March 2019 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
March 2019 


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

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
SUNG HEROES: You are invited to be RENEWED in your spirit, REFRESHED in your ministry, RECOGNIZED for your gift.  A day for MUSIC MINISTERS in an “out of the way place” Saturday, March 30 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at St. Andrew Parish Center in Wright, KS.  RSVP by March 18 to Gayla Kirmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1525.
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
Save the date: Make plans now and organize your team for the 2019 Dechant Foundation Annual Golf Classic, September 6, 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
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.
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 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:
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).

Tuesday, March 26, 5:30-8:30pm, 
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 338 N. Oak,  Pratt, KS
Contact: Tonya Kiley (620) 388-1455
Facilitator: Donna Staab (620) 792-2098

No Sessions Scheduled 
From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
Encounter with God’s Call:
The Encounter weekend is April 6-8th. Young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age – are invited to join Fr. Juan Salas for a road trip to Conception Seminary College. The weekend is a time to hear talks and spend time with seminarians while enjoying time with other young men who are seeking God’s will in their life. There is no charge for the weekend and transportation is provided. Register online at or contact Fr. Juan Salas at 620.227.1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation

The Called and Gifted Workshop has been re-scheduled!
Saturday, April 6
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Holy Family Social Center, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City, Kansas
Saturday, May 4
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Parish Education Center, Larned, Kansas
For more information or to register, contact Coleen Stein 620-227-1538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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: 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
Catholic Place Names in Kansas: If your parish has a gift shop and would like to make this book available to your parishioners, please contact me at 620-227-1556. The books can be sold on consignment, no risk involved. The books wholesale at $15 and you can set the retail price. The Cathedral gift shop in Dodge City has the book priced at $21 and has now sold 63 copies. You can also contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  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. Catholic Charities is accepting event sponsorships, and donations for both the live and silent auction components of the Annual Wine Tasting Event throughout the month of February. Commitment forms and donations can be downloaded at , and mailed, emailed or hand-delivered to Catholic Charities, 2201 16th St, Great Bend KS 67530, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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

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 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

Call to Continuing Conversion and the Rite of Election–The Call to Continuing Conversion and the Rite of Election is at 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 10 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. Please contact Coleen Stein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1538 with any questions. Parishes will be receiving their invitation and the form to fill out so be watching for them. 
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
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 March 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.