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January 2015 Monthly Notes


Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

January 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No. 1



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

Stewardship Corner– Stewardship Renewal 2015: Ideas for this month:

January:  As we continue the joy of the Christmas season, we also trust in new beginnings for ourselves and parishes.  This is a key time for Follow-up of Stewardship Renewal.  Committee heads and helpers should contact each person who returned a Stewardship form, inviting them to a meeting, activity, practice, etc.  Don’t forget new parishioners, and reaching out to those not involved in the parish.  Let us all start 2015 with a renewed dedication to our Loving Lord!  Let us all live our faith more deeply in the parish and wider community.  Blessings for 2015 and beyond.  Bishop John.

Ordained Priestly Vocation Corner

January:  Brother priests:  As we enter the Christmas mystery, we realize that this Babe in a manger instituted the priesthood.  We each are blessed with this ordained priesthood, and we invite our boys and single men to contemplate Christ’s call for each of them.  We pray they humbly listen, generously accept, and zealously follow.  Thanks to you for inviting them to this journey, especially to the Andrew Dinners this month.  May the Christmas Joy be in your hearts.  Bishop John.

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:

Annual Parish Reports

The templates for the Annual Parish Report will be emailed to pastors and parish secretaries in early January.  The completed forms will be due February 27, 2015.  The forms will also be available on the Chancellor page of the diocesan website: .  The deadline is important because I take the data sent to me to complete the annual report each diocese submits to the Vatican.

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.

►Change in Pastoral Handbook:

Change in Pastoral Handbook:  At their November 18 meeting, the Presbyteral Council recommended and Bishop John approved, an increase of the retreat allowance paid by the place of assignment from $225 to $350 effective January 1, 2015.  This allowance goes toward the cost of a retreat made by a priest when his retreat is not taken with the diocesan priests in June.

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 November 18, 2014 meeting. The next Presbyteral Council meeting is Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

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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.

“Love is our mission; the family fully alive”

It is with great anticipation and joy that we cordially invite you to the 2015 World Meeting of Families, September 22nd through 27th at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia PA.  Since its inception by Saint John Paul II in 1994, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe. Join us for a week of spiritual enrichment, as we discuss the multifaceted issues facing families today during the various keynotes and breakout sessions.

You will hear practical talks from a wide variety of engaging speakers on the reality of the Catholic teaching on marriage and family life.  With a central goal of strengthening families in very practical ways, this conference promises to give all who attend something to take home and share in their own faith communities. Following the event we will be blessed to celebrate Holy Mass with Pope Francis!

In order to manage the registration process, accommodations, travel, etc…we have engaged Canterbury Pilgrimages, an organization that has been specializing in Catholic Pilgrimages and events for over 21 years!  With their assistance, we have three simple goals;

ü  Encourage  as many attendees as possible to join our diocesan pilgrimage to Philadelphia

ü  Share the conference together as a diocese

ü  Most importantly, return with a renewed sense of purpose regarding the family ministries we serve.

Click HERE for a copy of the brochure/registration form.  We ask that you circulate these to as many people as you can and encourage them to join us in Philadelphia!

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 meantime, click over and listen to 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

If stewardship renewal is completed in your parish, the most important step is yet to come, saying thank you.

Check out this article Is This Where We Totally Biff…

Also, sample thank you notes are available in the stewardship renewal resources webpage. Scroll to the bottom of the page click here

Need fresh ideas to light a fire in your parish? Get 101 Ideas to Make Your Parish a Place People Can Fall in Love with Jesus but subscribing to the parish ToolBox Podcast email list. It is simple and hassle free.  Click here to get your 101 Ideas

From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


There are still some parishes that have not submitted their DRE report form for the Fall 2014 Safe Environment lesson.  On December 29th I emailed the DREs to remind them of this.

Remember, too, that a second lesson is to be taught (for grades 3-12) during the winter months of 2015.  These are due to me by February 28, 2015.

The Protecting God’s Children awareness sessions currently on the calendar are:
January 11, 2015 St.Dominic, Garden City 1:00-4:00p.m.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For further details about this session, 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. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 620/227-1500).

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

► Andrew Dinners - are an evening where boys and single men join their pastors and Bishop John for a great dinner, conversation, and prayer, with a focus not just on the priesthood, but on God’s call for every Catholic young man to live an extraordinary life. The dates and hosting sites are:

January 18    (high school) St Mary, Garden City Garden City Deanery

January 23    (post-college) Bishop John's Residence 

January 25    (high school) St. Andrew, Wright Dodge City Deanery

February 8    (high school) St. John the Evangelist, Hoisington Great Bend Deanery

► New Prayer Cards - Every parish will receive special prayer cards to pray for our seminarians and for all religious vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. The cards will arrive by UPS along with the January 11, 2015 issue of the Southwest Kansas Register.  Please ask young people in your parish to distribute the cards following the weekend Mass on January 10th and 11th.

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated Saturday, February 14, 2015 at St. Andrew (Wright) with Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a special luncheon. All are invited to join with Bishop Brungardt in demonstrating our appreciation for the women and men religious in our diocese by attending this special celebration during the Year of Consecrated Life. RSVP for the meal by February 2nd to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620.227.1530.

Vocation Directors will be visiting the Catholic Schools during the month of February.


► Standing up for Life on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade!

Register your youth now for the Diocese of Dodge City pro-life pilgrimage to Topeka on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Join in a day of prayer, activity, and public witness to the value of every human life.

▪ Open to High School and College-age youth and sponsors.
▪ Bus will depart from Dodge City at 6:00 am and stop in Great Bend to pick up others at 7:30am.
▪ The day’s activities will include a tour of the Capitol, Mass with Bishop Brungardt, lunch, a rally, and a rosary on the steps of the Capitol building.
▪ Leave Topeka around 4:00 to return back to the Diocese, with return stops in Salina, Great Bend and Dodge City.
▪ Cost is $35 for youth and youth leaders (includes lunch, transportation, rally);
▪ Donations are welcome to cover additional costs.
▪ Participants will need $$ for supper in Salina on the way home.

Registrations with payment will be accepted until the bus is full, and should be directed to Gayla Kirmer, Diocese of Dodge City, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801, 620-227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click HERE for a copy of the flyer and registration form.



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


Pastoral Ministry Formation courses for Spring 2015

THEO 1013 Introduction to New Testament Literature (3 hours)

Instructor: Fr. Reggie Urban

This course focuses on the literature, theology and history of the New Testament.  Students will explore questions of authorship and critical methods of biblical interpretation from within the perspective of faith.

Class Times:  Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14

Saturday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Location: Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses

Cost: 3 hr. course for credit - $150.00*, 3 hr. course for personal enrichment - $75.00*, *price quotes do not include books

THEO 4881 Eternal Life:  A Catholic Understanding of the “Last Things” (1 hour)

Instructor: Fr. Terrance Klein

An exploration of what Catholics believe about eternal life, rooting our study of death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory in an

examination of the credibility and meaning of Christ’s resurrection.

Class Times:  Feb. 4, 11, 25, Mar. 4

Wednesday evenings - 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Location: Interactive Television Sites throughout Dodge City and Salina Dioceses

Cost: 1 hr. course for credit - $50.00*, 1 hr. course for personal enrichment - $25.00*, *price quotes do not include books

Catechist Formation 2014-15

Spring - 2015

"What is so great about being Catholic anyway?"

Presenter:  Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt

Wednesday, January 7 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 10 - 9:00 a.m.  to 12:00 noon

Sunday, January 11 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)

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


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

Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley

May the joy of this Christmas season be filled with an abundance of God’s grace. I thank you first of all for your continued support of all the diocesan youth activities.

As you are aware Bishop Brungardt has made the decision to have the diocese do a full summer of Totus Tuus.  There are seven weeks of Totus Tuus throughout the summer and I am pleased to announce that five of the weeks are spoken for.  We have the week of June 28 – July 3 open as well as July 19 – 24.  If you would like for your parish to host a week of Totus Tuus please let Steven Polley know as soon as possible.  Truly this is a program that benefits not only the young people who attend, but the parish as well.

Also, it is with great excitement that I am able to share that the decision has been made to move forward with “Prayer in Action” for the summer of 2015.  “Prayer in Action” has its roots in the Diocese of Salina and is best described as a “mission experience in our own backyard.”  Two of our college students from K-State, Cheyenne Becker – Sacred Heart Parish, Pratt and Michaela Gleason – St. John Parish, Meade are taking the lead for Prayer in Action.  Over the next several months they will be visiting parishes to talk about bringing groups to a week of this mission experience.  They are now in the process of finding communities to host a week of Prayer in Action, so if you feel that your community would need and benefit from a week of Prayer in Action, do not hesitate to get in touch with Steven Polley. Thank you for your time to these new initiatives.

From Around the Diocese:

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 January Monthly Notes. To submit items for the MONTHLY NOTES section, please email items to Gayla Kirmer,  gkirmerThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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