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September 2019 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
September 2019    



                 From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City
Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor
 I will be out of the office Oct. 7-10 and 14-17. So, please be sure to send in any prenuptial documents several weeks before any weddings being celebrated Oct. 12 and 19.
Sacramental Register workshop – If you have any new folk working in the parish office whom you have given the task of recording sacramental records or creating sacramental certificates, let me know and we can set up a training session with them.
RCIA and Annulments – A reminder as sessions begin for RCIA to be sure to ask about any former marriages of the inquirer as well as their current spouse.  It may seem inhospitable to ask such questions so early on, but it is more inhospitable when a previous marriage of the candidate and/or their current spouse a week before Easter and they are then told they cannot receive the initiation sacraments.  Easter isn’t until April 12, 2020, so it is very possible for the Tribunal to get cases completed (barring any complications) well before Easter.
Priest Personnel Council Election Result – Father Ted Stoecklein was elected as the “at large” member to the Priest Personnel Council.  The other members are the three deans (Fr. Warren Stecklein – Garden City Deanery, Fr. Jim Dieker – Dodge City Deanery, and Fr. Don Bedore – Great Bend Deanery) and the vicar general (Fr. Bob Schremmer).

From Fr. Bob Schremmer, Vicar General

On November 14, 2017, the United States Bishops canonically approved the new translation of the Order of Baptism of Children. This included an Appendix which more clearly delineates the rite within Mass.

On April 11, 2019, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments approved and confirmed the revised text of the Order of Baptism of Children, On June 10, 2019 (the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church), Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB, issued a Decree of Publication. In it, Cardinal DiNardo indicates that this rite may be used in the Liturgy as of February 2, 2020, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Its use is mandatory as of Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. From that date forward, no other translation of the rite may be used in the dioceses of the United States. At this writing, five publishers have expressed an interest in printing the new text -- Liturgical Press, Catholic Book, Liturgy Training Publications, Magnificat, and USCCB.

From Fr. Chuck Mazouch, JCL, Chair Presbyteral Council

Click HERE for the Notes of the August 13 Presbyteral Council meeting (attached)

Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17.

From Mark Roth, Director of Development
Diana Ramirez, Director of Matrimony, Family Life & NFP
 I am looking forward to being of service to your parish! Please feel free to contact me at (620) 227-1546 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Natural Family Planning Introductory Sessions:
Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe
3231 N 14th Ave, Dodge City
10:30 am
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).

Monday, September 9, 2019 
St. Joseph Parish Center 
110 W. 2nd St 
Ellinwood, KS  67528
Contact: Marlene Clayton (620) 564-2721
Facilitator: Donna Staab (620) 786-5785

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 
From 6:00-9:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Parish Center 
122 E 5th Ave 
Hoisington, KS 67544
Contact Rose Debes (785) 259-3779
Facilitator: Donna Staab (620) 786-5785

Sunday, September 15, 2019 
Mary, Queen of Peace Parish Center 
302 W Wheat 
Ulysses, KS  67880
Contact: Toney Hernandez (620) 356-3994
Facilitator: Cherry Deges (620) 227-1611

Garden City
Sunday, September 8, 2019 
St. Mary Catholic Church 
509 St. John St
Garden City, KS  67846
Contact: Hector Rivera (620) 276-2716
Facilitator: Norma Alvarez (620) 225-4802

From Fr. Juan Salas, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations
Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards
Please remove the seminarian posters and prayer cards from your church, school, parish hall, etc. New posters will be distributed in the fall.
From Coleen Stein, Director of Adult Formation
THEO 3003 (3 hour course)
Christian Morality and Social Issues
A study of basic Christian beliefs about the origin, destiny and meaning of the human person, the nature of Christian life as the fundamental commitment to follow Christ, and the moral principles that flow from this. Students will explore the importance of genuine freedom in the Lord, the universal call to holiness, the dignity of the human person, charity, and social justice.
*This course is one of the 3 hour courses that may be used to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry or Youth Ministry.
Class Times - Sept. 7, 14, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 9, 16
Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location - Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses
3 hr. course for college credit - $150.00*
3 hr. course for personal enrichment - $75.00*
*price quotes do not include books
Most Rev. John B. Brungardt was ordained in 2011 as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Bishop John received a B.A. in Physics from Benedictine College, an M.A. in Physics from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. He received an M. Div. and an M.A. in Moral Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum seminary. 
 THEO 3003 Moralidad Cristiana y Asuntos Sociales (curso de 3 horas)

 Instructor:  P. Juan Salas

Un estudio de las creencias básicas cristianas sobre el origen, el destino y significado de la persona humana, la naturaleza del cristiano como el compromiso fundamental de seguir a Cristo, y los principios morales que fluyen de esto. Los estudiantes exploraran la importancia de la libertad genuina en el Señor. El llamado universal a la santidad, la dignidad de la persona humana, caridad, y justicia social.

Este curso es uno de los cursos de 3 horas para obtener el Certificado Diocesano en Ministerio Litúrgico o Ministerio Juvenil.
Horario de clases: sep. 8, 15, 22, 29, oct. 6, 13, 27, nov. 3, 10
Tardes del domingo – 3:00 p.m. hasta 6:30 p.m.
Ubicación - sitios interactivos de televisión a través de la Diócesis de Dodge City

 THEO 4881  (1 hour course)

Celebrating Diversity … cultural & beyond

...Is not so much a class or a course as a gathering of people seeking a way. As we dialog, pray, share stories, face fears, 
explore ice bergs, and learn the love, compassion, and charity that unify, we seek a way for the many 
members of the Body of Christ to make God’s work on earth tangible and real. This “Gathering” views diversity through the Scriptural lens of unity of the human family, Body of Christ, catholicity of the mission and its Church. Christian communities can face challenges applying these truths. We may even need a changed heart in order to overcome obstacles. You are invited to gather over ITV and live and in-person to seek the way as members of Christ in whose Body and Blood we have communion.

Class Times: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 17

Nov. 17 class will gather at St. Andrew Parish, Wright KS from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday evenings 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
All sessions are bi-lingual - English & Spanish
Location - Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses
1 hr. course for college credit - $50.00
1 hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00
*price quotes do not include books

Fr. Robert Schremmer , Vicar General, is the coordinating instructor with Jaime Gil, Georgina Paz, Ana Gaytan and other guest presenters.


THEO 4881 Celebrando la diversidad…cultural y más allá (curso de 1 hora)
Instructor:  P. Robert Schremmer, Vicario General, es el instructor coordinador Jaime Gil, Georgina Paz, Ana Gaytan y otros presentadores invitados. 

…No es tanto una clase o un curso como la reunión de personas que buscan un camino.
Mientras dialogamos, oramos, compartimos historias, enfrentamos miedos, exploramos los témpanos, aprendemos el amor, compasión, y caridad que unifica, buscamos el camino para los muchos miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo para hacer la obra de Dios en la tierra tangible y real.
 Esta “reunión,” ve la diversidad a través de los lentes de la Escritura de la unidad de la familia humana, el Cuerpo de Cristo, la catolicidad de la misión y su Iglesia.
Las comunidades cristianas se enfrentan retos aplicando a estas verdades. Hasta necesitaremos un cambio de corazón para superar estos obstáculos.
Esta invitado a reunirse por ITV a vivir y en persona para buscar el camino como miembros de Cristo en cual tenemos comunión en el Cuerpo y Sangre.
Horario de clases: sept. 18, 25, oct. 30, nov. 17
La clase de nov. 17 se reunirá en la Parroquia San Andres en Wright KS de 2:00 a 5:30 p.m.
miércoles 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Todas las sesiones serán bilingües- ingles & español
Ubicación – sitios de interactivos de televisión a través de las diócesis de Dodge City y Salina

Curso de 1 hora. para crédito - $50.00
Curso de 1 hora. para enriquecimiento personal - $25.00
*costo no incluye libros

From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo
From Tim Wenzl, Archivist Emeritus
Altar Stones Still Available from the Archives

The following is a list of four marble altar stones available for use in churches and private chapels.
If you are interested in obtaining one, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The altar stones can be picked up at the chancery, but will not be shipped.
I will remove them from the inventory as they are spoken for.

Two 13 X 13 X 1 inch boxed altar stones with relics identified as Luke, Ev., James Ap.
Two 9 X 11 X 1 inch altar stones with relics not identified

From Gentry Heimerman, Director of Young Adult Ministry
From Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools
From Debbie Snapp, Catholic Charities
New Legal Immigration Services Accreditation: Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas and the Catholic Agency for Migration and Refugee Services have joined forces to form a new Legal Immigration Services Office that was recently accredited by the United States Department of Justice. This merger combines years of wisdom and experience with even more robust and comprehensive legal representation for the people of southwest Kansas. In addition to the backing of the Department of Justice, the new Legal Immigration Services Office will continue to assist with a wide variety of immigration paperwork needs and file and monitor every case through Edge software, an all-in-one comprehensive immigration case management solution that gives clients a web portal where they, too, can access all of their paperwork, and the current status of their case.
Infant Adoption Workshop: Know someone who is struggling to start a family? Catholic Charities is hosting an infant adoption orientation on Friday, September 13 from 1 to 3 pm at the Newman University Cafe, 236 San Jose Suite 39 in Dodge City KS. There is no cost or to attend and no expectation of commitment. If you know couples who might be interested in infant adoption, this is a great opportunity for them to learn and ask questions. RSVP is appreciated but not required. For more information, 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..
From Gayla Kirmer, Executive Secretary to the Bishop 
Respect Life/Social Justice Ministry
It is time to order Workbooks, Liturgical Year Calendars, Sourcebooks, At Home With the Word, and Visiting the Sick and Homebound from Liturgy Training Publications. If interested in these or any other LTP materials, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount. 
Please Click HERE For The September Respect Life/Social Justice Parish Newsletter
Upcoming Diocesan Events
Diocesan Matrimony Anniversary Mass-October 20
Scripture Day-October 25
From Around the Diocese
Engaged Encounter in Spanish will be offered in the two day form, Saturday, February 8th and 9th. 2020.  Couples from outside of Liberal are encouraged to have a motel room for Saturday night.  Please see the diocesan website for registration forms or to register on line.  
ACTS retreats will be held this fall at the Spiritual Life Center in Great Bend. These retreats are for adults of all ages. The women's retreat will be October 17-20 and the men's retreat November 21-24. For more information contact Paula Brozek at 620-703-8172 or Dan Thompson at 620-797-4685. Registration forms are on the Diocesan website at or at
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 September 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.

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