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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

December 2016 --- Vol. XII, No.  X


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

Liturgy Preparation Aid for Advent and Christmas from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions: Dear Colleagues, attached, please find a liturgical preparation aid for the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  It contains: The full text of a Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution, alternate readings, music suggestions, sample penances, a liturgical calendar advisory for the seasons of Advent and Chrism, a summary of Lectionary citations for Sundays and Solemnities of the seasons,  the text of the Christmas Proclamation (to be sung before the Mass at Midnight), the text of the Proclamation of the date of Easter (to be sung before the Mass on Epiphany). Once again, this is provided as a free resource to you, your dioceses, and parishes.  Since 1969, it has been the mission and privilege of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) to provide liturgical formation for the Dioceses of the United States. Many thanks to the Confraternity for Christian Doctrine, to the USCCB, and to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy for their kind permission to use and distribute their copyrighted material.

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

The following two documents may be found on the Chancellor page of the diocesan website ( An Instruction published in October from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with regard to cremation and the disposition of ashes and Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter concluding the Year of Mercy.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

Click HERE for the notes of the November 8, 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  

I know we are in the middle of stewardship renewal 2016, but, I want to draw your attention to your stewardship efforts for the coming year. Annually I publish stewardship bulletin inserts – get them here. To get more mileage out of these short reminders and to help parishes, I created images with each bulletin insert. See attached sample. I recommend you use these images in the following ways:

1. If you have email lists, each image can be scheduled to send on specific day for the entire year. 

2. Most social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter each allow content to be scheduled to post automatically. Instagram does not have a built in scheduling tool, an outside service such as Hootsuite will allow scheduling to Instagram. (you can also send scheduled content to Facebook, and Twitter at the same time with Hootsuite or similar service FYI.)

Here is how the stewardship office has handled this content. Each image is titled with the date it is to appear. I schedule each image to automatically post to the Diocese Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts a week prior to the corresponding reading. People can contemplate the message during the week.  

Also, the Stewardship email list will receive these weekly images. All images being sent to social media and email recipients are scheduled to send on Mondays at 7:50 AM. Each post is titled “Weekly Inspiration November 27, 2016 (1st Sunday of Advent)” You are free to use any message you wish. 

Here is the best part, now that the work is done, everything will be on autopilot for the rest of year. 

Here is the folder where the images are stored online. I can send the images in a compressed folder via email upon request.

If you or your staff is not familiar with the Facebook Scheduling tool, here is a short video showing how to do it.

This will help automate and make your stewardship messages more consistent throughout the year. If you need any help at all in this matter I am happy to assist. 

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).
Garden City: Saturday, January 28, 2017, Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. St. Mary's Parish Center, 510 N. 12th, Garden City, KS 67846. Contact Person: Hector Rivera (620)276-2716. PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart

Sabado, Enero 28, 2017. Hora: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Salon Parroquial de Santa Maria, 510 N. 12th, Garden City, KS 67846. Persona de contacto: Hector Rivera (620)276-2716. Facilitadora: Norma Alvarez.

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

Quo Vadis Retreat – January 6-8, 2017 - for single men (high school juniors through age 30) who are asking the question: What does God want me to do with my life?  There is no charge and transportation is provided to the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, where the retreat is held. Register online by Dec. 27 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. 

Andrew Dinners - are an evening where boys and single men join their pastors and Bishop John for a great dinner, conversation, and prayer, with a focus not just on the priesthood, but on God’s call for every Catholic young man to live an extraordinary life. The dates and hosting sites are:

December 20(college) Bishop John’s residence

January 15(high school)St. Anthony, Lakin

January 20(post-college)Bishop John’s residence

January 22(high school)St. Joseph, Ellinwood

January 29(high school)St. Patrick, Plains 

New Prayer Cards - Every parish will receive special prayer cards to pray for our seminarians and for all religious vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. The cards will arrive by UPS along with the January 15, 2016 issue of the Southwest Kansas Catholic.  Please ask young people in your parish to distribute the cards following the weekend Mass on January 14th and 15th.

From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral Ministry Formation: THEO 4881 Music and Liturgy (one hour elective)-The class focuses on basic precepts of celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy within the parish including principles for liturgical preparation and music selection.  Attention is given to the Liturgical Documents that guide liturgical ministries, preparation that invites participation of assembly/congregation, and spirituality for liturgical musicians and ministers. *This course may be used as one of the electives to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry. Class Times:  Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15.  Wednesday evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Location:  Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Diocese. Cost: 1 hr. course for credit - $50.00 and the 1 hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00. (price quotes do not include books). Gerard Chiusano, Lead Presenter, is a graduate of Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Gerard is currently pastoral associate for music and liturgical formation at The Catholic community of St. Joseph in North Plainfield, New Jersey. Fr. Frank Coady, Presenter, is the coordinating instructor for the PMF Program for Liturgical Ministry focus area. Fr. Frank is the pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Manhattan, KS and Director of the Offices of Liturgy, Deacons, and Lay Ministry Formation of the Diocese of Salina. Fr. Robert Schremmer, Coordinating Instructor, is the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Dodge City, Pastor of St. Andrew, Wright and Sacramental Minister for St. Joseph, Greensburg.

3-Hour Courses for the spring 2017 semester

THEO 2023 Theology of the Church 3 hour course (English)

Instructor:  Trish Keller

Dates:  Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 18, 25

Saturday Mornings:  8:30 – 12:00 noon


THEO 2023 Theology of the Church 3 hour course(Spanish)

Instructor:  Dr. Valentin Ekiaka Nzai

Dates:  Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 12, 19, 26

Sunday Afternoons:  3:00 – 6:30 p.m.


THEO 4881 Missionary Disciples Going Green 1 hour course (Spanish)

Instructor:  Sr. Angela Erevia

Class Times:  Feb. 22, Mar. 8, 15, 29

Wednesday Evenings – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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
Job loss. Domestic Violence. Medical emergencies. An unplanned pregnancy. A tornado. When life events leave individuals and families in a poor and vulnerable position, Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is there to provide hope and help. But we need your help! Please give generously to the Catholic Charities 2016 Annual Appeal. Donate online at 
Freedom From Smoking: Catholic Charities is offering a one-on-one smoking cessation program for any woman who is pregnant, or who has children under the age of three. The program uses the American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking materials, and any woman who completes the program is eligible for an incentive of her choice, including diapers, a car seat, a stroller, or a pack and play. For more information, call Amy Falcon at 620-227-1590.
Problem Gambling Taskforce: If you know someone struggling with a gambling addiction, no cost help is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-522-4700.
Do you have a parishioner who needs hearing aid assistance: The Starkey Hearing Foundation provides hearing aid assistance for those with financial need. There is an application processing fee of $125 per hearing aid request; contact Hear Now to discuss eligibility before completing an application for assistance: 800-328-8602, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When an application is approved, aids are given to the applicant at no additional cost. 
Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Series: The next "All-Aboard" Orientation Session takes place on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. Experts present the road map and answer questions about the infant adoption process, and the Catholic Charities Adoption Program. "Unpacking the Suitcase" takes place on February 17, 2017. Couples are invited to bring their adoption journey to life as they "unpack" all 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. The Complete Adoption Series Schedule is available online at 
Catholic Charities Wine Tasting Event: Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Great Bend Events Center in Great Bend! More information will follow. Hope to see you all there!
Support Catholic Charities by donating your unwanted cars! You get a tax deduction, and we take that car off of your hands and get a bit of money, too. That's a win-win for everyone! Visit for more information.
Catholic Charities 2015-16 Annual Report: Visit to view the complete report.
Register your youth now for the Diocese of Dodge City pro-life pilgrimage to Topeka on Monday, January 23, 2017. Join in a day of prayer, activity, and public witness to the value of every human life. Registrations with payment will be accepted until the bus is full, and should be directed to Gayla Kirmer, Diocese of Dodge City, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801, 620-227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration forms can be obtained through the parish DRE and on the diocesan website. Or pdf click here (851 KB)  for a copy of the flier. 
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 December 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.. XII, No. X


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