Local Koreans followed pope’s visit with ‘much interest’ KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The visit of Pope Francis to South Korea from Aug. 14 to 18 thrilled many in that country. But they were not alone.
Adult volunteers invited to join rural teen ministry KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The life of a teenager today isn’t what it was 20 years ago — or even 10 years ago.
Catholics, Methodists join forces in Perry PERRY — After a week of crafts, music, snacks and, of course, Bible study, those participating in the annual vacation Bible school
Log on for a fresh look at CEF and its mission KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A 16-year-old can pick up a smartphone or tablet and do just about anything.

Project gives parish a lift

OSAWATOMIE — A funeral dinner held a couple of years ago showed pastor Father Reginald Saldanha that St. Philip Neri Parish here needed a little “lift.”
“I had one gentleman with a walker who wanted to go to the [funeral] lunch in the basement,” said Father Saldanha. “But he could not — so he walked backward on the staircase.”
That made the pastor think: We need improved handicap accessibility — including a lift.
On July 27, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann joined Father Saldanha and parishioners to bless and celebrate the completion of their $250,000 renovation of the 1970 vintage church. The parking lot was an additional $46,000.

Join the celebration . . . in person or in spirit

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A few spaces remain for the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage that will take pilgrims to holy sites in four countries this October.
“For me, this is gong to be an opportunity to pray for peace in a very fervent and concentrated manner,” said Lesle Knop.
As executive director of the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas and director of the archdiocesan office of stewardship and development, Knop has worked for years to help plan this pilgrimage that will take place Oct. 7-17.
With a special focus on Marian shrines, it celebrates CFNEK’s 25 years of work in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to support the mission of parishes, schools and other entities into the future.

when hearts emBrace

El Salvador — As the bus turned sharply off the highway to enter through a squeaky iron gate and down a rutted and muddy dirt road, the 12 travelers could hear cheers and laughter coming from up ahead.
Under the thick green foliage covering nearly every surface in the small Salvadoran community outside the city of Aguilares, they could see a group of women and children eagerly waiting. The travelers later learned they had been waiting for over an hour.
The children, impatient with the waiting, immediately rushed onto the bus to greet the delegation.

Abortion clinic closes in KCK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The sudden closure of an abortion clinic here on July 26 was unexpected, but there might have been a hint.
One year ago, Aid for Women at 720 Central Ave. (operated by Central Family Medical, LLC) did something to its sign.
“One thing that was curious is that a year ago, they took the word ‘abortion’ off the sign in front of their building,” said Ron Kelsey, archdiocesan pro-life consultant. “I thought, ‘Is that a preview of things to come? What does it mean?’”