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June 2013 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff
June 2013 --- Vol. XI, No. 6


From Fr. Bob Schremmer, Vicar General & Moderator of Curia:

► Abortion Trauma- A clinical training day for priests, therapists, and interested individuals presented by the founder of Rachel's Vineyard Dr. Theresa Burke Click here for a brochure

 Please note that Dodge City Priests may participate for free.  Others interested may have registration fee reimbursed by the Diocese of Dodge City.  Please contact Father Bob Schremmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 




 From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:


► Letters of Suitability and Celebrets:

 A reminder to priests and deacons that if you go to another diocese for any kind of ministry (for example, a baptism, a wedding, a funeral, etc.) nearly all dioceses require that a letter of suitability be sent prior to the event.  Please contact the Chancellor’s office well in advance of the event so that a letter of suitability can be drafted and forwarded to the proper diocese.  On a related note, if you wish to have an up-to-date celebret to carry with you, contact the Chancellor’s office so that it can be prepared and sent to you.  Note: A celebret probably will not suffice as proof of good standing; rather, a letter of suitability is what most dioceses require.

 In the Diocese of Dodge City, we also require that a letter of suitability be sent ahead of a priest or deacon coming into the diocese for any kind of ministry.  Templates of our suitability letters can be found on the Chancellor’s page of our website under “Testimonial Process”:


►Currently there are three Protecting God’s Children sessions scheduled:

 Sunday, June 30 in Garden City at St. Mary Parish Center, 510 N. 12th Street: English session from 1:00-4:00 pm; Spanish session from 3:00-6:00 pm

 Sunday, August 18 in Garden City at St. Dominic Parish Center, 615 J.C. Street: Spanish session from 1:00-4:00 pm

 As other PGC sessions are scheduled they will be added to the Safe Environment page of the website (  To schedule a PGC awareness session, contact Peggy Schulte, 620-227-1500, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beginning July 1, 2013, Georgina Paz will become the contact person for Safe Environment.  Sister Janice will assist and advise Georgina throughout the transition.  Georgina’s contact information is 620-227-1531, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




From Fr. Floyd McKinney, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from May 21, 2013. The next meeting is Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Priests—there’s still time to give your input/evaluation from the Presbyteral Assembly in April in Garden City.

 A simple evaluation can be accessed and submitted here.

From Fr. Charles Mazouch, Secretary/Treasurer Retirement Board:

Report from the Diocesan Priests Retirement Fund 

At the June meeting of the Retirement fund it was decided that the monthly benefit will be increased by $50 beginning on July 1, 2013.  Therefore the monthly benefit will be $2,050.00 per month for each retired priest.  The fund continues to be financially sound in its ability to provide this monthly benefit.  



From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

 Help your parishioners include your parish in their estate plan! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a time. If we do not invite and ask our parishioners to consider a gift to their church, no one else will. KU and K-State are asking our parish families regularly for money and receiving exceptional estate gifts. Let the office of development help your parish!

The Diocesan Stewardship Conference is August 24th 2013. This year will feature renowed authors John Allen Jr. and Mary Anne Layden, Ph D. Both John and Mary Anne bring a wealth of knowledge to this conference with John’s expertise in the Global Catholic Church and interviews with our current and past Popes. This is a very unique conference.



From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:


►Sports with the Seminarians

College and high school boys are invited to play Frisbee Golf with our seminarians on Saturday, June 22 (10 am – 12:30 pm) at Chilton Park, Dodge City (along Manor Drive). Bring a Frisbee if you have one! Lunch will be provided by the Knights of Columbus #2955.

From Steven Polley, Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation:

As our catechetical programs for the year reach an end and as we set our sights on the summer months I would ask that you assist the Youth Office in promoting two things.

1)   A summer camp is scheduled June 17 – 20 for all current 7th and 8th graders.  These four days of camp truly do help shape and form our young people in the faith, so any help in inviting and encouraging these youth to attend is greatly appreciated.

2)  Over the past year the TEC movement in the diocese has struggled, since we were forced to cancel both the November and March TEC’s.  Thus our focus is on this summer with one TEC scheduled for July 6 – 8 in Garden City and a second TEC scheduled for August 3 – 5 in Pratt.

TEC is designed for Juniors and Seniors in high school, so for the summer months we can look to all current sophomores – seniors and even young adults to be part of the TEC experience.  Of the many ministries stemming from the Youth Office, TEC is the one that leads participants to a deeper understanding of the Paschal Mystery and living the Paschal Mystery in our daily lives.  As they grow in age and maturity, this encounter with Christ helps them make many crucial decisions during these remaining years of high school and preparation for college.

I thank you for all you continue to do, and I thank you for helping promote both our camping ministry and TEC ministry.

Steven Polley


A.C.T.S. Retreat

The ACTS Retreat (an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) is a parish-based, lay-led retreat modeled on the Cursillo.  It began in the San Antonio Archdiocese and has spread to other dioceses.  Msgr. Waldo of the Amarillo Diocese realized that their diocese was too small for ACTS to be a parish-based retreat, so he proposed revisions to create a more diocesan-based retreat.

Some parishioners from Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend and from the Cathedral have traveled to Amarillo to make the retreat with a vision of  possibly growing the ACTS retreat in the Diocese of Dodge City.

A first retreat in the Diocese could be either a men’s retreat or a women’s retreat.  The team for the retreat would come from either San Antonio or Amarillo.  As more people experience the retreat, eventually there might be the possibility that we could be able to staff the retreat.

Pastors wishing more information on the ACTS retreat can contact Paula Brozek, Prince of Peace Parishioner, Home Phone:  620-793-8172; Cell:  620-641-0545; email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For further information or  If interested, one can visit with Fr. Ted Skalsky or Fr. Reggie Urban.

► Catholic Social Service:

The 2012 Annual Appeal kicked off on December 1st. The appeal provides funds for pregnancy counseling, adoption services, addiction counseling, marriage and relationship classes, resources for families who are not able to meet their basic needs, throughout southwest Kansas. The Annual Appeal Brochure explains the services, ways to donate, and can be downloaded and printed here: Please share the brochure with parishioners.

Free infant formula is available at all three Catholic Social Service offices for young parents who are struggling to make ends meet. If you would like to have some at your parish for those in need, please call the Catholic Social Service office at 620-792-1393 to make arrangements for pick-up or delivery.

Please help Catholic Social Service save money and paper by subscribing to the Catholic Social Service e-Newsletter at We include monthly articles and tips for families, relationships, making ends meet, and more, in southwest Kansas.

Kansas Catholic Charities relationship education and marriage enrichment workshops are taking place statewide. Pre-registration is required for these free workshops. To sign up for these classes in southwest Kansas, go to

►  To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Peggy Schulte,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  620-227-1500.

►  Engaged Encounter Information:  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. .

► Click here to link to Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend

This concludes the June Monthly Notes. To submit items for the MONTHLY NOTES section, please email items to Alba Ortiz,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vol. XI, No. 6

Diocese of Dodge City

910 Central PO Box 137 Dodge City, KS 67801 | 620-227-1500

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