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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

August 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No. VIII







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.

Rural Life Conference: Executive Director of the Catholic Rural Life Conference, Mr. Jim Ennis, will be the featured speaker for the Salina Diocesan Rural Life Conference to be held on October 3rd at St. Thomas More-Marian Prep High School in Hays.  The theme of the Conference will be Pope Francis' latest encyclical, Laudato Si'.  The day will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. followed by Mass, celebrated by Bishop Weisenburger and attending priests.  The first session will begin at 10:30 am followed by lunch with guided discussion.  The Second Session will begin at 1:00 pm and conclude with questions and answers.  We will adjourn at 3:00 pm.   The fee for participants will be $25 per person, which will include lunch.  To register, or for more information, please contact Fr Richard Daise at (785) 726-4522 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


From Rev. John Srasser, Asst Secretary-Treasurer of the Priests' Retirement Fund:

Retired Priests, please, note: Wells Fargo Bank, who administers the priests’ retirement fund, failed to include in your July payment the $50 per month raise that went into effect July 2015.  There was a change in personnel at the bank and the instructions for the raise got lost in the transition.  The apologetic bank will include the $50 for July in with your August payment which will be made on or around August 15.  If your August payment does not reflect this, please, contact Fr. John Strasser.


From Gayla Kirmer, Executive Secretary to the Bishop:

It is time to order Workbooks, Liturgical Year Calendars, Sourcebooks, At Home With the Word, and Visiting the Sick and Homebound. If interested in these or any other liturgy training publications, please contact Gayla Kirmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1525. By placing your order through the Diocese, your parish will receive a 40% discount.









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

Baptism certificate reminders: When you are requesting a Catholic baptism certificate for an upcoming marriage or for an annulment process, be sure to request the certificate “with notations.”  When the baptism certificate is submitted to the Chancery Office with the prenuptial form or annulment documents, please also include the side of the baptism certificate that has the notations.

With RCIA processes gearing up soon, a reminder that if any potential candidate (or their present spouse) has been in a marriage prior to the one they are currently in, some kind of annulment process will be necessary.  Formal annulment processes (ones that involve the former spouse and witness testimony) usually takes a minimum of nine months, sometimes longer.  This is important to note especially since Easter is very early next spring (March 27, 2016).  The sooner an annulment process can begin, the better chance it has to be completed by Easter.  No promises can be made that an annulment will be completed by Easter, and the candidate needs to be aware of that possibility.  If you have any questions, please give Sister Janice a call (620-227-1527).

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.

Father Anselm Eke, MSP was elected to a five-year term on the Presbyteral Council.  We thank Father Floyd McKinney who is completing his five-year term.


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

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

Spend the Day With Us, Stewardship Day 2015 -  for Catholics in our Diocese that want to see Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families but cannot go, the 2015 Stewardship Day has been designed for you. The emphasis for 2015 is family related topics that were picked from a survey hosted by Sr. Angela Erevia to address the needs of families right here at home.

Our goal is to increase participation by 20% over last year. Do me a favor and encourage your friends and parishioners to come to Dodge City August 22.

For the complete line up and registration go to

Check out the workshop guide here

Also, please email our 1 minute promotional video to your email list and post to your website.

The very best way to help us, is personal invitation. Use this phrase in conversation, “The day will provide life enhancing tools to you and your family.” When they object due to time, tell them there is a keynote and breakout designed to help families control their calendars, plus, as much as we want  them to stay all day, there is no requirement to do so. They are free to give what time they have.


I visited several parishes and asked how the 2014 Stewardship Renewal went. I asked 3 questions; What Worked, What Didn’t Work, and How can I help. The results were varied and informative. Two common activities that worked, Lay Witness Talks and Banners.

See the results by parishes visited here






From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


A reminder that all volunteers with regular contact with children and youth must be compliant PRIOR TO beginning any ministry with children/youth.  Compliant means they have already attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and already have a completed background check.

The student safe environment lessons are located on the safe environment page of the Diocesan website under Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum.  In addition, the reports needed from the DREs and Principals for the upcoming fall and winter are also posted there.

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


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

--Agosto 16, 2015 3-6p.m. @ Cathedral of Our Lady of  Guadalupe, Dodge City


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

- August 16, 2015 3-6p.m. @ Cathedral of Our Lady of  Guadalupe, Dodge City

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

- August 30, 2015 3:30-6:30 p.m. @ St. John the Apostle Parish Center, St. John

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:

2015-2016 Seminarians Please pray for our five seminarians as they head off to seminary this month.  Keep them in prayer now and throughout the year!

Deacon Juan Salas - Parish: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City

Jacob Schneider - Parish: St. Ann, Olmitz

Mark Brantley - Parish: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.

Joel McClure - Parish: St. Dominic, Garden City

John Stang – Parish: Prince of Peace, Great Bend

Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards

Please remove the seminarian posters and prayer cards from your church, school, parish hall, etc. New posters will be distributed in the Fall.








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


Catechist Formation-Fall 2015: “How do we teach about Mercy?” Presenter Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt

As we gear up for the Jubilee of Mercy…Mercy is taught by example and story more than by an academic presentation.

But how do catechists and teachers learn to do this?

Wednesday, Sept. 9 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, Sept. 13 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)



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

4 de octubre

La Iglesia: Reflejando la Luz de Cristo y

Los Cuatro Atributos de la Iglesia.

Presentadora: Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP

11 de octubre

María: La Primera y Más Eminente

Miembro de la Iglesia y Nuestro Destino Eterno.

Presentador: Ignacio Ortiz

Televisión Interactiva ~ 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Liberal, Ness City, Pratt, Scott City, Ulysses


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 reflect on and celebrate the Catholic Social Service 50th Anniversary. Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us for the50th Anniversary Closing Commissioning Ceremony at the United Wireless Conference Center,  Dodge City KS on Saturday evening, November 7th, 2015.



ACTS is coming to Kansas!

“ACTS opens your heart to the Holy Spirit!”  “These words from an ACTS retreatant stirred me more than anything I’d ever heard,” remarked Paula Brozek.   “For me, the retreat was every bit of this – and more!”  “It is uplifting,” “it can be life-changing,” and “it can bring a parish to life” are other reflections from those who have made the retreat.

ACTS is a three-day/three-night Catholic lay retreat which begins on Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community.  Retreats for men, women and teens are given separately.  Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, from which the ACTS acronym is derived. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats, although non-Catholics are most welcome to attend.  Both retreats will be held at the Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, KS.

Someone will be contacting your parish soon to request a time for a "pulpit talk" to promote this event between now and mid-October.

Women’s Retreat:  September 10-13, 2015

Men’s Retreat:  October 29 – November 1, 2015

The cost of an ACTS Retreat is $175 per person, which includes all meals and accommodations for the three-day weekend.  In order for the team to prepare for the retreat, the deadline for registration and payment for the women’s retreat is August 25, 2015, and for the men’s retreat, October 9.

Registration forms are available from:  Paula Brozek – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 316-641-0545;  Carol Dellinger – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-792-5090; Barbara Straight – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-6768.


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 August 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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