►Thank you for all you did to encourage participation at our annual Stewardship Day, August 28th. We had well over 200 people participate.
►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].
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.
►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 take special note that on the weekend of September 25-26, I am asking that a special collection be taken up in thanksgiving for all that Catholic Social Service, Catholic Charities for Southwest Kansas, has and is doing to serve justice and foster respect for life. Please encourage parishioners to be generous. Details are found in the guide.
Please click here for a guide for preparing for and celebrating the Centennial.
► October 5th our Presbyteral Assembly will focus on the new translation. The Assembly will be at the Cathedral beginning at 11am [Please note that this is a change from the original time of 10am.] and ending at 5pm when we will move to the Dodge City K of C Hall for the annual priests’ appreciation dinner.
Abbot Marcel Rooney, OSB, is moving from Tulsa to Boston the beginning of this month to begin a new endeavor in his ministry. With this change in Abbot Marcel’s life and ministry, I felt I could not hold him to his previous commitment made when the circumstances of his life were different. Fortunately, Father Frank Coady, STD, Director of Liturgy for the Diocese of Salina, has agreed to present our day. I know that he is well know and well respected by a good number of our priests. Father Frank has also done similar presentations in the Diocese of Salina.
You might find it helpful to visit http://www.ocp.org/newmasssettings to listen and/or preview new and revised mass settings.
►Our Annual Scripture Day is October 19th. Register online or click here for more information.
►I am very grateful to all those who have done the Prepare and Enrich Training. Our next step is developing more information about and training opportunities for mentor couples who can assist in marriage preparation. We hope to have further details on these developments to share with the priests at our October 5th gathering. 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.
►After some good measure of discernment, Monsignor Brian Moore has decided to turn his retirement-on-paper into a retirement-in-fact. He has moved to the Priests’ Retirement Center in Wichita, August 27th.
I am grateful for all that Monsignor has done for our diocese, especially in the area of priestly formation. His years at the Josephinum and most recently his years here at home have been full, good, years of service to those trying to answer the call to ordained ministry. They have been rich years for us. We are the direct beneficiaries of Monsignor’s faithfully answering that same call in his own life. Now there is another call within that call: a call to rest in the Lord more exclusively, a call that will surely hold within itself other ways of continuing his life of service. I trust that you join me in wishing Monsignor well, and am praying that this move will be smooth, and in asking the Lord that he may find joy in this new adventure in his life.
Msgr. Brian Moore
Bel Aire KS 67226-8897
►I am pleased to share with you that Father John Strasser has accepted the assignment as Director of Seminarians for the diocese, effective 1 September 2010.
Father John is a priest of good judgment, proven prudence, and extensive pastoral experience. His 34 years of priestly ministry provide him with the insight and understanding he will need in this position so important to our diocese.
My prayers are with John as he responds to this new call to priestly service.
►After consultation with the Priests’ Retirement Fund Board and the Diocesan Finance Council, the Presbyteral Council has approved an assessment for each parish to be paid on a quarterly basis that supports a retirement benefit for the extern/international priests we have serving the parishes of the diocese. For 2010-2011, there are 9 eligible priests serving in our diocese whose religious community or diocese will receive this payment. Parishes will be billed on a quarterly basis with a total assessment of $468.75 per parish ($117.19 per quarter).
As you are aware, there has not been an assessment for the retirement plan for the diocesan clergy for a number of years now, but with an increasing number of international/extern priests serving in our diocese, it has become necessary to implement this assessment to support their retirement benefit which is a part of the agreements that the diocese has with each of these dioceses’ or religious orders.
►Called by Name ~ A new initiative from the Vocation Office seeks to identify future priests for our diocese. The Called by Name email campaign will kick off in early October, asking all priests, deacons, sisters, Catholic educators and others to submit the names of young men who may make good priests. We will then send these men invitations to discernment events, as well as other information to discern their vocations. Please be thinking about the young men in your life who may be candidates for seminary.►Father Frank Jordan is back in Ingalls after recuperating at Garden Valley in Garden City following knee replacement surgery.
From Fr. Bernard Felix, Chair, Presbyteral Council:
►Click here to view the Presbyteral Council Notes of August 10, 2010.
►In the previous months our Presbyteral Council has been discussing the implementation of the Prepare and Enrich on-line preparation instrument for marriage. So far, most of the Priests, Pastoral Ministers and some Lay Leaders have been trained to do the instrument. We are all set as proposed by the Council, by October 1, 2010, Prepare and Enrich will replace FOCCUS as the 'instrument' used for marriage preparation in the Diocese of Dodge City.
►One of the business items we have discussed is the Priest's Continuing Formation. The goal is to promote the four pillars of formation for Priest's as given in Pastores Dabo Vobis. The Basic Plan for the Continuing Formation for Priests namely: human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation.
From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Coordinator of Respect Life:
October is Respect Life Month. In particular, special attention is encouraged during your liturgies/activities on the first weekend, October 2-3.
►Please call me, 620-276-2024, if you need help finding the closest Life Chain in your area.
► Link to a prayer service that could be used by your group either before or during a Life Chain (or other event).
►The USCCB has provided homily helps for Oct 3rd and petitions for the month of October: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/2010/docs/liturgyguide.pdf
From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:
►A reminder that all employees and all adults who have regular contact with children are to consent to a background check and attend a Protecting God’s Children awareness session.
►The currently scheduled PGC sessions are:
Great Bend on Saturday, September 11 (Spanish)
Pratt on Saturday, September 18 (English)
Ulysses on Sunday, October 3 (English)
Dodge City on Sunday, October 10 (English & Spanish)
Great Bend on Saturday, October 16 (English)
►Prenuptial Documents –
A reminder that for a Catholic party a current baptism certificate with notations (issued within the past six months) is to be submitted with the prenuptial documents. (The baptism certificate does not need to be included if the Catholic party is being married in the same parish as the place of baptism. However, you are expected to look up the baptism record to be sure there are no notations of concern.) If a baptism certificate needs to be requested from a church in Mexico, give yourself plenty of time to request the certificate. Here is a link to all the Dioceses and parishes in Mexico: http://www.oficinaparroquial.com/directorio.
►I will be out of the office off and on over the next six weeks or so. Please be sure to submit prenuptial documents well in advance of the date of the wedding to ensure all the proper dispensations or permission can be granted in a timely manner.
From Becky Hessman, Coordinator of Vocations:
►We are grateful to have six seminarians studying for our diocese this fall. Click here to “Meet the Seminarians”. When you click on their picture you will find a short profile for each of the six seminarians.
From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship:
►Due to low interest, the Dechant Foundation Golf tournament has been cancelled. Please notify people who may have expressed interest in attending.
►Financial Peace University sessions are quickly approaching. People interested in attending should contact the Stewardship Office as soon as possible.
From Amy Seachris, Executive Secretary:
►Plans for the June 12-17, 2011 Newman Service Camp are underway. In 2010, we had 51 students and 20 chaperones attend from Great Bend, Hoisington, Dodge City, Spearville, Larned & Ellinwood. This is a great experience for our youth. Please let me know if your parish would be interested. Those parishes attending in 2010 will have first choice, but Newman may be running multiple camps this year, so please contact me if there is interest.
From Sr. Angela Erevia, Director of Hispanic Ministry:
►September 10-11: Arcoiris is offering a diocesan retreat for all Arcoiris parish coordinators at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall on Avenue H. The retreat begins on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and ends on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. to allow participants time to attend the 7:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish at the Cathedral.
►September 19: Mexican families and their descendents will be honored at a reception at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Holy Family Hall, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Letters from the Bishop have been sent inviting families to participate in this event.
ODDS AND ENDS
►Directory update (p. 35): Tonya England is no longer DRE in Sharon. Terry Deokaran will be assuming her position. Tylan Ricketts
►Directory update (p. 45): New seminarian:
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
1300 S. Steele St
Denver, CO 80210
1st: SKR Deadline
6th: Labor Day - Chancery Closed
8th: 6:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (English)
9th: 11:00am Hispanic Ministers Meeting, COLG
10th: 10:15am St. Mary, Garden City School Visit
11th: 9:00am Catechist Formation-ITV (English)
12th: 3:00pm Catechist Formation-ITV (Spanish)
15th: SKR Deadline
16th: 11:00am Personnel Board Meeting, Conference Room
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
5th: 11:00am Presbyteral Assembly, COLG
6th: SKR Deadline
7th-8th: Kansas Catholic Conference
8th-9th: Jesus Caritas
10th: 10:30am Fowler Centennial Celebration
15th: 10:00am Directors' Meeting; 12:30pm Staff Luncheon
17th: 3:00pm Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass
19th: 9:30am Diocesan Scripture Day
20th: SKR Deadline
20th: St. Dominic, Garden City School Visit
22nd: 11:30am Diocesan Finance Council, Conference Room
23rd: 10:00am Reflection of Movements, COLG
28th: 12:00pm Good Leaders Good Shepherds Final Session & Graduation
Vol. VIII, No. 8