The Register

October 12, 2018

    In this issue.

  • Archbishop McCarrick to live life of 'prayer and penance' in Victoria.
  • Bishop's Grant helps fund technology.
  • Bishop Gerber, retired bishop of Wichita, dies Sept. 29. 

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Parishes, organizations across diocese to participate Nov. 27 in #iGiveCatholic for first time ever

The Register
Salina — A rosary prayer garden. A church steeple. Lighting improvements in the church. Creating meeting rooms and a parish hall in the church basement. Even everyday operations of a parish or school. All are projects and needs that parishes throughout the Salina Diocese hope to address as the diocese participates in its first #iGiveCatholic campaign on #GivingTuesday. This year, #GivingTuesday is Nov. 27. #iGiveCatholic is a national online giving day, with the goal of rallying the Catholic community to support the organizations that shape our souls: our parishes, schools ministries and not-for-profit organizations. The minimum donation is $25.
 
“The goal of #iGiveCatholic is to help parishes, schools and organizations raise money for the big and small projects essential for them,” said Beth Shearer, Director of Stewardship and Development for the Salina Diocese. “Due to the nature of an online giving platform, we anticipate this will capture interest of not only those who sit in the pew every weekend, but also those who grew up in a parish, perhaps celebrated their sacraments in that parish, and have now moved away from their rural community. #iGiveCatholic is an opportunity for those people to play an active role in supporting the future of their hometown parish or Catholic school.” One highlight of the Nov. 27 giving day is a $50,000 match for all donations across the diocese. It will be available as long as it lasts. An anonymous donor donated money that will be matched “dollar for dollar” up to $1,000 per donor. “This is an excellent opportunity for donations to stretch even farther,” Shearer said.
 
Among the parishes raising money on #GivingTuesday is Sacred Heart in Atwood. A crumbling, unused Catholic school building was demolished “due to its damage beyond repair,” pastor Father Gnanasekar Kulandai, HGN, said. “In its location, we are planning to erect a Prayer Garden,” he continued. “The Prayer Garden will have a grotto of our blessed mother, a statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus, tablets of The 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, gazebo, benches, marble stones with mysteries of the holy rosary, green grass with sprinkler system, tomb stone for the unborn, walking paths, landscaping with plants, trees, and shrubs and fence around the garden.” The cost for this large-scale project is about $85,000. “Any donation towards this cause would help this noble dream come true,” Father Kulandai said.

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Free anti-bullying presentation Nov. 15 at. St. Mary Grade School in Salina

Salina — National best-selling author Jodee Blanco will present to multiple audiences in Salina about bullying. A 7 p.m. presentation Nov. 15 is free and open to the public at St. Mary Grade School, 304 E. Cloud, Salina. Blanco, whose book “Please Stop Laughing At Me” was published in 2002, speaks candidly about bullying she experienced as a student. She said it is important to address bullying head-on. “Without it, lives are certain to be lost,” she said. “This is a subject that not only needs to be addressed, it needs to live inside the heart of anyone who has a heart.”
 
She also published other books on bullying, including “Please Stop Laughing At Us,” “Please Stop Laughing At Me… Journal” and “Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived, How You Can Too.” Surprising as it might sound, Blanco said it’s essential to have compassion for the bully, in addition to the victim. “(Bullying) really is a cry for help,” Blanco said. “If we don’t address that cry, as long as the bully is hurting, they will continue to act out and hurt others until the cry is answered.”
 
She said it’s essential to have restorative, compassionate forms of discipline for those who bully, in addition to alternative social outlets and esteem-building opportunities for those who are bullied.” “The (Nov. 15 evening presentation) is not just for parents,” Blanco said. “It’s a healing event for parents and kids. Also, adult survivors of bullying will find healing, courage and a sense of their own grace.”
 
In addition to the Nov. 15 free parent/family seminar, Blanco will present to faculty of the Salina Diocese Nov. 16. She will also give three student presentations. For more information, please visit https://www.jodeeblanco.com

Annual seminarian collection is key for education

2018-2019 Seminarians
Salina — The seminarian collection is scheduled for Nov. 10 and 11 in all parishes across the diocese. Funding the education of seminarians is key to the growth of future priests for the Diocese of Salina. This year, the diocese has 11 men studying to become priests. The cost to educate them is more than $600,000 this year. The collection typically accounts for about 20 percent of the annual amount needed.
 
In a letter to parishioners in this Register, Bishop Jerry Vincke discusses the blessing of these men along with the challenge to pay for their education. He asks for financial help. “We are extremely blessed to have 11 wonderful men studying to be priests for our diocese,” he writes. “There is more good news. There are a number of men who are discerning the priesthood and may enter the seminary in the coming years. This is great news!”
 
“No single means of fundraising covers all the annual educational costs,” said Beth Shearer, director of stewardship and development for the diocese. “The funds come through a combination of outright gifts, the Catholic Community Annual Appeal, the spring dinner, endowments, grants and the seminarian collection.” The diocese pays for seminarian education so that no man has to decline the call to a priestly vocation because of his inability to pay. It can take up to eight years to complete that education.
 
 “Having the funding available,” Shearer said, “makes it possible to continue encouraging men to consider their call to the priesthood. With a gift to the seminarian fund, individuals are becoming partners in the effort to educate our future priests.”
It is also important to pray for the current seminarians and for an increase in vocations. “One of the most precious gifts the Lord gives to us is a priest who provides the Sacraments for us,” Bishop Vincke wrote. “Without the priest, there is no Eucharist, no Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our diocese has been blessed with so many good priests who go the extra mile to provide for us and serve us. “Please pray for our priests, our men in the seminary and for more vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.”
 
In addition to the annual collection, people can support the education of seminarians in a number of ways: 
  • Give a monthly gift automatically deducted from a bank account or charged to a credit card.
  • Establish a named seminary burse endowment in honor or memory of someone.
  • Include the Catholic Diocese of Salina Seminarian Education Fund in a will or estate plan.
  • Make a one-time gift.
  • Pray for the seminarians and for increased vocations.
As a reminder, a poster of this year’s seminarians is inserted in this issue. To learn more, contact Shearer at (785) 827-8746 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Diocese will participate in #iGiveCatholic on Nov. 27

 

Salina — The Salina Diocese will participate in #iGiveCatholic for the first time this year. Declared “the most successful Catholic crowdfunding event to date” by the National Catholic Register, the goal of the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is to rally our Catholic community in support of the organizations that shape our souls: our parishes, schools ministries and not-for-profit organizations. Currently, parishes and not-for-profit organizations across the diocese are enrolling. Enrollment closes Oct. 31.

What is #iGiveCatholic?
It is an online giving day that coincides with #GivingTuesday, which is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It also kicks off a traditionally charitable season. The goal of #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is to inspire the Catholic community to come together as faithful stewards and to “give Catholic” on Giving Tuesday.

When is #iGiveCatholic?
This year, it is Tuesday, Nov. 27 from Midnight to 11:59 p.m. CST.

How does it work?
#iGiveCatholic is an online platform with searchable profiles of participating parishes, schools, ministries and not-for-profit organizations affiliated with the 28 participating dioceses. All donations are processed through iGiveCatholic.org. Participating organizations and donors can track event progress via leaderboards.

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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 salinadiocese.org/the-register.