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September Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
September 2009 --- Vol. 7, No. 6
From Bishop Gilmore:

►Bishop Gilmore asked that I share with you his appreciation for all the letters, cards, and notes of support and promise of prayer.  He asked that I share as well that things are going well for him and that he is finding his experience at Guest House to be a blessing.

Thanks are in order for all who helped with the Stewardship Day (Saturday, August 29th).  The evaluations show that it was a very positive experience for the 200 people who participated.  People commented how much they appreciated the priests who participated in the day.  Certainly Saturday is not the easiest time for priests to be away from the parish.  So those who were there for part or all of the day were noticed and greatly appreciated.

Catechist Formation in English is Wednesday, September 9th, 6-9pm, Saturday, September 12th, 9am-12noon and in Spanish is Sunday, September 13th, 3-6pm.  All sessions are via ITV.  As part of our Diocesan-Parish Stewardship Partnership, there is no fee.  No registration needed.  Teri Vasicek, a presenter at our Stewardship Day, took us through the generations.  She emphasized that those born after 1990 were born into a world filled with violence and therefore the greatest need of that generation is to deal with violence.  “God in a World of Violence” is the topic of this year’s Catechist Formation.  Sister Esther Pineda, CSJ, of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia will be the presenter.  For more information (including the handouts) visit

Twenty plus Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions are currently scheduled throughout the diocese.  Please ensure a safe environment for the children and youth of your parish.  Please see to it that all those who deal with children and youth have a background check and participate in an Awareness Session.  For more information,  As part of our Diocesan-Parish Stewardship Partnership, there is no fee for the sessions.

The North American Forum on the Catechumenate is presenting a Beginnings Institute to acquaint newcomers to RCIA and to refresh those who have long served in RCIA ministry in the spirit and directives of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  We so far have 25 people from our diocese planning to participate in the Institute at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, September 17-19th.  There is still room for more.  For more information visit with Coleen Stein, 227-1538, or visit .

Hispanic Ministers gather, September 22nd, 11am – 3pm, St Augustine Room, COLG.  This is an opportunity for those in leadership in Hispanic Ministry to meet to share ideas, concerns, resources, ideas, as well as, plan for with a sense of pastoral conjunto for the diocese.

“Father Wants You!” campaign blitz of the Kansas State Council of the Knights of Columbus is set for October.  Bishop Gilmore encourages priests to cooperate with their local K of C Councils in this event in whatever way seems best for the priest, parish, and council.

Research shows that one of every four women experiences domestic violence in her life.  Most victims suffer so secretly that their family, friends and even their pastors fail to notice their oppression.  Our parishes can and should be safe havens for victims of domestic violence and their children, and minister to their need.  Based on 10 years of experience of developing a parish program to support victims of domestic violence, Fr. Charles Dahm will lead an examination of the reality of domestic violence, how to understand it, discover it and respond to the victims in a pastoral way.  He will conduct workshops for deacons, Saturday, October 3rd; for priests, Tuesday, October 6th; and for interested leaders and parishioners October 5th, 6pm in English and 7:30 pm in Spanish, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Through our Diocesan-Parish Stewardship Partnership, there is no fee and there is no pre-registration for the Monday evening workshops.  

Deacons will gather for the Workshop with Father Dahm, Saturday, October 3rd, 9am-3pm, Chancery.

Priests will gather October 6th for the Workshop with Father Dahm, 10am – 12:30pm.  After lunch Father Frank Coady, Director of Liturgy and Formation for the Salina Diocese, will present “Sacrifice and the Mass”.  In addition there will be brief presentations of Marriage Preparation enhancements.  The day will end at 4pm.  Please RSVP for lunch to Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 30th.

Annual Priests Appreciation Dinner will again be hosted by the Dodge City Knights of Columbus at the Dodge City K of C Club Room, October 6th.  Social hour begins at 4:30pm; dinner at 5:30pm.  Please RSVP for dinner to Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 30th.  

Newman University will hold an event October 17, 6:00—8:00pm, at Hoover Pavilion, Dodge City to raise scholarship funds for our Western Kansas programs.  Watch for more information.

The Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for 3:00 pm, Sunday, October 18th, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Couples celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50, and 50+ years of marriage in 2009 will be honored and will renew their vows at the Sunday Eucharist.  A meal will follow the liturgy at the Holy Family Social Center.  Family and friends of the couples are invited to share in the celebration.  Pastors are asked to obtain the names of couples in their parishes who are observing these specific anniversaries.  Please send names to the Chancery Office (attn: Peg Schulte). Invitations will be mailed to each couple with an RSVP.  A personalized certificate will be designed and will be presented to each couple during the reception.  If you have any questions call Peg at the Chancery @ 620-227-1531.

Good Leaders Good Shepherds meets next 11am, October 20 to 4pm, October 22, at the Heartland Center in Great Bend.  Participants will receive the full schedule and other details via email directly from Catholic Leadership Institute.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Run will be in Garden City, October 29th; Dodge City, October 30th; Great Bend, October 31st, and Pratt, November 1st.  This program began in 1960.  Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says “the running of the rose is a perfect program for the Knights of Columbus.  Through it we honor not only Our Lady of Guadalupe and express the unity of the Order, but we affirm the Order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life.  The District Deputy of those locales affected is to contact the priests about possible prayer service/mass.

Annual Scripture Day is November 5th, 10am, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The topic: “Now that the year of Saint Paul is over, let’s look at the writings of Saint Paul.”  Presenters:  Father Octovio Mondragon (Spanish) and Father Sean Martin (English).  As part of our Diocesan-Parish Stewardship Partnership, there is no fee.  Please register with Peggy Schulte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for lunch.

RCIA Roundtable is Thursday, November 12th, 10am – 3pm.  This is an opportunity for those entrusted with leading/coordinating RCIA in their parishes to meet, to share concerns, ideas, and to plan for RCIA in the diocese.  Please let Coleen Stein know if you are coming so that you can be counted in for lunch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

La fiesta diocesana de Nuestra Señora la Virgen de Guadalupe is set for Saturday, December 5th with the 7pm Mass at the Cathedral.  More information will be coming.

Newman University Service Camp will be June 6-11, 2010.  This past June Newman University and the Diocese collaborated on a pilot “Camp” where high school students from St. John, Hoisington and Prince of Peace, Great Bend along with adult sponsors lived at Newman University and each day worked at different service sites in Wichita. 

Father Tatro, the Newman Campus Minister, had this to say about the pilot:  The test group was quite small but a positive experience for us as well.  Every agency we worked with was quite happy with our group.  I’ve had three NU students (who were only available part time to help) say to me that they plan to take off work next year and work the entire camp.  They loved it.  That made my day to hear. 

Pam Vainer, Youth Minister at Prince of Peace had this to say:  I thought it was a fantastic experience and am planning to do it again next year. Pam Willis from Hoisington was the other adult DRE who attended, brought kids and loved it.

The pilot proved to be a great opportunity for youth to participate in a variety of service projects over a week’s time and at the same time to experience a Catholic University environment.

Already Cathedral has indicated that up to 20 youth will be participating.  St. Joseph Ellinwood is anticipating up to 20 participating.  St. John, Hoisington and Prince of Peace are both intending to participate.

The cost is anticipated to be the same as this past June, $100/person.  There needs to be one adult chaperone for every five youth.

Please welcome Father Peter Fernandez to the Diocese of Dodge City and Southwest Kansas.  Father Peter arrived on Friday, August 28th.  His luggage arrived on Saturday.  We had anticipated Father Peter’s arrival at the beginning of May but that was complicated by our immigration labyrinth.  This is Father’s first time in the USA.  Father Fernandez hails from the Diocese of Boac, Marinduque, Philippines. He is the youngest of 13 children, the son of a farmer who Father Fernandez said operated a plow pulled by caribou. Father Fernandez will be spending time with his colleagues from Boac, Fathers Bernard and Rene, who will help him acclimate to the US, Kansas, and the Diocese.  He will serve here for three years.  Perhaps we could hold Peter in our prayer that his transition to life here will be easy and that his ministry will be a source of blessing for him and us.

Father Jimmy Barrozo, from the Diocese of Sorsogon, Bicol, Philippines, continues to be snarled up in the immigration morass.  The last word we have received is that USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has lost some of his paperwork.  The hope is that it will not be too much longer until Father Jimmy is with us.  We continue to be appreciative to Father Angel Dy for his willingness to continue far past his scheduled time to return home to Sorsogon until Father Jimmy arrives and gets settled in.   We are also grateful to Bishop Bastes for making allowance for this change of plans.  Let us pray that things will unsnarl and that Father Jimmy will soon be with us.

Father Marvin Reif continues at Iroquois Center, Greensburg.  Father Marvin is having a difficult time.  While he appreciates the thoughtfulness expressed by the cards, notes, letters, calls that he has received, he can find these producing additional anxiety.  There are plans for new treatment modalities that could provide some relief for Father Marvin.  Let us keep him in our prayer.

Father David H. Kraus continues to do well with his recovery from the knee replacement surgery that he had on August 11th.  We pray that his fine recovery continues.

Deacon Erasmo and Olga Rodriguez will be retiring and moving to Lubbock Texas, October 21st.  Erasmo was ordained to the Diaconate on December 18, 1983.  He was among the first of the Permanent Deacons ordained for service in our Diocese.  He has served in numerous capacities, Spiritual Director for Cursillo; Pastoral Associate at Cathedral; Deacon at St. Anthony, Liberal; member of the Pastoral Team in Elkhart, Hugoton, and Satanta; Vicar for Hispanic Affairs; and staff member of the Office for Migration, Elkhart.  Once, when asked why he decided to become a deacon, Deacon Erasmo said all I did was be open to the Holy Spirit and follow what the Spirit put in my heart.  May Erasmo and Olga enjoy their retirement and be blest with the choicest graces.

Principals of Catholic Social Teaching and Health Care Reform:  Click here for the Joint Pastoral Health Care Letter

+Ronald M. Gilmore


To access updated information about each item listed, please click on each separate line.

*Protecting God's Children Awareness Sessions

*Southwest Kansas Register deadlines for 2009

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network


From Fr Reggie Urban, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes of August 18, 2009.

Click here for "Clarification Regarding Expenses" document.


From Msgr. Brian Moore, Director of Continuing Formation of Priests, Director of Seminarians:

For the current year, we have the following seminarians:

Mr. Donald Bedore, third year theology, Mount St. Mary's Seminary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Jesse Bergkamp, first year theology, Mount St. Mary's Seminary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Andrew Soukup, first year theology, Mount St. Mary's Seminary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Juan Salas, Language, Culture, and Church Program, Conception Seminary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

►I will be out of the office a week in October (Oct. 8-15).  Please send prenuptial documents for any weddings around that time in October to me several weeks in advance.

►Safe Environment – We had our on-site audit the week of August 31-September 3.  As was noted by the auditor, our diocese has a lot to be proud of in the area of safe environment, particularly in the quality persons we have in the positions of assistance minister and review board.  The auditor was aware of the great effort put forth by many, many people throughout the diocese to help create safe environments for our children and young people.  Keep up the good work.

►Many Protecting God’s Children sessions have been scheduled over the next several months (see diocesan website:  We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our PGC facilitators for the tireless ministry they provide the diocese.  We are grateful to you: Oscar & Marta Rodriguez, Cherry Deges, Sharon Stuart, Norma Alvarez and Donna Staab for the great love and energy you bring to the PGC sessions.  Thank you.

A workshop on "Sacramental Records and Registers" has been scheduled in each deanery--a morning option and an evening option:

Garden City Deanery: Thursday, September 24, St. Anthony Parish Center, 600 Soderberg St., Lakin; 10 am - noon or 7-9 pm;
Great Bend Deanery: Thursday, Oct. 1, St. John Parish Center, 609 E. 4th., St. John, 7-9 pm; or Friday, Oct. 2, 10 am - noon;
Dodge City Deanery: Thursday, Oct. 8, St. Andrew Parish Center, 11792 Jewel Rd., Wright; 10 am - noon or 7-9 pm.

An email invitation will soon be sent to pastors and secretaries to attend this informative workshop.  Registration is encouraged to assist us in having ample handouts at each session.

For more information and to register, visit


From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary, A/P, Employee Benefits:

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 Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1500.

From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

What’s new on the vocation webpage?  Check it out!  You will discover…

You can listen to the podcast of the August event, Visit with Seminarians.  Don Bedore and Andy Soukup gave great talks.  Don spoke on discernment; Andy shared about life as a seminarian.  

Pope declares Year for Priests (on left menu).  Pope Benedict XVI has declared June 2009 to June 2010 as the Year for Priests.  Read about this special jubilee year and check out the variety of resources provided by the USCCB.  You can also read about the life of different priests serving in the Diocese of Dodge City as featured in the Southwest Kansas Register.

Vocation Match (bottom of main page) is a free service sponsored by Vocation Guide, a publication of the National Religious Vocation Conference in Chicago.  In much the same way dating websites bring potentially compatible couples together, allows an inquirer to create a profile, which is matched against the profiles of hundreds of participating religious communities.   Vocation Match is for those exploring the following vocations: Sister, Brother, Deacon, Lay Minister, Priest-Order, Priest-Diocesan, and Secular Institute/Consecrated Life.

►A New Vocation Video

Jesus Calls Women is a new DVD focusing on women called to Consecrated Life in the 21st century.  The video features over 9 different religious orders with 12 interviews.  It is approximately 30 minutes in length and includes a study guide.  It is available in English and Spanish on the same DVD and is on sale through Wordnet Productions.  I will be ordering several copies of the DVD for use in the diocese.
Click here to see the promo:

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:

The Conference talks and slideshows are now available to view and hear at

An audio CD of the lectures is available upon request.

Use this information as a teaching tool in your parish or for your own spiritual growth.  Do pass it on to those who can benefit from it.

►Copies of the U.S. Bishops Pastoral Letter on Stewardship titled: Stewardship A Disciple’s Response can be ordered from the office of stewardship.  Call to get yours today.



►To schedule a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer: 620-227-3363 (parish) or 620-227-1555 (office) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►Engaged Encounter Information:  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..

Upcoming dates for Engaged Encounter at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend:  September 11-13.

There are about 10-12 Spanish bibles available to any parish who wishes to pick them up.  Kinsley had no use for them & returned them to the Chancery.

►Results of the recent election for the Diocesan Retirement Fund Board are:  Brian Moore, Warren Stecklein, and Dermot Tighe.  Other members are John Strasser and Ted Stoecklein.  Charles Mazouch remains as secretary/treasurer.

Click here to link to Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend.



Fr. Anthony Suellentrop has requested mail be sent to him at PO Box 982, Ulysses KS  67880, not 226 West San Jacinto Avenue.

►Fr. Gregory LeBlanc no longer uses his email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►Araceli LaPoint, new office manager for St Anthony Liberal has replaced Paty Tovilla.  Jana Widener, part-time bookkeeper has replaced Lily Franz.  Jana's email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►Co-DRE's for Holy Trinity Timken are:  JoAnn Tomecek, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Don Erb, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Brian Stejskal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Please verify your date, time & location.  Any discrepancies, email Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, November 1, 2009 Sacred Heart, Pratt 9:30 AM
Sunday, February 7, 2010 Holy Family, Odin 8:00 AM
Sunday, February 7, 2010 St John, Hoisington 10:00 AM
Saturday, February 13, 2010 OPEN DATE
Saturday, February 20, 2010 Lakin, Deerfield, Syracuse 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 27, 2010 St Patrick, Plains 5:30 PM ??
Sunday, February 28, 2010 St Mary, Garden City ???
Sunday, March 7, 2010 St Anthony, Fowler 8:30 AM
Saturday, March 13, 2010 St John, Meade 5:30 PM
Sunday, March 14, 2010 St Joseph, Scott City 11:00 AM
Saturday, March 20, 2010 St Michael, LaCrosse 5:00 PM ??
Sunday, March 21, 2010 Sacred Heart, Pratt 9:30 AM
Saturday, March 27, 2010 St Ann, Olmitz 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 10, 2010 Mary Queen of Peace, Ulysses ???
Sunday, April 11, 2010 St Nicholas, Kinsley 10:00 AM
Saturday, April 17, 2010 Holy Rosary, Medicine Lodge 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 18, 2010 St Dominic, Garden City 10:30 AM ??
Saturday, April 24, 2010 St Patrick, Great Bend 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 25, 2010 St Rose, Great Bend 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 8, 2010 Sacred Heart, Larned 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 9, 2010 St Alphonsus, Satanta ???
Saturday, May 15, 2010 St Anthony, Liberal 5:00 PM ??
Sunday, May 16, 2010 COLG, Dodge City 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 22, 2010 St Stanislaus, Ingalls ???
Sunday, May 23, 2010 Sacred Heart, Ness City ???
Saturday, June 12, 2010 OPEN DATE
Sunday, June 13, 2010 St Joan of Arc, Elkhart & St Helen, Hugoton ???
Saturday, June 26, 2010 OPEN DATE
Sunday, June 27, 2010 OPEN DATE



(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)


1st-4th:  Safe Environment Audit

2rd:  SKR Deadline

7th:  Labor Day - Chancery Closed

9th:  6:00pm Catechist Formation (English)-ITV

11th:  10:00am Director's Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon

12th:  9:00am  Catechist Formation (English)-ITV

13th:  3:00pm  Catechist Formation (Spanish)-ITV 

15th: 11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting

16th:  SKR Deadline

17th-19th:  Beginnings RCIA Institute-Spiritual Life Center

28th:  9:00am Diocesan Teachers' Institute & Missioning

30th: SKR Deadline


3rd:  9:00am  Deacon Preaching Seminar-Chancery

6th:  10:00am Priests' Day-COLG

6th:  4:30pm  Priests' Annual Appreciation Dinner-K of C Lounge

14th:  SKR Deadline

16th:  10:00am Director's Meeting; 12:30pm Staff luncheon

17th:  6:00pm  Newman Fundraiser-Hoover Pavilion

18th:  3:00pm  Diocesan Anniversary Mass-COLG

28th:  SKR Deadline

30th:  Silver Rose Run-COLG


This concludes the SEPTEMBER Monthly Notes.  To submit items for the NOTES, please send them to Amy Seachris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vol. 7, No.6

Diocese of Dodge City

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