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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

January 2017 --- Vol. I  No. XI


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

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.

Annual Parish Report Forms: Early in January I will be emailing the Annual Parish Report forms to the pastors and parish secretaries.  The due date to return these to Sister Janice will be February 24, 2017.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

Click HERE to view the notes from the November 8 Presbyteral Council meeting. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

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  

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

Attention DRE’s-Your students can “meet” our seminarians via short video presentations by clicking on each seminarian picture. Seminarian addresses and birthdays are also provided if your students would like to send a note or card.

Meet our Seminarians: (link

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:

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 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.

World Day for Consecrated Life-will be in the Church on Thursday, February 2, 2017 and in parishes on the weekend of February 4-5, 2017. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.

Vocation Directors-will be visiting the Catholic Schools during the month of February.

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, Director of Young Adult Ministry
From Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools
From Catholic Charities
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.
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 January 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.. I, No. XI



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