DIOCESAN ANNIVERSARY MASS -- OCTOBER 16
Couples celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 50+ years of marriage in 2011 will be honored and will renew their vows at the Sunday Eucharist.
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From Fr. Bernard Felix, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
► Presbyteral Council did not meet in July.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►As we begin a new year of school, religious formation sessions and other youth activities that include adult interaction, a reminder that all adults who have regular contact with children and youth need to attend a Protecting God’s Children (PGC) Awareness session and sign a background check consent form.
Several PGC sessions have been scheduled. For more detail, go to the Safe Environment page of our Diocesan web site: http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment.
*Wednesday, August 24 @ St. Anthony Parish Hall in Liberal, 6:30-9:30 pm (English session)
*Saturday, August 27 @ Parish Center meeting room #1 in Great Bend, 9 am – 12 noon (English session)
*Sunday, August 28 @ Sacred Heart School in Ness City, 1:30-4:30 pm (English session)
*Sunday, August 28 @ St. Dominic Parish Center in Garden City, 2-5 pm (English session and Spanish session)
Training for Children and Youth: In addition to the Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum lessons that have been used the past few years, this year we are offering another option. We are adopting the Safe Environment dvds that have been created by the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. The dvd for Grades K-5 is entitled “Strong Voices, Smart Choices: How to Honor Your Instinct to Stay Safe,” and the dvd for Grades 6 and up is entitled “Personal Power: A Gut Check on Safety.” A guide for discussion with the students accompanies each dvd. Because only dioceses could order dvds prior to August 1, I placed an order on July 21 for DREs who informed me they wanted a set for their program. Now that August 1 has passed, any individual may order a set of dvds on their own. Here is the website: http://www.stclouddiocese.org/about/safe-environment/safetyvideos/. For those who choose to use these dvds for training of students, I will be creating some kind of report form and will have it available on the Safe Environment web page.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
►Vocations and Parish Weekend Substitution
Pastors and Sacramental Ministers: When the Church begins a new liturgical year on November 27th, I would also like to begin a time of visiting each parish to share a message of priestly vocations at weekend Masses and to meet some of the boys and single men that you think are solid, healthy members of your parish.
I could suggest a weekend to come visit your parish or parish cluster, but I would much rather arrange a weekend that also benefits you—freeing you up to visit family, to vacation, or to otherwise be away. So as you consider the coming liturgical year, if there is one weekend (two if your parish has two priests), that you would like this well-deserved break, please let me know. I will do my best to work around my other vocation activities to cover that weekend for you.
It can be easy to lose track of our youth when they head off to college and we only see them during holidays and maybe summers.
Do you know of any young men from your parish (or a previous parish) who are now practicing their Catholic faith joyfully in their college setting? I would like to know who they are, so that I can encourage them to listen to God’s particular call in their lives during their college years.
When thinking of names, keep in mind that some of our youth flourish in their faith only after arriving at college. Consider not only those who were alive when at your parish, but also those who have come alive later.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
►Tell everyone that the 2011 Stewardship Conference is Saturday August 27 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe!
Dynamic speakers for adults and for the FIRST TIME EVER, sessions for Teens and Children! This will be an action packed and short time together. Register today by CLICKING HERE
Get all the conference information HERE
►Register for Thank you Gracious God today. This course will give concrete ideas on how one becomes a true follower of Jesus Christ. Thank you gracious God...will use scripture and liturgy to discover the Spirituality of Stewardship in which we are called to live.
Contact Coleen Stein to register
From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary: ODDS AND ENDS
From Sr. Angela Erevia, Director of Hispanic Ministry
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City
8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Quince Años Workshop presented by a diocesan team for parish ministers preparing young people for their 15th birthday religious celebration.
►September 18 & 25 AND October 2 & 9
ITV Centers: Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Liberal and Ulysses
Creciendo en Cristo: This fall semester we will be studying the Sacraments and Liturgy
Presenters: Nacho Ortiz, Deanna Jones, and Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP
ODDS AND ENDS
►Reminder: Engaged Encounter in Spanish is scheduled for August 19, 20 & 21 in Dodge City at the old Our Lady of Guadalupe Center. Registration forms are on the diocesan website under Engaged Encounter.
►Sarah Weber is once again DRE for Fowler. Her email is
Vol. IX, No. 6