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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

October 2017 IX--- Vol.   No. XII 

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

First Saturdays Devotion:  The First Saturday devotion is a traditional devotion in the Church.  With the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, we begin a regional effort to have the Five First Saturdays devotion --  starting November 4th at St. Stanislaus in Ingalls.  Begins at 8:30 a.m. with confessions and rosary.  9:00 a.m. Mass with Bishop John as celebrant.  Confessions, meditation, and refreshments after Mass.  All are invited.

Click below for a copy of the flyer:



Mary's promise about the Five First Saturdays devotion:  “I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

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)

The following is an updated (October 17 2017) list of the approved Altar Wines to be used in Holy Masses in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.  Bishop John B. Brungardt.

Cribari Altar Wine

-- Catholic Art & Gifts (Wichita, KS); parent company is F.C. Ziegler (Tulsa, OK).

-- I. Donnelly (Kansas City, MO)

-- Queen of Angels Catholic Church Goods (Aurora, CO; coming to Cheney, KS)


Assumption Abbey Altar Wine

-- Richardson, ND

Mont La Salle Altar Wine

-- Mont La Salle (Napa, CA)

-- I. Donnelly

Monastic Altar Wine

-- I. Donnelly

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

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. 



Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

Marriage and Annulment Workshop  – Is scheduled for Monday, October 23 at St. Dominic Parish Office in Garden City from 10 am – noon.    Marriage – things we will cover include looking at the diocesan marriage policy, walking through the prenuptial documents and answering practical questions the participants have.  Annulment – things we will cover include reviewing the reasons why a marriage might be invalid, walking through the various annulment forms and documents, and answering practical questions of the participants.

This workshop originally was intended for the newly ordained and missionary priests who have been ministering in the Diocese.  However, anyone is welcome to attend.  All I ask is that I receive an RSVP (from priests and any others) by Thursday, October 19 so that I prepare a sufficient number of handouts.  Email Sister Janice with your RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sacramental Records Workshop – Is scheduled for Monday, October 23 at St. Dominic Parish Office from 1:30-3:30 pm.  Areas to be covered include the importance of sacramental records, recording the various sacraments and making notations, creating sacramental certificates, how to record a baptism when an adoption is involved, how to make corrections to entries already recorded and answering practical questions the participants may have.  Please RSVP by Thursday, October 19 if you wish to attend so I can prepare a sufficient number of handouts.  Email Sister Janice with your RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chancellor Website: A number of articles and resources have been added to the Chancellor homepage (

-          Use of Low Gluten Hosts and Mustum (Bishop John delegates to priests the authority to allow members of the lay faithful to use low gluten hosts or mustum habitually for as long as the situation warrants.)

-          Link to USCCB document “Celiac Disease, Alcohol Intolerance, and the Church’s Pastoral Response” updated 2016 (vendors who provide low gluten hosts are listed at the end of the article)

-          Link to Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments “Circular Letter to Bishops on the Bread and Wine for Eucharist” 2017

-          Link to Altar Wine supplier F.C. Ziegler

-          Link to Altar Wine supplier Assumption Abbey

-          USCCB Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities revised 2017

-          Revised Priest Compensation document July 1, 2017

-          Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith document “Instruction on Cremation and the Disposition of Ashes” August 15, 2016

-          Requesting Sacramental Certificates from Closed Parishes (lists the parish to contact)


Official Catholic Directory – usually by now I have received and distributed to the parishes and institutions the blue (for parishes) or white (for institutions and ministries) pages upon which to note personnel and other changes.  This is just to let you know I have not yet received these blue and white pages from the Official Catholic Directory, nor have I yet received the 2017 directory.  I’m not sure why there has been a delay this year.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

Attached folder are the Presbyteral Council notes for the September 19 meeting.

We welcome Father Charles Mazouch as the newly elected member of the Presbyteral Council.  We thank Father Ted Skalsky for his service on the Council.

From Mark Roth, Director of Development  

A big thank you to everyone who made the 3rd annual Dechant Foundation Golf Classic a success. This year we raised over $17,500 for the retired priest benefit. The generous support of our sponsors and participants will help offset the medical expense of our retired priests that have faithfully served our diocese. Mark your calendar for September 7, 2018 for the 4th annual tourney to be held at Mariah Hills in Dodge City.

VMA Update: We are closing in on our 10 million dollar goal for the diocese. Through the generous gifts from over 4,700 parishioners, we have raised 9.4 million. Reminder to the priests: please announce at least monthly the continued support of the appeal. 

From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry

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).
No English Sessions Scheduled At This Time 


Dodge City, Domingo, 22 de octubre, 2017

Hora: 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe,  Salon de San Agustin,  3231 N 14th Ave. Dodge City, KS 67801

Persona de Contacto:  Norma Alvarez (620)227-3442

Facilitadora:  Norma Alvarez

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.

From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation 

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.

From Tammy Lampe, Human Resources

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 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.
Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is offering free professional counseling in Dodge City, Garden City and Great Bend for children, adults, couples, families and seniors, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. Contact Amy Falcon at 620-227-1590 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and/or to schedule an appointment.
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.

Disaster Relief: Catholic Charities is assisting with local disaster recovery efforts for individuals and families affected by Kansas Wildfires in March, the Barton County Tornado in May, and flooding from torrential rain in Liberal in early August. Donations for local disaster recovery can be made online at, or by mail to Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, 906 Central Ave, Dodge City KS 67801.

For hurricane relief in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, we encourage donations through Catholic Charities USA

The 2018 Wine Tasting Event will be at the Great Bend Event Center on Friday, April 20th. Mark your calendars now and plan on coming for a good time and a good cause! 

Upcoming Diocesan Events

Encuentro V-October 7

Diocesan Anniversary Mass--October 15-registration form 

Scripture Day--October 26, 2017: 

Thursday, October 26

“Sex in the Bible”

Presenter: Fr. Raymond Collins, 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Through our Parish-Diocese Stewardship Partnership, the Annual Scripture Day has no registration fee. Please inform Gayla Kirmer that you are coming so we can have an accurate meal count:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Dia sobre la Escritura

Jueves, 26 de octubre

“Sexo en la Biblia”

Presentador:  Jaime Gil, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Catedral de Nuestra Señor de Guadalupe

Por medio de la Asociación de Stewardship Parroquial-Diocesano, el Día Anual sobre la Escritura es gratis. Por favor informe a Gayla Kirmer si piensa asistir para contar le número de personas para la comida:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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 October 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.. IX, No. XII 

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