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December 2012 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
December 2012 --- Vol. X, No. 10

From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:


“One does not live on bread alone.
”  Jesus tells us the first Sunday of Lent.

Bro. Andre of “Andre’s Hearth” writes: Life is busy – there is no doubt about that.  There is always something to do, something to occupy the mind.  There is never enough time.  In the midst of the busyness of the day, we find time to take nourishment, to grab a bite to eat. As we take time to eat physical food, it is important to remember that we also need to take time to be fed spiritually.

Word Working allows us to do just on the Word that becomes flesh and blood.

This Lent amidst our year of faith, I invite and encourage you to allow the Word to nourish you and your faith.  Gather as family, with neighbors, with fellow parishioners perhaps those with whom you are familiar and those you may not be and allow the Word to work.

More information about Word Working Lent 2013 may be found at or by contacting Becky Hessman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1530.

I pray that the Lord will open each of our hearts to the power of the Word and increase our faith. My prayers continue to Advent blessings to be abundant for you and yours and that Christmas may open even more fully the gifts of God's love for us all.  Remember Jesus loves us more that we can ask or imagine!

+John B. Brungardt
Bishop of Dodge City


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




► Currently two Protecting God’s Children sessions are scheduled (both in English):
Dodge City: Sunday, December 9 from 3:00-6:00 pm at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Garden City: Sunday, December 16 from 1:00-4:00 pm at St. Dominic Parish Center

For more detail go to the Safe Environment page of our diocesan website:

Safe Environment Lessons: A reminder that a report was due to be turned in to Sister Janice by December 7 indicating the dates safe environment lessons were presented to students in your religious education program or Catholic School.

► Solemnity of Immaculate Conception

This year December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, is on Saturday.  As the Patronal Feastday of the United States, this solemnity is always a holyday of obligation (except when transferred to Monday, December 9 as it will in 2013).  Therefore, holyday Masses may be celebrated the evening of Friday, December 7 or the morning/early afternoon of Saturday, December 8.

Masses that are celebrated the evening of December 8 are the anticipated Mass of Sunday, December 9, the 2nd Sunday of Advent.


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:


► Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from November 20, 2012.

► 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!

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




► Our Lady of Guadalupe and Christmas Coverage
Pastors—are you in a bind (linguistically or geographically) for covering your parish needs for Christmas or the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe? As of now, I’m available (and happy) to assist with some of your obligations for those celebrations. 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.

► Quo Vadis Retreat – December 28-30, 2012 - for single men (high school seniors through age 30) who are asking the question: What does God want me to do with my life?  There is no charge and transportation is provided to the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, where the retreat is held. Register online by Dec. 20 at or contact me at 620.227.1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International and National Annual Vocation Celebrations
The Church annually gives us opportunities to celebrate vocations. Three of these annual events include:

► National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) ~ January 13-19, 2013
This annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States is dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

Every parish will receive special prayer cards to pray for our seminarians and for all religious vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.  [The cards will arrive by UPS from Spearville News in time for National Vocation Awareness Week.]  Please ask young people in your parish to distribute the cards following the weekend Masses on January 12th and 13th.

► World Day for Consecrated Life (WDCL) ~ February 2/3, 2013
Save the Date – World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated Saturday, February 2, 2013 at St. Andrew Church in Wright with Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a special meal. All are invited to join with Bishop Brungardt in demonstrating our appreciation for the women and men religious in our midst by attending this special celebration.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations (WDP) ~ April 21, 2013
The USA Council of Serra International carries free downloadable vocation awareness materials both in English and Spanish for these three annual vocation days and are available here.


Register your youth now for the Diocese of Dodge City pro-life pilgrimage to Topeka on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Join Fr. Wesley and other pro-life leaders for a day of prayer, activity, and public witness to the value of every human life.

  • 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 a youth session, Mass, lunch, March to the Capitol Building, and a rally on the Capitol steps.
  • Leave Topeka around 4:00 to return back to the Diocese, with return stops in Great Bend and Dodge City.
  • Cost is $30 for youth and youth leaders (includes lunch, transportation, youth session, rally);
  • 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 Alba Ortiz, Diocese of Dodge City, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801, 620-227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:




  • The 2012-2013 Bulletin inserts are available now on the stewardship webpage. See them by Clicking Here
    • 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.
    • Jazz up your parish bulletin using free resources and common programs found on most PCs. Contact the stewardship office to schedule a free session to refresh and teach bulletin editors common ways to enhance readability of the parish bulletin. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • The end of year is upon us. Does your parish report look like this **CLICK HERE** If it doesn’t you are in luck. The office of stewardship has made available a template of a yearend 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.


From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:




Pastoral Ministry Formation Spring Courses

► THEO 2023 – Theology of the Church (3)
Instructor:  Trish Keller
Interactive Television
Dates: Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 9, 16, 2, 23
Online Class – Weeks of Feb. 2, 23, Mar. 16
Sat. mornings 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
A study of the nature of the Church as it has been understood through the centuries.  The course begins with the New Testament, progresses through the Fathers of the Church, examines the ecclesiology of Vatican II and concludes with a study of post-Vatican II theologies of the Church.

► THEO 4881 Science through the Eyes of Faith (1)
Instructor:  Fr. Henry Hildebrandt
Interactive Television
Dates:  Wednesday, Feb. 20, 27, Mar. 6, 20
Class Time:  6:00 pm. To 9:00 pm.
The course examines the Catholic Faith and the development of modern science.  Students will explore the impact of the faith and the faithful on astronomy, botany, chemistry, physics, agriculture, biology, medicine, geology, mathematics, and architecture and the development of the modern scientific method.


"Marriage and Family:  The Call to Love and Life"
Presenter:  Deanna Jones
Wed., Jan. 9 (6 to 9) or Sat. Jan. 12 (9-12)
Sun., Jan. 13 Spanish (3 to 6)
Marriage & Family: The Call to Love & Life
highlights God's plan and purpose for marriage, revealing that the grace and strength that comes through the sacrament gives families the ability to change the world.  We invite you to join us as we (re)discover the great gift of this vocation and the ways we can begin teaching children and adults the value of a Christian marriage.


►The Catholic Social Service 2012 Annual Appeal kicks off on December 1st. The appeal provides funds for pregnancy counseling, adoption services, addiction counseling, marriage and relationship classes, resources for families who are not able to meet their basic needs, throughout southwest Kansas. The Annual Appeal Brochure explains the services, ways to donate, and can be downloaded and printed here: Please share the brochure with parishioners.

The next series of Adoption Workshops for couples who are interested in adopting an infant have been scheduled for January 11 & 25, and February 8 & 16th at the Cathedral in Dodge City. For more information and registration, couples are asked to call 620-792-1393.

Kansas Love Letters is a Public Awareness Campaign sponsored by the four Catholic Charities agencies in Kansas to promote free relationship education workshops and services to help individuals and families throughout the state. Please share this resource with parishioners. For more information, please visit

Catholic Social Service staff and volunteers will be helping to get a count of homeless persons in southwest Kansas during the last ten days in January 2013.The count is significant because it helps us to understand the demographics and scope of persons experiencing homelessness in our area, and to subsequently secure funding to help those individuals and families. For more information, and/or to volunteer, please call Pattie McGurk at 620-792-1393.

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.

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.

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

► 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 December 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. 10

Diocese of Dodge City

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