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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

March 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No. 3





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

A Reminder-pastors and parochial administrators are to offer a Mass for the People each Sunday and holy day of obligation.  If the priest is responsible for more than one parish, one Mass for the entire people entrusted to him is sufficient.

Marriage preparation clarification: In response to a question that has been raised, the time of marriage preparation in the diocese is a minimum of four months.

Annual Chrism Massis 11am, March 26, at the Cathedral.  Information has been sent to Priests and Parish Life Coordinators via email.  If you are need of information, please contact Gayla Kirmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1525.

March 12th is the deadline to turn in names of the parishioners who will represent your parish(es).  The names will be in the worship aid and on the name tags, so please double check for correct spelling. Please send your parish information by using the survey link:

This year we honor Father Mike Helms, Father Khoi Francis Nguyen and Father Warren Stecklein, who observe their 25th anniversary of ordination and Father Benjamin Martin who observes his 40th anniversary of ordination.  We also honor Sister Angela Erevia, Diocesan Director of Hispanic Ministry, for 60 years of religious profession.

We acknowledge Deacon Richard Rondeau who is celebrating his 40th anniversary of diaconal ordination and Sister Veronice Born who served for 15 years as Diocesan Intercessor.

We celebrate with the Board and Staff of Catholic Social Service in this their 50th year.

Pastoral Ministry Program graduates, Matilda Scheurer, Erin Crouch, James Janda, and  Robert Drake will receive Diocesan Diplomas.

Stewardship CornerStewardship Renewal 2015-2016:  Ideas for this month: Lent is a wonderful time to make changes in our lives.  This conversion can be addressed by our stewardship way of life.  We ask the Lord to assist us to live more deeply our baptismal call of Christian discipleship, to  give ourselves without counting the cost in acts of penance. Possibly this is a call to more or different prayer, to participate in a formation opportunity, to love one another in acts of hospitality, or to serve in a new way.  This Lent, let us be grateful stewards in love of God and each other.  Bishop John.

Ordained Priestly Vocation Corner-Brother priests: Thank you for gathering for our Pre-Lenten Day of Recollection.  Bishop Berg reflected on the virtue of hope: trusting in God and His plan for our lives.  We keep hope in our minds and hearts as we assist boys and single men to discern their vocational call.  Bishop Gerber said that there is a great temptation to be jaded or despairing.  Let's have a hope-filled priesthood, as we trust God to provide seminarians and incardinated priests for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.  Bishop John

Prayer and Action-Please visit our Prayer and Action Page:  There will be three weeks of Prayer and Action:  June 14-19 (Garden City); July 5-10 (Saint John); July 26-31(Ness City). Registration opens for Prayer and Action for Summer 2015 in the Diocese of Dodge City March 6th.

There will be links to register at the open web page or you may contact: Father Charles Mazouch, preferably at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 620-793-0114, or PO Box 8, Olmitz, KS 67564.

Prayer and Action provides meaningful opportunities to high school aged students and their adult leaders to do mission work right here within the boundaries of our own diocese.  Prayer and Action sessions last five days, with students arriving on a Sunday evening and then staying until the next Friday morning.  Throughout the week the students will paint, clean, do yard work, and perform other meaningful tasks, for the poor, handicapped, and the elderly.  The students will spend the week in an atmosphere, free of distractions, which will foster their faith, ideas of service, and love of Catholic values.  Each session will also allow them to get to know other high school students from other parts of the diocese who share in their Catholic beliefs.

The Prayer and Action experience will be facilitated by the mission team that will consist of a seminarian, as well as other dynamic young adults.  This team will meet the students and adult leaders on Sunday evening and guide all participants through the week.  There are approximately 30 participants in each session.  I am grateful to the local contacts who are helping us make this happen.  Students’ housing for the week will be located at parishes, sleeping in sleeping bags or on air mattresses throughout the week.  Food preparations will also be taken care of at the housing site by the students, adult leaders, and mission team.  Every parish within the diocese is invited to bring high school students to participate in the program.  Prayer and Action also asks that for every eight youth, one adult leader also attend.  Adult leaders need to comply with Diocesan Safe Environment policies (background check and Protecting God’s Children Session).  They will share the same experience as the youth and are asked to be positive role models throughout the week’s activities.

Cheyenne Becker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) from Pratt and Michaela Gleason (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  from Meade are students at K State and are leading up our Diocesan effort at Prayer and Action for Summer 2015.  Videos are available featuring Cheyenne and Michaela sharing their passion for Prayer and Action at  They are also willing to come to your parish and especially your youth group to share about Prayer and Action and invite participation.

The fee for each participant (youth and adult) is $100.00 for the week.

The 2015 Presbyteral Assembly-will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe on April 23-24.  Sherry Weddell will present “Intentional Discipleship.”  A broader invitation is offered this year to Parish Life Coordinators and chancery staff.  Pastors and Parish Life Coordinators may extend an invitation to key parish staff/leaders to participate as well.  Further information was emailed to priests and parish life coordinators.  If you wish further information, please contact Fr. Bob Schremmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1555.

Confirmation Schedule has been finalized. Click HERE to see the schedule.

Weddings on August 15August 15 falls on a Saturday this year.  Although the obligation for the faithful to attend Mass is dispensed, August 15 is still a solemnity.  Since ritual Masses are not permitted on a solemnity, it is possible to have a wedding Mass using the August 15 readings and the nuptial blessing, or the Rite of Marriage outside of Mass may be celebrated.  If a wedding has already been scheduled on August 15 and these options are not satisfactory, please call me for consultation.



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

Easter Vigil and the Sacrament of Confirmation-

No Faculty Needed: If the priest baptizes an adult (that is, all those who, no longer infants, have attained the use of reason – c. 852, §2) or receives a baptized Christian into the Catholic Church, the law provides the priest with the faculty to immediately confirm the new member.

Faculty Needed: If the adult was baptized Catholic, and now some years later is seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, then the priest needs to request from Bishop Brungardt the faculty to confirm.

When a priest needs to request the faculty to administer the sacrament of Confirmation, email Gayla Kirmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write a letter to Bishop Brungardt requesting the faculty to confirm, stating the date of the confirmation and the names of the candidates to be confirmed.

Annual Parish Reports were due February 28.  Please submit the completed reports to Sister Janice as soon as possible.

Testimonials – Any priests who are helping out with penance services in another diocese, please let Sister Janice know so she can send a testimonial on your behalf.  Likewise, if a pastor has invited a priest from outside the Diocese of Dodge City to help with a penance service in your parish, we need to receive a testimonial for that priest.





From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click HERE for the notes of the February 17 meeting.  Next meeting is March 17.

Mark Roth PicFrom Mark Roth, Director of Development:

►Dechant Foundation Inaugural Golf Classic 2015-benefiting the retired Priests of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City will be held Friday, June 26, 2015, at The Golf Club at Southwind, 77 Grandview Dr, Garden City, KS.  The day will begin with a 12 noon box lunch provided at the clubhouse, 1pm shotgun start golf tourney, followed by 6pm social hour and dinner at 7pm.  At 9pm will be an auction.  For more information, contact Mark Roth at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

2015 World Meeting of Families“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:

1. Encourage  as many attendees as possible to join our diocesan pilgrimage to Philadelphia

2. Share the conference together as a diocese

3. 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

►We regret to inform you that the March pilgrimage to St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver has been cancelled.

The stewardship office has been working to provide high value resources for stewardship councils. A five part video series titled “The Power of Stories in Stewardship Renewal” is finished and will be released soon. Get it delivered to your in box by clicking here






From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:

SAFE ENVIRONMENT-A second lesson is to be taught (for grades 3-12) during the winter months of 2015.  The reports were due February 28, 2015 and there are still some parishes that have not submitted their report.

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:

Pastors—would you like to have a Dodge City seminarian to be present and assist with your Triduum celebrations? They would be available in time for a Wednesday evening practice, and through your Easter Sunday liturgies. I ask that you feed them and provide a place for them to stay, but I leave it up to you if you wish to thank them in any other way. I hope you will consider this as an opportunity for you and him and your community. Please let me know if you would like to have one at your parish(es).

► Deaconate Ordination Please keep Saturday, May 30th open for a tentative Deaconate ordination at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Encounter with God’s Call-The Encounter weekend is April 18-20th.  Young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age – are invited to join Fr. Ted Stoecklein for a road trip to Conception Seminary College.  The weekend is a time to hear talks and spend time with seminarians while enjoying time with other young men who are seeking God’s will in their life. There is no charge for the weekend and transportation is provided. Register online at or contact Becky Hessman at 620.227.1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Due to renovations at the monastery, the registration deadline is April 8th.  Those registering after April 8th will not be guaranteed a room.






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


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


From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:


From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools


Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley

Totus Tuus 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.


From Catholic Social Service:

50th Anniversary EventsCatholic Social Service invites you to join us for one or more of our 50th Anniversary Events:

  • March 15th: The official date of the Catholic Social Service 50th Anniversary; on this date in 1965, Catholic Social Service opened its doors in Great Bend KS.
  • March 26th: Join us at the Diocesan Chrism Mass at the Cathedral in Dodge City KS.
  • April 17th: 50th Anniversary Celebration Wine Tasting Event at 7:00 pm at the Club at Stone Ridge in Great Bend KS.
  • May 19th: Chamber Event Open House and After-Hours Event in Dodge City KS (Details forthcoming).
  • July 15th: Chamber Breakfast in Garden City KS
  • Nov 7: Closing Commissioning Ceremony in Dodge City KS (Details forthcoming

Upcoming Relationship Classes

For Individuals:

Garden City KS: Date: March 6, 7, 8, 2015 Place: Catholic Social Service Office, 603 N. 8th, Garden City KS

St John KS: Date: March 12, 19, 26th, April 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 2015 (No class on April 2nd) from 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm (Dinner included).
Place: St John the Apostle Witt Center Parish Hall, 609 East 4th Street, PO Box 475, St John KS 67576-0475

For Couples:

Dodge City KS - Spanish: Date: March 7 & 8, 2015 Place: West Coast Martial Arts, 601 N. 2 Ave, Dodge City KS

For more information, or to sign up, Call 620-272-0010. Participants may also just come and register when they arrive.

Wine Tasting Event:

Catholic Social Service is hosting the 14th Annual Charity Wine Tasting Event and Auction---a 50th Anniversary Celebration---on Friday, April 17th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Club at Stone Ridge in Great Bend KS. Tickets are $50 per person, or $350 for a table of eight. For information and tickets, contact Rebecca Ford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 620-792-1393. This annual wine tasting event features award-winning wines from local Kansas vintners, a new selection of wines from around the world, and friendly connoisseurs to answer all of your wine-related questions. The event also features the live entertainment by classical guitarist, Richard J Falcon Jr, live and silent auctions with Master of Ceremonies, Scott Donovan, and Auctioneer, T.R. Esfeld, A block of rooms will be reserved for out-of-town guests who call the Best Western Angus Inn before April 1st.



A Diocesan Day for Music Ministers: “Sing to the Lord: a concert and a day of training and formation for pastoral musicians”,

Sunday, April 26th, Saint Andrew Parish, Wright, KS.  Click here for flyer and more information.

A similar Day in Spanish will be at the Cathedral, Saturday, April 25th, 8:30am – 4pm.  Keep watching for further information.



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 March 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..

Vol. XIII, No. III

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