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Archbishop elected head of U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee By Joe Bollig


ANSAS CITY, Kan. — Surprising several and delighting many, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas was chosen to lead the U.S. bishops’ conference Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The vote was taken Nov. 14 during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2017 fall general assembly in Baltimore. Archbishop Naumann became chairman-elect on a 96 to 82 vote over Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Archbishop Naumann succeeds Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. What many found surprising about this vote is that the chairmanship of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities has gone to a cardinal for many years. “I hope that I was elected because my brother bishops think I can make a contribution to our church’s pro-life efforts,” said Archbishop Naumann. “This week, as part of the centennial anniversary, Cardinal Parolin — the Vatican Secretary of State — acknowledged the distinguished efforts of the bishops of the United States in the protection of the sacredness of human life and the promotion of the dignity of the human person,” he continued. “I hope in some small way I can help continue and build upon that proud tradition.” Archbishop Naumann, already a member of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, brings years of front-line pro-life experience and deep pro-life roots. As a priest, Archbishop Naumann served from 1984 to 1995 as the archdiocesan pro-life coordinator in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Under his leadership, the Archdiocese of St. Louis established a Project Rachel ministry and the Lifeline Coalition. Later, he was one of the founding board members of the Vitae Society. Archbishop Naumann was appointed coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas in 2004 and was appointed archbishop in 2005. The motto on his episcopal coat of arms is “Vitae Victoria Erit,” or “Life Will Be Victorious.” Archbishop Naumann’s election drew an enthusiastic “thumbs up” from Allison Donohue, consultant in the


Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann prays the rosary in front of Planned Parenthood in Overland Park. The archbishop was elected chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee on Nov. 14 at the USCCB fall assembly in Baltimore. archdiocesan pro-life office. “I’m very excited and proud of the archbishop,” said Donohue. “It shows all the hard work he’s done all these years since he was ordained a priest. As an archbishop, he’s been very faithful and true to the church’s teachings on life. “It goes to show you how respected he is by all the other bishops.” Archbishop Naumann has been “a pro-life hero,” said Ron Kelsey, who was archdiocesan pro-life consultant from 2005 to 2016, when he retired. The archbishop has frequently led pro-life rosaries in front of local abortion clinics, celebrated pro-life Masses, attended the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January, helped found and supported a number of pregnancy clinics, helped establish Project Gabriel, continues as a strong supporter of Project Rachel, and has spoken at many fundraising dinners for pro-life organizations. As a member of the Kansas Catholic Conference, Archbishop Naumann was an advocate of pro-life legislation

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and has penned many editorials about a variety of life issues in his columns in The Leaven. The archbishop has never wavered from his strong pro-life teaching. “His firm stance of making sure the church takes a stand against abortion is a trait I hope many other church leaders aspire to,” said Reagan Barklage, western regional director of Students for Life of America. “I look forward to seeing what Archbishop Naumann accomplishes during his time in this role,” continued Barklage. Anne Carmichael of the Vitae Foundation called Archbishop Naumann “courageous” and “always out in front on the issue of life.” “He’s so profoundly faithful no matter what the cost,” said Carmichael. “This is such a critical time for the Catholic Church in America and so appropriate that it’s Archbishop Naumann leading the USCCB pro-life committee, and keeping the focus on abortion and euthanasia.” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, called Archbishop Nau-

mann “an outspoken pro-life leader in the public square.” “His election to the head of the USCCB’s pro-life efforts speaks to the importance of the bishop’s place in keeping the life issues at the forefront of our national dialogue,” she said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Archbishop Naumann will serve as a tremendous and powerful voice on behalf of the unborn and their mothers, the elderly and the medically dependent and disabled,” she added. When asked, Archbishop Naumann said it was too early for him to talk about his goals for the pro-life committee. He will serve as chair-elect for a year while Cardinal Dolan completes his term. “The pastoral plan for pro-life activities has four dimensions,” said Archbishop Naumann. “They are prayer, education, pastoral action and advocacy. “I hope that, during my time as chair, the committee will be able to strengthen our church’s efforts in all four areas.”





From left, Christine Fanty, Ray Graf, Joe Ezell and Jim Dyson prepare the food for Elijah’s Supper, a free community meal ministry of Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth. Elijah’s Supper ministry has served 21,627 meals since it began in 2013.

Leavenworth meal ministry says ‘God just provides’ By Joe Bollig


EAVENWORTH — No one had ever seen the man before. He quietly showed up like many others at Elijah’s Supper. Elijah’s Supper is a free community meal ministry of Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth. Meals are served from 4 to 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in Kinzsler Hall, in the basement of St. Joseph Church, the former school cafeteria. “A [volunteer] explained to him where to get his food and she told him to stop by the table when he left so he could take a meal home with him,” said Mitzi Frietchen, the chief organizer for Elijah’s Supper. He ate and came back to the volunteer, who gave him a meal to go. “Are you sure I’m not taking this away from anyone else who needs it?” he said. “No,” said the volunteer. “We have plenty of food tonight. You’re welcome to take it.” He turned away for a moment and then turned back. “You don’t know how much this helps me,” he said, with tears in his eyes. No, Mitzi and the other volunteers don’t know precisely how much they

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are helping people with Elijah’s Supper — but they do have a general idea. When the first Elijah’s Supper was held in February 2013, they served 104 meals. This past October, they served 608 meals — a record. In all, Elijah’s Supper ministry has served 21,627 meals since it began. The name of the ministry comes from a story in the Old Testament. In 1 Kings 17: 7-16, Elijah was instructed by God to be fed by a widow at Zarephath during a famine. She told the prophet that she had barely enough to make a little for herself and her son. Elijah told her to prepare him some food anyway, for “the jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry.” And they did not. Elijah, the widow and her son had something to eat day after day. For Mitzi and her husband Jerry Frietchen, who also volunteers, the same thing happens with Elijah’s Supper. They’ve never had to turn anyone away hungry. Two things make the meal ministry go: volunteers and donations. A core group of about 12 people, led by Mitzi, prepares the meals. Another group of volunteers helps serve the meals and bus tables. Most, but not all, volunteers are parishioners. Some aren’t even Catholic. Donations come in the form of food and money. Often, someone will simply be inspired to simply hand them money.

“We have never had to ask anyone for money since this started,” said Mitzi. “Some people give us a check every month. Others, when we go somewhere, will give us $20 or $50 and say, ‘Buy what you need for the meal.’” “We’ve never had to ask the parish for any money,” said Jerry. “We have farmers who’ve donated meat to us,” said Mitzi. “They’ll ask, ‘How much hamburger do you need?’ And I’ll tell them 100 pounds. And, sure enough, I get 100 pounds.” They still have to buy produce, so they clip a lot of coupons and scout out the sales. “God just provides,” said Mitzi Frietchen. “I’ve never had to worry about money. If we need it, it comes. It’s the same with volunteers. God just sends extra people.” A few things have changed over the years, however. More people are sitting down and staying to eat, for example. “Originally, most of the meals were carryouts,” said Jerry. “Now, more people are eating in. “I think this is probably the result of an increasing comfort level. Some people were reluctant to come at first, thinking we were going to cram religion down their throats.” Another change is that Elijah’s Supper is making more deliveries. Home deliveries are restricted to parishioners in order to keep this part of the ministry manageable.

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The ministry is also serving more families, although Mitzi doesn’t know why. Maybe, during the summer, it’s because they have air conditioning. She knows that some people come simply because they’re lonely. One of the beautiful aspects of the meal ministry is how the various churches in Leavenworth cooperate. The meal ministry began with Protestant churches, who showed Jerry and Mitzi how to run the ministry. Through the example of ImmaculateConception-St. Joseph, other Catholic parishes have also begun meal ministries. All the churches serve meals on different days in the month. This cooperation will again be extended to a big, free, community Thanksgiving dinner. “Each year at Thanksgiving, we partner with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to provide free Thanksgiving meals,” said Jerry. “This year, we estimate about 1,000 meals will be made [here].” The sit-down and carryout meals will be served at the Lutheran church, and the delivery meals will originate from St. Joseph Church. Last year, about 1,800 meals were made, and an additional 900 were delivered. “Our site has what seems like a gazillion volunteers,” said Jerry. “But somehow, through the intercession of the Holy Spirit,” he continued, “we manage to get it all done.”

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LOCAL NEWS Nuncie (DeMento) and Sal Mantia, m e m bers of Holy Spirit Parish, Overland Park, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 11. The couple was married at St. Joseph Church, Green Island, New York. Their children are: Mark Mantia, Gardner; and MaryEllen Gillespie, Roeland Park. They also have five grandchildren. They celebrated with family. Myron and Kathy (Prue) Hurla, members of Sacred Heart Parish, Paxico, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18. The couple was married on Nov. 18, 1967, at Sacred Heart Church, Paxico. Their children are: Rick Hurla, Myron Hurla, Kevin Hurla, James Hurla (deceased), Michelle Miller, Chris Hurla, Brenda Johnson, Yvonne Lawton and Shawn Hurla. They also have 38 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. They will celebrate with a family dinner and reception. James and Connie (Cutshaw) Gast, members of Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish, Wea, will ce l e b rate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 25. The couple was married at Queen of the Holy Rosary on Nov. 25, 1967. Their children are: Philip James Gast (deceased) and Tami Burke, Blue Springs, Missouri. They also have four grandchildren. They will celebrate with a quiet family dinner.

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Father John Pilcher, pastor, speaks briefly at the Nov. 5 groundbreaking ceremony for Mater Dei Parish’s new hall to be constructed near Holy Name Church, while Kayla Terrill, left, and Miranda Hillebert, right, hold a rendering of the new facility. Mark Burenheide, left, also spoke of the importance of providing for future generations. The groundbreaking marked the first in a three-phase $2.1 million fundraising effort.

Historic parish breaks ground on hall By Marc and Julie Anderson


OPEKA — It seems it’s that time of year again. Pick up any parish bulletin about this time and it probably contains a listing for a fall festival or parish bazaar. If not at the parish itself, the bulletin might list similar events scheduled in the region. Usually replete with a turkey dinner, silent auction, baked goods and carnival games, one Topeka parish’s usual annual autumn event added a unique twist this year. On Nov. 5, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass, Mater Dei Parish broke ground on a parish hall near its church. “It’s an exciting time,” said pastor Father John Pilcher. Near the end of Mass, Father Pilcher announced the parish had already passed what it termed its “celebration goal” of $700,000 and was up to $947,000 at that point. “We’re well on our way, and it’s because of your generosity,” Father Pilcher said. The celebration goal was the first of three set for the Sowing Seeds of Faith capital campaign, a $2.1 million fundraising effort conducted by the parish. After Mass, Father Pilcher was joined by hundreds of parishioners who processed from Holy Name Church to a site just west of the

church. Among them was parishioner Mark Burenheide, who spoke briefly about the importance of the campaign, while Mater Dei Grade School students Kayla Terrill and Miranda Hillebert held an architectural rendering of the parish hall. Father Pilcher then led those gathered in the Sowing Seeds of Faith campaign prayer, after which he blessed the site with holy water. Then, Father Pilcher was joined by representatives of the parish and finance councils, as well as capital campaign leaders and building committee members. Other honored guests — including Deacon Chris Seago, Gov. Sam Brownback, and City Councilwoman Karen Hiller — were invited to pick up shovels and don hard hats as they turned the first ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt. Formed in 2006 with the consolidation of Assumption Parish and Holy Name Parish, Mater Dei Parish maintains two churches, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located just across the street from the Kansas State Capitol, Assumption Church is considered the mother church of the city, as the parish was formed in the late 1860s with the cornerstone for the current church laid in the early 1920s. Holy Name Church was built in the early 1930s.



he St. Casimir Men’s Society will host its Annual Golumbki Dinner: Sunday, Nov. 19, in the St. Casimir Parish Hall at 719 Pennsylvania Ave., in Leavenworth. Dinner will be served from noon to 3 p.m. Takeout will be available beginning 11 a.m. Tickets cost only $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Come join your friends in Leavenworth for this traditional Polish feast. Meatloaf will also be served. AD COURTESY OF DOUG SCALARD, CFP®

As listed on campaign materials, each goal coincides with a different phase of the campaign. For example, the first phase includes the construction of a new parish hall and the removal of Assumption Church’s bell towers for repair. The second goal is known as the challenge goal and is set at $1.4 million. Reaching that goal will allow the parish to complete “necessary tuckpointing” on both churches. According to campaign materials, because both parishes are on the National Register of Historic Places, the capital needs projects are eligible to receive tax credits up to 25 percent of the project. The final phase of the project focuses on long-term goals and will begin when the parish reaches the $2.1 million mark. According to campaign materials, this phase will allow the bell towers to be replaced and will establish an endowment to “ensure the long-term viability of Assumption Church and Mater Dei Parish.” According to Father Pilcher, it’s the first time he has heard of the archdiocese allowing a parish to go beyond the archdiocesan community to establish an endowment. In doing so, it demonstrates a commitment to the parish and its importance to not only the Catholics of Topeka, but also to the entire community, he said.

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Dorothy (Hanway) Halling, members of St. Louis Parish, St. Louis, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception for family and friends at the Denton Community Center on Nov. 25. The couple was married on Nov. 23, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Church, St. Joseph, Missouri. Their children are: Tom Halling, Denton; Phil Halling, Lancaster; Mary Ann Massey, Denton; Laura Bell, Marion, Arkansas; and Angela Zepeda, El Dorado. They also have 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Theresa



and James Rethman, m e m bers of St. Patrick Church, Corning, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 19 at the 10 a.m. Mass. The family will have an open house from noon to 3 p.m. at the Corning Community Building. The couple was married Nov. 9, 1957, at St. Patrick Church, Coal Creek. They have a daughter, Nicole Bowers, and four grandchildren. Barbara

(Billings) and Larry Lawrence, members of Divine Mercy Parish, Gardner, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 14 with a dinner at their home with family. Their children are: Robert Lawrence, Columbia, Missouri; Susan Fleenor, Lenexa; and Janet Pamasa, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. They also have eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Mary and Dennis Miller, members of Immaculate Conception Parish, St. Marys, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 25. The couple was married on Nov. 25, 1967, at Immaculate Conception by Father Edward Thro. Their children are: Mark Miller, Doug Miller and Michael Miller. They also have nine grandchildren. They celebrated in June with family in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore delivers the homily at the Red Mass Oct. 3 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Religious liberty enshrined by founders

By Joe Bollig


ANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the legal professions at the annual Red Mass were urged not only to be competent stewards of law and justice, but also to be disciples who are striving to live out their baptismal calling. The Red Mass was celebrated on Nov. 3 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore was the main celebrant and homilist. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann concelebrated. The archbishops were joined at the altar by six priests and two deacons. Bishop James V. Johnston of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was unable to attend because he was on a Catholic Relief Services trip to India. With roots reaching back to medieval France, the Red Mass is a time of prayer for judges, politicians, attorneys and all others involved in the legal professions. Traditionally, the Red Mass was celebrated at the opening of the court’s term. Although the origin of the term “Red Mass” is obscure, it is thought to refer to the red robes of royal judges or the Holy Spirit. Today, the “red” is seen in the vestments of the celebrating clerics. The Red Mass was sponsored by the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, the Catholic Bar Association and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City.

Many of those at the Red Mass were attending the Catholic Bar Association general assembly, held Nov. 2 to 4 at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown. Joshua McCaig, president of the CBA and a shareholder of the Kansas City, Missouri-based law firm Polsinelli, organized the annual general assembly and Red Mass. In his homily, Archbishop Lori spoke about America’s Founding Fathers as being “flawed human beings with moral blind spots” but said there was “a providential quality about their formation and achievements.” “They came to embrace two convictions critical to a limited government that recognizes God-given rights, freedoms and responsibilities of its citizens,” said Archbishop Lori. The first conviction is that human nature, although flawed, is rational and open to moral reasoning and truth — not of the relativist variety — and was not dependent on any particular religious denomination. The second conviction is that religion, with its stress on morality and virtue, is good for human nature and society in general. As George Washington expressed it, there is an “indissoluble union between virtue and happiness.” The Founders were realists about human nature and the quest for power, so they established a system that required the consent of the governed. And yet, they knew that self-government would require moral self-government, said the archbishop. “None of the Founding Fathers mistook this freedom for licentious-

ness,” said Archbishop Lori. “Rather, they opened the way for a society in which institutions such as families, schools and churches would form citizens in those moral and civic virtues that would equip them for the responsibilities that come with limited self-government.” The Founders realized that if moral and civic virtues failed, and human passions were given free rein, the great experiment of self-government would be endangered. “I believe it was for this reason that the Founders valued religious freedom and came to enshrine it in the First Amendment [of the U.S. Constitution],” said the archbishop. “The Founders did not seek to marginalize religious faith, nor did they merely seek to neutralize religious disputes in society.” Rather, he continued, they wanted to give churches the freedom to engage in forming the character of citizens for the sake of human dignity and the common good. Archbishop Lori blessed and thanked the members of the legal professions for their “heroic labors and witness” and called upon them to model their lives on the Christ of the beatitudes. “For you are not only officers of the court, but also agents of moral formation — for yourselves, your families, your colleagues and for the wider society,” said Archbishop Lori. There was a social at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown following the Red Mass.





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Past and present officers of the Ladies’ Guild at St. Joseph Church, Shawnee, were recognized at a luncheon celebration of the Altar Society/Ladies’ Guild 125th anniversary held Nov. 5 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Shawnee. The Altar Society was organized in 1892 and renamed Ladies’ Guild in 1988. Also recognized at the event were Mildred Rieke, who at the age of 100, is the oldest living former president of the Guild, and Margarita Stetson, 98, the next oldest member. Emily Lopez, lead consultant for the archdiocesan office of evangelization, was the guest speaker, giving a talk on “Serving With a Joyful Heart.” Pictured are: (back row, from left) Jackie Cortright, Barbara Carney, Carolyn Baldwin, Pat Young, Marianne Glavinich, Carol Schemmel and Linda Bosilevac; (middle row) Virginia Wiedel, Doris Schnieders, Ann Lavery, Ella Smith, Dianna Burke and Mary Spruk; (front row) Kathy Riggs, Mary Jo Pflumm, Betty Calcara and Linda Oneslager.

Organizations hope to get a boost from #iGiveCatholic >> Continued from page 1 and upgrades to the heating system,” she said. “Thank you for your prayers and generosity.” For years now, the days after Thanksgiving have become known for Black Friday (the first really big Christmas shopping day) and Cyber Monday (the first really big online Christmas shopping day). A new day, in response to the frenzied commercialization of the aforementioned two, joined those in 2012: Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28 this year. The new #iGiveCatholic is a spin-off of Giving Tuesday. “It’s an online, 24-hour, crowdfunded campaign where donors will visit the website to make a minimum donation of $25 through a debit or credit card,” said Kathryn Robards, communications and administrative assistant for the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas. “It will start at 12:01 a.m. and end at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 28,” she said. The very first #iGiveCatholic was only two years ago in 2015 in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The archdiocese had hoped to raise $500,000; they raised $1.3 million for various archdiocesan programs and agencies instead. Seven dioceses participated in

#iGiveCatholic last year, and in this — its third year — 17 dioceses are participating. Since this is the first year for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, organizers have not set a specific goal, but the overall goal of the 17 dioceses is $3.5 million. Here’s how it works. Go online to: On the right-hand side of the home page you will see a list of dioceses. Click on “Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.” This will take you to another page with the logos of the 45 or so participating archdiocesan parishes, ministries or institutions, where you can click on the logo of your choice. This will take you to a page with information about the entity and its needs. “There will be a donor form in their profile page, and that’s how you’ll create your transaction,” said Robards. “You’ll know exactly that you’re donating $25 [or more] to this specific parish or ministry or so on. “In terms of the money being collected at the end for the organizations, the iGiveCatholic team collects all the money on their end and they will distribute a lump-sum check to all of the participating dioceses, and each diocese will distribute monies to each

Organizations participating in #iGiveCatholic Digital Media Center Archdiocesan Deaf Ministry Archdiocesan Special-Needs Ministry Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, Kansas Caritas Clinics, Kansas City, Kansas Catholic Education Foundation Christ’s Peace House of Prayer, Easton Church of the Ascension, Overland Park Church of the Holy Cross, Overland Park Didde Catholic Campus Center, Emporia Divine Mercy Parish, Gardner Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kansas Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee Hayden High School, Topeka Holy Family Parish, Eudora Holy Name School, Kansas City, Kansas Holy Spirit Parish, Overland Park Holy Trinity, Lenexa Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish, Leavenworth Joyful Marriage Project, Kansas City, Kansas Mater Dei Parish, Topeka

participating organization according to what they raised.” During the 24-hour campaign, donors can go to the website and access the running totals at the top of the home page by clicking on “leaderboards.” You can also find a specific organi-

Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish, Topeka Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison Prairie Star Ranch, Williamsburg Prince of Peace School, Olathe Prince of Peace Early Education Center, Olathe Prince of Peace Parish, Olathe Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish, Overland Park Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee Sacred Heart Parish and School, Ottawa St. Agnes Parish, Roeland Park St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, Kansas St. Ann Parish, Hiawatha St. Benedict School, Atchison St. Benedict Parish, Atchison St. Boniface Parish, Garnett St. Gregory School, Marysville St. James Academy, Lenexa St. John Paul II Parish, Olathe St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, Lawrence St. Leo Parish, Horton St. Pius X Parish, Mission St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School, Garnett Villa St. Francis Catholic Care Center, Olathe Xavier Catholic School, Leavenworth

zation by going to the “search” box at the upper right of the home page and typing in its name. Can’t wait until Nov. 28 to give? That’s OK. Advance giving can be done from Nov. 10 to 26 on the iGiveCatholic website.

Quarterback leads Miege football team to elite status >> Continued from page 16 junior season. He threw for 3,264 yards, 50 touchdowns, and Miege won its third straight Class 4A state championship. He was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas.

Faith and family Whenever he takes the field, Putz has a constant reminder of his strong family ties in the form of a cross he wears around his neck during games. “My grandmother gave it to me for my confirmation,” he said. “She had it blessed by a priest at Notre Dame. I’m

reminded of my faith and family because it’s from her.” On game days, after the team prayer, Putz will kiss the cross and then tuck it under his pads before going out on the gridiron. Family means the world to Putz. He has two younger brothers that he adores. His brother Jude is a freshman at Miege, while his youngest brother Rowan is a seventh-grader at St. Thomas More School. To hear him tell it, in six years, everyone will be referring to Carter Putz as the worst athlete of the Putz brothers. Jude is a wide receiver at Miege and Rowan plays linebacker and running back for his youth team.

“I believe they can be better than I am. They’re going to be great football players,” Putz said. “I love watching them play because they find a lot of joy in playing sports.”

The final act As the Kansas state high school playoffs start, Miege is the heavy favorite to win a fourth straight state championship. Miege is widely considered the best football team in the state. Holmes gives Putz a lot of that credit. “He’s obviously that face of the program being the quarterback and a three-year starter,” Holmes said. “This is the most successful run we’ve had

in the history of our program, and he’s been the one guy that been the constant that whole time.” Next year, Putz will take his talent to the University of Notre Dame — but not for football. Putz is also a standout second baseman on the Miege baseball team. He’s been a starter since he was a freshman and has parlayed that talent into a baseball scholarship. Yet, he still calls football his first love. “It will be hard for me to give up football after this year,” Putz said. “I know that I’m going to have that urge to play.” Few have played it better in the state of Kansas.

Accountability: To you and to our mission


Dear Friends,

what we say in words, but more by what we communicate with our actions. MAKING DISCIPLES Jesus commissioned his FOR JESUS disciples to go and make disciples. In other words, they This Sunday’s Gospel is were to announce the joy of a parable filled with great the Gospel revealed to them wisdom. Through this paraby God through his son, Jesus ble, Jesus makes clear that Christ. We might be tempted in receiving God’s gifts, we to think that the mission to also accept some responsimake disciples only applied bilities. Indeed, God expects to the apostles and the early us to use our talents, skills church. and material blessings in We should be edified and ways that give honor to the encouraged by the example One who is the source of all of those early disciples, who of these gifts. succeeded in a relatively Essentially, God bestows short time to transform us with many gifts an unbelieving world and we, in turn, with the truth and use these gifts to beauty of the give him glory. Gospel. They did In the very this at a time next verses in when there St. Matthew’s were no autoGospel, Jesus mobiles or airteaches us that planes and none the best way we of the tools for mass please and honor communication By Archbishop God is by helping that are available our fellow human Joseph F. Naumann to us today. beings who are sufThose first disfering in some way. ciples spread the Gospel of When we use our gifts in Jesus through personal reways that please and honor lationships and face-to-face God, he blesses us even more interactions. They did this and thus provides us with without advertising cameven greater opportunities paigns and modern techand responsibilities to care niques for marketing and for others who are in need. branding. They did it by sharIn my experience, it is imposing the incredible story of sible to outdo the generosity the dying and rising of Jesus of God. Christ. They convinced the The world offers us many world of their time by witopportunities to experience nessing to the joy that the intense pleasures that, in the risen Jesus had brought to end, leave us empty and cravtheir lives. ing for more. When we honor Statistically, Christianity God by caring for others, we is the largest religious group experience a deep and enin the world, numbering during joy and help make the about 2.3 billion. Almost half world a better place. (approximately 1 billion) of At the conclusion of the all Christians are Catholics. Mass each week, we are This is the fruit of the zeal sent on mission to proclaim and passion with which our the Gospel (good news) to spiritual ancestors lived their others — not so much by Catholic faith. Our culture and society appear to be changing at a dramatic pace. In our nation today, the fastest growing demographic pertaining to religious affiliation is the socalled “nones” — those who do not identify as part of any organized religion. Even in northeast Kansas, in our cities and towns, there are an increasing number of

individuals who do not know Jesus Christ. Many of our neighbors and co-workers, members of our families and our friends, may know something about the historical figure of Jesus, but they do not know him as both friend and savior. In recent years, the opinion of many Americans on how to experience authentic happiness and find true joy has changed. The shared belief of previous generations that the purpose and meaning of life was striving to do God’s will by loving your family and friends, by helping those in need and by striving to live a virtuous life has been replaced for many with a combination of self-centered goals that include a combination of career advancement, the acquisition of more and more material things and the enjoyment of creature comforts. Though Americans enjoy the highest standard of living of any society in the history of the world and have almost an unlimited amount of entertainment options at our fingertips, we have record numbers of people struggling with depression, boredom and loneliness. As Catholics, we have a duty to show by our example the true path to abundant life in this world and everlasting happiness in the world to come. The very fact that you are reading this article means there is a high probability that you not only know Jesus but are working on deepening your friendship with him. All of us enjoy and treasure the gift of our Catholic faith, because someone shared it with us — perhaps a parent, a spouse, a friend, a co-worker or neighbor. Each of us who have this pearl of great price, the gift of friendship with Jesus and fellowship in his church, have a responsibility to share this gift with others. We dare not bury our gift and keep it to ourselves. We do not have to be an expert in the Scriptures or have the Catechism of the Catholic Church memorized to have a meaningful conversation with someone else about the gift of our Catholic

faith and the reason for our hope in Jesus. Every member of the church is called to do our best to share with others the joy of the Gospel. If you had vital information that could save the life of another person, would you hesitate to communicate this life-saving info? If you have played a role in saving the physical life of another person, you appreciate firsthand the incredible joy that comes from having the privilege of making such a difference in another human being’s life. We have vital information that many people desperately need — not just to buy a few more years in this world, but to enjoy everlasting life with Jesus and his saints. Evangelization is simply sharing with others the love revealed by God when he took on our human flesh and gave his life for us on Calvary. God so loved us that he gave us the inspired books of the Bible, which some have cleverly dubbed to be an acronym of Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Jesus founded the church upon Peter and the other apostles and promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against it. It remains after 2,000 years because of the presence of the Holy Spirit and the heroism of the saints who have gone before us. It is both our privilege and responsibility to continue today the mission of the church to bring Jesus to others and to bring others to Jesus Christ.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS You may wonder how this letter relates to our annual financial report. Our finances are and must be at the service of our mission. The church is not in the business of erecting buildings, operating schools, administering skilled nursing facilities, running a youth camp, etc., to make a profit. Our mission is not to build equity or expand our investment portfolio for its own sake. Everything in which we are engaged is at the service of our mission. What is the

mission? Expressed very succinctly, it is: to grow as disciples of Jesus and to make disciples for Jesus. This must be the prism through which we evaluate the allocation and use of our material resources. As Catholics, we also have the greatest respect for the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person. Our conviction for the dignity of the human person flows from our belief that every human being is created in the image of God and every human person is of such worth in God’s eyes that Jesus gave his life on Calvary for each of us, no matter race, gender, ethnic background or intelligence quotient. The reality is that it takes a lot of organizational infrastructure to support our parishes, where the Gospel of Jesus is preached, the sacraments are administered and disciples of Jesus are formed. Pooling and sharing our resources makes our parishes more cost-effective in executing our common mission than if every parish operated independently. The unnecessary duplication of administrative infrastructure would be poor stewardship, because it makes fewer resources available to advance our mission. Our unity as a Catholic community allows us to be able to do more for less than if every parish operated as a completely autonomous entity. We see this locally by what ministries like Catholic Charities or the Catholic Education Foundation or Call to Share are able to accomplish in our region. On a national and international level, we see this economy of scale once again by our worldwide mission efforts, Catholic Relief Services bringing Continued on next page

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disaster relief all over the globe, the care for retired religious etc. I believe in financial transparency. Each year, we attempt to present the financial picture of the archdiocese in great detail as well as the comparative results from the previous year. There is nothing the church possesses that is not the fruit of a sacrificial gift by one of its members. I take seriously our obligation to work to gain the maximum impact for our mission from every dollar donated. Overall, our financial position remains strong. You will notice that for the past two years we have had expenses exceed revenues. In large part, this is due to planned spending of income recognized in previous years, such as distributions from the Private Appeal for Catholic High Schools or enhancements to the administration of our health care plan, in part necessitated by the Affordable Care Act. Some were not planned, such as expenses related to the closure of Immaculata High School in Leavenworth. Fortunately, because of prudent financial management over the long term, we have adequate reserves to absorb the occasional unanticipated event. Another aspect of good stewardship is looking forward and addressing large capital and pastoral needs that cannot be funded through the normal operating budget. The archdiocese is currently studying the possibility of an all-parish capital campaign that would significantly benefit parishes, fund fully our priest retirement plan, build an independent living retirement residence for priests, create an endowment to help cover the cost for the formation of seminarians, make the necessary capital investment into Villa St. Francis — our skilled nursing facility — demolish or repurpose buildings necessitated by the past consolidation of parishes in some areas of the archdiocese, make Savior Pastoral Center handicap accessible, etc. By the end of 2017, I plan to make a decision on whether or not to conduct a campaign, as well as determine the precise scope of the campaign.

CONCLUSION The parable of the talents illustrates God’s expectations that we use wisely the gifts he has entrusted to us as a church and individuals. It also makes clear the worst thing we can do in God’s eyes is to bury his gifts. Jesus reminds us that the ultimate financial report we will have to provide is to the Lord. Gratefully yours in Jesus, the Lord of Life,

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

ARCHDIOCESE OF KANSAS CITY IN KANSAS OPERATING EXPENSES CONVERSION At the heart of the church’s ministry is facilitating for its members an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. Central to what it means to be Catholic is the development of a frendship with Jesus through prayer and reflection.

EVANGELIZATION The commission that Jesus gave to the church was to go and make disciples of all nations, The church can never be content with itself as it is currently constituted. We must always be guided by a missionary impulse to share the gift of our faith with others.

EDUCATION An essential component of the church’s ministry is the education of the next generation of disciples, as well as the continuing formation of all its members.

Fees/other income Archbishop’s Call to Share Assessments Cathedraticum/Investment Income 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 Vicar for Clergy and Clergy Support Programs 660,601 768,746 Savior Pastoral Center 707,397 820,308 50,000 146,000 250,000 260,000 122,074 (32,228) Christ Peace House of Prayer 50,000 60,000 Totus Tuus 9,000 7,500 8,661 Liturgy and Sacramental Life (770) 870 159,070 166,448 Office of Hispanic Ministry 16,133 10,900 350,082 379,214 Emporia-Hispanic Ministry 20,000 25,000 Campus Ministry: Donnelly College KCK 45,000 45,000 St. Lawrence Center-KU Lawrence 130,000 130,000 Didde Center-Emporia 79,000 84,000 Catholic Center-Washburn Topeka 76,000 76,000 Catholic Center-Haskell Lawrence 15,000 10,000 56,000 61,000 Other 35,683 40,178 10,000 30,650 34,307 5,000 Total Conversion









Evang. & Catholic Formation-Youth, Ranch & Camps 1,410,287 1,481,224 398,084 401,247 Rural Youth Outreach Programs 7,950 25,864 117,810 149,892 Urban Youth Outreach Programs 10,668 9,819 103,702 127,683 Urban Youth Outreach Capital Needs 50,000 50,000 Evangelization 4,375 3,405 205,744 225,540 Digital Resource Center 10,132 49,827 66,929 44,887 Propagation of the Faith 3,573 6,906 Native American Evangelization Fund 3,600 3,600 Other 28,621 31,587 40,000 1,000 1,200 Total Evangelization









Safe Environment 148 114 233,248 287,005 Leaven Newspaper 1,124,417 1,078,713 Archdiocesan Education Office 355,700 367,850 117,659 209,201 Perfect Wings Program 9,748 12,640 77,316 80,771 Children’s Catechesis 59,331 Vocations 56,176 45,034 139,498 143,854 Seminarians 1,079,395 1,172,666 Permanent Diaconate Office and Program 9,954 8,047 271,284 287,675 Continuing Education for Priests 236,422 102,364 Marriage and Family Life 62,401 48,107 271,287 277,754 Communications 25,000 13,000 75,000 75,000 49,738 43,534 School of Faith - Grant 277,000 327,000 High School Tuition Assistance 225,000 225,000 Catholic Education Foundation 270,000 300,000 Bishop Ward Operations Assistance 125,000 125,000 Ward H.S. Capital Improvements 100,000 100,000 Donnelly College Scholarships 200,000 200,000 Donnelly College Capital Needs 200,000 200,000 Elizabeth Ann Seton Tuition Assistance 451,001 416,118 Other 32,177 247,205 15,000 47,777 40,336 Total Education









in Need OUTREACH: Serving Those The church is called to make the love of Jesus real and tangible in the world today, especially to the poor, the vulnerable and those on the peripheries.

STEWARDSHIP Catholic spirituality begins with profound gratitude resulting from the realization that everything, including life itself, is God’s gift. Thus, the question for every Christian is: What is God calling me to do with all that he has entrusted to me?

Archdiocesan Tribunal 17,420 18,530 257,592 254,695 My House Initiative 12,249 16,327 91,926 94,004 Social Justice 87,100 95,697 Special Needs 3,699 13,976 99,874 172,129 Pro Life 20,070 28,112 198,412 182,882 Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas 80,000 400,000 450,000 526,543 500,631 Villa St. Francis-Geriatric Assistance 200,000 100,000 190,000 170,000 El Centro - Kansas City 40,000 40,000 El Centro-Topeka 40,000 40,000 Other 98,841 72,073 25,040 1,750 84,100 101,500

Total Outreach 352,279 329,018 1,172,351 1,246,462 526,543 500,631 341,692 356,195 Stewardship/Development & Other Appeals 125,255 78,118 265,000 311,499 34,233 360,200 358,306 Private Appeal Distributions 2,281,018 1,638,271 Cor Christi Grants and fees 502,941 757,382 School/Parish Emergency Fund 92,875 81,564 Urban Core Operations Support 335,198 241,498 Urban Core Capital Support 100,000 100,000 Priest Retirement Fund 150,000 195,000 480,000 595,000 Mission Strategy 42 105,982 111,866 Archives 16,968 16,513 Finance 271,951 276,318 Human Resources 275,003 198,577 263,282 271,253 Accounting 148,558 59,552 353,212 478,523 Financial and Controls Auditor 107,020 107,514 Real Estate/Construction 10 330 161,635 147,497 Other Property Expenses 55,801 44,211 22,281 Depreciation of physical assets 621,244 625,540 Other 16,996 52,813 630,157 Total Stewardship






629,233 2,336,588 3,023,487

Total Pastoral Priorities






3,908,585 3,827,024 4,493,275

ARCHDIOCESAN ADMINISTRATION Archbishop Office and Home 600 8,171 302,189 317,637 Archbishop Emeritus Office and Home 91,482 91,907 Administrative Services (Chancellor/VG, IT, etc) 15,126 280,004 273,977 Chancery 310,129 335,247 General Expenses of the Archdiocese 11,078 21,938 203,071 158,206 USCCB, KS Catholic Conference & Legal 420,515 495,665 Deposit and Loan 501,608 882,271 Property and Liability Insurance 428,851 1,275,595 Health and Dental Claims 20,772,188 23,666,875 Other 79,255 25,589 4,464 4,405 Total Administration

$22,103,710 $26,230,812


$29,769,345 $33,656,911




$- $1,301,724 $1,341,796

$5,686,477 $6,230,851 $3,794,873 $3,908,585 $5,128,749 $5,835,072

FOR 2016 AND 2017

Actual Actual Revenues Revenues Year Ended Year Ended 2016 2017 $ % 2016 2017 $660,601 $768,746 1 $108,144 16% Archdiocesan Assessments and Collections 7,379,823 33.1% 7,117,778 29.3% 1,129,471 1,194,080 64,609 6% Archbishop’s Call To Share Annual Appeal 6,115,286 27.4% 6,381,447 26.3% 50,000 60,000 10,000 20% Fees Generated by Offices and Other 6,338,393 28.4% 7,031,755 28.9% 7,500 17,661 10,161 135% Net Investment Income 1,118,386 5.0% 3,178,680 13.1% 158,300 167,318 9,018 6% Bequests and Contributions 772,017 3.5% 573,185 2.4% 366,216 390,114 23,898 7% Private Appeal 568,523 2.6% 27,309 0.1% 20,000 25,000 5,000 25% Total


Year over year change

45,000 130,000 79,000 76,000 71,000 79,990

45,000 130,000 84,000 76,000 71,000 75,828

5,000 (4,162)

0% 0% 6% 0% 0% -5%





1,808,371 125,760 114,370 50,000 210,119 77,061 3,573 3,600 29,621

$1,882,471 175,756 137,502 50,000 228,944 94,714 6,906 3,600 72,787

$74,100 49,996 23,132

4% 40% 20%

18,825 17,652 3,333

9% 23% 93% 0% 146%





$233,396 1,124,417 473,359 87,064 195,674 1,079,395 281,238 236,422 333,688 149,738 277,000 225,000 270,000 125,000 100,000 200,000 200,000 451,001 94,954

$287,118 1,078,713 577,051 2 93,411 59,331 188,888 1,172,666 295,722 102,364 3 325,861 131,534 327,000 225,000 300,000 125,000 100,000 200,000 200,000 416,118 287,541 4

$53,722 (45,704) 103,693 6,347 59,331 (6,786) 93,271 14,484 (134,058) (7,827) (18,204) 50,000 30,000 (34,883) 192,587

23% -4% 22% 7% -3% 9% 5% -57% -2% -12% 18% 0% 11% 0% 0% 0% 0% -8% 203%






$22,292,428 100%

Not included in pie chart:Health and Dental Insurance Premiums



$23,607,255 100%

Not included in pie chart: Health and Dental Insurance Claims






$302,789 91,482 280,004 310,129 214,149 420,515 501,608 428,851 20,772,188 83,719

$325,807 91,907 289,103 335,247 180,144 495,665 882,271 11 1,275,595 23,666,875 12 29,994

$23,019 425 9,099 25,118 (34,005) 75,150 380,663

8% 0% 3% 8% -16% 18% 76%

2,894,687 (53,725)

14% -64%

















National Collections: Propagation of the Faith $596,142 Black and Indian Missions $54,777 Church in Latin America $53,542 American Bishops’ Overseas Appeal $77,488 Operation Rice Bowl $68,528 ¹ Holy Land $199,854 2 Peter’s Pence $68,423 Catholic Campaign for Human Development $42,256 1 Catholic Communication Campaign $21,863 1 Aid to Church in Central and Eastern Europe $57,125 Retirement Fund for Religious $122,621 Catholic Home Mission Appeal $44,892 Catholic University of America $42,065 Military Archdiocese $58,443 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception $19,075 Archdiocesan Special Collections: Easter Collection- Priesthood Present and Future Christmas Collection - Catholic Charities Special Emergency Collections: Disaster Relief - 2016 Louisiana Flood Disaster Relief - 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Disaster Relief - 2016 Hurricane Matthew

Assistance Provided to Schools by Cor Christi Fund


1,870,001 494,100 97,605 25,409 28,016 $4,042,225

Program Services Provided by Catholic Charities of NE Kansas $24,220,143 Tuition Assistance Provided by Catholic Education Foundation $2,017,793



s 1 Archdiocese remits 75% of Operation Rice Bowl, 75% of Catholic Campaign for Human Development and 50% of Catholic Communication Campaign. The amounts retained in the archdiocese are used to fund archdiocesan programs. 2 Transferred $105,929 from 2016 and $93,925 from 2017.




Actual Actual Expenses Expenses Year Ended Year Ended 2016 2017 Conversion 2,873,078 12.2% 3,104,746 12.0% Evangelization 2,422,475 10.3% 2,652,679 10.2% Education 6,137,344 26.0% 6,493,319 25.0% Outreach: Serving those in need 2,392,865 10.1% 2,432,306 9.4% Stewardship 7,148,246 30.3% 7,375,760 28.4% Administrative 2,633,246 11.2% 3,905,733 15.0%

$750,455 $782,156 $31,701 4% 2,281,018 1,638,271 7 (642,747) -28% 502,941 757,382 8 254,441 51% 92,875 81,564 (11,311) -12% 335,198 241,498 (93,700) -28% 100,000 100,000 0% 630,000 790,000 9 160,000 25% 105,982 111,908 5,926 6% 16,968 16,513 (455) -3% 271,951 276,318 4,367 2% 538,285 469,830 (68,455) -13% 501,770 538,075 36,306 7% 107,020 107,514 494 0% 161,645 147,827 (13,817) -9% 78,082 44,211 (33,871) -43% 621,244 625,540 4,296 1% 52,813 647,153 10 594,340 1125% $7,375,760







$275,012 $273,225 $(1,786) -1% 104,176 110,331 6,155 6% 87,100 95,697 8,597 10% 103,573 186,105 82,532 80% 218,481 210,994 (7,488) -3% 926,543 1,030,631 5 104,088 11% 390,000 270,000 6 (120,000) -31% 40,000 40,000 0% 40,000 40,000 0% 207,980 175,323 (32,657) -16% $2,392,865



Notes 1. Increase in Leave of Absence for priests. 2. Increase in personnel and benefits to aid struggling schools. 3. Completion of Canon Law studies by one priest. 4. Closure of Immaculata High School. 5. Contribution of Rice Bowl funds to fund immigration aid. 6. Reduction in pass-through gifts from Santa Marta to Villa St. Francis. 7. Private Appeal distributions will continue to decrease as the campaign draws to a close. 8. Made a 2-year $200,000 pledge that has to be recorded as expense in the year pledged even though it is paid out over 2 years 9. Increase funding is due to actuarial determined amounts needed. 10. Contribution of land to St. John Paul II parish. 11. Increase represents the write-off of debt for Leavenworth Regional Catholic Schools as a result of the closure of Immaculata High School. 12. Higher than normal claims experience ($2M) plus implementation costs of new administration systems.





Couples need help forming, following their consciences, pope says By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service


ATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marriage and family life are blessings for individuals and for society, but both are filled with difficult choices that Catholic couples must be helped to face prayerfully and in the light of their consciences, Pope Francis said. Unfortunately, too many people today confuse a rightly formed conscience with personal preferences dominated by selfishness, the pope said in a video message to an Italian meeting on “Amoris Laetitia,” his exhortation on the family. “The contemporary world risks confusing the primacy of conscience, which is always to be respected, with the exclusive autonomy of the individual” even when the individual’s decisions impact his or her marriage and family life, the pope said. Repeating a remark he had made to the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis said, “There are those who even speak of ‘egolatry,’ that is, the true worship of the ego on whose altar everything, including the dearest affections, are sacrificed.” Confusing conscience with selfishness “is not harmless,” the pope said. “This is a ‘pollution’ that corrodes souls and confounds minds and hearts, producing false illusions.” The conference sponsored by the Italian bishops’ conference was focused on “conscience and norm” in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation. Diagnosing problems in the church’s outreach to married couples and families, Pope Francis had written, “We have long thought that simply by stressing doctrinal, bioethical and moral issues, without encouraging openness to grace, we were providing sufficient support to families, strengthening the marriage bond and giving meaning to marital life.” “We also find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful, who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations, and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations,” he


In this 2014 file photo, newly married couples join hands to pray the Lord’s Prayer during a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The Catholic Church must strengthen its programs “to respond to the desire for family that emerges in the soul of the young generations” and to help couples once they are married, Pope Francis said Nov. 11 in Rome. wrote in “Amoris Laetitia.” “We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them.” In his message to the meeting Nov. 11 in Rome, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must strengthen its programs “to respond to the desire for family that emerges in the soul of the young generations” and to help couples once they are married. “Love between a man and a woman is obviously among the most generative human experiences; it is the leaven of a culture of encounter, and introduces to the present world an injection of sociality,” he said. Marriage and family life are “the most effective antidote against the individualism that currently runs rampant,” he said, but it does not do one any good to pretend that marriage and family life are free from situations requiring difficult choices.

“CONSCIENCE, AS THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL RECALLS, IS THIS ‘MOST SECRET CORE AND SANCTUARY OF A MAN. THERE HE IS ALONE WITH GOD, WHOSE VOICE ECHOES IN HIS DEPTHS.’” — Pope Francis “In the domestic reality, sometimes there are concrete knots to be addressed with prudent conscience on

the part of each,” he said. “It is important that spouses, parents, not be left alone, but accompanied in their commitment to applying the Gospel to the concreteness of life.” Conscience, he said, always has God’s desire for the human person as its ultimate reference point. “In the very depths of each one of us, there is a place wherein the ‘Mystery’ reveals itself, and illuminates the person, making the person the protagonist of his story,” he said. “Conscience, as the Second Vatican Council recalls, is this ‘most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God, whose voice echoes in his depths.’” Each Christian, the pope said, must be “vigilant so that in this kind of tabernacle there is no lack of divine grace, which illuminates and strengthens married love and the parental mission.”






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Mother’s helper - Seeking a kind and energetic mother’s helper, M-TH, from approximately 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at our home in west Shawnee, caring for and playing with our energetic 2.5-year-old boy. Send an email to: raising.holy. with your experience and references. $10/hour. After-school driver - Seeking a driver to pick up two kids from Holy Spirit Catholic School in Overland Park, drive home and to activities. M - F, approximately 3 - 6 p.m. Some flexibility. Must have valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. January start. Call Delana at (913) 859-0444 or send an email to: Teacher assistant - Special Beginnings, Lenexa, is seeking full- or part-time after school teacher assistants at all locations. We are looking for a teacher assistant candidate who has an excellent work ethic, heart for children and a willingness to learn more about early childhood education. Experience and/or education is a plus, but we will train the right candidate. Teacher assistants will work with the lead teacher to care for and educate the children. Primary responsibilities include assisting the lead teacher with: care and supervision of children, lesson plan implementation, parent communication, and cleanliness and organization of classroom. Starting hourly pay ranges based on experience and education. Pay increases are based on job performance. Opportunities for advancement are available, as the company prefers to promote from within. Apply by sending an email to: or in person at 10216 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215. Drivers - Special Beginnings Early Learning Center is seeking part-time drivers for its school-age program located in Lenexa. Candidates must be able to drive a 13-passenger minibus, similar to a 15-passenger van. CDL not required, but must have an excellent driving record. Candidates would pick up children from area schools and then work directly with them when arriving back at the center. Experience preferred. Must have strong work ethic and the ability to work with children. Insurance provided. Background check will be conducted. Great opportunity for retired persons or those seeking a second job. Job responsibilities include: ensuring safety and well-being of children who are being transported at all times, including loading and unloading. Driving short, round-trip routes to elementary schools in Lenexa/Olathe area. Summer only: Driving short, round- trip routes to two Lenexa city pools. Maintaining mileage log. Keeping interior of vehicle clean. Apply by sending an email to: chris@ or in person at 10216 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215. Do you enjoy driving? - The Kansas City Transportation Group is looking for chauffeurs to drive our guests to events, airport, dinner, etc. Business is growing and we are in need of workers with flexible hours, those who are retired, etc. Great pay and benefits. Send resume to: or in person at Carey, 1300 Lydia Ave., Kansas City, MO 64106. Accounts payable/payroll accountant - The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has an immediate opening in the chancery accounting office for a full-time accounts payable/ payroll accountant. The position is responsible for processing approved invoices utilizing the DocuWare software and accounting system. The position is also responsible for payroll for the chancery staff. One to three years of accounts payable and payroll experience required, accounting degree preferred. Candidate must have strong computer skills with proficiency in MS Office Suite; must demonstrate strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and accuracy. A complete job description and application are available on the archdiocese’s website at: Interested individuals should mail cover letter, resume and application by Nov. 22, to: Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Office of Human Resources, Accounts Payable/Payroll, 12615 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66109, or send via email to:

Assistant coaches - Bishop Miege High School is in need of assistant coaches for the 2017-18 school year in the sports of baseball and track. Any persons interested in any of these positions should contact athletic director Mike Hubka at (913) 222-5802, or send an email to: mhubka@bishopmiege for further information. High school president - Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kan., is seeking a president for the 2018-19 school year. Applicants must be practicing Catholics and understand the mission of Catholic education. The president is the chief administrator of the school and is responsible for: school operations; student recruitment; donor engagement; facilities maintenance; strategic planning; and school advancement. Bishop Ward is looking for a “people person” who enjoys actively engaging with staff/students and stakeholders. This person should be a person who is open, approachable, a good communicator and team builder, and willing to become part of the Ward community. Fluency in Spanish would be a plus. The president must be able to demonstrate prudent financial management, as well as successful fundraising. The successful candidate will find ways to leverage the school’s diversity, history, tradition and other positive attributes to make the school a model for urban Catholic education. For a complete job description, go online to: Complete the online application at: and also send a resume and credentials to: Superintendent Dr. Kathleen A. O’Hara, Catholic School Office, 12615 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66109, or email to: Application deadline is Nov. 30. Custodian - Sacred Heart Church in Shawnee is seeking an individual to fill a full-time maintenance/custodian position. General duties include general maintenance, repair, and the care and cleaning of the campus buildings. This position is eligible for the archdiocesan benefit plan. For further information, send an inquiry email and resume to: julie.krause@ Health and wellness advocate for clergy – The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is seeking an experienced nurse, case manager or social worker to fill the part-time (approximately 10-20 hours per week) position of health and wellness advocate for clergy. Duties include: visiting retired priests on a regular basis; managing priests’ conditions and care; serving as an advocate during appointments and hospitalizations; and assisting priests with health insurance and Medicare. The ideal candidate will be a practicing Catholic in good standing and have a minimum of five years’ experience in adult health care, case management or social work; one year of health care management preferred. College degree in related field required, registered nurse preferred. A complete job description, application and benefits information are available on the archdiocese’s website at: jobs. Interested individuals should mail cover letter, resume, application and pastor’s letter of support to: Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Office of Human Resources, Health and Wellness Advocate Search, 12615 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66109, or send via email to: Executive director - The Archdiocese of Omaha has an opening for an executive director of FOCCUS Inc. USA. FOCCUS offers marriage inventory tools for use in marriage preparation and enrichment. This is a key position that offers a challenging opportunity to contribute your talents and expertise in business management, marketing, life cycle management, e-commerce and technology to further enhance FOCCUS’ competitive position in the marketplace. The executive director will develop the vision and strategies for the FOCCUS product. The desired candidate will demonstrate proven leadership of large e-commerce projects, including: directing business planning; content strategy and development; promotional campaigns and other online marketing; website design; customer service; web analytics; and web technologies. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) from an accredited college or university in business administration, IT, e-commerce or related program; strong background in B2C and B2B e-commerce, including business planning, content strategy development, website design, web analytics and promotional campaigns; 5 - 10 years’ experience in utilizing e-commerce industries; active, practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church, with demonstrated commitment to the mission of the church and full assent to all magisterial teaching. Apply online at:

SERVICES Tree Trimming Tree Trimming/Landscaping Insured/References Free Estimates/Local Parishioner Tony Collins (913) 620-6063 Memorials for the Holy Souls We will place a candle, rosary and holy card at the grave of your loved one - $25 Personalized grave-care services available for all occasions PERPETUAL LIGHT (785) 816-0054 Bankruptcy consultation - If debts are overwhelming you, seek hope and help from compassionate, experienced Catholic attorney, Teresa Kidd. For a free consultation, call (913) 422-0610; send an email to:; or visit the website at: Please do not wait until life seems hopeless before getting good quality legal advice that may solve your financial stress.

Senior hairstyling - Haircuts, perms, roller sets. Savvy Salon, 5910 W. 59th Terrace Mission, KS, one block south of Johnson Dr. $5 off any service on 1st visit. Bonnie (816) 769-8511 Faith-based counseling to cope with life concerns - Kansas City area. Call Mary Vorsten, licensed clinical professional counselor, at (913) 909-2002. Rodman Lawn Care Lawn mowing, aeration, verticutting, mulching, Hedge trimming, leaf removal, gutter cleaning Fully insured and free estimates John Rodman (913) 548-3002 Custom countertops - Laminates installed within 5 days. Cambria, granite, and solid surface. Competitive prices, dependable work. Call the Top Shop, Inc., (913) 962-5058. Members of St. Joseph, Shawnee. Speedy Guzman Moving and delivery Licensed and insured Anytime (816) 935-0176 Mike Hammer local moving - A full-service mover. Packing, pianos, rental truck load/unload, storage container load/unload, and in-home moving. No job too small. Serving JoCo since 1987. St. Joseph, Shawnee, parishioner. Call Mike at (913) 927-4347 or send an email to:

HOME IMPROVEMENT The Drywall Doctor, Inc. – A unique solution to your drywall problems! We fix all types of ceiling and wall damage — from water stains and stress cracks to texture repairs and skim coating. We provide professional, timely repairs and leave the job site clean! Lead-certified and insured! Serving the metro since 1997. Call (913) 768-6655. EL SOL Y LA TIERRA *Commercial & residential * Lawn renovation *Mowing * Clean-up and hauling * Dirt grading/installation * Landscape design * Free estimates Hablamos y escribimos Ingles!! Call Lupe at (816) 935-0176 Rusty Dandy Painting, Inc. – We have been coloring your world for 40 years. Your home will be treated as if it were our own. Old cabinets will be made to look like new. Dingy walls and ceilings will be made beautiful. Woodwork will glow. Lead-certified and insured. Call (913) 341-9125. Helping Hand Handy Man - Semiretired handyman can help with your “to-do list.” Small and medium projects around your house. Also electrical; ceiling fans, light fixtures, outlet and switches. Most deck and shed repairs, power washing, restaining and painting. No yard work. Member of Prince of Peace, Olathe. Call Mark Coleman at (913) 526-4490. STA (Sure Thing Always) Home Repair - Basement finish, bathrooms and kitchens; interior & exterior repairs: painting, roofing, siding, wood replacement and window glazing. Free estimates. Call (913) 579-1835. Email: smokeycabin@hot Member of Holy Trinity, Lenexa. Local handyman - Painting int. and ext., staining, wood rot, power wash, decks, doors and windows, masonry, hardwood floors, gutter cleaning, water heaters, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, ceiling fans, mowing and more!! Member of Holy Angels Parish, Basehor. Call Billy at (913) 927-4118. NELSON CREATION’S L.L.C. Home makeovers, kitchen, bath. All interior and exterior remodeling and repairs. Family owned, experienced, licensed and insured. Member St. Joseph, Shawnee. Kirk Nelson. (913) 927-5240; Concrete construction - Tear out and replace stamped, stained or colored patios and drives. Retaining walls, footings, poured-in-place safe rooms, excavation and hauling. Asphalt drives and lots. Fully insured; references. Call Dan at (913) 207-4371 or send an email to: Swalms organizing - downsizing - cleanout service - Reduce clutter – Any space organized. Shelving built on-site. Items hauled for recycling and donations. 20 years exp.; insured. Call Tillar at (913) 375-9115. WWW. SWALMSORGANIZING.COM. HARCO Exteriors LLC Your Kansas City fencing specialists Family owned and operated (913) 815-4817 Masonry work - Quality new or repair work. Brick and chimney/fireplace repair. Insured; second-generation bricklayer. St. Paul Parish, Olathe. Call (913) 829-4336. Thank you for another great year - Through your support, my family has been blessed and my business has grown. We do windows, trim, siding, doors, decks, interior and exterior painting, wood rot, bathroom renovations, tile and Sheetrock. If you need work done around your home, we can do it. Josh (913) 709-7230.


DRC Construction We’ll get the job done right the first time. Windows - Doors - Decks - Siding Repair or replace, we will work with you to solve your problems. Choose us for any window, door, siding or deck project and be glad you did. Everything is guaranteed 100% (913) 461-4052

FOR SALE Come celebrate - Help the Hrvatski Obicaj Band celebrate the release of its second CD on Nov. 25 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the 5th St. Hall, 503 Elizabeth Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The cost for a single ticket is $20 and includes one CD, admission and one drink ticket. Couple purchase price is $30 and includes one CD, admission and four drink tickets. Residential lifts - New and recycled. Stair lifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts and elevators. St. Michael’s parishioners. KC Lift & Elevator at (913) 327-5557. (Formerly Silver Cross - KC) For sale - Handsome curio displays collectibles on adjustable glass shelves; two wooden platforms with a mirrored back. Lighted upper uses one 25W bulb. Additionally, two Lladro figurines: Don Quixote and a beautiful landing seagull, both in excellent condition. Will take best offer. Call Virginia at (913) 438-0882. For sale - One plot in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Topeka. Located in Henry Garden, lot 824, space east. Current market value is $1500, selling price is $1300. Call (714) 308-2585. For sale - Double lawn crypt at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Garden of Hope section, double lawn crypt, lot 78 C, space 4. Conveyance fee included. $8100. Call Lou at (512) 294-2869.

FOR RENT For rent - House recently remodeled. Entry level BR, large loft BR, kitchen with dishwasher, basement garage with opener. Large yard, quiet secure neighborhood. No smoking, no pets. References required. Call (913) 238-2470. Serious interest only. Shawnee Sacred Heart member, owner.

WANTED TO BUY Will buy firearms and related accessories - One or a whole collection. Honest evaluation and top prices paid. Contact Tom at (913) 238-2473. Member of Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee. Wanted to Buy Antique/vintage jewelry, paintings, pottery, prints, sterling, etc. Renee Maderak (913) 475-7393 St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee

REAL ESTATE Whole Estates Need to sell a home and everything in it? We buy it all at once in as-is condition. Call (816) 444-1950 or send an email to:

CAREGIVING Caregiving - We provide personal assistance, companionship, care management, and transportation for seniors in their home, assisted living or nursing facilities. We also provide respite care for main caregivers needing some personal time. Call Daughters & Company at (913) 341-2500 and speak with Laurie, Pat or Gary. “Lynn at Heart” - 24 years’ experience in all types of private care. Excellent references. 24/7, shift or respite care. In-home, assisted living, nursing home, companionship, light housekeeping, meal prep, transportation, ADLs, care management, hospice. Greater KC area. Ask for Stephanie. (816) 299-6465. Medication support - Need help filling weekly pill boxes? Need daily medication reminders? We can provide these services in your home with daily or weekly visits. Call to learn about our exciting new medication solutions that allow you to continue living safely at home. Call Home Connect Health at (913) 627- 9222. Looking for assisted living at home? - Before you move, call us and explore our in-home care options. We specialize in helping families live safely at home while saving thousands of dollars per year. Call today for more information or to request a FREE home care planning guide. Benefits of Home - Senior Care, or call (913) 4221591.

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CALENDAR TURKEY BINGO All Saints Parish (hall) 815 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas Nov. 18 at 5 p.m.

Food will be served from 5 - 6 p.m. Bingo will follow. A $10 donation includes one bingo card, a Polish sausage and kraut sandwich and a drink. For more information, call Pat Waliczek at (913) 371-4728.

MEMORIAL LITURGY Curé of Ars Church 9405 Mission Rd., Leawood Nov. 18 at 8 a.m.

There will be a memorial liturgy for deceased loved ones followed by a grief support meeting in the Father Burak Room. The topic will be: “Giving Thanks While Grieving.” For more information, call (913) 6492026.

CHILI, TURKEY, BINGO Holy Angels Parish (Father Quinlan Hall) 15440 Leavenworth Rd., Basehor Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Come enjoy chili, a nacho bar and desserts. The suggested donation is a freewill offering. Bingo cards are $5 each. Prizes are a whole frozen turkey. The event is sponsored by the Holy Angels Knights of Columbus.

RESPITE CARE PROGRAM Holy Cross School 8101 W. 95th St., Overland Park Nov. 18 from 4 - 8 p.m.

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

FALL FEST St. Joseph-St. Lawrence Parish (St. Lawrence Hall) 211 W. Riley, Easton Nov. 18 from 4 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for home-cooked soup and chili. There will be ham and turkey prizes for bingo as well as great socializing. The suggested donation is a freewill offering.

THE ‘FATHER KNOWS BEST’ MEN’S RETREAT Sacred Heart Parish 408 S. Cedar, Ottawa Nov. 18 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

There will be several speakers giving talks about raising children in this current en-

vironment. There will also be a catered lunch. The suggested donation is $25. Register in advance by calling Lester Wuertz at (785) 835-6298 or sending an email to:; or by calling Adam Gasche at (620) 341-1843 or sending an email to:

HAWK HUSTLE 5K AND FUN RUN Johnson County Community College (cross-country course) 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park Nov. 18 at 9 a.m.

Holy Spirit Parish Parents Association is sponsoring this fun run that is open to everyone. The race will be chip timed for runners, with prizes awarded for age groups. For more information and to sign up, visit the website at:

DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA, LITTLE FLOWER CIRCLE 503 Christ the King Parish (Yadrich Hall) 5973 S.W. 25th St., Topeka Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m.

There will be a memorial Mass for deceased members followed by a business meeting. There will be a social after the meeting. If you know of a member or their family member in distress, sick or in need of prayers, contact Theresa Smith-Lawton at (785) 640-1403. If you are interested in or would like more information about the Daughters of Isabella, call Marilyn Unrein at (785) 230-8448 or Cindy Keen at (785) 228-9863.

SHOP LOCAL, GIVE LOCAL. SUPPORT KEELER WOMEN’S CENTER Ten Thousand Villages 7947 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park Nov. 19 from 4 - 6 p.m.

Meet and talk with Keeler Women’s Center (KWC) staff and volunteers while you shop. Ten Thousand Villages will donate 15 percent of the value of your purchases to KWC.

BARBECUE DINNER FUNDRAISER Holy Angels Parish (hall) 15440 Leavenworth Rd., Basehor Nov. 19 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Suggested donations for dinner are $20 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 13. The purpose of this fundraiser is to help genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza fund and build the Where Angels Play Foundation playground in Kibeho, Rwanda.

‘SUNDAY DINNER AT OUR HOUSE’ Church of the Ascension Parish (hall) 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park Nov. 19 from 6 - 8 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus are hosting this barbecue dinner. There will be pork ribs, pulled pork, smoked sausage, smoked

chicken thighs, sides and drinks. The cost is: $10 for adults ages 12 and over; $5 for kids ages 5 - 11; and free for kids under the age of 4. Adult beverages will be available for a freewill donation.

BLOOD DRIVE Knights of Columbus Hall 11221 Johnson Dr., Shawnee Nov. 20 from 1 - 7 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, go the website at: and use the sponsor code: stjosephcatholic. Walk-in donors are welcome. For more information, call Virginia Wiedel at (913) 268-3874.

‘TAKE-A-LOOK THURSDAY’ Holy Spirit School 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland Park Nov. 30 from 9 - 11 a.m.

Come join us for information, tours and refreshments. For more information or to let us know you are coming, call Anita Pauls at (913) 492-2582 or send an email to:

CREATING FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR A LOVED ONE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS The Arc of Douglas County (Rm. 238) 2518 Ridge Ct., Lawrence Nov. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The office of special-needs ministry for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and The Arc of Douglas County are cosponsoring this workshop to educate parents/ guardians with a special-needs child/adult on how to prepare for two generations of financial security. The workshop will show attendees how to build a team and cover the key aspects of a special-needs plan. We will discuss a 529-ABLE account vs. a special-needs trust and why both are important. For more information or to RSVP, call (785) 218-1423.

BISHOP MIEGE MOTHERS CLUB ADVENT CELEBRATION Bishop Miege High School 5041 Reinhardt Dr., Roeland Park Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Women are invited to enjoy a peaceful evening and celebrate the season of Advent. It begins in the chapel with a candlelight prayer service and then moves to the commons for a reception. For more information and to make reservations, go online to: or call Annie Wallace at (816) 510-4818.

PRESENTATION BY SCOTT HAHN Conception Abbey Basilica 37174 State Hwy VV, Conception, Missouri Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

This talk is free and open to the public. Hahn is the bestselling author of numerous books, including “Rome Sweet Home” and “The Lamb’s Supper.”


‘UNWRAPPING GIFTS OF ADVENT’ Sisters of Charity motherhouse (Ross Chapel) 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Take a pause in the midst of the upcoming holiday rush for a retreat day to reflect on four gifts that Advent can hold: peace, courage, playfulness and hope. The day of prayer will conclude with Mass. The cost of $35 includes lunch. Register by Nov. 27. To register, send an email to: retreats@scls. org or call (913) 758-6552.

‘RECLAIMING A SENSE OF WONDER: AN ADVENT JOURNEY’ Sophia Spirituality Center 751 S. 8th St., Atchison Dec. 1 - 2

Revive the slumbering wonder inside yourself by exploring how poets and writers have tapped into the wonder of ordinary life, and uncover simple practices that challenge us during Advent to awaken to what is real and gives light to our lives. The fee is $155; deposit is $35. For more information or to register, call (913) 360-6174, or go to the website at:

SINGLES OF NATIVITY CHRISTMAS DANCE Church of the Ascension Parish (hall) 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park Dec. 2 from 7 - 11 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 and include snacks and drinks. There is lighted parking on the west side of the church. Enter the parish hall through the west entrance under the church. For more information, send an email to Ken Geier at: kag.

CELTIC CHRISTMAS St. Columbkille Parish (hall) 13311 Hwy 16, Blaine Dec. 9 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Holiday cookies and candies will be sold by the pound. There will also be homemade cinnamon rolls, kolaches, breakfast burritos, homemade soups and pies, and lots more to eat. Holiday vendors will be there so you can complete your Christmas shopping. For more information, call (785) 927-0282.

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COMMENTARY THIRTY-THIRD WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME Nov. 19 THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Prv 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Ps 128: 1-5 1 Thes 5: 1-6 Mt 25: 14-30 Nov. 20 Monday 1 Mc 1: 10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 Ps 119: 53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 Lk 18: 35-43 Nov. 21 The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2 Mc 6: 18-31 Ps 3: 2-8 Lk 19: 1-10 Nov. 22 Cecilia, virgin, martyr 2 Mc 7: 1, 20-31 Ps 17: 1, 5-6, 8, 15 Lk 19: 11-28 Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Day Sir 50: 20-24 Ps 138: 1-5 1 Cor 1: 3-9 Lk 17: 11-19 Nov. 24 Andrew Dung-Lac, priest, and companions, martyrs 1 Mc 4: 36-37, 52-59 (Ps) 1 Chr 29: 10-12 Lk 19: 45-48 Nov. 25 Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr 1 Mc 6: 1-13 Ps 9: 2-4, 6, 16, 19 Lk 20: 27-40


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ttempting to recover data. Oh, no! I awoke to this disturbing message several days ago when I went to check the weather forecast on my iPhone. Immediately, I lapsed into “awful-izing” mode. My stomach was in knots as I ticked off what a disaster I now had on my hands: I was certain that I’d lost all of my contacts, photos, texts, music and audiobooks. And, most distressing of all, I fretted about how people could reach me if they couldn’t call or text. I kicked myself for not backing up all of the information on my phone like I should. I sat morosely at the kitchen table, nursing my morning cup of coffee and silently steaming at Apple. Out of habit, I picked up my nonfunctioning iPhone to check on how to fix a nonfunctioning phone. Lo and behold, to my great surprise, all was well; my phone had miraculously healed itself. Thank you, thank you, Lord! (Apparently, the “recover data” message popped up because the phone was in the process


For these three, we thank Thee MARK MY WORDS

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

of updating to its latest version.) All of my “awful-izing” was over nothing. I smiled as I reached for a journal that has become my companion these past few months. I then wrote my first entry for the morning: “a working iPhone.” I came across this little journal quite by accident while ordering something else online. Called “The Five-Minute Journal,” it was created by Alex Ikonn and Uj Ramdas and published by Intelligent Change, Inc. It’s billed as “the

simplest, most effective thing you can do every day to be happier.” Although it’s not foolproof, most days it does what it promises. Its setup is simple. Each day starts with some inspirational quote to ponder from a variety of voices. Here are just a few: • “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” (Maya Angelou) • “Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” (Vince Havner) • “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” (Brandi Snyder) • “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” (Fred Shero)

Next on the page are three numbered lines where you complete the statement: “I am grateful for . . .” Three more numbered lines then follow where you answer the question: “What would make today great?” Finally, there are two lines for you to write a daily affirmation, which begins “I am . . .” At the end of the day, you again pick up the journal before drifting off to sleep. There, you respond to the statement: “3 Amazing things that happened today . . .” Lastly, you jot an answer to the question: “How could I have made today even better?” I can attest from using this journal that it’s made me aware of how blessed I am, helped me look for opportunities to make each day great and reminded me that, at the end of the day, there are always some amazing things that have happened, if only I’ve taken the time to notice them. In other words, I’ve gone from floating day to day to being much more conscious of, and grateful for, what a gift life is. Thanksgiving is just a

few days away. But let’s not limit our gratitude for blessings to just that one day. Instead, along the lines of “The Five Minute Journal,” humbly begin each new day by acknowledging three things you’re grateful for. That exercise might lead to what is explained in this reflection by Mark Pearse, an early 20th-century Methodist preacher: My daughter once said, “Daddy, I’m going to count the stars.” After a while, I heard her counting, “Two hundred twenty-three, two hundred twenty-four. . . . Oh, dear. I had no idea there were so many.” I sometimes say in my soul, “Now, Master, I’m going to count your blessings.” Soon, my heart sighs — not with sorrow, but burdened with such goodness — and I say to myself, “I had no idea that there were so many.” (Adapted from “A Treasury of Quips, Quotes & Anecdotes For Preachers and Teachers,” by Anthony Castle.) May we be so blessed to say the same, this Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

‘Master’ parables address end times — and perhaps more


ome individuals have to travel as part of their work. Perhaps they are employed as a sales representative. Or maybe their work has to be done onsite. And frequently, when people take a vacation, they go on a trip. Two thousand years ago, travel was far less common than it is now. People did not go on vacations. Many did not venture more than a few miles from where they were born throughout their entire life. That is one reason why some of the parables of Jesus stand out. Several include a recurrent theme: a master who leaves on a journey. Eventually, he returns. Sunday’s Gospel reading presents one such parable: “A man going on a


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

journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them” (Mt 25:14-30). Similarly, we hear in another parable: “There


When it comes to salvation, God does not seek any form of compensation and offers it freely to those in need of his love, Pope Francis said. A Christian who complains of not receiving a reward for going to Mass every Sunday and fulfilling certain obligations “doesn’t understand the gratuity of salvation,” the pope

was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey” (Mt 21: 33). Also, in the same vein, we hear still another parable: “But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eat and

drink with drunkards, the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour” (Mt 24:48-50). In all these cases, it is easy to identify the master with God. It is also easy to identify his return with the Second Coming of Christ, with its accompanying judgment. The location of these parables in the Gospel slants us toward that interpretation. That location is perhaps the result of an editorial decision on the part of the evangelist. They are placed close to the teachings of Jesus concerning the end times. It is natural, then, to focus on the unexpected arrival of the master. That interpretation of the parables impresses upon us our need to be prepared for the end of

said Nov. 7 in his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “He thinks salvation is the fruit of ‘I pay and you save me. I pay with this, with this, with this.’ No, salvation is free and if you do not enter in this dynamic of gratuity, you don’t understand anything,” he said. The pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from St. Luke, in which Jesus recounts the parable of the banquet of a rich

the world. At the same time, we might consider another aspect of these parables. They all involve a master who is absent — at least for a while. Similarly, God sometimes appears to be absent from our world. Consider the horrible outrages that human beings inflict on each other — the killing, maiming and wounding through war and crime. Where is God in all of this? The parables can cause us to reflect upon God’s apparent absence from our world. Where does that leave us? What do we do meanwhile? Do we despair that God will ever be in our world? Or do we patiently hope and pray that God will be present one day?

man who, after having his invitation spurned by his guests, invites “the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame” to enjoy his feast. Those who rejected the rich man’s invitation, the pope said, were “consumed by their own interests” and did not understand the generosity of the invitation. — CNS





Calling all young Hispanic men — to the priesthood!

ike many parts of the United States, we are blessed with a vibrant, diverse, growing number of Hispanic Catholics in our archdiocese. Throughout our nation’s history, there have been similar influxes of immigrants and their children and grandchildren swelling the ranks of our Catholic population. These groups have striven to achieve integration into the larger society, but often they have best been served by priests who know their language and culture. This is true today. Several of my fellow priests in our presbyterate serve with Hispanic Catholics. They minister


FATHER SCOTT WALLISCH Father Scott Wallisch is the archdiocesan vocations director. You can email him at:

faithfully and with great dedication, but they need reinforcements. Most of these current

priests are not originally from northeast Kansas. Their service is invaluable, but I know they would agree that it would be wonderful for them to serve next to more priests who are from our local Hispanic communities. I am convinced that God is calling many young men to priestly

vocations from our local Hispanic Catholics but, for various reasons, these vocations are not currently being realized. Immigration struggles, familial financial needs, lack of awareness about the priesthood and discernment, and general American societal avoidance of commitment and sacrifice all work against young men trying to find God’s will for their lives. Cultivating these priestly vocations is a challenge experienced by dioceses throughout our country, but it is a challenge that needs to be faced. To address this challenge and to help cultivate these vocations, our priests in Hispanic ministry are establishing

a discernment group for young Hispanic men. These men may be Spanish speakers, English speakers or bilingual. The monthly meeting will include Mass, a free meal, the vocation story of one of the priests who works in Hispanic ministry, and small group discussions that will allow young men of similar age groups to discuss topics related to discernment. I believe that this discernment group will help men see that, if they are called to the priesthood, it is wonderful gift from God and an amazing way that they can serve the universal church and their local Catholic community. The first meeting

will be on Nov. 26 at Good Shepherd Church, Shawnee, beginning at the 12:15 p.m. Spanish Mass. The location of subsequent meetings will change each month to give the participants an opportunity to see how the faith is lived out in the various parishes that serve our Hispanic community throughout the archdiocese. If you are a single Hispanic man, high school age or older, you are welcome to join us. If not, I ask you to help me by inviting possible participants and by praying for the success in this ministry. Contact me by email at: frscott@ for more information.

Share the gift that keeps on giving — a Catholic education


ecause of you and your gift, the doors were opened for my children to attend Catholic school.” These are the heartfelt words from one of our many CEF parents. Each school year, our office receives hundreds of cards like this one from our CEF students, families and Catholic school educators. The messages are filled with inspiring words of hope, faith, joy and, above all, gratitude. Like any parent, they want their children to be the best version of themselves as God created them to be.


n the Gospel according to John, two of the disciples of John the Baptist begin to follow Jesus. Jesus, seeing them following him, said to them, “What are you looking for?” Their response was, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Their answer indicates a desire to spend time with and get to know him. Jesus replies, “Come and you will see.” Do you want to really get to know Our Lord? If so, you need to spend time with him in prayer. When building a home, you first build the foundation, because without one, the home will crumble. The same is true in


CEF STAFF The Catholic Education Foundation provides financial aid to students in need.

The gift of a CEF scholarship provides a “hand up” for our families facing various

challenges that limit their financial resources such as a job loss, health complications and other unexpected life issues. However, these parents demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their child’s Catholic education through their sacrifices of time, talent

and treasure and do not take this opportunity for granted. For so many, our Catholic schools provide a home away from home; a community of support, encouragement and love. This life-changing gift does not need a perfectly wrapped box or a shiny red bow. It is an investment in a child’s future. Providing a young person with a Catholic education can make a profound impact today and in the years to come. It is a future filled with opportunities to make a positive difference within their families, communities and beyond. This is summarized well in the words of

Pope Francis: “Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given to you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!” In this season of charity and generosity, we at CEF would like to express our gratitude to those we work with to make this gift possible. Thank you to our devoted Catholic school educators who, through their commitment to the academic, moral and spiritual development of students, prepare them for both their earthly existence and also heaven. Thank you to our CEF families for the sacrifices they make to ensure their children receive a

Catholic education. And we certainly thank our dedicated board members and generous donors for their ongoing support — we could not do this work without them! This school year, CEF will provide over $1.5 million dollars in CEF scholarships to approximately 1,500 students. But we still have over 400 students who are waiting for a scholarship. Will you help us provide a quality, faith-filled Catholic education to a child in need? It is truly a gift that will keep on giving, and the rewards are priceless. Together we can make a difference — one scholarship at a time!

Prayer: the foundation for marriage and family FAMILY MATTERS

DEACON TONY ZIMMERMAN Deacon Tony Zimmerman is the lead archdiocesan consultant for the office of marriage and family life.

marriage. Because God is love, communica-

tion with him supports our relationship when human love runs dry. For many of us, daily couple and family prayer is squeezed by the busyness of daily life as well as all the distractions provided by our iPhones, computers and social media. How to start?

Where to start? On Dec. 2, the School of Love and the office of marriage and family life will offer an enrichment for couple and family prayer. The event will be held in the parish hall of Prince of Peace in Olathe from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann as part of the enrichment. There will be two sessions. The first session, “What are you looking for?” deals with encountering Jesus in prayer. Whether you are looking to begin a prayer life as a couple or family, or you want to grow more deeply in encountering Jesus in prayer, this presentation and discussion

offers this gift to you. The second session, “Listening Prayer,” will focus on using prayer to hear and listen to Jesus speaking to your heart. This session will be followed by lunch where the couple and their children work on their plan to implement daily prayer in their life. What a great way to begin the Advent season and enter into the Christmas season and a new year! This event is open to married couples and their children as well as single-parent families. For more information or to register go online to: andfamilyprayer. The cost is $20 per couple or family and includes

lunch. The deadline to register is Nov. 29. For more information, call Mary Anne Kierl at (913) 647-0345. To find out more about the Joyful Marriage Project and various enrichments available for married couples, go online to: www.joyful or follow on Facebook at: Joyful Marriage Project. Remember, Archbishop Naumann urges each married couple to commit to and participate in a marriage enrichment in the coming year. Also, check out the great offerings supporting marriage and family from the School of Love online at: www.schoolof





Record-breaking Miege quarterback fueled by faith and family By Todd Habiger



OELAND PARK — Bishop Miege senior quarterback Carter Putz isn’t used to close games. In his three seasons as a starter, the Bishop Miege Stags are 35 and 2 with an average score of 50 to 12. Yet here he was against archrival St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park, clinging to a slim 13-7 lead in the third quarter and backed up to his own 2-yard line. Working from the shotgun, Putz took the snap and immediately looked to his left where he spotted wide receiver Daniel Jackson streaking down the sidelines. Unleashing a bullet, Putz hit Jackson in stride for a 98-yard touchdown. It was the 93rd touchdown of Putz’s career, a new record for Kansas high school quarterbacks. Soon, all the Kansas passing records may be his. Putz set the Kansas record for touchdown passes in a season with 50 last year. And he’s closing in on the all-time Kansas record for career passing yardage. It’s a record he might already have, but Putz rarely plays in the fourth quarter. Sometimes he barely plays the second half. Like I said, Miege isn’t used to close games.

Year GP Yds C% TD 2017 11 2275 .760 31 2016 13 3264 .714 50 2015 13 3187 .691 26 2014 1 41 .500 Total 38 8767 .715 117

Becoming the guy

The Miege factor A member of St. Thomas More Parish in Kansas City, Missouri, Putz has gone to Catholic schools since the third grade. He had no doubts about continuing his Catholic education in high school. “I wanted a high school that had a good community feel, where people were welcoming and where I could be myself,” he said. “I knew I wanted to go to a Catholic school,” he added, “so I could grow my relationship with God and become a better Catholic.” After spending a day shadowing at the school, Miege was an easy choice for Putz.


Bishop Miege senior quarterback Carter Putz looks for an open receiver against St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 15. Putz broke the Kansas high school record for touchdown passes in a career against Aquinas and led Miege to a 27-14 win. “I felt that I was able to be myself and express myself,” he said. “Miege felt like home and I felt like I belonged here. “I couldn’t be happier about my high school career and how I developed as a person.” At Catholic schools, students are required to put in a certain number of


Sophomore wide receiver Daniel Jackson pulls in the record-breaking 93rd career touchdown pass from Miege quarterback Carter Putz in the third quarter of the Stags 27-14 win over St. Thomas Aquinas.

service hours. Putz said that requirement has contributed to his personal growth. “At first, I didn’t understand the reason but, over time, it’s taught me that we are called to help one another and serve each other, especially those in the most need,” he continued. One of his favorite service projects is called Exceptionals, a T-Ball league for children with special needs. “I love sports and being able to help these kids,” he explained. The program touches him, in particular, because something he takes for granted — being able to participate in sports — is all but denied them. “When I saw them [play] and the joy it brought them, it really moved me,” he said. “He’s a great kid,” said Jon Holmes, head football coach at Miege. “If you walk around the school and ask about Carter Putz, no one is going to say anything bad. “He’s a National Honor Society student. He’s never in trouble. He takes all the Honors AP classes. He always has a smile on his face.” And most important? “He always does a great job of helping other people,” said Holmes.

Seeing him in the hallways of Miege, you could be forgiven if you didn’t pick Putz out as the most prolific quarterback in Kansas high school history. “When you look at him he doesn’t kill you with his size,” said Holmes. His two predecessors at quarterback certainly had the look. Montell Cozart (6 feet 2 inches tall) and Ryan Willis (6 feet 4 inches tall) stood above the crowd and both went on to play NCAA Division I football. Putz stands at a mere 5 feet 10 inches. But height isn’t everything. And Putz impressed Holmes even as a freshman. “He was eager to learn. He always wanted to know what was going on,” Holmes said. “We brought him to team camp in the summer of his freshman year and we could tell right away that he got it.” As a starter on the freshman team, Putz led the young Stags to an undefeated season. He also suited up for varsity games and got to watch Willis lead Miege to a state championship. “We had great seniors that year,” Putz said. “Ryan Willis did a great job of showing me the ropes as the quarterback at Miege. You could see that the tradition was there and success was going to come. “We were lucky enough to have those seniors because they taught us a lot.” The following season, with Willis graduated, Putz found himself fighting for the starting quarterback job at Miege. “To even consider him starting as a sophomore was a big compliment to him, because we very rarely look at sophomores to start here,” Holmes said. Putz was impressive that summer and won the job. “I was kind of speechless,” he said. “I didn’t know what to say. It felt really good because my hard work had paid off and they thought I was ready to become the leader of the team.” Despite his decision, Holmes had some anxiety about starting a sophomore. “Is your team going to agree with you for starting a sophomore?” he said. “Is he going to get hurt? Is he big enough to play? Can he keep up with the speed of the game?” Holmes didn’t need to worry. Putz went 12-1 as the starter, threw for 3,187 yards, 36 touchdowns, and Miege won its second straight state championship. “At the level Carter played at during that championship season as a sophomore, you kind of sit back and realize what a special kid he is,” Holmes said. Putz followed his sophomore campaign with an even more impressive >> See “QUARTERBACK” on page 6

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