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From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
► Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Minutes from August 16, 2011.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►This is to let you know the Review Court in Kansas City is implementing some changes in their review procedure that may prolong the time before an annulment case is completed. For example, if a petitioner had two formal cases in process, in previous times both formal cases were reviewed by the Kansas City Court at the same review session. From now on, however, if a petitioner has more than one formal case in process, Kansas City will review the case of the earliest marriage at one review session and will hold the second formal case to be reviewed at the next scheduled review session. Currently there are four review sessions scheduled each calendar year.
►Also, a note pertaining to a couple who wishes to enter marriage but one of the parties has an annulment case in process: Wedding dates should not be finalized until two affirmative decisions have been rendered (an affirmative decision from the Dodge City Tribunal and an affirmative decision from the Review Court in Kansas City). A party is not free to marry in the Catholic Church until two affirmative decisions have been rendered, and as noted above the Kansas City Tribunal reviews our cases only four times a year. Please make this clear to couples early in the marriage preparation process and remind them often.
►A reminder of our Diocesan Pastoral Handbook that is located on the diocesan website. On the left menu, click on the Chancellor page http://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor or scroll down to the Pastoral Handbook icon. On the upper left side of that page are the major headings of the Handbook: Clergy Information, Sacraments and Liturgy, Annulment Processes, Parish Finance and Safe Environment. When you click on any of these major headings, then the various documents for that topic will appear to click and open.
►The revised Prenuptial forms are at the printer, and our plan is to have the forms available at the Priest Convocation in October to be taken back to your parish. Begin using the revised prenuptial document November 1, 2011.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
The Vocations Office will now be based fulltime out of Dodge City. Thanks to the parishes of St. Anthony and St. Alphonsus for your kind hospitality these past two months, and thank you to Fr. Hector de la Vega for arriving to serve in our Diocese.
Regular contact information:
►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.
Young Catholics and Youth Leaders: Time to stand up for life!
This year we’re excited to offer two opportunities for our high school and college-age students to give a powerful and memorable witness to the sanctity of life on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade:
• January 23, 2012 Topeka March for Life: join other youth from Kansas for a day of prayer, praise, and young energy in our state capital. Click here for flyer and more info.
• January 19-24, 2012 Washington, D.C. March for Life: join 300,000+ participants from throughout the country for an unforgettable and enthusiastic reminder to the world that all life is beautiful! Click here for flyer and more info.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:
►Pastoral Ministry Formation
Christian Morality and Social Issues taught by Fr. Wesley Schawe
Saturday mornings 8:30 to 12:00 noon via Interactive Television
Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12
Thank You Gracious God taught by Eric Haselhorst
Wednesday evenings 6:00 to 9:00 via Interactive Television
Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 12, 19
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
►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
►Plans for the June 2012 Newman Service Camp are underway. This is a great experience for our youth. Please let me know if your parish would be interested or if you would like more information.
From Sr. Angela Erevia, Director of Hispanic Ministry
►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
►New email for Jodi Lix at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe is
Vol. IX, No. 7