May 20, 2018

       Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. This Pentecost Sunday we recall how the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Church was brought forth into the world. The Holy Spirit has been constantly at work each and every day throughout History since the day of Pentecost. It has been inspiring the hearts of many people to live the Gospel teachings and virtues. That is why we continue to pray, Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth, because we are the face of the earth; we who were made from the clay of the earth and give the breath of life. We constantly seek to be renewed by the life-giving Spirit of God. 

In my short time here at Blessed Sacrament, I see how the Holy Spirit is working so great in the hearts of the parishioners, renewing this parish in many great ways. The best way is through the many hours of Adoration this parish gives to the Eucharist. The time a person spends before the Blessed Sacrament renews not just the person, but renews the parish and all those that the person comes in contact with. I also think of the different services organizations that seek to help others: St. Vincent de Paul society, Knights of Columbus, Altar Society, and Men’s Club to name a few. I could go on and on with all the opportunities that the Holy Spirit provides through the Stewardship pillars of Hospitality, Prayer, Formation, and Service here at Blessed Sacrament.

This summer I want to invite you to allow the Holy Spirit to bring you deeper into your faith through one of the three formation opportunities corresponding to each of the parish’s priority plan. If the Holy Spirit is calling you to go deeper into enhancing your Sunday Mass experience, Fr. Andrew and Fr. Adam will be facilitating the 3-part series called Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist. This study will examine effects of the sacrament, its setting in the Mass, and explore its scriptural foundation. It will help a person come to a deeper understanding of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist that invites us into an intimate union with God himself.

If the Holy Spirit is drawing you to cultivate your spiritual life, I will be offering a 7-week series examining the book: The Discernment of Spirits. This study is meant to give you a beginning look at St. Ignatius’ Rules of Discernment and how their insights are helpful to our spiritual growth.

Lastly, the Holy Spirit may have put in your heart a desire to live the new evangelization. We will be offering a study on the book by Sherry Weddell: Forming Intentional Disciples. This formation opportunity is meant to provide tools and resources to “break the silence,” initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together. 

St. Basil the Great wrote, “The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth.” May the Holy Spirit who enlightens the Church and her members, continue to guide each of us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

May 13, 2018

      Happy Mother’s Day! It is a great blessing to be able to express my thanks to all of the mothers (living and deceased) of our parish. In the early church, Christians celebrated a day to honor Mary, the Mother of God, and later expanded it to celebrate all mothers. As time passed, children would bring gifts and flowers to their mothers after a prayer service in church to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Mary is the greatest of all mothers. The next greatest mother is our own mother. Like the Blessed Mother, our mothers are extraordinary women who dedicate themselves to caring, sacrificing, and protecting the gift of life that God has given in their children. Whether still alive or gone before us to eternal life, our mothers continue their sacrificial love and the important role of bringing us to a deeper relationship with God. 

Of course, our thankfulness to these two great mothers should not be expressed just one day of the year, but frequently. We don’t need to give flowers, chocolates, or expensive gifts, but more importantly, our very love in return for the love they have shown to us. This can be expressed by a nice gift, a weekly phone call, a monthly visit, a tender hug, or a dinner out at her favorite restaurant.  As long as it is given with heartfelt love and appreciation, that is the honor due to this gift of motherhood. 

For me, the Blessed Mother Mary and my mom Jeanne have shown me the importance of a mother’s love and care for the salvation of my soul and the entire world. Though I don’t have much to offer, I give this prayer, as a token of my thankfulness and love:

“Almighty and loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless all mothers that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord.”

“Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.”

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

May 6, 2018

     Love one another as I have loved you.  This command of Jesus is the greatest challenge to being his disciple; we must love like he loves us. St. Thomas Aquinas defined love as “willing the good of another.” Jesus is always willing our good, evident especially through his Divine Mercy.

     It could be said that the perfection of love lies in the love of one’s enemies. We can find no greater inspiration of this love than the grateful remembrance of Christ’s passion and death. His divine countenance was spat upon by sinful men; his back was marred by the countless scourges; his head was subjected to the sharpness of thorns; he was mocked, reviled, and at the end endured the cross, the nails, the lance, and other dreadful things, yet always remaining gentle, meek, and full of peace and love.

     Jesus said very little during his passion, fulfilling the prophecy, like a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before the shearers he kept silent, and did not open his mouth. Yet, his love for his enemies compelled him to pray, Father, forgive them. Who of us could listen to that wonderful prayer, so full of warmth, of love, of unshakeable serenity and hesitate to embrace our enemies with overflowing love, like Jesus? Father, Jesus says, forgive them. In this prayer is an abundance of love and gentleness that we are called to imitate. 

     Yet Jesus adds something more. It was not enough to pray for his enemies. He wanted also to make excuses for them. Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. It is as if Jesus was saying to his Heavenly Father: 

They are great sinners, yes, but they have little judgment; therefore, Father, forgive them. They are nailing me to the cross, but they do not know who it is that they are nailing to the cross: if they had known, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory; therefore, Father, forgive them. They think it is a lawbreaker, an impostor claiming to be God, a seducer of the people. I have hidden my face from them, and they do not recognize my glory; therefore, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

     This is the perfection of love that Christ calls us to imitate when he says, love one another as I have loved you. Keeping our eyes upon Christ and reflecting often upon his perfect love, may we become better disciples of Jesus and extend the embrace of true love to our enemies, loving them (willing their good) as Jesus has loved each of us (willed our good).

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

April 29, 2018

He showed them his hands and his side. (Jn 20:21) This beautiful image of the Risen Lord exposing his wounded body to his disciples to see, touch, and even enter like Thomas, is a powerful experience. It is proof that Jesus is alive and seeks a relationship with us. It is a joyful encounter with our Savior who invites us to increase our union with Him.

In showing these wounds, God is making an appeal to be loved by his creation. He wants a lasting relationship that is built upon a deep communion of love that brings healing to our wounded souls, for St. Peter wrote, “By his wounds, you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) He wants us to see and touch these open wounds of love. We should not be afraid because these wounds are the expressions of his abundant affection for each of us. Jesus does not hide his love, but shows it for the whole world to see, for you and me to see. 

Allow the wounds to speak to you in prayer, for the holes in His hands do not bring pain anymore, but speak only of love. His open side invites each of us to enter into his Sacred Heart, to find our home and our protection in God; to be wrapped up in love, like a warm blanket. His wounds are the expression of Jesus desiring us to go deeper into communion with him. They are proof that Jesus repays good for evil, love for injury and boundless charity that knows no limit.

Christ wants to share the glory of His passion, death, and resurrection with his friends, as he shows us his hands and his side. Look upon the cross and see in each wound the all-embracing love of God. Let your love grow and proclaim the beautiful prayer of Easter Vigil, “By the holy and glorious wounds may Christ our Redeemer strengthen us and make us whole. Amen.”

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

April 22, 2018

Since it is the practice not allow speakers from various organizations/ministries to speak at our weekend Masses, I would like  to use material from ABC’s Life Saver Sunday in this week’s Pastor’s Corner.

   A Better Choice (ABC), is Wichita’s Catholic crisis pregnancy center. ABC helps women struggling with the fear and uncertainty of an unexpected pregnancy. It is both a life saving AND life changing not-for-profit ministry helping over 50 women every week or more than 2,400 women a year. 

   I have heard first hand from my mother the stories of women coming to ABC filled with confusion, heartache, emotional pain and regret. In such a time of crisis, it is very hard for any young woman to see the beauty of a pregnancy in her life. Quite often, my mom will hear the young lady say she did not think this would ever happen to her. The personal stress is very real and very deep. Such young women need a safe place in Wichita to turn to for help.   

   ABC is proud to be that place where dedicated volunteers do a wonderful job of listening, advising and witnessing to each young woman no matter what circumstances have guided her to us; a place where she can hear the truth about life and receive encouragement to live the life God intended for her.

   When ABC provides a free limited sonogram, as early as 6 weeks from conception, the young lady sees her baby’s heart beating for the very first time and learns the truth about life. A positive pregnancy test is one of the most life-changing moments for any woman. Thus, a sonogram is vital to reinforce her choice of parenting or placing for adoption. Thanks to the Kansas Knights of Columbus, ABC is able to offer 4D sonograms, which allows a mother to actually see her baby’s facial features. My mother tells me that it is not unusual for her to hear giggles and surprise when a mother says, “Look! My baby has my nose”! Then in celebration of life there are hugs all around as she tearfully says, “Thank you so much.” 

   ABC has been effective in promoting a culture of life because the largest percentage of the young women we see are referrals by friends whom we have previously helped. They bring their friends here knowing ABC volunteers and staff will listen to their situation, help them sort through their options and offer them hope and healing. I must say how cool it is to get a call from my mother saying they saved another baby today. 

   Lifesaver Sunday helps ABC raise the necessary funds to keep A Better Choice open. There are operating expenses, the cost of pregnancy tests, sonograms, pre-natal vitamins and educational materials, which need to be met. Your charitable support helps give a mother an added resource to choose life for her baby. Please consider helping ABC today with your prayers and a financial donation of any size. If you are unable to give this weekend, the Knights have envelopes available for you to use at another time. 

   I want to leave you with this thought. When a young mother has so little it only takes your help to make a positive difference in her life and to save her baby’s life. These young women need to know there is A Better Choice. 

   As Pastor, I urge you to consider supporting this Pro-Life Ministry.  From my visits there, I have found the ministry to be totally Catholic in following the Church’s teachings in its approach to pregnancy crisis.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support for A Better Choice!

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

April 15, 2018

 We hear this weekend of another encounter the apostles have with the Risen Lord.  Jesus said to them, “Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Each encounter with the resurrected Lord expresses at its core the fact that Christ still lives; He has conquered death. This victory is in union with our human nature. Jesus did not reject his human body once risen from the dead, but remains united with it, as evident when he said, “Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” He is not simply a pure spirit as if to imply the body is bad and needs to be removed to come to a higher state of being. Rather, His resurrected body teaches us the dignity of each human body and our need to respect the body at all times, living and deceased. 

Our faith, as Pope Francis reminds us in his new apostolic exhortation, teaches that every living person, born and unborn, deserves our respect. Pope Francis wrote that each life “is always sacred and demands love for each persons, regardless of his or her stage of development.” This respect for the body is also to be given to those who have died. For in death, the Christian’s participation in the life of the Trinity is not ended but transformed through the Easter joy of the resurrection

The human person, body and soul, created in the image and likeness of God, has always been held in the highest esteem by the Church, including death. This is the body washed in baptism, anointed with the oil of salvation, and fed with the Eucharist. This is the body whose feet walked the path of faith, whose hands embraced others in love, whose heart beat with compassion for the poor and sorrowing. In the body, a person expresses one’s identity and self-consciousness, soul and spirit. The resurrection of the Lord (Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity) is what we anticipate as our reward for faithful discipleship, for we profess in the Creed, “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead.”  

In light of the resurrection, it is understandable that the Church insists on the sacredness of the human body in death as in life. This reverence and respect in which the body is to be treated is affirmed in the funeral rites of the Church and why the Catholic teaching clearly stresses the preference for burial or entombment of the body (or cremated remains) in a cemetery or mausoleum. This place of final disposition serves as a place of remembrance, prayer, and mourning, not only for the family and friends but for the entire Christian community, as we await the resurrection of the dead.

As we continue to encounter the Risen Lord throughout this Easter season, may we recognize the precious value of the human body as a sacred gift from God, a gift that will be raised up and joined to our souls for all eternity. 

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

Divine Mercy Sunday

Peace be with you!

With this salutation, Our Lord greets his disciples after his resurrection. Many things are significant about this greeting but I want to take a moment to reflect upon an aspect of peace from the perspective of Divine Mercy that we celebrate today.

Peace is the fruit of Christ mercy and reconciliation established by his paschal mystery. His mercy has not only forgiven us our sins, but also restored us to a peaceful relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Through Divine Mercy, the obstacles of sins that made us enemies with God and prevented any true relationship have been eradicated. Friendship has been renewed with its foundation built upon love and peace. 

Therefore, on this Sunday of Divine Mercy, we are taught that peace is the fruit of mercy. We can recognize this fact at the conclusion of the Sacrament of Confession, when after receiving the mercy of God, we hear the priest say, “The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in Peace.”

We are called to be peacemakers through the beatitudes Christ taught us. It is not an option; rather it is our life as disciples of Christ. If we are to be true disciples, true peacemakers, it must begin with imitating the Divine Mercy of Christ. 

At the conclusion of Mass, the Sacrifice of Mercy and Reconciliation, we are commanded by God to be sent out with the peace of Christ and to bring that peace to others.  This peace begins with the mercy we give to others, imitating the mercy God has given to us. May we learn to let go and forgive our past hurts, such as the gossip and slander others have said, or the hurtful action of a friend or co-worker. May we learn to give an act of mercy through a kind word, a warm smile, or a loving act of kindness. For through forgiveness and acts of love, we imitate Christ’s paschal mystery and help establish peace. 

Better yet, we say through our actions, “Peace be with you!”

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

April 1, 2018

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Truly, truly, He has risen! Alleluia!

As Christians, it is a joy to proclaim the Easter message of the Resurrection. It is truly the good news, the world desperately needs to hear. Christ, once dead, is alive and dies no more. Jesus is victorious in conquering sin and death. The best part,though, is this victory He shares with all of humanity. 

I am reminded of this fact whenever I read an ancient homily given on Holy Saturday. It gives an imagine of a possible encounter between Jesus and Adam when Christ descends into the realm of the dead. This homily beautifully described how Jesus in His great mercy went to find the lost sheep of Adam and Adam’s descendants (all of humanity). Christ seeks to free Adam from the prison of sin and darkness, by the light of His Resurrection. Jesus calls Adam to join Him and rise from the sleep of death, to share in the life only God can give. He gently and mercifully says, “For your sake, I, your God, became your son; for you, I took on your form; that of slave; I, whose home is above the heavens came on earth and under the earth; for you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden. 

Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to the life I once breathed into you at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted nature to my own image. See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you, who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree. I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. 

‘Rise, let us leave this place and I will enthrone you in heaven. I who am life itself am now one with you. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God. The cherubim throne has been prepared, the bearers are ready and waiting, the bridal chamber is in order, the food is provided, the everlasting houses and rooms are in readiness; the treasures of good things have been opened; the kingdom of heaven has been prepared before the ages.”

The Resurrection of Christ is the one singular moment that changed all of time (past, present, and future). It truly is the good news the world needs to hear. For the grace of His Passion, Death, and Resurrection still encounters each of us, like it did Adam. It shows us that life is entirely about love, God’s LOVE which calls us to conversion from our sins and share in the beauty of eternal life that God offers. 

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman


March 25, 2018

As we begin Holy Week, we enter into Jerusalem with Jesus, holding palm branches and praising the Lord. We are invited by the Lord to accompany him in his bitter passion. For we must remember that it was for the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born a man. Having then a body capable of suffering, he took the pain of fallen man upon himself; he triumphed over the diseases of soul and body that were its cause, and by his Spirit, which was incapable of dying, he dealt man’s destroyer, death, a fatal blow.

He was led forth like a lamb; he was slaughtered like a sheep. He ransomed us from our servitude to the world as he had ransomed Israel from the land of Egypt; he freed us from our slavery to the devil, as he had freed Israel from the hand of Pharaoh. He sealed our souls with his own Spirit, and the members of our body with his own blood.

He is the One who covered death with shame and cast the devil into mourning, as Moses cast Pharaoh into mourning. He is the One who smote sin and robbed iniquity of offspring, as Moses robbed the Egyptians of their offspring. He is the One who brought us out of slavery into freedom, out of darkness into light, out of death into life, out of tyranny into an eternal kingdom; who made us a new priesthood, a people chosen to be his own forever. He is the Passover that is our salvation.

It is he who endured every kind of suffering in all those who foreshadowed him. In Abel he was slain, in Isaac bound, in Jacob exiled, in Joseph sold, in Moses exposed to die. He was sacrificed in the Passover lamb, persecuted in David, dishonored in the prophets.

It is he who was made man of the Virgin, he who was hung on the tree; it is he who was buried in the earth, raised from the dead, and taken up to the heights of heaven. He is the mute lamb, the slain lamb, the lamb born of Mary, the fair ewe. He was seized from the flock, dragged off to be slaughtered, sacrificed in the evening, and buried at night. On the tree, no bone of his was broken; in the earth his body knew no decay. He is the One who rose from the dead, and who raised man from the depths of the tomb.

I invite you to join the Lord Jesus in his Last Supper on Holy Thursday evening, pray with him in his agony in the garden Thursday night. May we not abandon him on Good Friday like most of the Apostles, but attend Good Friday service to stand at the foot of the cross to console the Sacred Heart of Jesus, like his Holy Mother and St. John. Let us wait in silent and mournful expectation on Holy Saturday and then rejoice with Mary of Magdala when the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection floods your heart on Easter Sunday. 

May you have a blessed and fruitful Holy Week as you stay close to Jesus.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

The Struggle in Little Things

With spring break upon us, I typically find this week one of the hardest during Lent. The mindset to relax can easily creep into our spiritual disciplines and sacrifices, especially the small ones. Yet, we will be vigilant in love and far from lukewarmness if we remain faithful in the little things of each day. If we consider these little details in our examination of conscience, we will easily discover that diverting from the little details of the spiritual life is what leads us astray from Jesus. In the spiritual life (like ordinary life), little things are the prelude to greater things, and loving vigilance grows upon the continual observance of little things. For it is said, “He who pays no attention to things that appear to lack importance falls into the greatest temptations.”

St. Francis de Sales emphasizes the importance of conquering small temptations, for there are many occasions to do so during the day, and many victories in small things are more important than a single great victory. Small daily victories strengthen the interior life and make the soul more sensitive to divine things. The little things are common situations: living the heroic minute on waking (rather than hitting the snooze) or starting our work (rather than procrastinating with a basketball bracket); overcoming our curiosity of surfing the internet; offering a mortification at meals (rather than eating everything we want); living sobriety during a social engagement; offering pleasant conversation to others (rather than spilling out gossip).

If we are faithful in little things we will be girded and vigilant as we walk with our Lord on the way to his Passion. More importantly, faithfulness to the little things keep us alert and eager to share in the Lord’s glorious Resurrection. So let us joyfully carry out every task, big or small, our Lord has entrusted to us in the world. Then we will fully understand the words of Jesus: “Happy the servant whom his master finds vigilant on his return. Truly I say to you that he shall be placed at the head of all his possessions.” Though we may struggle through spring break and the rest of Lent with our disciplines, let us be vigilant and faithful in every detail so as to join fully in his Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Andrew Heiman

March 11, 2018

Greetings to all who may read this short column. This is my first edition of “Blessings and Babble” and I thought I would use this moment to give a brief history of where I come from.

I was born in Seneca, KS on December 9th, 1977. I am the third of five sons to Thomas and Jeanne Heiman. Growing up, my family moved from time to time, living seven years in Olpe, KS and 16 years in Hill City, KS. It was in Hill City that I attended all but two years of my schooling, graduating in 1996. 

From there, I attended Fort Hays State University majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics. While at FHSU, I became familiar with the Totus Tuus program, thus spending two summers traveling from parish to parish teaching the Catholic faith. As Totus Tuus comes to our parish, I fondly remember how those summers opened my heart and mind to the idea of giving my life to God as a priest. It was a month before my senior year of college that I decided to give seminary a try. My mom jokingly says I dropped out of go to the seminary; I phrase it as changing majors which required a transfer. 

For six more years, I studied many courses in the areas of philosophy and theology, grew in my prayer life and came to a deeper understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. On May 28, 2005, I was ordained to the priesthood. I have served as an associate priest at two Wichita parishes: St. Francis of Assisi for two years and the Cathedral for one. After the Cathedral, I became a pastor for the first time in Wellington, KS, serving at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church for three years. The next five years of my priesthood I was serving as pastor of two parishes in southeast Kansas: St. Andrew in Independence and St. Francis Xavier in Cherryvale.  For the past 20 months, I have served as pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Colwich. Though it was a short time, God blessed me with many graces and blessings in my time at Sacred Heart, like He did at my other assignments. Along with my pastor duties, for the past ten years I have given my time and talent to the Catholic Engaged Encounter community, helping to prepare couples for the Sacrament of Marriage. I currently serve as the priest moderator for that group.

Now that I am here at Blessed Sacrament, I know these graces and blessings will continue to grow through God’s goodness. I am honored to be your pastor and I hope it is God’s will that I will get to serve you for many years, helping each of you to become the saint God wants you to be.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Andrew Heiman

March 4, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

At some point in seminary formation, seminarians occasionally get asked what they look forward to the most as a priest. From the beginning of my formation I greatly anticipated offering the sacrament of Confession. Besides offering Holy Mass, it was what I looked forward to the most. I am humbled and incredibly grateful to God for calling me to the priesthood, and specifically for allowing my ministry in the confessional to be a channel through which He provides forgiveness to countless souls. The privilege of hearing confessions means a great deal to me, a responsibility I do not take lightly. 

As a young child the sacrament of reconciliation played a key role in my faith. My parents would bring my siblings and I to Saturday Confession every other week, so the frequency alone fostered a great devotion in me. The commitment on my parent’s part greatly influenced me as well. I realized from their example the importance of frequenting God’s loving mercy through the sacrament. From the sacrament itself and the countless graces received, I encountered God’s remarkable forgiveness; and I witnessed the steadfastness of the confessor, diligently taking his place in the confessional week in and week out. 

Fast forward to the beginning of my seminary formation, I was struck by the thought of one day offering others the sacrament that I myself had gratefully received countless times. The gratitude I had for God providing me this life renewing sacrament was only magnified when I reflected on one day being the minister to others. Anyone who confesses their sins and receives absolution knows the great joy of walking out of the confessional a new man, the burden lifted and filled with zeal to go and sin no more. As a sinner myself, I know the importance of this sacrament and the hope it offers. To experience the love of God rekindled through the destruction of sin and removal of guilt is breathtaking. As I encounter this in my own spiritual life, I am overjoyed at being an instrument of this experience for others.  

In light of the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation and my own unworthiness, I am greatly humbled at the thought of God working through me to deliver pardon and peace to His sons and daughters. I pray that I never take for granted this privilege and responsibility. I understand the courage it requires to present yourself to God in the confessional and to honestly and humbly confess your sins. I pray to God that as a priest I incite a frequency of the sacrament and present myself as a compassionate confessor. It is my prayer that through the sacrament of reconciliation, you may grow in your relationship with God and embrace the holiness He desires for you.  

Dei Gratia, 

Father Andrew Bergkamp

February 25, 2018

While transitions are normal experiences in life, and individually we can describe how we personally navigated a transition in the past, a change of pastors is a unique experience for a parish.

Father Andrew Heiman will officially start this coming Tuesday, February 27th. We had the pleasure of meeting with Father Drew this past week and he is eager to learn the story of our parish, learn about our ministries, and help us as a parish to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. We encourage you to tell him your story, the story of the parish, the traditions, and the important values of the parish. His plan is to continue the good work that Father Jirak began.

As a transition can be difficult for us, it can be difficult for a priest as well. The stress of moving, the grief of leaving a familiar parish and orienting to a new, larger parish can be overwhelming. It can take a full year to understand the rhythm of the parish, to get to know our various ministries, and to participate in all the events we have throughout the year.  Father Drew wants to learn the mission of the parish and what we are passionate about. A formal “transition team” has been formed to assist Father Drew as liaisons to the wider parish and to accelerate Father’s learning curve concerning key workings at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament.

The parish office is putting together a Welcome Basket for Father Drew. If you would like to include a note or card, please drop it off at the parish office before Tuesday, February 27th.


Join us in welcoming Father Drew at receptions held after the Sunday morning Masses on Sunday, March 4th. A pastor transition can be a special time of grace as we will welcome Father Drew into our Blessed Sacrament parish family and see how the Holy Spirit will lead us into the future through Father Drew.

Father Drew has been praying for us. Let us too continue to pray for him.

God bless,

Fr. Adam Grelinger

February 18, 2018

Do Catholics Hate Pleasure?

It’s that time of year again. Lent has just begun, which means many of us have decided what to give up (or what practices to take up) during these six weeks prior to Easter. Our rich tradition entails fasting from various enjoyments including, candy or sweets, certain drinks, and meat; or in modern times some give up social media, TV, and other various forms of entertainment. To a non-Catholic these practices might seem needlessly austere, or at least odd. Most people recognize that these various items are not bad, they even possess a certain goodness. So why do Catholics encourage fasting, self-denial, and temporary abstinence from good things? Do we hate our physical bodies or despise pleasure? No, and actually it’s just the opposite, but bear with me.

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” was not coined by some street corner preacher or even one of the Apostles, those are the words of God Himself, Jesus Christ. He uttered those words after, “He fasted in the desert for forty days and forty nights.” (Mat. 4:2) Repent/penance and fasting can go hand in hand, and the latter can be carried out for two reasons. Firstly, we can perform acts of penance, such as fasting, in order to make amends for our transgressions. Although God truly forgives us through the sacrament of Confession, we carry out penance so as to receive and internalize that forgiveness with the goal of ongoing conversion. Christ obviously didn’t need to perform penance; thus, His fasting points us to the second reason.

Our Catholic tradition has always incorporated acts of self-denial and sacrifice into Lent because of the Good for which we strive, taking our cue from Jesus Himself. Fasting for a given period of time helps to ensure that we do not become overly attached to anything other than God. Furthermore, various periods of abstinence helps to dispose ourselves more fully to God and to unite ourselves more fully to Him, our ultimate Good. It’s not a matter of avoiding bad things, it simply ensures we don’t become mastered by lesser goods. As St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything,” other than God. 

If one becomes mastered by something beneath God, we sacrifice the freedom to be united to God Himself. And besides that, if one is mastered by or attached to worldly goods, then they cease to offer their true potential happiness and pleasure. Fasting from something allows it to become even more enjoyable by the end of the period of abstinence. Often times people incorporate a dietary cleanse before the long term diet begins, or when they commence a new physical workout. Do they hate the body? No, it’s for the good of the body that they fast and likewise fasting and self-denial during Lent serves the good of the body, as well as the soul to which the body is united.  

Dei Gratia, 

Father Andrew Bergkamp

February 11, 2018

Dear Fellow Disciples of Jesus,

May the Lord give you peace!  This will be my last Pastor’s Corner.  I am so thankful to all of you for these nearly 8 years of Christian fellowship as your pastor.  I remember Holy Saturday, 2010, finishing my canon law studies in Washington, D.C., and receiving a call from then Bishop Jackels.  He called to ask (a.k.a., assign) me as the next pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament.  I was in shock and full of excitement.  Could this be true?  I had been the parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament from 2002-2004 and now I was going to be the pastor!  I could hardly sleep and I had a hard time paying attention at the Easter Vigil.

Blessed Sacrament has a wonderful reputation in the Diocese of Wichita as a strong, stable parish.  It is filled with great stewards that make the relationship between the priests and people vibrant and dynamic in serving the mission of the Catholic Church.  I can’t tell you how blessed I have felt to be your pastor over these past years.  I absolutely loved my assignment and have been enriched greatly.  (I was hoping to break Msgr. Timothy O’Sullivan’s record for years as pastor of B.S.  He served as pastor for over 30 years.  Although I was the youngest pastor to serve at the parish, I won’t be breaking the record for years of service.)

A year ago, in Feb. of 2017, we had the blessed opportunity to hear Msgr. Charles Pope give our parish mission.  There was one line of his many homilies and mission talks that impressed upon my mind and heart during his visit to Blessed Sacrament.  In a few words he described his own profound relationship with his current parish.  My heart resonated with his words, “For you I am your pastor.  With you I am your brother, From you I am your son.”  Thank you for letting me be your pastor.  Thank you for being a brother companion on The Way.  And, thank you for fathering and mothering me as a priest.”  For these blessings I will always be thankful to the holy people at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament.

For the last time, I share with you as pastor to, “Take it to the Next Level!”

Ad majorem Dei gloriam,

Fr. John F. Jirak, pastor

Total Gift

In light of the push we have been making for all of the stewardship forms to be returned, it might be fitting to briefly elaborate on the spirituality of stewardship and how its tied to true discipleship of Christ. St John of the Cross wisely wrote, “Return to God what He has given you and gives you each day. It seems you want to measure God by the measure of your own capacity, but it will not be so. Prepare yourself, for God desires to grant you a great favor.” We would be scandalized if we grasped the entirety of what God desires to bestow upon us; however, it is our imperfect gratitude and incomplete desire to give back which limits our ability to fully receive what God has in mind. 

Hopefully it is no secret that each and every one of us is destined for holiness, this is our goal and God’s desire for us… “So be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 4:48) We understand that total self-giving to God is a necessity for the soul once we realize nothing we possess is actually ever given, because all that we give to God is simply a return of what already belongs to Him. One donates to charitable causes, but one cannot donate to God because a donation implies giving a mere part of what one possess. We approach perfect giving when we offer to God what we recognize as already belonging to Him, our very being and everything that entails. 

God freely gives to us and as result we are free to give back to Him, when we fail in this regard, it is only to our detriment. The reason being, when we completely surrender our entire self (including time, energy, emotions, passions, and talents) to God, we complete His gift to us. The perfect exchange of giving and receiving of the good is true love. “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (Jn. 15:13) Christ not only exemplified this, but He also said to learn from him and to follow Him. God desires a perfect gift of self from us, one of total surrender, because He desires a most perfect relation of love for us. 

Dei Gratia, 

Father Andrew Bergkamp

Farewell Letter

Dear Blessed Sacrament Parishioners,

May the Lord give you peace! I want to share with you that Bishop Kemme has assigned me to serve as the next pastor of the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita, effective February 13.   

My heart resonates strongly with Psalm 16 as King David professes, “He has put into my heart a marvelous love for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.” God has put into my heart an abundant love for you, the faithful, in “his land” of Blessed Sacrament parish. These past three weeks have been very challenging.  I love Blessed Sacrament very much.  It has been such an incredible blessing to strive together in taking our spiritual lives to the “next level”. (You may be glad to never hear that term again:).  

Transitions are always difficult and they are constant as we continue on our pilgrim way towards heaven. I might suggest Psalm 16 as a guide for us during this time of transition.  David’s prayers to the Lord, “Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.  I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God.  My happiness lies in you alone.’” If in times of change and transition amidst the trials and transitions of life we double down on seeking refuge in the Lord and confessing that our happiness is in Him alone, we will find such times in life to truly be Kairos moments, i.e., God moments that bring abundant life and of course, Jesus would not have us forget, the cross.

Let us pray for one another and especially pray for Bishop Kemme as he discerns with grace and the Holy Spirit the selection of the new pastor of Blessed Sacrament. I would also propose that we celebrate the wonderful things God has done for all of us over the last 8 years.  Pope Francis states that “an evangelizing communityis filled with joy; it knows how to rejoice always. It celebrates at every small victory, every step forward in the work of evangelization”.

I look forward to this next chapter in my priesthood and I also look forward to hearing about the wonderful things God will continue to do here at Blessed Sacrament. 

Ad majorem Dei gloriam,

Fr. John F. Jirak


The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

This upcoming Friday marks the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington DC. Our diocese is sending 16 full charter buses to join with well over 400,000 other marchers to defend the right to life in our country.

The Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1973 legalized abortion on demand in the United States. Since that time, an estimated 59 million abortions have occurred in this country alone. To get a better understanding of that staggering number, consider that Generation X, all those born between 1965 - 1979, are 61 million strong in the U.S. It is as if we have lost a whole generation. Those 59 million lost are also roughly one third of all of us born since 1973.

 The March for Life is special in a number of ways. The March is popular with young people. It is estimated that half of the participants are under the age of 30. This rally is also very diverse drawing people from all across the country, of all cultural backgrounds, and of all different religions. The March is also, though I couldn’t confirm this but saw no evidence to the contrary, the largest annual march in Washington DC. This march consistently draws hundreds of thousands of marchers every year. It’s consistency and diversity point to the fact that it concerns the most important and fundamental of all human rights.

What ultimately makes the March for Life a big deal? It is a public voice for those too small to speak up to defend themselves. It is a public witness to the innate dignity of every single human being, no matter how small. It is a reminder to marchers and onlookers of the beauty and value of each person. It conveys the striking truth that no one should be thrown away.

 Please pray for an end of abortion in our country. Please pray also for the safety of our buses as they travel halfway across the country.

God bless,

Fr. Adam Grelinger

Maintaining Hope

A little over a month ago we ushered in the new year. I’m referring to the beginning of the Liturgical year, which begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Although we might not realize it at first, the liturgical year is much more significant than the secular calendar year. If you remove the religious holidays from the secular calendar, what do we look forward to besides a year’s increase in age and the celebration of mankind’s accomplishments. Don’t get me wrong, these events can be worthy of recognition and can even enhance one’s culture, but they can also remind us of the exhausting and monotonous lives we sometimes feel trapped in. 

However, the liturgical year provides a renewed hope, compelling invitations to conversion, and an ever constant reminder that we’re destined for more than what this life offers. In its recalling of past religious and historical events, through the sacramental life, the liturgical year is actually lived anew each year. This is feasible by our encountering the supernatural, the transcendent coming down to us, and our being drawn out of our mere earthly existence; we are truly exposed to a reality above and beyond this world. Simply put, the liturgical year offers us an opportunity to walk with Jesus Christ, to follow Him as a Catholic disciple. 

No one exemplifies this better than our Blessed Mother Mary, who’s feast day, as the Mother of God, we celebrate on the first day of the calendar year. It is a most fitting reminder that our secular lives should fit into our spiritual lives, not the other way around; and modeling our lives off Mary’s true discipleship offers us the fullest of existence, union with her Son. As Pope John Paul II said: “If Jesus is Life, Mary is the Mother of Life. If Jesus is Hope, Mary is the Mother of Hope. If Jesus is Peace, Mary is the Mother of Peace, Mother of the Prince of Peace. Entering the New Year, let us ask this holy Mother to bless us. Let us ask Her to give us Jesus, our full Blessing, in whom the Father blessed all history once and for all, making it become the history of salvation.” A most perfect new year’s resolution then would be to reflect more closely on Mary’s life throughout our liturgical year. 

When Christ is absent from our everyday life, our spiritual lives undoubtedly evaporate, sucking the true hope and joy from our lives. St. Paul reminded the Ephesians that before they encountered Christ, they were “without hope and without God in the world.’” (Eph. 2:12). May our world always maintain its hope and ensure that God remains at the center of our lives.  

Dei Gratia,

Fr. Andrew Bergkamp

Fourth Sunday of Advent

“For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Luke 2:11).  This announcement of the angel is the reason for our joy and celebration.  I am most touched by the personalization of the message.  The savior has not been merely born, but born for YOU!  The explicit mention for whom the savior has been born deserves much prayer and reflection.  I believe it also to be the key to reviving the power of faith in our families, parish and world.  

The designation “you” speaks to the personal nature of salvation.  Christ’s saving work is not something general or out-there.  It is not an impersonal matter.  “You” are not a number.  God’s saving work is something intimate.  It is “for you.”  Unfortunately, this is lost on many people today.  People just do not sense the closeness of God.  This is why I believe that the re-personalizing of the message “a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” is the main work of the New Evangelization.  

I would like to introduce to you a spiritual opportunity that has personalized the faith of Catholics for centuries, prayer before our savior who is Messiah and Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament.  Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration has been personalizing my faith day after day for some 25 years now.  I began spending time in Eucharistic Adoration at a chapel in Hays, Kansas in 1994.  I look back with gratitude on how the Lord was drawing me so close to him through this prayer.  I often experienced a burning in my soul that was too deep for words.  During this time my relationship with Jesus began to become very personal.  I share this experience because I also believe with all of my heart that the Lord wants the same for you.  In this vein, I would again like to propose to you the offer to commit to a weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.  We have a number of open hours in need of Adorers, but you can also take an hour that works best for your schedule.

A new proposal: How about committing to an Hour of prayer in the middle of the night.  The Psalms are filled with references to praying to the Lord at night and the power of such prayer.  In Psalm 77 we hear, “You kept me from closing my eyes, I was too distraught to speak; I though of former times, years long past.  I recalled; through the night I ponder in my heart.”  In the 7th century, St. Isaac the Syrian wrote, “Prayer offered up at night possesses a great power, more than the prayer of the day time.  Therefore all the righteous prayed during the night, . . . There is nothing Satan fears so much as prayer that is offered during the vigilance at night.”  

There are many hours needing Adorers in the middle of the night.  For example, on Mondays we have the following need for a Partner: 2-3AM; 3-4AM; 4-5AM.  For a listing of all of the hours in need, see the website.  Yes, this is a next level challenge.  I don’t believe in making such challenges unless I, too, am willing to make such a commitment.  Accordingly, I am going to be committing to a weekly Holy Hour in the middle of the night at the beginning of the new year.  I will let you know which hour I choose once I finish my discernment.   

If you are up for personalizing the love of Jesus in a powerful by committing to a weekly Holy Hour, please call Angie Holladay, Perpetual Adoration Coordinator at 633-6776.

               Ad majorem Dei gloriam,

              Fr. John F. Jirak, Pastor

Third Sunday in Advent

You may have noticed over the last few months that we have been offering confessions during Masses on Sundays. Actually, we know that you have noticed because the response to it has been great. Many people are seeking the sacrament more frequently and many are coming who have not sought the sacrament for a while. Both of these cases excite us!

Some have wondered if the practice of offering confessions during Mass is something “creative” we have started or if it is a practice allowed by the Church. It is allowed by the Church and we are not breaking any rules by offering confessions during Mass. Some have also wondered if going to confession during Mass interferes with your Mass obligation because you are not fully present at Mass. Certainly it is desirable to prayerfully and actively participate in the whole of the Mass. However, going to confession can be a very appropriate way to prepare oneself for the reception of our Lord in communion. Also, we strongly encourage you to remain engaged in Mass while standing in line so that you will only be missing the few minutes that you are actually in the confessional.

The primary times we offer confession at Blessed Sacrament are Saturday 3:30 - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday 7:30 - 7:50 AM, and Tuesday - Friday 5:00 - 5:20 PM. Additionally, we will do our best to offer confessions during the Saturday 5:15 PM Mass and the Sunday 9 AM, 11 AM, and 5:15 PM Masses. However, there is no guarantee that confessions will be available during Masses each weekend, but we will do our best to have the sacrament available.

As priests and spiritual fathers, we love to offer confessions and especially love to see so many people taking up the opportunity to return to the sacrament of forgiveness. One of the great benefits of offering more confessions is that it allows you the opportunity to go to confession more often. We are all always striving for greater holiness and the sacrament of confession is a powerful means to this growth. For this reason, we priests recommend that you consider going to confession at least once a month. Maybe we have grave sins, maybe we don’t, either way we can experience God’s mercy and receive His grace to strive for the sanctity we are called to.

God Bless,

Fr. Adam Grelinger

May the Lord Give you Peace

May the Lord give you peace!  That greeting originated with St. Francis of Assisi, (1181-1226).  I had the opportunity to visit Assisi on four different occasions during my sabbatical.  I love visiting Assisi as it such a space of spiritual nourishment and refreshment.  Also, the town is incredibly interesting dating back to several centuries before the birth of Christ.  

Another reason that I have such an affinity for St. Francis is because my dad’s name is Francis and my middle name is Francis.  Another devotional connection for me is the fact that Francis’ baptismal name was John (Giovanni).  Francis (Francesco) was a nickname given to Francis by his father, Pietro, and refers to “the little French speaking one”.  Francis’ mother, Pica, was from France and Pietro used to travel to France as a cloth merchant.  That makes St. Francis’ name John Francis and that, my friends, is my name.  Okay, now that I have finished my mental gymnastics to establish my devotional relationship with St. Francis, I will share a bit about the tag line, “May the Lord give you peace!”

The Lord revealed to St. Francis that he and the brothers were to greet everyone they met with the words, “May the Lord give you peace!”  He said not to be embarrassed by addressing these words to others and that the Lord would greatly bless the brothers for it.  When I read the story in the legend of St. Francis, I thought, wow, I could do that and I should do that!  Normally, I send an e-mail beginning with a salutation such as Good morning or Good afternoon, but wouldn’t it be a better greeting to pray the Lord’s peace onto the recipient, especially during a time when there is so much conflict in people’s hearts.  Peace is what every heart is seeking.  The world is impotent to satisfy this desire.  We are seeking evangelical peace, in other words, the peace of Christ.  The blessing of evangelical peace permeates the Mass.  Think of the greeting, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father”; and, the dismissal, “Go in peace glorifying the Lord by your life.”  And, don’t forget the exchange of the sign of peace before Holy Communion to mention a few occurrences. 

So if you wonder why I am now opening my written addresses with the words from St. Francis, “May the Lord give you peace,” it is because there is a great need for this gift.

It’s great to be back with you again.  I love my Blessed Sacrament family.  

To conclude, my other tag line from St. Ignatius, of course: 

Ad majorem Dei gloriam,

Fr. John F. Jirak, Pastor

Give Thanks to God

November 26, 2017 - The Thirty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Give Thanks to God

     Thanksgiving is a unique holiday. On the one hand it is a secular holiday, there’s nothing special in our Catholic liturgy proper to Thanksgiving Day. On the other hand, this holiday was established on a very religious foundation. The tradition of a “Thanksgiving Day” dates back to the early 1600’s when the first settlers arrived in America and established their colonies. Interaction with the Indians certainly occurred along the way, and may have played a role in the early thanksgiving celebrations; but the primary focus was always on giving praise to God, thankful for a successful harvest. Some secular holidays are more laudable than others, but Thanksgiving has to be at the top of the list. 

     The word thanksgiving, in one form or another, occurs 221 times in the bible. Gratitude is key to our faith and relationship with Almighty God, it is the first necessary step anyone ever takes before deciding to follow Christ. Upon recognition of the countless blessings from God, let alone His sheer goodness, one can’t help but experience a deep sense of gratitude. This gratitude leads us to a love of God, which is always capable of further growth; and this love is what compels us to follow Christ. It is for this reason that it is advisable to always begin one’s prayer, especially a holy hour, with thanksgiving. It fosters a greater appreciation and orients our conversation with God towards a more intimate relationship. 

     Back to the holiday which is “Thanksgiving,” for it to maintain any significant value we must reject the absurd notion that our faith is somehow private and that prayer shouldn’t have a place of prominence in the public square. One cannot have a public holiday for giving thanks unless there is Someone worth giving thanks to. If we truly are grateful, then we will refuse to be bashful when it comes to our faith. The person we are supposedly thankful for, Jesus Christ, should not be someone we are embarrassed to be seen with in public. Thanksgiving is called for each and every day, not just on the fourth Thursday of November; but this religious, secular, holiday does offer a distinct opportunity. 

     Hopefully it was a time of communal thanksgiving for you and your family, and your friends. We actually exercise this aspect of our faith whenever we celebrate the Eucharist (which literally means, thanksgiving to God) together, as a community; and the holiday of Thanksgiving simply provides us with an explicit opportunity to extend our communal gratitude beyond the parish grounds and outside of our liturgies. Although the holiday is over, if it had any meaning, its effects will remain. Gratitude for God is not meant to wane, but to ever increase so that our love for God may increase. 

Dei Gratia,

Fr. Andrew Bergkamp

November 19, 2017

November 19, 2017 - The Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pope Francis has declared this Sunday, November 19th, to be the first World Day of the

Poor. He declared it at the end of the Year of Mercy to continue to remind us of our fervor

for the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. It has been clear from the first day of his

pontificate that Pope Francis has a special love for the poor, those who live on the literal and

spiritual peripheries. In calling the first World Day of the Poor, our pope is drawing us all to

reflect intently with him on the poor and to use our own hands to help.

We know the beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of

Heaven.” This “poverty in spirit” is a good thing and something all Christians are called to

foster in imitation of Jesus, who left the riches of His divine life to live here below with

us, as one of us. Pope Francis describes this spiritual poverty as, “having a humble heart

that accepts our creaturely limitations and sinfulness and thus enables us to overcome

the temptation to feel omnipotent and immortal. Poverty is an interior attitude that

avoids looking upon money, career and luxury as our goal in life and the condition for our

happiness. Poverty instead creates the conditions for freely shouldering our personal and

social responsibilities, despite our limitations, with trust in God’s closeness and the support

of his grace. Poverty, understood in this way, is the yardstick that allows us to judge how best

to use material goods and to build relationships that are neither selfish nor possessive.”

The poverty we must work to eliminate in our communities is destitution, lack of

opportunities, loneliness, addiction, the loss of hope, and an apathy for life. Pope Francis

calls us to not be indifferent, passive, or resigned in the face of these issues. He calls us to

act creatively and courageously to seek a life for ourselves and a society which does not

neglect those on the margins. He says, “If we want to help change history and promote real

development, we need to hear the cry of the poor and commit ourselves to ending their


Such efforts cannot be left to others. We must imitate Christ in His poverty of spirit and

then we must serve Him in our marginalized brothers and sisters. Charity, actual my-handshelping-

another charity, has a truly transformative power in our lives and in the lives of

those we touch. Pope Francis again says, “We are called, then, to draw near to the poor, to

encounter them, to meet their gaze, to embrace them and to let them feel the warmth of love

that breaks through their solitude. Their outstretched hand is also an invitation to step out

of our certainties and comforts, and to acknowledge the value of poverty in itself.” Let us not

let Pope Francis (nor Christ) down! Let us heed his wisdom and go courageously to help

our poor brothers and sisters and to learn from them how to be poor in spirit.

God bless,

Fr. Adam Grelinger

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