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September 2011 Monthly Notes

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
September 2011 --- Vol. IX, No. 7



From Fr. Bob Schremmer, Vicar General & Moderator of Curia:

DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011 ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City

Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and more years in 2011.  Register online in English or Spanish or email Peggy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, October 3, 2011.

SCRIPTURE DAY 2011  (English & Spanish)

Thursday, October 20, 2011 ~ 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City

Violence in the Old Testament
Everything you wanted to know about violence in the Old Testament but were afraid to ask!
Everyone always wants to know more about the Bible.  This is an opportunity to do just that!

Through our Parish-Diocese Stewardship Partnership, the Annual Scripture Day has no registration fee.  Register online in English or Spanish or email Peggy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, October 6, 2011.

PRIEST CONVOCATION 2011

Convocation will be October 2-6 at the Spiritual Life Center.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone Georgina 620-227-1531 letting her know the following:  1)  If you will or will not be at the Sunday evening (5:00pm) meal; 2)  If you prefer a queen size or a twin size bed.

Click here for the schedule.
Click here for the Hesburgh Lecture Flyer.

FATHER HECTOR DE LA VEGA is a priest of the Diocese of Torreon, Mexico, who will soon be with us serving as Parochial Vicar of Saint Anthony, Liberal.  Please warmly welcome Father Hector!

FATHER FIRMIN KYAW is a priest of the Diocese of Pathein, Burma, who will soon be with us serving in Barber County as Father Cosmas Nwosuh, MSP returns to Nigeria.  Please express your appreciation to Father Cosmas for his years of service in our diocese as you warmly welcome Father Firmin!

FATHER MARVIN REIF recently shared that he is doing much better and asked that his new email be made available in the NOTES: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MONSIGNOR ANGEL DY is back in the USA (and especially Southwest Kansas) to do mission appeals on the behalf of the Diocese of Sorsogon, Philippines, to consult with his doctors, to visit friends.  It is good to have Father Dy back with us albeit for a brief visit.  Monsignor said that he would be available for weekend help outs September 25, October 2, 9 and 16.  If interested, please call him at 620-417-4119.  He also plans on being with us for the October Convocation.



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 2011

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network

 

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:

Tribunal:

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.

Safe Environment:

Currently, two Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions are scheduled: both on Sunday, September 18 and both are English sessions: one in Sharon from 1-4 pm and one in Pratt from 4-7 pm.  Go to http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment for more details.  If you wish to schedule a PGC awareness session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 227-1555; 227-3363.

Chancellor:

The past two years I have offered an informative workshop entitled Sacramental Records and Registers to priests and parish office personnel.  Topics of the workshop include which sacramental registers that are required, who is responsible for the registers, how to correct errors, how to record baptisms of adopted children, sacramental certificates, confidentiality, and much more.  If there are any new persons on a parish staff, or if there are persons who could not attend either of the previous workshops and are interested, contact me and I will schedule one (or more) workshop.  In your email or voice message, include preferences for a particular day of the week and time of day (during working hours or evening). Contact Sister Janice: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1527.

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

Vocations:

Vocations Office
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:
•    620-227-1533
•     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

College Students
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.

Please submit names of college-age men to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as you can. I will be making some college connections this Fall.

Respect Life:

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:

It is time to order Workbooks, Liturgical Year Calendars, Sourcebooks, At Home With the Word, and Visiting the Sick and Homebound.  If interested in these or any other liturgy training publications, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount.

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.

►Following the birth of our third child, I will be working part-time from home.  The best way to contact me is through email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  I will only be in the office periodically, so phone calls may not be returned in a timely fashion.  Thank you!



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
3-6 p.m.
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 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

This concludes the SEPTEMBER 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. IX, No. 7

Diocese of Dodge City


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