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September 2016 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

September 2016 --- Vol. XIV, No.  IX

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

 October Continuing Education Convocation: Priests are asked to review the schedule for the upcoming October Continuing Education Convocation, October 2-6, 2016, at the Spiritual Life Center.  Please take particular note of Monday’s schedule.  Monday’s schedule needed to deviate from our usual schedule to accommodate our presenter, Fr. Turner.  Gayla has previously sent out the registration form. Click Here for the schedule. 
Catechist Jubilee: Pope Francis is inviting those involved in Catechesis to take part in the Year of Mercy Jubilee for Catechists in Rome from 23rd to 25th September.  Special jubilee days throughout the year are dedicated to groups of people in the Church.  Sunday, September 25th has been designated by the Holy Father as a Jubilee for Catechists.  In the Diocese of Dodge City, we are anticipating this Jubilee Day on a diocesan level on Sunday, September 18th.  I invite all catechists in Parish Schools of Religion, Parish Faith Formation Programs, RCIA, and our Catholic School Teachers to join me beginning at 2pm at our Cathedral, Sunday, September 18th to celebrate this special day in this special year of Mercy.  Please click here for details in English and here for details in Spanish.  On the 18th we will replicate the activities that the Holy Father will offer to the Catechists gathered with him in Rome.  Catechists play a vital role in the life of the Church. Through word and action these “echoers of the Word” proclaim Christ’s message in such a way so that others may come to know and follow Jesus Christ. These irreplaceable evangelizers provide vitality, witness, and inspiration that is absolutely necessary for the spreading and passing on of the faith. We are taking this day to celebrate the catechists in our diocese.  The Jubilee is our Catechist Formation offering for the 2016-2017 Catechetical Year.  By participating in the Jubilee celebration September 18th, one receives three catechist formation points.
Jubilee of Mercy: Please refer to our Diocesan page for resources

Information on Informed Voting: Parishes have and will probably receive requests to distribute various “Voter’s Guides”. I suggest the Bishops Conference materials, including video resources.  They make whole booklets, short pamphlets, bulletin inserts, etc.  Many are in Spanish as well: 

For example, a front/back bulletin insert (probably a better chance that it will be read than a pamphlet or booklet).  

Part One-English

Part II-English

Part I-Spanish

Part II-Spanish

Also, the four Kansas Bishops recorded a video message, English, Spanish, about the election.  It should be distributed in a few weeks on the Kansas Catholic Conference website (, and our own website.

Also, please note that I do not approve the “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” for distribution by parishes in our diocese. 

From Gayla Kirmer, Executive Secretary to the Bishop:  It is time to order Workbooks, Liturgical Year Calendars, Sourcebooks, At Home With the Word, and Visiting the Sick and Homebound. If interested in these or any other liturgy training publications, please contact Gayla Kirmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1525. By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount.

WANT TO HELP THE PEOPLE…in Louisiana who are dealing with the disastrous flooding:

Diocesan Matrimony Anniversary Mass: Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 50+ years of marriage in 2016. Couples will be honored and will renew their vows, Sunday, October 16, 2016 ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City. To register, refer to the diocesan website:click here and or the parish bulletin. Registration is due by Wednesday, October 5.

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor  

Political Activity vis-à-vis 501(c)(3) Organizations – With the political season in full swing, I take this opportunity to remind parish leaders of the prohibition of allowing political candidates or political organizations to use parish facilities or grounds to distribute information that promotes or discourages voting for particular individuals.  For a fuller explanation, go to the Chancellor page on the diocesan website  If questions arise, feel free to contact Sister Janice  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1527) or our Diocesan Attorney Tamara Davis (620-225-1674)  
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:
The blue Official Catholic Directory pages were mailed to parishes in late August.  Please make appropriate changes, additions and deletions and send it back to Sister Janice by September 30, 2016.  I noted in the cover letter there was an enclosure of an estimated 2013 census figures to assist one in estimating the number of individuals per household in your city.  I missed putting that page in about half of the mailings, so if you didn’t receive this sheet and would like to have it, email Sister Janice and she will send it to you as an attachment.
The August Presbyteral Council meeting was cancelled.   The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 20 at 11 am.   At that meeting we will welcome the newly appointed member Father Aneesh Parappanattu, MSFS.

From Mark Roth, Director of Development  

From Fr. Ted Skalsky & Deanna Johnston, Marriage Family Life & NFP Team
We have updated the Diocesan NFP page of the Marriage and Family Life section of the website. Visit to see an updated listing of teachers, classes that are happening in the diocese, and online classes that are available.  There is also an excellent video from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee posted that is a wonderful introduction to what NFP is and why couples should consider using it in their marriage.  It is a great resource to share with engaged and married couples in your parish.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship  

Now is a good time to schedule workshops to help your 2016 stewardship renewal be a success. Workshop topics can be on your site and include: Laywitness speaker training, Marketing your renewal, Making the most of social media, Electronic forms.

There are a ton of topics that can be address to help each parish be its best during renewal. Contact the stewardship office today – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator

SAFE ENVIRONMENT 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 Safe Environment Page 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).

Great Bend:  Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

From: 6:30-9:30pm, Holy Family Catholic School, 4200 Broadway

Contact: Karen Moeder (620) 792-7130

PGC Facilitator: Carol Dellinger (620) 786-1295




 None scheduled at this time


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

Seminarian Renewal Days: Thank you to Prince of Peace in Great Bend for hosting the 2016 Seminarian Renewal Days (July 29- July 31) for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Your hospitality was wonderful! In addition to time for prayer, formation, and relaxation, our seminarians also were blessed with the opportunity to meet many of you and get to know your parish better. 

Meet the Seminarians: Many have expressed interest in knowing more about the seminarians. Go to "meet the seminarians" page:  Short introductory videos are now posted!

Save the Date For Tentative Ordinations: Please keep Saturday, June 3rd open for tentative priesthood ordinations at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Names of those in Formation: Please send the names of those you know who are in religious formation or single men and women who are dedicating a year of service to the mission of the Church. Send names to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

St. John Vianney Theological (Denver, CO) Seminary Visit October 23-25. College juniors, seniors and up are invited spend time with seminarians (including Dodge City’s), sit in on a class, and get a taste of what life is like for those men from various backgrounds who have finished college and are now studying theology at this major seminary. If you know someone who may be interested, contact the vocation office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (620) 227-1533.

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 

The Diocese of Green Bay has created Pokevangelization a resource that builds upon the Pokémon Go phenomenon by developing an intentional approach to evangelizing those who are playing Pokémon Go. This presents a huge opportunity for outreach and engagement with young people and their families. Read the Article and Download the Resource.

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

From Tim Wenzl, Archivist

From Gentry Heimerman, Directory of Young Adult Ministry

From Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools

From Catholic Charities

The Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Series is an on-going year-around program that allows couples to enter and proceed at their own pace, at any time throughout the year. The next dates in the series are listed below; if you know couples who are struggling with infertility and who are interested in learning more about growing their family through infant adoption, please invite them to contact Lori Titsworth at 620-792-1393, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Unpacking the Suitcase Friday, September 16th from 1:30 to 4:30. Location TBD. Couples are invited to bring their adoption journey to life as they "unpack" all of that they have encountered through their online educational sessions. Guides will also give them an informative tour through the hospital experience and legal paperwork of infant adoption. If you know someone who's thinking about infant adoption, it's not too late to jump in on this session, but they do need to call ahead.
Putting Your Best Foot Forward Friday, October 14th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Location TBD. In this highly-interactive tour, couples are guided through the journey of putting their best foot forward, developing their profile, and sharing it with potential birth parents who will choose the couple to be the parents of their child.
Next All-Aboard Orientation Friday, January 20, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Location TBD. Couples are invited to climb aboard as our experts present the road map and answer questions about the infant adoption process, expenses, and the Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas Adoption Program.
Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Series Schedule: The entire 2016-2017 Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Series Schedule is available here: Click to view/download the document
Wine Tasting-Mark Your Calendars: Please mark your calendars for the next Catholic Charities Wine Tasting Event, which will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Great Bend Events Center in Great Bend. Hope to see you all there!
Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is looking for an energetic, well organized individual to fill the position of Director of Family Services. This position is a part of the Leadership Team of Catholic Charities and provides support and direction to family strengthening and family sustaining programs including: Supportive Housing, Economic Assistance, Safe Release Support Services, behavioral health and healthy relationship programs. It is a full-time position and provides a benefit package including health insurance and retirement plan.  The position is currently located in our Garden City office but would consider a qualified candidate who could work from any of our three offices.  If you know someone who is  interested in being part of a mission-minded organization concerned for the needs of Southwest Kansas, please send resume, references and salary requirements to: Debbie Snapp, LBSW, Executive Director at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 19, 2016. For more information about this position, visit
Sacramental Theology PMF class begins – September 10th InformationRegistration
Catechist Jubilee - Jubileo de Catequistas – September 18th EnglishEspañol
Diocesan Scripture Day - Dia sobre la Escritura - November 3 10:00am – 3:00pm, Cathedral of Our Lady of GuadalupeEnglish: Fr. Richard Fragomeni (Jesus:  The Human Face of God’s Mercy)Español: Fr. Jorge Rodriguez  (Jesús: El Rostro Humano de la Misericordia de Dios)
High School Youth Rally – November 19-20
After the Gift: A Retreat for Birthmothers,  September 23-25, 2016, Spiritual Life Center in Northeast Wichita, affirms and supports the sacrificial love of birthmothers in their gift of life through adoption by offering hope and healing in Christ. This weekend offers: Celebration of the birthmother – honoring the gift of life; Compassion and understanding for the birthmother experience;  Addressing the unique grief of the birthmother; Ongoing support after the retreat: groups, mentoring, counseling and a private Facebook page.  The cost is $100 per person. The fee for the weekend includes overnight lodging on Friday and Saturday, three meals on Saturday, two on Sunday, and snacks throughout the weekend. Visit for more information.
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 September 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. IX


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