As a part of the diocesan curia, the Chancellor's principle function is to gather, arrange and safeguard documents and records of the curia. (c. 482, 1). By definition, the Chancellor is also an ecclesiastical notary and secretary of the curia. (c. 482, 3) In addition to the canonical responsibilities, currently the Chancellor in the Diocese of Dodge City serves as canonical advisor to the bishop and is appointed Delegate of the Ordinary in order to grant matrimonial dispensations and permissions.
Revisions have been made to the following documents in the Pastoral Handbook under the topic Clergy Information:
- Two special considerations being afforded to incardinated priests whose home is another country (p. 2)
- Revision of priest salary beginning July 1, 2018 (p. 6)
- A change in the value of priest housing (p. 7)
- Revision of monthly benefit to retired priests (p.8)
- It was discovered that in 2001 an honorarium for a deacons's services outside his parish of ministry was decreed. This has been incorporated into the Deacon document (p. 2)
- A slight changes in the wording regarding meetings (p. 4)
- A change in the process to amend the statutes (p. 5)
- Revision of priest salary beginning July 1, 2018 (p. 1)
- A change in the value of priest housing (p. 1)
- Revision of monthly benefit to retired priests (p.2)
In 2016 the U.S. Bishop's Conference (USCCB) updated its article "Celiac Disease, Alcohol Intolerance, and the Church's Pastoral Response."
Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. For those with the disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestine. In 2012, it was estimated 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease, but 1.4 million are unaware they have it. The lay faithful who are not able to receive Holy Communion at all under the species of bread, even of low-gluten hosts, may receive Holy Communion under the species of wine only. Mustum is defined as grape juice in which fermentation has begun, but has been suspended with the result that its alcohol content (usually less than 1.0%) does not reach the levels found in most table wines.
As is noted in this document, it is within the competence of the diocesan Bishop to permit priests, deacons or the laity to use low-gluten hosts or mustum for the celebration of the Eucharist. Bishop Brungardt hereby delegates this authority to priests to allow members of the lay faithful to use low-gluten hosts or mustum habitually for as long as the situation warrants.
The last page of the article provides information where to obtain low-gluten hosts and mustum.
Bishops recently received from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments a "Circular Letter on the Bread and Wine for the Eucharist." This document offers a reminder of the valid matter that is required for the bread and wine used in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Also recently, Bishop Brungardt provided to priests links to reputable Catholic suppliers of altar wines.
During its Spring session, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the revision of the "Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities" originally published in 1995.
The Guidelines reflect the pastoral response of the U.S. Bishops to the growth in knowledge and understanding of the gifts and needs of individuals in parish communities who live with disabilities and their desire for full participation in the sacramental life of the Church. In addition to stating general principles to be followed for the celebration of the sacraments in this revised document, the Bishops address each specific sacrament and the issues pertinent to that sacrament for persons with various disabilities. (from the press release of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability)
This question sometimes arises when involved with people in the RCIA process or with couples preparing for marriage. Determining the validity of someone’s baptism in a particular church is an important detail to address due to the implications it has in relation to receiving other sacraments in the Catholic Church. Click below for a resource listing some churches without valid baptism.
In October 2016 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an Instruction entitled Ad resurgendum cum Christo (To rise with Christ). CLICK HERE to access the Instruction.
Revisions in the annulment process published by Pope Francis on September 8. These revisions take effect December 8, 2015 to coincide with the opening of the Year of Mercy. Click HERE for a summary of the changes.
Beginning 1 May 2012 it is required to have on file a testimonial form for any priest (religious or diocesan) or deacon who comes into the Diocese of Dodge City for any ministerial function.
Though not required at this time, it is encouraged that a testimonial form be submitted as well for any religious or lay person who comes into the Diocese of Dodge City for any ministerial function.
At the recommendation of the Presbyteral Council, Bishop Brungardt has re-promulgated the following two policies effective 1 September 2014:
Contract Review Policy (click here) This policy provides the required steps to be taken whenever a repair, renovation or construction of $10,000 or more is undertaken.
10-15 Passenger Van Use Policy (click here) This policy prohibits the use of 10-15 passenger vans to transport children or adults.
In November 2012 the United States Bishops published a pastoral exhortation entitled "God's Gift of Forgiveness," to encourage the faithful to avail themselves to this wonderful gift of healing and forgiveness.
To promote stewardship through best practices and to provide guidance to pastors and parish finance councils in their roles and functions, Bishop Brungardt has promulgated the Parish Finance Council Charter for use beginning 1 July 2012.
Article V entitled "Duties/Responsibilities" contains helpful information for these particular subjects: Budgets, Finance Records and Recording, Strategic Planning, Internal Controls, Insurance Issues and other considerations.
The Charter is also located in the Pastoral Handbook (upper left side of this page) under the topic Parish Finance.