From Fr. Bob Schremmer, Vicar General & Moderator of Curia:
►JUNE PRIESTS' RETREAT
Retreat will be June 3-7 at the Spiritual Life Center and the retreat director will be Fr. Ken S. VanHaverbeke. Click here for an updated schedule. If you are not planning to attend, please inform Bishop Brungardt of your retreat plans.
►Diocese of Wichita Upcoming Priest Retreats
Rev. Kenneth S. VanHaverbeke, Director of the Spiritual Life Retreat Center, wanted to share these dates with us and let us know that the priests from the Diocese of Dodge City are always welcome to these retreats or give him a call to just get away to the SLC.
June 25-29, 2012: Father John Dietrich
February 4-8, 2013: Father Frank DeSiano
June 17-21, 2013: possibly Father Dan Mindling
February 24-28, 2014: Father Donald Goergen
►Click here to view a few ideas for your reflection about the Roman Missal offered by Fr. Jim Baker
To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.
From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from April 24, 2012.
From Fr. Ted Skalsky, Chair, Priest Personnel Council:
►Father John Strasser has been elected to serve on the Priest Personnel Council.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►A reminder that beginning 1 May 2012, all priests coming into the diocese for any ministerial purpose is to submit a testimonial document to the parish or Chancellor. The documents are available on the Chancellor page (http://www.dcdiocese.org/chancellor ).
►A reminder that all DREs and Principals need to submit to Sister Janice by May 4 the DRE Report/Principal Report AND the log sheets for each grade or grade combination. This is especially important this year due to the audit we will be undergoing this summer. Please turn these in as soon as possible.
►PGC sessions have been scheduled: Saturday, May 26 (Spanish) at St. Mary, Garden City from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Go to the Safe Environment page for more detail (http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment ).
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
► Seminarians in July
Pastors: Would you like the opportunity to introduce one of our seminarians to your parish? This July Tylan Ricketts, Juan Salas, and Jacob Schneider will each spend 3 weekends visiting parishes in the Diocese of Dodge City.
3 seminarians X 3 weekends = 9 parishes/clusters! We hope to arrange one weekend in each deanery, perhaps to conclude with a simple Sunday afternoon event for the seminarians and boys in that area.
They will be prepared to speak for a few minutes after communion, and assist in other ways if you so desire. Please let me know by the end of May of your interest in welcoming one of these men for the weekend.
► Companion Camp 2012
Boys entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are invited to an unforgettable weekend at Companion Camp 2012!
When: June 15-17 [Register by June 8]
Where: Conception Seminary College in Missouri.
Cost: $100 [covers room, all meals and a T-shirt]
► Profession of Perpetual Vows
Two women are professing perpetual vows, one from our diocese and one living in our diocese.
Sister Mary Pietá of the Divine Mercy, CFR (Kensie Geier of Garden City) is preparing to profess perpetual vows with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal on June 2 in New York City. Please support Sr. Mary Pietá in prayer. Cards can be mailed to Sr. Mary Pietá at Convent of San Damiano, 1661 Haight Avenue, Bronx, New York 10461. Please no personal gifts. If you would like, donations toward the life and work of the Sisters’ Community would be gratefully received.
Sr. Mary Vuong, OP will profess perpetual vows with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Great Bend on May 26th. Hear her vocation story at http://dcdiocese.org/vocations
► Connecting Students with Their New College
The Vocations Office wants to help high school seniors and transfer students from the Diocese of Dodge City get connected with their new college home this Fall! No matter where they’re going (community college, Catholic college, state university), we want to give their new parish or Catholic Center a “heads up” so they can be invited to continue and enrich their Catholic life. Some of the greatest activity in the Catholic Church today is centered on college campuses!
But we can’t do it without help! We need to know where your graduating high school seniors (plus transfer students and community college graduates) plan to be next year.
How can you gather that information? Some suggestions:
• If you have a “graduation Mass” in May, have each graduate fill out the simple information as they gather for Mass.
• From a Senior PSR class.
• If one senior knows the class well, get the info. from him/her.
For a printable card to use at your “graduation Mass” and senior PSR class click here. Electronic sign up will soon be available at www.dcdiocese.org/vocations
The FertilityCare Center at St. Catherine Hospital will be offering Natural Family Planning introductory sessions every Thursday at 4:30 pm and the following Saturdays at 3:00 pm: May 12, June 9, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10. All sessions will be held at the Siena Medical Clinic in Garden City.
For more information, contact:
Sarah Jameson, RN, FCPI
FertilityCare Center of Siena Medical
311 E. Spruce, Garden City, KS 67846
From Steven Polley, Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation
As you receive this month’s notes more than likely you will be looking back over this past catechetical year. Reflecting on the ministry of your DRE, Catechists, RCIA Team Members and if you have school, your principal and teachers. A job well done and worthy of praise for the time, prayer and love they gave to serving the parish, families and young people.
At this time I would invite you to begin looking ahead to next year and specifically on two things that are part of the summer calendar.
First of all, I would invite you to strongly encourage all sophomores, juniors and this year’s graduates to be part of the Summer TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) July 7 – 9. TEC provides an environment where this encounter with Christ truly does happen, and in many cases, this encounter comes at just the right time as young people of this age face many crucial life decisions.
Secondly, as we continue to remember the many adults who served in ministry this past year, and as we prepare for next year, please encourage them to continue in their ministry by attending the State Conference “Catechising Kansas”, July 27 – 28 at the Ramada Inn in Salina. Registration information can be found on the web-site. This gathering promises to be a time of prayer and reflection, along with keynotes and workshops that will assist everyone in ministry. As well as the opportunity to visit venders regarding the latest in catechetical materials.
Thanks for all that you continue to do in support of our ministry.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Pastoral Ministry Formation & Catechist Formation
► DRE Day is June 1, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cathedral
Click here for the schedule
►Bishop John B. Brungardt is going to give a presentation over
“Religious Liberty and Conscience”
English Session- June 20, 2012 via ITV from 7-9 p.m.
Spanish Session- June 24, 2012 via ITV from 5-7 p.m.
ODDS AND ENDS
►Father Marvin has asked that we share his new contact information:
(Rev.) Marvin Reif
Protection Valley Manor
600 S Broadway
PO Box 448
Protection, KS 67127
Phone: (620) 622-4261
► The Staff and Parishioners of Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
Request the honor of your presence at the Celebratory Banquet
In honor of our Pastor Fr. Ted A. Skalsky
On the occasion of the Fortieth Anniversary of his Ordination
To the Order of Holy Priesthood
Sunday, June 10, 2012 Five o’clock in the evening
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Holy Family Social Center
Fr. Ted politely requests no gifts.
Please reply by June 4, 2012 to the parish office, 620-225-4802, if you plan to attend.
►You are invited to a come and go reception for Sister Janice Grochowsky as she celebrates her Silver Jubilee on Sunday, June 17 from 2:30-4:30 at St. Andrew Parish Center in Wright.
►Michael A. Johnston is looking for ministry possibilities in the Diocese of Dodge City. In 2010, Michael obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the Pontifical College Josephinum. In 2013, Michael will obtain a Masters of Theology from Newman University. Michael has experience in various areas including: catechizing candidates for RCIA, teaching faith formation (various ages), training and coordinating catechists, recruiting and managing volunteers, and other areas. If someone is interested, the Diocesan Human Resources Office has his resume available.
►Justice for Immigrants ~ A group in the Dodge City area has shown interest in forming a coalition to work for justice for immigrants. This group is not sponsored by any particular church or community. 38 people expressed interest in attending the first meeting, held on November 17, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. An invitation is extended to others who are interested in hearing about this emerging coalition. I would like to send you a report of the meeting and a sign-in sheet on which participants made choices about what aspects of the issue they were interested in pursuing.
Some choices listed were: Learn About the Issue of Justice For Immigrants; Pray for Justice for Immigrants; Write to Officials in Washington, DC; Lead Meetings; Serve on a Speakers Bureau; Serve on a Leadership Team. If you are interested, please contact Maria Musick at 620-227-3592.
Vol. X, No. 5