From Fr. Reggie Urban, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►The main issue that our Presbyteral Council has been dealing with is implementing the new on-line marriage preparation instrument, Prepare and Enrich. Most of the priests have been trained to do the instrument. Hopefully engaged as well as married couples will find it a better help than the FOCCUS instrument to getting as well as staying married. The FOCCUS instrument was only for the engaged. You can check out the website that we are using by going to Prepare-Enrich.com.
►Another item on the agenda for our August meeting is Awakening Vocations, a 3-part experience that was piloted at Prince of Peace in Great Bend. Mary Sharon Moore, a columnist in our own diocesan paper, led the parish through a process of "awakening vocations" at a local level.
►We will also be discussing the retreat and continuing education days for priests in our diocese. These are annual experiences to enrich our priestly lives. Abbot Marcel Rooney will be with us for a continuing ed day in October to discuss the new translation of the Roman Missal.
►Finally, a welcome is extended to Father Floyd McKinney who was recently elected to replace Father Chuck Mazouch.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Coordinator of Respect Life:
►I am excited to begin ministering as coordinator of the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Dodge City. Look for resources to be available soon on the diocesan webpage. I appreciate your suggestions and support as I address the many aspects and avenues of upholding the dignity of all life.
From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, Secretary/Treasurer, Diocesan Retirement Fund Board:
►The election results for members of the Retirement Fund are Fr. John Strasser and Fr. Ted Stoecklein. Congratulations.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
For the love and care of our children…As a new school year approaches and activities within the parish begin anew, be aware that all employees (anyone who received a W-2 or 1099) and all adults who have regular contact with children and youth need to attend a Protecting God’s Children awareness session (PGC) and consent for a background check to be run.
These are the PGC sessions currently scheduled:
Friday, August 13 at Sacred Heart Parish Office in Larned from 9 am-12 pm (English)
Sunday, August 22 at St. Dominic Parish Center in Garden City from 2-5 pm (English & Spanish)
Tuesday, September 7 at Holy Family School in Great Bend from 6-9 pm (English)
Saturday, September 11 at St. Rose Auditorium in Great Bend from 4-7 pm (Spanish)
Saturday, September 18 at Sacred Heart School in Pratt from 9 am-12 pm (English)
All of the Safe Environment forms and documents are available on the Safe Environment page (upper left side) http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment.
For your convenience, I have created a link to the Background Consent Forms in the box beneath scheduled PGC awareness sessions.
Also on the Safe Environment page (http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment) I have added numerous links to websites (some for parents, some for youth) concerning such issues as internet safety, internet pornography, bullying and gangs. These are valuable resources to learn about and/or prevent dangerous situations in which our children, youth and young adults may find themselves.
From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:
► Live Life Outloud is a teen vocations day hosted by Prince of Peace on Sunday, August 22nd (9:45 am – 5pm). The day begins with Mass at 10 am at St. Rose Church (1424 Baker, Great Bend), followed by a picnic lunch furnished by the Knights of Columbus. There will be a variety of vocation talks and fun activities by Doug and Pam Vainer. Speakers include: Fr. James Albers, OSB, prior and Vocations Director of the Atchison Benedictines, Sister Mary Vuong, a Dominican Sister of Peace who just renewed her temporary vows, Sr. Terry Wasinger, O.P. will share about being a missionary in Nigeria, a diocesan priest, a deacon, and a married couple. Please view the attached flyer for further details. For questions contact Sister Celeste Albers at 620.792.1396 or
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
►Register your team for the Dechant Foundation Golf Tournament today! Learn more on the Dechant Foundation web page.
►The 2010 Diocesan Stewardship Conference is August 28 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For conference information, check out the stewardship web page. All print items can be found there plus a complete conference schedule and registration form.
►Financial Peace University Sessions will begin September 15, 2010 on the ITV network. If you know someone who can use common sense for their dollars and cents, be a blessing, enroll them today. Or sign up your family today. The cost is $96 per person, spouses attend FREE! This includes all materials and all 13 sessions. Remember, you do not have to be Catholic to attend.
From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary:
►August 2010 Diocesan Directories have been distributed. If you need additional copies, have updates or changes,
as soon as possible if your parish needs to schedule a 2011 Confirmation. 2012 dates are already filling up fast. I would be happy to schedule for 2012 as well. ODDS AND ENDS
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►Directory update (p. 45): When sending mail to Jacob Schneider, please address as follows Jacob Schneider
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
1300 S. Steele St
Denver, CO 80210
►Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a large supply of religion books they are not using, Coming to God/Acercandote a Dios (Bilingual). If your parish could use them or if you have questions, please contact Patty, 620-227-3442 or
►Click here to visit Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies (through Newman University).
10th: 11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting, Conference Room
13th: 6:00pm Pastoral Ministry Formation Graduation
15th: 8:30am & 10:45am Masses at Satanta (blessing of windows)
20th: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon
28th: 9:30am Stewardship Day, COLG
30th: Chancery Closed
1st: SKR Deadline
6th: Labor Day - Chancery Closed
8th: 6:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (English)
11th: 8:00am Dechant Foundation Golf Tournament
11th: 9:00am Catechist Formation-ITV (English)
12th: 3:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (Spanish)
15th: SKR Deadline
17th: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon
19th: 10:30am 50th Anniversary Celebration, Dedication of the Church, Larned
21st: 11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting, Conference Room
26th: 10:30am Mass of Unity, St Mary, Garden City
Vol. VIII, No. 7