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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

January 2016 --- Vol. XIV, No.  I







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

Jubilee of Mercy

Please refer to our Diocesan page for resources.  You will find the tab on our home page…right under the picture of our Cathedral…

Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Cathedral

I invite you, during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, to accept the invitation of our Holy Father to come to our Cathedral, to walk through the Holy Doors open especially for this Jubilee. Come be embraced by God’s mercy and renew your commitment to be among the blessed who are merciful.  In the communiques from the Holy Father’s office and from the Pontifical Commission for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which is coordinating the worldwide planning for this special jubilee, it was strongly suggested that there be one holy door in a diocese with that being at the cathedral.  It is again fortunate that our Cathedral is centrally located within our Diocese.  This allows us be to be able to implement the Holy Father’s wish.  Please find a Pilgrimage Guide at the site mentioned above.  A digital version for phone/tablet will soon be available.

Holy Hour for the Jubilee…is now posted on our Jubilee of Mercy site.  Please see if you might want to make use of this as individuals, families, groups, parishes.


Lenten Work Working for the Year of available in English and Spanish on our Jubilee of Mercy page. Please look for it.  It has some differences especially for the Jubilee.


Second Form of the Penitential Act

In pastoral practice, the second form of the Penitential Act seems to be one least chosen for the celebration of Mass in many parish settings.  The words of the second penitential act would be more than appropriate for use at Mass during the observance of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.  It captures the purpose of the Penitential Act and highlights for us the theme of the Jubilee Year of Mercy most appropriately.  Baruch, who was the secretary to the prophet Jeremiah, is credited with the first part of the dialogue. Here he expresses the penitential spirit that has fallen upon the Babylonian captives: “Hear, O Lord, for you are a God of mercy; and have mercy on us, who have sinned against you” (Baruch 3:2). Part two of the dialogue echoes Psalm 85:8: “Show us, Lord, your love; grant us your salvation”.

The Votive Mass – The Mercy of God

This Mass is found in the English edition of the Roman Missal under Votive Masses 2. The Postcommunion Prayer touches on the dimension of our showing mercy to our neighbor. It prays the merciful God to grant that as we are nourished by the Body and Blood of his Son, we may draw with confidence from the fountains of mercy and show ourselves more and more merciful towards our brothers and sisters.  Perhaps we could make good use of this mass for our various weekday celebrations of the Eucharist.

Respect Life: Standing up for Life on the 43rdAnniversary of Roe v. Wade!

Register your youth now for the Diocese of Dodge City pro-life pilgrimage to Topeka on Friday, January 22, 2016. Join in a day of prayer, activity, and public witness to the value of every human life.

▪ Open to High School and College-age youth and sponsors.
▪ Bus will depart from Dodge City at 5:30 am and stop in Great Bend at St. Patrick Catholic Church
▪ The day’s activities will include a tour of the Capitol, Mass with Fr. Wesley Schawe, lunch, march and a rally on the steps of the Capitol building.
▪ Leave Topeka around 4:00 to return back to the Diocese, with return stops in Salina, Great Bend and Dodge City.
▪ Cost is $35 for youth and youth leaders ( transportation, rally);
▪ Donations are welcome to cover additional costs.
▪ Participants will need $5.00 for lunch in Topeka and dinner money for our stop in Salina on the way home.

Registrations with payment will be accepted until the bus is full, and should be directed to Gayla Kirmer, Diocese of Dodge City, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801, 620-227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click HEREfor a copy of the flyer and registration form.

Call to Continuing Conversion and the Rite of Election–The Call to Continuing Conversion and the Rite of Election is at 3:00 pm, Sunday, February 14th at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.

Click here to complete this form. This form MUST be completed whether your parish will or will not be participating in the Call to Continuing Conversion and the Rite of Election, Sunday, February 14th. Please list the first and last names of the catechumens to be elected and the candidates to be called from your parish.  Also, estimate and include the number of family, friends, guests, etc., who will be present for the Rite and/or meal.  Respond by January 25th.

Catechumens who are elected will sign the Book of the Elect at this Rite.  If you have people sign a “parish” book of the elect, you might want to consider what the Rite of Sending says: “…if the signing of the elect is to take place in the presence of the bishop, it is omitted here.” (#539)  I would ask that you allow this ritual action of signing the book of the elect to be reserved for the Rite at the Cathedral.

I look forward to greeting each of the elect and candidates at the reception that follows the Rite.

Please contact, Coleen Stein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1538, or Becky Hessman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1530, with any questions









From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:








From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here for the notes of the November 24 Presbyteral Council meeting.  No meeting was scheduled during December.  The next meeting is Tuesday, January 26.


Mark Roth PicFrom 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.




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.

Sample Information Packets Available on Natural Family Planning– The Marriage and Family Life Team has a variety of brochures and other resources regarding Natural Family Planning and the Sacramentality of Marriage.  Many of these brochures are available in English and Spanish and are an excellent way to share information with parishioners (especially those preparing for marriage).  Many of these items can be ordered on or  Please contact Deanna Johnston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 620-225-4802 x 203 if you are interested in receiving a sample packet of brochures and a list of additional resources that might be helpful to your parish community. You can also for updated information and resources.

►Spanish Marriage Mentor Program- The effort to implement a program of Marriage Mentors is progressing rather slowly, but we have not given up on the idea. There have been some requests for training Spanish-speaking couples to serve as Marriage Mentors. We would like to take steps to move forward with this effort. Parishes that have a need for Spanish-speaking couples working in this ministry are asked to send to Fr. Ted Skalsky or to Deanna Johnston names of the couples who would be open to receiving this training.

For the present, it would be best if you do not have them take the Prepare Enrich Inventory. It seems better that Fr. Ted Skalsky would send in their names because Prepare Enrich has a special report that they send out to people who are registered to work with couples in groups. The best way to get this group report would be for the referral for the Prepare Enrich to come from Deanna Johnston or me. The parish referring the couple would be billed for the cost of the Inventory.

Our hope is that we could begin the Mentor training in the early fall. The training will address the theology and the spirituality of marriage. It will also give a basic training in using the Prepare Enrich. It would seem advisable that, when Mentor couples are in place, that the priest working with the couple see himself as working in conjunction with the Mentor couple in discussing the Prepare Enrich and not merely handing the report over to the Mentor couple

►Sarah Jameson, who has served as the nurse in the Fertility Care Clinic at Saint Catherine Hospital, Garden City, has moved to the oncology unit.  This leaves a vacancy in the Fertility Care Clinic, if you or someone you know would be interested in this position, please contact Fr. Bob Schremmer, 620-227-1555, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.  Sarah will be missed in this position in which she served so very well.  We wish her well as she moves into her new area of care.







From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship

I hope your renewal is moving along smoothly. For those who have completed the renewal there is one key item left to do. Say Thank you.

Visit here for sample thank notes.

Sample thank you card

Sample thank you letter

Make your thank you personal. Have a member or two of the stewardship council hand sign the notes.


Take a few moments to check out the latest episode of the Parish Toolbox Podcast. Many great sessions with practical tools you can use. Each topic addresses the concerns of the people in the pews. I listen, then find experts to give real advice on what works to address current issues. More great sessions coming 2016.

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Searching for email content to engage parishioners does not have to be hard. Especially when it is created for you. Save the Year of Mercy Swipe file for 3 emails of content for your parishioners. Simply save the file, copy and paste the content in a message, then personalize and send. All the links to guide your parishioners to specific valuable content are already included. Just copy….then paste.  Just click HERE for the files.  

More Year of Mercy Swipe files will be coming in the second quarter.






From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


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 To schedule a PGC session, contact Goretti Sanchez ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620/227-1500).

Upcoming Sessions:

Garden City
Sunday, January 17th , 2016
From: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Dominic Parish Center
615  J.C. St.
Garden City, KS 67846
Contact Person: Sr. Myra Arney (620) 276-3500
PGC Facilitator: Cherry Deges (620) 338-7501

Dodge City
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
From: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Hennessy Hall, Newman University Western Center
236 San Jose Dr. Room 22
Dodge City, KS  67801
Contact Person: Amy Falcon  (620) 227-1590
PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart  (620) 225-5164


Garden City
Saturday, February 20, 2016
From: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
St. Mary Parish Center
510 N. 12th St
Garden City, KS 67846
Contact Person: Hector Rivera (620) 276-2716
PGC Facilitator: Norma Alvarez (620) 225-4802







From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:

► New Prayer Cards - Every parish will receive special prayer cards to pray for our seminarians and for all religious vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. The cards will arrive by UPS along with the January 17, 2016 issue of the Southwest Kansas Catholic.  Please ask young people in your parish to distribute the cards following the weekend Mass on January 16th and 17th.


► 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 15 (post-college) Bishop John’s residence

January 17 (high school) St. Joseph, Scott City

January 24 (high school) Sacred Heart of Jesus, Larned

January 31 (high school) St. Joan of Arc, Elkhart


► Attention DRE’s ~ Meet our Seminarians (link

Your students can “meet” our seminarians via short video presentations by clicking on each seminarian picture. Seminarian addresses and birthdays are also provided if your students would like to send a note or card.


World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Dominican Motherhouse, Great Bend with Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a special luncheon.All are invited to join with Bishop Brungardt in demonstrating our appreciation for the women and men religious in our diocese by attending this special celebration which will conclude the Year of Consecrated Life. RSVP for the meal by January 28th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620.227.1530.


Vocation Directors will be visiting the Catholic Schools during the month of February.









From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:

Catechist Formation:

Wednesday, January 6 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 9 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Sunday, January 10 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt will present the Wednesday and Saturday session in English.

Sr. Angela Erevia will present the Sunday session in Spanish.

Ways the World Wounds: (Busyness, Consumerism and Materialism, Violence and Revenge, Individualism and Relativism, Entitlement) Creation is good but distorted by sin.

Catechist Formation will discuss five primary ways that our culture can wound and otherwise eat away our relationship with God and the hope the Gospel brings.  We will discuss suggestions for both practical action and prayerful reflection.


Pastoral Ministry Formation Spring 2016

THEO 4003 Christology (3 hour course)

Instructor:  Fr. Steve Heina

Course Description:

We are aware of things in our life and world that are in need of redemption.  This course will take an in-depth look at what Catholics believe about how Jesus Christ brings the redeeming power of true God and true humanity to you and your world.

We will explore the Scriptures, teachings of the church, and the human condition.

Class Times:  Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 5, 12

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

Location:  Interactive Televison Sites throughout the Dodge City and Salina Dioceses


THEO 4881 Eucharist:  Sacrament of Mercy (1 hour course)

Instructor:  Fr. Frank Coady

Course Description:

In the Eucharist, we renew the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ…our hearts are enlarged to receive and show mercy.

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita


THEO 4881 Works of Mercy-Essential Catholicism (1 hour course)

Instructor:  Fr. Robert Schremmer

Course Description:

In what new way could you practice one of the works of mercy on a personal, social, or even political level?

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita


THEO 4881 Miscericordia en el Mundo Real (1 hour course)

Fr. Juan Fahey-Guerra

Course Description:  Buscamos el significado de la Misericordia en el siglo 21.

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita


For more information contact Coleen Stein, 620-227-1538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo



From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:



gentrys pic.jpg - 196.04 KbFrom Gentry Heimerman, Directory of Young Adult Ministry:

Prayer and Action is a Christ-centered mission trip in your own backyard! While God certainly calls some to be missionaries over seas and in foreign lands, we are all called to be on mission in our everyday lives.

The first week of summer, 2016, will be for college students only, followed by three more high school weeks. All in attempt to proclaim the good news of Jesus by way of painting houses, cleaning yards, and serving those most in need.
This integration of Ora et Labora will not just effect the houses and yards, but the hearts of students, parents, communities, and our diocese as a whole.

For questions, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be looking forward to applications!

The schedule for 2016 is:

June 19-24: College Week (Meade)

June 26-July 1: High School Week 1 (Meade)

July 2-5: Break

July 10-15: High School Week 2 (St. John)
July 17-22: High School Week 3 (St. John)


From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools


Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley





From Catholic Social Service:

Catholic Charities presents the 15th Annual Wine Tasting Event---on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at the Great Bend Events Center in Great Bend KS. Wine Tasting, hors d' oeuvres, live entertainment, and silent auction begins at 7:00 p.m.; Live auction begins at 8:00 p.m.. Admission is $50 per person, or $350 for a table of eight. All proceeds support those in need, regardless of faith, in southwest Kansas.



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

Vol. XIV, No. I

Diocese of Dodge City

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