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June 2014 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

June 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 6  






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

► Stewardship Corner – I am beginning a brief, monthly column on Stewardship, in particular focusing on Stewardship Renewal 2014.  Idea for this month:

June: Identify who will help with Stewardship Renewal 2014:  an existing Stewardship Council, forming a new Council, finding a key person/couple or two, to assist the pastor or Parish Life Coordinator.  For small parishes, this might be a member(s) of the Pastoral Council.  June should be an organizational time:  review of last year’s renewal, goals for this year, beginning to review the Time/Ability and Tithe-Alms forms.  Let us promote the Risen Lord’s gift of “Joyfully Receiving and Sharing.”  Eric or I will be glad to assist you.

► Ordained Priestly Vocation Corner – I am beginning a brief, monthly column on Ordained Priestly Vocations, in particular, reviewing ideas given by our priests during our Presbyteral Assembly of April 2014.  I direct these ideas primarily toward our priests, and others may benefit:

June:  Show joy and peace to others—not to complain about how busy we are.  Be happy, holy and healthy priests.  Show joy in our lives and ministry as ordained priests.  Promote a Parish Commission on Vocations that will raise people’s awareness on vocations.  Father Wesley and the vocation team, or I will be glad to assist you.




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


TESTIMONIAL OF SUITABILITY – A reminder that if a priest or deacon ministering in the Diocese of Dodge City is going any place outside the diocese for any ministerial activity, we will need to send a Testimonial of Suitability to the appropriate diocese.  The same is true for any priest or deacon coming into the Diocese of Dodge City for any ministerial activity: we need to receive a Testimonial of Suitability from a diocesan representative or, if it is a religious priest, from an appropriate authority of his religious congregation.


A reminder of the following changes:

New: Honorarium: Sacrament of Reconciliation (revision): $30 per each penitential service or confession help out (apart from a regular weekday- and weekend-Mass schedule that includes confessions) plus roundtrip mileage at current IRS rate effective July 1, 2014.

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.  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.

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.

Click HERE for a document that includes the following items: decree of the new active priest salary amount, reprint of the “Additional Benefit” paid to the priest according to the number of years ordained, the revised Sacrament of Reconciliation help out amount (see above), the revised Mass stipend amount and a side-by-side clarification of which expenses are the responsibility of the parish and which expenses are the responsibility of the priest.





From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

► Register today for the Date for the 2014 Stewardship Conference, Saturday August 23rd at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Visit the Stewardship Webpage for the hassle-free registration form. Click Here





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

Catechizing Kansas Conference“Teaching God’s Gift Of Forgiveness”, July 25 – 26 in Wichita

Join newly ordained Bishop Carl A. Kemme of Wichita, Bishop John Brungardt of Dodge City, and other dynamic speakers at the Catechizing Kansas Conference July 25-26, 2014 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in downtown Wichita.

The conference is designed to equip catechists and youth ministry leaders in the Province of Kansas with the skills and inspiration necessary to effectively spread the Word of God in the four Dioceses (Kansas City Kansas, Wichita, Salina and Dodge City).

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita will host the conference with presentations and workshops offered by Marlon De La Torre, Prof. James Pauley and Bishop John Brungardt . The conference concludes with Vigil Mass Saturday evening celebrated by Bishop Carl Kemme.

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 – June 7, 2014 9am-12pm @ St. Mary, Garden City
June 22, 2014 2pm-5pm @ St. Anthony, Fowler


Español – June 8, 2014 3-6pm @ St. Mary Parish, Garden City
June 14, 2014 9am-12 pm 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 May 20, 2014. The Next meeting is Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11 am.

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

National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is July 20-26 - The theme for 2014 is "Natural Family Planning: It's Worth It! Join the Revolution!" See the NFP awareness week poster in English HERE and Spanish HERE.

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign.  The Natural Family Planning Program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops develops a poster each year with basic supportive materials.  It is the individual dioceses however, that offer a variety of educational formats in the local church to focus attention on Natural Family Planning methods and Church teachings which support their use in marriage.

The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.  The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.

For more information on NFP awareness week, and to download resources on Natural Family Planning please visit the USCCB Website.  Also stay tuned for updates to the diocesan NFP page:

If you would like additional information on NFP  and the Church's teachings on marriage and family life (such as brochures, CDs, homily helps, etc.), please contact Deanna Johnston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Angela Schawe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).







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

Save the Date: RCIA Kansas, September 26-27, 2014, Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas – Check out the flyer: English & Spanish

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
Register: Spiritual Life Center, 316.744.0167, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or online HERE.




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, July 19th (10 am – 12:30 pm) at Chilton Park, Dodge City (along Manor Drive).  Bring your own Frisbee! Lunch will be provided by the Knights of Columbus #2955.

From Tim Wenzl, Diocesan Archivist:

Pastors who still need a portrait of Pope Francis for their churches or photographs of the recently canonized pontiffs can place an order directly with the Gellman Images by using the attached order form by clicking HERE. This company also has prayer cards for the sainted popes. It parishioners ask about how they can acquire photographs of the popes, you can direct them to the contact information in the Gellman ad in the Register.

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. Additional details will be forthcoming as time nears.

Additional details and registration information can be found here.

Catholic Social Service:

1. 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.

2. 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 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. XII, No. 6


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