Marla Chandler, Lilli Zarda, Bernie Zarda, Nancy Sayler and Karen Sneed. They also have 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Carol (Richling) and Gary Swendson, members of St. Leo Parish, Horton, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Arbor Knoll Center in Horton on Sept. 2. The couple was married on Sept. 2, 1967, by Father Vincent Kongs at St. Leo. Their children are: Todd, Bradly (deceased) and Jeffrey.

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MONDAYS WITH ROSIE Topeka women find that sometimes the most important roads you walk are not your own

T By Jill Ragar Esfeld

OPEKA — Rosemary Henson’s friends from St. Monica’s Guild at St. Matthew Parish here joke about putting a sign on the back of her wheelchair that says: “Jesus on wheels.” Every Monday, they are amazed at the joy that fills the little room in the Healthcare Center where they meet her for a special women’s luncheon. They see her as an example of Christ’s love and perseverance in the face of suffering.

“She’s such an inspiration to me,” said guild member Marj Kurtz. “Her courage, her strength and her faith — she inspires me to be a better person.” But asked if she views herself as an example of Christ, Henson gives a resounding, “No!” Then she smiles impishly and adds, “But it’s nice to hear.”

A difficult journey Thirty-two years ago, Henson’s life changed dramatically when she was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. “It was very devastating,” she said. “I wanted to jump off a cliff.” Having watched her mother and sister lose their battles with this most dreaded form of MS, Henson knew what lay ahead for her. A talented artist, she loved doing needlework and tole painting, often selling her work at craft shows and festivals.

She did everything she could to slow the progression of her disease. But four years ago, Henson was confined to a wheelchair. And a year ago, she lost her husband and caregiver Duane — an event made more tragic because it forced her to leave her home and move into the health care facility. Now the memories of her past survive in the detailed needlework and beautiful paintings that decorate the walls of her room. Henson no longer has the use of her arms or legs, and can barely raise her head. But all of her senses are intact and her mind is sharp. She’s trapped in her body is what it amounts to,” said her friend and fellow guild member Katy Field. “And being as young as she is, that’s difficult.” Henson’s battle with MS has been a heartbreaking journey. And when it became debilitating, she withdrew from society, relying on only her immediate

Rosemary Henson displays one of the many detailed pictures she created before multiple sclerosis made it impossible for her

SHE’S SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ME. HER COURAGE, HER STRENGTH AND HER FAITH — SHE INSPIRES ME TO BE A BETTER PERSON.” family and faith to sustain her. That is, until her old friends from St. Monica’s Guild insisted on accompanying her — pushing their way back into her life with promises of conversation, home-cooked meals and Henson’s favorite gooseberry pie.

Sisters in Christ St. Monica’s Guild was formed about 30 years ago as a social and service organization by a group of women who were raising their families. “I met Rosie through this guild,” said Field. “Everybody in our group is about the same age and has been together for a

long time. “Most of us had children the same age and in the same classes as [Henson’s children] Detria and Darren.” The guild members have always known Henson had MS, and were amazed at her faith and fortitude as she battled the disease. “I feel like I’m a silent sufferer,” Henson said. “I try not to complain.” “I think she just accepted this as part of her life journey,” said Kurtz. But when the disease robbed Henson of her ability to care for herself, she withdrew from the community. “I didn’t want them to see me

like I am,” she said. “Rosie’s a very proud woman,” said Field. “And she didn’t want anyone to see her in the condition she was in — even those of us who were her best friends.” Field and Henson continued to talk on the phone, and when Field asked if there was anything she could do for her friend, Henson asked for a home-cooked meal. “And so whenever I would make a big casserole,” recalled Field, “I would divide it in half, and I’d call her and she would say, ‘Just come over, ring the bell and put it on the porch.’


Fellow members of St. Monica’s Guild meet with Rosie Henson every Monday to bring her a home-cooked meal. They are, from left: Shirley Van Donge, Bev Hanish, Joanna Jacquinot, Pat Schumaker, Barb Robison, Linda Wickstrum, Marj Kurtz and Sharon Larson.


r to do needlework. “She wouldn’t even see me to receive the food.”

Table for two When Duane died a year ago, Henson encountered her friends at his funeral. “I sat down with her at the lunch,” recalled Field. “And I said, ‘All right, I’ve seen you. So now will you let me visit?’ “And she said, ‘OK.’” Members of St. Monica’s Guild wanted to do something for Henson, so Field suggested they set up a schedule and bring her meals. “And so one of the gals in


charge of our caring committee sent out an email,” she said. “And on July 25 last year, I took our first meal to Rosie.” Field brought lunch to Henson’s house, but wasn’t sure if she would be staying to eat with her friend or just dropping the food off. “But when I came in,” Field said, “the table was set for two. She had makeup on and her hair done. “And I knew then what it meant to her.” After a month of reuniting with her friends, Henson was moved to the nursing facility and feared the Monday lunches would come to an end. “Then she called me,” said Field. “And she said, ‘Well, I’m here, but I talked to them and they have a room, and we could continue our little lunches!’” And so it continues — guild members sign up on a monthly basis, prepare meals and go in pairs to have lunch with Rosie. “So they come every Monday,” said Henson. “And I look very forward to it. It’s good-old home cooking. “And they’re always full of laughter.” Visitors are always full of laughter because MS has not

robbed Henson of her personality. “She has the most amazing sense of humor,” said Field. “Her mind is so sharp.” “Rosie’s always got the corniest jokes to tell us,” added Kurtz.

Witness to her faith Although guild members initially decided to do Monday lunches for Henson’s benefit, they’ve found that they enjoy the experience as much as she does. “You just feel good when you leave because she’s fun,” said Field. “It’s a fun visit. “And we’re so grateful that she allows us to visit her and eat with her and walk the walk with her.” Still strong in her Catholic faith, Henson attributes her joyful attitude to her daily rosary, her devotion to St. Monica and the faith books she is able to read on her tablet. “And these people help make me a stronger person,” she said of her visitors. “The way she handles herself with grace has been a witness to me in my faith,” said Field. “It has also made me thank God for my blessings and put things in perspective. “And so, I just enjoy my visits

with her so much. She is such a great friend.”

Blessings At the beginning of this month, when Field gave Henson the list of who was brining her lunch, Henson asked “How long are you going to do this?” “I said, ‘I don’t know. Do you

want us to stop?’” said Field. “She gave me that crazy grin and said, ‘You know I don’t.’ “So I said, ‘As long as they sign up, we’ll keep bringing it.’” That will probably be for a very long time. “Everybody says it’s a blessing,” said Field. “She thinks she’s being blessed. “We think we are.”

Editor’s note: Almost 400 years old, this prayer by the patron saint of journalists still seems the perfect one for those who are facing advancing age or illness — or someday will be.

The Prayer of Francis de Sales Be at peace. Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope as they arise. God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them. He has kept you hitherto, and he will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in his arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.




Pro soccer player attributes his strength to his faith By Matthew Peaslee Catholic News Service


ITTSBURGH (CNS) — Taylor Washington, a defender for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team, says he keeps God at the center of his life and that even during games when he’s in a competitive mindset, he’ll often pray a Hail Mary or a Glory Be. “Why I’m so strong is because of Christ,” he said. “Everything that he’s done for me and all the blessings I’ve received in my life are because of him. At times, it’s overwhelming. I just have to give thanks.” Washington attends daily Mass and goes to confession. Before games he reads Scripture passages and prays a St. Jude chaplet. And before stepping onto the field, he says a prayer to St. Michael for protection. That wasn’t always the case, though. Washington, who was raised Catholic in Somers, New York, attended Mass with his parents on Christmas and Easter and maybe a few other times during the year. He developed more of an appreciation of his faith during Catholic school but by the time he was a freshman at Boston University, where he played on the Division I soccer team, religion had little or no part in his routine. “God wasn’t the center of my life and he might have been the last thing that I would resort to,” he told the Pittsburgh

Catholic, diocesan newspaper. “Only if I was in a tough situation would I pray. I felt completely lost. I was having a lot of success on the soccer field at that time.” But he was also struggling with a 1.7 grade-point average, suffering with mononucleosis and a diagnosis of dyslexia. He wanted to break out of this torment, but really wasn’t sure how to do so. The sign he needed came one random afternoon as he sat in an empty classroom on campus. “I remember sitting at a desk — I can’t make this up — and I saw a gold light. The weight of everything was just lifted off of me. I hadn’t thought about church and I hadn’t gone in forever, but I just felt compelled to go to church and I didn’t miss a Sunday Mass after that.” After this experience, which Washington feels is still constantly evolving in his life, he transferred to George Mason University in Virginia where he continued to play soccer and earned All-Conference honors. When he graduated in 2016, he was named George Mason’s Student-Athlete of the Year. Off the field, Washington became involved in George Mason’s Catholic campus ministry team and served as the large-events coordinator for the student ministry team. Last December Washington signed a one-year deal with a club option for 2018 with the Riverhounds. He said he has been able to enjoy the


Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer player Taylor Washington, right, plays in a United Soccer League game against the New York Red Bulls II at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. Washington went to Iona Preparatory in New Rochelle, N.Y., for three years, where he developed a greater appreciation for his Catholic faith and started to deepen his relationship with God. Catholic environment of Pittsburgh and has gotten to know a few priests. On most of his off days, he spends time volunteering at Children’s Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “People will tell me that what I’m doing is so great, but it’s not really what I’m doing, it’s God working through me. I’ve been given such a blessing to have the platform to do this. I feel like if I weren’t doing these things, it would

be a waste. I’m not going to be a professional athlete forever, so I think God has called me to help in kids’ lives. In turn, they help my life more than I am helping them.” Washington also has aspirations to play soccer at the highest level possible. “The dream is to play in Europe,” he said. “I believe that through prayer and steadfastness, it can happen.”

Peacemakers urge U.S. to empty its nuclear arsenal at vigil


ASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the possession, upgrading and potential use of nuclear weapons was sinful, peacemakers gathered outside the White House on the feast of the Transfiguration and implored the U.S. government to empty its arsenals and embrace a world of peace. “Nuclear weapons are immoral, illegal, anti-God, anti-life, anti-creation and have no right to exist,” Art Laffin of Washington’s Dorothy Day Catholic Worker community told the gathering Aug. 6, marking the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. He said the feast of the Transfiguration invites the world to “say yes to the

God of life, who commands us to love and not to kill, and no to the forces of evil, death and destruction.” Laffin urged the group to recall that the anniversary was a time of “remembering the horror, repenting the sin and reclaiming a future without nuclear weapons” during the one-hour vigil just after sunrise. The group included members of Catholic movements working to end nuclear weapons. They had gathered to “apologize” for the Hiroshima bombing, and for the bombing three days later of the Japanese city of Nagasaki Aug. 9, 1945, both of which culminated in the death and maiming of hundreds of thousands of people, the peacemakers said. As they gathered, representatives of

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organizations such as the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Pax Christi USA and the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach placed photos of the destruction and the Japanese victims of the bombing on the street in front of the presidential mansion, calling it a “shrine of remembrance.” Participants were invited to recommit their lives to “disarming and dismantling the machinery of mass destruction” and offered an apology to bombing survivors, known as Hibakusha. Red and white roses were distributed to participants during the event. The red roses were said to symbolize the sacredness of life and the grief and suffering caused by war and the atomic bombing. The white roses were said to

symbolize hope and the commitment to work for a nonviolent world. Laffin criticized the U.S. commitment to spend $1 trillion during the next three decades to modernize its nuclear arsenal. He said such spending is “a direct theft from the poor.” “If the U.S. is to ever truly lead the way to real disarmament, it must first repent for the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Then and only then can the U.S. legitimately ask other nuclear nations to disarm,” he said. The peacemakers also gathered at the Pentagon Aug. 9, the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. They also recalled the lives of martyrs St. Edith Stein and Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, who were killed by Nazi troops.




Catholics on Guam pray for peace amid threats by North Korea By Tony C. Diaz Catholic News Service


AGATNA, Guam (CNS) — The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea. Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked all priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands. “In your Masses this Sunday, especially in the prayer of the faithful, please offer prayers for peace between our nations, just resolution of differences, and prudence in both speech and action,” Archbishop Byrnes said in a message to all priests of the Archdiocese of Agana Aug. 11. “Please also offer prayers for the men and women of our military, especially those whom we host on Guam, that they might find grace for diligence and courage as they execute their respective duties,” he said. Guam has long had a high strategic military importance to the United States because of its location in the Marianas Islands and has been home to several U.S. military bases for many decades. B-52 bombers were regularly deployed from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and ‘70s. Residents of this predominantly Catholic island community first woke up to the alarming news of North Korea threats to Guam Aug. 9. The archdiocese issued a message to all Catholics and the community in general that same day urging everyone to “stay grounded in the peace of Christ.” “Look to God during these difficult times when world peace is threatened and pray always,” the archdiocese said. That message by Father Jeff San Nicolas, the coadjutor archbishop’s


Msgr. James Benavente blesses a boy after Mass at Santa Barbara Church on the island of Guam Aug. 13. delegate general, cited the Gospel of John: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” The archdiocese also echoed the message of Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo asking everyone to remain calm and trust that the security of the island is in good hands with local and national defense forces in place to address such threats. In his Aug. 11 message, Archbishop Byrnes said, “Ever since being appointed the Coadjutor Archbishop of Agana, I have been both struck and encouraged by Isaiah 33:2-6. . . . It speaks to our current situation very well: “O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. At the

tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered, and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts leap, it is leapt upon. The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.” “We have strong encouragement from the Lord Jesus, to trust that our Father is the source of our salvation both spiritually and practically,” the archbishop continued. “Jesus is still on the throne, and we can be confident that He will work out his will in every situation,” the archbishop also told the priests. The archdiocese also encouraged people to join an Aug. 13 rosary rally

and pray for peace during a celebration of the 100th year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima in the capital of Hagatna. The rally was organized by Catholic laypeople as part of a worldwide call for praying the rosary in the public square. The Guam Homeland Security/ Office of Civil Defense planned to make a presentation on emergency preparedness related to the North Korea threat for clergy, Catholic school administrators and chancery staff Aug. 17. The presentation had been scheduled even before the threat by North Korea but the archdiocese asked that it be held sooner because of current developments.

Nun known as ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’ to receive state funeral

By Anto Akkara Catholic News Service


HRISSUR, India (CNS) — The government of Pakistan will accord a state funeral to Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, a German-born member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan. Sister Ruth, dubbed the Mother Teresa of Pakistan, died Aug. 10 in Karachi. She was 87. “Sister Ruth was a model of total dedication. She inspired and mobilized all sections of society to join the fight against leprosy, irrespective of creed or ethnic identity,” Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, president of Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, told Catholic News Service Aug. 11. “We are happy that the government is according her a state funeral on Aug. 19,” the archbishop said, noting it would be at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Sister Ruth would be remembered “for her courage, her

loyalty, her service to the eradication of leprosy, and most of all, her patriotism.” “Pfau may have been born in Germany; her heart was always in Pakistan,” he said. Born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1929, she went to France to study medicine and later joined the Society of Daughters of the Heart of Mary. Archbishop Coutts said she arrived in Karachi in 1960 due to some visa problems en route to India and was touched by what she saw at the leprosy colony off Macleod Road in Karachi. She decided to join the work Mexican Sister Bernice Vargasi had begun three years earlier, Archbishop Coutts said. In 1962 Sister Ruth founded the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan’s first hospital dedicated to treating Hansen’s disease, and later set up its branches in all provinces of Pakistan. She spent the rest of her life in the country and was granted Pakistani citizenship. In 1996, the World Health Organization declared Pakistan one of the first countries in Asia to be free of Hansen’s disease. The Dawn daily reported in 2016 that the number of those under


Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, a German-born member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary and a physician who devoted her life to the eradication of leprosy in Pakistan, died Aug. 10 at age 87. She is pictured in an undated photo. treatment for leprosy fell to 531 from more than 19,000 in the 1980s. The Pakistani bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace

called Sister Ruth a “national hero of Pakistan.” It said her services for humanity “were nothing less than a pure manifestation of God’s divine love.”


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Sonographer or registered nurse - Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, is looking for a certified sonographer or registered nurse to do limited sonograms 1 - 2 days per week. The sonographer will be paid per sonogram as a 1099 contract employee. WPC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that offers free pregnancy tests, sonograms, education, counseling and material aid for women and their families facing unplanned pregnancies. WPC is a busy clinic in an urban/residential setting, serving more than 1,700 clients last year. If interested, contact executive director Mary Gliserman Mason at (913) 287-8287. Teachers - The Goddard School Olathe Northwest is looking for dynamic, energetic, professional teachers to add to our faculty. The Goddard School is a premiere preschool where children from 6 weeks to 6 years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment, lovingly guided by our highly skilled, professional teachers. By using the most current and academically endorsed methods, the F.L.E.X. Learning Program focuses on developing seven Learning Domains: personal and social development, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, creative expression and physical development. Our program for exceptional early childhood education ensures children have fun while learning and is aimed at preparing them with skills and aptitudes needed for success in the 21st century. Owners are Ascension parishioners. We are hiring for the following positions: CO-LEAD INFANT TEACHER – FULL TIME; PRESCHOOL TEACHER FULL TIME; TODDLER TEACHER – FULL TIME; ASSISTANT TEACHER TO MULTIPLE CLASSROOMS. To apply, send an email and resume to: Holy Spirit extended day care position - Do you enjoy spending time with children? Holy Spirit School is seeking an enthusiastic person to be the group leader in our after-school care program. This well-established program runs from 3:00-5:45 p.m. each school day. We are looking for a responsible, organized and creative person. The applicant should have knowledge of child development and be able to implement age-appropriate activities. The ability to communicate clearly with children, colleagues and parents is most important in order to foster positive relationships. Applicant must attend a Virtus training and be at least 18 years old. If you are interested, contact Eileen Colling at (913) 492-2582 or online at: for more information. Positions available - Catholic Charities of Kansas CitySt. Joseph is offering a rewarding career opportunity to individuals interested in a full-time position as an executive administrative assistant in our Kansas City office. In our St. Joseph location, we are offering a part-time employment specialist position. To learn more about these opportunities and to apply, visit our website at: www. Director of Religious Education - Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, Kansas, is seeking a director of religious education to coordinate the family catechesis and confirmation programs. A background in religious education and catechist formation is preferred, as well as Spanish language skills. For a job description and an application, call Jessica Cabral at the parish office (913) 321-1958 or send an email to: Preschool teacher’s aide - St. Michael Preschool in Leawood is seeking a preschool teacher’s aide for a 4-year-olds classroom. This is a 21-hour per week position working Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Experience in the early childhood field is preferred. Call (913) 402-3971 to schedule an interview. Email resume to: Chief program director - Join the leadership team of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO)! CCSOMO seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic, passionate self-starter for its chief program officer, who will provide leadership, supervision, oversight and management of the agency’s programs and services as well as work with senior leadership and staff to develop future services. For a complete job description and application, visit the website at:

Account director - Wellington, a full-service event management, incentive, meeting and marketing company, is looking for an account director (AD). The AD is responsible for the overall success and development of Wellington client relationships. Acting as a frontline point of contact, this tenacious person must have the passion to learn and curate the clients’ brand and marketing strategies and then translate them into innovative event strategy. Additionally, strong team and leadership skills are required as the AD is responsible for the oversight, coaching, nurture, training and management of the dedicated account team. The AD should possess organizational skills as he or she will oversee and execute event planning, team management, marketing oversight and financial management. Applicants may apply online at: Account coordinator - Wellington, a full-service event management, incentive, meeting and marketing company, is looking for an account coordinator that is a multitasker with strong communication and computer skills. The ideal candidate is personable, naturally conscientious and able to assist on many different programs at one time. Applicants may apply online at: www.welling Drivers - Special Beginnings Early Learning Center is seeking part-time drivers for its school-age program located in Lenexa. Candidates must be able to drive a 13-passenger minibus, similar to a 15-passenger van. CDL not required, but must have an excellent driving record. Candidates would pick up children from area schools and then work directly with them when arriving back at the center. Experience preferred. Must have strong work ethic and the ability to work with children. Insurance provided. Background check will be conducted. Great opportunity for retired persons or those seeking a second job. Job responsibilities include: ensuring safety and well-being of children who are being transported at all times, including loading and unloading. Driving short, round-trip routes to elementary schools in Lenexa/Olathe area. Summer only: Driving short, roundtrip routes to two Lenexa city pools. Maintaining mileage log. Keeping interior of vehicle clean. Apply by sending an email to: or in person at 10216 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215. Teacher assistant - Special Beginnings, Lenexa, is seeking full- or part-time after school teacher assistants at all locations. We are looking for a teacher assistant candidate who has an excellent work ethic, heart for children and a willingness to learn more about early childhood education. Experience and/or education is a plus, but we will train the right candidate. Teacher assistants will work with the lead teacher to care for and educate the children. Primary responsibilities include assisting the lead teacher with: care and supervision of children, lesson plan implementation, parent communication, and cleanliness and organization of classroom. Starting hourly pay ranges based on experience and education. Pay increases are based on job performance. Opportunities for advancement are available, as the company prefers to promote from within. Apply by sending an email to: or in person at 10216 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215. Cafeteria worker - Nativity Parish School, located in Leawood, has an immediate opening for a part-time cafeteria worker, approximately 15-20 hours. Prior experience working in a school cafeteria is preferred, but not required. Compensation is based on experience. Applicants must have dependable transportation, be Virtus trained and pass a background check. Interested applicants should contact Patti Post, cafeteria director, at with resume and work history. Preschool positions - John Paul II Preschool/Child Care, 71st and Metcalf, Overland Park, is seeking lead preschool extended-care staff members for the upcoming school year. Full- and part-time positions are available. We are looking for self-motivated, responsible, organized and creative individuals. Duties include supervising children, planning activities, communicating with parents, as well as cleaning and organizing the classroom environment. Previous child care experience and training is preferred. A part-time assistant teacher is also needed for the afternoon class of our Montessori preschool program. Montessori experience or training is preferred. All applicants must be Virtus trained. Contact Donna at: for more information or to apply.

SERVICES Tree Trimming Tree Trimming/Landscaping Insured/References Free Estimates/Local Parishioner Tony Collins (913) 620-6063

Faith-based counseling to cope with life concerns - Kansas City area. Call Mary Vorsten, licensed clinical professional counselor, at (913) 909-2002. Agua Fina Irrigation and Landscape The one-stop location for your project! Landscape and irrigation design, Installation and maintenance. Cleanup and grading services It’s time to repair your lawn. 20% discount on lawn renovations with mention of this ad. Visit the website at: Call (913) 530-7260 or (913) 530-5661 Bankruptcy consultation - If debts are overwhelming you, seek hope and help from compassionate, experienced Catholic attorney, Teresa Kidd. For a free consultation, call (913) 422-0610; send an email to: tkidd@kc.rr. com; or visit the website at: www.teresakiddlawyer. com. Please do not wait until life seems hopeless before getting good quality legal advice that may solve your financial stress. Fall tutoring - Sessions begin in August and are customized to fit student’s needs. Single sessions or packages available. Tutor has 15 years experience in K - 12 subjects, French, Spanish, piano and voice. Call/text Kathleen at (913) 2443655 or send an email to: Life Simplified - Professional organizing for home and business. We organize tools to toys, closets to attics. Preand post-moving support for upsizing or downsizing. We advise on what to keep, donate, recycle or toss and offer personalized strategies on keeping organized. Supportive and nonjudgmental. Call (913) 725-8151 or send an email to: Childcare - Stay-at-home mom of eight-month-old baby will provide individual care in my home. Long-term references available. Call Bria Epting at (913) 850-1071. Tutoring - Child development doctorate. Remedial to gifted, elementary to college ACT prep. Served Johnson County schools 25 years. Virtus certified. Call “Dr. Gerry” at (913) 387-4044. Custom countertops - Laminates installed within 5 days. Cambria, granite, and solid surface. Competitive prices, dependable work. Call the Top Shop, Inc., (913) 962-5058. Members of St. Joseph, Shawnee. Housecleaning - Cleaning, organizing and heavy cleaning by the job. Call Peggy at (913) 432-4243 to schedule and for pricing. Clutter getting you down? - Organize, fix, assemble, install! “Kevin of all trades” your professional organizer and “Honey-do” specialist. Call or email me today for a free consultation at (913) 271-5055 or kev@koatindustries. com. Insured. References. Rodman Lawn Care Lawn mowing, aeration, verticutting, mulching, Hedge trimming, leaf removal, gutter cleaning Fully insured and free estimates John Rodman (913) 548-3002 Professional window cleaner - Residential only, fully insured. Over 40 years experience. Free estimates. Contact Gene Jackson at (913) 593-1495. Speedy Guzman Moving and delivery Licensed and insured Anytime (816) 935-0176 Mike Hammer local moving - A full-service mover. Packing, pianos, rental truck load/unload, storage container load/unload, and in-home moving. No job too small. Serving JoCo since 1987. St. Joseph, Shawnee, parishioner. Call Mike at (913) 927-4347 or send an email to: Cleaning lady - Reasonable rates; references provided. Call (913) 940-2959.

HOME IMPROVEMENT The Drywall Doctor, Inc. – A unique solution to your drywall problems! We fix all types of ceiling and wall damage — from water stains and stress cracks to texture repairs and skim coating. We provide professional, timely repairs and leave the job site clean! Lead-certified and insured! Serving the metro since 1997. Call (913) 768-6655.


EL SOL Y LA TIERRA *Commercial & residential * Lawn renovation *Mowing * Clean-up and hauling * Dirt grading/installation * Landscape design * Free estimates Hablamos y escribimos Ingles!! Call Lupe at (816) 935-0176 STA (Sure Thing Always) Home Repair - Basement finish, bathrooms and kitchens; interior & exterior repairs: painting, roofing, siding, wood replacement and window glazing. Free estimates. Call (913) 491-5837 or (913) 579-1835. Email: Member of Holy Trinity, Lenexa. DRC Construction We’ll get the job done right the first time. Windows - Doors - Decks - Siding Repair or replace, we will work with you to solve your problems. Choose us for any window, door, siding or deck project and be glad you did. Everything is guaranteed 100% (913) 461-4052 NELSON CREATIONS L.L.C. Home remodeling, design/build, kitchens, baths, all interior and exterior work. Family owned and operated; over 25 years experience. Licensed and insured; commercial and residential. Kirk and Diane Nelson. (913) 927-5240; Local handyman - Painting int. and ext., staining, wood rot, power wash, decks, doors and windows, masonry, hardwood floors, gutter cleaning, water heaters, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, ceiling fans, mowing and more!! Member of Holy Angels Parish, Basehor. Call Billy at (913) 927-4118. Concrete construction - Tear out and replace stamped, stained or colored patios and drives. Retaining walls, footings, poured-in-place safe rooms, excavation and hauling. Asphalt drives and lots. Fully insured; references. Call Dan at (913) 207-4371 or send an email to: dan Kansas City’s Premier Deck, Fence & Concrete - We repair, power wash and stain wood decks and fences. We power wash and seal concrete drives, walkway, pool decks and more. Call Brian at (913) 952-5965. Member of Holy Trinity Parish. Swalms organizing - downsizing - cleanout service – Reduce clutter – Any space organized. Shelving built on-site. Items hauled for recycling and donations. 20 years exp.; insured. Call Tillar at (913) 375-9115. WWW. SWALMSORGANIZING.COM. Handyman/Remodeler - Quality service with references. Kitchens, baths, tile, painting, garage doors and openers, decks and wood rot repair. Call Jeff at (913) 915-4738. Rusty Dandy Painting, Inc. – We have been coloring your world for 40 years. Your home will be treated as if it were our own. Old cabinets will be made to look like new. Dingy walls and ceilings will be made beautiful. Woodwork will glow. Lead-certified and insured. Call (913) 341-9125. Masonry work - Quality new or repair work. Brick and chimney/fireplace repair. Insured; second-generation bricklayer. St. Paul Parish, Olathe. Call (913) 829-4336. HARCO Exteriors LLC Your Kansas City fencing specialists Family owned and operated (913) 815-4817 Thank you for another great year - Through your support, my family has been blessed and my business has grown. We do windows, trim, siding, doors, decks, interior and exterior painting, wood rot, bathroom renovations, tile and sheetrock. If you need work done around your home, we can do it. Josh (913) 709-7230.

FOR SALE For sale - Retired diesel-engine mechanic has tool chest full of tools on a rollaway cabinet for sale. $2000. Call (913) 677-4171. For sale - Tandem vault located at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City. Patio II, tier C, crypt 105. Eye level with peaceful view and surroundings. Includes perpetual care. Current market value over $10,000. Selling price is $8,000. Call (913) 208-2703. For sale - Individual plot located in Resurrection Cemetery, in Ascension 81-A-3. Selling price is $2700. Call (913) 522-8153. For sale - Three individuals plots located at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City. Located in section 3, old lot 195, spaces 10, 11 and 12. Current value is $2070 per space. Selling price is $1280 per space or $3500 for all three. Call (913) 208-2703. For sale - Two individual plots located in Resurrection Cemetery in the lovely Faith Garden area under a beautiful old tree. Located in section D, lot 67, spaces 3 and 4. Current value is $2530 per space, selling price is $4750 for both. Call (913) 660-0525.

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CALENDAR CROATIAN FESTIVAL St. John the Baptist Parish 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

Admission is free and activities begin after 4 p.m. Mass on the parish grounds. Traditional Croatian food and cold beverages will be available for purchase. There will be children’s and family booths. A free dance will begin at 9 p.m. For more information, go to the website at: stjohnthebaptistcatholic; send an email to: ourcroatian; or go to “St. John the Baptist Croatian Parish” on Facebook.

MEMORIAL LITURGY Curé of Ars Church (Father Burak Room) 9405 Mission Rd., Leawood Aug. 19 at 8 a.m.

There will be a memorial liturgy for deceased loved ones followed by a grief support meeting. The topic will be: “Making Decisions after a Loss.” For more information, call (913) 649-2026.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL Christ the King Parish 3024 N. 53rd St., Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 26 from 5 - 10 p.m.

Homemade Polish sausage, chicken and beef nachos, pulled pork and adult beverages will be available. There will also be children’s games, adult games, a povitica booth and bingo.

DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA, LITTLE FLOWER CIRCLE 503 Christ the King Parish (Yadrich Hall) 5973 S.W. 25th St., Topeka Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m.

There will be a covered dish luncheon followed by a business meeting. If you know of a member or her family member in need of prayers, contact Theresa Smith-Lawton at (785) 640-1403. If you are interested in or would like more information about the Daughters of Isabella, contact Marilyn Unrein at (785) 230-8448 or Cindy Keen at (785) 228-9863.

HOLY HOUR AND GRAND OPENING OF GRATIA PLENA Old Stone Chapel at Holy Trinity Parish 9130 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.

Come for a Holy Hour and grand opening with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann. Eucharistic adoration will be followed by an open house for Gratia Plena. Gratia Plena, a house of discernment, provides postcollege-age women the opportunity to live together to deepen their Catholic faith and discern God’s call for their lives.

BIRTHDAY POTLUCK Most Pure Heart of Mary (Formation Room) 3601 S.W. 17th St., Topeka Aug. 24 from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Christian Widow and Widowers Organization will host a birthday potluck dinner. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call (785) 233-7350.

‘EVERY CENT COUNTS’ Keeler Women’s Center 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas Aug. 24 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Find out about managing your money. Learn to make conscious decisions about your finances.

PARISH PICNIC Sts. Peter and Paul Parish 411 Pioneer, Seneca Sept. 3 at 4:30 p.m.

A roast beef and ham dinner will be served. The cost is $10 for adults: $5 for kids. Takeout meals will be available. Bingo, concessions, games, a beer garden, a live auction and a teen dance will follow. The auction begins at 8:30 p.m.

DIVORCED/SEPARATED MINISTRY Church of the Ascension (conference room) 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

This is a 12-week course using the program “Catholic Divorce Survival Guide.” The cost is $30. Scholarships are available upon request. Register online at:; click on “Find Support” and then scroll down to “Divorced or Separated Ministry.”

This is a support ministry for divorced and separated Catholics who desire to be integral members of their Catholic community and to develop their prayer life. Join us on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

The cost for a dinner of roast beef and ham loaf is: $9 for adults; $5 for kids ages 5 - 12; and kids ages 4 and under eat for free. There will also be a bounce house, cakewalk, cash bingo, silent auction, quilt raffle and other games. For more information, call Andrea Karnes at (785) 565-8292 or send an email to: andreakarnes@

FREE BASKETBALL CLINIC Hayden High School 401 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka Aug. 26 at noon

Jett Canfield, a senior at Hayden High School, is putting on a free basketball clinic to benefit the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. The clinic is free for kids ages 8 - 14. For a registration form or information on how to make a donation, send an email to:

HOLY SMOKIN’ JAMBOREE Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish 2014 N.W. 46th St., Topeka Sept. 8 - 10

Festivities begin with a smoke-off competition on Friday afternoon. Saturday morning will include a 5K run, car show, kids games, a silent auction, craft sale, knocker ball, a raffle, prizes and much more. Sunday features a traditional roast beef dinner and live auction. Visit the website at: mtcctopeka. org for more information.

UNITY FEST 2017 Our Lady of Unity Parish (Sacred Heart Field) 2646 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kansas Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Join us for a day of fun and family entertainment. There will be carnival games and inflatables for the kids. Entertainment will be a variety of musical and dance groups, mariachi music, a silent auction in the church basement and a mini soccer tournament. There will be a variety of ethnic foods served. For more information, call Augustine Oropeza at (913) 236-6271.

THE CALL TO LOVE AGAIN Church of the Ascension (St. Luke’s Room) 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

BLAINE PICNIC AND BAZAAR St. Columbkille Church 13311 Hwy. 16, Blaine (at the intersection of Hwy. 16 and Hwy. 99) Aug. 26 from 5:15 - 7:30 p.m.

each week for seven weeks. The program helps those who have lost a love relationship due to death, divorce or separation move through the experience of grief and loss into a future with renewed hope. To register or for more information, call Donna at (816) 305-3760.

AUCTION Queen of the Holy Rosary - Wea 22779 Metcalf Rd., Bucyrus Sept. 9 from 5 - 10 p.m.

This will be the 20th annual auction held by Queen of the Holy Rosary - Wea.

‘A VISION OF GLORY’ Christ’s Peace House of Prayer 22131 Meagher Rd., Easton Sept. 9 - 10

The retreat will consist of eucharistic adoration each day, Mass on Saturday, time for prayer and recollection, and meals together. The cost is $125 per couple and $85 per individual. For more information, call (913) 773-8255 or send an email to: info@christs

HOLY ANGELS BAZAAR St. Rose School 530 E. 4th St., Garnett Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

A dinner of roast beef, chicken and noodle, or turkey will be served. The cost is: $9 for adults; $10 for carryout; and $5 for kids age 10 and younger. There will also be drawings, raffles, crafts, baked goods and a quilt raffle.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Holy Trinity Parish (Father Quigley Center) 13615 W. 92nd St., Lenexa Thursday mornings beginning Sept. 7 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

“The Bible Timeline: Salvation History” by Jeff Cavins is being offered for women of all ages. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered for kids ages 3 - 12 and kids under the age of 3 are welcome in the nursery or can stay with Mom in a “moms’ study group.” To register, go online to: and click on “Catholic Women’s Bible Study.” Registration is due by Aug. 31. Mail to Kathryn Burditt. For more information, call Laura Haeusser at (913) 341-9057 or Kathryn Burditt at (913) 451-3680 or send her an email at:

COPING WITH LIFE ALONE St. Patrick Parish 1357 N.E. 42nd Terr., Kansas City, Missouri Sept. 7 from 2-4 p.m.

This is a grief support program that meets

75TH ANNIVERSARY Sacred Heart Church 727 Main St., Mound City Sept. 10 at 4 p.m.

There will be a Mass to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Sacred Heart Church and the presentation of the annual St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Award. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann will be the celebrant. A catered dinner will follow.

‘AVOIDING MASS CONFUSION’ St. Ann Parish (hall) 7231 Mission Rd., Prairie Village Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

This is a one-night adult education program


on the nature of Catholic worship. Participants will learn how, when and why Catholics do what we do at Mass. Participants will also receive handouts and resources for continued learning and personal prayer. The suggested donation is a freewill offering.

DIVORCE SURVIVAL Holy Cross Parish (basement, Room 1) 9311 W. 93rd St., Overland Park Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

This is a ten-week class using the healing tool “Catholic Divorce Survival Guide.” The cost of $25 includes a personal survival guide and all the materials for the fall session. The group will be led by experienced facilitators. To enroll or for more information, call Julie Knoche at (913) 710-7083 or Anne Anderson at (913) 208-9675.

FALL FESTIVAL Cathedral of St. Peter 416 N. 14th St., Kansas City, Kansas Sept. 16 from 5 - 9 p.m.

Music will be provided by Randy Balliett and his band Fairfax Four. A taco dinner will be served. There will be raffles, bingo, a silent auction, mouse races and games for kids. Food items will include tacos de discada and homemade povitica. For more information, call Amy Maloy at (913) 291-5659.

‘LECTIO DIVINA WITH THE SUNDAY SCRIPTURES’ Sophia Spirituality Center 751 S. 8th St., Atchison Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Share in the traditional monastic practice of guided reading, listening, reflecting and responding to the word of God in the Scriptures. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. Arrive any time after 9 a.m., bring a sack lunch, spend the day and leave by 4 p.m. For more information or to register, call (913) 360-6173 or go to the website at:

FALL BAZAAR St. John the Baptist Church 427 S. Prairie, Greeley Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Parish will be holding its fall bazaar on Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be a dinner and raffle. All are welcome.

SPECIAL-NEEDS MINISTRY RESPITE CARE PROGRAM Holy Cross School 8101 W. 95th St., Overland Park Sept. 30 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Respite care provides the gift of time away from caregiving for families who have a child with a disability. The program is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 18. For exceptions to the age range, call Tom Racunas at (913) 647-3054 or send an email to: Volunteers are needed to be a respite buddy to a child with a disability. To register a child for the program or to volunteer, go to the website at: and complete the online form.

FIRST SATURDAY SESSIONS FOR CATHOLIC DOCTORS St. Michael the Archangel Church 14251 Nall Ave., Leawood Christ the King Parish 8510 Wornall, Kansas City, Missouri First Saturday mornings from 9 - 11 a.m.

The KC Catholic Medical Association and the archdiocesan School of Faith invite doctors to Mass, recollection, reconciliation, catechesis and fellowship every first Saturday at St. Michael the Archangel in Kansas, alternating with Christ the King Church, Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, dates, locations, fees and to register, go online to: and click on “Events,” then on the “First Saturdays”



Be generous with your ‘presents’

TWENTIETH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME Aug. 20 TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Is 56: 1, 6-7 Ps 67: 2-3, 5-6, 8 Rom 11: 13-15, 29-32 Mt 15: 21-28 Aug. 21 Pius X, pope Jgs 2: 11-19 Ps 106: 34-37, 39-40, 43ab, 44 Mt 19: 16-22 Aug. 22 The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Jgs 6: 11-24a Ps 85: 9, 11-14 Mt 19: 23-30 Aug. 23 Rose of Lima, virgin Jgs 9: 6-15 Ps 21: 2-7 Mt 20: 1-16 Aug. 24 BARTHOLOMEW, APOSTLE Rv 21: 9b-14 Ps 145: 10-13, 17-18 Jn 1: 45-51 Aug. 25 Louis; Joseph Calasanz, priest Ru 1: 1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22 Ps 146: 5-10 Mt 22: 34-40 Aug. 26 Saturday Run 2: 1-3, 8-11; 4: 13-17 Ps 128: 1-5 Mt 23: 1-12 TWENTY-FIRST WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Aug. 27 Is 22: 19-23 Ps 138: 1-3, 6, 8 Rom 11: 33-36 Mt 16: 13-20 Aug. 28 Augustine, bishop, doctor of the church 1 Thes 1: 1-5, 8b-10 Ps 149: 1-6, 9 Mt 23: 13-22 Aug. 29 The Passion of John the Baptist 1 Thes 2: 1-8 Ps 139: 1-6 Mt 6: 17-29 Aug. 30 Wednesday 1 Thes 2: 9-13 Ps 139: 7-12b Mt 23: 27-32 Aug. 31 1 Thes 3: 7-13 Ps 90: 3-5, 12-14, 17 Mt 24: 42-51 Sept. 1 1 Thes 4: 1-8 Ps 97: 1-2, 5-6, 10-12 Mt 25: 1-13 Sept. 2 Saturday 1 Thes 4: 9-11 Ps 98: 1, 7-9 Mt 25: 14-30



t was a memorable invitation indeed: Diana and Dan request your presents at their wedding. Now, this was either a very honest couple or one that struggled with homophones, words that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning and often in spelling. This invitation faux pas was the Aug. 11 entry in a pagea-day calendar, Church Chuckles, produced by New Seasons. Actually, that homophone — “presents” and “presence” — contains a happy truth: Spending time with another person, particularly with a friend, is truly a gift. A touching example is found in this story: Jim and Phillip did everything together when they were kids. They went to high school and college together, and, after college, joined the Marines. They were both sent to Germany, where they fought side by side. During one fierce battle, the soldiers were given the command to retreat. As the men ran back, Jim noticed that Phillip hadn’t returned with the others. He begged his commanding officer to let him go after his friend, but the officer



FATHER MARK GOLDASICH Father Mark is the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Tonganoxie. He has been editor of The Leaven since 1989.

denied the request, saying it would be suicide to go back. However, Jim disregarded the order and went after Phillip. Heart pounding, he ran into the gunfire, calling out for his friend. A short time later, his platoon saw him hobbling across the field carrying a limp body in his arms. The commanding officer dressed down Jim for his outrageous risk. “Your friend is dead,” he shouted. “There was nothing you could do.” “No, sir,” replied Jim. “I got there just in time.

Before Phillip died, he said, ‘I knew you would come.’” (Adapted from “1001 Illustrations That Connect,” by Craig Brian Larson and Phyllis Ten Elshof.) In spiritual terms, this is called the “ministry of accompaniment.” The word “accompany” is related to “companion,” whose original meaning was “one who eats of the same bread.” Remember something called the Last Supper? It was no accident that the memorial that Jesus left us involved bread. Food and fellowship go hand in hand. This issue of The Leaven features a couple of stories on this ministry of accompaniment. And yes, food is involved! The center spread on pages 8 and 9 highlights a heartfelt story about

Rosemary Henson and the women of St. Monica’s Guild at St. Matthew Parish in Topeka. Friendships disrupted by a debilitating disease were rekindled and deepened by a home-cooked meal that keeps going and going and going. A different sort of accompaniment — with hot lunches — was practiced by the Fraternity of the Poor of Jesus Christ in late July. Here, some 150 of the homeless population of both Kansas Cities were brought to an event that included everything from haircuts and showers to bingo and fingernail painting. This story on page 16 is yet another example of how presence and presents are so closely linked. Jesus understood so well our human need to know that we’re not alone. The Gospel of Matthew notes that Jesus is called “Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” In other words, our God is always present, walking with us on the journey of life. We, in turn, make God present when we assure others that they are never alone. In practicing the ministry of accompaniment, we show that

no one is excluded from God’s family — especially not the ill, the poor, the homeless, the immigrant, the elderly, the lonely or the marginalized. And the marvelous thing about accompaniment is that you need no special skills or training for it. All that’s required is a big heart. Why not make this year’s Labor Day weekend extra special by including a labor of love — some ministry of accompaniment — in your plans. This can be as simple as making a plate of cookies for a neighbor whose name you don’t know to visiting a relative who is homebound or in a nursing facility. It might take the form of youngsters spending time teaching computer or cellphone skills to the older generation. It could involve handing out a baggie filled with wet wipes, clean socks and a food gift certificate to a person begging at a stoplight. No matter how it’s done or when or for how long, assuring another person that they’re not alone in this life — sharing our loving presence with them — is surely one of the most precious presents we’ll ever give.

Faith calls us beyond that which separates us

ave you ever been called a Yankee? This term, which designates those who live in the North as opposed to the South, now sounds somewhat antiquated, since the Civil War ended so many years ago. Similarly, Protestants used to call Catholics, “papists.” Once again, this term, which also carried pejorative overtones, has fallen into disuse in our own days. Words often carry a lot of baggage. If we unpack them, we will understand them better. As we listen to Sunday’s Gospel reading, Mt 15:21-28, one word stands out as a key to unlocking its meaning. That word is “Canaanite.” According to most


FATHER MIKE STUBBS Father Stubbs is the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Overland Park and has a degree in Scripture from Harvard University.

scholars, Matthew based his Gospel on that of Mark. That is why we find essentially the same story in Sunday’s Gospel reading in Mk 7:24-30.


Pope Francis has given a Belgian religious order until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients. Brother Rene Stockman, superior general of the order, told Catholic News Service the pope gave his personal approval to a Vatican demand that the Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients

However, in borrowing this story from Mark, Matthew tweaked it a bit. Mark had described the woman who seeks Jesus’ help as “a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth.” Matthew, instead calls her a “Canaanite.” In this choice of wording, Matthew rejects the more neutral description of Mark’s Gospel in favor of a loaded word that had fallen out of currency,

much like “Yankee” or “papist” for us. The word “Canaanite” hearkened back to the days when the Israelites were contending with the Canaanites, natives of the Promised Land, for its possession. The Canaanites did not worship the God of Israel. They were pagans. That supplies some of the background for our Gospel story. It is a story of healing. Jesus grants the woman’s request that her sick daughter be healed: “And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.” But this is much more than merely the story of a physical healing. It is also the story of the healing of the relationship between two estranged peoples, the Jews and the Gentiles, designated by the term “Canaanite.” It is the

across Belgium, must reverse its policy by the end of August. Brothers who serve on the board of the Brothers of Charity Group, the organization that runs the centers, also must each sign a joint letter to their superior general declaring that they “fully support the vision of the magisterium of the Catholic Church, which has always confirmed that human life must be respected and protected in abso-

story of healing attitudes of hostility and suspicion, inherited animosity and prejudice. This story begins with Jesus Christ. St. Paul describes it in this way: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28). St. Paul is saying how our faith in Jesus Christ calls us to move beyond differences of ethnicity and social status as we serve God. Ultimately, our faith calls us to fulfill the prophecy that we hear in the first reading: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Is 56:7). And it all starts with this encounter between Jesus and the Canaanite woman.

lute terms, from the moment of conception till its natural end.” Brothers who refuse to sign will face sanctions under canon law, while the group can expect to face legal action and even expulsion from the church if it fails to change its policy. The group, he added, must no longer consider euthanasia as a solution to human suffering under any circumstances. — CNS


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Homeless hosted to day of hospitality, practical help Story by Steve Buckner \ Photos by Joe McSorley


ANSAS CITY, Kan. – “Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25: 40). Members of the Fraternity of the Poor of Jesus Christ cast wide their “Fishermen’s Net” event on July 29 to bring homeless people from both Kansas Cities to Cross-Lines Community Outreach in Kansas City, Kansas, for food, fellowship and a little practical assistance. The event, which attracted a mix of Spanish and English speakers, provided showers, gently used clothing, backpacks, manicures, haircuts and a hot meal to some 150 homeless individuals in the area. Bingo and prizes were even thrown in for good measure. “It’s building a bridge between cultures and building a bridge between people instead of building walls,” explained Sister Magdalena of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, PJC. Sister Magdalena is the fraternity’s local leader, or custodian. The homeless people were gathered in from seven stops in Kansas City, Kansas, and five stops in Kansas City, Missouri. Sister Magdalena said the order also hosts similar events before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Leslie Spurlock, from Kansas City, Missouri, was one of the beneficiaries of “Fishermen’s Net.” “It’s great,” he said. “They’ve also been good to us by feeding us in the northeast side on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “It’s a godsend.” In another corner of the room, 4-year-old Jasmin Aguilar sat rapt while volunteer Karina Franco painstakingly painted the child’s tiny nails. Meanwhile, in a back room, volunteer Edgar Ussery stayed busy cutting hair. One of his customers was good-natured Vincent T., who joked and laughed easily as his shoulderlength locks streamed to the floor. “It’s definitely helpful,” Vincent said. “I appreciate the fact that I can get a haircut again.” Outside under tents, the guests enjoyed leisurely games of bingo, with prizes going to the winners. Finally, in the alley between the tents and the Cross-Lines building, performance painter Mike Debus entertained the gathering with his quick, but inspiring, renderings of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. “It’s more of a presence with the poor,” explained Sister Magdalena, as the hot lunches were distributed to the appreciative crowd. “It’s [about] more than lunches,” she said. “It’s your friendships and love. “It’s all about relationships. That’s what Jesus did.”



The Fraternity of the Poor of Jesus Christ provided haircuts, showers, gently used clothing and a hot meal to homeless people of the Kansas City area at its “Fisherman’s Net” event on July 29. At left, volunteer Edgar Ussery gets down to business. Below, 4-year-old Jasmin Aguilar gets her nails painted by volunteer Karina Franco.

Left, homeless individuals from both Kansas and Missouri took advantage of the free clothing and shoes at the Fraternity of the Poor of Jesus Christ event.

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The Leaven is the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

08 18 17 Vol. 39 No. 4  

The Leaven is the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.