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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

June 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No. VI





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.

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.

Prayer and Action-We are finalizing everything for Prayer and Action for this summer in the next few days.  Please visit for information and to register.



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

I will be out of the office June 19-26.  Please submit all prenuptial paperwork for any weddings during that time as soon as possible.




From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click HERE for the notes of the May 19 meeting.

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 10am Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church in Garden City followed by a 12 noon box lunch at the course clubhouse, 1pm shotgun start golf tourney, followed by 6pm social hour and dinner at 7pm.  Cost is $500 per 4-person team.  Registration deadline is Monday, June 22nd.  To register or for more information, contact Mark Roth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: 620-227-1535.

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!

HURRY!!   Registration deadline is June 30, 2015!!

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

National NFP Awareness Week - JULY 19 - JULY 25, 2015-Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign.  The Natural Family Planning Program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops develops a poster each year with basic supportive materials. This year's theme is "All Natural!  Natural Family Planning: Good for the body.  Great for the soul!" .

The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.  The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.  Resources on NFP designed for parishes to share during NFP awareness week can be found on the USCCB NFP Website.  Materials available include posters, bulletin inserts, homily helps, graphics, and much more!

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).  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.

►Spanish Marriage Mentor Program- The effort to implement a program of Marriage Mentors is progressing rather slowly, but we have not given up on the idea. There have been some requests for training Spanish-speaking couples to serve as Marriage Mentors. We would like to take steps to move forward with this effort. Parishes that have a need for Spanish-speaking couples working in this ministry are asked to send to Fr. Ted Skalsky or to Deanna Johnston names of the couples who would be open to receiving this training.

For the present, it would be best if you do not have them take the Prepare Enrich Inventory. It seems better that Fr. Ted Skalsky would send in their names because Prepare Enrich has a special report that they send out to people who are registered to work with couples in groups. The best way to get this group report would be for the referral for the Prepare Enrich to come from Deanna Johnston or me. The parish referring the couple would be billed for the cost of the Inventory.

Our hope is that we could begin the Mentor training in the early fall. The training will address the theology and the spirituality of marriage. It will also give a basic training in using the Prepare Enrich. It would seem advisable that, when Mentor couples are in place, that the priest working with the couple see himself as working in conjunction with the Mentor couple in discussing the Prepare Enrich and not merely handing the report over to the Mentor couple.






From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship

The 2015 Stewardship Conference-is August 22 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. To mirror Pope Francis’s visit to Philidelphia the 2015 Conference is designed to build strong families. Each topic and speaker has been selected to help each family steward strong marriages and equip families to be life giving.

Check out the topics and speakers at

Beginning in June-is a great series of articles designed to help parishes and parishioners create and break habits. This practical series is filled with content including links to articles and videos by top thinkers on the subject of habits. Get the series right in your email inbox by subscribing here

Subscribe to the Parish Toolbox Podcast- Guests from across the U.S. are interviewed and share their best ideas to help you make your parish a place where people fall in love with Jesus. You will also receive a free gift for subscribing. Subscribe here






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:

Dodge City Seminarian Summer Assignments-

  • Deacon Juan Salas will serve at St. Mary Catholic Church in Garden City, KS.
  • Mark Brantley will study Spanish language and culture at the Intensa Language Institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Jacob Schneider will serve on the Diocese of Dodge City Totus Tuus team.
  • Joel McClure will serve on the Diocese of Dodge City Prayer and Action team.

Sports with the Seminarians-College and high school boys are invited to play Frisbee Golf with our seminarians on Saturday, July 18th (10 am – 12:30 pm) at Chilton Park, Dodge City (along Manor Drive).  Bring your own Frisbee! Lunch will be provided by the Knights of Columbus.

Companion Camp 2015 at Conception Seminary College (June 19-21)

  • Transportation with the diocese is full.




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

Pastoral Ministry Formation Fall Courses 2015-

Christian Morality and Social Issues (3 hour core course)

Instructor:  Fr. James Baker

Saturday mornings 8:30 to 12:00 noon

Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

The Book of Revelation (1 hour elective course)

Instructor:  Fr. Henry Hildebrandt

Wednesday evenings 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7


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

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:

Teen Moms Mentor Meeting-Catholic Social Service is hosting a Teen Moms Mentor Informational Meeting at the Newman University Western Kansas Center in Dodge City on Tuesday, June 9th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. This informational meeting is for women over the age of 23 who are interested in becoming a mentor for a young mother/student in the Teen Moms Program. Parental experience is preferred; bilingual women are welcome.  For more information, please contact Amy Falcon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 620-227-1590.

Love Letters from Kansas-Catholic Social Service will be hosting" Love Letters from Kansas" (Healthy Relationship Eduication class) June 26,27,28 location TBA. Friday 5-6:00 Registration and meal. 6-8 Class, Saturday 9-5 light breakfast and lunch included, Sunday 1-5 meal and class. Cost- Free- Meals and snacks will be provided. Up to 100 in Wal-Mart giftcards for each couple. Call to sign up 620-227-1562

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

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

Nov 7: 50th Anniversary Closing Commissioning Ceremony at the United Wireless Conference Center,  Dodge City KS (Additional Details forthcoming).



SAVE THE DATE!--Sunday, October 25th, 4pm for the 50th anniversary Mass and celebration of St. Dominic parish in Garden City.  Formal invitations will be mailed a month or so before the event.

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 June 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. VI

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