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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

October 2016 --- Vol. XIV, No.  X


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

Jubilee of Mercy: Please refer to our Diocesan page for resources
OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT: Bishop Brungardt appoints Reverend Pascal Klein Parochial Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Ness City, and Saint Aloysius Parish, Ransom, effective November 1, 2016.

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. 

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

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.
Confirmation Schedule: The confirmation schedule has been finalized for 2017.  Click HERE for the schedule.

John Ackerman-Controller & Director of Accounting Services 

Final Notes on my retirement:September 30 was my last day here at the Diocese. As I begin this new phase of my life, I would like to reflect on my many blessings over these past 20 years.  I would like to thank everyone for their assistance provided to me. I have enjoyed my time of employment and have made the acquaintance of many wonderful people. I will miss you all. 

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). 

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

Click HERE to view the notes of the September 20, 2016 meeting

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).
None scheduled at this time 

 Dodge City

Sabado, Noviembre 5, 2016

Hora: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe- San Agustin

3231 N. 14th Avenue

Dodge City, KS 67801

Persona de Contacto y Facilitadora: Norma Alvarez (620) 227-3442


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

Encounter with God’s Call: The Encounter weekend is November 12-14.  Young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age – are invited to join Fr. Wesley Schawe 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 by Nov. 5th at or contact Fr. Wesley at 620.227.1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

National Vocations Awareness Week (November 6- 12) ~ inspire Catholic youth! The aims of this week are: to pray for vocations to priesthood and religious life, to educate Catholic children about vocations, to inspire young adults to consider a vocation to priesthood or religious life.  For Vocation Awareness Week resources check out: [materials in English & Spanish] Pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.  The luminous mysteries for all vocations are led by Bishop John Brungardt, youth, a married couple, a religious sister, and priests in our diocese.  Rosary CDs are still available by contacting Becky Hessman in the vocations office at 620-227-1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click to pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City: English rosary:; Spanish Rosary:

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

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. 
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.
Unpacking the Suitcase: February 17, 2017. 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.
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 is offering a 6-week Freedom From Smoking class for pregnant women. The class will be held in Great Bend on Wednesday mornings at 10 am from Oct 5 to Nov 9th; in Garden City on Thursday mornings at 10 am from Oct 13 to Nov 17th; and in Dodge City on Mondays at 10 am from October 5th to Nov 14th, excluding Halloween. For more information about these classes, or to sign up, call 620-227-1562.
Diocesan Scripture Day - Come to Scripture Day-November 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  As the formal observance of the year of mercy draws to a close, Fr Richard Fragomeni in English and Luis Medina in Spanish will touch on the Scriptural basis of: “Jesus, the Human Face of God’s Mercy.”  Through our Parish-Diocese Stewardship Partnership, the annual Scripture Day has no registration fee.  Please email Gayla Kirmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you are coming, so we can have an accurate meal count.
High School Youth Rally – November 19-20
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 October 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. X


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