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October 2018 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
October 2018

From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
Sunday, October 21, 2018, is the date for the Diocesan Matrimony Anniversary celebration ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City. Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and more years of matrimony in 2018. To register, please complete the form found on the diocesan website or in the SKC and submit by Monday, October 8, 2018.  Click here for the form.
Catholics throughout the US are asked to help those devastated by Hurricane Florence and any other natural disasters that might occur the rest of the year by donating to Catholic Charities USA:  The Diocese is making a $7,000 contribution.  Bishop Brungardt asks parishes and individual parishioners to donate what they can.  Bishop asks that we hold all suffering from natural disasters and other tragedies in our prayers.  Needs beyond the US such as the recent tsunami in Indonesia can be addressed by donating to Catholic Relief Services: .
The Confirmation schedule for 2018-2019 has been finalized. Click here for the latest.
From Gayla Kirmer-Executive Secretary to the Bishop
It is time to order Workbooks, Liturgical Year Calendars, Sourcebooks, At Home With the Word, and Visiting the Sick and Homebound. If interested in these or any other liturgy training publications, please contact Gayla Kirmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1525. By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount.
Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor
Official Catholic Directory You will recall in late 2017 and early 2018 each parish was required to make their own updates of personnel and sacramental data. The following are a couple of paragraphs from an email I received this past week regarding future updating: One of this year’s most important changes is that ALL entities listed in the Catholic Directory will be contacted by us via email rather than direct mail. An email from the Catholic Directory to each such entity announcing the opening of for updating will be sent on October 9, 2018. The email will be sent to each entity’s OCD Contact email as provided during last year’s updating cycle. Please note that the email will contain clear instructions for accessing the online system and your entities will not need to remember their user ID’s and passwords from last year. Please note, we will not be able to accept parish and institution updates on paper or via electronic means other than through So, pastors, if you receive an email from Official Catholic Directory, DO NOT DELETE IT as it will have important information for how you provide updates for your parish’s listing in the directory.
Sacramental Certificates Templates for certificates of baptism, confirmation, Rites of Christian Initiation and Matimony are available on the Chancellor webpage, Pastoral Handbook under Sacraments and Liturgy:
A reminder that all incardinated priests should have a valid will on file at the Chancery Office. Other priests serving in the diocese should at least provide complete information on who we are to contact in the case of serious illness or death.
a) The will (or a copy of it) is to be in a sealed envelope with the name, address and phone number of the executor. Wills should be revised occasionally, especially if a beneficiary or the executor dies or if circumstances change.
b) A second envelope, which may be opened at the time of death, should be on file that contains the priest’s desires regarding funeral arrangements. Things to include would be the name of the homilist, specific music, particular vestments, the cemetery to be buried, etc. Click HERE for a fillable form.
c) Other legal documents, such as a living will, a designation of a durable power of attorney for health matters or a durable power of attorney for financial matters should also be on file at the Chancery Office.
d) One may also consider doing and writing out an inventory of personal items.
In August the Presbyteral Council recommended, and Bishop John approved, an addition to the Help Out schedule (Honorarium).

When the parish priest is not available, the following addition to the Help Out schedule applies beginning September 1, 2018:
a. Vigil and funeral $50 plus roundtrip mileage at current IRS rate
b. Wedding practice and wedding $50 plus roundtrip mileage at current IRS rate
c. Anointing of the Sick $20 plus roundtrip mileage at current IRS rate
Mass offering always goes to the priest

Go to the Chancellor page ( to obtain a revised 2018 Clergy Compensation document which has been revised to include this addition. 

From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council
Presbyteral Council – Click here for the notes of the September 18 meeting.
From Mark Roth, Director of Development
2018 Dechant Foundation Golf Classic
The 4th annual Dechant Foundation golf tournament was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thank you to all the sponsors, players and volunteers who helped to make the day a success. We raised over $21,000.00 that will be used to help offset the cost of long-term care insurance for our retired Priests. 

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.(2 Corinthians 9:10)

Our Sponsors were:
Catholic Mutual Group
Dodge City Medical Center

K&N Petroleum
Davis & McCann Law Firm
Ziegler Funeral Chapel
Knights of Columbus Insurance

Hole Sponsors
MJ Stitchery
Best Water
First Dental
Keller & Miller CPA’s
Fidelity Bank
Spearville News
Solutio, Inc.
Coldwell Banker Brian Delzeit
Landmark Bank
Fry Eye Associates
KofC Council 2955

From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry

Janee Bernal, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP

You are invited to a rare screening of the new documentary entitled, "Sexual Revolution - 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae. Screening events will be held around the diocese during October which is "Respect Life" month. Dates & times: Saturday, October 13, 7pm at St. Patrick's parish center in Great Bend, Sunday, October 14 at 3pm at St. Dominic parish center in Garden City; 7pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City; Monday, October 15 at 7pm at St. Anthony in Liberal . Seven years in the making this documentary seeks to examine the effects of the free-love experiment of the hippie generation and the prophetic encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The centerpiece of the film is the dramatic life story of Alana Newman, a talented secular musician who gives up her entire musical career for life, family and love. Alana shares how through desperation to know her father, she finally discovers the treasures of "Theology of the Body", "Humanae Vitae", and the riches of true freedom through a dramatic conversion. This free event is provided by the office of Matrimony, Family Life and Natural Family Planning with coordination of Respect Life/Social Justice for the diocese of Dodge City. 

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship  

From Tammy Lampe, Safe Environment Coordinator


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, October 7, 2018 
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 413 Niederacher, Jetmore, KS 
  • From: 12 noon to 2pm 
  • Contact Person: Sr. Catherine Therese Paulie 620-357-8791
  • PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart 620-225-5164
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 
  • St. Anthony of Padua, 1510 N Calhoun, Liberal, KS  
  • From: 3-6pm 
  • Contact Person: Fr. Jacob Schneider 620-624-4135
  • PGC Facilitator: Cherry Deges 620-338-7501
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1111 State St, Larned, KS 
  • From: 2-5pm 
  • Contact Person: Stacy Sanger 620-285-2035
  • PGC Facilitator: Donna Staab 620-786-5785


  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 
  • St. Anthony of Padua, 1510 N Cahoun, Liberal, KS 
  • From: 3-6pm 
  • Contact Person: Fr. Jacob Schneider 620-624-4135
  • PGC Facilitator: Norma Alvarez 620-225-4802
From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
Seminarian posters will be distributed to the parishes the week of October 7th. Catholic schools, Knights councils, etc. will receive them shortly after. If you need additional posters, please contact Ana Gaytan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Seminarian prayer cards will be delivered to the parishes in time for National Vocations Awareness Week (Nov. 4-10).
Please click HERE for a quick reference guide to important dates relating to Vocations for 20180-2019.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation

Called and Gifted Workshop: The Called and Gifted Workshop will guide you to recognize gifts given to you by the Holy Spirit through baptism and confirmation. These gifts enable you to accomplish things for God above and beyond your natural abilities. Dioceses of Dodge City and Salina, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

8:30 – 9:30 Gathering/Continental Breakfast/Check-in
9:30 – Workshop Begins
5:00 -  Sunday Liturgy: Heartland Center for Spirituality
3600 Broadway, Great Bend
Cost - $25.00
To register contact Coleen Stein
620-227-1538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Registration deadline Jan. 3
Offered in English and Spanish

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
Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is looking for an energetic, well-organized individual to fill the position of Refugee Resettlement Case Manager in our Garden City office. This full-time position offers a benefits package including health insurance and retirement plan. For information visit  Send letter of interest and resume to Debbie Snapp, 906 Central, Dodge City, KS 67801 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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
The Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Preparation and Education Series is an on-going year-around program that allows couples to enter and proceed at their own pace, at any time throughout the year. The 2018-19 orientation and class schedule is available online at  If you know someone who is struggling with infertility and would like to learn more about growing their family through infant adoption, please contact Lori Titsworth at 620-792-1393, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The 18th Annual Wine Tasting Event will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Great Bend Event Center. Please save the date; the money we raise from this annual event helps us to strengthen and support our communities by meeting the needs of others.
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
Plan to attend the documentary movie "Sexual Revolution" at a parish near you.  This will be shown during October, which is Respect Life Month. See more information under Janee Bernal's notes. 
Diocesan Matrimony Anniversary Mass: Sunday, October 21, 3pm, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Dodge City 
DODGE CITY DIOCESE ORGANIZING MARCH FOR LIFE PILGRIMAGE to Washington, D.C.: Tom and Lisa Ridder (St. Mary’s Parish, Marienthal) are coordinating a bus pilgrimage for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. next January. Tentative plans call for the pilgrimage to commence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City on Wednesday, Jan. 16, then travel to Larned and Great Bend to pick up additional participants. Pilgrims will travel overnight on the bus and arrive in D.C. mid-morning on Jan. 17. Pilgrims will take part in a public rosary in D.C., tour the St. John Paul II Shrine, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, attend a “Life is Very Good Rally” the eve of the March and then the main rally and March for Life (Jan. 18). A night-time walking tour of the nation’s monuments and a bus tour of Arlington National Cemetery are also planned. Buses will depart Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19 and arrive in Great Bend, Larned and Dodge between 6 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. The projected cost per person is $400, and includes bus travel and overnight accommodations in D.C. A priest of the Diocese of Dodge City will accompany the pilgrimage. To learn more or to reserve your spot, please contact the Ridders at 620-375-2100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for the registration form and flier. 
March for Life Pilgrimage to Topeka: The March for Life to Topeka will be departing Dodge City on January 21 at 5pm to travel to Topeka to spend the night and then take part in the March activities on Tuesday, January 22 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center beginning at 8:30am with the Ignite Event, Mass with the Kansas Bishops, the March to the Capitol Steps and rally, tours of the Capitol before returning to Dodge City. Cost this year is $65 per person and is open to High School and College age and sponsors. Donations are welcome to help cover the expenses. Registration forms and payment should be received by January 14 and checks made payable to the Diocese of Dodge City. Mail to Gayla Kirmer at PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS  67801. Call 620-227-1525 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for the flier and  here for registration form. 
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..
Other Events to Note
Are you or a loved one suffering from abortion?  Find hope and allow God to heal your heart by attending a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. The last of the three 2018 Kansas City retreats will be on the weekend of October 26-28. For more information or to register, please call Teresa O’Donnell at (816) 679-4973 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

This concludes the October 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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