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November 2018 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
November 2018

From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
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: .
Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor

Official Catholic Directory Online Updating

On October 25, 2018, the contact person of the parish or school or organization (as was established in early 2018 when all editing was done online for the first time) should have received an email from The Official Catholic Directory instructing you how to go about making edits to your parish, school or organizational listing in the OCD.  If you did not receive this email, please let me know and I will forward you the email I received.  Note the deadline of November 30, 2018 to get the edits completed.

December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation and this year it falls on a Saturday.  Holy Day Masses may be celebrated on Friday evening and on Saturday until 4 pm.  Any Mass after 4 pm is the anticipated Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent.

Guidelines for Providing Childcare during Church Activities has been revised. 

Whenever a diocesan function or a parish function or group offers childcare, these guidelines offer information for best practices for the adults providing the childcare. 

Guidelines for Providing Childcare (English) (attached)

Guidelines for Providing Childcare (Spanish) (attached)

Also, the document is available in English and Spanish on the Safe Environment webpage:

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.

Sacramental Records and Registers – I will offer a Sacramental Records and Registers workshop for anyone who has new parish office staff who will be given the responsibility to record sacraments or produce sacramental certificates.  Contact me and we can work out a mutually agreeable day and time.  Sister Janice, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1527.

From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council
Presbyteral Council – Click here for the notes of the September 18 Presbyteral Council meeting. Next meeting is Tuesday, November 27 at 11:00am at the Chancery Office. 
From Mark Roth, Director of Development
From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry
Janee Bernal, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
Catechists and DREs are encouraged to sign up for Echoes Emmaus. This is the alternative for catechist formation. See how Echoes works, go to the Catechists Support page To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Echoes of Faith is provided by Vibrant Ministries.
Stewardship Renewal is in progress, tons of resources to make life easier are at
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, November 4, 2018 
Mary, Queen of Peace, 804 N Colorado, Ulysses, KS 
From: 1:00-4:00pm
Contact Person: Toney Hernandez 620-356-3994 or 353-4418
PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart 620-225-5164
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Mary, Queen of Peace, 804 N Colorado, Ulysses, KS 
From 2:00-5:00pm
Contact Person: Marina Alvarado  620-356-1532
PGC Facilitator: Norma Alvarez 620-225-4803
From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
Please click HERE for a quick reference guide to important dates relating to Vocations for 20180-2019.
RSVP by Nov. 15th: All priests and Religious Sisters in the Diocese of Dodge City are invited to the Catholic Schools 5th & 6th Grade Vocations Day on Tuesday, November 20 (9:30 am – 1:45 pm) at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  You are welcome to attend all or part of the day.  RSVP to Lea Ann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 620-276-8981 by November 13th!
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
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
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. 
Join Bishop Brungardt and Fr. Wesley Schawe for  a 3 day-2 night pilgrimage to Conception Seminary, March 3,4, 5. Cost is only $265 for single occupancy or $255 for double occupancy. Trip includes: deluxe motor coach transportation with pick ups in Dodge City and Great Bend and other stops as requested; a tour of the Clyde Monastery; time with the Seminarians (Eric Frieb, Carson Haupt, Esteban Hernandez, Jonathan Lemus); tour of Conception Seminary; evening dinner with Bishop Brungardt, Fr. Wesley and the Seminarians; accommodations at the Seminary and time for prayer and Eucharist with the Seminarians. Seating is limited so don't delay in making your reservations. A $50 deposit with reservation is required. Make checks payable to: Diocese of Dodge City and send to: Office of Development, PO Box 137, Dodge City, Kansas, 67801. Trip is sponsored by the Office of Vocations and Development to help foster, promote and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 
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 November 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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