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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

May 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No. V





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.

Ordained Priestly Vocation CornerMay 2015:  Brother priests:  Our seminarian Juan Salas, will be ordained a transitional deacon at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.  Please promote this liturgy to your faithful, as Juan may be their future deacon, priest, and/or pastor.  For example, your Knights of Columbus may wish to organize a carpool to the ordination, and invite some of the boys or single men of the parish. [Be sure, if minors attend, that the chaperones have had Safe Environment training]  I remember as a new seminarian the first ordination Mass I celebrated in May 1993 in Wichita.  Please do your best to be with Juan (at the Ordination Mass, or in prayer) as he is ordained May 30th.  Thank you, and may God bless you.  Bishop John

Stewardship Corner–Stewardship Renewal 2015:  Ideas for this month: May 2015:  We have been blessed to learn many ideas about developing missionary disciples in our workshop with Sherry Weddell.  Her ideas fit well into our Stewardship model of the four pillars:  Her “bridges of trust” fit in our hospitality pillar; intercessory prayer in our prayer pillar, “sharing the mystery” and “The Great Story in nine acts” in our formation pillar; and she gave many examples of the resulting service to others.  Let’s develop some of these ideas in our Stewardship Renewal to better encourage missionary disciples.  My prayers are with you.  Bishop John

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:

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 May 19.

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


Family of the Americas Teacher Training in English and Spanish August 28-30, 2015-

The Diocese of Wichita is hosting a Master Teacher training for the FAF Ovulation Method, August 28-30.  This training is available in English and Spanish. If you know of individuals or couples who would be interested in attending this training please contact Deanna Johnston.  There is funding available that can help cover some of the cost of the training.  Information flyers available at

Natural Family Planning Teachers in the Diocese-

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.

Natural Family Planning Teachers in the Diocese-The updated listing of NFP methods and teachers available has been posted on the Natural Family Planning documents page.  If you are aware of any NFP teachers who are not listed and would like to be included, or if there are individuals or couples who would be interested in NFP teacher certification please have them contact Deanna Johnston.

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.






From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship

A new video series titled “The Power of Stories in Stewardship Renewal” is going out to inboxes everywhere. Subscribe to the Stewardship email list to get the right in your inbox. Subscribe here

The Parish Toolbox Podcast is another great resource to listen to expert guests speak about a variety of stewardship topics to help you create a parish where friends and neighbors can fall in love with Jesus. Subscribe to the Parish ToolBox email list today right here.

Upcoming shows include:

  1. Fr. Ron Rohlheiser, How do We help People Fall in Love
  2. Koren Ruiz, Steardship with Hispanics
  3. Graciela Terroba, Practical Ways to Develop a Virtuous Family
  4. Michaela Gleason, Cheyenne Becker, Prayer and Action Keeps Kids Catholic
  5. Gentry Heimerman, Sydney Lower, Engaging Young Adults






From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


Please keep in mind as parishes plan summer vacation bible school or mission trips that include minors, that the adults need to be in compliance (a completed background check and attendance at a Protecting God’s Children awareness session) prior to the event/trip.

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


-June, 7 2015 3-6p.m. @ St. Anthony of Padua ITV Room, Liberal

-- August 8, 2015 1-4p.m. @ St. Mary Parish Center, Garden City


-  August 8, 2015 1-4p.m. @ St. Mary Parish Center, Garden City

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:

Diaconate Ordination (May 30 at 10 am) Click here for an invitation to make available to your parish.

May 29 - College and high school students (boys & girls) are invited to join the seminarians for pizza at 5:30 pm at the Cathedral followed by vespers. 7 pm Vespers - All are welcome to come pray.

Companion Camp 2015 Click here for a printable brochure:   Boys entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in the fall are invited to an unforgettable weekend of faith, fun, and fellowship at Conception Seminary College, Missouri. Campers participate and compete in a variety of fun activities while learning more about their Catholic faith. The Diocese will provide transportation for 17 boys. When: June 19-21. Cost: $100 payable to Companion Camp 2015. Registration deadline is June 1st. To register with the Diocese print and mail in the forms at

College Connection 2015-The Vocations Office wants to help high school seniors and transfer students from the Diocese of Dodge City get connected with their new college home this Fall. But we can’t do it without help!

For a printable card to use at your senior PSR class or “graduation Mass”  click here. Send completed cards to Vocations Office, PO Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801.  Electronic sign up is available at  Deadline is June 1st.




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:

Do you have a Marian Grotto on your church property? The University of Dayton has a wonderful resource about the Blessed Mother called The Mary Page. Included in this wealth of information about Mary is a listing of Marian Shrines, grottoes, etc., by state. I recently clicked on Kansas and found no listings for Marian Shrines. In Legacy of Faith on page 99 there is a list of the Marian shrines, grottoes and gardens that I compiled for our diocese. Legacy was published 15 years ago. If you know of any others, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I want to document all the Marian shrines in our diocese and send the list to the University of Dayton to add to The Mary Page. Thank you all for your help.

From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools


Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley

►Summer camps.  June 1 – 4 will be the camp for all current 5th and 6th graders.  June 15 – 18 will be the camp for current 7th and 8th graders.  The theme for this summer is “Party With The Popes”.  Here we will help the campers come to better understand Apostolic Succession, as well as focusing on different Popes, including Peter, Pope John XXIII, Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis. As always your encouragement and support in getting these youth to camp is greatly appreciated.

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).

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.


From Catholic Social Service:

All of us at Catholic Social Service wish to thank all of YOU for your wonderful support of the Catholic Social Service Wine Tasting Event that took place on April 17th. This year, the contingent from the Dodge City area was the largest we have ever had, and we are always so glad to see you! Thank you! The final tally is still forthcoming. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for next year's event which will be held on Friday, April 29th 2016 at the Great Bend Events Center. Hope to see you there!

This year, we continue to remember, reflect and celebrate the Catholic Social Service 50th Anniversary. Please join us for these coming events:

May 19th: Catholic Social Service will host the Dodge City Chamber Coffee from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the Chamber Office at 311 W. Spruce St in Dodge City.

July 15th: Catholic Social Service will host the Garden City Chamber Breakfast, beginning at 7:30 am at The Golf Club at Southwind at 77 Grandview Dr in Garden City.

Nov 7: 50th Anniversary Closing Commissioning Ceremony in Dodge City (Details forthcoming).



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 May 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. V

Diocese of Dodge City

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