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Serving the suffering Christ

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ebola ranked high on Americans’ list of health care concerns this fall, but not first.
Same story for obesity and cancer.
“Do you know what the biggest concern was?” asked Sister Maureen Hall, SCL, describing the news report she’d just heard on the radio while driving to a Mass celebrating 25 years of the Duchesne Clinic’s presence in Kansas City, Kansas.
The answer: “People who do not have access to health care,” said Sister Maureen, the community director for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
Providing care for the poor, the uninsured, the most vulnerable — those who otherwise might not have access to health care — is what the Duchesne Clinic does every day, and has for a quarter of a century in Wyandotte County.

Cooking up memories

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — ’Tis the season to bring out those recipe cards seasoned with decades of tradition in many families.
The Leaven asked for some favorites of the priests in the archdiocese to share with readers during the Christmas season — and they delivered!
So here is a taste of their favorites to add to your own Christmas (all year-round) celebrations.

Sing a new song

TOPEKA — Alfred Gutierrez’s mother Ascension Gutierrez was 90 when she died in September, but Alfred believes she would have cherished the harmony of the much younger voices that sang at her funeral.
Those beautiful voices belonged to students in middle school — fifth through eighth grades — at Holy Family School in Topeka.
“It was a moving feeling,” said Gutierrez. “They were singing for her.”
The choir started small, with the intention of having students sing at school Masses and other events, and has grown into something far greater.
This entire year, members of the choir have been lending their voices at local funerals when a family needs help with music.

Through the seasons with Pope Francis

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The clock is ticking on people searching out that special Christmas gift.
But perhaps it will be found in God’s time — or more specifically, a new book called “Pope Francis: A Guide to God’s Time” by Catholic News Service senior Vatican correspondent Cindy Wooden and Paul Haring, senior staff photographer for CNS’s Rome bureau.
The book, featuring over 90 of Haring’s pictures, takes readers through the liturgical year guided by Pope Francis’ homilies, addresses and celebrations.
 It was the director of the Vatican publishing house who hit on the idea of a book on the liturgical year featuring Haring’s pictures, explained Wooden.