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October 2011 Monthly Notes

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
October 2011 --- Vol. IX, No. 8

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.

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.  Walk ins welcome.

PRIESTS:

We welcome Father Firmin Kyaw from the Diocese of Pathein, Burma to our Diocese.  He is Administrator of the Barber County Parishes.

Father Cosmas, MSP, formerly Administrator of the Barber County Parishes, was delayed on his trip to his sister’s wedding on the east coast and then on home to resume his teaching in the seminary in Nigeria.  He is at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, recovering from heart surgery.  Father Desmond, MSP, the US Superior of the Missionaries of St. Paul, as well as one of Fr. Cosmas’ sisters, are with him and say that he is doing well.  Please keep Fr. Cosmas in your prayer.

Father Francis Oroffa, MSP, Administrator of Hoisington, is in Nigeria with his mother who is quite elderly and having serious health problems.  We have not been updated on the situation.  Father Francis is due home the week of October 16th.  Please keep his mother and all their family in your prayer.

Impending Implementation of the New English Translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal…

…will soon be upon us with the First Weekend of Advent (November 26/27, 2011).  In that regard, here are some ample sites:

From St. Pius V Parish, St. Louis:
http://www.stpiusv.org/introducing-the-new-roman-missal

From the Diocese of San Jose:
http://www.dsj.org/education/catechetical-ministry/previous-posts/catechesis-for-the-implementation-of-the-new-english-

Michael A. Johnston…is presently employed as Faith Formation Leader at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Tyler, Texas.  He is interested in relocating to and ministering in the Diocese of Dodge City.  If interested in viewing his resume, please contact Fr. Bob Schremmer.


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:

►September Presbyteral Council meeting was cancelled.

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

Safe Environment:

Currently there are eight Protecting God's Children sessions scheduled:
Sunday, October 16 at Mary, Queen of Peace in Ulysses (English)
Sunday, October 16 at St. Anthony in Liberal (Spanish)
Sunday, October 23 at St. Anthony in Lakin (English)
Saturday, November 5 at Immaculate Conception in Claflin (English)
Sunday, November 13 at St. Alphonsus in Satanta (English & Spanish)
Monday, November 21 at St. Michael in LaCrosse (English)

Wednesday, November 30 at Cathedral OLG in Dodge City (English)

Go to the Safe Environment page for more specific information.  To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500.

Also related to Safe Environment, recently I sent a request to all DREs and Principals to provide me with the names of staff and volunteers regularly involved in their religious education programs and schools respectively.  These lists are due to me before the end of October.

Chancellor:

A reminder that the Official Catholic Directory sheets are due back to me by Monday, October 17.

I again make the offer to provide a workshop on the topic of sacramental records and registers to anyone interested: priests, parish secretaries or others who have the responsibility to record sacraments or to create sacramental certificates.  There are a number of important things anyone who deals with sacramental records should know and be aware of in this area of church life.  Contact me and we can find a time to provide the workshop ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1527).

From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations

Vocations:

Priests: Thank you for your input during the short priestly vocations discussion at the presbyteral assembly. If you didn’t have the chance to share, or if you have something more to offer, click here for an easy-to-fill-out, easy-to-submit form. Your input is valuable!

“Encounter” Visit to Conception Seminary is November 12-14, 2011
It is common for high school students to visit college campuses before they decide where they want to go.  Encounter With God’s Call offers an alternative campus visit.  High school juniors, seniors, along with college guys can spend two nights at Conception Seminary College and explore seminary life through prayer, talks, and recreation.  
There is no charge for the weekend and transportation is provided.  Register online at http://dcdiocese.org/vocations/discernment-events
If you know someone who may be interested, contact the vocation office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (620) 227-1533.

►How many of the current Dodge City seminarians have you met?  How many of the current Dodge City seminarians are you praying for?  Perhaps you would like to send a note or a birthday card.  Addresses as well as a brief profile for each seminarian can be found at http://dcdiocese.org/vocations/seminarians.

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:

Why RCIA?  The Big Picture

RCIA makes new disciples and renews, the old, faithful ones

Join Fr. Tim Piasecki, via ITV, on Wed. Nov. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to hear about:
RCIA: the work of the parish
RCIA: where did it come from and why is it here?
RCIA: Four periods, three rites
RCIA: Liturgy is key

For more information contact Coleen Stein – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship


►The fall is a great time to schedule a planned giving/will and estate seminar. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a time. This is no boring presentation and not a sales pitch. Only a time to help people discover the variety of tools available to steward their resources and hopefully include your parish in their plans.

►I went to the New Catholic Media Conference in Kansas City October 1. To help people in your town fall in love with and want to be a part of your parish, feel free to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how the varieties of new media can benefit your parish.  Another tidbit from the Catholic New Media Conference, parish website best practices do’s and don’ts CLICK HERE.

►Updated Stewardship Brochures will be available October 15th. These are free and ready for you to download, customize and print. If your parish needs help placing your name, website and contact information on them, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►Did you know that your parish can receive debit and credit card payments with a FREE Paypal account? The end user only needs to go to your website and pay as they wish. Want to learn more? Great, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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►Test your knowledge. When you have 5 minutes, take the stewardship best practices quiz (you can actually skip the quiz and go straight to the answer key)  I posted this on my webpage for folks that need concrete things they can do to promote stewardship or at least see what works.

Stewardship Best Practices Quiz CLICK HERE

The Answer Key CLICK HERE

Both items are on the Stewardship webpage.

From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary:

It is not too late 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. Click here for the 2011 Service Camp article published in the Wichita Advance.

From Georgina Paz, Administrative Assistant:

Confirmation Schedule for 2012
Please verify your date, time, and location.  For changes please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Saturday

February 4, 2012

OPEN

Sunday

February 5, 2012

OPEN

Sunday

February 19,2012

10:00 AM

St. John, Hoisington

Saturday

February 25,2012

6:00 PM

Holy Rosary, Medicine Lodge

Sunday

March 4, 2012

10:00 AM

St. Nicholas, Kinsley

Saturday

March 10, 2012

5:30 PM

Sacred Heart, Pratt

Sunday

March 11, 2012

10:30 AM

St. Michael, LaCrosse

Saturday

March 17, 2012

4 or 5 pm

St. Anthony, Lakin

Sunday

March 18, 2012

OPEN

Saturday

March 24, 2012

7:00 PM

St. Mary, Marienthal

Sunday

March 25, 2012

11:00 AM

St. Joseph, Greensburg

Saturday

March 31, 2012

1:00 PM

St. Mary, Garden City

Saturday

April 14, 2012

5:00 PM

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Larned

Sunday

April 15, 2012

11:00 AM

St. Joseph, Scott City

Saturday

April 21, 2012

5:00 PM

Prince of Peace, Great Bend

Sunday

April 22, 2012

12:30 PM

Prince of Peace, Great Bend

Wednesday

April 25, 2012

7:00 PM

St. Patrick, Plains

Saturday

April 28, 2012

4:00 PM

Mary Queen of Peace, Ulysses

Sunday

April 29, 2012

10:45 AM

St. John the Apostle, St. John

Saturday

May 12, 2012

7:00 PM

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City

Sunday

May 13, 2012

10:30 AM

St. Dominic, Garden City

Sunday

May 13, 2012

4:00 PM

St. Alphonsus, Satanta

Saturday

May 19, 2012

6:00 PM

St Anthony, Liberal

Sunday

May 20, 2012

9:00 AM

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City

Wednesday

May 23, 2012

6:30 PM

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City

Sunday

June 10, 2012

??

St. Helen, Hugoton


ODDS AND ENDS


►To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500.

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 OCTOBER 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. 8

Diocese of Dodge City


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