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February 2012 Monthly Notes

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
February 2012 --- Vol. X, No. 2

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

Presbyteral Day of Recollection ~ February 16, 2012
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Augustine & Saint Monica Rooms
Click here for the schedule


Click here for the 2012 RCIA Retreat:  Journeys to Conversion flyer in English.
Click here for the 2012 RCIA Retreat:  Journeys to Conversion flyer in Spanish.


The Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion is Sunday, February 26th, 3:00 pm at the Cathedral.  Bishop John Brungardt looks forward to celebrating the rite as your Bishop.  

Click here for a form to list the names of the catechumens to be elected and the candidates to be called from your parish.  Please also estimate the number for seating of family, friends, guests, etc., who will be present for the Rite and/or meal.  Please return the completed form no later than February 15th, to the attention of Peggy Schulte, PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The catechumens who are elected will sign the Book of the Elect at this Rite.  If you have people sign a "parish" book of the elect, you might want to consider what the Rite of Sending says: "…if the signing of the elect is to take place in the presence of the bishop, it is omitted here." (#539).  You are asked to consider allowing this ritual action of signing the book of the elect to be reserved for the Rite at the Cathedral.

Bishop looks forward to greeting each of the elect and the candidates who have been called individually during the ceremony; he will do that at the reception that follows the Rite.

Please contact, Peggy Schulte, 620/227-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if there are any questions.  She will either be able to help you or direct you to someone who can.




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 2012

*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 Notes from January 17, 2012.

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

Chancellor

When does a priest need to request the faculty to Confirm?  The information below can also be found on the Chancellor page of the Diocesan Website: http://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor

A Priest DOES NOT need to be granted the faculty to Confirm…
-    When a priest baptizes an adult according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, he immediately confirms him or her.  The priest does not need to request the faculty because the law provides the faculty.
[NOTE: The term “adult” for purposes of baptism “is to be applied to all those who, no longer infants, have attained the use of reason.” (c. 852, §2)]
-    When a priest receives a baptized Christian into the Catholic Church according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, after the Profession of Faith the priest confirms the new member.  The priest does not need request the faculty because the law provides the faculty.

A Priest DOES NEED to be granted the faculty to Confirm…
-    When a priest confirms a baptized Catholic, the priest must request and receive the faculty to Confirm from the Bishop.  
-    When the faculty is needed, email Georgina Paz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write a letter to Bishop Brungardt requesting the faculty to confirm, stating the date of confirmation and the names of the candidates to be confirmed.

Churches without valid baptism:  Go to the Chancellor page to view a list of churches whose baptism is not considered valid: http://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor

Annual Parish Reports were emailed to all pastors, administrators and parish life coordinators on January 25, and are due to be submitted to Sister Janice by February 29, 2012.  It would do my heart good if everyone submitted them by the deadline!!!

Safe Environment

In early January Bishop Brungardt mailed letters to pastors who at that time had volunteers working with children that were not compliant with our diocesan safe environment requirements: that is, a completed background check and attendance at a Protecting God’s Children awareness session.  Deadline for these folks to become compliant is coming soon.  If your parish needs to schedule a Protecting God’s Children awareness session, contact Peggy Schulte ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or 620-227-1500.

Annual Safe Environment Training of Students:

Principals and DREs – time is also running out to provide safe environment training to all students under your care.  Go to the following page on the Safe Environment website http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment/safe-environment-religious-education-curriculum to download and print safe environment lesson, the log sheets (to document when the safe environment lessons were taught or when the safety dvd was presented) and the DRE or Principal Report form.  This year, because we will be audited, I am requesting both the log sheets and the Report form to be submitted to me.  As soon as all the students in your PSR program or school have been trained, please turn in the log sheets and Report Form in to Sister Janice ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or fax: 620-227-1545; or by mail: P.O. Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801.  The sooner you can submit these the better.

Revision of the Safe Environment Lessons:

As you probably know, the Safe Environment Lessons we have been using originated in the Wichita Diocese.  I have been contacted by the Director of the Office of Faith Formation in the Diocese of Wichita, and they are in the process of revising the Safe Environment Lessons.  I have been asked to elicit feedback that we can share with them as they prepare this revision.

The proposed revisions include creating just ONE lesson per grade.  Secondly, we are seeking input from you for possible topics to include in the Lessons that are currently not been addressed (such as technology issues like cyber bullying, the dangers of social media, etc.).  Reducing the number of lessons from three or four to one should address many of the obstacles of using the lessons.  Please provide your feedback about possible topics by February 17, 2012.

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

Encounter with God’s Call
The Encounter weekend is March 24-26.  Invite young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age - to join Fr. Wesley for a road trip to Conception Seminary College.  The weekend is a time to hear talks and spend time with seminarians while enjoying time with other young men who are seeking God’s will in their life. There is no charge for the weekend and transportation is provided. Register online at http://dcdiocese.org/vocations/discernment-events or contact Fr. Wesley at 620.227.1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Denver Seminary Visit
Fr. Wesley will be taking a group of single men to visit St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, CO March 19-21. To find out more about this trip—for college juniors and aboveclick here.

Dinners with Bishop John
The Office for Priestly Vocations is sponsoring four “Dinners with Bishop John” for boys and single men and their pastors in the Spring semester of 2012. What a great opportunity for those young men who love the Catholic Faith and may have a vocation to the priesthood (whether they know it or not)…

The three remaining:
Sunday, March 4th, 6-8 pm Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe (high school students in the DC deanery)
Sunday, April 15th, 6-8 pm Sacred Heart, Pratt (high school students in the GB deanery)
Friday, April 20th, 6-8 pm Bishop John’s residence, Dodge City (single men out of high school residing in the Diocese)

Pastors: Please put these dates on your calendar! Your help will be extremely important for this event. Your invitation will be the primary encouragement for their attendance. If a high school boy or single man is interested in attending, he should let his pastor know.  Bishop John and I will join your deanery gathering in advance of the dinner to visit with you about the event.


From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship


►Help your parishioners include your parish in their estate plan! 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 designed to engage you and the people in your parish. Together we will discover the variety of tools available to steward financial resources and hopefully include your parish in their plans.

►Still uneasy about Facebook, websites and new technology? 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. Plus, we can discuss ways to automate and simplify processes and make life easier. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 620-639-2079!

►Does your parish end of year report look like this **CLICK HERE** If you wish it did you are in luck. The office of stewardship has made available a template of a year end report with the reader in mind. This enhanced report is completed in story format and includes all stewardship gifts, not money only like this traditional version. To download and use the complete year end report click here ~ format MS Publisher. All content can be customized for any parish. For help modifying the report, onsite help is available, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary:

Newman Camp 2012 will be here before we know it!  Registration deadline is March 1.  Click here to register! If you have questions or need additional information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ODDS AND ENDS

Justice for Immigrants ~ A group in the Dodge City area has shown interest in forming a coalition to work for justice for immigrants.  This group is not sponsored by any particular church or community.   38 people expressed interest in attending the first meeting, held on November 17, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City.  An invitation is extended to others who are interested in hearing about this emerging coalition.  I would like to send you a report of the meeting and a sign-in sheet on which participants made choices about what aspects of the issue they were interested in pursuing.  
Some choices listed were:  Learn About the Issue of Justice For Immigrants; Pray for Justice for Immigrants; Write to Officials in Washington, DC; Lead Meetings; Serve on a Speakers Bureau;  Serve on a Leadership Team.  If you are interested, please contact Maria Musick at 620-227-3592.

Now through March 19th the National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC) is accepting applications from high school youth for the June 12-27, 2012, choral camp and concert tour. Applications are available on their website at www.CatholicYouthChoir.org.  Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, is the founding director and chaplain, the choir is conducted by Axel Theimer. Click here to view a video of the 2011 NCYC choir.

The Catholic Social Service Charity Wine Tasting Event is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2012 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Club at Stone Ridge in Great Bend KS. Come sample wines from all over the world while enjoying hors d-oeuvres, the live entertainment of Classical Guitarist, Richard J Falcon Jr, an enticing array of live and silent auction items, and other fun activities.

Tickets: Tickets for the Wine Tasting Event ($35 per person, or $250 for a table of eight).
For more information, contact Rebecca Ford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 620-792-1393.

►Directory Update: New email for Erin Crouch of Pratt, 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 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 FEBRUARY 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. X, No. 2

Diocese of Dodge City


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