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November 2014 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

November 2014 --- Vol. XII, No. 11



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

Stewardship Corner– Stewardship Renewal 2014: Ideas for this month:

November:  We are here!  November completes our Lay Witness talks, Stewardship Fair, and distribution of the
Forms: Time/Ability, and Tithe-Alms.  Homilies draw from the Scripture or Mass the gift of the Stewardship Way of Life. 
Commitment weekend is November 22-23.  Thank you for your diligence and faithfulness in promoting our Receiving and Sharing with Joy! 
See other details on pp. 9-10 of our Recommendations and Ideas guide.  Let Eric or I know if we can assist.

Ordained Priestly Vocation Corner

November:  Brother priests:  As we priests thank the Lord for the great feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day,
and prepare for the Holy Season of Advent, we draw our strength from the heart of Jesus. 
Let us live our priesthood with sacrifice, diligence, love, and joy.  This example will be seen by the boys and single men
in our parish and ministries, as they listen to God for their vocational call.  Let us ask the Lord of Vocations, Jesus,
for help.  Thank you all: you are a blessing to the people of the diocese!  Father Wesley and the vocation team, or I
will be glad to assist you in any vocation matter.

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 the Office of the Bishop immediately at 620/227-1525.

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


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.

December 8- Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Just a reminder and clarification that Monday, December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, IS a holy day of obligation. 
The 1991 decision of the U.S. Bishops to abrogate Mass attendance on certain holy days of obligation when they fall
on a Saturday or Monday only pertain to January 1, August 15 and November 1.

Testimonial of suitability

A reminder that whenever you invite a priest from another diocese (or organization such as Food for the Poor),
you need to ask his diocese, religious order or organization to send a testimonial of suitability to me.

Current Policies

Two current policies have been re-promulgated by Bishop John: 10-15 Passenger Van Use Policy and the Contract Review Policy.  These may be found on the Chancellor page of the diocesan website:



From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click Here for the Notes of the September 16, 2014 meeting. The next Presbyteral Council meeting is Tuesday, November 18.

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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.

Marriage and Family Life on Diocesan Website

The diocese has created a new page for Marriage and Family Life Ministry.  It can be found at
We hope to update this page with resources and articles that are helpful to families as well as those who work in marriage and family life
ministries.  If you have any suggestions or things you would like to see made available on this website please contact Deanna Johnston
or Fr. Ted Skalsky.

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

►I am excited to launch a brand new way to receive great ideas and content. It is called the Parish ToolBox Podcast. Each Podcast show
contains real people answering questions I receive from real people right here at home in the Diocese of Dodge City.
Sign up to receive links to each show here. In the mean time, click over and listen Episode 1 - What is a Parish Covenant and How Can it Help
my Parish with Leisa Anslinger. This show was born from a question I received from Great Bend regarding accountability.
Podcast ideas are welcome by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thanks so much and share with your friends. Eric

From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:

Personnel Updates

Gayla Kirmer will be joining the Diocesan staff as Executive Secretary on Monday, November 10th, 2014.  If you would like to welcome Gayla, she can be reached at 620/227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Reminder of deadlines for submitting information:

1.     Report for Fall lesson due no later than December 6.

All of the forms for the above may be found on the Safe Environment page under the Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum tab

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


Mary Queen of Peace, Ulysses November 8, 2014
Hora: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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).

► LTP Orders - Please place orders with the Diocese for lector workbooks, etc. for this coming year. Orders will be placed by the Diocese so parishes can receive Diocesan discount, but materials will be sent to the corresponding parish. Requests can be made to Georgina Paz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500. If you have recently placed and order, but did not receive a confirmation email, please place it again.

SourceBook for Sundays, Seasons, & Weekdays
Workbook for Lectors USA
Year of Grace Large Paper Calendar
Large Laminated Liturgical Calendars
Catholic Handbook Visiting the Sick

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

► 5th & 6th Grade Vocations Day

RSVP by Nov. 17th: All priests and Religious Sisters in the Diocese of Dodge City are invited to the Catholic Schools
5th & 6th Grade Vocations Day on Tuesday, November 25 (9 am – 1:45 pm) at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 
You are welcome to attend all or part of the day.  RSVP to Goretti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 620-227-1500 by November 17th!


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, 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.

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

Creciendo en Cristo

Oración: Jesús nos enseña a conversar con su Padre
Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP and Ignacio Ortiz                                                            
Lugares ITV; Domingos 3-6 p.m.                             
Noviembre 9

Para más información: Angela Erevia, MCDP, 620.227.1542 o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:

For those of you who still need photos of Pope Francis for your churches, or if you need prayer cards, there is an order form here
from Gellman Photography.The copy also has papal Christmas gifts. If you need any of these items for your parishes,
please order them directly from the company. Thank you, Tim Wenzl

From Around the Diocese:

Catholic Social Service:

On Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am, Catholic Social Service begins a year of reflection, celebration and thanksgiving
with a 50th Anniversary Mass and lunch at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 N. 14th Street in Dodge City KS.
Bishop John B Brungardt will be the Principal Celebrant. Everyone is invited to attend the Mass and lunch, or just the lunch.
Please RSVP at by November 26, 2014. Guests may also RSVP by calling 620-792-1393, or by emailing
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 November Monthly Notes. To submit items for the MONTHLY NOTES section, please email items to Georgina Paz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vol. XII, No. 11

Diocese of Dodge City

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