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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

March 2018    Vol. III

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

The Chrism Mass is Thursday, March 22, 11am, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. Deadline to RSVP is March 7th.  Information was emailed to your parish for the names of parish representatives. Please RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 620-227-1525. 

Sacrament of Confirmation: Depending on my health progress, I will contact pastors within two weeks of the scheduled Confirmation, letting you know whether I plan to come or not.  Therefore, please submit your liturgy planning sheets as usual. May the Lord prepare these Confirmandi, sponsors and parents for this beautiful sacrament.  Bishop John

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

By now every parish and school should have updated its information to the Offiicial Catholic Directory online.  Early in March OCD will give administrator privileges to me so that I can go in and access your sacramental data to complete their forms we complete for the Diocese.  

By now, I should have received or soon will be receiving an Annual Parish Report which includes the specific data for baptisms, confirmations, marriages and funerals for calendar year 2017.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

The February meeting was cancelled.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20.

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.   

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  

Is it time for a stewardship checkup? Of course it is. And, it doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Imagine your stewardship or pastoral council identifying all the things presently done that fall under the stewardship umbrella, then, planning other activities around it? Email today. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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).

Encounter with God’s Call: The Encounter weekend is April 14-16.  Young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age – are invited to join Fr. Wesley for a road trip to Conception Seminary College.  The weekend is a time to hear talks and spend time with seminarians while enjoying time with other young men who are seeking God’s will in their life. There is no charge for the weekend and transportation is provided. Register online at or contact Ana Gaytan at 620.227.1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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
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! 
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. Catholic Charities offers several life skills classes on topics such as: tenant regulations, healthy relationships, health & wellness, time management, home maintenance and safety, and essential food, nutrition and physical activity. For a current schedule of classes 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.
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

Catholic Charities Annual Report: The Catholic Charities 2016-17 Annual Report is available online at

Catholic Charities Monthly Newsletter: Stay up-to-date with monthly news, tips and resources for assistance, parenting, mental-wellness, social justice and more at

Upcoming Diocesan Events
Chrism Mass, March 22nd, 11am
From Around the Diocese
ABC Pregnancy Care Center in Garden City, KS, extends an invitation to their annual fundraising banquet on March 26, at 6:30pm at the Clarion Inn, located at 1911 East Kansas Avenue in Garden City. Doors open at 6:00pm. Dinner is complimentary. An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. Abortion survivor, Claire Culwell, will be the keynote speaker. To RSVP, contact ABC Pregnancy Care Center by March 16th, 620-275-1777.  

Teens and adults are invited to the “Love Gives Life” Conference on Saturday, April 7th, from 11am to 4:30pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. The conference will be hosted by Kansans for Life and the Knights of Columbus Council #2955 and will feature Terry Beatley, who will share the personal testimony of Dr. Bernard Nathanson about the deception used to convince Americans to accept legalized abortion. Several educational workshops will also be offered, in both English and Spanish. Come for just an hour, or come for the entire program. The cost is only $5 for adults, and teen tickets are free! Lunch is included but you must RSVP by April 4 if you will be eating lunch. Register by April 4 at or call 1-800-928-5433. See for a complete schedule and or  pdf click here (238 KB) for the flyer. 

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..
pdf Please see attached (11 KB)  for a health update from Fr. James Baker 

This concludes the March 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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