CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
September 2012 --- Vol. X, No. 8
From Fr. Bob Schremmer, Vicar General & Moderator of Curia:
►PRIEST CONVOCATION 2012
► DIOCESAN ANNIVERSARY MASS -- OCTOBER 21
Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 50+ years of marriage in 2012. Couples will be honored and will renew their vows at the Sunday Eucharist.
Sunday, October 21, 2011 ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City
Registration is available online by clicking on this link and filling out the form. Registration is due by Monday, October 5th.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
► A reminder of the new policy that all volunteers with regular contact with children and youth must be compliant PRIOR TO beginning any ministry with children/youth. Compliant means they have already attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and already have a completed background check.
► The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:
Sunday, September 9 in Plains (English)
Tuesday, September 11 in Kiowa (English)
Wednesday, September 12 in Hoisington (English)
Sunday, September 16 in Ulysses (English and Spanish)
Sunday, September 30 in Scott City (English)
Wednesday, October 3 in Larned (English) (evening)
Friday, October 5 in Larned (English) (morning)
► Official Catholic Directory – I have received the blue sheets from the Official Catholic Directory that will be mailed to your parish for review, corrections, additions, deletions. Please return these to me by October 1.
► I will be out of the office quite a bit during the month of October. This is a reminder to submit prenuptial documents well in advance of the wedding, but especially for any weddings being celebrated in October.
To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.
From Alba Ortiz, Executive Secretary to the Bishop:
Office of the Bishop
Confirmation Schedule for 2013
► Please open attachment and verify your date, time, and location.
From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
► Father Floyd McKinney was elected and will continue to serve as chair of the Presbyteral Council this coming year.
► Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from August 21, 2012.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:
► Vocation Visits to your classroom, meeting, or special event
Now that a new school year has begun, I would be happy to visit your parish groups to share a lesson—or simply to share excitement—about God’s plan for each one of us, and specifically his plan of religious vocations for some. This opportunity is particularly for groups/classes of youth, but it need not be limited to them. A special invitation (and first priority in scheduling) goes out to those groups who I did not get the chance to visit last year. Please call me to discuss the possibilities of who, what, and when for your group.
► A New Cycle for Weekend Parish Visits
Pastors—I am truly blessed to have the freedom to visit parishes on the weekends and share the joy of God’s particular vocation for each of us and His call to religious vocations. Beginning with the 1st Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2012), I will start a new cycle of visiting each one of the parishes. If you already know of a weekend after that date that would be good for me to come, please call me soon. I will do my best to accommodate your request.
From Trina M. Delgado, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools
► September 17, 2012 - Diocesan Teachers' Institute Day and Commissioning Mass All teachers from the Diocese of Dodge City will come together for a full day's in-service and Commissioning Mass at COLG to begin at 8:15 a.m. The in-service is being presented by Jennifer Anderson of SWPRSC and will focus on bettering instruction through the researched based strategies of Blooms and Marzano. Teachers can receive Catechist Formation points, PDC points and/or 0.5 graduate level college credits for the day.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:
Fall 2012 Pastoral Ministry Formation
(Adult Formation near you via Interactive Television)
Classes may be taken for credit or personal enrichment.
THEO 3053 Sacramental Theology (3 hr.)
Instructor: Fr. Frank Coady
Course Description: A study of the theological and spiritual underpinnings of the liturgy, with specific application to each sacrament.
Class Times: Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10
Saturday mornings: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
THEO 4881 The Hunger Games and the Good News (1 hr.)
“The Hunger Games and the Good News” explores the themes that have resonated so deeply with Hunger Games readers by examining their similarity to the good news found in Jesus’ message about living in the ways of God’s Kingdom. As Shauna Niequist says “Hunger Games” presents a set of mirrors that we as Christians must confront, even though they come to us from the unlikeliest of places: a story we’ve all read “for fun.”
Class Times: Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28
Wednesday evenings 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
Resources from the 2012 Stewardship Conference are now available for download. Check out the 2012 Conference resources page today.
The seminarian endowment challenge grant has is over half way to our goal of 150,000. Parishes and individuals are asked to make a gift. Find out more today at http://www.dcdiocese.org/development
From Fr. Charles Mazouch, Retirement Board:
► Recent results of the Retirement Fund Board elections: James Baker, Jim Dieker, Reggie Urban. Congratulations.
ODDS AND ENDS
► Engaged Encounter Spanish Session/Encuentro Para Novios: A date has been set for the Engaged Encounter in Spanish (Encuentro Para Novios) for October 19-21, 2012. Registration forms are available here and needs to be completed by October 8th. Send by mail to DeaconOscar Rodríguez--his information is listed on the form.
► Recently, there have been several instances where email addresses have been compromised and have been sending spam emails to all contacts listed. If you receive a phony email asking for financial help because someone is stranded in Spain (or elsewhere), do not reply to the email—simply delete the email. Any emails asking for financial information should not be trusted. If this happens to your email account, please change your password and select a strong password (contains a mix of lowercase/capital letters, numbers, and symbols).
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