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December 2010 Monthly Notes

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
December 2010 --- Vol. VIII, No. 11
From Bishop Gilmore:

DIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE...is Friday, December 10th, 6:30pm, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  

All priests are invited to join me in celebrating the mass.  If you will attend, please let Fr. Bob Schremmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 227-1555, 227-3363, know by December 9th.

WHAT ABOUT MASS ON THE EVENING OF DECEMBER 25TH?

In a recent issue of the Newsletter of the Committee on Divine Worship, advisories were given as to the Committee’s opinion regarding masses on the evening of December 25th and January 1st since these dates fall on a Saturday.

This same question arose in 1999 and in 2004.  The Committee seems to be of divided opinion regarding December 25th but remains consistent regarding January 1st.  Please read on...

This is what was most recently offered as an advisory:

This year, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) falls on a Saturday. Because Christmas is a Solemnity, ranked at number 2 on the Table of Liturgical Days, Mass on Saturday evening, December 25, is that of the Nativity, and Evening Prayer II of the Nativity is prayed. The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph follows on Sunday, December 26; Evening Prayer I of the Holy Family is not prayed, and any Mass celebrated on the evening of December 25 is the Mass of Christmas, not the Holy Family.

Mary, Mother of God and Epiphany (Jan. 1-2, 2011)
Saturday, January 1, 2011 marks the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which in 2011 is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Saturday. The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord follows on Sunday, January 2. Although both are ranked at number 3 in the Table of Liturgical Days, as a Solemnity of the Lord, the Epiphany outranks the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (a Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Just as the Mother of God points the way and leads us to her Son, her Solemnity gives way to the Epiphany. Therefore, Mass on the evening of January 1 is the Vigil of the Epiphany, and Evening Prayer I of the Epiphany is prayed.

This is what was offered as an advisory in 1999:

...the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) falls on a Saturday. Christmas retains the precept and should be observed as a Holy Day of Obligation. The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph follows on Sunday, December 26, 1999....
The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord begins with Evening Prayer I on Friday, December 24, and concludes with the celebration of Evening Prayer II of the Solemnity on December 25. If Mass is celebrated on the evening of Friday, December 24, the Mass is that of the vigil of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. If Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening, December 25, the Mass is that of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

This is what was offered for 2004:

This year the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) falls on Saturday, December 25th, while the Solemnity of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph occurs on Sunday, December 26th. The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord begins with Evening Prayer I on Friday, December 24th and concludes on December 25th. If Mass is celebrated on the evening of Friday, December 24, the Mass is that of the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord. If Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening, December 25, the Mass is that of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Taking the Committee’s seemingly contradictory advisories into consideration, I propose that a pastor can make the best decision with his people in mind and what would serve them best.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION...of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal will take place the First Sunday of Advent 2011, November 27, 2011.  

To prepare for the implementation, a plan of resources and events to support parishes in our diocese has been developed.  Please click here to access the plan.  Please click here to access information for “Lifting Up Our Hearts”, a six week small group experience that you may want to offer in your parish this lent and/or next fall.  "Lifting Up Our Hearts" will take the place of Lenten Word Working this year.  You may also visit https://www.renewintl.org/RENEW/estore.nsf?OpenDatabase.  

I would also direct you to a recent article by Paul Turner, “Revising the Translation, Renewing the Mass” and an article some time ago by Paul Ford, "The Lord who is the Spirit be with you".

Catechist Formation in English, Wednesday, January 12th, 6-9pm and again on Saturday, January 15th, 9am -12noon, will focus on new missal.  The session in Spanish, Sunday, January 16th 3-6pm, will also touch on the new missal.

Father Rene Guesnier purchased a number of “Parish Guide to Implementing the Roman Missal, Third Edition” published by the USCCB.  He is giving one to each priest.  If you have not yet received yours, it is on the way or you may pick it up at the chancery.  The guide includes practical resources to create the parish implementation plan including a calendar, ministry-specific suggestions, "to do" lists, bulletin inserts, homily helps, and a comprehensive bibliography of other available materials.  Thank you, Fr. Rene.

TENDING THE TALENTS...is the lay side of Good Leaders Good Shepherds.  

This follow-up to Good Leaders Good Shepherds will begin in our Diocese at the end of January 2011.  We will have 57 people participating.  Tending the Talents promises to complement Good Leaders Good Shepherds, as well as our other lay minister formation efforts such as Pastoral Ministry Formation.  I am grateful for those who have helped us have such a good response to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for such a thorough and quality program to further develop and enhance lay leaders upon whom we rely more and more for the life and ministry in our parishes and for our diocese.

FRATERNAL FORUM...is another way for priests to follow up with Good Leaders Good Shepherds.  

The invitation was offered at the conclusion of the last Good Leaders Good Shepherds module, October 26-28th.  It involves a one-year commitment to one-day (11am-4pm) quarterly meetings where opportunities and/or challenges in a priest’s life in the areas of health, relationships, or ministry are shared, reflected upon, and supported by the participants in the group.  Presently there are nine priests who participated in Good Leaders Good Shepherds who have committed to the process (five from Dodge City and four from Salina). The maximum number that can participate is twelve.  There may be room for a couple of priests who although they did not participate in Good Leaders Good Shepherds may welcome an opportunity to participate in such a group.  If you are such a priest, please visit as soon as possible with Fr. Bob Schremmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 227-1555 or 227-3363.  The Group is scheduled to have its first gathering Thursday, February 17th, at the Heartland Center in Great Bend.   

A Sister-Parish in Haiti

At the last meeting of the Presbyteral Council, Father Reggie made the following offer.  I am happy to pass it on to you for your consideration:

The Justice and Peace Commission of Prince of Peace Parish, Great Bend is planning to sponsor a parish in Haiti. The commission is working through Catholic Relief Services and has tentative plans to spend 2 or 3 days in Haiti making a connection with a parish. After that there will be financial help as well as prayer and other kinds of support given to that parish. If your parish would like to sponsor a parish in Haiti, Prince of Peace is open to adding your interest to their conversations with CRS and to at least one person traveling with them to Haiti. Your parish would need to cover the expense for your representatives.

Please contact Father Reggie Urban (792-1396) for more information.

Invitation to all Priests - Please join me for an Advent Gathering at 11:00 am followed by lunch at 11:30 am at COLG on Wednesday, 15 December 2010.  Please RSVP to Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, 13 December 2010.

USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter November 2010


May Advent stillness lead you into Christmas wonder...

+Ronald M. Gilmore



EVENTS

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. Bernard Felix, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Minutes from November 23, 2010.

One of the things we discussed during our November meeting is the revision of our PRE-NUPTIAL FORM on Marriage Preparation.  Obviously, we need to change on the form FOCCUS to PREPARE and ENRICH.  Meanwhile, we are still dealing with some more revisions and we will provide all Parishes as soon as the new revised form is done.

Another item we have in the agenda was the initiative of Father Reggie and the Justice and Peace Commission of Prince of Peace Parish, to make a connection with some Parishes in Haiti so that we can assist them in one way or another.  Prince of Peace Parish is planning to send a couple of their parishioners to Haiti.  There may be other Parishes in the Diocese who may want to join them.  If so, contact Father Reggie.

Lastly, extended words of thanks to Bishop Ronald for sharing and discussing with us some ideas and concepts about Exorcism. 


From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Respect Life:

Plans are underway again this year for a Diocese of Dodge City bus trip to the Rally for Life in Topeka on Monday, January 24, 2011. Once again, high school and college-age students and their sponsors are invited on this one-day trip to learn about, pray for, and stand up for the sanctity of all life. More details will come soon to DREs and via these NOTES and the website. Preliminary questions can be directed to me or Pam Vainer at Prince of Peace in Great Bend. Mark it on your calendar and stay tuned!

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

Safe Environment

English and Spanish Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions have been scheduled for Sunday, January 16, 2011, at the St. Dominic Parish Center, 615 JC Street in Garden City from 3-6 pm.


From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

Next Vocation Event:

Quo Vadis Retreat - for single men high school seniors through age 30 who are asking the question: What does God want to do with my life? Fr. John Strasser will be attending the retreat to support the men from our diocese.

Date: January 7-9, 2011
Location: Spiritual Life Center, Wichita

Time: Retreat begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 7
Retreat concludes at noon on Sunday, January 9

Transportation: provided by the Diocese of Dodge City
Cost: No charge to participant

Retreat Master: Fr. Paul Hoesing, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of
Omaha, NE

Questions: Contact Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations: 620.227.1530, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration: Please register by December 29th
To register, fill out the online Registration Form at http://dcdiocese.org/vocations/discernment-events

Important Information All participants need to complete the online Medical Liability Release Form. High School students need to also complete the High School Parental Permission Form. Links to these forms can be found at http://dcdiocese.org/vocations/discernment-events

National Vocation Awareness Week is January 9-15th.  This week begins with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. (Check the Bulletin Corner for announcements.)  As we celebrate this feast, we recall our own baptism. Renew your baptismal commitment as you consider your call to serve God in your particular vocation.

Update on Recent Vocation Activities:

Encounter With God’s Call - We had a good response, our largest in 5 years.  A total of four participated in this “Come and See” weekend; two from Dodge City, one from Garden City, and one from Satanta. On our return home, after the long drive, each expressed an interest in attending again!  During the Encounter weekend, our guys got to spend time with Juan Salas, our seminarian, and visit with Br. Macario (formerly of Garden City).  

In total, 70 names were submitted in our recent Called by Name email campaign. Thank you for the great response! Each young man received a personal letter from Bishop Gilmore. All received the brochure, Consider the Priesthood. High school seniors and older also received an invitation to Quo Vadis.  

Consider the Priesthood is a new brochure developed in conjunction with the Called by Name campaign.  Copies of the brochure may be obtained by contacting me at 620.227.1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered for the spring of 2011 beginning January 23, 2011 on ITV. If there is someone you know that could use a great financial checkup, do pass this information along. Better yet, be a blessing and pay for a loved ones classes. Great for Christmas!

Get all the session information on the Stewardship web page.

Remember, Financial Peace University is not just for those who struggle, it is for those who are doing pretty good and want to do better stewarding God’s gifts.

A stewardship formation series is being developed in Spanish! This series will be designed to speak to the Latino community both in language and culturally. Look for this DVD series to be available in early spring of 2011.

2011 Stewardship bulletin inserts are published HERE if you need them.

The Spring 2011 ICSC stewardship conference will be April 1 at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City KS. This is a wonderful and affordable conference for members of your parish. Do invite people from your parish. All conference information can be found on the Stewardship web page. Information is being added regularly, check back often.



From Coleen Stein, Director of Pastoral Ministry & Catechist Formation:

Spring 2011 Pastoral Ministry Formation Courses

Introduction to New Testament
Instructor:  Fr. Reggie Urban
Class Times:  Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 12, 26, Mar. 5, 19, Apr. 2, 16, May 7
Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location:  Interactive Television Sites

Forgiveness
Instructor:  Lisa Bellecci-st. romain
Class Times:  Feb. 2, 16, Mar. 2, 23  
Wednesday evenings - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Interactive Television Sites

January 2011 Catechist Formation

Same Mass, New Words
January 12 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
January 15 – 9:00 – 12:00 noon
January 16 (Spanish) 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Interactive Television

ODDS AND ENDS

►Directory update:  p. 10 - Office email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►Directory update:  p. 10 - Add:  Pastoral Minister:  Deanna Jones, ext. 203, Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►Directory update:  p. 30 - Add:  RCIA Directors:  Tony & Karen Axman, Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►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

 

DECEMBER/JANUARY Calendars:
(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)


DECEMBER

1st:  SKR Deadline

3rd:  Sacred Heart, Ness City School Visit

8th:  Feast of Immaculate Conception - Chancery Closed

10th:  6:30 pm Diocesan Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, COLG

16th:  Sacred Heart, Dodge City School Visit

17th:  10:00 am Directors' Meeting; 12:30 pm Staff Luncheon

18th:  10:00 am Reflection of Movements, COLG

24th:  Christmas Eve - Chancery Closed at 12:00 pm

27th:  Christmas Holiday - Chancery Closed

30th:  5:30 pm Seminarian Gathering, Wright


31st:  New Year's Eve - Chancery Closed

JANUARY

1st:  New Year's Day

4th-11th:  Region IX Conference

5th:  SKR Deadline

12th:  6:00 pm Catechist Formation, ITV Sites

15th:  9:00 am Catechist Formation, ITV Sites

16th:  3:00 pm Catechist Formation (Spanish), ITV Sites

18th:  11:00 am Presbyteral Council Meeting, Conference Room

19th:  SKR Deadline

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

22nd:  5:00 pm Confirmation at Ness City

23rd:  11:30 am Confirmation at Tribune

30th:  10:30 am Confirmation at Meade

31st:  Kansas Catholic Conference


This concludes the DECEMBER 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. 11

Diocese of Dodge City


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