Grow West, young parish! GARDNER — If you want to know why Divine Mercy Parish here needs a new parish hall, just take a look to the southwest.
These quilters are sew talented GARDNER — Divine Mercy parishioner Virginia Mackey was in a quandary; the last thing she wanted to do was ruin a priest’s vestment.
Lenten devotion a family affair LEAWOOD — “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Archbishop Emeritus Keleher shares memories of Blessed John XXIII I will never forget this marvelous man elected pope in 1958 — the year Pius XII died.

Killings at Jewish community center mourned; Catholic woman among dead

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (CNS) -- Outpourings of grief and support came in response to the murder of three people at two Jewish-run facilities in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park April 13, the day before the Jewish feast of Passover was to begin.
Although none of the three dead were Jewish, local police and the FBI labeled the killings a hate crime the day after the shootings. A former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism was charged in connection with the killings.

Pope forms new commission

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, four women — including a survivor of clerical sex abuse — two Jesuit priests and an Italian lawyer are the first eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Pope Francis established the commission in December; announcing the first members March 22, the Vatican said they would help define the tasks and competencies of the commission and help identify other potential members.

Health care facility chooses to fight

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — When presented with a Hobson’s choice of acting contrary to the Catholic faith or facing ruinous fines, Villa St. Francis chose a third option: to fight.
The Catholic Benefits Association — a coalition of nearly 200 Catholic employers and 1,000 parishes, including Villa St. Francis — filed a class action lawsuit on March 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

In the name of the father

It’s simple really. A round, cushioned cork, wrapped in wool and cotton yarn, covered by stitched rawhide. A baseball. But for Joseph Naumann, it’s something so much more. It’s a portal through time and space. It’s a magical tool that allows him to connect to the father he never met.