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March 2013 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
March 2013 --- Vol. XI, No. 3



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



My Dear Priests,

For some time 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.

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


THE CHRISM MASS is 11:00am, Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Please designate people from your parish(es) to bring clean and marked containers for the sacred chrism and the holy oils to the Cathedral.  They may present the newly consecrated sacred chrism and blessed holy oils at the Holy Thursday Mass or whenever or however you choose.

An invitation is extended to all your parishioners to participate in the Mass. Each pastor may invite up to 8 people from each of his parishes to participate in the Mass and come to the meal. These designated 8 people are asked to pick up name tags in the gathering space - it is important for us get the names of your representatives as soon as possible - contact Peggy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before March 13th. The parishioners you designate to bring the containers are part of this 8 count.

This year’s jubilarians are Fr. Ultan Murphy and Fr. Eugene Kenny, 60th, Fr. James Baker, 50th, and Fr. Charles Mazouch and Fr. Anthony Suellentrop 40th anniversary of their ordination to priesthood. This year’s honorees are Deacon Martin Hermocillo who has recently retired from active ministry; Kathryn Werner who will soon retire from her service at the Chancery; Dan Stremel on his 25th anniversary serving the Diocese in the Finance Office; and Pastoral Ministry Program graduates, Maria Musick, Sara Smith, and Mike Stein.

Priests and deacons will vest in the St. Augustine/St. Monica rooms.  Please bring diocesan vestments.

Click here to view and print DIRECTIVES to give to the persons who bring the oil containers to the Chrism Mass



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



► Due to many parishes not having religious education sessions on Ash Wednesday and the recent inclement weather that cancelled some religious ed sessions, the deadline to submit the Winter DRE Report has been extended to March 22.


► The Annual Parish Report was due to me February 28.  If you have not submitted your report, please do so as soon as possible.

► 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.



From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:


Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from February 19, 2013. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 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
our website.

► The 2013 Region IX Stewardship Conference is Friday April 19 at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City. Registration is live and a conference brochure is on the stewardship website. All parishes need to send a member to this great experience designed to help parishes grow. Click here for more information.


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


► Kansas RCIA~RICA

For everyone involved in RCIA that means everyone…parishioners, pastors, catechists, parish music ministers, RCIA team members, sponsors and godparents, DREs, pastoral council members…everyone.

You are invited to come with old friends, to participate with new friends, and to learn together by doing.

April 5 & 6, 2013
Friday 6pm to Saturday 12 noon
Spiritual Life Center, Wichita KS

English and Spanish dual tracks - Presenters: Jerry Galipeau, Ken Canedo, Rudy Lopez, Fr. Tim Piasecki, Fr. Jerry Beat, Fr. Frank Coady, Fr. Bob Schremmer

Sponsors:  Dioceses of Dodge City, Salina, Wichita

Single Occupancy: $75.00
Double Occupancy: $68.00
Communter: $30.00

Registration through the Spiritual Life Center:


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


Encounter with God’s Call

The Encounter weekend is April 13-15.  Young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age – are invited to join Fr. Wesley for a road trip to Conception Seminary College.  The weekend is a time to hear talks and spend time with seminarians while enjoying time with other young men who are seeking God’s will in their life. There is no charge for the weekend and transportation is provided. Register online at or contact Fr. Wesley at 620.227.1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

► College Connection 2013

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:

•    From a Senior PSR class.
•    If you have a “graduation Mass” in May, have each graduate fill out the simple information as they gather for Mass.
•    If one senior knows the class well, get the info. from him/her.

For a printable card to use at your senior PSR class or “graduation Mass” click here.  Send completed cards to Vocations Office, PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801

Electronic sign up is available at

► Availability for weekend vocations visits

In Advent, 2012, Fr. Wesley began a new cycle of scheduling weekends to raise awareness of priestly vocations. Pastors, if you haven’t yet scheduled his visit, below are some available weekends coming up. Remember that you are welcome to be in or away from your parish(es) that weekend:

•    March 16-17
•    April 27 (Saturday only)
•    May 18-19
•    May 25-26
•    June 1-2
•    June 8-9
•    June 22-23 (depending on location)

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


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.


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 kicked 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.

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 March 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. XI, No. 3

Diocese of Dodge City

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

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