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April 11, 2014

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‘Saints in Training’ need to trust God, youth told
Holy Land, Home Missions collections are this month
Two former popes to be declared saints
Church audit finds abuse allegations have declined

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‘Saints in Training’ need to trust God, youth told PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:27

Salina — Bob Perrin had some advice for the hundreds of Catholic youth gathered here.

To be a “saint in training” — the theme of the Catholic Youth Organization diocesan convention April 5-6 — “we need to learn to trust where God is leading us,” Perrin said.

The director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., Perrin was the featured speaker at the annual youth gathering.

“We’re all made unique. We’re all called to be saints, but not in the same way,” he said.

“We have to trust like little kids trust,” he said. “If we don’t have the faith of a child, it’s hard to become a saint.”

God’s plan for us isn’t necessarily what we think it will be, Perrin said. It takes a daily conversation with God to know what he truly plans for us, he added.

“Your life right now is not a dress rehearsal. The decisions you make today have a big impact on the person you will become in 20 years,” he said.

“It’s not too early to invite God into that conversation on a daily basis, to pray for wisdom, patience and knowledge. Know that we’re on this journey and that God has a plan. Our times of prayer can help us discern that,” he stressed.

That’s where trust comes into play, Perrin said.

“We are called to trust, but to truly trust, we have to let go of some things,” he said. “We like to know where we are going and that we’re in charge, but I have learned that God’s plan is better than my plan.”

Most people say they have a tough time finding time to pray, and he shared some advice he received from a friend: say a quick prayer of thanksgiving every time you walk through a doorway.

“You’ll be surprised how many doorways you walk through in a day,” Perrin said.

In welcoming the youth to the convention, Bishop Edward Weisenburger told them that he prays for them and “the good people of the Diocese of Salina” every day.

And while he said he was appointed bishop to help spread the faith, “What I’ve encountered is a faith that deepens and nurtures my own.”

Belleville girl’s drive to collect used shoes expands to peers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:26

Salina — Micayla Pachta’s idea for a youth service project appears to be a shoe-in for success.

She launched it for her own Catholic Youth Organization group in Belleville last year and brought it to the diocesan CYO convention this year.

She began a drive for used shoes to benefit Soles4Souls, a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that collects new and used shoes and clothing to benefit people in the United States as well as overseas.

The response was overwhelming, she said.

“We received over 3,000 pairs of shoes. It took us two trips to the warehouse in Omaha to deliver them,” she said. “We had so much support, so I decided we should try to expand it to other places.”

Pachta, who also is a member of the Diocesan Youth Council, learned about the group online.

Most of Soles4Souls’ donations are discontinued new items from corporations and retailers, but millions of used shoes and items of clothing come from local drives.

Some donations help people directly; the Belleville group’s collection went to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. Soles4Souls also sells the items to small business owners in developing countries who in turn are able to make a living and help create other jobs.

Pachta, hoping to collect another 1,000 pairs of shoes at the CYO convention in Salina, thinks it would make a great service project for other Catholic youth groups.

Holy Land, Home Missions collections are this month PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:20

Salina — Two collections supporting the Catholic faith here and abroad will be taken up in parishes in April.

As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect holy places. This year’s collection will take place April 18.

For 800 years the pope has entrusted to the Franciscans the care of the Holy Land for the benefit of the Christians who live there and all who come as pilgrims. The staffing and maintenance of holy places and development of new projects enable those who live in the Holy Land and those who visit to deepen their faith and their spiritual and cultural connection to salvation history.

To assist Christians to remain in the Holy Land, including the poor and young couples, the Franciscans have built more than a thousand residential units in Bethlehem, Bethphage and Nazareth. In the Old City of Jerusalem, about 80 homes have been rehabilitated for Christian families. Senior care facilities have been built in Bethlehem and Nazareth, and medical assistance is provided for the needy.

The Franciscans provide pastoral care in 29 parishes in the Holy Land, including worship, Christian formation, youth and family programs and new parish centers in Jericho and Cana.

Se tomaran dos colectas este mes en las parroquias PDF Print E-mail
Written by Por el Registro   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:19

Salina — Dos colectas apoyando la fe católica aquí y afuera de los Estados Unidos se tomarán en las parroquias en el mes abril.

La colecta anual del Viernes Santo solicitada por el Papa Francisco ofrece un enlace directo a los feligreses a ser testigos de la paz y ayudar a proteger los lugares santos. La colecta de este año se llevará a cabo el 18 de abril.

Por 800 años, el papa ha encomendado a los franciscanos el cuidado de la Tierra Santa para el beneficio de los cristianos que viven allí y para los peregrinos. El equipo y mantenimiento de los lugares santos y el desarrollo de nuevos proyectos ayudan a los que visitan la Tierra Santa y a los que viven allí, a profundizar su fe y su conexión espiritual y cultural a la historia de la salvación.

Para ayudar a los cristianos a permanecer en la Tierra Santa, incluyendo a parejas jóvenes y pobres, los franciscanos han construido más de mil residencias en Belén, Betfagé, y Nazaret. En la ciudad vieja de Jerusalén, cerca de 80 viviendas han sido rehabilitadas para las familias cristianas. Se han construido asilo de ancianos en Belén y Nazaret, y asistencia médica se ofrece a los más necesitados.

Los franciscanos proporcionan cuidado pastoral en las 29 parroquias en la Tierra Santa incluyendo culto y formación cristiana, programas para la juventud y familias, y nuevos centros parroquiales en Jericó y Caná.

Bishop blesses, consecrates holy oils during Mass PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:22

Salina — Bishop Edward Weisenburger consecrated and blessed the holy oils to be used in the coming year during the annual Chrism Mass on April 10 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The bishop told those gathered that the sacred oils tend to make us think of action — by the priest anointing an infant being baptized, a person joining the Church or an ill parishioner, or the bishop anointing a newly ordained priest.

The oils, however, are “blessed and consecrated in most instances for the people of God,” he said.

Being anointed means to give up being in charge, to become passive, Bishop Weisenburger said.

“It is, in what may be in its most pure forms, an expression of our most basic stance before God,” he said. “We are first and foremost recipients of his grace.”

The Chrism Mass also included a renewal of commitment to priestly service by those priests serving in the diocese.

The Mass was streamed live on the diocesan website and is available to watch anytime online at, under “archives.”

$50,000 match offered for seminarian education PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:38

Salina — The Diocese of Salina is one of nine dioceses in the country selected for the Seminarian Endowment Challenge sponsored by Catholic Extension.

The diocese seeks to raise $100,000 for the challenge, with Catholic Extension matching up to $50,000. Donations will be endowed to help pay for future seminarian education costs.

Syndi Larez, director of stewardship and development for the Salina Diocese, said the Catholic Extension challenge is in its third year. The diocese applied for the challenge in October and learned of its acceptance in mid-January. There were 55 dioceses that applied.

The Salina Diocese has until Dec. 31 to raise funds for the challenge.

The endowment challenge is designed to support mission dioceses — those who have difficulties ministering to Catholics because of a lack of finances, shortage of priests and physical distances.

To qualify for the matching funds from Catholic Extension, individual donations must be $1,000 or more.

El desafío de fondos ayudará a financiar la a educación de seminaristas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:36

Salina — La diócesis de Salina es uno de nueve diócesis del país seleccionado para participar en un desafío de fondos para los seminaristas, patrocinado por la organización Extensión Católica.

La diócesis ha fijado la meta de $100,000 para alcanzar este cambio con el desafío de la organización, Extensión Católica, igualando hasta $50,000. Las donaciones serán dadas para ayudar a pagar la educación de futuros seminaristas.

La Sra. Cyndi Larez, directora del comité, de la Administración y el Desarrollo de la Diócesis de Salina, dijo que el desafío de la extensión católica está en su tercer año. La diócesis aplicó por este desafío en octubre y fue aceptado en enero. Hubo 55 diócesis que aplicaron.

La diócesis tiene hasta el 31 de diciembre para recaudar los fondos para el desafío.

El desafío esta designado para apoyar a las diócesis misioneras — aquellas que tienen dificultades sirviendo a los católicos debido a la falta de recursos, la escasez de sacerdotes y las distancias físicas.

Para calificar para los fondos compensatorios de la Extensión Católica, las donaciones individuales tienen que ser de $1,000 o más.

Kansas bishops agree to increase Mass stipends PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:35

For a great many years the customary Mass stipend in the Province of Kansas City in Kansas (the four dioceses within the state of Kansas) has been $5. The bishops of each province determine the amount of the Mass stipend. On Jan. 17, 2014, during our provincial meeting, we, the bishops of Kansas, decided to designate the customary Mass stipend within Kansas to be $10 as of May 1, 2014. This brings the ordinary stipend amount into conformity with many dioceses around us.

While this is not a critical matter, we believe that this is a good time for some appropriate catechesis on the topic of Mass stipends.

We must begin by noting that the Sacraments of the Church are not bought and sold. Any semblance of trafficking in sacred matters is not only distasteful but sinful. It likewise must be noted that priests are to celebrate the Mass intentions of the faithful who approach them in good faith regardless of whether or not a stipend is offered. Moreover, in every Mass the priest celebrates, the prayers also benefit the whole Church. Each Sunday the local pastor celebrates at least one Mass intention for the people he serves. Building upon these essential points, it may be helpful to understand the history of how Mass stipends evolved and how the Church views them today.

The ancient custom of offering a stipend to a priest in response for his offering Mass began when the Church was quite poor. The money that a priest received for celebrating his daily Mass for a specific intention was oftentimes his sole source of income. In many poor countries today, a priest’s Mass stipend remains a primary source of his support. While Mass stipends in developed nations do not serve the same purpose today, the Church’s laws surrounding the teaching on Mass stipends remains essentially the same.

Canon 946 of the Code of Canon Law notes that when members of the faithful offer a Mass stipend, they are contributing to the good of the Church, for they are sharing in the Church’s concern for the support of her ministers. But the Mass stipend is not only about the priest. From the perspective of the faithful, by offering to help with the priest’s essential support, the one offering the stipend also enters into the Sacrifice of the Mass in a sacrificial way. This has been found to be spiritually meaningful for Catholics around the world.

There are laws (canons) that govern how priests must treat Mass stipends. For instance, it is worth noting that the Mass stipend is a gift to the individual priest, not to the parish. Moreover, Mass intentions are not required to be published, although many priests do, and if a priest chooses only to concelebrate Mass on a given day, instead of serving as the main celebrant of the Mass, he may still accept a stipend for his intention. Priests may accept only one stipend per Mass. When a priest celebrates several Masses on a particular day, he may keep only one stipend per day for himself, the exception being at Christmas. Any additional stipends must be forwarded to a charitable cause determined by the bishop of the diocese.

Priests may only accept as many Mass stipends as they can fulfill in one year’s time. For this reason, a priest sometimes will send excess Mass stipends to the local Chancery to be distributed to needy priests or to be shared with parishes in mission countries. In all these ways the Church struggles to remain faithful to the ancient custom of Mass stipends without giving any indication of trafficking in financial gain for something as sacred as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Los obispos Kansas deciden aumentar el donativo por la Misa PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:34

Por muchos años el donativo para una misa, en la Provincia de Kansas City, Kansas (los cuatro diócesis entre el estado de Kansas) ha sido $5. Los obispos de cada provincia determinan la cantidad del donativo por la misa. El 17 de enero de 2014, durante nuestra reunión provincial, nosotros, los obispos de Kansas, decidimos designar el donativo usual de misa dentro de Kansas a $10 a partir del 1 de mayo, 2014. Esto lleva la cantidad de la remuneración ordinaria en conformidad con muchas diócesis alrededor de nosotros.

Mientras esto no es asunto critico, creemos que este es un buen momento para una adecuada catequesis sobre los donativos por la misa.

Debemos comenzar señalando que los sacramentos de la Iglesia no se compran ni si venden. Toda semblanza de tráfico en materia sagrado no solo es desagradable sino un pecado. Además debe ser observado que los sacerdotes son para celebrar las intenciones de la misa de los fieles que se acerquen a ellos de buena fe, independiente de si se ofrecen donaciones. Además, en cada misa el sacerdote celebra, las oraciones que también beneficiarán a toda la iglesia. Cada domingo el sacerdote celebra por lo menos una intención de misa para la gente que él atiende. Basándose en estos puntos esenciales, puede ser útil entender la historia de cómo los donativos por la misa evolucionaron y como la iglesia los ve hoy en día.

El costumbre antiguo de ofrecer donativos al sacerdote fue en respuesta a su ofrenda de misa cuando la iglesia era muy pobre. El dinero que el sacerdote recibió era, muchas veces, su única fuente de ingresos. Hoy, en muchos países pobres la donativa por la misa sigue siendo una fuente primaria de su apoyo. Mientas que los donativos por la misa en las naciones desarrolladas hoy en día no tienen el mismo propósito, las leyes de la iglesia que rodean la enseñanza sobre estos donativos sigue siendo esencialmente el mismo.

El Canon 946 del código de derecho canónico señala que cuando fieles de la iglesia ofrecen un donativo por la misa, ellos están contribuyendo al bien de la Iglesia, ya que comparten la preocupación de la iglesia y el apoyo de sus ministros. Pero el donativo por la misa no es sólo sobre el sacerdote. Del punto de vista de los fieles, ofreciendo a ayudar con el soporte esencial del sacerdote, el que ofrece el donativo también entra en el sacrificio de la misa en una manera espiritual. Esto se ha encontrado ser espiritualmente significativo para los católicos alrededor del mundo.

Hay leyes canonícas que gobiernan como los sacerdotes pueden tratar los donativos por la misa. Por ejemplo, cabe destacar que el donativo por la misa es un regalo al sacerdote y no a la parroquia. Además, las intenciones no están requeridas que se publiquen, aunque muchos sacerdotes lo hacen y si un sacerdote elige solamente concelebrar la misa en un día determinado, en vez de servir como el celebrante principal de la misa, él siempre puede aceptar el donativo por su intención. Los sacerdotes pueden aceptar solamente un donativo por misa. Cuando un sacerdote celebra varias misas en un día particular, él puede quedarse con solo un donativo por misa. La excepción es en la Navidad. Cualquier donativo adicional debe enviarse a una causa de caridad determinada por el obispo de la diócesis.

Vatican designates Victoria church as a minor basilica PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Weller   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:28

Victoria — Capuchin Father Jeff Ernst’s voice leapt with emotion when he heard the news: St. Fidelis Church would be named a minor basilica.

“It’s exciting,” he said from his office at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Lawrence. “The state of Kansas doesn’t have any.”

Bishop Edward Weisenburger received the news from the Vatican last week that the diocese’s application to name St. Fidelis a minor basilica had been granted. He will dedicate the church as a minor basilica beginning at 10:30 a.m. June 7.

“This is a great day for the people of Victoria but an equally great day for the people of the Diocese of Salina,” the bishop said. “St. Fidelis Church has long been a place of pilgrimage and prayer. Indeed, many have been drawn to the mystery and love of God by spending time in this inspiring church.”

Father Ernst thought much the same when he was walking through the front doors one day.

“This could become a minor basilica,” Father Ernst said to himself.

“I thought about it for a few days and then ran it by the bishop, and he really liked the idea,” Father Ernst said.

After receiving permission from his Capuchin provincial to proceed, he contacted people at the most recently named minor basilica in the United States, the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton, Ohio, to inquire about how to do it.

Bishop Weisenburger had just been named bishop of Salina, and when he traveled to Rome with other bishops from the region to meet with Pope Benedict XVI, he told Father Ernst he would check with Vatican officials about the process.

“He found out they were discouraging applications,” Father Ernst said, but when the bishop sometime later met with other U.S. bishops, they encouraged him to proceed.

“He said, ‘Let’s do this,’ ” Father Ernst said.

The Capuchin priest had only been at the Victoria parish since August 2011, and with his parish council’s support, he began assembling the information he needed.

The application asks for specific information about the structure of the church, the participation of the parishioners and the art and architecture.

“One thing people at Canton said was send lots of pictures, so we did,” Father Ernst said.

It took him about six months to complete the application, which then was sent to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for its approval. By September 2013, it was on its way to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican.

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