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eye-opener T Poverty in the archdiocese hough the economy may be slowly improving, the state of poverty in America is not. In fact, poverty rates have steadily increased over the past decade across the archdiocese, and the future looks equally bleak. In 2010, the poverty rate within the archdiocese was 11.4 percent. Thatâ€™s 149,739 people, each with a family, with a life, with a story. In light of this worsening situation and a newly elected pope who has spoken out widely and loudly about the need to recommit to the poor, The Leaven sought out individuals within the archdiocese who have dedicated their lives to those most in need. Amid widespread apathy and even cynicism about the possibility of change, their compassion and hope is a refreshing reminder that change is possible. These are their stories. See pages 7, 8 and 9
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Life will be victorious
Our challenges today pale in comparison to St. Paul’s
just returned last week from a pilgrimage that gave me the opportunity, in a manner of speaking, to walk in the footsteps of St. Paul. It was a privilege and a grace to visit many of the places where he preached and many of the communities to whom St. Paul addressed his letters. We spent time in Thessalonica, Philippi, Berea, Corinth, and Athens. The majority of the pilgrimage was in Greece and the Greek islands, but we also made a very brief visit to Ephesus, which is located in Turkey. During the preparation leading up to the pilgrimage and during the days of the pilgrimage itself, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the life, ministry and theology of St. Paul as articulated in the Acts of the Apostles and in Paul’s own letters. Coincidentally, today is the feast of St. Luke, who was the author of the Acts of the Apostles and who was a traveling companion of St. Paul. St. Luke was a physician and also believed to be an artist. In fact, the typical way in which St. Paul is portrayed in Christian art, according to tradition, traces itself back to portraits of St. Paul sketched by Luke. I was amazed at the distances St. Paul traveled and the difficult terrain and rough seas that he overcame in bringing the Gospel to so much of the world. With all that he endured, it must have been a great benefit to have Luke, a physician, accompanying him. In contending with some of the challenges that the church faces in our time, I easily become overwhelmed and discouraged. Reflecting upon the challenges and ad-
archbishop Joseph F. Naumann versities St. Paul encountered helps to place our present circumstance in perspective. Upon arriving in any community, St. Paul always first went to the Jewish synagogue. Paul attempted to set forth for his fellow Jews the scriptural support for recognizing Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Although Paul usually enjoyed some initial success, his visits to the synagogues in the end never turned out well. For instance, in Thessalonica, some members of the synagogue were converted as well as a great number of Greeks. However, this roused the jealousy of some of the synagogue leaders, whom we are told “recruited some worthless men loitering in the public square, formed a mob, and set the city in turmoil” (Acts 17: 5). Paul had to leave Thessalonica in the middle of the night. He went to the neighboring town of Berea, where Paul again went to the synagogue. Paul found his fellow Jews in Berea more open to the Gospel. The Acts reports that many members of the synagogue “became believers, as did not a few of the influential Greek women and men.” Unfortunately, when the Jewish leaders of Thessalonica learned of Paul’s success in Berea, they took it upon themselves to visit their neighbors in order “to cause a great commotion and stir up the crowds.” It was not only the Jewish leaders who created problems for Paul. He also
encountered some stiff opposition from pagan Gentiles. Paul spent over two years in Ephesus and had a great impact on both the Jewish and Gentile communities. In fact, Paul was so successful that he was adversely affecting the business of the local silversmiths who made their living by making and selling miniature images of the leading pagan goddess for the community, Artemis. The silversmiths stirred up a riot that was so intense Paul left Ephesus and returned to Greece (Acts 19:23 – 20:1). In his Second Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul addresses the rivalries within the Christian community itself. Some had questioned Paul’s credentials and leadership. With embarrassment, Paul begins to “boast” of his qualifications to preach and teach the Gospel: “But what anyone dares to boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I am talking like an insane person.) I am still more, with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, far worse beatings, and numerous brushes with death. Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a night and a day on the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fasting, through cold and exposure. And apart from these things, there is the
meeting — Lawrence
Confirmation — Sacred Heart, Baileyville
Oct. 23 Adoration — Maur-Hill Mount Academy, Atchison
Oct. 19 Sisters, Servants of Mary beatification
Red Mass — Visitation Parish, Kansas City, Mo.
Oct. 20 Mass of the Innocents — Savior Pastoral Center
Oct. 24 Archbishop’s Call to Share clergy luncheon
Christ’s Peace House of Prayer Mass
Administrative Team meeting
Oct. 21 Mass, archdiocesan teacher in-service — Overland Park Convention Center
Confirmation — Sacred Heart, Tonganoxie
Meeting with Mother Margareta Maria, superior general of the Franciscan Sisters of the Martyr St. George Annual Catholic school board of trustees Mass and dinner — Savior Pastoral Center Oct. 22 Adoration — Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, Kan. St. Lawrence advisory board
daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches” (2 Cor 11: 21-28). When you listen to that litany of adversities, the challenges we face today pale in comparison. As we strive to embark on the new evangelization, St. Paul is an excellent model and patron. The new evangelization is not about inventing a new Gospel or new message. What is new about the new evangelization is it utilizes some of the modern tools for communication. In part, the new evangelization is aimed at presenting the truth and beauty of the Gospel to the so-called digital continent, where so many young people today spend a great deal of time. What is also new about the new evangelization is to whom it is directed. The new evangelization attempts
Oct. 25-26 Seminary visit — KenrickGlennon, St. Louis
keleher Oct. 20 Federal prison Mass “Catholic Way” taping Oct. 23-24 Labor Review Board executive meeting — San Diego
to re-evangelize parts of the world that historically were profoundly Catholic, but where today the practice of the faith has been radically diminished. However, what remains consistent about evangelization in every age is that it requires individuals, like St. Paul, who are willing to make heroic sacrifices to bring the truth and the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others. In part, what made St. Paul’s preaching so powerfully compelling were the extraordinary personal sacrifices he was willing to make so that others would experience the love of God revealed in his Son, Jesus Christ. If we want to turn the hearts of people today toward Jesus Christ and his Gospel, we must be willing to do no less.
Nativity to host parish mission Oct. 28-30 Leawood — Father Jim Sichko, who has been referred to as the “voice of laughter, storytelling and praise,” will lead a parish mission from 7 to 8 p.m. from Oct. 28 – 30 in the parish hall at Church of the Nativity here. The mission is open to everyone and is appropriate for all ages. Father Sichko is a priest of the Diocese of Lexington, Ky. He was ordained on May 23, 1998. He studied theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology and, before that, completed his undergraduate work at the New England Conservatory of Music in vocal performance. Known for his storytelling, Father Sichko weaves everyday life experiences with the rooted messages which lie within the Gospel. He serves as Pastor of St. Mark Parish in Richmond, Ky. Church of the Nativity is located at 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood.
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Three-year-old Johnny Punswick, a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park, isn’t old enough to drive a real tractor, but he knew just what to do with this one. The CEF Futures committee invited families out for a day of fun on Oct. 5 while raising scholarship funds to help people send their children to Catholic schools.
What could be better than a bag full of cider donuts? Sharing them with good friends. Seven-year-old Lucy Punswick, left, eight-year-old Ashlyn Turner and six-year-old Gabriella Turner of Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park take a break from playing games for a snack.
Six-year-old Maggie Minnis, a member of Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, soars high on a giant trampoline Oct. 5 at CEF Day at the KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Gardner.
Fall event scares up scholarship funds By Jessica Langdon email@example.com
ARDNER — With rows of pumpkins to pick from, apple cider donuts to devour and rides and games galore, it can be hard to pin down the best part of spending an October Saturday at the pumpkin patch. Six-year-old Maggie Minnis, whose family belongs to Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, votes for the zip line. “I like the beanbag slide,” offered nine-year-old Joey Punswick, a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park. His friend, nine-year-old Austin Turner, agreed. The boys were two of eight Webelos from Pack 3265 at Holy Spirit who pitched in on Oct. 5 at the KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, a day designed to help families send their children to Catholic schools. The Catholic Education Foundation Futures committee — a group of young professionals in their 20s to 40s who are dedicated to CEF’s mission — invited families out to the pumpkin patch in Gardner for the day to help raise funds for scholarships. Unlike the kids, the adults who turned out for the CEF day had no problem identifying their favorite part. “You see a dollar given turn into a dollar of good,” said Hamp Henning, the chairman of the CEF board. He and fellow members of his band — The Hamptones — spent several hours entertaining the crowd in support of Catholic education. “It’s easy to rally around,” he said of this cause, especially when you look at the numbers. This year, CEF is providing roughly $1.1 million in scholarships to help approximately 1,400 students attend 20 CEF schools. A Catholic education can help create a well-rounded student with a solid foundation in the faith, said John Minnis, a member of the CEF board and the Futures committee. His wife Angie, as well as his father, sister and sister-in-law have all taught at CEF schools, so their family has
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Two-year-old Patrick Fitzgerald, a member of St. Elizabeth Parish in Kansas City, Mo., picks out a pumpkin during CEF Day at the Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 5. The event at the KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Gardner raised scholarship funds to help students attend Catholic schools. quite a few CEF connections. CEF Futures events often hold a big draw for people in their 20s, and this reached even further, to parents in their 30s and 40s — as well as their kids, he said. The KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is a longstanding tradition for Kevin and Jennie Punswick, members of Holy Spirit, who took their five kids out for the CEF day. Jennie is a member of the CEF board and Futures committee, and loves the cause. “It’s nice to see so many Catholic families come out here, not only to just enjoy the pumpkin patch, but to be together for a common goal — giving back to the Catholic community and allowing scholarships for kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to have this education,” said Kevin Punswick.
“We feel so strongly about Catholic education for our own children that we feel it’s important for those people who would like to have it, but just don’t have the means to do it,” he continued. Plus, he said, the pumpkin patch is owned and operated by a wonderful Catholic family. Julie Berggren, who opened the pumpkin patch 11 years ago with her husband Kirk and their three kids — Jacob, Taylor and Eli — was thrilled to see so many Catholic families arriving on the crisp, sunny day. After supporting CEF in other ways, the Berggrens were delighted that hosting visitors to their pumpkin patch would translate into scholarship funds. “CEF does have a wonderful mission, and I think they do an amazing job of reaching the community and helping those that just need a little bit
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of help realizing their dream of making a Catholic education possible for their children,” said Julie Berggren. Taylor Berggren, now a graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, hopes this will become a tradition. “I heard one kid say they’ve been out here since the beginning — since we opened — and they’re still having fun,” she said. The Berggren family sees a wealth of opportunities for other area businesses to help in their own ways. “I think CEF has really gone out of their way to make wonderful events, and I would encourage anyone that has a business in the Kansas City area to really step up and offer your business and your resources to help make scholarships possible for children,” said Julie Berggren. “Our real goal in life is to help each other get to heaven — and this is just another step closer.”
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Sabetha celebrates anniversary, renovations, new pastor
Project Andrew invites potential future priests . . . and their parents By Jessica Langdon email@example.com
ANSAS CITY, Kan. — A young man is bound to build up a long list of questions as he weighs whether or not he is being called to the priesthood. Even with as many questions as he’s pondering — whether he is in high school, college or has entered the work world — his family can probably easily match his curiosity. Who better to answer some of those questions than priests, seminarians, representatives of the archdiocesan vocation office — and parents of current seminarians? All of those share their experiences and expertise with parents of young men in a special parent-track component of the annual Project Andrew events held in October, which reach out to men considering the priesthood. “We’ve always wanted to try to help those parents out as much as possible, so they’re comfortable sending their son to a seminary,” said Father Scott Wallisch, archdiocesan vocation director. And parents want to know everything: What level of commitment should he have before even attempting the seminary? If he goes, can we visit him? How far away is the seminary? Is it going to be hard? Who pays for everything? Will we see him at holidays? Sometimes they want to know how to support vocations. But mostly, they just want to know if their son will be happy. “Parents often don’t realize how broad the experience is,” said Father Wallisch. Yes, studying and praying make up a big part of seminary life, but there’s much more. “The seminaries give them plenty of opportunities to grow as brothers together, to play sports together, to go and do fun activities and to go and do apostolic work,” he said. Jennifer and Ray Zielinski, members of Church of the Nativity in Leawood, have seen their son Carter mature and grow in his faith during his time as a seminarian. They will share their experiences with parents at the Project Andrew program Oct. 27 at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park. Carter is in his fourth year of college at Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo. He had been studying civil engineering at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, but went home during his sophomore year to have a very special discussion with his parents. “He said he felt he had been called
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Archdiocesan seminarian Justin Hamilton, left, shares a little about life in the seminary with Ronald Rader, Angela Kyle and Troy Kyle at Project Andrew on Oct. 13 at Christ the King Parish in Topeka. The next Project Andrew is scheduled for Oct. 27 at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park. by God,” said Jennifer. “In some ways, I wasn’t expecting it, but when he said it, I wasn’t totally shocked, either.” At first, he planned to continue working toward his degree, but later decided he needed to explore the seminary in order to discern whether the priesthood is his vocation. “I pray for him,” said his mother, but she tries not to influence him one way or another as he continues his discernment, which is an ongoing part of life for a seminarian. “I just have always wanted him to do what he’s called to do,” she said. She and her husband are very supportive of him, she said. Whether a son grows up to become an archdiocesan priest — which is what Carter wants to be — or gets married and has a family, it’s a natural part of life for a man to embark on a path of his own, she said. And so she wants parents to know: “It will be OK.” To her, it’s about trusting in God’s plan. The Zielinskis still see their son, she said, and feel connected to his journey. In fact, she particularly enjoyed talking about the sacraments with Carter during one of his recent trips home. He’s constantly learning new things about his faith in the seminary and excited to share what he’s learning — in
this case, about the history and meaning of the Eucharist. Mimi and Jack Nagle, whose son Matthew is in his third year of theology at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, have spoken at past Project Andrew dinners. The Nagles, who are members of Curé of Ars Parish in Leawood, have been thrilled with the addition of the parents’ component. “I think that opens up a huge door for parents to gather information about what the process is and how things work,” said Mimi. The number of young men exploring the possibility of the priesthood is small, especially on the high school level, she said. “It’s not like you can call up your friend and say, ‘Tell me how this works,’” she said. “It helps parents, I think, to be more supportive of their sons’ discernment because it gives them information.” Family support and relationships are very important to a seminarian and a priest, said Father Wallisch. Those relationships help provide a balanced life. The Zielinski family has felt that support from the vocation office is always available if they have questions. They go to the seminary to visit — including trips for parents’ weekend
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Project Andrew Project Andrew events bring together young men who are discerning God’s call for them with people who can answer their questions. They hear from priests, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, and spend time in fellowship, worship, and eucharistic adoration. The first of two 2013 programs took place Oct. 13 at Christ the King Parish in Topeka. The second is scheduled from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park. Participants are asked to register by Oct. 23. Register by visiting the archdiocesan vocation office’s website at: www.kckvocations.com. Under the “Discernment” tab, find “Events,” and then select “Project Andrew” to start the registration process for men and parents. For more information, contact the vocation office at (913) 647-0303, or send an email to: vocation@arch kck.org.
— and their son comes home regularly. “I feel very good about where he is and what he’s doing,” said Jennifer Zielinski.
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ABETHA — The novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Obviously, he never made it to Sabetha. On Oct. 13, the Catholics of Sacred Heart Parish celebrated the parish’s 90th anniversary — proving the great novelist wrong. Catholic settlers here had long wanted a parish and, by 1879, finally got permission to do so from Bishop Louis Marie Fink, OSB. In May 1882, they built St. Timothy Church. The little Catholic community, however, did not grow and was unable to support a priest. The little wood frame church was closed and then sold on March 5, 1896. After that, to worship, Catholics either traveled to the nearest church at Fidelity, or to a little chapel at St. Anthony’s Murdock Memorial Hospital. And then came the second act. In 1920, Sabetha Catholics decided to found another parish and so built a modest church in 1923, which they dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today, members of Sacred Heart Parish worship in a new church, which was completed in 1993. Last summer, then-pastor Father Greg Hammes launched a renovation program to prepare the church for the upcoming anniversary. When he was reassigned to other duties, Father Barry Clayton was appointed pastor and oversaw the project to its completion. The work involved new carpet and tile, a cross and a Sacred Heart design in the tile, interior paint, a new altar with wood base and native limestone top, and work done to the area behind the altar. “The renovations were not too expensive,” said Father Clayton. “The great things is that, because our parishioners are so generous on a regular basis, we had funds we could use to pay for the renovations. I actually didn’t have to ask parishioners for additional funds, because it was already paid for
Above, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann anoints the new altar at Sacred Heart Church in Sabetha with chrism oil on Oct. 13. Right, Father Barry Clayton lights the candles on the new altar. Father Clayton was installed as pastor of Sacred Heart on Oct. 13. with savings due to their generosity.” Since Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann was coming to the parish, Father Clayton and parishioners decided to combine three events: the dedication of the new altar, the celebration of the parish’s 90th anniversary, and the installation of Father Clayton as pastor — his first. “It was really an honor,” said Father Clayton. “I look forward to serving here as pastor. Pastor is a Latin word that means ‘shepherd.’ I hope, with God’s grace and help, to shepherd my parishioners closer to heaven.”
Pope Francis taps Benedictine College alum as new bishop
TCHISON — Pope and features editor of The CirFrancis has named cuit, the college newspaper. “We are very excited to have Father Andrew H. Cozzens, Benedic- another Raven bishop,” said Benedictine College president tine College class of 1991, new auxiliary bishop of the Archdi- Stephen D. Minnis. “It shows that the Benedictine College ocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn., in the United States education is truly forming Catholics at the service of the and titular bishop of Bisica. church. This is why Many Benedicwe are called the flagtine College graduship college of the ates have served the new evangelization.” church as bishops Benedictine Col— Bishop Cozzens is lege chaplain Father the fifth Raven bishBrendan Rolling reop since the year membered him fond2000. ly. At the time of his “He was an amaznew appointment, ing leader and friend Father Cozzens was as a student. He was an assistant profesBishop Andrew a student editor of sor at St. Paul SemiCozzens nary School of Divinithe school paper, a ty in St. Paul, Minn. founding officer of Ravens ReBishop-elect Cozzens was spect Life and a resident asborn in 1968 in Stamford, sistant of St. Joseph Hall,” he Conn. At Benedictine College said. “His efforts in NET (Nain Atchison, he earned a bach- tional Evangelization Teams) elor’s degree in English litera- and SPO (St. Paul’s Outreach) ture and philosophy. He was a strengthened the presence of member of Ravens Respect Life these movements at Benedic-
tine College.” Bishop-elect Cozzens was ordained in 1997 and served at two parishes before moving to Rome for graduate studies. He earned his licentiate (2002) and doctorate (2008) in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). For four years during his time in Rome, he served as chaplain for the Missionaries of Charity. Also a founding member of the priestly association Companions of Christ, Bishop-elect Cozzens served on NET for one year and then was co-director of SPO in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He has served as assistant director for the office for worship and is a member of the mission advisory council and corporate board of the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Neb.; of SPO board of directors in St. Paul; and co-chaplain of the Serra Club of the Twin Cities.
Benedictine College bishops There is a proud tradition of Raven bishops in the church. Alumni bishops include: • Henry Tihen, class of 1882, was named bishop of Lincoln, Neb., in 1911 and then served as bishop of Denver from 1917 until 1931. • Thomas Francis Lillis, class of 1885, was bishop of Leavenworth from 1913 to 1938. • Harry Anselm Clinch, class of 1928, served as bishop of Monterey, Calif., from 1967 to 1982. • Thomas Joseph Drury, class of 1930, was named bishop of San Angelo, Texas, in 1961 and then served as bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas, from 1965 to 1983. • Ignatius J. Strecker, class of 1939, served as archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas from 1969 to 1993. • John Joseph Sullivan, class of 1941, served as bishop of Grand Island, Neb., from 1972 to 1977 and bishop of Kansas CitySt. Joseph, Mo., from 1977 to 1993. • Matthias Schmidt, class of 1954, was named auxiliary bishop of Jatai, Brazil in 1972 and then bishop of Rui Barbaso, Jatai, Brazil, in 1976, where he served until his death earlier this year. • Herbert Hermes, class of 1955, served as bishop of the Prelacy of Cristalandia, Brazil, from 1990 to 2009. • Denis James Madden, class of 1963, was appointed auxiliary bishop of Baltimore in 2005. • John B. Brungardt, class of 1980, was named the bishop of Dodge City in 2010. • Andrew Cozzens, class of 1991, was named auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2013.
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theleaven.com | october 18, 2013 JoAnn (Glotzbach) and Dale Miller, members of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Topeka, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24. The couple was married in 1953 at Sacred Heart Church, Paxico, by Father Charles Brink. Their children hosted an early celebration and dinner in their parents’ honor in Topeka. Their children and their spouses are: Glenn and Mickie Miller, Kansas City, Kan.; Jeanette Ubel, Manhattan; and Patricia and Steve Klos, Redmond, Wash. They have 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
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Volunteers hand out 500 nearly indestructible One World Futbols at the 9th & Van Brunt Athletic Complex in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 12 at a clinic for 200 local Hispanic youth soccer players. Local groups benefiting from the clinic and donation include youth soccer players from Resurrection School in Kansas City, Kan., and The Guadalupe Centers, Inc. The balls were donated by Chevrolet and Rush Soccer. “The students at Resurrection Catholic School appreciate the invitation from Kansas Rush to attend Chevrolet’s One World Futbol soccer clinic,” said Susan Hagenkord, physical education teacher at Resurrection. “Our students love the game of soccer, but don’t have many opportunities to play organized sports. This is a great chance to learn the game, right in the heart of Kansas City.”
Patricia Ann and Gerald H. Klimas, members of Prince of Peace Parish, Olathe, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 26 at the 8:15 a.m. Mass at Prince of Peace. The couple was married at St. Hugh of Lincoln Church in Huntington Station, N.Y. Following Mass, they will celebrate with their family. Their children and their spouses are: Cecilia and Larry Ballasy and Jerry and Linda Klimas. They also have four grandchildren.
The next meal
Topeka’s sandwich ministry has been quietly transforming the capital city for more than 50 years
member at the Sandwich Ministry. “The number of people who come here has increased eeding the poor and in unbelievable numbers since I hungry of Topeka started here.” Sister Marjorie started worktakes 34,290 sandwiches a year, to be ing at the Sandwich Ministry three years ago following the exact. Luckily, the staff and volun- death of long-time staff memteers of the Sandwich Ministry ber and social justice advocate Sister Mary Corita Conlan, SCL. are up to the task. Many of Rain or the 24,000 shine, the people living Sandwich in poverty in Ministry’s Topeka do not window opens know where every weektheir next day at 8 a.m. meal is comsharp. And ing from. This rain or shine, is especially the hungry Poverty in the archdiocese true for the show up for a meal — for some, it is the only people and families who show up at the Sandwich Ministry’s meal they will eat that day. Though they seek neither window for a meal. praise nor attention for their good deeds, the Sandwich Ministry has been quietly transforming Topeka for over 50 There are a lot of regulars at years — one filling bite at a the Sandwich Ministry’s wintime. dow each day. There’s Ferguson, the man who disappears for months at a time, then shows up and explains he was “in school,” though all the volunteers know Topeka is one of the archdi- he was actually in jail. ocese’s poorest cities. Poverty There’s the woman who rates are close to 20 percent, has never given her name, but well over the national poverty who has been coming for over average. In fact, all of Shawnee 30 years. She first showed up County has been hit especially when she was young, and now hard by the economic reces- that she’s older, she often brings sion; poverty rose five percent her children and grandchildren from 2000 to 2010. for a bite. The volunteers and staff at And then there’s Peter, the the Sandwich Ministry have one-eyed regular who is so witnessed this dramatic in- courteous he is a favorite with crease. Ten years ago, they all the staff. agree, there was opportunity And they keep coming back. for Topeka’s poorest to rise out Though the lunch is just a of poverty. simple, dry, white bread sandBut with the economic re- wich with bologna and Amercession of the 2000s dispropor- ican cheese, two cookies, and tionately affecting the poorest, a bag of chips, they don’t comit seems the dream of rising plain. from poverty is dying. In fact, most people who “There already is a [perma- have relied on the Sandwich nent class of people who cannot Ministry during difficult times rise out of poverty],” said Sister are enormously thankful for the Marjorie Cushing, SCL, a staff help. By Katie Hyde Special to The Leaven
Jean Smith hands a sandwich to one of the regulars at the Sandwich Ministry window. Smith has been working with the ministry for over 30 years and has seen thousands of faces come and go. Larry Lesser, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Topeka, and Mary Kirk, a member of Mater Dei Parish in Topeka, prepare the day’s sandwiches. The ministry typically hands out more than 100 sandwiches a day.
The face of hunger
A look at Topeka poverty
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Kauffman Foundation Conference Center 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.
Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C
he Notre Dame Club of Kansas City announces Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., Ph.D., professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, will speak about “Notre Dame and the Fight Against Extreme Poverty” as this year’s speaker for the Hesburgh Lecture. Dowd specializes in African politics. He will discuss Notre Dame’s efforts in the service of human development, and describe it’s new partnerships with African universities, as well as non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations in Africa. He will speak at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, in the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Town Square Conference Room, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri (east of The Country Club Plaza in Kauffman Legacy Park, between The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and UMKC). Admission is free to the public and refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
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“They’re not bums. They’re hardworking people down on their luck. They would do anything not to be where they are.” The face of help After working for over 30 years at the Sandwich Ministry, Jean Smith has endless compassion for the thousands who arrive at the window for a meal. According to her, many people who come are unemployed or underemployed. “Some do work, but just can’t make it to the end of the month,” she said. “It can be a big thing when they find work. It thrills me when they do.”
Like the man who Smith affectionately calls “pop-can guy.” For years, he has been collecting aluminum cans to recycle for money. One morning in June, he arrived for a meal and told Smith that he had a job interview. Then he asked for her prayers. He came back the next day to tell Smith he got the job. Though these stories give Smith and the other volunteers hope and motivation, for every customer that finds a job, there are many who are unemployed, hungry, and homeless.
And those who can’t find work or homes are often ostracized from the city’s other antipoverty programs. “We work for the people who are under bridges and by the river,” said Sister Marjorie. “They are the people no one else senses, because a lot of the other organizations in Topeka don’t let them in.” Further compounding the troubles of Topeka’s poor is that people do not fully understand the struggles of those in poverty. “I don’t think people fully grasp how widespread poverty is,” Sister Marjorie added. “They’re not bums. They’re hardworking people down on their luck. They would do anything not to be where they are.” Many of them just don’t know how to begin.
Giving back hope After being beaten by a group of kids, Brad Grabs fought back by offering hope to kids in KCK’s poorest areas By Katie Hyde Special to The Leaven
here was no option for kids.” M o s t p e o p l e would not devote their lives to the poor after being mugged and beaten in their own neighborhood. But then again, most people aren’t Brad Grabs. One Sunday in 2000, Grabs was walking home from Mass in broad daylight when he was approached by two 15-year-olds who demanded he empty his pockets. When he told them he had no money, they grabbed him and began beating him, throw-
eye-opener Poverty in the archdiocese ing punches to his face and stomach. Beaten, but not badly hurt, Grabs managed to struggle free of the boys and sprint away. He had always believed that children were inherently good. He was a volunteer at heart, having spent a year working with the Vincentian Service Corps
full of grace
Marian Clinic Nurse gives everything to her patients — and then some By Katie Hyde Special to The Leaven
t is hard to imagine a nurse practitioner with more compassion for her patients than Mary Stewart, a family practice nurse practitioner at the Marian Clinic, a safety net for uninsured and low-income individuals of Topeka. As she walks into the exam room, she greets her first patient of the day warmly, giving a tight hug and cracking a joke. Then, instead of immediately review-
eye-opener Poverty in the archdiocese ing the patient’s medical history or preparing for her pelvic exam, Stewart sits down. “I always sit down when I walk in,” she later explained. “It dispels a lot of fear.”
From humble beginnings as a small-scale afterschool education program, the Learning Club has expanded to three locations and offers afterschool and summer learning on weekdays, a leadership academy for inner-city teenagers, and a program for teens at risk of dropping out of school, abusing drugs and alcohol, or joining gangs. Because the neighborhood is in one of the poorest areas in the state, The Learning Club offers many things children don’t get at school or at home — a healthy snack, an hour of personal attention and tutoring, and a consistent support system.
A day in the life
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Mary Zeller, a member of Guardian Angels Parish in Kansas City, Mo., helps Jacqueline Gutierrez, 6, with reading at The Learning Club. The Learning Club offers students in the poorest part of the city tutoring and a consistent support system. were nearly 22 percent in 2010, making it the poorest county in Kansas. The rate increased steadily for years, then shot up by five percent between 2000 and 2010 following the economic recession of the late 2000s. More than one in five people in the county live in poverty, or nearly 34,500 people. Many of them are children, for whom poverty is most severe. Many students at The Learning Club are behind in reading and writing and lack the resources to afford tutoring. Some students lack a support system at home, and turn to drugs, alcohol, and gangs. Grabs — armed with compassion, a deep knowledge of his neighborhood, and a background in teaching — got to work.
in Arkansas and 10 years living at Shalom House, a home for homeless men in Kansas City, Kan. But his faith was shaken: If these boys were good, then why had they attacked him? The anger and fear lasted for months. Then, something changed. He realized that the boys had mugged him not because they lacked goodness, but because they lacked opportunity. Kids in Grabs’ neighborhood in Wyandotte County are some of the poorest in Kansas. Perhaps, Grabs thought, the boys had mugged him not because they were bad, but because they had lost hope. “When it is easy for kids to make bad decisions, they go that
route,” Grabs said. “There was no option for kids in this neighborhood.”
Stewart spends 10 minutes chatting with the patient, who begins to open up to Stewart about struggles she is facing at home. And though the conversation may not be strictly medical, Stewart does not rush her patient. Instead, she listens with compassion. Since 1988, the Marian Clinic has helped the poorest of Topeka receive medical and dental services. Sixty-nine percent of its patients live in poverty, and over 80 percent are uninsured. Last year, they provided over 17,000 patient visits and medicines valued at over $2.2 million. “A lot of these patients have lived their entire life in survival mode,” Stewart said. “When you’re living in survival mode, the most important is today. You don’t look back very often, because that brings a lot of regrets. And you don’t look forward, because you can’t.” Stewart has worked here for 22 years and said repeatedly that she never wants to leave. She began in obstetrics and family health, then switched to women’s health and weight loss 12 years ago. Stewart’s patients visit her in some of their most trying times: when they are 200 pounds overweight, when they have been trying unsuccessfully for years
“A lot of these patients have lived their entire life in survival mode. When you’re living in survival mode, the most important is today. You don’t look back very often, because that brings a lot of regrets. And you don’t look forward, because you can’t.”
It takes a village to raise a child From Grabs’ initial fear and anger after the mugging grew the idea for The Learning Club, a safety net education program for some of Kansas City’s poorest students. Grabs wanted to create a free, educational, after-school program for firstthrough eighth-graders of his neighborhood near the intersection of 18th Street and Parallel Parkway in Wyandotte County. After living in the area for years, he knew intimately the struggles of his community. Poverty rates in the county
to conceive a child, when the lump in their breast becomes so painful they cannot ignore it anymore. And she greets them with a smile, a hug, and a heart full of compassion. “She’s wonderful,” said one patient, whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy. “I would not go to anyone but her.”
The call It takes a certain strength of spirit to work in a safety net medical clinic. Luckily for Stewart, she has never been the kind whose heart breaks. “I’m not the type,” she said. “When I see something hurting, I grab it and say, ‘Let’s fix it.’” And in her 12 years running the women’s health program,
she’s done exactly that. When she began heading the program, only 25 percent of female patients had annual pelvic and breast exams. Now, the rate is 92 percent. These screenings are crucial to detect cervical or breast cancer, as well as other conditions and diseases. According to Stewart, because many of the patients at the Marian Clinic do not schedule annual appointments, they often come to see her with many compounding health complications. This is why she devotes an entire hour to each patient. “These people, they come in when they’re dying to escape death,” she said. “They’re not the type to come in for wellness visits.” This can make solving health problems much more complicated. Stewart also said that pa-
Every day at The Learning Club begins the same. “OK, kids, it’s time to be silent and focus,” Grabs says, and 25 students in a single-file line go silent. “Take a deep breath.” Twenty-five deep breaths are taken, slowly. Inhale. Exhale. Focus. “Stand straight and tall.” Twenty-five bodies come to attention. Inhale. Exhale. Focus. A bell rings out, and the kids know it’s time to learn. For the next hour, the kids work in near silence in math and reading workbooks, and the only sound heard in the room is the quick scribbling of pencils and the quiet melody of classic music played over the speakers. This is what a typical day looks like at The Learning Club at Blessed Sacrament in Kansas City, Kan., one of the three locations where the club meets. Grabs and Ken Gates, who
also works for The Learning Club, quietly call students to another classroom for individual tutoring, while young adult volunteers monitor progress and keep the students focused. One volunteer is Dominique Dirks, a 20-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City student and resident of the neighborhood. Dirks, who has been coming to The Learning Club since third grade — first as a student, now as a volunteer — has deep ties to the club. “Before The Learning Club, there was nothing to do after school,” Dirks said. “Now we have this.” The Learning Club encour-
$7,000. According to Grabs, the children here are Kansas’ most marginalized, barely scraping by on incomes less than one third of the federal poverty level. Grabs first came to Juniper Gardens on a police ride-along years ago, when there was a domestic disturbance in the area. But before he arrived at the house, the police officer pulled over and turned off the car. “We never go here alone,” the officer explained to Grabs. “It’s too dangerous.” The officer waited for two more police officers to arrive, and they all entered together. From the window of the police cruiser, Grabs saw young
“If you look at the big picture, the future can look bleak. But if you look at individuals, I see hope. I’m very hopeful about individual outcomes.” aged Dirks to continue in school, to challenge herself, and eventually to continue on to college, where she is now studying communications. “I want to change this community and make it better,” she said. “And I have my little sister looking up to me.”
Reaching out to the margins After seeing consistent progress in students at Blessed Sacrament, Grabs was ready to reach out further, to the most marginalized of Kansas City children. He decided to visit Juniper Gardens, Kansas’ largest public housing project, where the average annual income is under
children playing outside. “If police are too afraid to go in there alone, but kids are growing up there — well, that does not reflect well on us,” said Grabs. So he brought The Learning Club to them, setting up shop in the community center there. The children here face many more struggles than the average child, according to site director Franchiel Nyakatura. Nyakatura volunteered at The Learning Club for a year before being hired on as a coordinator and director for the club at Juniper Gardens. “There are so many things that these kids face,” said Nyakatura. “Sometimes I can’t even imagine the things people live with.” Like the student with seven
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Mary Stewart has worked at the Marian Clinic for 22 years. The clinic has helped the poor of Topeka receive medical and dental care since 1988. Sixty-nine percent of its patients live in poverty. tients may be reluctant to come in because they are embarrassed to be living in poverty. Stewart has a ready response for this. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve had money all your life or if you haven’t,” she said. “What matters is that you’re walking
through the door.” Many patients, Stewart said, have lost hope for a better or healthier life. “Deep down, they don’t believe long-term planning is going to work for them because it hasn’t so far,” she said. “Hope: That’s what’s missing.”
Not giving up Though Stewart gives everything for her patients, she would likely say that she gets more out of her job than her patients do. They renew her faith, challenge
brothers and sisters who always comes in hungry, or the girl who went months without eyeglasses because her family couldn’t afford them. Grabs recalls two very bright and sweet sisters from Juniper Gardens who were in his class. They were always on time and never missed a class. And then they stopped coming. So Grabs decided to visit their apartment. Their mother answered the door. “I don’t think the girls can come [to The Learning Club],” she said. “We’ve got to get out of here.” As she opened the door wider, Grabs saw an enormous gash along her neck from where a neighbor had slashed her with a broken bottle. A week later, the girls and their mother were gone, and Grabs never saw them again. “It just breaks my heart,” he said. “They have such incredible obstacles to overcome.”
Statistically speaking 1 in 7 Americans lives in poverty
That’s 48 million people, of which 16 million are children
Hope Despite the ever-worsening statistics on urban poverty, Grabs remains optimistic. “I am hopeful because the kids are always hopeful,” Grabs said. “If you look at the big picture, the future can look bleak. But if you look at individuals, I see hope. I’m very hopeful about individual outcomes.” Nyakatura mirrors this hope. “We as Christians, we as Catholics, we have a total responsibility to transform the city, to transform a community, and part of that means we have to look outside of ourselves and our needs, even if it’s just for one hour.”
her mind, and humble her. “We totally love our patients,” she said. “Some of them are wacko, but so what? We are, too.” She keeps a gallon-sized Ziploc bag stuffed with thank-you cards behind her desk. One shows a young couple holding a newborn, and Stewart touches it gingerly as she removes it from the bag. “I really don’t need the thanks,” she says as she explains how she helped this infertile couple conceive through the natural family planning classes she teaches. “But it gives me strength when I’m forgetting.” But the thanks, no matter how infrequent, remind her of why she has devoted 22 years of her life to her patients. And at 64, Stewart shows no signs of slowing down. “I’m not retiring,” she said with a laugh, “because I have lots of energy and lots of love for my patients.” And even when the going gets rough, Stewart always remains hopeful for a better life for her patients. “These people are so full of grace,” she said. “You see how much God must love them, because they’re still here. They haven’t given up.” And neither will she.
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Most Catholics aren’t searching for spirituality online, study says By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service
ASHINGTON (CNS) — Most U.S. Catholics are not looking for spirituality online; in fact, half of them are unaware the church even has an online presence, according to researchers at Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The most widely used communication tool in Catholic Church is the parish bulletin, followed by a diocesan newspaper or magazine — in print form — which one in four adult Catholics have read in the past three months, CARA reports. Narrowing the focus on Catholics who attend Mass each week, CARA said 13 percent of them read Catholic blogs and 17 percent view religious material on YouTube. These findings and other trends among U.S. Catholics were presented Oct. 10 by CARA’s Melissa Cidade, director of pastoral assistance surveys and services, and Mark Gray, director of Catholic polls, to a group of editors in Washington attending a Catholic Press Association/Catholic News Service Liaison Committee meeting. CARA’s communication findings were of particular interest to the group. Robert DeFrancesco, CPA president and editor and associate publisher of
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Half of Catholics are unaware that the church has an online presence. The most effective use of communication is the parish bulletin, followed by the archdiocesan newspaper or magazine. The Catholic Sun, newspaper of the Phoenix Diocese, said the study affirms the good work the Catholic press is doing and also highlights the work they still have cut out for them in balancing print and online efforts. He said it reveals how “younger Catholics are not clamoring for news online” — which could be particularly disheartening to Catholic journalists who focus on their online product, but also needs to be balanced with the
finding that one in four Catholics overall have read a diocesan paper recently — primarily in print — and eight in 10 readers described these papers as good or excellent. The fact that print versions of diocesan papers still reach so many Catholics is something to think about, he noted, especially with the limited resources of many diocesan newspapers.
Cardinal plans informal private meeting with lawmakers BOSTON (CNS) — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has invited state lawmakers whose districts are within the Boston Archdiocese to an informal private meeting Oct. 17 to help them “get to know us” and to build relationships, said archdiocesan spokesman Terrence C. Donilon. He said the meeting at the Union Club on Beacon Hill will be the first between the cardinal and a large group of lawmakers since he became Boston’s archbishop in 2003. “We have heard from legislators that they don’t really know us, and that’s understandable. It has been a rough 10 years,” Donilon said. “So, we want to take the opportunity to sit and talk to them — talk to them about the footprint of the archdiocese, talk to them about the impact that we have in cities and towns that they represent, give them an update as to what we’re doing in our social justice and schools areas, answer their questions and just keep it informal.” He added, “It’s about relationshipbuilding.” Donilon said that, while the meeting is the first of its kind, the cardinal is in regular contact with elected officials. “The cardinal has met with the governor, and the senate president, and the speaker. He has regular discussions and meetings with Boston mayor Thomas Menino and certain legislators who ask to come in and see him, but we have never done anything this big,” he said.
Bishop expects big jump in number of abortions in California
ACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) — New California laws allowing non-physicians to perform abortions and repealing some building regulations that govern abortion clinics “dramatically increase the availability of abortion” in the state, said the president of the California Catholic Conference. “We oppose abortion, and until it becomes illegal, we will oppose measures which expand it — especially when it is at the expense of the girls and women undergoing the proce-
dure,” said Auxiliary Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson of Los Angeles. On Oct. 9, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that permits a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife or physician assistant “to perform an abortion by aspiration techniques during the first trimester of pregnancy.” These non-physician medical professionals must complete “specified training” and comply with “specified standardized procedures or protocols.” “This change in the law will effectively create a two-tier health system,”
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Bishop Wilkerson said in a statement released Oct. 9 by the Sacramentobased conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic bishops. “Physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives — with eight weeks’ training — can now perform first trimester abortions in primary care clinics not designed for surgery,” the bishop said. “Most of their clients will be women and girls who are poor, whereas women and girls with means will seek out physicians with surgical skills and hospital-admit-
ting privileges for their abortions.” Brown also signed into law a bill that repeals certain regulations and sections of the California Building Standards Code that treat primary clinics differently depending on whether the clinics provide abortion services. Bishop Wilkerson said the bishops were disappointed with both measures becoming law in their state, where “12 percent of Americans reside but 29 percent of all the nation’s abortions occur.”
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Pope warns against restricting women By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service
ATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said women’s “vocation and mission” today remain essentially connected to their capacity for motherhood, but warned against unjustly restricting their participation in the church or civil society on that basis. “Many things can change and have changed in our cultural and social evolution, but the fact remains that it is the woman who conceives, carries in her womb and gives birth to the children of men,” the pope said Oct. 12. “This is not simply a biological matter, but carries a wealth of implications for the woman herself, for her way of being, for her relationships, for the way in which we lend respect to human life and to life in general,” he said. “Calling a woman to maternity, God entrusted the human being to her in an altogether special manner,” he said. The pope made his remarks in a
speech to participants at an academic conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Laity to mark the 25th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic letter “Mulieris Dignitatem” (“The Dignity of Women”). Pope Francis described it as a “historic document, the first of the papal magisterium dedicated entirely to the subject of woman.” Pope Francis warned there are two ways of betraying women’s inherently maternal role: “two opposed extremes that demolish woman and her vocation.” “The first is to reduce maternity to a social role, to a task, albeit noble, but which in fact sets the woman aside with her potential and does not value her fully in the building of the community. This is both in the civil sphere and in the ecclesial sphere,” he said. “I suffer — I speak truly — when I see in the church or in some ecclesial organizations that the role of service — which we all have and should have — that woman’s role of service slips into a role of servitude . . . when I see women who do things out of servitude, and that
it is not well understood what a woman ought to do,” he said. But the pope said there is also the “other danger in the opposite direction: that of promoting a type of emancipation which, in order to occupy spaces taken away from the masculine, abandons the feminine with the precious traits that characterize it.” “Woman has a particular sensitivity for the things of God, above all in helping us to understand the mercy, tenderness and love that God has for us,” he said. Pope Francis praised “Mulieris Dignitatem” for its “profound, organic reflection, with a solid anthropological basis illuminated by revelation,” and said the document was a point of departure for further study and efforts at “promotion” of women. Noting that the Italian word for church (“chiesa”) is a feminine noun, the pope exclaimed that the “church is a woman. The church is a mother. And that’s beautiful, eh? We have to think deeply about this.”
Outgoing Vatican secretary of state stresses continuity
ATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who as Vatican secretary of state drew rising criticism for failures of the Vatican bureaucracy he oversaw, stepped down Oct. 15 with a speech praising the pontificate of retired Pope Benedict XVI and stressing its continuity with that of Pope Francis. The cardinal made his remarks at a ceremony in the Apostolic Palace marking the end of his seven years as the chief aide to two popes. Before his speech, Pope Francis thanked the cardinal for the “courage and patience with which you have lived the adversities you have had to face. They are so many.” The ceremony had also been planned as a welcome to the incoming secretary of state, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, but to the surprise of most in the room, Pope Francis announced the archbishop had been unable to attend on account of a “small surgical intervention”
that would keep him away from work for a “few weeks.” The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said the archbishop had traveled to his native Veneto region of northeastern Italy for the surgery, whose nature the spokesman declined to specify. The new secretary of state, who until the end of September served as papal nuncio to Cardinal Bertone Venezuela, could be in Rome by the end of October, Father Lombardi said. In his remarks, Cardinal Bertone paid tribute to Pope Benedict, whom he served for more than six years as secretary of state, and for more than seven years at the Vatican’s doctrinal office
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Pope commemorates deportations to Auschwitz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a meeting with members of Rome’s Jewish community, Pope Francis denounced antiSemitism and recalled the 1943 deportation of more than 1,000 of the city’s Jews to the most notorious Nazi death camp — an incident that has proven a major source of tension between the papacy and Jewish leaders. “It’s a contradiction for a Christian to be anti-Semitic, his roots are, in part, Jewish,” the pope said Oct 11. “May anti-Semitism be banished from the heart and the life of every man and woman.” Pope Francis gave a delegation led by Rabbi Riccardo Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome, a message commemorating the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Rome’s Jews Oct. 16, 1943. Of the more than 1,000 people sent to Auschwitz by the German occupiers that day, just 16 eventually returned. “While we return in memory to those tragic hours of October 1943, it is our duty to keep before our eyes the destiny of those deportees,” the pope wrote. “To imagine their fear, their pain, their desperation, so as not to forget them, to keep them alive in our memory and in our prayer, along with their families, their relatives and friends who mourned their loss and who remain disheartened by the depths of barbarity to which humankind can sink.”
Pope declares medieval mystic a saint VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of seven men and women, including a Canadian and an English founder of two religious orders for women. He also declared the Italian medieval mystic, Blessed Angela of Foligno, a saint, foregoing the usual process of canonization and without formally recognizing a second miracle. Pope Francis accepted a proposal Oct. 9 by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, allowing Blessed Angela to become a saint immediately. The Vatican made the announcement Oct. 11. According to church rules — established by the pope and subject to changes by him — a miracle is needed after beatification to make a candidate eligible for canonization. Pope Francis recently approved the canonization of Blessed John XXIII in absence of a miracle.
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12 classifieds Employment Federal funding coordinator (grant writer) - Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is looking for a full-time federal funding coordinator (grant writer) who will obtain financial resources to meet the organization’s goals and objectives. Secures funding from government sources (including federal, state, county, and city) as well as the tracking and reporting requirements for funds received. EEO. Duties: Researches and identifies federal funding prospects. Works with appropriate staff to obtain information needed to write and submit proposals to funding agencies. Compiles, writes, and edits grant proposals and applications from conception through submission, exhibiting strong writing skills and exceptional command of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Works with appropriate staff to ensure required reports are submitted in a timely manner for all funds received. Maintains internal tracking system for this function. Prepares reports on the government funding efforts as requested by the director of institutional funding. Develops appropriate contacts/relationships with funding representatives. Works with program and service sites staff to position the business development department as the centralized grants management area for all institutional funding for the organization. Responds to strategic organizational priorities as expressed by the director of institutional funding. Participates in business development outreach activities as appropriate. Qualifications: Demonstrates passion for the mission of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of successful federal grant proposal writing experience. Preserves the ethical standards of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and the development profession. Effective communication skills: written, verbal, nonverbal, presentation. Ability to listen and take direction. Self-starter and ability to work well independently and with diverse individuals and groups. Experience working with the budgeting process. High motivation for success coupled with diplomacy, tact, excellent organizational, project management, and customer relations skills. Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines while working under pressure. Willingness to work during evenings and weekends as needed. Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook. Located in Overland Park. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and disability, 403(b), paid time off. To apply, complete application, and job-specific questions can be found on the website at: www.catholiccharitiesks.org. Director of institutional funding (grant development) Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is looking for a fulltime director of institutional funding (grant development) to work to obtain financial resources to meet the goals and objectives of CCNEK. Directs all Catholic Charities grant writing activities by securing funding from institutional, government (federal, state, city and county) and United Way sources as well as the tracking and reporting requirements for funds received. EEO. Duties: Researches and identifies new public, private, and government funding prospects. Supervises grant development staff responsible for writing and monitoring grants. Evaluates individual and team performance, provides feedback/coaching to ensure plans are achieved, and supports staff in development of career goals. Works with appropriate staff to obtain information needed to write and submit proposals to funding agencies. Compiles, writes, and edits grant proposals and applications from conception through submission, exhibiting strong writing skills and exceptional command of grammar, spelling and punctuation for private foundations. Researches and remains apprised of poverty trends and public policy changes that impact the agency’s clientele. 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Participates in business development outreach activities as appropriate. All other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Demonstrates passion for the mission of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three to five years of successful grant proposal writing experience. At least five years of experience leading teams, evaluating individual and team performance, providing feedback and coaching for success. Preserves the ethical standards of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and the development profession. Effective communication skills: written, verbal, nonverbal, presentation. Ability to listen and take direction. Self-starter and ability to work well independently and with diverse individuals and groups; history of developing and managing relationships. Experience working with the budgeting process. High motivation for success coupled with diplomacy, tact, excellent organizational, project management, and customer relations skills. Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines while working under pressure. Willingness to work during evenings and weekends as needed. Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook. Some experience with Raiser’s Edge, a donor management software program, is preferred. Located in Overland Park. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and disability, 403(b), paid time off. To apply, complete application and job specific questions found online at: www. catholiccharitiesks.org.
theleaven.com | OCTOBER 11, 2013 Store manager - TurnStyles, full time with benefits. The store manager will lead thrift store operations, staff and volunteers to achieve program and revenue objectives. EEO. Responsibilities include: store operations; maintaining donations; processing inventory; pricing, storage, and sales; staff and volunteer management; all other aspects of operations required to meet program and revenue objectives. Requirements include 2 - 4 years retail management or thrift store management experience. Proficient computer knowledge and experience for monthly financial reports, including payroll processing; basic accounting and cash handling procedures. Able to lift up to 50 pounds on a repeated basis; able to stand for long periods of time. Ability to work flexible hours. High school graduate. Valid driver’s license. To apply, complete an online application on the website at: www. catholiccharitiesks.org/job. Receptionist - Receptionist needed, part time or full time in Shawnee. Please call Theresa at (913) 248-4589 or Susan at (913) 248-4585. Teachers - Child care teachers needed in Shawnee. Please call Theresa at (913) 248-4589 or Susan at (913) 248-4585. Financial representatives - Due to the success and growth of the Knights of Columbus, we are adding a financial representative in the Kansas City metro, Lawrence, Topeka and the Seneca - Sabetha area. Ideal for a determined, high energy, high expectation, professional, self-disciplined, independent individual desiring to serve others, yet earn a better-than-average income. We provide top-rated financial products to our members and their families and will provide excellent benefits and training. Please contact John A. Mahon, general agent, for more information or an interview by sending an email to: email@example.com, by phone at (785) 408-8806 or at 1275 Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66612.
Services Garage door and opener sales and service - 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service on all types of doors. Replace broken springs, cables, hinges, rollers, gate openers, entry and patio doors, and more. Over 32 years of experience. Call (913) 227-4902. Piano lessons - Piano lessons for all ages. Years of experience in the Olathe area. After school on Wed. and Thurs. Reasonable rates. Call (913) 829-2315. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Masonry work - Quality new or repair work. Brick, block and chimney/fireplace repair. Insured; second-generation bricklayer. Member of St. Paul Parish, Olathe. Call (913) 829-4336. Brick mason - Brick, stone, tile and flat work. 19 years of residential/commercial experience. FREE QUOTES - KC metro area. Small and large jobs accepted. Call Jim at (913) 485-4307. www.facebook.com/faganmasonry. ALL AREA CATHOLICS WELCOME Christ the King Parish Federal Credit Union 5417 Leavenworth Rd., Kansas City, Kan. Good Car Loan and Share Loan Rates (913) 287-8448 or (913) 980-2192 Hours: 7 - 9 p.m., Mon., Wed., Fri. Tree service - Pruning trees for optimal growth and beauty and removal of hazardous limbs or problem trees. Free consultation and bid. Safe, insured, professional. Cristofer Estrada, Green Solutions of KC, (913) 378-5872. www.GreenSolutionsKC.com. Faith-based counseling to cope with life concerns - Kansas City area. Call Mary Vorsten, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, at (913) 909-2002. Tim the Handyman - Small jobs, faucets, garbage disposals, toilets, ceiling fans, light fixtures, painting, wall ceiling repair, wood rot, siding, decks, doors, windows, and gutter cleaning. Call (913) 526-1844. Quality craftsmanship at a reasonable price! - Wood rot and house painting. Fiber cement siding/James Hardie. Window replace or repair, decks, basements and baths. Interior and exterior painting. Call Mike at (913) 991-3955. Electrician - Free estimates; reasonable rates. JoCo and south KC metro. Call Pat at (913) 963-9896. 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: email@example.com. com; or visit the website at: www.teresakiddlawyer.com. We moved! Come check out our new office in Lenexa. MEDICATION SETUP & MANAGEMENT - RN support visits for filling weekly pill boxes & managing medication. Affordable and convenient. To learn more, call Home Connect Health Services at (913) 627-9222. Rodman Lawn Care - Mowing, leaf removal, mulch and more. Call John Rodman, member of Holy Cross Parish, Overland Park, at (913) 548-3002 or send an email to him at: Rodman.Lawn@yahoo.com.
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: www.goaguafina.com Call (913) 530-7260 or (913) 530-5661 Machine quilting - by Jenell Noeth, Basehor. Also, quilts made to order. Call (913) 724-1837. Lawn Mowing Spring Cleanups/Landscaping Local Parishioner Insured/References Free Estimates Call Tony (913) 620-6063 MEDICATION SETUP & MANAGEMENT - RN support visits for filling weekly pill boxes & managing medication. Affordable and convenient. To learn more, call Home Connect Health Services at (913) 627-9222.
Home Improvement Adept Home Improvements Where quality still counts! Basement finishing, Kitchens and baths, Electrical and plumbing, Licensed and insured. (913) 599-7998 House painting Interior and exterior; wall paper removal. Power washing, fences, decks. 30 years experience. References. Reasonable rates. Call Joe at (913) 620-5776. Is your home ready for FALL and cooler temps? There is still plenty of time to get those leaky windows fixed or replaced. Wood rot is something we fix in every season. Schedule for winter months and save some money. 25 years experience and fully insured. You won’t find better work out there. I personally take pride in every job, no matter the size. Making your home look its best is my passion. Basements, baths, kitchens, decks, siding, windows, interior and exterior paint and doors. I am a James Hardie fiber cement siding expert. Call Mike at (913) 991-3955. House painting - Interior and exterior; wall paper removal. 20 years experience. Reasonable rates. Call Joe at (913) 620-5776.
Caregiving Caregiving - CNA home health care specialist provides quality home comfort and care for the elderly. Available anytime. References. Affordable/seasoned/nonsmoker. Call (816) 521-1336. Caregiving - We provide personal assistance, companionship, care management, and transportation to the elderly and disabled in home, assisted living and nursing facilities. We also provide respite care for main caregivers needing some personal time. Call Daughters & Company at (913) 341-2500 and speak with Laurie, Debbie or Gary. Looking for high quality home care? - Whether you’re looking to introduce care for your family or simply looking to improve your current home care quality, we can help. Our unique approach to home care has earned us a 99% client satisfaction rating among the 1,000-plus families we have assisted. We are family-owned, with offices in Lenexa and Lawrence. Call Benefits of Home - Senior Care, Lenexa: (913) 422-1591 or Lawrence: (785) 727-1816 or www.benefitsofhome.com.
vacation Mountain cabin in Winter Park, Colo. - 2 BR, 1 BA, fully furnished; sleeps four. View of Continental Divide from deck. Close to points of interest and activities. $95/night. Call (913) 642-3027. For pictures, visit the website at: www.tillmancabin.com. Branson fall colors and Christmas shows - Walk-in condo for six on golf course. Close to entertainment. Fully furnished. Nightly rental. No cleaning fee. Discount available. Call (913) 515-3044. Pilgrimage to France with St. Thérèse - Lourdes, Paris, Lisieux, Normandy. Sept. 8 - Sept. 18, 2014. From Kansas City, $4,499. Call Father Ernie Davis at (816) 444-5406.
REAL ESTATE For sale - 410 Myers Dr., Tonganoxie. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, approximately 2,010 square feet with a finished walk-out basement. Hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and a large, fenced yard. Enjoy an easy commute, quiet neighborhood, and a beautifully landscaped lawn. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (913) 231-2074.
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) 5791835. Email: email@example.com. Member of Holy Trinity, Lenexa.
For sale - Exclusive rights for two burial easements at Resurrection Cemetery, 83rd and Quivira Rd. These easements are located in the mausoleum, corridor Queen of Holy Rosary, tier C, crypts 107. Today’s selling price at this level would be $12,000. We are offering this space for $9,000 (or best offer). Contact Ambrose Kelly at (913) 649-9691.
Swalms Organizing Service - Reducing Clutter - Enjoy an Organized Home! Basement, garage, attic, shop, storage rooms - any room organized! Belongings sorted, boxed and labeled, items hauled or taken for recycling, trash bagged. For before and after photos, visit: www. swalmsorganizing.com. Over 20 years of organizing experience; insured. Call Tillar at (913) 375-9115.
Max’s rosaries - Custom-made locally for all occasions – first Communion, confirmation, baptism, graduation. Rosary bracelets and beaded earrings too! I also do repairs. Member of the Church of the Ascension, Overland Park. Call (913) 400-3236.
Detail construction and remodeling - We offer a full line of home remodeling services. Don’t move — remodel! Johnson county area. Call for a free quote. (913) 709-8401. Perfect Roof - Free estimates; roofing repairs if needed. Hail and wind damage inspections. Insured and reasonable. Call (816) 288-1693. 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. Exterior painting, drywall projects, wood rot repair, bathroom and kitchen remodels, and tile work - Quality products. 20 years experience. References. Call (913) 206-4524. 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) 252-3376 Custom countertops - Laminates installed within 5 days. Cambria, granite, and solid surface. Competitive prices, dependable work. Call the Top Shop, Inc., at (913) 962-5058. Members of St. Joseph, Shawnee.
Heating and cooling repair and replacement - Call Joe with JB Design and Service. Licensed and insured with 20 years experience. Member of Divine Mercy Parish. Call Joe at (913) 915-6887.
Residential lifts - Buy/sell/trade. Stair lifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts and elevators. Recycled and new equipment. Member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Leawood. Call Silver Cross KC at (913) 327-5557.
MISCELLANEOUS Donate a vehicle. Make a difference. Donate your vehicle to Catholic Charities to support those in need. Your tax-deductible donation of a vehicle helps children and families served by Catholic Charities and is an environmentally wise way to recycle your vehicle. Cars for KC Kids is a partnership between Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Catholic Charities of Kansas City - St. Joseph. Call (866) 430-9499 or visit our website at: www.cars4 kckids.com.
wanted to buy Wanted - Old drugstore soda fountain. Apothecary and candy jars, signs, slot machines, Coca-Cola. Spool, thread, dye. Nut and bolt cabinets. Advertising clocks, small antique display case and store displays. Hunting and fishing old duck decoys and fishing lures. Autographed baseballs. Call (913) 593-7507 or (913) 642-8269. Wanted to buy - Antique/vintage jewelry, lighters, fountain pens, post card collections, paintings/prints, pottery, sterling, china dinnerware. Renee Maderak, (913) 631-7179. St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee Will buy firearms and related accessories - One or a whole collection. Honest evaluation and top prices paid. Contact Tom at (913) 238-2473. Member of Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee.
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October A Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of Servant of Mary martyrs will be held Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Cathedral, Kansas City, Kan. A reception will follow. For more information, call the convent at (913) 371-3423.
A memorial liturgy for deceased loved ones will be held at 8 a.m. on Oct. 19 at Curé of Ars Parish, 9401 Mission Rd., Leawood. Following the Mass, the bereavement ministry will hold its monthly support meeting in the Father Burak Room. Grief counselor Brent Doster will speak on “Grieving During the Holidays.” For more information, call (913) 649-2026. St. Joseph Church, Shawnee, will host its annual gift and craft bazaar on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in McDevitt Hall, 11311 Johnson Dr., Shawnee. Nearly 40 vendors will showcase their craft and gift items for sale. A continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be provided by the St. Joseph Garden Club for a small cost. For more information, call Shannon Foley at (913) 302-8505 or Hettie Ann Leary at (913) 972-1786. During this October Respect Life month, join Father Daniel Schmitz at the archdiocesan monthly pro-life Mass at 8 a.m. on Oct. 19 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, 44 N. Mill, Kansas City, Kan. Immediately following Mass is a rosary procession to an abortion clinic approximately four blocks away. Eucharistic adoration is available for those not processing. Benediction concludes services by 9:45 a.m. Divine Mercy Parish, 122 E. Warren St., Gardner, will host a Day of Boundless Joy on Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The day will feature Tami Kiser presenting a Smart Martha Retreat. To find out more about the retreat, visit the website at: www.smart martha.com. For more information on the Day of Boundless Joy or to register, visit the website at: www.eventbrite.com or call Susan Draftz at (913) 674-6172. St. Mary - St. Anthony Church Altar Society will host its annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 19 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Bishop Forst Hall, 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. A roast pork dinner with all the fixings will be served. There will also be raffles. Dinner tickets need to be purchased in advance. The cost to attend is $9 for adults; $4.50 for children ages 12 and under. For more information or tickets, call the parish office at (913) 371-1408.
adults and three or more children. There will also be bingo, a raffle and craft and vendor booths. Women of Spirit of Holy Spirit Parish, Overland Park, invite you to a day trip to Atchison on Oct. 21 to tour St. Benedict’s Abbey. The tour will be followed by a prayer service at noon and lunch at the campus cafeteria. The afternoon will include shopping and browsing at Nell Hill’s. The cost to attend is $30, which includes transportation by a coach bus, lunch and a donation for the abbey. For more information, send an email to Jeannine Neubecker at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (913) 451-2705. The regular lunch and meeting of the KCK Serra Club will be held at noon on Oct. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5th and Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan. The guest speaker will be Dan Spencer, Serra USA Council Region IX director.
The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City is sponsoring the annual Red Mass at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Visitation Parish, Kansas City, Mo. The Red Mass is a tradition dating back hundreds of years where judges, lawyers and politicians gather to pray for the invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the legal profession. The Mass is open to the public. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Bishop Robert Finn, and Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., will celebrate the Mass; Bishop Paprocki will be the homilist. The Christian Widow and Widowers Organization will host a hot dog potluck dinner at 5 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Formation Room at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church, 3601 S.W. Stone, Topeka. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call (785) 2720055.
Ladies of Charity of Metropolitan Kansas City will host a home and hearth sale on Oct. 25 from 1 - 7 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish hall, 11822 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Beneficiaries include the Seton Center, Villa St. Francis, and the Duchesne Clinic.
St. Matthew Church, Topeka, will host its fall festival celebration 5K walk/run on Oct. 26 at Great Life Fitness and Golf, Shawnee Country Club, 913 S.E. 29th St., Topeka. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the run at 9 a.m. To register, visit the website at: www.saintmatthews.org or call (785) 232-5012.
Holy Family Church will host its annual Halloween dance featuring the Don Lipovac Orchestra on Oct. 20 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Msgr. Mejak Hall, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kan. The cost to attend is $12. For tickets, contact Richard Schutte at (913) 669-3677 or JoAnn Lipovac at (913) 299-2792. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
St. Matthew Church, 2700 S.E. Virginia, Topeka, will host its fall festival celebration on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. A homemade turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served. The cost to attend is $9 for adults; $3 or free with a donation of two nonperishable food items for children ages 10 and under. There will also be games for adults and children, bingo, a sweet shop, jewelry booth, and much more.
Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea, Bucyrus, will host its annual bazaar and chicken dinner on Oct. 21 from noon - 4 p.m. A fried chicken dinner and all the fixings will be served. The cost to attend is: $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 3 - 12; $30 for a family of two
Sacred Heart Parish, Paxico, will host its annual old-fashioned home-smoked German sausage supper from noon - 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the parish hall in Newbury, one mile north of Paxico. The cost to attend is: $9 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 6 12; $2.50 for children ages 2 - 5. There will
also be bingo, games and a silent auction. The Leavenworth Region of ACCW quarterly luncheon and meeting will be held on Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish hall, 306 N. Broadway, Leavenworth. Bring a covered dish, used cards, used stamps, items for the ditty bags, and pennies for the seminarians in our archdiocese. For more information, contact Judy Brose by email at: email@example.com or call (913) 773-8334. The “Exploring the Gifts of the Holy Spirit” seminar will continue from 2 - 4 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Glowacki Room at St. Pius X Church, 5500 Woodson, Mission. The topic is understanding God’s unconditional love. Call Jim Fisher at (913) 236-4534 for more information. If you missed the first session, you will be brought up to date. A Daughters of Isabella meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Rossiter Hall, Assumption Church, Topeka. The covered dish luncheon will being at noon. All are invited to attend the Sacred Heart - St. Joseph Parish mission, titled “Work Out Your Salvation,” presented by author, speaker, and television host of EWTN Father Wade Menezes, CPM. The mission will take place at Sacred Heart Church, 333 N.E. Freeman St., Topeka, each evening from Oct. 27 - 30. Confessions will be heard from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., followed by a mission hour from 7 - 8 p.m. and concluding with exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A closing Mass will begin at 7 p.m. on the final evening.
November Curé of Ars School alumni will host their 4th annual 5K and one mile fun run on Nov. 2. Registration is open on the website at: www.cureofars5k.com. All participating team members must be registered. All proceeds will help with the interior facelift of Curé of Ars Church.
Holy Angels Parish, Basehor, will host its annual craft fair from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Nov. 2 at Father Quinlan Hall, 154th and Leavenworth Rd., Basehor. Twenty-five booths will feature items ranging from dried flower arrangements to woodworking and wreaths to jewelry and Christmas crafts. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Women’s Organization of the parish and is planned to coincide with the annual craft fair at Basehor High School. For more information, contact Annie Clark at (913) 724-2212. A pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Nov. 3 at St. Peter Parish center, 425 N. 15th St., Kansas City, Kan., to benefit the Sisters, Servants of Mary. The Sisters, Servants of Mary are a religious community that provides in-home nursing care for persons who are dying or terminally ill. They provide these services free of charge. The cost to attend is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (913) 371-3423. During the breakfast, members of Mary Health of the Sick Guild will host a bake sale and a variety booth featuring Thanksgiving and Christmas items.
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Oct. 20 TWENTY-ninTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Ex 17: 8-13 Ps 121: 1-8 2 Tm 3:14 – 4:2 Lk 18: 1-8 Oct. 21 Monday Rom 4: 20-25 (Ps) Lk 1: 69-75 Lk 12: 13-21 Oct. 22 Tuesday Rom 5: 12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21 Ps 40: 7-10, 17 Lk 12: 35-38 Oct. 23 John of Capistrano, priest Rom 6: 12-18 Ps 124: 1-8 Lk 12: 39-48 Oct. 24 Anthony Mary Claret, bishop Rom 6: 19-23 Ps 1: 1-4, 6 Lk 12: 49-53 Oct. 25 Friday Rom 7: 18-25a Ps 119: 66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94 Lk 12: 54-59 Oct. 26 Saturday Rom 8: 1-11 Ps 24: 1-6 Lk 13: 1-9
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Don’t be deaf to the cries of the poor
hat are you, a man or a mouse? Well, based on this fable by Leo Tolstoy, I’m a mouse: A mouse lived under a granary. She always had plenty to eat because there was a small hole in the granary floor that allowed grain to slip through and form a little pile each day. The mouse was very proud of her situation and wanted to tell other mice how well she lived. She gnawed a larger hole to allow more grain to fall. Then she invited all her friends over for a feast — not out of generosity, but to show off her good fortune. When the friends arrived, however, she discovered that she had no grain, for the farmer had noticed the big hole and closed it up. (Adapted from “Stories for the Gathering,” by William R. White.) That little mouse wasn’t satisfied with having all that she needed. No, she wanted more. And, in the end, it cost her everything. Sometimes I look around my home and see all that I have. Instead of feeling humbled by my good fortune, I just keep “gnaw-
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Father Mark Goldasich Father Mark Goldasich is the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Tonganoxie. He has been editor of The Leaven since 1989. ing a bigger hole” and add more to what is already too much. The real danger is not so much in running out of room, but in becoming greedy and, in the process, losing my heart — for God and for the poor. And if you lose your heart, you’ve got nothing. This issue has several pages devoted to poverty right here in the archdiocese. It makes me uncomfortable knowing that there is so much need so close to home. Echoing in my heart is the Gospel from a couple of weeks ago about Lazarus and the rich man. It’s always haunting to hear Father Abraham say to that rich man, “My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime, while Lazarus likewise
received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.” Wow, because I’m comfortable here in this life, I’d hate to hear those words said to me in the afterlife. To avoid such a fate yourself, take time to read these local stories about those who are struggling in life . . . and those who have stepped forward to do something to alleviate that pain. So often we simply refer to people living in poverty in a dismissive way. We need to be reminded that, like in Luke’s Gospel above, they have a name, they have dignity, they “count.” Every year on Oct. 17, the United Nations sponsors the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Its website highlights something that needs to be remembered: “Our societies too often ignore or undervalue the knowledge of people living in the worst situations of poverty because we assume wrongly that people who lack so much in terms of material wealth, social position and political power, must also lack any knowledge or understanding that could be useful to others.” This results in efforts and programs “ill-adapted to the
needs, realities and expectations of the people they are supposed to be helping.” Happily, that is not the case with the Sandwich Ministry and Marian Clinic in Topeka and with The Learning Club in Kansas City, Kan. These ministries, as well as many others in the archdiocese, do seek first to listen to the people who come to them, and not only provide services. These programs are so successful because the real needs of the poor — for food, medical care and education — have truly been heard and then answered in a practical, helpful manner. I’d like to propose a simple exercise for the rest of this month. Most of us get appeal letters in the mail. Instead of tossing them in the trash, pick out one and “listen” to the story of the need inside. Gaze on any pictures that may accompany the appeal. Send a donation, if possible, or offer some prayers for the charity and the people it serves. When it comes to the poverty around us, let’s be as quiet as a church mouse, so we can finally listen, and respond to, the cries of the poor.
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Moses’ staff is a sign of God’s power
n various occasions — ranging from a football game to an Eagle Scout Court of Honor — a color guard will march in, bearing the flag, to begin the proceedings. That practice recalls the importance of the flag in pre-modern warfare. The flag would lead armies into battle. Troops would rally around the flag as they fought. As long as the flag was still flying high, the soldiers would feel encouraged. Remember the words of our national anthem: “Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” In Sunday’s first reading, Ex 17:8-13, the Israelites are fighting with the Amalekites. Throughout the battle,
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Father Mike Stubbs Father Mike Stubbs is the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Overland Park and has a degree in Scripture from Harvard University. Moses holds up his hands in prayer, to encourage the Israelite soldiers. But he is not empty-handed. As he tells Joshua: “I will be standing on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” It is the same staff that Moses wielded to work the 10 plagues against the Pharaoh of Egypt. It is the same staff that Moses used
Pope francis In societies that trumpet individual rights, see everything as fleeting and see no value in sticking to something that’s difficult, deciding to get married today takes courage, Pope Francis told young people in Assisi. “Don’t be afraid of taking definitive steps, like that of marriage,” the pope told thousands of young
to split the Red Sea in two, so that the Hebrews could pass through as they fled the Egyptian army. It is the same staff that Moses used to strike the rock in the desert, to make it flow with water. The staff is a sign of God’s power and a sign of the special connection that Moses has with God. It is a conduit to God. That connection makes Moses the perfect person to intercede to God on behalf of the Israelites. Moses holds up the staff during the battle, much as in later times the flag would be displayed for the soldiers to view. As long as they are able to see it, they are encouraged to fight well: “As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest,
adults and teenagers who flocked to see him Oct. 4 in the square outside Assisi’s Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. As the meeting-filled day in Assisi turned to evening, the pope arrived at the basilica and went straight to a group of people with disabilities, taking his time to bless them, kiss them and be kissed by them. He also entered the basilica to visit the “Porziuncola,” the tiny church first en-
Amalek had the better of the fight.” After Israel’s victory over Amalek, a monument is erected to commemorate the event: “Moses also built an altar there, which he called Yahweh-nissi, for he said, ‘The Lord takes in hand his banner; the Lord will war against Amalek through the centuries.’” The word “Yahweh-nissi” means “The Lord is my banner” in Hebrew (Ex. 17:15). Evidently, the banner which Moses refers to is the staff that he held up during the battle. In later Jewish tradition, Amalek becomes synonymous with evil. Moses’ words assure us that God will continue to fight against evil. But it is our task to hold up the staff of prayer, just as Moses did.
trusted to St. Francis in the early 1200s; when St. Francis heard God tell him to rebuild the church, he first thought he meant the little chapel. When the pope went back outside to begin his meeting with the youths, some of them asked questions about marriage, about discerning a vocation, about evangelization and about making the world more just. — CNS
Training allows staffs to grow spiritually
ear friends of Catholic schools,
When I first came to serve in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas office of Catholic schools more than 15 years ago, one of the common concerns I heard from principals and teachers in our schools was that of their limited access to faith and professional development opportunities. I am pleased to be able to say that today the staff in our office has been able to provide more than 100 workshops to school staffs each year, which translates into more than 300 hours of profession-
kathy o’Hara Kathy O’Hara is the superintendent of archdiocesan schools. al development opportunities annually. School staffs not only have been trained in best practices related to instruction, but also they have had the opportunity to grow spiritually as faith communities through their School of Faith sessions. Approximately 12 years
ago, with the assistance of a group of principals and teachers, we determined that it would be important to routinely gather all of the staffs of Catholic schools in the archdiocese together. This sounds like a great idea in theory, but the logistics of planning a meaningful event for 1200 people traveling from all points of the archdiocese (a three-hour drive for some!) are challenging, but well worth the effort. On Oct. 21, the faculties and staffs of the 44 Catholic schools in the archdiocese will gather once again in what has become an every three year event. We are excited to have three nationally known speakers join us.
Dr. Thomas Wood will speak to the themes in his book, “How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization,” which describes the contributions of church scholars in the fields of science, economics, law, art, and music. Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, president of the Magis Institute, will describe the vast array of evidence from physics, medicine, and philosophy that addresses the relationship between faith and science. Dr. Mary McDonald, former superintendent of Catholic schools in Memphis, Tenn., will share her personal story of how she came to understand what “a call to be God’s arms” meant
as she led the opening of the Jubilee schools in the heart of inner-city Memphis. I have been privileged to hear each of these speakers, and I am anxious for all of our staffs to have the unique opportunity to hear their important messages. However, the most important part of the day will be the celebration of the Eucharist with Archbishop Naumann. To pray and sing praise with all the teachers and school leaders in one place is awesome. Please say a prayer that this day will, indeed, be one of formation, information, and inspiration for all of us who serve in Catholic schools. ¡Vaya con Dios!
ordained to serve
Deacons are ministers of God’s merciful love
eacons are especially known for their commitment to social concerns and works of charity. As ministers of charity, deacons are leaders in identifying the needs of others, then marshaling the church’s material and spiritual resources to meet those needs. The deacon’s identity is expressed in his three-fold ministry of proclaiming the word of God, celebrating the sacraments, and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties
Leon Suprenant Leon Suprenant is the pastoral associate for administration in the office of the permanent diaconate. He also blogs at: www.archkck.org/blog. presuppose each other and are inseparable. His charitable outreach is not some kind of welfare activity that could equally well be left to others, but rather is at the core of who he is. It’s also at the core of who all of us are as Christians. “They’ll know we are
Christians by our love” is not merely a song, but an apt description of how the world should perceive us. Let’s look briefly at the social dimension of diaconal ministry, realizing that all of us are called to love others as Christ loved us. We are not all deacons with the grace and responsibility of ordination, but we are all “diaconal” in our loving service of those around us. Charitable activity on behalf of the poor and suffering was naturally an essential part of the church from its earliest days. The church is the family of God. In this family no one should ever have to go without the necessities of life. At the same time, Chris-
tian love must extend beyond the frontiers of the church. The parable of the good Samaritan remains the standard for all Catholics: We must always reach out in love to those whom we encounter “by chance” (cf. Lk. 10:31), whoever they may be. And it’s always been the special role of the deacon to make these noble sentiments a reality in the nitty-gritty experiences of human misery and suffering. As Catholics we promote justice, especially through our political activity. Still, as Pope Benedict affirmed, charity will always prove necessary, even in the most just society. Love is always needed. There will always be suffering which cries out
for consolation and mercy. There will always be loneliness. There will always be heart-wrenching situations where help in the form of concrete love of neighbor is indispensable. The deacon — and all of us — are called to be ministers of God’s merciful love to those in need. We attend to those who are hurting materially through the corporal works of mercy. Not stopping there, we offer Our Lord’s healing grace to those who are spiritually in need through the spiritual works of mercy. Both forms of mercy are absolutely necessary, and Pope Francis exhorts all of us to get off our sofas and be the church to our hurting world.
Building the culture of Life
National motto reminds us to put our trust in God
illions of our coin and paper currency are exchanged each and every day in the United States. Each unit of this currency bears our national motto: “In God We Trust.” Yet much of our society acts like our national motto is: “In Me Do I Trust.” In one sense, one can understand how this attitude arose. After all, we have accomplished much with our technological progress. We have achieved many things that are truly amazing, pointing to man’s seem-
Ron Kelsey Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant for the pro-life office. You can email him at: prolife@archkck. org or call (913) 647-0350. ingly unlimited ability to master the world in which we live. And the speed of this technological progress is absolutely mind-boggling. This has fostered an attitude that there is no limit to what man can accomplish, resulting in a perception that we are in complete
control, masters of our world and abandoning the virtue of humility, puffing up ourselves with false pride. This egocentric, false pride has resulted in many sins against life and has advanced the culture of death and darkness. Yet, we deceive ourselves when we attribute man’s achievements solely to man. We need to acknowledge that we are merely using our God-given gifts in our achievements. Without God, we are nothing but dust. We should be praising God, not man. We must return to and live the virtue of humility. Faith, hope and love are merely human virtues, rather than theological virtues, if humility is missing. Hu-
mility is the virtue whereby we recognize and acknowledge our dependence upon God. Humility is our “compass virtue,” pointing us in the direction of the way, the truth and the life. Humility grounds us in the reality that we are creatures and not the Creator. So how can each of us help spread humility? First, we can invoke the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of America, to help us be a humble nation. Mary is a perfect example of humility. She unites her will perfectly with God’s will; what God desires, she desires. We can begin each day with the Morning Offering, that beautiful prayer where
we seek Mary’s help and, in humility, we offer our prayers, works, joys and sufferings to Jesus. Additionally, let us pray our national motto: “In God We Trust.” Our national motto is based on our understanding that we are in need of God’s mercy and, actually, our motto is a reflection of the great Divine Mercy prayer — “Jesus, I trust in you.” Finally, each of us by our example can show our dependence upon God and thereby attract others to Beauty and Light. Millions of shining lights in this culture of death and darkness will lead our culture to trust in God. “In God We Trust.”
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theleaven.com | october 18, 2013
Ward graduate featured in film on captive killer whales By Jessica Langdon email@example.com
ANSAS CITY, Kan. — A voice that once echoed through the hallways of Bishop Ward High School here now speaks to a worldwide audience about orca whales in captivity. John Jett, a native of Kansas City, Kan., and a 1985 graduate of Bishop Ward, is featured in a documentary called “Blackfish,” exploring the treatment of killer whales in marine park environments. After the film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films picked up the movie. It is scheduled to air the evening of Oct. 24 on CNN. The film tells the story of Tilikum, a 12,000-pound performing killer whale who has caused three deaths over two decades. Once a trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., Jett worked closely with Tilikum. Part of his time there also overlapped with the early career of Dawn Brancheau, who blossomed into a star trainer, but was pulled into the water and killed by Tilikum in February 2010. Jett, today a visiting research professor at Stetson University in Florida, believes “Blackfish” is a “benchmark” film. He hopes it will not only spark conversation, but prompt changes in the way sea parks treat these large whales. “When you look into their eyes, you know somebody is home,” Jett says in the film. Though he’s always loved the outdoors, Jett couldn’t have predicted during his high school days that his path would lead here. He chose Bishop Ward because of its reputation as a great school that would prepare him well for college. “Ward was a great experience for me,” he said. “I liked the sense of community I had there.” It also taught him to think critically and to respect the people around him, he said. After earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Jett worked for an environmental testing laboratory. One morning, he was sent to an amusement park before it opened to do water testing. He discovered dolphins peering at him over the concrete wall of their pool. “I found them completely intriguing,” he said. Hooked, he sent applications across the country, hoping to do research, and landed an opportunity at SeaWorld in Orlando, where he worked with killer whales for close to five years. Even early on, though, he felt uneasy about how these massive predators lived in captivity. “The animals in captivity are just exceedingly bored,” he said. “They’re put
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John Jett, a native of Kansas City, Kan., and a 1985 graduate of Bishop Ward High School, is featured in a documentary called “Blackfish,” exploring the treatment of killer whales in marine park environments. in pools with animals that they are not related to. They share, in some cases, no common language.” Sometimes whales have shown aggression toward one another in captivity, he said. Hours spent floating near the surface were a far cry from their lives in the wild, where orcas might swim 100 miles a day, dive 600 feet deep, and live in family groups where males stay with their mothers for life, he said. (He didn’t see killer whales in their natural environment until after he left SeaWorld and was struck by the upright dorsal fins of the male whales in the wild, compared to the collapsed fins he saw in their counterparts in captivity.) Feeling a sense of responsibility to the animals, Jett stayed at SeaWorld as long as he could. Tilikum, who had only killed once at that point, was one of the main animals he worked with. They shared a good rapport, said Jett. “He just seemed like a big puppy dog to me,” he said, although Tilikum, who was taken from the ocean when he was a few years old and trained to perform, wasn’t very energetic. Jett and fellow trainer Dr. Jeffrey Ventre became friends and were discussing even then their concern about the advisability of keeping killer whales in captivity. As the years passed, Jett went on to pursue a master’s, then a doctorate degree. After learning of Brancheau’s death in 2010, he wrote an opinion piece “questioning the wisdom of keeping these intelligent animals in concrete boxes,” that was picked up by CNN.
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Later, he and Ventre collaborated on a paper detailing the stressors of captivity for orcas, and then another piece entitled “Killer in the Pool” by Tim Zimmermann — associate producer of “Blackfish” — was published. When the director of “Blackfish,” Gabriela Cowperthwaite, started contacting marine life experts to take part in the film, Jett was one of those she called. “It’s not preachy, and it assumes the viewer is intelligent and can make up his or her own mind about it,” he said. “It doesn’t tell you how to think.” But he hopes it will encourage people to think as they decide how to spend their money for entertainment. He doesn’t argue for the killer whales currently living in parks to be released into the wild; many aren’t in good enough health to fare well, he said. Orca whales in captivity often suffer tooth damage — which can lead to other problems and can also require constant dental work — when they bite the metal bars used to separate them either in shows of aggression or out of boredom, the paper by Jett and Ventre explains. The authors describe a vastly different diet for fish in captivity, as well as frequent medication for a range of conditions, and even a vulnerability to viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. But Jett would encourage an end to the captive breeding program, keeping the whales they currently have for the rest of their lives, which tend to be shorter in captivity, but not creating new generations. “It’s not that I want to see SeaWorld close,” he said. “But they need to write
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“Blackfish” is scheduled to air on CNN at 8 and 11 p.m. CST on Oct. 24. For online information on the film, visit: www.blackfishmovie.com. John Jett is also part of a website called Voice of the Orcas, which can be found at: www.sites.google.com/ site/voiceoftheorcas/home.
killer whales out of the script.” He would also like to see more attention paid to conservation. Killer whales have been held in captivity for 40 years, he said, and they have brought in money. Although introducing people to performing orcas at first might have helped shed light on the species, that idea has run its course, Jett feels. “The evidence is overwhelming that it doesn’t work for the animals,” said Jett. Through this growing awareness of how our behavior impacts the natural world, said Jett, he sees room for people of faith to join in the discussion, especially as the church turns some fresh attention to environmental concerns. “We have a responsibility to take care of God’s creations,” he said. This renewed attention is “a real sign of life — it’s a positive thing.” After all, the lives of whales are not all that far removed from our own. “They show this extreme level of care for their young,” he said. “They live just like we do in their tight family groups.”
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