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July 2010 Monthly Notes

Monthly Notes from Bishop Gilmore
and the Diocesan Staff
July 2010 --- Vol. VIII, No. 6
From Bishop Gilmore:


What could you say in 30 minutes to explain the new English translation of the Missale Romanum?

Gotta Sing Gotta Pray is the blog of Jerry Galipeau, D. Min., the associate publisher of World Library Publications.  "New Translation Thursday” is a feature of his blog.

Recently Galipeau gave a half-hour presentation to the members of WLP's customer care department on the history and rationale behind the new English translation of the Missale Romanum.  From his July 1st edition of his blog, he says:

What would you say if given thirty minutes to explain all of this? Well, I did put together a simple handout. This is long, but I thought it would be good to share with you here.

There still seems some mystery as to when we will receive the final texts of the English Translation of the Missale Romanum.  Father Anthony Ruff, OSB, of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN, recently posted on his blog, Pray Tell, that some 10,000 changes were made by the Roman authorities to the missal text submitted to them.

This does put us in a bit of a quandary as we consider and plan catechetical materials, not knowing the timeline or what the final product will be.

Priests are asked to please remember to reserve October 5th, 10am – 4pm, at the Cathedral for our Day that will focus on the new translation.  Priests are also asked to reserve the evening as well for the Knights of Columbus appreciation dinner that follows.  More information will be forthcoming for both of these events.


I am grateful to the priests who gathered on July 6th for Prepare and Enrich training.  Remember Prepare and Enrich will be the instrument we use for marriage preparation in our diocese.  Prepare and Enrich replaces FOCCUS which we have used for some years.  After October 1st, we will no longer use FOCCUS and will use Prepare and Enrich.  Once a person is trained to use Prepare and Enrich, one may begin using the instrument even before October 1st.

Our next training session for Prepare and Enrich is Thursday, August 5th, 10:30am – 4:30pm, Saint Augustine/Saint Monica Rooms, at the Cathedral.  Dr. Joyce Webb will once again be the trainer.  This session is for priests who were not able to make the July 6th session, as well as, deacons (and their wives), Parish Life Coordinators, Pastoral Ministers and others who are presently engaged in marriage preparation.  To give ample time to make the necessary preparations, please notify Amy Seachris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-227-1500, by July 21st.  The fee is $125.00 (couples pay one fee).  The fee includes the training kit that contains a great deal of information that can be utilized as one uses the Prepare and Enrich Instrument.  If you would like to take the Prepare and Enrich survey in preparation for the training session and/or for further information, please contact Fr. Bob Schremmer, 620-227-1555, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

OUR ANNUAL KARE CONFERENCE... July 23rd-25th in Wichita.  Please provide your support and encouragement.  Visit our home page and click on the KARE Conference “badge”.  There is also a bulletin announcement in the Bulletin Corner,

OUR ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP DAY... August 28th.  Please encourage your people to participate.  Visit for a wealth of information and promotional materials.

WHY RCIA?... a workshop presented in English on Saturday, September 18th in Scott City and in Spanish on Sunday, September 19th in Liberal.

I appreciate that the participants at our most recent RCIA Roundtable are willing to visit with priests, parish leaders, and others in parishes to encourage participation in this latest effort to support and enrich our RCIA ministry within the diocese.

With the new millennium, the U.S. bishops took a close look at how well the RCIA is working in our local parishes. The bishops found that in some parishes the RCIA is working very well, yet in other parishes it doesn’t even exist. In their report, the bishops stressed that the RCIA is renewing the life of the Church in the United States and must be a priority in our parishes.

Why do our bishops want the RCIA to be a priority in our parishes when there is so much else going on in parish life? How does it renew a parish? And what’s it got to do with each of us? Why RCIA? will address these questions about RCIA and give a step-by-step explanation of the Rite.

I am grateful for those many people in our diocese who give their time, talent, and yes, treasure so that through RCIA we may make new disciples and renew the old, faithful ones. It is out of this gratitude that I offer Why RCIA?.  I pray that it will be an enriching experience for the RCIA veterans and an inviting experience for those new or unfamiliar with the RCIA.

When we commit ourselves, our energy and our resources to the RCIA, we commit our parishes to continuing the mission of Jesus in the Church and in the world.

FATHER LOUIS HOANG arrived back in Kansas on Friday, July 9th.  Welcome home, Father Louis.  He will reside in St. Rose Rectory, Great Bend, will provide chaplaincy services at the Dominican Motherhouse, and will assist Father Charles Mazouch and Sister Andre Kravec by providing sacramental ministry in Odin, Claflin, and Ellinwood.

FATHER MATTHEW KUMI is a priest of the Diocese of Goaso, Ghana, West Africa.  Father Matthew arrived at St. Mary in Garden City on Wednesday, June 30th to begin a year serving St. Mary, as well as, St. Dominic in Garden City and St. Stanislaus in Ingalls.  Welcome, Father Matthew.

FATHER WESLEY SCHAWE has agreed, once again, to provide coordination to our Diocesan Respect Life efforts.  I thank Father Wesley for giving his time and talent to this ever-so-important work.  It reminds me of the many priests in our diocese who are doing so much beyond their “regular” assignments to enable and to enrich the life and ministry of our diocese.  Thank you all.  Please see Father Wesley’s own comments in these NOTES.


Catholic Charities USA, the largest private provider of human services in the United States, is celebrating 100 years of service on the weekend of September 25-26, 2010.

I invite you to join with me and Catholic Social Service (Catholic Charities for Southwest Kansas) in celebrating the Catholic Charities Centennial on September 25-26, 2010.

On this weekend, we honor Catholic Charities for helping  millions of people in need for the past 100 years, and we deepen our commitment to build a more just and compassionate society by serving those most in need.

Bulletin Notes leading up to the Centennial Weekend will soon appear in the Bulletin Corner,

Catholic Social Service will provide flyers to be included in your bulletins as well.

The Southwest Kansas Register will highlight Catholic Charities and Catholic Social Service in both of its September issues.

I ask that you would include this intention (or one like it) in your General Intercessions on the weekend of September 25-26, 2010:

For all in the Church:
that inspired by the witness of Catholic Charities

we may celebrate the life and dignity of all people

and bring God’s love to a weary and worn world.
We pray to the Lord.

Additional materials will be provided for the liturgy including the homily that you might find of some help for the weekend of September 25-26.

Having consulted with the Diocesan Finance Council, I am asking that a special collection be taken up in all our parishes in support of Catholic Social Service, Catholic Charities for Southwest Kansas.

Additional information will be forthcoming.

I ask that you use this opportunity to share information about the good work that is done through our Catholic Charities Agency, Catholic Social Service.

Click here for the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter May-June 2010.

+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 2010

*Catechist Formation/Certification, English and Spanish

*Comprehensive Schedule for Pastoral Ministry Formation via ITV network



From Fr Reggie Urban, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

The meeting scheduled for June 15 was canceled.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 10 at the Chancery Office.

From Fr Wesley Schawe, Coordinator of Respect Life:

I am excited to begin ministering as coordinator of the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Dodge City. Look for resources to be available soon on the diocesan webpage. I appreciate your suggestions and support as I address the many aspects and avenues of upholding the dignity of all life.

From Fr Chuck Mazouch, Secretary/Treasurer, Diocesan Retirement Fund Board:

The Retirement Fund met on June 8, 2010 and decided that the monthly retirement benefits for the priests is to be raised by $50 starting July 1, 2010.  The monthly check will now be $1,900 a month.  If there are any questions or concerns, please contact me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Parish Corporation:
Whenever a change is made of those who are listed as signers of parish checks, it requires a corporate resolution to be done.  Contact Julie Durler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-225-1674 to tell her the name(s) to remove and the name(s) to add as signers.  A set of documents reflecting this change will be created by the diocesan attorney’s office and sent to the pastor.

Safe Environment:
As new teachers are being hired in your schools or new/different parishioners are being recruited to assist in your religious education programs and youth ministries, start planning now to direct them to a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and provide them with a background consent form to complete.  Background checks should be completed before someone begins working or volunteering, and attendance at a PGC awareness session should be done as soon as possible.  Check the Safe Environment page to see when and where PGC awareness sessions have already been scheduled.  To schedule a PGC awareness session in your parish, contact Father Bob Schremmer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (parish) 227-3363 or (office) 227-1555.

On the Safe Environment page, I have added a number of resources pertaining to Internet safety and anti-pornography information.

If you believe there is an interest or desire among your parishioners for an information session on marriage and annulments, I am willing to come to your parish to make a presentation.  Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620-227-1527.

From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:

Live Life Outloud is a vocations day sponsored by Prince of Peace on Sunday, August 22nd (10 am – 4:30pm) for students who will be entering high school this fall.  The day begins with Mass at 10 am at St. Rose Church (1424 Baker, Great Bend), followed by a picnic lunch furnished by the Knights of Columbus.  There will be a variety of vocation talks and fun activities by Doug and Pam Vainer.   Speakers include: Fr. James Albers, OSB, prior and Vocations Director of the Atchison Benedictines, Sister Mary Vuong, a Dominican Sister of Peace who just renewed her temporary vows, Sr. Terry Wasinger, O.P. will share about being a missionary in Nigeria, a diocesan priest, a deacon, and a married couple.  For further information and to RSVP contact Sister Celeste Albers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620.792.1396

A promotional brochure by Prince of Peace will be available soon at

A short video of Don Bedore’s diaconal ordination (May 29, 2010) can be viewed at

Companion Camp 2010 (June 18-20) at Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo included four local 7th and 8th grade boys among the 68 boys that attended this three day camp experience of “Faith, Fun, and Fellowship”.  The four boys had a great time and so did their sponsors -Norma Alvarez and myself.

The campers were divided into 8 teams led by monks and seminarians.  Each team designed their team flag and competed in a wide variety of events.  Our team, the “Crusaders”, carried the red flag and competed well.  

Amid the sporting activities were spiritual activities as well with Mass, prayer services, and inspirational talks by a seminarian and monks.  

View camp pictures at: is a new website launched by the USCCB to promote the vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.  The website has a variety of resources for discerners, parents, educators, and youth leaders.  In the fall, a Spanish-language site will be available at www.PorTuVocació

From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:


For the 2010 Stewardship Conference. A great conference close to home to grow in spirituality.

Go to the Stewardship webpage for posters, fliers, and registration. More information will be added, check back often.

Register your team for the Dechant Foundation Golf Tournament September 11. Electronic payment is being accepted now. Don’t forget, your parish can be a sponsor too. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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

How to be a DRE – Workshop
Please join Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Sr. Arlene Vasquez, MCDP, and Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, as they share their experiences, ideas and helpful hints on being a Director of Religious Education (DRE).  You will learn ways:  to be confident in your role, to succeed in what you do, and to protect our youth.  Choose either Thurs. Aug. 12 or Sat. Aug. 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Social Hall.  RSVP by Aug.1, 620-227-1538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Through the Parish-Diocese Stewardship Partnership, the “How to be a DRE – Workshop” has no registration fee.


Notice regarding Wireless Microphones.

Click here to visit Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies (through Newman University).

►Fr. Gregory LeBlanc new address:  1411 N. Wood Dr., Wichita KS  67212

►Fr. Khoi Nguyen new email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

►Do you know someone who is widowed or divorced?  Beginning Experience is a weekend retreat designed for the widowed or divorced to make a new beginning in life.  Topics covered during the weekend include trust in self, guilt, anger, trust in God, and symptoms of spiritual death. The next retreat will be held July 16 – 18, 2010, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas.  For further information or to register, please call Beverly Pieplow at (316)264-4876, or Judy Demuth at (620) 430-0339 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

►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..

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


JULY/AUGUST Calendars:

(Bishop Gilmore's calendar)


16th:  10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

23rd-25th:  KARE Conference, Wichita


1st:  8:00am Installation of Sr. Andre Kravec as Parish Life Coordinator, Odin

3rd:  10:00am Seminarian Gathering

4th:  SKR Deadline

5th:  8:30am Pastor/Principal Meeting, Conference Room

10th:  11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting, Conference Room

13th:  6:00pm Pastoral Ministry Formation Graduation

15th:  8:30am & 10:45am Masses at Satanta (blessing of windows)

20th:  10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon

28th:  9:30am Stewardship Day, COLG

30th:  Chancery Closed

This concludes the JULY 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. VIII, No. 6

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