►Called by Name ~ A new initiative from the Vocation Office seeks to identify future priests for our diocese. The Called by Name email campaign will kick off in early October, asking all priests, deacons, sisters, Catholic educators and others to submit the names of young men who may make good priests. We will then send these men invitations to discernment events, as well as other information to discern their vocations. Please be thinking about the young men in your life who may be candidates for seminary.►Father Frank Jordan is back in Ingalls after recuperating at Garden Valley in Garden City following knee replacement surgery.
From Fr. Bernard Felix, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes of August 10, 2010.
►In the previous months our Presbyteral Council has been discussing the implementation of the Prepare and Enrich on-line preparation instrument for marriage. So far, most of the Priests, Pastoral Ministers and some Lay Leaders have been trained to do the instrument. We are all set as proposed by the Council, by October 1, 2010, Prepare and Enrich will replace FOCCUS as the 'instrument' used for marriage preparation in the Diocese of Dodge City.
►One of the business items we have discussed is the Priest's Continuing Formation. The goal is to promote the four pillars of formation for Priest's as given in Pastores Dabo Vobis. The Basic Plan for the Continuing Formation for Priests namely: human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Coordinator of Respect Life:
October is Respect Life Month. In particular, special attention is encouraged during your liturgies/activities on the first weekend, October 2-3.
►Please call me, 620-276-2024, if you need help finding the closest Life Chain in your area.
► Link to a prayer service that could be used by your group either before or during a Life Chain (or other event).
►The USCCB has provided homily helps for Oct 3rd and petitions for the month of October: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/2010/docs/liturgyguide.pdf
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►A reminder that all employees and all adults who have regular contact with children are to consent to a background check and attend a Protecting God’s Children awareness session.
►The currently scheduled PGC sessions are:
Great Bend on Saturday, September 11 (Spanish)
Pratt on Saturday, September 18 (English)
Ulysses on Sunday, October 3 (English)
Dodge City on Sunday, October 10 (English & Spanish)
Great Bend on Saturday, October 16 (English)
►Prenuptial Documents –
A reminder that for a Catholic party a current baptism certificate with notations (issued within the past six months) is to be submitted with the prenuptial documents. (The baptism certificate does not need to be included if the Catholic party is being married in the same parish as the place of baptism. However, you are expected to look up the baptism record to be sure there are no notations of concern.) If a baptism certificate needs to be requested from a church in Mexico, give yourself plenty of time to request the certificate. Here is a link to all the Dioceses and parishes in Mexico: http://www.oficinaparroquial.com/directorio.
►I will be out of the office off and on over the next six weeks or so. Please be sure to submit prenuptial documents well in advance of the date of the wedding to ensure all the proper dispensations or permission can be granted in a timely manner.
From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:
►We are grateful to have six seminarians studying for our diocese this fall. Click here to “Meet the Seminarians”. When you click on their picture you will find a short profile for each of the six seminarians.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
►Due to low interest, the Dechant Foundation Golf tournament has been cancelled. Please notify people who may have expressed interest in attending.
►Financial Peace University sessions are quickly approaching. People interested in attending should contact the Stewardship Office as soon as possible.
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
►Plans for the June 12-17, 2011 Newman Service Camp are underway. In 2010, we had 51 students and 20 chaperones attend from Great Bend, Hoisington, Dodge City, Spearville, Larned & Ellinwood. This is a great experience for our youth. Please let me know if your parish would be interested. Those parishes attending in 2010 will have first choice, but Newman may be running multiple camps this year, so please contact me if there is interest.
From Sr. Angela Erevia, Director of Hispanic Ministry:
►September 10-11: Arcoiris is offering a diocesan retreat for all Arcoiris parish coordinators at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall on Avenue H. The retreat begins on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and ends on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. to allow participants time to attend the 7:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish at the Cathedral.
►September 19: Mexican families and their descendents will be honored at a reception at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Holy Family Hall, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Letters from the Bishop have been sent inviting families to participate in this event.
ODDS AND ENDS
►Directory update (p. 14): Email for Zack Vogel, Ellinwood DRE,
►Directory update (p. 35): Tonya England is no longer DRE in Sharon. Terry Deokaran will be assuming her position. Tylan Ricketts
►Directory update (p. 45): New seminarian:
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
1300 S. Steele St
Denver, CO 80210
1st: SKR Deadline
6th: Labor Day - Chancery Closed
8th: 6:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (English)
9th: 11:00am Hispanic Ministers Meeting, COLG
10th: 10:15am St. Mary, Garden City School Visit
11th: 9:00am Catechist Formation-ITV (English)
12th: 3:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (Spanish)
15th: SKR Deadline
16th: 11:00am Personnel Board Meeting, Conference Room
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
5th: 11:00am Presbyteral Assembly, COLG
6th: SKR Deadline
7th-8th: Kansas Catholic Conference
8th-9th: Jesus Caritas
10th: 10:30am Fowler Centennial Celebration
15th: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon
17th: 3:00pm Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass
19th: 9:30am Diocesan Scripture Day
20th: SKR Deadline
20th: St. Dominic, Garden City School Visit
22nd: 11:30am Diocesan Finance Council, Conference Room
23rd: 10:00am Reflection of Movements, COLG
28th: 12:00pm Good Leaders Good Shepherds Final Session & Graduation
Vol. VIII, No. 8