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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

March 2017 --- Vol. III  No. XI






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

Chrism Mass is Thursday, April 6th, 11am, at the Cathedral. Deadline to RSVP is March 30. Please be watching for the information to be emailed to your parish for your response and names of parish representatives.

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor


From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

 Click HERE for the Notes of the February 7 Presbyteral Council meeting.

From Mark Roth, Director of Development  

From Fr. Ted Skalsky & Deanna Johnston, Marriage Family Life & NFP Team
ABC Pregnancy Care Center in Garden City, KS, will be having their annual fundraising banquet on March 20, at 6:30pm at the Clarion Inn, located at 1911 East Kansas Avenue in Garden City. Dinner is complimentary. An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. Candy Gibbs will be the keynote speaker. To RSVP, contact ABC Pregnancy Care Center by March 13th, 620-275-1777. Click HERE for more information. 
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  

Catechist Formation is in the beginning stages of being remade. It began with  a survey, see the results HERE.I am now contacting Catechists and teachers to verify the results and dig deeper to create a new tool that is useful and used. If you have thoughts about the method, means, and content the next form of Catechist formation should take, please reach out at 620-227-1537 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Working in your areas of strength is the best most life-giving way to live in and out of parish, in family and work. Let the office of stewardship help you discover your strengths and create a life giving ministry in your parish. Let’s put round pegs in round holes. Call 620-227-1537 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.g. 
The Region IX Stewardship Symposium is Friday April 21 at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City. Do not miss out on the great one day workshop designed to help you help your parish live stewardship better. Contact Eric to see how you can get your registration free. Or just register here.

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).
Dodge City: Sunday, April 2, 2017. 3-6pm, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Social Center, 3231 N. 14th Avenue. Contact Jodi Lix at (620) 225-4802. PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart (620) 225-5164.

Dodge City: Domingo, 2 de Abril, 2017. De: 3-6pm, Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, St. Augustine, 3231 N. 14th Avenue. Persona a Llamar/PGC Facilitadora: Norma Alvarez (620) 225-4802.

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

Vocation Boom, an EWTN Catholic radio program, featured Deacon Jacob on their February 11th live call-in program. The interview is posted to our diocesan vocation webpage.  Click HERE to hear Deacon Jacob’s vocation story.

Encounter with God’s Call: The Encounter weekend is April 1-3rd.  Young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age – are invited to join Fr. Ted Stoecklein 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 at or contact Becky Hessman at 620.227.1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
SKYAC - the Southwest Kansas Young Adult Conference will be held in Dodge City on March 25th at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. All young adults (18-40) are invited to grow in prayer and community and listen to great speakers covering topics relevant to their particular place in life. Relationships, the young adult role in the Church, and more will be discussed among people from SW Kansas and beyond. All of the registration as well as additional information can be found on our "Young Adult Ministry" page at
From Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools
From Catholic Charities
Free Pregnancy Support: Catholic Charities offers free pregnancy support services for all women regardless of age, income, marital status or religious affiliation. There are no fees for this service. If you know someone who is facing an unintended pregnancy, please ask them to contact Amy Falcon at 620-227-1590.
Kansas Wildfire Disaster Relief - Catholic Charities is accepting donations to assist those who lost homes, property and livestock in the recent wildfires. One hundred percent of donations received will go directly to  those in need. Mail checks to 906 Central Ave, Dodge City KS 67801, and write “Kansas Wildfire Relief” in the memo line, or donate online at
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.
For couples struggling to start a family: The next “All Aboard” Education Session for Infant Adoption will be held on May 5, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm in Dodge City. At ANY time, however, couples who are interested in growing their family through Infant Adoption are encouraged to contact Lori Titsworth at 620-792-1393 to learn more and/or to start the process. 
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.
Salina Diocese Men’s Conference, Register Online Beginning April 1, 2017! The Diocese of Salina is sponsoring the Sixth Annual Diocesan Men’s Conference, “Men on a Mission” on Saturday, August 12 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hays.  Please attend and bring your sons who are high school age and up.  Two nationally known speakers, Dr. Ray Guarendi, host of “The Dr. Is In” and “Living Right With Dr. Ray”, and Fr. John Lager national chaplain of FOCUS and cofounder of Marked Men for Christ, are this year’s speakers. To register online or for more information go to or call 785-827-8746, Ext. 17.
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..
Fr. Don Bedore has a new email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This concludes the March 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.. III, No. XI



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