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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

December 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No.  XII





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

Jubilee Year of Mercy

The Jubilee Year of Mercy formally opens with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  I, along with Bishops worldwide, will open our Holy Doors at the Cathedral, Sunday, December 13th, with 9am Mass (in English) and 12noon (in Spanish).  Everyone one is welcome to either of these celebrations.

In the communiques from the Holy Father’s office and from the Pontifical Commission for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which is coordinating the worldwide planning for this special jubilee, it was strongly suggested that there be one holy door in a diocese with that being at the cathedral. I invite you, during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, to accept the invitation of our Holy Father to come to our Cathedral, to walk through the Holy Doors open especially for this Jubilee.  Come be embraced by God’s mercy and renew your commitment to be among the blessed who are merciful.

To help parishes, groups, and individuals make such a pilgrimage during this Jubilee, I have crafted a guide that may be used "as is" or adapted as one might see fit.  Click here for Guide in English. Click here for Guide in Spanish.

You may also click here for our Diocesan Calendar for the Jubilee of Mercy.  This calendar also has a link to the calendar for the universal Church.

May the Holy Spirit come upon us. And power of the most high overshadow us especially during this Jubilee  Year of Mercy.

Concerning the Refugees

We, of course, have no control over which refugees are allowed into the U.S. But, as Christians and as Catholics, we are called upon to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide shelter to the homeless and welcome the stranger.  We have been doing these things for a long time... and we will continue to do so.  In the meantime, we will pray for our elected leaders as they try to balance the security of our people against the needs of those who are fleeing violence and danger.

Click here to read the statement by the Kansas Catholic Bishops regarding refugee resettlement.


Respect Life: Standing up for Life on the 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade!

Register your youth now for the Diocese of Dodge City pro-life pilgrimage to Topeka on Friday, January 22, 2016. Join in a day of prayer, activity, and public witness to the value of every human life.

▪ Open to High School and College-age youth and sponsors.
▪ Bus will depart from Dodge City at 5:30 am and stop in Great Bend at St. Patrick Catholic Church
▪ The day’s activities will include a tour of the Capitol, Mass with Fr. Wesley Schawe, lunch, a march and a rally on the steps of the Capitol building.
▪ Leave Topeka around 4:00 to return back to the Diocese, with return stops in Salina, Great Bend and Dodge City.
▪ Cost is $35 for youth and youth leaders ( transportation, rally);
▪ Donations are welcome to cover additional costs.
▪ Participants will need $5.00 for lunch in Topeka and dinner money for our stop in Salina on the way home.

Registrations with payment will be accepted until the bus is full, and should be directed to Gayla Kirmer, Diocese of Dodge City, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City KS 67801, 620-227-1525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click HERE for a copy of the flyer and registration form.


►Annual World Day for Consecrated Life

Please save Saturday, February 14, 2016 for our annual World Day for Consecrated Life celebration.  This year the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend will be our gracious hosts.  The celebration this year will bring an conclusion to this Year of Consecrated Life.  For this particular special occasion we have invited Sister Catherine Bertrand, SSND to be our guest speaker.  More details will be forthcoming.  I am, as always, looking forward to celebrating this special day with all the consecrated religious in our diocese.



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

As we are approaching a season of Penance Services, remember to request a testimonial of suitability for any priest from another diocese who comes to assist with your Penance Service or for any other ministerial function.  If you go into another diocese to help with a Penance Service, let me know and I will send a testimonial to that diocese on your behalf.





From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here for the notes of the November 24 Presbyteral Council meeting.  No meeting is scheduled during December.  The next meeting is Tuesday, January 26.


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 hope your renewal is moving along smoothly. For those who have completed the renewal there is one key item left to do. Say Thank you.

Visit here for sample thank notes.

Sample thank you card

Sample thank you letter

Make your thank you personal. Have a member or two of the stewardship council hand sign the notes.

Take a few moments to check out the latest episode of the Parish Toolbox Podcast. Many great sessions with practical tools you can use. Each topic addresses the concerns of the people in the pews. I listen, then find experts to give real advice on what works to address current issues. More great sessions coming 2016.

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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.

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:

Quo Vadis Retreat – January 1-3, 2016 - for single men (high school seniors through age 30) who are asking the question: What does God want me to do with my life?  There is no charge and transportation is provided to the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, where the retreat is held. Register online by Dec. 21 at or contact me at 620.227.1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

► New Prayer Cards - Every parish will receive special prayer cards to pray for our seminarians and for all religious vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. The cards will arrive by UPS along with the January 17, 2016 issue of the Southwest Kansas Catholic.  Please ask young people in your parish to distribute the cards following the weekend Mass on January 16th and 17th.

► Andrew Dinners - are an evening where boys and single men join their pastors and Bishop John for a great dinner, conversation, and prayer, with a focus not just on the priesthood, but on God’s call for every Catholic young man to live an extraordinary life. The dates and hosting sites are:

December 29 (college) Bishop John’s residence

January 15 (post-college) Bishop John’s residence

January 17 (high school) St. Joseph, Scott City

January 24 (high school) Sacred Heart of Jesus, Larned

January 31 (high school) St. Joan of Arc, Elkhart






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

Catechist Formation:

Wednesday, January 6 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 9 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Sunday, January 10 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt will present the Wednesday and Saturday session in English.

Sr. Angela Erevia will present the Sunday session in Spanish.

Ways the World Wounds: (Busyness, Consumerism and Materialism, Violence and Revenge, Individualism and Relativism, Entitlement) Creation is good but distorted by sin.

Catechist Formation will discuss five primary ways that our culture can wound and otherwise eat away our relationship with God and the hope the Gospel brings.  We will discuss suggestions for both practical action and prayerful reflection.


Pastoral Ministry Formation Spring 2016

THEO 4003 Christology (3 hour course)

Instructor:  Fr. Steve Heina

Course Description:

We are aware of things in our life and world that are in need of redemption.  This course will take an in-depth look at what Catholics believe about how Jesus Christ brings the redeeming power of true God and true humanity to you and your world.

We will explore the Scriptures, teachings of the church, and the human condition.

Class Times:  Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 5, 12

Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Location:  Interactive Televison Sites throughout the Dodge City and Salina Dioceses


THEO 4881 Eucharist:  Sacrament of Mercy (1 hour course)

Instructor:  Fr. Frank Coady

Course Description:

In the Eucharist, we renew the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ…our hearts are enlarged to receive and show mercy.

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita


THEO 4881 Works of Mercy-Essential Catholicism (1 hour course)

Instructor:  Fr. Robert Schremmer

Course Description:

In what new way could you practice one of the works of mercy on a personal, social, or even political level?

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita


THEO 4881 Miscericordia en el Mundo Real (1 hour course)

Fr. Juan Fahey-Guerra

Course Description:  Buscamos el significado de la Misericordia en el siglo 21.

Class Time:  April 29-May 1

Location:  Spiritual Life Center, Wichita

For more information contact Coleen Stein, 620-227-1538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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



From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:


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:



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 December 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. XII

Diocese of Dodge City

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