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September 2014 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

September 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 9




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

► Stewardship Corner

September: Scheduling should be finalized: ministry fair, lay witness talks, follow-up dates/plans. Forms should be completed and distribution dates/manner finalized.  How to promote Stewardship Renewal and the Four Pillars in the school/PSR/RCIA/adult faith formation areas this Fall?  Thank you for the participation of your parishioners in the Stewardship Conference on August 23!  See other details on pp. 6-7 of our Recommendations and Ideas guide.  Let Eric or I know if we can assist.

► Ordained Priestly Vocation Corner

September: Brother priests:  As we implement our Stewardship Renewal this Fall, let us invite particular boys and single men in our parish to volunteer their time & ability in an area of hospitality, prayer, formation, and/or service for the parish.  This living of their Catholic faith assists them in listening to their vocational call from the Lord.  Father Wesley and the vocation team, or I will be glad to assist you in any vocation matter.

► Convocation – is scheduled for October 5-9, 2014, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.

The schedule is available HERE. You can register online HERE by Monday, September 15th or by contacting Alba Ortiz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), 620-227-1525.

Confirmation Schedule has been finalized. Click HERE to see the schedule. If there are any errors or if you need to update the language of Mass, please contact Alba Ortiz immediately at 620/227-1525 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


The Official Catholic Directory blue sheets recently arrived and will soon be mailed to each parish.  Please make revisions to personnel and provide the statistics that are requested (such as number of students in religious education, number of students in parish Catholic school and sacraments).  Deadline to return the completed sheets to Sr. Janice is September 29, 2014.

Sacramental Records and Registers workshop – If there are any new parish secretaries or others who have been given the responsibility to record sacraments or create certificates of sacraments, I am willing to provide a training workshop that will assist in equipping them with the information and background they need.  Contact Sister Janice (620-227-1527 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to set up a time for the training session.

November 1 – All Saints Day

Several months ago the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship sent out the following paragraph regarding Saturday, November 1:

“Since Saturday is a common day for the celebration of marriage in the United States, it should also be noted that Ritual Masses are forbidden on All Saints Day (General Instruction of the Roman Missal no. 372).  While the Ritual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage is forbidden, the Mass of the day with the ritual itself and the nuptial blessing could be celebrated.  Alternatively, the Rite of Marriage outside Mass could also be used if the celebration of Marriage is to take place on this day.  (Ritual Masses are also forbidden on All Soul’s Day.)  As a reminder, All Saints Day is not a holy day of obligation this year, owing to the 1992 decision of the USCCB abrogating the precept to attend Mass when November 1 falls on a Saturday or Monday.  Therefore, funeral Masses may be celebrated on this day (see GIRM, no. 380).”

If a wedding Mass has already been scheduled for November 1, please contact Bishop John for consultation.

I will be out of the office September 16-21 and October 11-16.  Please be sure to send in prenuptial documents well in advance of the wedding, especially if a lack of form annulment process is needed for one of the parties.

From Daniel Stremel, Director of the Finance Office:

Fr. Charles Mazouch, who has worked with the Diocesan Finance Office for years on parish accounting software, is available to assist parishes, pastors, and bookkeepers with parish accounting and census software issues.  Fr. Mazouch is especially knowledgeable with Parish Data Systems (PDS) software.  We are grateful to Fr. Mazouch for offering his talents in this important area and would encourage you to contact him at the rectory in Olmitz if you would like to enlist his assistance.  You are also welcome to contact myself or John Ackerman here at the Chancery Office as well if you have questions or need further help.

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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.

From Fr. Ted Skalsky & Deanna Johnston, NFP/Marriage & Family Life Team:

Sample Information Packets Available on Natural Family Planning - The Marriage and Family Life Team has a variety of brochures and other resources regarding Natural Family Planning and the Sacramentality of Marriage.  Many of these brochures are available in English and Spanish and are an excellent way to share information with parishioners (especially those preparing for marriage).  These pamphlets Many of these items can be ordered on or  Please contact Deanna Johnston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 620-225-4802 x 203 if you are interested in receiving a sample packet of brochures and a list of additional resources that might be helpful to your parish community. You can also visit for updated information and resources.

► The Family Life Team would like to invite you to share the family survey (available by clicking Here, in English and Spanish).

The Family Life Team is planning a conference for parents on August 22, 2015. In order to offer workshops relevant for you, we invite everyone to take a few minutes to complete this online survey.

Parishioners may also be directed to the survey by accessing the front page of the diocesan website and clicking on the Family Life image as seen below. The deadline to complete the survey is October 20, 2014.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

► For Pastors and those promoting stewardship there are four videos to help explain the four pillars of stewardship. Click each link below to go to each video.


Also, three other videos have created to help automate and simplify the renewal process using free resources.

Watch and share the following:
How to create an electronic time and ability form
How to share an electronic time and ability form
How to down load the results of an electronic time and ability form
How to edit the diocesan sample time and ability form for print

These and other resources are available on the stewardship webpage at

In addition, look for news regarding an upcoming webinar where I will answer questions about stewardship renewal. Email invitation plus information on the stewardship webpage will be coming soon.

From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


All the Safe Environment forms for the upcoming year have been mailed to all the DREs.  If you have a new DRE, please let me know.

Roster of Catechists/Aides/Volunteers due by October 1, 2014
Fall DRE report regarding the training of students due by December 6, 2014
Winter DRE report regarding the training of students due by February 28, 2015

All the forms are also located on the Diocesan website.


A reminder that all volunteers with regular contact with children and youth must be compliant PRIOR TO beginning any ministry with children/youth.  Compliant means they have already attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and already have a completed background check.

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

- September 14, 2014 St. Joseph, Ashland 11:45-2:45 p.m.
- September 21, 2014 Sacred Heart School, Pratt 4-7 p.m.
- September 23, 2014 Holy Family School, Great Bend 6-9p.m.
- October 4, 2014 St. Mary Church, Garden City 9-12p.m

For further details about these sessions, go to To schedule a PGC session, contact Goretti Sanchez (620-227-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

It is time to order Workbooks, Liturgical Year Calendars, Sourcebooks, At Home With the Word, and Visiting the Sick and Homebound. If interested in these or any other liturgy training publications, please contact Alba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 620-227-1525. By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount.

From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

► Click HERE for a the Notes of the August 19, 2014 meeting.
Click HERE for Mass Stipend article written by Msgr. Brian Moore
Click HERE for Mass Intention article written by Msgr. Brian Moore
The next Presbyteral Council meeting is Tuesday, September 16.




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 Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:

La Oficina del Ministerio Hispano ofrece un curso de Creciendo en Cristo para la formación de fe para adultos.

Tema: La oración – Jesús nos enseñó a conversar con su Padre
Presentadores: Hna. Angela Erevia, MCDP y Ignacio Ortiz
Fechas: 14 y 21 de septiembre y 2 y 9 de noviembre
Hora: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Lugares de ITV: Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Liberal, Ness City, Scott City, Syracuse y Ulysses

Para más información, contacte a la Hermana Angela, 620-227-1542




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

2014-2015 Seminarians Please pray for our seminarians as they head off to seminary this month.  Keep them in prayer now and throughout the year!

Juan Salas - Parish: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City
Jacob Schneider - Parish: St. Ann, Olmitz
Mark Brantley - Parish: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City
Joel McClure - Parish: St. Dominic Church, Garden City

For seminarian videos to show to your PSR class, click here:

St. John Vianney Theological (Denver, CO) Seminary Visit

October 19-21, college juniors, seniors and up are invited spend time with seminarians (including Dodge City’s), sit in on a class, and get a taste of what life is like for those men from various backgrounds who have finished college and are now studying theology at this major seminary.

If you know someone who may be interested, contact the vocation office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (620) 227-1533.

Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards

Please remove the seminarian posters and prayer cards from your church, school, parish hall, etc. New posters will be distributed in the Fall.

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.

PREPARE/ENRICH Mentor Couple Training Fall 2014

The Cathedral will be hosting a P/E Mentor Couple Training in November or December of this year in both English and Spanish (dates will be announced soon).  Priests who are interested in sending couples to this training are encouraged to have potential mentor couples take the P/E assessment and to review the couple’s results with them by the end of October.  Dates and cost of the training will be published shortly.

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 September 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. 9

Diocese of Dodge City

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