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January 2012 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
January 2012 --- Vol. X, No. 1

From Fr. Bob Schremmer, Vicar General & Moderator of Curia:

Natural Family Planning Symposium for Priests with Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB, Ph.D

Friday, January 27, 2012 5:30-8:00pm, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe - St. Augustine Room
Bishop Brungardt invites all priests to this evening with Father Habiger.  The evening brings with it a brief social time, dinner will be served at 6:15pm, and Fr. Habiger will give a presentation with open discussion and conversation following.  Dr. Martha Garza, MD, will also be present to share information from a medical perspective.  Please inform This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 227-1531, by January 18th of your plans to participate.

God's Plan for Marriage and Spousal Love:  NFP Conference
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 9am-4pm, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Lunch Provided)
Presentations by Bishop John B. Brungardt, Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB, Ph.D & Dr. Martha Garza, MD
Guest speakers will discuss topics such as:
•    How Natural Family Planning strengthens God's plan for Marriage and Spousal Love
•    The Difference Between NFP and Contraception and the Huge Difference it Makes
•    The Negative Consequences of Contraceptives on Women's Health and the Positive Effects of NFP
•    The Hope for Couples struggling with infertility
•    How Dr. Garza brought NFP into her Medical Practice
This is also an opportunity to learn about the FertilityCare clinic at St. Catherine Hospital and the Creighton Model Fertility Care System (CrMS), a form of natural family planning.  This conference is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Natural Family Planning and how to promote this in our parishes. We especially encourage engaged and married couples, medical professionals, priests, religious communities and marriage preparation leaders to join us.

For more information on this conference and to register please visit or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 620-225-4802 x 203.  Please register by Friday, January 20th.  

World Day for Consecrated Life to be celebrated February 4, 2012.

In 1997 Pope John Paul II established February 2 as a day to celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life.  He wrote that this celebration “is intended to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels and, at the same time, is intended to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervor which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord.”

Everyone in the diocese is invited to join with Bishop Brungardt in demonstrating our appreciation for the women and men religious in our midst by attending a special celebration Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Dominican Motherhouse in Great Bend with Mass at 10:30 am followed by a special meal.

Please RSVP to Becky Hessman, 620-227-1530 by January 20, 2012.

Pastors please indicate whether you intend to concelebrate.

Celebrate the retirement of the debt on the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Everyone is invited!
Sunday, February 12, 3 p.m.
3231 N. 14th St., Dodge City
The celebration begins at 3 p.m. with the burning of the cathedral mortgage.
The Most Rev. John B. Brungardt will then celebrate Mass. A reception will follow in the social hall.  No RSVP is necessary.

Click here for the 2012 RCIA Retreat:  Journeys to Conversion flyer in English.
Click here for the 2012 RCIA Retreat:  Journeys to Conversion flyer in Spanish.


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 2012

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network


From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

►No meeting in December.

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

Safe Environment

Scheduled Protecting God’s Children awareness session:
Saturday, January 28, 2012 (English), St. Mary Parish Center, Garden City from 1-4 pm.  Click here for more detail.

A reminder that all students in our parish religious education programs and schools must also receive safety training each year.  In addition to the grade-appropriate lessons that have been available for several years, this year Bishop Brungardt approved the dvd set from the St. Cloud, MN diocese as an alternative to using the lessons.  Regardless of which format is chosen to train our students, this year (because we will be audited and must provide the proof) each DRE and principal needs to turn in to me BOTH the log sheet of when the lessons or dvd were presented to the students AND the report form that is signed by both the DRE or principal and the pastor.  I urge you to not procrastinate providing these training sessions to our students and to turn in these documents to me as soon as all of the students in your program or school have received safety training.  Click here for the web page containing the lessons, the log sheets and the report forms.


By mid-January I will be emailing the forms for the annual Parish Report.  This is the report that calls for the detail regarding the reception of the sacraments: name of recipient, date the sacrament was received, name of minister, etc.  These will be due back to me by February 29, 2012.

Attached you will find pdf files of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter.  I wish to point out some articles you might find helpful:
March-April 2011 (p. 14) – An article of how to dispose of old copies of the Sacramentary
May 2011 (p. 19) – Notes some changes in the rubrics for Holy Week that appear in the revised Roman Missal
July 2011 (p. 26-27) – Biblical allusions in the options of the Penitential Act
August 2011 (p. 30) – Biblical allusions in the Gloria
September 2011 (p. 34) An article about Eucharistic Prayers and Concelebration
October 2011 (p. 39) – Biblical allusions in the Nicene Creed
November-December 2011 (p. 42) Use of the Roman Missal texts in other liturgical rituals (for example, use of “and with your Spirit” at every occurrence in other rituals)  (p. 46) Biblical allusions in the Preparation of the Gifts, Preface dialogue and Sanctus, and Memorial Acclamations

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

A Terrific Opportunity for College Students
Great News! The Catholic Extension Society has provided complete scholarships for 50 college students--25 men, 25 women--from the Diocese of Dodge City to attend the Kansas Catholic College Student Convention in Lawrence (hosted by Benedictine College) February 10-12! It covers hotel, meals, fees, entertainment. Any student who is from our diocese and is a fulltime student at any college in Kansas is eligible.
To receive the scholarship, you have to register through Fr. Wesley Schawe at the Diocese of Dodge City. All he needs is the registration form, a copy of your student id, and proof of your residence in the diocese. Let him know if you're interested, and spread the word!
This is a great weekend! Click here for details.
Some KCCSC clarifications
•    The scholarship is also available to someone who goes to college in the Diocese of Dodge City (Barton County Community College, Pratt Community College, etc.), even if you are not originally from this diocese. If so, you just need to submit the completed registration form and a copy of your student ID.
•    As I start to receive requests (which I am!), the scholarships will go to the first 50 forms I have in my hands (25 men, 25 women). I’ll keep a short waiting list for each group in case a cancellation happens. So don’t wait!
•    Because Catholic Extension is being so generous, they ask that anyone who receives their grant commit to attending the entire conference, from the Friday night keynote through the closing Sunday Mass.

Dinners with Bishop John
The Office for Priestly Vocations will be sponsoring four “Dinners with Bishop John” for boys and single men and their pastors in the Spring semester of 2012. What a great opportunity for those young men who love the Catholic Faith and may have a vocation to the priesthood (whether they know it or not)…

Sunday, January 29th, 6-8 pm St. Dominic, Garden City (high school students in the GC deanery)
Sunday, March 4th, 6-8 pm Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe (high school students in the DC deanery)
Sunday, April 15th, 6-8 pm Sacred Heart, Pratt (high school students in the GB deanery)
Friday, April 20th, 6-8 pm Bishop John’s residence, Dodge City (single men out of high school residing in the Diocese)

Pastors: Please put these dates on your calendar! Your help will be extremely important for this event. Your invitation will be the primary encouragement for their attendance. Bishop John and I will join your deanery gathering in advance of the dinner to visit with you about the event.

Seminarian Posters
In honor of National Vocation Awareness Week January 9-14, 2012, the Office of Priestly Vocations is distributing posters of our seminarians. Posters should arrive in your parish soon. Please take down any posters you have of seminarians from previous years, and place these prominently in your churches, schools, social halls, etc. If you need additional posters, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 620-227-1530.

A family-size poster will be inserted in every SKR at the end of January! The prayer and support of every member of our diocese is so important for our seminarians and for ordained priestly vocations for the Diocese of Dodge City!

Parish Vocation Visits
Pastors: have you discovered that weekend in 2012 when you could really use the opportunity to be away from the parish(es)? Have you decided which weekend in 2012 that Fr. Wesley could come to your parish(es) to raise awareness of priestly vocations? Could you make those the same weekend?
Some available weekends (as of January 2, 2012)
•    February 18-19
•    February 25-26
•    March 3-4
•    March 10-11
•    March 31-April 1
•    April 21-22
Of course, there are weekends beyond April available. And of course, you’re welcome to be in the parish when I come as well.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship

FREE STEWARDSHIP WEBINAR ~ The Importance of Lay Witness in the Parish
Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Do forward this invitation to people you know in your parish!

One of the most effective practices of developing stewardship in a parish is the use of lay witnesses. Join us for this webinar where you'll learn practical do's and don'ts and some best practices when using a lay witness.

Presenter-- Jim Kelley is the Director of Development for the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina, and past President of the Board of the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC).  Jim was awarded the Bishop Connare Award from the ICSC in 2000 for his dedication and passion for teaching stewardship and his work with the homeless in the Charlotte Community. He is a husband and father, an author, and a popular stewardship speaker having given presentations on many aspects of stewardship and development at over 100 diocesan stewardship days in North America, Australia and Guam.

►Help your parishioners make the new year resolution to plan their will and include your parish in it! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a time. This is no boring presentation and designed to engage you and the people in your parish. Together we will discover the variety of tools available to steward financial resources and hopefully include your parish in their plans.

►Still uneasy about Facebook, websites and new technology? Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how the varieties of new media can benefit your parish. Plus, we can discuss ways to automate and simplify processes. Call today!

►If your parish charges for various service such as PSR Fees, youth group t-shirts, or regular donations, you can offer electronic payment via Paypal or other providers. Let’s see what is possible for your parish and how electronic giving and payment can benefit your parishioners. Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►Does your parish end of year report look like this **CLICK HERE** If you wish it did you are in luck. The office of stewardship has made available a template of a year end report with the reader in mind. This enhanced report is completed in story format and includes all stewardship gifts, not money only like this traditional version. To download and use the complete year end report click here ~ format MS Publisher. All content can be customized for any parish. For help modifying the report, onsite help is available, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary:

Register your youth now for the Diocese of Dodge City pro-life pilgrimage to Topeka on Monday, January 23, 2012. Join Fr. Wesley and other pro-life leaders for a day of prayer, activity, and public witness to the value of every human life. For those who attended NCYC, this could be a great living-out of the call to service given in Indianapolis.
·         Open to High School and College-age youth.
·         Bus will depart from Dodge City at 5:00 am and stop in Great Bend to pick up others at 6:30 am.
·         The day’s activities will include Mass, rally, lunch, March to the Capitol Building, rosary on the Capitol steps.
·         Leave Topeka around 3:30 to return back to the Diocese, with return stops in Great Bend and Dodge City.
·         Cost is $30 for youth and youth leaders (covers lunch and transportation);
donations are welcome to cover additional costs.
·         Participants will need $$ for supper in Salina on the way home.
Click here for a promotional flyer.
Registrations with payment will be accepted until the bus is full, and should be directed to myself, Amy Seachris, Diocese of Dodge City, 910 Central, Dodge City KS  67801, 620-227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From Georgina Paz, Administrative Assistant:

Confirmation Schedule for 2012
Please open attachment and verify your date, time, and location.  For changes please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From Dave Myers, Southwest Kansas Register

For all parishes:

Here is information regarding the Feb. 12 celebration of the retirement of the debt on the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for placement on your bulletin board (the old-fashioned cork-board kind) and website.

Click here for an 8.5x11 poster that you can print out and place on your bulletin board.

There are also two “badges”, one in English and one in Spanish, that you can place on your website to advertise the event.

If you have questions regarding the graphics or would like one of the "badges", contact Dave at (620) 227-1519, skregister@dcdiocese.


►To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500.

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 JANUARY 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. X, No. 1

Diocese of Dodge City

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