• Welcome to Church of the Blessed Sacrament

    Welcome to Church of the Blessed Sacrament

    Rev. Drew Heiman, Rev. Andrew Bergkamp, Rev. Adam Grelinger, and the parishioners of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament thank you for visiting our website!

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  • Fully Alive!

    Fully Alive!

    This year's stewardship theme is based in part on John 10:10, NJB "I have come that they might have life and have it to the full."

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  • Organ Restoration

    Organ Restoration

    The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church organ is in need of restoration. 

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  • Oktoberfest 2018/Run for the Poor

    Oktoberfest 2018/Run for the Poor

    Enjoy a day of Family Fun beginning with the Run for the Poor on Saturday, September 29th. Proceeds from the run will be given to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

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  • Discovering Christ 2018

    Discovering Christ 2018

     Life can be overly busy; Too many places to be, too many things on the to-do list. Do you ever wish for some way-any way- to slow down and find some balance?

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  • Night of the Living Art 2018

    Night of the Living Art 2018

    Join us Saturday, November 10th from 7-11pm for this unique fundraiser. There will be numerous pieces of famous art brought to life with models and props. There are still sponsorship opportunities available and a few tables that can be purchased for $1,000.00 which includes seating for 8 and VIP tickets. 

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  • Kansas City Chiefs Game +

    Kansas City Chiefs Game

    The Blessed Sacrament Men's Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the Chiefs vs. Jaguars game on Sunday, October 7th

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  • Open Streets ICT 2018 +

    Open Streets ICT 2018

    OPEN STREETS ICT *
    Sunday, September 23rd, 12:00-5:00 PM

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  • Rosary Crusade +

    Rosary Crusade

    Announcing the 2018 Public Square Rosary Crusade!
    Coordinated nationally by America Needs Fatima

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  • Pro-Life "Life Chain" +

    Pro-Life

    The pro-life "Life Chain" is Sunday,
    October 7th from 2:00-3:30pm. We will be standing with other parishes at the intersection

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  • In Memoriam +

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful

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  • Prayer Requests +

    SICK Emma Padgett, John Wagle, Mark Aaron, Mary Theresa Schutz, Kirke Padgett, Todd Moore, Jeff Murry, Vinnie Postiglione, Karen Hurley,

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  • Perpetual Adoration +

    Perpetual Adoration

    Christ is waiting for you in the Adoration Chapel every hour of every day. You can always count on HIM

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  • Parking Courtesy +

    Just a reminder that there are designated parking places provided for the use of the Adoration Chapel members. These spaces

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  • Fruitful Discipleship +

    Fruitful Discipleship

    Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World

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  • 2018 Fall Formation Events +

    2018 Fall Formation Events

    Join us for one or more Fall Formation Event Opportunities to grow in faith for Youth and Adults.

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  • Called and Gifted +

    Called and Gifted

    COMING SOON! Called & Gifted Discernment Process

    Begin a journey to discover the unique call God has for you, and

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  • Parish School of Religion +

    Parish School of Religion

    Parish School of Religion (P.S.R.)

    The P.S.R. program provides catechesis and sacramental preparation for all youth in grades Kindergarten through

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  • RCIA +

    RCIA

    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established by the Catholic Church after Vatican II to

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  • Walking with Purpose-Women's Bible Study +

    Walking with Purpose-Women's Bible Study

    Do you desire to grow in your Catholic faith? Would you like to connect with other women in our parish

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  • Dirty Vagabond Ministry/Meals on Wheels +

    Dirty Vagabond Ministry/Meals on Wheels

    Dirty Vagabond ministries is a gathering spot for at-risk teens in north-central Wichita. "We invite

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  • Support BSCS +

    Support our school by Registering your shopper’s card (this must be done every year!) and

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See response for Question and Answer

Question:

I've been coming to the conclusion, based on my experiences with some friends, that at least in some instances, RCIA programs may not be doing enough to let prospective Catholics know ʺwhat they're getting into.ʺ These friends seem to make it to about the 2 or 3 year mark post-RCIA and then return to their Protestant faith or just leave the Catholic Church altogether. It seems that their doubts, questions, and discoveries about Church doctrines come back in force, and the joy they had in being Catholic seems to have evaporated away.

I'm deeply troubled by this and want to help these people, but it's tricky. I know only God can move their hearts but I try to gently explain - I've studied a fair amount of apologetic materials and I also try to relate what I'm saying from the heart and with love and tailored to the person's individual situation. Sometimes the person gets defensive, other times they see my point but just aren't ready to consider returning to the Church, or they're still indecisive as to what to do.

Back to my original question, though - is there really time in a year for RCIA to give a prospective convert ʺenough to go onʺ to make an informed decision? I sometimes wonder if it wasn't better back in the day when converts would study individually with a priest and make their Profession of Faith whenever they were ready. I worry that in the preparation for Easter Vigil there are folks who are suppressing doubts and going ahead with the process when they really aren't sure deep down inside. What do you think?

 

Answer: RCIA programs can certainly always be improved; there's no doubt about that. I myself have often pondered the question of why about half of Candidates leave the Church within one year of their joining. But from my personal invovlement in the Blessed Sacrament RCIA I know that we are doing the best we can. The curriculum deliberately focuses on the most controversial topics of the Church so that the candidates know exactly what the most disputed and least popular teachings of the Church are (along with why we believe them to be true) before they become Catholic. After our curriculum there can be no unpleasant surprises in terms of Church Teaching. They are encouraged to ask tough questions of us and are invited to see Fr Jirak or myself privately for more lengthy discussions over questions that are important to them. We also show them where they can find resources for further information on whatever topic that they might be curious about. So the problem cannot be lack of information. At least at Blessed Sacrament, all candidates know that they can have any doubt, question, controversy discussed at length and adequately. They are also free at anytime to request that baptism be delayed. We would not object and would in fact greatly support their desire to learn more before embracing the Catholic Church in its fullness. So why do so many melt away after baptism or profession of faith? I don't know fully why but it might be related to the fact that the emotional fuel for their conversion has dried up (which is very normal; after a certain point God wants us choosing goodness because it is the right thing to do not because it feels good). Since they no longer get a spiritual high from attending mass, the temptation to go back to what is familiar can be very strong. Also, the high moral demands of the Church may be great in theory but sudedenly become painful when put into practice. Even cradle Catholics fall into this trap. Others may discover that not all Catholics are nice, warm and fuzzy, (in fact that many are jerks, cruel and annoying). The shock of meeting such persons (without reflecting that all institutions have such persons) might drive them away. Then there is just the old fashioned reason that what is familiar and habitual is more comfortable than what is new and untried. These are speculations of course but it is imperative on all of us Catholics to constantly pray for our new members, to always ask them to bring up any doubts they may have, and to try to make them feel as welcome as possible. Certainly, if we have a friend who wandered away from the faith soon after joining it, we should always gently encourage them to return to Jesus' Church.

Bulletin

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Pastor's Corner

  • Message from Bishop Kemme

    The Diocese of Wichita has had policies regarding protection of youth for over 15 years. Therese Seiler, vice chancellor and victim assistance coordinator for the diocese, said Bishop Carl A. Kemme has a diverse group of individuals, a Review Board, who act in an advisory capacity regarding allegations of child sexual abuse by Church personnel as well as assisting with review of policies and procedures with a focus on safeguarding youth. In addition to Seiler and Bishop Kemme, members of Read More
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The Church of the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church + 124 N Roosevelt Wichita, KS 67208 + 316-682-4557 + Sacramental Emergency Phone: 316-512-2206 + parish@blessedsacramentwichita.com

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