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October 2013 Monthly Notes

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

October 2013 --- Vol. XI, No. 10

 

 

 

 

 

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

Scripture Day, Nov. 7, to examine
Isaiah, The Advent Prophet

(See the schedule below)

This year’s annual Scripture Day, Nov. 7, will focus on “Isaiah, The Advent Prophet.” The event will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. The day will be presented simultaneously in English and Spanish beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:15 p.m. with a closing prayer. Speakers include Sallie Latkovich, CSJ (English) and Juan Rendon-Reyes (Spanish).

Through the Parish-Diocese Stewardship Partnership, the Annual Scripture Day has no registration fee. Please RSVP to Alba Ortiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  (620) 227-1525 for a meal count.

SCHEDULE
9:30 a.m. Gathering, sign-in, coffee
10 a.m.: Prayer and Introduction
10:30 a.m.: First Session
Noon: Lunch
1 p.m.: Second Session
2 p.m.: Break
2:15 p.m.: Third Session
3:15 p.m.: Closing Prayer

New Evangelization Workshop:

Priests attending New Evangelization workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Salina at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend Oct. 28-29, 2013 with Fr. Frank DeSiano:

1. Fr. Warren Stecklein
2. Fr. Bob Schremmer
3. Fr. Bishop John Brungardt
4. Fr. Bernard Felix
5. Fr. Benjamin Martin
6. Fr. Rene Labrador
7. Fr. Khoi Nguyen

The workshop is free as a gift from the Diocese of Salina.  If you had thought you had registered for the workshop and your name does not appear in the above list, please contact Fr. Bob Schremmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than October 21st.

 

 

 

 

From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:

SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Reminder of deadlines for submitting information

  • Religious Education Programs- Roster of catechists/aides/volunteers Due date was October 1
  • Catholic Schools- Roster of teachers, educators, paid staff, and volunteers Due date was October 1
  • Report for Fall lesson due no later than December 7

All of the forms for the above may be found on the Safe Environment page under the Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum tab http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment/safe-environment-religious-education-curriculum

The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:

Spanish
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Cafeteria
510 S School St
Ness City, KS 67560

For further details about these sessions, go to http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment. To schedule a PGC session, contact Georgina Paz ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620/227-1531).

PERSONNEL UPDATES

Peggy Schulte has left her position here at the Chancery office.  We want to thank Peggy for her years of service and dedication.  If you have tried to email Peggy over the past couple of months and have received no response, I ask that you please re send your messages to Georgina ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  Peggy was not receiving all of the emails being sent to her and the issue was never resolved.

If you have orders for Liturgy Training Publications, contact Alba ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or want to schedule a Protecting God’s Children Session, contact Georgina ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Please place orders with the Diocese for lector workbooks, etc. for this coming year. Orders will be placed by the Diocese so parishes can receive Diocesan discount, but materials will be sent to the corresponding parish. Requests can be made to Alba Ortiz,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1525.

SourceBook for Sundays, Seasons, & Weekdays 
Workbook for Lectors USA
Year of Grace Large Paper Calendar
Large Laminated Liturgical Calendars
Catholic Handbook Visiting the Sick

 

 

 


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

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. ).

 

 

 

 

From Fr. Rene Labrador, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Father Rene Labrador is the new chair of the Presbyteral Council.

Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from September 19, 2013. Please note there is no meeting in October. The Next meeting is Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

 

 

 



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

“Encounter” Visit to Conception Seminary is November 9-11, 2013
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.

Click here for a bulletin announcement.

► The 2013-2014 Seminarian Poster will be distributed at the October Convocation.  Be sure to remove any posters you have of seminarians from previous years and place the new poster in a prominent place – in the church, social hall, and church office.   For additional posters contact: Becky Hessman (link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) at 620.227.1530

Save the Date - 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.

 

 

 

 

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

The Diocesan Stewardship renewal resources are live and ready for use at http://www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship/stewardship-renewal-resources We have worked hard to make them user friendly. If any parish needs help please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I am able to come to your parish and assist.

The Four Pillars Video challenge is on! Catholics in the Diocese of Dodge City are challenged to make a 5 minute video on one or more of the 4 pillars of stewardship. The chancery will pick their favorite videos and give their 3 favorites $500. Learn more at www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship

The Spring 2014 Pilgrimage has been changed to Denver Colorado, March 27-29, 2014. Registration will be available December 2013. Seating will be limited. Pilgrims had a fantastic time eating, visiting and worshiping with our seminarians. Don’t miss it!

From Around the Diocese:

A reminder to all parishes to please check the bulletin corner here periodically for any upcoming events throughout the diocese.

►Directory updates:

Please make a note that St. Bernard Church of Belpre will no longer have a PO Box. Fr Warren Stecklein along with the parish councils have requested that all St. Bernard mail be sent to Larned. So update all your mailing labels!

St. Bernard Church, Belpre
c/o Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
1111 State St
Larned, KS  67550-2157

► Catholic Social Service:

Save the date: Catholic Social Service 13th Annual Wine Tasting Event will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 at our new location: Knights of Columbus, Great Bend KS. Mark your calendars!

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 Georgina Paz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1531.

►  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 October 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. 10

Diocese of Dodge City


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