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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

July 2016 --- Vol. XIV, No.  VII





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


On July 5, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, offered a keynote address at the Sacra Liturgia Conference in London.

There, he asked the audience of about 200 people to start offering Mass ad orientem (facing east).  He noted, “You may have read my article of June 2015 in L’Osservatore Romano, and my recent interview in May this year, with the French journal Famille Chrétienne. On both occasions, I stated that I believe it is very important that we return as soon as possible to ad orientem worship; priests and congregation facing the same direction, eastwards, or at least towards the apse, towards the Lord who comes, at those points when we address God in the liturgical rite.”

A report in the National Catholic Register noted, “The east has significance as the place where the sun rises, symbolizing the resurrection of Christ and his second coming.  Advocates say it better focuses the priest and congregation on worshipping God together, rather than creating an inward-looking community feel. They also cite the antiquity of the practice, which goes back to the first centuries of the Church and is still practiced in traditional Catholic parishes and religious orders.”

The Cardinal continued: “This practice is permitted by current liturgical legislation. It is perfectly legitimate. Indeed, I think that it is a very important step, to make sure God is truly at the center of our celebration.  And so, dear fathers, I ask you to implement this practice whenever possible, with prudence and the necessary catechesis and pastoral competence, knowing that this is something good for the Church and the people of God.”

The speech brought reaction from many Church leaders, liturgical scholars, and bloggers.  

[July 10]  A Response from Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster:

In response to a number of enquiries, in the light of Cardinal Sarah’s recent personal comments, I take this opportunity of reminding all priests of the importance of ensuring that every celebration of the Liturgy is carried out with all possible dignity. Whether the celebration of the Mass is simple or elaborate, it should always be characterised by that dignity which helps to raise our minds and hearts to God and which avoids distracting confusion or inappropriate informality. 

I also remind our priests that the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, approved by the highest authority in the Church, states in paragraph 299 that ‘The altar should be built apart from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever possible. The altar should, moreover, be so placed as to be truly the centre toward which the attention of the whole congregation of the faithful naturally turns. The altar is usually fixed and is dedicated.’

A clarification from the CDW in September 2000 addressed the question as to whether GIRM 299 excludes the possibility of celebrating Mass ‘versus absidem’ (i.e. ‘eastward’ facing), and confirmed that it does not. But it also ‘reaffirms that the position towards the assembly seems more convenient inasmuch as it makes communication easier’. Thus the expectations expressed in GIRM 299 remain in force whenever the Ordinary Form of Mass is celebrated.

Finally, may I emphasise that the celebration of the Church’s Liturgy is not a place in which priests are to exercise personal preference or taste. As the last paragraph of the GIRM states so clearly, ‘The Roman Missal, though in a diversity of languages and with some variety of customs, must in the future be safeguarded as an instrument and an outstanding sign of the integrity and unity of the Roman Rite’ (399).

A Response from the Vatican (July 11)

The Vatican released a statement which said that the media misinterpreted Cardinal Sarah’s remarks.  In a communiqué issued this evening, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Cardinal Sarah “has always rightly been concerned about the dignity of the celebration of the Mass,” in order that it might adequately “express an attitude of respect and adoration of the Eucharistic mystery.” 

Some of his expressions were misinterpreted, however, as if they announced new indications differing from those given thus far in the liturgical norms and in the words of the Pope regarding the celebration versus populum [towards the people], and regarding the Ordinary rite of the Mass.

Therefore, it is good to remember that in the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani (General Instruction of the Roman Missal), which contains the norms regarding the Eucharistic celebration and is still in full force, n. 299 states: “Altare extruatur a pariete seiunctum, ut facile circumiri et in eo celebratio versus populum peragi possit, quod expedit ubicumque possibile sit. Altare eum autem occupet locum, ut revera centrum sit ad quod totius congregationis fidelium attentio sponte convertatur,” (The altar should be built apart from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever possible. The altar should, moreover, be so placed as to be truly the center toward which the attention of the whole congregation of the faithful naturally turns”).

For his part Pope Francis, on the occasion of his visit to the Congregation for Divine Worship, expressly recalled that the “Ordinary” form of the celebration of Mass is the one laid down the Missal promulgated by Paul VI, while the “Extraordinary” form, which was permitted by Pope Benedict XVI for the purposes and in the manner he explained in the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, should not take the place of the “Ordinary” form.

There are therefore no new liturgical directives envisaged to begin next Advent, as some have wrongly deduced from some of Cardinal Sarah’s words, and it is better to avoid using the expression “reform of the reform,” in referring to the liturgy as it is sometimes been a source of misunderstandings. 

This was expressed during a recent audience granted by the Pope to Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.  [end of quotation from Vatican Statement]

FORMATION FOR LITURGICAL MINISTRY…is a collaborative effort of the Salina and Dodge City Dioceses to support and encourage liturgical life in our parishes.  Bishop Weisenburger and I encourage every parish in our dioceses to have one or more parishioners prepared with the certificate available through participation in this offering of our Pastoral Ministry Formation Program so they can serve the parish as a resource for the source and summit of the life or our Church.  In Dodge City, this opportunity is available both in English and Spanish.  Information has been mailed to parishes.  You may also visit:  

The second edition of "The Order of Celebrating Matrimony" is available for pre-order through Liturgical Press. They will be publishing an English Ritual Edition and a Bilingual Edition as well as liturgical participation aids.  The Parish will receive a 35% discount if ordered through the Chancery.   Click here for a flyer. To order contact Gayla Kirmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please include the product order number, complete description and the number needed. The books will be available for distribution at the Priest Convocation in October when Fr. Paul Turner, a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and well-known speaker and writer on liturgical/sacramental topics, will present a workshop on the Revised Rite of Marriage. 

Below are some Ongoing Formation of the Clergy Offerings Father Ken VanHaverbeke is presenting at the Spiritual Life Center this July for the Wichita priests. Dodge City priests  are invited to attend. The cost for each is $20, but really, no one will be refused! 

“A Pastoral approach to the sin of pornography.”  This two hour workshop will highlight the problem and some pastoral solutions especially in the confessional.  This sin which mainstream society now accepts as normal, creates a “millstone around one’s neck” (Luke 17:2) which weighs down one’s life.  It destroys relationships and is a hook which easily enters under one’s skin, but is most difficult to extract.  The workshop will offer some resources and pastoral solutions for priests. (July 6, 1-3pm) 

“How to increase stewardship participation in your parish.”  This workshop will offer practical ideas of how to increase stewardship participation in the parish with topics such as: how to create year round stewardship awareness; communication; community building; tithing and the Sunday offerings; and the history of stewardship in the diocese.  We will also address the threats to stewardship such as complacency, lack of inspiration, failure of formation, and lack of lay leadership really leading.  (July 14 10am-2pm) 

“What is a parish pastoral council? And what do I do with one?”  Every parish should or does have one, but most of us were not schooled in what to do with this lay leadership council.  This workshop will give an understanding of what a council is, models or approaches, structure, and finally concrete examples of what a pastoral council does.   (July 21, 1-3pm) 

“Same Sex Attraction: A pastoral response” – How do we respond as a priest faithful to the gospel and the magisterium, when someone confides in you that he or she is struggling with homosexuality?  As a representative of Christ, we want to respond with gentleness, patience, understanding, and fidelity to the truth.  This presentation will discuss how we can best respond and offer practical resources for the priest. (Not yet scheduled) 

Spiritual Life Center in the Diocese of Wichita

7100 East 45th Street North

Bel Aire, Kansas 67226

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…






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

The Priest Compensation document, revised annually in July to reflect changes in various aspects of compensation to priests, is now available on the Chancellor page:

A continual reminder to request a testimonial of suitability whenever a visiting priest from another diocese, religious community or organization comes into your parish.   And, if a priest or deacon will be visiting another diocese, please contact Sister Janice as soon as possible so a testimonial of suitability can be sent for you.






 From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click HERE for notes of the June 21 Presbyteral Council meeting. 


Mark Roth PicFrom Mark Roth, Director of Development:



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

 National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week: July 24-30

 “Natural Family Planning. Love, Mercy, Life. Opening the Heart of Marriage” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to celebrate God’s vision for marriage and promote the methods of Natural Family Planning.  Bulletin inserts and other promotional materials are available for download on the USCCB website (  You are also encouraged to share other resources on NFP with parishioners during this week.  A listing of NFP resources and NFP teachers available throughout the diocese in English and Spanish are available at

During NFP Awareness Week the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be offering Intro Sessions to NFP on Sunday, July 24 and Wednesday July 27, as well as an Introduction to the Theology of the Body on Monday, July 25.  These workshops are open to everyone and are excellent for marriage preparation or marriage enrichment!  Please contact Deanna Johnston for information on these events or for suggestions of other ways your parish can celebrate NFP Awareness Week.  






From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship

The stewardship conference is coming soon. Posters have been mailed to each pastor and parish life coordinator. Please share this with Catholics in the Diocese of Dodge City. With all the yuck, muck and downright negativity on our TVs, internet, and even personal conversations, it is time to bring hope and happiness into the lives of the people we meet. 

Two topics for this conference: the 4 Levels of Happiness and Making Hope Happen. These topics will help us be light where there is darkness. 

To register and download a flier go to: 






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 Sessions:  

Garden City

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
From: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Dominic Parish Center
615 JC St.
Garden City, KS 67846
Contact Person: Sr. Myra Arney (620) 276-3500

Debra Dechant (620) 276-2024   PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart




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

Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards

Please remove the seminarian posters and prayer cards from your church, school, parish hall, etc. New posters will be distributed in the fall introducing our seminarians for the 2016-2017 year.

Renewal Days invitation for the public. Come pray with and for our seminarians 

All are invited to join Bishop John, Fr. Wesley, and all the Dodge City seminarians for a Holy Hour from 10:30 – 11:30 am, Saturday, July 30th, St. Patrick Church, Great Bend. It will be an opportunity to pray in front of our Eucharistic Lord both with and for the seminarians of our Diocese.

Seminarian Send-off in Great Bend

Bishop John will be blessing our seminarians as they begin their new academic year at the following Masses: St. Patrick - July 30 at 5:00 pm (English); St. Rose – July 31 at 10:00 am (English); St. Rose at 12:30 pm (Spanish). Each Mass will be followed by an opportunity to meet and greet the seminarians. Come offer your prayers and best wishes as they prepare to return to school.







 From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry

 Formation in Liturgy welcomes all involved in liturgical ministry:  Lectors, Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, Greeters, Sacristans, Music Ministers, Priests, Deacons, Liturgy Commission Members, RCIA teams, Art & Environment Committees, Members of the Assembly. 

Those serving the liturgy of the Church need to have an understanding of the liturgy, an appreciation of particular ministries and their relationship to other ministries, and a willingness to give of their time and talent for the glory of God and for the sake of the assembly. 

Bishop Brungardt encourages every parish to have one or more parishioners prepared with a Liturgy Certificate so they serve the parish as a resource for the source and summit of the life of the parish, the Liturgy.   

To obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry one needs to complete the two core courses and three electives for credit in the Pastoral Ministry Formation Program.  

The first class for the Liturgical Ministry Certificate begins this fall.

Click HERE for a booklet on formation for Liturgical Ministry


THEO 3053 Sacramental Theology (3 Hours)

Instructor: Fr. Frank Coady 

Nine Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon from Sept. 10 - Nov. 5.

Location:  Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses

For more information and/or to register:

Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation,

Diocese of Dodge City, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 620-227-1538, PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801

 Cost: 3 hr. course for credit - $150.00*

3 hr. course for personal enrichment - $75.00* 

*price quotes do not include books

Click HERE for a booklet on formation for Liturgical Ministry


 THEO 4881 The Religion of Islam (1)

Instructor: Sr. Joan Wolf

Four Wednesday evenings 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Location: Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses

Cost:  Credit-$50.00  Personal Enrichment-$25.00

Price quotes do not include books


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:

►Reminder:  I will be out of the office for all of July continuing in pursuit of a Master of Arts, Theology degree at Notre Dame. Please continue to pray for me.


From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools


  From Catholic Charities:

Catholic Charities is Hiring! We are looking for an energetic, well-organized, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) individual to fill the full-time position of a Safe Release Support Specialist who will provide fingerprinting and support services to sponsors of unaccompanied children. For more information, interested candidates should visit

Infant Adoption Education and Training: The Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Education and Training schedule is as follows: 

(1) Orientation: Friday, July 22nd from 2 to 4 pm at the Newman University Cafe, 236 San Jose Suite 39, Dodge City, KS 

(2) Unpacking the Suitcase: Friday, September 16th from 1:30 to 4:30. Location TBD.

(3) Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Friday, October 14th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Location TBD.

This ongoing program is for couples who struggle with infertility and who are interested in learning more about growing their family through infant adoption. For more information, or to register, contact Lori Titsworth at 620-792-1393, or Amy Falcon at 620-227-1590.

Tornado Relief: Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas has set-up a disaster relief fund to help with the long-term tornado recovery process for those who were affected by recent tornadoes. All donations made to this fund will support long-term recovery for victims, not covered by other agencies. Catholic Charities will not divert these funds to other purposes or administrative costs. To get assistance, or to donate to the Catholic Charities Disaster Relief Fund, call 620-227-1592, or visit


 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..

Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic School is requesting the honor of your presence, Saturday, September 3, as they celebrate 100 years of Catholic education.  Please click HERE for a flier with complete details for the event.    


This concludes the July 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. VII

Diocese of Dodge City

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