►Please encourage participation at our annual Stewardship Day, August 28th. Click here for my letter of invitation.
►As we begin a new year of faith formation in our parishes, I ask that you give a good measure of attention to Catechist Formation, [September 8th and 11th in English and September 12th in Spanish] http://dcdiocese.org/catechist-formation.
Also, please pay very close attention to safe environment requirements of background checks and participation in Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions. Please visit http://dcdiocese.org/safe-environment.
►WHY RCIA? is a workshop presented in English on Saturday, September 18th in Scott City and in Spanish on Sunday, September 19th in Liberal.
Click here for flyer.
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.
►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 ask that you 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.
Please click here for a guide for preparing for and celebrating of the Centennial.
► “Here’s the latest on the upcoming (we still think it probably is) English missal from semi-official sources. We don’t know whether the final text is coming very soon or will be further delayed. We don’t know whether all the thousands of changes made to the submitted text will be in the final text or not. We don’t know how many further changes are being made to the ‘presentation text’ given to the Holy Father as it was granted recognitio (Roman approval). Now you know.” --- Father Anthony Ruff, OSB, Pray Tell Blog
Also at the Pray Tell Blog is the address of Sister Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, at the National Associations of Pastoral Musicians, July 13, 2010:
Remember we will have our October 5th Presbyteral Assembly focus on the new translation. The Assembly will be at the Cathedral beginning at 10am and ending at the Dodge City K of C Hall with the annual priests’ appreciation dinner. I am expecting your participation in the day, if you can not, please inform me.
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►Diocesan Anniversary Mass is October 17th. Couples celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 50+ years of marriage in 2010 will be honored and will renew their vows at the Sunday Eucharist.
►Our Annual Scripture Day is October 19th. Please click here for information.
►I am very grateful to all those who have done the Prepare and Enrich Training. Our goal is that by October 1st, Prepare and Enrich will replace FOCCUS as our instrument in marriage preparation. This means that once one has been trained and received “certification” from Prepare and Enrich, one can begin using Prepare and Enrich. Our next step will be to develop information about and training opportunities for mentor couples who can assist in marriage preparation. Our goal in this regard is that by October 1, 2011, each cluster/parish will have a sufficient number of mentor couples to assist in marriage preparation.
From Fr. Reggie Urban, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►The main issue that our Presbyteral Council has been dealing with is implementing the new on-line marriage preparation instrument, Prepare and Enrich. Most of the priests have been trained to do the instrument. Hopefully engaged as well as married couples will find it a better help than the FOCCUS instrument to getting as well as staying married. The FOCCUS instrument was only for the engaged. You can check out the website that we are using by going to Prepare-Enrich.com.
►Another item on the agenda for our August meeting is Awakening Vocations, a 3-part experience that was piloted at Prince of Peace in Great Bend. Mary Sharon Moore, a columnist in our own diocesan paper, led the parish through a process of "awakening vocations" at a local level.
►We will also be discussing the retreat and continuing education days for priests in our diocese. These are annual experiences to enrich our priestly lives. Abbot Marcel Rooney will be with us for a continuing ed day in October to discuss the new translation of the Roman Missal.
►Finally, a welcome is extended to Father Floyd McKinney who was recently elected to replace Father Chuck Mazouch.
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 election results for members of the Retirement Fund are Fr. John Strasser and Fr. Ted Stoecklein. Congratulations.
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
For the love and care of our children…As a new school year approaches and activities within the parish begin anew, be aware that all employees (anyone who received a W-2 or 1099) and all adults who have regular contact with children and youth need to attend a Protecting God’s Children awareness session (PGC) and consent for a background check to be run.
These are the PGC sessions currently scheduled:
Friday, August 13 at Sacred Heart Parish Office in Larned from 9 am-12 pm (English)
Sunday, August 22 at St. Dominic Parish Center in Garden City from 2-5 pm (English & Spanish)
Tuesday, September 7 at Holy Family School in Great Bend from 6-9 pm (English)
Saturday, September 11 at St. Rose Auditorium in Great Bend from 4-7 pm (Spanish)
Saturday, September 18 at Sacred Heart School in Pratt from 9 am-12 pm (English)
All of the Safe Environment forms and documents are available on the Safe Environment page (upper left side) http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment.
For your convenience, I have created a link to the Background Consent Forms in the box beneath scheduled PGC awareness sessions.
Also on the Safe Environment page (http://www.dcdiocese.org/safe-environment) I have added numerous links to websites (some for parents, some for youth) concerning such issues as internet safety, internet pornography, bullying and gangs. These are valuable resources to learn about and/or prevent dangerous situations in which our children, youth and young adults may find themselves.
From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
►Register your team for the Dechant Foundation Golf Tournament today! Learn more on the Dechant Foundation web page.
►The 2010 Diocesan Stewardship Conference is August 28 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For conference information, check out the stewardship web page. All print items can be found there plus a complete conference schedule and registration form.
►Financial Peace University Sessions will begin September 15, 2010 on the ITV network. If you know someone who can use common sense for their dollars and cents, be a blessing, enroll them today. Or sign up your family today. The cost is $96 per person, spouses attend FREE! This includes all materials and all 13 sessions. Remember, you do not have to be Catholic to attend.
From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary:
ODDS AND ENDS
►Directory update (p. 45): When sending mail to Jacob Schneider, please address as follows Jacob Schneider
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
1300 S. Steele St
Denver, CO 80210
►Click here to visit Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies (through Newman University).
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
1st: SKR Deadline
6th: Labor Day - Chancery Closed
8th: 6:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (English)
11th: 8:00am Dechant Foundation Golf Tournament
11th: 9:00am Catechist Formation-ITV (English)
12th: 3:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (Spanish)
15th: SKR Deadline
17th: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon
19th: 10:30am 50th Anniversary Celebration, Dedication of the Church, Larned
21st: 11:00am Presbyteral Council Meeting, Conference Room
26th: 10:30am Mass of Unity, St Mary, Garden City
Vol. VIII, No. 7