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May 2014 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

May 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 5





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

► Priests’ Retreat – Note this year’s Priests’ Retreat will be the last week of June from Sunday, June 22, 2014 extending until Friday, June 27, 2014.

The schedule is available HERE and to submit. A response is needed by May 30th and can be submitted HERE or by contacting Alba Ortiz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), 620-227-1525.

►  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:


A reminder of the following changes:

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 beginning July 1, 2014.

A change to the amount for a Penance Service or help out with individual confessions is currently being considered by the Presbyteral Council.  If the change is approved at its May meeting, it will become effective July 1, 2014.

Mass Stipend Clarification:

The priest is to receive the amount of stipend that was given by the donor at the time of the requested Mass intention.  Therefore, if a $5 stipend was donated prior to May 1 but the Mass isn’t celebrated until after May 1, the priest receives $5.

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 (

From the Directors of the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund:

The Directors of the DPRF met on April 24, 2014, at the St. Dominic Parish offices.  It was decided to raise the monthly retirement benefit by $50.00 per month to $2,100.00 per month effective July 1, 2014.  The monthly retirement benefit is paid on or near the 15th of the month.  If your July 2014 benefit does not reflect this increase, please, contact Fr. John Strasser.  The current directors of Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund are:  Fr. Warren Stecklein, chairman;    Fr. Henry Hildebrant, vice-chair; and  Frs. Jim Baker, Reggie Urban and Jim Dieker.  Secretary-Treasurer is Fr. Charles Mazouch.  Assistant Secretary-Treasurer is Fr. John Strasser.






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:

► 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.  I invite you to continue supporting the middle school youth by encouraging them to attend the summer camp for their age group.  More information regarding camps can be found on the youth page of the web-site.

► Two TEC weekends have been 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.

► 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.





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 –May 20, 2014 6-9 pm @ St. Joseph Parish Center, Ellinwood
June 7, 2014 9-12 pm @ 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 Fr. Rene Labrador, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

► Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes from April 8, 2014. The Next meeting is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 11 am.




From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:

Save the Date: RCIA Kansas, September 26-27, 2014, Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas

It’s for everyone involved in RCIA…parishioners, pastors, catechists, parish music ministers, RCIA team members, sponsors and godparents, DREs, pastoral council members…everyone.

Time: Friday, September 26 - 5:30 p.m. to Saturday, September 27 – 12:30 p.m.
Presenters: English - TEAM RCIA Diana Macalintal and Nick Wagner, Spanish – Nelson Bonet and Rudy Lopez
Cost: Single Occupancy – $75.00, Double Occupancy - $68.00, Commuter - $30.00
Spiritual Life Center, 316.744.0167, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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


► Companion Camp 2014 - Click here for a printable brochure

Boys entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in the fall are invited to an unforgettable weekend of faith, fun, and fellowship at Conception Seminary College, Missouri. Campers participate and compete in a variety of fun activities like dodgeball, basketball, soccer, water-balloon toss, obstacle course, and many other games while learning more about their Catholic faith.

When:  June 20-22   [Register by June 6]
Cost: $100 [covers room, all meals and a T-shirt]

Make checks payable to Companion Camp 2014.

Fr. Ted Stoecklein and other adult leaders will provide transportation for 18 boys, leaving from Dodge City and Great Bend. Register by June 6th with the Vocations Office at 620-227-1533.

► 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. But we can’t do it without help!

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 Deadline is June 1st.

► World Day of Prayer for Vocations is May 11th (Good Shepherd Sunday).

The theme for this year’s celebration, which falls on Mother’s Day this year, is “Vocations, Witness to the Truth.”  Pope Francis, in a statement for the occasion said that “No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.”

The entire papal message is available in both English and Spanish at along with helpful resources.

Families are encouraged to pray the rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.

Click to pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City

English rosary & Rosario en Español

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.

The Cathedral has a few items that they would be willing to give to another parish if they can be of use.  Please contact Jodi Lix at the Cathedral.  620-225-4802 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click on the following to view the items: Item one & item two.

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. For more information regarding the event and how to register, click here.

Catholic Social Service:

1. Plan to join our workshop “Problem Gambling: Why Should We Care?” to learn how it affects our families, finances and communities on May 16 from 12-1pm. Join us for lunch and an educational experience; with nationally recognized speakers on problem gambling. Click here to see the flyer! RSVP for lunch to Gina at Catholic Social Service by calling 620-227-1562 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 12, 2014.

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 May 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. 5

Diocese of Dodge City

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