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WWW.THELEAVEN.COM | NEWSPAPER OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF KANSAS CITY IN KANSAS | VOL. 33, NO. 6 SEPTEMBER 16, 2011KANSAS YOUTHfind World Youth Day pilgrimage to Spain,Portugal exhilarating . . . and exhaustingPhotography bySusan McSpaddenPilgrims from the world over cross the square before theBasilica of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, Portugal.


4 SPECIAL ISSUETHE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011THE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011SPECIAL ISSUE5Continued from previous page“Experiencing and witnessingthat over one million youth,young adults, and adultsbelieve in one person, thatis Jesus Christ. Also, how wegrew as a family in a shortamount of time.””- Melissa Mears, 29, SacredHeart Parish, Emporia“Being a college student, Ioften find myself surroundedby people who do not sharemy own Catholic beliefs andmorals. This pilgrimage toWYD and being surroundedby a million other youngpeople humbling themselvesbefore the Blessed Sacramenthas reaffirmed my own faithand has given me courage tostand firm in my faith at KU.”- Nick Mourlam, 20,St. Lawrence CatholicCampus Center“I was able to concentrateon discernment and, Godwilling, my future priesthoodin Christ through ourMost Holy Mother, while atthe same time offering toMary many of my family andfriends, which was extremelyprofound to me. I knewthat she held them with herImmaculate sorrowful heartdrawing them always closerto her Son. That gives me alot of peace!”- Thomas Vehige, Theology I,Sacred Heart Parish, Emporia“There were so many graces,big and small, present on thistrip. I think the biggest thingfor me was how apparentGod showed himself to me inthe Eucharist. I experienced aburning for him that I haven’tfelt in years and then,after receiving him,I cannot describe the aweI experienced.”- Teresa Soboleski, 22,St. Paul Parish, Olathe“By far, my favorite experiencewas having the amazingopportunity to serve Massin two cathedrals in Madrid.That was such an honor. Anda group of three others [andme] carrying”Josh R. up theMetro stairway.”- Jeremy Hurla, 16,Mother Teresa Parish, TopekaIf the ruby slippersdidn’t get the messageacross, thebright blue T-shirtsthe pilgrims woreprobably did: “Ya noestamos en Kansas”No, to paraphrase a linefrom the Sunflower State’smost famous fictional character:They weren’t in Kansasanymore.Carrying little more thana carry-on bag, a group of 67pilgrims (teens, young adults,seminarians, chaperones, andpriests) left the archdiocese onAug. 11 for a journey of faith— and a week of activities atthe 11th World Youth Day, heldfrom Aug. 15 to 21.The Kansas pilgrims joinedmore than 500,000 Catholicsfrom 100-plus countries at theevent, who were themselvesjoined by more than 1.5 millionSpaniards for the papal vigiland Mass Aug. 20 to 21.No party, no disco, nofoolin’ aroundPilgrims — or, in Spanish,peregrinos — are people whojourney a long distance to a sacredplace as an act of religiousdevotion.And this was definitely apilgrimage, not a vacation,said Rick Cheek, co-consultantfor the archdiocesan office ofevangelization and Catholicyouth formation, and it wouldchallenge the pilgrims — notonly spiritually, but mentallyand physically, as well.And challenged they were— by the heat, the miles ofwalking, the blisters, the wind,the rain, the huge crowds, thelack of sleep and the neverendingchanges in plans. Therewere encounters with grace,however, both expected (sacraments)and unexpected.Spain was not Kansas —from the different kind of heatto the much later meal times:lunch at 2 p.m. and dinner at10 p.m. Although accommodationsat a youth hostel wherethey first stayed seemed rusticand cramped, it was plushin comparison to what theywould experience later.Toto does ToledoThe pilgrims landed in acountry rich in saints threedays prior to the start of WorldYouth Day events. They metup with Archbishop Joseph F.Naumann almost immediately,and made a beeline from thereto the stomping grounds of theHoly Toledo!(Segovia, Avila and Fatima, too)Mother Teresa of Calcutta parishionerAustin Ruddy looks out overthe city of Toledo during one of hisgroup’s many pilgrimages.Archdiocesan seminarian NathanHaverland, outside the Cathedral ofSan Salvador in Avila, joined otherseminarians in walking the town ofAvila barefoot in honor of St. Teresa.event’s two patron saints —St. John of the Cross and St.Teresa of Avila — in Segovia,Toledo and Avila.Their first stop was Segovia,known for its well-preservedRoman aqueduct, majesticcastle and towering cathedral.There, the pilgrims attendedMass in a chapel at an ancientDominican convent and prayedthe Liturgy of the Hours at thetomb of St. John of the Cross, aspiritual master known for hisgreat insights into suffering.Next, they visited Toledo,the former capital of Spain,which boasts a historic castle,cathedral and collection of ElGreco paintings. Saint Johnof the Cross wrote some of hisgreatest spiritual works whileimprisoned in that city in 1577.Finally, they stopped inAvila, the home of the greatCarmelite reformer and spiritualmaster, St. Teresa of Avila.They prayed at the very placewhere, on the solemnity of theAssumption many years before,the doctor of the church experiencedher spiritual visions.Having been fortified bythese spiritual experiences,the Kansas pilgrims took a stepdown in the world and settledinto — or rather, onto, theirnew accommodations: thehard, wooden floor of an nonair-conditionedgym. Joiningthem were 40 English-speakingpilgrims from Australia, Englandand other countries.They didn’t complain, however.They, at least, had warm,indoor showers. A group fromNew York shared six portableoutdoor showers with 800other pilgrims.The friendly invasionThe friendly invasion hadtaken over every inch of Madrid.The streets were throngedwith joyful pilgrims, beltingout hymns, cheers and chantsin a babble of languages. TheKansas pilgrims took to thestreets with their state andAmerican flags held high —and a dainty pair of ruby slipperson a pole leading the way.The crowds were larger thananyone ever anticipated. Infact, the streets were so packedthat the archdiocesan groupcouldn’t even make its wayto the opening Mass on Aug.16. It soon became clear thatthere was no hope of seeingthe opening Mass, even from adistance, or the papal welcomeand the Stations of the Cross atthe Plaza de Cibeles.With no assigned areasfor groups, tens of thousandsof pilgrims were jostling andvying for a spot. The KansasContinued on next pagecontingent finally found aspot where they could catchat least a glimpse of the eventson a huge screen. But then,for unknown reasons, a largedump truck moved through thecrowd and parked in front ofthem, blocking even that view.At that point, group leadersRick Cheek and Father MitchelZimmerman, archdiocesanvocations director, made acommand decision. The groupwould abandon the futile effortto attend the opening Mass andhead instead to the openingsession at the Love and LifeCenter, an English-speakingcatechesis site sponsored bythe Knights of Columbus andhosted by the Sisters of Lifefrom New York City. There,the pilgrims attended Mass fortheir group that evening.As they were leaving thepapal opening Mass, however,two Spanish-speaking pilgrimscommented on the ruby slippersthat heralded the progressof the archdiocesan pilgrims.“Los zapatos, por qué?”(“Why the shoes?”) asked one.The other was impatientwith his compatriot’s ignorance.“Dorothy!” he exclaimed, asif it was obvious.‘Pilgrim up,’ KansansThe days following theopening Mass began withmorning catechetical sessionsled by bishops from around theworld. One of the highlightsof the sessions was a presentationby Archbishop TimothyDolan of New York, who mixedhumor, history and the Gospelwith the World Youth Daytheme of being “planted andbuilt up in Christ, firm in thefaith.”But both blessings and challengescontinued to shower thepilgrims as the week continued.Cheek challenged them to“offer it up,” and indeed theyoffered up and “pilgrimed” upin the face of difficulties anddisappointments. Four fellowpilgrims, for example, formeda team of Sherpas for 16-yearoldJosh Ruoff, each time thewheelchair-bound youth fromMother Teresa of Calcutta Parishin Topeka encountered oneof the many staircases.But Friday evening foundthe group enjoying a WorldYouth Day tradition — aprofoundly moving experienceof the Stations of the Cross.The pilgrims sat in silence andprayer as they watched theWorld Youth Day cross travelfrom station to station — actually,elaborately decoratedfloats called “pasos” — asmeditations were read andgrand orchestral pieces wereplayed.The ‘grim’ in pilgrimOn Saturday, the pilgrimstravelled to Cuatro VientosAirfield for the final events ofWorld Youth Day, an eveningvigil with the Holy Fatherunder the stars and a closingMass on Sunday.Seminarian Daniel Schmitz, in his third year of theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, finds a quiet place topray the Liturgy of the Hours during a trip to Segovia.One of the hottest days ofMadrid’s entire summer, theWorld Youth Day pilgrimsloaded the Metro systembeyond capacity. Upon arriving,the Kansas pilgrims weregreeted with a breathtakingview of the vast crowd fillingCuatro Vientos. Some pilgrimscommented that it looked likea massive refugee camp.This eventually became acause of frustration, however.Volunteers and security toldthe Kansans that the “reserved”section to which theyhad been assigned was alreadyfull and they’d have to movemore than a quarter of a mileaway to find a new place —bare ground covered by strawand bordered by gravel accessroads.Many had prayed for relieffrom the unrelenting sun —and they got their prayersanswered in spades. Shortlyafter the pope arrived and beganthe vigil, a sudden stormwith rain, lightning and strongwinds pummeled Cuatro Vientosand brought the liturgy toa sudden stop. Pope Benedictand hundreds of bishops anddignitaries remained on thestage while at least a millionpilgrims tried to shelter themselvesand prevent their gearfrom being blown away.After no worse than somedamage to adoration tents,the storm departed and thevigil recommenced. Severalof the seminarians noted thatwhen the Eucharist was finallyexposed for adoration, therain let up and held off untilBenediction was complete.According to one pilgrim,one of the most inspirationalmoments of World Youth Daywas when a sea of exhaustedand wet pilgrims knelt insilent prayer with the HolyFather in adoration of theBlessed Sacrament.“Experiencing the silencewith one million people fromaround the world, kneelingin prayer in adoration beforeChrist the king, spoke louderto me than any words evercould,” said Kate Ruoff, ofMother Teresa Parish.Perhaps the most disappointingmoment to be “offeredup” was an announcementSunday morning prior tothe papal Mass.Due to the storms and acrowd number well abovethe organizers’ estimates, theEucharist had been removedfrom the adoration chapelsovernight for safety andsecurity reasons. Also, Communionfrom the papal Masswould be available only toa small number of people,including concelebrants and afew sections of pilgrims closestto the altar.The announcement, madein multiple languages, encouragedpilgrims to stay for thepapal Mass and offer up thisdisappointment as a “sacrificefor the Holy Father,” andthen to find another Mass thatevening in Madrid to receiveCommunion.“Perhaps our inability toreceive the Eucharist at [thepapal] Mass today will helpus realize how precious theEucharist is, and how oftenwe can take [the Eucharist]for granted,” said ArchbishopNaumann during a reflectionfollowing an afternoon Communionservice.Of apparitionsand exhaustionAlthough the Kansas pilgrimswere already exhausted,there was one last place tovisit: Fatima, Portugal.Although the Marian apparitionsite was not originallya part of the pilgrimage, achange in plans was madewhen it was discovered thegroup would be flying out ofLisbon, which is not far fromFatima.Tucked away in a corner ofrocky real estate, Fatima hasbeen built up into a quiet placefor peaceful prayer. It washere in 1917 that the BlessedMother appeared to threeshepherd children. Today, asthen, the Virgin Mary touchesthe lives of people at Fatima.The bus journey fromMadrid to Fatima took muchlonger than expected — 10hours — leaving the pilgrimsonly two-and-a-half hours tovisit, pray, souvenir shop andattend Mass. There, they sawthe jeweled Marian crowncontaining a bullet removedfrom Blessed Pope John Paul IIafter the assassination attempton his life in 1981. He creditedOur Lady of Fatima for savinghis life that day.Providentially, it just sohappened the day of thevisit was the memorial of theQueenship of Mary.Many of the Kansas pilgrimsdecided, despite theirfatigue, to do the traditionalwalk on their knees aroundthe Chapel of Apparitions.“Walking the distance onmy knees was not an easytask, but it was so humbling tobe on the ground [where theapparition took place],” said17-year-old Mary Khadivi, ofHoly Trinity Parish in Lenexa.“I thought of how Jesus waslooked down upon all his life,and the crosses that Christianshave to bear.”No place like homeDue to the lateness of theirarrival in Lisbon and poordirections for the bus drivers,the group was forced to abandontheir dreams of showersand a few hours of rest in realbeds before the flight home.Instead, the Kansas pilgrimscamped out in the Lisbonairport for an expected 1 a.m.departure.Those who couldn’t sleepparticipated in an impromptusession of “Airport Olympics”at 2:30 a.m., organized byseminarian Mark Ostrowskiand chaperone Susan Beam.The events included baggagerelays, wheelchair obstaclecourse, and sleeping bagshuffleboard.Even mechanical delaysand gate changes couldn’tdampen the enthusiasm ofthe pilgrims, however, as theyreturned home with their mission:spread the Gospel.By Nathan Haverlandand Nancy Ruoff“Visiting Our Lady of Fatimawas also a high of my trip. Iam blessed with a deep loveand affection for our Mother,and seeing a site where shemade herself present on theearth was a very powerfulexperience for me.”- Luke Doyle, 4th-year College,Most Pure Heart of MaryParish, Topeka”“This whole trip I have beenlooking for St. Peregrine, sincemy grandma has been sufferingwith cancer, but I couldn’tfind him. Then, at Fatima,after we made the walk on ourknees, I was praying for mygrandma. Soon after we wentto the gift shop, I picked up arandom saint card and it washim!”– Danielle Yadon, 17,Mother Teresa Parish“I experienced somethingamazing in the city of Fatima.In Fatima, we had the optionof walking down and aroundthe chapel on our knees. Atfirst, I was excited and readyfor the challenge. But halfwaythrough, I started feeling painin my knees. I was prayingfor my family, and I saw theending for most people. Allof a sudden, I felt a strongurge to go back up the hillon my knees, even thoughI was suffering. I followedthat urge, and I have a strongfeeling that my prayers will beanswered when I get home.”- Abigail Baeten, 16,Mother Teresa Parish“On this pilgrimage, I gaineda greater love for and deeperappreciation of the universalnature of the church, thepresence of Christ in each facethat I saw, and the beautyand fruits of suffering that isoffered humbly to Christ.”- Justin Hamilton, Theology I,St. Joseph Parish, Topeka“The best part for me was gettingreally close to everyoneon the trip. I didn’t notice it asit happened but, looking back,now I see that my favoritemoments were the ones justsitting around having conversationsabout anything withthe seminarians and peoplefrom around the world. Ireally saw God’s light shinethrough them.”-Kristen Sumpter, 18, MotherTeresa Parish


”6 SPECIAL ISSUE“It just so happens that theparish my family attends isnamed after Blessed MotherTeresa. It was at the exhibitionin Madrid that I was so movedby the example of a simplelittle woman who started anorder by God’s request that I,too, might be an instrument ofGod’s plan to spread the goodnews of our Lord Jesus Christ.One person can make a bigdifference.”- Troy Kyle, 47, Mother Teresaof Calcutta Parish, Topeka“My favorite part about WorldYouth Day was when we visitedthe museum of Mother Teresa.It was so interesting to learnmore about what she did andhow she did it. She is an amazinginspiration.”- Austin Ruddy, 16,Mother Teresa Parish“The quote I will rememberthe most from the trip to Spainwas a quote from MotherTeresa’s mother. . . . [She] saidthat bad friends rub off on youand make you bad. To provethis, her mom put a rottenapple [in] with good applesand let them set for a whileand, after that, all the appleswere rotten and bad.”- Isaac Schultejans, 16,Mother Teresa Parish“The most humbling experienceof all was duringeucharistic adoration. At thatpoint, all of us, including thepope, looked in awe upon ourLord Jesus in the monstrance.All of us were just completelytaken aback by the beauty of[Jesus’] selfless, incredible giftto the world. I will never forgetthe feeling of helplessness Ifelt as I realized that, withouthim, I could do absolutelynothing, followed immediatelyby a surge of hopefulness andreassurance as I realized that,because of his sacrificial love,there would never be a momentI would have to be apartfrom him. God exists, and thataffects my life.”- Juliana Alvey, 17,St. John the Evangelist Parish,Kansas City, Kan.“I never realized how powerfulseeing nearly two millionpeople kneel in adorationwould be. Seeing that manypeople do that in the rain andin complete silence was evengreater.”- Kassy Short, 15, Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Parish, TopekaNot every pilgrimagestopduring WorldYouth Day was at ashrine or church.A group from Mother Teresaof Calcutta Parish in Topekafound an elderly care center inMadrid every bit as holy.On Aug. 13, a group of 15teenagers and chaperonesfrom the parish youth groupsacrificed their day trip to Segoviato spend time at a facilityoperated by Mother Teresa’sMissionaries of Charity.Upon their arrival, thegroup spent time in prayerwith the Sisters in their chapelin the main building. There, asimple crucifix adorns the wallnext to the words that helpedinspire Mother Teresa’s mission:“Tengo Sed” (I thirst).Later, a young lay volunteerfrom Lithuania directed thegroup in cleaning the premisesand completing othertasks that required attention.Inside the elderly care center,the youth spent the morningcleaning floors and chairs,washing windows and wipingdown doorknobs. Outside,they swept and mopped themain entrances and swept thewalkway around the mainbuilding.At first, the elderly residentsseemed a bit unsure of what tomake of the young Americans.But it did not take long beforerandom interactions beganinterrupting the youngsters’cleaning efforts.A resident named Max, forexample, managed, despite thelanguage barrier, to share hisphoto album with the visitors,including one of him as a teenagerplaying guitar in a band.Volunteers Joseph Hooper,Justin Schmitz, and Kate Ruoffspent much of their time assemblinga bookcase to be usedin one of the facilities.But Susan Beam, an adultchaperone, was asked tohelp out by shaving the AIDSpatients in the order’s clinic onthe grounds. She was tickled tolearn that when word spreadthat a female volunteer wasthere to help shave that day— it was usually assigned toa male volunteer — all of thepatients lined up.In fact, the work performedat the care center turned out tobe the highlight of the pilgrimagefor some.“The best part of the trip forme was when I had the opportunityto serve with the MotherTeresa Sisters of Charity for theday,” said 15-year-old MarisaHooper. “Even though my tasksfor the day seemed small, theyturned out to make a big differencefor the residents of thecenter.”“I got to meet an individualnamed Thomas at the AIDScenter,” she added. “At first,I was nervous about meetingthis patient because hedidn’t speak any English andI couldn’t speak Spanish. Weended up playing dominoes fora long time. I was impressedthat, even though we couldn’tunderstand each other, wewere still able to learn a lotabout each other.”Abigail Baeten and JoshuaRuoff learned that a smilewent a long way as they servedlunch to the residents.Others put their high schoolSpanish to good use. Accompaniedby facial expressions anda lot of hand gestures, many ofthe youths were able to learnabout where an individual wasfrom, what they liked to do —one elderly gentleman likedto salsa dance — and a littleabout their life.Despite the fact that formalcommunication was limited,the pilgrims, volunteers, andresidents all spoke a commonlanguage: The spirit of MotherTeresa pervaded the work ofthe Sisters and lay volunteersat the center.The lay volunteer fromLithuania took time to shareher story with a few pilgrims.Following college, she said, shedecided to spend a year doingservice work before looking fora job and settling down.She had served with religiousorders in France andItaly before coming to Madrid.When asked if she was planningto become a Sister, shelaughed and said no. But whenasked what she would do whenher year of service came toa close in a few months, shegrew quiet and simply responded,“I’m not sure.”“My studies were in fashiondesign,” she said. “But after allthis, material things seem someaningless.”The joy and spirit of MotherTeresa blessed the groupthroughout the week. Theyprayed a novena to MotherTeresa throughout the pilgrimageand visited the travelingexhibit “Mother Teresa: Life,Spirituality, and Message,”sponsored by the Missionariesof Charity.The Sisters, too, were happyto visit with the pilgrims andanswer questions and sharetheir stories. One of the Sisterspresented pilgrim Emily Kylewith a prayer card containinga relic of Mother Teresa —threads from one of her tunics.The priests and seminarianstravelling with the group, aswell as the Sisters encounteredthroughout the week, becamecatalysts for conversationsamong the group about what itmeans to serve Christ and howan individual knows God’s planfor his or her life.“I was so moved by the exampleof a simple little womanwho started an order by God’srequest,” said Troy Kyle, 47.“I, too, might be an instrumentof God’s plan to spreadthe good news of our LordJesus Christ,” he said. “Oneperson can make a big difference.Are you the next MotherTeresa? And even if you arenot, you know what they say —‘Many hands make light work!’— and there is much to do.”And a “Holy Spirit moment”— as experiences of gracecame to be coined by the pilgrims— gave 17-year-old MaryKhadivi, of Holy Trinity Parishin Lenexa, cause for reflection.THE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011The ‘other’ TeresaSpirit of Mother Teresa shines brightly for pilgrimsArchdiocesan seminarian Evan Tinker (left) and Mikey Needleman, a memberof Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park, pose in front of a giant image of MotherTeresa. A group from Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Topeka spent a dayvolunteering with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.A quote from Mother Teresa is displayedin a park in Madrid, specificallyfor World Youth Day. MotherTeresa’s Missionaries of Charity havea hospice, soup kitchen and shelterin Madrid.“For the past few months,and especially on this pilgrimage,I have been open to thevocation of being a nun, butunsure if it was what Godwanted me to do with my life,”said Khadivi.“The first few days of ourtrip I had been considering thepros and cons of being a Sister,particularly on day six,” shecontinued. “That same day wevisited the Mother Teresa exhibition.I had finished readingand looking at everything andwent down to sit with a friendtill everyone was ready to go.“Mrs. Ruoff came by andasked if I had grabbed a slipof paper with a Mother Teresaquote near the chapel. I hadnot, so I went over and pickedup one.”That slip of paper gave hersomething to think about.It read, “Give without countingthe cost.”By Kassy Short, Emily Kyle,and Nancy RuoffTHE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011Archdiocesanseminarians goon a pilgrimagewith ArchbishopJoseph F. Naumannat the start of everynew school year, butthis year he put a newtwist on it.The archbishop supersizedit.This year Archbishop Naumannbrought 22 seminariansand Father Mitchel Zimmermanon an event-packed,weeklong pilgrimage to WorldYouth Day in Madrid.As Archbishop Naumannoften says at ordinations, themost important work he doesis ordain men to the priesthood.Pilgrimages give him anopportunity to spend a greateramount of personal time withthe men he will someday —God willing — be ordaining tothe archdiocesan priesthood.Of course, the archbishopand the seminarians spenta lot of time with the otherarchdiocesan World Youth Daypilgrims, but they also hadopportunities to take specialside trips.“I enjoyed every singlemoment I had with the archbishop,including the time Igot him lost on our way to theLittle Sisters of the Lamb,” saidAgustin Martinez, a studentHoly road tripSeminarians spend quality time with Archbishop NaumannArchbishop Joseph F. Naumann spends some time with seminarians before a meal in Madrid. Pictured clockwise from left are: Justin Hamilton, Dan Morris, DavidPratt, Father Bill Bruning, and Nathan Haverland.David Pratt, a seminarian in his first year of theology at Mundelein Seminaryin Mundelein, Ill., works crowd control as his group prepares to head to WorldYouth Day’s opening Mass.“I enjoyed everysingle moment I hadwith the archbishop,including the time Igot him lost on ourway to the LittleSisters of the Lamb.”Agustin Martinez, fourth year atConception Seminary Collegeat Conception Seminary inConception, Mo., who acted asunofficial interpreter.When they visited themotherhouse of the Sisters,Servants of Mary, an army ofSisters led by Sister AlfonsaBellido unloaded a ton of charityand affection upon them.The Sisters fed them a wonderfulbreakfast and let thearchbishop and seminarianspray in their chapel before therelics of the Sisters’ foundress,St. Maria Soledad.“Hands down, the Sisters,Servants of Mary know howto love and care for God’speople,” said Evan Tinker, astudent at Kenrick-GlennonSeminary in St. Louis. “WhenI was hungry, they fed me.When I was tired, they pouredme a cup of coffee.”One thing the seminarianswere really excited about wasmeeting Pope Benedict XVI.The pope carved some timeout of his own hectic scheduleto celebrate Mass early Saturdaymorning for 4,500 seminariansat Madrid’s cathedral,Santa María la Real de laAlmudena.Five archdiocesan seminariansreceived special tickets tobe inside the cathedral duringthe Mass, while the restwatched from the outside, inthe cathedral’s plaza.“It was so humbling to lookat the future the Lord is creatingfor his church,” said LukeDoyle, a student at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.After hearing the confessionsof four seminarians, PopeBenedict XVI was greeted byan enthusiastic crowd.In his homily, he instructedthe “dear seminarians” tospend their years in formationdiscerning if God is indeedcalling them to a courageousvocation with “years of interiorsilence, of unceasing prayer, ofconstant study and of gradualinsertion into the pastoralactivity and structures of thechurch.”Some of the seminarianswere quite moved when theHoly Father, with a big smile,announced that he would soondeclare a new doctor of thechurch: St. John of Avila, thepatron saint of Spanish diocesanpriests.Something else made PopeBenedict XVI grin, as well —Martinez shouting at him.“He turned to me, smiledand blessed me — which I tooka picture of,” said Martinez.“This was probably the mostmeaningful experience of mylife.”By Nathan HaverlandSPECIAL ISSUE”7“I expected large crowds,vibrant youth, and beautifulchurches. Not only did Godbring me those, he brought megraces through the ‘knee walk’of Fatima, the native guidesof Spain, and the virtue of theKansas City pilgrims.”Mark Ostrowski, pastoral year,St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee“Archbishop Naumann hadnever been to Spain before,never been to WYD, nor tothe events reserved for theattending bishops. Yet hepreferred to spend all of hisfree time with us. What aspiritual father!”John Trecker, Theology I,Church of the Ascension,Overland Park“I really enjoyed walkingthe streets of Madrid andthe other Spanish cities withthe archbishop. For me, heprovided a good witness andexample of what a servant ofChrist should be: humble andavailable. He treated himselflike one of us, a true pilgrimwithout a word or hint ofcomplaint. He spent time notonly with us, but also made aneffort to be available to otherpilgrims who felt the grace ofhis presence.”Jonathan Dizon, Theology I,St. Lawrence Catholic CampusCenter“Mass with the Holy Fatherwas like a family reunion withthe universal church: past,present, and in heaven. Heis like that family memberthat is the glue holding theentire family together, andthe grandfather that delightsin each of his grandchildren— full of familial love, familyhistory, and wise advice.”John Trecker“I am coming back with arenewed spirit and a great zealfor God’s church. I desire to letmyself be formed to the bestof my abilities and to answergenerously the call that Godhas given me to be in theseminary and, if it is his will,to serve him as a priest in thefuture, showing his people thesame love he has showed mefirst: ‘Love one another as Ihave loved you.’”Agustin Martinez, 4th YearCollege, St. Agnes Parish,Roeland Park“No other celebrity,politician, or athlete coulddraw anything like the crowdsthe pope does for his Masses.”Matthew Nagle, Theology I,Curé of Ars, Leawood


8 SPECIAL ISSUE“Being able to receive theEucharist on Sunday night ata Communion service, andhearing the Holy Father’shomily in English was myfavorite moment. Followingthe Communion service, thegroup sharing of highs andlows from the other pilgrimsreally touched my heart.””- Tim Ruoff, 42,Mother Teresa of CalcuttaParish, Topeka“I have a better definition forthe word ‘Mass.’ That was byfar the most epic, ‘Mass’ive,experience I will probablyever be part of.”- Mikey Needleman, 28,Holy Spirit Catholic Church,Overland Park“My favorite experiencewas sitting in the rain withDave, Drew, Joseph, Mark,and a few others under ourumbrellas telling about ourworst and funniest memorieswhile trying to stay dry.”- Ashley Neiberger, 16,Mother Teresa Parish“Just seeing all of theamazing examples of Christ’slove in all of the other pilgrimsthat were there with us wasmy favorite part.”- Justin Schmitz, 18,Mother Teresa Parish“The most moving partfor me was seeing howwidespread the Catholicfaith is. . . . Usually theretreats are local or evennational, and I know amajority of the peopleattending, so sometimesit can feel like the number ofpeople who share my faithis limited and we’re theminority in the world. Onthis trip though, I sawthe magnificent numberof people who believe inGod just as I do.- Rebecca Manis, 18,Mother Teresa Parish“The most gratifying partsof this trip were the timesthat our archbishop chose tospend with us. He chose tospend time walking in the heatwith us, rather than doinganything else. This and thewitness of the seminarians,who consistently encouragedus to persevere in our trialsand in our faith, made this tripone of my most meaningfulexperiences.”- Joseph Hooper, 19,Mother TeresaFAITHONTHE GOs THE RAIN IN SPAINWhen overheated pilgrims began to wilt under the relentless sun, Spanishfire departments came to the rescue by pulling out the hoses andspraying down the World Youth Day participants.s ONWARD SANCHOSeminarian Agustin Martinez looksready to tilt at some windmills withToledo’s Don Quixote.BUST A MOVEKate Ruoff, Luke Doyle, Evan Tinkerand Justin Schmitz make their ownflash mob during a trip to Avila.sTHE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011sTHE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011SO CLOSEA small archdiocesan groupbroke off from the rest ofthe contingent in the hope ofcatching a close view of PopeBenedict XVI en route to oneof the World Youth Day events.Luck was on their side as thepopemobile passed within feetof them.t SHEPHERDArchbishop Naumann talkswith archdiocesan youth at astop in Avila. The archbishopmade it a priority to spentmuch of his time mingling andsharing the pilgrimage experiencewith archdiocesan youth,chaperones, and seminarians.sSPECIAL ISSUEPACKEDSeminarian EvanTinker (orange hat)rides the Metro, thepreferred means oftransportation in Madrid.At one point thetrain was so full that itcouldn’t move.s IT’S ALL GOODKansas pilgrims had to leave the opening Mass because of overcrowding, butthey got to attend a concert at the Sports Palace in Madrid as a consolationprize. Mary Khadivi, Annie Hodges and Emily Kyle soak up the experience.s DOWN TIMEJoseph Hooper (left) and Justin Schmitz, both parishioners of Mother Teresaof Calcutta Parish in Topeka, relax by watching video Hooper shot of the day’sevents.s HUMILITY AND HOPEA side trip to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, Portugal, was the high point for some of the Kansas pilgrims.Here, Aaron Rains (front, left), seminarian Jonathan Dizon, seminarian Mark Ostrowski, Isaac Schultejans, Marisa Hooper,Emily Kyle and Juliana Alvey make the traditional walk on their knees across the basilica’s square.9“My favorite experience of thispilgrimage was eucharisticadoration with two millionpeople. It was very powerfulto experience being in thepresence of Our Lord with somany people who practicedthe same faith as me, wholoved the same God as muchas I do.”– Josh Ruoff, 16,Mother Teresa Parish“There were so manymoments of God’s graceon this trip that it is almostimpossible to pick just one.I didn’t attend the papalwelcome and was a littledisappointed. God had abetter plan though, as I sawthe pope while he was drivingto the papal welcome while ata park. He was a block away,which is closer than I wouldhave been if I had gone to thepapal welcome.”- Tina Keehn, 17,St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee“God spoke loudly to methroughout this trip andallowed me to witness andexperience a more intimateunion with Christ.”- David Pratt, seminarian,Theology I, Holy Cross Parish,Overland Park“It was an awesome thingto be in the presence of thesuccessor of St. Peter. . . . Andit was exciting to see manymen from around the worldpreparing to be priests.”- Daniel Stover, seminarian,Theology II, Most Pure Heartof Mary Parish, Topeka“The youth of thearchdiocese really edifiedme with their devotion toChrist, their excitement tosee our Holy Father, and theirjoy amidst trials, challenges,hardships. It really made meexcited about the future of thechurch in our archdiocese.”- Anthony Saiki, seminarian,Theology II, St. Paul Parish,Olathe“Mass with Pope Benedict XVIwas amazing. I was blessedto be inside the church and tofind a seat where I was veryclose to the sanctuary andable to see him most of theMass. Watching him celebrateMass was beautiful. You couldsee that his love of God is inthe depth of his identity.”- Adam Wilczak, seminarian,Theology II, St. MatthewParish, Topeka”


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12 CLASSIFIEDSEmploymentSt. Joseph Early Education Center, Shawnee- Will host a job fair from 9 a.m. - noon on Oct. 1. Positionsavailable are: teachers for infants, toddlers and2-1/2-year-olds; extended day program coordinator;and a nurse, LPN or RN. Interested candidates shouldcall Ms. Camilla at (913) 631-0004 to arrange an appointmentin advance.Preschool teachers - The Goddard School, 21820W. 115th Terr., Olathe, is seeking qualified full- and parttimepreschool teachers. In our warm, loving atmospherecaring teachers support the healthy developmentof children ages six weeks to six years. Full-timebenefits include: competitive pay, benefits, opportunitiesfor professional development and career growth,and a great working environment. Qualified candidatesmust meet or exceed Kansas regulations, have strongcommunication skills, a professional appearance and adesire to learn and implement the Goddard School programs.Lead teachers should have an early childhoodeducation degree or a CDA or a degree in a related fieldwith an emphasis in early childhood education. Priorexperience in a child care setting is preferred. Ownersare members of the Church of the Ascension, OverlandPark. Send resume, via email, to: Olathe2ks@goddardschools.com.Financial representative - Due to the successand growth of the Knights of Columbus, we are addingfinancial representatives in the Kansas City area.This position is ideal for a determined, high-energy,high-expectation, professional, self-disciplined, independentindividual desiring to serve others, yet earna better-than-average income. We provide top-ratedfinancial products to our members and their familiesand will provide excellent benefits and training. For informationor an interview, contact John A. Mahon, 307Dakota, Holton KS 66436; or call (785) 364-5450.ServicesTree service - Pruning trees for optimal growthand beauty and removal of hazardous limbs or problemtrees. Free consultation and bid. Safe, insured,professional. Cristofer Estrada, Green Solutions of KC,(913) 378-5872. www.GreenSolutionsKC.com.LandscapingAll projects – small to largeLocal parishionerFree estimates. Insured; excellent references.Call Tony at (913) 620-6063Foley’s Lawn CareMowing, landscaping installation & maintenanceServing Johnson County for over 10 years.For a free estimate, call (913) 825-4353 orsend an email to: john@foleyslawncare.com. Mentionthis ad to receive a 10% discount on labor forlandscape installation.Tutoring - For students in grades K - 12. For information,call Kathleen at (913) 206-2151 or send anemail to her at: Klmamuric@yahoo.com.Machine quilting - By Jenell Noeth, Basehor. Also,quilts made to order. 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We also provide respite care for maincaregivers needing some personal time. Call Daughters& Company at (913) 341-2500 and speak withLaurie, Debbie or Gary.Looking for high quality home care? Whetheryou’re looking to introduce care for your family or simplylooking to improve your current home care quality,we can help. Our unique approach to home care hasearned us a 99% client satisfaction rating among the1,000-plus families we have assisted. We are familyownedand based in Lenexa. Call Benefits of Home-Senior Care at (913) 422-1591 or visit our website at:www.benefitsofhome.com.Home ImprovementTim the handyman - Small jobs are my specialty!Faucets, garbage disposals, toilets, light fixtures, ceilingfans, handrails, window screen repair, bush trimmingand garden tilling. Free estimates. JoCo only. Call(913) 859-0471.Garage door and opener sales and service -24-hour, 7 day-a-week service on all types of doors.Replace broken springs, cables, hinges, rollers, gateopeners, entry and patio doors, and more. Over 32years of experience. Call (913) 227-4902.Adept Home ImprovementsWhere quality still counts!Basement finishing,Kitchens and baths,Electrical and plumbing,Licensed and insured.(913) 599-7998STA (Sure Thing Always) Home Repair - Basementfinish, bathrooms and kitchens; interior & exteriorrepairs: painting, roofing, siding, wood replacementand window glazing. Free estimates. Call (913) 491-5837 or (913) 579-1835. Email: smokeycabin@hotmail.com. Member of Holy Trinity, Lenexa.Masonry work - Quality, new or repair work.Brick, block and chimney/fireplace repair. Insured;second-generation bricklayer. Member of St. Paul Parish,Olathe. Call (913) 829-4336.Brick masons - Installation and repair of all typesof masonry work — brick, stone, and concrete. 17 yearsof residential and commercial experience. Small andlarge jobs accepted. KC Metro area. For a free quote,call Jim or John at (913) 485-4307.Custom countertops - Laminates installed within5 days. Cambria, granite, and solid surface. Competitiveprices, dependable work. Call the Top Shop, Inc., at(913) 962-5058. Members of St. Joseph, Shawnee.Carpet direct – We cut out the middle man andbring the showroom to you! The best place to see yourflooring is in your own home or office. Save 40 - 80%on carpet and hard surfaces. Residential and commercial.For a free estimate, call Amanda at (913) 742-4003.Swalms Organizing Service - Basement, attic,garage, office, shop – any room organized. Items sorted,grouped, boxed and labeled; areas clean when finished.20 years experience. $30/hour. Spring special:first two hours FREE with any organizing job lastingone day or longer. 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Call (913) 768-6655.Father and son team - We do roofing, windows,doors, siding, brick masonry, all types of wood rot,fences and decks, retaining walls, landscaping andconcrete. You name it, we can do it — no job to big orsmall. Reasonable prices; fully insured. Call Josh at(913) 709-7230.EL SOL Y LA TIERRA*Commercial & residential* Lawn renovation* Mowing* Clean-up and hauling* Dirt grading/installation* Landscape design* Free estimatesHablamos y escribimos Ingles!!Call Lupe at (816) 252-3376Electrician - Free estimates; reasonable rates.JoCo and south KC metro. Call Pat at (913) 963-9896.“Regardless of the type of servicesyou desire, we can help to make them special.We are here to serve you and your family.”FUNERAL HOME • CREMATORY • MEMORIAL CHAPELS10901 Johnson DriveShawnee, Kansas 66203Telephone 913-631-5566Fax 913-631-2236www.amosfamily.comTHE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011Real EstateRoeland Park home FSBO - New price of $165,000;or for rent, call for monthly rate. Awesome 2 BR, 1 BAranch located at 5122 Clark Dr. Move-in-ready condition.For information or an appointment to view, call(913) 206-7109.Need a maintenance-free townhome withample space? - 3 BR, 2 BA, 40-foot living room, diningarea, and dine-in kitchen. Plus additional bedroom,bath and rec room on lower level. Two-car garage.Wonderful neighborhood in Holy Spirit Parish; near OakPark Mall; easy highway access; two swimming pools;tennis courts; clubhouse. Call agent Rosemary Connors,Reece and Nichols, for details at (913) 669-1229.For SaleResidential lifts - Buy/sell/trade. Stair lifts, porchlifts, ceiling lifts and elevators. Recycled and newequipment. Member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish,Leawood. Call Silver Cross KC at (913) 327-5557.Wanted to buyWant to buy Lionel trains - Call Donald at (913)485-6700.Want to buyAntique or vintage jewelrySingle pieces or entire estateRenee Maderak (913) 631-7179St. Joseph Parish, ShawneeWill buy firearms and related accessories -One or a whole collection. Honest evaluation and topprices paid. Contact Tom at (913) 238-2473. Member ofSacred Heart Parish, Shawnee.Cash for your antiques - Coins, watches, silverware,old rifles and shotguns, pocket knives, old military items,Zippo lighters, duck decoys, antique toys, old signs, old pineor primitive furniture. Call Chris at (913) 593-7507 or (913)642-8269.Child CareChild care needed - In our home near Prairie Villagefor our three-month-old boy. Position begins thefirst week of November, Mon. - Thurs., from 8 a.m. - 5p.m. For information or to apply, call Bryan at (816) 213-3545 or send an email to: bryan.potts@asurion.com.Misc.El Centro Academy for Children - Located at 1330S. 30th St., Kansas City, Kan., is now enrolling childrenages 2-1/2 through 5 years. Licensed and nationally accredited.Full day; dual language – English and Spanish.For information or to schedule a visit, call (913) 677-0100 or visit the website at: www.elcentroinc.com.TOUCH OF HEAVENCatholic Store119 SE 18th Topeka, KS(785) 232-2543Hrs. T-F - 10 a.m. 5:30; Sat. 9 a.m. to noonunplanned pregnancy? decisions to make?Replace pressure and panic with thoughtful,and rational reflection. A confidential, caringfriend is waiting for your call.Topeka- (785) 234-0701Lawrence- (785) 843-4821Leavenworth- (913) 682-2700Kansas City-(816)444-7090Emporia- (620) 342-8600or call 24 hrs.toll freeIRTHRIGHT 1-800-550-4900Call Toll Free 888-246-1504THE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011Sept.17 St. Joseph of the ValleyChurch, Leavenworth, will host a familynight on Sept. 17. The evening will beginwith Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a hamand brisket dinner, hayrides, concessionsand a showing of the movie “Up”on the lawn at dusk. A $10 donation forparking is appreciated. Bring your lawnchairs and blankets. For information,call Tracy Heim at (913) 682-1285.The Archdiocesan Council of CatholicWomen will offer a fall pilgrimagethat includes a tour of St. Benedict’s Abbeyand Mount St. Scholastica Monastery,Mass, and lunch at the RiverhouseRestaurant in Atchison on Sept. 17. Thecost is $20. For information or to RSVP,call Susan Draftz at (913) 367-2227 or visitthe website at: http://accwfallpilgrimage.eventbrite.com.Father Tony Lickteig will celebratethe archdiocesan monthly pro-lifeMass at 8 a.m. on Sept. 17 at Sts. Cyril& Methodius Church, 44 N. Mill, KansasCity, Kan., followed by a rosary processionto an abortion clinic four blocksaway. Eucharistic adoration is availablefor those not processing; Benedictionconcludes services at 9:45 a.m.A memorial liturgy for deceasedloved ones will be held at 8 a.m. on Sept.17 at Curé of Ars Church, 9401 MissionRd., Leawood. The bereavement ministrywill have its monthly meeting followingMass in the Father Burak Room.The topic will be: “Being A Survivor.” Forinformation, call (913) 649-2026.The women of Queen of the HolyRosary Church, 7023 W. 71st St., OverlandPark, will host a ladies day retreatfrom 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 inthe church hall. The seven parts of theLord’s Prayer will be presented. Checkinwill begin at 8:45 a.m. A continentalbreakfast, retreat folder and lunch willbe provided. For information or to register,call Patty Miller at (913) 384-4644.The Cathedral of St. Peter, 409 N.15th St., Kansas City, Kan., will host itsfall festival from 5 - 9 p.m. on Sept. 17.There will be a taco dinner, a silent auction,raffles, music, games for childrenand more.St. Matthew Church, 2700 S.E. VirginiaAve, Topeka, will host its annualparish dinner and auction on Sept. 17.Social hour will begin at 6:15 p.m., followedby dinner at 7 p.m. and the liveauction at 8 p.m. The cost of $40 perperson includes hors d’oeuvres, drinksand dinner. For information or to RSVPby Sept. 11, call the parish office at(785) 232-5012 or send an email to:parishoffice@saintmatthews.org.The Ancient Order of Hibernians,Padraig Pearse Division No. 1, will hosta membership drive on Sept. 17 in theJohn J. Sullivan Hall at RedemptoristChurch, 3333 Linwood, Kansas City, Mo.A social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followedby a short video presentation. Allmen 16 years or older, who are practicingCatholics of Irish heritage or bornin Ireland. For information, contact MichaelMurphy at (816) 797-3565 or sendan email to him at: hibernianmike77@aol.com.18 St. Therese Church, Richmond,will host its annual parish dinnerfrom 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sept. 18. The costis $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 4 - 10years. Carryouts will be available. Therewill also be a country store and raffles.Sacred Heart Church, 1031 12th St.,Sabetha, will host its annual parish picnicon Sept. 18. Serving begins at 4:30p.m. for the chicken and ham dinnerwith all the trimmings. The cost is $8 foradults; $4 for children ages 10 and under.There will also be bingo, a cakewalk,a country store, children’s games and araffle at 7:30 p.m.Church of the Holy Cross, 8311 W.93rd. St., Overland Park, will host its annualparish festival on Sept. 18. Masswill be celebrated at noon followed by thefestival from 1 - 5 p.m. Mexican food, barbecuedbeef, Italian sausages, hot dogsand other ethnic foods will be served.There will be bingo, live entertainment,inflatables, children’s games and more.19 A six-week grief supportgroup will meet from 6 - 7:30 p.m. onMondays beginning Sept. 19 at GoodShepherd Church, 12800 W. 75th St.,Shawnee. All who are suffering the loss ofa loved one are invited. For informationor to register, call Penny Volmer at (913)563-5304 or send an email to: pvolmer@goodshepherdshawnee.org.20 The Keeler Women’s Center,2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., inconjunction with Susan G. Komen for theCure, St. Luke’s Healthcare, and ArgentineFamily Health will offer free mammogramson Sept. 20. Kansas womenbetween the ages of 40 – 64 with nohealth insurance who meet incomeguidelines are welcome to apply. To prequalifyand/or to schedule an appointment,call (913) 205-0030.22 “Plate or Pyramid? America’sNew Dietary Guidelines,” a nutritionpresentation offered in conjunctionwith K-State Extension Services, will beheld from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on Sept. 22 atthe Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 CentralAve., Kansas City, Kan. For informationor to register, call (913) 906-8990or visit the website at: www.mountosb.org/kwc.The Christian Widow and WidowersOrganization will host a potluck dinnerat 5 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the FormationRoom at Most Pure Heart of MaryChurch, 3601 S.W. Stone, Topeka. Thereis no cost to attend. For information, call(785) 272-0055.Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 CentralAve, Kansas City, Kan., will offer“Optimizing Your Health,” a six-weekprogram for men and women, from 1:30- 4 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Sept.22. 30 – 4:00 p.m. For information or toregister, call (913) 906-8990 or visit thewebsite at: www.mountosb.org/kwc.23 Christ the King Church, 3024N. 54th St., Kansas City, Kan., will host anovena to St. Thérèse the Little Flowerat 6 p.m. on Sept. 23, and Sept. 25 -30; at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24; and at 10a.m. on Oct. 1, followed by Mass.Church of the Nativity, 3700 W.119th St., Leawood, will host a presentationat 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 by MagnusMacFarlane-Barrow, a Catholic named asone of CNN’s top 10 heroes. MacFarlane-Barrow will speak on how his aid reliefwork from Argyll, Scotland, to Medjugorjeduring the Bosnian conflict of 1992 ledto the global campaign known as Mary’sMeals. For information, call Liz Kelly at(913) 491-8675 or send a email to her at:ekelly411@gmail.com.23-25 Does it too often seemthat the two of you are going in differentdirections? A Worldwide Marriage Encounterweekend may be just the thingto get your relationship realigned. Thenext Worldwide Marriage Encounterweekend will be held from Sept. 23 - 25at Savior Pastoral Center, 12601 ParallelPkwy., Kansas City, Kan. For informationor to register, call Ralph and Jan Lewisat (913) 400-7173 or visit the website at:www.neksme.org.Sophia Center, 751 S. 8th St., Atchison,will offer a retreat, entitled “LossesOf Our Lives,” from 7 p.m. on Sept. 23through 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. Dr. NancyCopeland-Payton, a spiritual director,hospital chaplain, physician and author,will be the presenter. For information,call (913) 360-6151 or visit the websiteat: www.mountosb.org/sophia.html.24 Holy Family Church, 274 OrchardSt., Kansas City, Kan., will host itsannual Slovenefest on Sept. 24, beginningwith Mass at 4 p.m. followed byan authentic Slovenian dinner, dancing,live music, games for all ages and a silentauction. For information, call WadeMcCown at (913) 207-3404, the churchoffice at (913) 371-1561, or visit the websiteat: holyfamilychurchkck.com.The women of St. Stanislaus Parish,Rossville, will host “Journey of Faith”on Sept. 24. Mass will be celebrated at8:30 a.m., followed by brunch, a prayerservice, Scripture meditation and a keynotespeaker. For information or to register,call Colette at (785) 584-6612 orDeidre at (785) 582-5851.The singles group at Curé of ArsParish, 9301 Mission Rd., Leawood, willhost a Harvest Moon dance from 7:30-11:45 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the school cafeteria.Carl the DJ will be back! The costof $15, payable at the door, includes horsd’oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer, soda,and bottled water. For information, call(913) 631-6873.Church of the Nativity, 3800 W.119th St., Leawood, will host its annualSpirit of Nativity festival, following the4 p.m. Mass on Sept. 24. The festival includesdinner, music, inflatables, bingo,PTO class basket raffles, face painting, aphoto booth and more. Wristbands cost:$10 for adults; $5 for children; or $35 perfamily. For information or to purchasewristbands, contact the parish office at(913) 491-5017.24-25 Prairie Star Ranch,Williamsburg, will offer “Prairie StarUnder the Stars,” an outdoor campingexperience for youth groups, from10 a.m. on Sept. 24 through 10 a.m. onSept. 25. The cost is $5 in advance; $7 atthe gate. For information or to register,call Gregory Wellnitz at (785) 746-5693or send an email to him at: psroffice@gmail.com.25 St. John the Baptist Church,Greeley, will host its annual parish bazaaron Sept. 25. A turkey, chicken andnoodles, or ham dinner with all the trimmingswill be served at 11 a.m. The cost is$9 for adults; $9.50 for carryouts. Therewill also be bingo, raffles, and a countrystore. Facility is handicap accessible.Prairie Star Ranch, Williamsburg,will offer a family day from 10 a.m. - 5CALENDARp.m. on Sept. 25. Celebrate Mass withyour family, bring a picnic lunch and enjoyoutdoor activities including canoeing,rock climbing and horseback riding. Thecost is $5 in advance; $7 at the gate. Forinformation or to register, call GregoryWellnitz at (785) 746-5693 or send anemail to him at: psroffice@gmail.com.28 The Keeler Women’s Center,2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., willoffer “Clean and Clutter-free Living,”presented by Chiquita Miller of K-StateExtension, from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Sept.28. Register by Sept. 21 to receive freecleaning supplies. For information or toregister, call (913) 906-8990 or visit thewebsite at: www.mountosb.org/kwc.29 The Keeler Women’s Center,2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., willoffer “Plan Now for a Pretty Spring Garden,”a gardening program presentedby Donna and Steve Walker, from 10 - 11a.m. on Sept. 29. Register by Sept. 23 toreceive free flower bulbs. For informationor to register, call (913) 906-8990or visit the website at: www.mountosb.org/kwc.Oct.2 St. Theresa Church, Perry, willhost its annual fall bazaar on Oct. 2. Aturkey or ham dinner with all the trimmingswill be served from 11 a.m. - 2:30p.m. The cost is $8 for adults; $4 for children.Carryouts will be available. Therewill also be a silent auction, raffles, bingo,a cakewalk, games, baked goods, andother items for sale.Sacred Heart-St. Casimir Parish,1401 2nd Ave., Leavenworth, will host itsannual fall fest from noon - 3:30 p.m.on Oct. 2. There will be a turkey andham dinner, entertainment, an auction,a classic car show, white elephant sale,a country store and games for all ages.2 & 4 The archdiocesan vocationoffice will host Project Andrew, anopportunity for young men ages 15 - 20to learn about vocations, from 4 - 7 p.m.on Oct. 2 at Most Pure Heart of MaryChurch, 1800 S.W. Stone, Topeka, andon Oct. 9 at St. Michael the ArchangelChurch, 5200 W. 143rd St., Leawood.Young men will meet and pray with ArchbishopJoseph F. Naumann and enjoydinner with archdiocesan priests. Parentsare also invited to a special session.Registration is required. To RSVP, call thevocation office at (913) 647-0303; sendan email to: vocation@archkck.org; orvisit the website at: kckvocations.com.4 St. Philippine Duchesne LatinMass Community will host its annualpro-life dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4at the Civic Center, 13817 Johnson Dr.,Shawnee. Proceeds will benefit Alexandra’sHouse and LifeFront. Tickets cost$30 per person. To purchase tickets,send a check, payable to SPD Dinner, to:Father John Fongemie, 5412 Bluejacket,Shawnee KS 66203.Email calendar submissions to:jennifer@theleaven.com or mailto: 12615 Parallel Pkwy., KansasCity, KS 66109.13


14 COLUMNISTSCHURCH AND STATETHE LEAVEN • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011Animus over pro-marriage issue bodes ill for kidsIf you have been reading the papersthis summer, you know that there issomething sinister afoot in Kansas.Strange people from faraway placeshave been seen slipping into secretmeetings, the tails of their black capesflapping in the shadows. Some of themost powerful people in Kansas areimplicated in the conspiracy, and theevidence suggests that it goes all theway to the very top.Fortunately, the Fourth Estate hasbeen up to the task. Kansas’ journalisticestablishment has blown the lid off ofthe Kansas governor’s radical, top-secretplan to . . . promote marriage. Woodwardand Bernstein, eat your heart out.The fact that the mere suggestionthat government policy should encouragemarriage would be immediatelymet with charges of right-wing extremismand religious fundamentalism is asign of the moral confusion of the times.Yet the fanatical refusal to concede theobvious — that children are best servedwhen they live with a married motherand father — is itself faith-based andhyper-ideological, because the data isconclusive on this point.According to the 2008 Scafidi report:“When parents part, or fail to marry,their children seem to suffer from increasedrisks of poverty, mental illness,infant mortality, physical illness, juveniledelinquency and adult criminality,sexual abuse and other forms of familyviolence, economic hardship, substanceabuse, and educational failure, suchas increased risk of dropping out ofschool.”When one considers the fact thatover one-third of all children in ourcountry are born outside of wedlock, including46 percent of Hispanic childrenand 69 percent of African-Americanchildren, the proportions of what isdoubtlessly a national crisis becomeapparent.But Governor Sam Brownback hasnonetheless been pummeled in thepress for considering ways to shift certainpublic policies away from defaultsettings that discourage marriage. Andas breathlessly reported by the TopekaCapital-Journal in July, he met thisspring with a group of national expertson marriage policy.The conversation was “behind closeddoors,” rather than on the Statehouselawn, where other such discussions arepresumably held. One of the participants,we are told, “preached a gospelthat encouraged poor women to marrytheir way out of poverty” as an official inthe Bush administration (subtext: scaryChristian). Another, a law professor,once said she “admired Sarah Palin’sdevotion to family and professionalachievement.” These are very dangerouspeople indeed!There is significant room for debateover which, if any, public policies canstrengthen marriage. But the ferocity ofthe criticism directed against those whowould even try bodes ill for the childrenwho need no statistical analyses to tellthem that having a father in the homewould make all the difference.Michael Schuttloffel is the executivedirector of the Kansas Catholic Conference.New Roman Missal isn’t perfect — but neither was the oldBy now, most of us will have hadour first encounter with a fewtexts from the revised missal. Thefull use of the new missal, of course, willcommence at Advent.So what do we think? Most likely,some of us are pleased, some are confused,and some are annoyed. Not toosurprising, really! In any case, beforelong, most of us will not remember howwe used to speak the Mass, the newtexts having become familiar.So what should we think? I’vereceived several calls at the archdiocesanliturgy office asking if I think thenew translation is better than the old.“Yes,” I rather positively reply, “in manyinstances.” I’ve also received a numberof calls asking if I think the old is betterthan the new. “Perhaps,” I rather diplomaticallyreply, “in a few instances.”Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his“Letter from Birmingham Jail”while incarcerated there onApril 16, 1963, after taking part in a civilrights demonstration.In that letter, he argued that civildisobedience was necessary to overturnunjust laws. In fact, he maintained thatit was a moral obligation.Similarly, Dietrich Bonhoffer, aGerman Lutheran theologian, spent 18months in prison before he was executedon April 9, 1945, for taking part in a plotto assassinate Hitler. While in prison,he wrote letters that were smuggled outand published after his death — lettersin which he expressed his theologicalreasons for opposing the Nazi regime.There is a long tradition of religious figureswriting letters while incarcerated.Someone locked up in jail oftenspends a lot of time waiting — waitingto face trial, waiting to complete asentence, waiting to be released, waitingjust to find out what will happen. Thatwas the situation that St. Paul had todeal with toward the end of his life. ItBut my two favorite questions are: “Isthe old translation really that bad?” and“Is this new translation supposed to beperfect?”The answers to these two questionsare easy: NO.No, the old translation isn’t bad,or wicked, or deceitful, or the part ofa sinister conspiracy to destroy theCatholic faith. It is a product of its time,it has served us well, it has expressedand nurtured faith, and anyone whoAS THE CHURCH PRAYSreally believes that it has been the causeof whatever ails the church today reallyneeds to get some perspective. It is whatit is: imperfect, but sincere.And, no, the new translation isn’tperfect. It’s not bad, either, nor is it anattempt to straightjacket the voice of thefaithful, or a syndicated scheme to turnback the clock, or a devious ploy to getus to cry “Uncle!” and return entirelyto Latin. It is what it is: imperfect, butsincere.Imperfect, because all translationsare imperfect, simply because it’s impossibleto say perfectly in one languagewhat we say in another.Imperfect, because, for that matter,it’s impossible to perfectly express eitherthe mind of God or the human heartwhen limited to human words. Merewords like Father, Trinity, Communion,SECOND THOUGHTS ON THE SECOND READINGPaul gave new meaning to prison ministrywas the perfect time for writing letters.Several of his letters that eventuallyended up in the New Testament resultedfrom his period of imprisonment. Whilewaiting in his cell, he would profit fromhis spare time by writing to variousChristian communities. That explainsthe Letter to the Philippians, part ofwhich constitutes Sunday’s second reading— Phil 1:20c-24, 27a.While in prison, St. Paul realizedthat he might eventually be executed.Accordingly, he tried to decide whichfate he would prefer: death, or releasefrom prison. He saw pros and cons inboth. Sunday’s reading reflects this innerstruggle.While in prison, St. Paul did not confinehimself to writing. He also engagedin evangelizing others around him, theprison guards and fellow prisoners.His success in winning souls for Christreminded him that he could certainlyserve Christ while still alive. Imprisonmenthad not slowed him down:“I want you to know, brothers, thatmy situation has turned out rather to advancethe Gospel, so that my imprisonmenthas become well known in Christthroughout the whole praetorium andto all the rest, and so that the majorityof the brothers, having taken encouragementin the Lord from my imprisonment,dare more than ever to proclaimthe word fearlessly” (Phil. 1:12-14).St. Paul could not decide which toprefer: to continue in this life with hiswork of evangelization, or to die and enjoyeternal life with Christ. In any case,it was not for him to decide. God woulddetermine his fate, just as God willdetermine our fate. We place ourselvesin his hands.holy, consubstantial, Son, sacrifice,chalice, and soul only begin to signifywhat they seek to express. The mysterycan never be exhausted by the expressionof it.Perhaps that’s why St. Isaac ofNineveh concludes: “Silence is thelanguage of the world to come.” Onlywhen, as St. John says, we’ve becomelike God, having perfectly seen thedivine countenance in all its perfection,will our expression of that countenancecease being imperfect. Only then.So, in the meantime, let us learn thenew words of the Mass for what theyare and let us learn to live them as bestwe can.Michael Podrebarac is the archdiocesanconsultant for the liturgy office.TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIMESept. 18Is 55: 6-9; Ps 145: 2-3, 8-9, 17-18;Phil 1: 20c-24, 27a; Mt 20: 1-16aSept. 19Januarius, bishop, martyrEzr 1: 1-6; Ps 126: 1-6; Lk 8: 16-18Sept. 20Andrew Kim Taegon, priest, martyr, Paul Chong,Hasang, martyr, and their companions, martyrsEzr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20; Ps 122: 1-5; Lk 8: 19-21Sept. 21MATTHEW, APOSTLE, EVANGELISTEph 4: 1-7, 11-13; Ps 19: 2-5; Mt 9: 9-13Sept. 22ThursdayHg 1: 1-8; Ps 149: 1-6, 9; Lk 9: 7-9Sept. 23Pio of Pietrelcina, priestHg 2: 1-9; Ps 43: 1-4; Lk 9: 18-22Sept. 24Zec 2: 5-9, 14-15a; (Ps) Jer 31: 10-13; Lk 9: 43b-45

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