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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

March  2016 --- Vol. XIV, No.  III





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

Jubilee of Mercy:  Please refer to our Diocesan page for resources.  You will find the tab on our home page…right under the picture of our Cathedral…

 Lenten Word Working for the Year of available in English and Spanish on our Jubilee of Mercy page. Please look for it.  It has some differences especially for the Jubilee.

Chrism Mass is Thursday, March 17th, 11am, at the Cathedral.  Please confirm your parish representatives and RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 10. 

Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Cathedral: I invite you, during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, to accept the invitation of our Holy Father to come to our Cathedral, to walk through the Holy Doors open especially for this Jubilee. Come be embraced by God’s mercy and renew your commitment to be among the blessed who are merciful.  In the communiques from the Holy Father’s office and from the Pontifical Commission for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which is coordinating the worldwide planning for this special jubilee, it was strongly suggested that there be one holy door in a diocese with that being at the cathedral.  It is again fortunate that our Cathedral is centrally located within our Diocese.  This allows us be to be able to implement the Holy Father’s wish.  Please find a Pilgrimage Guide at the site mentioned above.  A digital version for phone/tablet will soon be available

Holy Hour for the Jubilee…is now posted on our Jubilee of Mercy site.  Please see if you might want to make use of this as individuals, families, groups, parishes.

 Second Form of the Penitential Act: In pastoral practice, the second form of the Penitential Act seems to be one least chosen for the celebration of Mass in many parish settings.  The words of the second penitential act would be more than appropriate for use at Mass during the observance of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.  It captures the purpose of the Penitential Act and highlights for us the theme of the Jubilee Year of Mercy most appropriately.  Baruch, who was the secretary to the prophet Jeremiah, is credited with the first part of the dialogue. Here he expresses the penitential spirit that has fallen upon the Babylonian captives: “Hear, O Lord, for you are a God of mercy; and have mercy on us, who have sinned against you” (Baruch 3:2). Part two of the dialogue echoes Psalm 85:8: “Show us, Lord, your love; grant us your salvation”.

The Votive Mass – The Mercy of God: This Mass is found in the English edition of the Roman Missal under Votive Masses 2. The Postcommunion Prayer touches on the dimension of our showing mercy to our neighbor. It prays the merciful God to grant that as we are nourished by the Body and Blood of his Son, we may draw with confidence from the fountains of mercy and show ourselves more and more merciful towards our brothers and sisters.  Perhaps we could make good use of this mass for our various weekday celebrations of the Eucharist.

 The National Federation of Priests' Councils:  invites all priests to the National Federation of Priests’ Councils 48th Annual Convocation to be held April 18th – 21st – Indianapolis, IN.  Click here for the full invitation and details on how to register.

 Pope Francis clarifies the Holy Thursday Mandatum Rubric: The Vatican website has published a letter from Pope Francis to Cardinal Sarah confirming the Holy Father’s clarification that the washing of feet at the Holy Thursday mass is not limited to “men”.

The rubric for the washing of the feet in force until today read: “After the homily, where a pastoral reason suggests it, the Washing of Feet follows. The men who have been chosen (viri selecti) are led by the ministers to seats prepared in a suitable place. Then the priest (removing his chasuble if necessary) goes to each one, and, with the help of the ministers, pours water over each one’s feet and then dries them.”

According to the newly issued decree, the rubric will now read “Those chosen from among the People of God” instead of “The men who have been chosen”.

The Holy Father stated that the change was made to the wording of the rubric “so that it might express more fully the meaning of Jesus’s gesture in the Cenacle, His giving of Himself unto the end for the salvation of the world, His limitless charity”.

 Deacon Erasmo Rodriguez is in the hospital in Lubbock.  He is very weak.  He is scheduled for surgery.  Let us pray for our dedicated minister of the Gospel.  May our merciful Lord be with him and his family. 

¡Cantemos al Señor!  Dia de Formación para Ministros de Música (salmistas, cantores, miembros de coro, instrumentistas y todo miembros del ministerio de música).  8:30am – 4pm, Sábado, 16 de abril, Santa Rosa de Lima, Great Bend y Domingo, 17 de abril, Santa Maria, Garden City.  $15 por persona (materiales y almuerzo includios).  Click HERE flyer.






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

Priest as minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation: From time to time, clarification is sought as to the need for the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation, whether at the Easter Vigil or at some other time of the year:  A Priest DOES NOT need to request the faculty:  

- When a priest baptizes an adult according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, he immediately confirms him or her.  The law provides the faculty for the priest to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation.  [NOTE: The term “adult” for purposes of baptism “is to be applied to all those who, no longer infants, have attained the use of reason.” (c. 852, §2)]

- When a priest receives a baptized Christian into the Catholic Church according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, after the Profession of Faith the priest confirms the new member.  The law provides the faculty for the priest to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation.

- A Priest DOES NEED to request the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation when a priest confirms a baptized Catholic. 

To request the faculty to confirm, email Gayla Kirmer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the names of the individuals and the date confirmation will be celebrated.


Reminder regarding Baptism Certificates: Whenever you send in a baptism certificate with a prenuptial file or an annulment petition, either send me the recently issued certificate or if you send a photocopy, send BOTH SIDES of the ceritificate.  I want to see the notations side of the certificate as well as the front of the certificate. 

If you are requesting a baptism certificate from another parish, always request it “with notations.”  Similarly, when you receive a request for a baptism certificate, include on the certificate other sacramental notations that are noted on the baptism record.






 From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

The February meeting was cancelled.  Click HERE for notes of the January 26 Presbyteral Council meeting. (attached)  The next meeting is Tuesday, March 15. 


Mark Roth PicFrom Mark Roth, Director of Development:

2nd Annual Dechant Foundation Golf Tournament:-benefiting the retired Priests of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City will be held Friday, June 24, 2016, at The Golf Club at Southwind, 77 Grandview Dr, Garden City, KS.  The day will begin with registration at 11am with a 12 noon box lunch provided at the clubhouse, 1pm shotgun start golf tourney, followed by 6pm banquet.   For more information, contact Mark Roth at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  620-227-1535.  $500 for 4-person team.  Cost includes green fees, cart rental, lunch, banquet and hole prizes.  

Fruit of the Vine – Work of Human Hands-You may recall in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that the diocese sponsored a program called “God’s Little Green Acre”, a program to support seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City.

The program has recently been resurrected, but with a few more options.  The program is now called “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” and offers two ways to participate:

Fruit of the Vine is for individuals who would like to pledge profits from their earthly labors, such as profits from crop production, sale of livestock, oil production, wind generation profits…etc.

Work of Human Hands is designed for individuals or businesses who would like to pledge a portion of their business profits, annual income or simply give a cash donation to support our seminarians within the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.

Participation in the program will not only support our seminarians, but it will also provide a reminder to others who see your plaque or sign to pray for vocations, and will encourage others to participate as well. Please prayerfully discern supporting seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City through “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” by completing one of the applications (Click here for Applications and more information) and returning it to me at your earliest convenience.  If you know of others who might be interested in participating, please list their names as well so we can contact them too.

Thank you in advance for your generous support and consideration of this program.  If you need further information or if I can be of assistance to you in any other way, please feel free to contact me.


From Fr. Ted Skalsky & Deanna Johnston, NFP/Marriage & Family Life Team

"Theology of the Body"  a pod-cast in 4 parts,  presented by Fr John Riccardo, a priest from the Archdiocese of Detroit, is available on the diocesan website.  Fr. John Ricacardo is an expert on John Paul II's Theology of the Body and is a well-known speaker in the Detroit area.  His speeches are aired daily on Ave Marie radio.  

Natural Family Planning Teachers in the Diocese-The updated listing of NFP methods and teachers available has been posted on the Natural Family Planning documents page.  If you are aware of any NFP teachers who are not listed and would like to be included, or if there are individuals or couples who would be interested in NFP teacher certification please have them contact Deanna Johnston.

Sample Information Packets Available on Natural Family Planning– The Marriage and Family Life Team has a variety of brochures and other resources regarding Natural Family Planning and the Sacramentality of Marriage.  Many of these brochures are available in English and Spanish and are an excellent way to share information with parishioners (especially those preparing for marriage).  Many of these items can be ordered on or  Please contact Deanna Johnston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 620-225-4802 x 203 if you are interested in receiving a sample packet of brochures and a list of additional resources that might be helpful to your parish community. You can also for updated information and resources.

►Spanish Marriage Mentor Program- The effort to implement a program of Marriage Mentors is progressing rather slowly, but we have not given up on the idea. There have been some requests for training Spanish-speaking couples to serve as Marriage Mentors. We would like to take steps to move forward with this effort. Parishes that have a need for Spanish-speaking couples working in this ministry are asked to send to Fr. Ted Skalsky or to Deanna Johnston names of the couples who would be open to receiving this training.

For the present, it would be best if you do not have them take the Prepare Enrich Inventory. It seems better that Fr. Ted Skalsky would send in their names because Prepare Enrich has a special report that they send out to people who are registered to work with couples in groups. The best way to get this group report would be for the referral for the Prepare Enrich to come from Deanna Johnston or me. The parish referring the couple would be billed for the cost of the Inventory.

Our hope is that we could begin the Mentor training in the early fall. The training will address the theology and the spirituality of marriage. It will also give a basic training in using the Prepare Enrich. It would seem advisable that, when Mentor couples are in place, that the priest working with the couple see himself as working in conjunction with the Mentor couple in discussing the Prepare Enrich and not merely handing the report over to the Mentor couple.






From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship

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For Parishes with Solutio built websites, there are two new tutorials. St Dominic staff asked to learn how to add a link and a YouTube video to their site. 

How to Embed a video

How create a link to a website






From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


A reminder that all volunteers with regular contact with children and youth must be compliant PRIOR TO beginning any ministry with children/youth.  Compliant means they have already attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and already have a completed background check. For further details about these sessions, go to To schedule a PGC session, contact Goretti Sanchez ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620/227-1500).

Next English PGC Session:  

Sunday, March 6th , 2016

From: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic School
510 S. School St.
Ness City, KS 67560
Contact Person: Debbie Hagans (785) 798-3530
PGC Facilitator: Cherry Deges (620) 338-750

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

From: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center
214 N. Main St.
Ellinwood, KS 67526
Contact Person: Rachel Manley (620) 680-2119
PGC Facilitator: Donna Staab 




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

 Pastors:  would you like to have a Dodge City seminarian to be present and assist with your Triduum celebrations? They would be available in time for a Wednesday evening practice, and through your Easter Sunday liturgies. I ask that you feed them and provide a place for them to stay, but I leave it up to you if you wish to thank them in any other way. I hope you will consider this as an opportunity for you and him and your community. Please let me know if you would like to have one at your parish(es).

 Encounter with God’s Call: The Encounter weekend is April 16-18th.  Young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age – are invited to join Fr. Rene Labrador 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 Becky Hessman at 620.227.1530 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   






 From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry

 Pastoral Ministry Formation Spring 2016

THEO 4881 Eucharist:  Sacrament of Mercy (1 hour course)

Instructor:  Fr. Frank Coady

Course Description:

In the Eucharist, we renew the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ…our hearts are enlarged to receive and show mercy.

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita


THEO 4881 Works of Mercy-Essential Catholicism (1 hour course)

Instructor:  Fr. Robert Schremmer

Course Description:

In what new way could you practice one of the works of mercy on a personal, social, or even political level?

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita

Click HERE for the flier for more details


THEO 4881 Miscericordia en el Mundo Real (1 hour course)

Fr. Juan Fahey-Guerra

Course Description:  Buscamos el significado de la Misericordia en el siglo 21.

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita


For more information contact Coleen Stein, 620-227-1538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo



From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:



gentrys pic.jpg - 196.04 KbFrom Gentry Heimerman, Directory of Young Adult Ministry:


Prayer and Action is a Christ-centered mission trip in your own backyard! While God certainly calls some to be missionaries over seas and in foreign lands, we are all called to be on mission in our everyday lives.

The first week of summer, 2016, will be for college students only, followed by three more high school weeks. All in attempt to proclaim the good news of Jesus by way of painting houses, cleaning yards, and serving those most in need.
This integration of Ora et Labora will not just effect the houses and yards, but the hearts of students, parents, communities, and our diocese as a whole.

For questions, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be looking forward to applications!

The schedule for 2016 is:

June 19-24: College Week (Meade)

June 26-July 1: High School Week 1 (Meade)

July 2-5: Break

July 10-15: High School Week 2 (St. John)
July 17-22: High School Week 3 (St. John)


From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools


Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley



 From Catholic Charities:

Catholic Charities presents the 15th Annual Wine Tasting Event---on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at the Great Bend Events Center in Great Bend KS. Wine Tasting, hors d' oeuvres, live entertainment, and silent auction begins at 7:00 p.m.; Live auction begins at 8:00 p.m.. Admission is $50 per person, or $350 for a table of eight. All proceeds support those in need, regardless of faith, in southwest Kansas.



Engaged Encounter 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..

Baptismal Pool:  Saint Dominic Parish, Garden City no longer has need of this baptismal pool. It is 4 feet wide and made of oak.  It serves well for baptism by pouring. 

Pump, fountain, and hose comes with it.  No cost.  

Interested?  Visit with Father Reggie at St. Dominic.  For a picture, click HERE.  



This concludes the March Monthly Notes. To submit items for the MONTHLY NOTES section, please email items to Gayla Kirmer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vol. XIV, No. III

Diocese of Dodge City

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