Lenten Confessions

With Mass with the people being canceled, Confessions have not. If you have not had a chance to go lately, I strongly encourage you to go. Lent is a time of penance and going to Confession but this year we are faced with a greater Lent, making sacrifices of things we may not have much control over. How have we reacted to this Lent? Have we been the most charitable to our neighbors or completely placing our trust in the Lord? Maybe we are stressed out, worried, or frustrated. 

Come to Confession, receiving our Lord’s forgiveness, mercy, strength and love. Allow Him to take this weight off your shoulders. Place your trust in Him in this sacrament.

I am going to hear Confessions at the time I would offer the Sunday Liturgy at your parish. Due to the distance rule, I will hear confessions in the sacristy by the altar at a distance of over 6ft. If a line forms please keep your distance.

Saturday – 4:00 – 4:45 pm – Baxter Springs

                    6:00 – 6:45 pm – Columbus

Sunday – 8:30 – 9:15 am – Scammon

             11:00 – 11:45 am – Galena

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Churches will be open for private prayers –

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

All gatherings no matter how small the group are not to meet until instructed. Please abide by this for your safety and for the safety of others.

With all the Masses being canceled, I am working on ways to help you stay informed and grow spiritually through this time of physical separation. We are truly out in the desert this Lenten Season but know you are not alone. Please continue to check our website ckcocatholics.org daily for new information. In the next couple days, I will send out information regarding when and where Masses (EWTN) can be viewed, and when I will be hearing Confessions.

Know that the Churches will be open to pray private prayers. Listed are when the church will be open.

St. Bridget, Scammon –                  everyday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

St. Rose of Lima, Columbus –      everyday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (use the side door by the rectory)

St. Joseph, Baxter Springs* –    Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00pm

St. Patrick, Galena* – Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

                                                                Sundays, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

* if you would like to pray in the church during the time not listed please contact Lila Swaney for Galena and Geniene Kuehn for Baxter Springs. They would be happy to let you in the church.

You are welcome to take a Pray Together missalette or Word Among Us book home with you to use for Mass and to pray the daily readings. You may keep the books. During Lent, some of the churches may have the Stations of the Cross books out for you to use. If you need something else let me know.

I know this is not an ideal situation we are in, still trying to wrap my mind around it, but may we use it to grow closer to the Lord. Each Lent when we go out into the desert, we offer up certain pleasures and joys. During this time of without, may it help us to be more appreciative of the things we take for granted such as going to Mass daily or every Sunday.

I encourage you to pray for one another and to pray the rosary for your own strength, the sick, the medical personal, and those trying to stop the virus from spreading. Pray the rosary together as a family. Know that you all have been and will continue to be in my prayers. We ask St. Joseph the protector and guardian of the Holy Family and the Universal Church to watch over and protect our families as well.

In Christ through Mary,

Fr. Jeremy Huser

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A Message From Fr. Jeremy Huser

My dear bothers and sisters in Christ,

As you may have heard or read from our bishop that all public (Weekday and Sunday) Masses in the Diocese of Wichita have been suspended until further notice. I will still celebrate a Mass each day but not with the public. The Bishop sent out a letter earlier today (March 17) informing the faithful of this decision. You can find this letter that I encourage you to read on the diocese’s website https://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/bishop/or on ours at https://ckcocatholics.org/. Other events in the letter have been limited as well. As of now All Events with a gathering of people are suspended. Please respect this.

During this time I encourage all of you to pray, pray the rosary asking our Blessed Mother to grant a speedy recovery for those who are sick, strength and guidance for our nurses, doctors, and those in the medical field, knowledge to those working on a cure to the COVID – 19  Virus, and a complete trust in Her Son.

Even though we cannot be physically in contact, does not mean we cannot be spiritually. We are part of the Mystical Body of Christ. When one part of the body suffers the whole body is affected and suffers as well. May we unite our sufferings, our inconveniences and what we must live without, with those infected with the virus. 

Please continue to check our website / St. Rose Facebook page, for more information on how you can stay close to the Lord in this time without a public Mass. This will be sent within the next few days. As of now please keep one another in prayer. If you know of someone who is sick or in the hospital, please inform me. Please call if there is an emergency and the sacraments are needed. Know that you are and have been in my prayers. May we pray that this passes by quickly and that we become more aware and thankful for the gifts God has given to us such as life and the Mass.

If you have any questions about this, please contact me at the rectory at 620-429-2639 or my cell at 620-202-2579.

 In Christ through Mary,

Fr. Jeremy Huser

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COVID-19: Suspension of Public Masses in the Diocese of Wichita

Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Wichita,

With deep sadness but also with confidence that this decision is the right one and in collaboration with the bishops of Kansas, I decree that effective at 1:00 p.m. March 17, 2020, and until further notice, all public celebrations of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Diocese of Wichita are suspended. This action is taken, after prayerful discernment and in light of evolving developments of the pandemic of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. This unprecedented action, though painful and challenging for the life of the Roman Catholic community is intended to assist in helping reduce the potential spread of life-threatening infection within the general population.

With this decree, the following applies to all parishes, chapels, and religious houses in the Diocese of Wichita.

  • All Masses offered by priests are to be private, according to the Liturgical Norms and not open to the public. Pastors are reminded of their canonical obligation to offer one Mass per week for the people.
  • The faithful are encouraged to participate in live-stream Masses or on EWTN.
  • The faithful are highly encouraged to practice the time honored tradition of spiritual Communion, as well as use this time, particularly on Sundays for reflection on the sacred scriptures for the day, recitation of the Holy Rosary, The Divine Mercy Chaplet or other devotions. The Office of Worship will be providing resources to help the faithful enter into this period of prayer and absence from the Eucharist.
  • Funeral Masses are to be offered for the deceased with only immediate family in attendance and with social distancing. Priests may wish to recommend Christian burial with a Memorial Mass to follow at a later date.
  • No funeral dinners or luncheons are to be held.
  • Baptisms outside of Mass may be celebrated with only the parents, godparents and immediate family of the person being baptized.
  • Please consult with the diocesan Chancery about previously scheduled weddings for the months of March and April.
  • Quinceañeras are to be postponed.
  • Confessions are to be heard only behind the screen and not face to face.
  • All Stations of the Cross, Liturgy of the Hours, adoration, etc., are to be canceled during this period of time.
  • All events, meetings, and the like are to be canceled until further notice.
  • Confirmations, First Reconciliation, First Communions are to be postponed until after this crisis has ended.
  • Unless otherwise determined at a later date, this also applies to Holy Week, the Chrism Mass and Easter Sunday.

For families in our Catholic Schools, please watch for correspondence from Superintendent Janet Eaton and/or your parish school principal. The decision on how to proceed with the education of the Kansas youth will be made in the coming days.

On behalf of our pastors, I want to humbly request that the faithful continue to be good stewards by financially supporting our parishes so that they can remain current in their bills and payroll responsibilities. Sending in your contributions or opting for online giving will help us remain viable for the future. Thank you for your generosity.

Questions and concerns may be directed to our staff at the diocesan Chancery. We will do our best to provide answers to your questions.

Dear people, let us continue to offer our heartfelt prayers for one another during this crisis, for recovery of the sick, for those who care for them, for a speedy end to this crisis and for strength to endure whatever may come. Let us use this time well by putting Our Lord at the center of all our lives. Our faith needs to be strong in every form of trial, confident that God is with us. DO NOT BE AFRAID! Please know of my daily thoughts and prayers as we face this time of testing, trial and distress together.

+The Most Reverend Carl Kemme
Bishop of Wichita

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            St. Bridget, Scammon 

The Famous Fish Fry and St. Joseph Table have both been canceled. I thank those who dedicated many hours each week preparing, serving and cleaning at the fish fry. I also thank all of you who have already dedicated many hours making meatballs and preparing for the St. Joseph Table.

I know many people look forward to coming to these dinners and will be disappointed with us canceling, but hopefully they will be understanding. At the same time, we need to be prudent with this decision, protecting the health of one another. Hopefully, the virus does not spread to this part of the state. May we keep one another in prayer.

Fr. Jeremy Huser

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COVID-19 Update for the Diocese of Wichita

Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Wichita,

In light of the growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus COVID 19 as it relates to Masses and other religious eventsand in light of a recent ban of gatherings of 250 or more people in Sedgwick County the following applies to the entire diocese, I hereby grant a temporary general dispensation to all the faithful from the Obligation to attend the Sunday celebration of the Mass until further notice.

Nevertheless, Masses will continue to be offered as scheduled and churches and chapels are to remain open for private prayer and adoration. The faithful who are ill, elderly, immune compromised and therefore vulnerable and indeed anyone who feels hesitant or fearful of being in such gatherings are requested to utilize this dispensation by refraining from attending Mass or other religious services or events. If the faithful choose to receive this dispensation, then I suggest in order to keep holy the Sabbath to spend some time of the day in prayer. It is further recommended that pastors consider canceling, postponing or rescheduling parish events and activities until the crisis has ended. Confirmations are hereby postponed until further notice. Decisions about Chrism Mass and Holy Week Masses and services will be made a future date.

As masses and services are held, I wish to remind everyone of the following:

  • The Exchange of the Sign of Peace is to be discontinued indefinitely.
  • The Sharing of the common cup for the Precious Blood is to be discontinued indefinitely. Intinction of the Sacred Host in the Precious Blood is not allowed.
  • Holy Water fonts are to be empty until further notice.
  • Hand shaking, hugging or kissing is to be avoided before, during and after the Mass.
  • Priests, deacons and Eucharistic Ministers are required to exercise hand hygiene before and after exercising their ministry of distributing Holy Communion.
  • Holy Communion may be received in the hand or on the tongue according to the preference of the communicant and the directives of the GIRM #160 and Redemptionis Sacramentum #92. It is however recommended that during this crisis, the faithful be encouraged to receive in the hand.

I encourage the people of the Diocese of Wichita to use common sense and good judgement in these matters. I know well that many are concerned, anxious and distressed by all of this. Therefore, let us put this where it needs to be, in the hands of God. Please pray for a speedy end to this crisis. If you are well, please pray for the sick; if you are sick please offer your sufferings for the salvation of souls and for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. Let us all pray for our doctors, nurses and health care workers on whom we depend so that our healthcare system will not be overwhelmed, but respond to those in need. May God give us strength, patience and courage during this time of crisis. Please know of daily thoughts and prayers for everyone entrusted to my care as bishop of the Diocese of Wichita.

+The Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme
Bishop of Wichita

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Sunday Mass Time Change: Galena

Starting on Sunday, January 5th the Mass time for Galena will change from 10:30am to 11:00am. This extra half hour will allow me to commute from St. Bridget to St. Patrick, and not feel so rushed to hear confessions and prepare for the liturgy. Thank you – Fr. Jeremy

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