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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

August 2017 VII--- Vol.   No. XII



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

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 for 2017-2018 Dates: Click here for the Confirmation schedule for 2017-2018

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

If there are any new persons in your parish office dealing with recording sacramental records or preparing sacramental certificates, I am available to provide a workshop or answer questions that come up.  Please give me a call or email if you would like me to come to your parish.  620-227-1527, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A reminder to request a letter of suitability (or testimonial) for any priest or deacon coming into your parish.  Priests and sisters who speak in parishes for the Missionary Cooperation appeal send testimonials here to the office.  But others you may have invited to come for a parish mission or retreat need to provide a testimonial (and I would like to have a copy of it).

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8 at 11 am. Attached are the Presbyteral Council notes for the June 20 meeting.

From Mark Roth, Director of Development  

3rd Annual Dechant Foundation Golf Tournament:-benefiting the retired Priest fund of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City will be held Friday, September 8, 2017, at Mariah Hills Golf Course, 1800 Matt Down Rd, Dodge City, KS.  The day will begin with mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe daily chapel at 10:30 am, registration at 11:30 am at Mariah Hills pro shop, 12 noon lunch, 1:00 pm shotgun start golf tourney, followed by 6:00 pm banquet.  Sponsorships are still available.  For more information, contact Mark Roth at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  620-227-1535.  $500 for 4-person team.  Cost includes green fees, cart rental, lunch, banquet and hole prizes. All parishes in the Diocese are encouraged to enter a team! Deadline to enter is August 25.

From Fr. Ted Skalsky , Marriage, Family Life & NFP 
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  

The 2017 stewardship conference is August 26th at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. The theme for this year is Vibrancy. From highlighting areas of vibrancy to learning how to be vibrant, this conference will help individuals an parishes live out Bishop Brungardt’s mantra to “preach the gospel with great joy”. Register today.

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. 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. 

From Georgina Paz, Safe Environment Coordinator

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 Ana Gaytan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 620/227-1500).

Sunday, August 13th, 2017, from: 3:00-6:00pm

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Social Hall, 3231 N. 14th Ave, Dodge City, KS 

Contact Person: Jodi Lix (620) 225-4802

PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart

Sunday, August 20th , 2017, From: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

St. Dominic Parish Center, 615 J.C. St , Garden City, KS  67846

Contact Person:  Sr. Myra Arney (620) 276-3500

PGC Facilitator:  Cherry Deges (620) 338-7501

Sunday, August 27th, 2017, from 6:00-9:00pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 330 N Oak St, Pratt, KS  67124

Contact Person: Erin Crouch 620-388-9024

PGC Facilitator: Donna Staab 620-786-5785

Sunday, August 27th, 2017, from 3:00-6:00pm

St. Anthony Parish Center, 411 4th st, Fowler, KS  67844

Sunday, September 10th, 2017, from 2:00-5:00pm

St. Helen Church Parish Center, 1011 S. Jefferson, Hugoton, KS 

Contact Person: Carrie Baeza (620) 544-7283

PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart (620)225-5164

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, from 6-9pm

St. John the Evangelist, 122 E 5th St, Hoisington, KS 67544

Contact Person: Pam Willis (620) 797-1825

PGC Facilitator: Donna Staab (620) 786-5785

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017, from 5:00-8:00pm 

Holy Family Catholic School, 4200 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 67530

Contact Person: Karen Moeder 620-793-3265

PGC Facilitator: Donna Staab 620-786-5785


Sunday, August 13th, 2017, from 3:00-6:00pm

Cathedral of our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Augustine room, 3231 N. 14th Ave, Dodge City, KS 

Contact Person/PGC Facilitator: Norma Alvarez (620) 225-4802

Sunday, August 20th 2017, from : 3:30-6:30 PM

St. Mary Parish,  509 St. John St,  Garden City, KS 67846

Contact Person: Hector Rivera 620-276-2716

PGC Facilitator: Norma Alvarez 620-225-4802

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

Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards: Please remove the seminarian posters and prayer cards from your church, school, parish hall, etc. New posters will be distributed in the Fall introducing our seminarians for the 2017-2018 year.

2017-2018 Seminarians:

Please pray for our five seminarians as they head off to seminary this month. Keep them in prayer now and throughout the year!

John Stang - Prince of Peace, Great Bend

Tyler Saucedo - Prince of Peace, Great Bend

Austin Habash - Prince of Peace, Great Bend

Eric Frieb - St. Ann, Olmitz

Esteban Hernandez - Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City

From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation Pastoral Ministry

THEO 4053 Worship and Faith (3 hr. course)

Instructor: Fr. Frank Coady

The Church’s Creeds evolved out of a doctrinal concern, but they were always more than doctrine; they were prayed by the Christian community. The way the Church prayed by her faith, primarily in the Eucharistic gathering, even contributed to the       formation of the New Testament. For every generation, the principle gateway into the faith is the way it worships. Thus, worship must be regarded as one of the most vigorous and central elements of the Pastoral Ministry Formation curriculum. This course will consider the relationship between liturgical prayer and religious imagination, focusing particularly on the meaning liturgy can have for contemporary Catholics, as well as present day challenges. *This course is one of the core courses needed to obtain the   Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry.

Class Times: Sept. 9, 16, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18  

Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Location: Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses

Cost:  3 hr. course for college credit - $150.00*

3 hr. course for personal enrichment - $75.00*

*price quotes do not include books

Textbook: Liturgy and the New Evangelization by Timothy P. O’Malley

Fr. Frank Coady, 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. He   received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Thomas Seminary College, Denver, and an S.T.L. degree in fundamental theology and Doctorate in dogmatic theology, from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

THEO 4881 (1 hour course) 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Instructor:  Fr. Robert Schremmer

2017 is the 500th anniversary of “the” Reformation.  We often think “the” Reformation was a single, unified movement.  Actually there were many reformations.  This course uncovers multiple reformations before and after Luther and the Council of Trent, discovering not only religious movements, but also the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of centuries that changed the world.

Fr. Bob facilitates 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with DVD series created by Now You Know Media featuring Presenter Christopher M. Bellitto.

Class Times:  Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 8, 15

Wednesday evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses. 

Cost: 1 hr. course for college credit - $50.00

1 hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00

*price quotes do not include books

Fr. Robert Schremmer, Coordinating Instructor, Vicar General of the Diocese of Dodge City, Pastor of St. Andrew, Wright and Sacramental  Minister for St. Joseph, Greensburg, holds a Master of Arts Degree and Master of Theology Degree from St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, CO.

Christopher M. Bellitto, Presenter via DVD, is Chair and Associate Professor of History of Kean University. He is a frequent public speaker and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Fordham University.  His B.A. is from New York University.

THEO 4881 RCIA Kansas

Pope Francis dreams of a missionary impulse transforming the Church’s way of doing things, directed to the needs of today’s world. Pope Francis calls us to be missionary disciples. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults makes new disciples and renews the old, faithful ones. This course explores how our parishes can respond to Pope Francis’ call that each of them be a center of missionary outreach.

Class Times:  Sept. 29, 30 (Begins at 5:00p.m. on Sept. 29 and ends at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30)

Location:  Spiritual Life Center - Wichita, KS


Make reservations and pay for your room and meals at SLC by going to

1 hr. course for college credit-$50.00 pay by contacting Coleen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1538.

Personal enrichment fee is included with your payment to Spiritual Life Center.

*price quotes do not include books

Fr. Richard Fragomeni, Lead Presenter in English, priest of the Diocese of Albany, NY, is professor of liturgy and preaching at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Fragomeni holds degrees from University of Louvain, and an  M. A., M. Music, and Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America.

Fr. Patrick Keyes, CSSR, Lead Presenter in Spanish, is on the Redemptorist Evangelization Team, Minneapolis, MN.  Keyes has a Ph.D. from Fordham University.

Breakout Session Leaders Fr. Frank Coady

Dolores Martinez

Fr. Robert Schremmer

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

Stewardship Day--August 26-register today

3rd Annual Dechant Foundation Golf Tourney--September 8th 

Diocesan Anniversary Mass--October 15-registration form 

Scripture Day--October 26

From Around the Diocese
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 August 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.. VIII, No. XI  

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