April 2019 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
April 2019 


From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
The Robert J. Dole VA Visually Impaired Services and Chaplaincy Departments did two pilot workshops in June 2017 for rural Veterans, their families and communities challenged with the duel cognitive disability of low vision and hearing loss, emphasis was on “living with the challenges”. Both were hosted in faith-based facilities, the “corner stones” of rural communities. Both workshops were successful.
We want to take this to the next level providing workshops on other topics impacting rural Kansans, topics such as substance abuse, diabetes, obesity, and again emphasis on “living with the challenges”. To accomplish this a network of individuals, organizations and churches willing to work together is needed.
If interested, please contact:
Bob Hamilton, M.A.
Visually impaired Services
Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center
5500 E, Kellogg
Wichita, KS 67218
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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. 
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 Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council
The March meeting was cancelled. Click HERE for the notes of the February 19 Presbyteral Council meeting. 
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:
ABC Pregnancy Center (Garden City) English: April 10, 6:00pm
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).
Garden City 
Sunday, August 11, 2019 
St. Dominic Catholic Church 
615 J.C. St, Garden City, KS  67846
Contact: Sr. Myra Arney 
PGC Facilitator: Sharon Stuart (620) 225-5164
No Sessions Scheduled
From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation

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 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. 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 https://catholiccharitiesswks.org/wine-tasting-event , 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 http://catholiccharitiesswks.org/home/enewsletter.
Upcoming Diocesan Events

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

Family Activities and prayers 

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

Chrism Mass is Thursday, April 11 at 11am, at the Cathedral. 
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 April 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.