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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

September 2017 VIII--- Vol.   No. XII



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

Altar Wine:

The Vatican has a new instruction on the proper use of altar bread and altar wine for Holy Mass:

I have approved two sources of altar wine for use in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City:

Catholic Art & Gifts, 1005 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67211  (316) 263-4981


Assumption Abbey, PO Box A, Richardton, ND  58601  (701) 974-3315

If you have another source of altar wine, contact me immediately (620-227-1525).  

Thanks for your kind attention to this important sacramental directive.

“This is my Body … this is my Blood” (Matthew 26:26-28).

Locked Churches:

A parishioner spoke to me of her concern that her Church was locked immediately after morning Mass.  The previous day I had a 1pm meeting in another parish, arrived early, and found the Church locked.  As pastor in my old diocese, I often locked our Church soon after the last Mass on Sunday (around noon), the Lord’s Day of prayer!  A spot check of other parishes resulted in a spectrum of never locked, locked at night, locked immediately after school, or the examples above.

Concerns:  theft, mischief, vandalism, crime, priest is not expected to “burn the candle at both ends” by unlocking early in the morning, and locking late at night, etc.

Concerns:  Prayer before the Real Presence of Jesus in the tabernacle; prayer in our Churches that have great beauty, art, and symbolism; prayer in a building that we or our ancestors gave much almsgiving, time, and talent to construct and maintain; etc.

What to do?  I ask that this topic be brought to your pastoral council for discussion.  As always, the Council is to come to consensus in making a recommendation to the pastor.  Then the pastor makes his decision.  If he agrees with the recommendation, then his decision is implemented.  If he disagrees with the recommendation, then he must explain his reasoning to the Council.  If at the first discussion there is need for more research or prayer, then the recommendation and subsequent decision is postponed to another meeting.

Other topics:  the sacristy door should be locked when not in use, the choir loft should be locked when not in use (may need the installation of a door/gate),  the votive candle safety question (children having access to candles, matches, lighters, flames, etc.).

Options:  Separate chapel with separate door;  security camera system (call St. Michael in LaCrosse for an example); key-code lock system in one door, with the code given to parishioners, the code changed periodically; volunteers to unlock the Church in the morning, other volunteers to lock the Church in the evening; etc.

Thanks for your efforts to permit more access to our Churches, especially in daylight hours.

“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus” (Hebrews 12).

Courage/EnCourage Conference Save the date:

The annual Courage/EnCourage Conference will be held at Villanova University (near Philadelphia) from Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15, 2018.  Funds are available for a priest to attend this conference.  Contact Bishop John, who is also available that weekend to sub for you in your parish(es).

(note: the 2018 Conference info is not up yet on the website)

Hurricane Relief:  Bishop Brungardt asks that you direct your parishioners’ attention to these sites that may be found at  Rather taking up a “special collection”, Bishop asks that we support those dealing with Harvey through these channels. 



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 

 Attached are the Presbyteral Council notes for the June 20 meeting.

From Mark Roth, Director of Development  


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  

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).

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, from 6:00-9:00pm

St. Mary Church, 208 N. 2nd St, Marienthal, KS 

Contact Person: Lisa Ridder (620) 874-8599

PGC Facilitator: Cherry Deges (620) 338-7501

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


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 Adult Formation 

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 Tammy Lampe, Human Resources

Job Opening for Database Administrator – FULL TIME

The Diocese of Dodge City is seeking a full-time Database Administrator. This position will provide oversight and administration of the Diocesan database (Donor Perfect) as well as support for the Office of Development. The right candidate will be proficient in MS Excel and Word, detail orientated with strong organizational skills.  Prefer BS in bus/admin, accounting, PR or marketing and 2-3 years' experience in related field with record keeping, computer databases and spreadsheets experience required.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills (bilingual Spanish) preferred.  For additional information and to apply:  Email cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to Diocese of Dodge City, Attn: Human Resources, 910 Central, Dodge City, KS  67801. (620) 227-1534.

Diocesan Director of Matrimony, Family Life, & Natural Family Planning:

The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City is seeking a Director of the Matrimony, Family Life, & Natural Family Planning office (MFLNFP).  The Director shall guide the mission of the office through collaboration with pastors and parishes and ensure that the programs operate in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the mission outlined by the Diocese.

The MFLNFP office is responsible for programs for the Diocese in these areas and is responsible for organizing and directing efforts to involve volunteers in programs and services within the Diocese including 48 parishes in 28 counties. Initial efforts will be focused on the Cathedral Parish and regional workshops/meetings/listening sessions. The Director oversees internal and external communications and outreach for the Diocese with the use of print, web, and other media forms.

Prefer Bachelor’s Degree in related area, proficient verbal and written communication skills, bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.  To request additional information on position specifications and requirements and/or to apply:  Email cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, Attn: Human Resources, 910 Central, Dodge City, KS  67801.  (620) 227-1534.

From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo
From Tim Wenzl, Archivist Emeritus
From the Southwest Kansas Catholic:  The September 3rd issue of the Southwest Kansas Catholic will be a full color magazine highlighting Vibrant Ministries. Parishes will be receiving the same number of copies as normal. Please place magazine inside your parish bulletins for efficient distribution. Your copies will be delivered by UPS as normal. The Catholic will return to the tabloid format on newsprint for September 17th issue. Thank you!
From Gentry Heimerman, Director of Young Adult Ministry
From Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools
From Debbie Snapp, 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

Encuentro V-October 7

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 September 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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