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Six men were ordained to the priesthood on May 25 at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park. From left are Father Colin Haganey, Father Mark Ostrowski, Father Kenn Clem, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Father Nicholas Ashmore, Father Joel Haug, AVI, and Father Daniel Weger.

SIX SPIRITUAL SONS Archdiocese welcomes largest class of priests in decades


VERLAND PARK — When Joann Weger handed her son’s chalice to Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann at the offertory procession of this year’s ordination Mass, these words welled up from her heart. “You need to take care of Daniel for me now,” she told him. “I will,” he promised. That pledge applies not only to her son, but to all six of the men ordained to the priesthood on May 26, at the Church of the Ascension in Overland Park. Archbishop Naumann now has responsibility for six new spiritual sons and the archdiocese gains six shepherds: Father Nicholas Steven Ashmore, Father Colin Adian Haganey, Father Mark David Ostrowski, Father Kenneth David Clem, Father Daniel Edward Weger and Father Joel Andrew Haug, AVI. Every ordination Mass is special, but this one was particularly notable for its size. >> See “FAMILIES” on page 8

The six ordinands prostrate themselves before the altar during the Litany of the Saints.



LOCAL NEWS Bob and Judy Barackman, members of Church of the N a t i v i t y, Leawood, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14 with their two sons and their families in Maui, Hawaii. The couple was married on June 14, 1969, at Christ the King Church, Kansas City, Missouri.

Russell and Charlene (Moore) Kimberlin, members of Sacred H e a r t Parish, To n g a n oxie, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 20. The couple was married on June 20, 1959, at Holy Angels Church, Basehor. They have a son, Mark Kimberlin, and two grandchildren.

James “Jim” and Eladia “Lydia” Gilb e r t , m e m bers of St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15 with Mass followed by a family dinner. The couple was married June 14, 1969, at Curé of Ars Church, Leawood. Their children are Charles Gilbert and Janet Cunningham Casto. They also have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Barb (Desch) and Bob Doud, members of Sacred Hear t-St. Joseph Parish, To p e k a , celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 1 with a dinner and dance. The couple was married on June 7, 1969, at St. Joseph Church, Topeka, by Father Raymond Davern. Their children are: Faith, Chip and Trish. They also have six grandchildren.

Cynthia “DeeDee” and Almon “Al” Wiley, members of Prince of Peace Parish, Olathe, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14 with family and friends. The couple was married on June 14, 1969, at St. Joseph Church, Fort Madison, Iowa. Their children are: Amy Hamera, Mark Wiley and Ann Mullins. They have five grandchildren. Dan and Donna (Halloran) Fuhrman, members of Church of the Nativity, Leawood, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14. The couple was married on June 14, 1969, at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in St. Louis, with Msgr. Harry Stitz officiating. Their children are Michael Fuhrman and Christine Fuhrman. They also have two grandchildren. They plan to celebrate with a family vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. Thomas and Kathlene (Dvorak) Loyd, members of Prince of Peace Parish, Olathe, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14. The couple was married on June 14, 1969, at Sacred Heart Church, Kansas City, Kansas. Their children are: Darrel, Derek and Bradley. They also have eight grandchildren. They will celebrate this summer with the family trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Patrick and Jean Schneider, members of St. Stanislaus Parish, Rossville, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 10. The couple was married on June 10, 1969, at St. Stanislaus. Their children are Michael Schneider, McPherson; and Charles Schneider, Chicago. They also have two granddaughters. Cards may be sent to: Box 366, Rossville, KS 66533. Sylvester and Jane Scherer, members of Holy Angels Parish, Basehor, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 13. The couple was married on June 13, 1959, at St. Ann Church, Effingham. They will celebrate with a family dinner. They have a daughter, Sandra Ann Brock, Lawrence, and two grandchildren. Ginger and Fred Kroos, members of G o o d Shepherd Parish, S h a w nee, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15 with a party hosted by their children — Michael and Amanda — and their three grandchildren. They also celebrated earlier with a cruise to the Panama Canal. The couple was married on June 14, 1969, at Sacred Heart Church, Plainville.

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George “Mike” and Kathryn Ann (Grothjan) Reddy, members of Divine M e r c y Parish, G a r d n e r, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 2 with an open house hosted by their children Michael D. Reddy, LaVista, Nebraska; and Jessica Zeck, Wellsville. The couple was married on May 30, 1969, at St. Bernard Church, Wamego. They have eight grandchildren. Carol (Lovelace) and Kenton Ward, members of Church of the Ascension, O ve r l a n d Park, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15 with a family dinner. The couple was married on June 14, 1969, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Goodland. Their children are Michelle Ward and Shawn Ward. They also have two grandchildren. Dorothy (Lorenz) and Francis “Doc” Stock, members of Sacred Heart-St. Casimir Parish, Leavenworth, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 22 with a Mass followed by a family celebration. The couple was married on June 20, 1959, at Immaculate Conception Church, St. Joseph, Missouri. Their children are: Debbie Heintzelman, San Antonio; Mary Beth Rayne, Paola; and Dan Stock, Albuquerque, New Mexico. They also have seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Elmer and Anna Lea (Wright) Tanking, members of Sacred H e a r t Parish, To n g a n oxie, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 13. The couple was married on June 13, 1959, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Seneca. They will celebrate with a blessing and family dinner. Their children are: Tammy Wasson, Mike Tanking, Gery Tanking and Tracy Tanking. They also have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Archbishop Naumann June 7 Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas continuing education program Mass — Savior Pastoral Center U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities conference call June 8 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage conference call Archdiocesan adult confirmation — Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kansas June 9 Legion of Mary Mass — St. Philip Neri, Osawatomie June 10-14 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting — Baltimore June 15 Wedding — St. Michael the Archangel, Leawood June 17 “Shepherd’s Voice” recording June 18 Administrative Team meeting June 19 Catholic Education Foundation board meeting June 21 Closing Mass for Senior High Max Camp — Prairie Star Ranch June 23 Corpus Christi Mass, exposition and procession — St. Mary-St. Anthony, Kansas City, Kansas June 24 Kathy O’Hara’s retirement Mass and reception — St. Joseph Church, Shawnee June 26 Life Teen national convention Mass — Benedictine Abbey June 27 Dianna Bagby’s retirement Mass and reception — Savior Pastoral Center June 30 Religious Freedom Mass and ice cream social — Church of the Ascension, Overland Park

Archbishop Keleher June 27 Dianna Bagby’s retirement Mass and reception — Savior Pastoral Center

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Karen Pendleton surveys the damage to her home and business, Pendleton’s Country Market, two days after an EF4 tornado ripped through Lawrence on May 28. Every window in her home was blown out and five of her seven greenhouses were damaged beyond repair.

Parishioners work to clean up in wake of May 28 tornado By Ellie Melero @eleanor_melero


AWRENCE — Broken trees, downed power lines, damaged houses, and crews working to clean all of it up crowded the road to Pendleton’s Country Market here two days after an EF4 tornado ripped through northeastern Kansas. Past the wreckage leading to the Country Market, a crowded parking lot became visible, as did the many people working diligently to help Karen and John Pendleton clean up their farm. The Pendletons are one of several families in the archdiocese who were affected by the Tuesday, May 28, tornado. The tornado, which was about one mile wide and reached speeds of 170 mph, demolished homes and caused severe damage in parts of Douglas and Leavenworth counties. Eighteen people were reported injured, but there were no deaths. The Pendletons were unharmed in the tornado, but the same cannot be said for their Country Market. “When it did kind of quiet down and the house quit shaking, we came upstairs, opened the door and the >> See “IT’S TRULY” on page 11


Brian Habjan, owner of Black and Gold Farms and a parishioner at Holy Angels in Basehor, was also hit by the tornado. Habjan’s house was mostly unharmed, but his barn had significant damage and many trees on his property were knocked down. Above, he shows the damage caused to one of his large trees with daughter Helen and son Jack. President

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Father Albert Hauser remembered as ‘wonderful, fun-loving’ By Joe Bollig

Pastoral assignments


TCHISON — The monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey here take three vows: obedience, conversion and stability. The last one — stability — means a monk is committed to live in one community only, his spiritual home as long as he lives. As a monk Father Albert Hauser, OSB, took those vows and kept them, but with a caveat. Because he accepted pastoral assignments, he hadn’t lived at the monastery for nearly 50 years, although he remained a monk of the abbey. “He talked a lot about the vow of stability,” said Kathy Buessing, an organist at St. Michael Parish in Axtell. “He said, ‘I’m the most unstable of stable monks. Stability has not been a part of my life all these years.’” Father Albert, 85, returned to St. Benedict’s Abbey to spend the remaining days of his life, dying peacefully on May 19. It was his final act of stability. He began life as Robert Anthony Hauser, born on Oct. 26, 1933, one of the five children of Joseph and Bernice (Krabbe) Hauser of Burlington, Iowa. The family belonged to St. John the Baptist Parish, and the pastors were Benedictine monks from Atchison. He attended St. John Grade School and graduated from Burlington Catholic High School in May 1951. The Benedictine influence led him to enroll in St. Benedict’s College (now Benedictine College) in Atchison. After two years of studies, he entered the novitiate of the abbey in 1953, and took the monastic name of Albert. He professed his first vows on July 11, 1954, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in May 1957. Brother Albert professed his solemn vows on July 11, 1957. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1960, by Archbishop Edward Hunkeler at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, Kansas, then continued his studies at Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri, during the summers of 1960 and 1961. Father Albert served as vocation director of the abbey from 1960 to 1964. He worked in the admissions office of St. Benedict’s College in 1964, then was registrar from 1964 to 1968. Additionally, he was the college admissions office director from 1965 to 1970. In 1970, Father Albert accepted his first parish assignment as pastor of Sacred

• 1970-1973 — Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish in Atchison • 1973-1974 — Associate pastor, St. John Parish in Burlington, Iowa • 1974-1984 — Pastor, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Seneca • 1984-1990 — Pastor, St. John Parish in Burlington, Iowa • 1991-2001 — Pastor, Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park • 2001-2017 — Pastor, St. Michael Parish in Axtell and Holy Family Parish in Summerfield • 2017-2019 — Chaplain, Life Care Center of Seneca

Heart Parish in Atchison, and became the “most unstable of stable monks.” Other parish assignments followed for the next 49 years. Father Blaine Schultz, OSB, remembered how he and Father Albert went to college, entered the monastery, studied theology and were ordained together. “He was wonderful, funloving,” said Father Blaine. “I never heard a bad thing out of his mouth by way of criticism. He enjoyed sports and was a good athlete . . . the best athlete on the team.” Once Father Albert began taking parish assignments, they didn’t see much of each other, but Father Albert would occasionally return to the abbey and spend a couple of days. “Whatever parish he went, after being there a while, people just loved him,” said Father Blaine. “He was that kind of guy. He was a wonderful confessor. . . . I think his greatest accomplishment was

being a top-notch pastor.” Father James Shaughnessy, current pastor of St. Michael Parish in Axtell, got to know Father Albert well. “He was my model of a pastoral priest,” said Father Shaughnessy. “He was really concerned and compassionate for his people. One of the monks said at his funeral that he was the kindest monk of the monastery.” When Father Shaughnessy was assigned to St. Gregory Church in Marysville, he would sometimes refer his parishioners to Father Albert for spiritual direction. As a younger pastor, he would sometimes tap the older pastor’s wisdom and experience. “It was really a blessing to have him here and to follow in his footsteps,” said Father Shaughnessy. “People respected [succeeding pastors] because of him, the trust they had in him.” Buessing remembered how he listened to people. “I really think that when he

listened to you, you were the only person who mattered at that time,” she said. “He gave 100 percent.” He was a good confessor, always involved and present at parish activities, and was very patient with the children. He was excellent at comforting people at funerals. His work ethic was tremendous, and he “never had a day off.” In 2010, he oversaw the renovation of St. Michael Church. He also oversaw the closing of the little parish school, and it pained him tremendously. It was just before Easter in 2017, that Buessing and her husband found Father Albert seriously ill from diabetes. His left leg was amputated and he moved to Life Care Center of Seneca. He could no longer be pastor in Axtell, so it seemed his pastoral ministry had come to an end. But it hadn’t. After he was fitted with a prosthesis and his health improved, he asked

Abbot James Albers, OSB, of the abbey for permission to stay at Life Care and be chaplain. “He offered Mass regularly, he heard many confessions and visited with many who wanted to talk, and he administered the sacrament of the anointing of the sick,” said Abbot James. “His last two years at Life Care was a continuation of his ministry.” Sandy Koch, social service director at Life Care and a member of St. Michael Parish, noted that Father Albert celebrated Mass every Sunday for the residents . . . and even non-Catholics attended. Residents, staff and former parishioners came to him for the sacrament of reconciliation. There are between 40 to 45 Catholic residents there and they were thrilled to have a priest living among them. “For everything he was going through, he had a good sense of humor and was always happy,” she said. “He was just content and happy to be here.” Father Albert returned to the abbey on May 16, just three days before he died, surrounded by his brother monks. Father Albert was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Bernard and Joseph. He is survived by sisters Mary Lewis, of Chatham, Illinois, and Roberta Amenell, of Burlington, Iowa; 13 nieces and nephews; and his brother monks of the abbey. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Benedict’s Abbey on May 25, with burial afterward in the abbey cemetery. Memorials in honor of Father Albert may be sent to St. Benedict’s Abbey, 1020 N. Second St., Atchison, KS 66002.




Prince of Peace parishioner helps adults reach their potential By Susan Fotovich McCabe Special to The Leaven


LATHE — Most people take their high school education for granted. Others only dream about it. For nearly three decades, Prince of Peace parishioner Paula McLaughlin has helped to make those dreams a reality. McLaughlin is the administrative assistant for the Johnson County Community College’s (JCCC) adult education program. The program instructs adults in basic reading, writing and math skills in The Celebration preparation for of Saints pretaking the Genview concert eral Educationwill be held on al Development June 14 at 7 (GED) test — p.m. at Prince of the equivalent Peace Church in of a high school Olathe. It’s open diploma. to the public. McLaughlin, who is nearing retirement, said her Catholic faith has been integral to her many years of work in the field. It was from her faith that she drew virtues critical to easing the fears of adults who are pursuing an education later in life: confronting fears with forgiveness, patience, kindness and understanding. “My church and everything that springs from being Catholic is what translates to my job helping others get their GED,” McLaughlin said. “When I needed a job 28 years ago, I prayed that I would be able to find one that allowed me to do good for people — and pay a little, too.” McLaughlin started as a secretary, taking phone calls from anxious, prospective students who wanted to know more about the program. “What was interesting about those early years was that I was one of the first people the students came in contact with when they’d call to find out how to get their GED,” she said. “Many are feeling fearful and embarrassed. So it’s important that the first people they


Prince of Peace parishioner Paula McLaughlin sings at a naturalization ceremony on June 29 at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park. talk to be compassionate. That was the most enjoyable aspect of my job.” McLaughlin is, indeed, sympathetic to the challenges facing students who come through the program. Many lack the confidence to pursue an education, she said, but they desperately want to improve their lives and livelihoods. “Education is so important. Getting your GED no longer has the stigma it once had. People used to think that if you were getting your GED, you had dropped out of school,” she said. “That couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone has a story.” One of those stories involved a man in his 50s, McLaughlin said. Invited

back as a graduation speaker, the man shared his story of being a successful business owner in the car industry. Nobody knew he didn’t have a high school diploma. When he earned his GED diploma, he told students, “The lie stops here.” “It’s a powerful thing to have,” McLaughlin said. Similarly, another graduate shared her experience after having missed the opportunity to earn her high school diploma. “I would have graduated in 1962, but, instead, I fell in love and got married,” >> See “SINGER” on page 11

More info about JCCC’s GED program JCCC’s GED program offers an individualized course of study, and there is no standardized amount of time set in which to complete it. It is self-paced and designed to meet individual goals. About 150 volunteers are available to help students with reading and math. Both instructors and practice test scores indicate when a student is ready to take the GED test. Students pay $50 for materials and registration, and the test itself costs $33 per module; there are four modules.

St. Mary-St. Anthony to host joint Corpus Christi procession By Joe Bollig


ANSAS CITY, Kan. — To be a Christian is to be a witness, and Catholics in and near the metropolitan Kansas City area are encouraged to be eucharistic witnesses by participating in the annual Corpus Christi Mass and procession on June 23. It has been a tradition since 2007 that the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph observe the solemnity of Corpus Christi with a joint Mass and procession. The two dioceses alternate hosting the observance, and this year the Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary-St. Anthony Church, located at 632 Tauromee Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann will be the main celebrant. The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be at 12:30 p.m. and the procession will start at 1 p.m. Those who can’t travel to participate in the joint observance are encouraged to observe the solemnity of Corpus Christi at their own parish.

Hundreds of people traditionally participate in the annual Corpus Christi Mass and procession held jointly by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. This year’s procession will be held on June 23 at St. Mary-St. Anthony Church in Kansas City, Kansas.





We can be the male role model so many kids need

n this month of June, as we celebrate Father’s Day, I find myself thinking about my father and my grandfather, and my relationship with them. I feel grateful to them when I read some of the professional articles that are appearing in my inbox this month. The articles describe the importance of fathers in the lives of their children, especially boys. One such article from the Journal of Family Issues reports that a father’s involvement in his children’s lives has a positive impact on their behavior. The researchers write that regardless of the parenting style — authoritarian or lenient — the fathers’ involvement in a child’s life reduces the child’s risky behaviors, such as substance abuse and delinquencies. A similar study published by the Academic Pediatric Association states that paternal involvement in children’s lives is associated with positive outcomes, such as improved cognition, improved mental health, reduced obesity rates and overall well-being. The first need of a child, says Pope Francis, is the presence of the father in the family. In 2015, the pope gave a series of talks called “Catechesis on the Family.”

Question for reflection: What did you learn from your father for which you are grateful today?

JOHN BOSIO John Bosio is a former marriage and family therapist, director of religious education and diocesan family life coordinator. He is a member of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers.

In one of them, he spoke about the role of the father in the family. His bold statement for today’s society is that “every family needs a father.” A father complements the role of the mother in raising children. The pope describes a good father with these words: “A good father knows how to wait and knows how to forgive. He also knows how to correct with firmness . . . without humiliating.” Unfortunately, there are many children today whose fathers are absent or have a minimal presence in their homes. Many of these children live in our communities.

As friends and neighbors, we — men and fathers — need to help fill the gap for these children. With the permission of their mothers, we can give them some personal attention. We can offer rides to games or to other events, we can invite them to join us and our children in outings, offer a listening ear when the child is upset or gently give advice and guidance when appropriate. We may be the positive father image that the child needs as he/she grows up to become a father or a mother. I often think of my grandfather and my father who taught me a lot about life. My grandfather lived with us and

was my guardian angel when I was very young. There were seven of us living in a three-room second-floor apartment. As I child, I needed to get out and move. Fortunately, my grandfather was retired, so he would take me with him for walks around our small town in Italy. I pestered him with constant questions: “What is that?” “Why do you do that?” Patiently, he answered my questions and I learned a lot about the history of my town, the customs and traditions of our community, and about life in general. At times, he would take me to the river. We would take off our shoes and wade into the water to fish. He taught me to

catch fish with my bare hands. I remember him fondly. My father was also a great teacher. He taught me the value of hard work and honesty. He was a laborer at the local manufacturing plant and had barely finished fourth grade. My father was present to me not by coming to my soccer games or other activities. He brought me with him wherever he went after work or on weekends. I would accompany him to the garden and help out. He would take me to his workshop and, while he was fixing a piece of furniture, he would give me scraps of wood and nails and tell me to build whatever I wanted. He would take me

to church for his choir practice. At one point, he was learning electronics through a correspondence course. He built the first radio my family ever had and, as he worked on it, he invited me to sit with him and explained the functions of different parts of the radio. I would help him by holding in place some of the wires he was soldering. A few years ago, before he died, I asked my father what advice he would want to pass on to my children. He wrote: “Tell them that success in life in not about making money. Whether they are laborers, or sales clerks, or executives, success is achieved by being trustworthy and honest — a good person.” Then he added: “Tell them to remember to pray.” Both my father and grandfather have been role models of caring presence to me, which I tried to emulate in raising our two daughters.




Sister Catherine Rose Grimm, SCL


Sister Mildred Katzer, OSU

EAVENWORTH — Sister Catherine Rose Grimm, 90, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, died on May 15 at the motherhouse here. Sister Catherine Rose and her twin, Sister Mary Alberta, entered the religious community on Aug. 15, 1947. The twins were born on Feb. 26, 1929, in Nashua, Montana. Their mother died in childbirth. Seeking assistance to raise the children, their father placed the newborns and three older daughters in an orphanage. Albert and Elizabeth (Doran) Grimm adopted the twins. They attended school in Bredette, Montana, and Fargo, North Dakota. They considered different religious communities and chose to apply to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. They entered in 1947 and made vows on Aug. 15, 1949. Catherine Rose took the name Sister Mary Emiline; she later returned to her baptismal name. In her first ministry, Sister Catherine Rose taught elementary school in Colorado, Montana and Nebraska. Next, she completed studies at the St. Vincent

ICHMOND — Sister Mildred Katzer, 100, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph in Maple Mount, Kentucky, died May 19 here in her 82nd year of religious life. She was an Ursuline of Paola prior to their merger with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008. A native of Garnett, she liked making nun dolls and teaching vacation Bible school. Sister Mildred taught for 59 years in Kansas and Oklahoma. In Kansas, she taught at St. John School, Greeley (1943-45 and 1973-85); Holy

School of Practical Nursing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was an LPN at Sisters of Charity hospitals in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Grand Junction, Colorado. Returning to Leavenworth, Sister Catherine Rose completed her bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary College. She remained in nursing until 1989. At the former St. Joseph Home in Kansas City, Kansas, She was known for the therapeutic skin care she provided. In her final LPN role, she served in the Sisters of Charity infirmary. From 1989 until her retirement, Sister Catherine Rose worked in medical records and human resources at Saint John Hospital, Leavenworth, and in the motherhouse transportation department. Except for one year of shared ministry in Wyoming, the twins had different assignments for 17 years. After the 1994 California earthquake, Sister Mary Alberta relocated to Leavenworth where the two sisters spent their remaining years together. They enjoyed singing, line dancing, visiting family and serving others.

Name School, Kansas City (1945-54); and Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Overland Park (1954-58 and 196072). She also taught at Immaculate Conception School in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1940-43), where she also helped cook, and at St. John School, Bartlesville, Oklahoma (1958-60). Sister Mildred was a remedial teacher for St. Agnes School, Roeland Park (1985-90), and a religion teacher/tutor for Holy Angels School, Garnett (199099). From 1999-2019, she visited the sick in St. Teresa Parish in Richmond.


Father David Rabe


ANSAS CITY, Kan. — Father David Louis Rabe, 72, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans who also served in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, died at his home on May 21. Father Rabe was born on May 12, 1947, in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended elementary and secondary school in Leavenworth. He furthered his education at the University of Kansas, Lawrence; the University of Maine, Orono, Maine; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. His theological studies were at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Ireland, and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He graduated with a in Sacred Theology Licentiate degree at the Angelicum in Rome. He was ordained a priest in New Orleans on May 14, 1983. In the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Father Rabe served as associate pastor of St. Clement of Rome Parish in Metairie and St. Cletus Parish in Gretna, and then as administrator at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Westwego. He served

as pastor at Our Lady of Prompt Succor, St. Mark Parish in Ama, Louisiana, and at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Luling, Louisiana, until his retirement in 2017. Father Rabe returned to the archdiocese to be near his family. He was in residence at Curé of Ars Parish in Leawood in 1997. He served as pastor of St. Lawrence Parish in Easton, St. Joseph of the Valley Parish in rural Leavenworth County and Corpus Christi Parish in Mooney Creek from 1997 to 2001. He served briefly as administrator of Holy Family Parish in Eudora in 2001. He again served as pastor for parishes in Easton, rural Leavenworth and Mooney Creek from mid to late 2001, until he returned to the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Additionally, Father Rabe was a professor at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, chaplain at Christian Brothers School there, the spiritual director of the post-abortion counseling ministry S.A.V.E., and a board member of New Orleans Right to Life. He is survived by nephews Josh and Christopher Rabe.

Benedictine Sisters to host summer monastic experience


LYDE, Mo. — The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration here invite single women ages 18-40 who are considering religious life for a Monastic Experience set for July 8-12. “It’s a chance to experience the daily rhythm of our life where you can join us in singing the divine office, attend daily Mass, spend time in personal prayer and

open your heart to God’s call by learning about discernment and prayer,” said vocations director Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, OSB. There is no cost to attend, and more details can be found on the website at: www. To register, contact Sister Maria Victoria at (660) 944-2221, ext. 127, or send an email to: vocation@



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Father Colin Haganey prays a portion of the eucharistic prayer at the ordination Mass. Father Haganey will become the associate pastor at Curé of Ars Parish in Leawood.

Father Daniel Weger prepares to take his place around the altar be ciate pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Leawood and c

Families discover that the first lives c >> Continued from page 1

Father Mark Ostrowski smiles as he is being vested by Father David Simpson, O.Carm. Father Ostrowski’s first assignment will be as associate pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa and chaplain at St. James Academy, Lenexa.

As best as can be determined, the six men ordained to priesthood for the archdiocese was the largest class since at least 1981. Archbishop Naumann celebrated the ordination Mass and served as the homilist and the ordaining minister. Archbishop Emeritus James P. Keleher was also in attendance. In his homily, the archbishop expressed his gratitude to the ordinands’ parents. “Thank you, dear parents, for introducing your sons to Jesus,” he said, “for being the first teachers of the faith, and all that you’ve done to help them develop the desire to follow the Lord and to serve his people.” “The church is grateful for the goodness of your families,” he continued, “and I hope it brings you great joy today to witness your sons being called now by the church to follow Our Lord in this special path of the priesthood — to be servant leaders after the model of Jesus Christ.” He then turned to the priests of the archdiocese and congratulated them, saying, “The fact we have six men soon to be ordained priests is in part a testimony to your fidelity and to your dedication in serving the church as priests. “The witness of loving and joyful

Deacon Nicholas Ashmore and his mother Katrina Gavala are all smiles his ordination ceremony begins.

priests is important for the opening of the hearts of young men to hear the voice of Jesus beckoning them to follow him as priests.” After the homily, each man knelt before the archbishop and promised his obedience to him and his successors. This was followed by the litany of supplication and ordination by the ancient rite of the laying on of hands by the archbishop. Each of the 70 concelebrating priests then, in turn, laid their hands on the heads of the six and prayed over them. Archbishop Naumann then recited the prayer of ordination over them, and the six returned to the pews where their families sat, and where they were vested with their stoles and chasubles by their brother priests. They returned, then, to kneel before the archbishop for the anointing of their hands. Now priests forever in the order of Melchizedek, they joined their brother priests and the archbishop at the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Later, at the luncheon, the parents of the newly ordained priests shared their thoughts. The Haganeys, for example, now think about their son in a whole new light. “For me, I thought about how everything changes and how you

Father Daniel Morris and the priests of the archdiocese perform the laying on of hands on all the ordinands.

“THE CHURCH IS GRATEFUL FO FAMILIES, AND I HOPE IT BRI TO WITNESS YOUR SONS BE CHURCH TO FOLLOW OUR LOR THE PRIESTHOOD — TO BE SE MODEL OF JESUS CHRIST.” never know what is ahead of you,” said Charlie Haganey, Colin’s father. “For Colin, that’s not something we ever saw when he was a small child. And it’s really only been in the last 12 years that it even came on the radar, that this was possible.” For Father Haganey’s mother, ordination meant a role reversal. “I’ve always been [Colin’s] primary spiritual teacher,” said his mother Jennifer. “Now our roles are flipped . . . and he’s my spiritual leader and adviser.” The whole process of discernment and ordination of their son has changed their whole family, said the Clems. “It’s brought us all closer together,” said Audrey Clem, Kenn’s mother. “We’ve definitely learned a lot. It’s not a small undertaking. It requires a lot of discernment and

Seminarians Keith Chadwick, left, and Zach Ha tus James P. Keleher during the ordination cere

efore the laying on of hands. Father Weger will become the assochaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

Father Kenneth Clem offers his first blessing to Archbishop Naumann after his ordination to the priesthood on May 25. Father Clem will become the new associate pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe.

changed by new priests are their own


prayer, and everyone partakes of that — our parish, our family, all of us together.” “It has definitely deepened our spiritual development,” agreed his father Kyle. “Getting [into our faith] in depth, he has really helped with our religious knowledge and theology. He’s helped us grow and learn right along with him.” The Wegers have come to realize that their son must make sacrifices for his spiritual fatherhood — and so must they. “[It’s] . . . rather the end of him being just my son,” said Joann Weger. “I now have to share him with everyone in the church. He is now becoming married to the church and God. . . . As a mother, it’s very tough.” “I was thinking of him becoming a father to all the souls in his parish,

arris, right, assist Archbishop Emeriemony.

and the change in his relationship going forward in his new life,” said Matthew Weger. “What it means to him and to us.” John and Kathy Ostrowski received a foretaste of their son’s future through his service in the transitional diaconate. “We’ve been looking forward to this and working it into our lives,” said Kathy Ostrowski. “It’s been a natural part of it. He’s a godfather and does a lot of baptisms [in our family]. It’s kind of a normal part of our Catholic life to have a [cleric] in the family — baptisms and holy Communions, and everything else.” “I’m just very proud and happy for him,” said John Ostrowski. “I know he’s excited and looking forward to serving. It’s a thrilling culmination of a lot of hard work on his part, and it makes me very proud.” Willard Ashmore saw it, too, as the culmination of a lot of hard work by Father Ashmore so he could “be the priest he was always meant to be.” “What I find so amusing now is that I used to teach him theology, and now he teaches me,” said Willard. “He surpassed the teacher and didn’t even slow down.” His mother, Katrina Gavala, thought of how far her son had come. “The thing that went through my

mind was how it used to be when he was younger: ‘Look what I can do!’” she said. “Now, it’s: ‘Look at what God can do through me.’” Aleda Haug spoke of her son’s pastoral qualities and her hopes for Father Haug’s happiness. “He’s going to be very good at what he’s going to do,” she said. “He has a very natural pastoral attitude. He loves the people he’s ministering to, and all a parent can ask for is happiness for their children. “And he is very happy. He has a generous spirit and a very big heart for everyone, especially for children, teenagers and college-age students.” For their first assignments as associate pastors, Father Ashmore will serve at Good Shepherd Parish in Shawnee; Father Clem will serve at Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe; Father Haganey will serve at Curé of Ars Parish in Leawood; Father Haug will serve at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, Kansas, and live the charism of the Apostles of the Interior Life; Father Ostrowski will serve at Holy Trinity Parish and as chaplain at St. James Academy, both in Lenexa; and Father Weger will serve at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Leawood and as chaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park.

From left, Father Michael Koller, Father Anthony Saiki and Father Mirco Sosio, AVI, look on as the ceremony progresses.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann performs the ancient rite of the laying on of hands on Father Joel Haug, AVI. Father Haug will live the spiritual charism of the Apostles of the Interior Life and be a part-time associate pastor at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

From left, Archbishop Naumann receives assistance from Father Bruce Ansems, master of ceremonies, and seminarian Aaron Waldeck.




Farm families can now give gifts of grain By Joe Bollig

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ANSAS CITY, Kan. — For some people, the fruits of their labor are not represented by money in the bank, but by grain in the

silo. Farm families make their living from what they grow: corn, wheat, soybeans and other commodity crops. When harvested, the crops are stored until they are sold to a grain company. In the past, if a Catholic farm family wanted to make a gift to a diocese, parish, school or other institution or ministry, they had to wait until they got the cash. But not anymore. In May, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas launched a new giving program through the office of stewardship and development. The program — Gift of Grains — is a way for farm families to support the church through the gift of agricultural commodities. The idea came about during the Block One phase of the “One Faith. One Family. One Future . . . in Christ” archdiocesan capital campaign. Most of the parishes in this block were located in small towns or rural areas. One family, Joe and Janice Bunck of St. Leo Parish in Horton, wondered if they could make gifts of their grain. Joe Bunck, who happens to be on the board of the Catholic Foundation

To learn more about Gift of Grains or to participate, go to the website at:, or call the office of stewardship and development at (913) 647-0325.

In May, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas launched a new giving program called Gift of Grains. It is a way for farm families to support the church through the gift of agricultural commodities. of Northeast Kansas, knew just who to ask about this: the office of stewardship and development. “A farmer’s liquidity is in his grain,” said Bunck. “And because of changes in the tax laws, it’s an advantage to donate grain to a charitable organization.” Farmers can still deduct the inputs (the costs associated with producing the crop) when filing their taxes. They

can’t take a charitable deduction from the donated grain, but their taxes are reduced because they don’t declare income on the donated grain since they didn’t sell it. “I have no record of it,” said Bunck. “It’s just gone.” This was the kind of idea that resonated with Lesle Knop, executive director of the archdiocesan office of


stewardship and development. “The stewardship and development office consulted with our advisers and other dioceses in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri to see how they processed gifts of this kind,” said Knop. Her office got a lot of help from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, and the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska. But don’t look for Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann to be building grain silos next to his chancery office any time soon. The archdiocese never takes physical possession of the commodities. Rather, everything happens on paper. Here’s how it works: The farmer notifies the grain elevator that the harvest commodity being delivered or stored is to be given to the archdiocese. The elevator contacts the archdiocese, which will then sell the grain at market rate to the elevator. The elevator sends the check to the archdiocese. The donating farmer will receive a gift letter and acknowledgment from the office of Stewardship and Development.


he Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is seeking a qualified attorney to serve as general counsel for the archdiocese. Applicants must hold a license to practice law in the state of Kansas. The ideal applicant would be an experienced attorney with employment, real estate/construction, education and general practice preferred. Some knowledge of canon law would also be helpful. The archdiocese will entertain options with the successful applicant for serving either as in-house general counsel with salary, benefits and office space provided or to be contracted as an outside general counsel. Interested individuals should submit a resume online with a thorough professional work history, as well as other professional experience, to the office of human resources at:

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‘It’s truly an amazing amount of destruction’ >> Continued from page 3 first thing you could see was just stuff blown throughout the entire room,” said John. “You could tell that the wind had just blown the windows out, blown stuff around the room and everything was wet. So, it was bad, but we still had no idea.” Five large trees that used to provide the Pendletons’ house with shade had fallen over in their yard, blocking them from exiting through their front door. When they exited via the garage — through the hole left by a missing wall — they saw what the twister had done to their farm. Five of their seven greenhouses were damaged beyond repair, a telephone pole had been knocked over and their porta potty was nowhere to be found. The Pendletons were in shock, but they knew they had no time to waste. “I don’t sit and cry,” Karen said. “You’ve got to start doing things.” The Pendletons lived through a flood in 1993 and a microburst in 2006, so Karen said she knew people would come to their aid. When some of their friends came to check on them, she asked a friend to coordinate food. She then made some calls to secure another porta potty, and another friend helped them secure a shipping container to store things in. John said about 150 people came to help them clean up their farm on Wednesday, and people came back Thursday to continue the work. Kathy Landers was among the volunteers. She said she was amazed at the Pendletons’ positive attitudes toward the situation. “They’re just so resilient,” Landers said. “They’re just like, ‘Oh, well. Let’s do it.’” Despite the hardship they had been dealt, the Pendletons did not forget to count their blessings. John said they had been blessed by the support they received from the community, their customers and their church. He choked up as he talked about a local restaurant that called him asking to buy their green tomatoes, which had fallen off the vine during the storm. “Instead of just sending us money or sending us food, they wanted to buy our product,” John said. “It just hits me that the community wants to help us so much.” Despite how much damage had been


The mangled mailbox of the Pendleton house has fluorescent tape to signify that emergency medical personnel have inspected the interior of the house and there were no fatalities inside. In the background, the Pendletons talk with emergency personnel. done to their farm, both John and Karen recognized it could have been worse. For some of their neighbors, it was. John said they had so many people offer assistance that he and his wife have started directing people toward their neighbors. One group John said he was particularly appreciative of was the Knights of Columbus. “The local Knights have just absolutely come out in force,” John said. “That group in particular, on purpose, came out in force to help.” John was especially thankful to the Knights because he is not Catholic. He is Lutheran, but Karen is an active member of St. John the Evangelist in Lawrence. Jake Weeks, the Deputy Grand Knight of Council 1372 in Lawrence, organized the Knights that came to the Pendletons’ aid. “The Pendletons are parishioners at St. John’s, and they’ve been good friends of my wife and [me] for 12 or 15 years,” Weeks said. “They’re really good people and we wanted to see if we could help lend a hand and help do whatever.” Weeks organized about a dozen

Knights to help out at the Pendletons from the councils in Lawrence and Eudora. They were at the farm Wednesday and Saturday and plan to continue helping out when they can until the job is done. “I imagine we’ll be out here for quite a while,” Weeks said. “After we deconstruct damaged structures, I’m sure we’ll be involved with putting whatever back together that the Pendletons need.” Fourteen miles away in Linwood, another man has also been cleaning up after the tornado. Brian Habjan, owner of Black and Gold Farms and a parishioner at Holy Angels in Basehor, was also hit by the tornado. Habjan’s house was mostly unharmed, but his barn had significant damage and many trees on his property were knocked down. Like the Pendletons, Habjan and his family received tremendous support from their community. He said about 60 or 70 people came to help them clean up Wednesday, including people from his children’s school, friends and even strangers. He said his church community has also been supportive, and Father Richard

McDonald (pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Basehor) and the Knights of Columbus offered their assistance as well. “One of the best things is just seeing the amount of support,” Habjan said. “We had so many kids and people parked in the driveway, the equipment couldn’t even come down the driveway to come help, so we had to get everybody to move.” Habjan said he was pleased by the amount of work they got done Wednesday and said his family is blessed that there wasn’t more damage. Both the Pendletons and the Habjans have cleaned up a lot on their farms, but they still have a lot to do before life can get back to normal. They are thankful for the support of their communities and their parishes. “It’s truly an amazing amount of destruction that’s here and how much we’ve been able to clean up,” Habjan said. “I’ve lost track of the number of people that have come by just to see if we needed anything else. “That’s amazing that people come out of the blue and just start helping clean up.”

Singer to take her talents on the road with parish choir >> Continued from page 5 said one of the female graduates featured in a video on the JCCC adult education website. “We raised a great family. Now that they are grown and on their own, I decided it was time for grandma to graduate. As you can see, it’s never too late.” This past May, about 100 students walked in JCCC’s GED graduation ceremony. On average, about 250 students earn their GED diploma from JCCC annually. In addition to shepherding students through the program, McLaughlin has been coordinating the GED graduation ceremony for the last 15 years. And the students come in all shapes

and sizes. Student demographics vary by income, ethnicity and age, McLaughlin said. She helped one student who was 83. The minimum age requirement is 16 and they must get a parent’s permission. “We’ve had many single moms in the program who went back to further their education and their career,” added McLaughlin. “This is very difficult, but they are committed to improving their lives and the lives of their children.” Most students don’t have to be convinced to participate in the program, she said. “They come because they’re ready,” she said, “and because they see the benefits of education and how it can help them.”

But her day job is not the only way McLaughlin supports people in transition. She regularly sings at a naturalization ceremony that combines citizenship programs from Catholic Charities and JCCC. JCCC hosts the ceremony a couple of times a year, which welcomes immigrants to U.S. citizenship. “If you’ve never witnessed a naturalization ceremony, watching the newest citizens come into our country leaves tears in your eyes,” she said. And now, in a sense, she’ll be taking her talents on the road. A member of the choir of Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe, McLaughlin recently told choir director Melissa Jakmouj that she had always wanted to go to Rome.

Jakmouj surprised her by saying, “OK, let’s go!” Now, later this month, McLaughlin and choir members from Prince of Peace and other parishes in the archdiocese will join Prince of Peace pastor Father Jerry Volz on a trip led by Jakmouj. The group is scheduled to sing in catacombs and cathedrals across Rome, and in Assisi as well. The group will be traveling over the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. But before they leave, they’ll perform their Celebration of Saints preview concert on June 14 at 7 p.m. at Prince of Peace. It’s open to the public. “This is a dream for me,” said McLaughlin. “I told Melissa I’m probably going to cry the whole time I’m there.”



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SERVICES Music lessons - Graduated cum laude from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and 5+ years experience teaching in the metro area. Offers piano, voice, guitar and ukulele lessons in Shawnee. Parishioner at St. Joseph. Contact Erin at (913) 912-9193. 8 to Your IdealWeight Get Real, Get Healthy, Get Empowered. Release your weight and restore your power in 8 weeks! Cleaning lady - Reasonable rates; references provided. Call (913) 940-2959. Tree Trimming Tree Trimming/Landscaping Insured/References Free Estimates/Local Parishioner Tony (913) 620-6063 Custom countertops - Laminates installed within five days. Cambria, granite and solid surface. Competitive prices, dependable work. Call the Top Shop, Inc., at (913) 962-5058. Members of St. Joseph, Shawnee. Speedy Guzman Moving and delivery Licensed and insured Anytime (816) 935-0176 Quilted memories - Your Kansas City Longarm shop Nolting Longarm machines, quilting supplies and machine quilting services. We specialize in memorial quilts - custom designed memory quilts from your T-shirt collections, photos, baby clothes, college memorabilia, neckties, etc. For information or to schedule a free consultation, call (913) 649-2704. Visit the website at: Win disability benefits - Disabled and no longer able to work? Get help winning Social Security disability benefits. Free consultation. Eight years’ experience. No fee unless you win. Call (785) 331-6452 or send an email to: or visit 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: Bankruptcy consultation - If debts are overwhelming you, seek hope and help from compassionate, experienced Catholic attorney, Teresa Kidd. For a free consultation, call (913) 422-0610; send an email to: tkidd@; or visit the website at: www.teresakiddlawyer. com. Please do not wait until life seems hopeless before getting good quality legal advice that may solve your financial stress.

Local handyman - Painting int. and ext., wood rot, power washing, staining, masonry (chimney repair, patio’s) gutter cleaning, water heaters, junk removal, lawn mowing, window cleaning, honey - do list and more!! Member of Holy Angels Parish, Basehor. Call Billy at (913)927-4118. Concrete construction - Tear out and replace stamped, stained or colored patios and drives. Retaining walls, footings, poured-in-place safe rooms, excavation and hauling. Asphalt drives and lots. Fully insured; references. Call Dan at (913) 207-4371 or send an email to:

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CALENDAR BINGO NIGHT Sacred Heart Church 2646 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kansas June 8 at 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus will be hosting bingo. There will be cash prizes. Concessions will be sold. For more information, call (913) 850-3348.

CHARISMATIC PENTECOST VIGIL CELEBRATION Sanctuary of Hope 2601 Ridge Ave., Kansas City, Kansas June 8 at 9:30 a.m.

There will be talks, prayer and praise. The day will end with Mass at 6:15 p.m., celebrated by Father Dennis Wait. The cost is $20. For more information and to register, call (913) 649-2026.

BEAUTY ON THE BOULEVARD Holy Name Parish 1007 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas June 8 from 4 - 11 p.m.

Celebrate with music from the band Stranded in the City. There will also be children’s games, bingo, a raffle, food and much more.

GARAGE SALE Holy Rosary, Wea 22705 Metcalf, Bucyrus June 8 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 9 from 8 a.m. - noon

This will be a 700-family garage sale. On June 9, all items that fit in a trash bag will be $4 per bag, except furniture and certain tables.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST Divine Mercy Parish (Christian Formation Center) 555 W. Main St., Gardner June 9 from 8 - 10 a.m.

Join the fun and fellowship and enjoy a hot and hardy breakfast. The cost for a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy is: $6 for adults; $3 for kids 6 - 12; and kids 5 and under eat for free.

PICNIC AND AUCTION St. James Parish 306 5th St., Wetmore June 9 at 4:30 p.m.

The cost for a dinner of roast beef and ham served family style is: $10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 4 - 10; and free for kids 3 and under. There will be games for all ages, and bingo and card games in the church basement. The auction begins at 8 p.m. in the hall. Kiss the pig winner will be announced prior to the auction.

PARISH PICNIC St. Malachy Parish 1012 Main St., Beattie June 9 at 5 p.m.

The cost for a supper of beef brisket or pork barbecue is $10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 4 - 10. There will also be games, bingo and a raffle. There will be an auction at 8 p.m.

CHICKEN DINNER Sacred Heart Parish 22298 Newbury Rd., Paxico June 9 from noon - 3 p.m.

Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Chicken dinner will be served buffet-style following Mass. The cost for dinner will be: $10 for adults; $4 for kids 5 - 12; and kids 4 and under eat for free. There will also be games, bingo, raffles and a silent auction at the parish hall, 1.5 miles north of Paxico.

LADIES OF CHARITY WINE AND CHEESE PARTY Teal Lotus Boutique 7924 Santa Fe, Overland Park June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Ladies of Charity will hold a prospective new member wine and cheese party. An information session will be held from 6 to 6:15 p.m. RSVP to Erin O’Reilly at:

HEALING MASS Cure’ of Ars (Father Burak Room) 9405 Mission Rd., Leawood June 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Father Ed Wills will preside at a Mass with prayers for healing, sponsored by archdiocesan charismatic prayer groups. For more information, call (913) 649-2026.

‘FINDING THE SACRED THROUGH DEPRESSION’ Sophia Spirituality Center 751 S. 8th St., Atchison June 14 - 15

The retreat begins on Friday at 7 p.m. and ends on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Sharon Highberger shares an inspired pathway out of clinical depression through deepening spiritual practices. This retreat is for ages 18 and older. The cost is $140 (private room and meals; $30 deposit). To register, call (913) 360-6173 or visit the website at: sophia

18TH ANNUAL GERMANFEST St. Joseph Parish 306 N. Broadway, Leavenworth June 15 from 4:30 - 9 p.m.

There will be a traditional German dinner served. The cost for dinner is $10 for adults; $4 for kids. There will also be a beer garden, wine, a raffle with cash and German prizes, and a silent auction. Outdoor music will be provided by the Festhaus Musikanten polka band. Betty Jo Simmon, accordionist, will provide music in the dining hall. For more information, call the parish office at (913) 6823953 or go online to:

ETHNIC FESTIVAL St. Mary - St. Anthony Parish 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas June 15 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. and the festival will follow in the Bishop Forst Parish Hall. There will be Irish and Hispanic foods, a raffle, silent auction, candy wheel, gift certificate wheel and a salami/homemade povitica/beer wheel. There will be much more to celebrate the 161st year as a parish.

‘SPIRITUAL ENERGY’ Church of the Nativity 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood June 15 at 8:15 a.m. (Mass); 9:15 a.m. (meeting)

Come reflect on and share the topic of “Spiritual Energy” in the tradition of Salesian spirituality with the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales after Mass in the Magi Room. To attend, send an email to Ruth Owens at: rowens4853@ For additional information, visit the website at:

MEMORIAL LITURGY FOR DECEASED LOVED ONES Curé of Ars (Father Burak Room) 9405 Mission Rd., Leawood June 15 at 8 a.m. Mass

Following the Mass, there will be a grief support meeting in the Father Burak Room. Grief counselor Brent Doster will speak on: “We Remember: How Remembrance and Ritual Heal Our Grief.” For information, call (913) 649-2026.

SALAD POTLUCK Most Pure Heart of Mary (Formation Room) 3601 S.W. 17th St., Topeka June 27 from 5 -7 p.m.

The Christian widow and widowers organization will host a salad potluck dinner. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call (785) 233-7350.

GOTTA HAVE HOPE GARAGE SALE St. Michael the Archangel School 14201 Nall Ave., Leawood June 28 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 29 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

‘MASSIVE’ GARAGE SALE Church of the Ascension 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park June 12 from 3 - 7 p.m. (presale, $5 cover) June 13 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 14 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. June 15 from 8 a.m. - noon

The garage sale helps fund the ministries that serve the parish and many ministries beyond the parish. There will be lots of treasures from clothing to stuffed zebras! On June 14, many items will be half price. On June 15, it will be “everything you can put in a bag” sale day. The cost will be either $5 or $10 per bag.


39TH ANNUAL MEXICAN FIESTA St. John the Evangelist Parish 1234 Kentucky, Lawrence June 21 and June 22 from 6 - 11:30 p.m.

There will be authentic Mexican food, mariachis and live entertainment from The Steele Road Band of Kansas City, Kansas, on Friday and Grupo Picante on Saturday. There will be carnival-type games on Saturday. Admission is free.

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD Sts. Peter and Paul Parish 411 Pioneer, Seneca June 6 - 9 and 20 - 23

This is adult formation for level 2, part 1, summer intensive. For more information or to register, call Angie Hammes at (785) 2940442 or send an email to: angiemhammes@

HEALING AND HOPE Holy Angels Parish (hall) 15440 Leavenworth Rd., Basehor June 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This is a workshop on coping with grief, mourning and loss. Hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor, Sister Susan Holmes, OSB, will facilitate. For more information or to register (registration is required), call (913) 724-1665, or download the registration form at:

DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA LITTLE FLOWER CIRCLE Christ the King Church 5973 S.W. 29th St., Topeka June 23. Rosary at 12:30 p.m.; business meeting at 1 p.m.

A social will follow the business meeting. If anyone knows of a member or a family in distress, sick or in need of the circle’s prayers, contact Theresa Smith-Lawton at (785) 640-1403. If you are interested in or would like more information about Daughters of Isabella, call Cindy Keen at (785) 228-9863.

GOLF TOURNAMENT Sunflower Hills Golf Course 12200 Riverview Ave., Bonner Springs June 24 at 1 p.m.

There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost to attend is $75 per person for a fourperson scramble. Send checks payable to: St. John the Baptist Altar Society, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, KS 66101 before June 17. For more information, send an email to: or call Carol Shomin at (913) 897-4833. The tournament is sponsored by the Strawberry Hill Altar Societies.

PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART St. Joseph Parish 11311 Johnson Dr., Shawnee June 27 at 7 p.m.

The prayer vigil will include vespers, Act of Reparation, Litany of the Sacred Heart and chaplet of the Sacred Heart.

This is Gotta Have Hope’s 12th annual sale. Tax deductible donations will be accepted June 27. All proceeds benefit St. Joan of Arc School in Uganda and area villages. For more information, visit the website at: www.; send an email to: info@; or call (913) 226-6958.

FAMILY SPECIAL-NEEDS SUMMER CAMP Prairie Star Ranch 1124 California Rd., Williamsburg June 28 - 30

This is a summer camp for families who have a loved one with special needs. For more information, go online to: specialneeds or contact Tom Racunas by email at: or call (913) 647-3054.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE - A WEEKEND AWAY FOR A LIFETIME OF CHANGE Precious Blood Renewal Center 2120 St. Gaspar Way, Liberty, Missouri June 28 - 30

This is a weekend for those who are suffering the loss of a love relationship and may feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends and unsure of themselves. For more information, visit: www.beginning; send an email to: register.; or call Michelle at (913) 709-3779.

RALLY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Church of the Ascension 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park June 30 Mass at 11:45 a.m.; rally at 1:30 p.m.

All are welcome to rally for religious freedom. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann will celebrate Mass. Following Mass, there will be a free lunch, carnival games and an ice cream social for all ages. The event is sponsored by the archdiocesan offices for pro-life and social justice, Faithful Citizens and FIAT. Visit the website at: freedom for detailed information.

TOTUS TUUS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS St. Joseph Parish 11311 Johnson Dr., Shawnee July 22 - 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This program is for children ages 6 - 14 years of age with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Volunteers are needed. The fee is $40 per child. The registration deadline is July 8. For more information, contact the office of special needs by email at: or call (913) 6477487. To register, go online to: www.archkck. org/specialneeds.

DIVORCED: CALLED TO LOVE AGAIN Church of the Ascension (St. Luke Room) 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park 2nd and 4th Sundays from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

What’s next after divorce/annulment? Join us for a formation series on the gift of self, which helps us fulfill the call to love again. Various topics will be discussed. Visit our Facebook page at: giftofself143 or send an email to:


COMMENTARY TENTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME June 9 PENTECOST SUNDAY Acts 2: 1-11 Ps 104: 1ab, 24ac, 29bc-30, 31, 34 1 Cor 12: 3b-7, 12-13 Jn 20: 19-23 June 10 The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Gn 3: 9-15, 20 Ps 87: 1-3, 5-7 Jn 19: 25-34 June 11 Barnabas, Apostle Acts 11: 21b-26; 13: 1-3 Ps 98: 1-6 Mt 5: 13-16 June 12 Wednesday 2 Cor 3: 4-11 Ps 99: 5-9 Mt 5: 17-19 June 13 Anthony of Padua, priest, doctor of the church 2 Cor 3:15 – 4:1, 3-6 Ps 85: 9ab, 10-14 Mt 5: 20-26 June 14 Friday 2 Cor 4: 7-15 Ps 116: 10-11, 15-18 Mt 5: 27-32 June 15 Saturday 2 Cor 5: 14-21 Ps 103: 1-4, 9-12 Mt 5: 33-37 June 16 THE MOST HOLY TRINITY Prv 8: 22-31 Ps 8: 4-9 Rom 5: 1-5 Jn 16: 12-15 June 17 Monday 2 Cor 6: 1-10 Ps 98: 1-4 Mt 5: 38-42 June 18 Tuesday 2 Cor 8: 1-9 Ps 146: 2, 5-9a Mt 5: 43-48 June 19 Romuald, abbot 2 Cor 9: 6-11 Ps 112: 1b-4, 9 Mt 6: 1-6, 16-18 June 20 Thursday 2 Cor 11: 1-11 Ps 111: 1b-4, 7-8 Mt 6: 7-15 June 21 Aloysius Gonzaga, religious 2 Cor 11: 18, 21-30 Ps 34: 2-7 Mt 6: 19-23 June 22 Paulinus of Nola, bishop; John Fisher, bishop, and Thomas More, martyrs 2 Cor 12: 1-10 Ps 34: 8-13 Mt 6: 24-34



Who’s watching makes all the difference

y mom died on Tuesday at the age of 101. Because of this, The Leaven staff offered to run one of my previous columns in this spot in order to give me a break. As I considered this, my mom’s voice sounded in my heart: “Don’t use me as an excuse! Do your job. Write your column.” OK, Mom, but I’m going to fudge a little bit and present a longer story here than usual. Over the past few days, it’s become more relevant than I ever imagined. Here it is: Some years ago, Columbia University had a great football coach named Lou Little. One day, a boy tried out for the varsity team who wasn’t very good. But Lou noticed something unique about the kid — while he wasn’t good enough to make the team, he had such a relentless spirit and contagious enthusiasm that the coach thought, “This boy would be a great inspiration on


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

the bench. He’ll never be able to play, but I’ll leave him on the team to encourage others.” As the season went on, Lou developed a tremendous admiration for this boy. One of the things that impressed him was the manner with which the boy cared for his father. Whenever the father would come for a visit, the two would always be seen walking together, arm in arm, an obvious indication

of an exceptional bond of love between them. They could also be seen on Sunday going to and from the university chapel. Theirs was a deep and mutually shared Christian faith. Then one day, Lou got a telephone call, informing him that the boy’s father had died. With a heavy heart, he informed the boy, and the son left immediately to go home for the funeral. A few days later, the boy returned to school, only two days before the biggest game of the season. Lou went to him and said, “Is there anything I can do for you?” To his astonishment, the boy said, “Let me

start the game on Saturday!” The coach thought, “I can’t let him start; he’s not good enough.” But remembering his promise, he said, “OK, you can start the game.” However, he resolved to only leave the boy in for a few plays and then take him out. The day of the big game arrived. To everyone’s surprise, this boy who had never played in a game all season started. In the first play from scrimmage, that boy was the one who single-handedly made a tackle that threw the opposing team for a loss. The kid went on to play inspired football, play after play. In fact, he did so well that the coach left him in for the entire game. The boy eventually led his team to victory and was named the most valuable player. Afterwards, Lou approached the boy and said, “Son, what got into you today?” The boy replied, “You remember when my father would visit me and we would spend

a lot of time together walking around the campus? My father and I shared a secret that nobody around here knew anything about. You see, my father was blind. I played the way I did today because this was the first time my dad could see me play!” (Adapted from “Illustrations Unlimited,” edited by James S. Hewett.) I could imagine my mom in this story. While I was growing up, she was able to keep a pretty good eye on me. And, at every parish I’ve been assigned, she’s enlisted the help of parishioners to “keep me in line.” But her sphere of influence was always limited. Now, however, all of that has changed. Like the dad in the story, my mom is in a position to see me, every moment of every day. So, I’m left with no choice. I’ve simply got to up my game and be the absolute best I can be. After all, Mom is watching.

Pentecost is a celebration of the enduring presence of the Spirit


he lector faces a formidable challenge in Sunday’s first reading, Acts 2:1-11. It presents a list of words difficult to pronounce. They are the names of the various ethnic groups and nationalities that have gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost: “We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs.” Despite their differences, these pilgrims originate from countries all belonging to the Roman Empire. The network of excellent


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

roads that the Romans had constructed to enable the movement of their armies has also facilitated the travel of these pilgrims to Jerusalem.


Good roads contributed to the unity of the Roman Empire. Good roads would also eventually make it easier to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. The pilgrims who had journeyed in from afar to Jerusalem would journey out, far and wide, to share with others the wonderful events of Pentecost. The pilgrims speak a vast array of different languages, each one

If the world is to win the fight against climate change, its leaders must stop profiting from fossil fuels that threaten the survival and well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, Pope Francis said. Addressing a Vatican climate change conference for finance ministers from around the world May 27, the pope said that the current crisis is “caused by a confusion of our moral ledger with our financial ledger. We live at a time when profits and losses seem to be more highly valued than lives and deaths, and when a company’s net worth is given prece-

proper to his or her native land. At the same time, they are all able to understand the apostles’ proclamations about Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is able to overcome these barriers of language that could separate them. Even though a wide diversity prevails among the pilgrims in their mother tongue, most of the pilgrims would understand at least a little Greek. That language operated as a second language in the eastern half of the Roman Empire. In his conquests, Alexander the Great had brought the Greek language and culture to that part of the world. That is why the New Testament was written in the Greek language. The widespread knowledge of Greek enabled

the message of Christ to travel throughout the Roman Empire. Sunday’s first reading shows us the beginning point of this process. That is why we call Pentecost “the birthday of the church.” The descent of the Holy Spirit supplies the driving force that would bring thousands to Christ. It would energize missionaries to share their faith with others. It would strengthen Christians to stand firm in the face of persecution. On this feast of Pentecost, we do more than merely commemorate an historical event. We celebrate the enduring presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst. The Spirit, which worked so many miracles in the past, can still do wonderful things for us.

dence over the infinite worth of our human family,” he said. The conference, “Climate Change and New Evidence from Science, Engineering and Policy,” was sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Among the issues discussed during the event was the fulfillment of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, a list of 17 major commitments that the world’s nations and U.N. agencies will be asked to pursue until 2030. The pope gave his address after a private meeting with Raoni Metuktire, chief of the Kayapo indigenous group in the Brazilian Amazon region, to discuss the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, which will be at the Vatican in October. — CNS


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SERVICES Decked Out in KC - We repair, power wash and seal concrete drives, walkways, pool decks and more. Call Brian at (913) 952-5965. HARCO Exteriors LLC Your Kansas City fencing specialists Family owned and operated (913) 815-4817

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, sterling, etc. Single pieces or estate. Renee Maderak, (913) 475-7393. St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee. Wanted to buy - Old cars or hot rods. Uncompleted project cars in any condition, with or without titles. Cash buyer. Call (913) 980-3559.

REAL ESTATE CASH FOR YOUR HOME (913) 980-4905 Any condition in the metro area Mark Edmondson - local parishioner Roommate wanted - To share my three-bedroom, two-bathroom Lansing home. St. Frances de Sales Parish. No deposit. $550 per month rent. Utilities included. Text or leave a message for Linda at (913) 240-0400. We buy houses and whole estates - We are local and family-owned, and will make you a fair cash offer. We buy houses in any condition. No fees or commissions and can close on the date of your choice. Selling your house as is never felt so good. Jon & Stacy Bichelmeyer (913) 5995000.

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: WE SELL HOMES - Looking to sell? This is a seller’s market. Call for a free consultation detailing the steps to selling your home. Ask about our 39-day sales guarantee. Mention this ad for a special offer. Call Jim Blaufuss, Re/Max Realty Suburban, at (913) 226-7442. Jimblau Apartment wanted - Older lady seeks small apartment beginning mid-August. No pets, non-smoker. Call (913) 499-8630 and leave message. Home for rent - Nice home on beautiful acreage near the Legends shopping area and St. Patrick’s Parish in Kansas City, Kansas. Some appliances and mowing provided. $1350 per month. Call (816) 797-3661.

CAREGIVING 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, www. or call (913) 422-1591. Just like family - Let me care for your loved ones in their homes. I have many years of experience. Looking for night-shift coverage, some days. Great price, great references. Experienced with hospice care. Call Ophelia at (913) 579-7276.

FOR SALE 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 - Two spaces at Resurrection Cemetery in Mausoleum, St. John Corridor. Reasonable rate. Call (913) 894-2448. For sale - One plot in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Lot number 46C, space 7 in the Garden of Everlasting Life. Asking $1000. If interested, call Judy at (913) 523-6993. For sale - Two adjoining plots at Mount Olivet Cemetery in the Crucifixion area, close to the road. Original cost $1825 per lot. Will sell both lots for $2500 or separately for $1250 each. Call Lesley at (913) 908-2162. 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. $7500. Call Lou at (512) 294-2869. For sale - 75-year-old china made in Czechoslovakia. Service for 12. Priced to sell. Call (913) 661-9189.

PILGRIMAGE Pope Francis authorized pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Fiat Voluntas Tua organizes pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Oct. 29 – Nov. 10, 2019: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje and Fatima Call Grace for more information. (913) 449-1806


Caregiver - Reliable caregiver who is very knowledgeable handling a variety of emergency situations. Adept at meal preparation, respite, grocery shopping or running errands, assisting in the maintenance of a household and developing a strong rapport with client. Call Gina at (785) 521-8026.

Catholic Store 119 SE 18th Topeka, KS (785) 232-2543 Hrs. T-F - 10 a.m. 5:30; Sat. 9 a.m. to noon

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.

Any type of repair and new work Driveways, Walks, Patios

Concrete Work

Member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish

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CEILING PAINTING AND TEXTURING • Remove popcorn to knockdown texture • Interior painting, cracks repaired


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The Cathedral of St. Peter’s Eritrean community sings for the congregation at Easter Sunday Mass on April 21 in Kansas City, Kansas. Singing together has sustained their Catholic faith in times of war, in Ethiopian refugee camps and in their new home in the United States.

‘We all used to live in refugee camps’

Cathedral’s Eritreans feed faith, honor heritage through singing By Olivia Martin


ANSAS CITY, Kan. — When noise complaints from neighbors restricted Jafer Alesh and his friends from singing together in their homes, he wasn’t sure what to do. So, he went to their parish, the Cathedral of St. Peter, for help. And found it. On May 18 at 2 p.m., Alesh and about 60 others met for the first time in their new practice location: the Resurrection School gym. The singers are all Catholics from Eritrea, a small East African nation bordered by the Red Sea, Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Singing together has sustained their faith in times of war, in Ethiopian refugee camps and now an ocean away in the United States.

Singing for eras The group trickled in that Saturday afternoon as rain poured outside. In the midst of greetings, conversation and laughter, it became clear that simply being together was more important for them than sticking to a timeline. “In Eritrea or Ethiopia, we are free to go to church all the time and sing together,” said Sembattu Jermiya, 23. “But here, it’s too busy. The time is different [and] your friends don’t always have time.” But this young group is determined to vigilantly carve out an afternoon of singing every Saturday from now on — and encourage anyone interested to join. They sing together to grow in faith and honor their heritage. “Most of us, especially those who

go to school here, are forgetting how to sing in our Kunama language,” said Alesh. And that’s something the Eritreans don’t want to do. Eritrea is home to nine languages and three ethnic communities, one of which is the Kunama people who speak Kunama. The Eritreans at the cathedral are ethnically Kunama. Though today the Kunama compose less than 2% of the Eritrean population — which amounts to around 100,000 people — their roots run deep. “The Kunama people lived in Eritrea before the other languages [were spoken],” said Alesh. “We have been there for more than 2000 years.” And they’ve been singing ever since. “I grew up singing with my age [group] in Africa,” said Daniel Mussa, 21. “I’m very happy to have this place (Resurrection School) to continue participating in the Catholic Church and to help the young kids of our culture grow up in the Catholic Church. “For us, if we don’t have this space, we don’t have a way to grow in the church.”

The Kansas Kunama For the Eritreans in Kansas City, many years passed during which singing was all they had — literally. In 2000, a war ensued between Eritrea and Ethiopia, heavily affecting an area in which many Kunama people lived. It lasted until 2018. “Some of us came to Ethiopia during the war where airplanes are bombing everywhere,” said Alesh. “And some of us came to Ethiopia after that war — but we all used to live in refugee camps.” Alesh was a seminarian studying

“I’M VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THIS PLACE TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND TO HELP THE YOUNG KIDS OF OUR CULTURE GROW UP IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. theology during the early years of the war. But his studies were cut short when he had to flee to Ethiopia to evade military service. He left behind his father, mother and younger brother, but hopes to be reunited with them soon. “Right now, I am applying for citizenship, so once I become a citizen, I will be able to bring my father,” he said. When asked if it’s been difficult to become accustomed to life in the United States, Alesh smiled and shook his head. “The hardest moments for us were in the refugee camp [in Ethiopia], not here,” said Alesh. “In the USA, we have every opportunity. “Here we are doing good because of God who helps us through all of these dangerous situations.” And the cathedral couldn’t be happier to claim the Eritreans as their own. “They’re just so friendly, eager and full of life,” said parish secretary Mary Kay Traffas. “We hadn’t heard of them until they started coming a few months ago. Then I got to know them and said,

‘Where have you been all of this time?!’” Father Harry Schneider, pastor of the cathedral, has also been struck by the Eritreans’ warmth and desire to live their faith. “Some groups aren’t sure how to, but they wanted to register and become part of the parish,” he said. “We are happy to have them here and just want them to feel welcome.”

A taste of Eritrea In addition to being a source of comfort and a reminder of home, music plays a huge role in the Catholic liturgy in Eritrea. “In Eritrea, our Masses are so long . . . because all the responses are sung,” said Alesh. And for him, the difference in the liturgy in the United States was shocking at first. “When I came here, I was so worried [because] Mass was only 45 minutes to one hour,” said Alesh. Then, laughing, he exclaimed, “I didn’t even feel like we were doing Mass!” But on Easter Sunday, April 21, the Eritreans brought a taste of Africa to the 11 a.m. Mass at the cathedral. They sang in Kunama for the entire congregation — including Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann. “The music for me was joyous,” said Father Schneider. “It was full of spirit and an expression of their lives and faith.” And the Eritreans plan to continue sharing their music with the cathedral, the parish that is beginning to feel like home. “I am so thankful to the church for accepting us and giving us time to praise God together,” said Jermiya. “It’s beautiful.”

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