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December 2018 Monthly Notes

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
December 2018

From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
Catholics throughout the US are asked to help those devastated by Hurricane Florence and any other natural disasters that might occur the rest of the year by donating to Catholic Charities USA:  https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/.  The Diocese is making a $7,000 contribution.  Bishop Brungardt asks parishes and individual parishioners to donate what they can.  Bishop asks that we hold all suffering from natural disasters and other tragedies in our prayers.  Needs beyond the US such as the recent tsunami in Indonesia can be addressed by donating to Catholic Relief Services: https://www.crs.org/ .
Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

Guidelines for Providing Childcare during Church Activities has been revised. 

Whenever a diocesan function or a parish function or group offers childcare, these guidelines offer information for best practices for the adults providing the childcare. 

Guidelines for Providing Childcare (English) (attached)

Guidelines for Providing Childcare (Spanish) (attached)

Also, the document is available in English and Spanish on the Safe Environment webpage: https://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment

A reminder that all incardinated priests should have a valid will on file at the Chancery Office. Other priests serving in the diocese should at least provide complete information on who we are to contact in the case of serious illness or death.
a) The will (or a copy of it) is to be in a sealed envelope with the name, address and phone number of the executor. Wills should be revised occasionally, especially if a beneficiary or the executor dies or if circumstances change.
b) A second envelope, which may be opened at the time of death, should be on file that contains the priest’s desires regarding funeral arrangements. Things to include would be the name of the homilist, specific music, particular vestments, the cemetery to be buried, etc. Click HERE for a fillable form.
c) Other legal documents, such as a living will, a designation of a durable power of attorney for health matters or a durable power of attorney for financial matters should also be on file at the Chancery Office.
d) One may also consider doing and writing out an inventory of personal items.

Sacramental Records and Registers – I will offer a Sacramental Records and Registers workshop for anyone who has new parish office staff who will be given the responsibility to record sacraments or produce sacramental certificates.  Contact me and we can work out a mutually agreeable day and time.  Sister Janice, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1527.

From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council
From Mark Roth, Director of Development
From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry
Janee Bernal, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP
Free resource to bring couples closer together this Advent:
Advent is a hectic time. This is a free series designed to help you and your spouse stay connected during this busy Advent season. You are invited to take a short time - about 20 minutes a day- to do something for your marriage. Come Christmas, you will find greater unity, an increased appreciation for one another and gratitude for the small ways you've chosen to show your love and affection. Visit the website and download your free workbook today! www.marriageinchrist.com/resources
(Advent for Married Couples)
The Rosary + technology = A multitude of prayers
“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” - Saint Padre Pio
Connect with people of all ages around the Dodge City Diocese from the comfort of your home.
It’s easy:
• Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign-up.
• Look for a reply email with instructions to download “Zoom” and how to connect (it’s free!).
• You will receive an email link on your device at 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings. Click on the link.
• You will be connected with others from around the diocese as we pray the rosary to promote a culture of life.
• This prayer will conclude no later than 8:30 p.m.
• All individuals, groups and ages are invited to be a part of this group.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
2019 Stewardship Bulletin Inserts are ready on the stewardship website https://www.dcdiocese.org/home/files/diocesan-offices-1/stewardship-1/3585-stewardship-bulletin-inserts-2019-c/file
Images for social media, email lists and other digital uses are ready. Images will continue to be added. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/41kizuyxy2vckel/AAAUYZi8CngJSnyvnQS-ec4ca?dl=0
From Tammy Lampe, Safe Environment Coordinator

 

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. For further details about these sessions, go to Safe Environment Page To schedule a PGC session, contact Ana Gaytan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620/227-1500).
NEXT ENGLISH PGC SESSION
Saturday, January 5, 2018
St. Mary Church, Marienthal, KS 
From 11:00am-2:00pm
Contact Person: Lisa Ridder 620-379-4427
Facilitator: Sharon Stuart 620-225-5164
NEXT SPANISH PGC SESSION
Sunday, December 9 2018
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City,  KS 
From 3:00-6:00pm
Contact Person& Facilitator: Norma Alvarez 620-225-4803
From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
Quo Vadis Retreat – December 28-30, 2018 - for single men (high school juniors through age 30) who are asking the question: What does God want me to do with my life?  There is no charge and transportation is provided to the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, where the retreat is held. Register online by Dec. 21 at http://dcdiocese.org/vocations/discernment-events  or contact me at 620.227.1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrew Dinners - are an evening where boys and single men join their pastors and Bishop John for a great dinner, conversation, and prayer, with a focus not just on the priesthood, but on God’s call for every Catholic young man to live an extraordinary life. The dates and hosting sites are:
January 6 (college) Bishop John’s residence
January 20 (high school) COLG, Dodge City
January 27 (high school) Sacred Heart of Jesus, Larned
February 10 (post-college) Bishop John’s residence
February 17 (high school) St. Dominic, Garden City
From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation
Called and Gifted Workshop: The Called and Gifted Workshop will guide you to recognize gifts given to you by the Holy Spirit through baptism and confirmation. These gifts enable you to accomplish things for God above and beyond your natural abilities. Dioceses of Dodge City and Salina, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

8:30 – 9:30 Gathering/Continental Breakfast/Check-in
9:30 – Workshop Begins
Lunch
5:00 -  Sunday Liturgy: Heartland Center for Spirituality
3600 Broadway, Great Bend
Cost - $25.00
To register contact Coleen Stein
620-227-1538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.dcdiocese.org/called-and-gifted
Registration deadline Jan. 3
Offered in English and Spanish

THEO 1003 Introduction to New Testament (3 hour course) Instructor: Fr. Reggie Urban. 

This course focuses on the literature, theology and history of the New Testament. Students will explore questions of authorship and critical methods of biblical interpretation from within the perspective of faith. Jesus’ question, addressed to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” provides the theological center of the New Testament studies. *This course is one of the 3 hour courses needed to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Youth Ministry.

Class Times - Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16

Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Location - Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses

Cost - 3 hr. course for college credit - $150.00* 3 hr. course for enrichment - $75.00* 

*price quotes do not include books

THEO 4881 The Why of Ministry (1 hour course) Instructor: Gentry Heimerman                                                                                            From Joseph, to Timothy, to Esther (who won a beauty contest then saved a nation), God engaged young people in big ways to do even bigger things. Approaching Youth Ministry as a missionary disciple leads one to both the “why” and the “hows” of youth ministry. 

*This course is one of the 1 hour courses needed to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Youth Ministry.

Class Times: Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 10 

Wednesday evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location - Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses                     

Cost - 1 hr. course for college credit - $50.00* 1 hr. course for enrichment - $25.00*

*price quotes do not include books

THEO 4881 RCIA Kansas! (1 hour course) Celebrating the Rites 

Presenter: Fr. Tim Piasecki - Coordinating Instructor: Fr. Robert Schremmer 

Students will study and experience their RCIA rites; see better understanding of the focus and goal; be equipped to go forth celebrating them with the people of their parish. 
Workshop is presented by Catherine of Sienna Institute  

Class Times: March 22 &23   

Location - Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend                                                                               

Cost: 1 hr. course for college credit - $60.00* 1 hr. course for enrichment - $25.00*

*price quotes do not include books

THEO 4881 Navigating Charisms 

Coordinating Instructor: Fr. Robert Schremmer

To take this class for credit, one needs to have participated in a Called and Gifted Workshop. The Workshop would be beneficial for those not taking it for credit. The Workshop guides one to recognize gifts given by the Holy Spirit through baptism and confirmation. These gifts enable one to accomplish things for God above and beyond your natural abilities.Topics include steps needed for discernment of spiritual gifts; clues one needs to follow God call; the way charisms can work together uniquely in one’s life; release of control to welcome charisms.

Wednesday evening: January 30

Class Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

To enroll in this class for credit, you will need to have participated in a Called and Gifted Workshop.

Cost:  1 hr. course for college credit - $50.00* 1hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00*                     

 *price quotes do not include book   

From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo
From Tim Wenzl, Archivist Emeritus
From Gentry Heimerman, Director of Young Adult Ministry
From Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools
From Debbie Snapp, Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities Annual Appeal: "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matt 25:40) Please give generously to the 2018 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. Donate online at: http://bit.ly/2018CharityAppeal
The Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Preparation and Education Series is an on-going year-around program that allows couples to enter and proceed at their own pace, at any time throughout the year. The 2018-19 orientation and class schedule is available online at http://catholiccharitiesswks.org/adoption-services/771-adoption-training-calendar-of-events.  If you know someone who is struggling with infertility and would like to learn more about growing their family through infant adoption, please contact Lori Titsworth at 620-792-1393, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The 18th Annual Wine Tasting Event will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Great Bend Event Center. Please save the date; the money we raise from this annual event helps us to strengthen and support our communities by meeting the needs of others.
Free Pregnancy Support: Catholic Charities offers free pregnancy support services for all women regardless of age, income, marital status or religious affiliation. There are no fees for this service. If you know someone who is facing an unintended pregnancy, please ask them to contact Amy Falcon at 620-227-1590.
Problem Gambling Taskforce: If you know someone struggling with a gambling addiction, no cost help is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-522-4700.
Catholic Charities Monthly Newsletter: Stay up-to-date with monthly news, tips and resources for assistance, parenting, mental-wellness, social justice and more at http://catholiccharitiesswks.org/home/enewsletter.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
March for Life Pilgrimage to Topeka: The March for Life to Topeka will be departing Dodge City on January 21 at 5pm to travel to Topeka to spend the night and then take part in the March activities on Tuesday, January 22 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center beginning at 8:30am with the Ignite Event, Mass with the Kansas Bishops, the March to the Capitol Steps and rally, tours of the Capitol before returning to Dodge City. Cost this year is $65 per person and is open to High School and College age and sponsors. Donations are welcome to help cover the expenses. Registration forms and payment should be received by January 14 and checks made payable to the Diocese of Dodge City. Mail to Gayla Kirmer at PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS  67801. Call 620-227-1525 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for the flier and  here for registration form. 
Join Bishop Brungardt and Fr. Wesley Schawe for a 3 day-2 night pilgrimage to Conception Seminary, March 3,4, 5. Cost is only $265 for single occupancy or $255 for double occupancy. Trip includes: deluxe motor coach transportation with pick ups in Dodge City and Great Bend and other stops as requested; a tour of the Clyde Monastery; time with the Seminarians (Eric Frieb, Carson Haupt, Esteban Hernandez, Jonathan Lemus); tour of Conception Seminary; evening dinner with Bishop Brungardt, Fr. Wesley and the Seminarians; accommodations at the Seminary and time for prayer and Eucharist with the Seminarians. Seating is limited so don't delay in making your reservations. A $50 deposit with reservation is required. Make checks payable to: Diocese of Dodge City and send to: Office of Development, PO Box 137, Dodge City, Kansas, 67801. Trip is sponsored by the Office of Vocations and Development to help foster, promote and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 
From Around the Diocese
Engaged Encounter: Michael and Lindsay Mazouch are the contacts for Engaged Encounter in this diocese.  The EE program is in need of young Catholic Couples who have been married at least 7-8 years to help with the Encounter weekends.  If any priest knows of such a couple, please phone Michael or Lindsay at 620-792-6290.  Their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

This concludes the December Monthly Notes. To submit items for the MONTHLY NOTES section, please email items to Gayla Kirmer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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