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April 2014 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

April 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 4






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

► Presbyteral Assembly – April 24-25 at St. Dominic Parish Center, Garden City
Click here to see the schedule and fasting information.

Please notify Alba, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620/227-1525, if you will or will not be attending—this information will all the people of St. Dominic to prepare for meals and breaks. A response is needed as soon as possible if you have not done so already.

In case you have not made hotel arrangements, there are still 10 rooms available at the Hampton Inn. The deadline for the discounted rate has been extended to next Tuesday, April 8th. Please see below for hotel information.

For hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly.

Hampton Inn - 2505 Crestway Dr, Garden City, KS - (620) 272-0454
Discounted rate: $89 per night

Mention the block of rooms reserved by “Diocese” to get the reduced group rate.  You must register before April 8, 2014 to get the reduced rate.  You may ask for Linda if you need additional assistance.

Remember, one may be reimbursed for this expense by one’s place of assignment.  Retired priests may request reimbursement from the Diocese.

►  Spanish Liturgical Texts -- The latest edition of the Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter (January, 2014), makes the following points about Spanish liturgical texts:

1.       The new four volume Leccionario de la Misa may be used as of Ash Wednesday next year (February 18, 2015); it is required to be used as of Pentecost next year (May 24, 2015). USCCB Communications will be the sole publisher.

2.       A U.S. edition of the Evangelario will be published shortly after the Leccionario.

3.       In conjunction with the publication of the Misal Romano (which is awaiting recognitio in Rome) USCCB Communications is planning to release a set of three videos in Spanish on the Mass and the Misal.

4.       Interestingly, USCCB is acquiring a copyright license from the Spanish episcopal conference for its translation of the Roman Martyrology, second edition.





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


Upcoming Changes in the Pastoral Handbook

Mass Stipend: At their January meeting, the Kansas Bishops made a decision to raise the standard amount for a Mass stipend from $5 to $10 effective May 1, 2014.

Priest Health Insurance Premium: Bishop Brungardt approved the recommendation of the Presbyteral Council at its 3/18/14 meeting to increase the amount of health insurance premium by $25: from $650 per priest per month to $675 per priest per month beginning May 1, 2014.

Priest Salary:  Bishop Brungardt approved the recommendation of the Presbyteral Council at its 11/19/13 meeting to increase the priest salary by $50: from $2,475 per month to $2,525 per 
month effective July 1, 2014.

Sabbatical Leave Policy has revised wording
Priest Retirement has revised wording.

I will wait until July 1, 2014 to add these changes to the Pastoral Handbook on the Diocesan website, but will post them on the Chancellor homepage (

Priest celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation - Below is a reminder about when a priest does not or does need to request the faculty to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation:

No Faculty is needed: If the priest baptizes an adult (that is, all those who, no longer infants, have attained the use of reason—c. 852, §2) or receives a baptized Christian into the Catholic Church, the law provides the priest with the faculty to immediately confirm the new member.

Faculty is needed: If the adult was baptized in the Catholic Church, and now some years later is seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation, then the priest needs to request from Bishop Brungardt the faculty to confirm.  To request the faculty to celebrate Confirmation, email Alba Ortiz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write a letter to Bishop Brungardt requesting the faculty to confirm, stating the date of the confirmation and the names of the candidates to be confirmed.

The document Preparation for Marriage: Guidelines for the Couple has been added to the Documents box on the Engaged Encounter page of the diocesan website (






From John Ackerman, Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith:

Effective May 1, 2014, Mass Stipends will increase from $5 per Mass to $10 per Mass. For past Mass Stipends, sent to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, you have all been very faithful in letting me know the name(s) for the Mass Intention(s) as well as the number of Masses that are to be offered. During this transition period, I would continue to ask for your diligence in providing as much information as possible. I would foresee that after May 1, 2014, there may be a period of time that Mass Intentions submitted to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith would have been accumulated at the $5 per Mass basis as well as the new $10 per Mass basis. Your providing as much information as possible will be of great assistance in helping me to make sure that Mass Intentions are accumulated and distributed at the correct amount. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (620) 227-1534. Thank you in advance for your assistance.






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

Thank you for the support of both the middle school and high school youth over the past three months -- encouraging them to participate in two TEC weekends, the JOY retreat, and most recently the Junior High Youth Rally.  Your encouragement to these young men and women is greatly appreciated!

► I invite you to continue supporting the middle school youth by encouraging them to attend the summer camp for their age group.  The theme for the camps is “G-Force” with the four days of camp focusing on, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and Go Proclaim.  More information regarding camps can be found on the youth page of the web-site.

► There are two TEC weekends scheduled, June 28 – 30 at St. Dominic’s in Garden City and July 19 – 21 at Sacred Heart Parish in Pratt, for this year’s sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

► Finally, I ask that you speak to your DRE, youth ministers, catechists, RCIA team members and if you have a school your principal and teachers, regarding the Catechizing Kansas Conference, “Teaching God’s Gift Of Forgiveness”, July 25 – 26 in Wichita.

Bishop Brungardt will be one of the keynote speakers, along with other national speakers. What an opportunity for our diocese, to join with the other three dioceses of Kansas!  Gather and enter into conversations that lead to new insight and energize you  in your formation as a catechist!

Click here for the flyer. For additional information on how to register, click here.

► Again, my sincere appreciation for you continued support of the Youth and Religious Formation Office.





From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


Please keep in mind as parishes plan summer vacation bible school or mission trips that include minors, that the adults need to be in compliance (a completed background check and attendance at a Protecting God’s Children awareness session) prior to the event/trip.

The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:

English – April 6, 2014 2-5pm @ Holy Family School, Great Bend
June 7, 2014 9-12 p.m.@ St. Mary, Garden City

Spanish – June 8, 2014 3-6pm @ St. Mary Parish, Garden City
June 14, 2014 9-12 p.m. MST @ St. Raphael, Syracuse

Go to to check for updates. To schedule a PGC session, contact Goretti Sanchez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620/227-1500).

From Deanna Johnston & Angela Schawe, Office of NFP/Marriage & Family Life:

Amor y Vida (Love & Life) Workshop - St. Dominic Catholic Church, Garden City on Saturday April 12th 9am-3:30pm
The diocese will be sponsoring a Marriage and Family Life workshop on Saturday April 12th St. Dominic in Garden City.  This will be a Spanish speaking event focusing on God's plan for marriage, an introduction to Natural Family Planning, and how NFP is a way for couples to respond to the call to love and life in the sacrament. The presenter for this event is Raquel Guzman-Vargas FCP of the Diocese of Salina.   This is a great opportunity for couples in marriage preparation, couples who are already married, and anyone who is interested in understanding this area of family life in the Church.  Details on this event and registration form can be found at

Creighton Model Fertility Care Method Introductory Session (Español)
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, April 11th 6:30pm-8:00pm
Raquel will also give Creighton Model Fertility Care Method introductory session in Spanish on Friday, April 11th 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  All are welcome.

For more information or questions on either of these events please contact Deanna Johnston at the Cathedral, 620-225-4802 x 203, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





From Fr. Rene Labrador, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

► Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from March 18, 2014. The Next meeting is Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11 am.




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


► College Connection 2014

The Vocations Office wants to help high school seniors and transfer students from the Diocese of Dodge City get connected with their new college home this Fall! No matter where they’re going (community college, Catholic college, state university), we want to give their new parish or Catholic Center a “heads up” so they can be invited to continue and enrich their Catholic life. Some of the greatest activity in the Catholic Church today is centered on college campuses!

But we can’t do it without help! We need to know where your graduating high school seniors (plus transfer students and community college graduates) plan to be next year.
How can you gather that information? Some suggestions:

•    From a Senior PSR class.
•    If you have a “graduation Mass” in May, have each graduate fill out the simple information as they gather for Mass. 
•    If one senior knows the class well, get the info. from him/her.

For a printable card to use at your senior PSR class or “graduation Mass” click here.  Send completed cards to Vocations Office, PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801

Electronic sign up is available at






From Dave Myers, Editor of the Southwest Kansas Register:

► Please help me to highlight your parish. Notify me if you have an event, or an individual or family, which would make a good feature story for the Register. If the event has passed and you have photos, feel free to submit them. Thanks! (620) 227-1519, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From Around the Diocese:

► Reminders: Please check that the voicemail greeting has accurate Mass times mentioned or that the information being said is up-to-date. Also, check the bulletin corner here periodically for any upcoming events throughout the diocese.

► Save the Date: Annual Men’s Conference—Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Russell, Kansas.

Men from Salina and Surrounding Dioceses are invited to attend. Speakers for this conference will be Deacon Ralph Poyo and Matt Fradd. Additional details will be forthcoming as time nears.

► Catholic Social Service:

1. The 2014 Catholic Social Service Wine Tasting Event has been scheduled for Friday, May 2nd at the Knights of Columbus hall in Great Bend. Catholic Social Service invites you to choose and create one of the basket ideas from the Lenten Gift Basket Tree here. Bring the gift basket to your closest Catholic Social Service office by noon on Holy Thursday. For information and reservations, please visit our website, or contact Rebecca Ford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-792-1393.

2. The TEEN MOMS program at Catholic Social Service is accepting donations for the Teen Moms "store," Mon-Friday from 8-12 and 1-5 at 906 Central in Dodge City. Teen mothers earn items from the store when they complete activities, reach milestones, and complete goals. Suggested items include Walmart/Dillons gift cards, fast food certificates, diapers, wipes, toys, books/videos for kids, movie passes, or cash donations that we can use to purchase items. Please contact Amy Falcon or Gina Pack at 620-227-1562 with any questions.

3. Catholic Social Service is also looking for families and groups to make and share a meal with and for the young women in the Teen Moms program. These meals are needed for the Discovery Workshops that take place on Wednesday evenings at Kansas Newman, beginning in September and ending in May. A Teen Mom Staff Member will give you a reminder call on the week that you have signed up to bring dinner. We ask you to bring your meal for 15-20 people to Kansas Newman by 5:15 pm. Teen Mom staff members provide drinks and  table service, and we also take care of the set up and clean up before and after the meal. If your family, a group of friends, or a group that you belong to, would like to provide a meal for these young women, please contact Amy Falcon or Gina Pack at 620-227-1562 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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. .

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

This concludes the April 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. XII, No. 4

Diocese of Dodge City

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

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