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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt

and the Diocesan Staff

May 2018    Vol. V


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

From Fr. Warren Stecklein, Priest's Retirement Fund 

Diocesan Priest’s Retirement Fund Notice: The monthly benefit for retired priests will increase to $2,300 per month effective July 2018.

Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

Official Catholic Directory – now that someone in each parish, school and institution under the Diocesan listing has submitted the statistics and contact information requested, please be sure to write down your parish user name and password and remember where you file it so that next year when the 2018 information is needed, you will know how to log in.  This will be particularly helpful in parishes where there may be a change of priests.

I will be out of town the week of June 11-15.  If you have any prenuptial documents that need to be signed for weddings the weekend of June 15-16, please get them to me by June 1.  During the summer, please try to get all prenuptial documents to me at least two weeks before the wedding as there may be other days I am out of the office and unable to sign things at the last minute.  Thanks.

From Fr. Peter Tran, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council 

Click HERE for the Notes of the April 17 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 

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, August 12, 2018 

From: 1:00-4:00pm  St Dominic Parish Center

615 J.C. Street, Garden City, KS  67846

Contact Person: Sr. Myra Armey (620) 276-2024

PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart (620) 225-5164

No Spanish Sessions Scheduled At This Time

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

From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation 

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. 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.

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 May 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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