As you can tell by all the recent posts, the HHS Contraception Mandate by the Obama Administration is a terrible injustice to the Catholic Church.  So many articles, stories and videos are out there.  Check out this one:
"We Will Not Comply" - Catholic Civil Disobedience.



Fr. Barron, the priest who leads the Catholicism project,  comments on the HHS Contraception Mandate.




Bishop Jackels on the new HHS Mandate PDF Print

Many of us are familiar with the story of the prophet Jonah being swallowed by a whale. That happened because Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh and preach. Maybe Jonah didn’t want to deliver God’s message because it threatened doom, or because he didn’t know how the people would react: repent, or attack?

I feel a little like Jonah. I would rather not have to deliver this message, mostly because the message itself is sad and disturbing.

You may have heard the news item from this past Friday: Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Director, decreed that a religious organization (like a Church) that offers health insurance to its employees will be forced to cover contraceptives (some of which can cause an abortion) and sterilizations, free of charge, even if it believes in conscience that these are morally objectionable.

Sebelius went so far as to say that she believes that this decree “strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services.” But how can you speak of balance when the result is taking away religious liberty and conscience protection?

There are exceptions; for example, a religious organization will not be forced to go against its conscience if it qualifies as a religious organization according to the federal tax code, and if it hires and serves mainly people of the same faith, and if its sole purpose is to teach religious doctrine. I can’t think of what kind of religious organization might possibly qualify for this exemption.

The only other exception is for religious organizations that since 2010 have made no changes to their health insurance plans beyond those specifically allowed by the federal government.

The Diocese of Wichita and its employee health insurance program enjoys this second exemption, at least for now. But we may still be forced by the federal government to provide notice to employees about where contraceptives and sterilizations are available.

Even though the Diocese of Wichita as an employer presently enjoys an exemption, the Catholic faithful here should still be concerned …

… Concerned because the federal government could in the future still make new requirements that would force us to do something against our conscience. A lot depends on who is running the government, and whether or not that administration is friendly towards religious liberty and conscience protection.

… Concerned because it does affect many other religious organizations, Catholic and others, that are denied religious liberty and forced to act against their conscience.

… Concerned because this mandate does not respect the diversity that is so much a part of our national unity.

… Concerned also because religious liberty and conscience protection are being threatened in a very real and concrete way, right here and now: the government forcing a Church to do something that it judges to be morally objectionable.

Catholic social justice teaches that, in keeping with human dignity, people have a right to health care. But it also teaches that, again, in keeping with human dignity, people have a right to freedom of religion and of conscience; to have that taken away is too high a price to pay for health care.

I said earlier that I feel a little like Jonah, also because I am not sure how people will react to this message. I am not looking that we fast, put on sack cloth and sit in ashes. My hope is rather that we will contact our elected leaders and let them know that we do not want to be forced to act against our beliefs, we or anyone else, and that we want religious liberty and conscience protection restored. And pray, pray more, pray more harder.

- Bishop Michael Jackels


Please read these messages from Bishop Jackels regarding the HHS Mandate and the proposed changes.

Click here for more information from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops about how you can respond.

Take one camera, 20 nuns and the creative energies of Sr. Mary Magdalene and you have, "The Rosary Project: A 15 Mystery Reflection on Dominican Monastic Life"!

Sr. Mary Magdalene, a native of Overland Park, KS, attended PSU, where she was very active at the Newman Center and served as an officer of the Newman Club.


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Here is a great response to the ""Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" video.



Sr. Mary Magdalene First Profession








Sr. Mary Magdalene, a native of Overland Park, KS, attended PSU, where she was very active at the Newman Center and served as an officer of the Newman Club. In 2009 she became a Dominican nun in the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary. Sr. Mary Magdalene made First Profession as a Nun of the Order of Preachers at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Summit, NJ on December 8, 2011, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  More pictures can be seen here and an article can be found by clicking here.



A BIG thanks to all who helped rake leaves this past week.  We were able to help several members of the Pittsburg/Frontenac communities and also raised some money for the
Adopt-a-Family Fund!



New Translation of the Roman Missal

As Fr. Adam spoke about in his homily this Sunday, starting November 27, 2011,
the Catholic Church will using the new translation of the Roman Missal for Mass.
Check out this video to learn more!

Back to School Getaway

We will be going to Sky Ranch in Quapaw, Ok  Friday, September 13th - 15th to take
some time away from the books, stress and hassle of the beginning of the school year.
There will be time to relax, time to get to know some new people and time for fun activities
such as paintball, zip line, water blob and more.  If you would like to attend, please stop by the
St. Pius X Catholic Center and sign up.

Closing of Fr. Kapaun's Cause for Beatification and Canonization


Today, July 1, 2011 marks the official close of the Diocesan investigation into the life and virtue of one of her sons, Fr. Emil Kapaun.  Fr. Kapaun was a Catholic Priest from the Diocese of Wichita who was killed in a POW camp in North Korea during the Korean War.  This is most certainly an exciting time for the Diocese of Wichita and we pray to the Lord that one day, Fr. Kapaun would be raised to the glory of sainthood!  For more information on his amazing life and faith, please visit the Diocese of Wichita webpage here





Lord Jesus, in the midst of the folly of war,
your servant, Chaplain Emil Kapaun spent himself
in total service to you on the battlefields and
in the prison camps of Korea, until his
death at the hands of his captors.

We now ask you, Lord Jesus, if it be your will,
to make known to all the world the holiness
of Chaplain Kapaun and the glory of his
complete sacrifice for you by signs of
miracles and peace.

In your name, Lord, we ask, for you are the
source of peace, the strength of our
service to others, and our final hope. 


Servant of God, Fr. Emil Kapaun, pray for us!

The Rev. Mr. John Fogliasso

Five Ordained For the Diocese of Wichita

Bishop Michael Jackels ordained one to the Transitional Diaconate and four to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Wichita.

David Voss was ordained to the transitional diaconate, Friday May 27th at the Cathedral in Wichita.  Click here for a slideshow of his ordination.

On Saturday, May 28th The Rev. Mr. Marco DeLoera, The Rev. Mr. Daniel Duling, The Rev. Mr. Jeremy Huser and Pittsburg State University and St. Pius X Newman Center Alum, The Rev. Mr. John Fogliasso were ordained to the Priesthood.  More information can be found here.

To view a slideshow of the May 28th Ordinations, click here.

Please continue to pray for these young men as they continue to follow the Lord through their vocations.

Year in Review


Congratulations to all those

graduating this Spring.

May God continue to bless

and guide you as you begin

a new chapter in your life!


Easter Prayer


Heavenly Father and God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life.  From the waters of death you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us.  Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


logo Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Newman Club Officers

Alex Rausch, President

Kathryn Wolfe,  Financial Chair

Alex Yager, Hospitality Chair

Julie Martin,  Service Chair

Aaron Flood, Sports and Recreation Chair

Lent 2011 - The Four "Ships"

Fr. Lanzrath speaks about how the four "Ships", (LeaderSHIP, RelationSHIP, DicsipleSHIP and StewardSHIP) can help us follow Jesus more closely.  To see the first two of Fr. Lanzrath's Lenten videos, click here.

The Tide is Turning:  Students for Life in America

Check out this awesome video about how the tide is turning and many college age students are joining and strengthening the Pro-Life Movement.

Ash Wednesday: Pope Benedict explains Lent during General Audience

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