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November 2012 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
November 2012 --- Vol. X, No. 8





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

Preists, please mark your calendar:  Pre-Lenten Day of Recollection, Thursday, February 7th, 10am, Cathedral.  Bishop Gilmore will lead the Day of Recollection.  Social and Dinner at the K of C follows.  More information will be forthcoming.

Catholic Leadership Institute is offering a follow-up to Good Leaders Good Shepherds and Tending the Talents November, 2012 -- Novermber, 2013, through four webinars and one on-site session.  Any who have participated in GLGS or TTT are welcome and invited to participate.  There is no change to participants.  See the attached schedule here.  For further information and/or to register, please contact Georgina Paz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 620-227-1531.

Please place orders with the Diocese for lector workbooks, etc. for this coming year. Orders will be placed by the Diocese so parishes can receive Diocesan discount, but materials will be sent to the corresponding parish. Requests can be made to Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500.

SourceBook for Sundays, Seasons, & Weekdays 2013
Workbook for Lectors 2013 USA
Year of Grace 2013 Large Paper Calendar
Large Laminated Liturgical Calendars
Catholic Handbook Visiting the Sick 2013





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


► A reminder of some of the deadlines for submitting information to Sister Janice:

Religious Ed programs: Roster of catechists and volunteers with regular contact with children – DUE DATE WAS OCTOBER 12.
Catholic Schools: Roster of teachers, educators, paid staff and volunteers – DUE DATE WAS OCTOBER 12.
Report of the Fall Lesson due no later than DECEMBER 8.

All of the forms for the above may be found on the Safe Environment page under the Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum tab (

► Check the Safe Environment page for a list of Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions already scheduled (


► Official Catholic Directory sheets were due back to Sister Janice OCTOBER 1.  Please turn these in as soon as possible.

Directive Pertaining to the Lamb of God

Recently the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Administrative Committee approved changes to its 2007 document Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship.  At that time [2007] the common practice in many parishes was to extend the singing of the Lamb of God, often required to accompany the Fraction Rite that included the pouring of the Precious Blood into chalices for the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds, by the addition of other Christological invocations (such as Jesus, Bread of Life; Jesus, Cup of Love; Jesus, Son of God; etc.).  It was noted that this had been a custom widely accepted in the United States and was also an acceptable practice in other languages.

Earlier this year, Cardinal Dolan, USCCB President, received a letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship noting that adding “tropes” or other Christological invocations to the Lamb of God was not in conformity with #130 of the Order of Mass, and requested that the USCCB make this information available to publishers and pastors.  The alteration is effective immediately, and affects all existing and future musical settings of the Lamb of God.  Therefore, #188 of the document Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship has been altered to remove any further permission for the use of Christological tropes or other adaptations to the text of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

(Excerpts from USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter, August-September 2012).


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 Georgina Paz, Human Resources/Employee Benefits Administrator:

2012-2013 Diocesan Directories have been mailed. Please let me know if you need additional copies, have updates or changes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

► Priests: if you haven’t yet completed the online Continuing Education Survey, please do so soon. Your input on topics and presenters for future retreats, convocations, and other events is valuable, and will be compiled to assist the Priest Continuing Education Committee. Thank you!


Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from September 18, 2012.





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

► The 2012-2013 Seminarian Posters have been distributed. Be sure to remove any posters you have of seminarians from previous years and place the new poster in a prominent place – in the church, social hall, and church office.   For additional posters contact: Becky Hessman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620.227.1530.

Need a suggestion of where not to put your poster? Check out Fr. Wesley’s recent video column Don’t Blame Me.

► Vocation Visits to your classroom, meeting, or special event

Now that a new school year has begun, I would be happy to visit your parish groups to share a lesson—or simply to share excitement—about God’s plan for each one of us, and specifically his plan of religious vocations for some. This opportunity is particularly for youth, but it need not be limited to them. A special invitation (and first priority in scheduling) goes out to those groups who I did not get the chance to visit last year. Please call me to discuss the possibilities of who, what, and when for your group.

► A New Cycle for Weekend Parish Visits

Pastors—I am truly blessed to have the freedom to visit parishes on the weekends and share the joy of God’s particular vocation for each of us and His call to religious vocations. Beginning with the 1st Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2012), I will start a new cycle of visiting each one of the parishes. If you already know of a weekend after that date that would be good for me to come, please call me soon. I will do my best to accommodate your request.

► Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Coverage

Pastors—are you in a bind (linguistically or geographically) for covering your parish needs for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe? As of now, I’m available (and happy) to assist with some of your obligations for the Feast. Don’t worry—this doesn’t “use up” my annual weekend vocations visit to your parish(es). Please find the weekend that’s best for you.

Standing up for Life on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade!

Tentative plans are underway for young people from the Diocese of Dodge City to once again be present in Topeka, KS on January 22, 2013. As in years past, this one day bus trip will provide high school and college-age students from Southwest Kansas the opportunity to prayerfully, actively, and visibly stand up for life with others from throughout the state.

More information to come—mark your calendars and tell your youth!





From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

► Help your parishioners include your parish in their estate plan! 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 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 and make life easier. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today or text 620-639-2079!

► 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. 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..

► Only 58 gifts are needed to reach the goal of $150,000! People who love the idea of supporting seminarians or have a fond memory of a priest are encouraged to make a gift of 1000 to the endowment challenge grant! Remember, all gifts are welcome but only gifts of 1,000 qualify toward the $50,000 match from Catholic Extension. Plus all gifts must be made by December 31, 2012. Call 620-227-1537 or go to for more information.


► Directory Update: Fr. Seiwert has a new email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catholic Social Service

Catholic Social Service has a slick new e-newsletter! For a sample of the newsletter, click HERE, and to subscribe.

1. November is adoption awareness month and Catholic Social Service is hosting the second annual Bubbles for Babies event from November 12-16, 2012 to raise awareness about infant adoption. This week-long celebration is an opportunity for individuals to blow bubbles--both real and virtual--about their experiences and stories of adoption. The event culminates on November 17th, National Adoption Day, when one name will be drawn for a lucky prize. To be entered for the drawing, participants are asked to do the following throughout the week: (1) "Like" the Catholic Social Service Facebook page (if they haven't already); (2) Post adoption-related stories or memories on the Catholic Social Service Facebook Page (one entry for each recollection); (3) Follow the Catholic Social Service Twitter Page (if they haven't already); (4) Retweet Catholic Social Service tweets; or (5) Stop by the Catholic Social Service Adoption Awareness Month Open House on Wednesday, November 14th between 8 am and 5 pm. For more information, contact Rebecca Ford at 620-792-1393.

2. Free infant formula is available at all three Catholic Social Service offices for young parents who are struggling to make ends meet. If you would like to have some at your parish for those in need, please call the Catholic Social Service office at 620-792-1393 to make arrangements for pick-up or delivery.

3. Please help Catholic Social Service save money and paper by subscribing to the Catholic Social Service e-Newsletter at We include monthly articles and tips for families, relationships, making ends meet, and more, in southwest Kansas.

4. Kansas Catholic Charities relationship education and marriage enrichment workshops are taking place statewide. Pre-registration is required for these free workshops. To sign up for these classes in southwest Kansas, go to

5. The Catholic response to disasters in the United States is coordinated by Catholic Charities USA's Disaster Response Office. To help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, go to

►  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 November Monthly Notes. To submit items for the MONTHLY NOTES section, please email items to Alba Ortiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vol. X, No. 9

Diocese of Dodge City

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

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