►You are invited to a come-and-go reception at the Chancery, 2:30-4:30pm, Tuesday, 26 May to bid farewell, offer thanks, and wish Godspeed to Pam Polley, Ann Depperschmidt and Sister Gemma Doll.
►Liebenhaus of Prayer in Liebenthal will soon close. Having offered this resource for contemplation and renewal for a number of years, the Dominican Sisters have decided to end this ministry. Sister Martina Stegman will be moving on to work at other Renewal Centers of the Dominicans of Peace. We thank the Dominicans for the years they offered this resource. We appreciate all the ways Sister Martina served through Liebenhaus and through her involvement with the Rush County Parishes. May God bless her new venture abundantly.
►Father Terrance Klein, who grew up in Ellinwood and was ordained there, will be celebrating twenty-five years of priesthood this coming July 12th, at 3:00pm at Saint Joseph Church, Ellinwood. He asked that I pass on his invitation to join him at that time to all the priests of the Diocese. As he said, While I cannot presume upon their presence at the celebration, I would be honored by, and grateful for, their attendance.
Father Klein is a priest of the Diocese of Columbus and associate professor of theology at Fordham University. He was ordained for the Diocese of Dodge City by Bishop Schlarman on 14 July 1984. After serving in a number of capacities in the Diocese of Dodge City, he eventually was assigned to the Pontifical College Josephinum. It was there that he transferred to the Diocese of Columbus.
►From Senator Sam Brownback: "Freedom of Choice Act Postcard Campaign" - Click here for information.
►USCCB Newsletter Committee on Divine Worship: Click here to view this newsletter.
+Ronald M. Gilmore
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From Fr Charles Mazouch, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
From Msgr. Brian Moore, Director of Continuing Formation of Priests, Director of Seminarians:
► For their summer assignments this year, 1 June-31 July, Donald Bedore will be at the Cathedral, and Andrew Soukup at St. Dominic in Garden City. Joseph Hagood has decided to withdraw from seminary formation, at least for a time, to discern his vocation.
2010 Priests' Retreat: 6-10 June; Presenter: Rev. Rob Kroll, SJ
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►I will be out of the office the first two weeks of June. Therefore, please submit by May 29 all prenuptial files for weddings occurring the first two weeks of June.
►Safe Environment: DREs were to submit their report form to Sister Janice by May 1…this one-page report form attests that the Safe Environment Lessons were presented in the religious education program and how many students were in each class. Please submit this form ASAP.
Parishes who have not submitted their report (as of May 18):
Belpre, Claflin, Dodge City (PSR, Gen Faith, high school), Elkhart, Ellinwood, Hanston, Hugoton, Ingalls, Johnson, Kinsley, Leoti, Liberal, Meade, Ness City, Odin, Olmitz, Plains, Spearville, Syracuse, Timken, Tribune, Ulysses, and Wright.
A copy of the DRE Report form can be found here (change the year to 2008-2009): http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment/safe-environment-religious-education-curriculum
From Amy Seachris, Accounts Payable:
►Our LTP discount has changed from 45% to 40%. I would still be happy to place orders for the parishes. Thank you.
From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:
►Attention Pastors and RCIA Directors: Please send the names and addresses of the newly initiated adults from your parish along with name and address of his or her sponsor to
. If your parish has an English and Spanish RCIA process, please include both along with language preference. Names are being collected for the Called and Gifted workshops of 2010.
► St. John Vocation Day set for July 26th: The Knights of Columbus of St. John are sponsoring their 2nd annual vocation day on Sunday, July 26th. College, high school and junior high youth are invited to this fun summer vocation event. The day begins with Mass at 10:45 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Church, 609 East 4th Street, St. John. More details will follow in next month's staff notes. I will be driving from Dodge City and would welcome passengers.
ODDS AND ENDS
Upcoming dates for Engaged Encounter at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend: June 26-28; September 11-13.
(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)
22nd: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon
23rd: 6:30pm Confirmation in Ulysses
24th: 10:30am Confirmation in Spearville
25th: Chancery closed in observance of Memorial Day
26th: Office hours resume at 9:00am
31st: 10:30am Confirmation in Ness City
3rd: SKR Deadline
7th: 11:00am Groundbreaking at Hoisington
7th: Begin Priests' Retreat at Spiritual Life Center - continue through 11th
14th: 2:00pm Confirmation in Hugoton
16th: 11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting
19th: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon
21st: 11:00am Blessing and dedication of altar at Seward
24th: SKR Deadline
28th: 10:30am Confirmation in Ashland
Vol. 7, No. 4