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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
September 2018    Vol. IV

 

From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City

Sunday, October 21, 2018, is the date for the Diocesan Matrimony Anniversary celebration ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City. Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and more years of matrimony in 2018. To register, please complete the form found on the diocesan website or in the SKC and submit by Monday, October 8, 2018.  Click here for the form. 

From Gayla Kirmer-Executive Secretary to the Bishop

It is time to order Workbooks, Liturgical Year Calendars, Sourcebooks, At Home With the Word, and Visiting the Sick and Homebound. If interested in these or any other liturgy training publications, please contact Gayla Kirmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1525. By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount.

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

The Presbyteral Council recommended, and Bishop John approved, an addition to the Help Out schedule (Honorarium).

When the parish priest is not available, the following addition to the Help Out schedule applies beginning September 1, 2018:
a. Vigil and funeral $50 plus roundtrip mileage at current IRS rate
b. Wedding practice and wedding $50 plus roundtrip mileage at current IRS rate
c. Anointing of the Sick $20 plus roundtrip mileage at current IRS rate
Mass offering always goes to the priest

Go to the Chancellor page (https://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor) to obtain a revised 2018 Clergy Compensation document which has been revised to include this addition

Testimonials for Suitability – a reminder to priests who plan to vacation or visit another diocese and intend to celebrate Mass: we must send a testimonial for you with the dates and places you will be present within that diocese.

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 

Presbyteral Council – Click here for the notes of the August 21 meeting. 

From Mark Roth, Director of Development  

From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry

Janee Bernal, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP

You are invited to a rare screening of the new documentary entitled, "Sexual Revolution - 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae." Screening events will be held around the diocese during October which is "Respect Life" month. Dates & times: Saturday, October 13, 7pm at St. Patrick's parish center in Great Bend, Sunday, October 14 at 3pm at St. Dominic parish center in Garden City; 7pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City; Monday, October 15 at 7pm at St. Anthony in Liberal . Seven years in the making this documentary seeks to examine the effects of the free-love experiment of the hippie generation and the prophetic encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The centerpiece of the film is the dramatic life story of Alana Newman, a talented secular musician who gives up her entire musical career for life, family and love. Alana shares how through desperation to know her father, she finally discovers the treasures of "Theology of the Body", "Humanae Vitae", and the riches of true freedom through a dramatic conversion. This free event is provided by the office of Matrimony, Family Life and Natural Family Planning with coordination of Respect Life/Social Justice for the diocese of Dodge City. 

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship  

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 

From: 6:00pm-9:00pm  Sacred Heart of Jesus, Larned 
1111 State St, Larned, KS  67550
Contact Person: Stacy Sanger (620)-285-2035
PGC Facilitator: Donna Staab (620)-786-5785

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

From: 5:00pm-8:00pm  Holy Family School, Great Bend 
4200 Broadway, Great Bend, KS  67530
Contact Person: Karen Moeder (620)-793-3265
PGC Facilitator: Donna Staab (620)-786-5785

Sunday, September 30, 2018

From: 2:00pm-5:00pm  St. Anthony Church, Lakin 
600 Soderberg St, Lakin, KS  67860
Contact Person: Molly Shelden (620)-451-0548
PGC Facilitator: Cherry Deges (620)-338-7501

 

NEXT SPANISH PGC SESSION

None scheduled

From Fr. Juan Salas, 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 Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation 

Pastoral Ministry Formation courses for Fall 2018

THEO 4023 Theology and Methods of Ministry (3 hour college course)

Instructor:  Fr. Robert Schremmer

This course offers a foundational theology of ministry rooted in Baptism.
Particular focus will be given to the role of the laity in ministry and various types of ministry will be explored.
This course provides experience and formation to enable the student to learn a variety of ministerial skills.
*This course is one of the three hour courses needed to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Youth Ministry. 

Class Times: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29,  Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3    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 personal enrichment - $75.00*
          (price quotes do not include books)

*Pastoral Ministry Formation Certificate in Youth Ministry seeks to help those who minister to youth specifically and those who minister indirectly understand the components necessary to develop a comprehensive ministry to meet the spiritual, catechetical and social needs of our youth. 

Following the Parkland tragedy, teenagers caught the attentions of the nation.  What if they caught the attention of the Church?  It is said that teenagers are the most underutilized, underestimated and under challenged people in the Church.

The certificate forms adults in missionary discipleship to engage the gift of our teenagers in our Church.

The certificate unpacks the U.S. Bishop’s document:  “Renewing the Vision:  A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry”, and Pastoral Juvenil Hispana. 

Salina Diocesan Administrator Fr. Frank Coady and Dodge City Bishop John Brungardt encourage every parish to have one or more parishioners prepared with a Youth Ministry Certificate so that they may support and encourage our youth in their unfolding discipleship.

THEO 4881 Art and Environment (1 hour college course)

Instructor:  Fr. Frank Coady

A liturgical environment that celebrates the awe of God’s presence and saving deeds cannot be satisfied with anything less than beautiful. The beauty is related to the holy. 

This course gives all involved with Liturgy knowledge of the sacraments, the Catholic rites, the Liturgical Year, and the faithful’s devotional life in order to equip them to create a sacred environment in which the divine-human encounter can most readily occur. The goal is to care for all the elements of worship, ensuring that the total environment is clean, appropriate, authentic, beautiful and accessible. The course will present the Liturgical Documents as they pertain to sacraments and other rites, environment, liturgical space, church appointments and the sacristy. 

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

Class Times: Sept. 5, 12, 19, Oct. 10   Wednesday evenings - 6:00 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 personal enrichment - $25.00*
          (price quotes do not include books) 

 *Formation in Liturgy welcomes all involved in liturgical ministry.  Those serving the liturgy of the Church need to have an understanding of the liturgy, an appreciation of particular ministries and their relationship to other ministries. Salina Diocesan Administrator Fr. Frank Coady and Dodge City Bishop John Brungardt encourage every parish to have one or more parishioners prepared with a Liturgy Certificate so they serve the parish as a resource for the source and summit of the life of the parish, the Liturgy.

THEO 4023 Theology and Methods of Ministry in Spanish (3 hour core course)

Instructor:  Dr. Valentin, Jaime Gil

Course Description

Este curso ofrece una teología fundamental del ministerio enraizada en el Bautismo. 

Un enfoque en particular será dado al papel de los laicos en el ministerio y varios tipos de ministerio serán explorados. 

Este curso proporciona experiencia y formación para  que el estudiante aprenda una variedad de habilidades ministeriales.

This course offers a foundational theology of ministry rooted in Baptism.  Particular focus will be given to the role of the laity in ministry and various types of ministry will be explored.  This course provides experience and formation to enable the student to learn a variety of ministerial skills.

Class Times:  Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4, 11

Sunday afternoons:  3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Location:  Interactive Television Sites throughout the Diocese of Dodge City 

Cost – 3 hr. Course for college credit - $150.00     3 hr. Course for enrichment - $75.00

PMF one hour course for Fall in Spanish

THEO 4881 Vocations – God Calling Through Others for Others

Instructor:  Fr. Juan Salas

All Christians have the same vocation:  the baptismal vocation and each of us share in the priesthood of believers.  Therefore, the ministerial priesthood, like the life of the non-ordained “religious,” is for the Church what the Church is for the world at large. What is of greatest importance in living our vocation is the generosity with which we live it.  Every Christian is a masterwork of God’s design and called to holiness. Many do not appreciate their vocation, the mission to express and incarnate the Gospel in the world. How do we convey to young people the need to seek the will of God in their life choices, particularly in responding to God’s call to priesthood, religious life, marriage, single life? This class aims at helping one another listen as God calls.

Class Times:  Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24  Wednesday evenings:  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City Diocese
Cost:  1 hr. course for college credit - $50.00, 1 hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00
Price quotes do not include books

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THEO 4881 Vocaciones – Dios llama por medio de otros para otros

 Instructor: Padre Juan Salas

Todos los cristianos tienen la misma vocacion: la vocación bautismal y cada uno de nosotros compartimos en el sacerdocio de los creyentes. Por eso, el sacerdocio ministerial, como la vida de “religiosas/religiosos” no ordenados, es para la Iglesia lo que la Iglesia es para el mundo en general. Lo que es de mayor Importancia en vivir nuestra vocación es la generosidad con que la vivimos. Cada cristiano es una obra maestra en el diseño de Dios y llamado a la santidad. Muchos no aprecian su vocación, la misión de expresar e incarnar el Evangelio en el mundo. ¿Cómo transmitimos a los jóvenes la necesidad de buscar la voluntad de Dios en sus decisiones de vida, particularmente en responder al llamado de Dios al sacerdocio, la vida consagrada, matrimonio, vida soltera?

Esta clase trata de ayudarnos unos a los otros a escuchar como Dios llama.

Fechas de clases: 26 de septiembre y 3, 17, 24 de octubre  Miércoles por la tarde: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Ubicación: Sitios de ITV por toda la Diócesis de Dodge City

Costo: Curso de una hora para crédito de colegio - $50.00, Curso de una hora para enriquecimiento personal - $25.00

Estos precios no incluyen los libros.

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
Life Skills Workshops: Life skills are positive and adaptive behaviors that make it possible for individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life. Catholic Charities offers several life skills classes on topics such as: tenant regulations, healthy relationships, health & wellness, time management, home maintenance and safety, and essential food, nutrition and physical activity. For a current schedule of classes visit http://catholiccharitiesswks.org/services/healthy-relationships.
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
Plan to attend the documentary movie "Sexual Revolution" at a parish near you.  This will be shown during October, which is Respect Life Month. See more information under Janee Bernal's notes. 
Diocesan Matrimony Anniversary Mass: Sunday, October 21, 3pm, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Dodge City 
DODGE CITY DIOCESE ORGANIZING MARCH FOR LIFE PILGRIMAGE: Tom and Lisa Ridder (St. Mary’s Parish, Marienthal) are coordinating a bus pilgrimage for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. next January. Tentative plans call for the pilgrimage to commence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City on Wednesday, Jan. 16, then travel to Larned and Great Bend to pick up additional participants. Pilgrims will travel overnight on the bus and arrive in D.C. mid-morning on Jan. 17. Pilgrims will take part in a public rosary in D.C., tour the St. John Paul II Shrine, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, attend a “Life is Very Good Rally” the eve of the March and then the main rally and March for Life (Jan. 18). A night-time walking tour of the nation’s monuments and a bus tour of Arlington National Cemetery are also planned. Buses will depart Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19 and arrive in Great Bend, Larned and Dodge between 6 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. The projected cost per person is $400, and includes bus travel and overnight accommodations in D.C. A priest of the Diocese of Dodge City will accompany the pilgrimage. To learn more or to reserve your spot, please contact the Ridders at 620-375-2100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Diocese of Dodge City also arranges a bus pilgrimage to the Kansas State March for Life in January; more information on that will be made available at the diocesan web site, www.dcdiocese.org, and sent to area parishes.
From Around the Diocese
2018 Men's and Women's ACTS Retreats: Women's Retreat: October 25-28, 2018; Men's retreat: November 15-18, 2018. Both retreats will be held at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend. For more information, contact Paula Brozek at 620-793-8172 or Mel Waite at 620-564-2518.
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 September 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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