For that hard to buy for person on your Christmas list, give them an experience! Pay for them to attend the 2014 Pilgrimage to St. John Vianney Seminary Marth 27-28-29.
Deluxe motor coach transportation with pickup stops in St. John, Dodge City, Garden City and Syracuse.
Tour and evening prayer at Our Lady of Loreto
Dinner on your own and shopping at the 16th pedestrian mall
Tour of the Mother Cabrini Shrine, walking rosary, and gift shop
Meet the Seminarians (Tylan Ricketts, Juan Salas, Jacob Schneider, Joel McClure)
Guided tour of St. John Vianney seminary
Lunch with Seminarians
Mass at St. John Vianney Seminary
Evening dinner with Bishop Brungardt and the Seminarians
Accommodations at Drury Inn
Escorted by Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
Friday Lunch and Dinner provided
Breakfast at the hotel each morning
Snacks and refreshments along the way
$338.00 based on single occupancy $205.00 based on double occupancy
($50 deposit due with reservation—make checks payable to “Diocese of Dodge City) and send to the Office of Development, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801).
Do not delay making your reservations, seating is limited on first come first served basis. Contact Eric Haselhorst with questions: 620-227-1537 ~
My writing has been a bit sporadic, that I regret. But today I was truly inspired by a blog post I read by Seth Godin. This excerpt caught my attention. If readers follow my hap hazard posts it should be noted I love reading secular ideas and applying them to our faith. Some of the smartest ways to communicate our faith come from outside, not within our walls and here is what I gleaned this morning.
I called this post, "An end" as opposed to "the end." As always, we'll reinvent. We still need ideas, and ideas need containers. We've developed more and more ways for those ideas to travel and to have impact, and now it's up to us to figure out how to build an ecosystem around them.
This one sentence sums up perfectly the call to action we have in about every Catholic Parish I work with or have attended. "We still need ideas, and ideas need containers." While our doctrine and church teaching does not change, the vessel in which our parishioners receive it has. Take this example. We committed parishioners hear "We need more bible study". So we gin up a bible study, publish and market the heck out it. The first night of our rebranded bible study we know what happens, crickets chirping. That's right the same faces that show up to everything arrive. The vessel did not change but the audience we wanted did.
The second most important sentence that inspired me is this, "As always, we'll reinvent". This is so important. With no doubt the people that should attend our parishes, that need ministry are absent. To reinvent how we reach these people is the hope that Jesus inspires. Could rehashing an old system work? Perhaps. But clearly brand new ways of ministry are necessary. This will take real risk. The waters ahead are very much uncharted and we Catholics are not only resistant to change, it is not uncommon to shun the change makers to keep the status quo.
The stories in the bible are full of what I write about. Jesus was a change maker, he risked all, he was shunned. Being faithful to His call, doing things no one else would do created the faith we share today. Time to change containers.
I am huge fan of using technology to make life easier. Hey, if we are going to live stewardship, then using available resources to make ministry easier, better, faster etc only makes sense. Fr. Wesley asked Jared Stremel, summer intern, and I if we could help him solve an interesting problem. He was seeking a solution to help him fill open positions at a special mass just for priests. What he wanted was a resource that would allow him to create an electronic form that would allow his brother priests to see what amount positions needed to be filled in real time. For example, Father Wesley wants 5 Eucharistic ministers. A web based product would be created to indicate he wants 5 volunteers. As Priests filled those positions the form would automatically calculate available spots so other priests could see what was left. And all this would be done automatically in a second. Plus, the form would be emailed or placed on his webpage.
The solution we found easily is Sign Up Genius www.signupgenius.com. This free solution allows Father Wesley to create a form that meets his needs as stated above. In addition, if Fr. Wesley wanted to, he could set up the form to automatically send out an email reminder to volunteers so they do not forget what they signed up for.
I have not tested this software myself and this is one of many solutions. So visit the site and see if this solution can benefit your ministry.
If readers see this solution as a benefit, please post comments in the comment box so others can see actual results from users in the diocese.
Two of my favorite authors, Chip and Dan Heath, released a brand new book titled Decisive. To my surprise they interviewed Father J. Brian Bransfield of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Here is an expert of Father Bransfield's remarks regarding how narrow we look when making decisions.
ICSC Region IX Stewardship Conference April 19, 2013
Electronic Payment and Registration has been disabled for the conference. If you wish to join the fun you are welcome! Please bring a check made payable to the Region IX Stewardship Conference. Then call - 620-227-1537, email -
or text - 620-639-2079 for meal planning purposes. Thanks, see you Friday!
A limited number of private and semi-private rooms on a first-come, first-served basis at the Savior Pastoral Center for Thursday, April 18, 2013: in the Vianney Suites at $50, single occupancy; Strecker Suites at $25 for double occupancy, and $38 for single. Groups may also inquire about dormitory style accommodations (segregated by gender) in Hunkeler Hall at $18 per person. To reserve your room, call the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas at 913-647-0325 or email
. The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 12, 2013. (Another conference commences on Friday evening so most rooms will not be available on Friday night.)
A limited number of rooms are available at the Super 8 Bonner Springs, 13041 Ridge Avenue, Bonner Springs, Kansas, 66012 (at the 1-70 exit at K7 about 5 miles from the Savior Pastoral Center) at $99 per night. Please call 913-721-3877 to book a room by April 1, 2012.
Because it is Nascar Weekend, please do not delay if you seek a hotel room! Visit www.visitkansascityks.com for a list of nearby hotels. Hotels located at Village West and Bonner Springs are the closest in proximity to the Savior Pastoral Center.
I don't watch much network TV, due to commercials mostly (hallelujah Netflix). But I found myself without much to do while waiting for my family and surfed the channels quick. That is when it hit me! On one channel the commercial was totally geared toward senior citizens and the web. That's right! The whole 30 or 60 seconds was 100% marketing to people +65 using the internet. What I believe to be true was just affirmed.
The reason this commercial spoke only to seasoned folks using the web is this:
EVERYONE ELSE THAT CAN USE THE WEB IS!!!!!!!!!!
This is the most dramatic piece of information I can share and perfectly shows that older people NOT using the web is a myth! More data you require? Our first Facebook fan on our Diocesan Page was a senior citizen in a small parish in Central Kansas. Helloooooo.
Not the latest but certainly getting more attention are the terms "New Evangelization". For readers unfamiliar with the New Evangelization I direct you to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website. All the details are there. This writing concerns a question I was asked, "Eric, what do you think when you hear New Evangelization"? I answered honestly and I will share my answer here. My gut reaction is that the New Evangelization is new language to roll out old ideas to give our parishes a temporary increase of people and resources on Sunday. Then it will go away and something else will take its place. That is my gut talking. But what my heart feels is that the new evangelization is full of hope just and the USCCB says on their website. I think if we in church take this idea seriously we have an opportunity to honestly reach out to people. Not use the same tired ideas that do not work anymore or as well. But really act different.