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February 8, 2019

    In this issue.

  • 2019 Call to Share appeal will launch.
  • Catholic Schools in Salina Diocese embrace STREAM for education.
  • Volunteers pack meals for more than 600 children.

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2019 Call to Share appeal will launch

By The Register
Salina — The newly-named Bishop’s Annual Appeal – Call to Share — will soon begin across the Salina Diocese. Formerly called the Catholic Community Annual Appeal, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal – Call to Share provides an opportunity for every member of the diocese to share and make a difference. This is an invitation to take one’s faith beyond the parish and provide financial support to help with the larger needs of the Church and Catholics across the diocese. This year’s Bible verse is Psalm 133:1: “Behold, how good it is, and how pleasant, where humanity dwells as one!” In many ways this passage is at the very heart of the Call to Share appeal. The annual appeal asks people not to do everything, but rather, acknowledges that members of the Diocese of Salina must work together to be strong. The more who respond, the more powerful the result.
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is the yearly opportunity to come together as a diocese and support the needs of more than 40,000 Catholics across more than 26,600 square miles of northcentral and northwest Kansas. Gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal provide the funding for ministries and programs across the diocese that respond to a broad range of needs and interests, and consequently, bind the diocese together as a community of faith. The $1.4 million goal will support five primary categories of ministries and programs in the diocese: caring for clergy and seminarians; evangelization and ministry; education and formation for youth and adults; diocesan administration; and national Church collections. “Nearly 90 percent of the funds we raise are spent in direct benefit to individuals and parishes in every corner of the diocese,” said Bishop Jerry Vincke in his letter. “The other funding will help our general administrative operations, as well as our new endeavors to establish a new communications office and focus on evangelization.”
Caring for the clergy and educating seminarians will receive 49 percent of the gifts. These funds provide health care for clergy, priests’ retirement and education of seminarians. The diocese has 51 active priests and 17 retired priests, along with 12 seminarians. Priests bring God’s presence into each parish. Seminarians represent the future of our diocese. Caring for the clergy and educating future priests are important needs within the Salina Diocese.
Evangelization and ministry along with education will receive 37 percent of the gifts. Programs and ministries funded in this category are diverse and include youth ministry, the family life office, Hispanic ministry, rural life office, youth religious education, adult education and Catholic schools. A smaller percentage of the gifts, 10 percent, will help to fund diocesan operations. This includes the Office of the Bishop, Finance and Communications. To ensure all Catholics are informed, the diocese is adding a full-time communications director to manage the messages. And finally, four percent of the gifts are shared with other Catholics across the U.S. and throughout the world via national collections. Gifts to the appeal make a difference. All donors are joining in partnership with the diocese to provide the services that enhance and sustain Catholic life in local parishes.
In his letter, Bishop Vincke asks everyone to take three steps: listen and learn about the need; pray and discuss each family’s ability to give; and decide and act with a gift. 
In the coming weeks, each registered parishioner will receive an invitation letter and informational packet from Bishop Vincke. The pledge cards will have the option to give once, quarterly or monthly over 10 months, starting in March and ending by Dec. 31. Pledging over time makes a larger gift more comfortable. Electronic gifts can be made through the Salina Diocese website at For more information or to make a gift through appreciated stocks, IRAs, or commodities, contact Beth Shearer, Director of Stewardship and Development at (785) 827-8746, x 42 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hope, solidarity, joy, strength were the central themes that greeted pilgrims at the March for Life

For The Register
Washington — Pilgrims ranging from age five to adults traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 46th annual March for Life. Among the pilgrims was also a mix of first time marchers and people who have gone on the march before. Hanover resident Carolyn Lickteig attended the march for the seventh time this year. “We love being with these young people because they’re energetic and we believe in the same things,” she said. This was the third time for her husband David, a retired school teacher, to attend. “It’s good for us because we see the students and the parents that allow them to go are committed, and they can see we’re committed to what we believe…it gives us hope,” he said.
Lindy Meyer of Concordia, organized the trip for the diocese. This was the ninth time she attended the March for Life. Memorable experiences include once while pregnant, and the following year with a 7-month-old baby. The 180 pilgrims departed the Chancery Jan. 16 and traveled via charter bus to Washington, D.C. Three diocesan priests, Father Brian Lager, Father Soosai Soosaimari, HGN, and Father Ryan McCandless accompanied the pilgrims and provided sacraments. The central activities were the March for Life and rally held Friday, Jan. 19. After beginning their day with Mass with Archbishop Joseph Nauman of Kansas City and other groups from across Kansas, the pilgrims gathered on the National Mall for the pre-march rally. Following a concert from Christian band Sidewalk Prophets were encouraging speeches from a wide range of presenters, both affirming their pro-life stance and reminding listeners how much work there is to do to end abortion Not only were the messages themselves empowering, the environment of the rally itself was edifying to participants. “Seeing the thousands of people pouring in from every side,” said Sarah Bergkamp, a junior at K-State. “When you’re standing there waiting for the rally to start you can feel the surge of energy from everyone cheering and chanting pro-life chants.” 
After the rally came the March for Life itself, where marchers peacefully walked down Constitution Avenue to the United States Capital building. The marchers spanned all ages and abilities. Young parents came with their newborn babies; adult children helped elderly parents through the crowds; caregivers carefully negotiated the wheelchairs and walkers of disabled marchers through the crowds. Groups sang hymns, shouted chants, or prayed aloud as they walked. “On the March itself it’s hard to describe the feeling you get,” Bergkamp said. “It’s a mix of so many emotions. You’re feeling sad because of the reason you’re marching but you’re also so excited and happy to see the turnout and that you’re not alone in this fight of abortion.” Although the trip was short — allowing 48 hours in Washington, D.C. — the group was also able to make time for some sightseeing. A small group was able to meet Congressman Roger Marshall where he thanked pilgrims for making the trip and gave them a personal tour of the Capital building. Others took tours of Washington landmarks such as the Vietnam and Korean War memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum. All of the pilgrims were able to tour the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where the diocesan priests on the pilgrimage concelebrated Mass. 

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Catholic Charities celebrates 60 years, looks to future of service

The Register
Salina — A crowd of nearly 200 supporters gathered Jan 29 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas.
“We feel so blessed to have you all here,” said Executive Director Michelle Martin. “We did not expect this big a crowd on a Tuesday night, but we didn’t want to turn anyone away, like our normal policy.” It was important to Martin that the celebration happen on the actual date the organization was incorporated — Jan. 29 — which is also Kansas Day. The evening served to honor the past, but the focus was the future. Three announcements were made about the future of Catholic Charities. The first involves a move … for the Manhattan office. The current location is a little difficult to find; the new office will be located at  212 S. Fourth St., Suite 120 in Manhattan. “We felt like hidden away, we weren’t doing enough in Manhattan,” she said. “We still have a lot of the core services, but what we’re doing today is different in a lot of ways than what we were doing.” The office will move April 1. Next, Martin announced a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation was received that will allow all of the Catholic Charities offices — Hays, Manhattan and Salina — to have tablets and a new app to gather client information. “We’ll have tablets in all of the offices and mobile outreach vans so we can try to gather a little more data a little more efficiently,” she said. “We can prioritize their needs based on an evidence based model so we can try to serve more people more efficiently.” Instead of serving only the immediate need, Martin said she hopes gathering more information will help Catholic Charities assess and aid with the underlying difficulty in their clients’ lives. The final announcement related to mobile outreach. Martin said Long McArthur, a car dealership in Salina, donated a new mobile outreach van to each Catholic Charities office, along with service of each vehicle. Additionally, 24/7 Travel Stores donated fuel for the vehicles. “I’m so happy Long McArthur and 24/7 share that vision of reaching out to those rural communities,” Martin said. “They care enough to join us in that mission. Because of all of them, it’s possible to reach those individuals.”
Martin said being able to provide service to additional rural communities on a weekly basis is an important aspect of Catholic Charities’ mission. “It’s very hard in those rural areas to reach services,” she said. “If you’re poor … and if you have a vehicle that will travel … and if you have gas … and if you have time off, Salina from Minneapolis can be like traveling to a foreign country. It’s important to not neglect people in those rural areas.” Bishop Jerry Vincke was among the attendees. “The reason why you’re here is because you love Catholic Charities, and because of the love they have for others,” he said in greeting to the crowd. “Love is how it grows. People love what Catholic Charities does for the community and for people.” Gathering with a supporting community is always exciting, Martin said. Yet she is quick to point to the essential service the support allows the organization to provide. “We are overwhelmed and truly humbled by all of you here,” she said. “At the end of the day, that’s why we’re here … to make a difference in people’s lives.”
She pointed to photos throughout the room of real clients served every day at Catholic Charities. “We are here to serve. I’m always reminded of that when I come into this room,” Martin said. As Catholic Charities enters its sixth decade of service, a special challenge match was announced. A donor provided $60,000, and gave Catholic Charities 60 days from its birthday to raise the money. Once raised, the $60,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the donor. “As we become more visible and accessible to more people, it comes with a cost,” Martin said. “We’re not like a business where you get more customers and you get more money. It’s the opposite. We really need your help.” She is also quick to point out the clientele served is not screened for religious affiliation. “We are here to serve anyone who asks,” Martin said. “We are not here to serve Catholics. We serve because we’re Catholic.” Donations are accepted via the website, or by mail: Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 1366,  Salina, KS 67402-1366.

Volunteers pack meals for more than 600 children

The Register
Salina —  More than 1,070 volunteers gathered Jan. 20-21 to help pack meals for children around the globe as part of the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event. Volunteers ranged from age five to 92 years of age, said coordinator Linda Ourada, a parishioner at St. Mary, Queen of the Universe in Salina. “I am grateful to all the volunteers who spent their time and efforts to make this a great success on Martin Luther King weekend ... the “Day of Service” ... to assemble the MannaPack meals,” Ourada said. “Starving children will live because of their effects.” Workers gathered in five shifts over two days to pack more than 225,500 meals. The meals will help feed 618 children for a full year. Megan Nobert,  who is the director of religious education at St. John the Baptist Church in Clyde, said students attended the 2016 MobilePack in Salina and enjoyed the experience. “We couldn't wait to go back,” she said. “This was a great service project for our 9th/10th grade Confirmation candidates.” In all, almost 60 youth and adults from the parish attended the event on Jan. 21. “As a Confirmation class, we talk about community service and how to best use the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit,” Norbert said. “A day spent serving together is a powerful way to see the Holy Spirit in action. “It is often difficult to find an opportunity for parents to serve alongside their young children or locate an organization that can accommodate a large group project. FMSC allows us the chance to serve together, without much age or participation restrictions. An added bonus is the high-energy, face-paced environment. Everyone has a great time while reaching out to feed the hungry and serve in the spirit of Jesus.” In addition to assembling the meals, Norbert said students in religious education collected quarters from home, and donated $300 in advance of the event. In all, the event raised more than $57,000, which went toward the cost of the meals. 
Other volunteers included Salina Mayor Dr. Trent Davis, Bishop Jerry Vincke and volunteers from a multitude of churches and towns. 
“It was awesome that Bishop Vincke volunteered,” Ourada said. “Our community needs to see the involvement of our Catholic clergy as they show us the way, as shepherds of the Catholic faith. The bishop’s involvement showed leadership to the Catholic community and working with people all faiths.” She said volunteers came from Sylvan Grove, Lucas, Wilson, Minneapolis, Topeka, Russell, Bennington, Lindsborg, Assaria, Wakefield, Ellsworth, Solomon, Clyde and Wichita to participate in the event. MannaPack rice bags consist of dried soy protein powder, vitamins, dehydrated vegetables and fortified rice. The people receiving these meals place the ingredients in a large kettle of boiling water and cook for 20 minutes before eating. Each bag packed contains six meals. The Boxes of MannaPack rice bags are delivered in more than 70 countries around the world. Ourada said the meals will be delivered to Sierra Leone is in West Africa and Guatemala in South America.

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National speakers headline CYO Convention March 23-24

The Register
Salina — Speakers Paul J. Kim and Sarah Swafford are often in the same speaking circuit — both recently speaking at the SEEK conference for college youth, and slated to speak at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis this fall. But youth in the Salina Diocese won’t have to wait until November to hear their message. The duo are the keynote speakers at this year’s annual CYO Convention, March 23-24 in Salina. The theme for this year’s conference is “Come As You Are.” The weekend event will again be at St. Mary Grade School and Sacred Heart Junior-Senior High School at 234 and 304 E. Cloud in Salina. It will include the speakers, sacraments, election of the new board, adult and CYO recognition, as well as a dance Saturday night and closing Mass Sunday afternoon.
Sarah Swafford
A Kansas native, Swafford said she is excited to present at her first large-scale convention in the Salina Diocese. “I love the rural environment,” she said. “I graduated with 18 people from my class in the middle of  a corn field.” She is known nationally for her ministry, Emotional Virtue, that encourages listeners to build a relationship with God, and foster Christ-centered friendships and relationships. “My goal is to help people see and understand what keeps them from a relationship with our Lord and trying to help them heal through the power of the confessional and a deep relationship with Our Lord and others,” she said. Building strong friendships can be difficult, especially in high school. And especially for young men. “You have to have a group of guys you’re fighting for and along side of,” she said. “The relationship (male teens) need to work with is having good guy friends and learn how to build friendships with women. The same is true for the women. They need to  have good female friends and run together, alongside their male friends.” With the strong technology force driving youth, she said the pressure to be perceived as “perfect” or flawless is immense. “Your worth or dignity played out by likes or followers or what people say on social media,” Swafford said. “I talk a lot about what tears us and others down and how it effects how we’re in relationship with each other. “I also speak about friendship on what it means to be true friends. What does it look like for men and women to be friends? How does that work in a world that is obsessed with dating or who you are with?”
Paul J. Kim
Kim said it’s vital for youth, especially Catholic youth, to gather in a faith community. “There is value in regional conferences to see they’re not the only Catholic out there,” he said. “A lot of people are catechized, but not evangelized. Scores of Catholics know things about their faith, but don’t have a relationship with God.” When a relationship with Christ is absent, Kim said the natural progression is for someone to fall away from their faith and say ‘I was raised Catholic,’ but not actively practice the Catholic faith — and sometimes no faith at all. Raised Catholic, Kim said he attended church for two reasons: “Girls and donuts,” he said. “When there’s no heart to heart connection with the Lord, it’s an intellectual exercise,” Kim said of church attendance. It can lead to youth thinking “ ‘It’s what my parents made me do’ or ‘I don’t need this archaic religion.’ It’s a sad state of affairs. I’m here to try to reach a generation and bring them to that encounter with Christ.” He utilizes his own testimony, as well as comedy and music to connect with his audience.

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‘Register’ your support Donations needed to send newspaper to every household

By The Register

Salina — The Register, the newspaper of the Diocese of Salina, is delivered to all registered parishioners.

To be able to continue to do that, however, requires some help on their part.

Today’s issue includes a donation envelope. Every household is asked each year to donate $25, roughly the cost of printing and mailing the newspaper.

Until three years ago, The Register was mailed only to those who subscribed. In January 2014, the publication model changed, and the newspaper was sent to every household registered with a parish in the diocese.

To accommodate the increased printing and mailing costs — from 5,500 to about 17,500 copies — the decision was made to reduce publication from weekly to twice monthly — on the second and fourth Fridays.

Instead of selling subscriptions, The Register would seek a $25 donation from each family to underwrite the additional costs.

In addition to each household receiving the newspaper, each Register edition also is available online at