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April 2013 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
April 2013 --- Vol. XI, No. 4

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



Presbyteral Assembly – April 25-26, 2013 @ St. Dominic Parish, Garden City. The schedule is available here.

Sing to the Lord! - Day of Formation for Liturgical Musicians, Liberal, KS. 
Attached are the flyers for both the OCP retreat English track (here) on Friday evening, April 26 and the Spanish track (here) on Saturday, April 27.  Please share them with your musicians.

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



► There are still a few parish religious education programs and a few Catholic schools who need to submit the Winter report form that acknowledges that safe environment lessons were presented to the students.  Please submit this report as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind as parishes plan summer vacation bible school or mission trips that include minors that the adults need to be in compliance (a completed background check and attendance at a Protecting God’s Children awareness session) prior to the event/trip.

From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:


Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from March 19, 2013. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:


► The Region IX stewardship conference is Friday April 19th at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City KS. This is an excellent opportunity to learn wonderful skills to promote and live stewardship in a parish. At $90 per person it is a great value as well.

Click here for the conference brochure

Click here for the web page

►Do parishioners know how much more ministry can be accomplished in your parish with more financial resources? Do they know they can make significant gifts now and later? Do they know simple ways they can be a blessing and receive great tax benefits as well? If a parish does not help parishioners steward their resources many other good organizations will! It is time to stop being left out. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a planned giving seminar today. This is no boring presentation and designed to engage 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. 620-227-1537

► John Allen Jr., Vatican reporter will be at the 2013 stewardship conference. John has many years of experience interviewing Vatican officials as well Popes. There has be no better time to attend the Stewardship conference than this year. Below is a video to whet your appetite.

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


A Rosary for Vocations

An exciting new way to pray for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City is coming soon.  You will be able to pray the vocations rosary via your computer at in English or Spanish.   The luminous mysteries for all vocations are led by Bishop John Brungardt, youth, a married couple, a religious sister, and priests in our diocese.  The rosary can also be digitally downloaded to your portable device.  A limited number of CDs will be available for each parish.  If production goes as planned, the CDs will be distributed at the Spring Presbyteral Assembly in Garden City on April 25-26.

Pastors: Please give some thought to how many CDs you would like and specifically how you might distribute them. Some suggestions from the presbyteral council included: one for every homebound parishioner, one for each school family, each catechist, etc. We’ll make every attempt to accommodate your request. Please convey your thoughts to Becky Hessman or Fr. Wesley before or at the Assembly. The CD is not time-sensitive, and so could be distributed at the time you deem best.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is April 21. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The theme for this year's celebration is "Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith."  The theme underscores the hope that vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life bring to the entire Church.  Click here to read this year’s message of the Holy Father.

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


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

► The Catholic Social Service Twelfth Annual Charity Wine Tasting Event will be on Friday, April 26th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Club at Stone Ridge in Great Bend KS. Tickets are $35 per person, $250 for a table of eight, or $375 for a table of twelve). Proceeds help us to provide services for those in need throughout southwest Kansas. A block of rooms have been reserved for out-of-town guests who call Best Western Angus Inn before April 12th. For more information, visit To make reservations, contact Rebecca Ford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 620-792-1393.

The 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 April 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. 4

Diocese of Dodge City

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

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