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April 2011 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
April 2011 --- Vol. IX, No. 2
From Fr. Bob Schremmer, Vicar General & Moderator of Curia:


We had training for 15 couples and 2 pastoral ministers on Saturday, April 2nd.

This was the right number for the training.  Dr. Joyce Webb was our lead trainer, assisted by Rhonda Goodloe and Brooke Lopez from Catholic Social Service.

Evaluations were quite good.  There was one evaluation that was less positive.

We are looking forward to another training session in English and will be getting that date out sometime after Easter.  We know of 10 couples who were unable to participate in the April 2nd Training.

Please click here for further information.

Questions, contact Fr. Bob Schremmer, 620-227-1555, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We have arranged for a representative from F. C. Ziegler to be present sometime during our October Convocation (October 2 – 6, 2011), at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.

The representative will have actual copies of all the Missals (ritual and chapel sizes) from all the publishers.  You may peruse and then order your Missals to be delivered to your parish.

Some have mentioned a reluctance to order without having the opportunity to review actual publications.  It is hoped that this will address that desire.

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Retreat will be June 5-9 at the Spiritual Life Center.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Amy 620-227-1500 letting her know the following:  1)  If you will or will not be at the Sunday evening (5:30pm) meal; 2)  If you prefer a queen size bed or a twin size bed.  Schedule will be similar to last year and will be available in the future.


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 March 15, 2011.

During our meeting in March we discussed Marriage Preparation, Marriage Enrichment and Family Life Ministries.  Some of the Presbyteral Council members attended the March Hispanic Ministers meeting for conversation on Engaged Encounter and Spanish speaking couples.

Word of thanks is extended to Dan Stremel, Finance Director of the Diocese, for visiting the Council and sharing his input and review on Priest compensation.

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

On the Chancellor page of our diocesan website ( you will find three articles of interest:
-          revised Priest Compensation document which includes the new salary effective 1 July 2011
-          When Does a Priest Need the Faculty to Confirm
-          Is this Baptism Valid? – includes a link to a resource that lists some churches without a valid baptism

I will be on retreat May 2-6, so please submit all prenuptial papers for early May weddings several weeks before the scheduled date.

Safe Environment:
Go to the Safe Environment page on our website ( to find the dates of currently scheduled Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions.  If your parish or school wishes to host a PGC awareness session, please contact Father Bob Schremmer: w) 620-227-1555; parish) 227-3363; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A reminder to DREs and Catholic School principals that by May 3, 2011, I need you to submit your report form pertaining to the Safe Environment Religious Education lessons that are to be taught each year to our students.

A note was recently sent to pastors, DREs and principals who have adults working with children who are not fully compliant with our safe environment requirements.  Please see to it that all background check consent forms are signed and submitted by April 15, and see to it that all your adults who have been working with children still needing to attend a Protecting God’s Children’s awareness session do so by the end of April.

From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

Vocation Views are weekly vocation thoughts for parish bulletins which are now available in the Bulletin Corner.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is May 15 and is to be celebrated on Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter. The theme, “Proposing Vocations in the Local Church, means having the courage, through an attentive and suitable concern for vocations, to point out this challenging way of following Christ which, because it is so rich in meaning, is capable of engaging the whole of one’s life.”  Read Pope Benedict XVI’s annual message on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations at:

Companion Camp 2011: June 17-19 at Conception Seminary College is a weekend of fun and fellowship centered on faith in Christ for boys entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Cost: $100 (covers room, all meals and T-shirt)
Transportation: provided by the Diocese of Dodge City- RSVP by June 8th.
For a brochure and/or more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 620.227.1530.

From Steven Polley, Director of Youth Ministry:

As we near the end of another catechetical year, I want to thank you for your ongoing support of each of the diocesan youth ministry events that take place throughout the year.  Your continued encouragement and support of the rallies, TEC and JOY help bring a newness of life and a deepening of faith to each of the young people who participate.

As we look to the summer, I invite you to encourage the middle school youth, grades 5 – 8 to participate in our summer camps to be held at Camp Lakeside.  Over the years, as young people have transitioned into high school youth ministry, we find that their roots to this lie in their experience of summer camp.


Join Bishop Brungardt at the 10th Annual Catholic Social Service Charity Wine Tasting Event on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 7-10 p.m. at the Club at Stone Ridge in Great Bend KS! Enjoy wines from around the world, live entertainment, and a lively auction. Tickets are $35 per person; all proceeds support programs such as adoption, Teen Moms, marriage and relationship classes, addiction and recovery counseling, food and economic assistance, and disaster relief in southwest KS. RSVP is requested; rooms have been reserved for out-of-town guests. Contact Rebecca Ford at 620-792-1393 or 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 APRIL 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. 2

Diocese of Dodge City

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

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