CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
March 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 3
From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:
► Rite of Election will be March 9 @ 3pm, Cathedral. Please remember to provide nametags indicating name, elect or candidate, parish for the elect and candidates to wear at the Rite.
► Presbyteral Assembly
We will gather for our Spring Presbyteral Assembly at St. Dominic Parish Center, Garden City, on the morning of Thursday, April 24th and will conclude after lunch at Saint Catherine Hospital, Friday, April 25th.
I look forward to what I envision to be days filled with grace that can only provide energy and vision in our efforts to promote, identify and sustain vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
I request all active priests to be present. If you have conflict that cannot be changed, please visit with me. Retired priests are invited and welcome to participate in all or any of the Presbyteral Assembly.
Please note the attached information HERE regarding the health fair offered to us free of charge as a gift of Saint Catherine Hospital.
Remember Jesus loves us more that we can ask or imagine!
+John B. Brungardt
Bishop of Dodge City
For hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly.
Hampton Inn - 2505 Crestway Dr, Garden City, KS - (620) 272-0454
Mention the block of rooms reserved by “Diocese” to get the reduced group rate. You must register before April 1, 2014 to get the reduced rate. You may ask for Linda if you need additional assistance.
Remember, one may be reimbursed for this expense by one’s place of assignment. Retired priests may request reimbursement from the Diocese.
► Sing to the Lord! ¡Cantemos al Señor! –An evening of formation for liturgical musicians - Día de formación y entrenamiento para músicos pastorales
March 28 (English) & 29 de Marzo (Español)
Mary, Queen of Peace Ulysses
The workshop is free, but early registration is recommended and appreciated. For more information, contact Cindy Borthwick (620) 356-1532 or Marina Alvarado (620) 356-1532
►FYI - Mr. Saquer Salman of Holy Land Olive Art may be contacting parishes requesting to visit parishes and sell hand carved olive wood items on behalf of Christian families in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. I am not giving any recommendation, authorization or approval. The pastor may make whatever decision seems best for the parish.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
► Priest celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation
No Faculty Needed: If the priest baptizes an adult (that is, all those who, no longer infants, have attained the use of reason – c. 852, §2) or receives a baptized Christian into the Catholic Church, the law provides the priest with the faculty to immediately confirm the new member.
Faculty Needed: If the adult was baptized Catholic, and now some years later is seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, then the priest needs to request from Bishop Brungardt the faculty to confirm.
From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:
► A second lesson is to be taught (for grades 3-12) during the winter months of 2014. The reports were due March 1, 2014 to Georgina.
► The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:
The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:
Spanish – Sunday, March 16, 2014 5-8 pm @ Sacred Heart School Gym, Pratt
From Deanna Johnston & Angela Schawe, Office of NFP/Marriage & Family Life:
Amor y Vida (Love & Life) Workshop at St. Dominic Saturday April 12th
The diocese will be sponsoring a Marriage and Family Life workshop on Saturday April 12th St. Dominic in Garden City. This will be a Spanish speaking event focusing on God's plan for marriage, an introduction to Natural Family Planning, and how NFP is a way for couples to respond to the call to love and life in the sacrament. The presenter for this event is Raquel Guzman-Vargas FCP of the Diocese of Salina. This is a great opportunity for couples in marriage preparation, couples who are already married, and anyone who is interested in understanding this area of family life in the Church.
From Fr. Rene Labrador, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
► Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from February 11, 2014. The Next meeting is Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11 am.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:
► Pastors—would you like to have a Dodge City seminarian to be present and assist with your Triduum celebrations? They would be available in time for a Wednesday evening practice, and through your Easter Sunday liturgies. I ask that you feed them and provide a place for them to stay, but I leave it up to you if you wish to thank them in any other way. I hope you will consider this as an opportunity for you and him and your community. Please let me know if you would like to have one at your parish(es).
► Encounter with God’s Call
►New Seminarian Videos at http://www.dcdiocese.org/vocations/seminarians Meet our seminarians: Tylan, Juan, Jacob, Mark, and Joel. Hear from each seminarian when you click on his picture. The videos are largely un-edited and show the seminarians sharing stories of their calling and what life is like as a seminarian in a relaxed atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.
From Dave Myers, Editor of the Southwest Kansas Register:
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
► Only ten spaces left for the Pilgrimage to St John Vianney Seminary in Denver Colorado March 27-28-29. This will be a refreshing and spiritual journey. Reserve your spot by either placing a $50 deposit or paying in full at the Stewardship Page CLICK HERE
► The office of stewardship is working to create a lay witness speakers bureau for each deanery in our diocese. To make this project successful and useful to parishes I ask you to submit names of people who could be invited into this process. Candidates do not have to be exceptionally generous and can be any age. Who I am looking for is people who have let Jesus work in their lives.
From Around the Diocese:
► Reminders: Please check that the voicemail greeting has accurate Mass times mentioned or that the information being said is up-to-date.
A reminder to all parishes to please check the bulletin corner here periodically for any upcoming events throughout the diocese.
► Save the Date:
Annual Men’s Conference—Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Russell, Kansas.
Men from Salina and Surrounding Dioceses are invited to attend. Speakers for this conference will be Deacon Ralph Poyo and Matt Fradd. Additional details will be forthcoming as time nears.
► Catholic Social Service:
1. Catholic Social Service is currently taking sponsorships and auction items for the 2014 Wine Tasting Event. Here is a good website for additional information: http://catholicsocialservice.org/home/news/49-fundraising-events/630-catholic-social-service-invites-sponsorships-for-the-13th-annual-charity-wine-tasting-event
2. The TEEN MOMS program at Catholic Social Service is accepting donations for the Teen Moms "store," Mon-Friday from 8-12 and 1-5 at 906 Central in Dodge City. Teen mothers earn items from the store when they complete activities, reach milestones, and complete goals. Suggested items include Walmart/Dillons gift cards, fast food certificates, diapers, wipes, toys, books/videos for kids, movie passes, or cash donations that we can use to purchase items. Please contact Amy Falcon or Gina Pack at 620-227-1562 with any questions.2. Save the Date: The 2014 Catholic Social Service Wine Tasting Event has been scheduled for Friday, May 2nd at the Knights of Columbus hall in Great Bend.
4. Catholic Social Service is offering a free marriage enrichment workshop in Great Bend on the weekend of March 7-9th. The workshop, led by trained facilitators, includes topics such as problem solving, decision making, communication, hidden issues, and commitment, and provides couples with tools for a healthy marriage. Engaged and married couples of all faiths are welcome. Pre-registration is required; please call 620-272-0010.
5. Love Letters from Kansas (LLK)---a Kansas Catholic Charities initiative---is running a Date Night Giveaway contest January 20-February 14 on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ksloveletters) for married couples. Users may enter by uploading a photo that is representative of their marriage with a caption answering the question: What makes your marriage work? Click here to enter! Contest ends at 11:59 pm CT on February 14. Contest is open to married Kansas residents only. Winner will be selected by February 21st.
► A reminder to all parishes to please check the bulletin corner here periodically for any upcoming events throughout the diocese.
Vol. XII, No. 3