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February 2013 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
February 2013 --- Vol. X, No. 12

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


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. 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.


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:



► Annual Parish Reports were emailed to pastors/administrators/parish life coordinators and secretaries January 23.  The deadline for returning them to Sister Janice is February 28, 2013.  The forms are also available on the diocesan website:

► Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation Resources

God’s Gift of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: This document also includes a Guide for celebrating the Sacrament.

Reconciled to Right Relationship, Called to Heal and Restore (in English and Spanish)

Priest celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation

No Faculty Needed: If the priest baptizes an adult (that is, all those who, no longer infants, have attained the use of reason – c. 852, §2) or receives a baptized Christian into the Catholic Church, the law provides the priest with the faculty to immediately confirm the new member.

Faculty Needed: If the adult was baptized Catholic, and now some years later is seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, then the priest needs to request from Bishop Brungardt the faculty to confirm.

When a priest needs to request the faculty to administer the sacrament of Confirmation, email Alba Ortiz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write a letter to Bishop Brungardt requesting the faculty to confirm, stating the date of the confirmation and the names of the candidates to be confirmed.


A reminder that a second safe environment lesson is to be presented to all children and youth sometime before March 1, 2013, when the report form is due to Sister Janice: Winter DRE Report Form Principal Form


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 January 15, 2013. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 19, 2013.


From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:


  • You are invited to join our pilgrimage to St John Vianney Seminary March 7, 8, 9 2013. This pilgrimage will include Mass, time with three of our four seminarians, deluxe coach transportation, time for prayer, a tour of the Mother Cabrini Shrine and dinner with our seminarians. Do not miss this great experience! More information can be found on the Stewardship page.
  • 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. Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information. Or click the Stewardship page for more information.
  • The 2013 Region IX Stewardship 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.



From Steven Polley, Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation



Once again we set our sites on the month of March.  Not only the heart of the Lenten Season, but like every year it contains two of our major youth events.  March 17 – 18 is the dates for our next TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) weekend for juniors and seniors and Sunday, March 24, (Palm Sunday) is the date set for the junior high youth rally.

Please take the time to encourage your high school juniors and seniors to prayerfully consider attending the TEC in Garden City, as well as the middle school youth grades 6 – 8 to attend the rally.  As we continue through this Year of Faith and beyond, both of these events will serve as powerful steps in the spiritual journey for each of these young men and women.

Thank you for all you continue to do.

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



The U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, with the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, are co-sponsoring the “Project Life and Liberty” postcard campaign. The target kick-off day for this event is the weekend of February 9-10, 2013, though a diocese or parish may set a later weekend. More information is located here.

If you are interested in participating as a parish, please let Alba Ortiz (227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know by February 13th how many postcard sets you need—and please specify English or Spanish. Each set contains 2 postcards for senators and 1 for a congressional representative. Postcards should arrive in the Diocese of Dodge City by the beginning of March.


►Directory Update: Fr. Trong Tran has a new mailing address: 3015 4th Street  NE, Washington, DC 20017-1102.

►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 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

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

►  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 February 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. 12

Diocese of Dodge City

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