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July 2014 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

July 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 7




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

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

July: Inviting an individual or couple to assist with Stewardship Renewal 2014 or another ministry takes a risk: "What if they say no?"  Let us trust in the Lord to give us discernment of whom to ask, and the courage to invite.  Let us call on the gifts of the baptized to spread the Gospel with great joy.  Let us pray that they respond with an enthusiastic "yes!"  Eric or I will be glad to assist you.

► Ordained Priestly Vocation Corner – I am continuing a brief, monthly column on Ordained Priestly Vocations.  I direct these ideas primarily toward our priests, and others may benefit:

July: Brother priests: Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti writes: "Let people know about the joy of your priesthood.  It is time to break this "secret" of priesthood and to tell people about the true satisfaction and happiness of priestly life.  This is good for vocations; it is good for the People of God to know; and it is good for priests to tell their story. … Sharing their joy is an essential part of priestly ministry and the new evangelization" (Why Priests Are Happy, p. 197).  Father Wesley and the vocation team, or I will be glad to assist you.





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


Click HERE for a copy of the Priest Compensation document that is updated each July.  It contains the information below as well as other aspects of compensation.

► Political Campaigns – Click HERE for a memo from Tamara Davis, our Diocesan Attorney, regarding political campaigns and the caution to be taken if approached by a political candidate to use church facilities or distribute campaign materials.  Click HERE for a bulletin item you may want to publish periodically during election season.  Both of these also are available on the Chancellor web page (

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.

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.

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From Mark Roth, Director of Development:

Fruit of the Vine – Work of Human Hands

You may recall in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that the diocese sponsored a program called “God’s Little Green Acre”, a program to support seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City.

The program has recently been resurrected, but with a few more options.  The program is now called “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” and offers two ways to participate:

Fruit of the Vine is for individuals who would like to pledge profits from their earthly labors, such as profits from crop production, sale of livestock, oil production, wind generation profits…etc.

Work of Human Hands is designed for individuals or businesses who would like to pledge a portion of their business profits, annual income or simply give a cash donation to support our seminarians within the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.

Participation in the program will not only support our seminarians, but it will also provide a reminder to others who see your plaque or sign to pray for vocations, and will encourage others to participate as well. Please prayerfully discern supporting seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City through “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” by completing one of the applications (Click here for Applications and more information) and returning it to me at your earliest convenience.  If you know of others who might be interested in participating, please list their names as well so we can contact them too.

Thank you in advance for your generous support and consideration of this program.  If you need further information or if I can be of assistance to you in any other way, please feel free to contact me.

Mexico Pilgrimage
Please plan to Join Bishop Brungardt for a seven-day – six night pilgrimage to Mexico City and surrounding area. Some of the sites we will visit will include:

The Guadalupe Virgin Basilica to see the Tilma of the Blessed Virgin
Visit Cuautitlan de Romero Rubio where Saint Juan Diego lived
Tour the Teotihuacan Pyramids
Attend the Folkloric National Ballet
Time for reflection with Bishop Brungardt

Cost of the pilgrimage will be $1,585 per person based on double occupancy.

For further details, please contact Mark Roth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 620-227-1535 or Eric Haselhorst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 620-227-1537 or go to our website at




From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

► The stewardship conference registration page is live! Plus a complete list of speakers and topics, Register today.

► A new Hospitality video has been released. Watch it and share to make hospitality is a part of your renewal process.

► Also, a four part video series on the four pillars is available to help parishes.

► For Solutio Website users, I cut a video demonstrating how to duplicate a calendar item.





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:


As the new school year gears up and new teachers, catechists, and other volunteers begin ministering with our children and youth, remember that all adults who have regular contact with children need to sign a background consent form and attend a Protecting God’s Children awareness training session.  Email alerts are sent to pastors, parish staff and others whenever PGC sessions get scheduled.  You may also check the Safe Environment page of the diocesan website for a list of scheduled sessions.  Background consent forms can be printed from that page as well.

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

English & Spanish – August 10, 2014 3pm-6pm @ COLG, Dodge City

For further details about these sessions, go to 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:

► The June Presbyteral Council meeting was cancelled. The next meeting is Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 am.

From Deanna Johnston & Angela Schawe, 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:

An evening to discuss Literature and Faith “Baptizing Harry Potter”

Adults are invited to join Fr. Terrance Klein* via Interactive Television on Wed., October 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. or  Wed., November 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

to discuss:  good over evil, others over self, light over darkness.“For as long as people have written, sung, and told stories about God, literature has been a means by which the Holy Spirit has moved individuals to draw closer to Christ….  Literature allows us to know truth in a different, but complementary way.”

-- Holly Ordway

ITV Sites throughout the Dioceses of Dodge City and Salina will be participating.  Sign-up is not required - Session has no charge

*Fr. Klein is the parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.  He holds a doctorate in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Masters in Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame.   He is the author of several books.

► Pastoral Ministry 2014 Fall Semester

THEO 4023 - Theology and Methods of Ministry
Instructor:  Fr. Robert Schremmer

Class Times:  Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15
Saturday Mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location:  Interactive Television Sites
Cost:  3 hour course for credit - $150.00
3 hour course for personal enrichment - $75.00

THEO 4881 - Church History
Instructor:  Fr. Kerry Ninemire

Class Times:  Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 26
Sunday Afternoons - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Interactive Television Sites
Cost:  1 hour course for credit - $50.00
1 hour course for personal enrichment - $25.00

► 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.

Catechist Formation

“How Do You Save your Own Soul While Saving Others?”
Presenter:  Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt

Wednesday, September 3 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 6 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Sunday, September 7 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Father Gale Hammerschmidt is currently the parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina, Kansas. He works mainly with the Hispanic community while also serving as co-vocation director for the diocese of Salina and chaplain at Sacred Heart Junior Senior High School. He was ordained in the year 2012 after completing seven years of study at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. Father Gale grew up in Hays, Kansas, graduating from Thomas More Prep Marion High School then attended Kansas State University receiving a degree in secondary education. Fr. Gale spent nine years as a middle school history teacher and coach before going to the seminary in 2005.




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.

Renewal Days invitation for the public:

Come pray with and for our seminarians 
All are invited to join Bishop John, Fr. Wesley, and all the Dodge City seminarians for a Holy Hour from 10:30 – 11:30 am, Saturday, August 2nd, St. Dominic Church, Garden City.  It will be an opportunity to pray in front of our Eucharistic Lord both with and for the seminarians of our Diocese.

Seminarian Send-off in Garden City
Bishop John will be blessing our seminarians as they begin their new academic year at the following Masses: St. Dominic - August 2nd at 5:30 pm; St. Mary - August 3rd at 11 am (English) and 1:00 pm (Spanish). Each Mass will be followed by an opportunity to meet and greet the seminarians. Come offer your prayers and best wishes as they prepare to return to school.

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.

Discounted Theology of the Body for Teens Middle School Edition Books Available

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe has several copies of Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition student workbooks and parent guides available for $7 per book.  Please contact Deanna Johnston for more information 620-225-4802 x 203 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Cathedral also 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 oneitem 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 orThis 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 July 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. 7

Diocese of Dodge City

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

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