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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

April  2016 --- Vol. XIV, No.  IV





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

Please continue to pray for my speedy recovery from brain tumor surgery – God is so good! 

With great joy I, as your bishop, call three of our sons to be Ordained this Spring for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.  Mark Brantley and Jacob Schneider will be ordained transitional Deacons on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 10 a.m. Holy Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.  Deacon Juan Salas will be ordained a Priest on Saturday, June 4, at 10:00 a.m. Holy Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.  You, my priests, your family, friends, parishioners and guests are most cordially invited to participate in these celebrations of the immense love of Jesus Christ.  Please come to see your future brother parish priests receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in this extraordinary blessing from our Merciful Father. 

I encourage each Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City to participate in one or both Ordination Masses.  Please have your staff, parish council, a committee, or a group organize a carpool: pickups, vans, Suburbans, wheat trucks, semis!  Let's fill the Cathedral with the faithful who celebrate the ordination of their future parish priests.  Our last ordination was May 2011 (Father Don Bedore—thanks be to God for our newest diocesan brother!).  Let's "fill the house" in 2016!  I ask you to read aloud this email from me at your next Pastoral Council Meeting.  Gayla is coordinating this communication, so please contact her with any questions ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 620-227-1525 ). 

I ask that a special invitation go out from you to any boy or single man in your parish(es) or diocese, that you believe may benefit in participating in one or both ordination Masses.  Jesus said "Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19).   Personal invites are best.  Where do priests come from?  From families in parishes.  From dedicated, faith-filled, hard-working, loving, sacrificial families; families like your own, thanks be to God!  At times, parents may desire that their sons become husbands and dads.  This is perfectly natural and beautiful.  Yet, some of their sons are called by God to be priests, bringing us the Sacraments, Preaching the Good News, and Shepherding like Jesus Christ. 

In preparation for these gifts of Holy Orders, I also ask you to pray for these our brothers, Mark, Jacob, and Deacon Juan (all brother Knights).  May the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit strengthen them.  I ask that an intention be added in the Prayers of the Faithful through June 5..  After that, I encourage continued intentions for our boys and single men, our current and future seminarians, to listen to God's call to the diocesan priesthood, and for the humility and courage to follow that call; and for our families (the seedbed of vocations – Pope St. John Paul II) to be open to God's call of their sons to be diocesan priests.  If our son is called by God to be a priest, that will bring him the most fulfillment, the most joy, the most peace.  Teach our Moms and Dads: isn't that what they desire for their sons?  "Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'Take courage; it is I.  Do not be afraid'" (Matthew 14:27). 

I encourage other prayers to the Lord for priestly vocations.  One example below is from the Mass "For Vocations to Holy Orders," from "Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions #9."  I ask our priests to include this Mass option at times this Spring as Mark, Jacob, and Deacon Juan prepare for Ordination.  Mary, Mother of Seminarians, pray for us.  Thank you for your grateful hearts, generosity, and sacrifice in the Lord.  Jesus loves our seminarians, and each of us, more than we can ask or imagine! 


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…

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.

¡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:

The Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition has been approved.  Mandatory use begins December 30, 2016 on the Feast of the Holy Family.  Optional use may begin September 8, 2016.  Click HERE for information regarding one-day workshops being held around the country which will offer catechetical and other formation on the revised rite.

  Sacrament of Confirmation:  In light of Bishop Brungardt’s recent surgery and time for recuperation, he has granted to pastors and parochial administrators the faculty to confer the sacrament of Confirmation with baptized Catholics.  This faculty is in effect through May 31, 2016.  After that date, a priest will again need to request the faculty each time he wishes to confer Confirmation with someone who is baptized Catholic.  If a parish had a celebration of Confirmation with Bishop Brungardt scheduled to come, he will not be coming but the pastor or administrator has the faculty to confer the sacrament of Confirmation himself.  Also, a pastor or administrator may associate other priests with him (such as parochial vicars or a priest from another parish) to assist in conferring the sacrament.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1527.

 Documents to have on file:  With Father Henry’s recent unexpected death, I take this opportunity to remind all priests to be sure they have on file at the Chancery Office a current will, the names of those to contact at the time of death, the names of powers of attorney for health and/or financial decisions and preferences for vigil and funeral arrangements.  Not having these documents in place puts a great burden on many others who must deal with these important matters at the time of death.  

I will be out of the office from April 25 thru May 3.  Therefore, please submit any prenuptial documents for weddings scheduled around those dates as soon as possible.






 From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click HERE for the notes of the March 15 Presbyteral Council meeting.


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

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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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:  

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:

  Encounter with God’s CallThe 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

 Celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy with a weekend away for gathering, learning, praying.  Discover the “Me” in Mercy, April 29-May 1, 2016, Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.  

Three ways to learn new insights about God’s mercy.  Enjoy meals and socials with old and new friends from throughout western Kansas!

Pray throughout.  English and Spanish.  Sponsored by the Dioceses of Dodge City and Salina.  Presenters:  Fr. Frank Coady, Fr. Bob Schremmer, Fr. John Fahey.  

More information:   Contact:  Coleen Stein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.620-227-1538.

 Cost is: Commuters - $90.00  Double - $140.00, Single - $160.00.  Course cost for college credit is an additional $50.00


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:

 I wanted to just send a quick note regarding the packages that every parish will be receiving in the mail this week from Newman Connection: 

These packets are pretty self-explanatory, but here's the rub: 

* The info cards inside can be handed out to high school seniors at whatever time you think is most effective. (Youth group, graduation weekend mass, etc.) 

* After filling out what college they are attending, mail the cards back to Newman Connection 

* Newman Connection will then compile all the info from our diocese - as well as the info received from the rest of the country - and send it to me! 

* I will then be able to contact students from our diocese as they go off to college, as well as those students coming into our area for community college! 

All of this is to try and help our young people not just keep their faith in college, but to grow. It's an opportunity that I am deeply passionate about, but I need your help. Please ask your students to fill them out.

Prayer and Action is a Christ-centered mission trip in your own backyard! While God certainly calls some to be missionaries overseas 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:

The next Adoption Workshop for couples who would like to learn more about infant adoption will be on April 16th from 9 to 4 at Newman University in Dodge City (236 San Jose Drive. Lunch and snacks are provided. Registration is required. For registration and information, call Lori Titsworth at 620-792-1393.

  The 15th Annual Wine Tasting Event, supporting those in need through Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, will be held on April 29th at the Great Bend Events Center in Great Bend Kansas. Wine 101 Workshop begins at 6 pm; Tasting begins at 7 pm; Auction begins at 8 pm. $50 for one; $450 for a table of ten. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Best Western Angus Inn for overnight guests making their reservations by April 15th. For tickets and/or information, visit, or contact Rebecca Ford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-792-1393.


 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..


This concludes the April 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. IV

Diocese of Dodge City

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