Scroll to bottom to navigate to different departments

March 2011 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
March 2011 --- Vol. IX, No. 1
From Bishop Brungardt:

Notification will be made when Bishop's notes are posted.


To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.

*Protecting God's Children Awareness Sessions

*Southwest Kansas Register deadlines for 2011

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network


From Fr. Bernard Felix, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Minutes from February 15, 2011.

We didn't have a list of items to discuss during our meeting in February.  Instead we had a dialogue with Bishop John Brungardt as to the members' sense of the Diocese and Presbyterate.

Just a reminder as proposed by the Council, Prepare Enrich Mentor Couple Training is set for April 2nd.

A welcome was extended to Father Rene Labrador who was appointed by the Council, completing the elected term of Msgr. Brian Moore.

From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Respect Life:

On Thursday, March 17th, at 2:00 pm all priests and pastoral ministers are invited to join Bishop Brungardt for a conversation about Natural Family Planning in the Diocese of Dodge City. This meeting, held at the chancery, will provide an opportunity for those with enthusiasm and/or experience to visit about a shared vision for NFP in marriage and family life in southwest Kansas.

St. John Parish in St. John will be hosting a pro-life forum for Junior High and High School students on Sunday, April 3rd. All area students are invited to attend. Please direct questions to Johnna Stanford at 620-546-3370. Click here for High School scheduleClick here for Jr. High schedule.

Take a moment to visit the newly redesigned webpage for the Respect Life ministry of the Diocese of Dodge City. We welcome your comments and suggestions as we continue to expand its scope and offerings. Specials thanks and kudos to Rebecca Ford for the design expertise!

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

Annual Parish Report
Thanks to those who submitted their reports.  There are a handful of parishes that I need their detailed records of baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral.  These are due by this Friday, March 18.

Safe Environment

Three Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions have been scheduled:
Sunday, March 27 at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City from 4-7 pm (English and Spanish)
Wednesday, March 30 at Holy Family School in Great Bend from 6-9 pm (English)

A reminder that all students in PSR and Catholic School need to have the Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum lessons taught to them each year. Click here to access the page containing lessons for each grade. Principals and DREs are to submit their Report Form to Sister Janice by May 3, 2011.

Kansas Department for Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has added a new option for reporting child and vulnerable abuse and neglect.  Go to the Safe Environment page for more information.


From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

“Encounter” Visit to Conception Seminary: March 26-28Encounter With God's Call, for men high school juniors, seniors and those in college. Young men considering a call to priesthood are welcomed to spend two nights geared toward helping them with their vocational discernment. Participants experience college seminary life through prayer, talks by seminarians, and recreation. There is no charge for the weekend and the Diocese of Dodge City will provide transportation.  We will depart the morning of March 26 and return the afternoon of March 28. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 620.227.1530.

Important Information: A Parental Permission Form is required for all participants who are in High School.  A Medical Liability Release Form is required for all participants.

Online registration and the forms mentioned above are available at:

"Lifting Up Our Hearts" will take the place of Lenten Word Working this year. Word Working prayer pages are available year round for prayer/scripture reflection for council meetings, parish meetings, educational and formational sessions, and for small groups.  

English prayer page:
Spanish prayer page:

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

It is not too late to sign up for the Region IX Stewardship Conference at Savior Pastoral Center April 1st. Get the details on the Conference web page.

The Spirituality of Stewardship will be a 4 Week ITV series taught on DVD by Fr. John Lanzrath. Parish leaders need to attend this video so the purest understanding of stewardship can be had. Before Jesus sent out His disciples in service, He formed them. Join in this excellent series. Get the details on the Stewardship web page.  

From Sr. Angela Erevia, Director of Hispanic Ministry:

March 6, 20, & 27: Creciendo en Cristo, Class on Credo, ITV Centers, 3-6 p.m.

March 17-20: ArcoIris Encuentros in Dodge City and Garden City.

March 24: Hispanic Ministers Meeting, Cathedral, Dodge City, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

March 26: Quinceañera Retreat in Ulysses, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


►Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe has the Sadlier Series textbooks Coming to God/Acercandote A Dios from grades 1-8. Please contact Patty, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you are interested.

Chancery Fax Number 620-227-1570 is no longer a working fax number.  Please use fax number 620-227-1545 for all Chancery personnel.  (The old number is found throughout the Directory.)

Directory update:  p. 14 New address for Zack Vogel-624 N Schiller, Ellinwood 67526

►Directory update:  p. 17 New parish secretary for St Mary, Garden City is Cynthia Ramos.  Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer: 620-227-3363 (parish) or 620-227-1555 (office) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Engaged Encounter Information:  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..

Click here to link to Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend


This concludes the MARCH Monthly Notes.  To submit items for the NOTES, please send them to Amy Seachris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vol. IX, No. 1

Diocese of Dodge City

910 Central PO Box 137 Dodge City, KS 67801 | 620-227-1500

Site by Solutio