CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
August 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 8
From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:
► Stewardship Corner –
August: Parishes should be completing final drafts of their Time/Ability form, and their Tithe/Alms form. Is there a particular theme to emphasize this Fall (egs., the four pillars in general, one of the pillars, the stewardship definition, our call to joy in the Lord, etc.)? The Fall calendar dates should be finalized: homilies, distribution of forms, lay witness talks, stewardship fair, etc. Is the Stewardship Council and/or Pastoral Council actively involved? See other details on pp. 5-6 of our Recommendations and Ideas guide. Let Eric or I know if we can assist.
► Ordained Priestly Vocation Corner –
August: Brother priests: The boys and single men in our diocese observe and imitate the generous love we priests show to those in our parish and wider community: lovingly celebrating the sacraments, being present with a warm smile in our community events, kindly assisting a family that is grieving, compassionately visiting the sick, faithfully praying. Father Wesley and the vocation team, or I will be glad to assist you in any vocation matter.
► Convocation – is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014 through Thursday, October 9, 2014.
► Bishop John Brungardt invites the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City to join in this prayer with our brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City (the archdiocese directly to the south of us).
“In response to a satanic black mass scheduled for Sept. 21 in Oklahoma City's Civic Center, Bishop Carl A. Kemme is joining Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City and Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa in asking the faithful to pray a novena to St. Michael the Archangel.
The novena of prayer leads up to the Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15 – to be prayed from Wednesday, Aug. 6 through Thursday, Aug. 14.”
Click here to see a letter from Archbishop Coakley along with additional prayers in English and Spanish.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
► Political Activity vis-à-vis 501(c)(3) Organizations: Click HERE to access a Memo from our Diocesan Attorney Tamara Davis pertaining to political campaigns and the caution to take when approached by a political candidate to use parish facilities or to distribute campaign materials. A bulletin insert about this issue is also available.
► TESTIMONIAL OF SUITABILITY – A reminder that if a priest or deacon ministering in the Diocese of Dodge City is going any place outside the diocese for any ministerial activity, we will need to send a Testimonial of Suitability to the appropriate diocese. The same is true for any priest or deacon coming into the Diocese of Dodge City for any ministerial activity: we need to receive a Testimonial of Suitability from a diocesan representative or, if it is a religious priest, from an appropriate authority of his religious congregation.
From Daniel Stremel, Director of the Finance Office:
► Fr. Charles Mazouch, who has worked with the Diocesan Finance Office for years on parish accounting software, is available to assist parishes, pastors, and bookkeepers with parish accounting and census software issues. Fr. Mazouch is especially knowledgeable with Parish Data Systems (PDS) software. We are grateful to Fr. Mazouch for offering his talents in this important area and would encourage you to contact him at the rectory in Olmitz if you would like to enlist his assistance. You are also welcome to contact myself or John Ackerman here at the Chancery Office as well if you have questions or need further help.
From Mark Roth, Director of Development:
► Fruit of the Vine – Work of Human Hands
You may recall in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that the diocese sponsored a program called “God’s Little Green Acre”, a program to support seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City.
The program has recently been resurrected, but with a few more options. The program is now called “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” and offers two ways to participate:
Fruit of the Vine is for individuals who would like to pledge profits from their earthly labors, such as profits from crop production, sale of livestock, oil production, wind generation profits…etc.
Work of Human Hands is designed for individuals or businesses who would like to pledge a portion of their business profits, annual income or simply give a cash donation to support our seminarians within the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
Participation in the program will not only support our seminarians, but it will also provide a reminder to others who see your plaque or sign to pray for vocations, and will encourage others to participate as well. Please prayerfully discern supporting seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City through “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” by completing one of the applications (Click here for Applications and more information) and returning it to me at your earliest convenience. If you know of others who might be interested in participating, please list their names as well so we can contact them too.
Thank you in advance for your generous support and consideration of this program. If you need further information or if I can be of assistance to you in any other way, please feel free to contact me.
► Mexico Pilgrimage
Please plan to Join Bishop Brungardt for a seven-day – six night pilgrimage to Mexico City and surrounding area. Some of the sites we will visit will include:
The Guadalupe Virgin Basilica to see the Tilma of the Blessed Virgin
Visit Cuautitlan de Romero Rubio where Saint Juan Diego lived
Tour the Teotihuacan Pyramids
Attend the Folkloric National Ballet
Time for reflection with Bishop Brungardt
Cost of the pilgrimage will be $1,585 per person based on double occupancy.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
► The stewardship conference is coming soon. Many great sessions plus a vendor area with resources to help your parish. Register today by clicking here.
► Time and ability samples are available for large and small parishes. See the Time and ability forms here
From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:
► 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 student safe environment lessons are located on the safe environment page of the Diocesan website under Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum. In addition, the reports needed from the DREs and Principals for the upcoming fall and winter are also posted there.
► The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:
- August 10, 2014 @ COLG, Dodge City 3-6 pm
- August 17, 2014 @ St. Anthony, Liberal 4-7 pm
- August 24, 2014 @ St. Dominic, GC 1-4 pm
- September 23, 2014 @ Holy Family School, GB 6-9p.m
- August 10, 2014 @ COLG, Dodge City 3-6 pm
- August 24, 2014 @ St. Anthony, Liberal 4-7 pm
From the Presbyteral Council:
► The June Presbyteral Council meeting was cancelled. Next Presbyteral Council meeting is Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 am.
We thank Father Rene Labrador for his service on the Presbyteral Council: his term has come to an end. We welcome Father Jim Dieker who’s term has begun.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:
An evening to discuss Literature and Faith “Baptizing Harry Potter”
Adults are invited to join Fr. Terrance Klein* via Interactive Television on Wed., October 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. or Wed., November 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
to discuss: good over evil, others over self, light over darkness.“For as long as people have written, sung, and told stories about God, literature has been a means by which the Holy Spirit has moved individuals to draw closer to Christ…. Literature allows us to know truth in a different, but complementary way.”
-- Holly Ordway
ITV Sites throughout the Dioceses of Dodge City and Salina will be participating. Sign-up is not required - Session has no charge
*Fr. Klein is the parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. He holds a doctorate in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Masters in Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several books.
► Pastoral Ministry 2014 Fall Semester
THEO 4023 - Theology and Methods of Ministry
Instructor: Fr. Robert Schremmer
Class Times: Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15
Saturday Mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location: Interactive Television Sites
Cost: 3 hour course for credit - $150.00
3 hour course for personal enrichment - $75.00
THEO 4881 - Church History
Instructor: Fr. Kerry Ninemire
Class Times: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 26
Sunday Afternoons - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Interactive Television Sites
Cost: 1 hour course for credit - $50.00
1 hour course for personal enrichment - $25.00
It’s for everyone involved in RCIA…parishioners, pastors, catechists, parish music ministers, RCIA team members, sponsors and godparents, DREs, pastoral council members…everyone.
Time: Friday, September 26 - 5:30 p.m. to Saturday, September 27 – 12:30 p.m.
Presenters: English - TEAM RCIA Diana Macalintal and Nick Wagner, Spanish – Nelson Bonet and Rudy Lopez
Cost: Single Occupancy – $75.00, Double Occupancy - $68.00, Commuter - $30.00
► Catechist Formation
“How Do You Save your Own Soul While Saving Others?”
Presenter: Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt
Wednesday, September 3 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 6 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Sunday, September 7 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Father Gale Hammerschmidt is currently the parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina, Kansas. He works mainly with the Hispanic community while also serving as co-vocation director for the diocese of Salina and chaplain at Sacred Heart Junior Senior High School. He was ordained in the year 2012 after completing seven years of study at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. Father Gale grew up in Hays, Kansas, graduating from Thomas More Prep Marion High School then attended Kansas State University receiving a degree in secondary education. Fr. Gale spent nine years as a middle school history teacher and coach before going to the seminary in 2005.
From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:
► La Oficina del Ministerio Hispano ofrece un curso de Creciendo en Cristo para la formación de fe para adultos.
Tema: La oración – Jesús nos enseñó a conversar con su Padre
Presentadores: Hna. Angela Erevia, MCDP y Ignacio Ortiz
Fechas: 14 y 21 de septiembre y 2 y 9 de noviembre
Hora: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Lugares de ITV: Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Liberal, Ness City, Scott City, Syracuse y Ulysses
Para más información, contacte a la Hermana Angela, 620-227-1542
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:
► 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.
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. Also, 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.
Additional details and registration information can be found here.
► Catholic Social Service:
1. 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.
Vol. XII, No. 8