CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
April 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No. IV
From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:
►A Reminder-pastors and parochial administrators are to offer a Mass for the People each Sunday and holy day of obligation. If the priest is responsible for more than one parish, one Mass for the entire people entrusted to him is sufficient.
Marriage preparation clarification: In response to a question that has been raised, the time of marriage preparation in the diocese is a minimum of four months.
►Ordained Priestly Vocation Corner –April: Brother priests: I have recently called our seminarian Juan Salas, to be ordained a transitional deacon at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. My heartfelt gratitude for your role in his formation these years: From Fr. Wesley Schawe and Fr. Ted Skalsky traveling to Mexico years ago to meet Juan, to the parish in which he is serving this Triduum. Your many prayers and sacrifices for Juan and all our seminarians have assisted them in discernment, and hopefully for many like Juan, to the call to Orders. Please do your best to be with Juan (at Ordination Mass, or in prayer) as he is ordained May 30th. Please promote this liturgy to your faithful, as Juan may be their future deacon, priest, and/or pastor. Let us pray for all our boys and single men, that they listen to the Risen Lord’s call to be ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. May our Loving Lord bring his preparation to fulfilment in Holy Orders. Bishop John.
►Stewardship Corner –Stewardship Renewal 2015: Ideas for this month: April: Spring is a time of new life, as we also celebrate Easter – our new eternal life. Stewardship Renewal is a concrete expression of a new life in our families and parishes. Let us ponder and pray this Easter season regarding how we will formulate our Stewardship Renewal for 2015: What is the Risen Lord calling you to do or to change -- personally, as a family, and as a parish? Trust in the guidance of Jesus, who rose to open the gates of heaven for you, for me, for all of us. Thank you for your faithfulness. Bishop John
►Prayer and Action-Please visit our Prayer and Action Page: http://www.dcdiocese.org/prayer-and-action. There will be three weeks of Prayer and Action: June 14-19 (Garden City); July 5-10 (Saint John); July 26-31(Ness City). Registration opened for Prayer and Action for Summer 2015 in the Diocese of Dodge City March 6th.
Prayer and Action provides meaningful opportunities to high school aged students and their adult leaders to do mission work right here within the boundaries of our own diocese. Prayer and Action sessions last five days, with students arriving on a Sunday evening and then staying until the next Friday morning. Throughout the week the students will paint, clean, do yard work, and perform other meaningful tasks, for the poor, handicapped, and the elderly. The students will spend the week in an atmosphere, free of distractions, which will foster their faith, ideas of service, and love of Catholic values. Each session will also allow them to get to know other high school students from other parts of the diocese who share in their Catholic beliefs.
The Prayer and Action experience will be facilitated by the mission team that will consist of a seminarian, as well as other dynamic young adults. This team will meet the students and adult leaders on Sunday evening and guide all participants through the week. There are approximately 30 participants in each session. I am grateful to the local contacts who are helping us make this happen. Students’ housing for the week will be located at parishes, sleeping in sleeping bags or on air mattresses throughout the week. Food preparations will also be taken care of at the housing site by the students, adult leaders, and mission team. Every parish within the diocese is invited to bring high school students to participate in the program. Prayer and Action also asks that for every eight youth, one adult leader also attend. Adult leaders need to comply with Diocesan Safe Environment policies (background check and Protecting God’s Children Session). They will share the same experience as the youth and are asked to be positive role models throughout the week’s activities.
The fee for each participant (youth and adult) is $100.00 for the week.
►Confirmation Schedule– has been finalized. Click HERE to see the schedule.
►Weddings on August 15–August 15 falls on a Saturday this year. Although the obligation for the faithful to attend Mass is dispensed, August 15 is still a solemnity. Since ritual Masses are not permitted on a solemnity, it is possible to have a wedding Mass using the August 15 readings and the nuptial blessing, or the Rite of Marriage outside of Mass may be celebrated. If a wedding has already been scheduled on August 15 and these options are not satisfactory, please call me for consultation.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►Testimonials – Any priests who are helping out with penance services in another diocese, please let Sister Janice know so she can send a testimonial on your behalf. Likewise, if a pastor has invited a priest from outside the Diocese of Dodge City to help with a penance service in your parish, we need to receive a testimonial for that priest.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
► Click HERE for the notes of the February 17 meeting. Next meeting is May 19.
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.
►2015 World Meeting of Families–“Love is our mission; the family fully alive”: It is with great anticipation and joy that we cordially invite you to the 2015 World Meeting of Families, September 22nd through 27th at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia PA. Since its inception by Saint John Paul II in 1994, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe. Join us for a week of spiritual enrichment, as we discuss the multifaceted issues facing families today during the various keynotes and breakout sessions.
You will hear practical talks from a wide variety of engaging speakers on the reality of the Catholic teaching on marriage and family life. With a central goal of strengthening families in very practical ways, this conference promises to give all who attend something to take home and share in their own faith communities. Following the event we will be blessed to celebrate Holy Mass with Pope Francis!
In order to manage the registration process, accommodations, travel, etc…we have engaged Canterbury Pilgrimages, an organization that has been specializing in Catholic Pilgrimages and events for over 21 years! With their assistance, we have three simple goals:
1. Encourage as many attendees as possible to join our diocesan pilgrimage to Philadelphia
2. Share the conference together as a diocese
3. Most importantly, return with a renewed sense of purpose regarding the family ministries we serve.
Click HERE for a copy of the brochure/registration form. We ask that you circulate these to as many people as you can and encourage them to join us in Philadelphia!
From Fr. Ted Skalsky & Deanna Johnston, NFP/Marriage & Family Life Team
►Natural Family Planning Teachers in the Diocese-The updated listing of NFP methods and teachers available has been posted on the Natural Family Planning documents page. If you are aware of any NFP teachers who are not listed and would like to be included, or if there are individuals or couples who would be interested in NFP teacher certification please have them contact Deanna Johnston.
► Marriage and Family Life on Diocesan Website– The diocese has created a new page for Marriage and Family Life Ministry. It can be found at http://www.dcdiocese.org/marriage-family-life. We hope to update this page with resources and articles that are helpful to families as well as those who work in marriage and family life ministries. If you have any suggestions or things you would like to see made available on this website please contact Deanna Johnston or Fr. Ted Skalsky.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
►The Region IX Stewardship Conference is May 1 in Columbia Missouri. Registration is $90 per person and time spent well. Get all the details here http://www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship
►A new video series titled “The Power of Stories in Stewardship Renewal” is going out to inboxes everywhere. Subscribe to the Stewardship email list to get the right in your inbox. Subscribe here
►The Parish Toolbox Podcast is another great resource to listen to expert guests speak about a variety of stewardship topics to help you create a parish where friends and neighbors can fall in love with Jesus. Subscribe to the Parish ToolBox email list today right here.
Upcoming shows include:
From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:
►April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
To celebrate the ongoing efforts to protect our children and young people from child sexual abuse, I have included below some resources that you can use in your parishes during this month.
- Please click Here to view Petitions for the Month of April, Bulletin Announcements for the Month of April, and the New USCCB Healing Prayer
►Please keep in mind as parishes plan summer vacation bible school or mission trips that include minors, that the adults need to be in compliance (a completed background check and attendance at a Protecting God’s Children awareness session) prior to the event/trip.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:
►College Connection 2015-The Vocations Office wants to help high school seniors and transfer students from the Diocese of Dodge City get connected with their new college home this Fall! No matter where they’re going (community college, Catholic college, state university), we want to give their new parish or Catholic Center a “heads up” so they can be invited to continue and enrich their Catholic life. Some of the greatest activity in the Catholic Church today is centered on college campuses!
But we can’t do it without help! We need to know where your graduating high school seniors (plus transfer students and community college graduates) plan to be next year.
How can you gather that information? Some suggestions:
• From a Senior PSR class.
• If you have a “graduation Mass” in May, have each graduate fill out the simple information as they gather for Mass.
• If one senior knows the class well, get the info from him/her.
For a printable card to use at your senior PSR class or “graduation Mass” click here.
. Send completed cards to Vocations Office, PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801. Submissions needed by June 1st. Electronic sign up is available at www.dcdiocese.org/vocations
From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:
From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:
From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:
From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools
Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley
►May this Easter Season be filled with great joy and an abundance of God’s grace. Thank you for your continued support of all youth activities in the diocese, especially for your efforts in promoting TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) and most recently the junior high youth rally. Your voice of encouragement is helping form and shape the lives of each young person. Thank you.We now set our sights on June and our summer camps. June 1 – 4 will be the camp for all current 5th and 6th graders. June 15 – 18 will be the camp for current 7th and 8th graders. The theme for this summer is “Party With The Popes”. Here we will help the campers come to better understand Apostolic Succession, as well as focusing on different Popes, including Peter, Pope John XXIII, Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis.As always your encouragement and support in getting these youth to camp is greatly appreciated.
From Catholic Social Service:
►50th Anniversary Events–Catholic Social Service invites you to join us for one or more of our 50th Anniversary Events:
►Upcoming Relationship Classes
Garden City KS: Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015 Place: Catholic Social Service Office, 603 N. 8th, Garden City KS
St John KS: Date: April 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm (Dinner included).
Place: St John the Apostle Witt Center Parish Hall, 609 East 4th Street, PO Box 475, St John KS 67576-0475
For more information, or to sign up, Call 620-272-0010. Participants may also just come and register when they arrive.
►Wine Tasting Event:
►A Diocesan Day for Music Ministers: “Sing to the Lord: a concert and a day of training and formation for pastoral musicians”,
Sunday, April 26th. Concert: 12:45pm. Workshop: 2-5pm, Saint Andrew Parish, Wright, KS.
Workshops will include the following topics:
• Acclamations, Responses, and Antiphons that empower the Liturgical Moment!
• Raise Your Voice to the Heavens!: Vocal Techniques (Expressing the Message of the Gospel Through Music)
• Music During Communion and the Song of Praise (Post–Communion)
Through our Diocesan-Parish Stewardship Partnership, the Music Day is offered without a fee.
Instituto OCP: ¡Cantemos al Señor!–Día de Entrenamiento y Formación para Ministros de Música (salmistas, cantores, miembros del coro, instrumentistas y todo miembro del ministerio de música) y concierto. Con la participación de Damaris Thillet, Jessica Marie Tous y Rodolfo López. Sábado 25 de abril de 2015
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Vol. XIII, No. IV