January 2019 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
January 2019

From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
I will celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life on February 2, 2019 at Prince of Peace Parish (St. Patrick site).  Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am followed by a reception and dinner.  All priests and the faithful are welcome and invited to join me in this special annual celebration which highlights the life and ministry of our religious priests and sisters in the diocese.  Anyone who wishes to partake in the meal, please RSVP to my executive secretary Gayla Kirmer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1525) by Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Please note: there is an email scam going around that appears to be from Bishop Brungardt asking for your help and requesting the purchase of a gift card in various amounts. Please do not respond to this email. If the address is not from the diocese server, right click and delete the email. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Gayla Kirmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and or call 227-1525. 
Please mark your calendars for the Spring Assembly to be held at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita on Tuesday, April 30 through May 2nd. 
Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor
In early January 2019 I will be emailing the Annual Parish Forms for completion.  These sheets request the detailed information about the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage and the celebration of funerals and burials during the calendar year 2018.
I was asked to provide the following information for the National Winter Chant Conference.  Click here for more detail:chantschool.org/wcc19/ 
From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council
Click HERE for the notes of the November 27 Presbyteral Council meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
From Mark Roth, Director of Development
From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry
Janee Bernal, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP
The Rosary + technology = A multitude of prayers
“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” - Saint Padre Pio
Connect with people of all ages around the Dodge City Diocese from the comfort of your home.
It’s easy:
• Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign-up.
• Look for a reply email with instructions to download “Zoom” and how to connect (it’s free!).
• You will receive an email link on your device at 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings. Click on the link.
• You will be connected with others from around the diocese as we pray the rosary to promote a culture of life.
• This prayer will conclude no later than 8:30 p.m.
• All individuals, groups and ages are invited to be a part of this group.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
The Office of Stewardship will be hosting Financial Peace University on the ITV network beginning February 13, 2019. People interested in getting control of their finances can find more information plus make reservations at the stewardship website: https://www.dcdiocese.org/stewardship
There are promotional flyers for bulletins or to hand out as well. Flyer 1; Flyer 2.  I am happy to print and mail flyers, email eThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The office of Vocations and Development are teaming up to offer a Pilgrimage to visit our seminarians at Conception Seminary. For those wanting a relaxing pilgrimage with the opportunity to support the people in seminary for the Diocese of Dodge City, Do not miss this great opportunity. Find more information at the Vocations webpage. https://www.dcdiocese.org/vocations/4544-seminarian-pilgrimage-information-4544-4544-4544

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).
Saturday, January 5, 2019
St. Mary Church, Marienthal, KS 
From 11:00am-2:00pm
Contact: Lisa Ridder 620-379-4427
Facilitator: Sharon Stuart 620-225-5164

Sunday, January 20, 2019
St. John the Baptist, Spearville, KS
From 3:00pm-6:00pm
Contact: Judy Gleason 620-385-2881
Facilitator: Sharon Stuart 620-225-5164

No Sessions Scheduled 
From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
Andrew Dinners - are an evening where boys and single men join their pastors and Bishop John for a great dinner, conversation, and prayer, with a focus not just on the priesthood, but on God’s call for every Catholic young man to live an extraordinary life. The dates and hosting sites are:
January 6 (college) Bishop John’s residence
January 20 (high school) COLG, Dodge City
January 27 (high school) Sacred Heart of Jesus, Larned
February 10 (post-college) Bishop John’s residence
February 17 (high school) St. Dominic, Garden City
From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation

THEO 1003 Introduction to New Testament (3 hour course) Instructor: Fr. Reggie Urban. 

This course focuses on the literature, theology and history of the New Testament. Students will explore questions of authorship and critical methods of biblical interpretation from within the perspective of faith. Jesus’ question, addressed to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” provides the theological center of the New Testament studies. *This course is one of the 3 hour courses needed to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Youth Ministry.

Class Times - Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16

Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Location - Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses

Cost - 3 hr. course for college credit - $150.00* 3 hr. course for enrichment - $75.00* 

*price quotes do not include books

THEO 4881 The Why of Ministry (1 hour course) Instructor: Gentry Heimerman                                                                                            From Joseph, to Timothy, to Esther (who won a beauty contest then saved a nation), God engaged young people in big ways to do even bigger things. Approaching Youth Ministry as a missionary disciple leads one to both the “why” and the “hows” of youth ministry. 

*This course is one of the 1 hour courses needed to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Youth Ministry.

Class Times: Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 10 

Wednesday evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location - Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses                     

Cost - 1 hr. course for college credit - $50.00* 1 hr. course for enrichment - $25.00*

*price quotes do not include books

THEO 4881 RCIA Kansas! (1 hour course) Celebrating the Rites 

Presenter: Fr. Tim Piasecki - Coordinating Instructor: Fr. Robert Schremmer 

Students will study and experience their RCIA rites; see better understanding of the focus and goal; be equipped to go forth celebrating them with the people of their parish. 
Workshop is presented by Catherine of Sienna Institute  

Class Times: March 22 &23   

Location - Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend                                                                               

Cost: 1 hr. course for college credit - $60.00* 1 hr. course for enrichment - $25.00*

*price quotes do not include books

THEO 4881 Navigating Charisms 

Coordinating Instructor: Fr. Robert Schremmer

To take this class for credit, one needs to have participated in a Called and Gifted Workshop. The Workshop would be beneficial for those not taking it for credit. The Workshop guides one to recognize gifts given by the Holy Spirit through baptism and confirmation. These gifts enable one to accomplish things for God above and beyond your natural abilities.Topics include steps needed for discernment of spiritual gifts; clues one needs to follow God call; the way charisms can work together uniquely in one’s life; release of control to welcome charisms.

Wednesday evening: January 30

Class Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

To enroll in this class for credit, you will need to have participated in a Called and Gifted Workshop.

Cost:  1 hr. course for college credit - $50.00* 1hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00*                     

 *price quotes do not include book   

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 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 http://catholiccharitiesswks.org/adoption-services/771-adoption-training-calendar-of-events.  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 http://catholiccharitiesswks.org/home/enewsletter.
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 youth registration form/here adult form. 

encounter Lent-We are called forth from the desert to encounter resurrection. 

CRS Rice Bowl: Shipping of materials (Early January) 

On January 14th, Catholic Relief Services begins shipping CRS Rice Bowl materials to all participating parishes and schools.

When your materials arrive, please check the shipment to ensure you have received the proper amount of materials needed for your community this Lent, including the CRS Rice Bowls with Lenten Calendars. Should you need more rice bowls or other resources, visit crsricebowl.org/order or call 800-222-0025. 

Looking for resources to map out your community’s Lenten plan for distributing the rice bowls, communicating about your participation or recruiting volunteers? CRS Rice Bowl’s Coordinator’s Guide has the tips and tools you need to integrate Catholic social teaching and opportunities to encounter our brothers and sisters from around the world into liturgy, communications and other aspects of your community’s Lenten journey. 

Visit crsricebowl.org to find planning tools and faith formation resources for your community this Lent. Some links below will help you get started:

Lesson plans and activities for parish and Catholic school religious educators

Family Activities and prayers 

Communication tools, such as a letter to families and bulletin announcements and inserts

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 January 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.