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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

September 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No.  IX







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

I call your attention to Catechist Formation Wednesday, September 9th, 6-9pm and Saturday, September 12th, 9am-12noon in English and Sunday, September 3-6pm in Spanish.  All over our I-TV network.  Please visit to locate a site near you.  Please note that due to unforeseen changes at the Ulysses site, it will not be open for this set of formation offerings.

Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt will help us gear up for the Year of Mercy by helping us teach “mercy”.  Mercy is taught by example and story more than by an academic presentation.  Sister Angela Erevia will offer provide the same in Spanish.

I renew my request that parishes keep these days open on their calendars so that catechists can participate in these formation offerings. I ask DREs and Catechists in their planning to keep these dates on their calendars.  After all, Adult faith formation is to be the central task in the catechetical enterprise.  In this way, Parishes, DREs, and especially catechists provide a much-needed witness to the children, youth, parents and other adults that formation in the faith is lifelong.

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.

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..

Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass – October 18, 2015

Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 50+ years of marriage in 2015. Couples will be honored and will renew their vows at the Sunday Eucharist.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City

To register, click here.   Registration is due by Wednesday, October 7.

Save The Date: Annual Scripture Day, November 5.  Topic:  The Gospel of John offered in English and Spanish

Click Here for the Schedule for Priests’ Fall Convocation Sunday October 4 - Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, KS. Click Here for the registration.


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.

The confirmation schedule has been finalized for 2016.  Click HERE for the schedule.









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

Official Catholic Directory sheets will be mailed out soon with a deadline of late September.  Concerning the statistic of “estimated number of Catholics,” if a parish had a good census database and is keeping it up-to-date, that is wonderful.  If a parish is fairly certain about the number of registered families but isn’t sure about estimated number of individuals, then I will send a sheet with my cover letter that gives an estimated household number in each county from the estimated 2013 census.  This will at least allow you to make an educated estimation about this number.

I will be out of the office two weeks in October: Oct. 11-16 and Oct. 27-30.  Please be sure to submit prenuptial documents for weddings on those weekends well in advance.

Remember that all visiting priests and deacons need a letter of testimonial from his religious congregation or diocese.







From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click HERE for the notes of the August 18 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


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 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

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:

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:

Thank you to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe for hosting the 2015 Seminarian Renewal Days (July 31- Aug. 2) for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. Your hospitality was wonderful! In addition to time for prayer, formation, and relaxation, our seminarians also were blessed with the opportunity to meet many of you and get to know your parish better.

St. John Vianney Theological (Denver, CO) Seminary Visit

October 18-20, college juniors, seniors and up are invited spend time with seminarians (including Dodge City’s), sit in on a class, and get a taste of what life is like for those men from various backgrounds who have finished college and are now studying theology at this major seminary.  If you know someone who may be interested, contact the vocation office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (620) 227-1533.

Names of those in formation

Please send the names of those you know who are in religious formation or single men and women who are dedicating a year of service to the mission of the Church.  Send names to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..








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.


gentrys pic.jpg - 196.04 KbFrom Gentry Heimerman, Directory of Young Adult Ministry:

Prayer and Action is a Christ-centered mission trip in your own backyard! While God certainly calls some to be missionaries over seas and in foreign lands, we are all called to be on mission in our everyday lives.

The first week of summer, 2016, will be for college students only, followed by three more high school weeks. All in attempt to proclaim the good news of Jesus by way of painting houses, cleaning yards, and serving those most in need.
This integration of Ora et Labora will not just effect the houses and yards, but the hearts of students, parents, communities, and our diocese as a whole.

For questions, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be looking forward to applications!

The schedule for 2016 is:

June 19-24: College Week (Meade)

June 26-July 1: High School Week 1 (Meade)

July 2-5: Break

July 10-15: High School Week 2 (St. John)
July 17-22: High School Week 3 (St. John)


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.  Click here for the link to the "Save the Date card:



Men...ACTS is coming to Kansas!

You are invited to attend the Men’s ACTS Retreat in Great Bend, KS, October 29-November 1 at the Heartland Center for Spirituality. It is a great way to get away and experience the presence of God in your life.  The deadline for registering is October 9th.

The ACTS retreat is patterned after the description of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles (ACTS 2:42-47); breaking bread together, worshipping together, receiving instruction together, sharing in common, and reaching out in loving service.

Men and woman who have attended this retreat, after receiving the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, have a greater interest in parish involvement and in reaching out to their fellow parishioners.

You will come home refreshed in body, mind and spirit. Please consider giving this gift to yourself.

For more information please contact any of the people listed below.

Paula Brozek                 620-793-8172 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carol Dellinger              620-792-5090

Mary Ann Mazouch       620-792-3315


Tim Staples is coming to Dodge City, Friday, Sept. 11, 7:30 pm, to speak at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Tim is one of the most highly-sought-after speakers on the Catholic Circuit and Author of several books. A Convert to the Catholic faith, today he is the Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers. He has titled his talk, "Why It's a Great Time to be Catholic". Refreshments will be served following the talk, a Free Will Donation will be accepted.

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..


This concludes the September 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. IX

Diocese of Dodge City

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