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June 2019 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
June 2019   

From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
 The obligatory memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church is now celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost. This year, that will fall on June 10. White vestments are worn. A full Mass formulary – including Collect, Prayer over the Offerings, Preface, Prayer after Communion, and Entrance and Communion Antiphons – is already included within the Roman Missal. Votive Masses nos. 10 -- Blessed Virgin Mary, Option B—Our Lady, Mother of the Church. A set of proper readings has been assigned for this new memorial. Since the precise verses and acclamation are not found together in any one place in the Lectionary for Mass, the USCCB Secretariat has prepared PDF resources of the readings in English and Spanish.
Fr. Peter Fernandez has a new address: John Mary Vianney Galilee Development and Retreat Center for Priests, 069 Bonifacio Dr., Brgy. Silang Crossing West, Tagaytay City, 4120 Cavite. His email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that he will not be able to be reached by email July 15-October 13. 
Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor
 Priest Compensation document which becomes effective 1 July 2019 is now available on the Chancellor home page.  Click HERE
Prenuptial Documents – Just a reminder to please send prenup documents to me several weeks before the wedding instead of several days before the wedding, especially during the summer months when there will be more days I am out of the office.  Also, please review the front page and be sure all of the baptism information is written in before you submit.  If another priest or deacon is coming to your parish to receive the vows of a couple, remember to complete Section F on the back to delegate that priest or deacon.  If you are preparing a couple but the wedding will be celebrated elsewhere, remember to complete Section E giving permission for the couple to be married in another parish.  Also in this instance, the prenup documents are sent to me and I send them to the Chancery Office of the diocese where the wedding will take place.
Notifying the Church of Baptism – A reminder whenever the Sacrament of Confirmation or the marriage of a Catholic party is celebrated in your parish, you are responsible for sending notification to the church of baptism of the confirmation or marriage.  If your parish is the church baptism, not only is the sacrament recorded in your Confirmation or Marriage register, remember to go to the person’s baptism record to make the notation as well.

Testimonials of Suitability – A reminder for priests and deacons who may be going to another diocese to do any kind of ministerial function, contact me to send a testimonial of suitability before the event. Since funerals often occur with just a few days notice, we often can fax or email a testimonial in time. For more scheduled times out of the diocese, please let me know a few weeks ahead.

On the flip side, if your parish or a group or movement within your parish is inviting a priest, deacon or lay minister to come to your parish for a ministerial activity, a testimonial on their behalf needs to be sent ahead of their visit.

From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council
Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18.
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
Diana Ramirez, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP
I am the new Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP for the Diocese. I am looking forward to being of service to your parish. My contact information is: 620-227-1546 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship
 Save the date, the 2019 Stewardship Conference is August 24th 2019 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe from 9am-4pm.
Highlights include sessions on disaster prep, human trafficking, the 5th pillar of stewardship, staying connected with digital media and much more.
Details can be found 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).
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
Come pray with and for our seminarians: All are invited to join Bishop John, Fr. Juan, and all the Dodge City seminarians for a Holy Hour from 10:30 – 11:30 am, Saturday, August 3rd at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. It will be an opportunity to pray in front of our Eucharistic Lord both with and for the seminarians of our Diocese.
Seminarian Send-off in Dodge City: Bishop John will be blessing our seminarians as they begin their new academic year at the following Masses: August 3rd at 5:30 pm; August 5th at 9:00 am (English) and 12:00 pm (Spanish). Each Mass will be followed by an opportunity to meet and greet the seminarians. Come offer your prayers and best wishes as they prepare to return to school.

Please watch for Bishop John’s articles in the Southwest Kansas Catholic paper regarding priestly vocations.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation
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..
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
Annual Stewardship Conference: August 24th at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe beginning at 9am-4pm. 
 2019 Dechant Foundation Golf Classic, September 6, Mariah Hills Golf Course, Dodge City
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..

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