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PITCHING FOR PRIESTS

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fter taking a one year hiatus because of COVID-19, the Pitching for Priests softball game was back this year. The contest — which pits priests from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas against their rivals across the state line, priests from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph — was played on a cool Oct. 15 evening at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas, home of the American Association of Professional Baseball 2021 League Champion Kansas City Monarchs. As is often the case, the game was a thriller. The priests from Kansas CitySt. Joseph won 16-15 with a walk-off hit in their final at bat. With the win, Kansas CitySt. Joseph takes a 4-3 lead in the Pitching for Priests series.

Photos clockwise from top: n Father Pat Sullivan, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Shawnee, takes a lead off first base, looking to move fast on a hit ball. n Father Andrew Strobl, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park, celebrates as he crosses home plate with a run. n Umpire Tom Winkelbauer calls Father Gerard Alba, associate pastor of Church of the Nativity in Leawood, safe as he beats the throw to home plate. n Father Scott Wallisch, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee, watches the ball as he unleashes a big swing.

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ARCHBISHOP

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Jesus can make of each of us a change agent for a world in need

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hen visiting our schools, sometimes a student will ask the question: “How do you become a bishop?” My initial response is often: “That is a good question. I wish I knew.” In September of 1984 (37 years ago), I was appointed the priest pro-life coordinator for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Each October, the Archdiocese of St. Louis sponsors an annual pro-life convention. The keynote speaker for the 1984 convention was Mother Angelica, the foundress of EWTN. I still remember the theme of Mother Angelica’s address to the convention. First of all, she acknowledged that she was completely unqualified to launch a television station, much less network. In 1984, EWTN was still in its infancy, but was already having a huge impact. Mother Angelica confessed that she took great comfort from the examples of Peter and the other apostles. They, too, were woefully unqualified for the mission Jesus entrusted to them — to make disciples of all nations. From a human a resource analytic view, they were not the “dream team” to launch and guide the early church. Yet, with God’s grace, they led a movement that changed the world in a relatively short time. In one of our recent Sunday Gospels (Mk 10: 35-45), St. Mark describes James and John approaching Jesus with an incredibly bold request. With audacity, they asked Our Lord to do whatever they might request. Essentially, the brothers

LIFE WILL BE VICTORIOUS ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH F. NAUMANN Zebedee were asking Jesus to sign a blank check by promising to give them whatever they wanted. Instead, Our Lord asked them to specify their request. They responded, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” Jesus responded by telling them that they were clueless about the implications of their request. Then, Our Lord asked them a question: “Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” With no idea of what they were signing up for, they responded: “We can!” Jesus informed them that they will indeed drink from his cup and share in his baptism; however, sitting at his right and left is not something that Jesus can promise to them. When the other 10 apostles learned what John and James sought, they became angry. Truth be told, they were jealous that the brothers Zebedee beat them to the punch. They wanted the places of honor next to Jesus. Jesus seizes this teachable moment

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to instruct all of the apostles on Christian Leadership 101. Jesus pointed out that they are thinking like the secular leaders of their time, who attempted to impress on their followers their authority and exert their power. Jesus counsels them: “It shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.” Our Lord shared that his mission was not to be served but rather to serve and give his life for their ransom. Jesus chose those with no earthly credentials to lead his church at its inception. I am living proof that Our Lord continues to prefer that the successors of the apostles (bishops) remain unlikely leadership candidates from a worldly point view. St. Paul, perhaps, says it best in his First Letter to the Corinthians: “Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those

who were something, so that no human being might boast before God” (1 Cor 1: 26-30). Our Lord likes to choose those who appear unqualified to make it obvious that his kingdom is not being built by human ingenuity. Whatever good is being accomplished is the result of God working through weak human vessels. Jesus came into his glory on Calvary. Those who had the places of “honor” at his right and left were the two convicted criminals crucified alongside Our Lord. One of the criminals mocked Jesus, but the other (known in Christian tradition as Dismas) acknowledged his own guilt and the justice of his execution. Dismas humbly acknowledged Jesus as the Christ by asking Our Lord to remember him when Jesus entered into his kingdom. Dismas became the first canonized saint with the assurance of Jesus: “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” John was the only apostle present at the foot of the cross with Mary and some of the other female disciples. By accompanying Jesus during his passion and crucifixion, John indeed drank of Our Lord’s cup of suffering. Judas betrayed Our Lord. Peter denied knowing Jesus. The other nine disciples, including John’s brother, abandoned Our Lord. James, however, eventually drank from Our Lord’s cup, being the first apostle to be martyred. For each of us to follow Jesus requires that we follow him along the path of servant love. Jesus does not promise his

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ARCHBISHOP NAUMANN’S CALENDAR Oct. 22 Eucharistic Revival bishops’ advisory board meeting Oct. 23 Gaudeamus — Overland Park Convention Center Oct. 24 Kickoff Mass for Synod on Synodality — Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kansas Mass of Innocents — Holy Spirit, Overland Park Oct. 25 “Shepherd’s Voice” recording — chancery Oct. 26 Catholic Charities members meeting — Savior Pastoral Center Catholic Charities annual joint board meeting — Savior Catholic Charities vespers and reception — Savior Oct. 27 ACTS pastor and parish training Oct. 29 Red Mass — Visitation Parish, Kansas City, Missouri Oct. 30-31 Congreso Pro Vida — Miami Nov. 1 Mass and lunch — St. James Academy, Lenexa

disciples an easy or problem-free life. Our Lord counsels us that if we are going to follow him, then we must accompany him to Calvary. We, too, must take up the cross. However, Jesus also promises his disciples that he will be with us as we strive to follow him on the pathways of servant love, as well as sharing in his cross. At moments of adversity and suffering, if we persevere in our faith, we will become powerful witnesses of Christian hope. Our hope cannot be based on our own wisdom or abilities but rather in the fidelity of Jesus to his promise to be with his disciples in every circumstance. It is when we

surrender to God’s will above everything else that Jesus can do amazing things through our lives. Our Lord can use us to found a television and radio network, become a successor of his apostles, witness to heroic love in Christian marriage and parenthood, and become salt and light transforming the world with the joy of the Gospel of Jesus. Jesus can make each of us a change agent for a darkened and despairing world. Are you willing to drink from the cup of Jesus and share in his baptism? If so, Our Lord has some amazing and exciting plans for each of us!

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ALTAR RELICS REVEALED

Practice dates back to Masses in the catacombs By Joe Bollig joe.bollig@theleaven.org

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Above, Michael Rebout, acolyte for the Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, Kansas, displays relics in the cathedral altar, including those of Pope John XXIII, the true cross and St. Maria Goretti. According to an inventory done this past summer by Father Keith Chadwick (bottom left) and seminarian Aaron Waldeck (bottom right), the cathedral has a total of 240 relics.

ANSAS CITY, Kan. — If you have an opportunity to visit the magnificent Cathedral of St. Peter here, don’t miss the two alcoves flanking the gold-colored crucifix above the tabernacle. The alcoves are part of a backing, called a reredos, to the original, pre-Second Vatican Council altar. In the past, the alcoves simply looked like empty spaces. But they were hiding a treasure trove. The backs of those alcoves are actually sliding marble panels. And behind the panels are literally hundreds of saints’ relics in containers called reliquaries. These days, the panels are kept open so the faithful can see the relics, but there are other relics in the cathedral that aren’t often — or ever — seen. For example, in the back of the freestanding altar, where the priest stands while celebrating Mass, there is a rectangular, brass-edged door where other relics can be seen through glass. According to an inventory done this past summer by Father Keith Chadwick and seminarian Aaron Waldeck, the cathedral has 240 relics in the two alcoves. The word “relic” comes from a Latin word for “something left behind.” “A relic is an item, an object, that is either a piece of a saint or something that belonged to a saint, or something that has to do with Our Lord,” said Father Anthony Saiki, pastor and rector of the cathedral. There are three classes of relics: First-class relics are the body or a piece of a saint’s body (bone fragment, hair, hand or heart); second-class relics were once the saint’s personal possession (a book or article of clothing); and third-class relics are items touched to the first-class relic of a saint. But a relic is not merely a curious artifact. Relics are considered sacramentals — sacred signs that signify effects of a spiritual nature obtained through the intercession of the church: rosaries, crosses, holy water and certain devotions. “We venerate relics . . . as an expression of devotion [to a saint] and our belief in the Resurrection, that these saints are in heaven,” said Father Saiki. “We treat these [relics] with a tremendous amount of reverence . . . to foster a relationship with a saint, a way to invite them to be part of our daily and spiritual lives.” The practice of venerating the relics of the saints goes back to apostolic times and the early martyrs. And the reason we have relics embedded within Catholic altars comes from the practice and experience of early Christians who, fleeing persecution, celebrated the Mass in the catacombs among the bodies of the saints and martyrs, said

WE TREAT THESE [RELICS] WITH A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF REVERENCE . . . TO FOSTER A RELATIONSHIP WITH A SAINT, A WAY TO INVITE THEM TO BE PART OF OUR DAILY AND SPIRITUAL LIVES. FATHER ANTHONY SAIKI RECTOR OF THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS Father Saiki. Individual Catholics are not encouraged to own first- or second-

class relics. The danger of personally owning such a relic is that they might not be treated with respect. Canon law expressly forbids the buying and selling of relics as well, but Catholics are permitted to “rescue” a relic if they find one in a pawn shop, garage sale or other place. But one must be careful when “rescuing” a relic, said Father Saiki. There is a strong possibility that the relics posted for sale online may be fakes. “I’ve been involved in a couple of cases where people intended to rescue a relic,” he said. “The certificate of authenticity sent with the relic did not match it at all or describe the relic, and because of these inconsistencies, it was obviously forged.” You needn’t worry about the cathedral relics in the high altar being frauds. Father Chadwick and Waldeck had a good look at them between June

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7 and 10 this summer. “We took all the relics out of the high altar and inventoried what relics we had and who they were of,” said Father Chadwick, associate pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa. “We know these relics were acquired by Bishop Donnelly when we were made an archdiocese and [the see city was] moved from Leavenworth to Kansas City. The story is he wrote to Rome and asked for relics for the cathedral. We didn’t know who was in there or what relics we had.” They found 34 reliquaries and hundreds of saints and martyrs, and many sainted popes from Peter to Pius V, who died in 1572. The certificates were all in Latin or Italian shorthand. “We spent a lot of time rummaging >> See “CATHEDRAL” on page 5

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Father O’Sullivan remembered for a robust faith, and

A MINISTRY OF ‘LESS IS MORE’

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SCREENSHOT FROM HOLY TRINITY PARISH, PAOLA

Father Pete O’Sullivan, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Paola, died on Oct. 9.

“ HE TOLD THE ARCHBISHOP, ‘I DON’T KNOW ANY SPANISH, AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT I’M WILLING TO HELP IN ANY WAY I CAN.’ FATHER JOE CHONTOS

his degree at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri, and then spent the next two years in the U.S. Marine Corps. While attending daily Mass during that time, he discerned a call to the priesthood. From 1979 to 1980 he attended St. Thomas Seminary in Denver for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. He then transferred to be closer to his ailing father and graduated with a master’s degree in theology from St. Louis University. He was ordained a deacon on June 19, 1982, and then a priest by Archbishop Ignatius J. Strecker on June 4, 1983, at St. Joseph Church in Shawnee. During his 38 years of priesthood, Father O’Sullivan served in nine parishes and — an educator after all — taught in several schools. But at the heart of his priesthood was a ministry of presence. “Time and again, I witnessed him quietly helping the poor,

sick, elderly, youth and even fellow priests in need,” said Bill Farrington, formerly a parishioner of Christ the King Parish in Topeka. “There were countless times he canceled his personal plans to drive several hours to administer last rites, visit the sick or lonely or even the graves of former past parishioners . . . even if they were from a parish where he’d been assigned 20 years ago. He always did what was right, not what was easy,” said Farrington. “I can’t tell you how many people over the years,” recalled his niece Debbie Moeller, “upon finding out I was his niece, would say, ‘He brought me back into the church’; ‘I was lost and he really helped me’; and ‘I just love his sermons — I always get something out of them.’ “You know, people just really liked him. And I think it was because he really liked people, helping people, in a very relatable way that was

ANSAS CITY, Kan. — Father Peter Glenn O’Sullivan was not one to sweat the small stuff. An easy-going man, he put essential things first. For example, Father Joe Chontos likes to recount how Father O’Sullivan handled a Palm Sunday predicament. “I’ve got a liturgical question,” said Father O’Sullivan while they were having lunch. “Do you have to have palms for Palm Sunday?” Something went wrong with the parish’s order of palms, and they weren’t going to be delivered on time. After some discussion, Father O’Sullivan said, “I think I’ll just skip it. We’ll have Mass and just make it work.” “That’s a different response than I would have given,” admitted Father Chontos, chaplain at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka. “Others would have panicked.” But not Father Pete. Father O’Sullivan was most concerned about the spirit of the law, confirmed Father Bill Porter, pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Roeland Park. “I liked his honesty and his simple approach to ministry and life,” said Father Porter. “He had a good way of seeing what was most important. Those were the things he took care of.” Father Francis Hund, who anointed him only a few days before his death, described it as a “ministry of less is more.” “He wasn’t one to give lengthy homilies,” said Father Hund, but instead liked to move things along. Even at the end. “As I was opening the book to do more prayers,” said Father Hund, “[Father Pete] tapped the book. “I knew that meant, ‘Let’s just not make this very lengthy.’” “So, we prayed the anointing prayer in the ‘less is more’ style,” said Father Hund. Father O’Sullivan, 65, died from cancer on Oct. 9 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. He was pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Paola. Father O’Sullivan was born on Dec. 23, 1955, in Kansas City, Missouri, the youngest of the four children of James F. and Margaret R. (Hargis) O’Sullivan and attended St. Joseph School in Shawnee. He went on to attend St. Joseph High School, and then Washburn University in Topeka on a football scholarship. There, he studied math, history and education with a plan to teach and coach. An injury ended his sports career, however, so he finished

HE HAD A GOOD WAY OF SEEING WHAT WAS MOST IMPORTANT. THOSE WERE THE THINGS HE TOOK CARE OF. FATHER BILL PORTER PASTOR OF ST. AGNES PARISH, ROELAND PARK

really welcoming.” Father O’Sullivan was instrumental in bringing an order of Mexican Sisters to St. Catherine Parish in Emporia to serve the mostly Hispanic parishioners, said Jim Muckenthaler, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Emporia. Father O’Sullivan had gotten to know the Sisters who were serving at Maur Hill-Mount Academy in Atchison, so he went to Mexico City to plead with their superior for help. “He told the archbishop, ‘I don’t know any Spanish, and I don’t know what to do, but I’m willing to help in any way I can,’” said Father Chontos. His pronunciation was atrocious, and his accent even worse. “Father O’Sullivan celebrated the Mass as best he could, reading in Spanish, with the Sisters translating the homily,” said Father Chontos. “He only knew enough to get by.” “But the people loved him,” he added, “and thought he was really wonderful. “He communicated with the language of love.” **** Father O’Sullivan was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by sisters Janet Cawley and Margaret O’Sullivan, brother Jim O’Sullivan and 14 nephews and nieces. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann was the main celebrant, and Father Bill Porter was the homilist, at the Mass of Christian Burial on Oct. 18 at St. Joseph Parish in Shawnee. Father O’Sullivan

Pastoral assignments • 1982 — Deacon, Annunciation Parish in Frankfort • 1983 — Associate pastor, Christ the King Parish in Kansas City, Kansas, and chaplain at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas • 1986 — Associate pastor, Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish in Topeka • 1990 — Pastor, St. Joseph Parish in Nortonville and Immaculate Conception Parish in Valley Falls • 1993 — Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish and St. Catherine Parish in Emporia • 2000 — Sabbatical • 2001 — Pastor, St. Pius X Parish in Mission • 2003 — Pastor, Christ the King Parish in Topeka • 2013 — Pastor, Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish in Overland Park • 2015 — Pastor, Holy Trinity Parish in Paola

was buried next to his parents and grandparents at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Raytown, Missouri. The family suggests memorial donations to the Catholic high schools Bishop Miege, Bishop Ward, Maur Hill-Mount Academy, or Hayden, and to the nuns of the Missioneras Guadalupanas de Cristo Rey at 205 S. Lawrence St., Emporia, KS 66801.


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5 Estate planning workshop offered on Oct. 27 ROELAND PARK — All parishioners in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas are invited to the educational workshop “Seven Estate Planning Mistakes” at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Bishop Miege High School here, located at 5041 Reinhardt Dr. This workshop will focus on: wills and trusts; getting ready for your estate planning meeting; how to plan your legacy with church and schools; and much more to help guide you when planning your family’s will or trust. RSVP by email to: plannedgiving@ archkck.org or call (913) 647-0365.

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Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann blesses the unfinished Kapaun Priest House at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg on July 30. The house was recently finished and will be used by priests ministering at the ranch.

Priest house finished at Prairie Star Ranch By Joe Bollig joe.bollig@theleaven.org

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I L L I A M S B U RG — A house for priests ministering at Prairie Star Ranch had always been intended, but it took 20 years to make it a reality. This month, the new Kapaun Priest House was finished, not long after Father Emil Kapaun’s remains were returned to Kansas and his funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 28 in the Diocese of Wichita. Father Kapaun, a chaplain during the Korean War, died in a POW camp in 1951. He was named a Servant of God in 1993, and his cause for canonization was opened in 2008. Father Barry Clayton, who received the Echo of Kateri award on July 30 for his service to the children at Camp Tekakwitha at the ranch, was very pleased when he recently saw the new structure. “I have to say, I was quite impressed,” said Father Clayton, pastor of St. Philip Neri Parish in Osawatomie, Sacred Heart Parish in Mound City and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in La Cygne.

“I think it will be a nice place for myself and other priests to go for personal retreats and also fraternal gatherings for priests, such as Jesus Caritas, for a day,” he added. Construction began on the onestory, wood frame house in early May and was completed at the end of September. The 1,100-square-foot house has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, laundry and deck attached to the back. Dan Himmelberg, consultant for the archdiocesan office of construction and real estate, provided guidance. The architect was WarnerNease-Bost Architects, Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri. Gregory Wellnitz, director of Prairie Star Ranch, served as general contractor. “Our team had been looking for a very simple modular home we could transform into a space of grace for all of our visiting clergy,” he said. “After a long period of searching, we found a small . . . modular home that was little more than the exterior shell.” “It was ideal for our needs,” Wellnitz continued. “The house, being nowhere near finished, was taking up valuable space at the dealer, and so they were motivated to give us a

great deal.” Funding for the Kapaun Priest House came from the late Charles and Antoinette “Toni” Berkel of Bonner Springs. “One of their many acts of generosity was to make a gift to Prairie Star Ranch in order to help us realize projects like the Kapaun Priest House,” said Wellnitz. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann blessed the structure both at its groundbreaking and on July 30. The Kapaun Priest House is a game-changer for Prairie Star Ranch, said Wellnitz. Before, there was no convenient place for priests to stay overnight. Father Clayton is looking forward to using the facility. “Although as priests we don’t need a lot, it certainly is a generous gift for us to have this available,” he said. “I will personally enjoy the back deck, looking out toward the backdrop of trees. This will serve as a retreat haven and good accommodation for a ministering priest at Prairie Star Ranch. I always find it a blessing to minister there. I’m sure a personal retreat or priest gathering there would be renewing.”

George and Virginia “Angie” Ranallo, members of Church of the Ascension, Overland Park, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 27. The couple was married at Visitation Church, Kansas City, Missouri, by Father Vincent Kearney. Their children are: Greg, Jan and David. They also have four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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Cathedral relics are displayed year-round >> Continued from page 3 through the martyrology,” said Father Chadwick. “It took quite a bit of time to figure out what the abbreviations stood for. Luckily, Aaron Waldeck has his degree in classics. He was instrumental in figuring out what some of these abbreviations meant. The martyrology had pretty standard abbreviations, so it was a big help.” There was a time when people didn’t see the relics very often. “In the mid-to-late 1980s, I asked the rector that we open the relics during

November for the feast of All Saints,” said Michael Rebout, parishioner and acolyte for the cathedral. “He said, ‘I think we can. We’ve never done that, but I think that would be kind of nice.’” “We’d do it right after Halloween to the feast of Christ the King, and then we wouldn’t open them for another year,” continued Rebout. “Now with Father Saiki here, we keep them open all year-round, so people may come and see them without having to open [the panels] manually.” The relics were also displayed for a

long period during the Jubilee Year of Mercy from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016. There are some relics, which cannot be seen, in the old altar’s altar stone. Other relics were contained in the altar stones of the two flanking side altars, but the mensas (tables) were removed and the reredos left when the cathedral was renovated in 1998. The former side altar’s altar stones are stored in a locked cabinet in the back of the sacristy. Normally, the church is locked when Mass is not being celebrated, but it is possible for visitors to get a closer look at the relics in the alcoves in the

reredos of the high altar upon request, said Rebout. “Most of the time if you go to the rectory and request that you’d like to see them, they generally will let you go over and look at them or send someone over,” said Rebout. “On occasion, I’ve gone up and unlocked the door to let several people look at them at the same time. “You may go up into the sanctuary to the main mensa of the altar and look from there. You cannot touch them, but you can get a pretty good look at them.”


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OCTOBER 22, 2O21 | THELEAVEN.ORG

Classmates honor Immaculate Conception boy gone too soon By Therese Horvat Special to The Leaven

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few weeks after making his first Communion, 8-yearold Dillard Tolbert died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a truck in Leavenworth on May 2, 1968. For 53 years, his grave at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Lansing, went unmarked. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Dillard’s final resting place now bears a gravestone in tribute to his short but memorable life. Msgr. Tom Tank blessed the new headstone on Sept. 25. As a recently ordained priest and assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Leavenworth, Father Tank had presided at Dillard’s funeral Mass and burial in 1968. “I remember Dillard as a joyful little boy excited about his first Communion,” Msgr. Tank told family and former classmates gathered at the recent blessing. “I remember the day of the tragic accident and the funeral that followed. Dillard’s life still impacts you.” “More than just a piece of granite, this monument is a reminder and a sacramental sign,” Msgr. Tank said. “Dillard’s life, while short, is not forgotten. This monument reminds us that death does not have the final say. Jesus told us that he is the resurrection and the life. We entrust Dillard again into the loving hands of God.” Msgr. Tank acknowledged Father Bill McEvoy who spearheaded fundraising efforts for the gravestone. Father McEvoy was a first grader at Immaculate Conception Grade School at the time of Dillard’s death; his brother Tom was in Dillard’s second grade class. Across the years, schoolmates periodically recalled and discussed Dillard, said Father McEvoy. His was the first death — other than possibly that of their grandparents — that several had experienced as children. But this past May, with the marking of another anniversary of the young boy’s death, Father McEvoy decided to try to locate the young boy’s grave. He was surprised by what he learned. “I went to the Mt. Calvary office and they gave me the coordinates,” said Father McEvoy. “But I could not find his grave. Why? There was no marker. He had never had a gravestone.”

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Msgr. Tom Tank, far right, blesses the gravestone of Dillard Tolbert who died in 1968 after he was struck by a truck. For years, Dillard was buried in an unmarked grave. Father Bill McEvoy spearheaded an effort to raise funds for the headstone (see below). From left are: Louis Tolbert, Father Bill McEvoy, Sarah Tolbert, Susan Milbourn Aaron, Beth Scanlon, Tim Scanlon, Kevin Reardon and Msgr. Tank. cis de Sales Church, Lansing. Another former classmate of Dillard, Tim Scanlon, reflected on the young boy’s death. “We were just kids,” he said. “For most of us, it was the first time that we knew someone who had died. It was sad. You wonder now what Dillard might have done with his life.” Father McEvoy said that Dillard’s life and death touched the lives of his schoolmates and his family. “At the time of his death, we felt sad,” he said. “The monument was something tangible we could do now to memorialize Dillard.” Dillard’s sister Sarah Tolbert, Leavenworth, and brother Louis Tolbert, Lawrence, were present for the ceremony. Both expressed gratitude for the beautiful monument commemorating Dillard. Other relatives and former classmates also attended. “When I discovered that there was no family, who welcomed Father McEvoy’s Funds raised in excess of the monmarker for Dillard,” he continued, “I de- offer to raise funds for a headstone. Doument’s expense are going to Xavier cided then and there to start a process to nations came from former schoolmates, Catholic School, Leavenworth, for the get him one.” friends, Catholic Cemeteries of Northreligious formation of children preparHe started by contacting Dillard’s east Kansas and parishioners of St. Fran- ing for first Communion.

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Learning about Pope John Paul I will help dispel myths

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ATICAN CITY (CNS) — Conspiracy theories and dark intrigue about Pope John Paul I’s untimely death just one month after his election should be set aside and his life and legacy made more widely known, said his niece. “There is a real need instead to look at all of his work, to highlight all of his work, his whole life, all that he was. It cannot all boil down to a legend of the ‘pope who was murdered,’” Lina Petri told Vatican News Sept. 28, the 42nd anniversary of her uncle’s death. Pope John Paul I was found dead at the age of 65 that September in 1978. He had been elected pope just 34 days before, a few weeks after the death of St. Paul VI Aug. 6. The sudden death of “the smiling pope” inspired a number of conspiracy theories and presumptions, while interviews with witnesses and documents found in the Vatican archives by Stefania Falasca, a journalist and vice postulator of Pope John Paul’s sainthood cause, confirm the pope died of a heart attack during the night of Sept. 28. “So, there is no reason for all this conspiracy that unfortunately overshadowed who my uncle was, his being a shepherd, his being pope, even if for only 34 days,” Petri said. She praised the recent establishment of the John Paul I Vatican Foundation to preserve and promote his writings, thinking, example and study.

Petri is one of the six members of the foundation’s administrative board. “I think the usefulness of this foundation is precisely to try avoiding putting the spotlight only on my uncle’s last night — a situation that has generated so much ‘fake news,’ so much nonsense that has been said and is still said today,” she said. Mauro Velati, a member of the foundation’s scientific committee, told Vatican News that there is much to look at and learn from the huge number of articles and speeches written by Pope John Paul. “He published such an unusually large number of articles, we could define him as ‘a journalist bishop,’ and perhaps it is there that people can truly see what he wanted to contribute to the life of the church,” he said. Pope John Paul saw his ministry as an opportunity to take advantage of his ability to share and explain what the church teaches “and, in fact, his catecheses were an important part of his pastoral action,” Velati said. Having attended all the sessions of the Second Vatican Council, that “historical moment created a great change in him, a change in his vision of the church,” he said. The pope tried to bring what the faith teaches to the current reality of the moment or situation, he said. “He wasn’t thinking of an ‘update’ that would turn upside down traditional types of doctrine, but that he would rethink them in order to speak to people by using simple language, a language close to the people and using ‘the language of love.’”

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Pope John Paul I, known as the smiling pope, is pictured at the Vatican in 1978. On Sept. 28 the Vatican marked the 42nd anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul I, who died just 34 days after his election.

Catholic social teaching gives Gospel concrete form, pope says By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

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ATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he knows “it often annoys people” when he promotes Catholic teaching on social issues like poverty, migration and ecology, but he is going to keep doing so because the Gospel demands it. “Principles such as the preferential option for the poor, the universal destination of goods, solidarity, subsidiarity, participation and the common good” are all values that ensure “the good news of the Gospel takes concrete form on a social and cultural level,” the pope said in a video message Oct. 16 to the virtual World Meeting of Popular Movements. The meeting brought together leaders of cooperatives and other grassroots organizations of the poor, the underemployed, Indigenous communities and farmworkers. “We have all suffered the pain of lockdown, but as usual you have had the worst of it,” the pope told members of the groups. “Migrants, undocumented persons, informal workers without a fixed income were deprived, in many cases, of any state aid and prevented from carrying out their usual tasks, thus exacerbating their already grinding poverty,” he said. And while one-third of the world’s people live in such precarious situations, they garnered almost no media attention, but remained “huddled together and hidden.” When the rich and powerful ignored them, he said, the poor themselves

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Pope Francis speaks in a video message to the World Meeting of Popular Movements in this still image taken from video posted to the Vatican News YouTube channel Oct. 16, 2021. The pope said he knows some people think he’s a “pest” when it comes to his denunciations of social, political and economic systems that exclude people and keep many in poverty. assisted their neighbors. “Like the doctors, nurses and health workers in the trenches of health care,” the pope told them, “you have taken your place in the trenches of the marginalized neighborhoods.” Pope Francis thanked members of the movements for demonstrating true humanity, “the humanity that is not built by turning your back on the suffering of those around you, but in the patient, committed and often even sorrowful recognition that the other person is my brother or sister and that his or her joys and hopes, griefs and anxieties are also mine. To ignore those who have fallen is to ignore our own humanity that cries out in every

brother and sister of ours.” “Do you know what comes to mind now when, together with popular movements, I think of the good Samaritan? Do you know what comes to mind? The protests over the death of George Floyd,” he said. Obviously, such protests can be exploited and manipulated, “but the main thing is that in that protest against this death, there was the collective Samaritan,” Pope Francis said. “This movement did not pass by on the other side of the road when it saw the injury to human dignity caused by an abuse of power. The popular movements are not only social poets but also collective Samaritans.”

The work for greater inclusion and equality and real change to protect the dignity of all human life faces resistance from what Catholic social teaching has called “structures of sin,” he explained. “These too we are called to change.” Personal conversion always is necessary, he said, “but it is also indispensable to adjust our socio-economic models so that they have a human face, because many models have lost it. And thinking about these situations, I make a pest of myself with my questions. And I go on asking. And I ask everyone in the name of God.” Pope Francis then made a series of appeals, including asking pharmaceutical companies to release the patents on their COVID-19 vaccines so that they could be manufactured cheaply in poor countries “where only 3% or 4% of the inhabitants have been vaccinated.” “In the name of God,” he asked for the cancellation of the foreign debts of poor countries, and asked mining, oil, forestry, real estate, and big agribusiness companies “to stop destroying forests, wetlands and mountains, to stop polluting rivers and seas, to stop poisoning food and people.” He asked weapons manufacturers and dealers “to completely stop their activity, because it foments violence and war,” and he asked telecom giants to make it easier for teachers and students in poor communities to access distance learning. Pope Francis also spoke of the need to create more jobs, perhaps by shortening the workday, and to ensure a living wage for all workers.


OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TAKES MANY FORMS, WARN U.S. BISHOPS

“THE DEVASTATING EMOTIONAL, AND PSYC CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLENCE CAN CROSS G AND LAST A LIFE

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By Therese Horvat Special to The Leaven

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he statistics are staggering. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that: • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. • Almost 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the U.S. have been the victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. Nor does domestic violence discriminate. Victims and abusers come from all ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds, all religions, occupations, ages and nationalities. Finally — despite the fact that the U.S. bishops emphasized in a 1992 pastoral letter that “no person is expected to stay in an abusive marriage” — some people, including priests, advise battered partners to return to their relationships, pray about their situations and work things out. Father Chuck Dahm, OP, director of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach office, has worked for several years to help serve victims of domestic violence, raise awareness of this societal scourge, educate priests and Catholics about the Catholic Church’s position on the matter and encourage parish outreach. He describes domestic violence as rampant throughout the United States, saying, “It’s an epidemic that’s not going away.”

Domestic violence starts small, escalates At its root, domestic violence involves one intimate partner exercising power and control over another. It often starts with name-calling, threats or distrust. The abuser may go through a phase of apologizing and seeking forgiveness. However, domestic violence tends to escalate and intensify over time into extreme control and abuse. Domestic violence takes many forms. Physical violence ranges from punching and slapping to kicking and use of a weapon. Jeanny Sharp, communications coordinator for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence (KCDSV), says that a lethality assessment used by law enforcement and first responders identifies what types of behaviors serve as a high-risk warning of more

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Father Chuck Dahm, OP, director of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach, describes domestic violence as rampant throughout the United States, saying, “It’s an epidemic that’s not going away.” extreme and life-threatening violence. While emotional and verbal abuse can be more difficult to detect, Father Dahm describes these forms as very harmful in that they diminish the spirit of victims. Put-downs, demeaning language, intimidation and insults assail their human dignity. Sexual abuse involves forced intimacy or denial of intimacy. Economic abuse makes the victim completely dependent on the perpetrator. The abuser may forbid work outside the home or deprive the victim of information about the family’s finances. Other controlling behaviors isolate the victim by not allowing contact with family or friends. In her book, “How Can We Help to End Violence in Catholic Families?” clinical psychologist Dr. Christauria Welland equates this to a form of imprisonment — keeping the spouse in the house

against her will. Another way to hurt an intimate partner is by threatening to injure or abduct children. The impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence is still being assessed. Preliminary indicators are that the pandemic has exacerbated risk factors (isolation, financial stress, etc.) likely to result in an increase in domestic violence. Concurrently, the pandemic has challenged agencies’ abilities to provide services due to temporary closures and/or lack of resources.

Why men batter women Abuse is a learned behavior. In “When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) writes: “Men learn to abuse through observation, experience and reinforcement.”

Characteristically, an abuser is extremely jealous, possessive, easily angered, blaming and controlling. Men may believe women are inferior and that males are meant to dominate and be unchallenged. Some cite Scripture (specifically, St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians) to justify this — a practice the U.S. bishops denounce in their pastoral document. Abusers objectify their victims and consider them as property or sexual objects. They externalize causes of their behavior by blaming their partner, stress or other reasons. Several sources emphasize that while alcohol and drugs often figure into domestic violence, abuse and addiction are two separate and distinct problems. The National Coalition notes that the majority of abusers are only violent with current or past intimate partners. Additionally, 90% of abusers have no criminal records and are law-abiding outside their homes.

Who’s at risk for being a victim? The U.S. bishops state that younger, unmarried women are at greater risk of domestic violence. Citing U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the bishops note that over half of victims are abused by their current or former girlfriend or boyfriend; one-third by their spouse; and 14% by an ex-spouse. Welland says that studies in the U.S. indicate there is no difference in the rate of domestic violence among people in different religions and the general public. This leads to the conclusion that “domestic violence among Catholics worldwide is likely to be the same 30% lifetime prevalence as the rest of the population.”


For persons experiencing domestic violence

PHYSICAL, YCHOLOGICAL DOMESTIC GENERATIONS ETIME.”

Ensuring the personal safety of the victim and children should be of paramount concern. Victims are encouraged to: • Call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or 1 (800) 7873224 (TTY); or call the Kansas Crisis Hotline: 1 (888) 363-2287. • Find services in Kansas online at: www.kcsdv.org. • Find Catholic resources on the archdiocesan website at: archkck.org/family/care-support/ domestic-violence/ • Find Catholic counselors working in northeast Kansas online at: www.archkck.org/family/caresupport/catholic-counselors/. • Tell someone you trust — a relative, friend, priest or lay minister — about the violence. • Identify resources in your community that assist victims of domestic violence. • Develop a safety plan: Hide car keys, personal documents, clothes, medications, important paperwork and some money. • Locate a safe place to stay.

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When a victim turns to you for help

The most dangerous risks associated with domestic violence occur when the victim is threatening to seek help or leave the relationship. Often, abuse intensifies at this time.

The U.S. Catholic Church’s stance on domestic violence

Why women stay in abusive relationships

In 1992, the U.S. bishops issued their “Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women.” They updated the statement in 2002, and again in 2016. They focus on women due to the fact that 85% of victims of reported cases of nonlethal domestic violence are women. The bishops emphasize that “violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified.” They state that any form of violence — physical, sexual, psychological or verbal — is sinful and often a crime. They affirm that “the person being assaulted needs to know acting to end the abuse does not violate the marriage promises.” The bishops condemn use of the Bible to support abusive behavior in any form. They write: “A correct reading of Scripture leads people to an understanding of the equal dignity of men and women and to relationships based on mutuality and love.” They encourage abused persons who have divorced to investigate seeking an annulment. Through this process, the Catholic Church determines if the marriage bond is not valid. “We need to get the bishops’ statement regarding domestic violence out to everyone,” believes Father Dahm. Welland agrees. “Saying, ‘It is your cross and you must bear it’ is not only hurtful and possibly places the victim at risk,” writes Welland, “[but] it also contradicts Catholic social teaching. For 2,000 years, the church has reached out to the sick, the injured and those who are oppressed, not fearing to stand up for the poorest and the most

In his homily during the October 2020 observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Bishop Mark Brennan, of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, discussed a “code of silence” surrounding this societal issue that — like a virus — allows it to go unchallenged and keep doing harm. Therapist Judy Kotecki-Martin, LCP, of the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and a member of Good Shepherd Parish in Shawnee, says shame may be involved. Women think they have done something to provoke the abuse. They experience guilt and embarrassment. They believe their children need their father and that as wives they should keep the family together at all costs — even at the risk of their own physical and emotional well-being. They are fearful they won’t be able to make it financially on their own. Because of their cultural upbringing, some women feel the need to keep their problems confined to the home environment. In addition to being isolated, women in rural settings often lack access to helpful resources. Catholics may feel bound to the abusive relationship by the church’s teaching on the permanence of marriage. “Some women believe,” explained Father Dahm, “they made a promise to God to stay in the relationship or else sin.”

neglected. Victims of domestic violence are some of these people.” Welland’s book was printed for participants in the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome. Bishops across the world have received copies of the book.

Awareness, prevention In the Chicago archdiocese, Father Dahm directs many of his efforts toward helping parishes establish domestic violence outreach ministries. At the invitation of pastors, he addresses the topic during weekend Masses followed by a Monday evening session to discuss outreach opportunities. He wants victims of domestic violence to find the compassion of Jesus and healing in and through their parishes. The Chicago archdiocesan website features resources to help establish parish-based programs and to heighten awareness of domestic violence, services and prevention. The Dominican priest is available to conduct workshops for priests in dioceses across the country. Father Dahm believes that shining the light on domestic violence is what will end it. Raising awareness and promoting prevention are critical. Training young people about healthy relationships is an important part of the solution. Welland says that programs to build nonviolent skills are widely available for both young men and young women. She suggests they be added to current catechesis, youth groups, and marriage preparation in parishes and Catholic schools. Classes and counseling exist to help abusers unlearn harmful behaviors and manage anger. However, Father Dahm has found that people don’t change easily. Kotecki-Martin cautions that batterers often avoid

• Listen to the person; do not judge or blame. • Do not give advice. • Encourage the person to seek help from specialized domestic violence counseling and resources. • Discuss the victim’s safety. • Respect the person’s confidentiality. Kotecki-Martin advises letting the victim know that she/ he doesn’t deserve to be abused. The therapist adds that the victim knows best when to leave the relationship. The U.S. bishops write: “Ultimately, abused women must make their own decisions about staying or leaving.”

Effects of domestic violence on children Domestic violence takes its toll on children in the relationship. • They may experience actual physical abuse. • Anxiety, depression and conduct problems may stem from witnessing violence in the home. • Being exposed to this abuse may contribute to children growing into the next generation that continues the cycle of domestic violence.

these programs because they don’t think they have a problem. The National Coalition writes: “Preventing violence means changing our society and its institutions; eliminating those attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, environments and policies that contribute to violence and promoting those that stop violence.” This involves education and awareness across multiple sectors, including faith communities. From the perspective of prevention, Topeka-based advocate Sharp concludes, “Everybody can make a difference.”


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Bishops call attacks on Catholic sites ‘acts of hate’ that must stop

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ASHINGTON (CNS) — The Oct. 10 vandalization of Denver’s cathedral basilica that resulted in satanic and other “hateful graffiti” being scrawled on its doors and at least one statue brought to 100 the number of incidents of arson, vandalism and other destruction that have taken place at Catholic sites across the United States since May 2020. That month the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty began tracking such incidents, according to an Oct. 14 USCCB news release. “These incidents of vandalism have ranged from the tragic to the obscene, from the transparent to the inexplicable,” the chairmen of the USCCB’s religious liberty and domestic policy committees said in a joint statement included in the release. “There remains much we do not know about this phenomenon, but at a minimum, they underscore that our society is in sore need of God’s grace,” they said, calling on the nation’s elected officials “to step forward and condemn these attacks.” “In all cases, we must reach out to the perpetrators with prayer and forgiveness,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. “Where the motive was retribution for some past fault of ours, we must reconcile; where misunderstanding of our teachings has caused anger toward us, we must offer clarity; but this destruction must stop. This is not the way,” they said. “We thank our law enforcement for investigating these incidents and taking appropriate steps to prevent further harm,” Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop

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The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver is seen Oct. 10 after it was vandalized. Since February 2020, the Archdiocese of Denver is aware of 25 parishes or ministry locations in northern Colorado that have been the target of vandalism, property destruction or theft. Coakley said. “We appeal to community members for help as well. These are not mere property crimes — this is the degradation of visible representations of our Catholic faith. These are acts of hate.” In a July 2020 joint statement, Archbishop Coakley and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, then acting chairman of the religious liberty committee, decried the growing number of incidents of church

vandalism. “Whether those who committed these acts were troubled individuals crying out for help or agents of hate seeking to intimidate, the attacks are signs of a society in need of healing,” the two archbishops said. “In those incidents where human actions are clear, the motives still are not. As we strain to understand the destruction of these holy symbols of selfless love and devotion, we pray for

any who have caused it, and we remain vigilant against more of it,” they said. These incidents have ranged from a man crashing his van through the doors of a Catholic church in the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, and setting the interior ablaze, to a St. Junípero Serra statue outside Mission San Rafael in San Rafael, California, in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, being desecrated with red paint and toppled, leaving just the saint’s feet in place.

Initiatives on Eucharist aim to give Catholics better understanding

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service

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ASHINGTON (CNS) — This past June at their annual meeting, the U.S. bishops spoke about helping Catholics come to a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Eucharist through an upcoming eucharistic revival and a document on the Eucharist. The bishops plan to continue talking about these church actions and will vote on the Communion document during their November meeting in Baltimore. But in the meantime, two U.S. bishops — who head the committees working on these initiatives — spoke recently on a recorded video roundtable produced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to further explain just what the bishops hope to achieve through the upcoming revival and document on the Eucharist. The half-hour video will air on Catholic television networks such as New Evangelization Television, or NET-TV, a Catholic television network based in Brooklyn, New York. In the recorded video, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend,

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Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis carries a monstrance holding the Eucharist during a procession June 19, 2021, called “Catholic Father’s Day.” Bishop Cozzens is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. Indiana, spoke with Marilyn Santos, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis. Bishop Cozzens is chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis and Bishop Rhoades is chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine. Santos told Catholic News Service

Oct. 12 that it was important for the bishops to give an “official voice” on what these initiatives are, and what they are not, during this “significant moment for the church in the United States.” The eucharistic revival is meant to be an act of evangelization for some and a reawakening of understanding for others, she said, while the

document on the Eucharist, which has gained more public attention, is meant to be more of a “teaching tool to be incorporated into” the planned revival. In the roundtable discussion, Bishop Cozzens said the impetus for the bishops’ work on a eucharistic revival was a Pew study in the fall of 2019 that showed just 30% of Catholics “have what we might call a proper understanding of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist.” The bishops saw this as an opportunity to increase Catholics’ understanding and awareness of the Eucharist with a revival that is set to launch on the feast of Corpus Christi in June 2022. Bishop Cozzens said what will be a three-year process will include events on the diocesan level such as eucharistic processions around the country along with adoration and prayer. In 2023, the emphasis will be on parishes with resources available at the parish level to increase Catholics’ understanding of what the Eucharist really means. Ultimately, the revival will end with a National Eucharistic Congress in the summer of 2024 and possibly other gatherings like this in the future. The Minnesota bishop said this spotlight on the Eucharist will emphasize that it is such a great gift to the church.


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RAFFLE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS Our Lady of Unity School 2646 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kansas Oct. 23 - Dec. 10 (online)

Win cash prizes of $1,000, $500 or $250 and help fund scholarships for Our Lady of Unity School. Tickets are: $10 per ticket; $25 for three. Tickets are available online until Dec. 10, or can be purchased at the school. Winners will be announced on Dec. 16. To purchase online, go to: member ship.faithdirect.net/events/details/7554. For more information, send an email to: development@olukck.eduk12.net.

GERMANFEST St. Joseph Parish 320 N. Broadway, Leavenworth Oct. 23 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Mass will begin at 4 p.m. and the German dinner and music will begin at 5 p.m. There will be sauerbraten and bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, red cabbage, dessert and beverages. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Beer and wine will also be available. Music will be provided by the Festhaus-Musikanten Band. Carryouts will be available. A silent auction of German items will also be held.

LINGER OVER BREAKFAST KC Avila University 11901 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Missouri Oct. 23 from 9 - 11 a.m.

Treat yourself to an enriching morning program that promises to feed your mind, body and spirit. Explore how to incorporate green living into your lives with community members from Jerusalem Farm in Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 2012 with the support of Avila University and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Jerusalem Farm is built on the four cornerstones of prayer, community, service and simplicity. The event is complimentary. Go online to: www.csjsl.org to register.

‘THE MIRACLE BOX’ Church of the Ascension (St. Mark and St. Matthew Room) 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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The 60-minute film “The Miracle Box” by Father John Clote will be shown. There will be a discussion led by Chuck Jansen, founder of the Forgiveness Institute KC, Inc. COVID protocols will be followed.

DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA LITTLE FLOWER CIRCLE Christ the King Parish (Yadrich Hall) 5972 S.W. 25th St., Topeka Oct. 24 at 12:45 p.m.

A rosary will be followed by a business meeting and social time. Social distance and masks will be required. If anyone knows of a member or a family member of the Daughters of Isabella in need of the circle’s prayers, call Bobbie Graff Hendrixson at (785) 271-0145. If you are interested in or would like more information about the Daughters of Isabella, call Cindy Keen at (785) 228-9862.

TRUEFOOD DINNERS Location given upon registration Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Food, fun and formation for young adults. Let’s get real about relationships and the hookup culture over a homecooked potluck meal. Register online at: https://kcascension.org/truefood.

SAUSAGE SUPPER Sacred Heart Parish 22298 Newbury Rd., Paxico Oct. 31 from noon - 3 p.m.

This is a drive-thru-only event. Approach from the east; no pre-orders. The parish hall is located one-and-a-half miles north of Paxico. The cost for the sausage supper is: $12 for adults; $6 for kids ages 4 - 12; and kids under 4 eat for free.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND Franciscan Prayer Center 2100 N. Noland Rd., Independence, Missouri Nov. 5 -7

The Beginning Experience Weekend is for divorced and widowed persons. Our program helps those suffering these losses through the grieving process, enabling them to look to the future with renewed hope and

deepened faith. For more information, visit the website at: www.beginningexperience kc.org or call Maria at (913) 314-9844.

CHILI DINNER AND BINGO St. Patrick Parish 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.

Come join our all-you-can-eat chili dinner and bingo event. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. For more information, call Fritz Vertz at (913) 515-0621.

FALL BAZAAR Holy Trinity Parish 400 S. East St., Paola Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Takeouts will begin at 11:30 a.m. The cost is: $12 for adults; $6 for kids ages 5 - 10; and free for kids under 5. This year, there will be no games or country store, just the raffle. Please wear masks except when eating. The raffle will be for a quilt, a $100 gift card and $100 cash.

INAUGURATION OF THE AFRICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF KANSAS Prince of Peace Parish 16000 W. 143rd St., Olathe Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.

We look forward to welcoming you, celebrating Mass with you and fellowship with you after Mass the African way.

SOUP LUNCHEON/FALL FEST Holy Family Parish 1st & Kansas, Alma Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Serving chili, homemade chicken noodle, vegetable beef and potato soups and pie for dessert. There will also be bingo, a country store and a raffle drawing at 2 p.m.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS ‘GREASE’ St. Thomas Aquinas High School 11411 Pflumm Rd., Overland Park, Kansas Nov. 4, 5, 6 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

11 students will present the musical “Grease” at our school theater. Please join us for this family-friendly version of “Grease” that all will enjoy. Tickets may be purchased at the door or visit our website at: www.stasaints.net. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Grease” button to purchase tickets. For more information, contact the student life office at (913) 319-2416.

‘JOURNEY TO JOY’ Church of the Nativity 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

This is an evening of renewal for women ages 16 and older. Join nationally known speaker Sarah Swafford as she speaks on topics as diverse as perfectionism, competition, insecurities, anxieties and fears. Swafford targets this battle with a vision for virtue, confidence, healing and a game plan that is life-giving and life-changing.

WHAT TO DO AFTER THE ‘I DO’S’ ARE DONE Kansas City area Nov. 12 - 14; and Feb. 25 - 27, 2022

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will give couples five proven tools to help them thrive as they navigate through the hills and valleys along the way. There are two in-person events happening in November and February and a virtual format is being offered on Dec. 3 - 5. For more information, or to apply for a weekend, visit the website at: www.WWME.org; call/email Deacon Tony and Barb Zimmerman at: tonybarba@prodigy.net; or (816) 741-4066.

TAKE-A-LOOK THURSDAY Holy Spirit School 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland Park Nov. 18 from 9 - 11 a.m.

Join us for information, tours of the school and refreshments. Choose a learning environment that is welcoming and Christ-centered. For more information, call Anita Pauls at (913) 492-2582 or send an email to: apauls@hscatholic.org.

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12 EMPLOYMENT Live-out coordinator - This person (a direct support person) is to share life with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other assistants in relationships of mutuality in daily life activities and live fully the identity and mission of L’Arche, an intentional faith community. This includes: assisting individuals with the activities of daily living, including personal care and passing out medications; implementing support plans; documenting care given; and providing transportation. Job requirements include: embracing the mission and values of L’Arche; must be 18 or older; must have a high school diploma or equivalent; must possess a valid driver’s license; must pass a background check; must be eligible to work in the United States; and should be dependable, people-oriented and very adaptable/flexible (enjoy doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction). Preferred experience: direct support provider with one year experience; caregiving/direct patient care, one year. Benefits include: simple IRA; IRA matching; employer-paid dental insurance; employer-paid disability insurance; employee assistance program; employerpaid health insurance; paid time off; employer-paid vision insurance. To apply, email resume and references to: heartland@larcheks.org. Position open until filled. Company’s website: www.larcheheartland.org. Facebook page: larcheks.org. Choir director - The choir director of Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee, is responsible for recruiting and sustaining membership in our choirs to actively engage the parish community in song at weekend Masses, holy days of obligation, Triduum and other parish events that occur. Works in collaboration with the pastor and liturgy coordinator to provide an overall inspiring worship experience. Duties and responsibilities: arrange music for all weekend liturgies, holy days, feast days and other prayer services throughout the year; arrange organist/ pianist/musicians for all weekend liturgies, holy days, feast days and other prayer services throughout the year; conduct regular rehearsals with instrumentalists and choirs; overall responsibility for recruitment, training and retention of choir members with emphasis on growing the music ministry to include multiple choirs for adult, teen, children, and praise and worship; coordinate and arrange for additional musicians and ensure quality of musical performance during Masses/events; responsibility for arranging, transposing and composing material as needed or required; ensure all copyright licensing and usage reporting to the major music licensing companies is done in the proper manner; design and print weekly, seasonal, and/or special occasion worship aids; works in conjunction with youth ministry to assist in prayer services. Other duties include: collaborating with the pastor and liturgy coordinator to guide bereaved families in planning the musical aspect of funeral liturgies; collaborate with pastor and liturgy coordinator to guide couples in preparing musical support for the wedding liturgy and provides or arranges for musical support for the wedding if needed; attend staff meetings, parish leadership meetings and other committee meetings as deemed necessary. Must be available during the office workweek, for parishioners during the evenings, weekends, holiday, holy days, special services and events. Must be a practicing Catholic; music directing skills/experience required; bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience required, master’s preferred; vocal, piano and organ proficiency preferred but not required; highly collaborative and ability to work with a variety of people; ability to work in a team environment; ability to work variable hours to include some evenings and weekends; a proficiency with computers; ability to communicate effectively both written and orally; public speaking and meeting facilitation skills; organization and management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to present oneself professionally to staff, parishioners and public; must maintain Virtus compliance; other duties, as needed or directed by pastor. Catholic elementary school principal - St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School in Leawood is seeking an elementary school principal beginning with the 202223 school year. Candidates must demonstrate strong leadership skills and success in an academic setting. The principal ensures successful completion of learning objectives for students and creates/executes the school budget. The principal also serves as manager for the preschool director and coordinates activities and priorities with the pastor and parish staff. The successful applicant will be a faith-filled, practicing Catholic, understand the mission of Catholic education, and have or be eligible for Kansas licensure in educational leadership. Apply online at: www.archkckcs.org (then select “Employment”) and send resume and credentials to Superintendent Dr. Vincent Cascone, Catholic Schools Office, Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, 12615 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66109, or email to: vcascone @archkckcs.org. Invoicing specialist - Kansas City Bathroom Remodel is searching for an invoicing specialist to join our great team that is rapidly growing! Responsibilities include: generate bills and invoices specific to customer accounts; purchase orders; vendor invoices; ability to handle high volume of data entry and invoicing; deliver invoices to clients electronically; reconcile and input expenses. Qualifications include: three-plus years in billing/invoicing (accounts payable and receivable); proficient with QuickBooks Online; strong computational skills; high degree of attention to detail; ability to be productive without oversight. The job is two three 8-hour days per week with the potential to go full time, 8-hour days, at the office. High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Two years of QuickBooks Online experience required and three to five years of billing/ invoicing required. $16 - $20 an hour pay. Reply to: Lisa@kcbathremodel.com or (913) 701-2500.

Liturgy coordinator - The liturgy coordinator of Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee, is responsible for the development and maintenance of liturgical ministries within the parish, ensuring that each Mass and special liturgical service is run smoothly. This position is approximately 25 hours per week. Essential duties and responsibilities include: coordinating with the minister of music, planning liturgies, including development and preparation for various rites of worship for weekend liturgies, parish reconciliation, school Masses, special events, feast days and holy day liturgies, funerals and weddings as needed; maintain schedules of priests and deacons as well as coordinate visiting priests and other assignments such as special liturgies and regularly scheduled Masses; coordinate, schedule and oversee all volunteers and special activities/requirements pertaining to sacramental celebrations, weddings and funerals; initially, must be present before weekend Mass, all-school Masses and special liturgies in order to ensure that preparations are complete and liturgical roles are adequately filled; and train and manage sacristans to serve the liturgy. The coordinator serves as backup as needed; ensures initial and ongoing recruitment and training for liturgical ministers; oversees a staff member in charge of the liturgical ministerscheduling database; and ensures timely preparation and distribution of monthly schedules, including holy days of obligation, altar servers, eucharistic ministers, lectors, gift bearers, greeters and ushers; manages liturgical ministry leads for all liturgical ministries; oversees the arts and environment committee to assist in the direction of the aesthetic decor and overall look of the worship space; attends staff meetings, parish leadership meetings and other committee meetings as deemed necessary; maintains inventory of worship supplies (candles, hosts, wine, altar linens, etc., and other priestly needs. This position requires flexibility and varied hours throughout the week, depending on the liturgical calendar. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing; having knowledge of sacred music beneficial but not required; possess a good knowledge of the liturgical norms of the Roman Catholic Church, functions and services of the church’s liturgies and understanding of the full liturgical cycle. Training and/or experience in faith development and celebration of faith/liturgy in community a plus; possess a degree or certification in theology or liturgy or equivalent experience and education (preferred, not required) or willingness to achieve such certification during employment; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, rapport and communications with others; be able to prepare and distribute documents, training materials and communication materials that are thorough and understandable; ability to work in team environment; ability to work variable hours with periodic evenings and weekends; proficiency with computers and current office software; must maintain Virtus compliance; other duties as needed or directed by the pastor. To apply, go to: http://shoj.org/jobs. Live-in caregiver - Looking to hire a full-time, mature, compassionate, experienced live-in caregiver for a senior woman. Responsibilities include: meal prep; housekeeping; laundry; medication management; bathing/ grooming assistance; errands; and meaningful companionship. Must have reliable transportation, cellphone and references. Please call (215) 733-9600. Case manager - Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is seeking a compassionate, yet energetic, case manager looking to make a difference in the community. This person will work alongside the manager of Family Support Services at our Wyandotte County location providing financial assistance to those who may qualify. We are looking for someone that can manage diverse funding streams, enjoys being part of a team and works effectively with volunteers. If this is you, please apply at: https://catholiccharitiesks.org/careers/. Early childhood educators – With multiple locations in Johnson County, Special Beginnings Early Learning Center provides high quality child care in a safe, loving Christian environment. Our classrooms are full, and we are looking to add to our amazing team. We are looking for both full-time and part-time teachers for all ages of children. If you have an excellent work ethic, a heart for children and a willingness to learn more about early childhood education, we would love to meet you. For more information or to apply, call Carolyn Andruss at (913) 894-0131, ext. 102. Financial representatives - Knights of Columbus has full-time openings in northeast Kansas and western Missouri for full-time financial representatives. Ideal for determined, disciplined, professional, highexpectation individual desiring to serve others. We work exclusively with the families of brother Knights and Catholic gentlemen who are eligible to join the Knights. We have established territories where agents devote their working day to the needs of the members in their assigned councils. Excellent, multi-tiered training and benefits are provided, allowing the successful field agent to earn a professional level income. This is a career opportunity that may be the right fit at the right time for you, or possibly for someone you know. For further information, contact John A. Mahon, general agent, at (785) 408-8800 or email: john.mahon@kofc.org. Assistants coordinator - Heartland is seeking an assistants coordinator. The position includes the following duties: recruitment; human resources/training; state documentation; in-home training; annual trainings; scheduling; coordination of assistant meetings/ team meetings; accompaniment of house coordinators; supervision of assistants (accompaniment); quality assurance in home: maintenance, cleanliness, fire extinguishers, monthly drills and yard upkeep; rotate on-call. Salary $40,000. Interested candidates, please submit a letter of interest, current resume and references with contact information to the L’Arche Heartland discernment/search team at: heartland@larcheks.org. Position open until filled.

Community care coordinator - The community care coordinator’s primary responsibility is to be an advocate and ally to our 17 residential core members (adults with intellectual disabilities). Candidate will be responsible for coordinating appropriate and effective services for the core members of L’Arche Heartland Residential Programs. The community care coordinator will aim to ensure that core members are affirmed, supported and encouraged to grow with dignity and respect in all areas of their life. The community care coordinator will oversee the house coordinator and the assistants to ensure quality care, advocacy and support of core members within the community. In collaboration with the community nurse, the coordinator will ensure quality of medical care for core members, including: scheduling appointments; coordinating follow-up care; coordinate with pharmacy for monthly medications; coordinate with the community nurse for initial and ongoing medical training. In collaboration with the assistant coordinators: supervise house coordinators and assistants in the provision of services concerning medical, emotional, psychiatric and physical needs of core members. Oversee the implementation of core member person-centered support plans and completion of their goals in partnership with the house coordinators. Collaborate with assistant coordinator to provide initial and ongoing training on person-centered support plans and BASIS tracking. Oversee the record keeping for each individual core member’s permanent records (legal documents, risk assessments, behavioral support plans, medical information and documentation, annual plan documentation, and financial information). Attend house team meetings, professional services meetings and other meetings as needed to effectively support high quality care provision for the core members. Attend house meetings on a monthly basis. Requirements: show up with kindness and strengths-based leadership; be someone who sees value in every person and communicates respect and encouragement to people at all levels; exhibit a passionate investment in the well-being and success of staff and organization; nurture the gifts and growth of all and core members; approach work from an organizational perspective with an understanding of how individual actions can impact the whole; hold the complexity of the needs of an individual and the needs of the team; ensure that each core member has a voice in decision-making and planning for his/her own life; support the development of each core member’s capabilities; represent the mission, strategic plan and work plan of L’Arche in meetings, in the community and events where appropriate; good judgment to manage sensitive and confidential matters; high degree of personal integrity; strong self-awareness, cultural competency, emotional intelligence and humility; grounded and flexible with a high degree of integrity and transparency; ability to adapt as needed, self-manage, and prioritize between and manage multiple demands. The care coordinator is responsible to the community leader. Compensation based on experience and qualifications. Interested candidates, please submit a letter of interest, a current resume and references with contact information to: heartland@larcheks.org. Position open until filled. L’Arche Heartland house coordinator - Responsibilities of the house coordinator regarding quality of life for the core members are: to provide direct support in the house and actively participate in the sharing of daily home life; serve as an advocate and contact for core member parents and guardians for house-related needs and as liaison to the coordinator of professional services/ community life for other core member needs; cooperate with the coordinator of professional services to ensure that the medical, financial, safety and spiritual needs of each core member are fully met, and that all documentation is completed and submitted in a timely manner; schedules and facilitates weekly house meeting with core members to ensure everyone has opportunities to be meaningful members of the home; encourages and helps build a family atmosphere; supports household prayer life and spiritual growth by way of evening prayer, celebrations, observation of religious seasons and core member involvement in their local faith community. Key responsibilities regarding quality of life for assistants are: facilitating weekly team meeting and participating in regular formations and trainings to develop a relationship of trust and collaboration; serving as a liaison between assistants, coordinator of community life to ensure that the personal and spiritual needs of assistants are being met; preparing the home for guests or volunteer visits; and creating a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere in the home. Administrative responsibilities include: attending and actively participating in weekly leadership team meetings; ensuring that core member goal tracking, MARs and other required paperwork are being completed and sent to the coordinator of professional services; with the coordinator, ensuring that home and vehicles are maintained and that safety precautions are followed and documented; in cooperation with coordinator of professional services and the coordinator of community life, monitoring home environmental needs and coordinating repairs and purchases as needed with the approval of the community leader; ensuring that the household finances and spending are organized and in agreement with the designated budget. Share the mission of L’Arche by: working with other members of the leadership team to share and spread the mission of L’Arche to the Kansas City metro area; assist in the planning and facilitating of community nights, holiday gatherings, retreats, trips and fund-raisers; foster communication and sharing between Heartland and other L’Arche communities. Requirements for the job: embrace the mission and values of L’Arche; previous L’Arche or other community living experience preferred; maturity and commitment to one’s own personal and spiritual growth; experience with people with developmental disabilities strongly preferred. Interested candidates, please submit a letter of interest, a current resume and references with contact information to the L’Arche Heartland discernment/search team at: heartland@larcheks.org. Position open until filled.

0CTOBER 22, 2O21 | THELEAVEN.ORG Client Care Coordinator position - The Client Care Coordinator (CCC) reports to the owners and works in the office/showroom on a full-time basis, generally during the 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. office hours. The CCC greets showroom visitors; provides efficient, courteous, sales consultation and customer service; coordinates the dayto-day operations of the technicians and sales appointments for staff; and fields incoming calls. Additionally, the individual will assist owners and sales in projects, mailings and marketing. This role would be well suited to a person with a background in sales/service, caregiving or health care services. Requires basic computer skills and ability to learn a CRM system. Competitive hourly rate, bonus opportunities and benefit plan. Please send resume to Maria at: mkoch@kclift.com. L’Arche Heartland house assistant - L’Arche is an organization where people both with and without developmental disabilities choose to share life together to promote the dignity of every human person. L’Arche’s unique model of care seeks to offer more than a job; it’s an opportunity for personal transformation through relationships. L’Arche homes are regulated by he state of Kansas and are part of an international federation with written practices and guidelines based on 55 years of experience lived out in 37 countries around the world. The role of an assistant (direct support provider) is to share life with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other assistants in relationship of mutuality; to support the individuals in daily life activities; and to live fully the identity and mission of L’Arche in the context of an intentional faith community. This includes; assisting individuals with activities of daily living, including personal care and passing out medications; implementing support plans; documenting care given; and providing transportation. The job is full time; pay is $13.25 - $15 per hour. Benefits include: simple IRA; IRA matching; employer-paid dental insurance; employer-paid disability insurance; employee assistance program; employer-paid health insurance ; paid time off; and employer-paid vision insurance. Must have a driver’s license; have a high school diploma or equivalent; have one year of experience as a direct support provider of caregiving/direct patient care. Must embrace the mission and values of L’Arche: must be 18 or older; pass a background test and be eligible to work in the United States. Finally, must e dependable peopleoriented and adaptable/flexible. Interested candidates, submit a letter of interest, a current resume and references with contact information to the L’Arche Heartland discernment/search team at: Harmony@larcheks. org. Position open until filled. WE LOVE OUR TEACHERS - COME SEE WHY YOU WANT TO WORK HERE! - The Goddard School Olathe Northwest is looking for dynamic, energetic, professional teachers to add to our faculty. The Goddard School is a premiere preschool for children from 6 weeks to 6 years where children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in nurturing environments, lovingly guided by our highly skilled, professional teachers. Full- and part-time positions available. No experience? We will train the right person. Ask about our $600 hiring bonus. Janice Kennedy, owner. Email: olathe2ks@goddardschools. com or call (913) 768-4499. Part-time maintenance opening at Good Shepherd, Shawnee - Make a difference in our school and parish by providing midday janitorial/custodial cleaning, ensuring an attractive and sanitary facility. This is a parttime position, Monday - Friday, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. that will assist with the operation and maintenance of daily activities. If interested, contact Brad Roder at: broder@ gsshawnee.org or (913)-563-5304. Caregivers - Daughters & Company is looking for several compassionate caregivers to provide assistance to seniors in their home, assisted living or in a skilled nursing facility. We provide light housekeeping/light meal preparation, organizational assistance, care management and occasional transportation services for our clients. We need caregivers with reliable transportation and a cellphone for communication. A CNA background is helpful, though not mandatory. We typically employ on a part-time basis, but will strive to match up hours desired. Contact Gary or Laurie at (913) 341-2500 if you want to become part of an excellent caregiving team. Drivers and aides - Assisted Transportation is now hiring safe drivers and aides to transport students with special needs in Johnson, Wyandotte and Clay County, Missouri, in company vans. Drivers earn $14 - $16 per hour. Aides earn $12 per hour. Part-time and full-time schedules available. CDL not required. Retirees encouraged to apply. Make a difference in your community by helping those in need. Call (913) 521-4955 for more information. EEO Executive director - Hot Lunch Service, Inc. (dba St. Mary’s Food Kitchen) is seeking an executive director. The responsibilities include executing all day-to-day operations, including staffing, employee evaluations, budgeting, social media, equipment procurement and repair, and working with all coordinators whose groups provide the daily meals for our guests. Other key duties include fund-raising, marketing and community outreach. The executive director reports directly to the board of directors. This position will be a full-time salaried position with benefits. Requirements include: bachelor’s or higher degree in business, a related field or its equivalent; food service experience is preferred; 3-5 years’ demonstrated history of leadership skills; 5 or more years of nonprofit 501(c)3 management experience working with a board of directors; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing, verbally and through social media; solid organizational abilities such as planning, delegating and financial management. Interested candidates, please submit a current resume, letter of interest and references with contact information to: hotlunchserviceinc@gmail.com. >> Classifieds continue on page 13


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OCTOBER 22, 2021 | THELEAVEN.ORG >> Continued from page 12 Nursing faculty - A full-time nursing faculty position carries the primary responsibility of helping students to master subject material and skills that will contribute to their personal and intellectual development and success in the nursing program. This person works with the director of nursing to schedule coursework/activities that will help students to complete their goal of becoming health care professionals and to support the program. Must be able to pass a background check and complete Virtus training. Qualifications include: MSN or BSN with MSN in progress; unencumbered Kansas nursing license; committed to diversity and serving a diverse population; ability to communicate well and assist students in gaining practice and knowledge in the clinical situation; adult teaching experience preferred; excellent leadership and communication skills; experience with instructing technology-based courses; alternative teaching strategies preferred; demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge of use of electronic communication and audiovisual equipment; philosophically aligned with the mission and values of the college to engage and support our Catholic identity. Please email your cover letter, resume and transcripts to: hr@donnelly.edu with “Nursing instructor” in the subject line. Join the Santa Marta team - Santa Marta is recognized as a premier senior living community in Olathe. You will make a positive difference when you join the Santa Marta team. We are looking for part-time servers. Responsibilities include: serving meals to residents in a professional and hospitable manner in either independent living or health care neighborhoods; respectful interaction and communication with residents and co-workers is required; work with a team in a professional manner within dining and other departments; use proper food handling and cleaning techniques; setup and clean the dining rooms after each dining session. Part-time servers are normally scheduled for three to five shifts per week (evening from 4 - 8 p.m. and weekend breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts). Pay is $10 - $11 hourly rate depending upon relevant experience. Part-time associates earn paid time off for hours worked. Thank you for your interest in joining the Santa Marta team. Check out Santa Marta at: https://www. facebook.com/SantaMartaRetirement/. Advancement officer - Donnelly College is looking for a driven advancement officer to join the college’s advancement team. This exciting opportunity requires an individual who is attentive to details, works well with a diverse array of constituencies, enjoys meeting people, works well individually and as part of a team. Responsibilities include: serve as integral member of the advancement team with the primary goal of securing major gifts to support Donnelly’s mission and vision through new and existing donor prospects; manage the cultivation cycle leading to the successful solicitation and securing of major gifts for annual fund, capital projects, endowment, event sponsorships and planned gifts; manage (and help grow) a portfolio of major gift prospects (up to 125 in portfolio); develop and coordinate major gift prospect strategies with donor database analyst, annual fund coordinator, vice president of advancement and, when appropriate, the president of the college; schedule and hold individual meetings with prospects and donors to qualify interest and capacity; create individualized prospect engagement and stewardship plans for all constituents in your portfolio; recruit membership into the Jerome Society by securing annual gifts of $1,000 and above. Please email your cover letter, resume and transcripts to: hr@donnelly. edu with “Advancement officer” in the subject line. Nurse intake coordinator - The position of Allied Health intake coordinator is responsible for building relationships with area schools, health facilities and the community at large to recruit prospective students who are interested in the health field. The successful candidate will help students understand career paths within the health care industry, particularly those related to CNA, LPN and RN licenses and guide students along academic paths in these areas. This position works closely with the director of nursing in candidate selection for both the nursing and CNA programs. Qualified candidates should have an associate degree with health care-related experience required, bachelor’s degree preferred; maintain confidentiality of health care paperwork and sensitive information provided by students who apply for a seat in the Allied Health programs; understand nursing profession and Allied Health curriculum and experience advising students; be aware of the impact of cultural patterns on student retention and student learning; have the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, administrators, students, staff; proficient in Microsoft Office products; be detail-oriented; and be philosophically aligned with the mission and values of the college to engage and support our Catholic identity. Practicing Roman Catholic preferred. Please email your cover letter, resume and transcripts to: hr@donnelly.edu with “Nurse intake coordinator” in the subject line. Director of development and stewardship - St. John Church and School in Lawrence seeks a full-time director of development and stewardship. The director will develop and administer development plans to ensure the long-term viability of the church and school. The director will oversee all advancement activities necessary by building relationships with a broad range of parishioners, parents, alumni, volunteers and community members. Candidates with three to five years of fundraising experience and bilingual (English and Spanish) are preferred. Please see full job description and requirements at: www.sjevangelist.com. This position is eligible for an archdiocesan benefits package. Please send cover letter and resume to Father John Cousins at: frjohn@sjevangelist.com or mail to: 1229 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

Fifth grade teacher - St. Ann is seeking a 5th grade homeroom teacher for the 2021-22 school year. This teacher will be responsible for teaching 5th grade religion and 5th/6th grade social studies classes. Applicants should apply online through the archdiocesan website at: www.archkck.org/jobs and email principal Liz Minks at: lminks@stannpv.org.

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Can you sleep when the wind blows?

DAILY READINGS THIRTIETH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME Oct. 24 THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Jer 31: 7-9 Ps 126: 1-6 Heb 5: 1-6 Mk 10:46-52 Oct. 25 Monday Rom 8: 12-17 Ps 68: 2, 4, 6-7b, 20-21 Lk 13: 10-17 Oct. 26 Tuesday Rom 8: 18-25 Ps 126: 1b-6 Lk 13: 18-21 Oct. 27 Wednesday Rom 8: 26-30 Ps 13: 4-6 Lk 13: 22-30 Oct. 28 SIMON AND JUDE, APOSTLES Eph 2: 19-22 Ps 19: 2-5 Lk 6: 12-16 Oct. 29 Friday Rom 9: 1-5 Ps 147: 12-15, 19-20 Lk 14: 1-6 Oct. 30 Saturday Rom 11: 1-2a, 11-12, 25-29 Ps 94: 12-13a, 14-15, 17-18 Lk 14: 1, 7-11

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t’s been a sad couple of weeks. Hearing about the death of friends will do that. First, I was shocked to find out that Father Pete O’Sullivan had died. I got to know Pete when he spent summers at Most Pure Heart and Assumption parishes in Topeka where I was an associate. And The Leaven staff could always count on him dropping by our office whenever he had business at the church offices. He was gregarious and a hard worker. You can read Father Pete’s obituary on page 4. Another hard worker and priest friend was Msgr. Mike “Doc” Curran, of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who died on the same day as Father Pete. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because I mentioned him in last week’s column. He was a classmate from Rome and my first traveling companion through Europe. He had a sharp mind and a humble spirit. I next learned of the deaths of two women friends.

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

Lonnie Keller was a parishioner here in Tonganoxie and a former Catholic school and special-needs teacher in western Kansas. She and her husband Steve had celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in May, and she was one of the most hospitable, vibrant and pleasant people I’ve ever met. I learned of the second friend’s death on Facebook. Susie Stone was a longtime teacher at Most Pure Heart of Mary School and dearly loved and

respected. We shared an instant connection as we were both “Dottes,” having grown up in Wyandotte County and attended Catholic schools there. Her example and dedication inspired a number of her students to pursue teaching careers themselves. In reflecting on the lives of these four friends, I was drawn to this story: A young man answered a want ad for a farmhand. He told the owner about his previous work experience and then added, “And I can sleep when the wind blows.” Although this puzzled the farmer, he hired the boy because he needed the help. During the next few months, the hired hand

did everything asked of him, and the farmer was satisfied. One day, though, a severe thunderstorm blew up around two in the morning. The farmer got up, put on his rain gear and ran out to tie down whatever needed to be secured. First, he checked the barn. The doors were shut tight, shutters were closed and the animals were all properly tied in their stalls. Systematically, the farmer then checked the springhouse, the pump, storage shed, machinery and the trucks. Everything was secured. The farmer continued to run from place to place, convinced that something had to be loose, uncovered or rattling. However, everything was as it should be. The farmer then stuck his head into the bunkhouse to thank the hired hand, only to find him fast asleep. It was then that the farmer remembered that curious statement of the young man, “I can sleep when the wind blows.” He smiled, realizing that the hired hand

had done everything he was expected to do and could, indeed, sleep when the wind blew. (Story found in Brian Cavanaugh’s “Fresh Packet of Sower’s Seeds: Third Planting.”) I take great comfort when thinking of these four friends that they, too, could rest when the wind blew. Each, in his or her own way, lived a life of joyful service. They were a light and an inspiration to those who knew them. And being teachers, they might give us who still labor in the Lord’s vineyard the “homework” of praying these words from the late Father Ed Hays: “Lord, may the news of these deaths be for me a holy message of how not to waste my todays, how not to be unprepared for the arrival of death in my own life. May I best remember these friends by being grateful for life today and by loving you, my God, with all my heart, all my strength and all my mind.” Sleep in peace, my friends, your work is done.

How can we help others hear God and draw near to him?

D Simon and Jude first century Listed among the Twelve Apostles in the New Testament, Simon is “the Canaanite” to Matthew and Mark and “the Zealot” to Luke; Jude is “Thaddeus” to Matthew and Mark, “Judas of James” to Luke, and “Judas, not Iscariot” to John. After Pentecost, they disappear. However, according to Eastern tradition, Simon died peacefully in Edessa, while Western tradition has him evangelizing in Egypt, then teaming up with Jude, who had been in Mesopotamia, on a mission to Persia, where they were martyred on the same day. Simon is the patron saint of tanners and lumberjacks; Jude is the patron of desperate causes, possibly because early Christians would pray to him, with a name evoking Judas Iscariot, only when all else failed.

iscerning God’s will for our lives can begin with ourselves. We ask questions about what gifts God has given us, and this can lead us to see what he is calling us to do in service to him. Discernment can also work the other way around by asking: What is God doing in the world around us? If we can detect where he is at work, we may discover how he wants us to join in and work with him. Sunday’s first reading gives us an insight into what God is up to. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God told the people of Israel, who were scattered in

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KEVIN PERROTTA Perrotta is the editor and an author of the “Six Weeks with the Bible” series, teaches part time at Siena Heights University and leads Holy Land pilgrimages. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

various lands, that he was going to bring them back to their homeland:

“I will gather them from the ends of the earth,” he said. The prophecy has been and is being fulfilled in Jesus, God’s son, through whom God brings not only Israelites but everyone back home — not to a particular land but into his kingdom and family. Jesus came to “gather into one the dispersed children of God” (Jn 11:52). So that is what God

is doing in the world today. He is drawing people together by bringing them to himself in Jesus. Even in this world, short of the kingdom, it is good to be gathered together. It is consolation after tears and streams of water in a dry land, to use Jeremiah’s imagery. It must be admitted, however, that sometimes this divine activity is not easy to detect. Where I live, in Michigan, most parishes have been in numerical decline for years. Things look less like a gathering than a scattering. And inside the church, it seems less and less like we are gathered and more and more like we are divided over

issues political, theological, liturgical, even epidemiological. It takes faith to accept what Scripture assures us God is doing, to believe he is doing it. But that is always the case. It took faith for the Israelites to believe Jeremiah’s prophecy when he first gave it. With faith in God, we can ask him to share with us his desire to gather people together and to show us how we might cooperate with him. Then, he will open our eyes to see how to help people around us hear him drawing them to himself, and how we can help fellow believers find unity in him.

Church must respect other cultures, not impose itself VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christian freedom means respecting other cultures and traditions rather than finding ways to impose “one’s own model of life as though it were the most evolved and the most appealing,” Pope Francis said. “How many errors have been made in the history of evangelization by seeking to impose a single cultural model,” the pope said Oct. 13 during his weekly general

audience in the Paul VI audience hall. “At times, even violence was not spared to make a single point of view prevail. In this way, the church has been deprived of the richness of many local expressions that the cultural traditions of entire peoples bring with them. But this is the exact opposite of Christian freedom,” he said. The pope continued his series of talks on St. Paul’s Letter to the

Galatians by reflecting on the freedom from slavery to sin and death that comes from Christ’s death and resurrection. St. Paul’s assertion is that freedom, given to humanity through grace and love, is “the supreme and new law of Christian life,” which “opens us up to welcoming every people and culture, and at the same time opens every people and culture to a greater freedom,” Pope Francis said.


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Celebrate Respect Life Month by planning to march this January

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y kids are always making fun of me about being old and sitting in a chair. Seems like I fall asleep fast. Not that this happens to me all the time, just when I hold a grandbaby. We have eight now and all it takes is just that little one laying on my chest in a comfortable chair and I am out. Harvey, the gentleman who relieves me at 11 p.m. on Thursdays for his Holy Hour (his daughter just had twins) felt the same sentiment. There is something in a newborn baby that brings comfort to the world.

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RICK CHEEK Rick Cheek is the consultant for the office of evangelization and Catholic formation of youth.

October is known as Respect Life Month as well as the month of the rosary. There is so much we can do to

end abortion. First, start by praying the rosary daily for an end to this genocide. So much good and change have come from praying the rosary daily. It has and can soften the hardest of hearts. I heard this quote

a long time ago about change: “The only people who appreciate change are wet babies.” Therefore, if you can change someone’s heart through Our Blessed Mother, the pro-life movement would be more successful. Second, get involved with your local parish life chains. By doing this, you are witnessing to those who do not understand that abortion is inherently evil and has taken more lives than we can imagine. Right now, there are around 650,000 per year. We can change that. St. Francis of Assisi said, “Start by doing

what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” It starts with our witness to our faith and to this cause. Third, if you have a son or daughter in high school who is wanting to be part of something amazing on a national level, contact our office for information on next year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19-23. If you are over the age of 18 and are interested in the March for Life, Emily Lopez from the archdiocesan evangelization office and Deb Niesen from the pro-life office will

be taking a group of young adults this January. Contact Emily by email at: elopez@ archkck.org or Deb by email at: dniesen@ archkck.org. The theme for the March for Life this year is: “Together, We March for Life.” Bringing an end to abortion is not the work of a few people; it requires the universal church — all of us — to commit to changing the hearts of the whole world. Abortion is the most significant human rights abuse of our time. Will you stand and fight to protect and promote life?

Join us in honoring our school teachers at this year’s Gaudeamus

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o many people who attend a lot of galas, the Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus dinner stands out as one of the most unique and meaningful dinners in town. It includes powerful videos of children and families who have benefited from CEF scholarships and includes CEF-supported students who welcome and thank guests for their support. Gaudeamus has been rated by The Independent magazine as one of the top five events in the Kansas City area each of the past three years. The most recent ranking has it as No. 3 on the list. Gaudeamus (“Let us

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VINCENT ANCH Vince Anch is the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation.

rejoice”) is an evening of celebration but also serves as a powerful opportunity to share the CEF story and to raise funds for scholarships for children in need. “We are so excited to

chair this year’s Gaudeamus and look forward to seeing everyone in-person this year,” stated Stephanie Eilert who is chairing this year’s special dinner with husband Andy. “This event is a great investment in children and in our community. One hundred percent of students supported by CEF scholarships

graduated last year,” she added. “Every single dollar raised at Gaudeamus goes directly to student scholarships,” said Andy. CEF was not able to host its usual crowd of over 1,000 guests last year due to the restrictions of the pandemic. This adversely affected the evening’s fundraising. This year nearly 1,100 people have registered, so hopes are high that the fundraising will increase. Gaudeamus is a great investment indeed. Fundraising from Gaudeamus provides 80% of CEF’s traditional scholarships for the whole school year. Every donation made to Gaudeamus is also matched dollar-for-dollar which

makes this event so impactful. Last year, CEF provided $2.6 million in scholarships to over 1,500 students in the archdiocese. This year, demand for scholarships is at an all-time high. An additional 250 children are in need of financial assistance scholarships. CEF’s goal for Gaudeamus is to raise enough money to provide every single child with a scholarship and eliminate all waiting lists. Every year, CEF honors someone at Gaudeamus for their outstanding efforts in supporting Catholic education. Honorees are given the prestigious Michael & Patty Morrisey “Angels Among Us” award. This year, CEF is

honoring all the Catholic school teachers in the archdiocese. They are being honored for their courageous work in providing in-person learning to students throughout the pandemic. Their unselfish efforts of teaching and caring for our children have been heroic at the very least and why honoring them was a unanimous decision by the CEF board of directors. Gaudeamus will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Overland Park Convention Center. Individual tickets are available in limited amounts. Anyone interested in attending or making a donation that will be matched can visit CEF’s website at: www.cefks.org.

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Photos by Jay Soldner

With pastoral visits back on his calendar, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann spent the morning of Oct. 3 with the Korean Catholic Community, which meets in the old stone chapel of Holy Trinity Church in Lenexa. The visit included a meeting with community leaders about his five pastoral priorities, followed by Mass, confirmations and a reception.

Sang-Wook Cha, a member of the archdiocesan Korean Catholic Community, welcomes and makes a presentation to Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann during the archbishop’s visit to the community on Oct. 3.

Archbishop Naumann confirms Bohye Jang on Oct. 3 at Holy Trinity’s stone chapel in Lenexa, where the Korean Catholic Community meets. The archbishop confirmed five people that day.

From left, Diane Park and Freya Park, 5-year-old twins, reach out to their mother Jimin Kim Helen, who was one of five people being confirmed.

From left, Korean Community members Taeju Park and Sang-Wook Cha talk with Archbishop Naumann during a reception following the confirmation Mass.