Because a parish without a pastor is like a football team without a quarterback: Twenty-one young men are in the seminary for the archdiocese, thanks in part to efforts from the archdiocesan vocations office. Go Team Priesthood! Rah!
Because plaid is the new black: The archdiocesan school office provides vital resources to educate about 16,000 students in 38 grade schools and six high schools. Did you know that 1,200 of those students are children with special needs, served by 33 licensed special education teachers?
Because the Catholic Church treasures its unity and diversity: The office of Hispanic ministry offers 16 Masses celebrated in Spanish at 10 churches throughout the archdiocese every Sunday. ¡Gracias a Dios!
Because there’s no place like Rome; there’s no place like Rome: The archdiocesan liturgy office helped plan the liturgies in 2008 that welcomed 178 new Christians into the church, and hundreds of other baptized persons who sought full communion with the church. Better order more missalettes.
Because the deacons are on their way: Our very first class of 20 candidates for the permanent diaconate are in the middle of a five-year process of study and discernment.
Because camp is like, you know, totally awesome: More than 1,700 Catholic youths experienced fun and faith at Camp Tekakwitha. S’mores, anyone?
Because faith formation doesn’t happen by “holy osmosis”: The Benedictine College School of Faith makes available 80 Catholic studies courses for approximately 2,000 Catholic adults who want to learn more about their faith at locations throughout the archdiocese.
Because walking the walk is more important than talking the talk: Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas served more than 85,000 people with food, utility, and emergency assistance in 2008. Like the man said, faith without works is dead.
Because life will be victorious: The archdiocesan pro-life office attacks the “culture of death” on multiple fronts, with education, pastoral care, public policy and prayer. Life will be victorious — but it needs your help.
Because each one of us is a disciple: It takes the generous support of all of us to help the Archbishop’s Call to Share make all these good things happen. Our HOPE is in the Lord, but as St. Teresa of Avila once wrote, his only hands are ours.