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August 2013 Monthly Notes

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

August 2013 --- Vol. XI, No. 8


 

From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:

 

 

Holy Days

Do your best to promote and remind the faithful about these upcoming Holy Days in the liturgical calendar: Thursday, August 15 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary), Friday, November 1 (All Saints) and December 8/9 (Immaculate Conception).

With All Saints falling on a Friday this year, if you have a heavy Mass schedule call me and if I am able, I will try to assist you.

Note Regarding December 8:

Since December 8, 2013, is the Second Sunday of Advent, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred to Monday, December 9.  The obligation to attend Mass, however, does not transfer.  The Optional Memorial of Saint Juan Diego usually celebrated on December 9 is omitted this year.  Again, if you need assistance with the Holy Day Mass schedule, contact me.

Called & Gifted Workshop

In this special Year of Faith, I invite you to experience a new joy and a new energy by discovering how you have been uniquely “called and gifted” by God.  Participate in the Called & Gifted workshop, Saturday, October 5th, from 9 am-4:30 pm, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.  God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. Experience the joy of being Called and Gifted!

Register online by September 21 at www.dcdiocese.org/called-and-gifted for either the English or Spanish workshop.  For further information, contact Becky Hessman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620.227.1530.

PRIEST CONVOCATION 2013

Convocation will be October 6-10 at the Spiritual Life Center. The schedule is available here.

Please notify Alba by Sept. 16, by email or phone: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 620-227-1525 for:

1) Bed preference (twin/double) and
2) If you will or will not be at the Sunday evening meal (5:00pm).

Confirmation Schedule

Confirmation request forms are due Friday, August 9, 2013. The schedule is currently being finalized and will be included in the September monthly notes.

 


From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

 

►Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from June 18, 2013. No meeting is held in July. The next meeting is Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

 

From Fr. Charles Mazouch, Secretary/Treasurer Retirement Board:

 

 

►New members of the Retirement Fund are Henry Hildebrandt and Warren Stecklein.  Congratulations.

 


From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations & Coordinator of Respect Life:

 

VOCATIONS

► 2013-2014 Seminarians Please pray for our five seminarians as they head off to seminary this month.  Keep them in prayer now and throughout the year!

Tylan Ricketts - Parish: St. Alphonsus, Satanta
Juan Salas - Parish: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City                      
Jacob Schneider - Parish: St. Ann, Olmitz
Mark Brantley - Parish: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.  
Joel McClure - Parish: St. Dominic Church, Garden City

Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards

Please remove the seminarian posters and prayer cards from your church, school, parish hall, etc. New posters will be distributed in the Fall.

Future Ordination Planning

If the Diocese of Dodge City celebrates a deacon ordination in 2014, the tentative plan is for it to take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 am. Please mark your calendars. Official confirmation and details would come later this year.

PSR/Youth Vocations Visits

I have enjoyed visiting with hundreds of youth in the Diocese about God’s unique plan for their lives. What’s more, I can only guess how many of them were called from the moment of their conception to be priests or consecrated religious. How important is our job to help them discover the only means to complete happiness! If you would like me to visit your parish PSR classes or youth group, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 620-227-1533. Even if I’ve already visited your youth as vocations director, a return visit to explore the topic further would be great.

RESPECT LIFE

Please feel free to publish this information in your bulletin or give the information directly to any health care workers in your parish:

Are you a Catholic physician, health care professional, or medical student?

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) helps doctors and health care professionals grow in faith, maintain ethical integrity, and provide excellent health care in accordance with the teachings of the Church.

The CMA offers professional, spiritual, and moral support through local chapters and annual national conferences featuring world-class speakers and CME credits. The CMA set a record for new members and chapters in 2012. Be part of the New Evangelization and join the CMA to help build a culture of life in health care and to provide a voice for Catholic medical and ethical principles in society.

Visit www.cathmed.org to learn more about the CMA and the benefits of membership.

 

 

From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator



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 Peggy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500. By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT

A reminder 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:

English:
Sunday, August 11 in Dodge City, 3-6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14 in Pratt, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 18 at St. Dominic, Garden City, 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, August 18 in Liberal, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10 at Holy Family School, Great Bend, 6-9 p.m.

Spanish:
Domingo 18 de agosto at St. Dominic, Garden City, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Domingo 18 de agosto in Liberal, 3-6 p.m.
Martes, 10 de septiembre at St. Rose, Great Bend, 6-9 p.m.

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. ).

 

 

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

 


►Sign up for the 2013 Stewardship conference. Joining the 2013 conference are nationally endorsed speakers John Allen Jr., correspondent to the Vatican and Mary Anne Layden, Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Allen Jr. will surprise and delight with his vast knowledge in his keynote titled “Pope Francis and Trends in Global Catholic Church”. Also speaking on the depraved industry of pornography will be Mary Anne Layden, Ph D. Mary Anne’s keynote The Pornified Life will be jaw dropping yet uplifting for those who struggle with pornography. Both keynote speakers have a wealth of knowledge on their topics and we are excited to bring them to our Diocese.

Also, our Bishop will have an uplifting session for his vision of stewardship in our diocese. Get the detail for the conference here and sign up on our hassle free registration form. http://www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship.

►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!

►School will begin in 40 or so days and the chaotic mass attendance will level off. Does your parish have a plan to welcome these people home?

Summer is a great time to clean up databases and begin a birthday or anniversary card ministry. This is a huge and simple act of hospitality. Contact Eric to brainstorm this idea and get it going.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 


From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:



CATECHIST FORMATION FALL

September Sessions

"Let Prayer Teach"
Presenters:  Bishop Emeritus Gilmore and Coleen Stein

The single most important factor in the lives of a catechist and their children and teens is their relationship with God.  One name we give that relationship is prayer. Some communication happens quite naturally, a young child will learn communication skills by watching and listening to others.  But other communication skills need to be taught, like reading and writing.  The same can be said for prayer. Yet, what we need more than anything else is not textbooks, but textpeople.  That's what a catechist is. Pope Paul VI called them witnesses. Let Prayer Teach offers help to the catechist so s/he can help their students grow in prayer...that is not just teaching prayers.

"If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by praying." Thomas Merton

Wednesday, Sept. 4 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Sunday, Sept. 8 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)


PASTORAL MINISTRY FORMATION FALL COURSES

THEO 4053 The Creeds and Faith (3 hour)

A study of the Catholic community’s endeavors to adequately articulate and systematize its beliefs through the centuries.

Instructor:  Fr. Frank Coady
Sept.
14, 21, 28, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16
Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses
Cost: 3 hr. course for credit - $150.00*
3 hr. course for personal enrichment - $75.00*
*price quotes do not include books

THEO 4881 Crash Course in Vatican Council II (1 hour)

For some Vatican Council II is ancient history.  For others it is a dim memory.  For Pope Benedict it is the great grace bestowed on the Church in the twentieth century: there we find a sure compass by which to take our bearings. For Pope Francis it is a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit.  CRASH COURSE IN VC II will unpack the Council:  Where it came from; what it did; and what it continues to do in our Church and World today.  The Course will look at John XXIII calling the Council; Paul VI issuing the Documents of the Council; Council’s impact and the continuing controversy surrounding the Council.

Instructor:  Fr. Robert Schremmer
Oct.
13, 27, Nov. 3, 10
Sunday afternoons 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses
Cost: 1 hr. course for credit - $50.00*
1 hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00*
*price quotes do not include books

To register please visit www.dcdiocese.org, go to the Pastoral Ministry Formation page, and in the upper right hand corner, click on Pastoral Ministry Formation Information Form.

From Around the Diocese:

Directory update:

Fr. Matthew Kumi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rev. Trong Tran: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rev. Peter Fernandez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Spanish workshop in Ulysses for parish music ministers has been rescheduled for March 29, 2014. The event was mentioned in last month's notes.

►A.C.T.S. Retreat

The ACTS Retreat (an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) is a parish-based, lay-led retreat modeled on the Cursillo.  It began in the San Antonio Archdiocese and has spread to other dioceses.  Msgr. Waldo of the Amarillo Diocese realized that their diocese was too small for ACTS to be a parish-based retreat, so he proposed revisions to create a more diocesan-based retreat.

Some parishioners from Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend and from the Cathedral have traveled to Amarillo to make the retreat with a vision of possibly growing the ACTS retreat in the Diocese of Dodge City.

A first retreat in the Diocese could be either a men’s retreat or a women’s retreat.  The team for the retreat would come from either San Antonio or Amarillo.  As more people experience the retreat, eventually there might be the possibility that we could be able to staff the retreat.

Pastors wishing more information on the ACTS retreat can contact Paula Brozek, Prince of Peace Parishioner, Home Phone:  620-793-8172; Cell:  620-641-0545; email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For further information  www.actsamarillo.org or www.actsmissions.org.  If interested, one can visit with Fr. Ted Skalsky.

► Catholic Social Service:

Catholic Social Service is hosting a four-part workshop series for couples in southwest Kansas who would like to know more about what it takes to adopt an infant. The first three workshops take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City KS on September 20th, October 3rd, and October 11th, and will address fears, definitions, what to expect, legal issues, and more. The final workshop on October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cathedral and will feature a panel of individuals and couples who are living and sharing from their stories of open adoption. Lunch will be provided at this final workshop. For more information, contact Angela Schawe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 620-792-1393.

St Francis Community Services is looking for parents to foster or adopt children and teens. Foster and adoptive parents are caring adults who do not need to be wealthy, live in a big house, or be married; What is essential is that they have room in their homes and hearts for children in need of a safe place to heal. St Francis will be sending information about their Foster Care and Adoption programs to all of the parishes. Please share this information with those who may be interested in providing foster care, or a forever home for children in need.

Free infant formula is available at all three Catholic Social Service offices for young parents who are struggling to make ends meet. If you would like to have some at your parish for those in need, please call the Catholic Social Service office at 620-792-1393 to make arrangements for pick-up or delivery.

Please help Catholic Social Service save money and paper by subscribing to the Catholic Social Service e-Newsletter at http://catholicsocialservice.org/home/newsletter. We include monthly articles and tips for families, relationships, making ends meet, and more, in southwest Kansas.

Kansas Catholic Charities relationship education and marriage enrichment workshops are taking place statewide. Pre-registration is required for these free workshops. To sign up for these classes in southwest Kansas, go to http://www.kansasloveletters.com/Event-Calendar.4.html?region=Southwest.

►  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: An Engaged Encounter in Spanish is scheduled for September, for more information please click here. 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 August 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. XI, No. 8

Diocese of Dodge City


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