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April 2010 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
April 2010 --- Vol. VIII, No. 3
From Bishop Gilmore:

May this Easter season hold the choicest of graces for you and your ministry.

I will be back at Guest House, April 12-16th for a follow up week which is part of the regular Guest House regimen.  I appreciate the support and encouragement that I have received from so many since my return from treatment.  I ask your prayers for this week which promises to hold continued blessings for me in my recovery.

Last month, I asked all active priests to reserve Tuesday, April 27th, 11am-3pm, for a meeting at the Cathedral.

I will be expecting you to be with us for this important meeting and lunch unless you call or email Amy Seachris 620-227-1500, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Retired priests are welcome to join us.  If you wish to, please call or email Amy.  We need the final count by April 20th for Linda Ackerman to prepare the lunch.

For some months, the Presbyteral Council has been reviewing our marriage preparation process.  On April 27th, they will present some of the results of their study and consideration.  In preparation for our meeting, the Council has provides these two documents:

Prepare and Enrich Proposal (click here)

Mentor Couple Possibilities (click here)

Perhaps some of you received an email from IPI with “Diocese of Dodge City - Marriage Preparation” in the subject line.  Some inquired if this was the additional information for the April 27th meeting that I promised in the March NOTES.  No it was not.  The email did not originate from my office and I had no prior knowledge of it.

I will have the privilege of ordaining Don Bedore to the Transitional Diaconate on May 29th.  Please keep Don and all our seminarians in your prayer.  Please click here for the invitation to Don’s diaconate ordination.  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500 before Friday, May 14th if you plan to attend.

Father Ted Stoecklein will be doing additional work in Spanish at Puebla, Mexico during the last part of May and throughout June.

Father Trong Tran will be following a course of study in Canon Law at Catholic University of America during June and July.

Please keep Fathers Stoecklein and Tran in your prayers that their summer endeavors go well.

Father Tony Judge, CSsR, will cover for Father Tran while he is gone.  It will be good to have Father Tony back with us albeit for only a couple of months.

Father Jose Arturo Uribe, CSsR, will cover for Father Stoecklein while he is gone.  I know you will give a warm welcome to Father Arturo.

►Please ask your DREs to plan to participate in our annual June 1st DRE Day, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Augustine/St. Monica Rooms.  Coleen Stein will send out additional information as June 1st approaches.  This Day has been very well received over the past few years.  DREs have shared that coming year after year still helps them know in advance many of the good things that lay ahead for another year of religious formation.  Know that priests and Parish Life Coordinators are most welcome.  For further information, please contact Coleen Stein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1538.

Priests have not received census forms.  U.S. Government computers don't send census forms to "businesses," and the Census Bureau lists all churches as businesses.  Therefore, since priests live at Church addresses, they have not gotten forms.  Forms may be requested from 800-563-6499 Ext 9650.

JUNE PRIESTS' RETREAT: Rev. Rob Kroll, SJ will be the retreat master for the June 6-10 retreat at the Spiritual Life Center.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Amy 620-227-1500 letting her know the following:  1)  If you will or will not be at the Sunday evening (5:30pm) meal; 2)  If you prefer a queen size bed or a twin size bed.  Schedule will be similar to last year and will be available in the May Notes.

As of May 1st, 2010, I am granting retirement to Monsignor Brian Moore who reached the age of 70 on March 1st, 2010.  Monsignor Moore has graciously agreed to continue to provide help out in the Diocese and especially at the Cathedral.  He has also agreed to continue his work with our seminarians and in our formation efforts after his retirement.  I am grateful that Brian will continue to maintain an office here at the chancery and provide services as our diocesan theologian.

Click here for the Forum Newsletter Spring 2010.

Click here for the USCCB News:  Bishops’ Expert On Prevention Of Clergy Abuse Of Minors Offers Ten Points For Protecting Children

+Ronald M. Gilmore


To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.

*Protecting God's Children Awareness Sessions

*Southwest Kansas Register deadlines for 2010

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network



From Fr Reggie Urban, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes of March 9, 2010.

What is the “Presbyteral Council”? Some of you might be asking that question when you see that phrase. Here is what the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, the book that provides legislation for “everything under the sun”, says about the Presbyteral Council: “A presbyteral council is to be established in each diocese, that is, a body of priests who are like a senate of the bishop, representing the presybterate; this council is to aid the bishop in the governance of the diocese according to the norm of law, in order that the pastoral welfare of the portion of the people of God entrusted to him may be promoted as effectively as possible”(Canon 495). I think the most interesting part of this canon is the phrase “pastoral welfare”. The Presbyteral Council exists to help the bishop “pastor” the diocese. All of us on the Council consider it a great honor to do so.   Peace, Father Reggie

From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:

As I requested last month, please take a few minutes to answer a quick survey indicating which publisher you use for your hymnal or song book (so far I have only 16 responses).  Go to the Chancellor page and click on the survey icon at the top right side of the page (

Safe Environment – A reminder that the DRE Report Form and Principal Report Form are due back to me by May 3, 2010.

From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

World Day of Prayer for Vocations, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, is April 25th.

Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations is entitled "Witness Awakens Vocations."

“May this World Day once again offer many young people a precious opportunity to reflect on their own vocation and to be faithful to it in simplicity, trust and complete openness.  May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, watch over each tiny seed of a vocation in the hearts of those whom the Lord calls to follow him more closely, may she help it to grow into a mature tree, bearing much good fruit for the Church and for all humanity. “

On April 25th a new vocation website is being launched by the Bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. This new USCCB resource for discerners, parents, teachers, youth ministers, and vocation directors will go live on that day:

Free posters are available to help promote vocations and announce the new website.  Email poster orders for parish/school to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The poster is an image of a priest and consecrated woman being sent forth from the Eucharist to joyfully serve the Lord. Silhouettes were used to represent any and all priests, brothers, religious sisters, and women in consecration.

Called and Gifted News: We had a great turn out for the March 6th workshops.  Thank you for inviting, promoting and/or attending the workshop.  Personal interviews by trained diocesan interviewers are being offered now to workshop participants to assist in charism discernment.  To schedule an interview in English contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To schedule an interview in Spanish contact Sr. Matilde: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RCIA Directors: Please send the names and address of the newly initiated adults from your parish along with the name and address of his or her sponsor to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If your parish has an English and Spanish RCIA process, please include both along with language preference.  Those just initiated at the Easter Vigil will be invited to the Called & Gifted workshop in 2011.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

There are many dates available for planned giving seminars, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule yours now.

Mark your calendars for The Ann and Virgil Dechant Golf Tournament, in Dodge City. See the details online here.

Couples who will be attending an engaged encounter in the Diocese of Dodge City can now register and pay electronically for their weekend of choice. The Engaged Encounter Team asks pastors to encourage couples to use these features. Engaged Encounter webpage


New email for Fr. Gregory Le Blanc is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

►New address for Sr. Virginia Pearl is 322 Point Dr, Great Bend KS  67530-9254,phone is 620-923-6136.

►DRE for Olmitz is Lisa Starr (no longer Lisa Bahr).

Saint Raphael Church, Syracuse-new email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & website is

New Music, New Texts: Preparing for a New Missal
Upcoming Conference: June 21-24, 2010

The Conference will explain the new missal and provide implementation guidelines for all who engage in the art of music and liturgy. Participants will read and sing together the new tests/music under the direction of experts. Sessions will include reasoning and theology of the new Missal with an emphasis on understanding liturgical texts, music and revised ritual acts. Conference session will also cover choral reading, creativity in music, sacred arts and environment, The Saint John’s Bible, faculty forum and applied lessons. Keynote Presenters: Paul Ford; Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB; Johan van Parys; Sr. Delores Dufner, OSB; Kim Kasling and Lynn Trapp, Co-directors, clinicians.

$510 includes conference registration, campus housing, and meals
$120 single day registration (includes meals)
These prices represent a discount for registrations received before May 21 -- fees will rise $20 May 22!

Register soon! Space is limited to 120 participants. For more information and to register use this link to visit our website - CCMLA website

►To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer: 620-227-3363 (parish) or 620-227-1555 (office) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Engaged Encounter Information:  Michael and Lindsay Mazouch are the contacts for Engaged Encounter in this diocese.  The EE program is in need of young Catholic Couples who have been married at least 7-8 years to help with the Encounter weekends.  If any priest knows of such a couple, please phone Michael or Lindsay at 620-792-6290.  Their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click here to link to Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend.

APRIL/MAY Calendars:

(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)


12th-16th:  Bishop not Available

16th:  10:00am  Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

17th:  6:00pm  Confirmation at Medicine Lodge

18th:  10:30am  Confirmation at St Dominic, Garden City

20th:  11:00am  Personnel Board Meeting, Chancery

21st:  Administrative Professionals Day - Chancery Closes at Noon

21st:  SKR Deadline

23rd:  11:30am  Diocesan Finance Council

24th:  5:00pm  Confirmation at St Patrick, Great Bend

25th:  12:30pm  Confirmation at St Rose, Great Bend

27th:  11:00am  Presbyteral Council Meeting, COLG

29th:  11:00am  Mass at St. Catherine Hospital for their Mission Week


2nd-3rd:  Knights of Columbus Convention, Wichita

5th:  SKR Deadline

8th:  5:00pm Confirmation at Larned

9th:  2:00pm Confirmation at Satanta

15th:  6:00pm Confirmation at Liberal

16th:  3:00pm Confirmation at COLG

21st: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

22nd:  5:00pm Confirmation at Ingalls

23rd:  10:30am Confirmation at Ness City

25th:  11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting

29th:  10:00am  Don Bedore's Diaconate Ordination, COLG

31st:  Memorial Day

This concludes the APRIL Monthly Notes.  To submit items for the NOTES, please send them to Amy Seachris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vol. VIII, No. 3

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