Men Under Construction offers Lenten experience OVERLAND PARK — Do you want an ooey-gooey, huggy-feely, candy-coated, hand-holding spiritual experience?
The meaning of human sexuality Each human is a unity of body and soul, and the body has innate dignity as part of God’s creation.
making mentors Spiritual mentorship graduates in high demand as third group forms
Planting seeds from which vocations grow “The church is more vibrant when everyone fully lives his or her vocation,” said archdiocesan vocations director Father Scott Wallisch.

calling all campers

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — No family member is ever too young to make a difference — in their family home or within their parish family.
That’s why, with Pope Francis planning a visit to Philadelphia this September for the World Meeting of Families, it made perfect sense to organizers to zero in on the family as a theme for Catholic youth summer camp sessions in 2015.
The theme for camp Kateri and Tekakwitha sessions this summer at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” said Deacon Dana Nearmyer, camp co-director and archdiocesan consultant for evangelization and Catholic formation of youth.
Registration for the summer sessions will open in the coming weeks for campers from fifth grade through high school.

Helping rebuild

BASEHOR — January 12 marked five years since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, and Father Richard McDonald, pastor of Holy Angels Parish here, still can’t shake the images a fellow priest left with him.
His friend had been on a mission trip in Haiti that January.
“He had just had Mass with the archbishop of Port-au-Prince and literally was on the last plane out of Haiti when the earthquake hit,” said Father McDonald.
Yet even before he had any idea the 7.0-magnitude earthquake had struck — killing more than 200,000 people and devastating the already impoverished country — he was thinking, “How could it be any worse?”

Snow Ball honorees named

If there’s one thing Paul and Mary Thompson learned as honorary presidents of last year’s Catholic Charities’ Snow Ball, it was that they and the event’s presidents weren’t really in charge.
“The Holy Spirit was!” said Mary Thompson, noting that just 36 hours before the 2014 Snow Ball, it looked as though the goal of raising two million dollars — the highest goal ever — wouldn’t be realized. “But then something amazing happened, and a dedicated group of leaders pooled their resources, and the goal was met.”
Thompson was quick to note that it was the incredible faith and leadership of presidents Charlie and Jean Haake and patron committee chairperson Dave Knopke that made the attainment of the goal for the 40th anniversary of the Snow Ball possible and allowed the event to be a true celebration.


A full page of archdiocesan fish fries will appear — all ready to be clipped and saved — in the Feb. 13 edition of The Leaven. Fish fry notices should be emailed to: The deadline is Feb. 5. Notices must be less than 40 words. Please do not include full menus.