CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF DODGE CITY
Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
|From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City|
|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.|
|Friday, May 3 at 1pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom, 410 S 3rd, Manhattan, KS, abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden, will be appearing during the Kansas State Knights of Columbus Convention, to tell her story of surviving a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa's future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless. She is the Founder and Director of The Abortion Survivors Network and author of You Carried Me: A Daughter's Memoir. This truly inspirational presentation is free and open to the public.|
|FREQUENCY CHANGES to WIRELESS SOUND SYTEMS
Brian MacMichael (Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend) recently alerted us to a potential change in church sound systems. The FCC will be requiring institutions to vacate the 600 mhz band in wireless sound systems (similar to when the 700 mhz band was phased out in 2010). Dates for this varies by region, but all will be impacted by 2020. Here’s an article about it - http://www.bpnews.net/51019/churches-must-abandon-600mhz-wireless-sound-systems
David Wood (Diocese of Austin) reports that 600 MHz is pretty common unless there has been a recent upgrade. Sennheiser and Audio-Technica have rebates running through March 31 for replacement microphones. Sennheiser says they will accept any competitor’s microphone for the exchange rebate. Parishes are advised to contact the local company which installs and/or maintains your system.
|Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor|
|The Sacrament of Confirmation and the Easter Vigil – A reminder if a pastor intends to confirm a baptized Catholic at the Easter Vigil, you must request the faculty to confirm from Bishop John. For individuals that you baptize or receive into the Catholic Church, the law provides the faculty for the pastor to confirm.|
|From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, Music Ministry|
|From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council|
|Click HERE for the notes of the February 19 Presbyteral Council meeting. Next meeting is Tuesday, March 19.|
|From Mark Roth, Director of Development|
|From Adam Urban, Director of Youth Ministry|
|Janee Bernal, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP|
|Enrich your Lent! Sign up for the Virtual Rosary.
Connect with people of all ages around the Dodge City Diocese from the comfort of your home.
• 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 7:55 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.
|Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness: Three women from our diocese are currently working toward becoming Practitioners for the Creighton Model Fertility Care System. Over the course of this year, couples and individuals can be trained in the FertilityCare System (one model of NFP) with the advantage of working with Senior Educational Practitioners as well as these local ladies that will be serving as interns for the FertilityCare system until February 2020. The students are: Allison Ricke (Sacred Heart, Pratt), Diana Ramirez (Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City), and Janeé Bernal (St. Dominic and St. Mary’s, Garden City). Other practitioners are available in the diocese as well. Please refer couples or individuals looking to learn more about fertility to the Office of Matrimony, Family Life, and Natural Family Planning.
Upcoming Introductory Sessions:
St. Anthony’s (Liberal) English and Spanish: March 31, 2:30pm
ABC Pregnancy Center (Garden City) English: April 10, 6:00pm
|SIGN UP for the “ROAD TRIP for JESUS” pilgrimage to the Archdiocese of Kansas City April 4 - 5. A caravan of vehicles will depart from the Cathedral and travel North to tour the Holy Cross Shrine in Pfeifer, as well as the Basilica of St. Fidelis (Cathedral of the Plains) in Victoria where tours will be given. At 7pm that evening, the group will attend a speaking event in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, featuring Christopher West and Mike Mangione. On the morning of April 5th, after a tour and rosary at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Kansas City, the group will journey home. This event is geared toward high school age students through senior citizens. There is something for everyone! Get a group together, hop in a vehicle and join us! A flyer, as well as more information is available on the website: https://www.dcdiocese.org/marriage-family-life.|
|From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship|
|From Tammy Lampe, Safe Environment Coordinator
|NEXT ENGLISH PGC SESSION|
Tuesday, March 26, 5:30-8:30pm,
|NEXT SPANISH PGC SESSION|
|No Sessions Scheduled|
|From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations|
|Encounter with God’s Call:
|From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation|
The Called and Gifted Workshop has been re-scheduled!
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.
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: May 8-via Interactive Television throughout the Diocese of Dodge City and Salina
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|
|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|
Exciting news to report concerning the release of the film, Unplanned, the story of Abby Johnson, who was a director of a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas and left to join 40 Days for Life after assisting with an abortion. The Dodge City Diocese will have an opportunity to view the film prior to it's nation-wide release, at a one-night only "premier" in Dodge City at Village 8 Theaters in the Village Square Mall and or in Great Bend at Golden Belt Cinema 6. The "premier" will be held on March 28, at 7pm. Free tickets are being made available by a generous donation of the Kansas Knights of Columbus councils. Please be watching for more information on this great opportunity to be the first to view this life-changing movie. Information will be emailed to all of the parishes as soon as all of the details are confirmed and will appear in the Bulletin Corner so make plans now to get a group together to attend the "premier" in either Great Bend and or Dodge City.
encounter Lent-We are called forth from the desert to encounter resurrection.
CRS Rice Bowl
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
•Communication tools, such as a letter to families and bulletin announcements and inserts
|Chrism Mass is Thursday, April 11 at 11am, at the Cathedral. Be watching for more information to be emailed to your parish in the near future.|
|From Around the Diocese|