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February 2018 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

February 2018    Vol. II

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)

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

 Official Catholic Directory – A reminder that all parishes (including Catholic Schools and school endowments) and other institutions who are listed under the Diocese of Dodge City in the Official Catholic Directory were to go online, create an account and provide the information being requested.  If you a pastor or his delegate has not done so, please get this accomplished ASAP.  Instructions are below:

Go to an OCD Account:

            User Name (at least five characters long)

            Password (at least six characters long)

            Confirm Password

            Display Name

            Email (a valid email address is required to create OCD account)

 Submit Information

            You will be directed back to


            Choose Diocese of Dodge City from drop down menu

            Input OCD ID number and that entity will be pulled up.

            Provide information requested.

 If you have questions or technical issues, please contact the Official Catholic Directory for assistance toll free 844-592-4197 option 3 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual Parish Reports – Forms for providing the details of sacramental data (baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral as well as recording of events/accomplishments) were emailed to pastors and parish life coordinators January 9, 2018.  Deadline for returning the completed forms to Sister Janice (by snail mail or email) is Wednesday, February 28.  Thank you to those who have already submitted your reports.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 


 Click document HERE (15 KB) for notes of the January 23 Presbyteral Council meeting. 

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:

February 8, 2018 7:00pm,  Prince of Peace Parish Center, Great Bend

February 6, 2018 7pm, Sacred Heart, Pratt 


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

Ness City, Sunday, February 25th, 2018

From 3:00-6:00PM

Sacred Heart Catholic School 

510 S School St, Ness City, KS  67560

PGC Facilitator: Cherry Deges (620) 338-7501

Contact Person: Debbie Hagans (785) 798-3530


No Spanish Sessions Scheduled at this Time 

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

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 next opportunity will be: February 11: (high school)  St. Aloysius, Ransom

Vocation Directors will be visiting the Catholic Schools during the month of February.

Pastors—would you like to have a Dodge City seminarian to be present and assist with your Triduum celebrations? They would be available in time for a Wednesday evening practice, and through your Easter Sunday liturgies. I ask that you feed them and provide a place for them to stay, but I leave it up to you if you wish to thank them in any other way. I hope you will consider this as an opportunity for you and him and your community. Please let me know if you would like to have one at your parish(es).

From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation 

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, Workshops began January 9th. 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

Encounter Lent-Companions on the Journey

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

Chrism Mass is Thursday, March 22, 11am, at the Cathedral. Deadline to RSVP is March 7th.  Please be watching for the information to be emailed to your parish for your response and names of parish representatives.

Call to Continuing Conversion and the Rite of Election–The Call to Continuing Conversion and the Rite of Election is at 3:00 pm, Sunday, February 18 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. Please contact Coleen Stein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1538 with any questions.

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 February 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.

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