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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

July 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No. VII







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:

The Priest Compensation document, revised annually in July to reflect changes in various aspects of compensation to priests, is now available on the Chancellor page:

A continual reminder to request a testimonial of suitability whenever a visiting priest from another diocese, religious community or organization comes into your parish.








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:

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


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 Philadelphia, 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

Two new tutorials are available through the office of stewardship. Father Warren asked for ways to create photo slideshows using free third party hosts. I demonstrate how to create, then embed a slideshow in a website. However, the slideshows can be emailed and used in a variety of ways.

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The 2015 Stewardship Conference registration is live! The 2015 conference is designed with tons of practical workshops designed for busy families looking for ways unclutter life. Register today and share this with your friends.

The 2015 Renewal Schedule and quickie reference book are both available on the stewardship website. Hard copies can be received via mail upon request. Ask Eric for them or get the digital copies here

Get stewardship news right in your email inbox. I promise never to spam you and other wise clutter up your inbox. Just practical timely articles and links to help create a parish where friends and neighbors fall in love with Jesus. Subscribe here -

The Parish Toolbox podcast is another great way to receive tips, tricks, and stories from experts across the country to enhance your stewardship efforts. Subscribe to the Parish Tool box here






From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


As the new school year gears up and new teachers, catechists, and other volunteers begin ministering with our children and youth, remember that all adults who have regular contact with children need to sign a background consent form and attend a Protecting God’s Children awareness training session.  Email alerts are sent to pastors, parish staff and others whenever PGC sessions get scheduled.  You may also check the Safe Environment page of the diocesan website for a list of scheduled sessions.  Background consent forms can be printed from that page as well.

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


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


July 20, 2015 6-9 p.m. @ Sacred Heart Catholic School

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

- Garden City
August 30, 2015 1-4 p.m. @ St. Dominic Parish Center

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).








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

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

Renewal Days invitation for the public: Come pray with and for our seminarians...All are invited to join Bishop John, Fr. Wesley, and all the Dodge City seminarians for a Holy Hour from 10:30 – 11:30 am, Saturday, August 1st, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe (daily chapel); Dodge City. It will be an opportunity to pray in front of our Eucharistic Lord both with and for the seminarians of our Diocese.

Seminarian Send-off in Dodge City: Bishop John will be blessing our seminarians as they begin their new academic year at the following Masses at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe: August 1st at 5:00 pm; August 2nd at 9 am (English) and 12:00 pm (Spanish). Each Mass will be followed by an opportunity to meet and greet the seminarians. Come offer your prayers and best wishes as they prepare to return to school.








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:

Fechas para Creciendo en Cristo

4 y 11 de octubre, 2015   3:00-6:00 p.m. Lugares ITV

Temas serán anunciados más tarde


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




From Catholic Social Service:

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 77Grandview 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.

The Diocese Priests’ Retirement Fund elections for members to the Board of Directors are complete.  Elected to a three-year term which begins July 1, 2015, are  Frs. Jim Baker, Reggie Urban and Don Bedore.  Continuing as members of the board are Frs. Henry Hildebrandt and Warren Stecklein.  Thank you to Fr. Jim Dieker whose term ended June 30, 2015.

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 July 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. VII

Diocese of Dodge City

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