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September 2012 Monthly Notes

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


Convocation will be October 7-11 at the Spiritual Life Center.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Alba 620-227-1525 letting her know the following:  1)  If you will or will not be at the Sunday evening meal (5:00pm); 2)  If you prefer a double (queen) size or a twin size bed.

Click here for the schedule.
Click here for biography of Rev. J. Ronald Knott.
Click here for the curriculum vitae of Dr. Chris Ebberwein.
Scripture Day -- OCTOBER 18
Scripture Day, October 18, 2012, 9:30am – 3:30pm, Cathedral. THE WORD IN WORSHIP:  We recognize readings from the Bible during each Mass.  Is that the only connection between Scripture and our worship of God?  Pia Septien and Gene Giuliano will answer that question and more. Don’t miss our annual Scripture Day.  Because of Parish – Diocese Stewardship Partnership, there is no fee.  However, we need a count for the luncheon.  Register by October 12. Contact Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

 

 

Safe Environment

► 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)

For further details about these sessions, go to http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment. To schedule a PGC session, contact Peggy Schulte (620-227-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Chancellor

► Sacramental Records and Registers Workshop - Once again I offer this workshop for any priests and parish staff members who have the responsibility of recording sacraments or creating certificates from sacramental records.  Persons who have attended this workshop in the past have found it to be very helpful for gaining a better understanding of the details of this important aspect of parish record keeping.  If anyone is interested in this workshop, contact me and I will schedule a place and date to have the workshop (620-227-1527 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

► 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.


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 Alba Ortiz, Executive Secretary to the Bishop:

Office of the Bishop

Confirmation Schedule for 2013

Bishop John has finalized his schedule for Confirmation 2013. If there are any changes that need to be made or errors, please notify me as soon as possible. Additional information regarding Confirmation can be found on the Diocesan website at: http://www.dcdiocese.org/confirmation. Please contact Alba, with further questions or concerns (620-227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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.

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

 

 


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.

Also, the notebook form Michael and Laura Sandegi on Hospitality is available free. Ask for your copy by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 620-227-1537

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

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 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.

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. 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 Fr. Charles Mazouch, Retirement Board:

 


Recent results of the Retirement Fund Board elections:   James Baker, Jim Dieker, Reggie Urban.  Congratulations.

 

ODDS AND ENDS

►  Catholic Social Service is in need of adoptive families and we need your help to promote adoption as an option. The Fall 2012 adoption workshops (Sept 17, Oct 5, and Oct 27) will be held at the Cathedral, and they are a perfect opportunity for anyone who is interested to learn more about open-adoption and the issues faced when raising an adopted child. In addition to a considering the range of emotions and feelings associated with the decision to adopt a child, several child development topics are also addressed including specific developmental issues of children who have been adopted, attachment and bonding issues, and grief and loss issues. For more information and registration, please contact Gina Pack by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 620-227-1562.

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).

►  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 September Monthly Notes. To submit items for the MONTHLY NOTES section, please email items to Alba Ortiz,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vol. X, No. 8

Diocese of Dodge City


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