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January 2013 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
January 2013 --- Vol. X, No. 11

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


We offer our sympathy to Father Jim Dieker on the death of his mother, Dorothy Agnes Dieker.  Her vigil is Friday, January 11th, 7pm and her funeral mass is Saturday, January 12th, 11am.  Both at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Westphalia, KS.

We hold Fr. Jim, his mother, and all their family in our prayer.

WORD WORKING – Lent 2013

“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


Our annual pre-lenten Day of Recollection is scheduled for Thursday, February 7th, at the Cathedral.  Bishop Gilmore will lead us in this Day of Recollection.  Schedule will be sent to priests via email.


Sunday, February 17th, 3pm, Cathedral.  Information will soon be requested from parishes.


My Dear Priests,

For sometime now, I have been working with the Presbyteral Council and the Continuing Formation Council on having a Spring Presbyteral Assembly.  I have decided to have an Assembly April 25-26 in Garden City.  I ask that all active priests reserve these dates and make every effort to participate fully in the Assembly.  Retired priests are most welcome to participate to the degree that they wish.

I feel that we have some very good times together:  the October Convocation, the Pre-Lenten Day of Recollection, and our Annual Retreat, as well as, our monthly gatherings in Deaneries.  But I felt that a piece was missing: a time we could gather to focus on our formation as a presbyterate and together address issues of common pastoral concern.

Father Rene Labrador has agreed to host us at the St. Dominic Parish Center.  Father Rene has also made arrangements for a block of rooms to be reserved for us at the Holiday Inn Express.  In consultation with the Councils, I have decided that the expense of the motel room may be reimbursed by your place of assignment.  Details are included below.

The schedule is still in process.  We will gather late morning of Thursday, April 25th and will conclude by early afternoon of Friday, April 26th.  The agenda is also still in process.  I continue to work with the Presbyteral Council and the Continuing Formation Council.  As plans and details unfold, I will apprise you of them.

I look forward to what I envision to be day filled with grace that can only help but provide even more energy and vision to our shared pastoral ministry for the good of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.

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

Holiday Inn Express
2502 E, Kansas

$81.00 per night
Breakfast provided

Mention the block of rooms reserved by St. Dominic Parish to get the reduced group rate.  You must register before March 25, 2013, to get the reduced rate. Remember, one may be reimbursed for this expense by one’s place of assignment. Retired priests may be reimbursed for this expense by the Diocese.


From Georgina Paz, Human Resources/Employee Benefits Administrator:


Catholic Leadership Institute is offering a follow-up to Good Leaders Good Shepherds and Tending the Talents November, 2012 -- November, 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 charge 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.


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



The Annual Parish Report forms will be sent electronically to pastors and parish life coordinators by January 15, 2013 (hopefully sooner).  The deadline to return the forms will be February 22, 2013.   In addition to the sacramental data sheets for baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral, please remember also to complete the history data form.  If you wish to submit a computer or database generated report for the sacramental reports, that is fine as long as the information we are requesting is included.


As of January 8, 2013, there were several parishes whom I had not yet received a DRE report form for the Fall 2012 safe environment lesson.  January 8 I emailed the DREs (and a copy to the pastors) to remind them of this.

Remember, too, that a second lesson is to be taught (for grades 3-12) during the winter months of 2013.  These are due to be returned to me by March 1, 2013.


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. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 15, 2013.


From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:


• A Finanacial Peace Univeristy short course is on for the Year of Faith. Sessions begin Sunday February 10 from 6:30 to 8 on ITV. Concact the Stewardship Office for more information or click the Stewardship page for more information.

• The 2013 Region IX Stewardship Conference Conference is Friday April 19 at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City. Save the date and plan to attend. Click here for a save the date card for your parish. More information coming soon.

  • If we do not ask, universities and everyone else asking will get gifts that could be going to your parish or school endowment! Contact Office of Development to schedule a time for a will and estate seminar. 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 include your parish in their plans.
  • Does your parish end of the 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..


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



National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) ~ January 13-19, 2013

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

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. RSVP for meal by Jan. 28 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620.227.1530.

Availability for weekend vocations visits

If you haven’t yet scheduled a weekend this year for Fr. Wesley to raise awareness of priestly vocations, below are some available weekends coming up. Remember that you are welcome to be in or away from your parish(es) that weekend:

  • January 19-20
  • January 26-27
  • March 16-17
  • April 20-21
  • April 27 (Saturday only)
  • May 11-12
  • May 18-19
  • May 25-26

Of course, there are weekends into the summer available as well.


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.


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

►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 January 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. 11

Diocese of Dodge City

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

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