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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

December 2017 XII--- 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 First Saturdays devotion -- Begins at 8:30 a.m. at St. Stanislaus 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)

Once again it is my privilege to invite and celebrate  the World Day for Consecrated Life on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at St. Andrew Parish in Wright (11798 Jewell Road).  The liturgy will begin at 10:30 am and will be followed by social provided by the Knights of Columbus and a special dinner provided by the St. Andrew Altar Society. Please RSVP yourself and any guests by contacting Gayla Kirmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 620-227-1525 by Wednesday, January 17, 2018. 

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

The Official Catholic Directory is in the process of streamlining their data collection for the annual publication to an online system.  

I received the following information from OCD on November 20, 2017:  “On or about December 1, letters with simple and easy to follow instructions for using the OCD Online Update System will be sent to each organization listed within the Diocese of Dodge City.  The letter and the online update system will include an OCD support phone number and email address where system users can have issues/questions addressed.  The DEADLINE for organizations to update their listing information online is DECEMBER 31, 2017.” 

Although this will be coming in the very busy month of December, I urge all parishes and organizations who receive the update information to make it a priority to submit their changes to the OCD as soon as possible.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23 at 11am.

From Mark Roth, Director of Development  

VMA Update: Reminder to the priests: please announce at least monthly the continued support of the appeal. Refer to the Bulletin Corner for your parishes updated gift participation.  


The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City is pleased to sponsor: “Catholic Planned Giving and Estate Planning”. These seminars are part of the Department of Development’s stewardship education program and concentrate on the Christian steward’s right to plan for the prayerful and orderly distribution of one’s estate.

The purpose of these seminars is to inform Catholics within the diocese of their rights to ensure that their wishes and the needs of their family are carried out as intended. At the same time, we will illustrate some gift planning techniques people may use in coordination with their estate plan and to give back to God some of the material blessings He has bestowed on all of us.  People generally recognize the importance of giving to their parish and diocesan ministries during their lifetime; not too many consider similar gifts in their estate plans and wills. Our vision is to show you the opportunities!

Please join us at one of the Seminars listed:

January 10, 2018, 7:00pm Cathedral of our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City

January 15, 2018, 7:00pm St. Anthony Parish Center, Liberal

January 25, 2018 7:00pm Prince of Peace Parish Center, Great Bend

February 2018-Sacred Heart Pratt (TBD)


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  

Stewardship bulletin inserts for 2018 are available on the stewardship website 

In addition, weekly stewardship images are available at:

These images are great for sharing on websites and social media such as Instagram and Facebook. Facebook has a scheduling tool that allows you to schedule the whole year and will publish on days you specify. 

Here is a video showing how to schedule a Facebook post.

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 


No Spanish Sessions Scheduled at this Time 

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

Save the Date: On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Bishop Brungardt will celebrate Mass for World Day of Consecrated Life. St. Andrew Parish in Wright will host the Mass, reception and dinner.  More information will be forthcoming. 

From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation 

THEO 1003 Introduction to Old Testament

Instructor:  Sr. Joan Wolf

This course is designed to bring the Old Testament to life and to thrill its readers with the story of one people’s journey into faith. These ancient people’s experiences may reveal the truth of our own journeys in that we can see ourselves in their life experiences, in their growth as well as in their backsliding, in their discoveries of the nature of God and in their misreading what was the will of God, in their frustration when life’s troubles were overwhelming and when they had to trust God when important questions remained unanswered. It is a story which covers 2,000 years, a story of real flesh and blood people searching for God and of God’s loving self-revelation over the centuries. 

Class Times: Jan. 20, 27  Feb. 3, 10, 17  Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24

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

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
Life Skills Workshops: Life skills are positive and adaptive behaviors that make it possible for individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life. The next Catholic Charities Life Skills Series will be held every other Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm at 305 W. Mary in Garden City KS, beginning on January 9th, 2018. Topics include Tenant Regulations, Healthy Relationships, Health & Wellness, Time Management, Home Maintenance and Safety, and Essential Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity. For more information, visit
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 6780

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


Standing up for Life on the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade!

Register your youth now for the Diocese of Dodge City pro-life pilgrimage to Topeka on Monday, January 22, 2018. Join in a day of prayer, activity, and public witness to the value of every human life.

▪ Open to High School and College-age youth and sponsors.

▪ Bus will depart from Dodge City at 5:30 am and stop in Great Bend at St. Patrick Catholic Church 

▪ The day’s activities will include Mass, march to the Capitol and a rally on the steps of the Capitol building, lunch and tour of the Capitol. 

▪ Leave Topeka around 4:00 to return back to the Diocese, with return stops in Salina, Great Bend and Dodge City. 

▪ Cost is $35 for youth and youth leaders (includes lunch, transportation, rally);

▪ Donations are welcome to cover additional costs.

▪ Participants will need $$ for evening meal in Salina. 

Registrations with payment will be accepted until the bus is full, and should be directed to Gayla Kirmer, Diocese of Dodge City, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801, 620-227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click  pdf HERE (682 KB) for a copy of the flyer and registration form.  

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 December 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.. XII, No. XII 

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