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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

April 2018    Vol. IV


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

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

Revisions have been made to the Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People and Code of Pastoral Conduct.  Follow this link to the Safe Environment Page ( to view/print the revised Policy-Code or to view/print some of the specific pages that have been added or revised.  

A reminder that when anyone signed the receipt receiving the Policy and Code of Conduct current at the time, there was a statement saying that in signing this document you agree to abide by any revisions or changes made to the Policy or Code of Conduct in the future.  Therefore, everyone is now bound to abide by the revisions made to the Policy and Code of Conduct.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

Click  document HERE (19 KB) for the Notes of the March 20 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.   

Save the date: Make plans now and organize your team for the 2018 Dechant Foundation Annual Golf Class, September 7, at Mariah Hills Golf Course. For more information and to register a team, contact Mark Roth at 620-227-1535 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proceeds benefit the Retired Priest's Fund of the Diocese of Dodge City. 

From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry

I am excited to announce that this summer we will be offering Camp Cristo Rey to middle school students!  The diocese has a strong tradition of offering a summer camp to middle school students, and we look to continue under a new name.  This will be held at Camp Lakeside near Scott City, and it is designed to immerse teenagers into God’s love through beauty and nature.  Unfortunately due to staff and lodging restrictions at Camp Lakeside, the maximum number of registrations for each camp is 50.  Please register quickly to reserve your spot as they will fill!  

June 10-12th - For those students who have completed the 5th or 6th grade

June 14th-16th - For those students who have completed the 7th or 8th grade

For registration details visit our website:

Volunteers: Several of you have asked to help with camp and I am extremely grateful.  I will be contacting you via email regarding specifics on times, roles, and potentially certain supplies.  If possible I would like volunteers to remain at Camp Lakeside the entirety of the week, but I understand if conflicts arise.  Thanks again for those who have helped in the past and are returning!

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).

Sunday, April 29, 2018 

From 2:00-5:00pm 

St. John's Forst Center

416 W. Carthage, Meade, KS  67864

Contact Person: Fr. Ted Skalsky (620) 338-6547

PGC Facilitator: Cherry Deges (620) 338-7501


Great Bend

St. Rose of Lima Meeting Room, 1424 Baker St, Great Bend, KS 

Saturday, April 21, 2018  10am-1pm

Contact: Brenda Guerra  620-792-7925

PGC Facilitator: Norma Alvarez  620-227-3442

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

Encounter with God’s Call is April 14-16th.  Young men - high school juniors through college age - are invited to join Fr. Wesley Schawe for a road trip to Conception Seminary College.  Participants pray the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrate the Eucharist with seminarians and monks. They listen to seminarians share their story and learn about seminary life.  This is an opportunity for young men to meet others like themselves who have taken the step to further discern God’s will in their lives.  There is no charge for the weekend and transportation is provided. Register online at or contact Fr. Wesley Schawe at 620.227.1533 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Registration deadline with the Diocese is April 6th.

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
2018 Dechant Foundation Golf Classic, September 7, Mariah Hills Golf Course, Dodge City
From Around the Diocese
2018 Men's and Women's ACTS Retreats: Women's Retreat: October 25-28, 2018; Men's retreat: November 15-18, 2018. Both retreats will be held at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend. For more information, contact Paula Brozek at 620-793-8172 or Mel Waite at 620-564-2518.
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 April 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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