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January 2018 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

January 2018    Vol. I

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 a 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 26, 2018. 

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor


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).

Liberal, Saturday, February 17th, 2018

From: 9:00 AM-12:00PM

St. Anthony of Padua Church

1510 N Calhoun St, Liberal, KS

Contact Person: Fr. Jacob Schneider (620) 624-4135

PGC Facilitator: Cherry Deges (620) 338-7501


No Spanish Sessions Scheduled at this Time 

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

New Prayer Cards - Every parish will receive special prayer cards to pray for our seminarians and for all religious vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Please ask young people in your parish to distribute the cards.

Andrew Dinners - are an evening where boys and single men join their pastors and Bishop John for a great dinner, conversation, and prayer, with a focus not just on the priesthood, but on God’s call for every Catholic young man to live an extraordinary life. The dinners are from 6-8 pm.  The dates and hosting sites are:   

January 14 : (high school)  St. Stanislaus, Ingalls                                 

January 26 :(post-college)  Bishop John’s residence                                                      

January 28:  (high school)  St. Nicholas, Kinsley                                         

 February 11: (high school)  St. Aloysius, Ransom

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

Connecting, Equipping, Sending  Spring One-Hour course...THEO 4881 Get Equipped

"Get Equipped" supports the spiritual life and the practical ministry of those who serve during Eucharistic Liturgy.  Focusing on hospitality, proclamation, prayer and mission, it is for greeters, lectors, ministers of holy communion, music ministers, all who gather for Eucharist. *This course is one of the elective courses needed to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry. 

Presenters:  Fr. Frank Coady, Dolores Martinez, Fr. Robert Schremmer and others to be announced 

Class Dates: Fri., April 27 and Sat., April 28. Begins with Registration Friday 4:00 p.m. ends Saturday 1:30 p.m. 

Location:  Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, KS  

Cost:    $57.00 room and meals/$22.00 commuter  

Additional $50.00 for 1 hr. college credit - contact 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 Heartland Center for Spirituality.  Make reservations at Heartland Center for Spirituality:

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 afternoon workshop featuring a presentation by abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden. Cost is $35 for youth and youth leaders. 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.  

encounter Lent-Companions on the Journey

CRS Rice Bowl: Shipping of materials (Early January) 

On January 5th, Catholic Relief Services begins shipping CRS Rice Bowl materials to all participating parishes and schools!  

When your materials arrive, please check the shipment to ensure you have received the proper amount of materials needed for your community this Lent, including the CRS Rice Bowls with Lenten Calendars. Should you need more rice bowls or other resources, visit or call 800-222-0025. 

Looking for resources to map out your community’s Lenten plan for distributing the rice bowls, communicating about your participation or recruiting volunteers? CRS Rice Bowl’s Coordinator’s Guide has the tips and tools you need to integrate Catholic social teaching and opportunities to encounter our brothers and sisters from around the world into liturgy, communications and other aspects of your community’s Lenten journey. 

Visit to find planning tools and faith formation resources for your community this Lent. Some links below will help you get started:

Lesson plans and activities for parish and Catholic school religious educators

Activities and reflections for high schools and youth ministry

A Simple Supper Guide for your parish or school’s meatless Friday meals 

Communications tools, such as a letter to families and bulletin announcements and inserts

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 January 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.. I

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