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May 2013 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
May 2013 --- Vol. XI, No. 5

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



June Priests’ Retreat

Retreat will be June 2-6 at the Spiritual Life Center and the retreat director will be Fr. Simeon Gallagher. The schedule for the retreat is available by clicking here.

Bed size preference (twin/double) and whether you will be at the Sunday meal (5:30pm) are due to Alba by May 17th, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (620) 227-1525. If you are not planning to attend, please inform Bishop Brungardt of your retreat plans.

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




► Letters of Suitability and Celebrets:

Priests and Deacons, a reminder that if you plan to travel to another diocese and minister in any way, most Dioceses require that a letter of suitability be sent ahead of time.  So, if you know you will be traveling, please let me know a few weeks in advance with the dates and manner in which you may be ministering so that we can get a suitability letter sent.  With a few weeks’ notice, I can also prepare a celebret card for you to carry.  However, the celebret usually is no longer sufficient by itself as a testimony of good standing.  Rather, the suitability letter is what is now required by most Dioceses.

The same requirement is made if you know of any priest or deacon coming to your parish from another diocese.  We need to receive a letter of suitability from the priest or deacon’s bishop (or delegate), or if a religious a letter of suitability from the appropriate superior (or delegate).  Suitability forms may be found on our website:


A reminder as parishes plan for mission trips, summer vacation bible school sessions or any other activities that involve youth and adults: all adults must be fully compliant (completed background check and has attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session) prior to assisting with the youth activity.

From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:


Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from April 16, 2013. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:


►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

► The Stewardship conference is the event to attend in 2013. The stewardship office is eagerly anticipating the keynote address from Vatican Correspondent John Allen Jr. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the global Catholic Church and the possible directions it is going. See a short lecture by John below.

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:



►Companion Camp 2013

Boys entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in the fall are invited to an unforgettable weekend of faith, fun, and fellowship at Conception Seminary College, Missouri.

When:  June 14-16   [Register by Jun 6]  
Cost: $100 [covers room, all meals and a T-shirt]

Fr. Wesley and other adult leaders will provide transportation for 18 boys, leaving from Dodge City.  For more information, a brochure or to register, contact Becky Hessman at 620.227.1530 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. But we can’t do it without help!

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

Deadline is June 1.

►Click to pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City
English rosary
Spanish rosary

►Coverage during June Priest Retreat

This year I will not be making my retreat in June at the Spiritual Life Center. However, I do plan to be in the Diocese; so if I can help with covering funerals (and perhaps even emergencies) in your parish—so that you can be free—please keep that in mind.

►Availability for weekend vocations visits

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

•             May 18-19
•             May 25-26
•             June 8-9
•             June 22-23 (depending on location)
•             July 20-21??
•             July 27-28
•             August 10-11
•             August 17-18
•             August 24 (Saturday only)

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


From Steven Polley, Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation:



As we our catechetical programs for the year reach and end and as we set our sights on the summer months I would ask that you assist the Youth Office in promoting two things.

1)  The two summer camps set for June 3 – 6 for all current 5th and 6th graders and June 17 – 20 for all current 7th and 8th graders.  These four days of camp truly do help shape and form our young people in the faith, so any help in inviting and encouraging these youth to attend is greatly appreciated.

2)  Over the past year the TEC movement in the diocese has struggled, since we were forced to cancel both the November and March TEC’s.  Thus our focus is on this summer with one TEC scheduled for July 6 – 8 in Garden City and a second TEC scheduled for August 3 – 5 in Pratt.

TEC is designed for Juniors and Seniors in high school, so for the summer months we can look to all current sophomores – seniors and even young adults to be part of the TEC experience.  Of the many ministries stemming from the Youth Office, TEC is the one that leads participants to a deeper understanding of the Paschal Mystery and living the Paschal Mystery in our daily lives.  As they grow in age and maturity, this encounter with Christ helps them make many crucial decisions during these remaining years of high school and preparation for college.

I thank you for all you continue to do, and I thank you for helping promote both our camping ministry and TEC ministry.

Steven Polley


►All are invited to honor Fr. Charles Mazouch on the occasion of the Fortieth Anniversary of his Ordination to the Order of Priesthood on Sunday, May 26, 2013 for Dinner at 12:00 noon, or a reception from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Joseph Parish Center 110 West Second, Ellinwood.  Fr. Chuck politely requests no gifts.  Please reply by May 20, 2013 to the parish office, 620-564-2534 if you plan to attend.

►The funeral schedule for Fr. Louis Hoang’s mother  Agnes Hoa Thi Nguyen is: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 7:00 PM - Vigil and Rosary, At St. John Vianney Church. 920 Keolu Drive. Kailua, HI. 96734-3842, Phone: (808) 262-8317, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 10:30 AM -Mass of Christian Burial, at  St.John Vianney Church.

Fr. Louis, his mother, and all their family are in our prayers.

►There will not be a DRE Day, June 1, 2013.  Stay tuned for further developments.

A.C.T.S. Retreat

The ACTS Retreat (an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) is a parish-based, lay-led retreat modeled on the Cursillo.  It began in the San Antonio Archdiocese and has spread to other dioceses.  Msgr. Waldo of the Amarillo Diocese realized that their diocese was too small for ACTS to be a parish-based retreat, so he proposed revisions to create a more diocesan-based retreat.

Some parishioners from Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend and from the Cathedral have traveled to Amarillo to make the retreat with a vision of  possibly growing the ACTS retreat in the Diocese of Dodge City.

A first retreat in the Diocese could be either a men’s retreat or a women’s retreat.  The team for the retreat would come from either San Antonio or Amarillo.  As more people experience the retreat, eventually there might be the possibility that we could be able to staff the retreat.

Pastors wishing more information on the ACTS retreat can contact Paula Brozek, Prince of Peace Parishioner, Home Phone:  620-793-8172; Cell:  620-641-0545; email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For further information or  If interested, one can visit with Fr. Ted Skalsky or Fr. Reggie Urban.

► Catholic Social Service:

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. 5

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