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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

April 2017 IV--- Vol.   No. XI






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

 With great joy I call two of our sons to be Ordained this Spring for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Deacon Mark Brantley and Deacon Jacob Schneider will be ordained priests on Saturday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m. Holy Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. You, your family, friends, parishioners and guests are most cordially invited to participate in this celebration of the immense love of Jesus Christ. Please come to see your future parish priests receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in this extraordinary blessing from our Merciful Father. Let's "fill the house" in 2017!

In preparation for these gifts of Holy Orders, I ask you to pray for these our brothers, Deacon Mark and Deacon Jacob. I ask that an intention be added in the Prayers of the Faithful through June 3rd. May the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit strengthen them.

I encourage other prayers to the Lord for priestly vocations. One example is from the Mass "For Vocations to Holy Orders," from "Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions #9." I ask our priests to include this Mass option at times this Spring as Deacon Mark and Deacon Jacob prepare for Ordination. Mary, Mother of Seminarians, pray for us. Thank you for your grateful hearts, generosity, and sacrifice in the Lord. Jesus loves our seminarians, and each of us, more than we can ask or imagine! 


Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

 As the Easter Vigil draws near, I have posted the articles “When Does a Priest need the Faculty to Confirm?” and “Is this Baptism Valid?” on the Chancellor page of the diocesan website (  If you need any clarification, please feel free to contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 620-227-1527.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

 Click HERE for the Notes of the March 21 Presbyteral Council 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  

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

Child Abuse Prevention Month: This April, we will be celebrating Child Abuse Prevention Month across the United States. The Secretariat is offering a resource book for dioceses to use in their parishes and schools.  You can find the resource book here.
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).


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

From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation Pastoral Ministry

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

Pastors, we are taking inventory of items in the archives and have located parish blue prints that could be utilized in any future renovations. We are returning the blue prints to the parishes. These blue prints will be located in the vesting area on the day of the Chrism Mass. If you see blue prints that belong to buildings for any of your parishes, please take them. These would have been left at the chancery during discussions of building projects over the years. Some may be of value if you intend to renovate any of your older structures. If you find you do not need or want the blue prints, I can have them destroyed. Thanks for your assistance with this.  

From Gentry Heimerman, Director of Young Adult Ministry
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.
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 April 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.. IV, No. XI



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